Sprint and Verizon have slashed pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with both carriers now asking $199.99 for the 7-inch tablet. The extra discounting makes the CDMA networks the cheapest in the US for picking up the Galaxy Tab; T-Mobile USA is asking $249.99, while AT&T offers the Tab agreement-free for $549.99. The move could well be a push to clear out Galaxy Tab stock ahead of the new range of Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets that are expected over the coming weeks and months. Samsung is yet to confirm whether the Galaxy Tab will get Honeycomb or remain on Android 2.2 Froyo as it launched with. That hasn't stopped the third-party hacking community from attempting to do what Samsung seems reluctant to attempt; xda-developers already have a rudimentary Honeycomb ROM for the CDMA version of the Galaxy Tab [via The Unlockr]. However it's still lacking in most of the day-to-day functionality most users would require.
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taking pre-orders for the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab P1010, with the 7-inch slate expected to begin shipping on March 31. Priced at £299 ($477), the P1010 is £100 less than the unlocked, SIM-free 3G version that has been on sale for several months now. Last we heard, the US launch of the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab would take place on April 4, though currently the slate is nowhere to be found on Amazon US. However, the dates certainly align, suggesting Samsung's cheaper version is finally ready to make its debut. Although Samsung reached the market quickly with the original Galaxy Tab, it faced significant criticism over pricing. US carriers had demanded that the voice-call capabilities be disabled, and sold the slate with a data contract (generally lasting two-years).
Google Nexus Tablet by LG was an interesting - if concerning for current Android tablet owners - snippet about Google's licensing agreements for Android OS updates. According to Mobile-Review, using Android 3.0 Honeycomb requires a separate license to using 2.x, with one of the clauses being that a device running 2.x cannot be subsequently updated to 3.0. If true, that could have significant impact on tablets like the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, which launched running Android 2.x and have not yet been confirmed to be getting an official Honeycomb update. It could also impact the HTC Flyer, which is expected to launch running Gingerbread and then, HTC has previously insisted, be updated to Honeycomb later in the year. According to Eldar Murtazin, though, Google's licensing limitations will prevent that upgrade, and so the Flyer will in fact launch running Honeycomb in most - but not all - of its versions. Let's hope the situation gets clarified sooner rather than later, since we can imagine Flyer early-adopters not responding well to the idea that they'd never see a 3.x update to their device. We're asking HTC for an official comment, and will update when we hear back. Update: HTC's PR team tells us that, while HTC has no official statement on this, it has no impact on the company's plans for Flyer.
We reported a few weeks back that preorders of the Flyer have gone through the roof with over 1,000,000 already sold ... and it's not even out yet. The two new Flyer tablets will have larger screens, mirroring the Samsung release plan, and will run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Out other than that, there's little information.