Earlier today, Samsung uploaded a walkthrough video onto their YouTube channel. It demonstrated, among other things, TouchWiz UX. The video shows us the same things we have seen and read about for months – Live Panel widgets, Mini Apps, and more. This is just further proof that the TouchWiz UX update is just around the corner.
Watch the video below. (TouchWiz UX demo starts at around the one minute mark.)
Samsung released the kernel source code for the newly released Galaxy Tab 10.1 a few weeks ago and everybody wondered where the love was for the Galaxy Tab 10.1v. Well Samsung did not want to play favorites and released the kernel source code for the 10.1v.
So what is the good of a source code? Two words – overclocked kernels. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 already has a 1.4 GHz overclocked kernel and now we can expect the same from its slightly older brother.
Are you an excited Galaxy Tab 10.1v owner? Let us know in the comments or forums.
This weeks application is Friend Me, a Facebook app for Honeycomb. There are not that many Honeycomb-specific apps out there, and even fewer that are any good, but this is a good one.
Friend Me works exactly how you would expect it to. When you open it the first thing you see is your news feed. From there you have five different tabs to navigate between – News, Profile, Friends, Photos, and Games. Yes Games in on the list! This app actually lets you play your Facebook games on your tablet. It does open them up in a browser inside of the app, but it is almost a seamless experience.
The app just looks good and is definitely the best Facebook application I have ever used on any platform.
You can download Friend Me now from the Android Market for free.
Edit: Friend Me is temporarily unavailable on the Market, but should be back up soon. You can read more about it here. It is back on the Market.
Stock Honeycomb is nice but I have been waiting patiently for the future TouchWiz update. Samsung recently changed the wording from future update to coming soon. I have reason to believe that coming soon means in the next week or two.
With the release of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 software update coming soon, your already powerful Galaxy Tab will get even better. Here’s a look at the new features and enhancements currently scheduled to be included. Don’t forget to check back for information on the latest software updates.
The update includes a host of new features, but most notably is thew new TouchWiz UX. It bring Live Panels to the homescreen which are really just useful widgets. Also it has a Mini Apps Tray that can be brought up any time. The Mini Apps tray has things like a calculator, task manager and other useful tools that are displayed as an overlay on the current app. Another cool benefit brought by the update is a more powerful clipboard. The last major feature is an enhanced notifications bar in the bottom left that allows you to toggle features like Wi-Fi, sound and other settings.
Follow the source link below to see all the exciting features you will be getting on your Galaxy Tab 10.1. Are you looking forward to the TouchWiz UX update?
You can not say that Archos does not try. They have got a powerful CPU in their latest generation of Android tablets, but they ruin it with subpar hardware all around.
Check out the comparison below.
|Galaxy Tab 10.1||Archos 101 Gen 9|
|Screen Size||10.1 inches||10.1 inches|
|Resolution||1280 x 800||1280 x 800|
|Rear Camera||3 MP with Auto Focus and LED Flash||No|
|Front Camera||2 MP||Yes|
|Processor||1 GHz Dual Core NVIDIA Tegra 2||1.5 GHz Dual Core Cortex A9|
|Weight||565 grams (1.2 pounds)||649 grams (1.4 pounds)
755 grams (1.7 pounds) [Hard Drive]
|Thinness||8.6 mm||12.6 mm
15.6 mm [Hard Drive]
|Memory||16GB/32GB||16GB + microSD slot
250 GB [Hard Drive]
|Ram||1 GB||1 GB|
|Operating System||Android 3.1||Android 3.1|
|Starting Price||$499 (WiFi-Only 16 GB)||$349 (WiFi-Only 16 GB)|
|Availability||Available Now||September 2011|
The Archos 101 G9 is spectacular on paper, just like the previous generations. There is a reason that they do not take off though – poor quality. I would rather pay $500 for a high quality product than $350 for a poor quality one.
Would you consider buying an Archos 101 Gen 9?
Apple thinks that the Galaxy Tab 10.1, as well as several other Samsung devices, need to be removed from shelves immediately. This is part of their ongoing legal battle of Samsung stealing intellectual property from Apple.
I think that Apple has a strong case behind them because a lot of Samsung devices do looks very similar to their Apple counterparts. Hopefully the courts will not force the Galaxy Tab 10.1 off the market but there is slim chance it could happen. If you have been thinking about buying the Galaxy Tab 10.1, then do not wait any longer because they could be gone forever soon.
Source: PC World
I know it seems like the day will never come when your Galaxy Tab gets updated to Gingerbread, but Sprint Galaxy Tab owners will not have to wait much longer! The Sprint Tab is getting its 2.3 update Tuesday July 5th. This update also brings HID Bluetooth to allow more Bluetooth connectivity.
If you do not want to wait for the 2.3 update, then check out XDA Forums for help installing it manually.
Source: Sprint Feed
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi has already hit the FCC, but now it is time for the 3G version to get handled by the FCC. The interesting thing here is that it has 3G bands for the AT&T network. Without a doubt AT&T will call it the Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G even though it only has 3G bands, but what are you doing to do.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is due out this summer so maybe the Wi-Fi and 3G models will be here in the next month.
Are you excited about the Galaxy Tab 8.9? Let us know in the comments below or the forums.
Have of the fun of having an Android device is all of the hacking that can be done to it. Well Ubuntu was just ported over to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Now you can run all of your favorite Ubuntu programs on your Galaxy Tab 10.1 or 10.1v.
I won’t get into how to install it because you can find out how to do that over at GalaxyTabHacks.com. The one thing I will say is that you must be rooted to enjoy the slick Linux build.
Ubuntu will not replace Android on your device or even be dual booted. Instead Ubuntu will run in a virtual box on top of Android, but it is still snappy on the 1 GHz Dual-Core CPU.
Source: Galaxy Tab Hacks
Well how about that folks. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets some 4G LTE love from Verizon before the Motorola Xoom. Verizon put the 10.1 up for pre-order on their website today in the same four different configurations available for the Wi-Fi model: 16GB/32GB in either white or grey.
A two year contract is required to get the $529 and $629 price points for the 16GB and the 32GB models respectively. That is $30 more than the Motorola Xoom costs on contract, but it does come preinstalled with 4G LTE radios. The tablets will ship in 4-6 weeks, so pre-order now!