Galaxy Tab hits stores next month, and other Android news

by Kristen Nicole

Can the Galaxy Tab compete with the iPad?

 

Lots of device news for Android today. First up is the launch date of the anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will run Android 2.2 and includes full Flash support. The tablet will be available in Verizon (VZ) stores, starting November 11. It’s going to be an alternative tablet option for Verizon customers, as the Apple (AAPL) iPad will be featured there as well.

More expensive than the iPad at $600, the Galaxy Tab will come with built-in 3G connectivity, offered on Verizon’s network. The iPad, on the other hand, will require a MiFi device if you want connectivity wherever you go. Data plans for both are priced the same, starting at $20 per month for 1Gb.

Manufacturer woes

 

Samsung (005930.KS) has been working steadily on its Android tablets, bringing expectations for more iPad alternatives to fruition. There’s no way for us to have a full direct comparison until the Galaxy Tab becomes available, but Android tablet development in general has faced a number of setbacks for manufacturers in recent weeks.

Lenovo (0992.HK), for instance, has further delayed its Android tablet plans, with word it’s holding out for Android’s next OS update. That pushes any Android tablet releases to sometime next year, echoing some of the misgivings HTC (HUTC.OB) recently let out about their tablet plans as well.

Germans make custom Android phones, too

 

With all this talk of Android tablets, it’s easy to forget about new smartphone releases. Synapse may be late to the game, but it’s releasing the Synapse One, powered by Android. It runs Android 2.2, features a 4" touch screen, 12-megapixel camera and a 1GHz processor. The German-made phone’s biggest selling point, however, is the customizable hardware options for the device.