There have been plenty of rumors lately about the iPhone launching on Verizon within the next several months. Looking at Verizon’s incredibly successful history with Android and the Droid brand, it seems unlikely; and in case you thought that Verizon might be giving up on Android, think again. A Verizon roadmap leaked by Boy Genius Report shows that the Big Red has plenty of new Android goodies in store for us over the course of the next year.
Earlier today, Engadget reported that Sprint would begin taking pre-orders for the Epic 4G later today. Before running with the story, we wanted to fact-check with our Sprint rep, and we’re glad we did - his response:
No plans for pre-order today. As you know, people can however sign up to get additional information sent to them when it’s available - but not pre-order.
There you have it - as much as we wish it was true, looks like we have a bit longer to wait.
[Updated August 6 @ 10:15 AM EST]
Enterprising user rhcp0112345 over at XDA-Devs (where else?) has come up with an on-phone, one click root/unroot for the Samsung Galaxy S line of devices. It has only been tested on his Vibrant, but it should work across the line of devices.
There are no real details on the process yet - but it seems that you just install the app, hit “root” or “unroot,” and reboot your device.
Android dev TGA_Gunnman has been added to Amazon’s hit list for this latest in a litany of single-click phone unlocking methods. In spite of the impending lawsuit (not really), his Samsung Galaxy S One-Click Root program does exactly what it says on the, err, titlebar.
There are separate versions for the Captivate and Vibrant, so make sure you get the right one. All users have to do is download the program - currently Windows only - run it, and click the One Click Root button with their Captivate/Vibrant connected up to USB.
Unfortunately, we just got word from the official Samsung PR source saying that the event is unrelated to a tablet release. In fact, it’s completely unrelated to the mobile division altogether and will be related to the Consumer Electronics division. While, one could argue that CE could include a tablet as well, the PR contact specifically mentioned that a tablet is not involved.
EVO 4G and would-be Epic 4G owners, rejoice! Sprint has just unveiled further additions to its ever-spreading 4G WiMax network. 4G device owners in the following markets can now expect cellular performance that lives up to their phones' moniker:
- Modesto, CA
- Stockton, CA
- Jacksonville, FL
- Wilmington, DE
- Grand Rapids, MI
This brings Sprint’s grand total to 48 urban hotspots, with more to surely follow. Still no sign of that whiff of 4G we caught in the Bay Area solidifying into something more official, however.
As part of the Android's open source Apache license, manufacturers are required to publicly release all of their own modifications and improvements made to the Android core. Today, both Samsung and Motorola decided it would be the perfect time to drop the Captivate and Droid X code to their respective open source sites.
This will allow ROM developers to figure out all those little quirks specific to the hardware and incorporate them into their releases.
Samsung has confirmed that their Android tablet device, the Galaxy Tab, will be shipping in Q3 of this year. The Galaxy Tab has been rumored for some time now, and is very similar in design and function to the Galaxy S line of phones – which our own unboxings show are some pretty gorgeous pieces of kit.
As you can see, the tab truly does look like an oversized Galaxy S.
Samsung Galaxy S series phones - Captivate, Vibrant, Epic 4G, and Fascinate - are definitely the cool new kids on the block, and Samsung wants everyone to know that.
In this relatively lengthy promotional video, Samsung has showcased all 4 models (though, we don't get much of the Fascinate past the initial glimpse), highlighting some important aspects of these devices, such as:
- Super AMOLED display
- keyboard on the Epic 4G
- 1GHz Hummingbird CPU speed
- 3D audio
- DLNA output
- Android 2.1 Eclair (though, the Froyo upgrade is only 1-2 months away)
- TouchWiz interface
- HD video
- social integration
- apps and 3D games
- browser with pinch-to-zoom
Of course, they forgot to mention that the phones that are already out have been successfully rooted, but we'll keep that between us.
According to the Samsung UK Twitter account, the Froyo update for all Galaxy S phones in the UK is on the way, and is set for release on every carrier by the end of September. They’ve given themselves a full two months of wiggle room, so this seems like a date you can put some faith into.
This is still good news for everyone outside of the UK. The update may still be in the development phase, but a September release means carriers in countries outside the UK should be receiving the update in the same timeframe (which is good, because the phone has already launched in several countries.) If you simply can’t wait, you can try out the leaked Froyo ROM that is already available here.