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Samsung Kies Air adds wireless sync & access to Galaxy S

Samsung is rolling out wireless sync for users of its Kies desktop media management app for certain Android smartphones. Kies Air is showing up in the Samsung Apps download store on the Galaxy S, and allows PCs running Kies to access the smartphone over WiFi and view call logs, videos, photos, bookmarks, and IMs, as well as send SMS messages from the computer's browser. Unlike HTC Sense Online, Kies Air only works if all devices are on the same WiFi network, and we're not seeing it show up in the Galaxy Tab apps store, only on the Galaxy S. Still, it's a useful tool if you want to use your full-sized keyboard to punch out messages more quickly, or manage content on the Galaxy S without having to plug in a USB cable. Kies is a free download for PC only. [gallery] [via Samsung Blog]

Samsung Galaxy S2 confirmed for MWC 2011 claim reports

Samsung has apparently confirmed that it will debut the successor to the best-selling Galaxy S at Mobile World Congress in February 2011. According to Korean news site The Chosun Ilbo, Samsung has officially acknowledged that the so-far unnamed smartphone will launch at MWC, though has stopped short of confirming specifications for the handset. However, it's expected to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and include NFC wireless, as with the Samsung-made Nexus S. Samsung is also expected to slot a dual-core processor into the Galaxy S2, rather than the Galaxy S's single-core 1GHz Hummingbird chip, together with a gyroscope. [via Samsung Hub]

Dell Streak worst product of 2010 claims Walt Mossberg

Bearded uncle of tech, the WSJ's Walt Mossberg, has pushed out his list of the best and worst reviewed products for 2010, and an Android device tops the charts for the most mediocre. According to Mossberg, the Dell Streak is "a tweener" that isn't big enough to be a successful tablet but is too large to be a smartphone. Android did show up in Mossberg's top gadget list, however, with the Samsung Galaxy S tied for third place with the iPhone 4.

Samsung sell 9.3m Galaxy S worldwide; 10m by end of year

Samsung is reportedly claiming to have sold 9.3m units of its Galaxy S smartphone - and variants - worldwide, with the company looking forward to passing the 10m mark before the end of the year. 2m of those sales were in Korea, apparently making the Galaxy S the first smartphone to break that milestone (and beating the iPhone to it too). The Galaxy S helped Samsung grab the number one Android smartphone spot in the last quarter. [via TNW]

White Samsung Galaxy S Arrives in Germany

It's been just over a month since the white Galaxy S from Samsung landed in the United Kingdom, and now it looks like those in Germany who wished hard enough to get their own version can sigh a sigh of relief. Samsung has just revealed that the device has just been launched in that region. It's available from Samsung directly, or you can purchase the device from Amazon Germany, unlocked, and for a cheaper price tag.

Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread confirms Samsung India

Samsung UK weren't confident on Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates for the Galaxy S, but Samsung India aren't so reticent. The country division's Twitter team has been assuring Galaxy S users that their smartphones will indeed get Gingerbread firmware (well, "Gingerbeard" but we're guessing that's a typo). There's no timeline for the firmware's release - it's not even out for the Nexus One yet, and the new Nexus S isn't due until December 16 - but hopefully it'll be faster than Froyo took to arrive. [via Unwired View]

Samsung coy on Galaxy S Gingerbread update despite apparent hardware compatibility

Samsung is proving cagey on whether the Galaxy S family of smartphones will see an official upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, blaming system requirements and "the overall effect of such [an] Update to Samsung products" - among other things - for the uncertainty. That's according to a Samsung spokesperson pestered by Pocket-lint, who basically surmised that the possibility of an update was still being decided.
"In case a new version of Android operating system is publicly announced and released, Samsung will review the possibility of implementation of such new version to the existing Samsung products with Android operating system ("Update"). Such a review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such Update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors" Samsung UK
Meanwhile Google's lead Android developer, Dan Morrill, has confirmed that the hardware requirements of Gingerbread "are similar" to those of Froyo, and that the platform "has never had hard processor" minimum specifications. If Samsung decides not to release Gingerbread for the Galaxy S, it seems like it would be more for reasons of keeping the new Nexus S differentiated rather than for anything technical. [via Engadget]

Samsung grabs US Android sales top-spot in Q3 2010

Samsung has taken the top spot as the number one Android smartphone provider in the US in Q3 2010, with Gartner finding that the manufacturer's Galaxy S family of handsets had helped it grab 32.1-percent of US sales. That's a considerable step up from Samsung's previous Android sales performance; the company only had 9.2-percent of the market in Q4 2009. According to the press release "the Galaxy S portfolio will be upgraded to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system in the near future" though there's no more accurate timescale than that. Press Release:
SAMSUNG MOBILE NAMED #1 ANDROID SMARTPHONE PROVIDER BASED ON RETAIL SALES IN U.S. & GALAXY S PORTFOLIO REACHES THREE MILLION SHIPMENTS MILESTONE Independent research from leading industry analyst firm shows Samsung captured top spot in U.S. Android smartphone market in third quarter of 2010 DALLAS, December 3, 2010 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced that third party research firm Gartner® reported Samsung as the top Android smartphone provider in terms of sell through to end users in the United States for the third quarter of 20102. According to Gartner, Samsung Mobile captured 32.1 percent of the U.S. Android smartphone market in Q3 2010 based on retail sales, an increase from 9.2 percent of the Android smartphone market in Q4 2009. Samsung Mobile attributes much of the success to its Galaxy S portfolio of premium smartphones, which recently passed the three million shipment milestone in the U.S. Galaxy S smartphones are currently available with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, along with U.S. Cellular and Cellular South. “I want to personally thank everyone who selected a Galaxy S smartphone as their mobile handset of choice. Neither of these wonderful accomplishments would have been possible without the loyalty and support of our customers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S portfolio has played a significant role in Samsung’s success in 2010 and we are extremely excited to show you what products, services and innovations we have in store for the U.S. market in 2011.” The Samsung Galaxy S portfolio is packed with premium features and services, including a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor, Samsung’s Media Hub premium movie and TV programming download service and a full array of entertainment, messaging and social networking capabilities. The Galaxy S portfolio will be upgraded to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system in the near future. For additional information on the Samsung Galaxy S portfolio, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxys. 1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q3 2010 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports. 2 Number one Android smartphone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported sales data according to Gartner Inc. Competitive Landscape: Mobile Devices, Worldwide, 3Q10 Report (published November 9, 2010 by authors Roberta Cozza, Carolina Milanesi, Anshul Gupta, Hugues J. De La Vergne, Annette Zimmermann, CK Lu, Atsuro Sato and Tuong Huy Nguyen)

Samsung Galaxy S for Vodafone Officially Gets Android 2.2 Update

If you picked up a Samsung Galaxy S, despite the fact that the device didn't launch with Android 2.2 under the hood, it looks like all of your waiting is officially over. Samsung is managing to keep right on track with their "end of November" time frame, where they said that all Galaxy S owners (at least internationally) would have their update to Android 2.2 available to them. Vodafone customers are now part of the FroYo community.
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