Samsung has released the open source portions of the Galaxy Tab operating system and made them available for download. Of course, much of their software isn't open source, so don't expect to see everything in the code. It is very refreshing to see manufacturers quick to comply with the license agreements, and my hat's off to Samsung for this.
For the average user, this doesn't mean a lot. Don't assume you can download and install anything listed here on your Tab. But third party developers can and will have a field day with this, so look for assorted enhancements, kernels, and hacks soon. The downloads can all be found at Samsung's open source page, here's what you're looking for:
S.E. Asian versions -- GTP1000_SEA_OpenSource.zip
Hong Kong/Taiwan -- GT-P1000_HKTW_OpenSource.zip
Brazil -- GT-P1000L_Latin_OpenSource.zip
USA (T-Mobile) -- SGH-T849_OpenSource.zip
USA (Sprint) -- SPH-P100_OpenSource.zipandSPH-P100_OpenSource_Update1.zip
USA (Verizon) -- SCH-I800_OpenSource.zip
AT&T has not announced the model number for their version of the Tab, so while the code may have been released we're not yet sure which one to download. Can't wait to see what gets done with this! [Samsung via Android Central forums]
As we reported a few weeks ago, today marks the day of Sprint's Galaxy Tab launch. It will cost you $399 on a two-year contract, and the data plans will run you $29.99 per month for 2GB of data, or $59.99 per month for 5GB of data and unlimited messaging.
During your next two trips around the sun, the 2GB data plan will cost you a little more than $700, and the 5GB/unlimited messaging plan will lighten your nest egg by $1,400 or so -- and that's before any additional taxes and surcharges. So I ask you this, dear hardworking, penny-pinching Android Central reader: is it worth it?
Ask your questions, share your opinions, and above all else, vent your joy and frustrations in our own Galaxy Tab forums. Haven't got a clue what this Samsung Galaxy Tab doohickey is? Oh, and check out our hands on video.
For those of you picking up a Motorola Droid Pro, listen to that little audio clip above. Go ahead, we'll wait.
Yeah. It's that bad.
First things first: Dive into the settings and replace that default ringtone. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200 -- don't even set up your e-mail. Replace that ringtone. In fact, while you're in the Verizon store and some misguided (but well-intentioned) sales rep shows you the pre-installed task manager, have them swap it for you. You'll thank us later. So will your roommate, spouse, parent and neighbor.
Let's just throw this one out there and see if it sticks to the wall tomorrow: Reader Steve (hi, Steve!) Points out that Google CEO Eric Schmidt opens up the Web 2.0 Summit on Monday in San Francisco, speaking alongside Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media Inc. and John Battelle of Federated Media Publishing.
It's labeled as "A Conversation with Eric Schmidt," and no topics are specifically mentioned. Nikesh Arora, Google's president of Global Sales Operations and Business Development, speaks later in the day, So maybe we'll get Gingerbread, and maybe we won't. But there are worse venues at which to make such an announcement, eh?
We've known for quite some time the LG Vortex was going to be arriving on Verizon and it seems it's coming sooner rather than later. That is, at least, according to a flier sent out by Verizon itself. As posted in the Android Central Forums, the fliers clearly show off the LG Vortex as coming soon. As noted previously, Verizon customers will be able to scoop up the Bing'd out Vortex for free when it finally does arrive in stores and online. Thanks DroidEye22!
As the rest of the world is waiting very (im)patiently for an official Gingerbread announcement, Dell Home UK issued a statement via Facebook yesterday claiming FroYo (Android 2.2) will be making the rounds to their premiere five-inch Android tablet. They didn't mention any specific dates, however, they did assure Streak owners that it would reach their fingertips by the end of November. Dell also noted that depending on your particular hardware build, you actually may not see FroYo on your Streak by the end of the month, but rest assured, you will be notification directly on your Streak when the update is ready.
The much anticipated FroYo update will begin in the UK, and work its way to other regions in the following weeks. [via AndroidOS]
Some people will literally put a smart phone through any and every test that they can imagine, and some of them are just, well, insane. We have seen the iFixIt team rip units apart, the Internet has gone viral with Will It Blend videos, and now people are grilling their smartphones?
Yes, as crazy as it sounds, someone has confused their iPhone, G2, and Windows Phone 7 device with hamburgers and placed them on a lit grill. If you have a strong enough stomach, and want to witness this insanity, join us after the jump for a video of the process in action and to see how the G2 holds up! [TechFlash via WMPowerUser]
If your Android smartphone has a physical keyboard, it also has keyboard shortcuts. And these shortcuts are customizable. The picture on the left is what you see what you press the menu button once, and then press and hold it again. You briefly get a look at the keyboard shortcuts for the top-level menu items. Want to quickly open the notifications area? Hold the menu button and press "n." Menu+p gets you to the settings.
Even better is that you can set new keyboard shortcuts, based off the search button. Go to settings>applications>quick launch, and you can set new shortcuts, or reassign the ones that are already there. (And in the case of the Motorola Droid Pro, remap the quick-launch hardware button on the right-hand side of the device.)
Applications are always a great addition to any Android device, and finding the right application for you. Let's take a look at some of the application updates as well as some of the new releases from the past week after the jump.