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Samsung Galaxy S Wifi 4.0 and 5.0 Quick Preview

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Samsung insider Lebellium posted some first impressions of the two new Samsung Galaxy S Wifi devices which he gathered at Samsung France Open Day.

Check out the nitty gritty in the forum thread.

Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0

sammy galaxy wifi50 Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0Samsung’s new oversized iPhone/iPod Touch lookalike, announced at Mobile World Congress, causes a bit of confusion. It’s obviously the bigger brother of  the equally tediously named Galaxy S WiFi 4.0. Some people say the 4.0 was formerly known as YP-MB2/Galaxy Player 50, while our very own industry insider, lebellium, clarifies that it’s actually the YP-GB1, released without Korea-specific DMB features for the international market. So where does that leave the 5.0, in the sea of all these confusing names and acronyms? I don’t know, my head is already spinning. Maybe it’s just a shrunken Galaxy Tab 10.1…

What we know is that the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 (let’s just call it GSW5, ok?) runs on Android 2.2, uses Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, sports a 5″ Super Duper Clear LCD screen at 800×480, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a MicroSD slot, and a 5 megapixel camera with flash, for all your artsy Facebook photography needs.

The great thing about this phone-without-a-phone is that it comes with Android Market support right out of the box. This is a huge advantage over the non-phone Android offers from Archos (Gen 8 devices) and Cowon (D3), which have no official access to the Market – therefore rendering them quite inferior, software-wise, to even the humblest of Android phones, such as the ZTE Blade. While some kind hackers already gave Archos users the possibility to access the Market, there’s no such option for the D3 yet, leaving you at the mercy of Cowon to come up with some quality apps, such as scientific calculators. Samsung licensing the Market on their Galaxy players is the smartest move so far for devices without SIM card slot.

Availability of the GSW5: sooner or later.

Thanks to sideways for the tip. Read more in the forum thread. Additional info via Engadget (1, 2).

Porting Rockbox and Android to the Samsung YP-R0

r0 rockbox Porting Rockbox and Android to the Samsung YP R0Since October 2010 forum members slade and nik1105 have been working hard on porting Rockbox to the Samsung R0. While this port isn’t ready for prime time yet, the developers recently started to take advantage of the R0′s open source Linux-based stock firmware as well – by attempting an Android port.

While the advantages of Rockbox are obvious on any portable music player, Android might seem strange at first on a device that a) has no Wifi or other Internet connectivity and b) has no touch screen but is controlled via tactile buttons. In the end, despite the lack of Android Market accessibility, one could still install .apk apps manually on it. If the developers manage to map Android’s touch screen controls to the plethora of tactile buttons available on the R0, some apps and games might actually be easier to operate than with their intended control scheme. I for one am excited to see where this goes – especially since other Linux-based Samsung players might benefit from this effort as well in the future.

The R0 seems like the perfect candidate for such experiments – it’s  very affordable, has good sound quality, a decent screen, a MicroSD expansion slot, and a fetching full metal housing. For its low price, the R0 is a top notch player – just held back a bit by its basic (and sometimes buggy) stock firmware. If the developers succeed with either Rockbox or Android, I’m sure a lot of people would be happy about having the choice between three systems to run on the thing.

Watch the forum thread for further developments.

Samsung YP-Q3 Review

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Editor’s Note: Lebellium is our Samsung Moderator based out of France and English is not his first language, so the grammar and wording in this review is not perfect. Please refrain from grammar trolling in the comments and enjoy the content of the review. Lebellium really knows his stuff when it comes to Samsung and is well connected to the product teams there. He moderates our Samsung forums and does an incredible job- so please have that understanding while you read this review. Thanks! – Enzo/Grahm

After more than a year and a half Samsung finally launched the successor of the Q2, the YP-Q3. Mp3 players enthusiasts have never been interested in the “Q” series but despite its numerous flaws, the Q2 was a bestseller, probably thanks to its low price. While the Q2 was based on the Q1, one can’t say the Q3 is based on the Q2. Actually, Samsung changed so many things that this new device is closer to the R0 than to the Q2. I really wonder why it still belongs to the “Q” series but Samsung series names never made sense after all. On the paper it looks like an interesting audio device but is it really? I’ll try to answer in this in-depth review.

Please note this review is based on firmware 1.31. At the time you are reading it, a new firmware may have been released.

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Samsung Announces Galaxy Player

samsung galaxy player Samsung Announces Galaxy PlayerSamsung has had great success with the Galaxy Tab Android tablet and the Galaxy S Android phone, and now they’re taking it even further and announcing the Galaxy Player. The parallels to Apple and the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad lineup is hard to miss, but given the specs of this thing they have more than a fighting chance of success. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo, have a 1Ghz CPU, 4″ 480×800 screen, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, 3.2 mega pixel rear camera, VGA resolution (640×480) front camera for video chatting, T-DMB tuner and a microSDHC slot. It will be capable of playing back HD video and have access to the Android Market.

One of the biggest flaws of the Galaxy Tab is that there aren’t really many apps made for that big a screen (both in terms of inches and resolution), but he Galaxy Player will be the size of a cell phone and so not have that problem yet still retain most of the features. It has a 1200mAh removable battery which is about the same as any other similarly sized device on the market, so I’d estimate it’s going to last 6-8 hours. It will come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities, but no prices are known. Samsung is expected to release more details and showcase the device at CES 2011

[Samsung Hub]

Samsung Galaxy 50 Commercial

Samsung Alps, Samsung’s Austria team, posted a video in their YouTube channel showing off the player’s in a near 3 min commercial. It looks like any Android smartphone, but thats not a bad thing since you are devoid of a monthly bill. You will just have to hop between Wi-Fi oases. The Galaxy Player 50 will run Android 2.1, come with a 3.2″ screen, 2MP camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, and a microSD slot. What is exciting abut this is that it has full support for Google’s Marketplace, and the mainstay Google apps such as maps. This is something that has not been done yet with an Android device that was not a mobile phone that I know of. The bad news is there is no word on a US release yet.

Sources: Engadget | Samsung Hub | Samsung Alps YouTube

Samsung Galaxy Player 50 Preview

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Our French based Samsung Forum moderator lebellium got his hands on the new Galaxy player and has shared some of his thought and photos on this upcoming Android 2.1 player. Some of the nice things is that unlike the Phillips GoGear Connect you do have full access to Google’s applications and Marketplace.

Some of the other niceties include integrated microSD memory, Bluetooth 3.0, A GPS, and G-sensor. He mentions in another post that the faith of the US release will depend on European sales, so we have our fingers crossed. Check out his thread here and the Galaxy Player forum for more info.

Samsung P3 Impersonates the Droid Eris

samsung p3 droid 161x300 Samsung P3 Impersonates the Droid ErisOne of the favorite things users like to do with their Samsung P3 is customize them with themes- there is an entire subforum dedicated to them. There is everything from just a simple user created ABI background swap, to a Vista Theme to even mimicking the Cowon S9 UI (Imitation is the best form of flattery?).

Taking a page from HTC’s Sense UI for Android and old school Windows Phones, this user created a theme based on the HTC Droid Eris. Grap it here if you are a P3 owner that wants a little bit of Android action: Discussion Thread | Download Page

Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets Official–Froyo Now and Gingerbread Later

samsung galaxy tab1 Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets Official–Froyo Now and Gingerbread LaterI have always been impressed with Samsung’s MP3 players. They do a really nice job build quality and have some thoughtful user interfaces so I will be sure to pick up a Samsung tablet to be released later this year in the US and September 2010 for Europe. For the US the rumors seem to be pointing to the Verizon network, but the specs on Samsung’s landing page point out that it does have all frequencies for GSM networks including AT&T. Cool for the $40-60/month-2-year-contract fans but I would really like to see a version this device free of 3G radio’s strictly with the currently included WiFi. It would reduce the cost and rid us of the potential carrier garbage that end up on build of Android.

On the topic of Android builds, the tablet will premier with Android 2.2 Froyo but recent mentions from product managers state they it will eventually get the 3.0 Android build dubbed Gingerbread. Samsung’s product planner mentions that the next generation of Samsung Tablets will feature Honeycomb builds of Android- well thanks Nostradamus!

Lazy cut and past press release below, but be sure to check out the landing page to see this device in action.

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Samsung IceTouch Transparent AMOLED Video Demo

Samsung is always on the cutting edge of display technologies and one of the places they test out these new technologies on a smaller scale is on their MP3 players. So many of the times when someone might ask, “Why would Samsung make an MP3 player with a transparent screen?” is for the purpose of test driving these technologies on a consumer devices, but also because its damn cool.

I was able to shoot this video at CES even though the Sammy rep was very reluctant since the player still had some things to be ironed out even though in the video it was demoed flawlessly. When I went touch the screen myself, the rep did freak out a little- that’s why the video ends so abruptly. It will be out in Q2 of 2010 and the rep was not sure if it will be released to the US.