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Galaxy Tab hacked to run Ubuntu

Well that sure didn’t take long. Someone from among the XDA-Developers faithful has successfully installed Ubuntu on a Galaxy Tab. Granted, he did use the same instructions used to install it on a Galaxy S Epic 4G, and it’s really not that surprising that it worked.

However, for those of you that love to install secondary operating systems on your devices, this may be right up your alley. If you want to try this out, check out this thread for instructions and support, but be careful!

[via XDA-Developers]

Samsung Mob!lers Proving to be a Huge Success

Back in August we posted about a competition that Samsung were running in the UK where the winners would be testing smartphones for the  global electronics company. The winners would become part of a group of people called ‘Mob!lers‘. Samsung would then provide each of them with a smartphone and the ‘Mob!lers’ would go away, use their brand new smartphones, and report their experiences online. This way Samsung could generate some fantastic online marketing for their latest devices.

It’s now three months on since the competition was launched and I can confirm that one of TalkAndroid.com’s very own staff was a winner and become one of the ‘Mob!lers’. That staff member was me! Unfortunately this little project has ended up using a lot my spare time, time that I would have normally used to post on TalkAndroid.com. However, with the competition drawing to close very soon, I thought I would do a short write up and let you guys know what it has been like being a ‘Mob!ler‘.

Samsung started the ball rolling at the start of October by inviting all 20 of the competition winners down to their UK Head-Quarters in Chertsey, Surrey. This gave Samsung the chance to welcome all the Mob!lers to the group and get to know each other. It was a great day out and culminated in Samsung providing us all with our new smartphones. Half the group were given Samsung Wave’s, and the other half were given Galaxy S’s.

Then over the last couple of months Samsung have been emailing us each week with a new Mission to complete. Missions have varied from doing reviews about mobile games to demonstrating the built in cameras on our smartphones. This has resulted in a lot of the ‘Mob!lers’ setting up small blogs, YouTube channels, Flickr accounts, and much more (see links to all Mob!lers content below).

Samsung must have been impressed with the progress that we had all been making because a couple of weeks ago they shocked us with a piece of news. The news was that they would be providing each Mob!ler with a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab. I’m sure you can all picture our excitement with this piece of news. Since then we have been asked to complete a couple of Missions using our new tablets.

The whole competition is now drawing to a conclusion in the next couple of weeks and Samsung have one more firework up their sleeve. When the last Mission has been completed by the Mob!lers, Samsung are going to be choosing the best 3 out of the 20 and flying them to South Korea to visit their Global Head-Quarters! It’s promises to be a fantastic trip and one that all the Mob!lers are eager to win (not least myself!).

So far it’s been a fantastic experience. I’m sure that Samsung will be doing something similar to this in the future, so you guys might still get a chance to become a Mob!ler in the future. In the mean time you can see all of the Mob!lers activity so far using the links below.

I have been keeping a blog for all of my Mission entries. You can find this blog at: http://mikethemobiler.tumblr.com

Samsung also have a dedicated Facebook page for the Mob!lers at http://www.facebook.com/SamsungUK?v=app_4949752878

All the other Mob!lers content can be found here:

There is also a main Samsung Mob!lers blog that can be found at http://www.samsungmobiler.co.uk/

AT&T’s Galaxy Tab on sale November 21 for $649.99 without a contract

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.

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US Cellular to sell Galaxy Tab for $399 with a new contract

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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.

[via AC]

Rogers Samsung Galaxy Tab Available In Stores Nov 16

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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 Releases Samsung Galaxy Tab – $674.99 No Contract

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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!

[via mobilesyrup]

Best Buy offering up some good Android deals on Black Friday

The busiest shopping day of the year, aka Black Friday, is only two weeks away. Best Buy is always a major shopping destination on that day, and they have a few great Android deals to be had. A couple of them require a new 2-year agreement, but if you’re in the market for one of those the price for a couple of these is out of the world. Check out the deals below:

  • Samsung Transform – $69.99 with 2 year contract
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab – $549.99
  • LG Optimus S (Charcoal and Purple) – $1 with 2 year contract
  • HTC Droid Incredible – $1 with 2 year contract
  • Samsung Fascinate – $1 with 2 year contract
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab -$549.99

Any of those one dollar deals are pretty sweet, but again you need to get that pesky new contract. We’d love to hear from you! Are you planning on heading to Best Buy in two weeks and grabbing one (or more) of these Android devices? Leave us a comment below and let your voice be heard!

[via BFAds]

Galaxy Tab pre-order offered to Sprint Premiere customers

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.

[via Sprint]

Samsung aiming for 40m smartphones in 2011, also hints at 10-inch tablet

Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung’s mobile lead, has told the media that his company is expecting to ship over 40 million phones in 2011, which is double their expectations for this year.

Samsung is aiming to compete with Apple, which began moving 10 million iPhones a quarter over the summer. However, even if Apple sells more phones than they do, Samsung still benefits due to Apple’s contract with Samsung for flash memory, LCD screens, and the A4 chip Apple uses in most devices.

Also, Jong-kyun hinted that his company is planning on a 10-inch version of the Galaxy Tab, and is hoping to release that sometime next year. Nothing else is known, but some are speculating that Samsung is waiting for the more tablet friendly Android 3.0, codename Honeycomb, which is due out next year.

[via Electronista]

Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab postponed until after the holidays

According to this internal Best Buy document, the Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will have its release date postponed until after the holidays.

Also, in Verizon Galaxy Tab news, while they are going to be selling with for $599 sans contract, it seems you will be required to sign up for a month-to-month data plan if you want to purchase one. So, let’s tally this up here. First, you get to spend the full $600 without any carrier subsidies, and then you are forced into a month-to-month contract?

Obviously, you would be free to cancel this contract after the first month, but then you just spent $600 on a tablet you can only use with Wi-Fi? I’m still holding out that Verizon is going to make a last minute change to their pricing structure for the Galaxy Tab, but with November 11th only a few days away, hope may be dwindling.

[via Android-Life]