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?
After network providers like Sprint and T-Mobile confirmed their plans to carry the new Samsung Galaxy Tab, Verizon has now announced its plans to offer data services to the Android tablet in the American market. According to a press statement released by the company, the Samsung Galaxy Tab shall be available on the Verizon network at a price of $599.99 that is without any contractual obligation or need to buy a data plan. That is, at $600 you can use your Galaxy Tab like it was a Wi-Fi only device. At an additional monthly cost of $20, you can buy 1GB of data to use the Tab while on the move or at places where you do not have a Wi-Fi connection.
Verizon is expected to bring the new Android 2.2 tablet to the market starting November 11. So that’s just over three weeks from now. You can check out the data plans from Sprint by clicking here.
Those of you looking forward to buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab can also choose to buy one of the several new accessories that come with the Android tablet. Samsung has officially unveiled a dozen accessories that can complement the Galaxy Tab at home, work or on travel. Like the tablet itself, the accessories too are priced pretty steeply. But then, that was expected, right?
Here is a list of accessories, and their prices for the UK market where the Galaxy Tab is set to release in ten days from now.
- Keyboard dock with charger and audio jack for £69.99
- Multimedia Desk Dock with HDMI jack and 3.5mm speaker jack for £39.99
- Notebook/Stand case made of leather which can be used to prop up the Tab for £29.99
- Leather Slip case for £24.99
- D30 Silicon/Gel case for £19.99
- Portable Speakers for £19.99
- Headphones in black or white for £19.99
- Samsung High Speed Class 4 2GB to 8GB MicroSDHC memory cards for £8.99 to £23.99
- Travel Adapter for the UK for £34.99
- USB Data cable for £14.99
- TV-out cable for £14.99
- In-car charger for £24.99
Is there anything in the list that you are so eager to get?
If you are in the UK and have come to love the new Windows Phone 7 operating system, here is something that you would love to hear. Samsung Omnia 7, the first Windows Phone 7 handset for UK is now available on pre-order. T-Mobile UK, the carrier that will offer the connectivity in the market will make the device available at a price of anywhere between £0 and £300.00. As you guessed it, the difference here will be in the price.
Subscribers looking for a free handset will have to sign up for a two year contract for a monthly cost of £35 at least. On the other hand, customers looking for a cheaper monthly plan can get the device at £300.00 and need to only pay £10 a month.
Pre-orders are now open on the T-Mobile UK website that you can access by clicking here. Orange and 3 customers may note that the phone is coming up for sale on these networks as well.
Samsung has begun to roll out the latest FroYo Android 2.2 update for Samsung Galaxy S handsets across the globe. The first set of users to get this new update are those from the Nordic countries. Users from these regions are already reporting to be seeing the new build I9000 JPM update on the Samsung Kies PC Software.
If you are from the rest of the world, you may have to unfortunately wait for some more time. A Samsung media statement has said that the update shall “gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world“. With 5 million handsets waiting to get an update, it is no easy job.
The release also notes the list of updates that are waiting to be had,
- Android 2.2 JIT compiler
- Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
- New Android Market with auto-updating
- Speed improvements
- Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
- Improved default keyboard
- Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
- Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
- Colored icons in settings
- GPS Fix
- Colored settings icons
- Media Hub
- Darker menu theme, navy blue color
- Better Exchange support
- Video records in MP4 format
- New Search widget
- New Gmail application
Have you received your update? Do write to us to let us know the status.
The white iPhone 4 may well turn out to be a vaporware. But if you are one who is excited about owning a white colored variant of popular mobile phones like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or Samsung Fascinate, news is in that the white colored versions of these handsets will be available starting October 24 on Best Buy. If you are interested, you could go ahead and reserve a piece rightaway for a price of $50.
Samsung Fascinate is the Verizon bound variant of the popular Android smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S. On the other hand, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is on AT&T. Of course, you will have to remember that these phones will come locked to these carriers upon purchase.
From what we hear, the white versions of these two phone models shall be exclusive to Best Buy to start with and so if you want those bragging rights, go ahead and make the purchase now.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has now launched in Germany and according to a press statement released by Samsung, the device shall be available at a price of €799. That’s close to $1106 in US Dollar terms and will bring an unlocked SIM-free version of the powerful Android tablet that is seen by many as the best Android alternative to the iPad.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is supported over 3G as well as Wi-Fi connections. While the unlocked version should be a good bet for those looking to connect solely via Wi-Fi, there are better options to choose from if you are also looking to connect to a 3G network. As reported earlier this month, O2 Germany have announced their own monthly installment plans for the Galaxy Tab that will offer the new device to users at a monthly payment of €27.50 along with a two year contract. That accumulates to just €759 over a two year period which is definitely a better deal. But do remember that the monthly data plans are separately billed.
Last week we heard reports that suggested that the upcoming Android tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab shall be available at a price of $399 with Sprint. The price was for the subsidized device with a 2 year contract while the unsubsidized Galaxy Tab was expected to be available at $599.
Now, the corresponding numbers for T-Mobile USA seem to be out. According to a report on TmoNews, the Galaxy Tab on the carrier could be available at an unsubsidized price of $649 in the US. If you are instead willing to sign a two year contract, expect the device to come to you subsidized for $399.
That is pretty similar to the Sprint offer but do remember that both these price points are rumors at this point and so we really do not know how close they are to truth. Nevertheless, stay tuned. An official announcement may just be around the corner.
While there has been a lot of discussion lately regarding the launch date of the Windows Phone 7 operating system, there has been no real word about when the actual handsets will be available to the consumers. Looks like the phones too will be launched alongside the official release of the OS. Sounds like a no-brainer right now, but then you never know. A new post on Engadget however removes the wrap on the official release dates for the first batch of Windows Phone 7 handsets as it gets hold of a document that reveals that a Three UK Samsung handset running Windows Phone 7 is going to be released on October 21.
While the document does not say anything about the device manufacturer, the note however reads that the display shall be Super AMOLED and will come with a 5-Megapixel camera and a 4″ display. That is probably indicative of Samsung Cetus, but we will still wait for an official announcement to confirm.