To say Samsung went all out with its announcement of the Galaxy S (see our initial hands-on and software walkthrough) would be an understatement, first with the tease at the Day 1 keynote, then the full-fledged presentation immediately thereafter.
We've seen highlights of the events, and after the break we show you what it was like to be in the front row for the full 18-minute (yeah, it was that long, but entertaining) explainer of how Samsung's S Life is supposed to work for you. The video's in two parts, so make sure you check them both out.
If you go to the movies a lot, you need to check out Android's Fandango app. Or at least check out our video of it at CTIA after the break. Trailers, theater info and more, all there on your Android phone.
Good news for HTC Hero owners, sort of. HTC has announced on Plurk that they will be rolling out the Éclair goodness for Taiwanese users on April 26th. My own source at HTC America can’t confirm or deny any release date for other countries, but this is official word from HTC finally.
What’s that I hear? PayPal bump coming to Android, and no longer only found on the iPhone? Yes, it is indeed true, as PayPal has announced they will be bringing this great feature to multiple platforms, instead of just keeping on the iPhone. For those of you that may not know what this feature is, this will allow you to simply bump phones (just don’t go slamming them into each other) to transfer funds from one account to another. This feature is rather handy for quickly settling debts right on the spot, but won’t be much help for those doing long-distance deals. During an interview at CTIA, CNET was informed that the application for the Android and BlackBerry should be rolling out in the next two or three months. [CNET via Gizmodo]
Ever wonder what would cause a phone company or cell phone carrier to support the Android OS? (Besides it being totally cool, of course?) MocoNews cites anonymous sources that say Google has been paying these carriers and companies through the profits generated from advertising. These payments come for devices and providers that support specific Google functionality, like search, Gmail, maps and others.
Meanwhile, Phone Scoop fired off e-mails to various cell phone providers and manufacturers, and nearly all of them answered in the same "we do not discuss our business agreements" style. How big of an impact could this whole to-do be making? Well, as we have seen, many new carriers and manufacturers are continuing to board the Android train, so the impact may be much larger then we will ever know. [MocoNews via Phone Scoop]
Ah, the good ol' update about updates. How many times will we do this dance until we realize we're not getting anywhere? Well, this time around, it looks like the Sprint HTC Hero may receive an update on April 9th. Purported internal Sprint documents points as so, so who are we to disagree? Could the update be Android 2.1? Because we've been waiting quite a while for our HTC Heroes to get updated. Like since October. April 9th actually isn't too far around the corner, but since these dates are never set in stone we're not about to bet the house now.
The internal document above doesn't explicitly mention Android 2.1, which is obvious cause for concern, but maybe wishful thinking will cause it to magically appear? Yeah, probably not, but Sprint promised..
Not much to say other than Motorola's still working on the Android 2.1 update for the Droid, but at least a Facebook update is better than nothing, right? For what it's worth, we pestered everybody we could at CTIA to try and get a better answer, but to no avail. Here's the full text of the facebook post:
We know you guys are anxiously awaiting the upgrade from 2.0 to 2.1. Ultimately, we want to ensure you have the best possible experience on your device; as a result, the rollout is taking longer than expected. Though we don't have the new deployment date to share just yet, we do promise we are working to get you updated information and will relay it as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience. We appreciate it
Samsung has put together highlights of the unveiling and official presentation of the Galaxy S this week at CTIA in Las Vegas. We were there for the keynote announcement with J.K. Shin as well as the presentation with our pal Kim Titus (hey, Kim!), and now you can be, too. Check out Samsung's video after the break.
Sorry for all those who read Motorola Droid and thought we would be bringing you a 2.1 update, but life must go on. It is always fun to see your favorite smartphone make its way into a cast members hand on your favorite TV show, and this week made its way right into a scene or two of Castle on ABC. Have you seen any other Android appearances in other shows? If so, stop in the forums and let us know where! [thanks @videos4bb for the image]
There’s a map for that? Why yes, yes there is a map, but now there is only one map for all "data coverage", so where did that 3G map go? Sorry Luke Wilson, but it appears as though along with many calls, AT&T plans to drop your commercials. The new combined map shows coverage over most of the US, but don't be fooled, the network wasn't upgraded, those with EDGE coverage will still have EDGE. You are still able to click to see the towns that have 3G coverage, it just appears they decided to hide it behind a more full looking map. Sorry AT&T, but it looks like Verizon has defeated you on this one, again.
You've actually been able to buy the Motorola Devour for a while now (watch our hands-on), just not from Verizon. That's changed, and you can order it for $149 with the standard two-year contact and what-not. Or you can find it cheaper elsewhere. Your call. [Verizon]
No, we don't agree with AT&T's decision to not allow unsigned apps on the Backflip and, according to Phone News, the Dell Aero, which isn't even out yet. We'd much prefer the carriers follow in Android's spirit of openness. But you know what? It's AT&T's decision not to.
So before you start an online petition, before you even think -- let alone type -- the word class-action lawsuit, and before you hop on Twitter to rail against The Man, answer these questions: Were you being forced to buy either of these phones? Sure, they're the only Android fare AT&T has to offer, and that sucks. But neither of these phones is crippled. (At least not the Backflip -- we haven't seen the Dell actually turned on yet.) They do e-mail. They have a Web browser. They purchase, download and install apps from the Android Market just fine -- just like every other Android phone.
What they don't do is run apps outside of the Market. That's AT&T's decision, and that's just not that big a deal for the vast population of Android users. So think about this before you declare it DOA, especially before you even get a chance to use it.
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