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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