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Galaxy Tab 7-Inch Gets Unofficial Android 3.0 Honeycomb Port

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Early adopters of the Android 2.2 Froyo-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch are now treated with a functional, yet unofficial, port of Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the small pocket-able tab. Though Samsung has remained silent on whether the 7-inch tablet will get Android 3.0 in the future, the Galaxy Tab-maker has since announced 8.9- and 10.1-inch versions of the tablet with Honeycomg and the Samsung UX user interface.

On the newer 8.9- and 10.1-inch tablets, the Samsung UX user interface is less jarring than the traditional TouchWiz UI that’s found on the 7-inch tablet and on Samsung’s Android smartphones. Rather than dominate over, and replace Android’s UI, the new UX user interface helps to complement and add value to Android, making it look like it’s designed for and with Android 3.0.

In terms of the Android Honeycomb port for the smallest tablet of the Galaxy Tab series, developers over at XDA have managed to port Android 3.0 from the Honeycomb SDK into a functional build. Though the ROM is still in early development phases and is subject to crashes and instability, it is mostly working. The port currently is working with CDMA Galaxy Tab builds, meaning those tablets released for Verizon Wireless and Sprint. GSM support will probably be forthcoming in the near future.

The 7-inch Tab now joins Barnes & Noble’s 7-inch Nook Color as a member of the 7-inch tablet club that is getting unofficial builds of Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

Via: Android Central

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12 Comments

  1. Foo

    04/05/2011 at 1:42 pm

    Your last paragraph kind of suggests the Nook is an Android device. You may want to reword it.

    • Hobie

      04/06/2011 at 1:24 am

      Why? The Nook IS an Android device…

      • Foo

        04/06/2011 at 1:58 am

        The underlining OS does not necessarily make it an Android device in my opinion. Technically it is, but functionally it is not. There is a plethora of devices out there running Windows CE, but we don’t call them Windows devices. When people talk about Android Tablets, people think of functionality found in the likes of the Xoom, Galaxy Tab, and iPad. That’s the point I’m just trying to make.

        However, I didn’t see the “unofficial builds” comment which does change things a bit. I would blame my oversight on my poor aging eyes, but I’m unfortunately not old enough to use that defense!

      • IOSandANDROIDuser

        09/02/2011 at 4:20 am

        Yes the nook IS ANDROID!! Lol
        Maybe do Ur homework before saying reword the sentence…..

  2. Alex

    04/09/2011 at 12:09 pm

    Nice Job!
    Is the Google Talk Video Call feature allready implemented in Honeycomb?

  3. Steve Dickey

    05/30/2011 at 4:11 pm

    Since Sprint and Verizon are CDMA, and AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM, perhaps that last paragraph needs some rewrite?

  4. Jag

    06/15/2011 at 10:34 pm

    Were can we get the ROM for flashing the Galaxy.

  5. shail

    07/07/2011 at 11:38 pm

    The only reason why Samsung doesn’t want to release honeycomb for galaxy tab 7 is that they want people to go and buy galaxy tab 8.9 or 10.

    I bought a galaxy tab 7″ few months back and now regretting of buying it when i see each and every other android tablet getting honeycomb update….

    Too bad Samsung!!!

  6. Kerem ERSOY

    07/16/2011 at 9:54 pm

    BTW Android 2.x is a Phone OS while 3.x is a tablet OS. So I don’t think there will be a 3.x Honeycomb upgrade available for  7″ Galaxy. Because basically it is a phone. I guess we would need to wait until sandwich-on-ice to be released which is said to have both phone and Tablet functionality.

    • DJ

      07/29/2011 at 12:57 am

      I don’t think it’s considered a phone. AT&T version doesn’t have calling feature and I don’t think it has a a microphone unless you use bluetooth  

      • Tonja0326

        07/29/2011 at 2:13 pm

        The (Verizon) Tab does have a mic, on the upper left hand side of the device.

      • Ss

        08/01/2011 at 11:42 am

        All 7” tabs have a mic.

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