Samsung has released the source for the Fascinate, roughly a week after the phone was released. As usual, any bits that are special to Sammy aren't included in the release, but there should still be enough material in there to get tinkering. As I've said before, the layperson doesn't really benefit from the release, but modders can get down and dirty with the code to tweak things just the way they'd like - and hopefully, make those changes public so that others can get in on the action as well.
Yesterday, Samsung released a fairly minor update for the Epic 4G. There are only a handful of changes, including some light optimizations and a few small bug fixes - but more importantly, it adds Media Hub functionality. Media Hub is a new service that was introduced last night by Samsung, and provides access to movies and TV shows from most of the big dogs - not too shabby.
Full list of changes:
As promised, Samsung is holding their event in New York City right now, and at that very event, they've just announced that their smoking hot Galaxy Tab will be hitting all four major carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) sometime during October or November. Unfortunately, they've decided to leave the exact release dates up to the carriers.
Pricing is a similar story: the carriers get to decide. On a related note, however, Samsung has announced that the keyboard dock for the Tab (the one that essentially looks like a carbon copy of another popular tablet made by a company whose name is also a fruit) will retail for $100 and the desktop dock (again, reminiscent of a strangely similar dock for the iPad) will sell for $50.
Well it isn't exactly unexpected, but the Boy Genius Report claims to have multiple sources inside Verizon Wireless who not only sent them the above image, but also were able to confirm that Samsung will announce more about this particular 7-inch tablet at its September 16 media event.
Additionally, Engadget decided to join the internal screenshot party and provide an image of their own, which is essentially the same, only a lot sharper and inserted below.
Wow, what a day today for Verizon's Samsung Fascinate! When it was introduced for $199 on a contract, Verizon threw in a 2-for-1 deal, making the price $99.99 if you buy 2.
Shortly after, Wirefly and Amazon Wireless both dropped the price to $99.99, making it a great deal for those who need only 1 Fascinate.
Today, the price war got serious. Really serious.
- Amazon Wireless is now selling the Fascinate to new accounts at exactly $0.01, which is a penny over absolutely free.
Well, SDX didn't waste any time rooting the Epic 4g, so it should be no surprise that they have now gotten a custom recovery running on it. Apparently it wasn't easy but, after much trial and error, the SDX devs finally arrived at this beautiful, beautiful screen:
They were even so kind as to create a one-click, dummy proof method, the hardest part of which is the installation of the Android SDK.
OK, so it isn't exactly number one on our list of hotly anticipated Android devices, but if you're on Telus and you're looking for a solid Android phone that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, it's not like you have a whole lot of options (unless, of course, you're dying for a phone that flips the wrong way).
Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy Apollo, a newly announced low-end Android phone for Telus, features yawn-inspiring specs like:
- a 3.2" 480x320 LCD display
- a 3 MP camera
- an HSPA radio
- 150 MB of onboard storage
- a 2 GB microSD card out of the box
As you can probably see, there's a good reason the Apollo isn't a member of the Galaxy S family of phones, although it does appear to share the same TouchWiz 3.0 skin (see pictures below).
The Galaxy Tab is really shaping up to one awesome tablet, and if this latest rumor from the Wall Street Journal turns out to be true, a lot of people will be able to experience it for themselves.
Apparently, "three people familiar with the matter" told WSJ that Samsung already has deals with Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T that involve a certain 7-inch tablet - deals similar to the ones made for the Galaxy S line of phones.
Looks like both Wirefly and Amazon Wireless are up to their old, price-slashing tricks again. This time their sights rested on the brand new Samsung Fascinate for Verizon Wireless.
The new $99.99 deal, offered by both sites, is a 50% discount off carrier subsidized price of $199.99.
While the BOGO (buy-one-get-one-free) deal offered by Verizon itself technically averages out to about the same price, if you just need 1 Fascinate, Amazon Wireless or Wirefly are the way to go.
Planning on picking up the Samsung Fascinate? Might want to take a look at this first: BGR has Verizon's known issues list for the Fascinate in their hot little hands. None of the issues necessarily seem major, but there are quite a few little ones - which can certainly add up.
Many of the issues seem like minor oversights. For example:
- Alert notifications can't be changed
- Caller ID bug when you're on the line and get a second call
- Soft key backlighting isn't tied to screen timeout (it should)
- When deleting emails, there's no status bar/window - so it appears the phone is hanging
- Downloaded apps are sorted by date downloaded rather than alphabetically
- During activation, there's no reboot warning before the phone does so
Another area with a fair number of bugs seems to be email:
- Email sync error - sometimes screen goes dark and throws an error
- When Exchange security policy is in use, you can't change email password
- Lock and Lock screen issues when using Exchange ActiveSync
- Corporate email special characters issues
- Corporate email inbox error
It's important to remember that phones on all carriers have similar lists, they just generally don't make it public.