The Samsung Galaxy S 2, the best Android smartphone of the year, has been selling like hot cakes. It just broke records by selling over 1 million units in South Korea in the first month.
It will launch soon in many other countries, including India, and is expected to be the best selling smartphone of the year, at least until the iPhone 5 launches. Carrier specific versions of the Galaxy S 2 will be launched in the US this summer.
Today, J. K. Shin, President, Samsung Mobile, stated in an interview with WSJ, that Samsung was planning to launch a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab, after the launch of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1.
He also said that Samsung will be launching the successor to the Galaxy S 2, the Galaxy S 3 in the first half of 2012. I suppose they will preview it either at CES or MWC 2012.
“Understanding that the market is changing very quickly and being able to embrace market trends quickly is one of Samsung’s biggest challenges in the mobile communications business. We believe that as time progresses, the tablet market will stabilize. There are a lot of players jumping into the market but it’s important to offer a device that customers can relate to and feel it’s a necessity in their daily lives” Mr. Shin said.
He also commented on Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung. “We didn’t copy Apple’s design” he stated.
Samsung has a very good chance at dominating the Android tablet space, though it’s still way behind the Apple iPad in terms of sales.
Samsung has announced that it will start rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Galaxy branded Android handsets.
The Galaxy branded Android handsets include Galaxy S, Ace, Fit, Mini, Gio, Galaxy Tab and some Galaxy branded handsets meant for Korea.
Here is a small change-log of the update :
· Faster Performance Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
· Upgraded Usability The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.
Galaxy S users in the U.K and Nordic Countries will get the update by mid-May. The update will then be gradually rolled out to European, North America and Asian countries. Other Galaxy branded handsets will also taste Gingerbread in the Nordic countries by the end of this month.
Samsung did release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in the middle of last month. But, later on the update was pulled back by the company for some unknown reasons.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 was one of the most popular Android tabs in 2010. The Galaxy Tab 7, as the name suggests, sports a 7-inch display, and is basically an upsized version of the Galaxy S.
Like all other Android tablets released last year, the Galaxy Tab came with Android 2.2 FroYo on-board, with a tablet optimized version of TouchWIZ.
When Google announced the Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the Nexus S in December 2010, Samsung promised that the Galaxy Tab will get the Gingerbread update. Now, 5 months after Gingerbread’s code went public, Samsung has released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy Tab 7.
Right now, Galaxy Tab owners are reporting that the update is being rolled out only in Italy. However, the firmware is already up for download over at the XDA forums.
Galaxy Tab users, who flashed the Android 2.3.3 firmware on their tablet, are reporting improved system responsiveness. Sadly, two of the Gingerbread goodies – the screen-off animation and the network bar icons, which change color according to the handset’s sync status with Google’s server – have not made it to the Tab.
It’s not the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update the Tab owners were wishing for, but something is better than nothing!
We had reported earlier that Samsung would be launching the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi, a Wi-Fi only variant of the Galaxy Tab Android tablet on April 4. Well, we were slightly off about the date, as well as the rumored price point.
Samsung announced today that it would be selling the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi starting April 10 for $349.99. This is a very good price point which would ensure that Samsung captures the budget Android tablet market, with comparable tablets priced around the same range.
The Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi is the same as the Galaxy Tab, except for the absence of 3G. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo and will come with a 3 MP camera. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It will come with a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM.
It will have all the other features in place – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. It might get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but a Honeycomb upgrade seems unlikely.
What remains to be seen is whether it will see good sales, considering that the Xoom Wi-Fi and even the Galaxy Tab 8.9 / 10.1 will be launching soon, for just a couple hundred dollars more.
Samsung also plans to launch the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 soon, along with the Samsung Galaxy S 2.
Samsung announced a smaller version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the CTIA as well the Galaxy Tab 8.9.
As its name suggests, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) display. Like its bigger sibling, the 8.9-inch Tab will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and pack 1GB of RAM.
The back of the tablet sports a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED Flash, along with a 2MP camera in the front. The tablet is also insanely thin with at only 8.6mm!
Like its bigger sibling, the smaller Tab will support HSPA+ and will pack the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot etc. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will pack a 6000mAh battery and will weigh only 470grams!
Unlike the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will sport stereo speakers. The Tab 8.9 will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UX on top of it. The tablet will also feature hardware-based encryption for both internal and external storage, like the Galaxy S II.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9-inch is coming to the United State early this summer, and the 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost $469, while the 32GB version will cost $569.
Samsung has just announced two new Galaxy Tabs at their on-going event in CTIA. One Tab will come with a 10.1-inch screen, while another one will come with an 8.9-inch screen.
Samsung did announce the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress last month, but the company has actually improved the product since then in a bid to make it an iPad killer. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thickness is virtually the same as that of the Galaxy S II (8.6 mm), making it thinner than the recently announced iPad 2.
The 10.1 Tab has a PLS display with WXGA (1280×800) display. It is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and packs 1GB of RAM. The back of the tab features a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED flash, while there is a 2MP camera in the front for video calling.
The usual GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor and a 3.5mm audio jack are all present. The tablet supports HSPA+ for speeds of up to 21Mbps.
The Tab 10.1 has dual-Wi-Fi antennas and supports both 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands. The tablet has a whopping 6800mAh battery for up to 10 hours of video playback and weighs in only 595grams.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. The tablet will be released on June 8 in some regions of the world. The 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost only $499 while the 32GB version will cost $599.
Sprint and Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 OTA update for the Epic 4G, back in late February.
However, the update was pulled back within 3 days of its release due to many issues including corrupting a user’s SD card, bricking phones etcetera. Now, the folks over at Android Central have got their hands on some leaked internal Sprint document.
The document states that Sprint and Samsung will be rolling out a new Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G owners.
Along with the Epic 4G, the Samsung Transform and the Galaxy Tab will also get OTA updates. The Transform will get the Android 2.2 update (EB28), while the Galaxy Tab will get a minor software update. All the updates will be rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) by Sprint, and hopefully won’t lead to any issues this time.
Apparently, the Epic 4G Android 2.2 update is scheduled to roll out to the general public starting from March 21st. Updates for the Galaxy Tab and the Transform will be rolled out soon after.
Hopefully, this rumor will turn out to be true and Epic 4G owners will finally get a taste of FroYo on their handset.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first successful Android tablet which was launched back in 2010. It was the only tablet other than the iPad which had good sales, but compared to the iPad, it was a relative flop, mainly due to its high pricing.
It was priced at $599 which was perceived to be quite high, as the iPad started at just $499. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will likely be priced even higher, but here’s some good news for Android tablet fans.
The Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab will be priced at $399, which is exactly the same as the first generation iPad. It will be launched on April 4. Though the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi has much better hardware specifications, the iPad offers a better OS and more tablet apps.
With the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi coming in the next month, we don’t know how much of a success the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi will be, but if Samsung announces an upgrade to Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the Galaxy Tab, it could be a very interesting device.
By the way, you can also expect a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 soon, but it will likely be priced much higher, closer to the $600 mark.
Last month, Samsung announced the successor of its popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with more features as compared to the original iPad. But, after the launch of iPad 2, Samsung was shaken since the new iPad 2 comes with some amazing features, ultra-slim design and no changes in the price tag. To stay ahead in the competition, Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 on March 22nd.
Samsung recently teased the upcoming Galaxy Tab 8.9, on their official Facebook page. The image clearly shows that the Samsung’s 8.9 inch tablet comes with an extremely slim design and it could be the company’s thinnest tablet to-date. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will come with a 8.9 inch touchscreen display and it will compete with the iPad 2 and LG Optimus Pad.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to come with the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system and it might run on the dual core Tegra 2 processor or the Samsung’s very own Exynos processor. The price of this device is said to be much lower than the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The complete specs of this device will be unveiled on March 22nd. Do you think, Galaxy Tab 8.9 will offer more features and attractive price tag compared to the iPad 2? Let us know your views in the comments below.
The original Galaxy Tab may have got lukewarm reception but this has not stopped Samsung from announcing a bigger version of the Tab the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This bigger Tab from Sammy is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and packs a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. The tablet weighs only 599 grams and is only 0.4-inch thick. The back of this 10.1-inch Tab sports an 8MP camera with AF and LED flash while the front has a 2MP camera for video calling. The Tab will be capable of recording as well as playing back 1080p videos. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, SIM card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. Sadly, the tablet lacks a mini-HDMI port as well as a micro-USB port. It features the same proprietary port from Samsung as found on the original Tab. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a Google Experience device and thus runs on stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The tablet will be available in capacities of 16 GB and 32GB. It will be powered by a 6860mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in Europe and Asia by March. Sadly, Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet expect saying that it will be competitive.