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3 years ago

Tonight, we take New York ...

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The time has come, boys and girls. We're in New York City (when are we not, these days?) tonight for the first official Android Central reader meet-up. (Official as in nobody's going to have to file a restraining order when it's over. We hope.)

We'll be meeting with a few of our favorite fellow Android blogers -- and most important, 500 or so of our closest friends. You! And for those of you who were able to score tickets, a few giveaways are in order. Samsung's going to be on hand to show off the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 (among other wares, most likely), and will be giving away five of the Honeycomb devices. They'll also be giving away five smartphones. And we've brought along a few T-shirts and other swag to put on the pile.

For everybody coming tonight, see you at 7. (Full details are here.) For everybody else, we'll be covering the event as only Android Central can.

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3 years ago

TouchWiz tablet UI will be separate download says Samsung

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To settle all the confusion about the TouchWiz interface and whether or not it will be included on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, we reached out to Samsung.  They let us know that the TouchWiz UI will not be available at launch, but will come via a separate OTA download for all Wifi Tab 10.1 users.  We'll certainly let you know when this happens.

This begs the question -- if you buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1, will you update to the new TouchWiz UI?  From everything we've seen and used, it's a beautiful interface that takes full advantage of the real estate of a tablet's screen.  Personally, I'll be sure to check it out, then make my final decision.  What say you?  Sound off in the comments and discuss further in the forums!

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3 years ago

Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Tab 10.1 models to come this summer

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Not to be left out in the cold when the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launches, Verizon and Sprint have stepped forward to let everyone know that they, too will be offering their own versions of the upcoming 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet. 

Verizon has issued a formal press release (which you'll find after the break) letting us know that you can pre-order the LTE enabled versions come June 8, at $529.99 for the 16 GB model and $629.99 for the 32 GB model.  Those prices are both with a new two year agreement.  They will be offered in two colors, gray and white.  Sprint was a little more relaxed about the affair, with Mark Elliot from their PR department making an announcement via Twitter that the Wifi version would be coming to Sprint "mid-summer". 

The Verizon press release also mentions availability of both a full size keyboard dock and a multi-media dock built specifically for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and those products are sure to be well received.  You can find the full text of the press release after the break.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be available in NYC on June 8, nationwide June 17

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Will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb

If you are one of the many who has been anxiously awaiting some official release information for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 ever since the Google I/O attendees got one, the following news should make you quite happy. If you happen to live in or around New York City, the Best Buy in Union Square will have a sweet exclusivity on it from June 8 through June 17, when it will make its nationwide debut.  The Wifi version is set to launch with Android 3.1 and the 32GB version will run $599 while the 16GB version will be priced at $499. Hit the break for the full release, and be sure to hop in the forums and let us know if you will be grabbing one!

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3 years ago

Android 3.1 now officially rolling out for the ASUS EeePad Transformer

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If you are an ASUS EeePad Transformer, know that the official Android 3.1 update is now available for your device. Early reports from users about the update seem quite positive and users seem to be enjoying the experience 3.1 was set to deliver, so what are you waiting for? Grab your device and check for the update if you haven't already, and be sure to hit the forums and let us know how it goes for you!

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Zinio arrives for Android Honeycomb tablets

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Zinio, the popular magazine reading application that gained enormous popularity on iOS, is now available on Android. With the app, which is only available for tablets running Honeycomb, users can browse and consume their favorite magazines.

Zinio offers an enormous library, where users can purchase entire subscriptions or single issues. Their collection includes but is not limited to:

  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  • The Economist
  • Maxim
  • Esquire
  • Men's Fitness
  • Macworld
  • PC World
  • PC Gamer
  • X-Box World
  • National Geographic
  • Consumer Reports

Users can also sync their library with their computer or other supported mobile devices. For all of those who have been waiting for Zinio, the wait is finally over. Find links to the Market after the break.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

OfficeMax appears poised to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1, too

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Looks like the list of retailers preparing to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (read our full review) is shaping up quite nicely. First we had Best Buy, and now it looks like OfficeMax is getting into the game as well, thanks to this comparison sheet snagged by our sister site, PreCentral. We're all still operating under the June 8 date that Samsung announced back at CTIA in March, so we may well finally see public release of one of our favorite Honeycomb tablets in less than two weeks.

Source: PreCentral

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3 years ago

ASUS unveils the Padfone -- a tablet/phone hybrid

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While the U.S. is in holiday mode today, the rest of the world isn't taking the day off. And for manufacturer ASUS, today's a big one, with the announcement of the Padfone at the Computex conferencfe. One part Android phone, another part Android tablet, the Padfone docks inside the tablet itself. One phone, one tablet, one set of data -- no syncing. An interesting concept, indeed, from the manufacturer of the excellent EeePad Transformer tablet/keyboard combo. (Read our full review.)

Details are still a little light, being as this is far from a finished product, but you're looking at a 4.3-inch smartphone that powers the 10-inch tablet -- the larger won't work without the smaller. Should be an interesting little marriage. Check out the official videos after the break.

Source: ASUS; More: Engadget

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3 years ago

Best Buy preps for Galaxy Tab 10.1's arrival

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Read our Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

We're a little more than a week away from the June 8 launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and the 8.9-inch version as well), and that means it's just about time for retailers to get their acts together. First out of the gate is Best Buy, which has just listed the Android 3.1 (guess it's going to launch with the update) tablet on its website as "coming soon" -- which, as we all know, it is.

Best Buy doesn't list pricing, but we figure it should be in line with the $499/$599 16- and 32-gigabyte versions mentioned back at CTIA in March. Just a few more days, folks.

Source: Best Buy; More: Galaxy Tab forumsThanks, Adam!

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 system update v1.141.07 rolling out to some users

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Although it's not the Android 3.1 update that is set to arrive in June, Acer Iconia Tab A500 owners are now reporting that a system update weighing in around 38MB is now starting to appear. As reported in the Android Central forums -- the update will bring your device up to system software version 1.141.07 and appears to be mostly bugfixes but a changelog is not yet available. Some of the fixes users have been reporting:

  • Daylight savings time fixes
  • Calendar appointment fixes
  • Fixes the screen wake/sleep issue
  • Browser bugfixes
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2
  • Improved Wi-Fi signal
  • Improved GPS signal
  • Corporate Exchange email support

One thing to keep in mind is that of you are currently rooted -- you may not see this update available as of yet. Returning to stock should help with making the update arrive, and you can re-root again using Gingerbreak. Did your device get the update? If so, jump into the forums and let us know what changes you've spotted.

Discuss more in the Acer Iconia Tab Forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ship with Android 3.1

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (see our review of the special IO edition) is set to debut June 8, apparently it will be shipping with Android 3.1, the latest version of Honeycomb.

Android 3.1 was announced at Google IO and brings a number of improvements, including:

  • Resizeable widgets
  • Open accessory API
  • USB host API
  • Media Transfer Protocol and Real-time Transport Protocol improvements

The new Samsung 10.1-inch tablet with Android 3.1 will be available June 8th for $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB).

Source: netbooknews

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3 years ago

News360 now available for Honeycomb tablets

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News360, the popular cross-platform news aggregator, is now available for Android tablets running Honeycomb.  News360 takes a bit of a different approach, combining 1,500 global sources (yes, Android Central is in there, so no worries) and a beautiful visual style.  If you're not familiar, the "360" view is a special treat, with article images floating in a spherical feeling cloud, hence the 360.  The application makes great use of the new API's with the action bar and fragments, both in the search view as well as the article view.  The developers have taken the time to really make a great example of a quality Android app, and we appreciate (and enjoy) that. 

Besides the normal use of searching for tags, users can customize their own "feeds," and the developers say that future versions will analyze a your Facebook, Twitter, TripIt, and Evernote accounts to offer automatic personalization.  That sounds like quite the feat, and I for one am very interested to see the result.  In its current state, the application connects with your social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, ReadItLater, Instapaper, and TripIt) to share articles, and can filter results based on your location.  Things are well on the way to a personal news channel.

And the best part of it all -- News360 is free.  This makes it available for everyone with a Honeycomb tablet, and makes for a very easy way to download and evaluate the app for yourself.  We've got the full press release, a series of pictures, and the download link after the break.

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3 years ago

Google IO edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 caught on video demonstrating Super Mario awesomeness!

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If you happen to be the proud owner of a Google I/O edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 you'll be interested to know that it makes interesting use of the stock Bluetooth stack. And as such, you can do some pretty cool things with it.

One of those things is the ability to load up an emulator app and start playing some Super Mario Brothers -- with a wireless controller. Of course, some other tablets are capable of this as well -- more specifically the Motorola Xoom. When paired with the exact same tools it can have the same end result -- but it's not a Google I/O edition Galaxy Tab 10.1.

PS: If you were more interested in where you may obtain the live wallpaper running in the background than you were in running Super Mario Brothers, we got you covered there as well. it's actually from ASUS EeePad Transformer and can be picked up from this thread over at XDA.

Thanks for sending this in, Murray!

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3 years ago

OfficeMax now selling the Acer Iconia Tab A500

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Although it's been a long time coming, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is now hitting some store shelves -- and one of those stores, as announced today is OfficeMax. Wasting no more time, OfficeMax has made the Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablet available today for $449.99.

"We are excited to offer Acer's new Iconia Tab A500 in all OfficeMax's retail locations and online," said Ryan Vero, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer for OfficeMax. "Its light-weight, slim design and exceptional operating platform is designed for customers who prefer a smaller-sized tablet. The power, speed and versatility behind the Iconia Tab create an enjoyable user experience."

That power and speed he is referring to comes from the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile 1GHz dual-core processor. If you've not had a chance to see the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in action, check out our previous hands-on with it -- otherwise, jump on past the break for the full press release.

Source: OfficeMax

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 shows off keyboard dock, Transformer gets jealous

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

I know we just told you about Logitech's new line of tablet accessories and Phil just made it known that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should have been what Honeycomb launched on, so this next bit of news looks to enforce the latter and outdo the former.

On video we have a short clip of a Tab 10.1 docked into a Samsung-branded keyboard dock, which looks to be made specifically for the 10.1. Not much is shown in terms of functionality, but you can notice there's no trackpad and there is a 3.5mm headphone jack. Other than that, the video is a lot of comparing the Tab to the size of a laptop, walking around, and saying things in a language I don't understand.

I, for one, am excited about a first-party option in the keyboard dock department. What does this mean for the Asus Transformer, though? For now, it remains the undisputed king of tablets with docks. Perhaps a battle is brewing.

How's this sit with anyone else? Is this enough to set your sights on the Tab 10.1, especially over the Transformer? We're curious, so let us know.

Source: TabletD; Thanks Will Hicks!

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