Wirefly - one of the biggest online phone retailers - has put up their preorder offer for the upcoming T-Mobile's version of Galaxy S - the Samsung Vibrant.
Yet again, they didn't disappoint on the pricing and are now offering the best price on the market - $149.99 after an instant $50 discount off the regular price of $199.99.
T-Mobile's own site doesn't even have a preorder up, though listing the $199.99 price in plain view.
Radioshack did offer a decent deal on the Vibrant preorder but instead of the $50 instant discount, you'd be getting a $50 Radioshack gift card. Read More
One of Swype keyboard's most glaring omissions, especially apparent to those of us with Android 2.1/2.2 is the missing voice input button.
The voice input button, present on the stock keyboard when typing in any text field, lets you utilize Android's speech-to-text capabilities and works surprisingly well. I sure missed it when I installed Swype.
And I'm not alone - over 2000 votes have been cast by Swype users, making it the #1 requested Swype feature - the next one down is only around 600 votes.
The good news is: Swype has been listening, and the voice input button is coming soon. Read More
This morning, AT&T announced that the Samsung Captivate (aka Galaxy S i9000) would go on sale July 18th at a new contract or upgrade price of $199. The Galaxy S will be a watershed in AT&T’s release history: Captivate will be the first high-end Android device to reach an AT&T store and sit side by side with (or perhaps in an unlit corner far away from) the iPhone 4.
There does not appear to be a pre-order option, so you anxious AT&T users will likely have to get to your local AT&T store July 18th to pick up your device if you want it on release day. Read More
The title says it all: Samsung has sold a whopping 200,000 Galaxy S’ in the first 10 days in South Korea. That may not seem like a lot in comparison to the iPhone 4’s 1.7m in 3 days, but keep in mind that the iPhone 4 launched internationally. South Korea’s population (as of 2009) was just over 50 million people – meaning they’re less than 1/6 the size of the US. A more accurate comparison? Sprint corporate sold 66.5k EVO’s in the first 3 days, in a country 6x larger.
With the Galaxy S set to launch in 110 countries in the coming months (including on all 4 major US carriers), the sales numbers are sure to skyrocket. Read More
The Samsung launch event will open doors today around 6PM EST and start at 6:30PM EST. One of AndroidPolice reporters will be there, covering it live.
Update 6:20PM EST: Our reporter Andrew is in line, waiting to get seated. Everything is running behind.
Note: If you see a link to the event below, click on the post title above to go to the individual post page - the live coverage widget should be there.
Update: The Kindle for Android app is now available to the masses, and can be found via a simple market query for “Kindle”or the QR code below.
The app appears as it does in the preview; upon booting it offers up a registration/sign in screen. Upon sign-in, the app pulls your purchased books from Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore servers and transfers them to your device. A link to a mobile-optimized version of the Kindle Bookstore is available by a press of the menu button while in the app.
Amazon has also offered up new details on features the Kindle for Android app intends to eventually deliver on:
We hope you are enjoying this version of Kindle for Android and the large selection of Kindle books that are available in the Kindle Store.
Samsung Galaxy S comes with 4 absolutely stunning live wallpapers, exclusive to Samsung. User persiansown from xda forums was able to port all of them to his Nexus One, and I don't see anything technically stopping any other phone supporting live wallpapers from using them too - EVO 4G was already also confirmed working.
There is only one caveat - you have to be rooted and flash the provided .zip file from recovery.
Last week, Samsung announced the Galaxy S for AT&T would be named the Captivate. Today, they have announced the same phone for T-Mobile will be called the Vibrant, and boy is it (still) one sexy piece of kit.
In case you need a refresher on the details, based on AT&T’s spec page:
- Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 user interface overlay
- 4” AMOLED Screen
- 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU
- 16 GB internal storage (and support for a 32 GB microSD card)
- 802.11n, FM Radio
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 5 MP camera (no flash), 720p video recording
Couple this with the fact that T-Mobile doesn’t cripple their phones like AT&T does, and they’ve got a blazing fast 3G network… well, things certainly look good for T-Mo customers at the moment, don’t they? Read More
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Well, this didn't take long. A samdroid.net admin by the name of LeshaK just announced that he had rooted Galaxy S, after playing with the open source code released by Samsung earlier:
Now we have
1. Full Root access from adb
2. Root in terminal via 'su'
More detailed instructions are posted in the thread.
While I haven't seen anyone verify LeshaK's statement yet, if true, this is going to make the upcoming Galaxy S series phones twice as delicious - perhaps somebody will come up with a Froyo ROM before they are even released here in the US (Galaxy S is out in Europe). Read More
Just in from AT&T and Samsung (days after I say AT&T has no high-end Android phones, no less) – the dead sexy Captivate, described in the press release as part of the Galaxy S class of devices, will be coming to AT&T in the near future.
We’ve been talking about this phone and its variations for some time now, and all in all we have high hopes for it – and it looks set to deliver. It will come packing some pretty high end features, such as a 4" AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, and 16 GB of internal storage. Read More