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Friday, February 25, 2011

Xoom Review Shows Promise

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 06:00 AM

"The Android tablets out on the market have been weak in the face of the iPad. But after testing out Motorola's Xoom, it's clear the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet has what it takes to compete head to head. Though it's got some growing pains ahead, the young tablet is already a contender. All that's needed before it can really gain momentum is a lineup of killer apps — and a better price."

I think this is a very well rounded and fair review. I still don't understand why a device that doubles, or more, all hardware of the iPad is "over-priced" when it's only $100 more at worst and the OS is much better tailored to a tablet form factor. Anyway, check out this review and give us your thoughts! Did you buy a Xoom? Tell us what you think of it so far. I've seen some reports of it freezing fairly often. If that's the case it will have a hard time catching the iPad.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Schmidt Talks "Desserts" at Windows Mobile Congress

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"Eric Schmidt didn't give a ton of details about the future of Android during his MWC 2011 keynote, but he did drop one interesting tidbit: the next version of Android will "start with an I, be named after a dessert" and combine Gingerbread for phones and Honeycomb for tablets into a cohesive whole."

You may have heard rumors floating around about the next version of Android being "Ice Cream" or "Ice Cream Sandwich". So, at Mobile World Congress Eric Schmidt didn't exactly confirm that but he did say it would be a dessert that starts with the letter "I". He also said it will combine elements of the tablet specific version of Android, Honeycomb, with the latest phone specific version of Android, Gingerbread. The only comment he made on timing was that updates have been happening on a six month cycle. So if that's six months from Gingerbread I guess we're looking at May. If it's six months from Honeycomb we'll see when that's actually released. Right now I'm excited about Gingerbread and I like Google's overall plan! Do you like the direction Google is going with their releases of Android?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Samsung's Cat Fell Out Of Its Bag: Galaxy S 2 And 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab Leaked

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 09:30 AM

"Uh oh, looks like someone got the wrong date for Samsung's MWC keynote. The above screenshot is captured by the eagle-eyed folks at Moveplayer, who spotted what appears to be an embargoed article about the Galaxy S 2 (or Galaxy S II) over at Korean news site Paran."

Can we say "oops"? Looks like a Korean site accidentally published their Samsung MWC write up a bit early. The information is far from confirmed but the leaked specs and pictures look and sound legitimate. As for the specs themselves? Very nice, I must say. It is also worth noting that based on the leaked image it appears that TouchWiz has gotten a bit of an update too. I do hope that Samsung hasn't messed with the default contacts, messaging, calendar, and email apps as much as they have in the past. I don't mind the TouchWiz launcher but please stop messing up the stock Android apps. True or false I guess we will find out later today.

Friday, February 4, 2011

T-Mobile Announces The T-Mobile G-Slate With Google By LG For You

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

"Just hours ago T-Mobile teased an image of a traditional pair of 3D glasses. Why did they do such a thing? Because tonight they are officially announcing the T-Mobile G-Slate with Google by LG that has, you guessed it plenty of 3D capability!"

Rumors have been flying since we were teased with the "T-Mobile G-Slate with Google by LG" back at CES. Many of those rumors involved the device having a 3D screen. Well, it appears that those rumors were true. The G-Slate supports an 8.9-inch 3D capable screen and even has the ability to capture 3D and HD content with its dual rear facing cameras. If that weren't enough the G-Slate is powered by a dual core Tegra 2, has 32GBs of memory built in, an HDMI out port, and will be available "this spring". If you just can't get enough of this sweet new device T-Mobile has put up a sigh-up page so you can get the latest and greatest info as it becomes available. Anyone else out there think this baby looks cooler than the Xoom?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Android 3.0's Fantastically Fun Features Presented For Your Perusal

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

"Here's the Android 3.0 Honeycomb homescreen for tablets. It's slightly different from Android's phone-interface to take advantage of the larger tablet-sized screen, which means there's even better multitasking and widgets."

The folks over at Gizmodo have put together a nice brief roundup of of some of the cool new features coming to us in Android 3.0. By all appearances Honeycomb is going to be one sweet tablet operating system (pun intended). I cannot wait to play with a device running the new OS. Now if I can get a decent tablet with only WiFi. I don't need another monthly fee for a device I honestly may not use.

Video of Honeycomb Running on the Nook Color

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 08:00 AM

A friend of mine tried the SD preview install of Honeycomb on his Nook Color and posted a video of the results. Not bad for a single core ebook reader considering there were rumors that Honeycomb would require a dual-core CPU. The build shown doesn't have sound working but that has already been fixed along with a storage problem. Will you consider buying a Nook Color to use as a Honeycomb tablet? The cost is only $250 + an 8GB MicroSDHC card.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Take a Tour of Honeycomb

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 10:00 AM

"Google gave us a glimpse of Android 3.0 Honeycomb earlier this year, but today they released more details on the upcoming OS. Here's a look through what we can expect. Spoiler alert: It's awesome, and it fixes many of Android's biggest annoyances."

This is a screen-shot tour through some of what's new in Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google's version of Android that's specifically designed for tablets. So far, I like everything I see! It seems like Google has really done their homework and gone out of their way to produce an excellent operating system for tablet. I look forward to playing with it on a production tablet to see if it's really as good as it seems. What are your thoughts? Does this screen-shot tour make you want an Android tablet?

Update: Don't miss the Honeycomb event on Feb. 2 at 1:00 Eastern here:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Xoom at Best Buy on February 17

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

" internal Best Buy document that's just dropped into our inbox, which explicitly pinpoints February 17th as the launch date for Moto's highly touted, Honeycomb-equipped tablet. Stock is expected to land at the big box retailer on February 16th, with the big party going down the day after."

It looks like the wait is soon over for a Honeycomb Tablet! Apparently it will have 32GB of built in storage and the price will be $700. Is the the tablet you're waiting for? What do you think of the price?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

HTC to Join the Tablet Party

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

"A Digitimes report, citing unnamed sources, said that the Taiwanese smartphone maker will start shipping a tablet in the U.S. market in March called "the Flyer" running version 2.3 of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform. Users will be able to upgrade the device to Android version 3.0, or Honeycomb, which is optimized for tablets, the report said, adding that HTC plans to release more Honeycomb tablets in June."

As the maker of some of major flagship Android phones like the Nexus One, Evo 4G, and Droid Incredible it was surprising to me that HTC didn't seem interested in making a tablet. Now it's clear they're very serious about tablets and perhaps wisely taking their time to release some well refined tablets. I know there are many HTC fans out there who will be excited to see what they come up with. Were you planning to buy a Xoom or other tablet before this announcement? Will this announcement make you wait to see what HTC has up their sleeve?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sign Up For Updates On T-Mobile's G-Slate

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

T-Mobile now has a sign up page for their G-Slate! The G-Slate will come with Android 3.0 (AKA Honeycomb) and have 4G. But other than that, not much else is known so sign up to get instant updates!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

CES 2011: The Motorola Xoom Tablet

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 03:00 PM

CES 2011 is the first event that Motorola is officially showing off their Xoom tablet at, and it looks like an impressive device. I wasn't able to get more than a few seconds of hands-on time with it, but the fit and finish was solid - I think this is going to be a real competitor to the iPad. The specs include:

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • 10.1 inch display
  • Dual Core 1 Ghz CPU NVIDIA Tegra 2
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32 GB inbuilt memory with microSD Card slot
  • 10 hr video playback battery life
  • 5 MP Rear camera with Flash and 720p HD video capture
  • 2MP video calling camera
  • Wifi(n) Bluetooth 2.1, 3G , 4G

Friday, January 7, 2011

LG is Getting Serious About Android

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 03:00 PM

"At 9.2mm thick, the Optimus Black from LG is the new world's thinnest phone, and is pretty light too, at 109g. It's also got a 4-inch NOVA screen for viewing in direct sunlight, too, and a 2MP forward-facing camera."

Up until now I haven't seen any high end or otherwise very exciting Android phones from LG. It looks like they've stepped up to the plate with this thin phone that will be upgradable to Honeycomb. Besides being very bright the NOVA display is to have low power consumption, true blacks, and pure whites. I'm not sure if this is a new form of OLED but I'm guessing it may be since I don't think it's possible for LCD to do true black. T-Mobile has also announced a very nice looking Android tablet from LG called the G-Slate. It will be the first Honeycomb powered 4G tablet on T-Mobile. I love all the Android competition and innovation going on! One thing's for sure, choosing my next Android device will not be easy! Any thoughts on devices you've seen? How about a favorite phone or tablet?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Little Sneak Peak Of Android 3.0 Strait From The Source

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 02:30 PM

"The past few weeks have been exciting ones for the Android team: we recently released Nexus S and Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and we've even had some of our most popular team members take a trip to space. But we haven't stopped buzzing with excitement: today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we previewed Android 3.0, Honeycomb."

Just can't get enough honeycomb goodness? Well, thanks to Google themselves now you can get a full on view of the UI goodness to come. I must say it looks really good. I think any doubts I had about wanting an Android tablet are now gone. :) I will just make sure to wait for one that ships with honeycomb. Who's with me?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Honeycomb Music Player Leaked: It's Hot, Sticky Sweet...

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 09:00 AM

"Want a sneak peek at some Honeycomb goodness? Of course you do! And now, thanks to xda member johnnie93, you can have some."

I have to say this looks promising. If this is any indication of the UI goodness we might get when Honeycomb lands we are in for a real treat. I'm sure we all agree that the default Android music player isn't the prettiest thing in the world. After looking at the screen shots of the new default Honeycomb player my hopes are up. If screen shots aren't enough for you follow the read link and download the apk for yourself. I hear it works "most of the time." Anyone tried this out yet? What do you think?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Motorola Tablet Teaser

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

What do you think? I like it and am looking forward to seeing Motorola's tablet. Are you waiting for a next-generation Android Tablet? What's one feature you would love to see in a new tablet with Honeycomb?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Notion Ink To Offer Pre-orders For Their Adam Tablet

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

"The most awaited day has finally arrived! It took some time, but now when as we look back, it seems more than worth it. This is a rather detailed post and I will try to answer most of your questions. And there is a LOT to share."

Notion Ink is taking pre-orders for their new tablet, the Adam, starting on December 10th with general pre-ordering opening at 6 AM IST. Looks as if prices are starting at $375 and it's operating system is very close to honeycomb. Their specs website says that it is running honeycomb, but it may actually be closer to gingerbread. If anyone finds out, let us know!

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