Google yesterday brought the news that the good old Android Market (as well as Google Music) will be rebranded to Google Play. Whether it is something that will help Google take its game one step further is so far a mystery, though Michael is trying to explain Play implications on Android tablets.
Our Samsung Galaxy S II, residing in Europe, and running the latest leaked Samsung Ice Cream Sandwich ROM has just received its Google Play update. It replaces the Android Market and the shortcut becomes Play Store (with version 3.4.6). Guess what: our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running a [...]
So far, news about which Android handsets will be making the journey to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and which will be left behind to stagnate has largely been coming from the manufacturers themselves. Some, like Motorola, have detailed support pages up outlining which models should be seeing updates, and when. Other are content to release snippets of their progress on the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Today, though, that news is coming from a carrier, with Verizon publishing a list of devices on its network that are slated to receive Ice Cream Sandwich.
Verizon calls this a [...]
Samsung brought the stylus back to smartphones with the Galaxy Note and its S Pen, and the company’s been so pleased with its reception that we’ve heard it discuss plans to adopt the same input technology for more of its products, especially tablets. Since the S Pen uses a Wacom digitizer, rather than acting as a generic capacitive stylus, adding support for it needs to be done while a device is still in hardware development. As a result, it seemed like there might be a short delay before we started seeing the S Pen on other Samsung gear. Instead, there’s now a sign [...]
It turns out that there will be at least two versions of the Android 4.0-powered Galaxy Tab 2 (not to be confused with the Galaxy Tab Plus), one with a 7″ screen, which was previously announced, and now another, with a 10.1″ screen. The 10.1″ version won’t be dissimilar from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that we all know from 2011: it’ll have a 1280×800 display, a 1GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, and a 3MP rear-camera and VGA front-facing camera, available as either a WiFi or 3G device. Look for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to start shipping in the UK in the near [...]
Social Hub, Music Hub, Readers Hub and Game Hub; these are Samsung’s hubs at the moment but today the South Korean manufacturer introduced an additional one: Learning Hub. It will be presented at next week’s MWC and will be initially available on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE, with support for others coming soon.
You might think Samsung took a hint from Apple (and its iBooks Textbooks) but this could go both ways. Regardless, the Learning Hub aims to bring digital textbooks and video-enabled content to Samsung tablets. The manufacturer is [...]
Have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and you are experiencing touch-related problems? If you decided to stick with a stock configuration or you’re running on an Android 3.x Honeycomb ROM — though there are several Ice Cream Sandwich custom ROMs available, including the official CyanogenMOD 9 pre-alpha — you should check this application out!
TouchScreenTune might (or might not) remind you of those registry tweaks from the Windows Mobile days (oh, AdvancedConfig…); the application basically allows you to custom tune the way your tablet reacts to touch. You have [...]
If you have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 you probably already got an early taste of Ice Cream Sandwich thanks to developers who live in XDA Developer forums. However, Steve Kondik just let the world know that an official CyanogenMod 9 pre-alpha version is available for you to flash.
As you probably know by now, using other ICS builds for the tablet, the camera isn’t working, which is mainly due to drivers and code not released by Samsung yet. The same goes for the CM9 pre-alpha. Still, if you want to give it a try, you need to “flash the recovery.img with fastboot, then [...]
Apple is still dominating the tablet market though Android-powered slates are starting to grab a rather considerable slice of the market. It will be interesting to see what the iPad 3 can bring to combat the army of Android tablets with Ice Cream Sandwich and powerful processors this year.
However, as far as South Korea is concerned, Samsung’s home market, the Apple iPad is outselling the South Korean manufacturer’s tablet offerings. The (roughly) 700,000 Apple iPad units sold last year join the other tablets designed in California that existed on the South Korean [...]
CyanogenMod is undoubtedly the most popular custom ROM offering for many Android phones and tablets and its latest iteration, CM9, is set to bring some Ice Cream Sandwich love to Android fans (way ahead of official manufacturer or carrier updates).
However, the team is experiencing some problems with closed-sourced device drivers; until those are available don’t expect to see everything working as it should (or a port for that matter). Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab 10.1, HP TouchPad and Motorola Xoom are on the official support list; if you [...]
We’ve been keeping our eye on progress being made towards the launch of LTE on US Cellular for about the past five months now. Our first clue came in September, when we got our hands on a leak showing Samsung model SCH-R930 in testing for the carrier. In November, US Cellular formally announced its LTE plans, including the target of launching service in the first quarter of this year. That goal seemed to be on-track earlier this month, when the SCH-R930 disclosed its LTE bands to the FCC. Now the carrier is announcing just what hardware will be its first on LTE, revealing plans [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 faced a preliminary injunction in Germany issued back in August of 2011 and, after a September hearing was upheld. The South Korean manufacturer appealed the decision but the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court has decided to maintain it.
If the initial August (and September) preliminary injunction was issued, at Apple’s request, based on a violation of a Community design (which is the European equivalent for U.S. design patents), today’s decision is based on a violation of the German Unfair Competition Law.
Furthermore, the [...]