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 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.
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 [...]
What is T-Mobile thinking? Today the Samsung Galaxy S 4G comes out, and the carrier has raised the price of the phone from the $150 it had posted on its Facebook page when confirming the phone’s release, up to $200.
That Facebook wall post read that “The Galaxy S 4G will be available for $149.99 with qualifying plan…” when the company placed it up on February 14. If you dig back through its Facebook postings, you’ll see that message has since been edited to reflect the current, nearly-$200 price.
We saw the phone at Walmart for around $150 [...]
T-Mobile announced the Samsung Galaxy S 4G last week, promising to bring 21Mbps speeds to the Galaxy S experience by means of its HSPA+ network. Now a leaked T-Mobile document shows the Galaxy S 4G in preparation for a February 23 launch, confirming earlier rumors.
Back when all indicators pointed to the phone being called the Vibrant 4G, we saw some information indicating a February 23 launch. Since then, T-Mobile’s started referring to the phone as simply the Galaxy S 4G, making us think it may have changed it strategy in regards to the handset. The images revealed by [...]
Apparently it was too good to be true, Sprint has pulled the OTA and OTW Froyo updates for their Epic 4G.
According to a post by an admin on Sprint’s Community Forum:
There have been an increased number of calls into Care regarding issues with the Epic following the upgrade. As a result, the upgrade will not be pushed to more devices until a resolution for these issues is in place. The OTW update on the Samsung website will also be taken down.
Sprint and Samsung are actively working to correct these problems and release the update to all devices. I will [...]
This video gives you a brief tour of the hardware on the Samsung Galaxy S 4G from T-Mobile. The hardware is very similar to the older Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant also on T-Mobile. The only differences you’ll see are the front facing VGA camera, and the new paint job on the back cover. Internally of course you’ll notice a 16Gb microSD card, and the HSPA+ 4G radio support for T-Mobile’s network, as well as a slightly better 1650 mAh battery. Other than that, it’s still got the 5 megapixel camera with no flash, 4″ Super AMOLED screen, 512Mb RAM, and 1 Ghz [...]
Google’s Android mobile platform is enjoying a tremendous level of popularity as it continues to grow day by day, reaching more than 300,000 activations per day to slowly be the generally preferred smartphone platform.
Android Developers have posted a video infographic on their YouTube channel visualizing the evolution of the activations from the early launch days until the year 2011. The video features both global representations as well as regionalized ones, with special emphasis on the T-Mobile G1 launch — as the initial T-0 time — the Motorola Droid launch [...]
Last week we told you about AT&T’s Galaxy S smartphone, the Samsung Captivate, getting Froyo, only to have the update page taken down before we could finish the article.
Today we learned from the AT&T Facebook page that the long awaited update from Eclair to Froyo will start tomorrow, the 24th of February, 2011.
No further details were given, so we don’t know if this will be an over-the-air (OTA) update that will come in waves, similar to Sprint’s Epic 4G update, or if it will be a manual download and install.
In either case, the long [...]
Now that Google has released Gingerbread for smartphones and Honeycomb for tablets, AT&T has finally gotten around to releasing a Froyo update for the Samsung Captivate! It sure has been a long time coming, but the day is finally here — well, almost.
For a short while an FAQ page was posted at Ars.Samsung.com detailing the Froyo update. From what we can tell it will not be an over-the-air (OTA) update, rather, it will require the use of the Samsung Kies Mini software and a computer to apply the update to your phone.
While this method isn’t as convenient [...]
If you’re one of the many still eagerly awaiting Android 2.2 Froyo for your Verizon Samsung Fascinate, you’re in good company.
Last week “DL30”, a Froyo ROM for the Fascinate was leaked. Now another ROM, “EB01”, is making it’s rounds. Before we get into what this ROM includes, it’s worth noting that in one week we’ve seen two progressively better builds of Froyo for the Fascinate. This leads us to believe that not only is progress being made toward a final release, but that quite a bit of attention is being paid to actually [...]
We don’t hold any punches when it comes to U.S. versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S series phones having such a hard time getting Android 2.2 Froyo out to it’s devices. Samsung released the Galaxy S with Android 2.1 Eclair several months ago — right before Froyo was released. They promised owners a quick upgrade to Froyo. International users (and some U.S. users) have seen Froyo updates to their Galaxy S, but the “big 4” have seen major delays.
In their defense, Samsung says the updates are ready, it’s the carriers that are dragging their [...]
Do you have a Samsung TV? How about a Samsung Galaxy S or Galaxy Tab? If so you might be interested in the app Samsung released earlier today that let’s your Android-powered phone act as a remote control for your TV. If your TV is a Samsung LED C6500 series and higher, C650 series and higher, or the Plasma C6500 series and higher, you’re in luck! It sounds very limited in scope, but it’s still pretty cool.
The app uses your Wi-Fi to connect your Android to your TV, giving you an on-screen QWERTY keyboard, 4-way directional pad, and access to Samsung Apps on the [...]
We know that there are shortages in AMOLED production from the days HTC started shipping the Desire with SLCD screens instead of AMOLED — and then the Droid Incredible — but we didn’t think it would end up affecting Samsung itself.
There were some rumors back in December that the Nexus S will be shipping with Super Clear LCD instead of SAMOLED in Russia and maybe other regions and today we hear some more, this time involving the popular Galaxy S.
According to hear-say, Samsung is preparing a GT-I9003 smartphone which is basically an identical copy of the [...]
Yes, it’s another attempt to get Froyo on a Samsung Galaxy S device, this time it’s coming to Verizon’s Fascinate. The “official DL30 build” has been leaked, pre-rooted, and packaged up into an update that’s flashable via ClockworkMod Recovery. Other than that, the ROM has all the Verizon and Samsung “bloatware included, unedited, and unchanged”.
To flash it you’ll have to have rooted your phone and installed ClockworkMod Recovery, but it will work with either the DJ05 or DL09 radios, which should make your life a little [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy S series of devices are a really big deal for the company. They represent the best engineering the company can muster both in terms of hardware and software for a smartphone device. By the holiday season of 2010, there will be a Galaxy S smarpthone on every carrier in the US, and many overseas. The first Galaxy S device out of the gate (besides the unlocked European version released last month) is the Captivate on AT&T. It boasts a speedy processor, a large Super AMOLED screen, and a lot of tweaks made to Android to make the device more interesting. Read on [...]
As we’ve mentioned in the past, Samsung’s Galaxy S series of devices are a really big deal for the company. They represent the best engineering the company can muster both in terms of hardware and software for a smartphone device.
This is the third installment of Samsung’s Galaxy S superphone (not including the unlocked European version), and reinforces the likelihood that Samsung will have a Galaxy S on every U.S. carrier by the holiday season of 2010. Read on for our full review of the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G!
The box the [...]
South Koreans will soon have a new Galaxy S device to buy from Samsung: the “Hoppin”. This device is much like the Galaxy S we already know: it has a 4″ Super AMOLED WVGA display, it runs Android, has a Hummingbird CPU with 512MB of RAM, and so on. The story with the Hoppin is that work as a TV set top box. Don’t get too excited, though, because really what we have is a phone that features TV-out capability plus an application that lets you rent movies and other multimedia content (similar to the functionality you get through Samsung Hub on Galaxy S devices in [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy S phones in the U.S. have had a hard time getting Android 2.2 Froyo deplyed to them. Some of the smaller carriers have already pushed updates to their Galaxy S phones, but the big for (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint) are all lagging behind.
Earlier today we told you of T-Mobile’s plan to start rolling out Froyo to their Galaxy S starting tomorrow. Sprint, possibly caving in to peer pressure, was quick to reassure owners of their Galaxy S, the Epic 4G, that they haven’t forgotten about you, and are working with Samsung to get the [...]
Are all you Vibrant owners ready to get your hopes up again? If Cole Brodman, T-Mobile’s marketing officer, is to be believed, the Samsung Vibrant will start getting Android 2.2 Froyo rolled out beginning tomorrow, January 21st. The distribution will likely take a few weeks and will hit users in waves.
We don’t have any details about the update, like whether GPS fixes or “lag due to RFS fixes” will be included, but we’re certainly hopeful!
When you start seeing the update come to your Vibrant make sure you let us know in the [...]