Samsung Spica and BigFoot Android 2.0/ Donut phone details leaked

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.

Here’s what they will look like (Bigfoot is the first one):
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Except for the size and shape both Samsung Spica and Bigfoot have virtually identical specs:

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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:

samsung-spica-interface-touchwiz

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.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • coldstatue

    Contradiction:

    You wrote: “The handsets are codenamed Bigfoot and Spica and will run on Android v2 codenamed Donut.”

    Then: “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.”

    Thought I should let you know.

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Yes, and? What's wrong with that?

    Both Bigfoot and Spica are Android phones – they run on Google Android OS.

    TouchWiz is the user interface by Samsung, that goes above OS level and runs
    on most Samsung phones – both smartphones and feature phones. It is adapted
    for various OSes, e.g Samsung Omnia runs on Windows Mobile, Samsung Omnia HD
    runs on Symbian, Samsung UltraTouch runs on Samsungs own OS, All of them
    have TouchWiz user interface

  • josh

    oh god, the touchwiz interface is a total waste of space, i would like to have a little “word” with who ever invented that stupid os. it's rediculous. that's all i have to say
    (:

  • Kengkaj

    From the specs, it seems that Samsung i7500 is superior than Spica and Bigfoot in servery things.

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Yes, it is. And that will probably be reflected in price.

    Samsung i7500will probably experimental high end device.

    Bigfoot, and especially Spica will be affordable mid-end mass market smartphones

  • http://www.allreborndolls.com/ reborn dolls

    Sigh – i was just pondering which phone to get (i want an android based phone this time) and came across this article, now mi back to square one and have no idea what to get…. argh!

  • http://eusouolobomal.blogspot.com/ italo

    I almost want to cry when i think that nokia may never launch a cellphone with android =~
    Those samsung phones look kind of awful, except for the QWERTY keyboard.

  • Me

    WTF WHY AREN'T THESE BEING RELEASED IN THE US?!?!

    I know THESE phones are theoretical but the I7500 (Galaxy) is available in Europe and from what I understand has cleared FCC. I am about to buy a phone and I've literally been waiting all year for the galaxy to drop state side. Is the Behold 2 the closest we yankees are going to get to a REAL decked out android phone (I'm sticking with Tmo, Verizon can lick the sweatiest part of my taint).

  • Me

    WTF WHY AREN'T THESE BEING RELEASED IN THE US?!?!

    I know THESE phones are theoretical but the I7500 (Galaxy) is available in Europe and from what I understand has cleared FCC. I am about to buy a phone and I've literally been waiting all year for the galaxy to drop state side. Is the Behold 2 the closest we yankees are going to get to a REAL decked out android phone (I'm sticking with Tmo, Verizon can lick the sweatiest part of my taint).