Samsung announces content deals for Galaxy Tab

Samsung says it is getting into bed with some big hitters for the November 1st release of the iPad-bothering Galaxy Tab.

The Korean company has announced that venerable Brit broadsheet the Financial Times, High Street book flogger WH smiths, and well-known gaming outfit Gameloft will all be on-board when the Galaxy Tab sets sail.

FT fans will be able to read a fully-optimised version of the The Sun for stockbrokers via an embedded Financial Times application. The full content of the pink paper can be downloaded daily for offline reading and the app will also allow users to keep a tab on their personal stock portfolios.

It's not clear at this stage whether there will be a fee for the FT, but as its on-line equivalent is behind a paywall, we'd bet our back teeth that you'll have to pay through yours.

Bricks and mortar book seller WH Smith has recently branched out into the e-book market and will offer direct downloads via an app to the tablet device of best-sellers and the recommendations of TV odd couple Richard and Judy at discounts of up to 60 per cent.

Gameloft has been engaged to develop a portfolio of game titles specifically for the Galaxy and space shooter N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD and racing game Asphalt 5 HD will both be pre-installed at launch.

The French outfit will develop a further five titles to be released over the coming months and we wouldn't be surprised to see the Assassin's creed, Prince of Persia, Rayman or Tom Clancy franchises getting an airing.

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