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5 years ago

Win two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for the Big Android BBQ in Austin, Texas

If you're planning on heading to Austin for the Big Android BBQ this year (we'll be there!) this one's for you -- we're giving away two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for a comfy place to crash after spending the day with a bunch of Android fans.  Check the details:

  • You're entering to win one room for two nights
  • The nights can be Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday Oct.1, or Saturday Oct.1 and Sunday Oct. 2
  • You're responsible for your own tickets to the event, and transportation
  • Having fun is mandatory

You'll want to be sure to check out all the details about the BBQ, and you can do that right here.  It looks to be a load of fun with a bunch of like-minded people, with good food and plenty of Android talk and tips.  You don't want to miss it.  To enter, hit the forums and drop a line in the contest thread. We'll see ya there!

Enter to win in the Android Central contest forums

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5 years ago

Microsoft announces licensing deals with Acer, Viewsonic over Android devices

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Microsoft this morning announced it has reached licensing agreements with Acer and Viewsonic over the companies' Android devices. Terms of either agreement were not announced, but Viewsonic will pay royalties to Microsoft. No royalties were mentioned in Acer's deal, which could point to some sort of reciprocal licensing.

Microsoft VP of IP and general counsel Horacio Gutierrez issued the following statement in both press releases:

“We are pleased that [Acer/Viewsonic] is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android’s IP issues,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.”

This is just the latest in licensing for Microsoft, which already has reached a deal with HTC, while suing Barnes & Noble and others. Meanwhile, we haven't heard much from Microsoft and Google lately in their patent-lawsuit back-and-forth. Perhaps we're due?

Source: Microsoft (Acer, Viewsonic)

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5 years ago

RIM sponsoring 50 meetups nationwide to woo Android devs to BlackBerry Playbook

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What's all this, then? Research in Motion -- aka BlackBerry-maker RIM -- is sponsoring 50 meetups nationwide to help woo Android developers in to making their apps available on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The PlayBook, as you'll recall, has some sort of witchery that allows Android apps to run sandboxed within the QNX OS.

Going to developers directly is a must for RIM in this case. While everybody crows that the PlayBook runs Android apps, it's not as if it has access to the Android Market and its hundreds of thousands of applications. So each dev will have to be won independently.

Will this work in any real numbers? We'll just have to see.

Source: Meetup; via BerryReview, CrackBerry

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5 years ago

Sony UK hosting live tablet Q&A on Facebook today

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With the worldwide launch date of its Honeycomb-powered Tablet S and Tablet P fast approaching, Sony UK is giving potential customers the chance to ask a few questions in a live Q&A session with Marketing Manager and "tablet expert" Omar Gurnah. The action starts at 7.30PM BST (2.30PM EDT) over on Sony UK's Facebook page, which you'll find down in the source link.

The wedge-shaped Tablet S will make its debut in the UK and US on September 16, priced £399 or $499 depending on your locale. The dual-screened Tablet P is due to follow sometime in November.

Source: Sony UK on Facebook

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5 years ago

HP TouchPad can now run Android 2.3.5 -- with working touchscreen drivers

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The process of breathing new life into the now somewhat defunct HP TouchPad continues. The folks from Team TouchDroid now have up and kind of running, Android 2.3.5 on the device much to the dismay of webOS users everywhere. While it's still not something you're likely to use on a daily basis, the fact the touchscreen drivers even working is a quite a feat alone -- whether or not you're into the whole running Android on a TouchPad scene or not, you really can't deny the coolness factor here.

Source: Team TouchDroid; Thanks, Seven2k!

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5 years ago

Europe getting another Honeycomb tablet, this time from Germany

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The IFA show in Berlin has brought a wealth of devices this week, and Germanys own PC maker Medion decided they'd like to get in on the act by launching their own Android tablet. They've been quiet secretive about the device with photos apparently banned at their booth at the show. 

The specs we do know of the Lifetab P9514 are starting to sound pretty familiar. 1GHZ Tegra 2, 1280x800 screen resolution, Honeycomb 3.2 and 32GB on board storage. It also supports quad band 3G as well as wifi, and shows up with the by now pretty stansard microSD, microUSB and HDMI ports. 

The Lifetab is expected to ship in Europe during Q4 2011, and pricing is rumoured to be €399 ($564) with no word on it's availability elsewhere in the world. Room for one more at the Honeycomb table?

Source: Engadget

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5 years ago

Sony Tablet S slated for Sept. 16 US launch, priced at $499.99

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We've previously reported on launch schedules for Sony's Tablet S in Canada and the United Kingdom, but it now seems like the final piece in the puzzle is in place. The device has gone up for pre-order in the US with shipping dates "on or about" September 16, and prices starting at $499 for the 16GB version.

The date ties in with what we've already heard for Canadian and British customers and seems to indicate that Sony is going for a global launch on this one. Elsewhere, Amazon.com is also showing a shipping date of September 16.

Still no word on North American dates for the dual-screen Tablet P though, so if that's more your thing, the wait may be to be a bit longer.

Source: Sony 

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5 years ago

Acer Iconia a500 review

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What would you give up to pack more features into an Android tablet? Would you be willing to sacrifice thinness? Accept a little more weight, or a design that's not quite as svelte as another tablet?

That's the ring in which the Acer Iconia Tab A500 has found itself. On the one hand, it's done much to differentiate itself from other Android Honeycomb tablets, which thus far all have the same internals, by packing on the ports and offering an interesting user interface. But these added features mean tradeoffs. But while the Acer Iconia Tab A500 (henceforth the Iconia Tab) might not be the smallest or lightest Android tablet around, that doesn't mean it should be overlooked.

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5 years ago

First screenshots of Honeycomb on HTC Flyer emerge

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Last Friday we reported that a RUU (ROM update utility) containing an early beta build of Android 3.2 Honeycomb for the Flyer tablet had leaked out online. Over the past couple of days, Android hacking giants including MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien have been busy turning the leaked RUU into a flashable ROM for rooted users. As work slowly progresses, XDA forum member globatron has managed to get the software up and running on his 32GB 3G Flyer, and has posted a couple of early screenshots to prove it.

As you can see above, it looks a lot like the software currently shipping on HTC's new Jetstream tablet. UI elements look similar, and the software purports to be running the same version of Sense as the Jetstream -- 1.1 for Tablet. Right now we're still a little way off seeing this available as an easily-flashable zip file, and even further away from it being pushed out as an official update. However long it takes, we're sure Flyer owners will welcome the chance to get their hands on the fully tablet-optimized version of Android.

Source: XDA; via: AndroidBugle

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5 years ago

Drawing on the Samsung Galaxy Note

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Here's a great demo of the drawing capabilities on the Samsung Galaxy Note, that gianormous 5.3-inch uber-drawing/notetaking smartphone. Of course, you're going to need some sort of artistic talent to begin with, but you get a sense of how detailed you can get with the stylus. Check it out after the break.

Via Softpedia; Thanks, Peter!

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5 years ago

Motorola Xoom gets another price cut in the UK, now just £330

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If July's sub-£400 price drop wasn't enough to tempt you to splash out on a Motorola Xoom in the UK, then British retailer Dixons is hoping a further reduction of £70 will push you over the edge. Dixons is currently listing the Wifi-only version of Moto's original Honeycomb tablet for £329.99 (~$530), with the Wifi and 3G version now reduced to £399.99 (~$650).

It's no secret that the Xoom hasn't exactly been a runaway success, so it shouldn't surprise anyone to see retailers trying to clear stock before yet more Android tablets arrive in the fourth quarter. However, we have to wonder if a £330 price tag will be enough to tempt buyers away from Samsung's thinner, lighter Galaxy Tab 10.1, which can be had for as little as £370 if you shop around. Fellow Brits, would you consider dropping £330 on a Xoom at this point? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Dixons; via: Eurodroid

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5 years ago

Time to Tab my way: portable media center

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When the weather permits I'm the kind of fella who likes to sit outside and enjoy a bit of fresh air.  That doesn't mean I like to sit quietly and enjoy nature though -- I need to take my toys out with me.  That means a laptop to do a little work with, and now my Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the multimedia dock and a set of desktop speakers from my local big box store. 

 

For watching video, listening to music, or kicking back in the Android Central Turntable.fm room listening to the jams, this setup rocks.  It lets me keep my laptop free for working, no pausing video and switching tabs and windows every five minutes, and the viewing angle is just perfect while my Tab is in the dock.  Plus you can plug the dock in to AC power to keep things charged, or use the 30 pin passthrough connector with the Samsung dongle for HDMI access.  The built in speakers on the Tab work while it's docked, but there's also a 3.5mm audio jack on the multimedia dock to connect a set of speakers to if you need a bit more volume -- handy to drown out the chorus of mockingbirds that seems to start right around dusk here at the homestead.

The best part?  Everything is portable.  When it's raining or cold, and I'm forced to stay indoors the dock and speakers can sit right on my desk or coffee table and still let me enjoy a little video or audio from my Tab, and the whole set-up makes for a hell of a bedside clock if you set it up on your nightstand.  If you like to use your Galaxy Tab as a media consumption device, you ought to check one of these out.  I've tossed a couple pictures of the dock itself after the break.

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5 years ago

Vizio tablet gets its first OTA update

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The Vizio tablet has an OTA upgrade rolling out, and while it's not a version upgrade to Honeycomb it does look to address a few nags we have with the software -- namely the application launch speed and scrolling between screens.  If you have a look at our review, you'll see that the VIA software on the tablet seems slower than we liked, and full of shiny animations that look good but don't really add to the experience that much.  Better scrolling and faster app loading will go a long way towards making the software more tolerable.  Toss in better touchscreen response and even more devices in the IR remote control database (both of which we already found working quite well), and QVGA video support and we won't complain.  If you haven't already got your notice to upgrade, you should see it soon as long as you're connected to Wifi.

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5 years ago

HTC Jetstream, LG Thrill 4G available today on AT&T

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The HTC Jetstream 10-inch Honeycomb tablet and LG Thrill 4G Android smartphone are available today on AT&T. The Jetstream's going for a rather ridiculous $699 with a two-year contract, and LTE data plans start at $14.99 for 250MB. Or, you can buy it for $849 outright. The LG Thrill's running a more realistic $99 on contract, or $449 outright.

Source: AT&T (Thrill 4G, Jetstream)

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5 years ago

Google Voice for Android updated with tablet support

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The Google Voice app just received another update this evening, bumping it to version 4.2.34 and bringing a very short (but welcome) change log -- tablet support.  We've seen just how easy it is to sideload the app onto your tablet, and plenty of folks noticed the way the action bar looks more tablet-like in the update a few days ago, but now it's more official with it sitting right in the Market, waiting for you to download it.

So get to it -- link is after the break.

Thanks, Daves!

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