The Kindle Fire is Blazing the Trail to Most Popular Android Tablet

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The most recent analytics from Flurry show the startling rise of the Amazon Kindle Fire’s popularity. Back in November when the Fire launched it accounted for about 3% of tablets used. The reigning champ at the time was the Samsung Galaxy Tab accounting for 63%. Fast forward to this January and the numbers tell a strikingly different story. The Fire has since garnered 33% more share tying it with the Galaxy Tab at 36%.

Flurry’s method of data collection isn’t necessarily the most accurate because the data aggregation is incorporated into certain apps, but its no secret that the Fire has been a hit with consumers. Amazon’s low entry point seems to have made the Fire the little tablet that could.

[via Phandroid]

Samsung Rumored To Bring 2GHz Exynos-Powered Galaxy Tab To MWC

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We know Samsung is pushing its Exynos line of processors in its devices. That’s a given. However, we all know Sammy has yet to really push the boundaries of its impressive chip. It’s exactly why the brand is hard at work on its Exynos 5250 series of chips. According to Phandroid, Sammy is looking to take the ARM Cortex-A15-based processor and push it into 2GHz territory. You read that correctly folks, it is looking to have its chips at a whopping 2GHz. Moreover, rumor has it that while the chip will be insanely fast, it will suck less power than that the earlier chipsets. As it stands, the chips are currently in testing right now and we can expect to see them in devices by Q2 of this year.

Naturally you can’t have a chip in the works without a device made for it. That’s why Sammy is also rumored to be developing a special Galaxy Tab that will take full advantage of the Exynos 5250 series of chips. The tablet can support a resolution of up to 2560×1600, all in a WXQGA display of greater than 10-inches of course. Further details are scarce at the moment, but we expect to see something demoed or previewed at the upcoming MWC.

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All White Galaxy Tabs Spotted in Vietnam, White Bezel Included

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Notice something a bit different in the image above? You should. Those are the all new, all white versions of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.0 Plus, as spotted in Vietnam. A tipster sent these images in to GSMArena and that’s about all we have at this moment, no mention of pricing and availability.

Yes, you can currently get white versions of these tabs, but if you will recall, the bezel is still black (image below). In my opinion, a black bezel provides for a better multimedia experience and allows the display’s border to blend into the screen — providing more of an unobtrusive viewing experience. Either way, once these tablets hit the market I imagine they will still sell like hotcakes. I mean look how widely successful the all white iPad has been.

 

As far as specs go, these white G Tabs will remain unchanged, according to GSMArena. I also presume the price tags will remain the same as well. To see a full gallery of pictures, jump past the break.

So what do you think? Is an all white tablet in your future, or do you prefer a black bezel? Let us know in the comments below.

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Samsung Says No on ICS “Value Pack” for Galaxy S and Original Galaxy Tab

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Man, when the Galaxy Nexus was first debuted with Ice Cream Sandwich it looked amazing (still does). However you’re an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S or an original Galaxy Tab and your contract isn’t up for a while. Maybe it is, but you’re thinking to yourself that you love the Galaxy S hardware or you love that little tablet and that maybe if you hope really hard Samsung will grace your device with Ice Cream Sandwich. Well even with hope sometimes we don’t get what we want, as you well know, Samsung made it clear that the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab wouldn’t be seeing the awesome, new Android 4.0 OS. Well, that was until they back pedaled and rumors were flying about that these devices would  see it or that they may receive a “value pack” that would give the best features of ICS without the need for a full update instead.

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Samsung Galaxy S And Galaxy Tab May Get Android 4.0 After All

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Talk about Samsung putting its foot in its mouth. After previously putting a lump of coal in the stockings of Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab owners, the company is since reconsidering the thought of not upgrading the devices to Android 4.0. Why you might ask? Well according to The Verge, the company will review the “viability of the upgrading those two devices in response to strong customer demand”. While Google mentioned previously that Android 4.0 can hypothetically work on any 2.3 device, Samsung famously said there’s not enough room on the Galaxy S and Tab’s RAM or ROM for both ICS and TouchWiz. That alone sparked much controversy and criticism on the part of Samsung because most feel while TouchWiz is a great UI skin, it should not be a reason to not update the popular devices especially as they are still popular worldwide. Moreover, Samsung has been quoted as saying it’ll “investigate ways to try and make it work”.

When there’s a will, there’s a way. Perhaps the company saw how HTC famously reversed their stance on upgrading certain devices to Android 2.3 just six months ago after immense criticism as well. We know the fine engineers at Samsung can work their magic and make everything work smoothly. After all, if they didn’t do it, we’re sure some crafty developers would port ICS to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab in no time. Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab owners, there’s now a glimmer of hope for you to see Android 4.0 someday. It may be faint hope, but it’s hope nonetheless.

[via The Verge]

Samsung To Offer Android 4.0 Update For Galaxy Devices Starting In Early 2012

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Samsung Galaxy Series owners prepare to open your eyes wide for some news. Samsung Tomorrow is reporting Samsung plans to provide the Android 4.0 update for Galaxy devices. The ICS update is slated to begin in Q1 2012 for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note first, following the other Galaxy devices shortly after. Here’s a run down of the ICS-upgradable Galaxy devices as of this time:

 

  • GALAXY S II
  • GALAXY S II LTE
  • GALAXY Note
  • GALAXY R
  • GALAXY Tab 10.1
  • GALAXY Tab 8.9
  • GALAXY Tab 7.7
  • GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus

 

Samsung hasn’t specified whether the international or US versions of the Galaxy devices would get the update first. It’s possible Samsung will update the international versions first, following the US versions, but we’re not exactly certain just yet. We can expect Samsung to make separate announcements on details of the OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements. Only a matter of time gang, only a matter of time.

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Samsung Mobile Brings Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Premium Flight Members on American Airlines

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Good news for you premium travel folk who use American Airlines. They will be the first domestic airline to offer branded Galaxy Tab tablets onboard their aircraft, giving you access to a library of movies and entertainment inflight. These tablets will feature 10.1 inch screens and replace the current personal entertainment devices offered to American’s First and Business Class travelers. Right now a few flights will see this and they include flights between the following cities on 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft:

-  New York’s JFK and Los Angeles
- JFK and San Francisco
- Miami and San Francisco
- Miami and Los Angeles

International flights to and from Europe and South America with 767-300 aircraft, and transcontinental flights between Boston and Los Angeles with 757 aircraft will feature these devices as well. Rob Friedman, the American Airlines VP of Marketing was quoted to say:  » Read the rest

Verizon Announces Holiday Savings Bonanza, Kicks It Off With Red Incredible 2

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It’s that time a year again. The time where you brave the cold, dark and early hours to save a ton of money on your holiday shopping. As we told you before, it appears that Verizon knows this as well and has decided to bring some other great deals to you this holiday season. Starting with the Incredible 2, in red, Verizon will offer specific deals on specific days. This, coupled with the other Black Friday deals, Big Red is offering shows that they are very much in the Holiday Spirit.

  • The DROID Incredible 2 (In Red) – Available online on Nov 24th, 25th, and 28th. Available nationwide in the Verizon Wireless Communications store for free after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
  • The LG Revolution - Available online for $49.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Nov. 24th, 25th and 28th. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications stores at holiday prices after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
  • The Pantech Breakout – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
  •  Motorola Xoom – Available online on Nov. 24th, 25th, and 28th at the special holiday price of $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Mobile Broadband plans beginning at $30/month for 2GB of data. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores at holiday pricing on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-Inch Edition – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
The Sony Xperia Play, among others, will also be available for free from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th. Add this with both Amazon and MetroPCS’ Penny Pincher and Black Friday deals, those looking who are in the market for a new phone have some amazing deals to choose from. Also you can follow Verizon on both Foursquare and Facebook to get information on additional deals that are happening during this time .For a complete list of the Black Friday deals that are going on you can click here, otherwise follow the break below to see Verizon’s full press release.

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Verizon Announces Original Samsung Galaxy Tab Gingerbread Update

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Another day, another announcement of a device getting a major software update. Verizon has announced the i800.E104 software update for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. In addition to Gingerbread 2.3.5, the software update will include improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality and a new Download Manager App among the noteworthy features. There’s no word on when exactly the update will be available, but it should arrive very soon.

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Samsung officially announces availability of Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

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Samsung just announced the availability and details for the upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. This of course, is the replacement for the Galaxy Tab. It will feature a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Android Honeycomb, weight in at 345g, and will be 9.96mm thick.

It will also feature the Peel Smart Remote TV application, which lets users instantly find and watch their favorite TV shows and discover new shows based on preferences. The built-in infrared capability can control the user’s home theater/TV setup and work in conjunction with the Peel app.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will feature 16GB of storage and will be available nationwide through Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Fry’s, and other retailers starting November 13th for $399.99. Pre-orders will being October 23rd from select partners.

Full press release after the break:

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