You know what's fun? Source code. Source code is fun. OK, maybe it's not everyone's idea of fun, but Samsung has just released the kernel code for three more tablets – the international Note 10.1 (GT-N8010), Tab 2 10.1 (GT-P5110), and tab 2 7 (GT-P3110) – and we thought some people may get excited about that.
This means more tweaks, mods, and other un-stock things are coming to the aforementioned devices. So, if you've been waiting to overclock (or some other neat thing) your tablet, keep an eye on your favorite dev – all the goodies should be just around the corner.
If you're still toting Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, good news – CyanogenMod let loose a flurry of new nightlies for the device today, all carrying the CM 10.1 moniker, meaning owners of Samsung's ten-inch Tab from 2011 can enjoy a stock Android 4.2 experience with some key improvements. Among those receiving the new nightlies are the Wi-Fi only Tab (p4wifi), Verizon and T-Mobile connected variants (p4vzw and tmo), the p4, and even the p3, which is the Galaxy Tab 10.1v.
You didn't think we'd miss a chance to give something away on this day of all things cheap, did you? Of course not. So we've teamed up with AT&T to give you a little Black Friday promotion of our own - in the form of a free Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with LTE.
The Tab 2 10.1 LTE is a lot like its Wi-Fi sibling, though it's packing a much quicker Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, along with the aforementioned LTE support for the AT&T network. Here's a quick spec breakdown:
10.1" LCD (1280x800) with Gorilla Glass
Android 4.0 with TouchWiz
1.5GHZ MSM8960 dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
16GB internal storage, plus microSD slot
HSPA+ / LTE connectivity
3MP rear camera / VGA front camera
Stereo front-facing speakers
Built-in IR blaster to use your tablet as your TV remote
You can also pick up the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 straight from AT&T's website, $500 out the door, or $400 with a 2-year agreement.
Oh, open source files. You might not know it, but it's awfully hard to write words about kernel source going live on Samsung's website, something we do quite often here at Android Police. But, if you're into this sort of thing, you're probably not too concerned with what I'm saying, so much as the links to those files, which I have. And I'm going to make you scroll to get them!
We've already seen the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 land on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile's data networks, and now you can get the 10-inch slate from Verizon, as well. The device is already listed on Big Red's site for a cool $500, with a "will ship by 11/26" status.
10.1" 1280x800 display
1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8960
8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
3MP rear camera, VGA front camera
If you simply must have an LTE-connected 10" tablet, you can go ahead and get your order in now. You'll likely be surfing the web anywhere you want by the end of next week.
Do you ever wonder if Samsung gets tired of releasing devices? While most manufacturers have vowed to release fewer superfluous phone and tablets, ol' Sammy is still going strong, offering up new Galaxy devices almost weekly. Maybe some people like the choice. Or maybe not. Either way, I don't see any signs of them slowing any time soon.
With more devices, of course, also comes more source code. Today's batch of piping hot source is for the Galaxy Express on AT&T and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on T-Mobile. Hackers, modders, and tinkerers, this one's for you - hit the source links below to grab the download and do things with it.
If you've been aching to buy a new device on Sprint, today may be a good day to stroll through the doors of one of the carrier's retail shops to check out the new arrivals: the LG Optimus G, LG Mach, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 LTE.
The Optimus G is, of course, the flagship of the bunch, sporting a 4.7" TrueHD IPS+ panel, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM, and Android 4.0. This device is, for all intents and purposes, a non-Nexus version of the Nexus 4. Even though the OS is now dated, the hardware is still solid and performance should be among the best in its class.
Samsung is back again with a fresh batch of source, today dropping open source kernel files for the Note 10.1 (N8000), its LTE counterpart N8020, the Stratosphere II (SCH-I415), and Sprint's version of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SPH-P500). The most interesting device on the list, though, is probably the Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100), which is just arriving at UK retailers this month, with no firm date announced for a state-side debut. Though the Galaxy Camera is a somewhat unconventional Android device, it's still great to see Samsung keeping up with its pattern of timely open source file releases.
If you've been waiting to put your hands on the official kernel source for these devices, or just want to take a peek at what makes them tick, hit the appropriate link below.
It looks like Samsung has posted up some fresh new open source files today, including files for the AT&T-connected Galaxy Note II. The real story, though, is that Jelly Bean open source files have also been posted for both the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, neither of which have received their official 4.1 updates just yet.
Readers may remember Samsung hinting at an impending update for these (and other devices) back in September, but the availability of these files may suggest that the update is looming very near.