First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy S (Froyo update)

16 Jun

We are here at the Samsung press conference for the launch of the Galaxy S and Wave smartphones in India. While we wait for the conference to start, here are our first impressions of the Galaxy S, Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone (for the moment, at least).

It is light, super light. With a 4.0 inch display and loaded to boot with features the Galaxy S weighs just 118 grams, making it one of the lightest smartphones in town.

Then there is the Super AMOLED display, which in our opinion is the best display tech on a cellphone (till we get the iPhone 4, that is). Images on the screen are crisp and though we could not try it, we have been told that the display will be legible under direct sunlight too, unlike the older generation AMOLED displays that went blank under the sun.

Powered by a 1 GHz processor, the Galaxy S works at a brisk clip and there were no noticeable lag. Surprisingly, the Wave, which also runs on a 1 GHz processor had a slight lag when hopping from one menu to another.

To wrap things up, we are impressed by the Galaxy S and at Rs 31,000 (MRP), we think that Samsung might finally have something to topple HTC in the Android smartphone segment. Which, in our opinion, is saying a lot about the device. We are hoping to score a trial unit of the Galaxy S very soon, so watch out for a complete review.

UPDATE: The Galaxy S won’t be able to update to Android 2.2 and above. It will remain on Android 2.1.

UPDATE 2: Samsung will update the Galaxy S to 2.2 from their manufacturing facility. No word on the timing but those new devices will run on Android 2.2. They are still working on how to upgrade current units that are running on Android 2.1.

No Responses to “First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy S (Froyo update)”

  1. Anup June 16, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    I am shocked that it will not be updated to Android 2.2. Is this specific to India or worldwide? cause everywhere else it has been announced that it will get a 2.2 upgrade.

    • Rajat Agrawal June 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

      This is specific to India. Android update roll-outs are country/region specific.

  2. Anup June 16, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    When will it be available in stores? Will it also come with any contract with any major carriers?

    • Rajat June 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

      no contracts, it will be unlocked. should not take more than a week to hit stores as the Wave is already available.

      • Anup June 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

        Thanks Rajat !! Been waiting for this phone from the time it was announced at CTIA. But very disappointed to hear that there will no upgrade to 2.2.

  3. kisna June 16, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Why not android 2.2 ??
    B’coz globally it wil be upgradable to 2.2
    It’s an disappointment.

  4. Steili June 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    What is the source of the conclusion that there will be no update to Andropid 2.2?

    • Rajat Agrawal June 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

      The source is a Samsung India spokesperson who is authorised to speak to media.

  5. ohman June 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    of course there will be the update zu froyo. samsung metioned it allready!

  6. gdf June 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

  7. Kalpik Nigam June 18, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    Can’t wait to get my hands on the phone! Waiting for it to be available in stores 🙂

  8. Thakur June 18, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    Thanks for an informative write up

  9. MCW June 20, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    “They are still working on how to upgrade current units that are running on Android 2.1.” I think this statement just sealed the deal. No Samsung for me. If they are trying to figure out 2.2, then there definitely will not be a Gingerbread update.

  10. Nilfisktun June 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    Well sounds a little bad that they dont even know HOW to push it out. HTC are doing it allrdy with 2.1 on the Hero as we speak.. Maybe they should try calling em? ehe..

    Well anyway, at least we can still manually upgrade on 2.1 phone to 2.2 when the 2.2 phone is released.
    (Read the XDA develop forum).

  11. Nilfisktun June 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    Came to think of it, i think the firmare flashing (the official way) will happen through the USB cable and samsung Kies software.. Since it has a “Update firmware” button 🙂


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