Android Phones

Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S) coming to Verizon sporting Bing Maps and Search

June 28, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Samsung, Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S

Verizon officially announced the Galaxy S as the Samsung Fascinate, confirming previous reports that the Galaxy would appear on all four of the major U.S carriers.The Fascinate is pretty much everything that we’ve come to see in the Galaxy S’s many incantations. It has Android 2.1, a Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Swype, 5 MP camera, and support for multiple video formats, including DivX.

However, there are some distinguishing factors for the Fascinate version of the Galaxy S. The most notable is that it comes preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search. Interesting.

Also included are Verizon exclusives like V CAST Music/Video/Song ID, VZ Navigator, and Mobile IM. Here are some more features and specs taken from Verizon’s announcement:


  • Android 2.1 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market
  • Preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to transform their phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Advanced touch screen gestures capabilities, including multi-touch pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and horizontal swiping, which provides easier and quicker access to many applications, including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos or videos
  • Six-axis sensor that works with the smartphone’s accelerometer to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right
  • 5.0-megapixel camera/camcorder – Auto-focus and LED flash with HD video recording and playback (720p) capabilities to capture photos and videos for playback on your HD television
  • WiFi Connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Stereo Bluetooth®  Technology – Support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • Music and video players and 3.5-millimeter headphone jack
  • 2GB internal memory, expandable to 32GB; 16GB microSD™ included with handset

Lifestyle features:

  • V CAST Music with Rhapsody®, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, Visual Voice Mail, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator® and Mobile IM , City ID
  • Samsung’s Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive information, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages
    • Integrated Calendar information from portal calendars, on Exchange, Google Calendar™ and social networking services (SNS), including Facebook®
    • Integrated Contacts syncs with Exchange, Google, Twitter and Facebook® and displays a user’s contacts in four categories including Information, History (previous calls and messages), Activities (status updates and notifications on social networking sites) and Media (Facebook profile photos and photo gallery)
  • Feeds & Updates – Displays feeds from multiple SNS sites such as Facebook®, MySpace and Twitter, which also allows users to update their status instantly
  • AllShare Application – Enables inter-device connectivity through Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), so users can send multimedia content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices such as TVs and laptops
  • Daily Briefing – Instant access to weather, news, stocks and schedule
  • Write and Go – Quickly jot down an idea and later decide on a format, such as SMS/ MMS, e-mail, calendar or memo, to send or post to popular SNS sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
  • Weather Clock – Displays current time and weather of the selected city (ability to add and select other cities)