Google Android Will Remain Free

Wall Street Journal Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said Tuesday that the Internet search giant remains committed to offering its Android mobile operating system for free to its handset manufacturing partners.

In August, Google unveiled plans to buy the Motorola Mobility and set-top devices for $12.5 billion, a development that has raised anxiety among cellphone makers about whether Google would accord them equal treatment regarding the Android platform.

PC Mag – T-Mobile confirmed Tuesday that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will arrive on Nov. 16 for $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Customers will be required to sign up for a two-year deal with the carrier.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, first unveiled in September, boosts Samsung’s tablet lineup by adding Android 3.2 Honeycomb and a dual-core processor, among other things. The device includes a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor and 16GB of storage, expandable to 32GB, in a frame that’s 0.39 inches thick and weighs 12.2 ounces. It has a 7-inch, 1,024-by-600 PLS LCD, as well as front- and rear-facing cameras with 2- and 3-megapixels, respectively.

The Tab 7.0 includes dual-band Wi-Fi built in, along with GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 3G and HSPA+ connections, so you’ll be able to use the tablet to make voice and video calls.

Samsung Electronics Co.—the largest maker of Android-based products, which overtook Apple Inc. in the third quarter to become the world’s largest seller of smartphones—has taken steps to broaden its product offerings based on other software platforms. The electronics giant announced a deal in late September to develop smartphones and tablet computers based on Microsoft’s Windows software. Samsung also plans to open up Bada, its homegrown mobile software platform, to external developers and electronics gadget makers next year.

To protect against claims by Microsoft that Android violates its software patents, Samsung has reached a patents-sharing deal that involves the payment of royalties to Microsoft for Samsung’s Android-based smartphones and tablets

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