Updated Samsung Galaxy S Plus to feature overclocked Qualcomm MSM8255 instead of Hummingbird

Samsung sure knows how to make things totally confusing. After the SLCD version of the Galaxy S which was then followed by the version with the TI AMAP3630 (i9003), the Galaxy S 2 with the Tegra 2 and the one with the Exynos 4210 here comes the newest Galaxy S Plus (i9001) now powered by an MSM8255 clocked at 1.4Ghz (the MSM8255T ?). I personally wouldn’t like to be an Android developer because this is really getting out of hand in terms of hardware fragmentation.

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10 Million Samsung Galaxy S smartphones have been sold

Samsung is proudly announcing today that more than 10 million Samsung Galaxy S devices have been sold since it’s initial launch less that 7 months ago. I do have to admit that when Samsung estimated that they would hit this number I seriously doubted that they were going to pull it off. Glad to see that I was wrong because the Galaxy S really deserves the success it has right now (even thought it still has some issues but the hardware is frankly top notch).

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Hands On video of the upcoming Android Music Player application

The stock Android Music Player application that was briefly shown during Google I/O back in May has just been leaked to the Internet a few hours ago so I decided to shoot a quick hands-on video to show you how it looks like. First you should remember that this is no final code at all and the many features are broken or seem to be missing (especially the wireless syncing/streaming features). I’m guessing that the application was developed by the Cooliris guys who also did the stock Picture gallery application for Google more than a year ago. So I don’t really see how people are claiming that this is how the Android 3.0 / Honeycomb UI may look like… Anyway check out the video of the app running on the Samsung Galaxy S after the break (I also quickly compared it to WP7′s Zune player on the Omnia 7):

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Samsung Focus teardown

TechRepublic cracked the Samsung Focus open to check out its guts and see if there was anything of interest in there. As it was expected the device feature the famous Qualcomm QSD8250 SnapDragon Chipset and the following components (not that the Omnia 7 probably has exactly the same components):

- NEC MC-10170 imaging chip for the 5mpix camera (same as on the Samsung Galaxy S)
- Qualcomm PM7540 power management IC
- Micron OUA98 JW500 TQND
- SiliconBlue Technologies iCE65L04 Ultra Low-Power FPGA
- Avago Technolgies ACPM-5251, 4×5 UMTS Band I & Band V Dual-Band Power Amplifier Module with Integrated Coupler
- Skyworks SKY77336 Power Amplifier Module
- Fairchild Semiconductor FSA9280A USB 2.0 Accessory Detection Switch w/ 28V FET
- SanDisk SDIN4C2-8G 8GB NAND flash RAM
- Qualcomm RTR6285 UMTS/GSM/EDGE cellular transceiver
- This Samsung SWB-B23 Bluetooth IC (same ason the Galaxy S)
- Texas Instruments TPS65023B 6-channel Power Management IC
- Avago AFI037 1512BB
- Atmel MaXtouch mXT224 224-node touchscreen microcontroller (same as on the Galaxy S and the latest HTC smartphones like the EVO 4G, HD7, Incredible, Desire HD etc..)

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC HD2 already out in the wild

It didn’t take long for the XDA boys to port Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread on the Samsung Galaxy S and also the HTC HD2. Don’t get to excited yet thought because those are still early preview builds that can’t really be used because of missing features and bugs. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy S the ROM is based on the Nexus S kernel:

Which filesystem ?
This early preview runs on Ext4. no RFS at all, the kernel don’t support RFS.
Does everything work ?
Nope, but I must admit I didn’t expect such a result.
Don’t work: GPS / Voice / Wifi / some Buttons / camera
Work: everything else: like sound, GL acceleration etc
Will it work ?
I think most of it will work after countless hours spent on it.
Is it flashable with Odin ?
That’s a good idea , i think i’ll do that tomorrow.

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HTC Desire HD vs Samsung Galaxy S vs Samsung Omnia 7 camera comparison

Time for another camera comparison! This time I’m comparing the video capture quality of the HTC Desire HD versus the Galaxy S and Omnia 7. So how does it look like? Well just take a look at the video embedded after the break. The Desire HD image quality is really muddy and has that trademarked HTC purple tint to it. Framerate is consistent in board daylight (30fps in this video, but it can go as low as 5fps indoors!). HTC just can’t seem to get cameras right. My guess is that they are using relatively low end sensors because there’s no reason why the MSM8255 can’t capture great quality videos and it has been shown that with the WP7 devices that with the same chipset (the QSD8250) in all handsets only HTC couldn’t sustain consistent framerates when encoding videos (compared to Samsung and LG who have it locked at 24fps). The only save grace here is that auto-focus which works without much problem: you can focus anywhere you want while shooting a video just by taping on the screen (similar to when you shoot pictures). Anyway, the best one out of the three here is, in my opinion, the Galaxy S (even though its auto-focus is super slow and sometimes doesn’t trigger at all..) followed by the Omnia 7 which still suffers from abnormally high shutter speeds in outdoors situations (this is why the video looks choppy even though the frame rate is locked at 24fps!).

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo JPA build software tour

I’ve shot a fairly long video demonstrating the latest official Android 2.2 Froyo firmware of the Samsung Galaxy S which is the JPA build ( a newer one has apparently leak today,the JPU build but has exactly the same Kernel). The main purpose of this video is just to show you how snappy the performance is without any Lag Fix or any other modification installed on the Phone. Samsung has definitely done a good job here and the device feels better to use compared to the original 2.1 rom (and especially the JP6 build that was later taken down). Interestingly the Six Axis Mention sensing capability of the device is now perfectly functional in Google Maps when using the Street View features (it seemed totaly broken on the JP6 build). For those who didn’t know, the Samsung Galaxy S devices have two 3 axis sensors: A SMB380 tri-axial low-gravity acceleration sensor from Bosch and an MS-3C Magnetic field Sensor by Yamaha. When you combine both sensors together you get similar results to a real 3 axis Gyroscope (but not as accurate thought). Anyway, check out the video after the break (I’m really sorry for my crappy voiceover this time, but it was relatively late when I shot the video and had to lower my voice quite a bit):

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Android 2.2 Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy S is officially released

After being up for a few days and later pulled by Samsung because of last minutes bugs the official Android 2.2 aka Froyo update for the Samsung Galaxy S is finally available via the Samsung Kies software (yeah I may be a bit late on that one,been busy with all the WP7 stuff, but I thought it would be great to post it in case some of you haven’t seen it yet). The previous JP6 build (which was taken down) has now been replaced by the JPA build (or JPO depending on your region) and for my short hands-on with it seems to be snappier and there isn’t much lag to be seen either. I will take the time to tested out tomorrow but I can already tell you that there’s no new features so you can still watch my previous video to see how it looks like. Anyway, follow the instructions after the break to upgrade your device even if it’s carrier branded (if the firmware update isn’t available to you via Kies right now):

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Samsung Galaxy S vs Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Trophy Camera comparison

Here’s a three-way comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Omnia 7 and HTC 7 Trophy cameras. It’s snowing outside so I thought that this would be a really great opportunity to test the camera’s video quality (falling snow = more details to encode = worst outdoors situation possible for a digital sensor = awesome benchmark). Anyway hit the break to first check out a video comparing the Omnia 7 vs the Trophy:

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Windows Phone 7 vs Android Browser comparison on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Galaxy S

I’ve just shot a video comparing the browsing experience on Windows Phone 7 and Android with the Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Galaxy S running Android 2.2. I’m not really going to go into technical details here (I’ll leave this for my upcoming Windows Phone 7 review) but you will basically see how both OS’s perform when doing simple web browsing tasks. For my part I personally find Windows Phone 7 to be more user friendly and easier to use (I never really liked the fact that you always have to use the hardware menu button to access all the options on Android) but it still lacks some polish and complete landscape support (the UI is totally gone when you rotate your device..) Video after the break:

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Google Nexus S shows up in the wild with Gingerbread

Mister BlurryCam is back again with some Google Nexus S shots. So what’s really new here? Well nothing in particular. The device looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S and the funky looking specs reported are just…..well..kinda useless (my comments in italic):

- ArmV7 CPU – Could be Dual Core
Could be? or Couldn’t be or the cake is a lie…
- Open GL ES Supported
And all other Android device supported what before? Direct3D? Glide?
- 512 or 328MB Ram (Not 100% known)
90% maybe?
- 1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (Not 100% known)
Oh lower than the minimum 8GB internal flash found on the Galaxy S devices? Strange..
- 800×480 Screen Resolution
I wouldn’t have guessed..
- 4? Screen Size
Ok..
- SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
Possibly?
- 720P HD Video
Humm ok…that’s breaking news I guess…/s

Anyway, You can check out the blurry pictures after the break and catch a little glimpse of Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread:

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Google’s Eric Schmidt shows off the Nexus S. Gingerbread coming in the next few weeks

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt who took the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Fransisco a few minutes ago showed off the Google Nexus S android handset build by Samsung and based on the Galaxy S chassis. Schmidt also announced that the Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread version of the mobile OS will be available in the next weeks and will include the support for NFC chips (near-field-communications to read RFID tags). NFC supportcan only be available if the hardware supports it so it will be interesting to see which handset currently on the market has this hidden feature in it or if the Nexus S will be the only device to support it at launch. The bad news here is that the much needed UI update (with GPU acceleration) doesn’t seem to be part of this OS version and will will have to wait until Honeycomb aka Android 3.0 to see it.
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Samsung Omnia 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S camera comparison

I’ve just shot two videos to compare the quality of the Samsung Omnia 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S video capture capability. Both devices apparently have the same 5Mpx sensor but the Galaxy S, thanks to its Hummingbird chipset, shoots at 720P 30fps with a bit-rate of 12Mbs (in H.264) compared to the 720P 24fps and 6Mbs (MP4-Simple-Profile) limitation of the Qualcomm QSD8250 found in the Omnia 7. The first thing you will notice is the smoother framerate of the Galaxy S footage but I was surprised that the higher bit-rate didn’t really make that much of a diference in the fill output (the lighting conditions are really crappy and both device had a hard-time capturing all the outdoors detail thought). The next thing is that the continuous auto-focus is totally busted on the Galaxy S compared to the Omnia 7 which works extremely well.Video after the break:

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Gingerbread aka Android 2.3 launching soon

Based on the Google Mobile’s latest tweet (the picture above) it’s safe to say that the next version of Android, known as Android 2.3 and code-named Gingerbread, is about to be launched really soon. The latest whispers are pointing at November lunch alongside the Google Nexus S handset that we saw a few days ago. It will be interesting to see which OEM handset is going to get the update first (we already know that the Nexus One is getting  it on launch day) and how long will it take for OEMs to start pushing out their firmwares given that the similarly speced Samsung Galaxy S still hasn’t received a proper Froyo / Android 2.2 ROM. Hopefully this will be the first Android version to implement a fully GPU accelerated UI.

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Google Nexus S aka Nexus Two shows up in the wild

Bomm! Here are the first pictures of the Google Nexus Two…ermm Google Necus S that was first rumored here and then denied by Samsung later on. As you can see in the pictures the devices definitely looks like a regular Samsung Galaxy S as it was previously rumored. The only difference will be the fact that the Nexus S will run a Stock Android 2.3 ROM instead of the Samsung branded stuff. Like I said last time I don’t see how this can be a good thing. If the new Android developer/ base platform is the Samsung Hummingbird SoC how are other OEMs who use Qualcomm (HTC, SE etc..) or TI (Motorola) chipsets supposed to react? And the hird-party developers? What type of HW configuration are they supposed to aim for now? Fragmentation… More Pictures after the break:

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Samsung: The Nexus Two is simply not true

Samsung has apparently denied the recent Google Nexus Two rumors today. The spokesperson for the Korean company said that their the Google Nexus Two based Samsung Galaxy S is “simply not true”. Only time will tell who’s wring or wrong but One thing’s for sure thought: Samsung is going to launch / announce an Android device on November 8th and everything is now pointing at the Samsung Continuum.

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Google Nexus Two launching on November 8th? Just a Samsung Galaxy S with Gingerbread?

Today’s hot rumor is the supposedly imminent launch of a Google Nexus Two on November 8th (the Windows Phone 7 US launch day) and according to the same source this mysterious phone is apparently only going to be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S running Gingerbread. Well, that’s kinda strange given that Google decided to dump the Nexus One just a few months after its debut because it wasn’t a commercial success at all. What’s more interesting is that if this turns out to be true (let’s say that this Nexus Two is just going to be a developer/showcase phone) isn’t this going to make the Android hardware fragmentation even worst? HTC’s handsets have Qualcomm SnapDragon chipsets, Motorola have TI OMAPs and Samsung uses its own Hummingbird SoC. Both Motorola’s and Samsung’sdevices have a SGX based GPUs unlike HTC (Adreno 2XX) . How is this going to be any good if the next Android developer phone singles out one manufacturer? Maybe I’m reading too much into this..so lets just wait and see…

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Install Android 2.2 / Froyo now on any Samsung Galaxy S in the world even if it’s carrier branded

 

Don’t want to wait until your carrier  releases a screwed up to for your Android 2.2 rom for your Samsung Galaxy S? Well there’s a super easy solution for you. You can now flash the vanilla/unbranded Android 2.2 / Froyo rom that was released today on your carrier branded Galaxy S. All you have to do is follow some simple instructions, change some registry entries related to the Samsung Kies software and your are done. Thanks to the folks over at the XDA-devs  (via Careace) who posted the following instructions:

I don’t know if this is safe on branded, carrier locked devices.

This should be obvious but backup anything you don’t want to lose.

First uninstall all lagfixes

Start up kies and connect your phone. Wait till kies recognizes the sgs.

Go to firmware upgrade.

If it doesn’t report a JPM/JP6 upgrade close the upgrade window but do not close kies!

Go to windows start > run > and type “regedit”

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Samsung/Kies/DeviceDB/

You will probably see a bunch of numbered keys (they look like folders) Find the key/folder that has strings that match your current firmware. So if you are on JPK look for that in the keys. If you have more than one galaxy S (it can happen) then match the imei with the phone you want to upgrade.

Change the following values so they look like this:

“SoftwareRevision”=”I9000XXJF3/I9000SWC/I9000XXJF3/I9000XXJF3″
“ProductCode”=”GT-I9000HKDXEE”
“HIDSWVER”=”I9000XXJF3/I9000SWC/I9000XXJF3/I9000XXJF3″

No go back to kies and click on firmware upgrade again. You should now see the JPM upgrade.

I’ve successfully managed to flash my carrier branded Samsung Galaxy S (SFR branded) without any problem and shot a short video to show you how the rom looks like (after the break):

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Android 2.2 / Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy S finally released

Samsung has finally released the official Froyo /Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S today, exactly one month later than it was originally scheduled/promised to launch. Unfortunately if you have a carrier branded device you will have to wait a bit longer for you mobile operator to screw a bit with the rom and release it. Thankfully the wait is apparently worth it according to the list of new features and bug fixes announced by Samsung:

•Android 2.2 JIT compiler
•Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
•New Android Market with auto-updating
•Speed improvements
•Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
•Improved default keyboard
•Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
•Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
•Colored icons in settings
•GPS Fix
•Colored settings icons
•Media Hub
•Darker menu theme, navy blue color
•Better Exchange support
•Video records in MP4 format
•New Search widget
•New Gmail application

Full Press Release after the break:

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