Samsung Continuum Android Smartphone Offers Ticker Display, Real-Time News

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Samsung Continuum Android Smartphone Offers Ticker Display, Real-Time News

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Samsung Continuum

Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S, the Continuum, runs Google Android 2.1 (which the company promises will be upgraded) and boasts two separate-but-integrated displays: a 3.4-inch touch-screen "main display" and a 1.8-inch "ticker display."

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Processor and Camera

The Samsung Continuum also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor as well as a 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with auto-focus and LED flash. Camcorder playback is 720p.

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Both the main display and ticker display (seen here) utilize Samsung's Super AMOLED technology, with a 50,000:1 contrast ratio and notable brightness even in sunlight.

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Squeeze Me Gently

Squeezing the smartphone's sides, near the bottom, wakes up the ticker display. By swiping a finger across the display, users can access real-time weather, news, entertainment and messaging updates.

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Greater Detail

Tapping the right-hand side of the ticker display opens a larger screen, so the user can see a news item or message in greater detail.

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The "messaging" part of the ticker display (seen at the bottom of the screen) gives users a heads up on missed calls, waiting e-mails, etc.

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The ticker display is customizable, allowing users to choose what sort of real-time information they receive. The Continuum comes with 10 preloaded RSS feeds.

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Two Views

You can receive news and other updates on the ticker display while the main screen shows something entirely different.

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Battery Life

During a Nov. 8 unveiling in New York City, Samsung executives suggested that the ticker display's effect on the smartphone's overall battery life would depend on individual use.

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The Continuum offers a preinstalled 8GB microSD card, expandable to 32GB, and the standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. The device also features a six-axis sensor that leverages the accelerometer, in turn providing more accurate "tilting" for games and apps.

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The ticker display's "Standby Mode" offers weather, date and time. Tapping the right-hand side of the display will offer a more in-depth view of the local conditions.

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The Continuum comes preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search, supports Google Mobile Services such as Gmail and Android Market, and includes full HTML Web browsing.

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Entertainment Feed

Samsung executives pushed the ticker display's real-time entertainment news as a key selling point for consumers. But what does the display offer more business-minded users?

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Pricing and Availability

Verizon Wireless plans to make the Continuum available for order starting Nov. 11, at a price point of $199.99 after mail-in debate. In-store availability begins Nov. 18.

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