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?
Folks at TmoNews are at it yet again. After we heard from them last week that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab was launching on T-Mobile at an unsubsidized price of $649 and with a two year contract for $349, we are now hearing more details – about the launch date.
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?
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.
Looking to check out some really cool Windows Phone 7 goods? Folks at Engadget have got us a couple of really cool video demonstrations comparing three WP7 handsetst that have gotten some rave reviews. Not all these phones are available in all parts of the world. But if you had any doubts about how good the Windows Phone 7 handsets shall perform against one another, here are the videos.
As the Engadget report points out, the Super AMOLED display of the new Samsung Omnia 7 really sets up a display that is extremely good compared to the other displays. The report ranks the Omnia 7 on top followed by 7 Mozart thus pushing the HD 7 to the last place.
Check out the videos above and let us know what you think of these Windows Phone handsets. Which is the best of the lot in your opinion? Write to us in the comments below.
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?
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 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.
Looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab is going to be more affordable than previously thought. Folks at Boy Genius Report have learned from sources in Sprint that the upcoming Android tablet device is going to be launched for a subsidized price of $399 – a good $100 less than the basic model of the iPad. What’s more, this subsidized tablet would come with an expected contract period of 2 years. In case you do not like this, you can also choose to buy an unsubsidized full price version for $599. We hear that the launch on Sprint is going to happen on November 14.
The pricing of the Samsung Tablet is pretty interesting. An unsubsidized price is a $100 above the cost of a Wi-Fi only iPad. On the other hand, at a 100 bucks lower than this price, you can get a tablet that is capable of working over both 3G and Wi-Fi. Obviously, the pricing is done in such a way that subscribers will feel obliged to choose a subsidized model with full functionalities that would eventually reap better revenues over a 2 year period.
But this pricing is still disappointing considering the more innovative structure adopted by O2 in Germany. There, the Tab itself was priced at a base price of €99 with a 24 month contract period where the subscriber paid €27.50 just for the possession of the device. While the subscriber definitely ends up paying a lot more, that’s definitely more affordable and a good way to take on competition from the iPad. What do you think?