Samsung Galaxy 3

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The Samsung Galaxy 3, also known as the Samsung Galaxy Apollo, Galaxy Mini in Italy,[3] or Samsung Galaxy 580 in Hong Kong, is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung that runs the open source Android operating system. Announced and released by Samsung in July 2010,[4] the Galaxy 3 succeeds the Galaxy Spica.

Samsung Galaxy 3
Samsung GT-i5800 3.JPG
Compatible networksHSDPA (3G) 900/2100, Quad band GSM / GPRS / EDGE GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
PredecessorSamsung i5700
SuccessorSamsung Galaxy Ace (GT-S5830)
Form factorSlate
Dimensions113.5 x 55 x 12.9 mm
Mass109 g[1]
Operating systemOriginal: Android 2.1 "Eclair"
Current: Android 2.2 "Froyo"
CPUSamsung S5P6422 667 MHz
Memory256 MB RAM
Storage512 MB (170 MB user-accessible)
Removable storageMicroSD support for up to 32 GB
BatteryLi-Ion 1500 mAh.
Up to 620 h (2G)
Up to 510 h (3G)
Talk time:
Up to 15 h 30 min (2G)
Up to 7 h 15 min (3G)
Data inputsTouch Screen (capacitive)
DisplayWQVGA TFT LCD, 3.2 in (82 mm) diagonal. 240 x 400 px, 16 M colors
Rear camera3 Mpix (official spec), autofocus.
Video: recording in 3GP (MPEG+AMR-nb); MP4, 3GP playback
ConnectivityUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS

Being a budget, mid-range smartphone that was designed for the mass market,[5] the Galaxy 3 had several compromises over the Galaxy S in terms of hardware.

It was being the first Samsung Galaxy model to be made and sold in high volumes (unlike Galaxy Spica and i7500, which were not that successful), forcing the rest of the mobile industry to follow suit.

The Galaxy Apollo is a variant of the Galaxy 3 that is also known as the GT-I5800.[6] This was also released as carrier-exclusive sub-variants by Orange (i5801) in the UK, Optimus (i5801) in Portugal and by Telus Mobility (i5800L / Samsung Apollo) in Canada.[2] Compared to the normal Apollo/I5800, the carrier-exclusive models include a different front design, which has touch sensitive buttons instead of physical keys, a more rounded home button, and a slightly different back.

The Samsung Galaxy 3 won bronze of the CNET Asia Reader's Choice Award for Best Entry-Level Smartphone in 2010.[7][8]


The Galaxy 3 is a 3.5G smartphone, offering quad-band GSM and announced with two-band HSDPA (900/2100) at 3.6 Mbit/s. The phone features a 3.2 inch TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen, with a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera. FM radio RDS chip. Powered by a Samsung 667 MHz processor running on top of 256 MB of RAM and the display resolution is 240 x 400 with 16 million colors, the phone runs on Android 2.1 Eclair and TouchWiz 3.0. Known for its social network integration capabilities and multimedia features, the Galaxy 3 is also preloaded with Google Mobile Apps and Layar to provide augmented reality features.[9]

Firmware upgradeEdit

Screenshot from Android 2.2 on i5800

An update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) has been released by Samsung in some regions. Near the start of 2011, the upgrade was stated as in progress,[10] scheduled for release by late-January 2011 in Singapore,[citation needed] which has been indefinitely delayed, and April 2011 for Europe.[citation needed]

The update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) was released on 13 April 2011 for Indian users via Samsung Kies.[11] On 13 May 2011, the updated Quick Guides for the UK and Cyprus, relating to a Froyo version of the device, were published to the Samsung web site[12] indicating an imminent release of the firmware update. Months later in the second half of 2011, the Froyo update was officially released in Greece and the UK through Kies.


Unofficially, members at XDA Developers have ported :

Although it had few bugs, users heartily welcomed them and use them on their devices.

Currently, a port for Jelly Bean – Android version v4.1.1 is being worked on. As of 18 September 2012, Jelly Bean port has been a huge success since only the camera is not working in that port.[13] Another team of developers is working towards creating a new kernel. It is based on the latest linux kernel v3.4. On completing this project, developers will be freed from using Samsung's kernel source, which lacks required drivers making earlier ports highly complex. This will also ensure that any future Android version can be made to run on this device.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Samsung I5800 Galaxy 3 - Full phone specifications
  2. ^ a b "Samsung Apollo | Black (GT-I5800L)". Samsung Support Canada/English. Samsung. 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Mini - PANORAMICA | SAMSUNG
  4. ^ Hess, Arne (15 June 2010). "ANNOUNCED: Samsung unveils the Galaxy 3, Galaxy 5 and Galaxy Beam Android Smartphones". the::unwired. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  5. ^ Walri (16 June 2010). "Three new models top and tail Samsung's Galaxy range". Archived from the original on 10 October 2011.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Samsung Mobile Singapore (22 February 2011). "CNET Asia Reader's Choice Awards 2010/11" (JavaScript required). Samsung Mobile's Facebook page. Retrieved 26 December 2013 – via Facebook.
  8. ^ "6th Annual CNET Asia Readers' Choice 2010/11 Award Winners" (PDF). CNET Asia (via 17 March 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  9. ^ Mobile Phones, Buy Best & Latest Mobile Cell Phones in India – Samsung INDIA Archived 16 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Froyo update rolling out for Galaxy S in the UK, Apollo is next - news
  11. ^ Galaxy 3 Receives Android froyo in India | Mobile Telco
  12. ^ Archived 21 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ [DEV][4.1.1] CyanogenMod 10 for Galaxy 3 (Exp. Build 1 - 02/09/2012) - xda-developers
  14. ^ [PROJECT] Kernel 3.4.x For Galaxy 3 - xda-developers

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