Google hands out 5,000 free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android Tablets to Google I/O Attendees

May 11 2011, 8:35am CDT | by , in News | Tablets

Google 5,000 free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablets to Google I/O Attendees

The market share of Android Tablets just increased by 5,000.

Today is day two of Google I/O 2011. We expect an announcement about a Chrome OS Laptop for $20/month rent for stundents. Google I/O attendees received a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet yesterday reports CNET. Previous Google I/O freebies have been phones, but this year its a brand new tablet. Google needs to push the tablet as the Apple iPad is still dominating the segment dramatically.

Google also already released the new Android HoneyComb 3.1 for Motorola Xoom users. This is actually a surprise as Google did not mention the immediate availablity of HoneyComb 3.1 yesterday. CrunchGear has already tested HoneyComb 3.1 on their Xoom tablet. The UI stays the same, but the performance improves quite a bit. Additionally the USB support got enhanced and the browser was made more robust, supporting HTML 5 video and more.

Android tablets are getting more mature with HoneyComb 3.1. If this is enough to catch up with the iPad remains to be seen.

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