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Samsung Reveals Tablet with Google Play for Education

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will feature integration with Google Play for Education.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will feature integration with Google Play for Education.

Samsung has taken the wraps off a Galaxy Tab tablet that will be purpose-built for education.

According to Samsung, the device, which will be made available for the 2014–2015 school year, will launch as part of the Google Play for Education program. Google Play for Education is a solution that puts approved educational apps and educator-curated resources on mobile devices, along with tools for simplified setup, "instant" app deployment and Web-based management. Content is organized by grade, subject and standard. Google Play for Education also provides the means for school to buy apps via purchase order.

The forthcoming Galaxy Tab tablet will feature:

  • A 10.1-inch screen with a WXGA resolution (1,280 x 800);
  • Android 4.4 (Kit Kat);
  • 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi support;
  • Front and rear cameras;
  • Near-field communications support;

"Samsung and Google for Education share a commitment to delivering innovative learning experiences to improve student outcomes," said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung's Enterprise Business Division, in a prepared statement. "The new Galaxy Tab with Google Play for Education integration was created to specifically address the needs of today's schools and support our vision for powering education by empowering educators."

The Galaxy Tab with Google Play for Education is expected to ship in April.

The announcement was made at the FETC 2014 conference taking place this week in Orlando, FL, where Samsung is also demonstrating a number of its other education-focused technologies, including:

Samsung is exhibiting in booth 323 at FETC. Additional details can be found at

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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