Samsung is probably the only Android device manufacturer making heavy profits. Other companies like HTC and Motorola are going through a bad time, with profits plunging every quarter. In a bid to improve their products, brand identity and more, Motorola and HTC have promised to release fewer phones in 2012. However, it looks like Samsung is taking just the opposite route!
The company has just released the successor of Galaxy Ace, a popular mid-range Android phone , the Galaxy Ace 2. The Galaxy Ace 2 packs in a 800MHz dual-core processor, and a 3.8-inch WVGA (480×800) PLS TFT screen. Other than this, the handset also packs in 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, along with a microSD card slot. At the back of the Ace 2 is a 5MP snapper aided by an LED flash, and a VGA snapper in the front. The handset is also capable of recording videos in HD (720p) resolution. All other usual connectivity features like GPS with GLONASS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, and Bluetooth v3.0 etc. are also present. The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it.
The Galaxy Ace 2 will be available in the U.K from April at an unknown price.
Samsung has announced that it will start rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Galaxy branded Android handsets.
The Galaxy branded Android handsets include Galaxy S, Ace, Fit, Mini, Gio, Galaxy Tab and some Galaxy branded handsets meant for Korea.
Here is a small change-log of the update :
· Faster Performance Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
· Upgraded Usability The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.
Galaxy S users in the U.K and Nordic Countries will get the update by mid-May. The update will then be gradually rolled out to European, North America and Asian countries. Other Galaxy branded handsets will also taste Gingerbread in the Nordic countries by the end of this month.
Samsung did release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in the middle of last month. But, later on the update was pulled back by the company for some unknown reasons.
Samsung is quite popular for poor software support of their Android smartphones. The company only committed to releasing the Android OS updates for the Galaxy S handsets, and never mentioned anything about other Galaxy branded handsets.
The company did release the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Galaxy 3, but has kept mum on the Galaxy S L and the Galaxy Ace Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.
However, it looks like the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread love from Samsung. The folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on a leaked Gingerbread firmware for the Ace.
Users who flashed this firmware on their handset did report some performance and stability issues. The leaked ROM has quite a few bugs as well. Other than this, the ROM features some updated items and the new goodies brought about by the Android OS update.
This leak does confirm that the Galaxy Ace will get the Gingerbread update from Samsung. Hopefully, Sammy will also release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread RM for the Galaxy S L. Nevertheless, it’s still nice to see Samsung releasing Android OS updates for a mid-range phone.
Interested Galaxy Ace owners can head over to SamFirmware.com and download the leaked Gingerbread firmware for their handset.
Samsung has just added another handset to their expanding list of the Galaxy line-up the Galaxy Neo.
The Galaxy Neo is similar to the Galaxy Ace, and will be available for sale only in Korea. Like the Ace, the Neo sports an 800Mhz processor and packs 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Unlike the Ace, the Neo has a 3.5-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.
Other key specs of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS with A-GPS, and a microSD card slot. The back of the Neo sports a disappointing fixed-focus 3MP snapper, without any Flash.
The handset is powered by a beefy 1500mAh battery and runs on Android 2.2 FroYo, with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The Galaxy Neo also supports T-DMB.
Since the Neo is a CDMA handset, it won’t be launched in any other country. Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing or the launch date of the handset as well. The handset will be available in white and black colors.