Samsungunveiled its new Android 2.1 smartphone – the Continuum at a media event yesterday. The specifications are not entirely new to us – check our features comparison article – though the official announcement has added credibility to all the rumors and speculations that have been doing the rounds so far. In case you missed it, the Samsung Continuum will feature a 3.4″ capacitive touchscreen WVGA display and will run on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a 512MB ROM. This is a dual display device with a 1.8″ ticker display beneath the actual display that will display notifications for messages besides updating the user on RSS feed updates, weather information, sports scores, caller info,etc.
The device will be launching on Verizon and you can buy one starting November 11. The price of the Continuum is expected to be around $199 – that is with a $100 mail-in rebate and after you sign a two year contract.
If you own an Xperia X10, keep looking out for a new update that is now being offered to the handset. This update will install Android 2.1 to the handset besides offering new features like 720p HD video recording, backup and restore application, new homescreens and a Facebook integrated phonebook. Xperia X10 Pro and Mini users will also receive updates for improved Bluetooth functionalities with support for sending pictures, contacts, etc.
Now because the update is significantly big, it will not be offered over the air. Instead, users will see a notification on their phones to update the software via the Sony Ericsson PC Companion app. The first of the phones should start receiving the update on October 31st with the distribution to extend all through the month of November. So if you don’t seem to be receiving your update soon enough, don’t get restless!
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?
Several users on Android discussion forums have been noticing a new update to their Android Market app that brings several new features to their Android 2.1 handset. The update primarily introduces features such as widgets that were hitherto a part of FroYo Android 2.2 to the Eclair crowd. Here are some reactions from users who have noticed it,
“There is a new market. Comments are now on a separate tab and you can rate comments too.”
“I have a Droid X and the Market updated to version 2.07 today. I had a theme which made the market graphics black and white and they have been restored to the normal green and multi-colored.”
“got the silent update on fascinate, phone had root and lag fix, everything works… including the widget.”
Apparently, not all Android 2.1 phones seem to have got the new update. Do you see it on your Android? If not, reboot and try again. Let us know in the comments.
If you haven’t got a Motorola Charm already, here is your chance to do so. T-Mobile has just announced a discounted pricing for the Android smartphone that brings the inexpensive $75 phone down to an even attractive price of $49.99. This comes with a two year contract with T-Mobile as expected and is already at the new price on stores in the US.
Motorola Charm launched late last month after a month of delay due to battery issues. While we do not have any official numbers on how the device has fared so far in the market, you can assume that T-Mobile may not have sold as many units as they would have liked and consequently you see this drop in prices less than a month after launch.
So, the Android rival to the recently announced iPod Touch 4 has arrived. The new Samsung Galaxy Player 50, as you guessed, is a portable media player that will run on the Android OS. Android 2.1 to be precise. The device comes with pretty much everything that you see on modern day smartphones, including access to the Android marketplace, except of course the voice-call part. But this is a pretty impressive device from what you can see from the specs.
Firstly, this is a 3.2″ display – smaller than regular smartphone displays, but reasonable – that is equipped with a WQVGA LCD screenwith multitouch capability. Other specifications include a storage space of 8GB and 16GB with microSD card expansion of up to 32GB, a 2-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. One gripe that you may have is that the device runs on Android 2.1 and not FroYo. But the device otherwise comes with all the bells and whistles that Android smartphones come with. There is no word on the price, but we expect it to effectively counter the iPod Touch 4.
Best Buy has announced that the pre-orders for Samsung Fascinate are now open. A caveat here though – the offer is presently available only to the members of Reward Zone. Pre-orders for the general public will be made available starting August 29. The retailer has made no note of either the launch date nor the pricing.
But expect them to be competitive with Samsung Captivate and Vibrant. After all, these devices are all siblings with similar features and specs. Much like the rest of the Galaxy S ilk, the Samsung Fascinate too will feature a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 5-megapixel camera and will run on Android 2.1 with TouchWiz 3.0 UI. But the Fascinate will flash a metallic body unlike the standard dark frames that have come to characterize Galaxy S.
In all likelihood, the Samsung Fascinate should launch within the first half of September since the device was originally pushed from an August launch to September only to accomodate the launch of Droid 2.
How do you like an Android 2.1 smartphone at £99.99? It may not sound too impressive until you are told that this is the total, unsubsidized cost of a phone that otherwise has good specifications. 3 UK has launched this seriously low-cost Android smartphone that is available for free along with an 18 month contract.
The price belies the good lineup of features on the ZTE Racer. The device comes with a 600MHz Qualcomm processor, a 2GB microSD card slot, a 3.2-megapixel camera, HSDPA 7.2Mbps connectivity and a 2.8-inches QVGA resistive touchscreen. Other features on the device include support for FM Radio, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi.A pre-installed Skype app lets you make free Skype calls within the UK.
I think the features here are impressive for a sub-£100 phone though the resistive touchscreen may get some of you to frown. Nevertheless, if you are interested in this beautiful device, and you live in the UK, head over to the nearest 3 store and grab a handset.
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.
But before you proceed, please do note the caveats – You risk losing your warranty and could also potentially brick your phone. So unless you are absolutely sure, don’t try it. The procedure is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S i9000 running either Android 2.1 or Android 2.2. (We have a number of articles covering the other Samsung Galaxy variants. Click here to check out these articles)