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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Toshiba Excite X10

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Toshiba dropped a bit of a bomb on CES 2012 by announcing a 10-inch Android tablet that just so happens to be the slimmest one ever. The Toshiba Excite X10 edges out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a 7.7 mm thickness - a full 1.1 mm thinner, and on par with the Droid RAZR. As you might expect, the thing is pretty light too, weighing in at just under 1.2 pounds. Battery life apparently hasn't been sacrificed in the process, as Toshiba is aiming for 8 hours, and there's plenty of horsepower under the hood. The Excite X10 is packs a dual-core 1.2 GHz OMAP 4430 processor, 1 GB of RAM and has a solid 1280 x 800 IPS touch display. All of the usual stuff is also on there, like a 5 megapixel camera on the back, 2 megapixel shooter on the front, accelerometer, and Wi-Fi. 

Toshiba's previous tablet, the Thrive, made a name for itself by offering a wide variety of inputs, and though USB, HDMI, and SD are also found on the Toshiba Excite X10, all formats are downsized to their micro-sized cousins. On the software side, the Excite updates Toshiba's Thrive customizations with a new file manager and DLNA media sharing capabilities. It's just too bad that there doesn't seem like there's going to be a cellular version of this; if they were able to cram LTE into this bad boy, it would be pretty sweet. 

In the slimness arms race, Toshiba has done a pretty great job, even if their Android customizations don't have much flavour. With something that slim and light, I would be worried about the construction if it wasn't for the the magnesium alloy backing and Gorilla glass front face. 

Pricing will start at $520 for the 16 GB model, and $600 for the 32 GB version when it launches this quarter, which is entirely reasonable in the grand scheme of tablets. Anyone biting? Is skinny your thing? You can take a closer look at press shots and specs over here

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5 years ago

Android Central at CES 2012: Day 1 roundup

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5 years ago

Kodak filing lawsuits against both HTC and Apple

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Kodak isn't really having the best time financially right now, but that hasn't prevented the company from filing patent lawsuits against both HTC and Apple. 

The claims from Kodak are that both smartphone manufacturers are infringing upon some of their digital imaging patents. While they already have an existing lawsuit directed at Apple, this one brings more devices to the table. HTC meanwhile are being targeted through their EVO View 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Vivid, Amaze 4G, Desire, EVO Design 4G, Hero S, Rezound, Rhyme, Sensation 4G and the Wildfire S devices. That's a lot of Android. Notably missing from the list are any of HTC's Windows Phone devices.

FOSS Patents blogger Florian Mueller speculates that the whole show may well be designed to create attention around Kodak's patent portfolio as they search for a buyer for the company. 

Source: Mobileburn

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5 years ago

Intel CES Keynote Liveblog

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We're live at CES in Las Vegas for tonight's Intel keynote. On the Android side of things we'll be looking for more Medfield goodness, as well as more details of the chip giant's wider mobile strategy. We're covering things live from the event, so join us after the break for full coverage, starting at 4.30pm PST (7.30pm EST).

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5 years ago

Intel and Motorola enter into 'multi-year agreement', Intel-powered Moto devices coming in 2012

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We're live at Intel's CES keynote, where Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has just announced that Moto's entered into a "multi-year agreement" with Intel to bring x86-powered mobile devices to market. Jha adds that Motorola will have devices in carrier validation this summer, with product launches shortly thereafter.

That, of course, means we can expect more Intel-powered Motorola/Android smartphones and tablets towards the back end of 2012, as the chip inceases its mobile presence. Join us after the jump for the full press release from Motorola.

More: Intel CES Keynote Liveblog

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5 years ago

Hands-on video with Vizio's 10-inch tablet

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As stated, we had a chance to get accquainted with Vizio's upcoming 10-inch tablet today here in Las Vegas, and while details are sparse, this video will at least give some dimension to what we're dealing with. Keep your ears and eyes peeled: we think this one's coming down the pike any minute now.

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5 years ago

Hands-on with Vizio's 10-inch tablet

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Tucked away deep within the Wynn Hotel here in Las Vegas, Vizio has set up a command center for its CES offerings, one of which is its upcoming 10-inch tablet. Still unnamed, the device is running Honeycomb underneath a pretty slick custom skin-- see our review of Vizio's 8-inch tablet to get a true feel for the experience. Unfortunately Vizio reps were tight-lipped when it came to details. They wouldn't divulge processor speeds, RAM, or screen resolution, though they did mention that while it's shipping with Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich isn't out of the realm of possibility. Hit the break for more impressions.

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5 years ago

Orange UK announce their own Android tablet, naming theme continues

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is Orange UK's first venture into the world of Android tablets. Following on from their own label smartphones the San Francisco, Monte Carlo and company, this ones called the Orange Tahiti, and is available across the UK from today.

The 7-inch tablet is packing a dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, a 5MP camera, and compatibility with the Orange 3G+ network as well as MicroSD support and HDMI-out. Storage is limited to 8GB, and the RAM is a mere 512MB. It comes with Android 3.2, which isn't that surprising, and at the moment theres no mention of if or when we'll be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich on the Tahiti. 

Orange will be hoping to catch a few eyes with the price. The Tahiti comes in at just £69.99 on a 24 -month contract at £25 a month. The data allowances aren't that great though, with just 1GB of anytime data and 1GB of "quiet time" data per month for your £25. 

Source: Orange UK

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5 years ago

Tunein Radio app now compatible with Ford SYNC; control over 50,000 stations with voice commands

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Just as we saw yesterday with the NPR Android app, the Tunein Radio app joins the growing list of applications that are compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink.  The TuneIn application allows people listen to more than 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations as well as more than 1 million on-demand programs.  All hands-free via Ford SYNC AppLink.  This is the future, folks.  No word on exactly when the Android app will be updated, but the iTunes app should go live soon, and we expect the Android app to follow shortly.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Intel Android reference phone

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One of the more exciting pieces of mobile news for 2012 -- Intel's introduction into the Android ecosystem -- is also one of the more difficult ones to show you. Well, that's not entirely true; we got a nice look at Intel's CES booth with the new Medfield reference phone. And we got ourselves a pretty cool look at some of the early graphics capabilities.

But that's just it. We've seen great graphics before. We've seen smooth graphics before. We've seen mobile graphics that have made our heads spin. That graphics are going to become smoother and faster and more realistic every year is a given.

So when you watch our early hands-on with the Intel platform, keep in mind that we're still a little ways away from actual phones hitting actual hands. Don't worry a whole lot about the look of the device. You're not going to see the Intel Droid RAZR III XL in stores anytime soon. But the bottom line is that Intel's ready to power smartphones and tablets, apps are ready to work out of the box, and we've now got a whole new world of horsepower to explore. Will Intel be the battery life saviour we're all desperately wanting? Dunno yet. But one way or another, with Intel now in the mobile game, it's going to be an exciting year.  See the video after the break

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5 years ago

Viewsonic announces $170 ViewPad E70 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet

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Viewsonic has announced the ViewPad E70, a 7-inch tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich with an interesting price-point -- $169.99.  For under 200 bucks, you'll get a 1GHz CPU, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot, HDMI out and a front facing camera.  Viewsonic hasn't given out the full set of specifications just yet, so we're only sure of the above.

What you won't be getting is the Android Market or other Google Applications.  The ViewPad E70 ships with "Integrated apps and services" [that] "provide easy access to leading multimedia, entertainment content, and thousands of mobile apps offered."  The Amazon Appstore would probably work, as will other places like GetJar or SlideMe.  Of course, chances are someone will figure out how to drop the Market on this thing anyway eventually.  We'll be sure to hit ViewSonic on our travels and have a look at this one.  See the full press release after the break.

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5 years ago

Android Central at CES 2012: Day -1 roundup

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CES "officially" starts today, but that doesn't mean that we haven't already seen a ton of new Android stuff.  Traditionally, hardware vendors and other companies showing off their gear at CES take a day to have press conferences and presentations with all the media outlets in attendance, and it's always full of good stuff.  We saw phones, tablets, televisions, heck even a refrigerator or two.  Here's a quick list in case you missed any of it

Smartphone news

Tablet news

Other news

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5 years ago

Video hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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Words don't really describe just how nice the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 really is, and images only capture some of the beauty. Check it out in full action here, and no -- we don't know when it is released, but we want one now!

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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If you thought you'd get through CES this year without a new decimal-sized Galaxy tablet, you were wrong. Tonight here at Pepcom we got our hands on the upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Verizon LTE connectivity, slated to hit Big Red "soon." Formally announced just a few hours ago, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor hidden beneath a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the true star of the show. It's a 720p HD display at 1280 x 800 resolution, which is sure to knock your socks off. It seems like each iteration of the Galaxy Tab line comes packed with a more gorgeous display, the 7.7 is no exception. It's really, really nice. I'll tell you what else is nice after the break.

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5 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime ICS update arriving today! [updated]

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Update - The update is now fully rolling out, you can discuss it in the Android Central Forums.

We're live at NVIDIA's CES 2012 press conference, where it's just been announced that the ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime will receive its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update today, instead of the previously-announced date of Jan. 12. This makes the Prime the first Android tablet to be upgraded to ICS, so head over to that software updates menu to see if your update is ready to roll out.

Prime owners, be sure to shout out in the comments when that all-important update arrives.

More: NVIDIA CES 2012 Liveblog

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