In a press event, Samsung and the big red Verizon have finally unveiled the Samsung Continuum. The handset sports a 3.4-inch S-AMOLED screen along with a secondary ticker’ display measuring 1.8-inches. The bottom sides of the phone feature a grip sensor which activates the ticker’. The ticker’ provides users with weather information, IM and e-mail notifications and stock market information etcetera.
Since the Continuum is a Galaxy S series phone, the rest of the internal specifications of the handset are similar to other Galaxy S series handsets. The phone is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM along with a microSD card slot (expandable up to 32GB, 8 GB pre-loaded).
The Continuum also sports the usual GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 3.5mm jack. Sadly, the handset will be running on Android 2.1 with the usual Samsung TouchWIZ UI on top of it. Samsung have also pre-loaded Swype on the phone for ultra-fast typing speed.
The phone will hit the Verizon retail stores from November 11 and will cost $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract.
It was originally rumored that Samsung will be unveiling a Google experience device at this press event along with the Continuum.
After so many delays and pull back’, the Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 update has started rolling out officially from today in the U.K. This piece of news was confirmed by Samsung UK tweet. The Android 2.2 update will continue until the end of November. However, the update won’t be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one.
Users who want to update their phone to Android 2.2 need to use the Samsung KIES software to do so. They can download the latest version of KIES from here.
Samsung had earlier released an official Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S but the firmware was so buggy and slow that they had to pull it back. I have already flashed this new official firmware on my Galaxy S and I must say it’s great. The phone is smooth and there are no lags at all.
Hopefully, Samsung will roll out the Android 2.2 firmware update to other countries soon.
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Just a few days ago, we had reported that Samsung had released the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Galaxy S handset. At that time, the update was available only for the Nordic region. However, it looks like Samsung has pulled the update back due to numerous complaints with the firmware including lagging and bugs. However Samsung is working on releasing another Android 2.2 update soon for all the Galaxy S owners.
Today, in a press release Samsung announced that they will be releasing a new Android 2.2 based firmware update for the Galaxy S handsets in early November’ in the UK. Hopefully this new Android 2.2 firmware will fix all the issues the original firmware had. Samsung also mentioned that all Android 2.2 update should hit the different operator versions of the Galaxy S by the end of November.
Being an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S myself, I was completely dis-satisfied with the official-now-pulled-back-firmware (JP6).
Looks like Samsung has released the official Froyo firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S. Many users over at XDA-Developers are reporting that they have been able to update their handset to the official Froyo FW (JP6) via KIES. Early reviews suggest that the lag issue which was present in nearly all the Android 2.1 FW is still present. Hopefully, this firmware update will fix the GPS issue which has been plaguing the Galaxy S from the start.
Here is the change-log according to Brief Mobile :
* Android 2.2 JIT compiler
* Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
* New Android Market with auto-updating
* Speed improvements
* Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
* Improved default keyboard
* Quick links to GPSand Auto rotationtoggles on notification bar added
* Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
* Colored icons in settings
* GPS Fix
* Colored settings icons
* Media Hub
* Darker menu theme, navy blue color
* Better Exchange support
* Video records in MP4 format
* New Search widget
* New Gmail application
Ironically, @SamFirmware had managed to get his hands on the leaked firmware a few days ago. Samsung had even released the source code of the JPM firmware on their open source website before pulling it back.
The Galaxy S handset series from Samsung were expected to get the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update by the end of last month. Sadly, Samsung failed to meet the said deadline and pushed the release back to the last week of October. This surely left all the Galaxy S users disappointed. Nevertheless, Samsung Captivate AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy S owners should rejoice as the folks at XDA have managed to get hold of a leaked Android 2.2 firmware – I897UCJI6.
Most of the Captivate owners who flashed this leaked firmware have been downright impressed with it. Not only does this firmware improve the GPS performance of the device, it also enables Mobile AP (Access Point) feature! Flash 10.1 is pre-installed and works like a charm on heavy flash based websites.
There are many more nice changes in this leaked firmware and I would definitely suggest Captivate owners to flash to this firmware. Here is the link to the thread over at XDA Developers.
Looks like Samsung is soon going to release another Galaxy S variant in the U.S. This new handset is rumored to be the SCH-i400 Continuum which features two screens. Yes, two screens! Below the 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen (hopefully!), the Continuum will feature a secondary Ticker’ display. The folks at Engadget have also managed to get some pictures of the device as well. According to them, the Ticker’ will provide users with access to primary phone functions like RSS updates and Weather updates. This will help in improving the battery life of the device to a great extent.
The handset also sports a microSD card slot and a dedicated camera button on its side. The dual-screen handset will be running on Android 2.2 with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI on top of it. The phone also sports a Verizon logo up-front which indicates that the device will hit Verizon first and hopefully right before the year ends.
Samsung and AT&T have just announced that they will be releasing a software update for the Samsung Captivate. Earlier today, Verizon had also announced a software update for the Samsung Vibrant. Both the Samsung Vibrant and the Captivate belong to the Galaxy S series of handset from Samsung.
This software update from AT&T is aimed at improving the performance of the device and will also include QuickOffice. The OTA update is 12MB in size.
However, many of the popular tech blogs including Engadget are reporting that this update (JH7) is also aimed at improving the GPS performance of the device.
An update to improve the Samsung Captivate’s GPS performance is now available. Captivate customers will receive a notification on their device that an update is available and will simply need to download the file to update their phone. The updates will be pushed to customers’ devices over the next few weeks.
The update for the Captivate will also improve additional device functions, such as media scanning time, add the full version of Quickoffice and address Microsoft Exchange 2003 policy support.
Surprisingly, I am unable to find the link to the above press release in AT&T’s website. Even Captivate owners on XDA forums are reporting that this update did not fix the GPS issue for them.
AT&T only mentions about this software update at the bottom of this page and it does not mention anything about the GPS performance fix. It looks like someone has spread a rumor about the GPS fix here or maybe someone from Samsung’s PR sent wrong information to these blogs? It might be also possible that AT&T forgot to mention about the GPS fix in their change-log.
Samsung has rolled out a minor software update for the Sprint Epic 4G. The DI07 update should be available for all Epic owners at the time of reading this article. The DI07 software update fixes some bugs present in the software and optimizes it as well. This software update also adds Media Hub’ functionality to the 4G handset from Sprint.
Media Hub provides Epic owners access to the most popular movies and TV shows. Here is the official change-log from Samsung :
* Optimized – HotSpot in 3G idle mode to help conserve battery power
* Optimized – Applied Qualcomm patch for performance enhancement
* Added – Media Hub
* Modified – WiMAX exit delay
* Modified – UI “Noisey” One to “Noisy One”
* Fixed – 32GB mSD card is not recognized when formatted in device
* Fixed – When playing video, the playback is paused if a headset is connected/disconnected
* Fixed – Sorry popup when DRM file is selected in the Gallery
* Fixed – Hotspot registration/deregistration
The Epic 4G belongs to the Galaxy S series of handsets from Samsung. The phone features a 4-inch touch-screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Hopefully, the Epic 4G will get its Android 2.2 update soon as well.
The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets are one of the best performing Android handsets out there. The credit for this goes to the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and the PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor inside the handset. No other Android handset out there can come close to the Galaxy S in terms of pure graphics performance. The Galaxy S has the best combination of CPU+GPU found in an Android phone right now. Now this is all set to change with the Orion the successor to the Hummingbird CPU from Samsung.
In an official press release, Samsung unveiled the successor to the Hummingbird CPU the Orion. The new Orion platform features a dual-core 1Ghz Cortex A9 processor and a GPU which is 5 times more powerful than the current GPU on the Galaxy S. The Orion platform also supports HDMI 1.3a and multiple display support (up to three). It also allows for 1080p video decoding and encoding.
The CPU will be available to selected customers’ later this year and mass production of the CPU will begin in early 2011.
Good news for all Samsung Epic 4G owners and modders! Samsung has released the source code of the Epic 4G, which is greatly going to help the modding community in cooking Custom ROM for the handset. The Samsung Epic 4G is the 3rd handset to hit the U.S in the Galaxy S series from Samsung. The first two being the Samsung T-Mobile Vibrant and the AT&T Captivate. The fourth and in all probability the final addition to the Galaxy S series will be the Verizon Fascinate.
It is mandatory for every manufacturer to release the source code of every Android handset they release except for their customizations. This open source code will greatly help the developers in modifying and pushing the Epic 4G’s hardware to its limit. Interested users can download the source code from here.
The Samsung Galaxy S is available in the U.S under the T-Mobile and the AT&T network. T-Mobile sells the device as the Samsung Vibrant while AT&T sells it as the Samsung Captivate. Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S the Epic 4G will hit the stores on August 31st. The only other major network operator in the U.S which still does not offer the Galaxy S is Verizon. Rumors suggest Verizon launching its version of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate on September 9.
Giving strength to the rumor is the fact that the Fascinate is now up for pre-order at Best Buy. Verizon already offers a very impressive list of Android smartphones like the Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid 2 and the Droid X. The Samsung Fascinate will be a worthy addition to the Verizon line-up.
It was just yesterday we had reported that Samsung had managed to sell more than 1 Million Galaxy S handsets in the U.S.
The Samsung Galaxy S series of phone has another milestone under its name now. Today, Samsung officially announced in a press release that they have managed to sell more than a million Galaxy S devices in the U.S. This is a pretty impressive figure considering the device hit the retail stores on July 15 and only under two operators AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T sells the Galaxy S as the Captivate, while T-Mobile sells it as the Samsung Vibrant. Sprint is going to launch the Galaxy S on August 31st under the Samsung Epic 4G name.
Rumors suggest Verizon launching its version of the Galaxy S Fascinate on September 9. All the various versions of Galaxy S are pretty similar to each other except for the Epic 4G which features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. With the launch of the Galaxy S handsets under two more operators in the coming weeks, the sale of Galaxy S are set to breach the two million mark soon.
Samsung had earlier managed to sell 500,000 Galaxy S handsets in South Korea in less than 33 days.
The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets have another “certified” feature under its cap now. DivX have officially certified the Galaxy S series of phone as DivX HD certified. The Galaxy S series of handsets are the first Android handset to get this certification, and second overall. The Samsung Wave was the first handset to get this DivX HD certification. Here is what Younghee Lee, Senior Vice President, Samsung Electronics, said in the press release :
By obtaining DivX HD Certification of our new Android-powered multimedia smart phone, we’re giving our customers the freedom to enjoy their DivX videos up to 720p at home and on the go.
To enjoy DivX video on the Galaxy S, consumers can load their video libraries of both standard definition and HD 720p movies in the DivX format on the internal and external memory (expandable to 32GB) and then watch their collections anywhere they choose.
Here is what the Chief Executive Office of DivX, Kevin Hell said
The Galaxy S has exploded in popularity, and we are very excited to join Samsung in promoting its new DivX HD capabilities.
Out of all the Android phones currently available in the market, only the Galaxy S handsets have the capability to playback DivX and other video codec’s like Mkv, Avi etcetera.
The Samsung Galaxy S series of smartphones have been a worldwide hit. The various variants of the Galaxy S have been selling like hot cakes all over the world. One of the main reason why the phone has been applauded is due to the 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. Even in our review of the Galaxy S, I had said that the Super AMOLED screen on the device is the best I have ever come across in my life. Now Samsung’s Senior Manager has just made it official that the Galaxy S uses Gorilla glass made by Corning. Here is what BJ Kang, Senior Manager of Samsung Electronics said :
Advanced display technology plays a crucial role in meeting consumers’ growing expectations on high-end mobile devices, especially smartphones. Corning’s Gorilla glass has helped maximize Galaxy S’s unique smartphone features by enabling a high-quality touch display.
The advantage of using Gorilla glass is that its scratch resistant, thin, environment friendly and does not break so easily. Here is a video demonstrating the power of the Gorilla glass on the Galaxy S –
P.S. The language used in the video is Korean.
The folks over at Electronista managed to shoot a video of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in live testing in Sydney. The Galaxy Tab was caught in a train in the hands of a guy who apparently works for some telecommunication company. The Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen with 3G capability, as the video confirms. When the person using the Galaxy Tab was enquired about the device, he only said that the device was awesomeand mentioned that it was quite differentfrom the Apple iPad.
As seen from the above video, the device seems to have a very responsive UI. This indicates that the Galaxy Tab will feature the same 1 GHz Hummingbird processor which currently powers the Samsung Galaxy S. The responsive UI may also indicate that the device is running Android 2.2. The public testing of the Galaxy Tab suggests that the device is pretty close to its launch.
I guess Samsung must be busy applying the final touches to the UI of the Tab, and talking to various network providers for subsidizing the price of the tablet with a 3G contract.