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
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. Read More
Where do you go when you have an Android related problem? Where do you hang out on a rainy day? Where does a good percentage of Android news originate from?
I'm talking about Android forums. Today, inspired by this reddit post, I wanted to highlight some of them and provide a list for people looking to ask questions, start an Android related conversation, report a problem, or just become part of another community (of course, you should always be close to Android Police by following us on twitter at @AndroidPolice and keeping up with the RSS feed). Read More
Samsung is really diggin’ Android lately, isn't it? Forgetting the Galaxy S rollout for a minute, we now have some news on 2 different handsets, aimed at the lower end - the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5.
The Galaxy 3 is the larger of the two, but frankly it’s still just a little tyke (then again, it’s aimed at little tykes, so maybe it’s fitting). It sports a 3.2” touchscreen running at 240 x 400 px, a 3.2 MP camera with geotagging, and comes with a 1 GB microSD card. 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. Read More