Samsung's growing portfolio of Android-running phones shows up in the news trickling out about AT&T, Verizon and Virgin Mobile handsets.
Samsung's growing portfolio of Android-running
smartphones is making its presence felt in the news trickling out on a variety
of carrier handsets.
The Samsung Captivate, the AT&T-branded version of Samsung's flagship
Galaxy S smartphone, can now run "Froyo," or Version 2.2 of the
Android operating system, Softpedia.com
reported Oct. 4, linking to the developer site XDA-Developers.
A file for Android 2.2 can be downloaded from the XDA site; users just need to
put the Captivate into Download mode-which Softpedia explains can be done by
holding both volume keys with the phone turned off and the USB
plugged in. From there, just run the .exe file.
Froyo fixes the bugs that still remained in "??Â½clair," or Android 2.1,
despite its reportedly having been
Getting the jump on the official AT&T update may have its downside,
however. Installing the XDA-Developers file may prevent Captivate owners from
being able to install the latest official AT&T updates in the future,
Softpedia warned. Plus, make sure to back up your data before activating the
update, to prevent losing everything that's not stored on the SD card.
On the Verizon Wireless network, the newest Samsung Android handset is expected
to be the Continuum. Word of the device spread after it reportedly showed up on
in mid-September, and it's expected to launch any day now.
While it will be a lower-end option than the Fascinate-Verizon's version of the
Samsung Galaxy S-the Continuum will be unique in featuring a second,
ticker-style AMOLED screen just below the primary display.
"The Ticker shows updates, news feeds, clock and other real-time data, and
is woken up simply by holding the bottom of the device," tech site Thinkable
reported Oct. 4. Turning to the Ticker display for these minor tasks, instead
of the primary one, will help users get a bit more battery life per charge.
On the topic of lower-end handsets, the Android-based Samsung Intercept
in July as a $100 option on the Sprint network-is now being offered in Target
stores from the Sprint prepaid brand, Virgin Mobile. Offered without a
contract, it will retail at Target for $249.99.
"As smartphone users come up for contract renewal and examine their
monthly costs, they will start to wonder why they are paying more each month
when they can get similar services from Virgin Mobile at a fraction of the
price," Bob Stohrer, vice president of marketing for Virgin Mobile USA, said in an Oct. 4 statement. "With the Samsung
Intercept on Android, Virgin Mobile is leading its customers into new, eagerly
awaited territory while expanding our potential customer base."
The Samsung Intercept runs Android 2.1 and Google's full lineup of mobile
services, such as Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps and Google Voice Search. It
features a 3.2-inch touch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keypad, as well as 3G
and WiFi connectivity, an 800MHz processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera with video,
preloaded social networking applications, visual voice mail, a music player, a
full WebKit Browser, Microsoft Outlook compatibility, and corporate e-mail
support via Exchange ActiveSync.
The Intercept measures 2.19 by 4.43 by 0.59 inches, offers 6.4 hours of talk
time and 254 hours of standby, and has a MicroSD slot that supports up to 32GB
of additional memory. With Virgin Mobile's no-contract Beyond Talk service,
users can choose plans $25, $40 or $60 monthly plans.
Later in October, according to Samsung, the Intercept will expand beyond Target
stores to a number of additional retailers.
Samsung recently announced that it will discontinue
support for the Symbian operating system
-a move that's becoming common, as
manufacturers look to cut costs by reducing the number of operating systems