Samsung is firmly behind Android for future tablets, according to the company’s mobile chief, J.K. Shin. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Shin said, “We’ll continue to work with Android on future tablets.” He later added that Samsung is looking hard at 4G LTE technology and is in talks with an LTE carrier in the US (Verizon and AT&T support LTE) for a 4G tablet.
Shin did not comment on specifics, though Samsung and Verizon did announce a 4G (LTE) version of the original seven-inch Galaxy Tab at CES earlier this year. It was expected to launch “mid year” according to Verizon, though no specific release date has been announced.
TabletPCReview wonders if the 4G Galaxy Tab will launch before the Motorola Xoom gets its 4G upgrade.
Shin also commented on the Apple patent infringement lawsuit, which took an interesting turn late last week with Samsung requesting a gander at the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. “We didn’t copy Apple’s design,” he said. “We have used many similar designs over the past years and it [Apple’s allegation] will not be legally problematic.”
According to the research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung is a distant second to number one Apple in the tablet market, but is first among Android tablet makers, which include Motorola, HTC, ASUS, Acer, and others. Currently, it has the seven-inch Galaxy Tab on the market, and plans to soon ship the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb tablets.
Source: Wall Street Journal