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Samsung to Unveil 8.9 inch Galaxy Tab Next Month

The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first major Android tablet. It was launched last year and has sold over 2 million units since. Emboldened by its success, Samsung has already announced its successor – the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress.

It will be powered by much better hardware and comes with a bigger 10.1 inch display compared to the Galaxy Tab. However, that’s not all. According to a report by Yonhap News, Samsung is prepping to launch another version of the Galaxy Tab next month. It will have an 8.9 inch touchscreen display, and will be positioned below the 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 2. It will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, just like all the new Android tablets.

This rumor, if true, will position Samsung as the perfect Android competitor against Apple. With this launch, it will have devices to fight against all of Apple’s major devices and then some.

The Galaxy S against the iPhone 4, the Galaxy S 2 and the Infuse 4G against the iPhone 5, the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the rumored Galaxy Tab 8.9 against the iPad and the iPad 2 (which, by the way, is supposed to be announced on March 2), and the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.0 and the Galaxy S Wi-Fi 5.0 against the iPod Touch.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to be launched globally as early as next month.

via Samsung Hub

Samsung Captivate Android 2.2 FroYo Update To Roll Out From Tomorrow

A couple of days ago, Samsung and Sprint started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Samsung Epic 4G. Today, AT&T has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Captivate handset from tomorrow!

However, the update won’t be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Users need to use their Windows based PC or a Mac to update their Captivate to FroYo.

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As stated above by AT&T, the download link to Android 2.2 FroYo for the Captivate will be posted on their Facebook page tomorrow. Hopefully, the update will be a trouble free one and won’t end up bricking the handsets like the WP7 update did to Samsung phones. Including the Captivate, 3 out of 5 Galaxy S variants will taste Android 2.2 FroYo this year.

Hopefully, Samsung and Verizon will release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate by the end of this month or early next month.

Microsoft Pulls Back WP7 Update For Samsung Phones

It was only a couple of days ago that Microsoft started rolling out an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update for all WP7 based handsets out there. The OTA update did not bring any visible changes or any performance improvements. According to the Windows Team Blog, the update improves the software update process. Yes, you guys have read it write! An update to improve the *software update* process itself.

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However, reports are flying in that the first OTA update for WP7 devices has been bricking Samsung WP7 devices. Depending on your luck, your Samsung branded WP7 running handset may even brick itself. Now, Microsoft has pulled back the OTA update for Samsung phones so as to make sure no further chaos ensures.

Here is the official statement from Microsoft :

In response to this emerging issue, we have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update.

The reason behind the update failing on Samsung device is being blamed on the numbers of firmware available for the Samsung WP7 handsets. Users who are running the latest firmware are able to successfully update their Samsung handset. However, users running the older firmware end up bricking their device. Hopefully, Samsung and Microsoft will soon come up with a solution to this problem.

One of the major advantages of WP7 over Android the ability to push out update for all handsets simultaneously due to their uniformity just became their disadvantage!

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out To Nexus One And Nexus S Handsets

Google has kept its words and has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Nexus One and Nexus S owners, alike. When Google announced the Nexus S and the next version of Android Gingerbread, the company stated that they will release the Gingerbread update for the Nexus One within few weeks.

However, nearly 2 months later, the company has finally started rolling out the OTA update for the N1 (Nexus One). Android 2.3.3 contains some major changes as well, including API level 10, NFC enhancements, improvements to the graphics department of the handset and bug fixes.

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Nexus S users should also keep in mind that updating their handset to Android 2.3.3 will disable Facebook contact sync on their phone. The reason behind this as stated by Google is :

We believe it is very important that users are able to control their data. So in the over-the-air update for Nexus S, we have a small change to how Facebook contacts appear on the device. For Nexus S users who downloaded the Facebook app from Android Market, Facebook contacts will no longer appear to be integrated with the Android Contacts app. Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability. Facebook contact data will continue to appear within the Facebook app. Like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data. We are removing the special-case handling of Facebook contacts on Nexus S and future lead devices. We continue to believe that reciprocity (the expectation that if information can be imported into a service it should be able to be exported) is an important step toward creating a world of true data liberation — and encourage other websites and app developers to allow users to export their contacts as well.

Hopefully, Facebook will soon update its Android app to use the Contacts API.

The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OTA update will take a few weeksto complete so N1 owners need to wait patiently for the update to be pushed to their handset.

Samsung Epic 4G Android 2.2 FroYo Update Now Available

As reported earlier by us, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Sprint branded Epic 4G. Originally, the FroYo update was supposed to come in an OTA form. However, Samsung went ahead and released an exe file that will help Epic owners update their handset to Android 2.2.

The EB13 software build version is available in an exe form for Windows users, which will allow them to easily update their handset to FroYo, irrespective of the current firmware the handset is running on. For Mac owners, Samsung has an update.zip’ file which will only work with the DI18 software build or above.

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However, users should keep in mind that updating via the above method will wipe their handset clean of all their data including contacts and SMS. Thus, users are advised to make backups of their important data present on the phone before proceeding with the firmware update. Epic 4G owners can download the update from here.

The Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will include support for Flash 10.1, ability to install apps in the SD card, better memory management, improved battery life, a kernel update and some bug fixes.

Samsung Launches Chat 332 And Chat 335 Messaging Phones In India

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Samsung recently launched two new messaging phones in India. The Samsung Chat 332 and Chat 335 comes with convenient messaging features such as QWERTY keypad, mail, instant messenger and native SNS clients. This handset allows you to keep your friends updated via. Facebook and Twitter on the go. Chat 332 and Chat 335 also features an optical trackpad, Active Sync (Push Mail App) and the Smart Homescreen, where you can easily create shortcuts, buddy lists and live ticker feeds from Twitter and Facebook.

Announcing the launch, Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Mobile & IT, Samsung India Electronics stated, Consumers are increasingly wanting to stay connected with friends and family through SNS, IM and messaging while being on the move. These new qwerty phones from Samsung meet their needs through convenient messaging features and at the same time offer differentiated features like Optical track pad, ActiveSync or the Dual SIM Standby feature (Chat 322) that make them stand out from other messaging phones.

Samsung Chat 322 is the company’s first messaging phone to offer a QWERTY keypad with Dual-SIM standby. This handset offers a touch sensitive optical trackpad for scrolling and navigation and convenient QWERTY keypad for easy and fast message input. It features a 2.2 inch LCD display, 1.3 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headset jack, FM radio, ActiveSync, SNS clients, 45 MB internal memory, up to 12 hours talktime, up to 588 hours stand-by time and a 1000 mAh battery. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs. 4,990.

Samsung Chat 335 features a 2.4 inch LQVGA TFT LCD display, QWERTY keypad, optical trackpad, advanced SNS apps, Wi-Fi connectivity, 2 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm audio jack, 8 GB expandable memory, up to 14 hours talktime, 1000 mAh battery and more. The Find Music feature in this handset helps you in identifying music playing from any source for the artist, song name etc. Samsung Chat 335 is the slimmest QWERTY phone available in the market. This handset comes with a price tag of Rs. 5,800.

Virgin Mobile’s Samsung Intercept To Get The Android 2.2 Update Soon

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Back in September, Virgin Mobile launched its first Android powered device, the Samsung Intercept. This handset comes with a 3.2 inch WQVGA touchscreen display with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Samsung Intercept originally runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system. If you are eagerly waiting for the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update on for Intercept smartphone, then we have a good news for you.

Samsung Intercept features a 3.2 inch WQVGA touchscreen display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 OS, Optical trackpad, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, Bar code scanner, Wi-Fi connectivity, 3.5 mm audio jack, accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, GPS with A-GPS support, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, up to 5.5 hours talk time, up to 550 hours stand-by time and much more.

Virgin Mobile is expected to roll out the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for its Samsung Intercept smartphone before this spring. According to the rumors, Intercept users will get the FroYo update on March 25th. The Froyo update will bring the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card, improved browsing experience, Flash Player 10.1, Application auto-updates, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements, fully integrated support for Microsoft Exchange and much more. Stay tuned for more updates regarding the Froyo update for your Samsung Intercept smartphone.

Samsung Epic 4G Android 2.2 Update To Start Rolling Out From 21st Feb

The Samsung Galaxy S has four variants in the U.S. the Samsung Captivate available on the AT&T network, Fascinate on the Verizon network, Epic 4G on Sprint’s network and the T-Mobile branded Vibrant. All the four variants have some subtle changes compared to the original Galaxy S.

However, one major difference is that the original Galaxy S got its Android 2.2 update nearly 4 months ago, but 3 out of the 4 U.S. variants of the Galaxy S are still rocking Android 2.1. T-Mobile rolled out the Android 2.2 update for the Vibrant nearly a month ago, but sadly users need to use Samsung’s KIES software to update their handset.

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Now, it looks like another U.S. variant of the Galaxy S the Sprint branded Epic 4G will be getting its Android 2.2 FroYo update next week. The folks over at Android Police have managed to get their hands on some leaked internal documents of Sprint. The documents state that the Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will start rolling out from the beginning of next week i.e. Feb 21.

Unlike the Vibrant, the Epic’s 4G Froyo update will be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Along with Android 2.2, the update is also expected to bring improvements to the GPS performance of the device and Bluetooth device support.

Samsung Unveils Bada Powered Wave 578 at MWC 2011

Samsung Wave 578Looking at the series of Android powered smartphones and tablets unveiled by Samsung at the Mobile World Congress, one would think that Samsung had probably dumped the Bada OS, which it had launched about 6 months back. The Bada powered Wave was a good smartphone, but compared to the Samsung Galaxy S, it was just a blip on the radar.

Apparently, Samsung hasn’t yet given up on Bada. At MWC 2011, Samsung unveiled a new Bada powered smartphone – the Samsung Wave 578.

The Samsung Wave 578 will be a budget Bada smartphone. It has a 3.2 inch WQVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display. It is powered by Bada 1.1 and offers the TouchWiz UI.

It is quite compact with dimensions of just 107.9 x 54.9 x 12.5 mm and weighs just slightly less than 100 gms. It has a 1200 mAh battery and will come with a 3.2 MP camera. It will also have Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and NFC.

It comes with 100 MB internal storage and support for up to 32 GB microSD cards. The Wave 578 is the first Bada phone to offer NFC support. Samsung hasn’t released any pricing or launch details yet, but if priced right (read: lower than its Android counterparts) , the Wave 578 could be a very attractive budget smartphone option.

via BGR

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Announced; Runs on Android 3.0

The original Galaxy Tab may have got lukewarm reception but this has not stopped Samsung from announcing a bigger version of the Tab the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This bigger Tab from Sammy is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and packs a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. The tablet weighs only 599 grams and is only 0.4-inch thick. Samsung_Galaxy_Tab_10.1 The back of this 10.1-inch Tab sports an 8MP camera with AF and LED flash while the front has a 2MP camera for video calling. The Tab will be capable of recording as well as playing back 1080p videos. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, SIM card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. Sadly, the tablet lacks a mini-HDMI port as well as a micro-USB port. It features the same proprietary port from Samsung as found on the original Tab. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a Google Experience device and thus runs on stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The tablet will be available in capacities of 16 GB and 32GB. It will be powered by a 6860mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in Europe and Asia by March. Sadly, Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet expect saying that it will be competitive.

Samsung Galaxy S II Announced; Sports A 4.3-Inch Super AMOLED Plus Display

Samsung just announced the hotly anticipated successor to the Galaxy S the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Galaxy S was one of the most popular (and controversial?) Android handsets last year. The Galaxy S2 features a 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The phone is also insanely thin at only 8.49mm.

Unlike what the rumors suggested, the Galaxy S II will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos chipset. It will be interested to see how this chipset from Samsung stacks up against the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset in terms of performance.

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“GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S. Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives.”

The back of the phone has an 8MP camera aided by an LED flash while there is a 2MP camera in the front for all your video calling needs. The camera at the back is also capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. The handset will also come with ‘Voice Commander’ which will take voice input to the next level.

Other key features of the handset include GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Wi-Fi b/g/n (5 GHz Band, instead of the usual 2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 3.0+HS and a NFC chip.   The handset runs on the latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWIZ 4.0 on top of it. The phone also features a Game Hub’ which will allow users to download and play the latest high-def. games on their Galaxy S II. The Music Hub’ app will provide users with access to over 12 million music tracks from 7digital.

Even though the handset is a mere 8.49 mm thin, it is powered by a 1650mAh battery. The handset is expected to hit the retail stores by the end of this month! Sadly, Samsung company did not mention anything about the pricing of the device.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 Official Specifications and Image Leaked

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the most talked, tweeted and blogged about phone right now. With the Samsung Galaxy S being a huge success and the most popular Android phone ever, all eyes are now on Samsung to give us its successor – the Samsung Galaxy S 2. It’s supposed to be bigger, better, faster and slimmer.

While alleged specs of the Galaxy S 2 had leaked before quite a few times, with most of them being fake, we still hadn’t seen any images of the Galaxy S 2. Well, just a day before the official launch of the Galaxy S 2 at Samsung’s event at the Mobile World Congress 2011, a very high resolution image of the Galaxy S 2 has been leaked by a Korean news website, Daum.

It also confirms that the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will come with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display, a 1 GHz dual core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box. It will also offer Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HSPA+ connectivity. It weighs just 116 gms and is slimmer than both the iPhone and the Galaxy S, at just 8.49 mm.

My guess is that it will come with an 8 MP camera and 1 GB RAM; we should know more in a day. Keep checking out Techie-Buzz for more MWC 2011 coverage.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

via SamsungHub

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 Schedule And Events List

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Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. Some of the top mobile phone manufacturers like HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia, etc, are expected to launch a wide range of next-gen smartphones and tablets this year. Mobile World Congress 2011 will be conducted at Barcelona, Spain, between February 14 to February 17. This year, Samsung is expected to launch the successor of its popular Galaxy S smartphone as well as the Galaxy Tab 2 with 10.1 inch display. Sony Ericsson will launch its much awaited Playstation phone, the Xperia Play. HTC, Samsung, LG and other top companies are expected to launch Android Gingerbread and Windows Phone 7 smartphones as well as Android Honeycomb powered tablets. Check out the complete event schedule of MWC 2011, after the break.

Sunday, February 13th:

Sony Ericsson – Press Conference

  • 12.00 pm – 04.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 05.00 pm – 09.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 06.00 pm – 10.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 10.30 pm – 02.30 am IST (Mumbai)

Samsung – Press Conference

  • 12.00 pm – 01.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 05.00 pm – 06.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 06.00 pm – 07.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 10.30 pm – 11.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Monday, February 14th:

Ericsson – Media and analyst breakfast briefing

  • 02.30 am – 03.30 am EST (New York)
  • 07.30 am – 08.30 am GMT (London)
  • 08.30 am – 09.30 am CET (Barcelona)
  • 12.00 pm – 02.00 pm IST (Mumbai)

ZTE – Press Conference

  • 04.00 am – 05.00 am EST (New York)
  • 09.00 am – 10.00 am GMT (London)
  • 10.00 am – 11.00 am CET (Barcelona)
  • 02.30 pm – 03.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Nokia Siemens Networks – Media and Industry Analyst Briefing

  • 04.00 am – 05.00 am EST (New York)
  • 09.00 am – 10.00 am GMT (London)
  • 10.00 am – 11.00 am CET (Barcelona)
  • 02.30 pm – 03.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

LG Electronics – Press Conference

  • 04.00 am – 10.00 am EST (New York)
  • 09.00 am – 03.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 10.00 am – 04.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 02.30 pm – 08.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Telstra – Press Conference

  • 10.00 am – 12.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 03.00 pm – 05.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 04.00 pm – 06.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 08.30 pm – 10.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Huawei Mobile Broadband – Media Event

  • 11.00 am – 12.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 04.00 pm – 05.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 05.00 pm – 06.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 09.30 pm – 10.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Tuesday, February 15th:

Alcatel Mobile Phones – Press Conference

  • 03.00 am – 06.00 am EST (New York)
  • 08.00 am – 11.00 am GMT (London)
  • 09.00 am – 12.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 01.30 pm – 04.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Huawei – Press Conference

  • 05.00 am – 06.00 am EST (New York)
  • 10.00 am – 11.00 am GMT (London)
  • 11.00 am – 12.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 03.30 pm – 04.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Alcatel Lucent – Press Conference

  • 05.00 am – 06.00 am EST (New York)
  • 10.00 am – 11.00 am GMT (London)
  • 11.00 am – 12.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 03.30 pm – 04.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Qualcomm – Press Conference

  • 05.00 am EST (New York)
  • 10.00 am GMT (London)
  • 11.00 am CET (Barcelona)
  • 03.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Huawei – Press Conference

  • 06.00 am – 08.00 am EST (New York)
  • 11.00 am – 01.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 12.00 pm – 02.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 04.30 pm – 06.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

ZTE – Press Conference

  • 08.00 am – 09.00 am EST (New York)
  • 01.00 pm – 02.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 02.00 pm – 03.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 06.30 pm – 07.30 am IST (Mumbai)

Huawei – Press Conference

  • 10.00 am – 12.00 pm EST (New York)
  • 03.00 pm – 05.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 04.00 pm – 06.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 08.30 pm – 10.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Play Mobile – Press Conference

  • 09.00 am – 11.00 am EST (New York)
  • 02.00 pm – 04.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 03.00 pm – 05.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 07.30 pm – 09.30 pm IST (Mumbai)

Wednesday, February 16th:

ZTE – Press Conference

  • 08.00 am – 09.00 am EST (New York)
  • 01.00 pm – 02.00 pm GMT (London)
  • 02.00 pm – 03.00 pm CET (Barcelona)
  • 06.30 pm – 07.30 am IST (Mumbai)

Samsung to Launch a 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab 2 with Honeycomb at MWC?

Another day, another rumor. We already know that Samsung plans to launch the successor to the Galaxy S, as well as the successor to the Galaxy Tab, two of its most popular Android devices. Specifications of the Galaxy S have already leaked out ahead of the official announcement, but we still don’t know much about the Galaxy Tab 2. Until now, we were assuming that it would be a 7 inch tablet like the original Tab, but with much powerful hardware.

Now, Pocket-lint is reporting that the Galaxy Tab 2 will come with a 10.1 inch display, like the Motorola Xoom, which will be its biggest competitor. Despite having a bigger display, it will be both slimmer and lighter than both the Galaxy Tab and the Apple iPad. It will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb too, and will come with a dual core Qualcomm processor and an 8 MP primary camera.

If launched soon enough, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 should be able to thwart Motorola’s attempts to become the number one Android tablet manufacturer, and also present a viable option to the Apple iPad 2.

We don’t have any other details about the Galaxy Tab 2, but it will be unveiled at MWC soon, so stay tuned for more coverage.