Is Samsung working on a new Vibrant 4G model that it could launch on the T-Mobile network? According to rumors, it is. Sources close to Samsung have revealed that the new Samsung Vibrant 4G with a 4″ Super-AMOLED display would run on T-Mobile’s 21Mbps HSPA+ network that will offer 4G-like wireless internet speeds.
But what’s most interesting is that the source claims the Vibrant 4G to come installed with the new Android 2.3. A screenshot of Samsung Vibrant 4G with stock Gingerbread has been leaked although there are doubts over the veracity of these leaks. Some eagle-eyed observers point out that the demonstrated Android 2.3 lock page is slightly different from the native look.
In any case, the source points out that Samsung is working on a new TouchWiz UI that will be compatible with Android 2.3. We could be seeing this interface on the Vibrant 4G whenever it is launched in the markets.
Are you looking to buy an Android gadget for this holiday? You may want to check out this upcoming promotion offer from T-Mobile. The carrier is learned to prepping up for an announcement that will bring down the price of Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Vibrant by as much as $50. This will mean that the base model of Galaxy Tab will now be available at $349.99 instead of the original $399.99. As for Samsung Vibrant, it is now expected to be available at $149.99 instead of the original $199.99. Both the offers are noted to be offered via a mail-in rebate.
Incidentally, there is also a buy-one, get-one-free promotion that is now on at T-Mobile which is expected to last until January 18th. Now, combine these two promotions and it’s going to be great savings this shopping season.
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.
If you own a Samsung Vibrant, you will be aware of the GPS related problem that has affected the users since the phone launched. Apparently, the GPS radio on the phone fails to lock to a particular location many a time. And if it does, it fails to relock when the user location changes. Samsung had acknowledged the issue last month and had offered a fix soon.
Finally, the company has now announced that a fix for the GPS lock issue on Samsung Vibrant is now available for download. Affected users will need to have the Kies program installed on their device. Launching Kies will prompt the users about the update that can be installed. It is not clear whether T-Mobile shall send an OTA update to users since having them to install Kies just to fix this issue does not sound fair enough.
If you are a Samsung Vibrant user, don’t forget to write in the comments about your experience.
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
You are done. How do you like it?
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.
The sad part about having unlimited 3G data plans is that most of these plans come with no option to tether. This is understandable considering that wireless bandwidth is really limited and so such carriers cannot afford such extensive use of wireless data without compromising on network quality. A lot of users though, root their handsets, to enable such functionality. The compromise lies in running the risk of bricking your mobile phone.
If you own a Samsung Vibrant however, you can enable tethering on your smartphone without having to actually root your device. Folks at SamsungVibrantHacks have come up with this simple trick that will enable you to do so. Do note that this method will only work with Windows XP and Windows 7 based computers. So if you are a Mac freak – sorry, wait longer.
To get started, you will need the USB cable that will connect your Samsung Vibrant to the Windows-based computer. You can use Samsung’s Kies software to enable the tethering functions. To reiterate that this will only work on Vibrant and not the other Galaxy S cousins, remember to connect to epc.tmobile.com for the APN name and *99# for the phone number. Don’t get it? Check out the video below.
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.
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
busybox –install -s /system/xbin
T-Mobile may be launching their new Android powered smartphone – Samsung Vibrant – a week earlier than previously though. Earlier speculations pointed to July 21 as the most tentative date for launch of the 4.0-inches display smartphone with a super AMOLED display.
However, folks at TmoNews have now caught hold of a few confidential documents that point out to a July 15 release. The Samsung Vibrant has lots of interesting specs like a 5-Megapixel camera, 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and several entertainment based applications like the full-length version of Avatar movie.
While these are without doubt some interesting features, they are not exactly compelling enough to force the user to defer their purchase of Droid-X. Consequently, I feel that this move is solely in a bid to prevent an exodus of T-Mobile customers to Verizon when Motorola Droid-X launches next week.