XDA finds SIM-unlock method for all Galaxy S phones

By on August 23, 2010 at 7:02 AM.

XDA finds SIM-unlock method for all Galaxy S phones

If you recently purchased — or have plans to purchase — a phone in the Samsung Galaxy S line, the folks over a xda-developers have a pretty interesting tutorial up on their forums. The instructions detail how to carrier-unlock your Galaxy S phone (e.g. Captivate, Vibrant, etc.) without the need to pay for a SIM unlocking service. The process is four steps long and looks to be a 4 or 5 out of 10 on the difficulty scale. Hit up the read link if you want to give this one a shot… and do let us know if you have any success.  More →

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Samsung working on GPS update for Galaxy S, due out in September

By on August 13, 2010 at 4:07 PM.

Samsung working on GPS update for Galaxy S, due out in September

This may not be the news you’re looking for, but at least it is something. Samsung web product analyst, Carla Saaverda, tweeted that her company is currently testing a software fix for the Galaxy S GPS bug and that it should be released sometime in September. Not really much else to say about it. What do you think of this timeline? Good, bad, or indifferent? How is your GPS experience on your Galaxy S phone?

[Via EverythingAndroid] More →

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Samsung Captivate over-clocked to run at 1.2 GHz

By on August 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM.

Samsung Captivate over-clocked to run at 1.2 GHz

It looks as though your friends over at xda-developers have successfully over-clocked the processor in the Samsung Captivate — AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S — to run at a full 1.2 GHz. The new kernel has several hiccups, including a small lag at boot, and will definitely void your warranty. If you want to take a walk on the wild side, and potentially see your Captivate spontaneously combust, hit the read link and give it a whirl. Let us know if you have any success, ok?

[Via Talk Android] More →

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Samsung releases Captivate source code

By on July 30, 2010 at 8:42 AM.

Samsung releases Captivate source code

Yay open source! Samsung has released the source code for the SGH-I897, better known as the Captivate (the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S). In a letter to developers Samsung writes:

You can download the source code of SGH-I897 on this site in Mobile Category, SGH-I897 model.
Thank you.

The source is about 160 megabytes in size and available to all who want it, no signups necessary. Hit up opensource.samsung.com to download the goods!

[Via BriefMobile] More →

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AT&T Samsung Captivate Review

By on July 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM.

AT&T Samsung Captivate Review

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We’ve had our hands on the AT&T Captivate for the last several weeks, so we thought it was just about time for a proper review. AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S has a vibrant (pun intended) 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 7.2 Mbps capable HSPA radio, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and much more. The device is running Android 2.1 with some serious UI customizations from Samsung. What’s the verdict? Hit the jump to find out! More →

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Samsung Captivate now available from AT&T

By on July 18, 2010 at 7:53 AM.

Samsung Captivate now available from AT&T

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Right on schedule, the Samsung Captivate has made its official debut on AT&T. Also known globally as the Galaxy S, the Captivate features a 1GHz processor, 4 inch 480×800 Super AMOLED display, a 5 megapixel camera, 720p HD video recording, 16GB on-board storage, microSD expansion, Bluetooth 3.0, GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, and 3G UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1900/21000 MHz. The Captivate can be purchased for $199.99 with a two-year contract or $499 without a contract (a price slightly higher than the $349 that was suggested earlier by Samsung). If would like a closer look before shelling out some cold hard cash for the Captivate, check out our hands-on review! More →

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AT&T Samsung Captivate hands on!

By on July 9, 2010 at 5:45 PM.

AT&T Samsung Captivate hands on!

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We have just received our very own Samsung Captivate device and have put together some first impressions as well as some great photos. The Samsung Galaxy S is launching in some form or fashion on practically every U.S. carrier, and AT&T’s model, the Captivate, is pretty action-packed. As far as specifications, the device is powered by a 1GHz CPU, 2GB 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera, Super AMOLED screen, and Android 2.1. As far as the hardware goes, the device is very, very thin, but comes across as feeling pretty cheap thanks to a, well, really cheap plastic casing. Samsung tries to add a little pizazz with the textured back battery cover, but honestly it gets lost in a sea of mediocrity. The display is top notch, though, very readable and usable in sunlight, with great colors. The blue default color scheme on here really pops with the contrasting deep black. As far as size, 4 inches of display seems like the perfect compromise between the gargantuan DROID X and EVO 4G and the smaller iPhone-sized handsets.

The Captivate seems very snappy, and it isn’t as molested as we’d figured it would be. You know, when mixing AT&T and Samsung together, well, we don’t tend to get pleasant thoughts about that collaboration. We’re not saying there isn’t enough AT&T-branded apps and content in here to make Andy Rubin nauseous, we’re just saying it’s more tolerable than we thought, and that’s a good thing for everyday usage. We’ll get started on our full review, but in the meantime check out some pretty pictures!

Click on over to our AT&T Samsung Captivate hands on gallery!

Update: After playing around a bit, it looks like AT&T has blocked the installation of non-Market apps, and we can’t find Google Navigation on here. Neither of those are big surprises, but hey, a guy can dream, right?

Update 2: We have received word from some AT&T sources and readers, and Google Navigation is actually supported on the Samsung Captivate. You have to update to the latest Google Maps through the Market, then enter an address to get driving directions to, and then you can click Navigate. There isn’t a separate Google Navigation application, but it can most definitely be accessed.

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AT&T's Samsung Captivate gets hype video

By on July 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM.

AT&T's Samsung Captivate gets hype video

Captivate Hype Video

Nine days before release, the Super AMOLED packing Samsung Captivate — from AT&T — has been given its very own hype video. The 2:21 short emphasizes the gorgeous display that accompanies all Galaxy S devices, as well as the speed and versatility of the device. The Captivate will be available for purchase from Ma’ Bell on July 18th for $199 on-contract. If you’re interested hit the jump — we’ve got the video queued up for you. More →

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Samsung Captivate to launch on AT&T July 18th, $199

By on July 8, 2010 at 11:44 AM.

Samsung Captivate to launch on AT&T July 18th, $199

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AT&T has just announced that the Samsung Captivate — Ma’ Bell’s version of the Galaxy S — will be available for purchase on July the 18th (T-minus 10 days). The Captivate sports a: 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, and Android 2.1. The device will be priced at $199 on-contract (no mail-in-rebate necessary). Anyone have plans to pick up the first serious AT&T Android offering? Any disenfranchised iPhone 4 owners thinking of returning their iPiece and taking the Captivate for a spin?

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All Galaxy S phones to get Android 2.2, Flash 10.1

By on June 30, 2010 at 5:53 AM.

All Galaxy S phones to get Android 2.2, Flash 10.1

Samsung Galaxy S Tweet

Here’s some good news for those of you thinking about picking up a Galaxy S variant. Samsung, by way of the tweet, has officially stated that: “Galaxy S phones will come with Android 2.1 and be upgradeable to Android 2.2 which will support Adobe Flash 10.1.” Not really much else that needs to be said. The Gally S can be found on AT&T as the Captivate, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular as the Fascinate, and T-Mobile as the Vibrant in the coming months. Who’s excited? More →

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AT&T announces the Samsung Captivate, aka Galaxy S

By on June 17, 2010 at 12:10 PM.

AT&T announces the Samsung Captivate, aka Galaxy S

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Everyone can now stop saying that AT&T isn’t trying when it comes to Android, as today the carrier announced it will be carrying the Samsung Captivate, which is essentially the Galaxy S. Powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and running Android 2.1, the Captivate features a 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED display, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 16GB of internal memory and a 7.2Mbps HSDPA radio. Need a release date? Well too bad, because all AT&T will say is that the Captivate is “scheduled for release in the coming months.” Such a shame. More →

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AT&T picking up HTC Aria, Samsung Eternity II, Samsung Captivate

By on June 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM.

AT&T picking up HTC Aria, Samsung Eternity II, Samsung Captivate

One of our AT&T sources let us know of a couple new handsets due to arrive on AT&T’s shelves. First up is the HTC Aria. Supposedly the smallest Android handset from HTC, we’re looking at a rumored 3″ display, HTC Sense, 3G, Wi-Fi, a 5 megapixel camera, and EVO-like styling. The last two we have practically no information on, other than them being Samsung units, obviously. We do have the full model numbers — Samsung Captivate (i897) and Samsung Eternity II (a597) — but we’ll keep digging for more information on those.

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