Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo update “Officially” leaks

Samsung has apparently leaked an Android 2.2 Froyo Firmware or the Samsung Galaxy S via the Kies desktop software updater. This I9000XXJPC update only works on Unlocked devices and seems to be filled with little bugs so I wouldn’t recommend flashing it. This is probably an error on Samsung part who may have upload a Beta ROM on the servers. (similar to what happened to HTC withe EVO 4G Froyo update).

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 tablet officially unveiled

There’s been a lot of rumors, leaks, blurry videos etc but this is all moot now that Samsung has officially unveiled the product via a dedicated teaser website. The best way to describe the Samsung Galaxy Tab is just to say that it’s a over-sized version of the Galaxy S. Nearly everything about it (software, hardware specs) is identical to the Galaxy S. The one major difference is the 7inch screen (compare to 4″on the Galaxy S) and the 3.2Mpix camera. Similar to the Galaxy S the Tab will be able to playback HD movie thanks to the Hummingbird Chipset. According to the teaser the official launch is set to take place on September 2nd at the IFA convention in Germany. Check out the teaser video after the break:

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Sim Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S in less than five minutes without rooting it

The Samsung Galaxy S is shaping up to be one of the best smartphone released this year and things are getting even better. For those who don’t know yet, several mobile operators in Europe are actually selling their own branded versions of the Galaxy S totally sim-unlocked. I don’t really know how this happened or if this is still the case but the first batch of phones shipped in France for example didn’t get locked before hitting retail. But if you are in the possession of a sim-locked handset (especially in the US with the Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate and Epic 4G) you can now easily unlocked your device in less than five minutes for free and without even rooting it. Thanks to dagentooboy over at XDA-Devs here are the instructions:

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The Samsung Galaxy S has arrived

I’ve just received a Samsung Galaxy S which I will review in the coming days.I still have to finish up my HTC Wildfire review thought and have a couple of other side projects in the works so don’t expect the Galaxy S review before the end of next week. I’ll post picture samples and probably videos before stating Monday. If you have any questions you want answered don’t hesitate to asked them in the comments below, on Twitter or by mail.

The AT&T Samsung Captivate is available and shipping now

Following T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant launch on thursday comes the launch of the second carrier branded Samsung Galaxy S. Satrting today; AT&T  is officialy taking orders and shipping the Samsung Captivate. There’s isn’t much to say here, the prices are simila ot the Vibrant ($199 with a 2 year contractetc..) so if you are on AT&T and want the most powerfull smartphone on the market today’s you lucky day I guess.

Source: AT&T

Samsung Captivate spotted in the wild with its retail package

With the Samsung Captivate launch date set to July 18th it isn’t surprising to see the first shots of the retail packed and device itself. AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S will set you back $200 with a 2 year contract but who wouldn’t want to grab the market’s fast smartphone? As we have seen a few days ago the device’s  Humingbird chipset coupled with the PowerVR SCX540 GPU are unstoppable right now. Retail package picture after the break:

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HTC Desire vs Samsung Galaxy S: Quake 2 performance

We already saw the Samsung Galaxy S running Quake 3 without breaking a sweat a few days ago. But how does it compare to HTC’s latest Android smartphone? Here’s a video of Quake 2 running on an HTC Desire next to a Galaxy S…the verdict is that HTC’s handset gets totally slaughtered by Samsung’s offering. My guess is that this has more to do with Qualcomm/HTC sub-par drivers than the actual GPU power under the hood (even though the PowerVR SGX540 GPU in the Galaxy S is in definitely more powerful that the current Qualcomm Adreno 200 found in the QSD8×50 SnapDragon. Watch the whole thing after the break:

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Quake 3 ported to the Samsung Galaxy S

Elootos over at MediaCenterHouse has managed to port Quake 3 Arena to the recently released Samsung Galaxy S and posted a video of it on YouTube yesterday. What is interesting here is that unlike the majority of the “Q3 ported to XXMobile device” videos we can clearly see that this time the game is set to the highest level of polygons detail (look at the rocket launcher). The  S5PC110A01(Hummingbird) chipset is currently the fastest overall mobile chipset on the market now ( can’t wait to see how the  stacks up against it). Video after the break:

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All Samsung Galaxy S phones will get Android 2.2 this year

Nothing terribly new here. but it’s good to have an official statement about the future Android 2.2 upgrade of the Samsung Galaxy S handsets (the Samsung Epic 4G, Captivate, Vibrant and Fascinate) will receive Froyo (with obviously Adobe Flash 10.1 support) in the coming months.

Source: Twitter

Samsung Captivate early hands-on preview


Engadget has posted and quick hands-on preview of the Samsung Gala… Samsung Captivate handset expected to launch on At&T this summer. The Captivate is the AT&T branded and re-designed version of the Samsung Galaxy S unfortunately the device they had in there hands was supposedly a prototype with a lower clocked S5PC1101A01 chipset and still unfinished software (looks like AT&T is adding some crap to the OS…) Check out the video below:

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Samsung Captivate announced: AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S

This one came out of nowhere! AT&Thas just announced a re-branded a re-designed version of the Samsung Galaxy S; the Samsung Captivate. It has the same specifications as the original handset but a design reminiscent of the Blackberry Storm. The 4″ Super AMOLED screen is still here same for the S5PC110A01chipset:

Immerse yourself in the realism of the 4” Super AMOLED display. Elevate your gaming experience with the six-axis motion sensor and powerful 3D graphics engine. Listen to the dynamic richness of surround-sound stereo audio. You get high entertainment value plus a complete suite of hardworking fully integrated Google applications. Check email, get directions, download thousands of apps from the Android Market, upload video to YouTube™, and much more. Powered by the 1 GHz Cortex A8 Samsung application processor and the Android™ 2.1 operating system, the Samsung Captivate is packed with exciting features in a sleek and slim design:

•Super AMOLED 4” touchscreen display – improved off-axis viewing and better outdoor visibility
•Entertainment galore with six-axis motion sensor and 3D graphics engine and surround-sound audio
•5 MP camera with HD video recording
•Choose from thousands of apps on the Android Market™
•Integrated social networking tools – one place for status updates
•16 GB on-board memory for photos, videos, and music – expandable memory up to 32 GB

The Captivate doesn’t look any better than the Galaxy S, AT&T should have sticked with the orignial design IMO.

Source: AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S Pro spotted in the wild

The Samsung Galaxy S isn’t even out in retail stores and we are already seeing what looks like the full slide-out qwerty version of the device probably called the Samsung Galaxy s Pro which is apparently headed to Sprint in the US. Nothing else is know about it other than it runs Android and supposedly comes equipped with a 4G / WinMAx radio.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy S 720P video sample

Here’s a short HD video captured with a Samsung Galxy S during the Rolland Garros Tennis tournament in Paris a few days ago. Video quality seems pretty good (It’s probably sharper before the YouTube compression) and the frame rate it fairly consistent (good light conditions play a big role here). The real fun will begin on June 24th when we will finally see how the iPhone 4′s HD camcorder looks like. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple manages to one-up Samsung. HTC is lagging far behind in quality as we have witnessed a few days ago with the HTC EVO 4G and Acer’s 720P function is just…well..not worth it. Video after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S review

Just found out that Mobile01 posted a gigantic review of the Samsung Galaxy S a little while ago. Unfortunately it’s in Chinese so Google’s translator will be you savior here. the Samsung Galaxy S is a real winner according to the review thanks to all of the multimedia features like 720P video recording, HDMI out, native Divx support and DNLA etc.. The S5PC110A01 Chipset is also praised for its awesome performances especially when it comes to playing back 720P videos or rendering webpages.

But now let’s talk about the Super AMOLED screen; according to the reviewer the panel on the Galaxy S is the best thing he has ever seen and that it’s hard to go back after using it for a little while.

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Samsung Galaxy S launch event taking place in New York on June 29th

 

Samsung has a launch event scheduled to take place in New York on June 29th according to an invitation sent to re press today. The mentions Samsung’s next generations of Android devices so we can safely bet that the Samsung Galaxy S will be a big part of the show alongside the leaked handset we heard about a few weeks ago. The latest rumor points to a July 21th release on T-Mobile in the US but nothing has been confirmed yet. The Galaxy S has already launched in the UK and is on its way to start shipping in 110 countries before the end of the year.

Source: Engadget & TMOnews

Samsung Galaxy S officially launching in Europe

Samsung is officially launching the Samsung Galaxy SAndroid smartphone in Europe today. There’s still no real info on pricing and on carrier/country availability (we alread know that Vodafone UK willl get it) but it obvious that Samsung wants to push it out as soon as possible before the imminent launch of the next generation iPhone in a few days/weeks. Other regions will also get the Galaxy S in the coming months (it will supposedly launch in 110 countries). Check out the full press release after the break:
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The Samsung Galaxy S launching in 110 Countries at the same time

Accodring to the Korea ITTimes Samsung is about to launch the Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone in 110 countries at the same time.

Samsung have made contracts with major telecommunication companies from 110 countries. For instance, Orange, which is the key brand Telecom in France, SingTel from Singapore, Deutsche Telecom from Germany and many others. This simultaneous release is a rare case in the industry

Samsung is really confident about the Galaxy S succes and it you look at the current market this is the company’s only phone that can really compete against the upcoming iPhone 4g /HG and HTC’s high-end Android handsets like the EVO 4G and Desire. The Galaxy S features Samsung new Super AMOLED screen (4″),  the company’s own S5PC110 / S5PC110A01 chipset clocked at 1Ghz and a 5Mpix camera capable of 720P video capture. The device will ship with Android 2.1 but should hopefully get an update to Android 2.2 shortly after. This summer is going to be all about the new iPhone and Android untill Windows Phone 7 finally launches around October or November. Samsung is one of the main launch partners on WP7 and a modified Omnia HD is being used to develop the OS. You can check out my Windows Phone 7 hands on video on the Samsung prototype here.

Source: Korea IT Times

Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Wave coming soon to Vodafone UK

Samsung’s upcoming high-end Android 2.1 smartphone, the Galaxy S,an the company’s first Bada handsets, the Samsung Wave, are apparently headed to Vodafone UK and should be launching soon. Both devices feature Samsung’s new Super AMOLED screen technology and the company’s own S5PC110 / S5PC110A01 chipset (with PowerVR SGX540 GPU theoretically capable of pushing 90M triangles/sec). The Samsung Wave is also available for pre-order on amazon UK for £399 unlocked.

Source: Vodafone & Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S review and hands-on video


The Russian did it again, Mobile-Review posted the first Samsung Galaxy S review (it’s more of a preview though..). What you have to keep in mind is that this is just (as far as I can see..) just a long hands-on impression article and that Eldar is know for being a big Samsung fan (so take what he says with a grain of salt sometimes). I noticed something strange though: take a look at all the interface pictures and you’ll see a strange rectangular pattern all over the Super AMOLED screen (see the picture below as an example). I wonder if this is caused by Eldar’s camera or the way the screen is meant to be (that would suck..).

The Pocketnow boys have also posted a handson video shot during CTIA :

Source: Mobile-Review & Pocketnow