The Samsung Continuum was announced today at a press event in New York City (see our live coverage here). Despite a stir of rumors surrounding a possible launch of a phone dubbed the “Nexus S” or “Nexus 2”, the next installment of the Galaxy S saga was revealed.
The Samsung Continuum is the first smartphone ever released with a dedicated “Ticker” screen below the actual display. Both displays utilize Samsung’s SuperAMOLED technology. The actual touch-screen display is 3.4inches. The smaller “Ticker” display is a 1.8″ interactive display.
The new “Ticker” has 7 key features.
The ticker home screen features a clock and the current weather conditions.
The ticker displays notifications that can also be found in your notification drawer. (SMS, Email, Social Media, etc)
The ticker displays RSS Feeds. It comes stocked with 10 interesting feeds and you can also configure the RSS feature to display your most relevant news sources.
The ticker history feature allows the user to access an entire history chart of all the “ticks” displayed, from weather conditions to email notifications, the current RSS feeds and more.
The ticker features built in VZW Navigation support which displays the next direction in the current navigation.
While you are playing media and doing something else on the larger display, the ticker will display the media controls.
In conjunction with the release of the first smartphone with the ticker, Samsung’s Omar Kahn, rang the closing bell at Nasdaq. Representatives from both Samsung and Verizon were present for the bell ringing.
The rest of the Galaxy S hardware features are consistent with the other Galaxy S phones including SuperAMOLED displays, six axis sensor, 1Ghz hummingbird processor, and Android 2.1 (that’s right only Android 2.1)
One of the coolest features of the Samsng Continum is the “grip” sensor. This innovative feature allows the user to lightly grip this sensor and have the ticker come out of sleep mode and displa what you want it to.
As we reported in this piece on September 30, 2010, the Samsung Continuum comes with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine and also includes “Bing” maps. As with all other non-motorola Droid branded phones, Bing continues to be the search engine of choice for Verizon on Google’s Android Operating System.
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