It was generally thought that the Galaxy S III will come with a Super AMOLED HD Plus display, instead of the Super AMOLED HD display found on the Galaxy Nexus. The Super AMOLED HD Plus display was already being used by Samsung on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 so there was no issue of the technology not being ready in time. However, many people were disappointed to see that the Galaxy S III used the same Super AMOLED HD display with PenTile matrix as the one on the Galaxy Nexus.
A lot of questions were raised as to why Samsung did not use a Super AMOLED HD Plus display on the Galaxy S III. The Korean company finally answered this question at the on-going CTIA to a reporter of MobileBurn that Super AMOLED HD Plus displays don’t last as long as the Super AMOLED HD, and so the company went with the Super AMOLED HD display on the S3.
Super AMOLED HD displays have a PenTile (RGBG, 2 green pixels for every blue pixel) sub-pixel arrangement, while Super AMOLED HD Plus has a RGB sub-pixel arrangement. The blue sub-pixels on the Super AMOLED screen degrade the fastest, so since the HD Plus has more blue sub-pixels, the display will not last as long as the former.
Looks like Motorola is working on its next high-end dual-core powered Android smartphone with 4G LTE, the Spyder a.k.a the Droid RAZR. Looks like Motorola is finally going to bring it’s most successful brand – RAZR – to one of the popular mobile brand’s in the U.S. – DROID.
The folks over at This Is My Next managed to get their hands on the Droid RAZR. From the leaked images, the Droid RAZR looks like a sleek and sexy handset, reminiscing of the original RAZR handsets. The phone is also en-wrapped in a Kevlar casing, making the phone dust and water resistant.
Internally, the RAZR seems to be similar to the Bionic with 1GB of RAM, a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor most probably from OMAP, an 8MP camera with Full-HD video recording and an HD’ camera in the front. Like all other high-end Motorola phones, the handset also sports Moto’s WebTop feature.
The most interesting part of the DROID RAZR is its 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen with qHD (640×960) resolution. Yes, the Droid RAZR is most probably going to be the first phone from any Android manufacturer, except from Samsung, to sport a Super-AMOLED screen. Looks like Samsung is finally going to end its Super-AMOLED screen exclusivity.
While, the qHD SAMOLED screen on the RAZR is nice, I doubt it will stand a chance, resolution wise, against the upcoming high-end Android phones from various manufacturers with 720p HD resolution. The upcoming Nexus handset from Google is also rumored to sport a 720p HD screen. If Motorola wants any takers for the Droid RAZR, it must get the phone out from its assembly unit as soon as possible.
Looks like Samsung is still not done with the most popular Android handset of last year the Galaxy S.
Samsung will soon launch the Galaxy S Plus which will sport the same specs as that of the original Galaxy S, with some subtle changes.
The Galaxy S Plus will be powered by a 1.4 GHz single core Snapdragon processor along with an Adreno 205 GPU and pack 512MB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. The Galaxy S Mini will pack the same 4-inch beautiful Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution, found on the original Galaxy S.
The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera with HD video recording. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio port are also present. Unlike the Galaxy S, the S Plus will come with a 1650mAh battery and a metal back plate.
The handset will launch with the latest version of Android OS Gingerbread along with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI 3.0 on top of it. The S Plus is expected to be announced in April for around $800.
Google rolled out the Android 2.3.3 update for the Nexus S at the beginning from this week. The OTA update not only brought bug fixes and NFC read/write capabilities, it also featured a new display driver. The new display driver was aimed at adjusting the color temperature of the Super AMOLED screen on the Nexus S.
However, many Nexus S owners are disappointed with this update since the colors on their phone’s screen became too washed out or had a yellowish tint, after the update. In fact, many users are already asking for a fix over at XDA forums and on Code Google as well.
One of the most talented developers over at the Galaxy S and the Nexus S modding scene supercurio has come up with a very detailed explanation behind the color tint issue. According to him, the frame buffer driver of the screen has been updated in the 2.3.3 update.
The new driver is capable of reading’ information from the screen hardware and then it accordingly adjusts the screen temperature. Previously, the driver just used to send data to the S-AMOLED screen from a pre-defined gamma table.
The new driver may not be to everyone’s liking, but according to supercurio, it is better, in fact smart! However, the screen calibration went wrong during the coding of the driver which has led to this problem. Nexus S owners can read more in detail about the issue here. The stuff written there is a bit geeky so please proceed with caution.
There is a twist in the tale here though. While some users are not pleased with the color temperature after the 2.3.3 update, some users report a massive improvement in compared to 2.3.2.
As of now, supercurio does not have any fix’ but he is already working on Voodoo Color’. He will also publish a new custom kernel which will allow Nexus S owners to manually control the color temperature using an app.
The Google-branded-HTC-made Nexus One did not sell well through its unique web store. However, the phone was widely appreciated by many before Google killed it. The phone is no longer available from the Google Web store. Nevertheless, people who are still interested in purchasing the phone can grab it from online stores like eBay. The phone is also available as a Developer phone until now! No, Google has not killed the Nexus One as a developer phone. Instead, the phone has been sold-out globally.
The Nexus One is currently out of stock, and Google is blaming the shortage of AMOLEDs for this. HTC, the manufacturer of Nexus One, has already made their shift to S-LCDs from AMOLED display official. An official Google spokesperson also said that -:
Everyone appreciates that it’s important to the platform to get phones in the hands of developers, so we’re working hard on re-stocking the shelves.
Samsung is currently the largest producer of AMOLEDs but the company has shifted its focus on manufacturing Super-AMOLEDs exclusively for its phone, thus the shortage of AMOLEDs. Hopefully, the Google Nexus One will be back in stock as a developer phone sooner than later.
Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens has been widely applauded by everyone. Now, Samsung is looking forward for attaining another milestone in mobile display technology by developing an unbreakable AMOLED screen. This screen can be bended and can also resist damages because of its flexibility.
Here is a video which demonstrate this new AMOLED screen.
Samsung will be replacing the present vinyl protection sheet with new PI (polyimide) film for attaining the flexibility. Samsung’s new AMOLED screens will be pushed for mass production within the next two years.
Samsung had launched the Galaxy S just a few weeks ago. The Galaxy S is currently one of the best Android phones in the market right now with a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen, 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor and 512MB of RAM. The device has got ravishing reviews all over the interwebs. Samsung has even managed to sell around 200,000 Galaxy S in 10 days in South Korea. Now it looks like Samsung is already working on the successor of the Galaxy S.
A leaked picture of the successor of the Galaxy S a.k.a Galaxy S I9200 has been found on the internet. The phone is rumored to feature a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280×720. The phone will be powered by a 2 GHz processor (!), and will have 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of ROM. The camera at the back of the device will be an 8MP one, with 1080p video recording capability.
The phone will also be one of the first phone t be released in the market with Gingerbread pre-loaded. According to me, the specification of the phone surely seems to be cooked up. It is way too early for Samsung to even start working on a Galaxy S successor.