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4 years ago

Acer Iconia Tablet pre-orders now available at Best Buy, shipping soon

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If you passed on the Motorola Xoom in hopes of another Honeycomb based Android tablet coming to the market and have been eying the Acer Iconia, you will be pleased to know Best Buy is now accepting pre-orders. For the price tag of $449.99 you will get a 10.1-inch screen with a 1GHz processor that will be the second device to run Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Best Buy's web site shows that the device is set to be delivered between April 24 and 29, which would lead us to believe the launch is within that time frame. [Best Buy via CNET] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Screen shot confirms 16GB Xoom coming

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Motorola Xoom 16GB

We broke the news about an upcoming 16GB version Motorola Xoom in the Android Central Forums early this week. (Another reason why it's the place to be, folks.) And we've now got more confirmation of that, thanks to a leaked screen shot. There's nothing there we haven't already told you -- it'll be an LTE device (eventually) and not Wifi-only, with 16GB of on-board storage. It's a 16GB Xoom, no more, no less. No word on pricing or availability, either. But with the announcement of a $350 Wifi-only 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab, we'd love to see this in the $450 range. [Droid-Life]

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4 years ago

Asus releases Eee Pad Transformer source code

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Eee Pad transformer source code

Asus has released the GPL portions of the source code for their Eee Pad Transformer, and the tablet hasn't even hit the shelves yet.  Just a few days after they published their support page for the Eee Pad Transformer (which I'm referring to as the Transformer from here on out), and long before any of the other Honeycomb source code will arrive.  You can find it at the source link -- select "Downloads", choose "Android" as your operating system, and expand the source code entry.

This won't mean much to you if you're not a kernel developer, but what those developers can and will do with it certainly will.  Now all we need is the Transformer to get on the shelves.  [AsusThanks, Ray!

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4 years ago

Motorola XOOM WiFi-only version now available in Canada

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Motorola XOOM WiFi only version now available in Canada

Although the Motorola XOOM has been available for a while in the U.S., the WiFi only version is now making its way to Canada. Pre-orders began quite some time ago but as of yesterday Best Buy and Future Shop are now taking shipment orders online with in store availability happening on April 8. As expected, retail cost still remains at $599.99 for the WiFi only version. Be sure to check out all of our previous Motorola XOOM coverage, and by all means if you're looking for more info hit our forums. Full press release can be found after the break. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer website now live

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Asus has made their web page for the Eee Pad Transformer (that's the one that docks in a keyboard) live, with specs and details.  They list no dates when it becomes available, or prices, but they do tell us a few things we hadn't heard before.  The Eee Pad Transformer will come complete with Polaris Office 3.0 to allow viewing and editing of .doc, .xls, and .ppt files, have Asus' own launcher on top of Honeycomb, and include unlimited cloud storage via the Asus MyCloud application free for one year.

They also mention an OTA update scheduled for "mid-April", which makes us think that we should be seeing it soon -- maybe even sooner than the May 7 date we saw from Amazon earlier.  If the rumors of sub $400 pricing for the 16 GB model hold true, it's a viable alternative to the Motorola Xoom for the Honeycomb tablet experience.  We'll have more as it develops.  [Asus via NotebookItalia (Italian)] Thanks, Marco, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer listed on Amazon as coming May 7

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eee pad transformer 

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is listed on Amazon Canada's site as coming May 7. Asus is trying to differentiate it's Eee Pad Transformer from other Honeycomb tablets by allowing the 10.1-inch touchscreen to be used as a stand-alone device or while plugged into a full-sized QWERTY keyboard. 

The spec list looks good for this under the radar tablet as well:

  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen
  • Attachable full QWERTY keyboard
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • 1080p video playback
  • 2 USB ports
  • SD card reader
  • 16GB model for $399 Canadian Dollars (approx $410 USD) (Amazon)
  • 32GB model for $499 Canadian Dollas (approx $514 USD) (Amazon)

If you've been on the fence about springing for a tablet but unsure, another strong competitor will enter the game come May 7 with very competitive pricing. [Amazon]

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4 years ago

Cellular South to pair Xoom WiFi with free-on-contract MiFi

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 Motorola Xoom WiFi

Cellular South has made it official that it will be selling the Motorola Xoom WiFi along with a MiFi, the latter of which you can get free if you sign up for a data contract. Yup, totally called it

The Xoom itself will be the standard $599, so if you live in an area with good Cellular South coverage, this deal might actually be better than getting the 3G Xoom on-contract from Verizon as you can easily share the MiFi data connection with other devices.  They aren't quite ready to sell you the combo just yet, but hopefully it will be available soon. Check out the press release past the break. [Cellular South]

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4 years ago

Another custom in-dash installation of a Motorola Xoom [from the forums]

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A couple of weeks back we saw one of our forums members make their own custom Motorola Xoom car dock, and others have been inspired to do the same. Android Central forums user buurin has taken the mount to the next level, putting it on a pivoting mount and connecting it to an amp under the drivers seat, with a volume knob next to the emergency brake. Check it all out in the forums! [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Xoom wish list; Amazon Cloud Storage [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Interesting day today, Amazon stirring up the pot with their cloud services, HTC doing right and releasing the Thunderbolt kernel source and Sony Ericsson making moves by announcing some of their devices will have unlockable boot loaders. Needless to say, some of today's news is being discussed in the forums among many other topics, so join us and share your thoughts.

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

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4 years ago

Phil takes to the competition and talks tablets on iPad live

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tablet-war

Our friends over at TiPB have a weekly podcast that they call iPad Live, and this week that has passed they brought CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk, along with our very own Phil Nickinson to the show to talk tablets. So, if you are in the market for a new tablet, and are trying to decide which is best for you, or you just enjoy to watch a bunch of passionate people speak about their platform, be sure to check this out. Highlight video available after the break, or head to TiPb for the whole thing. [TiPB]

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4 years ago

Wifi-only Xoom gets its own root method

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 Xoom Root

Root access is now available on the just-released Wifi-only Motorola Xoom, thanks to some enterprising XDA members. The rooting process involves using the Android SDK, as well as a fair amount of command-line wizardry, so it's certainly not for the feint-hearted. You'll also be on your own if something goes wrong, as rooting will almost certainly void your warranty.

Still, if you think the prospect of owning a rooted Honeycomb tablet is worth the risk of potentially owning a bricked Honeycomb tablet, then hit the source link to find a complete list of files, along with rooting instructions.

If you're interested in rooting your Verizon-branded Xoom, be sure to check our earlier post for instructions. [XDA]

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4 years ago

Wifi-only Motorola Xoom officially available today

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Motorola Xoom Wifi

If you have been waiting for the Wifi-only version of the Motorola Xoom to launch officially, today is your lucky day. Of course, some places were selling them early, and one of our readers did some great hands-on time with his device, but the Wifi-only Xoom is now available to all to purchase. If you make your way out today to pick one up, be sure to hop in the forums and share your experience and everything else with us. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Reader's hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom from Staples

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

OK, all you aspiring Android Central bloggers out there. Pay attention, because n46kps is showing you how it's done. You've watched the unboxing, you've seen the benchmarks, and now it's time for the full hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet.

As you'll recall, this is the contract-free version you can officially pick up starting March 27, though some stores obviously are selling them early (this one came from Staples).

So kudos, n64kps. You've done a service for your country.

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi-only benchmarks

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Motorola Xoom Wifi-only Quadrant

Christmas is coming early for this ol' editor, folks. You've already seen the unboxing of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom, which Android Central reader n64kps snagged from Staples a couple days early. Now he's back with benchmarks!

So we're not really expecting anything different, performance-wise, with the Wifi-only version of the Xoom. After all, it's the same 10.-inch, Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet that we've come to know. But it's still good to put it through its paces, just in case. And the Quadrant score is close enough to our own in our Xoom review that we're not looking at any broad changes.

So check out some more benchmark tests from n64kps after the break. Thanks, man!

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4 years ago

Canadian Motorola Milestone users get Froyo update

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Motorola Milestone

We know it must have been rough for Canadian Motorola Milestone users to see Android 2.2 Froyo rolled out to international users lately, but Telus did promise they would be releasing their version shortly after. Making good on their promise, Motorola Canada today announced via Facebook that the update is indeed now available via the Motorola support page. If you're a Canadian Milestone user, go ahead and get your Froyo on. 

Also, just a little side note: You might want to follow Motorola Canada's Twitter account as well. Much like with the release of the Motorola XOOM in the U.S. they are also giving away a gold Motorola XOOM. [Facebook, Twitter] Thanks, Kelly!

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