Samsung Galaxy S Malaysia

Samsung develops own Face Unlock which requires you to blink

Samsung is expected to roll out an update to existing Samsung Galaxy S users which brings ICS like features on Android 2.3. One of the new features is Face Unlock as leaked earlier on.

While Face Unlock isn’t something new for those who have been using Galaxy Nexus, Samsung has added some extra security measures by incorporating blink detection. Earlier on, we managed to fool the standard Galaxy Nexus Face Unlock with just a digital photo of a face shown from the Galaxy Note. Looks like Samsung was able to solve this security loophole way before Google.

It is also very likely that Samsung will include this improved Face Unlock on the rest of their Galaxy Android smart phones as well. Hopefully the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note units in Malaysia will get it soon with ICS.

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Samsung Galaxy S tweaked “Value Pack” firmware leaked

While the original Galaxy S users are still uncertain of Samsung’s decision on official Ice Cream Sandwich update, their software team has already started working on an update. According to the source, the Galaxy S firmware was dated 29th December which is quite recent.

Sammobile managed to grab hold of a leaked firmware which appears to be Android 2.3.6 update with several new enhancements. This is likely to be the value pack which was mentioned earlier on.

It offers Face Unlock, an updated Lockscreen from the Galaxy Note , a Photo Editor from Galaxy S II, faster auto-rotate response and ability to take photos while recording a video. Overall, this is no Ice Cream Sandwich OS but it brings the latest features of the Galaxy Note/Nexus to the original Galaxy S.

To download, head over to XDA Forums for the full details. Do note that this is not an official release endorsed by Samsung so flashing your firmware with this version is at your own risk.


Samsung Galaxy S & Tab official ICS update Flip Flop continues

A few weeks ago, there was quite a buzz surrounding Samsung’s older Galaxy S & Galaxy Tabs on its upgradability to the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. At first, Samsung announced no plans to offer such upgrades but later retracted and is reconsidering their options.

Some are saying that Samsung will be releasing Value Packs as mere enhanced Android 2.3 Gingerbread update while XDA reported that it might be Ice Cream Sandwich with lite-version of TouchWiz.

Now it seems that the Galaxy S will not be getting anything at all according to the latest update by TNW, citing that hardware limitation that’s optimised for Gingerbread experience. There’s no mention of Galaxy Tab but it is likely to face the same fate as well. Is this the end of it? Or will we see another U-turn reaction again?


Samsung to reevaluate Android 4.0 ICS update for Galaxy S & Galaxy Tab

Owners of the original Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab weren’t too happy with Samsung’s recent decision of not offering Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its early devices.

After getting lots of flak for abandoning its previous star models, Samsung seems to be making a U-turn on its decision and is reconsidering them for its OS upgrade exercise. We all know that it is not impossible for the Galaxy S since its similar Nexus S model is able to run Ice Cream Sandwich perfectly.

On the memory limitation, perhaps Samsung would need to scale back on some of its TouchWiz custom skin in order to maintain a fluid user experience. As usual, no datelines were given but probably will come after the first wave of ICS update which is happening in Q1 2012.


Samsung Galaxy S & Galaxy Tab not getting Ice Cream Sandwich

It is official that the original Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab will not be getting some Ice Cream Sandwich loving. A few days ago, they have announced that the latest Android update will be coming to recent models including the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Tab 7.0 Plus, Tab 8.9 & Tab 10.1.

So what’s the reason for leaving Galaxy S & the original 7″ Galaxy Tab out? Samsung explains that the combination of TouchWiz skin, video calling features, widgets and localisation as a hindrance for a possible update. Another reasoning is the lack of available memory capacity. To blame it on hardware is very unlikely as its similar spec’ed Nexus S has started receiving the Android software upgrade as we speak. Of course this isn’t the end of the road as the adventurous ones should be able to get their Ice Cream Sandwich update through custom ROMs.

Now this makes the Galaxy Nexus even more tempting to get when it is released in Malaysia next month. Being a “pure google” device, you can be confident that it will be next in line to get the latest OS updates.


Samsung Galaxy S II: 5 millions units shipped in 85 days

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Samsung has just announced that it has shipped 5 million Galaxy S II in 85 days, exactly 30 days after the manufacturer hit its 3 million Galaxy S II shipped mark.

While the number is nothing compared to the millions of iPhones sold, it is still an amazing feat. We’re wondering how many HTC Sensation and LG Optimus 2X have been shipped in the same period.

We don’t read Korean, can someone please translate what the picture above says? Mucho gracias!


If the Galaxy S II had a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, would you want it even more?

This is the US version of Samsung’s best selling smartphone of all time, the Galaxy S II, that’s going to be launched soon.

The specs and everything are the same, runs Gingerbread, features Super AMOLED Plus, dual-core processor, 8MP camera, yada, yada, yada. The key difference is that the US Galaxy S II features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. And it appears that despite the addition of the keyboard, the US-bound Galaxy S II still looks rather thin and slender.

A physical keyboard is always better than a virtual one. If this version of the Galaxy S II is available here, wouldn’t you think it’d be awesome? This is assuming that the physical keyboard on the device is a joy to use in the first place.

More pictures after the jump.

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Samsung Galaxy S official Gingerbread ROM leaked


While Nexus S is the only Galaxy S derived device to offer Gingerbread OS officially, Samsung Galaxy S users are also able to get some Gingerbread loving thanks to a leaked official ROM at XDA Developers forum. This is purportedly the official release version which comes with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI that runs on top of Android 2.3.3 OS. Compared to the Nexus S, obviously you can’t call it Pure Google experience.

For full details of the leaked Gingerbread upgrade, click here.

Check out the overview and step by step videos after the break

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Maxis CNY Promo on smart phones

Maxis is doing another round of festive promos on devices with more discounts on selected phones. This promo however is tied with a 24 months contract with either a 3GB data plan or BIS Pro plan that comes with 3GB.

So what’s interesting on the offer? The Nokia N8 is now RM788 (usual RM999 with 24 months contract) while the Motorola Defy is now offered at RM888 (usual: RM999). The HTC Desire Z also sees a reduction to RM1388 (usual: RM1449).

BlackBerries are reduced with a slight reduction on its older Curve 8520 and Bold 9700 but the Torch is further reduced to RM1288 from its previous 24 months contract price of RM1399.

On the Windows Phone 7 line up, the HTC 7 Mozart is now offered at a much lower RM1188 (usual RM1499) while the larger HTC HD7 is offered at RM1388 (usual RM1699).

To sweeten the deal for Samsung Galaxy Tab, Maxis is offering an outright price of RM1999 (original RRP: RM2699) with any purchase of a Value Plus Plan and data plan. As comparison, the Galaxy Tab is offered on contract at RM1749 over 24 months and RM1849 over 12 months.

For more information, head to Maxis CNY Promo Page.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and Samsung Galaxy S 2 will make debut at CES 2011

Dual-core is the talk of the mobile town in 2011 with Motorola gearing up to debut it Honeycomb running, dual-core totting tablet at CES. And then we have the LG Optimus 2X, a thoroughly fast Android phone featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 in its hardware arsenal. So its a pretty safe bet that most, if not all of the upcoming high-end devices coming in 2011 will be running dual-core processors.

Word has it that Samsung will also make a major showing at CES with unveiling of updated versions of two of its most successful devices, the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab. These updated versions are expected to run NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor with Honeycomb.

Considering the possibility of its competitors now running dual-core processors, can we expect Apple to feature similar hardware in its upcoming iPad 2 and the next iteration of the iPhone? Could be very likely.

In any case, we’ll be monitoring the developments at CES like a hawk, so keep it locked on to for the latest updates.


DiGi offers Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy 3 and HTC 7 Mozart


DiGi has added a couple more devices ahead of Christmas with 2 Android devices from Samsung and finally a Windows Phone 7. The devices come bundled with DG Smart Plan contract with monthly subscription of RM68/month. Now they are giving extra RM5 off if you opt for auto-billing which brings it down to RM63/month.

For the Samsung Galaxy S which goes for RM2599, DiGi is offering it for RM1799 over 12 months and RM1499 over 24 months subscription. As comparison, Maxis offers it for RM1699 over 12 months and RM1099 over 24 months with its usual Value Plus and bolt on data plan.


For those who want something more affordable, there’s the Samsung Galaxy 3 which is a entry level Android which runs on a 677MHz processor with Android 2.1 OS. It has a 3.2″ screen that does 240×400 pixels. It does look similar to the Galaxy 5 but this looks like a notch higher with its bigger screen and support for larger expandable memory. The Galaxy 3 goes for RM1099 outright. On contract it can be yours for RM599 over 12 months or RM349 over 24 months.


The next device comes as a surprise as finally DiGi offers a Windows Phone 7 with the HTC 7 Mozart. Outright this Windows device goes for RM2099 and on contract it is priced at RM1499 over 12 months and RM1249 over 24 months contract. However stock is not available right now and there’s no mention when it will be restocked.

More details over at DiGi’s DG SmartPlan site.