T-Mobile Rolls Out Software Update For Samsung Sidekick 4G

Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced the Android powered Samsung Sidekick 4G. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 3.5 inch touch screen WVGA display, 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, five-row QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera and more. T-Mobile has recently released a new software update for this device. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that, this is not the Android 2.3 update and it will not change your device OS to Gingerbread. This is just a minor update with performance and UI enhancements. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

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  • Adds Google Books
  • Removes Data Network Modeoption from Power Key long press menu
  • Adds optical joystick performance enhancements
  • Other performance and UI enhancements and improvements

This software update is numbered T839UVKG2 and it will be available only via. Over-The-Air (OTA). Don’t panic, if you still haven’t received this update, since this software update will be delivered in staggered waves, over the next several days. If you find something new, or if you are facing any issues while updating the device, then please let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Galaxy S II Gets Software Update At Three UK

Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. It is also one of the fastest and the thinnest Android smartphone. Samsung Galaxy S II runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Samsung has already managed to sell more than 3 million units of this powerful smartphone in just 55 days. This handset is available in most of the European and Asian markets, but the customers in the US are still left behind.

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Three UK is currently rolling out a new software update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. The company has recently tweeted about this software update, but they have not yet released the official changelog. You cannot update your device using the Samsung Kies desktop software, since it is available only via. Over-The-Air.

There are no major changes in this update. This software update is expected come with minor fixes and improvements. To get this update on your Samsung Galaxy s II smartphone, go to Settings > My Phone > Check for Update. You might have to wait for few days, before the update reaches your handset. If you find something new after the update, please let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets The Android 2.3 Update In The UK

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Samsung Galaxy Tab is the company’s first tablet device. It was launched during the Q4 of 2011. Samsung has already managed to sell more than 2 million units of this device in just 4 months. This tablet originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Samsung has already rolled out the Android 2.3 update in most of the countries, but Galaxy Tab users in the UK were left behind. Now, Samsung Galaxy Tab owners in the UK has finally started receiving the much-awaited Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update.

Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a 7 inch TFT LCD touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 OS, 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 and a 4000mAH battery.

Sadly, the Android 2.3 update is not available via. Over-The-Air (OTA). You will need to manually update the device by connecting it to your computer and then using the Samsung Kies desktop software. Samsung has not released an official statement or complete changelog of this update. If you have faced any issues while installing the update, then let us know in the comments below.

Samsung Beats Apple in Smartphone Sales

Samsung, the number one Android smartphone manufacturer which has seen tremendous success with its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets, may have beaten Apple in terms of smartphone sales in the last quarter.

Nokia, which held the lead in smartphone shipments sold close to 16.7 million devices, while Apple sold around 20.3 million iPhones last quarter.

According to a research report by Strategy Analytics, Samsung may have surpassed them both with smartphone device sales of up to 21 million.

Apple recently sued Samsung over the Galaxy line of Android devices, saying that the Galaxy smartphones infringe on Apple’s patents related to the iPhone and the iPad. The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has been a huge hit, selling over 3 million devices in less than 2 months.

With Nokia’s market share on the wane, Samsung is on its way to become the world’s number one mobile company. It already has a 20% market share, compared to Nokia’s 26%.

“Samsung’s Android portfolio is selling strongly in most regions. Samsung stands a reasonable chance of capturing the top spot on a quarterly basis if it can continue expanding its Android portfolio across high-growth markets like China and Brazil. Samsung and Apple will be at similar levels in smartphones by the end of the year.” said an analyst.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 will launch in the U.S. market soon, which is likely to boost sales further.

Bada 2.0 Firmware For Original Samsung Wave (S8500) Leaked

Last year, Samsung launched its first Bada powered smartphone, the Samsung Wave S8500. This handset originally runs on the Bada 1.0 Operating system and comes with a 3.3 inches WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz application processor, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD Video recording and so on. Now you can try the new Bada 2.0 Operating System on your original Samsung wave smartphone, thanks to the leaked firmware.

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Samsung Wave comes features a 3.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz application processor, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD Video recording, support for Divx, Xvid, WMV and MP4 video files, virtual 5.1 surround sound, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 32GB expandable memory and Samsung Apps store.

The leaked firmware is currently in beta version. It comes with some new features such as the new UI, the drag-down widgets screen, Music and Social hubs, the revamped gallery with stacked albums, the 3D cover flow-like music player, the Dolphin browser 3.0 and much more. Since the leaked firmware is in beta, you might have to face some bugs and crashes.

According to the guys at GSMArena, adding new widgets to the homescreen and switching off the handset crashes the OS, IM doesn’t work with all accounts, the Google and Facebook app don’t work. Moreover, the Kies sync works only with contacts. To download the leaked Bada 2.0 firmware for the Samsung Wave smartphone, head over to this page.

Samsung N100, First MeeGo Netbook Launched in India at Rs 12,290

Samsung N100Today, Samsung announced the launch of the first MeeGo netbook in India – the Samsung N100, via a press release.

The Samsung N100’s design is based on the very popular Samsung N150P, a Windows 7 netbook launched last year which sold more than 3 million units.

The Samsung N100 weighs just 1.03 kg, and comes with a 10.1 inch matte LED display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It is powered by Intel’s MeeGo OS, but also comes with options for free DOS and Windows 7.

It is powered by the Intel Atom N435 processor which is clocked at 1.33 GHz. It comes with 1 GB DDR3 RAM and a 250 GB hard disk. The graphics are handled by the Intel GMA 3150 chipset.

It is priced at Rs 12,290. While I highly doubt the prospects of MeeGo in the Indian market, the N100 offers a solid piece of hardware at a low price. It’s definitely worth considering if you are in the market for a cheap netbook.

Samsung Galaxy S2 to be Launched in the US in August

Consumers in the US usually get all the cool gadgets first, while their counterparts in other countries have to wait for months. Thankfully, there are some exceptions to that rule.

The Samsung Galaxy S, for example, was first launched internationally, and came to the US market only a few months after the initial launch.

Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy S 2, which was first launched in Korea 3 months back, and subsequently in many other countries including India, has not been launched in the US yet.

However, images of a Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 were leaked last week, which seemed to indicate that a US launch was probably near.

Today, Yonhap News reported that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S2 in the US market next month.

“We expect to release the Galaxy S2 in the U.S. market sometime in August,” said Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung’s mobile business and digital imaging, at a media briefing.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is widely regarded as the best Android smartphone to date. It has blown away the competition and has sold more than 3 million units in less than 2 months of its availability. It is probably the only Android smartphone, which can compete with the Apple iPhone 4, in terms of popularity.

You can check out our comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Apple iPhone 4: Samsung Galaxy S 2 vs Apple iPhone 4: Comparison

Apple is expected to launch the next version of the iPhone in September. Samsung expects to sell more than 60 million phones this year, including Android smartphones as well as other budget phones.

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S, it’s likely that the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be launched on all major carriers. Stay tuned. The Droids are coming.

RIM Senior Product Manager Defecting To Samsung As Marketing Director

In a bizarre yet carefully calculated move, Ryan Bidan, Senior Product Manager at Research in Motion, has announced he will be leaving RIM for a position with Samsung Telecommunications America as the Director of Product Marketing. Bidan is well known for his role in the launch of the PlayBook, which is RIM’s first play into the tablet market.  While the PlayBook itself wasn’t very well received by early adopters, it’s arguable that the launch and hype behind the device was a success. With rumors of RIM selling 250,000 units in the first month, it’s definitely a positive note Ryan is leaving on.

Bidan follows what is almost a steady stream of senior suits who have recently left the company, presumably jumping ship before it’s too late. The industry knows all too well the moves that RIM is making; splitting efforts between multiple operating systems, stagnating with their hardware and design efforts, and to top it off they have internal red tape and bureaucracy that stifles creativity. These are some of the telltale signs that Nokia had before their big shakeup and partnership with Microsoft. While nobody knows where RIM is heading, we do know that RIM has previously advised they were expecting a drop in profits as well as a reduction in workforce in order to compensate for losses.

While neither Samsung nor RIM have confirmed the news, Ryan’s LinkedIn page speaks for itself, showing his past position at RIM with his current one in big bold letters. A recent tweet by @ryanbidan corroborates his LinkedIn profile position in Dallas and eludes to his relocation in the near future.

Microsoft Shows 4 New WP7 Phones

Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference for 2011 is currently underway at Los Angeles and after Steve Ballmer’s keynote yesterday, it was all about devices today.

During their VIP event in May where they officially unveiled Mango, Microsoft shared details about new hardware partners for WP7. A notable absenty was Dell. At WPC, a demo of WP7 Mango was followed by Steve Guggenheimer showing a lot of Windows PCs and four upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices.

Three new devices are from the new OEM partners and one is from Samsung. The new Samsung phone has a front facing camera which is expected to be in Nokia’s N9 version running WP7 too. The devices are Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE:

WMPU says the Samsung handset is the SGH-i937, the Galaxy SII running Windows Phone 7. The phone clearly has a front facing camera:

The guys over at WMPowerUser have uploaded an edited video of the conference showing just the phones which they have had to remove due to a confusion at Microsoft’s end.

Update: Rafael at WithinWindows has uploaded the clip. Here is the presentation that Microsoft didn’t want you to see:

Apple and Samsung’s Love-Hate Relationship

Apple and Samsung have been in a legal tussle over smartphone patents since a few months now, with Apple alleging that Samsung blatantly copied the iPhone and the iPad to create the Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets.

Now if these were any two other companies, you would expect them to be bitter enemies and at the very least, stop conducting any business with each other. But while Apple and Samsung are both quite bitter, they surely haven’t ended their business relationship.

It’s because Samsung is one of the largest component suppliers for Apple’s products. It makes a lot of what makes Apple products work – displays, processors, flash memory etc. Samsung apparently sold Apple $5.7 billion worth of components last year, according to a Reuters report. So it’s not like only Apple is dependent on Samsung; even Samsung relies on Apple for a large portion of its total sales. Apple is Samsung’s second largest customer.

While Apple may be trying to find alternative sources for the components that power its devices, it’s not that easy. There are very few companies that could manage that kind of volume. Apple has been trying to diversify and spread out its suppliers, so that no one supplier has any leverage over Apple. Apple cannot afford to have its supply chain being held hostage by any one supplier; with the enormous demand for Apple products, any supply shortages would mean a lot of lost sales.

Apple has so far turned to Taiwan for most of its manufacturing and component needs, with companies like Foxconn, Quanta, Pegatron, Innolux and TSMC.

But Samsung still remains an indispensable partner, which is probably why Apple is still continuing its business relationship with it.

Both of them make a lot of money off each other. That’s probably why Tim Cook still considers Samsung “valuable component supplier” even though their mobile unit “crossed the line.” In the end, it’s all just good business.

References: Reuters