Samsung’s plan for
world smartphone domination seems to be going smoothly. After the news that their Galaxy S would be launching on all major US carriers (as well as US Cellular), it has just been announced that the phone will also be launching on Bell, Canada’s second-largest cell phone carrier, as the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant (just Samsung Vibrant wasn't enough, eh buddies?).
The specs are, of course, similar to the Galaxy S models that have already been announced for US carriers:
- 4.0” Super AMOLED screen
- 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
- 5 megapixel camera
- and Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
Last night, Samsung officially announced their Galaxy S smartphone family at a swank New York City party after several weeks of blurrycam shots, spec sheets and rumors. Spanning all four major US carriers - Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile - the Galaxy S flavors stand to be a surging juggernaut in the HTC dominated Android world.
Incidentally, I was at the event and had the pleasure of doing a live blogging session, followed by some hands-on time with all the phones. 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. Read More
Word over at Boy Genius Report is that the Samsung Moment II will be known as the Samsung Intercept. Technical details are a little scarce right now, but we do know:
- Android 2.1 (Eclair)
- 3.2” display (I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s AMOLED, ‘cause Samsung)
- 4 row, slide-out keyboard
- Wi-Fi (would guess 802.11n)
- 2 Color Choices – Pink or Dark Gray
Given that Samsung doesn’t seem to be in much of a hurry to get their phones hotted-up via FroYo, I doubt they’ll update to Android 2.2 before launch. Read More
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. Read More
It was reported some time ago that the Samsung Galaxy S would hit every major carrier in the US – and it seems like the prediction was dead on. First announced for AT&T as the Samsung Captivate, the Galaxy S has already been confirmed for T-Mobile as the Samsung Vibrant, and was just announced as the Samsung Epic 4G for Sprint, the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon, and an unnamed version of the device for US Cellular. Read More
Good news for US Cellular customers – looks like you’re getting your first Android phone. The bad news, however, is that it is one hell of a lame Android phone – why US Cellular would choose this phone to make an entrance with is beyond me.
The Samsung SCH-r880 Acclaim comes packing some pretty low-end specs:
- 3.2” Screen (resolution not specified, which can’t be good)
- 3.0 MP Camera (to be fair, it has an LED flash)
- 4 GB microSD card (supports up to 32GB)
- WiFi & Bluetooth
I’m not sure what versions of WiFi and Bluetooth it comes with (if you really want to know, you can go through the FCC filings here). Read More
Earlier today, an employee posted on Sprint’s blog saying that the EVO will be getting Android 2.2 soon. When asked if the update would go out to Hero and Moment users as well, his reply was:
No, it will not. 2.2 will not be available for HTC Hero or Samsung Moment
Shortly after, Sprint sent out an official tweet confirming:
Buzzkill. The majority of the remainder of the posts are people who are pissed off that Sprint is more or less abandoning them. Read More
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. Read More