Samsung Galaxy S 4G Blaze from T-Mobile

T-Mobile just recently announced Galaxy S Blaze 4G from Samsung. Blaze will feature a GPS receiver like all other smartphones these days and come pre-installed with TeleNav GPS Navigator which brings you voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions in addition real-time traffic information as well as 3D maps.

You’ll have to wait until the end March to get your hands on this almost high-end smartphone which should cost you $150 after a $50 mail-in-rebate.

Of course one of the selling points of this phone is the fact that it can connect to T-Mo’s network at 4G speeds which uses the HSPA+42 system. Some other features of Samsung Galaxy S 4G Blaze from T-Mobile include:

  • Runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
  • Snapdragon S3 dual core processor from Qualcomm running at 1.5GHz
  • 3.97″ Super AMOLED touch screen
  • 720p HD video recorder
  • 5MP camera with 4x digital zoom, flash and advanced shooting modes, and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Preloaded with Netflix, DropBox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, Camscanner and LinkedIn

TomTom to power Samsung’s Wave 3 Bada Maps

TomTom made a deal with Samsung where TomTom maps will power Samsung Wave3. With this agreement Samsung Wave 3 Bada gets:

  • Map coverage for 200+ countries which equals to 35 million kilometers roads
  • Points of interests on these maps
  • 3D City Maps and 3D Landmarks
  • Traffic updates
  • Speed Cameras alerts

compare GPS digital cameras

More than a year ago we put together a list of the best GPS digital cameras. New models come out all the time so it’s time for another comparison.

A new brand that made it to our list this year is Canon with their Canon PowerShot SX230 and Canon PowerShot S100. Canon took it’s time to integrate GPS positioning to it’s point and shoot models but they’ve made a good entrance since SX230 is the most popular of all. SX230 comes in two vibrant colors and regular black. It has a pop up flash which may get in the way if you’re not used to it. It can take 1080p HD videos and features a 3″ LCD screen. It will still fit in a pocket but it may have to be a good sized one. PowerShot S100 also comes with integrated GPS but it is the most expensive in the pack and possibly the smallest. S100 comes with the latest Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor and only 5x digital zoom.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V is the successor of last year’s Sony DSC-HX5V. Only better and less expensive just like most electronics. Sony again impresses with its G lens and the “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor. Some other cool features in addition to the GPS capability of course is the Backlight Correction HDR, and the ability to take 3D stills.

Panasonic is on the list again with a successor - the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8. Once again they’re boasting about the new high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens system. It also has the AF Tracking system which tracks a subject until you hit the shutter. At only $150 this may be one of the best deals you can get if you’re looking for a GPS digital camera.

Nikon Coolpix is also back with Nikon COOLPIX AW100. This camera is waterproof, can shoot 1080p HD videos, and geotags your photos as expected. A little pricey at about $350 but if you’re looking to take photos at 30ft below surface under water, then this is your pick. It also looks pretty slick for being such a rugged GPS digital camera.

Another new brand on our list is Fujifilm. They’ve brought the Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR into the play this year. It is quite bulky but it is packed with features. It also has a pop up flash and promises to take motion blurs out of your photos with mechanical image stabilization, high ISO sensitivity and the new Motion Detection capability. The 15x optical zoom covers 24-360mm which is 35mm equivalent.

Olympus TG-810 is not pretty to look at but it’s waterproof down to 10 meters, shockproof, freeze proof down to 14F, and crushproof up to 220lbs. It will photos at 14 MP resolution through a lens with 5x wide optical zoom, and has 3″ 920K LCD.

Samsung’s new entry this year is the Samsung EC-SH100. It’s the lightest point and shoot GPS digital camera out there weighing at only 3.8 ounces. It is also cheapest with the price at low $100’s. In addition it is the only one on this list with WiFi capability for instant sharing. Not a bad camera at all. This has to be your pick if you’re after the cheapest digital camera.

Last but not least is the Casio EX-H20GBK. It has 14.1MP resolution, can take videos at 720p which is not as good as the others. It has a 3″ LCD and a long lasting battery that can take up to 600 shots. This last one is the only one we’re not really recommending.

There’s a lot more but we thought these were worth mentioning. If you feel strongly about another model do let us know and we’ll consider.

Samsung Mango uses GLONASS to improve positioning accuracy

Just yesterday we were talking about Qualcomm’s ‘dual satellite’ receivers that worked both with GPS and GLONASS satellites. Today we hear that Samsung now has an High Fidelity Position app which improves satellite positioning on Windows Mango devices. One of the things this app does is to give the user the option to “Use Sensor Aiding” which will use data coming from the gyro sensor and the electronic compass. The second thing is the option to turn on GLONASS capability in which case it will start listening for Russian satellites for a position fix.

I guess you don’t have to wait until next year to get your hands on some GLONASS power.

CSR provides GPS chip for Samsung Galaxy S II

CSR just announced that their SiRFstarIV GPS receiver chip is providing location capabilities for Samsung’s latest Galaxy S II smartphone. What’s most interesting with CSR’s technology in this architecture is that the designer anticipated that the receiver would be operating very close to other smartphones and various other devices emitting radio frequency. So SiRFstarIV includes CSR’s jammer removal technology that detects, tracks and blocks up to 8 separate sources of interference in the GPS frequency band that could inhibit GPS signals.

Some of the other features of SiRFstarIV GSD4t - which is the model used in Galaxy S II includes -160 dBm tracking sensitivity, 8 mW in 1-Hz TricklePower mode,
cost effective 42 ball, 0.4 mm design that occupies less than 20 square millimeters and more.

Samsung NX100 supports GPS

Say hello to GPS supporting Samsung NX100. We say “supporting” because the GPS receiver is not embedded. You get it as an accessory which sits on the hot shoe connector. If you decide to pay for it, GPS10 it is called, Samsung NX100 will be able to geotag your photos.

There are more innovative things about this camera such as their new mirrorless technology which uses internally developed technology and parts. Other features include HD movie recording at 720P, APS-C size sensor for quality images and 3″ AMOLED screen.

How much? $650.

Samsung Galaxy Tab does GPS

We did already talk about Samsung Galaxy Tab before it is official release. As we expected Samsung Galaxy Tab was made official in Germany at IFA, and it also known as GT-P1000. Some of the highlights of this new GPS enabled tablet is the Android 2.2 OS, 7″ TFT LCD screen, and all sorts of wireless connectivity.

Multimedia features of Galaxy Tab are also very significant making watching films, viewing pictures, or reading e-books a pleasure. Did we already mention it also supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1? Now that’s taking advantage of the full web. Take that iPad! Multimedia formats DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and more are all supported backed by the Cortex A8 1.0GHz application processor.

As far as staying in touch with the world Samsung Galaxy Tab will offer you 3G HSPA connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. It has a front-facing camera for video telephony over 3G, and a rear-facing camera for stills and videos.

Samsung Galaxy Tab does GPS even thought the specs does not specifically mention it thanks to our advanced 3G chips these days which already come with A-GPS capabilities. Which means you’ll have Google Maps, Navigation, and all sort of other location aware goodness in your (oversized) pocket.

When can you get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab? It will be launched in Europe in mid September, and in other markets including Korea, the US and Asia in coming months.

  • Network: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • 3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Display: 7.0 inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  • Processor: Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540
  • Camera: 3 MP Camera with Auto-Focus and LED Flash
  • 1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony
  • WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth® 3.0
  • Sensor: Gyroscope sensor, Geo-magnetic sensor, Accelerometer, Light sensor
  • Memory: 16G / 32G internal memory with up to 32G external memory slot
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Size: 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, 380g
  • Battery: 4,000mAh (7 hour movie play)

Samsung Galaxy Tab will have GPS

Maybe you’ve already heard about Samsung trying to get into the tablet market. Rumors from the internets suggest that it will be called Samsung Galaxy Tab - kinda making this the bigger brother of their already successful smartphone Samsung Galaxy.

Samsung Galaxy Tab will apparently be officially announced in September at IFA in Berlin on the 3rd.

Some of the features for the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be:

  • Android operating system
  • integrated GPS receiver
  • WiFi and 3G connectivity
  • 7″ Super AMOLED display (8″ and 10″ versions later)
  • 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor
  • 16GB memory
  • Front and rear facing cameras

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Samsung Vibrant is now on T-Mobile

Android+Samsung lovers rejoice - for it’s now official that Samsung’s Vibrant is coming to T-Mobile. Do we even need to mention this smartphone is capable of GPS navigation? We will anyways. The specs say it comes with an A-GPS receiver; which is part of any 3G module these days. Anyhow, the phone is also known as Samsung Galaxy S or GT-I9000 and will be running Android 2.1 when it comes out of the box but you can expect to get Froyo very soon.

Some hardware specs of the Samsung Vibrant include 1GHz processor, 512MB memory, 1500mAh battery, 4″ super Amoled screen, WiFi b/g/n, A-GPS receiver, 5MP camera, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity, and light sensor.

Wait until July 21st, come with $199, and a pen to sign the 2yr contract.

GPS and projector? Samsung’s got that!

Samsung I8520 is one of the latest GPS enabled phones they announced at the Mobile World Congress in Spain. We thought we’d mention this because first it is GPS enabled; but second it’s got a freaking projector on it!!! A projector. Probably a wimpy and not very capable one but still a projector after all.

Here are the rest of the features for Samsung I8520:

  • Network: HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps UMTS (900/1900/2100), EDGE / GPRS (850/900/1800/1900)
  • Display: 3.7” WVGA Super AMOLED
  • Camera: 8MP AF w/ Flash (Front : VGA)
  • Video: H.264, H.263, MPEG4, Divx/Xvid, VC-1, 720p@30fps
  • Audio: MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3
  • FM Radio with RDS, 3.5mm Ear jack
  • A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi(b/g/n)
  • Specialized Projector
  • Bluetooth v2.1 / USB 2.0 High Speed
  • External memory: MicroSD (up to 32GB)
  • Battery: 1800 mAh

When is it coming to the US? We have no idea.