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Samsung will have a 10-inch Galaxy Tab in 2011

Android Market likely still off limits
Thu Sep 23 2010, 17:31

A 10-INCH Samsung Galaxy Tab could be tipping up early next year, if one of the company's manager's apparent slip up is correct.

Samsung Mobile Ireland manager Gary Twohig told Silicon Republic that the 10-inch Galaxy Tab will arrive next year, but that could mean that it will use Android 3.0 also known as Gingerbread and not Honeycombe, which is Android 3.5.

At IFA 2010, Samsung's mobile communications president J K Shin explained that a larger tablet will use Honeycombe, the proper name for which is Android 3.5. But he didn't say how much bigger. Gingerbread is expected to tip up in the fourth quarter while Honeycombe has no scheduled arrival date, making 3.0 the more likely contender.

Shin was speaking at the launch of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab. It weighs 380g, provides over seven hours of battery life for viewing HD content, has a phone function with the help of a Bluetooth headset, can be used as an e-reader, has 3MP cameras, which can be used for video conferencing, has augmented reality enhanced navigation and will come with a music service.

The company has said that Android 2.2 Froyo is more appropriate for the Galaxy Tab's 7-inch screen size, while Gingerbread has been rumoured to be lined up for its 10-inch tablets.

The 10-inch model of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is likely to have all these features, but we can't help but wonder if Gingerbread will be an official Google tablet OS and therefore be supported by Android Market?

Shin gave the impression that Honeycombe will be the tablet specific OS for Samsung's 10-inch model. µ




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