These phones have had a very successful launch having been available on four different carriers in the US besides being available on a number of carriers across the world. According to a recent press release, the strategy appears to have worked as Samsung has announced the sale of 5 million Galaxy S handsets worldwide. This includes the more than 2 million handsets that were sold in USA alone and another 1 million that was sold in South Korea.
This is pure rumor and even I’m not buying this without more confirmation, but according to some reports, Samsung may have halted the production of its Samsung Galaxy S and Wave handsets due to an acute shortage in supply of Super AMOLED displays. This is ironical considering that the Korea based company is the world’s largest manufacturer of Super AMOLED screens. But reports suggest that Samsung may have already committed a significant chunk of 2011 production to Apple for their iDevices and may consequently be feeling the brunt of short production at home.
This is not very likely considering that this could be a cannibalization of their own handsets. However, speculations are that Apple may have chosen to buy these displays for their devices at a premium that certain divisions of Samsung may have found to be a more attractive proposition.
Canadian carrier, Rogers has announced that the network is now accepting pre-orders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Captivate. The phone is expected to launch in the middle of October and shall be available at a price of $149.99 along with a three year contract.
It looks like Rogers is walking the extra mile to ensure that the launch is a success. Customers making a pre-order shall also win a free bluetooth headset with their purchase. Additionally, these customers shall also be eligible to win a $10,000 Samsung Prize pack.
While the exact launch date is not spelled out, Rogers does say that the bluetooth headset offer shall end on October 20th. That’s a pretty safe bet to then assume that the launch is expected to happen a few days on either side of the 20th. You can check out the phone for pre-order at Rogers website here.
Want to experience that in-a-cinema-hall feeling while watching videos or movies on your Samsung Galaxy S phone? You may probably know that the device (including all its siblings like AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, Sprint Epic & Verizon Fascinate) come equipped with a SRS 5.1 Virtual surround sound system. The SRS Virtual Surround amplifies the bass response besides improving digital clarity so that you will now be able to listen to human voices much clearer over the other audio effects.
Now if you are looking to check this feature out, this is what you should do –
Get hold of a stereo headphones – even regular ones should do fine, apparently.
Launch your music player or video player.
You will notice a button that reads 5.1ch. Tap over it
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.
Are you having problems with getting your new Samsung Galaxy S last more than a work-day? In that case, you could probably check out this latest accessory from Samsung – a battery power pack. It is not here as yet. But according to a report on SlashGear, the accessory was recently promoted in Samsung’s German newsletter.
This accessory is basically a carry case that will also double up as a battery power backup to offer an additional 8.5 hours of talk time and an additional 500 hours of standby. That’s definitely sufficient backup for most of us. There is no word on the pricing as yet and it is not clear when this accessory will be available elsewhere in the world.
In any case, if you are wondering about other specifications, the power pack is going to weigh 70 grams and will come with an LED capacity indicator.
The XDA Developers forum is one hell of a place where most of the unlocks and roots for the current crop of smartphones are discovered. Now a member from the forum has discovered a pretty simple way to decipher the unlock code for all models of the Samsung Galaxy S (including Captivate and Vibrant) – the codes are reportedly stored in the phone itself. And the best news to have emerged is that all of this can be done without the user having to actually root the device. If you are looking for a root, you are welcome though. Check out this Samsung Galaxy S root guide I had posted earlier.
There are a few dangers though. The phone can potentially freeze and it is entirely up to the owner to take the risk. Nevertheless, the unlocking method will take less than five minutes if done correctly. Also, you can use the same code to lock your device back. So, it’s all very simple stuff.
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.
Of course, you cannot compare a smartphone with a tablet PC. But then, when you are only comparing one aspect that is common in the devices – browser speed in this case, I think it is pretty fair and relevant.
I just came across this interesting video that is quite revealing. As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy S loads websites significantly quicker than the iPad. As is noted in the video, the Galaxy is running Android 2.2 while the iPad is assumed to be running the latest iPad OS.
Apple is speculated to announce iOS 4 for the iPad in the next few weeks. A Brazilian website had claimed last week that this announcement could be made as early as next week when the new iPod Touch could be announced. Considering that Android 2.2 is the latest from Google, it will be interesting to see how the phone would compare in browser speed with an iPad running the latest iOS 4.
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.