To celebrate the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung is holding the "Time to Tab" contest -- giving away $15,000 worth of cash prizes. They're looking for a short (60-second) video about how "24/7 digitally active people make their lives fuller through the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1." While you should certainly visit the official page to see all the details, they're looking for things like how widgets help improve productivity and time management, and how a thin and light tablet offers a better on-the-go experience. Check out the Galaxy Tab 10.1(Google I/O edition) review for some ideas. First prize is $7,000.00, so it ain't chump change!
If you're not into sharing video on the Internet, you can still win $500.00 for simply sharing the videos others have created. Click one of the social media icons and share some content, and once three or more people use your link to come back and have a look, you're entered to win $500.00. Get clicking!
Horseshoes, hand grenades and the Motorola Xoom LTE. That's close enough to the the Motorola Xoom 4G we told you about last week (remember that Verizon calls it "4G LTE") that we're more than happy to drop a big fat "told you so" on this fine Sunday afternoon. So it's coming, apparently. Still don't know when, and for how much, however. And note the acknowledgement of the Motorola Droid 3, which is nice and all.
What's still missing, of course, is when (and at this point, if) the original Motorola Xoom will get that long-awaited hardware update to LTE.
So, all and all, not a whole lot of news here. But some confirmation is better than none, right?
We already know that Walmart is going to be stocking the upcoming Vizio 8-inch tablet in their stores, but seeing accessories already on the shelf is always welcomed. In this case, you can grab the Griffin screenkit (which appears to be a screen protector and a microfiber cloth) for the Vizio tablet and look lovingly at it while you're waiting for the tablet itself to turn up in the next aisle. Of course if you're Blake Griffin, you probably have these on your own shelf, next to your own Vizio tablet.
If you just picked up your shiny new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 today, you might want to reboot it. It appears that some of the retail units are being shipped with a familiar bootsplash screen featuring the unlocked bootloader icon. All models seem to be included, though early reports were all from the 32 GB Gray-backed edition.
Lots of people are looking at this, and so far there doesn't appear to be an easy way to get to any fastboot mode to check exactly what is going on. If the bootloaders really are unlocked, it's a curse and a blessing -- it means easy hacking, but it also may affect Google movie rentals. Our own Menno has a unit with the unlocked icon, so we'll be on top of the issue. More when we know more.
Although all across the U.S. today folks have been snapping up Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's like they are going out of style, those of us who live in Canada aren't quite there yet. However, we're not that far behind. Best Buy and sister company Future Shop are both now taking pre-orders for the sexy new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- buy in cost is on par with that of the U.S. meaning you'll be expected to pay $499 for the 16GB WiFi equipped version when it ships on the estimated date of July 22.
You've got to be careful when you see unannounced devices in promo videos. It's as likely as not that what you see may just be some sort of mock-up, rather than some upcoming production device. But in the case of the new tablet video Verizon's popped up on YouTube, it's both.
We're told that the Honeycomb tablet you see above -- which looks a bit like the current Motorola Xoom -- is in fact the Motorola Xoom. Actually, it's the "Motorola Xoom 4G," and it's currently in testing with Verizon.
Exactly what's been tweaked on the Xoom 4G? Tough to say at this point. We're told it has working 4G LTE build in. And if we had to guess, we'll see something a tad slimmer and lighter -- and maybe with even a microSD card, though it wouldn't surprise us to see external storage on tablets go the way of the dinosaurs.
We've also been told that the Xoom 4G isn't a done deal yet. Perhaps tweaks aren't enough for Verizon? But apparently it was done enough for someone to slip it in a video, so there's that.
And what about the current Motorola Xoom, which is still waiting on the promised hardware upgrade to 4G LTE? We're told that's still in the books. But it's now about six months since the launch of the Xoom, and it's still looking stout compared to the new tablets from ASUS, Samsung, Acer and others.
Check out the video for yourself after the break, and thanks to everyone who sent it in.
When it comes to software and hardware, I've always been under the firm belief that if it can be built -- it can also be torn down and that's exactly what has happened to the Acer Iconia A500 tablet.
Out of the box, the bootloader for the Acer Iconia was pretty secure. But thanks to individuals much smarter then myself we now have a ported ClockworkMod, recovery images and even the first custom ROM based off the ASUS EeePad Transformer.
In other words, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is now wide open to all customization options so if you're the proud owner of one (we know there is a lot of you out there) you'll want to hit up the source links below if you're looking to unleash the full potential of your tablet.
Source: XDA (1), (2) Thanks, Fumetsu, for sending this in!
Good morning Android Central readers! Today, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available. The Tab had a special launch event in NYC last week, but it's finally available online and at Best Buy and other retailers nationwide. If you're picking up Tab today, be sure to post in the forums and let us know what you think of it.
We'd been hearing some reports of Motorola Xoom wifi only tablet owners seeing the Google Videos app in the Android Market, but now we're also hearing that the actual market tab for movie rentals has been enabled after an Android Market update. We're not sure just why the service wasn't made available for the wifi only model along with the 3.1 update, but we have to assume it was licensing and DRM issues at play once again.
Anyhoo, it seems like that's all sorted out and if you haven't already got the app and the Market update, you should soon. We can't rush the latter, but we can give an easy download link for the app -- find it after the break.
Samsung released their official promotional video for the Galaxy 10.1 today with several Touchwiz elements in tow, notably several widgets and icon skins. But this is what we expected would happen.
Remember, even though the Tab shipping now is stock honeycomb, Samsung plans on shipping future devices with their Touchwiz UI, as well as offering it to existing customers via an optional over the air download at a future date. Since this is a promotional video for the "final" product, featuring Touchwiz made the most sense because it meant they only had to make one film instead of two. In fact, the description from the video's YouTube page says as much:
The official info clip for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi. The tab used in this video is 3G version and may differ from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sold in the U.S., and some of the features and services highlighted in the video will be available through software upgrade in the U.S.
We've received no word from Samsung that Touchwiz was being pushed out to tablets yet, and devices purchased in NYC last week are still running the stock honeycomb they were shipped with.
Be sure to keep an eye on our forums as Android Central readers nationwide pick up their pre-orders and start posting feedback. In the meantime, crank your speakers to 11 and enjoy the video.
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