Despite missing out completely on the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade and sticking with Gingerbread, the Samsung Galaxy Beam may not be finished yet, with new reports stating models are being tested with Jelly Bean 4.1.2.
This does not make the Galaxy Beam up to date, but it definitely a big move in the right direction for people who still own the device. Launched in the US after multiple other countries, it seems the phone was destined to be yet another Gingerbread Android device. One of the most notable features on the Galaxy Beam was the ability to pico project images onto TVs and screens.
The new update to the Galaxy Beam has apparently had major performance enhancements, thanks to Project Butter and it will come with more battery life. We do not believe Samsung will roll out any new features on the device after the Jelly Bean update.
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The official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for Samsung Galaxy Beam has allegedly been released by Samsung, Wednesday, June 20, 2012 and is now available. Owners of the said device can now pull down the update over the air (OTA). According to a report from Sam Mobile, this is the first OTA update for Galaxy Beam but it is currently available for owners in the Nordic region.
Samsung Galaxy Beam’s first version was released in 2010 bearing the model number I8520. While it failed to impress tech enthusiasts and Android lovers in the US and UK market, it did perform better in Asia and the Nordic countries for being the first smartphone to have a built-in projector.
It may not also be the kind of smartphone any tech enthusiast would want to show off to their friends, but in the corporate world, the projector plays an important role during meetings and presentations. The thing is, Galaxy Beam does not require much of a space nor electric source to display a larger picture, it’s battery is enough to make it do its job for hours.
In the US and UK, Samsung is planning to release this handset (slash projector) in the third quarter. While it will come with Gingerbread OS upon release, the manufacturer has given it a powerful dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz sporting NovaThor U8500 chipset with 768MB RAM and 8GB storage.
While we are used to seeing bulky projectors, it is almost amazing to see a smartphone produce 15 lumens and up to 50-inches wide HD display powered by its 2000 mAh battery. Tests indicate that its battery could last up to four hours of straight projection, it’s more than enough for the typical 2-hour meeting.
Not every day we see a smartphone or an Android device with a built-in projector. While only a few could actually appreciate the main purpose of this device, it is worth every attention it receives.
[Source: Sam Mobile]
In June of 2010 Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Beam. It was a variant of the original Samsung Galaxy S line of Android smartphones. The original beam had 16gb of memory and came with Android 2.1. It also featured a built in WVGA projector.
The new version of the Galaxy Beam was announced today in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, the new version of the Samsung Galaxy Beam features a 1 ghz dual core processor, Android 2.3 and a 2000mah battery.
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