Samsung Galaxy S Lightray lands on MetroPCS
MetroPCS introduces the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray and it includes 4G and Dyle mobile TV
MetrocPCS introduced the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G smartphone and it will be the first device in the United States to feature Dyle mobile TV.
What is Dyle mobile TV? I had to look it up myself; it's a new form of broadcast television that's specifically meant for mobile devices. It has the backing of big-name broadcasters like ABC, CBS, FOX, Qubo, Telemundo and Univision, and it delivers live, local broadcast television.
We've seen mobile television services before (T-Mobile TV comes preloaded on the Galaxy Note), but what's really interesting about Dyle mobile TV is that it uses broadcast spectrum, so you won't have to use 3G or 4G data to watch. This means you don't have to watch your data usage and it also means there will be less of a hit on the battery life. It's only available in select markets but I'm interested in seeing how this works out in everyday usage.
The early tests of Dyle mobile TV aren't overwhelmingly positive but it's the start of something interesting. When I was recently in Korea, I was amazed at how prevalent mobile TV is: Every phone is sold with a mobile TV antenna and I even had taxi drivers watching mobile TV in their cars. Mobile television seems like something that would really resonate in America, but there hasn't been a strong enough standard for all the handset makers, broadcasters and consumers to glom on to.
Even without Dyle mobile TV, the Galaxy S Lightray 4G is a solid Android device. It sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera and it works with the MetroPCS 4G LTE network. On the downside, it only comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is a full two versions behind the latest and greatest.