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.
A few weeks ago, Samsung was kind enough to send us an Intercept for review. While it may not be of Galaxy S caliber, it’s not intended to be. Rather, it’s more so aimed at the feature phone crowd – those who want something more powerful than a feature phone, but maybe not all the bells and whistles of a high-end smartphone. We spoke (unofficially) with Samsung about what other phones they think people will cross-shop the Intercept to, and they agreed its target is something like the enV Touch.
Yesterday night, a build of Froyo for Galaxy S was leaked by a previously relatively unknown Samsung firmware site Samsung-Firmware.com. Now, keep in mind, while this is an official build that came from Samsung itself, it is only a test version still using an Éclair kernel.
I wouldn't recommend you flash it just yet - instead we can enjoy this 9 minute video preview by the guys from HDBlog.it who already dared to take this ROM out for a spin.
Just in case you thought the Samsung Galaxy S would stop its myriad of launches around the world – the Super AMOLED phone has just become available at Three UK under three different pricing plans.
The three price plans are £35, £38, and £40 a month for two years, with the highest plan (called “The One Plan”) giving you 2000 calling minutes, 5000 texts, and 1 GB of data – something users in the US aren’t really familiar with (Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all having unlimited data, and AT&T having a max of 2 GB.)
If you’re interested, head over here and check it out.
Samsung is certainly on a roll with their Android devices – their Galaxy S and all of its variants have launched successfully all over the world, with more launches still to come. But that hasn’t stopped them from planning their next Android device, one that may attempt to sway Blackberry users to Android.
According to a spec sheet leaked by MobileCrunch, the Samsung Galaxy Q is a very high-end phone, with the small screen size of only 3.0” being the odd spec out.