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.
Remember the GPS fix for the Samsung Vibrant which was pulled back from KIES for unknown reasons? As promised earlier by T-Mobile, they have released the firmware update via OTA (Over-The-Air). The new firmware update (JI6) improves the lag issues along with the GPS performance and also brings the Media Hub’ application to the Vibrant.
Here is the official change-log from T-Mobile-:
*GPS, SGPA, SUPL
*The Sims 3 10th Anniversary Edition
*Calendar alert chime
*New Services: Samsung Media Hub
*40+ bug fixes, UI changes and update
People over at XDA-Developer forums have been reporting that this firmware update has made the phone snappier as well.
The OTA will be rolled out in phases by T-Mobile to all the Vibrant handsets out there until the end of October.
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.
The AT&T Captivate got its promised GPS fix from Samsung last week. However, many people reported that the update only marginally improved the GPS performance of the device. Now, T-Mobile is all set to roll out the GPS fix for its Galaxy S variant the Vibrant. In fact, T-Mobile had already released the GPS fix as a firmware update over KIES but later pulled it back for unknown reasons. Nevertheless, T-Mobile’s Twitter account did tweet that an OTA will be announced soon.
People over at XDA-Developer forum who managed to update their Vibrant with the new firmware (JI5) were happy with the GPS performance. Nearly everyone saw a very huge boost in the GPS performance of the device. Along with the improvement in the GPS department, this new firmware update also fixes some other bugs which bugged Vibrant owners.
Vibrant owners should keep in mind that this update will not bring Android 2.2 to your device. I wonder what happened to Samsung’s promise of delivering Froyo for the Galaxy S handsets by late September? There were rumors that the update has been pushed back to late October and I guess they are true.
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 Galaxy S is one of the most powerful Android device yet. This handset is already quite popular worldwide, specially in South Korea. Back in July, we reported that Samsung has sold over 500,000 units of Samsung Galaxy S within a month of its launch in South Korea. After the huge success of this handset, Samsung launched a pink version of Samsung Galaxy S in South Korea.
It was already expected that Samsung will launch a pink-colored Samsung Galaxy S in its home market and finally the pink colored Galaxy S is available in the South Korean markets. According to Samsung, the new color will appeal to women and it will give them a romantic and cute look.
Samsung Galaxy S is a powerful smartphone powered by the Android 2.1 operating system. It runs on a 1 GHz Application Processor and it has a 4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with 800Ã—480 pixels resolution, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playing, integrated messaging Social Hub and more.
Samsung Galaxy S is currently available in three colors in South Korea – Black, Snow White and Femme Pink. Which one would you like to buy?
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.
Samsung announced the highly anticipated Galaxy Tab few days ago. However, what the company did not announce was the pricing of the device. Rumors are floating around on the Internet about the pricing of the device. The specification of the Galaxy Tab looks very promising and its success now solely depends on its price. It is very important for Samsung to price the device right. Now time for the bad news.
Slashgear managed to get their hands on a screenshot of the pricing detail of the unlocked Galaxy Tab from Amazon and things looks pretty bad. From the leaked screenshot, it looks like the unlocked Galaxy Tab will be priced at Euros 799 or $1000. Now that is definitely way too much for a tablet I or for that matter anyone else would like to shell out. Rumors also suggest that the subsidized version of the Galaxy Tab will cost anywhere between $200-$400 which definitely hits the sweet spot for me.
Hopefully, Samsung will work closely with network operators to subsidize the price of the Galaxy Tab. Otherwise, I doubt the Galaxy Tab will be an iPad killer as many people had hoped for.
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 Galaxy Tab was the only device showcased by Samsung at the IFA 2010. However, some bloggers managed to catch the unannounced Samsung I5510 in action at the Vodafone booth in IFA. The I5510 features a four row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and runs on Android 2.2 with TouchWiz 3.0 on top of it. Apparently, the device will feature 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0. The handset will also sport a 3.5mm jack and a microUSB port. The back of the handset also sports a 5MP camera.
As of now no more details about the handset is available. At the time of its launch the Samsung I5510 will be available exclusively on the Vodafone network. The device is expected to cost around 200 Euros at the time of its launch. From the pictures of the device, it looks like a mid-end Android handset and will be a worthy addition to the Galaxy line-up of Android devices from Samsung.
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 has been selling like hot cakes ever since its release. Competitive pricing, coupled with fantastic screen, powerful hardware and Android OS (Operating System) has earned it a solid reputation. However, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its fair share of kinks.
Besides the well-publicized GPS bug, some Galaxy handsets also suffer from another potentially devastating bug. According to the Inquirer, connecting the device to a PC through Samsung Kies might trigger a factory reset, if there is a file with extension longer than 16 characters. “This only occurs if the Galaxy S device contains a file name extension longer than 16 characters,” informed a Samsung spokesperson. “The issue will be remedied immediately when the file is removed”, he added.
Factory reset basically wipes away all your data and resets the phone to its original condition. This means that you will lose all your contacts, messages, settings and more. Until Samsung fixes this issue through a firmware update, ensure that your Galaxy S doesn’t have any file with extension longer than 16 characters.