We gave the news a few days ago that the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab was set to receive an OTA update to address some issue particularly with Microsoft Exchange IT Admin Policy issues, however, users reported the update was failing during installation. As it turns our, Sprint is releasing another OTA update to address the following issues, and this update should work this time;
- SMS Short Code text messages
- Microsoft Exchange IT Admin policy compliance
- Text messages sent using Wi-Fi
- Qik video chat
- Sprint Zone as trusted source
- Start up and shut down screens
Let us know if you experience any installation issues with this update in the comments below.
We here at TalkAndroid host a lot of giveaways. We love it, too! Our readers are the best out there, and we like to reward you guys with whatever we can. So, we decided to go ahead and put together a page that keeps you informed on all the contests we have going at any point in time. To check it out for yourself, be sure to hit up http://www.talkandroid.com/talkandroid-contests/ for the full list, and let us know what you think in the comments!
AT&T has formally announced their version of the much-hyped Galaxy Tab, which they will be offering for $649.99 without a contract. They will also be offering “pay as you go” data plans, featuring a 250MB a month option for $14.99, and 2GB for $25 a month.
It seems a bit puzzling that AT&T is selling their contract-free Galaxy Tab for more than Verizon’s, as many were expecting prices to be fairly similar across the board. However, perhaps the fact that AT&T is not requiring a data plan with purchase justifies the slight increase in price. Continue reading after the break for the full presser.
Are you itching for a Galaxy Tab, but don’t want to go with one of the big carriers? Well, if US Cellular provides coverage in your area, you now have another option for nabbing what could turn out to be one of the biggest items this holiday season.
The carrier has announced that they will begin selling the Galaxy Tab for $399 (or $599 outright) with a new 2-year contract, beginning on November 19. Customers will then have two data plans to choose from: 200MB for $14.99 a month (ouch), or $54.99 for 5GB (ouch again). The later of the two does include mobile hotspot, but I really think a plan somewhere in the middle would have been a good option here.
With tablets being a relatively new thing for wireless providers, there’s bound to a few hiccups in terms of data plans. I firmly believe that as tablets become more common, the data plans will become far more reasonable.
As if running Android OS on an iPhone wasn’t enough, the folks who created iOpen based Bootlace for running Android on an iPhone 3G are now hard at work on being able to run Android on the iPhone 4 and iPad. That’s right, people, Apple’s tablet may soon be used with Android OS.
For those who are unfamiliar, OpeniBoot is a open source implementation of iBoot bootloader for Apple iOS devices. It allows booting of Linux kernels on the device. Currently, only iPhone 3G, 2G and the 1st-gen iPod touch are able to run Android via this method.
Any Apple chauvinists out there intrigued? Check out a tutorial on how to install Android OS on your iPhone 2G or 3G.
Hit the break to see a video of the Android OS iPad in action!
Mobile-Review’s Eldar Murtazin appears to have gotten his hands on some sought after devices today as he tweeted a couple of brief experiences for us to drool over.
As seen above, it looks like he got to spend some hand-on time with a “7 inch version” of the MotoPad which is rumored to be launching next year with Android 3.0, the first Android OS apparently “tailored” for tablet devices.
Also, Eldar shows he got some time to check out the Sony Ericsson Anzo, and the Samsung Galaxy 2 (Galaxy i9100). Things are looking good, and although we don’t take tweets as solid proof, its noteworthy that Eldar doesn’t lead readers astray to pipe dreams.
[via Twitter 1, 2]
The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab is the lucky recipient of an OTA update to “address the Microsoft Exchange IT Admin policy compliance and SMS Short Code messaging.” The update comes after just 1 day after Sprint launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab, so nobody can say that they were ignoring any issues.
The update however has failed during installation for many Galaxy users, and although its not an update that many of us need (as we’re not all Exchange Administrators at our workplaces), it does give a bad taste in the mouth for some users for updates to come. Let’s hope they fix it up, and this isn’t a trend.
[via Android Central]
We reported to you earlier today that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is ready to launch at Rogers Wireless in Canada. The site to view the tab was unavailable at the time of the article, but the page is now live! Which means the Samsung Galaxy Tab is confirmed and available for in-store purchase at most Rogers locations nation-wide beginning tomorrow, November 16th 2010. Best thing to do would be to call ahead and make sure the location you wish to hit up actually has them in stock.
RedBoard has confirmed and loaded up a video for the launch for your viewing pleasure here.
Rogers Wireless up north in Canada is the first Mobile Carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S Tab running Android 2.2. The Galaxy Tab is available on the following price plans:
- $674.99 – no Contract
- $599.99 on a 1-year
- $564.99 on a 2-year
- $539.99 on a 3-year
Finally available in Canada after seeing everyone in the US launching! I was starting to get jealous.
Fear not Canada, as the Rogers order page is currently unavailable for pre-order here, it should be up either today or tomorrow, and we’ll let you know when!
Looks like you can get an Android Tablet for the low price of $139.99 at Toys “R” Us on Black Friday! The 2 day sale starts at 10PM Thursday and runs til Friday night. The sale price is $60 off the regular price of $199.99 for the Sylvania Android Tablet we covered here.
The tablet isn’t bad if you aren’t concerned with not having the ability to use your mobile carrier’s network, or possibly access the default Android Marketplace. Otherwise, it’s a good little Android tablet none the less.
Don’t you just love having good connections? Thanks to one of our insiders at Sprint, we know that the Galaxy Tab has started arriving in Sprint stores as of yesterday. The Tab for Sprint goes on sale tomorrow (11/14/10), and has been available for pre-order for a couple days to premiere customers, so if you’re on this CDMA carrier, be sure to head over to your Sprint store tomorrow to pick one up.
Also, while there has been some hacking and modding to put the phone function back into the T-Mobile version of the tab, chances are we won’t see it for any of the CDMA carriers, as the data / voice plan can’t be changed on the fly like it can with GSM devices.
As previously mentioned in our pro-Tab article via the comments, the US versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab have had the phone functionality removed. But, thanks to the genius minds at xda-developers, the T-Mobile version has been hacked to add the phone functionality back in.
We should mention that the hacks aren’t for the faint-hearted, as there’s going to be some pretty technical stuff involved in making the phone aspect work. But, if you’re ready to don your geek hat and dive in pocket-protector-first, then be sure to hit up the source links below and get started for yourself.
What do you think about the hack? Do you want the phone feature on the Galaxy Tab, or do you think it’s better off without? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
[xda1 / xda2 / xda3 via AC]
In keeping with the mantra of “hack it until it breaks, tear it down, build it back together and start over”, iFixit has taken the Samsung Galaxy Tab and ripped it apart – literally. While there really isn’t a whole lot in the tear down that you wouldn’t be able to find out by looking at the documents on the internals, it’s still pretty cool to see one take apart from its back cover to it’s seemingly unbreakable Gorilla Glass screen. We should not that, after the take apart, there were no unicorns, fairies, smoke, or anything else that a certain Steve-ishly Jobs-ian person may call magical with their tablet.
Be sure to hit up the source link for the full tear down, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has made his opinions known for many things, this time it’s regarding the Android tablets currently on the market (or very soon to be), even more specifically, the Samsung Galaxy S Tablet. His remarks suggest he’s not impressed with the current lineup of Android tablets, calling them “a large phone”.
Nvidia has released their 2011 road-map, which does suggest they plan on launching the anticipated Tegra 2 tablet, which will run on Android, but by the time the Tegra 2 comes out, Huang notes it will be an Android OS tailored specifically for tablets, not simply an enlarged smartphone OS stretched to fit a larger screen resolution.
He has a point there folks. Any tablet coming out with Android 2.1 or 2.2 is simply a large phone in most respects. I’m Google is fully aware of this, and has been making Android OS improvements designed with tablets in mind first, not smartphones. Honeycomb…Ice Cream? Who’s hungry?
We know how excited you all are about the Samsung Galaxy Tab, so here’s another story for you. Members of the uber elite Sprint Premiere club likely received this email today inviting them to a special online pre-sale for the Galaxy Tab. For the next three days, members can pre-order the device and it will ship as soon as the order is processed, so that the long and dangerous journey to the local brick and mortar location can be avoided.
Still, the free shipping being offered is a pretty sweet deal, so if you happen to be a member and are interested in purchasing the Galaxy Tab, this may be a good option for you.