Samsung Releases Galaxy Tab's Open Source Code
Samsung has released the source code that runs the new Galaxy Tab, opening the doors to third-party modifications and enhancements. The Galaxy Tab, hyped as the iPad killer, is an Android-based tablet featuring a 7" touchscreen and a 1.0 GHz ARM processor.
As Galaxy Tab is running open source Android operating system, more benefits are expected in terms of flexibility, security and larger choice of carriers and apps available. These advantages become clearer especially if compared with Apple's iPad, considered the major competitor of the Galaxy Tab.
"Android is open-source software which means anyone can make the operating system better." the Samsung websites states. "That way, you benefit not only from the knowledge of Google developers but that of third party developers too. You can also upgrade your existing Android phone to 2.2 and get the same benefits without spending an extra penny."
Not only customizations made by 'hackers' and professional developers are now easier with the public release of the source code, but this step allows the creation tailor-made versions of the tablet that target specific needs and business users.
The South-Korean handset manufacturer made available 8 source .zip packages, based on the device's localization, consisting of 4 International and 4 US versions for different mobile operators. The packages contain readme files with instructions on how to compile the source code and other two .tar folders with the source for the kernel and the platform.
Source code is downloadable from the Samsung Open Source Release Center (http://opensource.samsung.com)