More Samsung Galaxy Tab pics & CDMA version?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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]

The other Android tablet comparison

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Everybody loves an underdog story, don’t they? Slumdog Millionaire, Gandhi, Rocky, those special kids on American Idol – we are suckers for them all. Giant killings are also a personal favourite of mine. I once killed three giants in one go, with my good hand tied behind my back, because one of them stole my tea and scones.

Of course, I’m making that last bit up. I didn’t really have my hand tied behind my back at all.

However, with the hype of the ‘license to print money’ iPad still somewhat rife, I am pleased to introduce some absolute rank outside contenders into the Android tablet fray. Here at Talk Android, we often harp on about the big boys and it’s very easy to forget about some of the ‘other’ players out there.

Now, let’s be very clear for this – a few of these comparisons are somewhat controversial, and rightly so. From the downright obvious iPad rip-off, to the surprisingly elegant and sexy, I have picked out four of my favourite revelations of recent weeks. Probably not new to all of you, but some interesting mentions nonetheless.

Huawei S7

This device should be familiar to anyone who kept up to speed with goings on at Computex recently. The most impressive and most expensive of my roundup, the S7 boasts Android OS 2.1 and a sim card slot too, but misses out on some decent storage to start with. A great looking device that I think will be quite popular over the coming months, with users who want a decent quality product with some background. Available at Expansys for £299.

‘Generic’ brand @ DealExtreme

Credit where it’s due – this device is extremely cheap for the cost. At a paltry £89 at current exchange rates from DealExtreme, this ‘Generic’ device (most likely of Chinese origin) really does pack a lot of punch for the money. However, with an unknown processor speed (at the time of writing), a camera from ten years ago and Android OS 1.5, it could be a risk. But don’t forget as well that you may be subject to import duty on this item too and exchange rates will fluctuate.

Archos 5 Internet Tablet

A little on the small side, I actually think this Archos tablet is quite attractive. A decent processor and RAM, coupled with 8GB of storage, makes this a viable alternative to some others. The screen is only 4.8 inches, but still dishes out an 800 x 480 resolution running on Android OS 1.6. At £187 for the 8GB version from Pcbuyit, it’s not cheap, but definitely portable and versatile.

Eken M003

Here’s the joker of the pack. Look a little familiar to you? Yeah, I thought so. They may as well call this ‘the fake iPad’, because the resemblance is a little too uncanny for its own good. That 8 inch screen is impressive with an 800 x 600 resolution and only £100? Where’s the catch? It’s at DealExtreme, so you’d be potentially subject to import duty (though I am informed that DX often label goods as ‘gift’ to avoid such charges). Oh, and nobody can confirm what the 533MHz processor is, other than probably a bit sluggish. Risky, but potentially fantastic value.

Check out the comaprison table below to see some of the key specifications of the above devices, and in some cases to not see some of the specifications (thank you strange Asian manufacturers!). Click for a larger image.

So the cards are on the table. Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below – all are very much welcome!

[via: Expansys; DealExtreme (Generic); pcbuyit; DealExtreme (Eken)]

Galaxy Tab in Three Sizes, Ships in Fall

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We’ve talked about the Galaxy Tab before, but here’s a few more interesting tidbits of news. A source in the industry as told the Korea Herald that the company (Samsung) plans to launch the Galaxy Tab in August and sell hundreds of thousands of units at launch (iPad US launch estimates are around 700,000). Their plan is directly aimed at grabbing as much Korean market share as possible before the iPad launches in Korea in as early as Q3 of this year.

In addition to the 7in version of the Galaxy Tab, Samsung also has plans for 8in and 10in versions to be out by October and December respectively. Also interesting to note, Samsung will be rolling these devices out via SK Telecom, Korea’s top mobile carrier. What does this mean? Simple. Odds are very high that these devices will be able to make and receive phone calls.

In regards to Apple, you know what they say… “It sure is lonely at the top.”

HTC Gives Apple Run for its Money

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HTC Chasing Apple

As you know, Apple and Android aren’t exactly the best of friends. There are Android tablets coming out in every size and form factor, however, Apple does control the market. Even so, Apple with its iPad, should still fear Android. With all these arguments, it has still mainly been a software vs software debate (Android vs iPhone OS). But over the past few months that has been changing.

For the longest time, smartphones in general were a smörgåsbord of buttons thrown on a device with a too-small LCD screen. Then in 2007 when Apple released the sleek and sexy iPhone, it was a wake up call for people on how ugly and non-user-friendly their current device was. There really wasn’t any competition. Enter HTC.

HTC has been in the mobile market for quite a while, just not under the HTC name. They’ve been producing Windows Mobile phones for quite some time, but they arguably gained the most notoriety (and name-recognition) by producing the first Android phone, the G1. It was at this point that people started to see what an open platform could really offer them, but the physical design still wasn’t for everyone. Well that too, has now changed.

With a plethora of sleek and sexy phones now on the market, HTC has the flagship phone on three out of the four major carriers. This is really the first time that there has been true competition for Apple on the hardware side of things. They always had the sleekest smartphone. Well now, that isn’t necessarily true.

One key factor to HTCs success on this front is their “ringer” of a design firm One & Co, a 20-person San Francisco based design studio that HTC smartly purchased back in 2008. While you may think that designing phones all day could get boring, One & Co. keep their thinking fresh by designing other fun products such as snowboards. Even so, two-thirds of their time goes into adding a little bit of sizzle to HTCs devices.

Of course, you don’t generate all this positive attention for yourself and not draw out a few hater(s). Back in March of this year, Apple sued HTC for allegedly infringing on 20 of their patents. Many industry analysts believe that this was a round-a-bout attack on Google, as the two tech giants have a fierce rivalry. Regardless, HTC has denied such claims and has counter-sued Apple.

[via wsj]