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Samsung GALAXY Tab Debuts


At the IFA 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin this week, Samsung Electronics introduced the GALAXY Tab. Powered by the Android OS 2.2, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is the first of the company’s tablet devices, representing a new category of mobile products for Samsung.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab offers PC-like web-browsing on a 7-inch display. Moreover, users can continuously communicate via e-mail, voice, and video call, SMS/MMS or social network with the optimized user interface.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab will be launched in Europe in mid September, and in other markets (including Korea, the U.S., and Asia) in coming months.

Android 2.2 features cloud to device messaging capabilities and two-way push sync functionality, as well as a new bug reporting feature for Android Market apps that enables developers to receive crash and freeze reports from their users. New developer APIs are available for audio focus, routing audio to SCO, and auto-scan of files to media database. For graphics, there are new APIs for OpenGL ES 2.0, working with YUV image format, and ETC1 for texture compression. And Android 2.2 offers new device policy management APIs that allow developers to write "device administrator" applications to control security features on the device, such as the minimum password strength, data wipe, and so on.


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