updated 02:15 pm EDT, Tue October 26, 2010
Verizon Galaxy Tab lacks Skype, V Cast Video, NFL
The upcoming Galaxy Tab that's due at Verizon on November 11 will not ship with the Skype, V Cast Video or NFL Mobile apps pre-installed, according to leaked web training documents posted by Engadget on Tuesday. The plan would come despite despite the NFL's wishes to bring video onto Verizon's tablets and that the carrier's V Cast Video service is available on all of its other Android devices. The three apps are eventually expected to come to the device, though exactly when isn't being revealed.
Why the apps will not be preloaded also isn't known, though it's likely the apps aren't yet completely compatible with the seven-inch tablet and developers are working on proper integration.
When the 16GB Android 2.2 tablet comes to Verizon stores, it will cost $600 contract-free. The data plans are identical to those for Verizon iPads and will cost between $20 per month for 1GB and $50 for 5GB. It will use EVDO for connecting to the web, and come preloaded with V Cast Music, VZ Navigator and a Verizon edition of Blockbuster On Demand for movie rentals. Also present will be Amazon's Kindle app and Slacker Radio. Users will have access to both Android Market or V Cast Apps for downloading programs.