The Samsung Behold 2 passed through the Bluetooth SIG and came out with a spec sheet detailing that it'll likely run Android. To quote the description:

The Samsung SGH-T939 is a GSM phone, featuring a 3.2″ AMOLED full touch screen and WiFi connectivity, giving users access to Google Mobile services and full web browsing at blazing speeds.”

We're pretty sure you guys had no idea that the original Behold was so successful that it warranted a sequel (we didn't) but if the Behold 2 runs Android, this may be one of the few times the sequel is better than the original (the original ran Samsung's own OS). Regardless, we're confused on why Samsung would want to use the Behold brand name for a new device and direction--why boggle yourself down with a device name no one remembers?

The original Samsung Behold launched on T-Mobile and we'd expect the same from the Behold 2. We'll keep an eye on this one for you but in the mean time, we're pretty sure this device may work out better for your Android tastes.

[via phandroid]


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Samsung Behold 2 Rocks Android ?


I have had the behold2 for 12 days and the bootup does not work. I'm in the process of getting another T-mobile Behold2 android phone. It's a really cool phone if it works right; but the the bootup problem is a huge drawback! I need this phone to be up and running for business, sure hope the next one does not have the same problem....

Samsung has always had a great line of tech.This is no different from any other product they have made.I was impressed with the first Behold and still am.I cannot wait to see what its sequel can do with the amazing speed and performance of android behind it.Kudos to the Behold 2!

I agree with Betty on this blog.It is great and is nice to read on updates on various tech that comes out especially on Samsung.I cant wait to read more.

- InVital

The reason for the change is simple.. Samsung gets a "OS supported from the outside, fully skinned in "samsung touchwiz" IE its a featurephone like the behold, thats far easier to support for sammy..

welcome to android fragmentation..

yes all of these devices run android.. but we have atm got 1.1, 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 devices

We have "google experience" and "non google experience variants" and thats just the targets in the SDK by default..

Add in Touchwiz, Motoblur, SenseUI, whatever the hell they end up calling "rosey" (SE ui)

its great that android can be the underpinning for so many phones, whats not so great from the developer end (and by association user land) is that its either lowest common denominator programming (target teh G1 and be sure it works on everything out there assuming that sammy/moto/sony dont block the Android market in favor of custom proprietary stores) or target the hardware that supports the features you need and then be stuck with angry potential users/support nightmares from people who manage to half install your app on their unsupported device via rooting/.apk hacking etc.