Samsung issues Galaxy Tab app tools to Android developers

Samsung added support for its Android-powered Galaxy Tab tablet device to the Samsung Mobile Innovator developer website, promising tools and insights to help simplify application development efforts leveraging the device's larger form factor. "Developing for Samsung Galaxy Tab is no different from developing for any other Android based device. By utilizing only public APIs provided in the Android SDK and follow the guidelines and tips below, applications will not just work on the Galaxy Tab but also scale correctly," the website reads. "That said, with a 7" device and a screen resolution of 1024x600 the Samsung Galaxy Tab provides a perfect form factor to optimize applications, by implementing UI and UX enhancements previously not possible."

The Samsung Galaxy Tab runs Android 2.2. In addition to supplying the Galaxy Tab Add-On, the Samsung Mobile Innovator site offers a Quick Guide for app development: "Make sure that high density display (HDPII resources are in the application package, as the tablet display requires these resources," it states. "Most Android devices are API level 4 or greater. We recommend porting over our application with minSDKVersion=4 or greater. This allows you to add HPDI resources in the application package. If the system cannot find the HPDI resources and android:anyDensity="true" has been set, the existing resources will be scaled which may not give the user the best experience." Additional insights include the tablet's default values, recommended generic compatibility guidelines and an application sample. 

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab in early September. The tablet boasts a Cortex A8 1 GHz processor, a 3-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting along with access to Android Market, support for Adobe Flash 10.1 and WiFi. Samsung also is positioning the tablet as a voice communication device: The Galaxy Tab can serve as a speaker phone, and users can connect to it via a Bluetooth headset. It supports HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and HSDPA 7.2 Mbps in the 900/1900/2100 MHz bands.

For more on the Samsung Galaxy Tab developer tools:
- visit the Samsung Mobile Innovator website

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