By seaempty. Tuesday, January 3, 2012 7:04:34 PM
Eurodroid is reporting that Samsung will soon be releasing an updated version of their popular budget phone, the Samsung Galaxy Ace.
The imaginatively titled Samsun Galaxy Ace Plus sports a faster 1GHz processor, larger 3.65″ screen running at 320×480 resolution, and a 5MP camera with LED flash. The original Ace is a great little phone, and is often found for free on cheap tariffs. I can see the Ace Plus following suit, and should be a great introduction to Android for those tempted to give it a go. It will be running Gingerbread, however, and I can't see it getting ICS anytime soon.
The full specs can be found in the Eurodroid post, but there's no info on a release date as yet.
By seaempty. Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:31:05 PM
So it appears the Galaxy Nexus, Google's flagship phone has a bit of a fault. Although I read about this a few days ago, I've held off posting about it mainly due to denial. Having mocked the iPhone 4 for antenna-gate, it has come right back to bite us Android advocates on the bum.
It appears that when connected to a 2G network (specifically the 900mhz band, used by O2 and Vodafone here in the UK), the signal interferes with the Galaxy Nexus's volume control, and it goes on auto-pilot, lowering at will. This makes telephone conversations a bit difficult, and being aware of receiving notifications a bit of an issue.
The above video demonstrates the problem, and its believed that it is hardware related, ruling out a relatively painless firmware update to fix the problem. It may be that a mass recall is in order, which is slightly embarrassing for both Google and Samsung. There are already reports of shops refusing to sell the phone due to the fault.
It's certainly enough to make anyone think twice about getting a Galaxy Nexus until the issue has been addressed. So far, neither Samsung or Google have commented on the problem, which is poor, quite frankly.
UPDATE: So it appears that the fault is software related, and Google and Samsung are on the case! Hopefully a fix will arrive very shortly!