The Android powered Samsung Galaxy S is already a huge hit worldwide. Apple sold 1.8 million units of iPhone (3GS + iPhone4) in South Korea from its first launch in November 2009. On the other hand, Samsung just announced that, the company managed to sell 2 million units of its popular smartphone, Galaxy S in just 6 month. The manufacturer already sold 9.3 million units of Galaxy S worldwide.
Galaxy S is quite popular in its home country, since it is the first smartphone to reach the 2 million milestone in South Korea. Samsung is expected to sell 10 million Galaxy S by the end of this year. Galaxy S will be the first Android device to cross the milestone of 10 million units worldwide.
Samsung’s first Android powered tablet, Galaxy Tab and its very own BADA OS powered Wave is also a huge hit. Samsung recently launched the second Google branded smartphone, Nexus S. Next year, Samsung will launch the Bada OS 2.0 with NFC (Near Field Communication) and Updated UI.
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!
At the beginning of this month, we reported that T-Mobile UK has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in the U.K. Apparently, that did not happen and T-Mobile UK never released the update. Now, another carrier in the UK Three has started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Three U.K. branded Galaxy S handsets.
Galaxy S owners can update their handset using Samsung’s KIES software.
As a part of the update, the phone will be wiped clean of any data so users are suggested to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the update. The Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S will bring many new features like performance enhancements, Flash 10.1 and a spiced up TouchWiz UI.
Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handset series in the U.S by this year end.
Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for unbranded Galaxy S handsets in early November. The Korean company has been slowly rolling out the update to unlocked devices in various regions of the world. It was just a couple of days ago that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in India.
Now, Samsung and T-Mobile UK have started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for T-Mobile branded Galaxy S devices in the U.K.
Along with the usual KIES release, T-Mobile has also released an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update. However, the OTA update might be delayed so users are recommended to try out KIES first. It is still unknown when all the four carrier branded variants of the Galaxy S AT&T’s Captivate, Verizon’s Fascinate, Sprint’s Epic 4G and T-Mobile’s Vibrant in the United States will get their share of Froyo love.
Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for these devices before the end of the year.
At the beginning of this month, Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in the U.K. Samsung is slowly rolling out the update in various regions of the world. Today, the company has released the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in India.
Samsung had earlier released the Android 2.2 update for the handset in October but it was later pulled back due to numerous bugs and performance issues.
However, the new firmware update being rolled out now is considerably much better. Galaxy S owners in India need to use Samsung KIES to update their handset to Android 2.2. The Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S will bring with it better performance, speech-to-text, voice search, Flash 10.1 and other Froyo goodies.
Samsung has also tweaked their TouchWIZ UI on the phone with new colorful icons.
Giorgio Armani and Samsung Electronics have come up with an exclusive smartphone, combining style and cutting-edge technology, the Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S. The specs of this handset is almost same to the original Samsung Galaxy S except the fancy Giorgio Armani GUI.
The long-standing partnership between Samsung and Giorgio Armani has produced a finely crafted handset that reflects the user’s refined tastes. It has been magnificent to see Samsung’s design and technological expertise matched with one of the most prestigious and stylish brands in the world,said YH Lee, Senior Vice President of the Samsung Mobile Marketing.
The Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1Ghz processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, Giorgio Armani GUI, 5 megapixel camera, HD video player and recorder, Music Player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Adobe Flash 10.1, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, 3.5 mm audio jack, 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory and 1650 mAh battery.
The Giorgio Armani Galaxy S comes with a price tag of â‚¬700 (approx. $950). This handset will be available from next month in Italy, Netherlands, UK and Russia. Check out the commercial below.
Today, Samsung Mobile Canada on their Facebook page has given a time-frame for the Android 2.2 rollout for the various carrier branded Galaxy S handsets. First and foremost, the Vibrant from Bell and the Samsung Captivate from Rogers will get the Froyo love by mid-December.
Lastly, the TELUS branded Galaxy S handset the Fascinate will get its Android 2.2 update in early 2011. The Android 2.2 update for all these handsets will not be released in the usual OTA (Over-The-Air) form. Users need to use Samsung’s KIES desktop software to get the update.
Samsung has already started rolling out Android 2.2 update in various parts of the world. The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of this month. However, Samsung has not mentioned when the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S will be getting the Android 2.2 update.
The Vibrant and the Captivate have already had their taste of Froyo thanks to some leaked firmwares. Yesterday, the Epic 4G joined that list thanks to Firon.
Firon has released a new ROM for the Epic 4G based on a leaked Android 2.2 firmware (DJ29). The ROM is a pretty basic one (deodexed, zip-aligned and pre-rooted) and only contains the usual Froyo goodies.
The catch? Browsing performance is actually slower than what it was on Android 2.1 based firmware and the audio sometimes skips when on 3G. Epic 4G owners can download the ROM from here.
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.
Google Nexus One might have been a commercial flop; however, it succeeded in securing a special place in the hearts of Android lovers, due to its combination of excellent hardware with open and no-nonsense software. The Nexus One became “the” phone to own for Android enthusiasts thanks to its quick updates, vanilla Android OS and unlocked bootloader. Unfortunately, Google’s direct online purchase model bombed, leading Eric Schmidt (CEO, Google) to remark that Google will not be selling phones in the future. However, according to latest rumors floating around, this might not entirely be true.
According to Android and Me, the Nexus Two exists and is coming soon. Samsung will reportedly unveil the Nexus Two in a press event being held on November 8. Radio Android also picked up the same information through an anonymous tipster. The available information suggests that the new device will be called the Nexus S, and as far as hardware is concerned, will be identical to the Samsung Galaxy S series of phones. This means that it will sport a 4-inch SAMOLED screen and will be powered by a Hummingbird processor.
The real differentiating factor will be the software. The Nexus S is expected feature the vanilla flavor of Gingerbread (Android 3.0/2.3). Additionally, like the Nexus One, it will also have an unlocked bootloader that will facilitate the installation of custom ROMs.
As you might expect, neither Samsung nor Google is willing to confirm or deny the speculations. Samsung has only confirmed that it will be announcing a new Android phone on November 8. According to the DroidGuy’s sources, the handset being launched by Samsung will not be the successor to Nexus One. Nevertheless, we are keeping our fingers crossed. Either way, if you are thinking about purchasing a new Android phone, we highly recommend that you wait for a few more days before making a decision.