AT&T confirmed on Monday that its entire 2011 Android smartphone lineup will receive the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update in the future. AT&T will push the OS to the HTC Inspire 4G, the LG Phoenix, the Pantech Crossover, the Samsung Infuse 4G and the Samsung Captivate. Oddly, the LG Thrill 4G is missing from that list, but we suspect that it will also receive the software patch following its release. Motorola released its Gingerbread update to the ATRIX 4G over the weekend. AT&T did not announce a specific timeline in terms of when the devices would receive Android 2.3, and the company said that the upgrade process and release dates will vary by device. Read on for the full press release. More →
On Monday AT&T announced its spring smartphone sale that includes five current smartphones all priced below $100. AT&T is selling the Samsung Captivate, which sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 2.2 (Froyo), and a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, for $99.99. Similarly, it’s selling the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the Samsung Focus, and the LG Quantum for $49.99 each. Lastly, the BlackBerry Curve 3G is on sale for just $29.99. You’ll need to sign on for a new two-year contract with AT&T to take advantage of the sale price, and AT&T says the offers are available both online and in company-owned retail stores nationwide. It’s unclear how long the sale will last. Hit the jump for the full release, which includes descriptions of each phone. More →
Sprint subscribers may have just been driven further into a frenzy by Samsung’s botched Froyo update for the Epic 4G, but Galaxy S users subscribed to AT&T will still be next to have a crack at the update they’ve been waiting for. Time will only tell, however, if this update will roll out smoothly or if it will suffer the same fate as its Epic counterpart. Samsung lists the following as key changes in the update:
- USB Tethering
- Mobile Hotspot
- Flash 10.1 Support
- Enhanced Microsoft Exchange Support (Auto-Discovery, Global Address list look-up, Increased Security Features, and Exchange Calendars)
- Speed and Performance Optimizations
- Ability to Install Apps Directly to SDcard
More information and instructions on how to obtain and install the update can be found via the read link below. More →
Fear not AT&T Captivate owners, for after tomorrow, your handset will only be one major Android OS revision behind the most current code-base, not two. AT&T has taken to Facebook to let us know that the long awaited Froyo (Android 2.2) update for its Galaxy S-branded Captivate will begin making its way to handsets tomorrow. The company also posted an interview with its Android Senior Project Manager, Dante Martin, who let us know that 2.2 for the HTC Aria will be here “soon” (we’ve heard that before). We’ve included the video for you after the break. Enjoy!
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If there are any Samsung Captivate owners out there who haven’t yet thrown their devices out a window due to frustration, today is your lucky day. Samsung has finally made an Android 2.2 Froyo update available for AT&T’s Galaxy S phone despite the fact that three new versions of Android have been unveiled since Google first took the wraps off Froyo last year. As long as AT&T and Samsung took to make this update available, we’re expecting a rock solid build free of any major bugs — anything less would be just plain sad at this point. Captivate owners can hit the read link below to begin the update process.
UPDATE: In a cruel twist of fate, it looks like Samsung pulled the update. Captivate owners, you may now feel free to smash your phones on the ground out of frustration (don’t really do that). More →
If you’re a Samsung Captivate owner that is feeling as though both your carrier and manufacturer have forsaken you, cheer up. We have a very small, very dim, ray of hope for you. One of our astute readers pointed out that AT&T’s support page for Sammy’s Captivate, the one that explains how to find your operating system and firmware versions, actually shows the device — complete with TouchWiz — running Android 2.2. Samsung released the Galaxy S over seven months ago, promising its users a quick upgrade-path to Froyo. Currently, with Android 2.3 in the market and Android 2.4 on the way, the company has yet to provide the update to several of its U.S.-based Galaxy S handsets. Hopefully, this screen shot is an indication that the upgrade is actually on the way. More →
Among the top carriers in the U.S., AT&T is the worst by a healthy margin. The news comes from this year’s Consumer Reports reader survey, which ranks Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile along with some regional carriers. Verizon Wireless was ranked as the nation’s top major carrier, though its score of 74 positions it in the No. 2 spot overall behind U.S. Cellular. Readers were asked to grade each carrier on several criteria including value, voice service quality, data service quality and customer support. The ratings were on a scale of “Worse” to “Better,” with three increments in between. AT&T received the lowest possible rating of “Worse” in eight out of nine categories, managing too eke out a next-to-lowest rating for SMS service quality. In response to the survey, AT&T had this to say:
We take this seriously and we continually look for new ways to improve the customer experience. The fact is wireless customers have choices and a record number of them chose AT&T in the third quarter, significantly more than our competitors. Hard data from independent drive tests confirms AT&T has the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network with our nearest competitor 20 percent slower on average nationwide and our largest competitor 60 percent slower on average nationwide. And, our dropped call rate is within 1/10 of a percent – the equivalent of just one call in a thousand – of the industry leader.
Smartphones were also ranked in the same issue of Consumer Reports, and all but one of the top devices in the country are powered by Android. In fact each of the four variants of Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone received top honors, either solely (Sprint’s Epic 4G, T-Mobile’s Vibrant) or as part of a tie — the Fascinate tied the Motorola DROID X for the No. 1 spot on Verizon Wireless, and Captivate tied the Apple iPhone 4 on AT&T.
AT&T’s Captivate and T-Mobile’s Vibrant are among several Samsung Galaxy S-branded smartphones that have been plagued by GPS issues since they launched. While this isn’t the first time the manufacturer has issued a supposed fix, Samsung today announced the availability of a new app called GPS Restore — which has the sole purpose of restoring a device’s GPS settings to their original state. We’re not sure how this would help resolve any issues, unless Samsung is suggesting that some carrier tweaks are responsible for the problems. In any case, owners of with the Captivate or the Vibrant will undoubtedly be happy to give Samsung’s new GPS Restore app a whirl. Simply search the Android Market for “GPSSamsungRestore” to give it a go. More →
If you’re a member of our Canadian readership, and anxious to join the Galaxy S legion, listen up. Rogers has just announced that after several “manufacturer delays” they have received their first shipment of Samsung Captivate smartphones. Paul Brannen, vice president of Samsung Electronics Canada, had this to say:
Due to a worldwide shortage in Super AMOLED technology screens, we regret that Samsung was unable to deliver the Galaxy S Captivate to Rogers in time for the scheduled launch. The continued shortage has resulted in repeated delays. We know this is a widely anticipated device and apologize to Rogers customers. We’re pleased to say that we have begun shipping the device to Rogers, though shipments will be limited over the next few weeks.
Existing Rogers customers that “fulfill hardware upgrade eligibility requirements” can snag the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate for a cool $149.99 — “with select three-year term voice and data plans” — until November 2; everyone else can pick one up for $179.99 with a 3-year cellular-jail sentence. There you have it Canadian friends, enjoy! More →
Today, Samsung and AT&T announced an over-the-air update for the Captivate handset to address the units GPS performance. As the two companies state:
An update to improve the Samsung Captivate’s GPS performance is now available. Captivate customers will receive a notification on their device that an update is available and will simply need to download the file to update their phone. The updates will be pushed to customers’ devices over the next few weeks.
The update for the Captivate will also improve additional device functions, such as media scanning time, add the full version of QuickOffice and address Microsoft Exchange 2003 policy support.
We know that for many Captivate users this fix can’t come soon enough.
Today, via a press release, Samsung announced that they have
sold shipped one million Galaxy S phones in just over 45 days. Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, had this to say: “Bringing Galaxy S devices to multiple carriers has given Samsung Mobile the opportunity to reach millions of consumers. I am proud of the instant success of the Galaxy S line […].” The release also gives a tiny shout-out to those waiting for Android 2.2 on their Gally S device, “all Samsung Galaxy S devices will be upgradable to Android 2.2 in the future.” The future? It doesn’t get more vague than that. One million handsets in 45 days sure is an impressive showing for Sammy. We’ve got the full press release after the break. More →
Last week, AmazonWireless had the Samsung Vibrant on sale for one, shiny penny. Now, this week, it looks like the gang over at A.W. are giving the Samsung Captivate the same treatment. If you’re up for a new 2-year contract, or are porting your number over to the Death Star, you can pick up the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S for one-tenth of a dime. If you order between 12:00 a.m. PDT on August 15 and 11:59 p.m. PDT on August 31, Amazon will even waive that
criminal $36 activation charge… making this deal quite the steal. All those interested hit the read link to be sent on over to AmazonWireless.
UPDATE: The $0.01 price tag is only good for new activations. The price of the device jumps to $99 for those who want to sign a new 2-year contract. More →
Via a press release, Samsung is letting you know that its Galaxy S is “now DivX Certified for HD video playback at 720p resolution,” and that it is “the world’s first Android mobile phone that is DivX Certified for HD and the second overall DivX HD Certified phone.” DivX CEO, Kevin Hell, was quoted as saying, “We’re pleased that Samsung recognizes the importance of the DivX brand in providing their consumers with a seamless, high-quality entertainment experience.” To view movies in sweet, 720p HD, “consumers can load their video libraries of both standard definition and HD 720p movies [to] the DivX format on the internal and external memory.” There you have it. Anyone out there particularly fond of the DivX format? More →