Samsung Galaxy S2 Specs Leak

The folks over at Pocket Now have managed to get their specs of the hotly anticipated successor to the Samsung Galaxy S the Galaxy S 2 thanks to Expansys.

Rumors floating around the Internet suggested that the S2 will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz Orion processor.Sadly, the leaked specs suggest that the handset will be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm 8260 Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz.

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The Galaxy S successor will sport a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with a WVGA (800×480) resolution. The leaked specs from Expansys also suggest that the phone will pack a measly 512MB of RAM along with 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot.

The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with a LED flash, which will be capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. Other key features of the phone include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, mini-HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port, a 2MP front facing camera and NFC capabilities.

I will suggest readers to read this piece of news with a pinch of salt. I highly doubt that Samsung will use a Snapdragon processor on Galaxy S2 instead of their in-house Orion processor or the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. Also, I don’t think Samsung will equip the handset with a paltry 512MB of RAM.

Nevertheless, all these rumors will be killed by Sammy next week when then announce the Galaxy S2.

Samsung to Launch Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Gio and Galaxy Mini at MWC 2011

Samsung, the number one Android smartphone manufacturer didn’t have much to show us at CES 2011, except for the Samsung Infuse 4G and the unnamed 4G LTE smartphone.

At MWC though, it is planning to bring its complete army of Android devices, from budget phones, to superphones and tablets.

Today, Samsung revealed some details of four mid range Android smartphones which will be launched at MWC 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Specifications

It will be a budget version of the Galaxy S. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, a 3.5 inch HVGA display, an 800 MHz processor and a 5 MP camera with LED flash. It also has the usual stuff – 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, GPS, the TouchWiz UI and Swype. Check out more details of the Galaxy Ace here.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy Fit Specifications

This will be the second mid range phone by Samsung. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, a 3.31 inch QVGA display, 600 MHz processor and a 5 MP camera. It will also have 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Swype along with the TouchWiz UI.

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Samsung Galaxy Gio Specifications

The Galaxy Gio will come with Android 2.2 Froyo, an 800 MHz processor, 3.2 inch HVGA display, 3 MP camera and 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and the usual – TouchWiz UI with Swype.

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Samsung Galaxy Mini Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Mini is the last Android phone announced. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo too and has a 3.14 inch QVGA display, 600 MHz processor, 3 MP camera and TouchWiz UI, Swype as well as 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.

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All the phones will launch in H1 2011. No pricing details are out yet.

via CNET and PocketNow

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Coming February 13

Something big is coming. Samsung has just hinted at the launch of the successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S. You can check out the teaser of the next Galaxy S, or the Galaxy S 2, at Samsung Unpacked.

Mobile World Congress 2011 is set to start on February 14. Samsung will apparently launch the first preview teaser of the Galaxy S 2 on February 1 and will launch it on February 13. The launch will happen in Barcelona itself, where MWC is going to be held, just before it starts.

Launching it before MWC will help it get a good amount of media coverage, as almost any gadget launched at MWC gets drowned out by the many announcements. Samsung should also unveil a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Tab at MWC.

The Galaxy S has sold more than 10 million units in 2010 and has been the most popular Android phone yet. The Galaxy S 2 will be much better than the Galaxy S in terms of hardware. It will likely have a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and a 4.0 – 4.5 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, like the Samsung Infuse 4G. It should come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. More details should be coming on February 1. Stay tuned.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Teaser

Voodoo Sound Takes Your Galaxy S Music Quality To Another Level

The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets have been selling like hot cakes all over the world. However, the phones have their share of issues including poor GPS signal and lag’ or stalling’ issue. The modding community at XDA came up with many different lag fixes’ but all these fixes had one issue or another.

However, one of the most talented developers in the Samsung Galaxy S modding scene Supercurio completely fixed the lag issue with his Voodoo kernel‘. Now, supercurio has come up with another awesome mod for the Galaxy S series of handsets Voodoo sound. The Galaxy S handsets are using a Wolfson WM8994 Sound CODEC which is one of the best audio chipsets for smartphones.

However, Samsung did not take the full advantage of the CODEC and wrote a badly coded driver for the chip, which is typical of them. Being a music junkie that supercurio is- he started working on improving the music quality of the Galaxy S devices.

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The result Voodoo sound. He released the first version of the mod a few days ago. The first version of Voodoo sound allows users to increase the analog’ sound level by using the Voodoo App. By increasing the analog’ sound level, users will get the best SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) and the lowest hiss possible while playing music on their phone.

Along with this, the first version of Voodoo sound also improves the FM audio quality and the bass on the Galaxy S by a huge margin.

I will suggest all Galaxy S owners to try out the Voodoo sound mod. They simply need to flash any kernel out there for the Galaxy S which has the Voodoo sound patch integrated. They can find tons of tutorials over at the XDA forums on how to flash a kernel on the Galaxy S.

Best Android Phones In India

Update: Also check out the Best Android Phones in India for 2011 Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011.

The year 2010 was all about the growth of Android. In 2011, analysts expect the Android OS to explode’. In less than a year, Android handsets have grabbed a considerable share in the mobile market and they are still setting the sales chart on fire.

In India, where Symbian OS rules Android has managed to grab a decent market share. Now, more and more people in India are realizing that the Android OS is the future of mobile phones and are buying an Android based phone for themselves. However, the Indian market is flooded with low-range Android handsets which totally spoil the Android experience. So, below is a list consisting of the best Android phones available in India right now.

Also Read: Best Android Apps in Android Market | Best Android Phones in the Market

The Best Android Phones available in India right now are :

Samsung Galaxy 5

The only Android phone worth purchasing below the Rs. 10,000 mark is the Samsung Galaxy 5. The Galaxy 5 is a pretty loaded’ handset which is pretty surprising for its price. The Galaxy 5 is powered by a 600 MHz processor and runs on Android 2.1 with TouchWIZ UI on top of it.

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The handset also has a decent 2.8-inch 240×400 screen. The back of the phone sports a disappointing 2MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card slot are also present. Even though the Galaxy 5 is a pretty cheap handset, it packs in HSDPA support. The Samsung Galaxy 5 is available in India for only Rs. 8869 and can be purchased from here. I would seriously recommend this handset to buyers instead of the other low-end Android phones like the Micromax A60.

HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire is one of the most popular budget phones in India. It features a 3.2-inch QVGA (320×240) display. The handset is powered by a 528MHz processor and has 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are all present.

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Recently, HTC also started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the handset in India. The HTC Wildfire is available in India for Rs. 13749.   The HTC Wildfire is a decent Android phone to own but with considerably better competitors out there. Users who want to experience the HTC Sense UI should prefer this phone over the LG Optimus One. Readers can purchase the HTC Wildfire from here.

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro

The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro is a power packed handset. The handset features a 2.55-inch display with QVGA display. The handset is powered by a 600MHz processor and has 128MB of internal memory. The X10 Mini Pro also packs in a slide-out QWERTY keyboard which is pretty remarkable for such a small form factor.

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The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Sony’s proprietary TimeScape UI on top of it. Sadly, Sony Ericsson won’t be releasing any more Android updates for this device. The X10 Mini Pro is available in India for Rs. 15000 and can be purchased from here. A must buy if anyone in India is looking for a small form factor based Android phone with a decent QWERTY keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy 3

Before the LG Optimus One was launched, the Samsung Galax 3 was the best Android phone available within Rs. 15000. The Galaxy 3 features a 3.2-inch screen with an odd resolution of 240×400. The phone has a 667 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS etcetera are all present.

The handset runs on Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI on top of it. Samsung will soon roll out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy 3. The Samsung Galaxy 3 is available in India for Rs. 11500 and can be purchased from here.

LG Optimus One

The LG Optimus One is the best Android phone available in India for below Rs. 15000. For a budget mid-range phone, the Optimus One packs a 3.2-inch HVGA display, a 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 170MB of internal memory. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm jack and a microSD card slot are all present.

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The back of the phone sports a 3.15MP camera with auto-focus. The phone is powered by a 1500mAh battery which will make sure that the phone will easily last through a day.

Even though the Optimus One is a budget oriented Android phone, it runs on Android 2.2. LG has even announced that the Optimus One will officially get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. The LG Optimus One (P500) is available for Rs. 12500 in India. Readers can purchase the LG Optimus One P500 from here.

HTC Desire

The HTC Desire is very similar to the Google Nexus One. The handset features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS etcetera are also there. The HTC Desire is an old handset now but it is available in India for around Rs. 23000 now.

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At this price, the Desire is a truly desirable handset. Readers who want to purchase the HTC Desire can do so from here.

HTC Desire Z

The Desire Z is one of the best Android handsets available in India to sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Unlike other high-end Android phones, the processor of Desire Z runs at a mere’ 800 MHz. However, this does not make the phone a slow couch and it is able to beat all the older generation Snapdragon phones in performance easily.

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The slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the handset is also pretty good and is one of the main attractions of this phone. The Z packs in 1.5gig of internal memory and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash which is capable of recoding 720p HD videos. The Desire Z runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of Sense UI on top of it.

The Desire Z is available in India for Rs. 25899. Readers interested in buying the Desire Z can buy it from here.

HTC Desire HD

HTC recently released the Desire HD in India. The handset is made up of a single block of aluminum and has a very premium feel to it. The Desire HD sports a mammoth 4.3-inch display along with 768MB of RAM and 1.5gig of internal memory. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and packs an Adreno 205 GPU. The back of the phone also sports an 8MP camera along with dual-LED flash.

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The Desire HD has been packed to the brim with features from HTC but sadly, the company has skimped on the battery of the handset. The handset is powered by a measly 1230mAh battery which will see this handset barely make it through a day.

Still the HTC Desire HD is a very good phone and is available in India for Rs. 27899. Readers who are interested in buying the Desire HD can do so from here.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the most popular Android phones last year. The handset features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics core. The Super-AMOLED display on the handset has stellar contrast and viewing angles. Samsung had launched the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 on board but recently rolled out the Android 2.2 update in India.

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The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, microSD card slot, and 16GB of internal memory including 2GB of ROM for installing all your apps. The Samsung Galaxy S retails for around Rs. 26000 in India right now. The back of the Galaxy S packs a 5MP auto-focus camera while the front has a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.

The downsides of the Galaxy S include a plasticky build quality and no LED flash to assist the 5MP camera. The combination of killer internal hardware, screen and pricing make the Galaxy S the best Android handset available in India right now. The Samsung Galaxy S is available in India for Rs. 27999 and can be purchased from here.

So which is your favorite based phone in India? Do let me know through your comments.

Update: Also check out the  Best Android Phones in India for 2011.

Samsung Fascinate And Vibrant Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out In Canada

Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Galaxy S handsets all over the world. A couple of days ago, Samsung started offering the Froyo update for all the operator branded Galaxy S handsets in the U.K. Today, the company has started rolling out the Froyo update for the Vibrant as well as the Fascinate in Canada.

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The Vibrant is offered by Bell, SaskTel and Virgin mobile while the Fascinate is offered by the TELUS. Earlier, Samsung released the Android 2.2 Froyo update schedule for the Galaxy S line-up in Canada. The schedule stated that the TELUS branded Fascinate will get its update in early 2011.

Surprisingly, Samsung managed to release the update just before the current year ended. Vibrant and Fascinate owners can update their handset to Android 2.2 Froyo by using Samsung KIES.

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Samsung Galaxy S Sales Approach 10 Million

The Samsung Galaxy S is undoubtedly the most popular Android smartphone yet. It is available worldwide and has had record sales since its launch, eclipsing any other Android phone. In fact, the Galaxy S was such a huge hit that Google launched the next phone in the Nexus series – the Nexus S, with Samsung as a partner, and not HTC which has been the most staunch Android supporter since years.

The Galaxy S is now reaching the 10 million milestone. Earlier this week, Samsung announced that the Samsung Galaxy S and its variants have already sold 9.3 million units since launch. With about 10 more days since the announcements, and the Christmas shopping season in full swing, Galaxy S may end this year with 10 million sales. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab may sell 2 million units by the end of 2010, making it a very good year, for both Samsung and Android.

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Samsung Galaxy S Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread

At the beginning of this month, Google unveiled the latest version of Android Gingerbread along with the Nexus S. When the Nexus One was launched, it featured blazing edge hardware and set the ‘benchmark’ for other Android phones to follow. However, the Nexus S is based on the popular Samsung Galaxy S hardware with a few subtle changes.

These changes include a NFC chip, Bluetooth 2.1, no microSD card slot, an LED flash and no FM radio. All Galaxy S owners hoped that since both the phones have a similar hardware, the Android modding community will soon cook an Android 2.3 Gingerbread based ROM for the Galaxy S.

Today, one of the most popular developer/modder on the Galaxy S modding scene supercurio has managed to get Android 2.3 up and working on his Galaxy S. He has even uploaded a video of his Galaxy S running Android 2.3 :

Samsung Galaxy S Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread

However, there are still some bugs with this ROM like the Wi-Fi is a no go and the capacitive touch keys need to be re-mapped as well. Nevertheless, the awesome guy that supercurio is, he has promised to fix all these small bugs and release an Android 2.3 ROM for the Galaxy S. Kudos to supercurio!

Samsung Puts A Pause On Android 2.2 For the Galaxy S

Just as Google released Android 2.3, Samsung put a temporary suspension on the upgrading of their Galaxy S devices. For the past few weeks, users have been complaining about inoperable devices after updating to FroYo, and now Samsung Canada has officially acknowledged the problem via their Facebook wall. The word is that they are investigating the reported issues and In the interim, we are taking the extra precaution of temporarily suspending the upgrade.

If you’ve had any problems, it’s suggested you contact Samsung directly, at their toll-free line; 1-800-751-4078 or e-mail [email protected]

Leaked: LG B, Slimmest Android Phone with a Superb Display

After the LG Optimus 2X, the dual core Android smartphone by LG, yet another Android phone by LG has been leaked. It is the second impressive device that LG will launch in 2011, probably at CES.

It is a very slim phone, slimmer than both the Apple iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S. Another feather in its cap: its 4 inch display is supposedly better than both the iPhone 4’s Retina display and the Galaxy S’ Super AMOLED display. It is both brighter and more power efficient than the other displays.

With the success of the LG Optimus One, and the hype surrounding the LG Optimus 2X and now the LG B, LG is finally getting its fair share of the limelight in the mobile press.

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via Phandroid