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UPGRADE: Android 1.6 for Samsung Galaxy is still real
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 30.04.10 - 18:32:40 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 17074x
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You might remember the news from the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where we got the confirmation that Samsung plans to release an Android 1.6/Donut upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy GT-I7500? Well, we've just received the confirmation and prove that the Android 1.6 upgrade is indeed coming to the Samsung Galaxy. Sure, Donut isn't Eclair but 1.6 is a major improvement for Galaxy users since it comes with a couple of improvements (like the updated Android Market, the Quick Search Box for Android, an updated camera and camcorder user interface as well as a new gallery, the new battery usage indicator and Google's text-to-speech engine).

Furthermore it also allows to run applications which require at least Android 1.6, like Google Maps, which now features Google Buzz or Google Goggles as well as other applications.

From the hardware perspective, the Samsung Galaxy is still not an outdated smartphone at all, since it features an AMOLED touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera with flash light, not to mention the massive inbuilt memory. On the other hand, Samsung's Android 1.6 upgrade doesn't add pinch-to-zoom or multitouch which nevertheless is also not supported by newer Android smartphones like the Sony Ericsson X10, which is also running Android 1.6 only!

A release date wasn't confirmed today but hopefully it doesn't take too long anymore.

Cheers ~ Arne


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