T-Mobile has been heavily investing in its network, and it’s very proud of its speed. So much so, in fact, that they’re willing to put their money where their mouth is. They’re so confident that downloads on the Galaxy S 4G are faster than on an AT&T iPhone that they’ll give $1000 to anyone whose iPhone can beat a Galaxy S 4G in 2 out of 3 speed tests at any of 10 participating locations this weekend. This is pretty much a Washington-only deal, and I know you all have Android phones anyway, but I like that T-Mobile is willing to put up cash to make their point. Hit the source link for the participating Washington locations.
Well, after the debacle that was the Galaxy S Froyo update, this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but we were so proud when Samsung started updating Galaxy S phones to Gingerbread over in Europe last week. Alas, it was too good to be true. Vodaphone released word today that the update has been pulled due to complications, and Google has declared it not ready for primetime quite yet. This is a little surprising to Vodaphone themselves, who apparently has had no problems, but Google has spoken. Hopefully at least the unaffected carriers can get things rolling again soon. And hopefully they can get the kinks worked out quickly enough that those of us over here in the states with Galaxy S phones (like yours truly) might see Gingerbread before my two-year agreement is up.
Word is getting out that some people over in Europe are seeing Gingerbread come to their Galaxy S. Samsung Finland announced that it would be coming out in mid April so this is right on time! The update is available through their PC software tool, Samsung Kies. So head over to their site and get munchin’ on some Gingerbready goodness.
So, here we’ve been, chugging along, thinking that Samsung’s Galaxy S II CPU’s would be coming in at 1GHz. Well, think so no more, as Samsung has announced that the dual core processors will be coming in at a rip-snorting 1.2GHz, a full 200MHz boost from the original plan.
While we all love to see some performance boost, the question remains as to what this increase may do for battery life. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
If you’re an original Galaxy S user and have been humbly asking “where the heck is my Gingerbread 2.3 update?!!!” Rest assured, thanks to a tweet by Three UK, you should be receiving some Ginger love over the “next couple of weeks”. What does that mean for you? If you’re not sure what to expect with Gingerbread, then head on over to the Google thread here for the highlights.
T-Mobile continues to expand their vast coverage of 4G in the US by adding 10 new markets to the map. If you live in the following areas, you may want to consider an upgrade to a 4G device at your local T-Mobile location. The new areas include;
- Ames, Iowa
- Anderson, Indiana
- Battle Creek
- Benton Harbor and Jackson, Michigan
- Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado
- Lawrence and Manhattan, Kansas
- Springfield, Illinois
- Wichita Falls, Texas
New devices soon to be supporting 4G connectivity with T-Mobile include the T-Mobile G2X, Sidekick 4G and the T-Mobile G-Slate tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G device is available now.
Click below for the full press release.
If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) and you feel you may never see an update while you still breathe, you may breathe easy friends. At least in Europe anyway. The Samsung Galaxy S Euro style has just gotten an Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM leaked and running as you’ll be able to see in the video below.
This official Gingerbread update will still need to come to those in North America by way through the carrier, but still, it gives hope to some who had none. If you choose not to wait however, make your way to the source link below at XDA-Developers to download with full instructions.
Canadian carrier TELUS, has informed MobileSyrup that a Gingerbread update should be arriving sometime in the Spring for the HTC Desire and Desire HD. Meanwhile, they have also stated that an official Froyo update will be rolling around “very soon” for the Motorola Milestone. The company has also promised update plans for the Samsung Galaxy Apollo to receive Froyo in the Spring and Gingerbread to the LG Shine Plus by summer’s end. The LG Shine Plus will most likely skip Froyo and directly receive the Gingerbread update from Eclair, which I’m sure no one will argue with.
HTC has already confirmed that the Desire series devices will receive the Gingerbread update sometime in Q2. So, hopefully TELUS customers can rest assured that they’re not too far behind. Furthermore, the European Milestone received their Froyo update today, hopefully confirming all the more that TELUS models are up to bat next. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc launcher was something that many of us wanted for our own handsets since we saw it demo’d here. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S device however, you can now get that same launcher working on your device, without any of the lag seen in other launchers.
XDA member Syn Ack has taken the ‘unimportant’ files from the launcher code, and made it transparent and lightweight for all Samsung Galaxy S models. If you’d like to give this a try, head on over to this forum thread for more info on how.
According to Samsung Mobile’s Romanian Facebook page, it appears that Galaxy S devices will be graced with the Gingerbread update by the end of March, and possibly along with European Galaxy S devices too. This coincides with our earlier post about Samsung announcing several updates. After translating the comment, our boys over at Android Central state that the post reads:
“The update to version 2.2.1 for Galaxy S will be available until 20 March, and Gingerbread (2.3) until the end of the month.”
I’d like to double check that translation, but I haven’t spoken Romanian in about….never. So we’ll just take their word for it or check it out with Google Translate, later. So, according to the comment it’s possible that Galaxy S devices could see the update on or by the end of that date. I hate to say it, but if this pans out, we’ll have to retract some of our previous statements about Sammy and their update shenanigans. Here’s to hoping the update does in fact arrive, as Samsung could use a little positive feedback for a change in the update department. In addition to the Galaxy S, Samsung Romania has stated that two of their budget phones should also be receiving an update (2.2). The i5500 Galaxy 5 and the i5800 Galaxy 3 will respectively receive the update on Mar 20th and Mar 31st. Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.