By and large, mobile TV services across the globe have rallied around DVB-H
, and ATSC
Mobile, but a couple strange (and very important) bedfellows ended up going a different direction: Japan and Brazil, both of whom use variants of ISDB-T
. In Japan, the service is more commonly known as one-seg, and Brazil's localized version goes by the rather unwieldy ISDB-Tb. Got that? Good -- because Samsung's prepping yet another flavor of its Android-powered Galaxy S
for the local Brazilian market, and the addition of an integrated ISDB-Tb tuner should be just what the doctor ordered to take advantage of that lovely 4-inch Super AMOLED display. It's got Android 2.1 (though Froyo
should be in the cards) and most of the other features you're already accustomed to from other Galaxy S launches; one notable exception, though, is the addition of mobile hotspot capability, something that normal comes stock in Android 2.2. It's coming in September, apparently for a whopping 2,399 reals which works out to something in the neighborhood of $1,367 -- fully unlocked, we hope.