Posts tagged Galaxy S
These days, the topic of keyboards on mobile devices is a hot one. Some prefer the Cadillac ride of a BlackBerry keyboard, while others prefer the on screen touch goodness that is found in the iPhone 4.
One recently crowned world record holder though, prefers the keyboard found on the Samsung Galaxy S which makes use of SWYPE. 25.94 seconds is all the time it took Melissa Thompson of Salford, England, to capture the Guinness World Record for fastest typing on a mobile phone. After being invited by Samsung to compete for the record, Melissa’s winning sentence as determined by Guinness was the following:
“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”
Oddly enough Melissa claims, since moving in with her boyfriend, her texting speed capabilities have actually decreased since she no longer sends as many daily messages. In any event, the previous record holder held a time of 35.54 seconds for the exact same sentence. Looks like Mellisa’s texting skills are doing just fine. How fast can you type?
Finally! After almost a month of turmoil, Canada’s “best” Android phone has finally been unlocked, and it isn’t through one of those expensive third-party providers. In fact, you can unlock the device yourself. All you need is root access, a tiny .exe file, and a little Command Prompt knowledge.
See, the unlock code is in fact embedded in the device; all that needed to happen was someone to decode the hex values. So, over the last 24 hours, Galaxy S owners the world over have paraded around in their large underwears, dancing the jig of the carrier-free man.
I can confirm that procedure works, and I am currently using a Rogers SIM on the Bell Galaxy S Vibrant.
Hit up XDA-Developers for more information, and thank the original poster for his hard work!
Verizon peeps have all the luck. According to a leak by IntoMobile, the Samsung Gem will be a lower-cost version of the Fascinate, running Android 2.1, when it is released sometime soon. The Gem looks not-so-vaguely like the newly-released bada phone, the Samsung Wave, on which the company installed their own awful software onto some beautiful metallic hardware. Honestly, 800×480 Super AMOLED on a 3.2″ screen is GORGEOUS. That the UI and apps are wholly unusable is infuriating.
So Samsung must have taken a cue from their manufacturing process; they know they’re not selling a ton of Wave devices, so why not take the hardware as is, or close enough, and slap some Android love on it. Makes perfect sense to me. Heck, I’d buy one if the price was right.
Along with the Gem, the Fascinate will be coming to Verizon in the next few weeks as well. This is their Galaxy S variant and shows little difference to the already-released Captivate and Vibrant, on AT&T and T-Mobile respectively. Rogers will also soon be getting the Captivate, and Bell the Vibrant even sooner, this week in fact.
This wasn’t unexpected, but the news is here, and it’s officially official. The Samsung Galaxy S variant that we’ve seen floating around the US in T-Mobile bands is now in Canada, and will be priced at a fairly expensive $149.95 on a 3-year term, $499.95 without one. While cheaper than the 16GB iPhone 4 by $10, it doesn’t exactly scream “alternative!” to me. That’s because, for all it’s beautiful specs, the phone runs Android 2.1 underneath Samsung’s less-than-ideal TouchWiz3 interface.
I will be getting a demo to try as soon as it’s released, and a full review will be forthcoming, but until then, hold tight.
In the meantime, try to win one yourself at Bell’s contest page.
Can’t wait till July 21st to feast your eyes on the Samsung Vibrant? Then you’re in luck because we have a couple shots of the to-be-released T-Mobile handset for you. Now the actual device isn’t going to be released for another week but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited with some leaked photos of it in the wild. As you will recall the phone is part of Samsung’s Galaxy S line and features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor along with Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen of the 4″ variety. If you’re on T-Mobile this is sure to be their next (and one of few) high-end smartphones, so get excited. Hit the break for a shot of the backside of this bad boy.
What a day! Android up the wazoo!
With an overhauled (and admittedly more sexy) exterior, the Samsung Captivate is the same Galaxy S variant we know and love. The specs are well known by now: 1GHZ Hummingbird processor, 4″ Super AMOLED screen, 16GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, 5MP camera (no flash?), custom TouchWIZ 3 UI (which is actually pretty good) and a chrome-plastic finish.
Looking good! Too bad AT&T will likely mar it with its sideload lockdown: no apps outside the Android Marketplace will be allowed to be installed on the device. HOWEVER, it should be fairly easy to root the device, which will give it access to custom ROMs and, inevitably, sideloading access, among other things.
The picture above may or may not be real, but it goes without saying that a Galaxy S, with its 4″ AMOLED screen, 512MB RAM, blazing 1GHZ processor and custom TouchWIZ 3.0 UI on top of Android 2.1, is going to be a HOT seller when it is released later in the year.
The Galaxy S Pro is apparently the same phone, but with a slide-out hardware keyboard. Though the styling of the phone is strange, and definitely un-Samsung like, it’s fair to say that if this is real, we are going to have a lot of panting Android fanboys lining the streets to get it when it arrives. As you can see, however, this particular model is Sprint-branded, and the leaker claims it to have a front-facing camera and support 4G. So, if and when it does come to Sprint, it will have similar specs to the EVO 4G, but when it released elsewhere, it will be a lot of carriers’ flagship device.
(via Android Community)
There has been a veritable deluge of information regarding the Samsung Galaxy S. It’s supposed to have a killer 1GHZ processor (though noone knows anything about it yet), 512MB RAM, 8-16GB internal storage, and a bunch of nice other features, all decked out with a beautiful 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. The whole thing stinks of class. Except that it has no flash for its camera, but that’s a moot point. Or, is it, ahem 3GS?
They are launching the phone this month in Europe, and in North America towards the end of the year. Though I’d reckon that it will be sooner than later.
But this phone, with its worldwide expansion, is poised to bring Samsung into the smartphone limelight. They have recently launched their own Bada operating system for mobile devices, but that won’t make much headway in North America. What they need to focus on is Android, which is fast becoming the only legitimate competitor to Apple and iPhone in the mobile space.
I have no doubt that, with these specs, and such wide distribution, the Samsung Galaxy S will sell hotcakes.
Hit the break for full specs.
I Eat $%@T Like You For Breakfast
Who would have thought that after all this time, Samsung would break into the mobile phone platform in any sort of way? They have basically floundered over the years, bringing out mediocre device after mediocre device, relying on aged platforms (or none at all) and very little to set them apart from the rest of the mid-level brands such as Kyocera.
Well, as you probably know (though we didn’t cover it, but rather the more feature-impressive phone, the HTC EVO 4G) Samsung announced their newest Android phone during CTIA, the Galaxy S. What seems to set this bad-boy apart from the rest of the flock, according to Samsung themselves, is the added features to the 2.1 stock OS they have implemented, such as a Daily Briefing widget (see pic), and various alterations to the Launcher Drawer.
To tech geeks, what’s always more important than software, however, is hardware, and this is where the Galaxy S (and the Wave, the first phone with Samsung’s own Bada platform) shines. Tucked away in the media presentation given by Omar Khan of Samsung, he claims that the Galaxy S can “process a staggering 90 million triangles per second,” which is almost 4x the amount of the Snapdragon processor, which handled 22 million TP/s.
The Galaxy S pairs an ARM Cortex-A8 core with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, and it handles the fastest of any mobile phone processor to date. Obviously this will not last, but at least the Samsung entry was not overshadowed by the EVO 4G in every respect.
What I do hope, too, is that this phone is available on a North America GSM provider, so it can be used in Canada. The HTC EVO 4G is not only a CDMA phone, but relies on WIMAX for data, making it almost impossible to use outside the US.
Anyone else holding out for one of these new Android devices? Or for something better?