A new update is being pushed out to the lucky owners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s from Google I/O earlier this year. This update allows users to rent and download movies from the Movies section of the Android Market.
Google Movies is a relatively new feature that allows you to rent movies from Google and play them on your phone, tablet, or computer. So now you can drop $4 on a movie rental for your Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O if you want. Or maybe you could just use Netflix instead.
There has been some confusion since the Google I/O Limited Edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 was handed out to developers at the conference about the microSD card slot. Clearly there is not a microSD card slot on the I/O version, but people still speculate the the Wi-Fi version of the Tab, launching June 8th, will indeed support microSD cards. Unfortunately, this probably will not be the case.
When Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (slim version) at CTIA, they listed in the specs that it would support microSD. On top of that the dummies on the showroom floor had a visible slot for the beloved cards. So why will it be missing from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi version? Because it is the Wi-Fi version.
Allow me to elaborate. The component that houses the microSD card is the same as the one that houses the SIM card. Since there is no SIM card in the Wi-Fi version, Samsung took the liberty of removing the slot completely, thus removing the expandable storage capability.
It does not make much sense that the 10.1s given out at the conference would be any different than the ones going on sale early next month, save the white back of course. There still is a chance that Samsung will decide to include the microSD slot, but do not hold your breath.
Motorola had the same predicament with the Wi-Fi version of the Xoom, but they handled it much more gracefully. They included the same slot for the SIM and microSD card, and just put a dummy SIM card to fill the space. Since there are no cellular radios in the Wi-Fi Xoom, it did not raise the price.
I have never cared for microSD cards and have always been a fan of internal storage. Obviously having the option is always better than not though, so it is a little frustrating that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi will probably not support it.
How do you feel about the lack of microSD card support?
Yesterday Google gave out 5,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1s to developers and press. In less than a day they have managed to root the device. So if you are one of the lucky 5,000 people at I/O with a brand spanking new Galaxy Tab or somebody who paid an arm and a leg on eBay for one, then you can root your Galaxy Tab today.
- download the zip from AllDroid
- adb push allidoiswin.zip /sdcard/allidoiswin.zip
- adb reboot recovery
- run the zip
If you were hoping to pick up one of the sweet Google I/O Galaxy Tabs on eBay for a reasonable price, then you will be disappointed. They are selling for well over $1,000 now on eBay. As you can see, they are being sold for as high as $1,500. That is nearly three times the MSRP of the device!
The tablets have 32 GB of storage
and include some sort of 3G data plan, but my advice – wait for June 8th and pick a Wi-Fi one up for $499 – $599.
As you already know, Samsung and Google are giving out 5,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1′s to Google I/O attendees. It appears that these Tabs will not look exactly the same as the ones the rest of us will be purchasing. These are white – sexy.