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Samsung's Continuum breaks new ground in the Android smartphone market

Google's Android operating system is quickly becoming a dominant force in the U.S. smartphone market. One of the reasons for its rise if the wealth of phones available from all the major carriers along with the variety of handset designs.

Samsung, which has already introduced its popular Galaxy S family of Android smartphones, is once again breaking new ground with its Continuum which is destined for Verizon Wireless' network. At first, the Continuum sounds like any other Android smartphone on the market – it has a 3.4" AMOLED display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and an included 8GB microSD.

Where the Continuum breaks from the mold is with a secondary 1.8" AMOLED display right below the capacitive touch buttons. Samsung's official name for the display is the "Interactive Super AMOLED Ticker Display" and it can provide instant user-selectable access to "news, social networking, sports and entertainment feeds."

The Ticker Display can be activated with the Continuum's “Grip Sensors” which are located near the bottom of the device. When the areas are gripped, the Ticker Display lights up to give access to notifications.

If there's one downside to this seemingly tantalizing phone, it's the fact that it ships with Android 2.1 which has already been surpassed by Android 2.2. And there's news that Android 2.3 is right around the corner.

The Continuum will be available for pre-order on November 11, and it will actually show up in Verizon stores on November 18. The price of entry is $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

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By spathotan on 11/8/10, Rating: 0
RE: Err......what?
By MScrip on 11/8/2010 8:14:20 PM , Rating: 4
Engadget discovered that the whole thing is actually one large touchscreen.

See update #2:

I still see your point though.

But, being able to read a text without illuminating the entire screen might be useful. It will be interesting to see everyone's reactions.

RE: Err......what?
By spathotan on 11/8/2010 8:17:59 PM , Rating: 2
If its all 1 screen, how have they managed to get just the bottom "ticker" to illuminate? This is LED, shouldnt their be significant bleed-through to the top portion?

RE: Err......what?
By spathotan on 11/8/2010 8:20:37 PM , Rating: 2
Just to add on what I ment by bleed-through, my Droid Incredible (while not a Samsung device I know) has MAJOR light "bleed" all around the outer edge. For weeks I thought it was dust and what not entrenched, turns out it was light from the screen. Its highly noticable.

RE: Err......what?
By GaryJohnson on 11/9/2010 9:23:28 AM , Rating: 2
My DINC has no bleed.

RE: Err......what?
By BruceLeet on 11/8/2010 8:49:02 PM , Rating: 1
In short, no.

RE: Err......what?
By Zoomer on 11/8/2010 9:32:46 PM , Rating: 2
This is a real OLED screen, so there is not going to be anymore "bleed" than white text on a black background.

This is NOT the same as the "LED TV"s.

RE: Err......what?
By MScrip on 11/8/2010 10:27:26 PM , Rating: 5
It's an OLED display.

Basically... each pixel can individually illuminate.

Houston, we have Bing. Repeat, we have Bing
By Bateluer on 11/8/2010 8:20:48 PM , Rating: 1
Phone fails before it even gets off the ground. :(

I'm also going to go out on a limb here and assume that the GPS is still borked, as it is on all other Galaxy S phones? Whomever at Samsung is pushing these out the door needs to be shot. Or fired.

By littlebitstrouds on 11/8/2010 9:33:42 PM , Rating: 2
Speculating on details you don't know are true, pretty much a useless comment. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

RE: Houston, we have Bing. Repeat, we have Bing
By Bateluer on 11/8/2010 9:35:28 PM , Rating: 1
Now, the phone is locked to Bing. Engadget reported on that earlier.

RE: Houston, we have Bing. Repeat, we have Bing
By GaryJohnson on 11/9/2010 9:26:58 AM , Rating: 2
Endgadget also says that it's Verizon that's making Samsung lock it to Bing.

By jimbojimbo on 11/9/2010 11:30:27 AM , Rating: 2
Verizon is locking everything to just Bing, even this brand new spanking Blackberry 9330 I have. Mother F'ers.

I was excited
By rudy on 11/8/2010 10:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
Until I saw what it really was I have been hoping someone will come out with a slideout style phone with 2 full screens the bottom for added viewing menus and keyboard and the top as normal. For the main viewing much like many people configure dual monitor setups or something like the microsoft courier

RE: I was excited
By rudy on 11/8/2010 10:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
BTW this begs and interesting question is it actually cheaper to make odd discontinuous screens with oled?

RE: I was excited
By priusone on 11/8/2010 11:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
When I started reading the article, I was really looking at the phone screen trying to understand why in the world there was a second screen located under (as in behind) the main screen. Sure, the clock looked awesome, but how did a screen located beneath a screen really benefit anyone? Yeah, it helps to read the entire article first, I guess.

And as far as people complaining about it only have Android 2.1, well guess what, if you don't like it, mod it. If you don't want to mod it, just hold on for an update.

By PAPutzback on 11/9/2010 7:48:33 AM , Rating: 3
They wasted a lot of space to put Samsung and Verizon labels on this. I think the EVO is still in the top of the list for best designed phones.

By vision33r on 11/9/2010 4:56:21 PM , Rating: 1
Still waiting for an Android phone that rivals iPhone 4 in quality and craftmanship.

Every damn Android phone looks like a damn black tupperware.

I don't care what's inside, these days every phone has a 1GHZ CPU. I want something that is sleek, cutting edge, glass screen, HQ LCD panel, and no stupid SD slot issue.

Every single Android device maker so far failed to match Apple's hardware design.

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