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More "4G" phones are coming to the market

Despite the fact that there is still a bit of confusion along with smoke and mirrors going on with HSPA+ being labeled "4G", the new products taking advantage of the protocol continue to rollout. The latest is Samsung's Galaxy S 4G, which will operate on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network.

Samsung and T-Mobile aren't providing many details on the Galaxy S 4G, though we do know that the device unfortunately won't be running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) -- instead, it will come equipped with Android 2.2 (Froyo).

“With Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile will deliver its fastest smartphone yet on America’s largest 4G network, providing rich entertainment virtually whenever and wherever consumers want,” said T-Mobile USA CMO Cole Brodman. “And with 4G data plans from $10 per month, we’re making blazing-fast 4G speeds and super smartphone experiences easily accessible to the millions who crave them.” 

As we get more information on the Galaxy S 4G, we'll pass it along to you.

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Hey at least its getting Froyo
By Smartless on 1/20/2011 2:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
You know, its getting a little annoying to read about new phones getting all these updates while my new Captivate is still on 2.1rev1. Hmm might have to switch to the darkside and get me a iphone4... well there's always winmo7.

By sprockkets on 1/20/2011 2:59:40 PM , Rating: 3
Well the current G2 and mytouch4G already support "4G". Get an iphone if that's what you like.

Or do what others do and get 2.2 from the internet :)

RE: Hey at least its getting Froyo
By The Raven on 1/20/2011 3:11:12 PM , Rating: 2
You can't get the latest iOS on the original iPhone. So I'm not sure how much you would benefit when your phone gets old by jumping ship.

And since you refer to it as a 'new' Captivate I'm guessing that you assumed that it would be updated soon since it was a new model. I would wait until you get the model with the OS you want on it before you buy another. Some have older versions for a reason even if it isn't necessarily a technological one.

In the mean time...

I just tire of hearing about what seems like every single device that is released so I rarely click on these. Can we please keep it to devices that are actually news worthy.

Anyway, good luck with your phone. That does suck a bit, but it really shouldn't be a dealbreaker in my opinion.

RE: Hey at least its getting Froyo
By michael2k on 1/20/2011 4:17:03 PM , Rating: 2
The original iPhone is over 3 years old.

The Captivate is 6 months old.

Maybe you should be talking about how the iPhone 4, available nearly the same time as the Captivate, has now received 5 OS updates since release and will get another major OS update within the next month?

From 4.0, to 4.3, in the same time that the Captivate hasn't yet gone to 2.2?

By quiksilvr on 1/20/2011 4:52:25 PM , Rating: 2
That's not a very fair comparison. The difference between 2.1 and 2.2 is like iOS 3 and iOS 4.

RE: Hey at least its getting Froyo
By chick0n on 1/20/2011 10:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
typical "DUMB" iPhone users.

you don't even know the difference. so you might as well just stfu. Thanks.

RE: Hey at least its getting Froyo
By Klober on 1/20/2011 5:31:58 PM , Rating: 2
CyanogenMod doesn't support the Galaxy S line fyi.

You can, however, check the xda-developers forum for Galaxy S devices. I have a Captivate and have run Cognition and Perception in the past and both are very stable and fast. I'm currently running Serendipity 3.0 and it's a great ROM as well.

There are choices, they just aren't currently coming from Samsung/AT&T for the Captivate.

RE: Hey at least its getting Froyo
By Acanthus on 1/20/2011 3:27:56 PM , Rating: 3

Samsung == outdated
By thornburg on 1/20/2011 3:03:49 PM , Rating: 5
I can tell you this, after buying a Transform, at least in part due to promises that it would be get 2.2 by the end 2010, I will not buy another Samsung phone.

They are so far behind on Android updates it's absurd.

Their plans seems to be "Launch a phone one generation back and then never update it."

I'm not sure who will get my next purchase, but it looks like either Apple or HTC.

**WTF, Dailytech? Every time I try to post something it gets flagged as spam. No links, no email address, no hidden messages. Why is it "spam"? Because I said something positive about Apple?

RE: Samsung == outdated
By The Raven on 1/20/2011 3:13:43 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you missed their Christmas lists. They like Apple as much as anyone else.

RE: Samsung == outdated
By hans007 on 1/20/2011 5:03:34 PM , Rating: 3
yes samsung definitely sucks on updates. same with sony. thats why i would only get like an htc or motorola phone.

i had a mytouch 3g original. and it just got android 2.2.1.

and its 2 years old and putridly slow.

I don't understand...
By silverblue on 1/20/2011 3:14:52 PM , Rating: 2
...the issues with Galaxy S handsets still being stuck with Eclair. I've had Froyo on mine for about three months now, and I dare say most of Europe has had it nearly that long.

As we get more information on the Galaxy S 4G, we'll pass it along to you.

Won't it be identical to the Epic 4G in basic specs?

RE: I don't understand...
By Homer Jay Simpson on 1/20/2011 3:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think it's a problem with the handset, but more a problem with the service provider. I'm in Canada and we've got Froyo already, even though we got our Galaxy handsets well after the US.

I think the better question would be, why are the US providers holding back Froyo from the Galaxy handsets?

RE: I don't understand...
By silverblue on 1/21/2011 3:56:00 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry... that's what I meant albeit in different wording. The Galaxy S is easily updated; mine's on 2.2.1.

Well now we know...
By rhuarch on 1/27/2011 1:14:19 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I can tell from reading other sources, the only difference between a regular Galaxy phone and the Galaxy 4g is that the 4g has a front facing camera and Froyo. I can confirm that installing the Nero Beta 3 build of Froyo on my galaxy has DRAMATICALLY increased my internet speed. I think that's why Samsung is holding off on the updates, they want us all to buy the new phone and they know we wouldn't if we had froyo.

RE: Well now we know...
By MrRuckus on 1/28/2011 10:57:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'd really be interested to see the actual difference is between this new 4G version and the original S. I have heard that some say the Original Galaxy S (Vibrant anyway) is capable of 4G speeds already.

I came from a G1 and wanted a faster phone capable of displaying flash. The GPS was a bonus although it didn't work great out of the box. I also rooted right away and looked for other roms. TeamWhiskey over at xda-developers makes some great froyo roms. Im currently on Nero v5 with an overclocked kernel at 1.4Ghz and this phone is now excellent. I can play flash and scroll through youtube infested pages without any kind of jerking. The hardware in this phone is very capable. Its just unfortunate that the community has to mod it for you to be able to use it like it should have been out of the box.

Overall I'm satisfied.

HTC the way to go for updates
By Paulywogstew on 1/20/2011 3:02:56 PM , Rating: 3
Personally I think the Galaxy S series is a great phone but the lack of updates and custom ROM scene is killing em. My HTC EVO got the official Froyo update within a couple of months of release. I don't use Sense ROMS but the AOSP support for HTC devices is top notch between MIUI and CyanogenMod. I'm already on Gingerbread thanks to CyanogenMod team.

Galaxy S
By Asrafil on 1/21/2011 7:05:48 AM , Rating: 2
Looks to me that Galaxy S units in the US are more problematic than here in Europe. Bought mine in July 2010 with Eclair 2.1 and out of the box the GPS worked fine (not perfect). By now, i've flashed several ROMs from xda-developers cookers ( my best regards to all off them for their hard work ) and the experience is even better. Running Darky's v8 Froyo 2.2.1 JPY now and it's blazing fast and gps fix's made the navigation almost perfect.
So, to all you wining about the lack of support from Samsung,just go there, and flash a new ROM. Problem solved.

By XSpeedracerX on 1/21/2011 8:13:54 AM , Rating: 2
Or no dice.

By Visual on 1/21/2011 10:11:02 AM , Rating: 2
But aren't they expected to announce Galaxy S2 any time now? Why do they bother with another Galaxy S then...

By Belard on 1/21/2011 2:01:10 PM , Rating: 2
Should we ban together and SUE Samsung for not rolling out the updates in a timely matter?

Seriously, this is utter bulls**t. The phones DON'T work as promised, the GPS is crap. Its a $200 with contract phone and there IS NO UPDATE?

The crappy KIES (Samsung's Windows interface) doesn't fracking work. Windows 7 doesn't see the phone as a USB-DRIVE, even thou its selected as such in the menu on the phone!?

W T F ?!

Samsung is a HUGE Company, almost everyone in Korea works for Samsung, and they don't have a software and support team to fix these stupid issues?

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