Back in 2011, Samsung launched the mid-range Galaxy R smartphone with a 4.2 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory and much more. This handset was shipped with the out-dated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.
Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device in most parts of the world. However, the Galaxy R users in India were left behind. After waiting for more than 14 months from its official launch, Samsung finally released the much-awaited Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy R users in India.
The size of the update is 239 MB and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including Face Recognition (Face Unlock), Android Beam, mobile data management, performance and stability improvements, updated UI, applications multitasking, better speech recognition, usability improvements, updated Google apps and more.
This update is currently available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. It is always advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You can also manually connect the Galaxy R to your computer and update the device using Samsung’s KIES software.
After rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for all its top-tier devices, Samsung has turned its attention to its mid-range and forgotten devices. Starting from last week, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy R.
Yes, Samsung did launch a handset named Galaxy R in certain markets of the world. The R looked similar to the Galaxy S2, but packed in a slightly smaller 4.2-inch SLCD screen, a Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM. As of now, the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy R is being rolled out in Korea, but should soon be available in other regions including India.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy R will bring with it performance and stability improvements, updated UI, Face Unlock, better speech recognition, inbuilt data monitoring tool, usability improvements, updated Google apps and much more.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy R is not available via OTA. Instead, users will need to make use of Samsung’s KIES software to install the ICS update on their handset.
Last month, a down-spec’d version of the Galaxy S II – Galaxy Z – was announced by Three Sweden. The phone was only intended for the Sweden operator 3.
Today, Samsung has announced another variant of the Galaxy Z, aimed for the markets of Europe and Asia dubbed as the Galaxy R, which is similar to the Z.
The Galaxy R is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, and packs 8GB of internal memory. The R also sports a 4.19-inch S-LCD screen, with WVGA (800×480) resolution.
The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash, which is also capable of recording videos at 720p HD resolution. The phone is also capable of playing back 1080p HD videos.
Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0+HS, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi direct, 3.5mm audio jack and a bunch of sensors. The R is powered by a 1650mAh battery, which is capable of powering the phone for nearly 550hours in 3G on standby mode.
The Galaxy R runs on the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI running on top of it. The phone is expected to hit the retail stores of Europe by mid-August. Sammy did not mention anything about the pricing of the R.