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Samsung's Continuum: The Galaxy S Gains a Little Ticker

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Samsung has officially kicked off its newest Android device—the Galaxy S series Continuum. What sets this newest phone apart from the family is its two displays: one AMOLED 3.4-inch screen up top, with a narrow 1.8-inch ticker below.

Samsung claims the lower display is the world's first "ticker" on a smartphone—allowing you to watch a movie, take a call, or whatever else you please—while having access to secondary data, like stock prices and incoming texts. The rest of the Contintuum package seems consistent with the existing Galaxy S, with the only substantive additions lying in the little ticker—really, a dedicated screen for notification menus already existant across the Android ecosystem. But the ticker addition should be a boon for any rabid multitasker already considering the Galaxy—we can imagine plenty of instances in which you'd want to take a peek at your phone's data without firing up the whole screen.

Illustration for article titled Samsungs Continuum: The Galaxy S Gains a Little Ticker

The Continuum does offer one neat little innovation—a grip sensor at the phone's bottom sides, which triggers the ticker screen (and that screen only) with a squeeze.


The Continuum is $200 with a 2 year contract.

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I'm a minimalist which is why I've never been a fan of the Android OS with its overtly cluttered top menu. The added ticker screen only further clutters the interface.

On the other hand this could present an interesting opportunity for developers. Using the ticker screen for context sensitive buttons would free up more real estate on the screen for apps making it nearly full screen without buttons (ala' Nintendo DS). It could also give users more buttons for a particular task instead of stuffing features/options into a generic "More" button.

Of course, it'll mean making two separate versions of an app but it might be worth it to give owners of this phone a reason to gloat over their non-ticker screen friends.