Google's Android operating system is
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
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