The GizmoDigit team is torn between which event/device is more exciting – the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Android 3.1. Details about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 have floating around since February. A fresh tidbit of information we have is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will be running Android 3.1.
The latest version of tablet-specific Android was announced earlier this month and rolled out first to Motorola Xoom customers on Verizon. It boasts of a number of improvements over its predecessor, bringing resizable widgets, a host mode (import media directly from digital cameras) and support for a number of USB devices including Xbox 360 and Playstation controllers. There are also a number of new apps bundled with it that make the tablet experience that much more satisfying. So far, only Xoom owners have received this flavor of Android.
Android 3.1 Honeycomb In the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The news that Galaxy Tab will run Android 3.1 is no shocker, however. Google first promised an early update to 3.1 for the lucky I/O Conference attendees who received free Galaxy Tabs. Sources are giving Samsung’s tablet the hype of becoming iPad’s biggest competitor. With a specifications list that boasts of a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 8 MP and 2 MP cameras on the back and front respectively and a 1280×800 px display packed into a stunning package, the Galaxy Tab certainly doesn’t lack in the technical department. What it will need to conquer the iPad’s market is a super-smooth, intuitive UI. The rest of the specifications are meaningless if the Tab fails to provide just that. That is where android 3.1 comes in, and Samsung hopes that Google has polished it up enough from its previous version to be counted as a genuine competitor to iOS. Early impressions have been favorable.
While Samsung so far claimed that the Tab 10.1 will ship with Android 3.0, the marketing page mentioned its soul was a version better at 3.1. This was followed by an official Tweet from Samsung which confirmed the Tab II will indeed ship with Android 3.1. We’re curious here as to if this was a deliberate leak or an accidental slip of tongue. Whatever it was, it seems likely that the shipping date will delayed a bit while Samsung updates the software on all of its devices. Those hoping to get their hands dirty with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on June 8 might have to wait a bit longer. But hey, a version of Android better by an 0.1 update is worth the wait, right?
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