Jan 20 AT 2:09 PM Taylor Wimberly 36 Comments

T-Mobile Vibrant to receive Android 2.2 update tomorrow, Galaxy S 4G arriving in the coming weeks

Today Samsung and T-Mobile officially announced the Galaxy S 4G, which they are claiming is “the fastest smartphone running on America’s Largest 4G Network”. The Galaxy S 4G will be T-Mobile’s first handset to take full advantage of their 4G HSPA+ network which now covers 200 million people nationwide. Previous 4G handsets from T-Mobile topped out at 14.4 Mbps, but the Galaxy S 4G can handle download speeds up to 21 Mbps.

“With Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile will deliver its fastest smartphone yet on America’s largest 4G network, providing rich entertainment virtually whenever and wherever consumers want,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA.  “And with 4G data plans from $10 per month, we’re making blazing-fast 4G speeds and super smartphone experiences easily accessible to the millions who crave them.”

No pricing was announced for the Galaxy S 4G, but we expect it will debut at $199 with new 2-year contract like previous high-end smartphones from T-Mobile.

We had been referring to this device as the Vibrant 4G, but I guess T-Mobile didn’t want to upset current Vibrant owners by releasing a refresh so soon. The Galaxy S 4G is essentially the same phone as the Vibrant with the addition of a front-facing camera and support for 21 Mbps downloads.

To lessen the blow to current Vibrant owners, T-Mobile also announced that they will begin pushing the Android 2.2 update to devices tomorrow. As with previous software updates, it will be distributed in waves and all Vibrant owners should receive it within a few weeks.

Galaxy S owners have been growing more vocal about the lack of 2.2 updates, so it’s good to see T-Mobile announce their roll-out. Sascha Segan of PCMag reveals that Samsung sent the base Android 2.2 upgrade to T-Mobile back in November and it took a couple months to integrate the manufacture skin and T-Mobile’s own features, such as Wi-Fi calling.

Hopefully, we will see the other carriers (AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon) announce their FroYo updates for the Galaxy S soon.

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BELLEVUE, Wash., and DALLAS – Jan. 20, 2011 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today revealed the Galaxy S 4G, exclusively from T-Mobile.

According to T-Mobile, the Galaxy S 4G will be the fastest smartphone running on America’s Largest 4G Network. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo), the Galaxy S 4G is  T-Mobile’s first smartphone capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps, delivering rich entertainment experiences at even faster speeds through its brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen display.

T-Mobile’s 4G network, America’s largest 4G network, is currently available in 100 major metropolitan areas, reaching approximately 200 million people nationwide. With aggressive plans to expand and double the speed of its 4G network in 2011, T-Mobile expects that 140 million Americans in 25 major metropolitan areas will have access to these increased 4G speeds by midyear.

“With Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile will deliver its fastest smartphone yet on America’s largest 4G network, providing rich entertainment virtually whenever and wherever consumers want,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA.  “And with 4G data plans from $10 per month, we’re making blazing-fast 4G speeds and super smartphone experiences easily accessible to the millions who crave them.”

More information on the Galaxy S 4G from T-Mobile will be available in the coming weeks.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network  not available everywhere.  See coverage details at T-Mobile.com. 4G used in connection with the Galaxy S 4G product name refers to the fact that the Galaxy S 4G is designed with HSPA+ technology.

Via: PCMag

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