Apple and RIM Overtake Sony Ericsson and Motorola

According to the latest reports, Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry have overtaken Sony Ericsson and Motorola to claim the fourth and fifth spots on the top mobile phone manufacturers list of 2010. The top three places were shared by Nokia, Samsung and LG respectively. Although Nokia and LG have held on to the first and third places, their market share in 2010 when compared to the previous has come down drastically, no thanks to the iPhones anf Google’s Android based smartphones. Right now Nokia and LG are under a lot of pressure and it is also being rumored that Nokia might shelve its phone OS Symbian and join hands with Microsoft for developing smartphones. Ironically, Symbian also observed a steep decline in the last quarter of 2010.

The strong sales of Apple’s and RIM’s smartphones in the last quarter of 2010 has enabled them surpass Sony Ericsson and Motorola.

AT&T To Boost Samsung Captivate to Froyo?

Good news for all AT&T users of Samsung Captivate. The android run smartphone from Samsung is apparently going to get a boost up from its current Android 2.1 version to a Android 2.2 version codenamed Froyo. With most of the other Android products in the market including Samsung’s own Galaxy S featuring newer versions of Android like Gingerbread, this firmware update can bring some joy to Captivate users. Users of Captivate can browse through the instructions available on the phone to locate the firmware update. More support has also been offered on Samsung’s website as well.

If you browse through the Settings page and then click on About Phone, you would observe that the phone has already been upgraded to 2.2 or Froyo after finishing installing the update. The Samsung Captivate comes with an impressive four inch AMOLED touchscreen, a 5.0 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities.

Rumored Samsung Galaxy S2 Specifications

It is pretty evident that Samsung will be unveiling the successor of Galaxy Tab at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Now, a few enthusiasts have gone a step further and also released the specifications of the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab’s successor. Now that Samsung has also released a teaser, tablet users around the world are eager to see what the Samsung Galaxy S2 would look like and what improvements have been made to the Galaxy Tab.

The rumored specifications are as follows-

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
  • 1.2GHz Orion dual core processor
  • 4.5″ AMOLED plus display
  • 1.3 megapixel camera (front)
  • 8.0 megapixel rear camera with flash
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 32GB expandable memory
  • Micro USB
  • built in NFC (Near Field Communication) Chips

So, if rumors were to come true, these would be the new features of Galaxy S2. Let’s wait for the MWC for the truth.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G and G-Slate – T-Mobile to Launch Them In Spring

T-Mobile has announced that the Galaxy S 4G, a successor of the Samsung Vibrant phone will be launched sometime during this month and the LG G-Slate is scheduled for a spring launch. While the Galaxy S 4G supports the 4GHSPA technology provided by T-Mobile which provides internet speeds at a ten times faster rate when compared to 3G, the G-Slate boasts of never before seen 3D recording and playing back capabilities on Google’s Android platform.

The battery life of Galaxy S is more promising when compared to its predecessor and the LG tablet boasts of an 8.9″ wide screen. Although 3D glasses would be required to watch the playback on the tablet. T-Mobile’s news about the launch comes only a couple of weeks before the Mobile World Congress.

Now that many of world’s leading technology manufacturers are gearing up for the WMC, these two gadgets are sure a stand out from the rest.

Android Tablets Catching Up With iPad

Are the Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Dell Streaks catching up with Apple’s iPad? Yes, say the results of a recent study by Strategy Analytics, a global market researcher. As per the study, Apple shipped a total number of 7.3 million units in the last quarter of 2010 when compared to 4.2 million in the 3rd quarter. On the other hand, 2.1 million Android Tablets were shipped in the last quarter of 2010. Apple loyalists would argue that this number is in no way close to Apple’s figures. But, wait before you jump to conclusions. In the 3rd quarter of 2010, only 100,000 Android units were shipped. Now, you can compare the two quarters and see the rapid increase in shipments.

The reasons for the increased fondness for Android tablets like Samsung Galaxy are their advanced features, impressive specifications and above all, a completely affordable price when compared to the iPad.

Apple better release their iPad 2 as quickly as possible to maintain their firm hold on the market.

Price Of T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab Dropped

This has been a season of discounts for those looking for a Galaxy Tab. Afte Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular dropped the price of the Galaxy Tab on their network, T-Mobile has now announced a massive price drop of the Galaxy Tab on their cellular network. Starting today, the Galaxy Tab on T-Mobile will cost $249.99. While this is just $50 lower than the most recent price of the tablet on their network, this is still a massive drop from the originally retailing price.

It will be worth noting that Sprint had announced earlier this month their decision to slash the price of the Galaxy Tab on their carrier to $299 – with a two year contract. Also, Verizon had announced a $100 price drop at the beginning of the year. With a barrage of Android tablets including Xoom launching in the market, carriers are clearly looking at clearing their Galaxy Tab stocks to prepare themselves for these new launches. It will be interesting to see what Samsung comes up with in order to keep their momentum going.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G Specs Unveiled

Just days after the word got around that T-Mobile was working on launching a new 4G variant of the popular Samsung Vibrant comes an official announcement in this regard. According to a media statement released by the carrier, the new Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be T-Mobile’s first smartphone to be capable of running at thereotical high speeds of 21 Mbps.

Interestingly, T-Mobile has chosen to name the phone Galaxy S 4G instead of the speculated Vibrant 4G. It is probably because of an exclusivity agreement between T-Mobile and Samsung which means a 4G capable Galaxy S phone shall not ply on other carriers at least in the near term.

The specs of the phone are likely to be similar to any other Galaxy S unit. However, unlike earlier anticipated, Samsung Galaxy S 4G will not run on Android 2.3. Instead, it will be a FroYo Android 2.2 device. That should be disappointing. But in any case you are wondering about launch dates and data plans (that is expected to start at $10 a month), keep checking back for more information.

Samsung Vibrant 4G On T-Mobile In The Works?

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.

Samsung Vibrant 4G

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.

Samsung Galaxy S Mini In The Works?

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.

Galaxy S Mini

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.

Sprint Galaxy Tab Price Dropped Ahead Of New Launches

Samsung had announced during the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas earlier this month that a Wi-Fi only variant of the Galaxy Tab shall be launched shortly. In addition to this, we have also heard recently that a 4G-variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab should be launching in the next few weeks. Perhaps in a bid to deplete existing inventory before these new product launches, Sprint has announced a massive price cut on their existing Galaxy Tab line that could help the carrier sell their stocks soon.

Starting now, the Samsung Galaxy Tab on Sprint will be available at just $299 with a two year contract. If you are one of those looking to buy the device without a contract, you can do so at a price of $499. Interestingly, that is the price of ‘subsidized‘ Galaxy Tab at many other channels, including those at Verizon. Of course, you can wait and buy a more updated new hardware at a higher price. But if the entry level Galaxy Tab is something you are happy with, this discounted price should be ideal.