Nov 4th, 2010


A round of news regarding Samsung and their Galaxy S line this morning. First up: the Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9000 is now recognized as a Wi-Fi Direct certified device. The Samsung Galaxy S is the first smartphone to be awarded the label, just as they were with other technologies built into the phone. A Wi-Fi Direct Certified device allows you to easily connect, share, and sync to other devices with the tag. The list of devices it joins is rather short, but a deserved “hoorah” for them, regardless.

Next up: we’re hearing reports that the “official” upgrade to Android 2.2 for the UK version of the Galaxy S is starting to roll out, and a couple of users have already received the upgrade which we didn’t expect to see until next week. (We’re not counting those who got it by tinkering with Kies.) It’s also been stated that the South Korean model will get the upgrade next week. We don’t imagine most of Europe will be left out around this time, and there’s no word on if anyone in North America will be able to enjoy the ice cold treat soon.

Not to be left out, a new version of the Galaxy Player with Froyo has been spotted thanks to certifications from DLNA and DivX. We’re not sure if this is supposed to replace the current Galaxy Player with 2.1 or if they’ll sit side by side, but the latter scenario doesn’t sound like it would make much sense at all unless the Froyo version comes with a significant difference in specs or features. We’ll keep an eye out for anything more that pops up.

Finally, go win yourself 1 of 100 Samsung Galaxy Tabs from Samsung! All you have to do is make a video response to Samsung’s contest video asking “What does feeling free mean to you?” If you’re creative enough, you could be walking away with today’s hottest Android tablet. You have until November 23rd, so you’d best get crackin’. Head on over to Samsung’s YouTube page for more.

[via (in order) MobileBurn, AndroidForums, Samsung Hub 1|2, Samsung]