So it looks like the Vibrant on T-Mobile won’t be the only Galaxy S phone that is getting the long over due Android update to 2.2, Froyo. Recently I have spoke with my own source from within AT&T and they tell me that they are going to be having a meeting later this week. The meetings main topic is helping Captivate customers with any problems associated with getting the OTA update to Froyo. So, either its pure coincidence or the recent uproar about the cell phone carriers not paying Samsung for update has kicked the Galaxy S line of phones updating into high gear. The meeting is to take place this week and following that meeting we should know more about when we will actually see the update hit the phones. I’m not holding my breath, but I am pretty excited. -Greg
Samsung’s newest bad boy the “Galaxy S” has recently been said to be hitting all 4 major carriers. According to an article by the Android Guys, Broadpoint.AmTech analyst Mark McKechnie says it will be heading to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint by the end of June with Verizon slated as “sometime later this year”. BGR reports the following specs for the Galaxy S:
The Galaxy S sports the features that grace other cutting edge Android handsets including a gorgeous four inch AMOLED display with 800 x 480 resolution, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with support for 720p HD video recording at 30fps, front-facing VGA camera, Swype keyboard, HSDPA connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi, microSD expansion (16GB included, up to 32GB supported), and Android 2.1. To set it apart from its competition, the Galaxy S includes bundled software for the “Smart Life’ which adds an on-device Social networking hub, advanced location-based services, the Layar Reality Browser, and HD video playback.
Nuff said? Yeah, there is no doubt this is one bad Android phone and seeing as it will be hitting AT&T about the same time that Dell’s two Android phones will, I might actually have a choice. Ok, not really I’m thinking this Galaxy is my now 1st choice over Sony’s Xperia X10. One of the options that BGR doesn’t mention in the above is the camera will have panoramic support, how is cool is that?! More about the Samsung Galaxy S and the full press release is over here.
Google is not only complaining that ISP’s have dropped the ball on get high-speed Internet out to homes, but they are willing to prove it. Google has announced plans to launch 1Gbps fiber out to 500,000 households. I hope a the very least this will light some fires out there and get the US on the move towards higher speeds and to reach more rural areas. Google’s bitpipe might be an innovative pipe, how about:
- Integrated shared 802.11n WiFi. Imagine being able to roam authenticated(!) with your laptop or iPad through town hopping on and off people’s WiFi access points. This can be done in a way that is completely secure for the network you’re roaming on
- Integrated picocells: imagine Google integrating picocells and then leasing them out to Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T or allowing people to configure them to their network of choice. Better 2G, 3G, and 4G coverage for all would be the result
Services like these could make Google stand tall and make the current providers anxious to jump aboard. Imagine AT&T leasing bandwidth from Google, there’s something to ponder. I would love to see AT&T become “just another carrier”, rather than the giant they still are today. Google you will have a lot of work ahead of you to make this reality nationwide, but I think you have every household behind you. -Greg
Want to read more, ars technica has some info to soak up..