Samsung's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)-powered tablet offers a variety of Android OS features. An upgraded Android Market enables access to more than 400,000 applications which can be enjoyed across phones or tablets. Furthermore, an intuitive user interface includes the ability to swipe-control applications as well as a wholly redesigned app gallery for easier sharing of content. The OS's vastly faster performance and response times across multiple applications is further enhanced by HSPA+ 21 Mbps or WiF-i connectivity. Additionally, Android 4.0 includes a selection of embedded Google applications that enables users to quickly launch sites and applications that they use frequently; meanwhile, the innovative Face Unlock feature unlocks the tablet through unique facial recognition software.
The Galaxy Tab 2 offers users easy multimedia access, playback and sharing experiences with Samsung Hub services. Samsung's Music Hub provides a full music store solution with access to over 17 million tracks. Additionally, the Readers Hub provides the user with access to more than 2.3 million e-books, 3,500 magazines and over 2,000 newspapers in 51 languages, while the Game Hub instantly connects users to the latest game titles. Samsung is also introducing the Video Hub, which offers more than 1,000 film titles for purchase or rent, and provides reviews, trailers and recommendations for easier content selection. Complementing the Galaxy Tab 2's multimedia offering is an upgraded Touchwiz user interface that features Hub widgets for one-step access to users' content in Hubs; the device also presents S Suggest, a new service offering recommendations of apps suited to users' tastes directly on a home screen. The Galaxy Tab 2's superb multimedia experience is further boosted by Samsung's AllShare Play, a content-sharing service available on Samsung mobile devices. AllShare Play allows users to play or live-stream their multimedia content from PC's, other Samsung smart devices as well as third-party web storage. Users can also easily transfer content to other devices or directly to web services.
Connecting socially has never been easier with the Galaxy Tab 2's built-in powerful communication capabilities. With the voice call capability, the Galaxy Tab 2 can be used just as easily as a phone, affording users the handy convenience of a second device. It also allows users to spontaneously arrange multi-party video calls via Google+ hangouts, as well as engage in group chats or micro-communities to collectively chat or share content. In addition, ChatON, Samsung's cross-platform communication service, connects all phone users of any platform into a single community. ChatON uses phone numbers instead of ID and passwords, and provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in various formats (images, video, voice, contacts) to make messaging simple and intuitive.
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