Samsung Galaxy Tab

OTA updates for Samsung Epic 4G, Transform and Galaxy Tab coming

A pretty strong indication of an over the air (OTA) update to the Samsung Epic 4G, Transform, and even the Galaxy Tab popped up on the interwebs today in the form of a screen shot from Sprint's website. The intended upgrades includes the Epic 4G moving up to Android 2.2.1 (Froyo) as well as some 2.2 yogurty goodness for the Samsung Transform. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab joins the Epic 4G and Transform with a little nip and tuck courtesy of a Sprint ID update that will provide for a package of wallpapers, ringtones and apps to bring it up to where the current state of the art is for Sprint and Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 gets brief video tease

A new video teaser for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 has emerged, giving a brief glimpse of the new slate. Believed to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the tablet is only shown momentarily, but that's enough to confirm the rear-facing camera with flash. As for talk that it would be slimmer than the iPad 2, that's tricky to ascertain. The slate certainly looks relatively bulky in the screenshot above, and the headphone jack looks a little different (you can see it in the gallery below) to what we saw on the last teaser. Still, we won't know for sure until CTIA 2011 later in the month, where the slate is expected to make its official debut. Check out a third image in the gallery below (with a little level tweaking), showing the vague glimpse of what could be a custom UI. [youtube FPmHomARu84] [gallery] [via Geekword]

Samsung Galaxy Devices Reveal Silicon Art [WARNING]

There's a few places that are really great to put a warning on a device. As a manufacturer, you can put a warning on the box of a bit of technology, just so long as that warning isn't going to tell the user about a possible blast into the ear. If there is going to be a blast into the ear of the user, the user would probably be better off having the warning about the blast be on the device itself. Sometimes there's another place for a warning, and that's deep within the device, under all the plastic, under all the metal. This is sometimes also known as Silicon Art.

Verizon waives $35 Tablet activation fee

Verizon has announced that they waiving their $35 Tablet activation fee for month to month data plans related to the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets. The fee waiver is retroactive to March 1. Users who find they have been charged the fee, should also see a similar credit on the same bill effectively cancelling it out. The waiver is likely in response to the fact that the iPad 2 has no activation fee from Verizon, so why wouldn't Android get the same kind of love.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 gets super-skinny tease

Samsung has already sent out the teasers regarding its mystery device reveal later this month, expected to be an 8.9-inch version of the Galaxy Tab Android tablet. Now another sliver of the slate has been shown, this time complete with what looks to be the tablet's 3.5mm headphone socket, and it certainly appears to be thin. The extra bowing around the headphone socket implies that the slate as a whole is little more than the width of that port. That could potentially make it thinner than the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab (which was 0.47-inches thick) and a decent rival to the waifish iPad 2. The full reveal is expected on March 22, and we're guessing we'll see a tweener-slate fitting in between the original Tab and the newer 10.1-inch model announced last month. Android 3.0 Honeycomb seems likely too, along with a dual-core processor. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

New Tablet announcing at CTIA, hints of medical applications

CTIA Vice President Rob Mesirow has hinted that a new Android tablet will be announced at the annual wireless trade show. And though he wouldn't go into any detail as to who's making it or what the specs are, Mesirow did go on to talk about how tablets in general are changing Heath care thanks to what he calls "M-health" and that M-health news at CTIA this year. And as if hinting to one spec, Mesirow went on to state that a 7" tablet fits rather nicely in a lab coat.

Samsung may unveil 8.9″ Galaxy Tab later in March

Samsung may be unveiling their new 8.9" Galaxy Tab at a press event on March 22, in Orlando, Florida. The news comes from an image on Samsung's facebook page with a cryptic reference to the numbers "78910", which many believe points to an 8.9" tablet since the original Galaxy Tab is 7" and Samsung unveiled a 10.1" tablet at CES. So an 8.9 inch tablet would fit right in the middle and make for a good mid-range size. But is there really a need for something in between the two existing sizes?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-On [Vodafone]

Have a look with us much closer to this bigger and significantly modified version of the original Galaxy Tab, indeed a brand new monster wholly on the outside and the in. We did get the chance last week to take a peek at this device at Mobile World Congress 2011, but as our good pal Chris Davies had the opportunity, it didn't make a moment of sense not to turn another peek at the device out in the wild. This is the Vodafone-branded version of the tablet and it does not fail to impress.

Tegra 2 based Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 official

Samsung has officially unveiled its second Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and as we suggested it's running NVIDIA's dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset rather than one of Samsung's own processors. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, as the name suggests, has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 768 touchscreen, just like the Motorola XOOM, along with an 8-megapixel autofocus camera capable of Full HD video recording. OS is Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a "Google Experience" slate it uses the native Honeycomb UI, rather than Samsung's own custom TouchWiz interface. That should mean faster OS updates in future, too. Samsung isn't saying exactly when the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will launch, nor pricing, but we've heard separately that the company hopes to beat Motorola and the XOOM to European availability; we've also heard whispers that Vodafone - in the UK at least - may have the slate exclusively in April 2011. Enjoy our hands-on and video! Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on! [vms ae62f4140325d09b9afd] [gallery] Press Release:
NVIDIA and Samsung Partner to Deliver the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb Tablet GALAXY Tab’s Successor Powered by Tegra 2, Featuring a Dual-Core CPU plus an NVIDIA GeForce GPU That Enable Full Use of Android 3.0 Barcelona — MWC 2011 — Feb. 13, 2011—NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics announced today the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a 10.1-inch screen tablet which uses the NVIDIA® TegraTM 2 mobile super chip to take full advantage of the Android 3.0 (also known as Honeycomb) user interface. While the previous 7-inch GALAXY Tab introduced the Android tablet space, the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet maximizes the entertainment on-the-go experience. It features the Tegra 2 chip’s dual-core CPU and GeForce GPU for faster Web browsing, snappier response time and overall better performance. Galaxy Tab 10.1 utilizes the Tegra 2 chip to power Honeycomb, the first GPU- accelerated user interface designed for tablets and other larger-screen devices. The new Samsung tablet with Tegra 2 enables consumers to engage in multitasking, surf the web quickly with fast-loading Web pages and Flash-based content, enjoy console- quality gaming and savor HD movies. “Our first GALAXY Tab successfully defined a new generation of Android tablets,” said Hyungmoon Noh, VP of R&D Strategy Group, at Samsung. “We’ve worked closely with NVIDIA to raise the stakes again. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, with Honeycomb and Tegra 2, provide the optimal entertainment and multimedia experience without compromising mobility Samsung is known for.” “Samsung’s latest tablet with the Tegra 2 mobile super chip and Honeycomb is a great example of what we’ve come to expect from one of the world’s most innovative companies,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. The companies are also partnering to bring a new Android-based super phone with a dual-core CPU to consumers, for never-before-seen experiences.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1″ and Galaxy S II official photos leak

The Samsung MWC 2011 leaks just keep coming, and after yesterday's spec-spill of the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1", now we have some official imagery too. Samsung Hub and MovePlayer have dug up various renders and live shots of the smartphone and tablet. As we learned yesterday, the Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1GHz processor and 8-megapixel camera. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 10.1" has a 1280 x 768 display, 1GHz dual-core CPU and the same 8-megapixel camera. Both can apparently shoot Full HD video. We'll know more - and have hands-on - after Samsung's MWC 2011 event later today. [gallery] [via SlashGear]