Figures. I just finished my today’s rant about those loud Android 10x growth predictions and Mobile Review had to come out with the hard info on upcoming new Samsung Android phones and Adroid 2.0/Donut OS update, right after pressed “post”…
With the info bit on Samsung Spica and other Android 2.0/Donut releases, I probably could have said that Android sales will grow 2500% this year.
Yep, you heard that right. Android 1.5 haven’t reached all the phones out there, and Samsung already has several new phones with the next version of Android OS planned for Q3 (probably September). The handsets are codenamed Bigfoot and Spica and will run on Android v2 codenamed Donut.
Except for the size and shape both Samsung Spica and Bigfoot have virtually identical specs:
The availability HSDPA 1700 band on Samsung Bigfoot may indicate that it is heading for T-Mobile network in USA. Samsung Bigfoot will be more of a gaming oriented device.
Samsung Spica will be affordably priced mass market device. And it will not use a Google/Android experience for it’s UI. Instead Spica will have Samsung’s own traditional TouchWiz as the main user interface. Here are some screenshots from the device:
Another tidbit of new info about the handset releases early this fall is related to the new version of Android codenamed Donut. Android 2.0 (Donut) is a significant advance of OS, compared to versions 1.0 and even 1.5 (Cupcake). However not all phones from earlier versions will be automatically upgraded from Cupcake to Donut. This decision is left for operator and/or vendor. One of the features of Donut will be support for WVGA displays.
Android 2.0 Donut is also the version of the O.S. on which most of the upcoming phones from Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Acer and others will be based.
And it’s probably the reason why we haven’t seen more Android devices yet – Android 2.0/Donut will be the first version of the OS that vendors feel is ready to appear on their phones.
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