Samsung Galaxy Tab to cost between $200-$400

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab isn’t even out yet, but it’s already generating a ton of buzz in the Android community. The 7in tablet will reportedly cost US customers something around $200 to $400 depending on carrier subsidies (Since Sprint and Verizon are probably getting the Galaxy Tab).

However, the Korea Times suggests that it’ll cost $300-400 citing a Samsung higher-up who said that “the Galaxy Tab will cost slightly more than a Galaxy S phone.”

Planning on buying a Galaxy Tab? Not planning on buying one? Let us know in our poll and tell us why.

[via engadget]

Skyfire submits iPhone friendly version to Apple; your move, Steve

Well well, how the tables have turned.  How the mighty have fallen.  How the… oh wait, I see what you did there.

Skyfire, makers of the popular multi-platform mobile browser with almost one million Android users, have announced the submission of their iPhone and iPad version to Apple for review and final approval. You may be asking yourself, how will this browser allow Flash video to be played on the iPhone and iPad?

Skyfire accomplishes this by transcoding all of the Flash video into HTML5 on the Skyfire servers, taking the burden off the phone itself.  This allows the playback of Flash on Apple devices, without what Steve Jobs calls the “technical problems” of Flash.

It will be interesting to see whether or not this is approved by Apple.  Given the fact that Skyfire has been working closely with them in adhering to their strict HTML5 guidelines, all signs are pointing to yes. However, if it is rejected, it will prove once and for all that Jobs’ Flash ban is more political than it is technical.

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Toshiba’s Android tablet will be a 10in, dual core powerhouse

While we knew a few things about Toshiba’s Smartpad, now possibly called Folio 100, a few more details have leaked out. We knew that the device was going to be a 10in, Tegra 2-powered Android tablet. But we didn’t know anything about the CPU or what version of Android that the iPad competitor would be running. Now apparently, those details are making their way to the surface.

The Folio 100 will (probably) feature the Nvidia Tegra 250 CPU, a dual core Arm A9 processor running at 1GHz. This dual core processor will be pushing Android 2.2 at a supposed resolution of 1024×600.

To further gain a leg up on the iPad, the Folio 100 will feature a 1.3MP webcam for use in video calling and 32GB of removable storage (16GB built in). This is in addition to the (again rumored) 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connectivity, 3G connectivity (another tablet that makes calls, interesting), HDMI 1080p port, USB 2.0 (why not 3.0?) and USB 2.2 mini audio jack. Keeping the tablet running will be a 1020mAh battery that is capable of 7 hours of usage.

If you want to catch a live glimpse of Toshiba’s tablet (as well as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab) then head over to IFA which begins on September 3rd in sunny Berlin, Germany.

[via intomobile]

More Samsung Galaxy Tab pics & CDMA version?

Even though we know that the Galaxy Tab is real and official, buzz is still being generated about this 7in, iPad mini competitor. Engadget was sent a few photos of a CDMA-branded Galaxy Tab and the tipster had this to say about the device:

The device has strong speakers, great call quality (although not clear if that’s over 3G or WiFi), and ability to run Flash — but at the same time notes the GPS is just a bit slow (it does work, though).

We personally can’t wait to get our grubby hands on one, but what about you guys? Do you think Samsung’s big push into the tablet arena well be a success? Are you itching to buy a Galaxy Tab? Let us know in the comments.

Sources say Samsung tablet to be a direct competitor with iPad Mini

Yesterday, we reported on a leaked video of Samsung’s not-yet-released Galaxy Tablet. Many people have told us their thoughts on the tablet, and a lot of it was positive. Samsung Electronics is now preparing to do up a demo to the public for the new tablet in Berlin, Germany at IFA 2010 September 3-8, and sources close to the company are letting loose that Samsung is planning the device to directly compete with Apple’s not-yet-announced 7-inch “iPad mini”.

What do you think? can Samsung’s new baby compete with Apple’s stranglehold on the tablet market with their new device? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

[via digitimes]

TweetDeck beta for Android updated again

TweetDeck 0.9.4-1

It’s been a busy week for the folks over at TweetDeck.  The beta is only a week old, but it has already amassed more tweets and status updates than their 3 month old iPad app.  This latest update brings a brand new column setting page, which is starting to look much better than the earlier versions.  Some of the other changes since the initial release include:

  • font resizing (boy did some you want this :)
  • heavy data usage optimizations
  • support for more phones
  • bug fixes
  • lots of polish

You can grab the latest version of the beta here, and check out the source link below for more information.

[via TweetDeck]

Tablet makers waiting for Android to support higher resolutions

Many of you might be wondering why Android tablets haven’t been flooding the market like some had predicted.  The reason for this particular case of cold feet is Android’s inability to scale well on screens bigger than 5 inches.  Android 2.2 (Froyo) currently supports screen resolutions of up to 854×480 pixels, but this is expected to increase in future updates.  Many are speculating that Android 3.0, codename Gingerbread, will support screen resolutions upwards of 1280×760, although there is nothing official on record thus far.

Peter Borup Jakobsen, director of collaboration architecture marketing at Cisco Systems Asia-Pacific, feels that Google could benefit from a partnership with the Open Handset Alliance, a conglomerate of 76 technology and mobile companies who seek to advance mobile innovation.  Google can also optimize the software internally, which would prevent companies like Cisco from having to engineer their own SDKs (software development kit) for devices like the Cius, an enterprise level Android tablet currently slated for a Fall release.

There have also been fears that Android tablets will be unable to compete with the behemoth that is Apple’s iPad, but not according to Bo H. Choi, vice president and head of mobile communications marketing at LG Electronics Asia.  Choi argues that different users have different requirements, and that an Android tablet has the potential to offer a more cost-effective solution, especially for those in education.  He also adds that the open source platform will attract many who currently shy away from proprietary devices like the iPad, and encourage more innovation among developers.

Ultimately, we have only begun to see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Android based tablets.  With the recent announcement of devices from both Motorola and Samsung, more developers are sure to follow suit.  Also, as previously mentioned, updates and improvements to the Android OS is sure to spark additional interest among manufacturers.  Google will hopefully work with tablet makers to ensure they have the tools they need to take Android tablets to the next level.

[via zdnet]

Android based LePad from Lenovo to launch this year

Lenovo is synonymous in the computing industry, especially for their ‘Think’ line including the ever popular ThinkPad notebooks. At CES Lenovo introduced the ‘Le’ line starting with the LePhone, an Android based phone marketed towards China networks. Now Lenovo is continuing the line with the LePad.

The LePad is an Android based tablet aimed at taking on the Apple iPad. Lenovo has always put out strong products in the past so it will be interesting how much of the “Pad” market they can scoop up with the LePad. No other details are available about the device yet other then it is confirmed to be in the works.

[via android authority]

I have thought about getting a tablet PC for school but refuse to buy into Apple, so I will be keeping my eye on this and let you know if we find out any more details.

Velocity Micro and Acer gearing up Android tablets for late 2010

The longer the iPad has the tablet market, the more we Android fans long for a palatable Android slate. Fortunately, some of the bigger names are starting to announce solutions, namely Acer and Velocity Micro.

Velocity Micro, famous for their gaming hardware, is planning on releasing their “Cruz” line of tablets on September 1st. According to the company, the Cruz line will include:

  • Android
  • 7″ Color display
  • Wi-fi
  • Accelerometer
  • SD Card slot

The line will come in two options, the Reader ($199.99) and the Tablet ($299.99), with the Tablet adding in wi-fi N, more ram, and a capacitive touchscreen, instead of the resistive offered on the Reader.

Acer will also be throwing their tablet hat in the ring, with both 7″ options, as well as 10″ models later in the year. While no specs have been released for Acer’s new babies, their has been speculation that that not only will they be ARM based, but Acer has also been working with mobile carriers to offer 3G support.

What do you think? Can these manufacturers head off Apple as the industry leader in the tablet market, or is Cupertino’s hold too strong already? Let us know in the comments!

[via zdnet]