If you’ve got a smartphone based on Samsung‘s Galaxy S platform (the Galaxy S itself, Captivate, or Vibrant), do we have a treat for you!
“ICSSGS” is a pure AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for Galaxy S phones. The developers underscored the pure-AOSP nature of the ROMs:
“We did not add any modifications unless they were absolutely required to make it work correctly.”
Currently three of the Galaxy S family have ICSSGS ROMs: – Samsung Captivate – Samsung Galaxy S i9000 – Samsung Vibrant
The latter may be of [...]
When a new custom ROM comes out for a smartphone, especially if it’s one of the more “hacky” releases we see, trying to bring new features or even an entire operating system to some hardware not normally supported, we expect to run into a few glitches. Before a ROM is ready for being a daily driver, it may go through periods with broken WiFi, or even broken cellular data connections; it’s just an annoyance we live with. What if the problem was with voice calls, instead (and a very specific subset at that), and there didn’t seem to be any hope of fixing it? [...]
Whether you’re a new smartphone user or an experienced one you most definitely heard, seen or experienced a bricked device. It’s a state in which your phone gets once all those flashes and hacks you apply go wrong. Sometimes you can recover but sometimes you just get an expensive paper weight.
One-click Unbrick is an application which promises to restore your bricked Galaxy S smartphone (or variant) as easy as clicking a button. The application is advertised to be compatible with all Samsung devices which use Odin and runs on Linux, Windows and Macs. To see the list [...]
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S series of Androids is about to get a shot in the arm, thanks to the the development efforts of the coders working on CyanogenMod. While experimental builds of the custom ROM replacement have existed for the Galaxy S and its carrier-branded cousins, the smartphone hasn’t been officially supported by the project. Now it looks like that will finally be changing, starting with AT&T’s Captivate getting its first official CyanogenMod nightlies.
These nightly builds mark the Captivate’s progress towards a stable CM7 release. It [...]
Samsung Mobile Cnada has just made poste on its Facebook page — dubbed wth an email confirmation to MobileSyrup — that it’s temporarily suspending the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Bell Vibrant Galaxy S variant.
The update has started to roll our last week but there were several users reporting that after applying the update, they ended up with nice and expensive bricks, according to the same source. Now Samsung is suspending the update while investigations are conducted and hopefully fix what needs to be repaired. While this is only reported to affect the [...]
The T-Mobile Vibrant is one of the U.S. carrier versions of the popular Samsung Galaxy S and while the unbranded smartphone is getting Gingerbread — and source, the Vibrant has received a maintenance update.
Nothing major as with any maintenance updates, we have a couple of bug fixes as well as some updated applications. The GMail and YouTube apps have been refreshed to a newer version but there are also improvements regarding Email, Gallery, Swype, LCD framework and MMS in addition to ironing out the issue of non-playable DRM content. The update is available only via the [...]
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 [...]
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.
T-Mobile has announced a two-day Valentine’s Promotion kicking in Friday, February 11 until Saturday, February 12, where all T-Mobile phones, including the latest and greatest, will be offered for free.
Signing up for smartphone qualifying plans on two-year contracts, customers will be able to choose from 30 phones in Magenta’s line-up, including the popular T-Mobile myTouch 4G, HTC HD7, T-Mobile G2 and Samsung Vibrant.
On the other hand, TmoNews ran a Rebate Form for the two days where T-Mobile lists the free smartphones, as well as those requiring a purchase [...]
You’ve already seen the unlocked European version and the AT&T Captivate versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone platform. 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 interesting. Read on for our full review of the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant!
Here’s the unboxing for the Samsung Vibrant. The device even includes a 2Gb MicroSD card preinstalled and preloaded with Avatar.
The Samsung Vibrant is running with a [...]
Right on schedule, T-Mobile has released the eagerly-awaited Froyo upgrade to the Samsung Vibrant, finally putting an end to rumors that the software was being kept on-hold in order to motivate sales of other T-Mobile smartphones. If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen notification about the available upgrade pop up yet on your Vibrant, T-Mobile currently has no plans to send the update out OTA, requiring you to install it over a USB connection using Samsung’s Kies Mini software.
T-Mobile says you’ll need a Windows PC for the upgrade, and only links to [...]
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 [...]
While Samsung Galaxy S devices receive Google Android 2.2 Froyo updates wordlwide and even some non-U.S. carrier variants, American versions of the smartphone offered by network operators do not.
We have heard a rather interesting story from a person allegedly close to the situation and supposedly in breach of NDA that told AndroidPolice “Android 2.2 is on hold for Galaxy S phones until the U.S. carriers and Samsung reach a consensus” — referring to what he claimed Samsung charging carriers for the update. Following up on this rumor, Samsung has made a quick [...]