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Mini-Tablet Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.0 and Galaxy S Wi-Fi 5.0 without 3G module, different display size (4 or 5 inches, respectively), but have similar functionality, including support for video calls, VoIP, plenty of entertainment applications Android Market, music and video playback, as well as the availability of GPS-navigator. In addition, 5-inch model offers a navigation solution Route 66.
The devices are equipped with built-in camera, support codecs MPEG4, H264, DivX, XviD, WMV, and DivX HD and reproduce high-definition video. In this 5-inch model also has an HDMI-out, allowing you to watch HD video from the TV screen.
Mini-Tablet Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi will be available in April and May 2011 (possibly already with the version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the time of sale) at a price of 9,990 rubles for a 4-inch model (with 8 GB of internal memory) and 12,990 rubles per 5-inch model (with 16 GB of internal memory).
Android 3.0 tablets are set to hit the UK left, right and centre in 2011 but there’s one glaring issue affecting all of them at the moment.
Google may have done a lot of work with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It certainly looks good, has everything you’d expect from a tablet operating system, in terms of features, and has taken centre stage on some of the most exciting tablets we’ve ever seen – the Motorola Xoom, LG Optimus Pad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Thing is, there’s one big stinking elephant in the room when it comes to Android 3.0. So what is it? Simple: there’s hardly any dedicated Android 3.0 apps currently available. Not even 100, and when you compare this to Apple’s 60,000+ for the iPad, it starts to look like quite a big problem.
As you might have noticed, so far the only Android 3.0-powered tablet to hit the market is Motorola’s Xoom. Both Samsung and LG have yet to confirm when their respective Android 3.0-powered tablets will be arriving – although it will be sometime this year.
Motorola has yet to release any official figures relating to Xoom sales, but early indicators suggest that it’s not doing as well as Motorola has hoped it would – and this is bad news for both Motorola and Google.
And if all of the above wasn’t enough, Apple launched the iPad 2 – a device so popular across the globe that Apple is struggling to keep up with orders.
So – just how bad is the apps situation? It’s not good. Thankfully, most Android smartphone apps will work on Android 3.0 – albeit with a little tweaking:
‘Android 3.0 brings a new UI designed for tablets and other larger screen devices, but it also is fully compatible with applications developed for earlier versions of the platform, or for smaller screen sizes. Existing applications can seamlessly participate in the new holographic UI theme without code changes, by adding a single attribute in their manifest files.’
But if you’re forking out £500 or so, you’d expect there to be more than a few dedicated Android 3.0 tablet-only applications ready for you to download wouldn’t you? Well, there isn’t – so prepare to be disappointed.
According to Wired Magazine, who tested the Motorola Xoom extensively, there are about 50 dedicated Android 3.0 applications on Google’s newly designed tablet-centric Android Market.
However, of those 50 uncovered by Wired only 14 are said to be native Android 3.0 applications. The rest, according to HTLounge, are phone applications that’ll size up on the tablet display.
Information Week’s Eric Zeman claims to have only found 38 whilst he was testing the Motorola Xoom towards the end of March. Zeman wasn’t pleased either, commenting: ‘Had I actually purchased the Xoom with my own money, I’d be pretty annoyed at the paltry app selection.’
Android 3.0 is now closed source
Google officially made matters a lot worse by delaying the release of the Android 3.0 source code. Only a ‘trusted few’ were granted access to the Android 3.0 source code – namely OEMs and a handful of developers.
According to Geek with a Laptop, ‘While the details are still sketchy, Google says it will delay the distribution of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) source code for the foreseeable future – whatever that means. Google says it is not yet ready for the outside world.’
So what’s the official line from Google?
“Android is an open-source project. We have not changed our strategy,” is the mantra espoused by Andy Rubin, vice-president for engineering at Google.
Maybe so, but the delay of the source code and blatant pandering to OEMs on Google’s part has caused quite a ruckus in the open source community. Google has suddenly started behaving like RIM and Apple, and people don’t like it.
Here’s what Paula Rooney of ZD Net made of the decision:
“Transparency is paramount in the open source community. The tablet market is going to be huge. It’s not fair to lead the entire open source developer community along, enjoy massive success and then pull the plug on its open source commitment as the market wave is poised to peak.”
No one – even with all of the above fumbles – doubts Android 3.0, though. It will be huge, just like Android for smartphones. It’s just going to take a while for the applications to start rolling in.
After all, Google only released the official Android 3.0 SDK a couple of days (February 22) before the Xoom launched.
And once these apps start appearing, which they will, everyone will forget about Android 3.0’s sticky start and begin to enjoy having a nice iPad alternative.
Still though, launching a new platform with less than 100 native applications is a serious error and one that Apple, understandably, made light of at its recent iPad 2 launch event.
And who can blame Steve Jobs? Apple has 60,000 dedicated iPad applications on its App Store and can’t keep up with current demand for its latest tablet – talk about winning!
Within this context then, Google has quite literally brought a knife to a gunfight – even HP’s brand new webOS platform has more than 100 native apps.
Nevertheless, Android 3.0 will undoubtedly win out in the end – it’s all just a matter of time.
The South Korean company Samsung Electronics at CTIA Wireless 2011, as promised, today announced its new model Tablet PC-based operating system Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) – GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9, which, according to the manufacturer, at a thickness of 8.6 body mm is the thinnest tablet PC in the world at the moment.
Both models (pictured above – a model GALAXY Tab 10.1) equipped with dual-core processor with 1 GHz and supports the ability to work in mobile HSPA + networks at speeds up to 21 Mbps in addition to standard Bluetooth wireless technology and Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n. The main difference GALAXY Tab 10.1 and GALAXY Tab 8.9 is displays on the diagonal, which in the first, it is 10.1 inches, and the second 8.9-inch, respectively.
- Supported communication standards: HSPA + 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 MHz; EDGE / GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Operating System: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), interface Samsung TouchWiz UX
- Dimensions: 256.6 h172, 9h8, 6 mm (GALAXY Tab 10.1); 230,9 h157, 8×8, 6 mm (GALAXY Tab 8.9)
- Weight: 595 gr. (GALAXY Tab 10.1); 470 gr. (GALAXY Tab 8.9)
- Display: 10.1-inch (GALAXY Tab 10.1); 8,9-inch (GALAXY Tab 8.9) a resolution of 1280×800 pixels
- Main camera: 3 megapixel with autofocus and LED backlight
- Front camera: 2 MP
- 1 GHz dual-core processor
- Supports video formats: MPEG4/H263/H264, Divx / Xvid; (playback 1080p Full HD @ 30fps, recording 720p HD)
- Support audio formats: MP3, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB
- 3,5 mm audio jack for headphones, stereo speakers
- Availability of application Quickoffice HD Editor
- Support for Adobe Flash Player 10.2
- Connectivity: Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 (a / b / g / n)
- Sensors: gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, ambient light sensor
- Memory: 16/32/64 GB microSD slot for memory cards
- Battery: 6800 mAh (GALAXY Tab 10.1); 6000 mAh (GALAXY Tab 8.9)
North American mobile operator Sprint, as part of its program to expand the portfolio of mobile terminals that support its 4G network, introduced another model of Android smartphone – Nexus S 4G, manufactured by Samsung.
In addition to supporting work in 4G mobile networks, Sprint (WiMAX), the new Nexus S 4G running platform Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 1 GHz processor and a built-in 3D graphics accelerator, which also enables the processing of HD-video content .
Among other specifications Nexus S 4G, which differ little from the original Nexus S, indicates the following:
- Support networks: 3G (EVDO Rev A.); Sprint 4G (WiMAX)
- Dimensions: 124h63h11, 2 mm
- Weight: 131 gr.
- Display: 4-inch, Super AMOLED with support for multitouch, a resolution of 480×800 pixels
- Main camera: 5 megapixel with LED flash
- Front camera: VGA
- Platform: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Memory: 16 GB (ROM) / 512 MB (RAM)
- Communications: GPS, Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n), Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, NFC
- Battery: 1500 mAh, Li-Ion
Sprint’s Epic 4G, Galaxy Tab, and Samsung Transform will all be receiving OTA updates starting March 21 according to documents leaked to us by an anonymous tipster(s). The above picture was sent to us, as well as the full text by a duo of tipsters, so we’re almost certain this will pan out.
The Epic 4G will be updated OTA to EC05, which is Android 2.2.1 (Froyo), and according to the docs will add Sprint ID.
The Galaxy Tab will be updated to EB28 which is also Android 2.2. This update will add Sprint ID and the ability to check usage numbers.
The Samsung Transform will also be updated to EB28 which will add Swype, upgrade the Sprint Zone to version 2.5, and provide various bug fixes in search, mobile hotspot, and Google sync issues.
These updates are all scheduled to begin Monday, and it may take up to four days to complete the rollout. Thanks to both of our tipsters!
The HTC Desire and Desire HD on TELUS will receive updates to Gingerbread sometime this Spring, while a TELUS-approved Froyo update for the Motorola Milestone is expected "very soon", according to information provided by the Canadian carrier to MobileSyrup. Other Android update plans include Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy Apollo, also due in Spring, and Gingerbread for the LG Shine Plus, due in early Summer. The Shine Plus will skip Froyo altogether and receive an update from Eclair straight to Gingerbread.
Gingerbread updates for the Desire series have already been confirmed for Q2 by HTC, but today’s news will reassure TELUS customers that their updates won’t lag too far behind the European and Asian versions. Similarly, European Milestones got their Froyo update today, so it’s not too surprising to hear that a carrier-approved version isn’t far behind.
Here’s a turn up for the books; the original Samsung Galaxy S will be getting an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. You know, the phone that took ages to get involved with Froyo after many many delays.
According to Samsung Romania’s Facebook page, upgrades will start rolling out on Sunday 20th of March til the end of the month.
The translation from the page reads: “Here are some news about the upcoming upgrades to your Android running smartphones. The 2.2.1 upgrade for the Galaxy S will be available until March 20 and the Gingerbread update will roll out until the end of March.”
This comes after news that HTC promised 2.3 upgrades for last year’s Desire and Desire HD Android phones. Galaxy S owners will be pleased to hear that they’re getting the same Gingerbread love and attention too.
We’ve contacted Samsung to find out when the Android 2.3 upgrade will be coming to the UK, and whether you’ll need to update via Samsung Kies or get the upgrade over the air; we’re waiting to hear back.
First to take two and a third bites from Google’s Gingerbread Android OS 2.3 is Vodafone, who is launching the Google/Samsung Nexus S from the 9th of March, a few weeks before it launches Sony’s Xperia arc which also comes with the same OS sweetness.
Although Google and Samsung launched the Android OS 2.3-powered Nexus S smarGoogle’s Gingerbread Android OS 2.tphone late last year, with Google’s Australian employees the first to truly get the Nexus S down under, it has taken a little while for a local telco to bring it to Australian retail stores.
That telco is the somewhat troubled Vodafone, who despite the well-publicised network issues has still been able to use its global clout to secure smart technologies, from the Nexus S smartphone to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch Android OS 3.0-powered Honeycomb tablet.
Vodafone will be offering the Nexus S to existing customers from the 9th of March, and will then make the handset generally available to the public from the 16th of March, and naturally it will do so on a range of 12 and 24 month plans.
Equipped with the very slight “arc” of a “contour” display, as opposed to the “arc” on the back of the Sony Xperia arc, the phone has a 4-inch display which is 0.2-inches smaller than the Xperia, although that probably won’t make that much difference to end-users.
Indeed, it is the Xperia arc that is the biggest competitor to the Nexus S, featuring an 8.1 megapixel camera with Sony’s “Cybershot” DNA within, while Samsung’s Nexus S features a 5 megapixel camera instead.
Although Sony has happily promised to promptly deliver Android OS updates, unlike most of its competitors, the Samsung/Google Nexus S should, in theory, see zero delays to OS updates as it is “Google’s” official Android OS 2.3 smartphone, with choosing between the Sony and Samsung sure to be an angst-laden decision for anyone that wants the latest Google-powered smartphone.
On top of that is the issue of more phones due later this year which will feature dual-core processing technologies, which neither the Nexus S nor the Xperia arc contain – do you buy right now, or do you wait for a future model – or even simply wait for the iPhone 5 instead?
Decisions, decisions… although if you want Google’s latest smartphone NOW… well… the Nexus S will be it, and unless you’ve already imported one from overseas, it will be either today for existing Vodafone customers or in another week for anyone brave enough to switch to Vodafone, instead of away from it.
As Vodafone promotes in its media release, the Nexus S has a 1GHz Samsung processor, a 4-inch “Super Clear LCD Contour Display” at WVGA 48×800 resolution with anti-stain and anti-fingerprint technology.
There’s 16GB of storage within, too, along with all of Google’s apps and maps, and unlike Apple with its iPhone 4, the Nexus S will be available in black or white from day one.
Naturally, Samsung’s local VP of telecommunications, Tyler McGee, was pleased by the development.
He stated that: “We are excited to be bringing the Nexus S, the first Samsung-Google co-developed device, to market with Vodafone in Australia.
“This partnership gives Vodafone customers access to the most innovative hardware solutions from Samsung coupled with the pure Google experience of Android 2.3. The Nexus S brings Vodafone users the latest mobile technology and faster multimedia content with an intuitive experience”, he concluded.
Full pricing is available to view here, with Vodafone’s pricing plan table reproduced below. Source: itwire
Forget about the Samsung Galaxy S Froyo update! How would you feel about a fresh serving of Gingerbread? We’ve heard for a while that Samsung’s Android team has been hard at work on their Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S line, but if you’re not in the mood to wait around for a long, long, long time (I can’t remember, is that how long we waited for the Froyo update?) for Samsung to roll out the update you can grab it yourself over on XDA-Developers.
According to Lorbas, the Gingerbread ROM for the Galaxy S comes directly from Samsung. The build is skinned with TouchWiz 3 and has a functional Android Market, Swype, and even GPS.
As of now, the Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread build only works on the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 (European version), but we may see developers port the ROM to the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S sometime soon. To get a quick peek what Samsung’s Android 2.3.2 build on the Galaxy S looks like, be sure to check out the video below.
Gingerbread (the Android 2.3.2 version) has been leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S i9000. Users at XDA Developers are saying that it includes Touchwiz 4, and download mode is still available. It also looks like Samsung is now using the ext4 file system, which should bring performance boosts much like the ones on the Nexus S.
Not every Galaxy S user around the globe even has Froyo yet — but Samsung’s ready to move on, it seems, crafting a ROM based on Android 2.3.2 (in other words, quite recently) for the i9000 model that just leaked across the giant faucet better known as the internet. The darned thing is nearly a quarter gigabyte in size, so Samsung’s not playing here, but users haven’t fleshed out everything that’s changed just yet. Of course, if you’re using one of the millions of Galaxy S devices that aren’t an i9000, you’ve got more waiting to do… but we’re certain hackers are already well underway tearing this bad boy apart and crafting custom ROMs for various SKUs. Hang tight! [XDA-Developers]