Samsung could reveal its first Android based tablet at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin which runs from 3 to 8 September if a report from English Korean news site, JooAng Daily, is correct.
The website cites an unnamed “high-ranking official” in Samsung as the source for the report. Apart from the speculative launch date, little else is known about the Samsung tablet.
Though some rumours claim that the so called Galaxy Tab will run similar hardware as the Galaxy S which includes a 1GHz processor with a dedicated GPU, 512MB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. In addition to that, the Galaxy Tab will also pack a 7 inch display and a 4000 mAh battery. On top of that, the Galaxy Tab is reported to be able to make video calls.
We’re wondering if the 7 inch screen will be similar to the eye-watering Super AMOLED type as seen on the Galaxy S. It certainly will boost the chances of the Galaxy Tab against the iPad.
What can we say, iPhone users might get the ladies but they sure can’t get a call. This video says it all. Hilarious!
Since we’re getting a lot of lovin’ from the BlackBerry fans out there, we thought we’d let you know that the BlackBerry Messenger app update (from v18.104.22.168 to v22.214.171.124) is available for download now.
Oddly enough, there’s no official release notes from BlackBerry on the update but right of the bat you notice improvements to the app’s UI along with some features and options additions.
Download the latest BBM here.
To ban or not to ban?
The makers of Tweetdeck are pretty excited about the Android release saying that the enhancements that will be featured on the Android version of Tweetdeck will be carried over to iPhone and iPad apps. Details are pretty sketchy and although we’re excited about Tweetdeck being available on Android, we got to see it for ourselves to say if it’s any good. To be any good, Tweetdeck for Android has to do battle with one of our favourite Twitter apps – the official Twitter app on iPhone.
While we all wait for the eventual release, head on over to after the jump for a short video posted by Tweetdeck CEO Iain Dodsworth showcasing the login sequence of the Tweetdeck for Android app.
There’s no denying that RIM is the world leader when it comes to business class smartphones. The BlackBerry is by default, the device of choice for budding junior execs and high powered CEO alike. What makes the BlackBerry such a powerful tool for business moguls besides it’s instant messaging and emailing capabilities is the fact that BlackBerry offers uncompromising encryption and security for its users. It is by far the most secure mobile emailing and messaging solution out there, way ahead of Google, iPhone and even Microsoft
But with Saudi Arabia’s recent lifting of its ban on the BlackBerry service based on concessions made by RIM, speculation is surfacing that BlackBerry has provided unprecedented access to certain RIM resources, giving it the power to eavesdrop on any Saudi Blackberry user, revealed an anonymous source that is close to BlackBerry.
If this is true then it is very conceivable that other countries that have or are threatening to ban the BlackBerry service might request for similar privileges in exchange for continued use of BlackBerry services.
How does this bode for RIM’s ironclad security and privacy credibility, well it’ll definitely be tarnished but to what extent is yet to be determined; but considering the notion that quite a fair number of BlackBerry users are not really bothered about the eaves dropping unless they really have something to hide, we’re thinking its going to make little to no impact at all.
The interesting thing we’re taking from this is that, as the Malaysian government is now evaluating if there is a need to ban BlackBerry here, we’re wondering if it is even necessary now that governments can request for access to data on BlackBerry servers — probably not.
But on the other hand, RIM is not just going to bend over and give access to its BlackBerry servers without a fight. After all, the brand’s reputation and USP is at stake here.
So will Malaysia call for a ban on BlackBerry service in Malaysia? We’re saying no but, in Malaysia, anything can happen.
Read about the rest of the BlackBerry ban in Malaysia right here on SoyaCincau.com:
To ban or not to ban: Ministry decides on BlackBerry this week
No Blackberry ban in Malaysia
Dell has finally released the Streak, which is a 5 inch Android powered tablet after speculation of delays earlier on. It will be sold for $299.99 (around RM950.00) via AT&T with a 2 year contract and $549.99 (around RM1,740.00) out right. Early birds that purchase during the pre-sale will get a free second-day shipping.
So what’s the Streak all about? It is 5 incher with dimensions placed smacked in the middle between a normal phone and a tablet like the iPad. Inside the Streak, it runs on the familiar 1GHz Qualcomm processor, a 5 MP Camera with dual flash, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2GB of storage expandable with 16GB microSD card. The 5″ screen has a resolution of 800×480 which is pretty standard on high end Android devices today. The biggest gripe we have is that it runs on Android 1.6.
Some were saying that this competes against the iPad but it is too early to agree with that claim for now. It feels like a bigger version of a big screen phone like a HTC EVO 4G. There are several reviews of the Streak demo units and you can read them up on CrunchGear or Engadget.
Those in the US can register their details to be the first to know about the presale.
No words on international launch of the Dell Streak is available at the moment.
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Here’s something interesting, according to dating site OKCupid, their recent studies have determined sexual patterns associated to smartphone ownership. According to their stats, iPhone users are having the most sexual partners, followed by BlackBerry and Android.
The survey sample was taken from its users at age of 30 and they gather device info from EXIF data of profile photos. From their result, a male iPhone user will have 10 sexual partners as compared to 8.1 for Blackberry and 6 for Android.
Of course these are just casual surveys and doesn’t necessary reflect the real situation. Responses on Mashable are interesting too with some claiming Android users are mostly geeks, therefore not getting all the ladies. Some even responded that the number of sex partners is not a definite gauge of how often they got laid or how satisfying those relationships are.
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In what can be considered as a perplexing move, Rais Yatim who earlier ruled out the banning of BlackBerry services in this country yesterday made a statement saying that the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission is currently gathering detailed information about the BlackBerry service in the wake of bans of the service in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Rais said that the report from MCMC is expected to be completed sometime this week and that his ministry will be evaluating the information to see if a ban in Malaysia is required.
Wonder if a BlackBerry ban is a big enough issue to be discussed in Parliament? It’s definitely heaps better than talking in Parliament about this topic.
Looks like the 1.5 million BlackBerry users in this country are pretty nervous right now. Keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com for the latest development on this.