its plans for an Android 2.2 tablet, suggesting that the company's prime concern was picking a version of the open-source OS "most suitable" for a large-screen slate. It seems that version isn't Froyo, anyway; "We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version ... We are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2" an LG executive told Reuters. Specifications of the work-in-progress LG tablet were unknown, but the company had said it intended to launch its iPad rival in Q4 2010. No official word on what's happening to the release schedule now LG has changed its OS plans, but we're guessing the LG slate will be pushed back at least to a CES 2011 debut. [via Engadget]
Samsung has announced that their Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 slate will arrive in the UK on November 1st, later than the original timescale which saw them promising to deliver the 7-inch slate sometime in September 2010. The company is yet to confirm pricing, but has said that the Galaxy Tab will be available "on a range of attractive price packages" which suggests both subsidized and SIM-free deals. As for where you can buy it, Samsung has partnered with the Carphone Warehouse, Dixons Store Group and T-Mobile, as well as other online and high street retailers and carriers. More on the Galaxy Tab here. [vms 99fe63f3e0041f02638a] Press Release: SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES UK AVAILABILITY OF GALAXY TAB Android tablet device to hit the shops on 1st November 2010 Following last month's global launch at IFA, Samsung Mobile today announces the Samsung Galaxy Tab (GT-P1000), will be available in UK stores from Monday 1st November. Representing a new category of mobile products for the company, the Galaxy Tab features a 1GHz processor, Google's Android 2.2, Froyo operating system, a front facing camera for video calls and a 7-inch TFT-LCD display. It can be used for everything from watching films and TV, viewing pictures, reading e-books and sharing documents, to talking to friends and colleagues via voice and video call, e-mail, instant messaging, SMS/MMS or social networking. The light (380g) weight of the Samsung Galaxy Tab means it is extremely portable, with its dimensions easy to grip and use, it is perfectly sized for life on the go. Supporting the latest Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the device allows people to quickly and easily surf and view pages on the internet. The 'Readers Hub,' Samsung's unique e-reading application, provides easy access to a digital library, featuring everything from classical literature to the latest bestsellers and reference materials. In turn, films, videos and music are available via 'Media Hub' and 'Music Hub' applications, whilst all personal contact details, e-mail, calendar, social networking and instant messenger accounts, can be combined in the 'Social Hub'. Simon Stanford, Managing Director, Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: "At Samsung we recognise consumers want to experience life without limits. The Samsung Galaxy Tab brings a very unique proposition to the tablet market and from 1st November, gives consumers the ultimate in connectivity and portability that they have been waiting for. It can be enjoyed by anyone - commuters, students, parents, businesses – who want to experience a complete range of entertainment, whether that be watching movies, listening to music, reading newspapers, or simply making a phone call plus much more besides." The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available in the UK across all major networks, key high street and out of town electrical retailers and online such as Carphone Warehouse, Dixons Store Group and T-Mobile. The Galaxy Tab will be available on a range of attractive price packages, making it as widely accessible as possible to all consumers.
available for Pre-Order last week, and is shipping soon, will not be supporting tethering at launch. Many of us know that stock Android 2.2 does in fact support tethering right off the bat. However, 2.2 on the G2 will not due to T-Mobile simply not supporting it as of this time.
Well, the good news is that Motorola is aware of this issue, acknowledged that it was going to require a software update to fix, and are currently working on it as stated by Matt from the official Motorola Forums below: “Okay. I have news. I talked to our engineering team and it appears that this will require a software upgrade to correct it. They are already on it and seemed confident that they know the why and the how-to-fix. I don't have any timeline on when an update will be released, but when I know more I will let you know. Sorry for this trouble and thanks for all the good detective work and for reporting it.” As always the no timeframe on release would be expected, but with the annoyance that this bug brings we can all assume it’s near the top of the Droid X’s software development team’s to-do list. More info will be coming, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated. [Via Motorola Support Forums]
Samsung Galaxy Tab, but it seems the South Korean company themselves wanted to get in on the action too. A new demo video has been released - claiming to "objectively present" the 7-inch Froyo slate's capabilities - that runs through the key functionality without resorting to the type of hyperbole you might expect from a certain fruit-themed manufacturer. That includes the Keyboard Dock in action, the custom email and calendar apps Samsung has produced for the Galaxy Tab, and Flash playback in the browser. There's also some time spent on wireless HD streaming, too. Still no pricing or specific release dates, but we're getting pretty excited about this 3G tablet. [youtube tAbsmHMAhrQ]
The Samsung Kies PC only software looks like it will be the only way to get 2.2 on your device. This is because with the software, which checks your serial number, you will only be allowed to download the software that has been approved for your device compared to over the air. Further in the forum discussion it is asked how users of a Mac or Linux based computer will get the update, the response is as follows: You would need to ask a friend with a Windows PC to install the Samsung Kies software so that you can download and install the update. Regards Stef Forum Team As with any update it is advisable to back up all of your important data: pictures, contacts, documents, before performing the update just in case something goes wrong (Samsung Kies is not the most reliable software) and all of your data gets wiped. No official date has been set, but the good news is there is only 8 more days in the month, so expect sooner rather than later. [Via T-Mobile UK]
last minute rumor, Android 2.2 Froyo is finally available on the Droid X from Verizon Wireless. Bringing many welcome updates such as full flash 10.1, and improved WiFi hotspot support. A lot of the update to 2.2 goes to under the hood improvements, from the first time you use it you will notice a significant boost in speed and usability, even on a powerhouse such as the Droid X. Full flash 10.1 is finally here. Being present on some devices for some time now, users of the Droid X will finally get to experience what some fans claim is the “full web.” A lot of websites use flash, regardless of claims otherwise, it’s not dying at all. The recently patched, safe 10.1 is available with the Froyo update and according to tests does not slow down the device or waste substantial amounts of battery. Another new feature that you will be able to gets your hands on with, around the same timeframe as everybody else, is the new Gmail app. Google has strayed away from including Gmail in software builds and releasing it as a standalone app which will allow for the ability to update and stay current without the need for a full software update. Some of the news features in the new Gmail app include: a floating bar with important, much used message actions, showing and hiding the quoted text to hide previous messages within a reply, and limited support to Google’s much praised priority inbox. The Gmail app, which is available only for Android 2.2+ is free on the android store, search Gmail or scan the QR code below. We got our hands on a 2.2 based Droid X and ran a quick Quadrant test. The results prove the Droid X to be running wicked fast. With a score of 1370, it improved vastly over it’s previous score as well as came out ahead of the Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy, and the HTC Desire. [caption id="attachment_13714" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Quadrant Test - Droid X Android 2.2"][/caption] With 2.2 and the already impressive stats of the Droid X expect it to be one of the top of the line Android Verizon devices for quite some time.
Samsung Fascinate Software. Unlike the Droid X’s update that we got word will be coming tomorrow and updating to 2.2, this update is only minor bugs that have been with the device since launch. However, word is that Android 2.2 will be coming to the Fascinate in October...