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AT&T set to expand its Android lineup

It looks as though AT&T is slowly starting to come around with Android-based smartphones. Earlier this week, we told you about the budget-friendly HTC Aria that is coming to AT&T with a price tag of $129 with a two-year contract.

Today, AT&T is announcing another smartphone based on Android 2.1: the Samsung Captivate. The Captivate features a generous 4" Super AMOLED WVGA touch screen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, 16GB of internal memory, 5MP camera, 720p video capture, 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, and HSPA 7.2Mbps connectivity.

”Add up Captivate’s amazing screen, huge amounts of onboard storage, a super-fast processor, all fueled by the nation’s fastest 3G network and a nationwide  Wi-Fi network and you get a smartphone we know our customers will crave,” said Jeff Bradley, AT&T Mobility Senior VP of Devices.

“The Captivate represents a new breed of smartphone that will truly change and enrich the way consumers interact with their device on an everyday basis.” 

AT&T won't give any firm availability or pricing information on the Captivate other than to say that it will be released within the "coming months at AT&T retail locations."

Updated 7/8/2010

Boy Genius Report states that the Captivate is coming to AT&T July 18 with a price tag of $199 for a two-year contract.



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Captive might have been more appropriate
By fleshconsumed on 6/17/2010 4:01:41 PM , Rating: 5
I've read the title as "AT&T Announces Samsung Captive Android 2.1 Smartphone" because the phone is probably going to be crippled and hacked with ATT proprietary crap just like Motorola Backflip was.

It seems that not so long ago it was Verizon that was locking down everything they could on the phones they sold, had to pay for everything, couldn't even put a custom ringtone on it without paying verizon first. Yet, it seems like VZW has changed for the better and ATT has gone for the worse.




RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By darkblade33 on 6/17/10, Rating: -1
By GWD5318 on 6/17/2010 5:46:55 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
...many Droid phones aren't upgradeable like an iPhone can be..they prefer you buy a new Droid phone..


Duh, whaaaa???

ALL phones, like every other technology, go obsolete eventually and cannot be upgraded any further. This includes the blessed iphone.

Try asking an owner of the original or 3G iphone how that multitasking that's supported in the new iOS is working for them. Oh, that's right...they can't use it! They'll need to buy a new phone!


RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By GuinnessKMF on 6/17/2010 5:50:35 PM , Rating: 3
The Droid is one phone ... ANdroid is an OS, and is on several phones. There's also the Droid X and the Droid Eris, but again, they are discrete phones.


RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By ImSpartacus on 7/8/2010 1:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
I know! That's why I hate Verizon's choice of name. People think Droid = Android. I'm gracious that the original Motorola DROID (it's supposed to be all caps) pushed Android so far, but it's so frustrating sometimes.

For those who are unfamiliar, Droid is a line of Verizon smartphones that run the Google Android operating system. They include the Motorola DROID, the HTC Droid Eris, the HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola DROID X.

Android is a Google operating system for mobile devices. It is running countless smartphones and tablets on the market right now.

There, do we all have it straight now?


RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By Motoman on 7/8/2010 2:33:00 PM , Rating: 5
...so what you're saying is, these aren't the droids we're looking for?


RE: Captive might have been more appropriate
By SunAngel on 7/8/2010 2:59:04 PM , Rating: 1
No, not what he is saying.

The droid on first base is also the droid on third base, but only when the droid on second base is not at home plate. The droid on home plate can be the droid on first base if and only if "Android" the umpire says its a fair ball. But, the whole game hindges on droid on third base. If he fails to rotate to short and the ball is hit left center, an error is charged to the DROIDS. So, to make it simple to what he is saying, regardless of the DROIDS and their position, the only droid that counts is the DROID in the path of the ball.

Now, I think that might clarify things abit.


By ThisSpaceForRent on 7/8/2010 9:49:57 PM , Rating: 2
By CptTripps on 7/30/2010 2:37:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hahaha, went right over someones head.

*wooooooosh*


By AlexWade on 6/18/2010 8:18:28 AM , Rating: 4
The only good (and true) thing you said was " ALL phone companies ( NOT JUST AT&T ) slow down or cripple the phones by putting their own software tools on it."

Since I have AT&T, I have something to say on this issue. I know someone in my area who just got an iPhone. He is constantly complaining on the call quality. I have a Blackberry Bold. My Blackberry has never once had call problems, except in places where problems are unavoidable such as in the back of Wal-Mart where the 1900 MHz signal cannot penetrate the concrete.

In talking to a lot of people and reading a lot, I have concluded that the iPhone is at fault for call quality, but AT&T with their (deservedly) bad reputation is taking the hit. In much the same way Microsoft took a reputation hit when Vista first came out because things were slow or didn't work. I have a Blackberry, my phone works fine. You have an iPhone and in the same area as me, your phone does not work fine.

That is why you lost me. You actually think iPhone is better than Droid! Since AT&T has never given me any problems and since I am on a sweet rate plan, I will keep AT&T. But I will never get an iPhone. My next phone is going to be a Droid or Blackberry.


By ZoSo on 6/20/2010 3:31:18 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Lastly, ALL phone companies ( NOT JUST AT&T ) slow down or cripple the phones by putting their own software tools on it.

Not entirely true.
Nothing about my Moto Droid has been crippled. Same holds true for the couple Blackberry's I own, using VZW.
What AT&T did by crippling and locking down there Android phone(s) is flat out ridiculous, it kills the true Android experience, plain and simple.
At least there are other providers out there that you can get an Android phone and enjoy it's full capabilities.


By Tsuyoshi Takamoto on 7/15/2010 2:42:28 PM , Rating: 1
Uhm, you scare me. Why? Because it 'sounds', from what you have wrote, that you believe in and support monopolies. I'm specifically referring to, Apple. First off, there is only ONE iphone design. Err, three, but the later being the iphone 4. So what other options do you have? With DROID handsets, at least you have competition within the phone carriers and device makers (design & specs). This is what consumers want, OPTIONS! 1984 was supposed to be the beginning of something new for consumers, and to 'stick it to the man' (Microsoft). Well it is now reversed. Jobs and his company, Apple, are the man. In a scary way. If you and apple lovers would like to continue being space zombies following a brand that is just that, a brand, be my guest. I'd prefer to take the road of more options and choice with the type of handset I want, but with the same software. Oh, and by the way, I am currently an iphone owner and previous Apple fanatic. With Job's current tactics and blaming customers/consumers of whining about the cell signal in the new iphone 4, that is insane. It shows that the 'dear leader' is starting to lose control of his community. On July 18th, I will be liberated from the iphone and its genious marketing tactics. I will be reborn and set free...


Dear AT&T:
By distorted620 on 6/17/2010 4:45:17 PM , Rating: 4
Please for the love of god do not screw this phone up or I will leave you.
-Love, an angry customer.




RE: Dear AT&T:
By omnicronx on 6/17/2010 5:05:36 PM , Rating: 2
Meh who cares... as long as the hummingbird finds its way to other phones.. Very Very similar design to the A4, with far more GPU punch than the usual from qualcomm.. (i.e the GPU in the snapdragon is a piece of **** compared to the CPU its paired with)


RE: Dear AT&T:
By matthewpapa on 6/17/10, Rating: 0
RE: Dear AT&T:
By Mitch101 on 7/8/2010 3:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
Someone in my office has one of these as a test device and it has a beautiful screen and is very responsive. I only got to play around with it for a few mins but I am impressed the video recording looks great.


RE: Dear AT&T:
By carniver on 6/17/2010 5:17:06 PM , Rating: 3
This phone may be screwed up but yet it's not necessarily AT&T's fault. It's a Samsung phone! And all Samsung cares about is releasing new phones after new phones. How many Android phones have they released in a mere 6 months? i5700, I5500, I5800, I6500, I899, I8520, I9000. They don't have the resources nor the mind about supporting their existing ones, ask anyone who owns their Galaxy (myself included) the amount of bugs we live with on a daily basis that have no forseeable fix.

Buy a phone with a Samsung screen, they're awesome. But not a Samsung build.


RE: Dear AT&T:
By sleepeeg3 on 7/10/2010 7:57:41 PM , Rating: 2
In many ways, Samsung and the US market are going backwards with this phone. They have released better phones in the past that were never carried by the US carriers. Instead of leading, they are following Apple who is holding progress back, like usual.

Example: i8910 - 8MP Camera, same resolution AMOLED touchscreen, 720p video capture, 16GB space, 600MHz processor, 1500mAH battery, Sybian S60 5th.

The Captivate is basically the same phone, with a cheaper camera, worse battery life and different OS. This push to faster processors, cheaper cameras and smaller batteries makes no sense. Cell phone cameras need as much help as they can in quality to stay practical and a phone without power is just an expensive brick.


Android 2.2
By Fancarolina on 7/8/2010 2:46:03 PM , Rating: 1
Just like AT&T to put out a brand new phone with the old OS right after the new one comes out.




RE: Android 2.2
By Quadrillity on 7/8/2010 3:01:38 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you have no idea just how much goes into selling and supporting a phone huh? The update probably came out in the middle of the deployment. It will get the update very soon, chill out.


RE: Android 2.2
By Fancarolina on 7/8/2010 5:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
Just seems like an oversight to me when announcing a brand new phone not to mention if it's getting the update or not.


RE: Android 2.2
By Quadrillity on 7/8/2010 7:53:59 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately it's just not that easy with a company as large as AT&T. If it were much smaller, then yeah I could see where they would seem a little slack.


RE: Android 2.2
By mcnabney on 7/8/2010 9:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
It is both a Samsung and AT&T phone. Probably won't ever 'officially' get Froyo pushed out to it. You might be able to root/upgrade it yourself.

On the flipside - the Droid, Droid Incredible, and the unreleased Droid X will get pushed the 2.2 version by mid-August. The later two will even receive Gingerbread (3.0) around Xmas. Support after the sale is critical for mobile devices.


RE: Android 2.2
By bill4 on 7/9/2010 5:05:27 AM , Rating: 1
really? Is there a particular reason you think it will never get 2.2 or are you just talking out your ass?

Because I'm highly likely to buy this phone. But not getting 2.2 would be bad and I might not get it them.


RE: Android 2.2
By bill4 on 7/9/2010 5:17:18 AM , Rating: 1
never mind, from what i read samsung has already promised 2.2 for this phone


RE: Android 2.2
By bbomb on 7/9/2010 12:50:16 PM , Rating: 2
I dont think Samsung has ever put out an update for any of its phones. They put out so many phones in a year that they consider them done and forgotten when released.


Samsung phones suck
By bbomb on 6/17/2010 11:03:29 PM , Rating: 1
They will NEVER provide an update for your phone. You are forgotten by them once you buy the phone because they put out a new one every 3 or 4 months. I have the Eternity which is a mega huge piece of shit.

I am so sick and fucking tired of people saying what? huh? i cant hear you! because of the BELOW bottom of the barrel mic they install in their phones. The touchscreen responsiveness is nonexistent. I have to mash the shit out of my phone for it to register and when I do it activates it multiple times. And dont get me started on their software to convert videos and such to load onto your phone. Middle school programmers could do a better job than the so called professionals they hired to do it. It is the most unintuitive clunky program I have ever installed.

This phone has forever turned me off to any phone made by them.




RE: Samsung phones suck
By sapiens74 on 7/8/2010 2:36:44 PM , Rating: 1
We have a Samsung phone in our family and its great, touch screen, never drops calls and works great as a phone.

I wouldn't spend $200 on one, but they are good little phones


RE: Samsung phones suck
By sapiens74 on 7/8/2010 2:36:45 PM , Rating: 1
We have a Samsung phone in our family and its great, touch screen, never drops calls and works great as a phone.

I wouldn't spend $200 on one, but they are good little phones


RE: Samsung phones suck
By InvertMe on 7/8/2010 3:11:47 PM , Rating: 1
We have a Samsung phone in our family and its great, touch screen, never drops calls and works great as a phone.

I wouldn't spend $200 on one, but they are good little phones


RE: Samsung phones suck
By Quadrillity on 7/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: Samsung phones suck
By VitalyTheUnknown on 7/8/2010 3:19:38 PM , Rating: 2
We have a Samsung phone in our family and its great, touch screen, never drops calls and works great as a phone.

I wouldn't spend $200 on one, but they are good little phones


RE: Samsung phones suck
By mushi799 on 7/8/2010 4:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
We have a Samsung phone in our family and its great, touch screen, never drops calls and works great as a phone.

I wouldn't spend $200 on one, but they are good little phones


RE: Samsung phones suck
By OnyxNite on 7/9/2010 10:02:40 AM , Rating: 2
We have a Samsung phone in our family and its great, touch screen, never drops calls and works great as a phone.

I wouldn't spend $200 on one, but they are good little phones


I have a Backflip
By SurreDeth on 6/17/2010 4:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
Work got it for me as a test environment so we can start writing Android apps. I can't even install a vpn client on it, its worthless. It still runs Android 1.5 and cannot be upgraded, so you don't get Google navigator or multi-touch, and why the heck is yahoo the search engine?




RE: I have a Backflip
By VoodooChicken on 6/17/2010 5:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
Because AT&T and Yahoo have a partnership across the board, from phones, internet and TV. I'm not saying it's a "good" partnership or worth anything, but that's what we got to work with.


RE: I have a Backflip
By ImSpartacus on 7/8/2010 1:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
The Backflip is a disgrace. Almost all Android devices are very open and customizable, but the Backflip is horrid. AT&T locked that poor phone down.

If you want quality Android phones, try Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible or Sprint's HTC EVO 4G. Both are quality devices.


galaxy s
By Visual on 6/18/2010 4:10:23 AM , Rating: 2
this is just an at/t-customized galaxy s, and frankly i'd prefer the normal version




RE: galaxy s
By ImSpartacus on 7/8/2010 2:00:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I agree.

Only T-Mobile gets the real Galaxy S. The one with a slide-out keyboard and front-facing camera.

It's sinful that we still have to pay just as much for the Galaxy S on other carriers, but get fewer features.


RE: galaxy s
By bill4 on 7/8/2010 6:27:43 PM , Rating: 2
Some of us dont want a slide out keyboard, thanks. Just adds unnecessary bulk and is only good for heavy texters, which I'm not. If you're 13, yeah a slide out keyboard is great.

Would like the front facing camera though, that part does suck.


Been waiting for this one
By Goty on 6/18/2010 1:13:59 PM , Rating: 2
This is the phone I've been waiting for so that I can finally ditch my iPhone 3G. I've got a discount with AT&T, so I don't want to switch carriers, and from what I hear, AT&T is supposed to be leaving this phone well enough alone when it comes to Android features.




RE: Been waiting for this one
By mcnabney on 7/8/2010 9:56:51 PM , Rating: 2
If you receive a discount through AT&T I guarantee that Sprint and Verizon have similar offers for you.


$200
By wushuktl on 7/8/2010 12:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
It's good to know it'll cost $200, but what will it cost from Amazon? I got my backflip for free from there and AT&T was charging $100 or something, both as existing contract renewals




RE: $200
By CptTripps on 7/30/2010 3:37:30 PM , Rating: 2
amazon has it for $89 atm.


Faster Processor Madness
By sleepeeg3 on 7/10/2010 7:38:29 PM , Rating: 2
While battery technology continues to stay the same, processors keep sucking down more power. Die shrinks are not keeping pace. Indeed, many of the newer smart phones are using 1000mAH batteries to keep them even trimmer and lightweight, at the expense of battery life. These are phones first and gizmos second. What use is a phone if it is dead when you go to make a call? These are becoming expensive electronic bricks. It makes no sense!




RE: Faster Processor Madness
By SnakeBlitzken on 7/26/2010 12:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
It would still be better than my iPhone 3G. I'm seriously tempted to ditch it for this phone. Haven't seen many in stores yet. Wal-Mart has a spot for it but no phones.


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