Tablets: Big Three Wireless Providers Hedge Bets With Galaxy Tab
According to Bloomberg, "AT&T and Sprint plan to offer the device, called the Galaxy Tab, for less than Samsung's wholesale price by bundling it with monthly wireless service contracts." It is not clear how Verizon Wireless will market the product. The news service reports that the Galaxy Tab will be launched Sept. 16. It will run the Google (GOOG) Android operating system and have a seven-inch screen.
The big winner in the Galaxy Tab launch may be Google. The presence of Android is an indication that another company has decided to move the operating system from smartphones to other forms of hardware. A recent Gartner survey shows that Android will move into the No.2 spot among mobile operating systems, behind Symbian, this year. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is another sign that Android will be a strong presence in the world of consumer electronics.