Mobile Phones Guide
With Microsoft's tight guidelines in place, most vendors have chosen to position their phones through exclusive apps. Like the rest of Microsoft's partners, Samsung has chosen to hold its fort with Samsung Zone in the Marketplace. This strategy isn't unique to Samsung though; LG and HTC has their own specific app store and apps that highlight their exclusive material. As of now, there are a total of four apps available for downloads, namely Network Profile, Samsung Photo Sharing, Samsung Now Hub, and 3 (H3G only). The first one basically allows you to select from a list of available mobile networks, which can already be done in the phone itself under Settings; the fourth one is not relevant in Singapore. The only two apps that we foresee users to be using are the Samsung Photo Sharing app and the Samsung Now Hub.
The Samsung Photo Sharing app allows you to upload multiple photos at the same time to one of the following social networking sites: Facebook. Flickr, Friendster, MySpace, Photobucket and Picasa. Surprisingly, Twitter is not on the list. The app is a simple one-stop solution for uploading photos to your online collection (you can also select which folder to add them to). We tested the app, and while it worked smoothly, we were hoping that the app could allow us to upload to multiple websites at the same time.
The Samsung Now Hub gives you a condensed panoramic view of current affairs from weather, news and stocks. The information is pooled from accuweather.com, Reuters and Yahoo! Finance respectively. These feeds do not automatically refresh, so users have to do so manually. This is a very basic app with few sharing options (you can email interesting articles to friends, but you cannot cross post them on Twitter or Facebook; yes we know, it needs improvement).