We're expecting big things out of Samsung over the coming months, first with the Galaxy S in Europe and Asia, and now the Captivate on AT&T and possibly the Galaxy S Pro on Sprint. And add another rumored phone into the equation -- the Galaxy K. Korea Times says the Galaxy Q will be a QWERTY-keyboard phone targeted to take on BlackBerry. That leads us to believe it might possibly be a front-facing portrait keyboard, which is a form factor all but ignored on Android thus far. Or, it could be what we've been calling the Galaxy S Pro. Or something else entirely. From the KT:
"Galaxy Q -- based on the Android mobile platform -- will be all about providing simplicity in user experience, although it will still feature a full QWERTY keypad. The full touch-screen phone will also come with advanced social media features," according to an industry source close to Samsung's plans.
No word on when we might see it, and the KT has no specs other than Samsung's Super AMOLED screen. [Korea Times via Unwired View]
Remember how yesterday Korean carrier KT said it was going to launch the Nexus One with Froyo on June 21? Scratch that, apparently. KT's official Twitter account (which is @show_tweet) now points to a mid-July launch. So what does that mean for those of us in the states waiting on Froyo? No, we still don't know when it's coming for the Nexus One. Or the Droid. Or the Hero. Or the Droid Incredible. Or the Evo 4G. Or the ... (Thanks, Wonhee Cho!)
The device was running 2.1 and it had 8GB of internal memory as well as an 8GB micro-SD card. The model number says A955 and on the bottom of the device it said "G4DR 4722," but I believe this is just because it is a demo device. The representative did tell me that it had a 1 GHz processor, but she didn't say what kind.
So the proc is pretty much confirmed. Sounds like somebody's demo model number just got outed (oopsie), and there should be plenty of storage to go around. [Gizmodo]
Everyone should be concerned with their security -- especially when we're dealing with devices that can get lost, stolen or left in bars by accident. A piece at BGR calls into question bookmark thumbnails that aren't deleted on hard-reset on the HTC Droid Incredible. But the question is "Why?"
In an effort to stop any panic and FUD, let's break it down to see exactly what is happening, and see why it's not as big a deal as many are making it. Follow the break to see our take on the whole issue.
If you're looking for an Evo 4G case that offers big protection with little fuss, the Seidio Innocase II Surface fits the bill. It'll keep your Evo's case as fresh as the day you brought it home, while still allowing access to all the buttons and ports, plus keeping the 4.3-inch screen at the ready. Check it out, after the break.
Look close. There are Nexus Ones in that picture. Now look a little closer (you do see the phones, don't you?) and you'll see the Froyo launcher on those phones. That's because Korea's number two carrier, KT, is set to launch the Nexus One running Froyo (Android 2.2) on June 21st. It's the same Nexus One we all know and love hardware wise, and will be limited to 4,000 units for the launch date. Interestingly enough, the phone will be subsidized by KT ($125 USD on a two-year contract) as well as be sold contract free for $576 USD. KT has promised that they will have ample stock and the phone will be "readily available" for purchase in retail stores in July.
You can never really have enough application choices on your device, can you? Sometimes the Marketplace can get overwhelming with all the choices, so we make the job easy and help you with a couple applications that we know and love. Let's take a look at the choices for this week!
The above is a screen grab of full on Adobe Flash on my HTC Evo. Still running Sense, still running Eclair, you don't even have to root your phone. (Giggity). I've shared my new found love affair with Flash on the podcast, so y'all know I'm in Android-Geek heaven -- thanks to the wizards over at XDA forums. Wanna see good news get even better? This works on the Sprint Hero, and might just work on other Sense 2.1 devices -- including the HTC Droid Incredible.
Enough reading, who's going to test and see? Go get it [xda-developers]
Well will you look at that. The Samsung Captivate -- aka the Galaxy S -- just popped up on AT&T's website. The Captivate will be the third Android phone on AT&T -- behind the Backflip and Aria. Keep your fingers crossed that non-market apps aren't excluded, though we're not going to bet the farm on that.
Those of you rocking Android 2.2 already should know that Adobe Flash 10.1 has entered beta 3, so you'll want to update it (if you're not having it update automatically). Not sure if anything of substance has changed, so sing out in the comments if you spot something. [Adobe] Thanks, @iRyanM!
If you need something to whet your appetite as we wait for next week's announcement, the Motorola Droid X is now listed as "Coming soon" on Verizon's Droid microsite. You can feed Verizon your e-mail address for more info later, which we're sure everyone's going to want to do. [Verizon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Update: Hover over the phone and it shows what you see above -- it's got a 4.3-inch screen (not 4.4 inches as previously noted) at 720p. Whoa. Really? Assuming that's correct and it's really a 720-pixel-wide screen, there's going to be a lot trash talking regarding the iPhone 4, with its mere 960x640 screen. But more than likely they mean 720p output through the HDMI port. Stay tuned.
Update #2: Verizon has updated their web page and it now says "Captures 720p". We take that to mean it will have the same 854x480 display that it's older brother the Motorola Droid has, but no confirmation one way or another on that as of yet. Thanks for the tip Kyleg!
Motorola just added a slew of new non-U.S. phones to its Android 2.1 update list (see the previous update), including a bunch of Backflips and Quenches. Doesn't really give us a better idea of when the new software will actually be available, but it's good to see Moto at least trying to be transparent about it. That said, it'd be great if we'd see some Android 2.2 update schedules popping up, m'kay? [Motorola] Thanks, Jake!
One of the questions we hear on Twitter and through the contact page most often is "will my phone get Froyo?" I can't blame anyone for asking, or for wanting it, cause all the changes are oh so nice. Our standard answer has always been what we can confirm with the manufacturers, which to be fair and honest, isn't much yet. Trust me, we bug them because we're Android fanatics and want to know just as much as you all do :)
Thankfully, there's always speculation and rumors to tide us over until we get word (or even better, see that update available screen). We talk about it on the Podcast. We talk about it with each other via e-mail. We talk about it in the forums. We want it. When a reader sent in a tip that PC World has compiled a list of phones and their upgrade to Froyo status, it got our attention. We can't vouch for anything on the list, so insert a grain of salt the size of a beach ball, follow the break and check it out. [with a tip of the hat to Computer World via PC World] Thanks lastdetailwd!
Take a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, shrink it down, and you get the Xperia X8. And there's the X8 above (on the left). The guys at SE-First got a hands-on with a prototype, and there's pretty much nothing there you wouldn't expect. It's a smaller X10. Or a larger X10 Mini. Your call. Turn your speakers off (don't say we didn't warn you) and check out video after the break. [SE-First via MobileCrunch]
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