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3 years ago

Archos announces pair of G9 Android Honeycomb tablets

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8-inch costs just $279; 10.1-incher is $349 

 

Archos today announced a pair of new (and relatively affordable) Honeycomb tablets -- the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9. Both feature Android 3.1, a dual-core OMAP 4 processor running at 1.5GHz, and a 250GB Seagate hard drive.

The Archos 80 G9 -- which runs just $279 -- is an 8-inch device with a 1024x768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. The Archos 101 G9 -- $retailing at just $349 -- sports a 10.1-inch screen and a 1280x800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio.

In addition, both tablets can take advantage of Archos' new 3G stick -- a USB stick that, for an extra $49 turns the Wifi tablets into pay-as-you-go 3G devices.

The Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 will be available at the end of September and will be featured at the IFA conference earlier in the month in Berlin.

More: Press release

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3 years ago

Hands-on redux with the Toshiba Thrive (now with Honeycomb)

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

It's been more than six months since we brought you the first look at what's now known as the Toshiba Thrive. Back in January, at CES, it was little more than a relatively monster piece of hardware -- including a full SD card slot and USB 2.0 port. Today, it's running Honeycomb. Our man Jared DiPane got a quick and dirty look at the Thrive at the Digital Experience event tonight in New York City, which we present to you here.

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3 years ago

Android 3.1 rolling out on European Motorola Xooms

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The latest version of Android for tablets has begun rolling out to Motorola Xoom owners outside of the US, according to a post on Motorola Europe's Facebook page. The new version of Honeycomb for the Xoom brings SD card support, UI refinements and hardware acceleration in the browser, amongst other things.

Moto says the updates will be gradually pushed to Xooms in Europe over the "next several weeks, until the roll-out is complete", so some may have to wait longer than others for the OTA. If you're a European Xoom owner who has already received this latest update, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Motorola Europe on Facebook

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3 years ago

Sprint HTC EVO View 4G hands-on

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How do you make the HTC Flyer even better? Pop in a Wimax radio, put it on Sprint, and call it the Sprint HTC EVO View 4G. What you see above you is the second version of the Flyer to hit the United States -- the Wifi-only version is currently available at Best Buy; this one's on sale June 24 -- this Friday -- for $399 on contract.

So what do you get for all those bones? How's about a slick 7-inch tablet with Android 2.3.3, a custom version of HTC Sense that's pretty much like what you get on the new HTC Sensation and EVO 3D, a1.5 GHz single-core processor, and, of course, the HTC Scribe stylus for some serious note-taking.

But, as you'll see in the video after the break, everything's not coming up roses, despite all that awesome hardware. Take a look.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom now available at select US Cellular locations

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US Cellular has thrown their hat into the tablet ring, and now will be selling the wifi version of the Motorola Xoom in select stores.  The price is the same as anywhere else at $599, so folks who want support and customer service from USCC instead of another retail outlet can do so at no premium.

USCC does advise you to call and check your local store before you drive in, and "some restrictions apply" so be sure to find out exactly what you're getting yourself into before you hand over the credit card. 

via @USCellularThanks, John!

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Galaxy Tab 10.1 kernel source

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Samsung has posted the kernel source for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, allowing Tegra kernel developers to get to work and Tab 10.1 users to get ready for what they build for us.  As usual, the average user won't be able to do much with these files, but for developers they are electronic gold, allowing for overclocking and additional features that make the Tab 10.1 different, and maybe even better with custom software.

Developers, grab it from the source link.  Users, get ready and support your development community, because this is going to start getting fun.

Source: Samsung Open Source via @SamsungCarla

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons Summer Pignic coming ... this summer

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The birds are back. One bird, rather, according to the latest teaser from the folks behind Angry Birds. "Summer Picnic" will be the latest addition to the Angry Birds Seasons lineup. And, like always, you'll be flinging a bird at pigs. And you won't be able to stop.

And as you'll see in the trailer, in addition to traditional Android devices, it'll also be available on the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, as part of its new app store.

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3 years ago

Samsung's Time to Tab contest could net you some cash

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To celebrate the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung is holding the "Time to Tab" contest -- giving away $15,000 worth of cash prizes.  They're looking for a short (60-second) video about how "24/7 digitally active people make their lives fuller through the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1."  While you should certainly visit the official page to see all the details, they're looking for things like how widgets help improve productivity and time management, and how a thin and light tablet offers a better on-the-go experience.  Check out the Galaxy Tab 10.1(Google I/O edition) review for some ideas.  First prize is $7,000.00, so it ain't chump change!

If you're not into sharing video on the Internet, you can still win $500.00 for simply sharing the videos others have created.  Click one of the social media icons and share some content, and once three or more people use your link to come back and have a look, you're entered to win $500.00.  Get clicking!

Source: Samsung; Official rules for the Sharing prize: Samsung (pdf)

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3 years ago

Confirmation of Motorola Xoom 4G/LTE pops up

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Horseshoes, hand grenades and the Motorola Xoom LTE. That's close enough to the the Motorola Xoom 4G we told you about last week  (remember that Verizon calls it "4G LTE") that we're more than happy to drop a big fat "told you so" on this fine Sunday afternoon. So it's coming, apparently. Still don't know when, and for how much, however. And note the acknowledgement of the Motorola Droid 3, which is nice and all.

What's still missing, of course, is when (and at this point, if) the original Motorola Xoom will get that long-awaited hardware update to LTE.

So, all and all, not a whole lot of news here. But some confirmation is better than none, right?

Source: Droid Life

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3 years ago

Get your Vizio tablet screen protector at Walmart, while you wait for your Vizio tablet

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We already know that Walmart is going to be stocking the upcoming Vizio 8-inch tablet in their stores, but seeing accessories already on the shelf is always welcomed.  In this case, you can grab the Griffin screenkit (which appears to be a screen protector and a microfiber cloth) for the Vizio tablet and look lovingly at it while you're waiting for the tablet itself to turn up in the next aisle.  Of course if you're Blake Griffin, you probably have these on your own shelf, next to your own Vizio tablet.

via the Android Central app

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3 years ago

Some Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 units being sold with the bootloader already unlocked?

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If you just picked up your shiny new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 today, you might want to reboot it.  It appears that some of the retail units are being shipped with a familiar bootsplash screen featuring the unlocked bootloader icon.  All models seem to be included, though early reports were all from the 32 GB Gray-backed edition.

Lots of people are looking at this, and so far there doesn't appear to be an easy way to get to any fastboot mode to check exactly what is going on.  If the bootloaders really are unlocked, it's a curse and a blessing -- it means easy hacking, but it also may affect Google movie rentals.  Our own Menno has a unit with the unlocked icon, so we'll be on top of the issue.  More when we know more.

Source: Android Central forums; @BillStebbins

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3 years ago

Best Buy Canada and Future Shop now taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Although all across the U.S. today folks have been snapping up Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's like they are going out of style, those of us who live in Canada aren't quite there yet. However, we're not that far behind. Best Buy and sister company Future Shop are both now taking pre-orders for the sexy new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- buy in cost is on par with that of the U.S. meaning you'll be expected to pay $499 for the 16GB WiFi equipped version when it ships on the estimated date of July 22.

Source: Best Buy; Future Shop

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3 years ago

It's called the Xoom 4G

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You've got to be careful when you see unannounced devices in promo videos. It's as likely as not that what you see may just be some sort of mock-up, rather than some upcoming production device. But in the case of the new tablet video Verizon's popped up on YouTube, it's both.

We're told that the Honeycomb tablet you see above -- which looks a bit like the current Motorola Xoom -- is in fact the Motorola Xoom. Actually, it's the "Motorola Xoom 4G," and it's currently in testing with Verizon.

Exactly what's been tweaked on the Xoom 4G? Tough to say at this point. We're told it has working 4G LTE build in. And if we had to guess, we'll see something a tad slimmer and lighter -- and maybe with even a microSD card, though it wouldn't surprise us to see external storage on tablets go the way of the dinosaurs.

We've also been told that the Xoom 4G isn't a done deal yet. Perhaps tweaks aren't enough for Verizon? But apparently it was done enough for someone to slip it in a video, so there's that.

And what about the current Motorola Xoom, which is still waiting on the promised hardware upgrade to 4G LTE? We're told that's still in the books. But it's now about six months since the launch of the Xoom, and it's still looking stout compared to the new tablets from ASUS, Samsung, Acer and others.

Check out the video for yourself after the break, and thanks to everyone who sent it in.

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia A500 Tab gets ClockworkMod port and first custom ROM

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When it comes to software and hardware, I've always been under the firm belief that if it can be built -- it can also be torn down and that's exactly what has happened to the Acer Iconia A500 tablet.

Out of the box, the bootloader for the Acer Iconia was pretty secure. But thanks to individuals much smarter then myself we now have a ported ClockworkMod, recovery images and even the first custom ROM based off the ASUS EeePad Transformer.

In other words, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is now wide open to all customization options so if you're the proud owner of one (we know there is a lot of you out there) you'll want to hit up the source links below if you're looking to unleash the full potential of your tablet.

Source: XDA (1), (2) Thanks, Fumetsu, for sending this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab available nationwide today

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Good morning Android Central readers! Today, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available.  The Tab had a special launch event in NYC last week, but it's finally available online and at Best Buy and other retailers nationwide.  If you're picking up Tab today, be sure to post in the forums and let us know what you think of it.

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