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Galaxy Tab 8.9 Gets First Bite of Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Written on December 23, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Folks at XDA Developers have compiled a booting version of Android 4.03 for the Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Not long after Samsung confirmed its plans to roll-out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to other devices, some innovative folks from XDA forums have already tried it on their beloved Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Recent updates shows that the homebrew ICS build for Galaxy Tab 8.9 is now bootable and has its touch screen, auto-rotation feature, sound, Bluetooth, Wifi and Hardware acceleration (tested on Angry Birds) working.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Spotted in FCC Under GT-P7510 Moniker

Written on May 04, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a go!

It looks like there’ll be no stopping the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as the tablet hits the FCC. Don’t confuse this one with the thicker 10.1v tablet that’s slowly being distributed across Europe and Australia. As proof, the older Honeycomb tablet has the monicker GT-P7100, while the 10.1 version has the codename GT-P7510, though for the WiFi version only.

It still remains a mystery on what the 1GHz dual-core CPU inside the razor-thin Galaxy tablet is. But with the release of the FCC application, it won’t be long before it is unveiled.

Hit the break for the back picture of the device!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Spotted in the Wild, Oh Wait, It’s Germany

Written on May 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Samsung Galaxy 8.9 finally surfaces in all its slim and Android Honeycomb glory.

If there’s anything the last CTIA indicated about Samsung, is that the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is semi-inevitable. And it looks like the tablet has gone from mock-up to reality, as Engadget spotted the Samsung device in Frankfurt, Germany over the weekend.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is just like what we wanted from a tablet, a cheaper and thinner iPad 2 clone. The tablet will be equipped with the famous/infamous Android Honeycomb OS, although no release date has yet been confirmed. But Samsung did promise that the tablet will make its way sometime this summer, let’s hope they’ll man up and stick to their word.

Check out the demo video after the break!

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Google, Keeping Android Honeycomb Source Codes a Secret

Written on March 26, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google does the unexpected, as it keeps Android Honeycomb's source codes from developers until further notice.

The Motorola Xoom tablet does have the Android Honeycomb inside. But according to BusinessWeek, Google has no plans of releasing the Android Honeycomb source code to small hardware makers and developers due to the fear of having unpleasant results and user-experiences, especially if programmers attempt to bring the Honeycomb to phones.

According to Google Spokesperson, Andy Rubin, the “Android 3.0, Honeycomb, was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization.” He further added that “while we’re excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones.”

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T-Mobile G-Slate Tablet and G2X Smartphone Coming April 20th?

Written on March 19, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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LG's all ready to jump into the tablet and smartphone wars anew, with the T-Mobile G-Slate and G2X smartphone rumored to arrive April 20th.

Unofficial T-Mobile Blog, TmoNews, reports that LG’s T-Mobile G-Slate tablet and the G2X smartphone – which is believed to be the Optimus 2X – will be making a debut on April 20th. The release date comes as a surprise considering that competitors such as Motorola and Samsung are way ahead in releasing their own latest tablet and smartphone. Is there still room for LG in the market? There have been no confirmation yet if the said date is true but expect T-Mobile to either confirm or deny the rumor at the CTIA 2011, next week.

The tablet and smartphone will feature dual-core Tegra 2 chips, while only the G-Slate will be running on Google’s latest Honeycomb software.

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As the Tablet War Heats Up, Microsoft Windows Decides to Sit this One Out Until 2012

Written on March 06, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Microsoft Windows isn't ready for the big leagues yet as it lets Apple and Google Android take all the glory.

We’ve seen the iPad 2, and the Android HoneyComb is just aching to get a release soon. With Apple, HP, Motorola, and several companies all ready to go for an epic war of the tablets this 2011, we ask: Where in the world is PC Microsoft? Well according to BusinessWorld, it seems that the company Bill Gates forged back in the 80’s is about to sit this one out until late 2012. Yes, no tablet version of Microsoft Windows until an iPad 3 or Android Banana Milk Shake (not real name) comes around.

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Android Amazon Appstore Possibly Launching This March

Written on March 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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"Launching this month! Amazon Appstore for #Android" ---Millennial Media tweet

There’s no stopping the arrival of the Amazon Appstore for Android, but the question “When will come out?” still hangs in the air. But maybe we can see some shining light over a tweet by ad network Millennial Media which says that the said appstore is “launching this month.” Millenial Media also shared a couple of things about the Amazon.com – Android team-up and how it would be a “great opportunity” for developers to strut their apps. Unfortunately no particular details were shared.

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb Statue Now Up at Google Office

Written on March 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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From Eclair to Froyo, to Gingerbread, to Honeycomb. The arrival of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb statue at the Google California campus was satisfyingly delicious.

California, the Honeycomb has landed. We repeat, the Honeycomb has landed and the bee and the android has arrived with it. In Google’s own unique way of inducting their new Android mobile OS to the family, the gigantic company has finally erected the Android 3.0 Honeycomb statue as it makes its stand next to its predecessors, the Eclair, the Froyo and the Gingerbread. If you happen to come around California, then it would be a great idea to drop by Building 44 Google’s California campus, where the statue makes its stand and signals the herald of the new OS.

Hit the break to see how the brilliant people of Google installed the gargantuan sculpture.

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Android Market Welcomes E-Books; Are Movies and Music Next?

Written on February 25, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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E-books make an entry at the Android Market. Will Movies and Music sections come next?

Over the past week, Android lovers has been in a frantic frenzy (Gadg is well aware of its redundancy) with the rise of new Android Market URLS which fixated us on two, to be specific: http://market.android.com/music/ and http://market.android.com/movies/. But before we go crazy over the two yet-to-be-functioning URLs, let’s give some love as we welcome […]

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Dell’s Tablet and Smartphone Line-up for 2011 Leaked; Android Ice Cream, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 Devices Coming This Year

Written on February 17, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Everything is more Dell-licious with Honeycomb, Ice Cream, a WP7 and a Window 8.

WPCentral and Android Central has just leaked some alleged Dell smartphone and tablet line-up for 2011 and it looks like things are going to get Dell-licious this year as the Windows Phone 7, the Android Ice Cream and Windows 8 is landing on the company’s tablet and smartphone devices by mid-year to Q1 of 2012. Dell’s also got some subtle surprises in the next couple of months with the Venue (Android Froyo), Venue Pro (WP7) and Venue Pro MLK (WP7)

Remember that some of the names are only for internal purposes and won’t necessarily reflect the name of the product once it goes into full-throttle. Check out the complete roadmaps after the break!

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