Samsung has already formally announced the UK edition of the Galaxy Tab, and has set a release date of November 1st. However, they are continuing to withhold one important detail – the cost.
Speculation has been running rampant for a while now, with Amazon listing the 7-inch Android tablet at £599.99 (roughly $950 US) a few weeks back. With a little over three weeks to go, that rumored price refuses to die, with IntoMobile reporting that several sources continue to cite this figure.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say gorillas are taking over. There’s Gorilla Glue, Gorilla Tape, and even Gorilla Glass! I guess those Samsung Galaxy Tab commercials showing the tablet wedged into the back pocket of your jeans don’t look as foolish as we thought. Gorilla Glass uses a unique chemical strengthening to make one of the most scratch and shatter resistant glass surfaces available. Check out a durability demonstration of the same glass used in Samsung Galaxy S phones and Gorilla Glass’ own glass flaw comparison chart after the jump.
Last week, we brought you a story that Japanese mobile provider DoCoMo was heavily rumored to be getting both the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab. Well, the company confirmed those rumors today, announcing that their Galaxy S offering will be launching later this month, with the Galaxy Tab landing in November.
Both will be launching with Android 2.2, and will support DoCoMo’s new e-book service, which will be starting a trial period later this month. Both devices will also be able to access the company’s i-mode™ mail system, giving users access to those particular email accounts.
DoCoMo is the world’s leading mobile operator and provider of advanced mobile services, with 56 million customers in Japan alone. You can check out their specs for the Galaxy S here, and the Galaxy Tab here. Continue after the break for the full presser.
We already know that the Galaxy Tab is landing in the UK on November 1, but those of us residing in the US and Canada are still eagerly awaiting information regarding pricing and release dates.
We’re still in the dark in this area, but T-Mobile is at least now taking pre-registration for their first Android tablet.
The juicy details will likely find their way online before T-Mobile can send it out, but if you’d like to sign up to be notified about the Galaxy Tab, you can do so here.
Evidence suggests that some incarnation of the Samsung Galaxy S is headed to Japan before the end of this year, and it may be shipping with Froyo. Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo is the likely home, and is expected to be selling the phone sometime in October.
NTT DoCoMo, along with Dai Nippon Publishing, are planning to launch an e-book store sometime in 2011, with a trial service starting on the Galaxy S and Ericsson’s Xperia X10 around the end of October. The Galaxy Tab is also expected to go on sale in Japan sometime in March of 2011.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will be utilizing user-generated advertising from Zooppa. The media advertising community has several big name companies already using its services, some of which are Microsoft, Hershey, Nike, and Sony to name a few.
Zooppa and Samsung are asking their community members to incorporate the slogan “It’s Go Time!” into the campaign, where we will see banner ads, prints, and videos that will answer the question “If you had a Galaxy Tab, what creative things would you use it for?“.
The creative winner of the chosen ads will win $30,000 US. Imagine the Samsung tabs you could buy your friends with that!
ABOUT ZOOPPA: Zooppa is the world’s largest source of user-generated advertising. With a community of more than 80,000 people, Zooppa offers brands an innovative model for developing creative advertising, building word-of-mouth and gaining consumer insights.
Contest details can be found here. Continue after the break for the full press release.
After 1.5 years of work, Blake Krikorian, founder of Sling Media, has finally unveiled his Crestron home automation app for Android. Annoyed by some of the shortcomings of iOS, Blake was a big fan of Android’s true multitasking and background notifications. While the app isn’t quite finished yet (still being developed under the R2 codename) once it is released, it’s expected to cost about $99. While this may seem like a steep price for an app, when you look at the price for a dedicated Crestron remote, and see some prices in the ~$600 range, you begin to see the value of the adding the $99 app to an existing device.
There has been no word yet on a release date, but head on past the break to check out a video of the app in action on a Samsung Galaxy Tab
Yesterday Samsung admitted that not all apps on the Android will take full advantage of the 7-inch screen that the Galaxy Tab provides. Instead, users will find that some apps are not scalable and will therefore run at their reduced resolutions.
Here is what they said:
If you download Android Market apps to the Galaxy Tab, you will find that many of those applications are fully scalable. Those applications that are not scalable are framed in the display at 800-by-400 [pixel] resolution.
- Samsung spokeswoman said e-mail in response to an inquiry from Computerworld
The issue appears to be limited to the Android Market as the Spokeswomen confrimed that Google’s “entire suite of mobile services, including Google Maps, are fully scalable to fit the Galaxy Tab’s 7-in. screen at 1024-by-600 resolution.”
It has not been exactly determined how many of the Android Market apps will be fully scalable/non-scalable. What Samsung is focusing on is bringing all of its own proprietary services and apps such as Social Hub, calendar, e-mail, etc., as fully scalable, along with Google mobile services like Google Maps, Gmail, etc. What we do know now is that many of the Android Market apps will be scalable, but it is just too early to put an exact number of percentage.
Does this move anyone towards not buying the Galaxy Tab? Had you already decided that this device wasn’t for you? Or is there anyone still planning for a release day purchase?
[via Computer World]
The Galaxy Tab hasn’t even reached our shelves yet but rumours are already flying about the future of the device. One rumour that is going around today is that the device will be able to not only run Chrome OS, but ultimately will use it instead of Android.
Apparently, the Galaxy Tab’s stock OS (Android) “can be replaced with Chrome, when that arrives, though owners who aren’t tech savvy should have this upgrade carried out by a professional“. That was written in a subscribers-only report of the Sunday Times yesterday and was then picked up by a number of other sites.
While this rumour doesn’t exactly scream credibility, it certainly is an intriguing one. We have not got a copy of the Sunday Times article that mentions this, but reports say they do not provide a quote or source for the information.
Whether true or not, the idea can still be discussed. Will the 7″ device be big enough to utilise Chrome OS fully? Would the device be powerful enough? Would Chrome OS in fact limit the devices capabilities instead of making it better?
Adobe has update their Flash Player 10.1 certified devices page to represent all the devices currently supported. The list consists of the Droid, Droid 2, Nexus One, Incredible, Desire, EVO 4G, and coming soon, the Droid X and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
To get more information about the supported devices, hit up the source link below.