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


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

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 Note
  • 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.

[via Samsung Tomorrow]

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

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 more

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

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

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.

Full change log after the break: Read more

Samsung officially announces availability of Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

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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Buy A New Appliance At Lowes And Get A 7-Inch Original Samsung Galaxy Tab On Your Way Out

Well, you don’t see this every day.  Samsung and Lowes have concocted a deal allowing those seeking out a new “qualified” appliance to also walk out with a free original 7-inch Galaxy Tab.  Not exactly a real reason to run out and buy a $2,000 fridge but hey, if you were going to get something anyway, you might as well snag the free tablet.  The offer is good through Oct 3rd.  In addition, Samsung is allowing you to nominate your favorite school to receive a $48K technology make over to spruce things up.  Sounds like a win win to me if you’re window shopping for a new household appliance.  And no, we’re pretty sure you can’t just by a toaster and walk out with a free tab.  You can try though.

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[via twitter]

Samsung mobile device SCH-I815 makes its way through SIG

Samsung device number SCH-I815 made its way through the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) on Monday with a hint on what SCH-I815 might be.

While the Bluetooth SIG does not say what kind of device is attached to SCH-I815, a quick search showed that SCH-I800 was used for the original Samsung 7″ Galaxy Tab.  Does this point to the SCH-I815 being a follow-up based on the way it was named?

What do you think?  Is the naming scheme just a coincidence?

We will continue to track SCH-I815 and keep you updated as more information becomes available!

[via bluetooth]

IDC reports worldwide tablet shipments for Q2 2011, Android market share declines

International Data Corporation (IDC) just released worldwide data for tablet market share for the 2nd quarter 2011. In their last report overall tablet sales were lower than expected, but for the 2nd quarter, the performance was so strong, it has lead IDC to increase its outlook for the 2nd half of the year to 62.4 million units, up from the previous projection of 53.5 million units.

That is the good news. The bad news is that Android’s market share dropped to 26.8%, down from 34.0%. This is surprising to me as a lot of Android tablets were released in the 2nd quarter. During the 1st quarter of 2011, only the 3G version of the XOOM and the Galaxy Tab was available, and Android was able to grab a 34% market share. I doesn’t make sense. Either last quarter’s figures were wrong or this quarter’s is. RIM’s PlayBook grabbed 4.9%, and Apple rose to 68.3% from 65.7%.

Unfortunately IDC sees Android’s share continuing to drop to 23% and finishing the year at 25.9%.  I am not in the business of analyzing data, but I find it difficult that Android’s tablet share won’t improve dramatically with all the tablets that are currently available, not to mention the upcoming Amazon tablet.

Full press release after the break:

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Looking for tablet apps? Look no further.

Finding apps for your Android tablet isn’t as easy as it is for your phone. You want apps that take advantage of Honeycomb’s screen size and functionality; apps designed for tablets. Google started to help your search by adding the “Staff Picks For Tablets” section in your on-board market, as well as “Featured for Tablets” to the web-based market. For me, that wasn’t enough because I only got a small glimpse of the Honeycomb apps that are out there. I started searching the web and forums for a better way. Then, finally, I came across, which was created by XDA member ayman07.  I’ve only known about the site for a few hours, but it’s helped me find and download 10 new apps today; apps I’ve never even seen in the “Featured for Tablets” section, although they should have been.

The fledgling is making a great effort to fulfill a need in the Honeycomb community, all the while performing a service to tablet app developers. If you’re a tablet owner, I highly encourage you to drop by the site. If you get the chance, leave a thank-you on the XDA post.

Tell em TalkAndroid sent ya. ;)