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HTC and Samsung battle for top billing with Android tablets

by Kristen Nicole

With the iPad still dominating, Android tablets are looking for their competitive edge. Manufacturers are anxious to release their own version of an iPad killer, with HTC incorporating a few business professional perks to its upcoming EVO View 4G. The tablet will have a 7-inch display, running on Gingerbread and a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm (QCOM) processor. The tablet, which will run on Sprint’s (S) 4G network, also comes with the N-Trig pen for detailed input for drawing and writing.

While the View, available in stores June 24th, is lacking Android’s tablet-specific Honeycomb OS, the Samsung (005930.KS) Galaxy Tab 10.1 is raring to bring the latest OS version to the public. Hitting stores this week, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 features Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but is missing the 4G support. The Wi-Fi only tablet comes in two flavors: a 16GB version for $499 and the 32GB priced at $599. Also available on Sprint’s network, customers are gaining a range of choices in the tablet sector.

4G and flying tablets make for good promos

Sprint is certainly looking to gain customer appeal with its devices lineup, extending a number of benefits and services for mobile users. The wireless network has teamed up with Lookout Mobile Security to offer safe browsing on Android devices, protecting them from malicious websites that can wrack havoc on your phone. Even as Sprint’s also building influence around its 4G network, other wireless service providers are leveraging high speed capabilities for their own promos. T-Mobile’s prepping for the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Gravity Smart, two mid-level Android devices priced at $80 and $70 respectively, with a two-year contract. Expect the phones to hit stores sometime next week.

As you can see, Samsung’s hedging its bets with tablets, smartphones, carrier availability and 4G support, leveraging Android to become a premier manufacturer in the mobile space. To spread even more awareness around the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung’s making the new tablets available to American Airline travelers for a select number of transcontinental and international flights. This kind of customer perk is reserved for the front cabins, where first and business class fliers are regularly catered to. Talk about on-board entertainment.