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The Samsung Continuum, announced earlier this week, is going up for pre-order tomorrow. This Galaxy S series phone is the first Android device with a secondary ticker screen providing access to updates, a-la Android top notification bar. Some consider it a gimmick, some think it could be really useful, but you can decide for yourself after watching this official intro video, complete with overly cheerful (with the exception of the guy who lost money in the stock market) folks that apparently have 0 time to look at their actual phones and rely on the tiny 1.8" display instead. The ticker jumps in and saves the day, making everyone even more cheerful, no matter how impossible it may sound. If only those naïve people knew that they were getting a phone with Bing instead of Google...

Oh, and for those who forgot, here are the Continuum specs:

  • $200 on contract ($300 – $100 mail-in rebate)
  • Preorder begins November 11, goes on sale November 18
  • 3.4" SAMOLED screen up top
  • 1.8" SAMOLED "ticker" screen on the bottom
  • "Grip Sensor" along the bottom that lights up the ticker
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird
  • Android 2.1
  • 5MP Camera with LED
  • WiFi (b/g/n)
  • 8 GB microSD in the box
  • Bing Maps
  • Bing Search

Source: SamsungMobileUSA on YouTube

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  • Frank Zermeño

    BING? You've got to be kidding me. It looks like a great phone and all.. but why Bing?

    • Daniel

      Because Microsoft paid them.

  • TareX

    I expect many complaints regarding the difficulty to hit the capacitive buttons when they're squeezed between two capacitive screens.

    It's a clever ad, and a clever idea. But like you said, it's more like a second notification bar with an expanded space. It's nice to see notifications pop in full form while doing something else, but the look of the phone took a major blow in the process.

  • Milad

    not a big deal , I'm wonder if they made that whole meeting just because of a previous phone with a extra notification bar and smaller display...!

  • Kenny G

    That unique ticker will be the death of this phone. I can't see dev's making many apps to utilize it. It's up to the carrier and we all know how that story goes... the phone will never be updated, plus it's on Verizon to boot. It will probably be required to use the Verizon Market and the ticker updates will probably cost $0.10 per update (speculation only).

    Good luck with that.

    • TareX

      A more likely scenario would be the ticker being used to push ads to users...