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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Google Nexus S hands-on videos

Google’s latest and greatest, the Google Nexus S was officially unveiled last night and it didn’t take long before we saw the device in action. The fist video below is a demonstration of the NFC feature of the device and Android 2.3.The second video is a quick tour of the device. So what’s the big deal? Well not much IMO.The Nexus S is just a Google branded Samsung Galaxy S with 16GB of intetnal NAND memory and an NFC chip but wiouth a Micro-sd slot and no 720P video capture (according to the official specs).

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Google Nexus S officially launched: Full specifications and videos

Google has officially announced and released the Google Nexus S a few minutes ago alongside Android 2.3 (the DEvice will be availalbe on T-Mobile on December 16th). So what can you expect from this device? Well as it was previouslyrumored the Nexus S is basically a Google Branded Samsung Galaxy S with NFC support added, a weird curved Contour Display display and with Android 2.3 pre-installed on it. The Countour display is apparently a Super AMOLED panel with a curved glass on top (this is how it looks like to me). According to the official specs the Nexus S doesn’t support 720P HD video capture but I guess (hope) that this is a typo and there’s no micro-sd slot to expand the 16GB of internal flash….Anyway check out the full specs below followed by a presentation video:

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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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Super AMOLED color banding issue: Microsoft could partially fix it

I just did some more testing and am fairly sure now that everything is rendered at 16bit throughout the OS in Windows Phone 7 (similar to WM5/6). The picture you see above shows the image found in this news posted rendered in the Android browser on the Galaxy S (left) and IE Mobile on the Samsung Omnia 7 (right). Keep in mind that both devices have exactly the same Super AMOLED panel. What is evident here is that dithering is applied to the pictures on Android. All you have to do is move the page around on the Galaxy S to see that it’s activated (the color dithering) when the page is standing still but when you scroll or pan the images will look identical to the ones rendered on the Omnia 7 in IE Mobile. So what I did next is save this particular image and then open it in the picture’s browser where I know that dithering is applied once you start zooming in:

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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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Super AMOLED vs LCD outdoors visibility comparison: Omnia 7 vs Optimus 7 vs HTC HD2 vs Galaxy S

Here’s  a follow up to my previous Super AMOLED vs LCD comparison (and here) this time comparing the outdoors visibility of both screen technologies on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Galaxy S for the Super AMOLED and the LG Optimus 7 and HTC HD2 for the TFT LCD. There are lots of pictures (after the break) and all where shot with the brightness set to the same settings on all devices (some are  shot with it set to auto and others to full brightness) so it’s a really an apple to apple comparison. As you will see the Super AMOLED is just a tiny bit better that the LCD on the Optimus 7 (the difference is more noticeable in real life thought) but the HD2 is just a giant mirror compare to the other devices (the HTC HD7 has exactly the same screen btw):

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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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Samsung Captivate to receive GPS fix soon. Froyo at the end of the month in Europe

Samsung has just announced via Twitter that the Samsung Captivate (AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S) will sonn receive a fix for the GPS issues that has been affecting all the Galaxy S models:

GPS + other improvements for Samsung ATT Captivate are HERE! Today – next few weeks OTA notification will be sent to customers!

Other Galaxy S devices like the Samsung Fascinate and Vibrant (and the European models) will get the fix later one:

In regards to updates from our other Carrier partners, we are working diligently to release these improvements as well!

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Samsung Fascinate launching tomorrow on September 8th

Verizon is finally going to release its variant of the Samsung Galaxy S tomorrow after all the other major carriers. The Samsung Fascinate  is slightly diffferent from the other regular (and EU version) of the Galaxys by featuring a dedicated camera button and a LED flash alongside the camera. The phone will go for the usual $199 with a 2 year-contract and should really be considered by any Verizon owner looking to get a new handset given that thebig Red company probably won’t have any Windows Phone 7handset this fall and the fact that the Galaxy S is curretly the most powerfull mobile device on the market. The Fascinate will also have Bing as the default search engine instead of Google. Full Press Release after the break:
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