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5 years ago

Android 3.2 SDK update now available

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Google has made the Honeycomb 3.2 SDK component available for download, as well as an update to the SDK tools, the compatibility package and a new release of the Android NDK.  These tools help developers create new apps using features introduced with the 3.2 update, including optimizations for more tablet types, compatibility zoom for apps that are fixed size, media sync from SD card support, and an extended API for managing screen size (including 720p televisions and similar devices).

The details are all at the Android Developer site, and the updates can be downloaded from within the SDK.  Google seems to be stepping up for Honeycomb development, and we're sure more great apps will follow.

Source: Android Developers

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5 years ago

First look at the Lenovo ThinkPad Android tablet

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In a world where Android tablet manufacturers have had to scramble on the hardware side to differentiate themselves, there are two trains of thought. One is to go light and sleek, the other is to cram as much functionality into the device as possible while allowing for a little bit of girth.

Lenovo has gone the latter route with its ThinkPad Android tablet, but it's done so, at least from a design standpoint, with the sort of style and usability you'd expect from one of the business world's predominant laptop makers.

We take our first look after the break.

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5 years ago

Mozilla working on a tablet specific version of Firefox, show a peek at the new UI

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If you have a Honeycomb tablet, I know you're aware of just how great some of the apps can look and feel.  It looks like Mozilla is aware as well, and are hard at work building a tablet specific version of Firefox Mobile.  Based on the same core code as the existing Firefox Mobile browser, the user interface looks to be receiving some very nice changes for the extra screen real estate that a tablet provides.  All the familiar features are there, including the awesomebar, and so far the biggest change looks to be the way tabs are shown and navigated.  In portrait mode, you'll have a button near the address bar that opens a menu of your running tabs, and in landscape, you'll have a persistent scrollable bar on the left with previews of each running tab.  We are pretty excited to see what the folks at Mozilla cook up next, as there's a space for the "perfect" web browser on a tablet that's still wide open.  You can see a few more pictures at the source link.

Source: Ian Barlow

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5 years ago

Vizio tablet review

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Can you really get a decent Android tablet for less than $300?

It seems like every week we see a new Android device from a company we either haven't heard of, or one that's not known for portable computers.  More often than not, these devices end up at a discount store or on a television shopping channel at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday.  The Vizio tablet has a couple advantages that most of those devices don't -- a little bit of experience with bright, colorful LCD screens and a distribution channel that's pretty darn good.  They've also hit a very interesting price point, if you shop around you can pick up a Vizio tablet for under $275.  That only leaves one big question -- has Vizio succeeded where others have tried and failed, and delivered something that's actually worth the $300?  Hit the break and see what I think, and hopefully it can help you decide.

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5 years ago

Reminder: Win an HTC EVO 3D today from Waze and Android Central

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A friendly reminder that today's prize in Waze and Android Central's big giveaway is a shiny new unlocked GSM EVO 3D.  Winning one is easy, too!  Check the Waze website for all the details, but the short version is:

  • Download Waze (m.waze.com) or via the Android Marketplace (we've got an easy link after the break)
  • Make sure you’re a registered user with an email on file (Waze needs your contact info to tell you you’ve won – check ‘Settings’ to ensure that you’re registered.)
  • Munch (drive over) as many robot road goodies as you can

Have fun building out a social mapping tool on you way to work or around town, and have a chance to win a new Android device at the same time.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

More information: Waze

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5 years ago

Sony S1 coming to Canada on Sept. 14 or 15?

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Sony's first effort at a Honeycomb tablet may soon be breaking cover, in Canada at least. According to this invitation from Sony themselves; "The new Sony Tablet is about to arrive in Canada. As a valued customer we would like YOU to see it first!"

The event is supposed to be happening on September 14 or 15 at their offices in Toronto. No other details are provided such as price or availability but if this is a device you're waiting for, that wait might be drawing to a conclusion.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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5 years ago

Waze and Android Central are giving away one Android device every day for a week!

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Starting today (Aug. 29), Waze and Android Central will be giving away an Android phone or tablet each day to a lucky winner.  Entering is fun and easy -- download Waze from the Android Market (link after the break) or Waze's website, register a user profile so Waze knows how to get in touch with you, then find the "Road Goodies" that appear on your map and drive over them to collect.  Entrants who collect the most each day will be eligible for a daily drawing to win an awesome new Android device.  Which devices?  We're glad you asked!

It gets even cooler -- each of the phones on the list will also include a car dock and charger, making it the ultimate traffic survival kit.  The contest begins now and runs through midnight Sept. 4.  The winners will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 7.  Full rules and details are after the break.

Just what is Waze?  It's a free social mapping tool: you can get directions, find out where the traffic is, ping other users, and generally find your way around while helping other Waze users get better location and traffic information. Check out the full details on the Waze Blog.

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5 years ago

CM7 seen booting on an HP TouchPad, still a long way from being usable

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Well, how about that. What you see in the video above apparently is CyanogenMod 7 booting onto an HP TouchPad. Of course, booting is just the first step in a long line of things that have to happen before we get a working port. Notably, the touchscreen doesn't yet work. That's kind of a big one. But booting CM7 is a big step, no doubt. The plan now, apparently, is to work up a sort of dual-boot system. So you'll have webOS, Android and who knows what else running within the existing sandbox.

As always, don't bother asking about when we'll have a usable port. "Coming soon" ain't in the vocabulary for a project like this. It'll be ready when it's ready, which should give aspiring tinkerers a little more time to track down a TouchPad.

Source: Rootzwiki

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5 years ago

Toshiba's Android-powered tablet gets thin at IFA

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The Toshiba Thrive may not be the tablet for you, but Toshiba doesn't appear to be stopping its Android development any time soon. In fact, the above image is that of a purported tablet Toshiba is expected to announce at IFA. The details on this one have been kept rather slim for the sake of not wanting to ruin the announcement, but the images tell us a few things. Brushed metal design, powered by Android Honeycomb -- packed with a microUSB, a microHDMI and a microSD memory card reader. That's all we get for now but we're guessing more details will pop up before IFA takes place. One more shot can be found past the break.

Source: NoteBookItalia; Thanks, Lau!

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5 years ago

Samsung announces LTE version of Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9, will show them off at IFA

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Samsung has announced two new products ahead of their presumably big showing at IFA this week in Berlin, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9 -- in LTE flavors.  They tell us a few limited specs, 1.5GHz CPU for both, and a size bump to a 4.5 inch screen in the Galaxy S II.  The rest looks to be unchanged, so we can't assume that the mythical 720p Super AMOLED screen (the one that haunts my dreams) will show up in the new Galaxy S II.  Interestingly, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 product pages have went live at Samsung's website as well, so we're pretty sure the Wifi version will also rear its head at IFA. 

We've heard all sorts of rumors and speculation about exactly what Samsung has in store for Verizon customers, and we've said all along to hold tight -- even after the Verizon version of the existing Galaxy S II seemed to have disappeared from the radar.  Will Verizon be picking up either or both of these two?  We can't say for sure, but it seems like a no-brainer.  We expect more details when these all get shown in Berlin, and until then we'll just have to sit tight.

Source: Samsung (Korean); via Engadget

More: Galaxy Tab 8.9 product page; Thanks, Dy4me!

 

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5 years ago

How I do it: Listenin' in the kitchen

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I don't really have the luxury of using one Android smartphone or tablet all the time, but my usage cases don't really change. And one habit I've gotten into is listening to music or the radio while cooking. The kitchen's a precarious place to do that, what with all the heat, oil, water and lord knows what else flying around (never mind the knives.)

I've got my electronic footprint pretty much out of the danger zone, choosing to park my devices between the fridge and the sink. Sure, there's the real possibility of water damage. But for some reason that seems the lesser of two evils when I think about hot oil splashing onto a touchscreen.

So what do I use? Tablet, phone -- whatever's charged, really. Google Music for music, or Tune In Radio if I want local radio. For playback, I've got a Supertooth Disco speaker. Love the thing, but you'll notice I'm plugged in here. Bluetooth works OK (and if I used it more, it'd mean I can keep the tablet away from the sink), but sometimes I'm just lazy and plug the thing in. It's nice to have that choice. If you'll allow a bit of gushing over the speaker -- wow. It's not cheap -- a little more than $100 -- but for its size, it sounds great, and it pumps out 28 watts. You can also unplug it from the wall and run from the internal, rechargeable battery. Noyce.

I'm not sure if all this the food taste any better, but it sure is more fun to make.

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5 years ago

Sony Tablet S2 to be called Tablet P when it launches?

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As we know it, devices can and often do go through many name changes before they actually reach consumers. In some case, the code names given to devices are much cooler then what they actually release under. The case of the Sony Tablet S2 fits into this section now that the device is suggested to be launching as the Tablet P.  Still no word on pricing for the 4G enabled, NVIDIA Tegra 2 powered Tablet P but that should be arriving soon. However, we're still thinking Sony should have left it as the Sony Tablet S2 -- or hit up Kyocera to use their Echo branding since, it just looks like a large Kyocera Echo.

Source: Engadget

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5 years ago

Acer Iconia A500 3.2 update now landing September 10th

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The 3.2 update for the Iconia A500 promised for 25th August never showed, but Acer haven't left us out in the cold instead going public on why the date slipped. 

Posting on the Acer Malaysia Facebook page, the update now looks set to land on September 10th. Apparently they've been suffering some issues with the GPS settings, so thought better to put the update back than let it out in the wild with bugs. 

Updates are always welcome, so hopefully Acer will manage to work out all the kinks before September 10th. They have promised to update earlier if there's any news, but for now lets just take what they're offering. 

Source: liliputing

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5 years ago

Bluetooth keyboard review: Logitech keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

With tablets being all the rage these days, Bluetooth keyboards are rising in popularity. It's not that the on-screen keyboards are bad (well, some are), but having physicals key adds a whole level of familiarity, plus you don't have to try and balance a tablet on your lap or something.

The Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets seems specifically targeted at the Android crowd, and it works really well.

Pairing is a cinch, using the connect button located on the back of the keyboard, and once you're paired up, you're good to go. Typing is a breeze on the keyboard and works without a hitch. Hit some keys, letters pop up on the screen. Everything Most of it works as it should.

The only problem with Logitech's Android-centric keyboard are the Android function keys. Logitech was wise enough to include search, home, menu, and back keys, but their intended functions are murky, at best.

I'm not sure if the unit I got is defective or if the keys just aren't mapped correctly, but while most of the keys did something, it was usually not what you wanted. Back acted like home, search acted like menu, so on and so forth. It was an irritating little niggle that was the only smudge on an otherwise great keyboard experience.

Another cool feature is the keyboard carrying case that protects the keys. For transport, it folds up and becomes a carrying case for the keyboard, but once you're ready to get typing, the case folds into a triangular stand (with a ridge!) to hold your tablet in position on a table or desk. It should also be noted that the Logitech keyboard doesn't come with rechargeable batteries and runs on four AAA's.

More pictures of the keyboard and stand can be found after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC Flyer falls to £329.99 at Best Buy UK

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We came away with a positive impression of HTC's 7-inch Flyer tablet when it launched back in late May, however, one thing we weren't fans of was the Flyer's UK pricing. At £480 for Wifi-only and £600 for Wifi and 3G, it was significantly more expensive than the dual-core, Honeycomb-powered competition, and that made us sad. Fortunately, Best Buy UK has now gone some way towards remedying that, with today's price reduction to £329.99 for the Wifi-only 16GB version.

The Flyer is a great little device, despite the fact that it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than the tablet-centric Honeycomb. Best Buy will surely be hoping to shift some extra units at this more reasonable price, so let us know in the comments if you're tempted. And, of course, you can hit up our full Flyer review to find out more.

Source: Best Buy UK; via: Eurodroid

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