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[Full Galaxy S Review] The Samsung Galaxy S was released in June 2010. It's running Google Android 2.1 Eclair with Samsung's TouchWhiz user interface. The Galaxy S is packing a 1GHz Samsung-Intrinsity S5PC110 processor with 512MB of RAM. The Galaxy S sports a four-inch display with 480x800 WVGA resolution that uses Super AMOLED technology. It also features two cameras, one rear facing five-megapixel camera with autofocus and a front facing 0.3-megapixel camera for video chat. Read on for the latest Galaxy S news, reviews and videos:

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    Last month, Samsung shared with the world some of its plans for releasing Ice Cream Sandwich updates for its existing Android hardware. Unfortunately, that meant also deciding which models wouldn't see an update past Gingerbread. To the dissatisfaction of many owners, Samsung decided that its Galaxy S phones wouldn't be receiving Android 4.0 updates. Upset Galaxy S users voiced their frustrations, forcing Samsung to revisit its decision. After all, Samsung pointed to TouchWiz as part of the problem, so maybe there would be a way to make the ICS update viable if Samsung dropped the custom ...

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    Here's the story once again: Samsung initially said that there will be no official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S phone. Then the manufacturer backtracked and said it was still reviewing the viability of updating the Galaxy S in response to strong customer demand. According to recent reports, Samsung has returned to the initial statement. The Galaxy S looks like it's not going to get an ICS update after all; instead, it will be blessed with a Value Pack which will enhance its functionality. What does that mean? New widgets, probably a skin, improved web browsing, ...

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    Not even Santa could ease the disappointment millions of Samsung Galaxy S users felt when the Korean manufacturer announced there will be no Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the phone -- because of TouchWiz. Maybe Santa does read its letters after all (or Samsung is now hearing clearly the voice of the angry mob) as the phone-maker announced that it will be reviewing the viability of updating the Galaxy S in response to strong customer demand. Just like it was the case with the HTC Desire and its Gingerbread update (where HTC blamed the low storage for delivering said refresh), ...

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    When HTC started work on bringing Gingerbread to the Desire, it ran into a little snag. While it saw that it could bring Gingerbread alone to the phone without issue, trying to fit both Gingerbread and Sense in the handset's limited storage created quite the dilemma. First HTC said the space limitation was a deal-breaker, and that it was abandoning plans to update the Desire past Froyo. After a bit of a backlash from Desire owners, HTC reversed course and ultimately provided a Gingerbread update option (though not distributed OTA) for interested users. We're reminded of all this now ...

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    Google recently gave Android users the opportunity to score some great deals on apps, offering ten a day for a mere ten cents a piece. Ten cents is nearly as good as free, but we can't deny that free is even better. If you've got the right Samsung phone, you may be able to score a whole mess of free apps, thanks to a new promotion. The bad news is that not every Samsung Android makes the cut, and that includes the Galaxy Nexus (along with the Nexus S). We don't have a complete list of what models are and aren't part of the promotion (not helped any by the leaked chart's "and more" notice), ...

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    The denial of Apple's request for a preliminary injunction on Samsung smartphones in the U.S. is regarded as a very important battle won in the ongoing patent war between the two companies. Started in April 2011, the two companies are likely to populate court rooms of the U.S.A. and others around the world next year too. With the positive outlook of U.S. and international lawsuits, Samsung is optimistic; President and Chief Executive of the digital media division at Samsung Electronics, Geesung Choi, said the company has secured $200 million to fuel its ongoing battles with Apple in court ...

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    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh recently ruled against Apple's request for a preliminary injunction on Samsung's smartphones in the case between the two companies scheduled for a next year trial. Apple took Samsung to court for "slavishly" copying the iPhone's design. Judge Lucy Koh's ruling contains a couple of interesting details which were made public but the electronic document was quickly sealed and a redacted version took its place. According to the initial version which Reuters managed to grab, Cupertino has concluded that, according to their research, Apple customers are unlikely to ...

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    The Korea University Graduate School of Information Security conducted a research and made the results public. They claim that Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note are collecting private information, such as contacts, e-mails and others, via pre-installed software. The manufacturer was quick to react with a statement denying accusations: "Samsung never collected or used private information of smartphone users. All applications provided by Samsung have no ability to collect private data". Smartphone security is currently situated on the thin line between ...

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    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled against Apple's request for a preliminary injunction on Samsung's smartphones in a rather important episode of the lawsuit between the two companies. Apple filed suit against Samsung in the U.S. back in April for "slavishly" copying the iPhone's design. Late Friday Judge Lucy Koh rejected Apple's request for banning sales of three Samsung Galaxy smartphones in America. The Judge said that "it is not clear that an injunction on Samsung's accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed". "This ruling confirms our long-held view that ...

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    While reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus we stumbled across an interesting addition under the Wireless & Networking settings: WiFi Direct. Not having seen that entry before, it warranted some digging. First of all, the Galaxy Nexus is not the first device to get WiFi direct. Reportedly the Galaxy S (GT-i9000) has this feature as well, though it hasn't been widely advertised since it was announced at CES in 2010. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wi-Fi Direct "is a certification mark for devices supporting a game-changing new technology enabling Wi-Fi devices to connect directly, making it ...

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    When Google dropped the AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich code earlier this month, all eyes turned to the CyanogenMod team, knowing that it was then only a matter of time before they'd craft that code into their next release. Rather than keep us in the dark, they announced hopes to have CyanogenMod 9 (skipping the 8 that would've been based on Honeycomb) up-and-running in about two months' time; that was no guarantee, but at least told us to all just sit back down and wait patiently. Well, it may still be some good time before we see CM9 approach its finished state, but if you're feeling ...

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    Remember when Google said the Nexus One just wasn't up to running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? That was just shy of a month ago. Since then we've seen only an SDK port running on the Nexus One, but now we've got an AOSP Custom ROM for it, too! ... and it's not alone! For those who don't know, AOSP is the Android Open Source Project, the place where you "can find the information and source code you need to build an Android-compatible device." It's been a week since Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich source code to the AOSP. Seven days. In that time we now have AOSP-based custom ROMs ...

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    While we're all waiting for the Galaxy Nexus to arrive and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to be released to the AOSP, the is another way that we can get ICS on our phones: ports from the ICS SDK. In most cases the result is closer to something you'd expect from "Dr. Frankenstein" than a "plastic surgeon" in terms of elegance and full-functionality, but being able to run ICS on your own phone before it's available to anyone else can be too hard to pass up! Since the SDK was released, here are some of the more noteworthy phones that have gotten the new OS ported to them: Sony Xperia X10 ...

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    After Google released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK -- complete with the ICS emulator -- we all knew it was only a matter of time before the bits were forced into hardware. Earlier, Brandon showed us how to run the emulator on our PCs, and then how another SDK port works on his Nexus S. Now we've got a group of developers who are taking some time off from working on MIUI development to port ICS to the Samsung Galaxy S. In its current "very-alpha" state not everything is working, and like other ports, we expect that it won't be fully optimized for the hardware upon which it's ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S was a solid and popular phone but the Korean manufacturer managed to do an excellent job with the follow up. More than 30 million of those two devices combined have been sold to date according to Samsung. The last year's model is still available and still a great option. It managed to sell in 20 million units since its launch in 2010 but the popularity is huge when it comes to the S II. Since its introduction at this year's MWC, it sold more than 10 million units, bumping the combined numbers to more than 30 million. Great achievement from the Korean manufacturer and ...

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