Samsung Galaxy S

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.

Samsung Galaxy S Reaches 3 Million Shipments in the US

Samsung could probably say that they have a hit on their hand when it comes to their Galaxy S devices, but that looks like it would be an understatement. Samsung has come forward with their results for the quarter, and they managed to sell a bunch of devices. However, the main takeaway, besides the fact that they sold 71 million handsets around the globe, is the fact that they sold 3 million Galaxy S devices in the United States alone.

White Samsung Galaxy S arrives in UK care of Carphone Warehouse

If you've been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy S but have been holding out for the white version that's been available in Asia, your luck is in. UK retailer The Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will be exclusively offering the white Galaxy S, which is free on £30 per month contracts or higher. In terms of hardware, the white version of the phone is exactly the same as the original we reviewed back in June, so you're getting a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, 5-megapixel camera and a glorious 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. Samsung is also pushing out its Android 2.2 Froyo update over the next few weeks, which should make the Galaxy S even better.

Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate coming to Telus Wed.

It looks like its official folks. The Samsung Fascinate, the Samsung Galaxy S phone specifically for Verizon, is heading to Telus in Canada. We heard about the device a lil while back coming to Telus, but nothing official. After hearing about the HTC Desire HD possibly going to Telus as well, it surprises me that that the Fascinate will also be going there. The device is set to be released on November 10th(this wednesday).

Samsung UK Confirms Froyo Rolling Out Now, Finishing up by End of November

We already knew that Samsung was going to start pushing out Android 2.2 for th Europe-based Samsung Galaxy S devices populating that region some time in November, but it looks like the company has started the show a little earlier than anyone might have predicted. Of course, the results are still the same, and some owners of the device out there may indeed have to wait a little bit longer, but at least we have confirmation that it's beginning now.

Samsung Google Nexus Two gets in the wild report?

Rumors of a Google Nexus Two - despite CEO Eric Schmidt's previous denial that one was in the pipeline - continue to grow, with Gizmodo having heard from a tipster who apparently got to play with the Samsung-made device.  Like the Galaxy S family, it's apparently made from black, glossy plastic and "feels really similar to the Galaxy S in a lot [of] ways," though the back has "got this curve to it." There's also a roughly 4-inch display, which the source believes to be Super AMOLED, and a "sort of concave" front panel.  A front-facing video camera is the only confirmed hardware spec, with no word on the CPU or which "really buggy" stock build of Android the Nexus Two was running.  Note, the picture above is a mock-up.

Samsung Galaxy S Froyo update released

It looks like Android 2.2 Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy S is finally getting its release, with owners in Norway, Denmark and Sweden all reporting that the new firmware (I9000 JPM) has shown up for installation in Samsung's Kies PC manager app. It's worth noting that, so far, Samsung only has a version of Kies for PC users; if you've only got a Mac then we're afraid you're out of luck. Among the reported changes are:
  • Android 2.2 JIT compiler
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 compatibility
  • New Android Market with auto-updating
  • Speed improvements
  • Pinch-to-zoom homescreen flyover
  • Improved default keyboard
  • Quick links to “GPS” and “Auto rotation” toggles on notification bar added
  • Slightly different graphics and transitions with app drawer and default icon dock
  • Colored icons in settings
  • GPS Fix
  • Colored settings icons
  • Media Hub
  • Darker menu theme, navy blue color
  • Better Exchange support
  • Video records in MP4 format
  • New Search widget
  • New Gmail application
[Thanks Spary!] Update: The press release has confirmed it; Nordic regions first, then "gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world." Press Release:
Samsung GALAXY S Offers New Android 2.2 Upgrade New platform upgrade provides enhanced experience on the go SEOUL, Korea – October 18, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, giving users access to new features, enhanced navigation applications and improved performance. The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s unique in-house software upgrade program. Kies can be downloaded at the Samsung mobile website (http://www.samsungmobile.com). The GALAXY S is Samsung’s cleverly designed smartphone with a bright 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor, giving users an intelligent, immersive and integrated mobile experience. The Android 2.2 upgrade offers voice-controlled GPS through Google MapsTM with Navigation, faster performance by JIT(Just in Time) compiler. Additionally, further functionalities including Search in-browser, Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, improved customization options will be provided with OS upgrade. - Google MapsTM with Navigation: GPS navigation system with voice guidance - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1: Allow the web browser to make full use of the whole web - Setup Wizard: Quickly customize the GALAXY S and access networks with ease - Home Screen/Menu Preview and Edit : Preview by pinch-zoom - Search in-Browser : Google™, Translate, Wikipedia, Dictionary The Android 2.2 upgrade will be available from the mid of October 2010 in the Nordic region and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, North America, Africa and rest of the world. About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. * All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation. Samsung reserves the right to make changes to this document and the product described here, at anytime, without obligation on Samsung to provide notification of such change. This document and any formation contained here are provided on "AS IS" basis without warranty of any kind, either implied or expressed, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Google, the Google logo, Google Maps, Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google, Inc. Google MapsTM Navigation is not available in countries outside of the Europe, the Americas and Japan regions. Adobe, the Flash logo and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.
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