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AT&T’s Samsung i897 (Galaxy S?) shows up in photos, could be the carrier’s third Andro id phone

Almost two month ago, some details about the Samsung SGH-i897 showed up on the Web, suggesting that the phone is a version of the Galaxy S i9000 made for AT&T.

The i897 has now appeared in photos, and while it looks a bit different than the Galaxy S, the folks over at AndroidGuys are reporting that the two handsets’ features are pretty much similar: 4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, Android 2.1, 3.5mm headset jack, and 5MP camera.

It’s said that the i897 has a Snapdragon processor. However, I don’t see why Samsung would not include its own ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor into the i897 (since this is already used for the Galaxy S).

Currently, AT&T sells only one Android smartphone (the Motorola BlackFlip), and it’s preparing to launch the second one, the Dell Aero. Will the Samsung i897 / Galaxy S be the third one? Let’s hope we’ll find out soon.

On a related note, T-Mobile USA will also launch a version of the Galaxy S – the Samsung T959 – probably in the next few months.


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Samsung Behold II owners consider legal action over lack of Android 2.x upgrade

T-Mobile launched the Samsung Behold II with Android 1.5, but led customers to believe the phone would eventually be upgraded to Android 2.0 in 2010. This claim came from a promotional YouTube video which has since been pulled.

Now it looks like Samsung might have reversed course as customers are reporting they were told the Behold II “will never qualify for the Android 2X update”. This information supposedly came from Samsung technical support, but T-Mobile has the final say about firmware upgrades for their phones.

We reached out to T-Mobile to see if they had any new information regarding Android upgrades and they responded the new myTouch 3G Slide includes Android 2.1 and they would let us know when they have more details to share about existing phones.

Behold II owners are understandably upset and some are considering legal action if something is not done. Customers are also demanding an upgrade on the official T-Mobile forums and have started an online petition.

If you are a Behold II owner, I would suggest patiently waiting a little longer and see what action T-Mobile takes. There is no need taking your anger out on Samsung Mobile because they will only develop and release an upgrade when T-Mobile makes the request. For all we know, this could have been done months ago and T-Mobile could be waiting till after the Slide launches (June 2nd) before upgrading older Android phones.

At the same time, this doesn’t bode well for Samsung’s reputation. It might be the carriers responsibility to upgrade their phones, but other Samsung Android phones (like the original Galaxy) are also stuck on Android 1.5.

We can’t say for sure who produced the promotion video, but it clearly features the Samsung Mobile logo at the beginning and fits the wacky style of other campaigns for the Behold II. Just the fact that the video got pulled gives the appearance that someone was trying to scrub this evidence offline. A copy of the original video is included below for your viewing pleasure.

“The SGH-T939 will never qualify for the Android 2X update. Your continued interest in Samsung products is appreciated.”Samsung Technical Support

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Samsung Gravity T & Samsung “Smile” Also Confirmed For June 23rd

Not diggin’ the Gravity 3 form factor? Well T-Mobile has got plenty of choices for you heavy texters. Pictured above, the Samsung T669 aka the “Gravity T” will also be available beginning June 23rd sporting a resistive touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard with onboard Dolphin browser, 3G capability, and a 2.0 megapixel camera. The Gravity T seems like a handset for users that aren’t ready for a smartphone but want something more than the average dumbphone. We hear that this phone with also have an “optimized” version of Samsung’s Touchwiz interface.

Next up is the Samsung T359, which Magenta oddly enough is calling the Samsung :) (we’re going to take a stab in the dark and assume that stands for the word “smile”). The T359 will be replacing the T349 and will house a 1.3 megapixel camera, full HTML browsing and oddly added in, active sync exchange mail support. The handset will also be launching June 23rd. So you will have not one, not two, but THREE choices. If only we could get as many high-end smartphones as we do dumbphones. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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