Here’s amazing news that will certainly make some noise in the tablet category of mobile devices. Samsung Electronics has finally struck deals with U.S. carriers—four of them to be exact—to begin offering the Android-powered tablet, Samsung Galaxy, taking on the bigger iPad, challenging it and its home court advantage.
The Korean electronics giant has not only secured deals with the US carriers, but tit also secured deals with companies like the MTV Networks (Viacom) and Paramount and NBC Universal, which ComCast Corp is acquiring, to allow users to purchase and/or stream TV episodes, full television seasons, new and even old movies.
Although the Android operating system has come in much later than did the OS from Apple, the 80,000 applications available are making their waves in the market. Because of this, Android has successfully taken away a significantly rising percentage of the market share away from Apple.
Samsung announced details of its new 7-inch touchscreen Galaxy, to be sold through Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and AT&T, which ironically also carries the competition, the iPad.
Unlike the iPad though, the Galaxy—which shares many of the same features as the Galaxy S smart phone launched during the summer—has front- and back-facing cameras for video conferencing. I don’t know if this is a clear advantage on Samsung’s part. Maybe it is, but there’s also a really loyal following of Apple’s iPad in spite of its lack of camera. It would have been great to have even just a single camera (either the front or the back-facing camera, depending on how Apple is going to position the iPad with the camera or cameras [fingers crossed]).
That said, let’s just wait on how things will go in the next month. It’s going to be an exciting last quarter for 2010.
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