Even though Samsung has their Galaxy Note devices that include a tablet with a 10.1″ screen, it seems they don’t want to let their Galaxy Tab line die quite yet. SamMobile has information from their sources that says the next iteration of the Galaxy Tab is coming in the near future and that Samsung will be utilizing AMOLED displays in 7 and 10″ inch devices.
Samsung already makes the Nexus 10 tablet with one of the best displays in the market at the moment, but it looks like they don’t want to stop there. They have reportedly received lots of positive feedback on their AMOLED displays and want to work that into a larger tablet size, which up until this point has been hard to do. The rumor states that we would end up seeing this new high resolution tablet unveiled at IFA this year alongside the Galaxy Note 3.
Ever since the original Kindle Fire was released last year there has been some controversy about whether or not to consider Amazon’s tablets to be Android tablets. While Amazon has always admitted that the products run a forked version of Android and Android apps, the Android community was quick to distance themselves from the product despite its record sales. While Amazon likes to talk about Fire apps and doesn’t talk about the version of Android running underneath the Fire interface in any of their official documentation, I believe the Kindle Fire should be considered an Android tablet.
The second version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 may have launched with Ice Cream Sandwich, but many owners of the original are still wondering where their update is. If the rumors are right, Samsung will be sending out updates to most of their old line of tablets starting next month. That includes the:
- Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI/ 3G
- Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI/ 3G
- Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI/ 3G
- Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI/ 3G
The original Samsung Galaxy Tab seems to be a bit too aged to get the bump to ICS, but it’s good to see that Samsung is committed to all these other devices. Other than all the upgrades the ICS brings, the update is said to improve battery life and overall speed of the tablet. There are no dates set in stone yet, but it sounds like it will be sooner rather than later.
If you have been searching the internet for that perfect deal, then look no further. The folks over at Best Buy are selling a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 bundle, complete with keyboard dock, case, headset, and more for only $300. The 8.9 Tab is perfect for people who enjoy simplistic portability and don’t need a whole 10.1″ device for their mobile gaming and business. It’s not a bad deal, so definitely consider it if a tablet was in your purchasing future.
You can imagine that there were some unhappy people after hearing that Samsung was planning to leave out the original Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab lines from its Ice Cream Sandwich update plans. Apparently there were enough that Sammie is now revisiting the idea to see if they can somehow make it happen. This is good news for the millions of folks that bought Galaxy S phones across the globe, but we’ll have to recommend that you not hold your breath, hold on for dear life, or cross any appendages as it could be a while. With TouchWiz reportedly the blame for the initial “No,” and also knowing that Gingerbread took almost a full year to rollout, it could be a while.
Via: The Verge
Come on folks, you didn’t actually believe the original Galaxy S series would see Ice Cream Sandwich, did you? Whenever you put “update” and “Samsung” in the same sentence, you should know how that situation is about to go down. While I’m a huge fan of the Galaxy Nexus and the newest versions of the Galaxy Tab series, the original Galaxy S line of phones took how long to see Gingerbread? The Fascinate just received Android 2.3 on December 1…as in 3 weeks ago. The original Galaxy Tab was about a month sooner than that, but with single-core processors, TouchWiz, and a focus on the future from Sammie, you should have expected this news. Not that that makes it good or “OK” news, but just that the world’s jaw would have dropped if they had announced that they would receive ICS.
Don’t worry though, if the original DROID can see an Android 4.0 port, I’m sure these phones and tablets will as well. Go developers, go!
Via: SammyHub, Samsung Tomorrow
The dinosaur lives! If you own the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ with a Verizon 3G radio tucked deep inside, you will want to start hammering your system updates button over the next few days to check for a Gingerbread (Android 2.3.5) update that should be on the way. It’s roughly 68MB and will make your device feel like new again. There is just something extraordinarily stable about Android 2.3 that can take a device from the grave to at least the walking dead.
In the update, you will find the new GB download manager, better front facing camera support, security patches, and more power management options. No telling yet if the UI will change much or if it will keep that semi-stock launcher look. And not that I love TouchWiz, but it would add to the feature set of this long lost tablet.
A mysterious Samsung device made its way into Bluetooth SIG on Monday with a model number of SCH-I815 that looks straight out of Verizon’s naming scheme. Whenever we see “SCH-” in a Sammie device, we almost always assume that it’s coming to Big Red (which it usually does). US Cellular sees an SCH device from time to time, but with this being new, we wouldn’t expect them to see it first over the nation’s biggest carrier.
So what could it be? Well, we are thinking tablet. The original Galaxy Tab 7 was SCH-I800 which could mean this is a follow-up to it. Within the last couple of months, Samsung unveiled both 8.9″ and 7.7″ Tabs without carrier-specific plans, so this could easily be one of those.
My question is, do we really need another carrier-branded tablet? Have any of them succeeded thus far?
Via: Bluetooth SIG, Ameblo