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4 years ago

Asus launches Eee Pad Slider page, still no release date

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The Asus Transformer is one of the coolest Honeycomb tablets on the market. It's as yet unreleased sibling, the Slider, seems to be getting ever closer to release, as Asus have launched its official page for the tablet.

The spec list isn't showing up any surprises, and curiously is shipping with "Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS (3.2 upgradable)." The 3.2 update for the Transformer is already live, so hopefully this means that the Slider is complete and ready to start shipping soon. Battery life is said to be 8 hours, and you get most of the ports available on the Transformer, but no full SD card slot.

Included software goodies will be familiar to any Transformer owners, with Polaris Office 3.0, Zinio Magazines and Asus' own cloud and media applications. 

All we need now is the release date, won't you help us out Asus? 

Source: Asus

 

 

 

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4 years ago

Firefox for Android reaches version 6, brings performance enhancements and a visual refresh

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The fellows at Mozilla have updated Firefox for Android to Version 6, and it comes with a huge changelog full of fixes, improvements, and features.  Things like a visual update for phones running Gingerbread, better right-to-left language support, and adjustment of page element locations and sizes when using on a tablet.  We won't list each individual change here, but they're available at the source link.  There's also over 160 add-ons now available, ranging from Ad-blocking to themeing with personas.  With the same rendering engine as the desktop version, Firefox mobile can handle pages with complicated scripts better than the stock Android browser, or other browsers based on stock.  Not that anyone would want to, but it's close to the point where we could use our system and write blog posts with it.

Firefox mobile is shaping up nicely, and if you haven't had a look lately, you really should.  Download link is after the break, for devices running Android 2.0 and higher.

Source: Mozilla

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't banned from The Netherlands, for now

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In the latest chapter in the Apple v. Samsung saga, Apple's attempts to push through their case through in The Netherlands has failed, for now. The claims here are a little broader than those submitted in Germany, going beyond just the design of the Tab and into the software it runs. 

The courts in The Hague have politely informed Apple that no decision will be reached on the case until Sept. 15. This is after Samsung's Aug. 25 appeal the original injunction granted in Germany. 

The Dutch case has potentially more serious consequences for Samsung should the courts rule in Apples favour. Florian Mueller of the FOSS Patent's blog, speculates that Rotterdam in The Netherlands could be key to Samsung's European import logistics. 

Sources: T3, FOSS Patents

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4 years ago

Did Apple tamper with evidence in the German Apple v. Samsung case?

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We're not about to come out and say Apple deliberately altered key visual evidence in the recent proceedings in Germany, which resulted in European imports screeching to an abrupt halt.  We will just let the pictures speak for themselves.  Dutch website Webwereld has compared the some of the images from the court documents (read them here, in German) to reality and found some disturbing differences.  In Apple's images, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been shown with a different aspect ratio (1:36 as opposed to the actual 1:46 -- the iPad is 1:30), causing it to more closely resemble the dimensions of the iPad.  This accounts for a full eight percent difference in the "short" side of the Tab, and you can see the result above.  If that weren't enough, the Samsung logo has been removed from Apple's image, and of course it's shown with the app drawer open instead of the normal home screen view. 

Make what you will of this, but I'll imagine it had an impression on the German courts. 

Source: Webwereld (Dutch); via OSNewsThanks, Richard!

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4 years ago

Fusion Garage announces new Grid 10 tablet - Runs on Android kernel, includes crazy custom UI

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We've been hearing plenty about the Grid 10 from TabCo as of late but as suspected -- it was nothing more then a fake company created by the folks at Fusion Garage. Yes, the folks who made the JooJoo. As it turns out, they're making use of the Android kernel on their newly announced Grid 10 tablet. But don't call it Android -- sure, it can run Android apps from anywhere but don't call it that.

The folks at Fusion Garage aren't even sure Android is popular, and they believe that Android tablets are all the same. So they've gone ahead and created Grid OS as they call and not only will it power their tablet but it will also power a new phone they've developed.

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4 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer 3G model support page is online, still no release date

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Asus has brought the support page for the 3G model of the Eee Pad Transformer online, but we still don't have the part we want to know -- when is it coming.  We last heard that the 3G model would launch in the UK sometime in August, and we're expecting it soon, since August is already half over.  While there shouldn't be any hardware changes, we're also curious if the 3G model will launch with Android 3.2 on board, but that's anyone's guess at this point.  We know a lot of people have been waiting for this, and Asus knows this as well, so hopefully we see it out the door shortly.  We'll keep our eyes and ears open and let you know more when there's more to tell.

Source: Asus. Thanks, Waad!

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4 years ago

Beer Pong HD adds online multiplayer mode, Lloyd hangs out for table of the month

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The fellas at Codeglue have pushed out an update to Beer Pong HD, adding online multiplayer mode, new OpenFeint achievements, and are have our very own Lloyd on their featured table of the month!  Players all over the world can now play against each other on their Android phones, in high resolution with accurate physics.  It might not be quite as fun as real Beer Pong, but it's as close as you'll be able to get and still pass a breathalyzer.  Of course, having Lloyd oversee the festivities is icing on the cake.  I always knew he liked to party.  We've got a quick video showing off the gameplay as well as the download link (free for Android 2.1 and up), check 'em out.

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4 years ago

Android now has Sprint's tablet section all to itself

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Well, now, that's embarrassing. It seems Sprint's decided not to sell the BlackBerry PlayBook (that's the one that doesn't actually have an e-mail client on it) after all. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint's backed off of its plan to sell the 7-inch $499 tablet, and that leaves Android as the only tablet you can buy in a Sprint retail store. Nice.

And you've got your pick of form factors, too. There's the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab or new 7-inch HTC EVO View 4G, both of which have access to Sprint's data network, or the 10-inch Motorola Xoom or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which are Wifi-only.

We're almost a little disappointed -- it would have been interesting to see how the tablets competed on a carrier level. Instead, Android will just have to make do with being the only game in Sprint town.

Source; WSJ; via CrackBerry

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4 years ago

AT&T announces partnership with Juniper Networks on new mobile security initiative

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AT&T has announced that they are working on a new solution for mobile security issues, partnering with Juniper Networks and offering a new security application.  Available later this year, the app will address some key concerns in both the enterprise as well as for consumers.  A bullet point look at the applications goals:

Businesses and Organizations

  • Maintain compliance with government regulations
  • Enforce security policies
  • Manage personal or enterprise-owned devices
  • Enable anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

Consumers

  • Protect mobile devices with anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

With the global growth of smartphone adoption, targeting the mobile space has become popular among unsavory types, and it makes sense to see carriers trying to slow the growth of malware and other security concerns.  AT&T Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso details AT&T’s approach in a short video, which we've embedded after the break, along with the full press release.

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4 years ago

7-inch Acer Iconia A100 available today

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If you've got to have Honeycomb and you've got to have it in a 7-inch tablet, the Acer Iconia A100 might be right up your alley. It's the first 7-inch tablet to launch with Android 3.2, has a TFT WSVGA screen (that's 1024x600) and a 16:10 aspect ratio, boasting a 75-degree viewing angle. It's also go HDMI out, a 5MP rear-facing camera with flash and a fixed-focus 2MP front shooter.

The A100 is a Wifi-only tablet and comes in 8GB or 16GB versions, starting at $329 for the former and $349 for the latter. Full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate's Android 3.1 update pushing out now

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It's been a few days since we first learned the T-Mobile LG G-Slate would be getting its Android 3.1 update soon. And that day has now come. Pushing out over the air, the update will roll out in waves, meaning not everybody's going to get it at the same time. You'll see a notice on your tablet when the update's ready.

Here's what you're getting in Android 3.1:

  • Google Videos - A new Videos app has been added that allows you to buy and rent movies.
  • Recent apps list expanded - The recent apps list has been expanded to show all apps recently used. After opening the apps list, touch one of the apps to access it.
  • Home screen resizable widgets - Widgets built-in to Android 3.0 (Calendar, Email, Gmail, etc.) can now be resized vertically or horizontally on any one of the five home screens.
  • USB accessory support - Customers can now attach a keyboard, pointing device, or gamepad to the G-Slate for use with typing, gaming, etc.

You're also getting bugfixes to Google Talk and Google Music, as was as for the browser and widgets.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

HTC's dabbled in the whole audio thing before

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So HTC and Beats Entertainment (aka Beats by Dre) have hopped into bed together. It's a $300 million "marriage," as HTC CEO Peter Chou and music mogul and Beats chairman Jimmy Iovine officially announced Thursday night ... and again Friday morning. If you joined us for the liveblog of the conference call and Q&A, you know that we didn't learn a whole lot more than we already knew the night before.

We did learn, however, that it was Beats who approached HTC, back in March. And that despite Beats' business doubling, according to Iovine, the $300 million buy-in (HTC now owns 51 percent of the company) remained unchanged.

Perhaps the phone you see above is what kicked it all off. That's the HTC Surround, which was one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices. We've never considered HTC devices to have the best speaker quality; that crown goes to Motorola. But the Surround (see my initial hands-on from the Windows Phone 7 launch event) sought to change that with its crazy slide-out speaker. Gimmicky, to be sure. But it also sounded a slide shade better than anything else HTC had on the market, for sure. Try one. You'll be surprised. Anyhoo, that speaker's built with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD. (As have a couple Android phones since, but not as well.) And I still don't know what that means, 'cept it sounds better than most of the smartphones I have.

And that's where Beats comes in. You can argue all day about the sound quality -- and you will argue all day about the sound quality. But it's got name recognition and a bit of the ol' sex factor. And that's important. Or maybe it means better earbuds and/or gaudy headphones. Know what? Just about anything would be better than what you get now. So long as they're subsidized in the cost of the phone, we're all for it.

One way or another, this deal is a big one for HTC, and an even bigger one for Beats, as Iovine underscored as he repeated several times how Beats "had to get to the phone." We know you wanted new hardware. We know you want Ice Cream Sandwich. Those things are coming, and coming pretty soon, we reckon. In the meantime, ponder what kind of audio miracle we might soon see -- Chou said Beats-impregnated devices are coming this fall.

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4 years ago

Dell Streak 5 unceremoniously discontinued

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Leave your condolences for the overhyped, oversized, overpriced, underappreciated, underpowered, took-too-long-to-get-to-market Android phablet (that's that weird size between phone and tablet) in the comments below. Or don't.

Source: Dell; thanks to everyone who sent this in

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4 years ago

Supposed specs of upcoming Samsung gear outed by Lithuanian retailer

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Samsung has been leading the global charge to put an Android phone into everyone's hands, and if we're to believe some specs listed by Mobili Linija, an online retail shop from Lithuania, we have a slew of new models with some great specs coming.  They have listed details for seven new phones and two new tablets, with the words dual-core and Super AMOLED thrown around liberally.  Hit the break to see the list, and a bit 'o commentary.

Source: Mobili Linija; via SamFirmware

More: Oled-infoThanks, Nick!

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4 years ago

Vizio tablet hands-on and initial review

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Our favorite UPS man just dropped off the Vizio 8-inch tablet (don't call it VIA anymore) and we cracked the shrink-wrap to have a look.  It's 8 inches of well-made electronics, running Android 2.3.2, and priced under $300 it's something we have been itching to have a look at since it was announced last January right before CES.

First impressions?  It's different.  Very.  It has a beautiful screen, and it's well-designed, feeling good in your hands.  The edge has a gentle bevel, and with a full soft touch coating on the back it feels like you're holding something that should cost a lot more than $300.  The software is also a big change from what we're used to, with Vizio skipping the standard Android practice of having multiple homescreens and an applications drawer.  Instead, you have a user-customizable panel with all of your apps, and a "widget board" with your live content via widgets.  We'll give it a complete run down, in the meantime there's a quick walkthrough, a handful of pictures, and device specs after the break.

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