Sep 30 AT 2:30 PM Sean Riley 14 Comments

Samsung Continuum for Verizon has two screens and is all Bing’d out

The Samsung Continuum hit the radar last month as part of the big Verizon roadmap leak last month, but other than a tentative October release date no information was available on the device until now.

A pair of separate leaks to Engadget and The Droid Guy have given us a few new pieces of useful information about this apparently soon to launch addition to Samsung’s device portfolio.

As you will see in one of the images below the Continuum will also be under the Galaxy S brand, which is a bit surprising as it is a definite departure from the rest of the those devices. The most striking new feature is the second OLED screen which is found directly below the capacitive buttons. According to the Engadget tipster this screen is referred to as the “Ticker” and it will display notifications, RSS feeds, weather, the time and will power on as soon as you hold the bottom of the phone.

This is also another phone which will be receiving the Scarlet “B” from Verizon, as you will see in the image of The Droid Guy, the Continuum is all Bing all the time just like its sibling the Fascinate. Verizon has stated that once Froyo makes its way to the Fascinate you will be able to opt for Google search, but we’ll have to wait and see on that and of course there is no guarantee that the Continuum will get the same treatment.

Not many other details are known at this point other than it is running Android 2.1 and has a camera button and a microSD slot which is accessible without removing the battery.

What do you guys think of the secondary screen as a concept and can you think of any cool use cases for it?

Via: The Droid Guy

Source: Engadget

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • StabMasterArson

    If the OLED turns itself on as soon as the bottom of the phone gets touched, does this mean it’s gonna keep turning on when it’s in my pocket? Or am I missing something?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      If it does indeed do that I imagine it is operating with something along the lines of the capacitive buttons so it will only respond to contact with skin.

  • jerkyjones

    To my knowledge, Android OS doesn’t natively support multiple screens. Which means for apps to actually take advantage of it, they have to be specifically written for that device. It’s cool, but I’m generally more interested in what developers can do with it that hasn’t been thought of yet. I get the feeling that what that little screen does out-of-the-box is all it will ever do and will prove to be no more than a gimmick.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I suspect your right unless Samsung has some way of opening it up to developers directly, but there’s nothing to stop Samsung from adding functionality themselves later if people ask for it.

  • MorphiusFaydal

    It sounds like that second screen will be a huge battery drain. Although, you could use it die media controls, scores or other information in a game, address bar or favorites/recent history in browser… Also other open tabs in browser… Recent apps, other running apps, so shortcuts off the home screen… I think that’s all I can think of right now…

  • http://Website JPope

    Second screen really dosent make sense at all,Android OS does well (GREAT) with notifications (only OS to do it better was /is Web OS) so im really not getting the point of the second screen. I guess since the feature phone market is taking such a hit from android(Smart phone) sales,the feature phone design staff needs something to do….Joke,My EVO is a multitasking machine…..Second Screen,Kids will Love it

  • http://Website Mocha K

    They could use that screen for listening to music, like the play button and next or previous buttons maybe. Or is it even a touch screen? Seems useless to me, but who knows, until we play with it

  • http://Website yellowrex

    The current galaxy s phones really suffer from the lack off notification leds. This could help, but it’s really overkill when all they phone needs is a single led to show when messages are waiting.

  • http://mondegreen2.blogspot.com/ Erik Neu

    I hate to criticize manufacturers who are at least trying something new, but I have trouble seeing much utility here. I got excited when I first read this, though, because I have thought for a long time that there is room for a *true* dual-screen device: http://mondegreen2.blogspot.com/2009/12/mobile-form-factor-id-like-to-see.html.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Sorry, didn’t mean to get your hopes up. There are certainly larger form factor dual-screen devices making appearances lately so maybe it will trickle down to an Android handset soon.

  • http://Website Luke

    What if it was a “dock”. Where you could put shortcuts to apps and what not. Or maybe put widgets…

  • http://Website Drew

    What is the deal with releasing handsets, running 2.1? 2.2 has been out for months! I don’t want to know why or what I can do with two screens, I want to know why Scamsung insists on releasing brand new phones with an older os?!

    • http://Website antonio

      because it takes time to develop and test the hardware/software. by the time your product is complete google comes out with a new os. its more google’s fault then the phone makers.

  • http://WWW.MYDIGITALLIFE.COM SHUBHAM K DAS

    I AM SURE SECOND SCREEN WILL NOT BOOST THE SALE OF THIS PHONE BUT IT MAY APPEAR TO BE QUITE USEFUL TO THE USERS. MY HTC DESIRE HD IS QUITE IMPRESSIVE WITH HARDWARE ACCELERATION AS WELL AS SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY.BUT ABOUT THIS I WANNA SAY NOTHING BUT THAT THE SECOND SCREEN MAY IMPRESS OTHERS.
    YOU MAY SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO ME AT SHU3HAM@GMAIL.SOM AND JIN ME ON ORKUT BY “SHU3H@M K D@S”

  1. If the OLED turns itself on as soon as the bottom of the phone gets touched, does this mean it’s gonna keep turning on when it’s in my pocket? Or am I missing something?

  2. To my knowledge, Android OS doesn’t natively support multiple screens. Which means for apps to actually take advantage of it, they have to be specifically written for that device. It’s cool, but I’m generally more interested in what developers can do with it that hasn’t been thought of yet. I get the feeling that what that little screen does out-of-the-box is all it will ever do and will prove to be no more than a gimmick.

    • I suspect your right unless Samsung has some way of opening it up to developers directly, but there’s nothing to stop Samsung from adding functionality themselves later if people ask for it.

  3. It sounds like that second screen will be a huge battery drain. Although, you could use it die media controls, scores or other information in a game, address bar or favorites/recent history in browser… Also other open tabs in browser… Recent apps, other running apps, so shortcuts off the home screen… I think that’s all I can think of right now…

  4. JPopeGuest 5 years ago

    Second screen really dosent make sense at all,Android OS does well (GREAT) with notifications (only OS to do it better was /is Web OS) so im really not getting the point of the second screen. I guess since the feature phone market is taking such a hit from android(Smart phone) sales,the feature phone design staff needs something to do….Joke,My EVO is a multitasking machine…..Second Screen,Kids will Love it

  5. Mocha KGuest 5 years ago

    They could use that screen for listening to music, like the play button and next or previous buttons maybe. Or is it even a touch screen? Seems useless to me, but who knows, until we play with it

  6. yellowrexGuest 5 years ago

    The current galaxy s phones really suffer from the lack off notification leds. This could help, but it’s really overkill when all they phone needs is a single led to show when messages are waiting.

  7. Erik NeuGuest 5 years ago

    I hate to criticize manufacturers who are at least trying something new, but I have trouble seeing much utility here. I got excited when I first read this, though, because I have thought for a long time that there is room for a *true* dual-screen device: http://mondegreen2.blogspot.com/2009/12/mobile-form-factor-id-like-to-see.html.

    • Sorry, didn’t mean to get your hopes up. There are certainly larger form factor dual-screen devices making appearances lately so maybe it will trickle down to an Android handset soon.

  8. LukeGuest 5 years ago

    What if it was a “dock”. Where you could put shortcuts to apps and what not. Or maybe put widgets…

  9. DrewGuest 5 years ago

    What is the deal with releasing handsets, running 2.1? 2.2 has been out for months! I don’t want to know why or what I can do with two screens, I want to know why Scamsung insists on releasing brand new phones with an older os?!

    • antonioGuest 4 years ago

      because it takes time to develop and test the hardware/software. by the time your product is complete google comes out with a new os. its more google’s fault then the phone makers.

  10. SHUBHAM K DASGuest 4 years ago

    I AM SURE SECOND SCREEN WILL NOT BOOST THE SALE OF THIS PHONE BUT IT MAY APPEAR TO BE QUITE USEFUL TO THE USERS. MY HTC DESIRE HD IS QUITE IMPRESSIVE WITH HARDWARE ACCELERATION AS WELL AS SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY.BUT ABOUT THIS I WANNA SAY NOTHING BUT THAT THE SECOND SCREEN MAY IMPRESS OTHERS.
    YOU MAY SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO ME AT SHU3HAM@GMAIL.SOM AND JIN ME ON ORKUT BY “SHU3H@M K D@S”