GPS Connectivity Bug On Samsung Vibrant/Captivate – New Fix Released

The Samsung Galaxy S has been a great phone overall and has really been one of the hot-selling smartphones in recent times. However, there has been one bug that has affected a couple of Galaxy S variants since release. Samsung Vibrant and Captivate owners have frequently complained about a bug with the device’s GPS system that occasionally disconnects or reports an inaccurate location to the user.

In September this year, we had written about a fix that was released by Samsung that was expected to resolve this issue. And it hopefully helped most users. However, if you are one of those still seeing a problem with your phone’s GPS, the company has rolled out a new guide that should help you through.

The guide takes you through a series of instructions to help you resolve the GPS bug. You can click on the links below to check them out.

Samsung Vibrant
Samsung Captivate

Android 2.2 Update For Samsung Captivate Available Unofficially

Samsung Captivate users who have been waiting for an Android 2.2 update have something to cheer about. Folks at the XDA developers forum have now been able to build a complete Android 2.2 build for Samsung Captivate that will let users get all the major Froyo features on their Captivate including the ability to use their mobile phone as a hotspot, view Adobe Flash 10.1 files and support for Media Hub, JIT compiler and the new UI tweaks.

Of course, this unofficial update is fraught with risks. Firstly, you will need to root your Samsung Captivate which in itself is not totally advisable. Secondly, you run the risk of bricking your phone during the process which will not get you anywhere with AT&T customer support. In case you have already backed up all information and are ready to take it on, go ahead and check out the instructions to upgrade here.

Also, check out this small video demo of a Samsung Captivate running this leaked Android 2.2 build.

[via Engadget]

Samsung Galaxy S Captivate Pre-Order On Rogers, Canada Opens

Canadian carrier, Rogers has announced that the network is now accepting pre-orders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Captivate. The phone is expected to launch in the middle of October and shall be available at a price of $149.99 along with a three year contract.

It looks like Rogers is walking the extra mile to ensure that the launch is a success. Customers making a pre-order shall also win a free bluetooth headset with their purchase. Additionally, these customers shall also be eligible to win a $10,000 Samsung Prize pack.

While the exact launch date is not spelled out, Rogers does say that the bluetooth headset offer shall end on October 20th. That’s a pretty safe bet to then assume that the launch is expected to happen a few days on either side of the 20th. You can check out the phone for pre-order at Rogers website here.

How To Activate SRS 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound On Samsung Galaxy S Series

Want to experience that in-a-cinema-hall feeling while watching videos or movies on your Samsung Galaxy S phone? You may probably know that the device (including all its siblings like AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, Sprint Epic & Verizon Fascinate) come equipped with a SRS 5.1 Virtual surround sound system. The SRS Virtual Surround amplifies the bass response besides improving digital clarity so that you will now be able to listen to human voices much clearer over the other audio effects.

Now if you are looking to check this feature out, this is what you should do –

  • Get hold of a stereo headphones – even regular ones should do fine, apparently.
  • Launch your music player or video player.
  • You will notice a button that reads 5.1ch. Tap over it

5.1 Virtual Surround Sound on Samsung Galaxy S

You are done. How do you like it?

[via IntoMobile]

Unlock Samsung Galaxy S, Vibrant & Captivate Without Rooting

The XDA Developers forum is one hell of a place where most of the unlocks and roots for the current crop of smartphones are discovered. Now a member from the forum has discovered a pretty simple way to decipher the unlock code for all models of the Samsung Galaxy S (including Captivate and Vibrant) – the codes are reportedly stored in the phone itself. And the best news to have emerged is that all of this can be done without the user having to actually root the device. If you are looking for a root, you are welcome though. Check out this Samsung Galaxy S root guide I had posted earlier.

There are a few dangers though. The phone can potentially freeze and it is entirely up to the owner to take the risk. Nevertheless, the unlocking method will take less than five minutes if done correctly. Also, you can use the same code to lock your device back. So, it’s all very simple stuff.

Download Source Code For Motorola Droid X & Samsung Captivate

Open source FTW! Motorola and Samsung have made the Android source codes used on their handsets – the Motorola Droid X and Samsung Captivate now available for public consumption. If you are a developer, you can now have an amazing weekend scouring through the several dozen batches of files from these two downloads.

But beware of the file sizes though. The source code for Motorola Droid X measures a good 280MB while that for Samsung Captivate measures 160MB in size. Thankfully, neither of these downloads require you to fill up lengthy developer sign ups. So, you can just click away for the download.

From what I’ve heard, the Motorola Droid X download appears to be currently missing some key pieces of information that is essential for developing rooting softwares. Nevertheless, a simple one-click solution is already available, in case you didn’t know.

Ok, so here are the download links. Click away
Motorola Droid X Source Code
Samsung Captivate Source Code

How To Connect Samsung Galaxy S To HDTV

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S, you will be aware that the new Android 2.1 handset only allows users to connect their handset via a 3.5mm audio jack to output video. Now, this is something that is not an ideal solution if you are looking to output high resolution videos.

To enable users view these HD videos on alternative displays, Samsung has now introduced a new Micro USB to HDMI cable. Using this cable, you may plug in your Samsung Galaxy S to a HDTV to watch these high definition videos on a befitting display.

The new Micro USB to HDMI cable is now available on the Samsung website at a price of $50. This works well with any of the Galaxy S variations including AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant. Interested? Then, head over to the Samsung website to purchase the Micro USB cable.

AT&T Dell Streak Launch Date Revealed

AT&T, it seems, is gearing up to enhance its Android portfolio ahead of the speculated end of iPhone exclusivity. According to reports on the IntoMobile blog, Ma Bell may be launching two Android handsets in quick succession this month.

As you know, AT&T Samsung Captivate is all set to hit the stores on July 18th. If the rumors are anything to go by, the other high profile Android device this season, the Dell Streak may launch just a day later on AT&T stores.

Picking one of these two devices is going to be tough. Of course, if you are the kind who is enamored by larger screens, then Dell Streak is definitely the one for you. Michael Dell has even referred to his new product as a mini-Tablet of sorts. But expect both devices to be hot on the stands when they arrive next week.

Check out

Samsung Captivate Tech Specs & Price
Dell Streak Tech Specs

How To Root Samsung Galaxy S, Captivate & Vibrant

The Samsung Galaxy S is known by two other names – AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant in the American market. If you own any of these three Android phones, rooting them is now possible thanks to the folks at Samdroid.

Before you proceed, do note that standard disclaimers apply – You lose your warranty and also may end up bricking your Android device. So, be forewarned.

Here is a walk-through of how you should proceed.
Step 1 : Download the update.zip file by clicking here.

Step 2 : Transfer the update.zip to your mobile phone’s SD card

Step 3 : Enter the following code

adb reboot recovery

Step 4 : You will now be taken to the Recovery menu. Here, select the apply sdcard:update.zip option. You can use the Volume-down button and Home key to navigate

Step 5 : Your Samsung Galaxy S will now reboot. Once done, you are done. You can access the root as super user.

To install busybox utils, go to terminal and enter
su
busybox –install -s /system/xbin

AT&T Samsung Captivate Price, Tech Specs And Launch Date Reviewed

Looking to purchase the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S on AT&T? If you didn’t know, it is called Samsung Captivate. Ma Bell has now announced that the Android handset will be hitting its stores come July 18. The price of the handset will be $199.99 and a two year contract that includes a voice plan and a $15 add-on data package.

The new Samsung Captivate will come with a 4-inches large display that is made of Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen. The phone will run on Android 2.1 and will contain a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor. Other features include a 5-Megapixel camera with autofocus, 720p HD video capture, 16GB onboard storage and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Just the right Android device if you are coming off the iPhone and do not want to migrate to another carrier.