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5 years ago

Toshiba outlines what they're showing off at CES

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We're almost there folks, CES 2012. Toshiba will also be there, and they've taken the opportunity to give a little preview of what to expect from them at this years show.

As has been leaked earlier in the week, they will be showing off "the worlds thinnest and lightest 10.1 inch tablet." The translation is a little ropey, but we're also seeing mention of Organic EL panel and the word "waterproof" also crops up. Hit the source link for more.

Source: Toshiba(translated)

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5 years ago

Pantech Element poster spied in AT&T store, coming for $300?

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We're all expecting to see the Pantech Element shown off at CES this week, but as this image sent to Engadget shows, AT&T seems all set to be selling the tablet soon. 

The AT&T store in question appears to have received their marketing a few days early and were a little keen in getting it out on display. Some of the specs and pricing were also on display which are in line with the earlier reports. LTE, Android 3.2, 16GB of memory, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Price, $300 on a new two year deal, $450 off contract. Availability is slated for the week of January 15.  

Oh, and it is waterproof, more or less. 

Source: Engadget

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5 years ago

Updated Ice Cream Sandwich available for the Novo 7 Basic, but think hard before you apply it

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The Ainol Novo 7 Basic (here's our review) has an updated build of Ice Cream Sandwich available, but you may want to think twice before flashing it.  Funny how drama and issues follow these Chinese sub-100 dollar tablets around, ain't it?  Here's the whole scoop.

Our old buddy Dieter Bohn (Hi, D!) put up a short review of this one at his new home The Verge.  And I noticed in said review that his model was running a different version of software than mine, so off to Ainol.com I went.  What used to be broken links now had a full-blown update file for Ice Cream Sandwich in place (and kudos to Ainol for that one, nice and fast is how we like our updates) with instructions to flash it.  You know I had to try this.

Well, the download took a little longer than I had expected, so I spent a few minutes looking for folks who may have already flashed it, and sure enough I found a few -- and they weren't very happy.  The folks who updated from Honeycomb (yes, this tablet shipped last year with Honeycomb as well) noticed they no longer had Flash support, and most people were saying that the new update didn't have Google's apps (Gmail, Market, etc.) included.

And here's where things get sticky.

Because the Novo 7 Basic is MIPS-based (that means it uses a different architecture than we're used to) applications compiled for ARM processors won't work -- ever.  That's half of the reason the Android Market that is (barely) working in the original version looks so bare.  This means that even though the Gmail.apk file would work, we can't just flash Gapps from the usual places, because the needed framework files are built for ARM, and not MIPS.  That makes things a bit more difficult.

Of course, since the newer build has sideloading fixed (yay!) and includes a cool-as-hell looking SpiderMan game, I'm bound and determined to sort it all out using framework files from the OS that shipped with this thing, the files from the new update, and Gapps from that secret place you can download Gapps from.  In the meantime, you might want to hold off updating yours if you spent the Benjamin on it.  I'll be poking around, and of course anything I find will get posted in the forums.  Let me be the guinea pig on this one folks.

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5 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime .33 firmware update now available online

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If you didn't get the .33 OTA update for the ASUS Transformer Prime, it's now being hosted at the ASUS support site for manual installation.  The update brings an overall speed boost to the 10.1-inch tablet, and it's especially noticeable on the camera interface.  Add in the magic that's done under the hood and unless you're a hacker following your own update path, this is one you'll want to apply -- even if it's not Ice Cream Sandwich.  Hit the link to grab the firmware from ASUS.

Source: ASUS; via Android Central forums

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5 years ago

Wifi-only Motorola XYBOARDs shipping in mid-January, pre-order now

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Motorola has four new versions of the XYBOARD tablet up for preorder. They've dropped the cellular radios as thus the Verizon "Droid" branding as well, and they've shed a few bucks, too. There are 10.1- and 8.2-inch versions, of course. And other than also shedding some Verizon apps, it looks like we're pretty much looking at the same devices here. Pricing is as follows:

  • XYBOARD 10.1 32GB: $599.99
  • XYBOARD 10.1 16GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 32GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 16GB: $399.99

Across the board, that's actually $20 less than what they're going for on Verizon, though you're saving hundreds in monthly charges by going wifi-only. Moto's got them shipping the week of Jan. 18. Hit the link below to preorder.

Preorder: Motorola; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Dell Streak 7 getting a bugfix update

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The Dell Streak is one of those early Android tablets that quickly fell by the wayside, but that doesn't mean there isn't a fair number of you still rocking it. The Streak 7 got its Honeycomb update back in October, but bugs have persisted. Today, some of them are being squashed. Android Central reader sainthooligan gives word that a new update is coming down the pike, and it's supposed to take care of a nagging issue of the sound cutting out when connected to the docking station. Sainthooligan says it looks like it's a full package update, so be sure to back up your device before flashing. 

We've go the download and instructions after the break.

Thanks, sainthooligan!

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5 years ago

US Cellular LTE rollout begins soon - with a tablet in March and a phone in April

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US Cellular is getting serious about their LTE rollout, and today they let a little more information trickle out on their official Twitter account:

4G LTE is almost here! A tablet will be available by the end of March, and our first Smartphone will be ready in April.

We've no clue exactly what the phone or tablet will be, but we're betting both are Android-powered.  US Cellular's 4G LTE network will launch in cities in Wisconsin, Maine, Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas in early 2012, and the rollout will continue throughout the year.  4G for everybody may soon be a reality.  For more information, hit the link below. 

More: US Cellular; via @USCellular

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5 years ago

Toshiba preparing a 7-inch, cost effective tablet for CES 2012

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While Toshiba's previous tablet efforts certainly didn't go unnoticed, they weren't exactly home runs for the company either. For CES 2012 though, Toshiba looks to be hoping to carve out their own portion of the tablet market by offering a cost effective device to masses.

Not a whole lot of specs have been revealed in the latest leak but from what has been gathered thus far we're looking at a 7-inch tablet with a a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels powered by an Qualcomm Snapdragon processor -- that differs from the NVIDA Tegra 2 found in other Toshiba tablets such as the Thrive.

Like other Toshiba tablets before it, this one will come loaded with microUSB, microSD and Bluetooth alongside a wireless LAN. There is a camera on the back as well but, we're not expecting much from it as Toshiba has left a LED flash out of the equation. Want to see more? Jump past the break for some more images to feast your eyes upon.

Source: Notebook Italia; Thanks, Marco!

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5 years ago

Gorilla Glass 2 coming to CES, smartphones later

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Corning, the folks behind Gorilla Glass, has just announced that they will be unveiling Gorilla Glass 2 next week at CES.  They haven't let out a lot of product details just yet, but we're pretty sure all the scratch-resistant toughness will still be there, and likely made even better with the new generation.  We'll know for sure next week, as we'll be having a close look at their booth -- complete with an 82-inch multi-touch display where folks can go hands on with some tough-ass glass.  In the meantime, the full press release and promo video are after the break.

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5 years ago

Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire getting their own docking stations in February

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Some interesting accessory news coming out of the Interwebs for the recently released Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire today. The folks over at Readerdock have come up with some pretty sweet looking  new docks for both devices which they're due to launch in February. 

The "N-Station" will also be compatible with the Nook Color, hardly surprising given they're practically identical, and will come complete with a pair of speakers and a charging port and will hold the device at various angles. 

The "Firestation" is the similiarly featured version designed for the Kindle Fire. Both will be available to pre-order some time this month, being due to commence shipping in mid-February. 

via The Digital Reader

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5 years ago

10-inch Acer Iconia A200 hits Jan. 15 for $329

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Ice Cream Sandwich update available in mid-February

Acer's looking to make a dent in the Android tablet market, having started with the 10-inch Iconia A500 and then with the 7-inch A100. And now it's back in the larger category with the A200 -- and doing so with a price that all but promises sales. The Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a 10.1-inch Android 3.2 tablet (it'll get Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-February) with a 1280x800 resolution, full-size USB port and a Tegra 2 processor. Nothing we haven't seen before. But the $329 price tag is what really has our attention here. Of course, that's the price for the version with only 8GB of storage. The 16GB Iconia A200 will run a whopping ... $349. Somebody here is doing things right, folks. 

We'll expect to get our hands on this puppy next week at CES, and it'll be available starting Jan. 15. Stay tuned.

Source: Acer

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5 years ago

Google Earth updated, fixes issues with Tegra 2 devices

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Google has updated the Google Earth app, fixing a pesky-as-hell bug that caused the app to crash during startup on Tegra 2 devices.  NVIDIA uses special instructions for the Tegra chip, and while they work amazingly well when used properly (check out some Tegra games if you haven't yet), sometimes different specialized hardware makes it difficult for the generic "works everywhere" app to use the full set of features.

That's probably what happened with the last update for Google Earth -- it certainly pushes the limit of what a mobile GPU can handle, and needed a bit of tweaking to run it all on the Tegra chips.  Call it fragmentation, call it legacy, but it's a fact of life that you have trade-offs between different hardware platforms.  Google seems to have it all sorted, and now we can have our imaginary getaways to exotic virtual locations on our Tegra based tablets and phones.  Hit the download link after the break or check the Market for your update.

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5 years ago

Tapatalk optimized for Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1; available for free on Samsung Apps

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When not browsing the Android Central Forums from a computer, many folks use the popular app Tapatalk. And now, a special version of Tapatalk is available exclusively from Samsung Apps free for a limited time. The special version was built for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab Tab 10.1 so if you own either of those devices, you can open up Samsung Apps and grab your free copy now. Once downloaded, let us know how it's working in the Android Central Forums.

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5 years ago

Amazon's Silk Browser hacked to work with Cyanogenmod

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The Silk browser on the Amazon Kindle Fire may or may not be to everyone's liking, but that hasn't stopped the community efforts to port it across to other devices. The ever helpful folks over at the XDA forums have successfully managed to port the browser to work with the Cyanogenmod custom ROM. 

It's been tested on a number of different devices, including the Motorola Atrix and Droid X. There are more than a few different choices in the browser stakes that would probably be a better choice than Silk, but such tinkering is one of the reasons we all love Android as much as we do. If you fancy trying it out for yourselves, hit the source link for the lowdown. 

Source: XDA Forums

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5 years ago

Transformer Prime root tool Nachoroot packaged into a simple method

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For those of you who want to root your ASUS Transformer Prime but don't want all the muss and fuss of command lines, the Nachoroot method has been nicely pacakged into a little executable file that will take the typing out of the equation. We'd still recommend at least reading through the manual method -- it's important to know how and why things work -- but this little ViperMOD Primer Tool indeed makes thing easier.

Note that we're talking root access, not bootloader unlocking here, and the ViperMOD tool is Windows-only for now. That'll still come from ASUS itself.

Source: XDA; via Engadget

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