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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sprint To Lay It On Us At CTIA: Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D, And, EVO View?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 01:00 AM

"The media -- yours truly included -- has been trying to figure out why Sprint has booked an insane two-and-a-half hour slot at CTIA later this month. That's not the kind of event you throw together just to rehash the devices you've introduced over the last half year -- something's up, and if our source is correct, they're up to something big."

The folks over at Engadget received an anonymous tip that Spring may very well be bringing some big news to CTIA in the form of two new phones and a tablet. I'm personally most excited about the possible Nexus S 4G, as you know I am all about stock Android. Though I imagine most news will focus around this EVO View tablet which Engadget suspects to be a CDMA version of the HTC Flyer. Regardless, it will me nice to see something new from Sprint. I think they've been riding the EVO train long enough. ;)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Got Root? If You Have a Xoom You Can Now!

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

"Well, that was certainly fast. Although, having an unlocked bootloader I'm sure helped this process just a tad bit. With the news coming to use courtesy of Koush, the Motorola XOOM now has a root method available for it."

It's true! Your shiny new Xoom can now be rooted. Koush has rooted the first official Honeycomb tablet in no time at all. If you want root privileges just follow the "Read" link for directions. Will you be rooting your Xoom?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Loving That New Xoom? Get Ready to Ship it Away.

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

"As expected, the upgrade will be free to everyone and will be available approximately 90 days after launch, so we’re looking at May before this thing will be cooking up those 4G speeds. And as we were told by Motorola at CES, you will have to send in your device and will be without it for 6 days while they upgrade the hardware and software."

This is different and would be very annoying if you didn't realize it at the time of purchase I think. The Motorola Xoom will need to be sent away for a week to receive the 4G LTE upgrade. At least it will not cost you any shipping fees but it's still an inconvenience and possibly a big one. You can get details about the upgrade process here.

I think the Xoom seems like an excellent tablet. You do need to wonder if they released it a little early. This is the third significant feature I'm aware of that will not be enabled if you buy it now. Those features are Flash (though I think this is due to Adobe more than Motorola), the MicroSDHC (or will it be XC?) card slot, and 4G LTE. Do you think Motorola should have waited to release the Xoom? What are your thoughts on the ship to upgrade process? If you have a Xoom are you happy with it?

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.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Motorola is Seriously Screwing Up The Xoom

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 04:00 AM!5766073/motoro...flash-at-launch

"Some disappointing news for those awaiting the arrival of Motorola's tablet: its new page on Verizon's site suggests it won't have Flash at launch. A bit of tiny text on the product page says "Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011," presumably meaning that Moto's waiting for Adobe to roll out the mobile-optimized Flash 10.2 before supporting it."

OK, so let me get this straight. The Xoom is going to cost a bunch of money ($800, it isn't worth it), it's WiFi is going to be locked down until you pony up the activation money, and now we learn that one of the geekly talking points of Android, Flash, it doesn't have. Motorola, take a hint, you really don't do upscale consumer devices well anymore. Stick to feature phones.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Use Your Nook Color as a USB Mass Storage Device

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM,+and+Updates)

"Ever wanted to be able to access your mass storage on your Nook Color? maybe throw some music and movies on there after you put Honecomb on it? No problem. XDA member samuelhalff‘s app will let you access that storage on a PC via USB connection."

I love all the development, or should I say hacking, being done for the Nook Color! It is an amazingly capable device for an eReader! I mean, Honeycomb!!! Do I need to say more!?!? Now a member of XDA Developers has released an app for your Nook Color that will let you mount it's storage as standard USB Mass Storage on your PC or anything else that supports that. Just tell the app which volumes you want to mount, it can do two at a time I think, and boom, you're set. It seems to support any partition you want but the developer does warn that it's beta. Have a Nook Color? Let us know if you try it out!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dolphin Browser is Coming to Android Tablets

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 08:30 AM

"Today, one of our favorite Android apps -- Dolphin -- launched a private beta for its new tablet version.Called Dolphin Browser for Pad, the big brother of Dolphin HD looks to be every bit as customizable and packs a similar array of kicked-up browser functionality."

I've been impressed by the speed of Dolphin HD and I think the interface is great. They also have an innovative and customizable gesture control implementation that could really improve your browsing experience. As good as the phone version is, I'm sure Dolphin for Pad will be excellent. It's great to see there will be another browser option for Android based tablets! What's your favorite Dolphin feature you'd like to see on the tablet version?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The HTC Flyer Caught on Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 05:30 PM

Lots of videos about the new HTC Flyer are popping up, so here are a few to satisfy your curiosity...

HTC Flyer: The Andriod Tablet I've Been Waiting For?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 04:07 PM

"BARCELONA, SPAIN - Mobile World Congress - February 15, 2011 - HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced its first tablet, the HTC FlyerTM. HTC Flyer blends HTC's trademark design language with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for the tablets. Using an intuitive and innovative approach to tablets, HTC Flyer combines natural touch and pen interaction. HTC also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet."

I've been watching the Android tablet market carefully, looking at every new tablet coming out, and have been pretty underwhelmed by many of them. Some of them, like the Motorola Xoom, have impressive hardware - yet the software leaves much to be desired. I'm not an expert on Android so it's hard for me to say what's stock Android and what's not, but much of what I've seen is summed up by the word "Meh". It just doesn't seem to have much style.

The HTC Flyer, however, has caught my attention in a big way: as an HD2 owner (the phone is now retired) I'm very familiar with HTC Sense and the overall design language and functionality of their software has impressed me for the most part. Sure, some of it is silly fluff that does nothing but use CPU cycles and battery life, but I for one like a good UI as long as it doesn't feel slow. With a 1.5 Ghz single-core CPU, the HTC Flyer should be anything but slow. The 7 inch capacitive screen offers a 1024 x 600 resolution, and is pressure sensitive, which allows HTC to bring something interesting to the table that I haven't seen elsewhere yet on an Android tablet: a stylus. Engadget has more details on that, but suffice it to say that I think it brings a unique advantage to the table. It also synchronizes with Evernote right out of the box, which is killer if you're an Evernote user.

Rounding out the hardware spec is HSPA+ wireless (I have to assume WiFi is in there as well), 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage (with expansion via microSD), a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. It's said to weigh "as little as a paperback book", and the 4000 mAH battery will allow for up to four hours of video playback. Four hours doesn't sound very impressive to me - Engadget says the Samsung Galaxy Tab does just over six hours of video playback with the same sized 4000 mAH battery.

No word on pricing, but it will be available globally in Q2 2011 - I suspect that means there won't be a WiFi-only version initially, and it will be sold via carrier partners with data contracts. What that probably means is that it won't be able to compete with the WiFi only $499 iPad - which is a real lost opportunity in my opinion.

Oh, did I mention it can't make calls either? For some that may be a deal-breaker, though I personally don't think it would matter to me - that's what I have a cell phone for, and it's not like I'd leave the house with my HTC Flyer and not my cell phone. Frankly, I think a bigger problem is where do you put that stylus when you're not using it? It looks too big to be stored inside the device - and if it's not kept inside the device, it's something that might get lost easily.

The remainder of the press release, along with more images, after the break. Read more...

Monday, February 14, 2011

LG's New Optimus Pad on Video from MWC

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 01:08 PM

The Mobile World Congress event kicked off today, and we're seeing all sorts of interesting hardware pop up. In the video above, we have the LG Optimus Pad, an NVIDIA Tegra 2-based system (1 GHZ, dual-core CPU), two rear-facing 5 megapixel cameras (I believe for 3D image/video capture), a front-facing 1.3 GHZ camera, and what looks like a 7 inch screen. I tried playing back the video in 720p and pausing it to see if I could make out the spec sheet, but no dice. It looks like Android 2.x rather than Honeycomb, which is interesting given that several of the tablets I saw at CES last month were going to launch with Honeycomb. Still, the performance and design of the LG Optimus Pad look excellent. I'll have to keep my eyes out for this one!

UPDATE: NetbookNews has more details on this product. Turns out it's an 8.9 inch screen, and it is indeed Honeycomb-based.

Quadrant Benchmark for the ZiiO 7

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

"Here is a quick update with the Quadrant benchmark results with the ZiiO 7". I have managed benchmark scores both a little higher and lower than the Quadrant score of 2001. I currently don't have a screen capture app for my ZiiO yet, so please bear with the photo of the results."

Wow, 2001 is a great Quadrant score for a $250 tablet! Benchmarks can be deceiving but just going by Quadrant this looks like a fast device. Actually, the most impressive thing about that Quadrant score may be that the ZiiO is only running Android 2.1. The Creative ZiiO 7 is a 7" Android tablet that uses a ZMS-08 CPU which was designed by ZiiLABS, a subsidiary of Creative. It only has a 480x800 resolution screen but for the price that's not bad. It also has 720p video out and Creative X-Fi which does real-time interpolation of audio to improve sound quality. This could be a good device for consuming audio and video content. Do these benchmarks and it's media features make interested in this tablet?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Motorola's Much-Hype Xoom Tablet Commercial Debuts During Superbowl

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 11:46 AM

Thoughts? I liked it quite a bit, though it's clearly more about establishing the positioning of the product in the marketplace - "We're not the iPad! We're different!" - than it is about showing the product. Definitely my favourite commercial of the ones that Laptop Magazine profiles. Yours?

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

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.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New T-Mobile Device Release Dates Leaked

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

There you have it folks! A leaked T-Mobile memo gave this info. The Dell Streak 7 on 2/2, the Mororola ClIQ2 on 1/19, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G on 2/23, and the LG G-Slate on 3/23. It's a tough call but I think I think the most interesting device to me on this list is the LG G-Slate. Coming with Honeycomb is a good first step but I'm looking forward to see if LG has any other tricks up their sleeve. Also of note, the Dell Streak 7 will be priced at $300 after rebate.

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?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Motorola Xoom Will Be $799 Unsubsidised?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 05:30 PM

"Well at exactly 12:58PM we received a tip that at launch, the Motorola XOOM would be introduced at $799 with the HTC Thunderbolt coming in at $250. The prices weren't surprising and fit exactly what we had imagined, but were hesitant to go with it. And then, pictures providing visual evidence popped up confirming our tip. So here we go with the first glimpse into Verizon's 4G LTE pricing model."

$799 seems a bit steep, but based on what I saw at CES, the Xoom is an impressive piece of hardware - certainly one of the top Android slates that should be considered by anyone looking for a high-end device. I'm looking forward to some actual reviews of this device rather than watching it play video clips.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Acer And CherryPal Think This Tablet Fad Just Might Stick Around

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

This week we began to hear news of still more Android tablets set to enter the market this year. Acer has announced plans to launch 7 and 10-inch tablets by mid year. Both devices will run on Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors and Google's Android operating system. The big surprise here is that Acer planes to phase out netbooks and move firmly into the tablet market. This is quite the shock coming from the king of netbooks.

In related news CherryPal, makers of one of last years sub $200 Android tablets has seriously stepped up their game. The current buzz is that CherryPal will be launching a new 7-inch Android tablet with a 1 GHz CPU, high resolution capacitive screen, HDMI port, and WiFi/GSM radios for connectivity. Along with GPS, Bluetooth and front/rear cameras this device might be worth your bucks this round.

Friday, January 14, 2011

CES 2011: Panasonic Viera Android Tablets

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 09:00 AM

It seems like you couldn't go ten feet at CES without running into someone showing off an Android-based tablet - oh Microsoft, how could you not see this coming - but sometimes the popped up in surprising places. One such place was the Panasonic booth. Amidst giant 3D TVs, HD video cameras, and technology galore, were a series of three tablets: 10 inch, 7 inch, and 4 inch. Each of these tablets were prototypes; Panasonic isn't shipping these yet. They link up to Panasonic's on-board Viera software to do neat things like steam any video from the tablet to the TV. This type of integration is slick - check out out the video.

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