Like most other manufacturers entering this burgeoning market, Samsung has made Google's Android its platform of choice -- the Galaxy Tab is shipping with the latest version available, Android 2.2 Froyo, which means it also supports Adobe Flash content. It will run an optimized version of Samsung's TouchWiz user interface and come bundled with the company's own Social Hub, which collects messages from different social networks in one place, MediaHub, an online store for renting and buying video, and MusicHub and ReaderHub for purchasing music and books, respectively.
Samsung will also pre-install an augmented reality application called Layar, which makes use of the device's GPS and sensors, and Swype for faster typing by gliding your finger from one letter to another on a virtual keyboard. The Galaxy Tab will be available in Europe in mid-September and in the U.S. before the end of the year. We don't yet know what the price will be but we'll definitely keep an eye out.