Users of the Samsung Galaxy S 4G on T-Mobile have a good reason to be excited as the carrier flipped the switch on the latest device update which will bring Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread to your phones.
The refresh with software version T959VUVKJ6 is available since yesterday and, aside from the new Android platform, it also brings a couple of device-specific bugfixes and improvements (like those for the camera and WiFi). Please note that this update will not be pushed to devices over-the-air; if you need to apply the refresh you will have to connect your Galaxy S 4G to a PC [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not in the world of Google’s Android project. This week we discuss the recent teaser of a Samsung event in Berlin on September 1st and we also breeze through all the leaks of the week, which by the way include information on the Google Nexus Prime and how it may bring a 720p resolution screen to the market. We go through all the all the Andriod Smartphone releases for the week and all the software updates you definitely must look out for. In the Dark Side we go through the HTC Evo 3D [...]
Here’s another interesting bit to think about over the weekend! Another episode of the Apple-Samsung lawsuit saga, following up on the recent events where Samsung asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban iPhone imports to the States (together with the iPad).
As in table tennis or ping-pong, here comes the strike back with the ball in the face! Apple has filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for a preliminary injunction. Cupertino asks for a preliminary ban on three of Samsung’s most popular current Android [...]
A Gingerbread ROM for Samsung’s Galaxy S 4G has leaked, letting owners of the smartphone check out Android 2.3 while enjoying a very nice battery-life boost.
The ROM looks like an engineering test build, rather than a leak of a finalized version, so don’t expect everything to be running 100% smoothly. That said, many of the users in the XDA-Discussions forum where the leak got public attention have said it’s stable enough for general use.
It didn’t take long for the ROM to be rooted; once full access to the smartphone was gained, and unnecessary [...]
Some leaked T-Mobile screenshots shows that new smartphone prices are coming to the carrier tomorrow, with both higher and lower price points in store for its users.
Motorola’s Defy has a web-only discount bringing its price down to $50, but you’ll pay $150 without that deal; after tomorrow, that brick-and-mortar price will itself go down to $100; we’re not sure what effect that will have on the online promotion. Oddly, this figure isn’t marked in bold to indicate a new price in these images, but reflects a change from what’s currently advertised on [...]
We may take it for granted that smartphones share certain aspects of their appearance and functionality, but the companies behind these products don’t always see these similarities as the organic result of smartphone evolution. Having icons on a home screen that you tap to launch apps, for instance, may seem like something inherent to smartphones as a whole when it’s you who’s considering it, but to these companies, it can represent half a dozen patents held by disparate entities, all enforceable and actionable upon if illicitly copied. It’s this sort of bashing [...]
Everybody wants the Copy & Paste feature on their smartphones these days, even if they never use it, but how exactly has this feature been implemented on the wide array of mobile device operating systems available today? We’ll take a look at how Copy & Paste works on Windows Phone 7, Apple’s iOS 4, Android 2.2, Symbian S^3, Blackberry 6, and even the extremely old Windows Mobile 5.0. Naturally some designs may make it easier than others. Personally, I think the way Windows Mobile did it from the late 1990’s through 2010 was the most intuitive since it most [...]
T-Mobile recently released the Samsung Galaxy S 4G to its network, bringing the platform up to HSPA+ speeds. XDA member sanfranx415 now brings us a step-by-step guide on unlocking the device to operate on different carriers.
The process requires rooting your device and using the “dd” tool to make a copy of the device’s NVRAM partition. This is then examined on the PC using a hex editor, to look for a specific string. Once found, the device’s eight-digit NCK subsidy unlock code is visible in plain-text and can be written down for use after inserting [...]
The Galaxy S phones boast a speedy processor, a large Super AMOLED screen, and a lot of tweaks made to Android to make the device more unique. The Galaxy S 4G is essentially a refresh of T-Mobile’s previous Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant that was also available on T-Mobile. The new Galaxy S 4G makes a number of welcome changes while keeping the same great screen and thin form factor. Is this update now the best Android phone out there? Read on for our full review of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G!
Here’s the unboxing for the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. [...]
This video goes over all of the added customizations and software bundles that T-Mobile has added to the Galaxy S 4G. There are a lot of add-ons from T-Mobile and Samsung including T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling feature, account status, device help, visual voicemail, T-Mobile TV and a full copy of the movie “Inception”. The Inception icon on the home screen doesn’t take you directly to the Inception movie like the previous version’s “Avatar” icon did. Instead it takes you to the Media Hub where you have to sign up for an account. However, you can [...]
Despite problems with losing contacts, data, and who knows what else, T-Mobile’s “Sidekick” was an insanely popular device. When it was discontinued (and not replaced) it left a hole in T-Mobile’s product offering.
Not one to let a good brand die, T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm and Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann say the Sidekick line will be making a comeback, this time in 4G, and likely in the first half of 2011.
The name will likely be the Sidekick 4G, which makes sense, since T-Mobile is advertising their 4G offerings all over the place. [...]
The original Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile, soon to be usurped by the Vibrant 4G, was (and still is) a fantastic Android smartphone. Like the other Galaxy S devices, the Vibrant is fast, sleek, has great battery life, and provides a great viewing experience with its Super AMOLED display. One of the major downsides is the poor camera and lack of flash, a commonality shared with the AT&T Captivate. We were hoping that with the February 23 release of the HSPA+ capable version of the Vibrant, the Vibrant 4G, we’d see some hardware improvements, like the addition of a flash, but [...]
If we’re to believe certain nasty rumors, owners of the Samsung Vibrant won’t be getting their Froyo updates until after the launch of the Vibrant 4G. While there are other sensible explanations for the delay, all eyes will be on Samsung once the Vibrant 4G comes out to see what its next move is. According to a leaked timeline of T-Mobile releases, that date could be as soon as February 23.
The timeline comes courtesy of TmoNews, suggesting we have a little over a month to go until the Vibrant 4G’s retail availability. The HSPA+ smartphone will purportedly be [...]
While recent photos claiming to be T-Mobile’s unannounced Samsung Vibrant 4G may or may not be genuine, the latest Galaxy S variant is very real and making stops at all the usual certification bodies. After passing through the Bluetooth SIG on December 1st, model number SGH-T959V got its Wi-Fi certs just yesterday, snapping a single Picasa-uploaded photo in the interim (pictured above, clearly altered to obfuscate identifying info). Interestingly, this is the third SGH-T959 variant to appear — besides the original T959 Vibrant on T-Mobile, the T959D found its way to Canada [...]
According to a recent leak, T-Mobile will be allegedly getting a Samsung-made Vibrant 4G smartphone, which in fact is just another Samsung Galaxy S variant, a refresh to the T-Mobile Vibrant we reviewed earlier.
According to hear-say, the device will be able to deliver 4G HSPA+ speeds of 21Mbps on Magenta in addition to a front facing video camera offering T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik. Other than that, the handset is advertised to ship with Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo platform, which, even if it’s a step-up from the current Vibrant OS — running Eclair [...]
The Samsung Vibrant 4G, headed to T-Mobile on February 23 according to rumors, was recently certified by Bluetooth SIG and WiFi Alliance, going by the model name SGH-T959V.
The same Samsung-made model SGH-T959V was just cleared at FCC and we know it’s the 4G version of the Vibrant on Magenta (the original T-Mobile Vibrant had the model number T959). So there we go, Bluetooth SIG, WiFi Alliance and now FCC, all approved the SGH-T959V. We just need to hold our breaths till last week of February but we’re quite sure we’ll see the device a couple of times before [...]
T-Mobile will begin pushing the limits of its HSPA+ network next week, as the company has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant 4G, with its high-speed capabilities, will arrive on February 23.
TmoNews tipped the rumored release date last month, and with a little over a week to go, the carrier has backed-up that prediction with a notification on its Facebook wall. You’ll be able to get the phone a week from Wednesday, running about $150 after rebates and a two-year contract.
As if all the different “flavors” of 4G weren’t enough to confuse [...]
In this video we unbox the Samsung Galaxy S 4G that just became available on T-Mobile. The box includes the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, a wired headset, microUSB sync/charging cable, a microSD to SD adapter and wall charger. The box itself is very similar to the HTC HD7 and HTC HD2 boxes with a little inset full-color graphic edge around the sides. Stay tuned for the hardware and software tours coming up next.
We told you last week that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is coming to T-Mobile on February 23 and it looks like there was more to the story than the rumor, as Magenta just announced officially that the smartphone will be available this month.
The handset advertised to be “the fastest smartphone running on America’s Largest 4G Network” is basically your classic T-Mobile Vibrant with an added front facing camera, larger — 1650mAh — battery and Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo platform on it — plus a copy of the movie Inception. Theoretical peak [...]
After a leaked document indicated that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G might arrive to T-Mobile on February 23, 2011, Magenta itself confirmed the device’s availability for this month, at the beginning of February.
That being said, the 4G refresh to the T-Mobile Vibrant is now up on the carrier’s website and it’s wearing a Coming Soon tag, facts which indicate the release is imminent. A front facing camera, a larger, 1650mAh battery and Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo are the only differences it separates it from the Vibrant, in addition to 4G so if you need one (or [...]
While the US has more than its fair share of Galaxy S flavors, we didn’t get a pure “Samsung Galaxy S” among the choices. The carriers may be looking to simplify things in the future, as T-Mobile has announced that its new HSPA+ Samsung phone will be called the “Galaxy S 4G”.
We told you a little about the phone earlier today, which was identified then only as a “4G-capable Galaxy S”, making us assume it would continue with the Vibrant line as the Vibrant 4G or somesuch. After all, that’s how we’d been referring to the phone [...]
The Galaxy S 4G is the same phone as the T-Mobile Vibrant but with 4G over HSPA+. Not a bad deal considering how we gave the Vibrant pretty high marks in our review, and the addition of faster data speeds should make it even better, right? For those of you keeping an eye on this new smartphone, know that select Walmarts are now stocking it. It will set you back a reasonable $148.88 with a new two year agreement.