There are two high profile 4G capable Android handsets from Sprint this season, the HTC EVO 4G and the upcoming Samsung Epic. Of course, considering the rate at which new Android handsets are being churned out, EVO 4G is not as “new” as the Epic is. And consequently, Sprint would not want to glorify a device that is already out in the market and ruin the market for an upcoming Sprint phone.
For instance, the new Epic 4G comes with a 5-megapixel camera whereas EVO has an 8-megapixel unit. Also, the EVO has a marginally larger display. Nevertheless, the Samsung Epic does come with some interesting features of its own. Firstly, the display is 4-inches of Super AMOLED goodness. Also, users uncomfortable with a virtual keyboard can instead use the slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard. But most importantly, Samsung Epic allows you to stream content from your phone to any DLNA certified device wirelessly. EVO on the other hand requires a wired HDMI output.
It is not surprising that Sprint has spoken mainly about the positive aspects of the upcoming Samsung Android handset. But I believe EVO will continue to give Epic a good competition thanks to some amazing features. Check out the Sprint video below.
Have a lot of videos on your Galaxy S that you want to watch over your television? Samsung has just announced a series of accessories for your Galaxy smartphone and one interesting product is the Samsung WMG160 Wi-Fi HD streaming device. Now what this device will do is enable users to directly stream media from the “AllShare” application on the Galaxy S to an HDTV wirelessly over Wi-Fi.
According to specifications made available, the WMG160 will render videos at a 720p HD 1280×720 pixel resolution and can resolve videos that have a framerate of 30fps or lesser. Apart from audio and video content, the media streaming device can also stream documents in PDF, HTML, TXT and other formats compatible on MS Office.
The price of this new device is not available at present. Also, the device is yet to be added to the official Samsung accessories website. I will update this page as and when that happens.
Rooting an Android phone has its advantages. The process will allow you to gain super user status thus allowing you to install and run applications outside the Android marketplace on your Android device. However, there are also risks to this process since it may void your warranty besides possible bricking of your device.
Step 2 : Click and install the .NET application on your computer
Step 3 : On your Samsung Galaxy phone, navigate to Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> USB Debugging. Here, enable the USB debugging option. You may be offered a warning message. Tap OK to proceed with the unroot process
Step 4 : Connect your Galaxy phone to the Windows computer. If the Kies software autoruns, close it. Your phone will now detect the appropriate Samsung driver and install it
Step 5 : With Galaxy connected to your computer, double click on the One-Click root file to start the unroot process. You will be shown the following window
Click on the ‘One-Click Unroot 2.1‘ option
Step 6 : The application will now take you through several lines of messages and notifications. Finally the application will complete the unrooting process for the handset.
You are done. Disconnect your phone to complete the process.
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.
Verizon is launching a new feature phone from Samsung that is going to be targeted heavily at the heavy-texters. The new Samsung Intensity II will bring some great specs for the price – a horizontal slider QWERTY keyboard, a 1.2-Megapixel infrared camera that includes night vision functionality and a 2.2-inches screen that packs as many as 240×320 pixels of display resolution. The phone is also integrated with a lot of social networking features, music player and Verizon’s Navigator software. The handset will be available in metallic blue and deep gray colors and is made partly from recycled plastic.
The device is still not available in the market and according to Verizon, the phone shall be available in the “coming weeks“. Anyway, when it does, you may have to shell out $49.99. And that’s after a $50 mail-in rebate.
There is not much to discuss about this upcoming handset from Samsung Mobile. For one, we have no clue about the form factor of this smartphone. Secondly, there is no word on the pricing or availability. Nevertheless, there has been some information available about this new handset thanks to a recently awarded Bluetooth certification.
The specs are definitely interesting. The Samsung Cetus is expected to come with a large 4-inches AMOLED display along with a 800×400 pixel resolution. Keeping with the recent trends, the phone will also offer a 5-megapixel camera though it is not clear if auto-focus and LED flash will be available. In addition to this, the phone will also include a second front-facing VGA camera, FM radio tuner and GPS apart from support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Besides all of this, of course, the device will run on Windows Phone 7.
A more comprehensive tech specs and pricing details need to be available before you can pass a judgement over this handset.
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.
As noted earlier, Samsung has recently unveiled two new ultra thin netbooks that are now already available in the South Korean market and should, in all probability, become available elsewhere over the next few weeks. The two netbooks – Samsung X180 and Samsung X125 are pretty similar in specifications. So which one should you go for?
Primarily, both devices come with a 11.6-inches screen with a high resolution 1366×768 display. They are run on a RAM with a capacity of 3GB and offer a storage space of 320GB. Also, with support to Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a webcam, most of your requirements from a netbook are fulfilled from either of these two devices.
The basic difference between the two however lies in the processors. The Samsung X125 is equipped with an AMD Athlon II Neo processor that is enhanced with an ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics card. On the other hand, the Samsung X180 is powered by an Intel Core i3-330UM processor with an Intel GMA HD graphics card.
There is not much to choose between the two, but personally though, I would prefer the Core i3 processor of X180 over AMD. How about you?
Samsung has removed the wraps off its latest netbook – the new ultra-thin and light netbook named the Samsung X125. The netbook comes with a screen size that is relatively on the higher end for a netbook – at 11.6-inches. The display is packed with 1366×768 pixels which is highly impressive for a netbook. Besides this, the new Samsung netbook also comes equipped with an AMD Athlon II Neo processor, a powerful 3GB RAM and has a storage capacity of close to 320GB.
Rendering of graphics content should be optimal too with the ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics card. The Samsung X125 comes installed with a webcam apart from connectivity features from Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The 6 cell battery should give you a sufficiently long battery life.
So how much will you pay for this? If I tell you that this netbook shall be priced around $572, will you be shocked?
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.