Samsung announces Galaxy Tab Android tablet coming to four top US carriers

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab Android tablet coming to four top US carriers

Summary: Samsung is holding a press event in New York tonight to reveal details of their Samsung Media service, but have started off by stating the Tab will be coming to all four major US wireless carriers.

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There is a Samsung event being held in New York tonight and according to Android Central they announced that the Galaxy Tab would be coming to all four major US wireless carriers, with a WiFi-only version to follow. The official announcement was made along with news that their Samsung Media Hub service is launching on Galaxy S devices soon.

They stated that the Galaxy Tab would be available on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile in time for people to buy them for the holidays. In typical fashion when a carrier is involved, there was no pricing, fees, or definitive dates given for the release. While I am sure the device will perform quite well and have slick hardware, I haven't seen anything in Android 2.2 that leads me to believe the experience will be much different than what I already see on my 4.3 inch Android 2.2 device. I am not sure the current version of Android scales up to a large display so easily without specific utilities and applications designed for larger displays.

Android Central is at the event so I will follow their hands-on coverage and news about the Samsung Media Hub launch.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Samsung, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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  • Looking forward to the WiFi only version

    NT
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Samsung announces Galaxy Tab Android tablet coming to four top US carriers

    Just read on TMoNews that the US versions of the Tab will not have phone capabilities. This was a big differentiator between it and the iPad. I hope this is not true, won't buy one if it is.
    podstolom
    • RE: Samsung announces Galaxy Tab Android tablet coming to four top US carriers

      @podstolom

      I agree. no phone capabilities = no sale to me.
      corton
      • RE: Samsung announces Galaxy Tab Android tablet coming to four top US carriers

        @corton <br><br>Tying this thing to any blood sucking phone carrier would suck and be a big NO WAY for me. Why would you want to be forced into a contract when you could use Google Voice. I'll pay for a month by month for a data plan but that's it.
        dsw0@...
  • What's next? The Android welcome mat?

    it looks like an oversized phone just like the iPhone/iPad devices. In good graces of keeping tablet competition, I would say ok. But when I want to do more, I'll just get a laptop that turns into a tablet. Or a Netbook that will do the same thing.
    Maarek
    • you missed the point...

      @Maarek - iOS for iPad has been tweaked to give devs access to GUI elements that are not present on iOS for iPhone/Touch.. iPad apps can have multiple scrolling panels, popup menus, floating panels, toolbars etc.. GUI element that just don't make sense on a small phone screen but are perfectly fine on a 10 inch screen.. so the iPad apps actually offer real gain in utility and usablitiy over the iPhone/Touch apps... this has not occurred for android (android 3.0 is supposed to include some of this).. android on a tablet is literally the exact same phone OS and apps that are the same phone apps just blown up to 2 times on the larger screen and so offer no advantage in usability, efficiency etc..<br><br>just one example.. the iPod app on iPad is almost identical to the desktop version of iTunes.. 2 scrolling panes (one for media types and playlist and one for the contents) and another panel for currently playing song.. tool bar on top and bottom etc.. the phone app just has one list of whatever and you need to do a lot of back, back, back etc to navigate hierarchy.. and this is necessary because of the small screen size.. so in the iPad version of the apps you see more at the same time, can access more.. it's closer to a desktop experience.. there is real utility over the phone app.. but this is just not the case with android.. at least at the moment.. android tablets are just not going to be that useful until android 3 and apps that take advantage of android 3..
      doctorSpoc
  • Why?

    I really like android phones. But I have to wonder why is there such a push to have an android tablet. For what purpose? Just because apple has an ipad? I think android would be better suited to appliances and do what java was supposed to have done for our household electronics.
    tommcd64
    • Think of the iPod Touch...

      @tommcd64
      NT
      ZackCDLVI
  • RE: Samsung announces Galaxy Tab Android tablet coming to four top US carriers

    I hope it is a better implementation than Android 2.2 on the droid. It took a perfectly good and stable system and turned it into a mess. Now, apps run all of the time in the background, draining the battery in less than 6 hours. Kill apps work for about 5 minutes and the process starts anew. Android 2.2 killed Wifi - WPA specifically. Frequent freezes occur and require battery removal. It has become a frankenphone. BTW re-setting and re-flashing didn't work. Motorola and Verizon both claim that one can't roll back the OS to v. 2.1. What kind of garbage is that? I'll tell you it's called marketing - they are forcing me to buy a new phone (this one is only 6 months old!).
    ajrmd
    • RE: Samsung announces Galaxy Tab Android tablet coming to four top US carriers

      @ajrmd -- Don't buy a new phone! You should consider rooting your phone to get rid of the bloated apps that are killing your battery. Don't put w/ their crap and don't waste your money.

      Froyo (Android 2.2) is awesome. I'm on a rooted Sprint Hero w/ CM6 (Froyo). HTC said they won't update the Hero to 2.2, just their "newer" phones. I just got my phone about 10 months ago! I don't know about you, but I can't afford to throw down $400-$600 dollars on another smart phone, nor am I willing to sign another 2 year contract to get one subsidized.
      eyedtentea
  • RE: Samsung announces Galaxy Tab Android tablet coming to four top US carriers

    I recently inquired of Sprint, when Android 2.2 might be available for their Epic 4G (Galaxy S) phone. After reading how the upgrade went for arjmd, I am no longer sure I want to know. <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
    MikeyrInFL
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