Samsung could soon be launching a miniature version of its successful Galaxy S smartphones. Details about this leaked Android handset are now doing the rounds across the blogosphere that reveal the official name for the device as S5570.
The new Samsung Galaxy S Mini is expected to measure around 110.42 × 60.76 × 12.68 mm and could run on Android 2.2 operating system. Features on the device could include a 240 x 320 pixel screen resolution, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a micro SD card slot and the TouchWiz user interface. We hear that the handset would be announced next month at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The launch of a mini Galaxy S is interesting and it is possible that Samsung is looking at targeting the phones at the emerging economies where the Galaxy S could be pricier. In any case, this is one rumor worth following.
Just seven months after launching the Galaxy S, Samsung has announced that they have successfully sold over 10 million of these devices worldwide. This is a pretty lofty achievement considering that there have been several new Android handsets launched during this period that run on Android 2.2 and higher. Samsung Galaxy S, as you know, still runs on the older Android 2.1 platform.
Writing about this on Samsung Tomorrow, JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics has said,
“The Galaxy S is the result of our 22 year heritage in the mobile industry. It is the realization of our concept of ‘the Smart Life’ – we wanted to makes users’ lives more convenient, more exciting, and more integrated. Today’s milestone shows that we have succeeded: 10 million Galaxy S users around the world are living the Smart Life”
Of the 10 million handsets sold, 4 million were sold in North America, 2.5 million in Europe and 2 million in the Korean market. Another 1.5 million was sold in rest of Asia and Australia.
Most of the tech world may be gearing up for the Consumer Electronics Show that is set to get underway in less than a week’s time. However Samsung, it is learned, is already getting ready to showcase some upcoming products at the Mobile World Congress that will be held during the month of February in Barcelona.
According to a report on Korean newspaper Chosunilbo, Samsung is prepping to unveil the next gen models of its Galaxy range smart devices. The Galaxy S successor is reported to be equipped with dual core processors, updated gyroscope and support NFC connectivity.
It is worth noting that these are some features that are offered on Google’s latest Gingerbread platform and consequently it is likely that the new Galaxy range of smartphones could run on Android 2.3. Not too unlikely considering that the launch is at least a couple of months away and because the first Gingerbread handset is already available in the market.
Samsung has surely hit jackpot with the Galaxy S. According to a Korean publication, the company has sold close to 9.3 million Galaxy S phones worldwide since it was launched earlier this year. Samsung is apparently targeting a sale number of 10 million units by the end of this year which is likely given that the holiday shopping season is sure to have given the sale of these Android handsets a little spike.
So where has Samsung sold a majority of its phones? The South Korean daily claims that 2 million Galaxy S phones were sold in South Korea alone. Another 5 million units are reported to have been sold in the United States leaving just 2.5 million odd phones to the rest of the world.
The report has got us curious about the official numbers. We cannot wait for the quarter to end so Samsung would hopefully get us these official numbers.
Google Nexus S, the latest Android smartphone from Google is the only one in the market to be running the latest Gingerbread OS. While other Android users continue to wait for Android 2.3 to be made available to them officially from their carriers, at least Galaxy S users have something to cheer about. Folks at XDA have managed to port the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform from Nexus S to Galaxy S.
From what we hear, this is a near-perfect porting with few performance related issues. However do note that some features on the Galaxy S could be disabled after the update. Users have reported issues with accessing Wi-Fi, GPS and Google Voice after porting to the new Gingerbread OS.
That could be a huge deal breaker for many. But if you are one who would rather update to the latest OS than access these features from a FroYo handset, be sure to dive into this thread for instructions on the upgrade. Also, check the videos embedded below for an idea on how this works.
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.
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.
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?
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.
After launching on all the four major carriers in the United States, Samsung Galaxy S is now launching on US Cellular. The new Samsung Mesmerize will share all of the primary specifications with the other Galaxy S variants including a 1GHz SnapDragon processor, a 4″ Super AMOLED display, a 5-Megapixel camera, another front-facing camera, a 3.5mm headset port, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi with DLNA support and Bluetooth. Samsung Mesmerize will be powered by the Android 2.1 mobile OS to start with and an upgrade to FroYo Android 2.2 is expected sometime down the line.
With respect to the launch date, US Cellular is expected to bring the new Samsung Mesmerize on October 27th at a price of $199. That is with after a $80 mail-in rebate and a 2 year contract.
Are you looking forward to this one?