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4 years ago

European Xooms to get Android 3.1 by August 9

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Good news for Motorola Xoom users in Europe -- your Android 3.1 update is almost ready. Motorola has confirmed via its official forums that it expects the update to the newer (but not newest) version of Honeycomb by August 9. The 3.1 update includes UI enhancements and hardware-accelerated browsing, amongst other stuff.

Android™ 3.1 for Motorola XOOM™ will soon be available over the air to all Motorola XOOM users in Europe. We expect the over-the-air deployment to begin in early August, with the package being available for pull by August 9th. 

Now it's just a case of waiting for Android 3.2, which is already being pushed to North American Xooms...

Source: Motorola Owners' Forum. Thanks, Chaz!

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4 years ago

Dolphin for Pad V1.0 enters beta stages

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Remember when Dolphin v6.0 was released? At the time of release, MoboTap had just announced their new funding from Sequioa Capital and let it be known they would be using that funding for further developments. Here we are a short time later, and they've now made available Dolphin for Pad in beta form. Sharing many of the same features from Dolphin HD, Dolphin for Pad is a re-worked version built and designed for Honeycomb tablets. Given that it is a beta, some stuff remains needing to be ported over but for now you get:

  • Gestures
  • Add-ons
  • Multi-touch-zoom
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Side bars: Left side bar will change into windows list you opened

The folk from MoboTap will be looking for feedback on this release so if you have an Android tablet kicking around -- give it a shot and let them know how it's working for you or any other suggestions may have. Download link can be found beyond the break.

Source: Dolphin

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom LTE upgrade still coming, in September?

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Wanting some of the fast LTE goodness for your Motorola Xoom?  Looks like you'll be waiting another month or so, according to a source at Droid Life.  Promised this past Spring, the LTE upgrade for the first Honeycomb tablet is a bit off the mark, taking a full seven months to reach the customer if this holds true.  To further add to the sting of waiting, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with LTE will have been out a full month by the time this starts rolling around.  Early adopters should expect a glitch or two, but this is pushing it just a bit. Emails to current customers are supposedly going out today with all the details, be sure to let us know if you get one.  In the meantime, take heart in the fact that its coming, even if it's not as soon as anyone had hoped.  There's bound to be some discussion in the Xoom forums, so join in. You can also hit the break to see the email being sent out.

Source: Droid Life

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4 years ago

The 10-Inch HTC Puccini is looking good!

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We've been hearing plenty about the HTC Puccini for a while now but until now, it really hasn't been caught on camera in any glory shots like the one above. Specs? We still don't have em all as of yet but according to BGR we can expect dual-LED flash for the 8-megapixel camera, as well as stereo speakers and a microphone, all rounded out with a purported 1.5GHz processor and LTE radio on-board. Also, keeping in line with the HTC Flyer -- the HTC Puccini is noted to make use of stylus input presumably using HTC's Scribe technology. No release dates as of yet but one more pic can be found past the break. Who's in?

Source: BGR

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4 years ago

Verizon's LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 officially avaliable July 28

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Read our complete Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

We actually dropped this date on you a few days ago, but Verizon's gone and made it official -- the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available July 28 online and in stores. It'll run $529 for the 16GB version, or $629 for the 32GB version. Verizon's press release says it'll be available in metallic gray (see our hands-on with that version) or glossy white (our leak made it look like the white version wouldn't be available in stores), and it'll include a $25 Samsung Media Hub credit.

Data plans are as follow:

  • $30 monthly access for 2GB monthly allowance
  • $50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance
  • $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance

Or, if you want, you can get the 16GB gray Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a wifi-only device.

Full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom price dips below £400 in the UK

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Perhaps anticipating the UK launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 next Thursday, British retailers have slowly begun lowering the price of the original Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom. Amazon UK is leading the charge, selling the Wifi-only version for a mere £394.95 ($650), which is within a fiver of the Tab 10.1's UK launch price. 

Not quite as affordable as the $499 you'll pay for the same hardware over in the US, but it's a step in the right direction from the Xoom's astronomical European launch price. Would you consider a Motorola Xoom over the Tab 10.1 at this price point? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Amazon UK; via: Eurodroid

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4 years ago

ASUS Eee Pad Slider hits the FCC

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The ASUS Eee Pad Slider has passed through the FCC certification process, getting the all clear for its Bluetooth and Wifi radios.  With no mention of any cellular data in the FCC reports, the slider sounds much like the popular ASUS Transformer (check out our review), a great no-contract, no carrier, no fuss stand alone Wifi Honeycomb tablet.  Also like the Transformer, the slider sports a 10.1 inch screen, Tegra 2 dual-core processor, front and rear cameras, and connectivity via a number of i/o ports -- micro SD, mini USB, and mini HDMI.  Add in a sliding full size qwerty keyboard and you have something very different than the rest of the Honeycomb tablet pack.  We love different, and manufacturers that try to do it, providing it's done well.  We're ready to give the slider a try, just like many of you guys are.

We're waiting for pricing and availability, which we expect an announcement for soon.  Originally expected in the UK this August, the slider has been pushed back to "this Autumn".  When we know more, we'll be sure to tell.

Source: FCC; via WirelessGoodness

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 making its UK debut a day early in London

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If you can't wait until the August 4 nationwide street date for your British Galaxy Tab 10.1, then you might want to head down to the Tottenham Court Road branch of PC World, where it can be yours from 5pm the previous day. In exchange for your £399, you'll get what's arguably the hottest Android tablet currently available, powered by Android 3.1 and a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip.

If you'd rather not cough up the full retail price, it'll also be available at a subsidized price from Vodafone UK. However there's still no word from from the carrier on when this launch is due to take place -- its website still lists it as "coming soon".

Let us know in the comments if you're planning on picking up a Tab 10.1 on launch day, and if you're undecided, then head on over to our review of the limited edition Google IO version.

Source: TechRadar

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4 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE launch date pegged at July 28

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Read our complete Galaxy Tab 10.1 review


And there you have it, folks. Looks like the "official" (insofar as leaked launch dates go) launch date for Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is July 28. Interesting is that according to this screen (and confirmed by another at Droid-Life), only the gray version of the Galaxy Tab (see our hands-on with the gray edition) will be available in stores at first -- the white version will be direct fulfillment (aka shipped) only.

Pricing remains as previously announced: $529 for the 16GB version, $629 for the 32GB version.

Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile launches Android tablet rental program with the Los Angeles Angels

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Baseball fans in Anaheim will like this news for sure. T-Mobile and the Los Angeles Angels have just announced a partnership that will allow fans to rent either a Samsung Galaxy Tab or T-Mobile G Slate during Los Angeles Angels games, The tablets, when rented will come pre-loaded with some goodies:

  • Free game-day program, optimized for viewing on the tablet — an instant $3 added value.
  • Free content from the Zinio magazine app, with the ability to read from a sampling of magazines during the game, including ESPN and many other popular magazines, drawing from Zinio’s library of more than 4,500 magazine titles.
  • Free T-Mobile TV (on the T-Mobile G-Slate only), providing content from popular TV shows. All regular free content, plus the “Select” package, regularly $4.99, is available as part of the game-day tablet rental.

Pretty awesome! Hopefully, T-Mobile will be able to expand the program in the long run and bring it to many other venues. Just don't go rooting the tablets should you decide to go ahead and rent one during a game.

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4 years ago

Lenovo 7-inch IdeaPad caught on camera

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Lenovo has been hard at work on its Android offers, as we most recently saw with the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad but a new 7-inch tablet has just been spotted. Confirmed details for the 7-inch IdeaPad are rather slim still but rumors are suggesting this one will be powered by a TI OMAP3621 processor, a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen and various other goodies like 3G connectivity, SDCard slot, front and rear-facing cameras all rounded out with a 3700mAh battery. Not great but not bad either, you can find one more pic after the break.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Microsoft releases API and tools to connect Messenger, SkyDrive, and Hotmail data to mobile apps

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Microsoft has released a set of tools and samples that now makes it a good bit easier to get users Windows Live data from Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger for smartphone applications, including Android apps.  Developers will only need to enter the application name and language used, and then they will receive a client ID and secret token.  These are then used in your application to allow the user to sign in via the web, with no back-end needed for this from the developers.  Microsoft provides a working sample to view a user's SkyDrive photos, with more examples to follow.

Microsoft, as much as anyone, understands the open platform model.  It's been good to them over the years, and it's nice to see simple and effective methods to access user account data across mobile platforms. I hope some developers out there with the "next great idea" for a Windows Live app takes advantage of them.  Drop us a line if that sounds like you!

Source: Windows Live team blog

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4 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Touch review

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The all-new Nook (aka the Nook Touch) is Barnes & Noble’s follow-up to its successful e-reader of the same name, which for months served as the Kindle’s primary competitor. Barnes & Noble also has the Nook Color, an intriguing e-reader/tablet hybrid running Android that is universally accepted as one of the most affordable tablets on the market. The newly released Nook Touch should be seen as a competitor to the original Nook, not the Nook Color because it is designed to perform one function well: to serve as an e-reader. It runs Android, but will you get a full Android tablet experience on it? Read on to find out.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 delayed in Canada, will now ship Aug. 19

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Back in June, we reported that both Best Buy and Future Shop were taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; those orders were originally supposed to ship July 22. According to their websites now, however, the device isn't listed to arrive until Aug. 19. This news is probably disappointing to our Canadian friends, who have been excited to finally be able to get the Tab 10.1 starting tomorrow. Either due to Samsung, Best Buy or Future Shop, you'll have to wait another month.

Source: Best Buy; Future Shop

Thanks JSKershaw!

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4 years ago

BlackBerry PlayBook has a newer version of Android than 81% of you

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Our pals at CrackBerry are in the midst of testing a recently leaked version of the Android Player app for the PlayBook tablet. And guess what: It's running a newer version of Android than some 80 percent of you guys out there. When last we looked, some 18.6 percent of Android devices were running Android 2.3.x. (Honeycomb devices made up less than 1 percent on top of that.)

And RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook? Why, it's running Android 2.3.3, while some 59 percent of you out there are still officially stuck on Froyo, and another 18 percent are on Eclair.

Food for thought.

Source: CrackBerry, @bla1ze

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