Today marks the first App of the Week since I got my Galaxy Tab 10.1. What does that mean for you? A Honeycomb app for App of the Week. The first app is Reddita, a Reddit browser.
For those of you that do not know what Reddit is, you are really missing out. You can find anything from controversial news to pictures that will put a smile on your face.
Reddita uses a new API called fragments to display data. Fragments are columns that – well I will just let Google explain.
A Fragment represents a behavior or a portion of user interface in an Activity. You can combine multiple fragments in a single activity to build a multi-pane UI and reuse a fragment in multiple activities. You can think of a fragment as a modular section of an activity, which has its own lifecycle, receives its own input events, and which you can add or remove while the activity is running.
You can browse the topics using the left column and have the contents in the right. To view the comments you can just click on the comment icon in the left column.
Reddita is the best way to browse Reddit on a tablet.
Samsung is celebrating the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a sweet contest. To enter the contest, you must create a 60 second or less video that promotes the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its features. The contest ends June 27th.
Check out the contest here.
ABOUT THIS CONTEST
Technology is here to make our lives better – whether the technology is supposed to make you more efficient at what you do for a living, or whether it’s supposed to help you take greater advantage of the things that bring you enjoyment.
Better productivity at work makes your career better, better productivity in your leisure time makes your life better. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can make you better at both – which is doubly good, since life and work overlap so much these days.
The 9 to 5 work week now seems as quaint as the rotary telephone. Increasingly, work and life blends into a 24/7 lifestyle in which people demand constant connectivity, and expect constant productivity of themselves. This is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s crowd.
The young sales executive who searches and books a table at the hottest Vietnamese restaurant while importing new business contacts between speakers at a conference. The Executive who gets a chance to catch up on his movies while on a business trip. The mom who video chats with her dad while researching local schools near her new neighborhood after work. These are the 24/7 digitally active people whom the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 helps to live smarter.
Make a video, up to 60 seconds long, about how 24/7 digitally active people make their lives fuller through the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Some key ideas that your videos could focus on or highlight:
How widgets help improve your personal productivity and time management
Superior entertainment experience (movies, games, magazines etc.)
How Flash support helps you live a smarter life
Use cases for a thinner and lighter tablet for a true on-the-go experience
Show how superior technical specs vs. leading tablet translate to consumer benefits
Day in the life through use of multiple applications from Android Market
How does the tablet help replace your personal or work PC
How does the tablet help replace multiple consumer electronics devices in the house
How a tablet helps balance work & life
All music, images, video footage and other content must be either originally produced by the filmmaker submitting the video, or proper permissions must be authorized by the copyright owner. Proper permissions must include the right for the filmmaker to use the content commercially. Likewise, it is the responsibility of the filmmaker to ensure that all permissions are in place for use of actors’ likenesses.
EARLY ENTRY PRIZE AND SHARING CONTEST
Early Entry Prize
Videos received before 4pm PST on Monday, May 30, 2011 will be eligible for an Early Entry Prize. Samsung will award $2,000 for the best video submitted before that deadline. The winner of the Early Entry prize will still be eligible for any of the final prizes, including the $7,000 Grand Prize.
You could win $500 by simply sharing one of the It’s Time to Tab™ videos, or by sharing this brief page.
Just click on one of the icons in the sharing toolbar (located to the right of the video brief above, or to the right of any of the competition videos) to share with your social networks. Once three people you’ve shared with come back to the It’s Time to Tab™ contest, you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win the $500 sharing prize.
The sharing contest closes on Friday, July 15, 2011. The drawing will occur that day, and we will announce the winner. The sharing contest is open to US residents only. You can check out the official sharing contest official rules here.
Videos must be 60 seconds or less
You must include the Samsung logo provided in the Materials files at the end of your video
Overall, our target leads busy lives in a world without boundaries. They seek constant connections to the people and content that they care about. Work and fun blur together in a 24/7 existence where technology is key to making their lives more livable and more interesting.
Tech Enthusiast (50/50 split: Females, aged 26-45, Males, aged 26-35)
Attracted to latest technology and trends; status symbol for many; finding new ways to incorporate devices into their active/mobile life and 24/7 lifestyle and need to stay connected, engaged, and entertained.
Affluent Male Boomers (Males, aged 40-59)
Reflects initial category buyers and Tab initial registration data. High discretionary income and interested in new technology. Tablets may represent the latest status bearing tech toy, but many are seeking ways to improve personal productivity while being able to access content for news and entertainment.
Soccer Moms (Females, aged 36-49)
This target spends two hours a day online reading blogs, playing games, researching products; over 66% are online. Women represent 51% of iPad sales and are one of the fastest growing segments for iPad. Women are interested in knowing why and how products can enhance their life and work. Women are more apt to research products prior to purchase.
Questions? comments? Just want to talk about the Samsung It’s Time to Tab™ contest?
Check out the Samsung Forum Thread on Zooppa (this contest is powered by Zooppa for Samsung).
BREAKDOWN OF PRIZING
1st Place: $7,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000
4th Place: $500
5th Place: $500
Voter’s Choice Awards:
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $400
3rd Place: $300
4th Place: $200
5th Place: $100
Early Entry Prize:
1st Place: $2,000
1st Place: $500
Video codecs: flv, huffyuv, h264, h263, mjpeg, mpeg1video, mpeg2video, mpeg4, qtrle, rv20, svq3, wmv1, wmv2, xvid
Video formats: asf, avi, dvd, flv, mp4, psp, mjpeg, mov, mpeg, mpegts, mpeg2video, rm, svcd, vcd, vob, 3gp, 3g2
Max length: 60 seconds
Max file size: 50 MB
Samsung did not ship the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with their fancy new TouchWiz UX (TouchWiz 4.0), but that does not mean that they did not tweak the Honeycomb 3.1 operating system a bit.
The keyboard is the most obvious change. The reason for this is because it is white instead of black. It is much easier to see and type on.
Also you can set the lockscreen and homescreen wallpaper separately.
Samsung included their own way to get music that I would never use called Music Hub. It does not matter much because it has not worked on my Tab.
Probably the most worthless addition is Samsung Apps. There is about six apps in the store and three of them are Angry Birds so there is no point in using it.
This post will be updated with any new tweaks found.
Unfortunately the Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with a locked bootloader, creating a speed bump for hackers. Strangely, there are reports that some new Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners came unlocked.
So what will an unlocked bootloader give you? Well nothing really, unless you are a hacker and want to get some developing on. The folks at XDA will crack it soon enough and make it possible to unlock previously locked bootloaders.
So how do you check to see if your bootloader is locked? It could not be easier. Just power off your device and power it back on. If your Galaxy Tab has a lock image below where it says Galaxy Tab 10.1, then you are unlocked. See the image above for reference.
Source: Android Central
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.
People want their tablets to have USB capabilities, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 just does not have the slot. So what does Samsung do to make people happy? They sell an adapter. Sure it is not as good as it natively supporting USB host functionality, but at least it is still possible.
Honeycomb version 3.1 introduced USB host functionality on the software level. Google demonstrated the use of a wired Xbox 360 controller plugged into a Honeycomb tablet to play a game and it worked well. The same can be done if you buy this $20 adapter for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It should also work with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 when it comes out.
Read the official description of the product below.
This pocket-sized device turns your SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 into a USB host, allowing you to connect compatible USB accessory devices such as keyboards, mice, thumb drives and more to your Tab™. The adapter enhances the capabilities of your Tab, providing a solution for user-friendly removable data storage or the sharing of your favorite multimedia files with your Tab. Insert a USB mouse or keyboard to improve enterprise efficiency at the office or at home. Simply connect a USB memory stick or USB cable from compatible devices to the USB port on the adapter and then insert the adapter into your Tab. Available separately is the SAMSUNG 30-Pin to USB Charging Data Cable, providing the ability to connect your SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab device to your compatible host PC, allowing your Tab to become an external modem while also charging and syncing your data.
Buy now from Samsung
So if you live in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, or Norway, Samsung has announced the release date for both the 10.1 and the 8.9. The popular 10.1 which will be released country-wide in the United States tomorrow will launch in August in Nordic countries. Then the 8.9 will come out the following month. That means that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will probably be out before September in the United States. Probably late July – early August.
Whoa! It looks like some details have surfaced on the unannounced successor of the Original Galaxy Tab 7. When the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was announced, there was a huge uproar because it did not have a 7-inch display. The advantage of the smaller screen size is you can hold it easily in one hand and even put it in your back pocket.
It will be powered by the same 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor found in the Galaxy S II. Also it will have twice the RAM found in the original Galaxy Tab which comes to 1 GB total. But it only has 2 GB of ROM but it has a micro SD slot. That rules! The screen is 7 inches and has a 1024 x 600 resolution. It will be capable of phone calls, video calls, and text messages.
There is a downside, but it is not as bad as you might think. The operating system powering the Galaxy Tab is Gingerbread 2.3.4 instead of Honeycomb. The reason for this is because Google has been secretly denying 7 inch tablets Honeycomb because Honeycomb does not look good in portrait mode (which is how one would use a 7 inch tablet usually). The tablet is due out this fall, the same time Ice Cream Sandwich which brings together phone and tablet operating systems. Hopefully they will have fixed the portrait problem and the Galaxy Tab 2 will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon after launch.
- Exynos 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM, 2GB ROM
- Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread w/ TouchWiz 4.0
- 16GB of internal memory
- Micro SD slot
- Tab proprietary connector with USB Host capabilities (via adapter)
- 7 inch WSVGA IPS display
- Ability to call, video call and send SMS messages
Source: Android Police
How to add a wallpaper for noobs.
- Click the download link above on your Galaxy Tab
- Longpress on the wallpaper image
- Click set as wallpaper
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.