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Samsung Galaxy Player Up For Pre-Order At Amazon UK

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Back in September, Samsung announced the Android powered Galaxy Player 50. The folks living in UK will soon be able to enjoy their favorite tracks on the Galaxy Player, since this device is currently up for pre-order at the Amazon UK. This device runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS and it will compete with popular music players such as iPod Touch and Microsoft Zune. This device was previously showcased at the IFA 2010.

Samsung Galaxy Player sports a 3.2 inch wide touchscreen display, Android 2.1 OS, Drag & Drop operation, Virtual keyboard and so on. This device allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Galaxy Player is available in 8 GB and 16 GB variants. It also features a micro SD card slot and changeable battery. You can even play contents in this device without the need to convert files, as it comes with DivX.

Galaxy Player comes with the DNLA technology, which allows you to share multimedia contents wirelessly. If you are living in the UK, then you can pre-order the 8 GB variant of Galaxy Player for £149.99 or the 16 GB variant for £179.99. This device will release on January 7, 2011.

How many of you guys are planning to buy this device? Raise your hands and let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Wave To Get Bada 1.2 Update In Early 2011

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Samsung Wave is the first Bada OS powered smartphone. This handset is already a huge hit worldwide. Samsung managed to sell 2 million units of this powerful smartphone. Now we have a good news or all the original Wave users. Samsung recently tweeted from their Bada’s official twitter account that, the Bada 1.2 update will be available for all the Wave users by early next year.

Samsung Wave features a 3.3 inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHz processor, BADA operating system, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, microSD memory card slot, 32GB expandable memory, 3.5mm audio jack, Built-in GPS receiver and much more.

Samsung Wave is quite popular in Europe and it is one of the best selling phones in France, Germany and Austria. The Bada 1.2 update will be first available to Europen Wave users in early 2011 and Wave users in rest of the world will receive it in Q1 of 2011. The Bada 1.2 update comes with bug fixes, improved security, T9 Trace keyboard and so on.

Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Update Imminent In The United States

Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for its Galaxy S series all over the world including Canada and India. The update roll out has not been a smooth one and Samsung had to pull back its Android 2.2 update in many regions due to buggy firmwares.

However, Samsung has been totally ignoring the 3 million plus Galaxy S variants owners in the United States until now. The company has not even mentioned when they will be rolling out the update in the States.

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However, now it looks like Sammy is all set to roll out the update for three of the Galaxy S variants – the Vibrant, Epic 4G and the Fascinate – in the States. Only the AT&T branded Galaxy S variant Captivate and the dual-screen Samsung Continuum are left out from this Froyo party.

The U.S product pages of all the three handsets mentioned before have been updated by Samsung to show that they are running on Android 2.2. The only thing left now for Samsung is to officially roll out the Android 2.2 update for the handsets. Hopefully, all the Galaxy S variants in the U.S will get their Froyo update by January 2011.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Now Available For Just Rs.31199

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Last month, Samsung launched its first tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab in India. We have a good news for those who are planning to buy this device. Galaxy Tab was originally priced at Rs.38,000 and but most of us were waiting for the price to come down, since it is available for just $600 (approx. Rs.27000) in the US. The price of this device has been finally dropped and now Galaxy Tab is available in India for just Rs.31,000.

Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 operating system, 1GHz Cortex A8 application processor, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 4000mAH battery and more.

Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling this device for just Rs.31,199. It comes with a free preloaded 2GB memory card with 3 idiots movie and Map My India Navigation. Now most of us will be able to afford this device. Are you planning to buy this device or you are waiting for the iPad 2 annoucement? Let us know in the comments below.

Samsung Announces Android Powered Galaxy Player

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Samsung recently announced the Android powered Samsung Galaxy Player (YP-GB1). It will compete with popular music players such as iPod Touch and Microsoft Zune. Galaxy Player has almost all the features of Galaxy S except the cellular connectivity. It comes with Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS and it will allow you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. This device will be showcased at the upcoming CES 2011.

Galaxy Player features a 4 inch Super Clear LCD display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, 3.2 megapixel rear camera, HD (720p) video playback, VGA front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, SoundAlive audio enhancing technology, T-DMB, microSD card slot, Android Market, Samsung App store, 1200mAh battery and more.

Samsung Galaxy Player will be available in three sizes – 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB. The price and availability of this handset is still unknown. Samsung is also expected to unveil two new entry-level Android PMPs like YP-G50 and YP-GB70. Stay tuned for more updates.

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 Android 2.2 Update Available For All Networks In The U.K.

Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the various Galaxy S variants in different regions of the world. Today, Samsung UK gave a surprise to all Galaxy S owners in the U.K by making the Android 2.2 update available on all networks.

The company made this announcement from their official Twitter account. Here is what the company tweeted-:

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This piece of news is surely going to please a lot of Galaxy S owners in the U.K. Galaxy S owners need to use Samsung KIES software to update their handset to Android 2.2. Users can download KIES from this link. Samsung had earlier released the Android 2.2 update for Three UK and T-Mobile UK branded Galaxy S variants.

I seriously hope that Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for the various Galaxy S variants in the United States before the year ends. Otherwise, Samsung sure are going to piss off a lot of Galaxy S owners in the States.

Samsung Sells 30 Million Units Of Samsung Star

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Samsung Star is the company’s entry-level touchscreen phone. This handset was launched back in early 2009. Samsung Star is already a huge hit worldwide and it is still one of the hottest selling phones in most of the Asian and European countries. Samsung recently announced that the sales of the Samsung Star have surpassed 30 million units.

“We are very pleased with the phenomenal success of the Samsung Star,” said YH Lee, senior vice president of Marketing for the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is aiming to take the lead in the global full touch-screen mobile and dominate the market with our diverse product line up and customized marketing approach.”

Samsung Star features a 3 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display, 240 x 400 pixels resolution, 3.15 megapixel camera with Smile detection, Digital Natural Sound Engine, 50 MB internal memory, 16 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0 and more.

Samsung Star is the second mobile phone from the manufacturer to sell 30 million units after the popular Samsung E250. Samsung managed to sell 10 million units of this handset in six months and 20 million units in just one year. Samsung sold 15 million units in Europe, 5 million units in Latin America, 3 million units in Russia and 1 million units in China.

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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Download Hero Of Sparta For Android For Free

Remember the Gameloft Twitter Advent promotion under which the company made Dungeon Hunters for Android available as a free download for 24 hours? Today, continuing their Twitter Advent promotion Gameloft is giving away Hero Of Sparta game for Android as a free download for the next 24 hours. While the game is available for free download, the official page of the game still lists it for $4.99.

Users who want to grab their copy of Hero Of Sparta for free need to visit this link from their handset to download the game. On visiting the link from their handset, users will be prompted to download and install a 22KB 100% Free HD Game’ apk file.

The app   then opens up a webpage, which looks exactly like the page from where you downloaded the 22KB apk file, from where users can download the apk file of the game for free. The apk file of the game is 3.07MB big and after installing the game it downloads another 66MB of additional game data.

Here is a video of Hero Of Sparta in action :

Trying any other method/link to download the game may not prove successful given Gameloft’s crappy store. There is another twist to the tale as well here. Not all Android handsets are capable of running Hero Of Sparta. The selected handsets which are capable of playing Hero Of Sparta includes the Google Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid and the HTC EVO 4G. Readers can find the whole list of compatible devices here.

Samsung Sells 2 Million Units Of Galaxy S In South Korea

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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.

Samsung Bada 2.0 To Bring NFC and Updated UI

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Samsung’s Bada OS has been a huge success for them selling millions of handset worldwide. Samsung introduced Bada for its mid-range device in 2010. Bada, which is currently in version 1.2 will be getting a major leap next year with its upcoming version – Bada 2.0.

Bada 2.0 will  introduce near-field communications (NFC) a feature which Google recently introduced in Android 2.3 and Nokia too has been sporting in its C7 handset. Besides the NFC, Bada 2.0 will also bring tons of features like smarter home screen, SDK support for Linux and Mac, 3rd party SNS integration, Multitasking, FlashLite 4 support and more.

Having experiences Bada OS in Samsung Wave S8500, Bada 2.0  will definitely be adding gold to its portfolio specially with the NFC which will open up lots of options for the developers.

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Complete Guide to Rooting Nexus S

Earlier we had posted a guide on Rooting the Nexus S. While the guide works well on 32-bit Windows systems, the USB drivers for 64-bit OS are flaky and more often than not, putting the device in fastboot mode will result in a cryptic “waiting for device” error message.  The information for fixing this is available on the web, but scattered. So here’s a complete guide to help you root your Nexus S.

Prerequisites

Before we start, you’ll need the below software

  • Android SDK Download the Android SDK From here. Don’t download the drivers, we’ll download them from the SDK
  • PDANet drivers these are required to detect the Nexus S in fast boot mode.
  • Clockwork Recovery Mod We’ll use this to install Superuser which provides root access
  • Superuser application This grants super user access ( aka root access) to the applications which require them.

Actual Steps

Enable USB debugging mode in your Nexus S. To do this tap on the grid icon > Settings > Applications >   Development. Now ensure checkbox against USB debugging is checked. Now, extract the compressed SDK files to a directory ( say, c:\android). Now, launch SDK Manager.exe from c:\android. Click on Available Packages and install Google USB driver package. Now connect the Nexus S to your computer. When prompted, do not Enable USB storage on your Nexus S. Right click on My computer,   then click on Manage & double click on Device Manager. The Nexus S should show up as an unidentified device

Right click on it , then click on   Update drivers and Browse My Computer

Now, point to the location of the USB drivers. It should be C:\android\google-usb_driver assuming that the Android SDK is installed at c:\android. Click Next, and proceed with installation of drivers. Now open a command prompt, type the following:
cd\

cd\android\tools

adb devices
adb devices should show a serial number indicating that the device has been identified.

Now, we’ll install PDANet drivers to ensure that Nexus S gets identified during fastboot mode. Follow along the instructions during PDANet installation. You’ll be warned about unverified drivers, ignore it and choose to install the drivers. Once installation is complete, head back to the command prompt.

Put the device in fastboot mode by typing in

adb reboot bootloader

Your Nexus S is now in fastboot mode. The PDANet drivers should get installed automatically now and Windows should identify the device ( instead of the waiting for deviceprompt).

Next, unlock the bootloader by typing

fastboot oem unlock

You should get feedback similar to the one in the below screenshot.

Next, we’ll install the Custom recovery which will setup up root access. Copy the clockwork image file to c:\android\tools. Flash the recovery mod by typing

fastboot.exe flash recovery <name-of-the-recovery-mod>

Now, move the superuser application to the phone by typing

adb push <path-to-super-userapplication.zip>   /sdcard/update.zip

Replace <path-to-super-userapplication.zip> with the actual location of the file.

Now, start your Nexus S in recovery mode by first switching it off, and then holding Volume up+Power key. The device will boot in fastboot mode, and choose the recovery mode. Once in recovery mode, navigate to Mounts & Storage menu & then choose mount /sdcard. Go back now,   and choose apply   /sdcard/update.zip. Choose Yes Install in the next menu. You should see install from sdcard complete! message. Choose reboot now.

Congratulations, your Nexus S is now rooted.

Conclusion

The steps are little bit verbose since I’m writing this from a Android newbie point-of-view ( I’m an Android newbie). Looking back it really isn’t that complicated I had to look at several sources and pester fellow Techie-Buzz author Rajesh to get it done. I hope this article will help you root your Nexus S without having to hunt & peck for information. Drop a comment if you have any questions.

US Cellular Offers Samsung Galaxy Tab For $199.99 On Contract

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Last month, Samsung launched the much awaited Galaxy Tab on the airwaves of US Cellular. Few days, ago T-Mobile reduced the price of Samsung’s first tablet device to $350 on contract, and now, US Cellular went a step ahead and reduced the price of the device to just $200 with a 2 years contract.

If you are still unaware of the specifications of this device, let me once again tell you that, Galaxy Tab runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) Operating System. It features a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, TouchWIZ 3.0 UI, 3.2 megapixel camera, HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 512MB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, 4000mAH battery and so on.

US Cellular customers can purchase the Android powered Galaxy Tab for just $200 with a 2 years contract and a $100 mail-in rebate. Apart from that, user will need to opt for the 5 GB data plan, which starts at $54.99 per month or 5 GB data + unlimited messaging plan, which starts at $74.99 per month. To learn more, head over to this page.

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!