Samsungunveiled its new Android 2.1 smartphone – the Continuum at a media event yesterday. The specifications are not entirely new to us – check our features comparison article – though the official announcement has added credibility to all the rumors and speculations that have been doing the rounds so far. In case you missed it, the Samsung Continuum will feature a 3.4″ capacitive touchscreen WVGA display and will run on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a 512MB ROM. This is a dual display device with a 1.8″ ticker display beneath the actual display that will display notifications for messages besides updating the user on RSS feed updates, weather information, sports scores, caller info,etc.
The device will be launching on Verizon and you can buy one starting November 11. The price of the Continuum is expected to be around $199 – that is with a $100 mail-in rebate and after you sign a two year contract.
Android 2.2 has taken a long time coming to the various Android handsets. In a tweet posted recently, Samsung UK has confirmed that the Galaxy S owners in the country will start receiving the latest FroYo update to their phones shortly. As it has always been, the update is being carried out on a gradual basis with all owners likely to be updated with the latest OS by the end of this month.
The update shall not be over-the-air and shall be supported over the Samsung Kies software for PC. Users will need to download the latest version of Kies to support the update. You can download this application by clicking here.
Android 2.2 will bring a number of new features to the Galaxy S handsets in UK. Most importantly, users will now be able to access Adobe Flash content on their mobile phones. Also, support for mobile hotspot is available on the platform with this update.
Verizon has had a lot of success with their Android portfolio in recent times and they are likely to continue churning out more handsets in the foreseeable future as well. Samsung Continuum, the next big Android phone from the South Korean giant is learned to be launching on November 11th and is in good company of several Android phones that are carried by Verizon. This includes the Fascinate, Droid X, Droid 2 and Droid Incredible. The Droid 2 Global is coming soon as well.
So if you are contemplating a Verizon Android purchase anytime soon, then it makes sense to first look into the specifications of these various handsets before you decide which one you should go for. Click here for a larger picture. As always, tell us your favorite from the phones below.
Looking to purchase Samsung Galaxy Tab on T-Mobile? Then you should probably hit their retail stores. The device costs $399 with a 2 year contract and is available unsubsidized for $599. But in any case you want to pre-order one right away from Amazon, get ready to shell out $50 more. Amazon has just put up their T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab up for pre-order at $699 – that’s still $50 lower than the original retail price of $749 and is unsubsidized.
So what does the pre-order mean? It means your device won’t arrive until the 10th of November. Amazon notes that the Tab will be officially released on November 9 and give one day for shipping which means you should get the device by the 10th.
The Galaxy Tab is available at a range of different prices depending on where you are purchasing them from. Check out our Galaxy Tab page for the other prices.
Google may have officially claimed that they are no longer going to focus on the hardware side of the mobile business, but rumors have been doing the rounds over the past one week that Mountain View is launching a Nexus Two phone shortly. The device will reportedly be exclusively sold at CarPhone Warehouse for the UK market.
Now a fresh word is that Google could soon be making an official unveiling of this device. And unlike the earlier model, the new phone could come from Samsung and not HTC. Also, the official unveiling could happen on November 8 – at an official Samsung event.
Few things to note here. The phone may not be called a Nexus Two. Google could be coming up with a new brand considering that the earlier one did not exactly take off. Also, though the phone is from Samsung, it may not be layered with its custom UI and would instead retain the native Android look.
A partnership with Samsung makes sense considering that Google may now be able to gain access to the state of the art Super AMOLED displays that Samsung manufactures. These displays have been in huge demand and with Samsung being one of the few manufacturers have found it extremely difficult in recent times to keep up with production. Consequently, most manufacturers including HTC have moved away from Super AMOLED to alternate displays. By partnering with Samsung, Google may gain access to these “super” displays to go with what they call their “superphones“.
Folks at Boy Genius Report have got on hand a nice scoop. Earlier this month, they had revealed from a source that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint would cost $399 on subsidy and that this device would launch on November 14. These details now stand confirmed.
In an official statement from Sprint, the carrier has revealed that customers signing up a two year contract shall be able to get hold of a Galaxy Tab at a price of $399.99. Users signing up the 3G contract will have to shell out a minimum of $29.99 per month for data.
While the launch is scheduled for November 14, Sprint has however opened up their stores for pre-order. Starting today, you can walk into any Sprint store to make a reservation. Of course, online alternatives are also available and you can check out Sprint’s Galaxy Tab page for more information.
Who knew a Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab was on the way. Best Buy, it appears, is prepping up for the launch of one such device starting next month when the new Android tablet from Samsung will launch in the United States. From what we hear, this Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab will be available at a price of $499 – that very same starting price that the iPad is available at. This device will include storage of up to 32GB using expandable memory.
Besides the Wi-Fi only version, Best Buy is also learned to be offering 3G enabled versions of the tablet that the users may sign up with Verizon and Sprint. While it is still unconfirmed, it is likely that the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the Tab will also be available for purchase.
There hasn’t been much talk about Samsung’s iPod Touch killer – the YP-MB2 media player that was unveiled back in July this year. Now, at last, there is some news about it. Now the Korean tech giant has released a teaser commercial that demonstrates the capabilities of this new Samsung Galaxy Player. If it is not very obvious from the branding, this device is going to be an Android based device that is more like a Galaxy S (forget the features) without the phone. To start with, the device will run Android 2.1 and will feature a 3.2″ screen, a 2-Megapixel camera, DLNA support, storage of 8GB 0r 16GB and a host of other features.
The specs, to be honest, look a little ‘underwhelming’ at the moment. The Galaxy Player is already on presale at some retailer in France for a price of €200. Let’s hope the device launches during the Christmas season. But going by the specs, does it look impressive to you?
According to the website’s sources, T-Mobile could be taking on competition from Verizon quite sneakily by launching their device on November 10 – just a day ahead of the official launch day for the Galaxy Tab on Verizon. The report comes from a leaked screenshot of promo materials that the website was able to conjure up. While this leaked promo material has a TBD (To Be Decided) against the selling price, TmoNews stands by its earlier claims on pricing.
We are less than three weeks away from the rumored dates and so expect some official announcements on this pretty soon. It will be interesting to see what T-Mobile comes up with.
If you are one of those Samsung Galaxy S users in the United Kingdom patiently awaiting your turn to get the Android 2.2 update, the good news is that this new update is coming in early November. A recent tweet posted by Samsung UK reads,
“The Froyo upgrade will be available in the UK from early November and we expect all operator versions to be available by the end of November”
That is some clearly worded announcement. But then it is still not clear how early in November you can expect this update. Nevertheless, expect Samsung to start rolling out the update to at least a select few users within the first two days of the month.
The rollout of FroYo to Samsung Galaxy S users in UK would mean that these users will finally get the highly anticipated features like mobile hotspot and Adobe Flash on their mobile devices. Does that get you excited?