Galaxy Tab 7.7 (Page 2)

Galaxy Tab 7.7 (Page 2)

 

Galaxy Tab 7.7 (Page 2)
An Android tablet option that is cheaper has also appeared this week. Sprint is supplying the ZTE Optik for $99 with a 2-year 3G data contract or $349 upfront.

This 7-inch tab runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, not Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, two cameras, a GPS radio and a 1280 x 800 resolution display.

ZTE is a Chinese hardware manufacturer that is starting to make a big push into the U.S. tablet and smartphone market; if it can build quality devices and maintain these low price points, it is expected that they will do great against the current competition.

 

Some confusion arose late in the week regarding the Galaxy Nexus, which is Google’s flagship developer phone.

The Galaxy Nexus LTE is currently sold by Verizon in the U.S., while the unlocked GSM version – the one I have been able to use for the last week – is sold overseas. The Verizon version is now archived on Google’s website for the Galaxy Nexus stock software.

It seemed to many, at first glance, as if Verizon was taking over control of the Galaxy Nexus software for phones on its network.

 

Verizon Galaxy Nexus software updates will still be provided by Google, is what Google claimed when it provided an explanation for this issue. They also said that certain software signatures on CDMA phones aren’t compatible with the Android Open Source Platform builds of Android.

The situation is bizarre because the Sprint Nexus S, available since December of 2010, is a CDMA Nexus phone and an issue of this sort had never arisen. I have a suspicion that there may be more to this story, I will keep a close eye on this topic, researching and waiting for further developments.