Ice Cream Sandwich Rolling out to Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 3G

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Most of us by now are a little spoiled having enjoyed at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for a while now. However, there are still numerous owners with devices that still haven’t been officially upgraded to the newer Android OS. You can now put a check beside the 3G version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9 (GT-P7300) as being officially on the list of devices with Android 4.0. Updates are beginning to roll out via OTA and reportedly are available through Samsung Kies. The update should definitely make your tablet run more efficiently, quicker, and also boost battery life.

source:  SamMobile

Samsung Set To Roll Out Android 4.0 Updates For Galaxy Tab Tablets By August

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Here’s some news to make some Samsung Galaxy Tab owners happy. News just got out that Samsung plans on pushing out the coveted Android 4.0 update for its tablets starting next month and into the month of August. The Galaxy Tab models confirmed to receive the update are:

  • GT-P6210 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI
  • GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI + 3G
  • GT-P6810 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI
  • GT-P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI + 3G
  • GT-P7310 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI
  • GT-P7300 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI + 3G
  • GT-P7510 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI
  • GT-P7500 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI + 3G

According to an anonymous source, in addition to receiving the usual tidbits found in Ice Cream Sandwich, those Galaxy Tab users will have the pleasure of also looking forward to improved battery life and speed of the devices. Sounds like a good thing is about to get a smidge better folks. Happy days for you Galaxy Tab owners!

source: SamMobile

AT&T Follows Up ICS Update For HTC Vivid Smartphone By Announcing Additional Devices Will Get ICS “In The Coming Months”

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AT&T is making a serious push to ensure the best quality is met for its various devices by making sure Android 4.0 gets pushed out to many of its premium offerings released in the last year. After formally introducing the ICS update for the HTC Vivid yesterday, AT&T has officially confirmed several additional devices will get ICS “in the coming months.” Naturally we already knew some devices from OEMs like Motorola and Samsung would be getting ICS ahead of AT&T’s announcement. Here’s a quick rundown of the devices that will be getting a heaping portion of that sweet, sweet treat:

 

  • LG Nitro
  • Motorola ATRIX 2
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Pantech Burst
  • Pantech Element
  • Samsung Captivate Glide
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Kudos to AT&T for re-iterating it will ensure the best quality possible for its devices. If you’re an AT&T subscriber, you see your device on the list and don’t plan on changing or upgrading your device, it looks like you have a lot to look forward to for 2012. Hit the break for the full presser from AT&T.

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Samsung Makes Education Cool with the Learning Hub [Video Demo]

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Some of you may already be familiar with Samsung’s various social and cloud “hubs” that are included on current Sammy tablets and smartphones. So far they have the Social, Music, Video, Reading, and Game Hubs but they are getting ready to add the new Learning Hub that was announced at MWC. I imagine you are wondering what the Learning Hub actually is and thanks to our friends at the Phone Arena, we now have a video demo from a Samsung specialist himself. Essentially you can watch a video lecture on one half of the screen while a text explanation is displayed on the other half. What’s cool about this idea is that you can use a stylus (or finger) to highlight or take notes on the text portion of the lecture. A very interactive way of learning indeed, and one that could change education for the better.

When the Learning Hub launches on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 LTE on launch, it will provide access to over 6,000 textbooks and videos spanning across 30 different publishers. As you probably already imagined, some of the content will be free but the majority will most likely come at a reasonable price. This isn’t a bad thing when talking about furthering one’s education. Jump past the break to see what the Learning Hub is all about.  » Read the rest

TELUS Offering Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 With LTE For An Arm And A Leg

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Telus is almost ready to flip the switch on their highly anticipated LTE Network and first up for devices to rock super fast speeds is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.  You can check out our review of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (WiFi Only) here if you haven’t already. We like to tout the device as being a happy medium for those wanting more than a 7-inch offering but less than a 10.1-inch model.  Either way, you can’t go wrong with this slim power-horse of a tablet.  Up until now, it was hard to find the prospective price for the almost released device but it looks like now we can expect it to be a whopping $649.99.  We’re surprised your first born is not required as well.  In any event, the device packs pretty impressive specs sporting a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU on a beautiful 8.9-inch 1280 x 800 res display.  There’s also a 3 mp camera and 2 mp front facing camera accompanied by a generous 6100 mAh battery.  Your standard Wifi and Bluetooth are all there wrapped up in a 453 gram 8.9 mm housing.  Even with LTE on board, this thing is still one of the slimmest devices around.  The tab will come with Android Honeycomb 3.2 and also supports HSPA+ 21Mbps when you’re not in an LTE coverage area.

 

source: Telus
via: MobileSyrup

Contest: Submit the best caption and win a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (Updated with Winner)

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To celebrate the new and improved Talk Android, we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, compliments of Samsung. The Galaxy Tab 8.9. I think our own Joe Sirianni said it right in his review” The super thin tablet is a happy medium for those desiring more than a 7-inch tab but not quite wanting a 10.1-inch device.”  Just follow these simple rules and you just might be the lucky winner.

  1. Create a caption for the above photo
  2. Head over to our Contest Thread in our forums and post your caption. Comments in this post will not count.
  3. Follow @samsungmobile on Twitter.
  4. Add TalkAndroid to your Google+ circles.
  5. Entries will be accepted through Sunday, November 27, at 11:59pm.
  6. The Talk Android staff will select the winner on Monday, November 28. We will announce the winner in the forum thread and notify the winner by the email assigned to their forum profile.
Good Luck!!

We have a winner

The TalkAndroid team had a really tough time with this one, but we finally picked a winner. It’s forum member jessenj. His caption was:

“Um, I’m sorry Don Pablo, but when we outsourced our troubleshooting to Mexico and you offered to help us get rid of some of our bugs, I think something got lost in translation… next time we’ll use Google Translate”

We are sending you an email to the one associated with your forum username. Congratulations and enjoy your brand new Galaxy Tab 8.9. Again, special thanks to Samsung for providing the tab!!

Samsung announces 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 8.9 AT&T with free smartphone

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Samsung just announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is coming to AT&T on November 20. It will not only support 4G LTE, but if you buy one for $479.99 (with a 2-year contract), you will have your choice of the Skyrocket or Galaxy S II for FREE (2 year contract on these as well). For the Tab, you will have your choice of a monthly payment of $14.99 for 250 MB, $25 for 2 GB, or $35 for 3GB.

You can checkout Joe Sirianni’s full review of the WiFi-only version. Full specs include:

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Quick Hands-On Review Of The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (Video)

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As many of you know, Samsung recently held an event in New York unveiling their US edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 where we were able to get a quick hands-on before they allowed us to bring one of these bad boys home to play with.  If you haven’t already, check out our unboxing of the device here.  The super thin tablet is a happy medium for those desiring more than a 7-inch tab but not quite wanting a 10.1-inch device.  The tablet weighs in at just 447 grams and is super thin at 8.6mm beating out the iPad 2.  With an 8.9-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) display sporting gorilla glass and a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core CPU under the hood, this device is sure to capture the hearts of many.  Its battery life is unprecedented thanks to its whopping 6100 mAH battery.  The device launches with Android Honeycomb 3.1 with an updated version of the Samsung TouchWiz UX overlay and compliments the OS with a nice delicate balance.  Not too intrusive and not too transparent.  The Galaxy Tab 8.9 has all of the bells and whistles one could expect just like its big brother the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and will run you $469 for a 16 gig model and $569 for the 32 gig.  Unfortunately, there is no support for sd cards as there is no sd card slot available on the device, so choose your model accordingly. In addition, this is a WiFi only device so a hot-spot is required at all times.  Furthermore, there is still only just a 3 meg camera accompanied by a single LED flash.   » Read the rest

LTE Goes Live In Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto While Pricing On Rogers Upcoming LTE Devices Are Revealed

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If you happen to live in any of Canada’s three largest provinces and fall under the umbrella of the Rogers network, you’re certainly in for a treat.  LTE went live in a number of markets and the carrier is now touting LTE service availability for over 5.5 million Canadians.  That’s pretty big if you ask us.  Among these regions, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto can now join the ranks of those experiencing the blazing fast speeds of LTE.  And up until now, the only device available for the service was the Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S.  Well, all of that is about to change. Thanks to our friends over at MobileSyrup, a complete pricing guide has been revealed, exposing a pretty hefty line up being added to the Rogers arsenal.  Among the elite, customers will now be able to get their hands on the upcoming HTC Jetstream, an LTE tablet with WiFi connectivity, a 10″ capacitive touch display, 32 GB of storage and a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU all topped with Honeycomb 3.1. You can also bet your bottom dollar you’ll be able to get a hold of the HTC Scribe digital pen accessory for the perfect blend of functionality and freaking awesomeness.  Expect to be able bring this device home with you on October 18th.

In addition to the JetStream, the ever popular and world-wide known device, the Samsung Galaxy S II, will also join the ranks of LTE devices available “in the coming weeks”.  Rumor has it that another LTE enabled HTC handset could make it to Rogers as well along with the super ridiculously thin Galaxy Tab 8.9.  And thanks to our friends, once again over at MobileSyrup, full price plans have been revealed for their various agreements, one such being a 3-year contract, ouch!  Hit the break to check out the full pricing scheme, courtesy of a tipster, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Unboxing [Video]

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Last night at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event, they officially announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be available nationwide starting October 2nd. We also got a chance for a  quick hands on video. We will be releasing a review shortly, but for now we have the unboxing.

As you will see it’s as thin as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is 8.6mm. The size is really nice for those that feel uncomfortable with a 10.1-inch tablet, as this one will fit in your hands more comfortably.

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