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Verizon To Launch Its Very Own Branded 7-Inch Android Tablet, “Ellipsis 7”

Ellipsis 7_2

It would appear that Verizon is looking to claim its small stake in the affordable tablet market with its new announcement of the “Ellipsis 7“. The Ellipsis 7 tab is the company’s new device hoping to compete with popular small tabs such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX. Specs include a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8 gig’s of on-board storage and a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU from an unknown manufacturer. The device will be sold as the company’s very own tablet and first in the line of “Ellipsis” devices. It will also sport LTE connectivity and a front facing camera for video chats. It’s been also said the device will be running an OS version close to stock Jelly Bean and confirmed to hit stores on November 7th for $249.99 with no contract.

Only time will tell whether or not the tab can quickly gain ground over Apple and Samsung products, though it’s highly unlikely. Big Red will also include its RedBox Instant streaming service with the package to sweeten the pot a little. We’re sure, being the “first in the Ellipsis family…’ we’ll see another device between 8-10-inches assuming the 7-inch device does well. Do you think this device has what it takes to compete in the already crowded tablet market? Check out Verizon’s page via the source link for more details on the product and if you happen to snatch one up on opening day let us know what you think in the comments below.   Read more

CM9 is now available for the original Galaxy Tab

So any of you sporting the original Galaxy Tab have likely realized by now you’re never going to see an official ICS update. Don’t let it get you down though cause there’s an alternative that in all likely hood is even better. The Galaxy Tab is now supported by CyanogenMod 9. This device was added just recently so there are still some kinks, such as the camera not working; a typical omission at this stage in development. You’ll also have to build this one from source. If those aren’t hurdles for you check in at the XDA thread for full instructions.

By the way if you have a Galaxy Tab of the 10.1 variety, I have it on good authority that a certain kang of CM9 is a brilliant. You can check that one out here.

[via XDA]

US Cellular Set To Give Samsung Galaxy Tab Some Gingerbread Love

US Cellular is (finally) set to update the original Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3 from Android 2.2. Yes it’s not Honeycomb or especially that delectable Ice Cream Sandwich, but hey anything is better than Froyo, right? In addition to the standard Gingerbread 2.3.5 features, owners can find among the following updates/improvements on the tablet:

  • VPN support
  • Google security patches – DigiNotar certificate revocation; Libpng security update
  • Remove auto accept of Bluetooth paring for Handsfree Profile (HFP). This vulnerability allows a nearby third-party to auto connect to Bluetooth HFP and potentially access contact data on the mobile device.

These are no doubt welcome fixes and updates. One thing owners should note– you would think this is an OTA update, but it’s not. You’ll have to download the software on a windows-based computer and connect your device via USB in order to apply the update. Be sure to back everything up thoroughly before starting the update. The good news is that Sammy has a pretty comprehensive and thorough guide that will direct you throughout the setup process and make updating simple & painless. Hit the link below for full details, the changelog and instructions on how to apply the update to your device.

[via Samsung]

GameStop Begins Selling Honeycomb Tablets Pre-Loaded with Games

It seems like we have new players entering the tablet game everyday. We’d heard before that gaming retailer GameStop would release their own tablet, but details were scarce at the time. In a slight turn of events, GS has decided to carry several Honeycomb tablets pre-loaded with games instead. There are plenty of options for consumers to choose from as the retailer will sell the Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Viewsonic VPAD. The prices will vary, but they start from $300 to $540. The list of games pre-loaded include Cordy, Dead Space, Madden NFL, Monster Madness, Re-Load, Riptide GP and Sonic CD. You will also have the option of having a special GameStop-branded controller included for an extra $39. The gaming tablets are available in 200 U.S. stores nationwide or online, though shipping is limited to U.S. addresses only. Now who else is as excited about this as I am?

[via GameStop]

Galaxy Tab 10.1 clears FCC with T-Mobile compatibility

Have you been dying to buy a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with mobile data connectivity but aren’t or don’t want to be a Verizon customer? Well It might just be your day my friend. A recent photo shows a new Sammy 10 inch slate dubbed the SGH-T859 that could only be a reconfiguration of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This time around it will sport a 1700MHZ AWS radio compatible with T-Mobile, along with 850/1900 GSM / EDGE / WCDMA / HSPA, all in the same body as the WiFi only rig. It is still speculation that this device is headed solely to T-Mobile, but options are always nice when shopping around for data plans.

Jump past the break for a full frontal FCC shot.

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Verizon Wireless: Pre-Order your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 now!

Are you a customer of Big Red? Have you been waiting for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? Well, wait no longer. Okay, that’s not entirely true. You may have to wait about 4-6 weeks.

Verizon Wireless has just put the word that you can now pre-order your long awaited Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Android Honeycomb tablet packs 4G/LTE on the Verizon network, along with a Tegra2 dual-core 1GHz proccessor, a wide screen 10.1″ display (1280 x 800), front/rear facing cameras, and more.

Verizon is offering this device in grey or white, either 16 or 32 GB onboard storage, at the price of $592.99 or $629.99, respectively with a new 2 year activation w/mobile broadband plan. As I noted earlier, you will be waiting 4-6 weeks for the device to ship.

They’ve also decided to link you to the baby brother of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the 7″ version. This model just may fit your taste and budget at a mere $199.99 also with a new 2 year activation w/mobile broadband plan.

So if you’ve been eyeballing either of these Android tablets, get on over to the Verizon Wireless site and take a closer look.

[via vzw]

Samsung Galaxy Tab v10.1 from Google I/O gets Android 3.1 update

What’s better than getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Google I/O before anyone else can get their hands on one? Getting the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update before anyone else can get it of course (for the Samsung Galaxy Tab that is anyway). The Limited Edition Galaxy Tab v10.1 which was handed to all Google I/O attendees this year will be getting the 3.1 Honeycomb update before other v10.1 models do, which is going to bring Google Books to the platform as well as removing  Samsung Aps, Music Hub, Amazon, Kindle, & Weatherbug applications.

For more information on the update and instructions, hit the Samsung source link below.

[via engadget, samsung]

Is LG working on a Google Nexus tablet?

It looks like Google is working with LG on a Nexus tablet and it may be available this summer or early fall. This report comes from Eldar Murtazin from mobile-review. It seems like a natural fit since Google has already marketed the Nexus One, the Nexus S, and soon to be available, Nexus S 4G. Just like those devices, this tablet will release with a newer version of the Android OS. It is unclear if it will actually be marketed with the Nexus name.

On another note, Murtazin reports that if a hardware partner makes a tablet with Android 2.x, it cannot be upgraded to 3.0+. Assuming this is true, it guarantees that the original Samsung Galaxy Tab will not get Honeycomb.

Note: the above picture is the upcoming LG G-Slate for T-Mobile

[via mobile-review]

Android will dominate Apple in the tablet war

The media seems convinced that Android tablets will not be able to keep up with the IPad. One article even refers to them as dead on arrival. After seeing the success of the Android OS in mobile, it is clear that it is only a matter of time before Android will dominate Apple in the tablet war.

Lets review how it all went down with the phones. Google’s first Android phone, the G1, debuted in late 2008. Anybody looking back in the summer of 2009 would probably say that it was not looking good for Android’s chances in putting a dent into the IPhone market share. The software was still young, needed work, and it did not have the backing of a major carrier. Flash forward to November 2009 when the Droid debuted with Android 2.0 Eclair on Verizon Wireless. About 1 year later the reports were showing that the Android OS had topped Apple’s IOS in the US and in many other parts of the world. How did they do it? They did it with multiple manufacturers blitzing the market with a tremendous amount of support from Verizon Wireless with the Droid brand.

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