We first heard about the upcoming Galaxy S2 Android phone from Samsung back in July last year. The Korean company is expected to unveil this new device during the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona next month. But there has not been any confirmation on the features as yet. However, a new report on Korean newspaper gives us quite a few details about what this device could come equipped with as well as how it would look like.
According to ETNews, the new Samsung Galaxy S2 will be an Android 2.3 device that will come with a 4.3 inches Super AMOLED “Plus” display and will run on a dual core processor. The newspaper further claims that the device will contain an NFC chip – similar to the recently launched Google Nexus S.
The speculations are not exactly new. Our earliest report about the Galaxy S2 hinted at a 1280×720 pixel Super AMOLED display and a 2GHz processor – possibly two cores with 1GHz speed each. It will be interesting to see if these rumors turn out to be correct.
Samsung yesterday officially unveiled the new Galaxy Player 50 portable media player. Quite expectedly, the device has already been billed the iPod Touch killer and comparisons between the two are inevitable. So which of the two is a better device? Here is a feature-by-feature comparison
Samsung Galaxy Player comes with a 3.2″ capacitive touch screen as against the 3.5″ display on the iPod Touch. While the iPod Touch carries a 960×640 pixel retina display resolution, it is not clear if the Galaxy Player will be equipped with the rumored 800×400 pixel Super AMOLED display
The Galaxy Player has a 3-Megapixel rear camera along with a VGA resolution front camera. The iPod Touch has a comparable front-facing camera. But it has an incredibly low 0.7-Megapixel rear camera that could be a deal-breaker for those who also want to use their PMP for capturing pictures
Storage Capacity :
On the iPod Touch, users have an option to choose among 8GB, 32GB and 64GB storage. Galaxy Player on the other hand offers storage of 8GB, 16GB or 32GB. However, users also have the option to add additional storage to their Galaxy Player using microSD cards – something that is not available with the iPod Touch
Like the Galaxy S, the Galaxy Player too runs on a 1GHz processor. Also, similar to the iPhone 4 and iPad devices, the new iPod Touch runs on Apple’s native A4 processor that can clock 1GHz speed. However, this CPU is speculated to have been clocked down on the iPod Touch to improve battery life.
The Galaxy Player will run on Android 2.1 – not FroYo. The iPod Touch runs on the latest version of iOS. There is no conclusive statement on which of the two OSes are better since it is up to individual requirements.
The 8GB Galaxy Player 50 will be available starting tomorrow at a price of £149 at Amazon UK while the 16GB variant will be available at £179.99. The price of the device elsewhere is not known yet. The iPod Touch, as you already know, is available at a starting price of £193 in UK.
So which one are you going for? Galaxy Player looks like the better deal! You can order a Galaxy Player in the UK starting January 7 using this link.
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.
Head over to the Samsung Galaxy Tab page on the Verizon website and you should be seeing the usual $599 price point. But according to a number of sources, this price should drop down soon to less than $500. According to these sources, Verizon would not just be dropping the price of the Galaxy Tab from $599 to $499, but will also drop in an additional $60 worth of free movie rentals with these purchases.
It is not clear when these announcements are due. The sources claim that the $100 discount offer will also apply to customers who have made a Galaxy Tab purchase in the past 14 days. With the holiday shopping season now over, most of the customers must now be done with their seasonal shopping. In any case, this is a pretty attractive deal and we look forward to an official announcement.
If you are a Galaxy S owner who is getting tired of waiting for the Android 2.2 upgrade, Samsung has this to say – they are working towards ensuring a reliable and simple upgrade process and that tests in this regard are underway. In a tweet posted on the Samsung USA accounts, the company spokesperson has noted,
“We want Galaxy S owners to have simple/reliable upgrade. We r running tests due to complexity/unique functionality.”
Of course, this tweet does nothing to reassure users that an upgrade is soon on the way. But it at least acknowledges the fact that certain issues are keeping Samsung from rolling out an update soon enough. But that sounds pretty weird considering that rooted Galaxy S owners have had FroYo seamlessly running on their handsets for quite a while now.
We will only hope Samsung can keep up to their promise and deliver the goods shortly.
We have been hearing a fair bit of rumors about the upcoming iPod Touch rival from Samsung. Yesterday, the South Korean tech giant had confirmed speculations that they shall be unveiling the new music player during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The device is expected to work like a Galaxy S but without the phone part. In addition to this, the Galaxy Player shall also come without a Super AMOLED screen and will measure slightly smaller than a Galaxy S.
While all of this has got users excited, here’s some bad news. The Samsung Galaxy Player is not expected to launch internationally until April or May of next year. According to these reports, Samsung is expected to launch the device in Korea next month although international roll out is expected to be phased between April and June.
In any case, these are still speculations. So hold on until Samsung opens up officially about these launch details next week during CES.
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 confirmed that they shall be unveiling their new Galaxy Player during the Consumer Electronics Show next week. The Samsung Galaxy Player (codenamed YP-GB1) is likely to be to Galaxy S what iPod Touch is to the iPhone. All specifications are reportedly inspired from Galaxy S.
According to reports, the new Galaxy Player shall run Android 2.2 out of the box and will feature a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch Super-Clear LCD screen (not Super AMOLED) that will support 800×480 pixel WVGA resolution. Other features include a 3.2-Megapixel rear facing camera, a front-facing VGA camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, a micro-SD card slot and a 1200 mAh removable battery.
The features also indicate that the Galaxy Player could support popular tools like video calling and GPS navigation. The price of the device is rumored to be €200 (in France at least) and there are likely to be three storage variants that will offer 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities.
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.
A screenshot of an internal memo that is doing the rounds across the blogosphere has hinted at an imminent arrival of a FroYo update for Samsung Epic 4G devices. From what we hear, Samsung Epic 4G users are likely to receive an Over-the-Air update on December 26 that will let them upgrade to Android 2.2.
In case you are not aware, Android 2.2 will bring a number of new features including the ability to install applications on external storage cards, enhanced Bluetooth support & voice dialing and offers Adobe Flash 10.1 compatibility. The screenshot also reveals that the update will bring enhancements to the GPS functionality on the Epic 4G.
The OS update is expected to roll out to all users over a four day period with those handsets running Android 2.1 receiving priority over the others. For what it’s worth, the screenshot informs us that 67% of Epic 4G users have Android 2.1 installed on their handset.