The folks behind HD Widgets have expanded their sexy widget collection, and now include support for phones and 7-inch tablets. On the phone side, support is now available for hdpi phones (like the Samsung Nexus S pictured above) and mdpi phones (like the LG Optimus One, also pictured). Everything you love about HD Widgets for your Honeycomb tablet still remains -- tons of customization options, colorful backgrounds, in-depth weather forecasts, and a bevy of widget sizes and configurations -- things have just been scaled for the smaller screen. Having put them through the ringer on an assortment of devices ranging from the mundane to the exotic, the folks at Cloud.TV have done a great job. Everything works as expected, looks great, and lets me know if I need to take an umbrella with me -- even on crazy SDK ports of Ice Cream Sandwich. Josh is hard at work with a worthy review of the new build, in the meantime you can grab it from the Android Market (devices running Android 2.1 and higher) for a measly $1.99 at the link after the break.
Retailer hhgregg this morning announced that along with Barnres & Noble, it, too, will be carrying the Nook Tablet, BN's second generation of its Android-based e-reader. It'll be priced the same -- $249 -- and accessories will be available as well. hhgregg also will be carrying the Android-based Nook Color, which has dropped in price to $199, and Nook Simple Touch at $99.
Are you a Vodafone customer who has been looking for a new Android tablet, but haven't exactly decided which one you wanted? Well Vodafone is throwing another one into the mix for you, the Vodafone Smart Tab, which is a 10-inch, Android 3.2 tablet with 16GB of internal memory. If your interested in learning more about the device, be sure to hit the source link for more information.
Amazon this morning's offered up a list of apps that will be available on the Kindle Fire tablet when it launches next week. And among the usual suspects -- Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, etc. -- is a pretty big one name: Netflix. Not that Netflix isn't on just about every other Android device at this point, but it's a fairly big deal here because it marries Amazon's already excellent movie streaming service with Netflix.
We're not quite ready to announce the Kindle Fire as King of the Winter Carnival just yet -- the recently announced Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet does have some serious specs of its own, and we'll have to see how much of a differentiator Amazon's services really are. (They certainly won't be a negative, of course.)
In addition to the apps we've mentioned above, you can also look for Rhapsody, Comics by comiXology, The Weather Channel, games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio -- and everything else that's already in the Amazon Appstore.
In a briefing to certain people "close to the matter" Adobe has revealed plans to halt future development of the mobile Flash Player, says ZDNet. According to the leaked document:
Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.
Adobe will continue to support the current versions of mobile Flash Player, but their main focus will now be on HTML5 and embedded Flash or Air applications for mobile devices. Flash for the desktop will still be actively developed. The full announcement is expected sometime today.
What does this mean for those of us that already have Flash on our phones? Not much. Security patches and bug fixes will still be developed. The real changes come when you consider new hardware architecture or new builds of Android. These deceives won't be supported. It's an interesting move, and we're curious to see how it plays out.
We've seen many a Honeycomb tablet in the past 11 months or so since Android 3.0 first hit the streets. But it was the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer that first dared to do something different, marrying an excellent (if a tad small) keyboard to what for all intents and purposes was just another Honeycomb tablet.
And so it was little surprise to learn that ASUS would be first out the gate with the quad-core Tegra 3 system on a chip. And from the first early glimpses -- official and unofficial alike -- it was pretty clear ASUS was doing something special with the Transformer Prime as well.
While we're still waiting to get our hands on the all new Transformer Prime, ASUS walked us through the new hardware in press briefing. And, like us, you're going to be chomping at the bit for this guy. Sleeker. Sexier keyboard dock. More powerful. Better battery life. More storage. And it's coming in a matter of weeks.
Nvidia has done it again -- they have lifted the curtain and we now know everything there is to know about the Tegra 3 quad-core chip. We first heard about project Kal-El (Nvidia's code name for the Tegra 3) back in February, and since then we've gotten a good many of the technical specifications and white papers, but now we know what it is, when it's coming, and how much ass it's going to kick.
As we learned back a few months ago, Tegra 3 tablets will be coming very soon -- as in this holiday season -- and phones will follow sometime around Q1 of 2012. You can learn more about the first one available to us mere mortals -- the Asus Transformer Prime -- right here. Go ahead, have a look, then come back and read on past the break to see just how much awesome Nvidia has crammed into that little square of silicon, as well as check out some video and pictures, and the full press release.
If you loved the Nook Color, which quickly went from e-reader status to beloved hacker tablet, you're going to love the new Barnes & Nobile Nook Tablet. And make no mistake, boys and girls: It may be a be an e-reader at its heart. But with beefed up specs, it's got the teeth of a full-fledged tablet.
We took it for a spin this morning at Barnes & Noble's store in Union Square in New York City. At first blush, you might think you're looking at the Nook Color. The exterior design hasn't changed a bit. The power and volume buttons are all in the same places, it's got that iconic Nook button -- it even feels the same, only lighter.
But once the Nook Tablet's 7-inch IPS display comes to life, you know you're dealing with something different. With casual use, the screen was as bright and vibrant, with deep blacks, as we'd expect on something that costs twice as much. And any sort of lag you've been putting up with on the Nook Color is gone. It's got a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM -- plenty for the customized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread that's at the core of the tablet. The UI was as smooth as you could hope, and video playback was without stutter.
Of course, content is key, and BN's ramped things up with deep Netflix integration -- which Netflix itself tells us is "deeper" than on any tablet before it. Which could just be that your recommendations are fed directly to the UI. There's also tons of music and, of course, reading materials to keep you occupied for days, which is also what you have for battery life. Figure an hour of reading a day, and you'll be going for weeks on a single charge. Or so we're told.
We've still got a ways to go before anyone (outside Barnes & Noble that is) declares the Nook Tablet King of the Winter Carnival. But from even our brief time with it, it's most definitely a contender at $249.
Check out our hands-on pics and video after the break.
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