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.
Samsung had promised to release Froyo for the Galaxy S by the end of September. However, the good news is that with a little bit of trickery you might just be able to get Froyo on your Galaxy a lot sooner than that.
Multiple XDA forum members are reporting that it is possible to get Froyo running on the Galaxy S through Samsung Kies. The trick is to set Kies to test mode (CTRL+ALT+U+P) and modify the Windows registry. Please note that this might crash your handset and force you to do a factory reset.
Although Samsung appears to have fixed the extremely annoying GPS bug that plagued many of the earlier Galaxy S firmware builds, the jury is still out when it comes to performance improvements. However, it might be futile to rush to a judgment, as this is most probably not a final build of the firmware. Nevertheless, this does signal that the official Android 2.2 update for unbranded Galaxy S handsets will arrive soon.
Hat Tip: @kalpik
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.
It’s here! It’s finally here! The final version of CyanogenMod 6.0 has finally been released. The final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 supports many devices like the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, the HTC EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible, the HTC Aria etcetera. The CyanogenMod 6.0 ROM is based on the Android 2.2 OS. Users can download the ROM from either the Cyanogen forums or via ROM Manager.
Other features of CM6 rom include Browser incognito mode, FLAC playback support, Ad-hoc Wi-Fi support, OpenVPN support and many more. Here is the link to the full change-log. However, the final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 is still not yet out for some devices like the HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) and the HTC Hero.
Hopefully, the final version of the CM6 ROM should come out for these devices within a few 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.