Samsung goes HD with Wave and new Galaxy S Android

24 Mar 2010

Samsung has revealed that its forthcoming Wave and the newly announced Galaxy S Android smartphones will sport DivX HD certification for HD video playback at 720p resolution.

The Samsung Wave is based on Samsung’s new smartphone platform bada. The company will be holding one of four global developer days in Dublin tomorrow to encourage developers to develop applications for the Samsung Apps Store.

The Samsung Galaxy S is innovative new Android powered device with best-in-class 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and blazing fast performance.

Samsung and DivX unveiled DivX HD playback on the Wave and Galaxy S at the CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas.

The latest announcement is just one of several “firsts” that DivX and Samsung Electronics have accomplished during their partnership.

Samsung Electronics was the first manufacturer to add DivX Certification to mobile devices. Now, Samsung has over 45 worldwide models that offer full playback of DivX videos, including premium Hollywood content purchased from a variety of online retailers around the world.

“Samsung Electronics has shown consistent innovation in the mobile space, turning out high-quality phones that offer a cutting-edge user experience,” said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc.

“We’re extremely pleased to further our partnership with Samsung to include the world’s first phones capable of playing back stunning DivX HD video across these revolutionary mobile platforms.”

“We were very excited to become the first manufacturer to offer DivX Certified mobile phones to consumers in 2007, and since that time we’ve continued to work together to help evolve the mobile video experience,” said Younghee Lee, Vice President of Samsung’s Mobile Communications business.

The Samsung Galaxy S Android device will be a HSPA+ tri-band device that will run on the Android 2.1 operating system.

“Now, we are able to extend that spirit of innovation with the first DivX HD mobile devices, both of which are industry-leading phones based on cutting-edge smart phone platforms,” Lee said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years