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Samsung tablet sales soar; DISH Network comes to Android

by Kristen Nicole

Samsung sees success

Samsung (005930.KS) has sold a reported 600,000 Galaxy Tabs in the few weeks since launching on the market, showing a rising demand for Android tablets. Apple’s (AAPL) iPad alternative has been on sale worldwide for several months, while the ongoing holiday season is expected to push Samsung sales further.

With the recent success Samsung has had with Android-powered devices, it’s interesting to hear word that the manufacturer may be focusing on Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 handsets for the coming year. The San Francisco Chronicle cites a questionable source on the matter, initiating from a Chinese report noting Samsung’s plans for handset OS distribution in 2011: 63% for Windows Phone 7, and only 32% for Android.

Banking and live TV

As banking continues to be an early industry adopter of smartphone technology, I’m glad to see Chase (JPM) launching an Android app with online check deposits. There are no Chase banks on my side of town, so I’m quite thrilled to be able to take a photo of my check with my camera phone, and deposit it with this new app. You can also pay bills, transfer money and search for nearby ATMs and locations, making Chase a great entrant into the Android Market.

DISH Network (DISH) is offering mobile access through Sling, an on-demand media company with an established Android presence. Watch live TV as well as DVR programs, straight from your handset. DISH Remote Access also lets you search and manage your programs, essentially making its service nearly entirely mobile-ready. The app is free for existing customers, but you’ll need a Sling DVR box to use it.