Today is the country-wide release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the USA, but it does not mean that they are easy to get a hold of. This is especially true with Best Buy. But that is not what you want to hear about! Check out the video below.
A few weeks ago, the App of the Week was FlexT9, a keyboard that could do it all. Most notably was the ability to swipe or tap the words out. Swype on the other hand has never really had the option to tap out words. You could, but there was no predictive text or autocorrect which made it a headache. It made it impossible for me to warrant using it because of the pain typing in URLs was in the browser. Now Swype 3.0 Beta introduces predictive tap-typing.
Swype also has a special ability in its latest beta build for resizable keyboards on Honeycomb tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 10.1v. In fact they demoed it on a 10.1. The smaller version of the keyboard can be moved left to right depending on how you prefer to type.
This Beta may not work on the original Galaxy Tab is it already has Swype preinstalled on it.
If your phone came pre-installed with Swype
DO NOT download this beta (it won’t work)
If you are rocking a Swype-free version or a Galaxy Tab 10.1, then give it a download.
Samsung just released a commercial that is just under two minutes on YouTube to show off all of the great features of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The commercial is not afraid to put Apple’s iPad in its place by showing how having flash would be useful.
Spacemoose1 has been busy on XDA and has gotten the port to Alpha 2.5. Things are working very nicely in the version. Spacemoose1 had to delay the GSM version of this release so at this time only CDMA Galaxy Tabs will be capable of using this ROM.
- A fully working tablet marketplace.
- Maps, places and streetview.
- Working audio (it needs work, but it’s there.)
- The lastest version of voodoo sound integrated into the kernel.
- The voodoo sound control app.
- A couple of widgets from the Asus Transformer.
- A setup wizard that allows you to select your language at startup.
- A tablet keyboard apk that makes text entry easier.
- UMS access, just plug it in to any PC and your SD should auto-mount.
- And a handful of stability and speed fixes.
Installation instructions can be found at the source link below.
As we all know the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 will not be featuring a vanilla build of Android. Instead Samsung has incorporated its TouchWiz UX (TouchWiz 4.0) into Honeycomb. Samsung has always included TouchWiz on their devices, including the original Galaxy Tab which featured TouchWiz 3.0.
Phone Arena got a build of TouchWiz UX on a developer Galaxy Tab 8.9. This is not the retail version of the software, but it will likely be pretty darn close. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will not launch with TouchWiz UX tomorrow in NYC. Instead it will be an OTA update at a later time.
For more information about TouchWiz UX check out an earlier post about it.
What do you think of TouchWiz UX?
Source: Android Central
Why tablets need back facing video cameras I will never understand (if it were up to me I’d put the better quality camera on the front for video chatting and not have a back one), but it is yet another thing to compare to other tablets. The second generation iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 both have front and rear facing cameras. Both can record 720p video with the back camera.
As you can see in the picture, the iPad 2 has strange blue and black colors where there should be white. This is due to a white balance error or something of that sort. The shots without this are pretty good though. The Galaxy Tab 10.1′s camera does not have the same issue. Both are relatively the same quality other than that.
Watch the video to compare for yourself.