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This news is from the horse’s mouth itself. Hugo Barra, Google director of mobile products, recently said that “Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets. If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.” However, Samsung claims that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be compatible with 85-90% of the Android programs.Well, for all that advertising Samsung has done, the Tab better support that many apps.
Isn’t it really depressing to hear that the most anticipated Galaxy Tab may not be quite ready for the tablet market yet. With a flood of Android tablets coming out, Google better start working hard to get those 80,000 apps working on the tablets. If they don’t, GoogleChic, you wont have much to grapple over and I will be really bored without an iOS competitor to diss. 😉
Samsung has announced that the device will be upgradeable to Android 3.0 (Gingerbread). However you wont be able to upgrade it to Android 3.5 (Honeycomb), since there will be new hardware to support that. With the blazing speed at which Google is releasing software updates, GoogleChic, would you still want to buy a device which only gets one software update in its lifetime? Geez, you fAndroids must be really very rich!
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Do you really think that Samsung who manufactures quality products will release a crap tablet like it’s counterparts Augen? Heck no! Of course they thought about the new screen resolution on its tablet. Come on, in the technology world everyone knows that you just don’t go poof and everything will magically appear on a new device. Samsung has been working with Google to identify apps that will not work as in on its new Tab and have been in contact with those developers.
If you look at the iPad, there are apps specially made just for it to take advantage of the larger screen. AppleGirl, were you depressed when the iPad came out on day one and not all the apps was working as you expected ;)? As for the 80,000 apps, Google doesn’t need to lift a finger, that’s not their responsibility. Each developer should go back and make their application compatible (much like the Apple process). However, to Hugo Barra’s point, there is an easier way to make all of these Apps compatible, “we want to make sure that we’re going to create a application distribution mechanism for the Android market, to ensure our users have right experience”. This is something that Google is already working on with Gingerbread (Android 3.0) .
As for Honeycomb, Samsung is planing to release a full tablet portfolio in 2011 which supports Honeycomb. So, you could wait it out until then but the Samsung Tab is about portability with the 7 inch screen size and if that’s what you like I would say go for it! I somehow have a feeling that the tablets released by Samsung in 2011 will be larger than 7 inches.
For now, check out the hands on video with Samsung Tab, it sure looks sweet to me!
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It looks like it’s going to be a full house again with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced yesterday that the Galaxy Tab will be available via all major US carriers (T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint).
Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version will be available! This means no service contract and data plans (Whoop!)! However, there’s no news on the pricing for any of these devices just yet.
One odd thing is odd is that the US version of the Galaxy Tab will not have telephony capabilities unlike its European model. Am I going to cry over this? No! That’s what a phone is for, and don’t forget you still have the VoIP option if you really want to use it as a phone.
Lastly, movies and next day TV shows will be offered via Media Hub. I think Media Hub is a very nice feature for movies, but I’m still not jumping up and down for joy about the TV shows. I mean Android does have Flash so you could wait for the shows to be posted online to watch, I guess it’s a nice to have if the network doesn’t offer online episodes.
Watch out AppleGirl, with the Samsung Tab being readily available with on all of the major US carriers, do you still think the iPad will dominate?
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Is this going to be another round of device dwarfing just so the Samsung tablet fits into the carrier plans like the Galaxy phones? Sprint customers; don’t hold your breath expecting another Epic 4G, because Samsung is not releasing a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab. T-Mobile customers, you won’t be getting the Tab on T-Mobile’s HSPA + network as well. That leaves Verizon and AT&T. You think AT&T customers would buy an Android device when they have an Apple device at their beckoning?
GoogleChic, I am glad you are not crying over not having voice call functionality on the Tab because I think Samsung and the carrier networks should be beating themselves bad over that blunder(esp if its available in UK). If your Tab is extremely portable because it is 7 inches (maybe you don’t have the extra 3 inches space in you handbag or manbag to hold an iPad), a good smart phone-mini tablet is what we don’t have in the market (Intentionally ignoring Dell Streak here). Want to get ahead of the iPad? Launch a device into an untapped market. But instead, Samsung insists on being the best knock-offer (Does the word knock-offer exist? Nevermind, I just made it up). Elaborating on the knock-offer attributes, Samsung makes a device just like an iPad (only 3 inches shorter), makes Apple like accessories, and top it all off gives you video conferencing on Wi-Fi only. GoogleChic, isn’t that what we call Facetime on iPad? Yes, the same Facetime over Wifi you keep cribbing about. 😉
Wow, you get a Media Hub as well? Anything compared to the iTunes store? I’m not even going to draw a comparison here since we all know who wins this round hands down.
As it is, the battery life of the iPad is super trumping the Samsung Tab (iPad has 10 hours video, 140 hours audio playback , one month standby and Samsung Tab has 7 hours video). Hmm, I wonder if that 7 hours would be any shorter with GoogleChic watching videos on Flash websites.
Alas, Samsung couldn’t get their hands on Apples iOS, so they decided to stick the Tab with another copycat, Android OS. Apple’s newest updates including Airplay wireless streaming and the colossal giant App store with Apps made to render to the 10 inch iPad, sets the Tablet software bar higher than Android.
Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price. Although Samsung hasn’t released the price point in the US, here’s a feeler about how it is faring in UK. Amazon has listed the product for a mind boggling £800 as compared to £529 for a 16 Gb Wifi-3G Apple iPad. Amazon has also listed a 15% discount which brings the Tab down up £680. Of course, with carrier subsidization, the price may vary in the United States. But if the Tab is going to cost more than an iPad, GoogleChic, really I don’t think even you would be buying the Galaxy Tab! 🙂
|BY THE APPLE GIRLIf you are holding off on buying an iPad just yet, here’s some good news for you! Apple might be releasing the new version of the iPad with a front facing camera in the first quarter of 2011. Another rumor is that Apple is getting ready to ship Face Time version of iChat with which you could make Face Time calls from any Mac. FaceTime might be the next thing in vogue; GoogleChic, unless you buy an Apple device, you are going to be left behind with your wannabe “Face Time” flimsy video chat software on your Android!Front facing cameras on any Android device including your most favorite Samsung Galaxy Tab might only give you the hardware to do video calls. But what you really miss is the beautifully integrated Face time software that Apple has done so well.
Steve Jobs was critiqued when he claimed back in June that Apple would ship tens of millions of Face Time devices this calendar year.If FaceTime comes to all Apple devices, Steve Jobs might be keeping his word. A writer at Fortune has added up all the numbers and turns out Apple might have roughly 48 million Face Time devices in the market by the end of this year. Albeit, Face Time is currently allowed only on Wi-Fi, with 48 million Face Time devices, Apple is just unlocking the video telephony potential.
Girls, go get some make up on. Your next FaceTime call might be any minute now!
| BY THE GOOGLE CHICIf the hardware allows for a front facing camera, do you really think there’s no software to go with that? Of course not! Qik is a video chatting application that allows for you to video chat to your heart’s content. In addition, it’s a video sharing software app, you can upload videos to Qik and share them with your friends. Obviously, you can do this all over 3G 🙂Don’t be jealous AppleGirl because you can’t Facetime over 3G. There’s an alternative solution for you. You can Fring and video chat with me over 3G. However, as you will see in the demo below you may have some issues on your end 😉
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GoogleChic, don’t be under the illusion that Swype helps you type faster!
A few days ago, a British woman named Melissa Thompson walked into a Samsung roadshow and beat the current Guinness World Record for fastest texting and she used Swype. I can see GoogleChic glowing with pride. But it sounds like a well laid out publicity stunt to me!
An iPhone user came across this news and tried his hand at it. Check it out! He beat the British lady by more than 3 seconds!
GoogleChic, do you need more proof that the iPhone allows faster texting than your Swype? There goes your coveted feature on Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy phone! iPhone texting beats Swype any day! Plus no learning curve that comes with Swype.
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AppleGirl, of course I’m proud! She used an Android device to beat the Guinness record :). Supposedly, Melissa was out of shape with texting and still beat the Guiness world record.
As for the iPhone user who beat Melissa’s record by 3 secs, think if they were to use Swype on the Samsung Galaxy S. Maybe they’ll shave another 5 secs off, and be the ultimate fastest person in the world! Just something to ponder about.
Try it for yourselves, how fast can you type this?
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