There have been a lot of rumors about the existence of the Samsung-Google Android experience phone. However, the leaked images of the phone and its special’ appearance on the Web 2.0 conference in the hands of Eric Schmidt have given ample proof of its existence. It has also been confirmed that the Nexus S will be running on Android 2.3 when launched and will sport NFC capabilities.
However, what is still not known about the phone are its internal hardware specifications. Now, a firmware of the Samsung GT-i9200 has leaked on the Internet. It is still unclear whether this GT-i9200 is the Nexus S or the next high-end phone from Samsung. Devs over at XDA forums have been digging around with the files of the firmware and it looks like the handset will be using the RFS file system.
The RFS file system is one of the major culprits of the lag on the Galaxy S series of handsets. Other confirmed specifications of the phone are that it will sport Bluetooth 3.0, FM Radio and the camera module is from Konica Minolta Camera, Inc.
A senior member Richthofen has however said that the GT-i9200 will be powered by the S5PC110 AP and feature the PowerVR SGX540 GPU. The resolution of the handset will be the same as on the other Galaxy S handsets at WVGA (800×480).
Today, Samsung Mobile Canada on their Facebook page has given a time-frame for the Android 2.2 rollout for the various carrier branded Galaxy S handsets. First and foremost, the Vibrant from Bell and the Samsung Captivate from Rogers will get the Froyo love by mid-December.
Lastly, the TELUS branded Galaxy S handset the Fascinate will get its Android 2.2 update in early 2011. The Android 2.2 update for all these handsets will not be released in the usual OTA (Over-The-Air) form. Users need to use Samsung’s KIES desktop software to get the update.
Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the un-branded Galaxy S handsets in many different regions of the world including U.K and India.
The Android market is all set to go through a major six-hour maintenance on November 18 from 10PM to 4AM Pacific Standard Time. During the update period, the developers console will only be in view-only mode. Without a doubt, this maintenance points that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is approaching its release date fast.
Now, the folks over at Phandroid are reporting that this market update will be the initial step from Google to rollout a browser based Android market.
After the maintenance update, Android developers will need to upload a high resolution icon of their application along with a link to the promotional YouTube video, if available. Google may also add initial support for third party payments like PayPal.
It is more or less confirmed that Google will soon be allowing Android users to purchase apps from the Android Market through PayPal.
It was expected that Google will be announcing the Nexus S and/or Gingerbread 2.3 at Web 2.0 conference. Sadly, this piece of info turned out to be a rumor. However, Eric Schmidt came to the Web 2.0 conference with a handset that looks like the Nexus S and was running on Android 2.3.
Eric Schmidt also revealed that the Nexus S will be having NFC capabilities a technology which aims at replacing credit cards. The folks over at Engadget managed to click some pictures of the Nexus S handset while Eric was using it. From the images, it is evident that the handset is running Android 2.3 (notice the black notification bar) and the carrier of the handset is indeed T-Mobile as reported earlier.
Schmidt also said that the next version of Android Gingerbread will be out in the next few weeks.
It was just yesterday that the first images of how the Nexus S looks leaked on the Internet. Today, we have some information about the specifications of the device. T-Mobile will be the official carrier of the Nexus S and the handset will sport EDGE and HSUPA (up to 7.2mbps).
The phone won’t feature HSPA+ to take advantage of the higher band with being offered by the recently rolled out HSPA+ network from T-Mobile. The back of the phone will pack a 5MP camera which might be assisted by an LED flash. The phone will also sport a 1500mAh battery. Sadly, no details about the processor, amount of RAM and internal storage capacity of the phone are available.
However, in all probability the Nexus S will be powered by a 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung and will pack 512MB of RAM.
Many people had expected Samsung and Google to unveil a new Google experience phone during the event held by Samsung on November 8. Sadly, that did not happen as rumors suggested that the Nexus S was delayed due to a hardware bug. There have been many rumors about the hardware specifications and how the Nexus S actually looks.
If my memory serves me right, the Nexus S is the first phone in a very long time whose pictures and specifications have not leaked on the Internet before its release until now. Best Buy has mistakenly posted a picture of a device on their website which looks like a Nexus S. From the image it looks like the Nexus S is running Android 2.3 since the notification bar sports a new color.
There is also a front-video camera visible in the image which further strengthens the fact that Google will be bringing video chat to Android with Gingerbread. Hopefully, Samsung and Google will be unveiling the Nexus S sometime soon.
The whole of the Internet world is talking about the highly anticipated Google experience phone – dubbed as Nexus Two – to be unveiled by Samsung on November 8th. However, a Korean website is reporting that an official Samsung spokesperson has claimed that the news is simply not true.I personally don’t think that the entire buzz around the Nexus Two from Samsung is false.
I highly doubt the credibility of this news posted by the Korean site danawa.com. After all, why would a Samsung spokesperson tell this big’ piece of news to a Korean site, instead of many big blogs like Engadget and Gizmodo?
If this news does turn out to be true, then we can be pretty assured that the Continuum is the only phone to be launched by Samsung on November 8th. And no, it’s not going to be a Google experience phone.
The guys over at Engadget have got their hands on a few more pictures of the Sony PlayStation Phone along with some juicy’ details. The PlayStation phone is internally known as the Zeus. From the pictures, the phone looks to be pretty thick.
The leaked pictures show the prototype handset to be running on Android 2.2, but apparently there are multiple prototypes of the Zeus’ with different Android version on board. The leaked pictures also suggest that the device will launch with an 8GB microSD card pre-installed. It also looks like the handset will sport 512MB of internal memory. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will bump the internal memory of the device to 1GB when it launches the Zeus’.
Readers can check out more pictures of the PlayStation Phone from Sony here.
Samsung has just sent out an invite to most of the popular tech bloggers out there (Sadly, I did not receive one :( ) inviting them for the unveiling of their brand new Android device. The event is scheduled to take place on November 8th at 6pm in New York. As of now, there is hardly any information about the handset which Samsung is going to announce.
However, rumors suggest that the this new Android based handset from Samsung will be a Google experience phone i.e. it will be running a stock version of Android 2.2 or perhaps Android 2.3?
This same handset can very well be the Samsung Continuum whose pictures leaked on the Internet few weeks ago. The Samsung Continuum sports two OLED based displays with the secondary OLED display being used for some simple tasks and to preserve battery life.