Talk about Samsung putting its foot in its mouth. After previously putting a lump of coal in the stockings of Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab owners, the company is since reconsidering the thought of not upgrading the devices to Android 4.0. Why you might ask? Well according to The Verge, the company will review the “viability of the upgrading those two devices in response to strong customer demand”. While Google mentioned previously that Android 4.0 can hypothetically work on any 2.3 device, Samsung famously said there’s not enough room on the Galaxy S and Tab’s RAM or ROM for both ICS and TouchWiz. That alone sparked much controversy and criticism on the part of Samsung because most feel while TouchWiz is a great UI skin, it should not be a reason to not update the popular devices especially as they are still popular worldwide. Moreover, Samsung has been quoted as saying it’ll “investigate ways to try and make it work”.
When there’s a will, there’s a way. Perhaps the company saw how HTC famously reversed their stance on upgrading certain devices to Android 2.3 just six months ago after immense criticism as well. We know the fine engineers at Samsung can work their magic and make everything work smoothly. After all, if they didn’t do it, we’re sure some crafty developers would port ICS to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab in no time. Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab owners, there’s now a glimmer of hope for you to see Android 4.0 someday. It may be faint hope, but it’s hope nonetheless.
[via The Verge]
Samsung isn’t just content to sell 30 million Galaxy S and S II phones worldwide, no sir. Sammy has announced its sold 300 million handsets so far this year. Oh and the company doesn’t look like there is any sign of letting up either. JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business is quoted as saying “we look forward to extending this success going into 2012”. Considering it also manufactures that precious jewel and those not-too shabby Notes as well, they certainly have all the momentum in the world for 2012. Oh and it doesn’t hurt it’s on the offensive against its competition now too.
Samsung continues to show some love to the original Galaxy S owners, this time for those in the UK. They just released a major update which includes the long-awaited Gingerbread 2.3.5 OS for the i9000 model. That means those of you who haven’t flashed your ROM or rooted your phones will finally be in the Promised Land of Gingerbread. In addition to Gingerbread 2.3, users can expect a host of improvements including improved battery life, messaging app and some system performance tweaks in this latest update.
As a word of caution, back up your data prior to updating the phone. There is word that your data and information will be wiped clean, so make sure you take the necessary precaution to preserve your data.
[via YouMobile Blog]
The next phone on the list to get an unofficial upgrade appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S. Two MIUI developers decided to take a break from MIUI in order to port Android 4.0 to the Galaxy S. And guess what? They were successful. And by successful, I mean very little is working and it is so unstable that they haven’t even released it to the public yet. But hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? Developers only really have the option to make half baked versions of ICS because Google has released the Source Code yet (just the SDK). But if you want an early build of ICS on your Galaxy S, stay tuned!
Samsung claimed the top share of the global smartphone market in the third quarter with 23.8 percent, compared to Apple’s 14.6 percent. (Samsung fans rejoice.) Nokia took third with 14.4 percent of the market. Apple had the lead in the second quarter with 18.5 percent and Samsung was in second with 17.5 percent and of course Nokia was third with 15.2 percent.
Can anyone else see the same pattern I do? Samsung gained 6.3 percent from the second quarter to the third, while Apple and Nokia both lost ground. Best guesses are most buyers waited for the iPhone 4S release in the forth quarter.
Those are still some impressive numbers from Samsung. This time last year, Samsung was in third with only 9.3 percent of the market. That is a 14.5 percent increase in one year. Apple lost 2.8 percent, while Nokia lost the most with 18.3 percent of the global market share. Samsung’s rise can be attributed to the 30 million Galaxy S, And Galaxy S II phones sold.
Are you happy for Samsung? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
If you’ve been following any of the on-going twenty or more patent lawsuits between Samsung and Apple, you may be well aware of the Dutch ruling back in August that found the Galaxy S, S II and Ace model smartphones to be in breach of an Apple patent relating to a method of scrolling through pictures. Luckily for Samsung, this ruling also exonerated the company of infringement on nine other patents filed as part of the same suit by Apple in an effort to stop the sale of their competitor’s devices across Europe.
Based on those findings, the Dutch court imposed a sales injuction on the incriminated models with a grace period for Samsung to address the lone infringement by this Friday, October 14th. Now, just days before the end of that period, a Samsung spokesman has relayed a message confirming that upgrades have been made that will enable them to avoid the ban of sales in many European countries:
“We’ve fixed the technological problem and upgraded products to address the issue. They will be shortly available for sale,” ~ James Chung (Samsung spokesman)
There’s no word yet on launch dates for the devices, but at least a launch date does exist somewhere on the horizon. This is in direct contrast to their Galaxy Tab 10.1 which presently awaits a similarly contemptuous sales ban request by Apple in Australia, an important ruling that should come down later today.
Samsung announced its UK launch of the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 yesterday. This 5″ personal media player, reminiscent of the company’s Galaxy line of phones, is powered by a 1GHz single-core TI OMAP processor and runs Android Gingerbread 2.3 with TouchWiz UI on top. Still no official word on pricing.
Check out the press release right after the break.
If you’re looking for some real mod-fu, check out the inductive charging mod that a fellow name Qian Qin performed on his Samsung Galaxy S. Qin was looking to get inductive charging going on his Galaxy S, so he decided to go out and purchase a Palm Pre inductive battery cover and Touchstone base for his modding needs. His stipulations for the mod were that it couldn’t be outwardly visible and it couldn’t void his warranty. Low and behold, the man succeeded, by implanting the Palm Pre inductive charging chip in the back cover of the Galaxy S, leading a wire from the chip to the charging port, and using the microSD mount as a ground point. Qin then posted a visual representation of his modding skills via YouTube. Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments!
I think Samsung is doing it right by simplifying their names. Do we really need all these cool names? The Galaxy S is simple and elegant. Of course, the US carriers have to mess it up with names, but Samsung continues to try to keep it simple.
Samsung is going to add four new single letter classes to the Galaxy line which will represent the price levels. The letter “S” will continue to be for the flagship phones. Here are the other four:
- Premium “R” (Royal, refined) (300-400EUR)
- High-Tier – “W” (Wonder) (200-300EUR)
- Mid-Tier “M” (Magical) (130-200EUR)
- Entry level – “Y” (Young minded) (130EUR)
You can also expect numbers to be added after the letters like the S2 or S II.
Some other indicators will be:
“Plus” – for bumped up specs, but no major design changes – e.g Samsung Galaxy S Plus.
“Pro “ – for QWERTY phones
LTE – for handsets with LTE support
It may seem confusing, but trust me, this is simpler.
It looks like Bell and Virgin Mobile weren’t bluffing when it came to their plans on bringing Android 2.3 to the Galaxy S Vibrant. Users can now download it here using Samsung Kies. Definitely a great day to Galaxy S Vibrant users everywhere!