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Samsung ships Android phone with dual Super AMOLED screens

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

Samsung has announced an interesting handset in China, the W899. This flip phone features Android 2.2 along with dual Super AMOLED touchscreens on the flip portion. Each screen is 3.3 inches and has the same 480×800 resolution.

There’s also the hardware keypad, a 5-megapixel camera that can record 720p videos and in China, it supports both CDMA/EVDO and GSM networks. Then there’s Wi-Fi, a GPS sensor and a microSD card slot.

Samsung Nexus S is official

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

The new Google Phone is official. The Nexus S is built by Samsung, with a curved 4-inch AMOLED screen, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, NFC support, and it’s running a completely clean version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This new Google phone has 16GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, along with a gyroscope and VoIP support. It will be available unlocked or on T-Mobile, though according to Google’s product page it doesn’t support T-Mobile’s 4G-ish HSPA+ network.

Samsung sells one million Galaxy Tabs

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2010

When your device is picked up and marketed by all four major carriers in America, you can move a lot of units. This arrangement has helped Samsung’s Galaxy Tab sales soar. It has just passed the one million mark in global sales of the 7-inch Android tablet.

However they point out that Samsung’s not clear on whether that’s units in the sales channel or units in the hands of consumers. Either way, one million units is something to celebrate. Only 600,000 had been sold as of November 22nd. Now they are hoping to move 1.5 million of them by the year’s end.

Samsung Continuum Galaxy S with new SRS WideSurround

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2010

Smartphones are smart, but not very loud. Until now that is. SRS Labs has announced a whole new audio solution for smartphones that have built-in stereo speakers called SRS WideSurround. It will boost a handsets multimedia capability and provide a wider more detailed perspective for audio.

They say that it will be “an expansive personal surround field so, no matter if a user is holding the device in their hand or propping it up on a table or desk, the overall audio experience is notably more compelling, truly immersive and remarkably more engaging than traditional stereo.” So who is first to get it? Verizon users will be the first, with the new Samsung Continuum Galaxy S that’s available with the service for about $199.99 (on contract).

Samsung SCH-R700 pictures revealed by FCC

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

The SCH-R700 has been visiting the FCC for a while now, but now thanks to the end of a short-term confidentiality request, the FCC has finally published pictures of what the device will look like. And we have some bad news for you sunshine. It isn’t very sexy.

While we don’t have specific details, it will most likely arrive on Verizon or US Cellular and will feature GPS, along with microUSB support, a 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a music player.

Samsung to offer Google TV in 2011

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Sony was the first to go all Google TV with its Internet TV, and now it looks like Samsung will be the second. We don’t have many details yet, just that Samsung is set to announce a new line of HDTVs that will offer integrated Google TV functionality.

The use of Intel processors is noted however, though we could have guessed as much. The announcement will be made in January at some big electronics show that you may have heard of.

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets torn down

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2010

iFixit loves to tear down each and every gadget. Now they have put the Samsung Galaxy Tab on the operating table. What did they learn? Well, the removal of that pane of Gorilla glass turned out to be the trickiest part, requiring a lot of heat and a bit of prying.

It eventually came off and the teardown proceeded. The operation was a complete success. Hit the link below for pictures of the entire teardown.

Windows Phone 7 USB Tethering discovered on Samsung devices

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

One of the major drawbacks of many Windows Phone 7 devices is that the operating system doesn’t offer USB tethering. However, if you own a Samsung Focus or Omnia 7, some hacks have surfaced that allow the devices to be used as a 3G modem.

Reports suggest that you’ll need to dial ##634# to get into the diagnostics menu, switch over to “Modem, Tethered Call” mode and go through a few more prompts. Then you should be able to tether your device via USB.

AT&T advises customers not to install SD cards in the Samsung Focus

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

AT&T workers in stores have said that Microsoft is currently working on a fix to stabilize the whole microSD memory card slot reliability issue. AT&T employees have been told not install microSD memory cards in Samsung Focus phones until further notice. Meaning, until a fix is available.

They also advise customers not to upgrade the phones themselves. We have no idea when this “fix” will arrive, but some have gone ahead and successfully installed new memory cards themselves.

Samsung sells 3M Galaxy S phones in the US

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2010

Awhile back, Samsung announced that it had sold 5 million Galaxy S phones globally and 2 million of those were from the US. Now Samsung USA’s Paul Golden has confirmed that the company has sold more than 3 million Galaxy S units in the US and about 7 million globally.

According to Paul, there is a high demand for all of the Galaxy S devices, but the shortage of Super AMOLED displays is causing some supply issues. Either way these are impressive stats and if you have a Galaxy S phone, they thank you for your purchase.

Samsung Continuum gets official, ships November 11

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

The Verizon Wireless Samsung Continuum has just been made official and will ship on November 11th. You can pick one up at retail stores on that date as well. This Android 2.2 Froyo phone has a secondary display beneath the main display with a resolution of 400 X 96 to display ticker information and other important alerts.

The Galaxy S smartphone features a 3.4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and 8 GB of storage.

Harrods adds some bling to the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 8th, 2010

If you think that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is expensive already, Harrods has a version that raises the price to new levels. They are offering a custom Samsung Galaxy Tab that comes with 5700 Swarovski “crystals” which are already included into the final price point.

These “crystals” are all glued on by hand, and carefully placed around a Galaxy Tab logo in “Jet Hematite”. This all translates to a £2,699 price. We reckon you’ll leave a trail of crystals behind you if you use this thing.

Samsung Solstice II announced for AT&T

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2010

The Samsung Solstice II from AT&T is another mid-range handset with the Samsung TouchWIZ user interface skin running on top of the operating system. It features a QWERTY side-sliding keyboard, a 3-inch WQVGA (240×400 pixels) touchscreen display, a 2-megapixel camera, 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity, GPS navigation, Bluetooth 2.1 and a microSD memory card slot for expansion.

Some other features include AT&T Social Net, AT&T Navigator, and AT&T Music and Radio. It’s only $29.99 with a 2-year contract.

It should arrive on November 7th.

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Samsung Galaxy S first smartphone to be Wi-Fi Direct certified

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2010

Samsung has another first on it’s hands. The Galaxy S smartphone (GT-I9000) is now listed on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi Direct certification docket. It’s the first actual device to join that esteemed crowd. Sure, any modern WiFi device is capable of becoming Direct certified (via a firmware update if there’s no hardware change in the protocol), but Samsung is the first.

We’ll keep our eyes and ears open for an actual update that brings this functionality to life. We hope other phone makers follow suit.

Samsung denies Nexus Two rumors

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2010

Samsung today denied rumors that it was making the Nexus Two. The company told South Korea’s publication Danawa that the claim was “simply not true.” The denial however does lend some credence to beliefs that Samsung’s November 8 event is more likely to bring the dual-screen Continuum.

This doesn’t mean that they don’t have the device, it may just be called something else, like the Nexus S if it exists. Most talk has suggested that it would be a thinner take on the Galaxy S but with a stock version of Google’s Gingerbread Android.