SRS Labs Dolby Labs has been working with smartphone makers for years to improve audio quality by including virtual sound processing. Turning on the sound processing can mean the difference between flat music and lively audio with bright highs and boomy lows (assuming you’re using good headphones). The upcoming Desire HD is one such device that will benefit from the advanced audio processing. Also including the 5.1 virtual surround is the line of Galaxy S devices, including the US-facing Captivate, Fascinate, Vibrant and Epic 4G. To turn on the processing, hit the [...]
If you’ve tried fixing the GPS reception on your Samsung phone, following one of the many how-to guides for tweaking your phone’s settings, there’s a chance you ended up making things even worse than when they started. Samsung has now released a restore app that will undo any problems you’ve introduced to your phone’s GPS settings.
Galaxy S users may have noticed a litany of GPS issues creeping up, including slow lock times and inaccurate position data. We’ve posted guides that fellow users have come up with, requiring you to manually adjust [...]
With Black Friday upon us, we thought we’d give you a helping hand with some of today’s and this weekend’s deals with the major E-tailers and operators if you’re into some Smartphone shopping.
Amazon Wireless: Samsung Captivate: $0.01 Samsung Fascinate: $0.01 HTC Droid Incredible: $0.01 Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: $0.01 BlackBerry Bold 9700: $0.01 Motorola BRAVO: $0.01
WireFly: HTC Droid Incredible: Free HTC Surround: Free LG Quantum: Free Samsung Captivate: Free Motorola Flipside: Free Samsung Focus: Free
BestBuy LG Optimus S: [...]
Canadian carrier subscribers owning a Samsung Galaxy S variant will not have to wait long until the Android 2.2 Froyo update for their devices is released as we now have an official road-map for the roll-out.
According to Samsung Mobile Canada, the update will be available for the Samsung Vibrant from Bell and Samsung Captivate from Rogers in mid-December while those of you that are on Telus will have to wait for the Froyo update for their Samsung Fascinate until early 2011. While Samsung is “working diligently to provide a tested and secure upgrade experience”, you [...]
The Android patent war has a new front in the form of a lawsuit against South Korean manufacturing titans LG and Samsung. The two firms, plus a California company called Interwoven, are being sued by multinational software developer Vertical Computer Systems, Inc, which accuses them of violating a pair of patents covering a “system and method for generating websites in an arbitrary object framework.” The second of the two patents is said to be a continuation of the first, adding 32 new claims to the original 53. Vertical specifically cites LG’s Ally and [...]
Well, it looks like Samsung and the notorious fashion designer Giorgio Armani joined forces again to deliver a unique handset for the fashion world after all the buzz around the tilting Samsung Armani an year ago.
If you think it looks a lot like the AT&T Captivate Samsung Galaxy S variant you’re absolutely right as the Armani Galaxy S is codenamed GT-i9010 (the Galaxy S was GT-i9000) which leads us to believe it’s just another Samsung Galaxy S variant, but with fashion. The device is said to cost around 700 (around $955) but before you draw any conclusions [...]
Android handsets were rated to be the best smartphones on each of the four major US carriers in Consumer Reports’ latest evaluation. Out of the 41 models reviewed by the publication, four stood out as tops: the Motorola Droid X on Verizon, Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile, HTC EVO 4G on Sprint, and Samsung Captivate on AT&T. Notably, Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 scored nearly as well as the top finishers, half of which are Samsung Galaxy S variants. In fact, 11 of the 20 phones recommended by CR are Android-powered, with BlackBerry holding down three spots, both Windows [...]
Samsung made their Q3 2010 results public on Friday and the Company has recorded a 19% increase in units shipped to bump the number to 71.4 million phones, a number reached, according to the press release, thanks to its flagship smartphones, Galaxy S and Wave which “were the primary drivers of continued sales growth amid a global demand recovery”.
Samsung declared sales of 7 million Galaxy S models, devices which are available in 90 countries running on 210 carriers worldwide. In a bold but target oriented thinking, the world’s second largest mobile [...]
Rogers has reportedly begun to receive shipments of the Samsung Captivate, the same Galaxy S variant stocked by AT&T. While pre-ordering began in late September, Samsung has had trouble fulfilling orders thanks to the worldwide AMOLED screen shortage, leading Rogers to extend the $150 on-contract introductory price to October 24th for new customers and November 2nd for existing subscribers wishing to upgrade; afterwards the price rises to $180 with three-year commitment.
One issue of some contention here will be the timeline for upgrading this Android 2.1 device to Froyo. [...]
If you’re a Rogers customer and an Android enthusiast, this holiday season is going to really make you happy! According to reports, Rogers is adding two power-house Android phones to their lineup — and a Blackberry.
First up is the Dell Streak, a 5-inch Android-powered tablet — that is also a phone.
If you don’t feel like holding a enormous phone to your ear, Rogers is also adding the Samsung Captivate to their lineup.
And, just in case you’re a Blackberry fan, Rogers is also adding the Blackberry Bold to their line up, [...]
There’s a company called Audience that makes a voice processor to suppress noise that is being used in at least two Windows Phone 7 handsets, the HTC Surround and the Samsung Focus. Noise cancellation isn’t new to the smartphone world. By our count, the iPhone 4 (demo), Nexus One, Droid X (demo), and Samsung Captive all utilize dual microphones (with Audience’s chip) to provide noise suppression. Even HTC’s Touch Pro2 had the chip for use in “conference room” mode. In our tests, the Audience chip does a pretty fantastic job at cutting down on ambient [...]
Just how much of a difference does Android 2.2 make in the Quadrant benchmark results? Not as much as you’d think!
I took a lot of flack from comparing the Samsung Epic 4G to the T-Mobile G2. So before we get into all that again let me take a minute and describe what benchmarking means to me, and why it exists at all.
“Benchmark”, according to Define.com, means “a test or series of tests designed to compare the qualities or performance of different devices of the same type. Certain sets of computer programs are much used as benchmarks for comparing [...]
With pre-order period expiring October 16th on Rogers for the Samsung Captivate for $150 on three-year contract, we can hope for a late October availability with Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless.
Nevertheless, a Rogers representative declared that Samsung Captivate owners will most probably not be able to update their devices to Android 2.2 Froyo until next year, that is 2011. Even though Samsung commited to updating their devices to the latest build of Google’s mobile platform, they did not set a time frame for it but rumor has it that some carriers will have the Froyo [...]
SAR stands for Specific Absorption Rate and is a measure counting the rate at which the body absorbs energy from an electromagnetic field or radio frequency. You might be familiar with SAR numbers from the technical specifications of mobile devices where manufacturers indicate the SAR numbers for that specific device as well as the top 20 list of cell phones with the highest radiation levels.
If you own Samsung Android powered device – like the AT&T Captivate – you can use an application called Tawkon which uses the device’s GPS and accelerometer to [...]
A leaked build of Android 2.2 Froyo has appeared on the Internet for the Samsung Captivate, which has been promised an upgrade by Samsung. Right now, though, it’s unclear whether the build that’s floating around is a final release or if it’s an early build, the latter of which could present problems with future firmware updates.
In the past, early builds have shown up for other Android devices, most notably the Motorola Droid X and the Sprint HTC EVO 4G. With the former, Motorola told customers who upgraded to the early build that there was no easy way to [...]
Some newer Android-powered phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S, i9000, Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, and Epic 4G) don’t seem to be reporting the battery state-of-charge (SOC) accurately in the notification bar. This can lead to unexpectedly premature power-down.
The Android OS, however, seems to be correctly reporting the remaining battery power, which leads me to believe that the battery-life icon in the notification bar is being optimistic at best, and may be deliberately mis-representing the remaining battery life.
In this video I’ll show you just what I [...]
Are you confused about all the Galaxy S models from Samsung? If so you’re not alone.
The Galaxy S goes by many names. – On Sprint it’s the Epic 4G – On T-Mobile US it’s the Vibrant – On AT&T it’s the Captivate – On Verizon it’s the Fascinate – In other places it’s called the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S
The phone is basically the same across the various carriers. There are, however, some differences. Some have features the others do not and they each have radios specific to their carrier. One of [...]
The Samsung Captivate will be getting an OTA update that brings with it some improvements to the Android 2.1 operating system. Unfortunately, though, this won’t be the update to get Android 2.2 Froyo running as the carrier notes that “this is not an operating system upgrade,” but the firmware update will bring with it:
-Preinstalled software – QuickOffice for Android will allow users to edit various Microsoft Office documents. -Messaging – Exchange 2003 support, MMS and other messaging enhancements. -Voice – Improved calling [...]
The Samsung Galaxy S has just gotten slightly closer to its goal of world domination, with Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless now offering the ubiquitous handset for pre-order. Perhaps as an homage to its AT&T heritage, Rogers will carry the Captivate flavor of the S, whose body style differs most from the unbranded version (compared to the Vibrant and Fascinate, but obviously not the QWERTY-endowed Epic 4G).
Rogers is offering up the 1GHz Hummingbird-powered Android 2.1 device for $150 on three-year contract, although that deal also includes a Samsung WEP570 Bluetooth [...]
Apparently all versions of the Samsung Galaxy S phones have an annoying little WiFi bug. When WiFi is turned on and you turn off the screen, WiFi does not turn off like you’d expect it to,and that can chew up your battery life.
Reportedly, the WiFi sleep policy that you can configure in the WiFi settings doesn’t seem to be respected by the device. At least not the way you’d think. Rather than turning WiFi off within seconds of the screen turning off, it waits 15 minutes.
Using this hack you can change that to whatever duration you’d [...]
A recent analysis was done by BillShrink that details the cost of ownership of a Samsung Galaxy S model made for each of the four major U.S. carriers. The analysis takes into consideration the carrier-subsidized cost of the AT&T Captivate, the Sprint Epic 4G, the T-Mobile Vibrant, and the Verizon Wireless, along with plans for voice and data, and finds that T-Mobile leads the pack due to its low plan pricing options, followed by Sprint. The two largest carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, trail the pricing survey as the total cost of ownership of the Galaxy S models that they [...]
Thanks to a watchful reader we’ve learned that the Samsung Galaxy S phones (including the Captivate, Vibrant, and Epic 4G) may not have the previously reported microUSB to HDMI capabilities.
Apparently, someone inside Samsung inadvertantly included the Galaxy S phones on a compatibility chart with the HDMI adaptor that was only intended for the Mondi.
That having been said, when I last checked the accessory page at Samsung’s website there are only two “compatible products” for the adaptor. Both are hard drives, but clicking on the [...]
It is now possible to carrier unlock all GSM varieties of the Samsung Galaxy S, according to a detailed thread at the XDA Developer forums. Usually third party services charge up to $30 for the privilege of opening a handset up for use on unintended carriers, so the free method cooked up by “dagentooboy” and others should prove popular assuming that it is stable.
Unfortunately for the average user, the unlock procedure is a bit complicated, and should not be attempted by those uncomfortable with HEX editors or entering command line script. It should also be [...]