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Samsung Unveils Android-based Galaxy Tablet

Gordon Kelly


Samsung Unveils Android-based Galaxy Tablet

Nothing like breaking your major product news with some amateur photography on a niche Twitter account...

After months of speculation about we're-great-at-hardware-just-don't-let-us-near-software Samsung's plans for the emerging tablet sector, the Korean giant has revealed all on the Twitter account of its South African blog.

@SamsungBlogSA tweeted this exclusive photo of its 'Galaxy Tab' to all 821 of its followers today placing it alongside the 4in Galaxy S for a sense of scale. It followed up this tweet by confirming there will be a South African launch (no kidding) and said "This particular one is a 7" model and has a high-res TFT screen. At the top-end it has a 3.5mm jack."

The interesting part here is "this particular one" which pretty much nails on news Samsung will be making the Galaxy Tab in a range of sizes (9in and 5in would seem obvious choices). No further hardware specs have been given up as yet (a Qualcomm Dual Core Snapdragon perhaps?) but this doesn't really matter since Samsung has once again ruined the Android-core by slapping its TouchWiz UI over the top. I've already made my hatred of TouchWiz clear, but the simple fact is it also stops easy Android firmware upgrades.

All of which is a great shame since a) Android multitasks, and b) Samsung will no doubt equip it with lots of storage plus expansion card slots, HDMI, a camera and support Flash. We await a release time frame and pricing, but it's hard to care when the company seems determined right now to hamstring its mobile products at every turn...

Source: @SamsungBlogSA (account is genuine, it has sent nearly 400 tweets - but the tweet has now been deleted)


June 3, 2010, 8:16 pm

Samsung has a terrible rep for just dropping support for their phones when they are out the door. They can make the best hardware in the world but I wouldn't buy anything like this from them because, like you said, their TouchWiz UI will slow upgrades and "slowing" samsungs upgrades means forgetting about it altogether.

As for Touchwiz has it changed much over the years? It surely is one of the more pointless skins.

ps Just realised when I looked at that picture how great Androids Live wallpapers would look on a large display.


June 3, 2010, 9:36 pm

Can't they all just agree that backing Android in a united front against iPhone OS is going to be beneficial for all these companies in the long run, instead of crowbarring in these pathetic attempts to establish individuality? They should treat Android like Windows - leave the OS alone, let it mature itself, while the hardware manufacturer lets the specs and design plant the flag for its brand name. Otherwise, Android can flood the market with devices all it wants, but Apple's seamless experience will continue to trample all over fragmented software with no single identity. That's not just a usability obstacle, but a psychological disconnect, the user doesn't need to deal with, with iPhone OS. iPad, iPhone or Touch - they take one look at it and know exactly what they're getting.


June 3, 2010, 9:56 pm

A bit strange they don't but their own Bada OS on it.

I have absolutely no clue where Samsung is headed OS wise. That is the main reason why I won't buy a Galaxy. A sweet phone, but with uncertainty about software longevity, I think I will pass.

But when it comes to Software updates and mobile phones, I think it is only Sony Ericsson who have an actual policy about it? They will keep your phone up to date for maximum two years. Sure it is vague. And 0 updates are included in that promise too. But at least they show that it is something they acknowledge being part of the buying decision.


June 3, 2010, 9:58 pm

I would take one of these for free as a "sorry" for making me endure the Samsung Galaxy these last few months, I don't feel in any hurry to give Samsung any more of my money however.

This needs Froyo to be interesting and not to be Samsung so there's a hope of other future upgrades. It's not just TouchWiz, but the propritory drivers that stop updates (The Galaxy i7500 doesn't have TW but is still stuck at 1.6 due to driver issues).

Anyway, it's just a big phone, that'll never take off...


June 3, 2010, 10:23 pm

Arrgh! This sort of thing drives me insane! Samsung have some clever people, right? Both in the 'labs' and actually running the place and making decisions??

Well, there is a benchmark user interface, I don't need to say what it is, so they need to match or better it. Anything less, and the device is doomed to mediocrity and it will all be a waste of R&D time and money. I just cannot understand how they think this is acceptable! Do they do ANY market research??? There is a huge market out there of people who would jump at the chance to buy something that isn't Apple, and it's ripe for the picking, if you'll pardon the pun!

Jawad Mateen

June 4, 2010, 2:07 am

Hey there everyone...

You all realize that Samsung just surpassed Moto in the States as the number one handset maker and on top of that if you consider their super-size marketshare in the Asian-featurephone-as-well-as-smartphone-market then you just got to hand it to Samsung that they're doing something right, right?

Let's just assume that even if TouchWiz (or Bada) is a complete train-wreck as Gordon always points out like a fact not just his personal opinion, companies the size of Samsung can fiddle with an idea if they feel like. They ARE the biggest tech company on the planet (not just because of mobile division, mind!) so let them make their mistake if it is one (that's a BIG if...). If it turns out to be a dud so what? Big whoop...

And Gordon, you really gotta let it go man... I mean really. You did not like the original Omnia with the TouchWiz pasted on top of the dated WinMo. I (we?) get that but that was a long time ago. I used to own that handset, wasn't awful but then moved on to HTC Touch Pro2 and now have a HTC Desire... Things have evolved actually even for TouchWiz as many people continue to speak with their wallets in favour of all sorts of it's implication across Samsung's cell phones so there... One site's gone as far as to declare the Galaxy S as the best Android handset yet... I know, it's their opinion but see...


BTW... I like your unique take on the tech news though, others have recently tried to do the same on their blogs but just not the same...


June 4, 2010, 7:37 am

@Jawad Mateen - many thanks, I think ;)

To address a couple of points, you forget I have used Bada, so I know what it is all about (no multi-touch, no multi-tasking, etc etc). I have also used Samsung's most recent Android handsets and I can confirm the TouchWiz overlay is a train wreck.

I appreciate the sales figures Samsung racks up, but it achieves this by shovelling millions of low end, low margin handsets - not end smartphones. Consequently Samsung is a very long way off being the largest tech company in the world. It isn't even in the top 10. So I think we can safely say it has things to learn yet.


June 4, 2010, 12:41 pm

I think Samsung's future in mobile devices doesn't seem bright. Makes the mistakes of Sony-Ericsson and Apple. No one wants restrictions. I agree with HK. Sad, i thought Samsung had some potential. I feel lucky i own only a cheap Samsung phone. Goodnight Sammy. Maybe in 100 years.


June 4, 2010, 1:26 pm


The question is whether the lack of multi-touch, multi-taksing etc is inherent in the OS, or is it something that could be added easily afterwards (like Apple are doing with their OS)? Is it the usability of the OS which is the problem or are their more deep seated problems (not that usability isn't important, of course)?


June 4, 2010, 1:37 pm

@GoldenGuy it is better that Android is customised by manufacturers as they may hit open better Ways of implementing UI's, Also it would be bad for margins if handsets were commoditised.

Anyone who has spent a couple of weeks with a HTC desire, can attest its superority to Iphone UI. Hopefully other companies can find even better ways of implementing android.

As for the non issue of fragmentation all that matters is that applications work on the popular handsets.

Jawad Mateen

June 4, 2010, 3:45 pm


Oh... Samsung is the biggest tech company in terms of revenue.

Jawad Mateen

June 4, 2010, 3:47 pm


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