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4 years ago

Zinio releases Tegra 2 optimized version of its Honeycomb eZine reader

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Zinio for Android just got a huge performance boost if you're using a Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablet.  The app harnesses the GPU and uses full OpenGL ES acceleration for page turning animations, page panning and zooming, and to deliver high resolution scalable page images instead of downsizing them for your tablet.  The video of Zinio in action (see it after the break) shows this in a side by side test of the old versus the new.

This was accomplished partly because the folks at Nvidia were given access to the Zinio source code, where they integrate their own code that takes most of the heavy graphical work off the CPU, and putting it all on the GPU.  This is what an open platform is all about -- developers working together to deliver a superior product, with no restrictions on the build environment or code compilers.  We've seen it in Tegra optimized games, and it can make a huge difference.  Drop these optimizations on an already great cross-platform app that gives access to excellent content (there's tens of thousands of magazines available through Zinio), and syncs across multiple devices and you have the recipe for success.  Toss in free single issues of ESPN, Harper’s Bazaar and Popular Science for new Android users and it's something you need to take a look at.

Of course, even without the Nvidia tweaks it's still an excellent app, they just make it that much better.  You can find the download link (Android 3.x, free), the full press release, and the aforementioned video after the break.

More: Nvidia

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 launches in the UK on August 4

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We'd heard an August launch was on the cards, but now we know that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go on general release in the UK in just under six weeks time, on Thursday, Aug. 4. In the UK, the Tab will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and we'd expect to see TouchWiz on there out of the box too, as it's featured heavily in Samsung's European promo materials.

The 3G version will also ship with a HSPA+ capable radio, though that won't do you much good in the UK just yet, as British networks have yet to roll out this technology. There's no mention of any price point, but we'd be surprised if the Wifi-only version exceeded the iPad 2's £400 asking price.

Press release is after the jump. Check out our review of the limited edition Google IO Galaxy Tab to see what you can expect from the retail version.

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4 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 getting Android 3.1 on July 5 in Germany

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 owners are now getting an idea of when to expect Android 3.1. According to Acers German Facebook page the update will roll out in Germany on July 5. Sadly, no other regions dates have been announced but we take the German roll out to be a good sign that the update will come to other regions soon, rather than later.

Source: Facebook; Via Electronista

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4 years ago

B&N doubles number of apps in Nook app market

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Barnes and Noble, in a press release issued today, announced it has doubled the number of apps available to users in the Nook app catalog.  Popular cross-platforms applications like Evernote, Seesmic and Fandango are part of the new editions, and have been well received by Nook Color users.  In addition to the new applications, 15 of the first ever interactive Disney titles and over 50 of the popular "I Can Read" series titles have been added to the tablet/eReader's store, as well as full color versions of New York magazine and Motor Trend.

They also clue us in on an interesting bit of their market data.  The top five paid applications downloaded from the Nook app store are: Angry Birds, Astraware Mahjong, Quickoffice Pro, Drawing Pad and Aces Jewel Hunt.  The top free apps are: Fliq Calendar, Fliq Notes, Pulse News, NOOK Word of the Day and Fliq Tasks.  Approximately half of NOOK Apps are $2.99 or less and the vast majority are priced at $5.99 or less.

Of course, more than a few of you reading this have done a little wizardry and have the Android Market on your Nook Color, but seeing the growth of the native applications and the B&N market is great news.  It doesn't look like the Nook is losing steam any time soon.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons Summer Pignic coming ... this summer

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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