Samsung Galaxy S To Offer Movie, Book Downloads, HD Video
By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 5 2010 - 3:01am
LAS VEGAS — An Android smartphone
due in the U.S. during the summer
will download movies and TV shows
from Paramount and books and periodicals
from Skiff ’s planned online store.
Additional content partners will also
provide content for the phone, the company
said here during CTIA Wireless 2010.
The full-touchscreen Galaxy S is one of
a small but growing number of U.S. phones
with HD camcorder and the latest version
of the Android OS, version 2.1. And
only one other U.S. phone announced to
date, the HTC-made HD2 available since
March 24 through T-Mobile, comes with
a movie-download service (Blockbuster’s),
and e-reader capability, this one compatible
with Barnes & Noble’s online store.
The Galaxy S will be Samsung’s first
Android smartphone to use the latest 2.1
version of the Android OS, Samsung’s first
U.S.-market phone with 1GHz processor,
and the company’s first U.S. phone with
brighter and less-reflective proprietary Super-
AMOLED display, executives said.
The company didn’t say whether the
Galaxy S would operate on 3G HSPA
or CDMA 1x EV-DO networks, but it
claimed the device would be the thinnest
smartphone on the market, at 9.9mm in
depth. Samsung also said the phone would
offer its largest Super-AMOLED display
to date, at 4 inches, having launched a 3.3-
inch model for foreign markets in 2009.
As with the HTC HD2, movies could
be downloaded by the phone’s builtin
Wi-Fi, and books content would be
downloadable via Wi-Fi and 3G.
Other key Galaxy S features include
720p high-definition video capture and
playback; DLNA (Digital Living Network
Alliance) certification to stream stored audio,
pictures and HD video to other home
electronics products; wireless Wi-Fi tethering
to a single laptop to double as a 3G modem;
and 16GB of embedded memory, said
to be the most of any Android phone. A
MicroSD slot is included to expand memory.
The Galaxy S also doubles as a remote
control for Samsung TVs, presumably
through a connection to a home network.
The phone will expand Samsung’s selection
of U.S. phones with HD video
capture, a spokesman said.
Because the Galaxy S uses the Android
2.1 OS, it supports Google Maps
Navigation service and the Google Goggles
application. The latter lets users take
a picture of a landmark, logo, wine-bottle
label, book cover and the like, then automatically
search for information about the
object through Google’s search engine.
The phone also supports Android
2.1’s Layar Reality Browser, a cameraconnected
points-of-interest Internet search
function that lets users view their
outdoor environs through the phone’s
camera lens and see written information
about businesses inside the buildings.