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3 years ago

Android 3.1 update now rolling out to Verizon Xoom 3G owners

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We held off a little bit after the announcement came out just to see how exactly how long it would take for Verizon and Google to roll out the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update slated for "today". As it turns, it really wasn't all that long -- many users have now let us know their Motorola Xoom updates have gone live and while some folks are still waiting, we've heard it may be rolling out in batches so you'll just have to sit tight.

In the meantime though, feel free to shout out in the Android Central forums if you got your update. We, and I'm sure plenty of others -- are pretty stoked to hear how the update is working. If you're looking for the direct download link, you can find it here.

Thanks, for the image @VMDoug

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Google IO special-edition Galaxy Tab 10.1

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A wise old editor once said "Google IO isn't just about the swag." And it's not just about the swag. But it's sometime about the swag. And right now it's about the swag.

Everybody at Google IO (including use lowly press members) got themselves a Google IO special-edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 today. We've used the thing a good half-dozen times now, and it's getting better every time we pick it up.

Light, sleek and fast, if you gave us just three words. And with the addition of the special Android imagery, this one's pretty sweet.

Enough talking. Pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung passes out 5,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1s to I/O attendees

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If you were lucky enough to score a ticket to this year's Google I/O in San Francisco, you'll be going home with a brand-spanking-new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. As for those of us who didn't -- we'll, you can just be jealous. The Honeycomb powered device is not available to consumers yet, but we've played with a few times already at this point. At last year's Google I/O, HTC and Google linked up to give out tons of new EVOs.

Oh yeah, did we mention that Jerry and Phil are at Google I/O? It looks like they just got a new toy and of course, some work ahead of them in giving us all the finer details of the device. See -- swag does come at a price.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with a turned-on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

This isn't the first time we've seen the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet. But tonight at a pre-Google IO event in San Francisco, we got our first look at one actually turned on. And Honeycomb is still Honeycomb. But it definitely feels a little faster than what we've come to know on the Motorola Xoom. And the hardware is still markedly lighter than the Xoom, and thinner, too.

And we've got one more month before we can all get the Wifi version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in our hot little hands. Anybody else excited yet?

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3 years ago

Samsung reminds us all the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is coming June 8

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Although it's been quite some time since we heard rumblings from Samsung about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 it appears their marketing teams are now looking to once again shake up interest in the 10.1-inch tablet. The registration page is up on the Samsung website, accessible to anyone who is looking to stay up-to-date on the when and where's of how to purchase the yet to be released Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that hits stores June 8.

We've already given it a look or two already in the past but we'll gladly give it another go come closer to release. If you're wanting to stay in the loop, hit the source link for more details and sign up to be notified of its release -- or, you could just take Jerry's blatant NSFW word for how good he thinks it is.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Wifi Motorola Xooms show up at Target

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From the looks of the image above, it appears as though Target will begin selling the Wifi-only version of the Motorola Xoom tablet in the coming days. Functional displays have hit some stores already, and inventory is rolling in, so it looks like we can add Target to the list of places where you'll be able to snag yourself a Xoom.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Sprint Wifi Motorola Xoom and Samsung Replenish now available

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If you've been anxiously awaiting the Sprint-branded Motorola Xoom, today is your lucky day. The device is now officially available from Sprint, but does require you to actually go into a Sprint store for purchase. So, if you have been saving your $600 for the purchase, head into your local Sprint store today, and be sure to let us know what you think in the forums! Also available today from Sprint is the Samsung Replenish, their first "green" phone, which we have gone over once or twice already.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Loving the Dinc 2, Tether app discussion [from the forums]

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from the forums

It's Monday and that means back to work -- where the Internet is fast, and free.  Mondays are also always big for news and discussion, and today is no exception.  We've got a new kernel for the Xoom, Tethering discussion, and love for the Dinc 2.  there's something for everyone in the forums, so get in there and join the fun.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Galaxy S II live wallpapers now available to download

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windmill live wallpaper

The Galaxy S II live wallpapers to download. These include the beach and the windmill wallpapers and the apk files are named Secret Wallpaper 1 and Secret Wallpaper 2, respectively. 

The XDA poster did note that these will only work on phones with WVGA resolution. In the video showing this off, the wallpapers can clearly be seen working well on a Samsung Nexus S and the EVO 4G has been successfully tested as well. The Motorola Xoom doesn't run them well yet as they most likely haven't been optimized for Honeycomb. 

Check it out after the break and click on the source link for the apk files.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

This Week in Android News

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It was a busy week in the Android world and here at Android Central as we got ahold of a variety of new devices, two of which have been officially released. The Droid Incredible 2 and the Casio G'zOne Commando were released on Verizon last week. The Droid Charge was supposed to join them, but was delayed due to LTE issues. We also got a good look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and ASUS EeePad Transformer. There are loads of exciting devices hitting stored and coming soon, so check out our initial reviews for the one that suits you best.

General News:

Hardware News:

Software News:

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab coming to Target stores May 15?

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We just got this in from a tipster working at Target who received a non-retail, working display model of the Acer Iconia Tab.  A quick inspection of the box label tells us that the proposed sale date is May 15, thanks to some squinting and a bit of photo editing software wizardry.  We know that you can snag one at Best Buy for $450, but as my wife often reminds me "You might find that cheaper at Target".

Having said that, there's no word on any pricing, or if this will be at all Target stores or just a select few.  Hopefully this is just the beginning and we soon see a full scale pricing war for tablets from all vendors.  There's another pic of the back of the box after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Sprint makes it official - Wifi only Xoom available May 8

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Sprint Motorola Xoom

There's been talk of Sprint selling the Motorola Xoom for several months, and Sprint just made it official -- the wifi only model will be available through all retail channels on May 8, for $599.99, just as we reported earlier today.  A carrier selling something you can pick up from a big box or electronics store may sound a little strange, but it should make it easier to get the Xoom in more peoples hands, which equals more developer interest.  We all like that.

No official word on any plans for a 4G model from Sprint, but I certainly wouldn't put that, or some sort of 4G Overdrive MiFi bundle package, out of the picture just yet.  For now, you have a new storefront to get your Xoom from, and that's just fine by us. The full announcement is after the break.

Source: Sprint; Motorola Xoom fact sheet

Motorola Xoom Specs | Motorola Xoom Forums | Motorola Xoom Accessories

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3 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transfomer ships with pre-production software, nerds swoon

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When is the ASUS EeePad Transformer, one of the hottest Honeycomb tablets available, not actually one of the hottest Honeycomb tablets available? (Read our full review) When it's shipped still running some pre-release firmware identified as Android 2.2. Craziness!

That's what happened to moago, who was lucky enough snag one at launch this week, only to find it not running Honeycomb. That sort of thing, of course, attracts hackers and nerds (and us hacker/nerd/journalist types) like Donald Trump to a camera, and hijinx ensue.

So congrats to moago for getting that little treasure, and good luck getting it updated. For the rest of you, once you're actually able to get the Transformer, you'll just have to be content with having the newest version of Android. Life's tough like that.

Source: My Transformer came with Android 2.2; Photobucket. Thanks, graffixnyc!

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3 years ago

Motorola XOOM WiFi only version coming to Sprint May 8?

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Motorola Xoom

You all remember that Sprint branded Motorola Xoom right? Of course you do -- back then, we had no idea of when it would be showing up on Sprint for people to purchase but now, that's a slightly different story if the info seen in this image is any sort of accurate. May 8, is the expected release date for the WiFi only Motorola Xoom on Sprint but again that $599 price tag is lingering. With other tablets such as the HTC Flyer and the ASUS EeePad Transformer now or soon to be on the scene, is anyone still going to be picking up a Xoom from Sprint?

Source: Spantechular

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3 years ago

Teen uses Xoom to maintain digital directory of fallen soldiers

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A 17-year-old in Virginia is making headlines by being the first to create a digital record of every Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran buried in Arlington National Cemetery, a task aided in part by his new Motorola Xoom. Richard Gilleland III, a high school junior in Stafford, Va., began the project last year, and has maintained preserveandhonor.com, a digital directory of recently fallen soldiers, the only one of its kind. As today’s Los Angeles Times points out, Gilleland is now using his Motorola Xoom, which he received as a gift for his 17th birthday, to help with the ongoing project. Hard to think of a more honorable way of putting the Xoom to good use.

Source: Los Angeles Times; via Android Central forums

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