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2 years ago

Gameloft, ARCHOS teaming up for preloaded content on G9 tablets

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ARCHOS announced today that it has teamed up with Gameloft to preload its G9 line of tablets with two of the game maker's popular titles. Trail versions of Spider-Man: Total Mayhem and Asphalt 6: Adrenaline will ship preinstalled on all G9 tablets beginning in December 2011. ARCHOS says that both titles have been optimized for the G9 line, and that the tablets' dual-core TI processor will enhance both speed and performance. ARCHOS' full statement can be found after the break.

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2 years ago

Fixes in hand, Samsung begins pushing Galaxy Tab 10.1's Android 3.2 update again

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Samsung's just let us know that the Android 3.2 update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has begun to push out again. You'll recall how a couple weeks ago the initial update led to Wifi connectivity problems for some, and the update was pulled. That bug has been squashed, and the update's good to go again.

If you skipped the update the first time around, you can download it over the air. For those who did update and ended up with a borked tablet (that's the technical term, by the way), you'll need to connect to the Samsung Kies desktop app and update that way.

Here's the official word from Samsung:

Earlier this morning, Samsung began releasing an over the air software update allowing Galaxy 10.1 users to upgrade to Android 3.2 while also resolving a Wi-Fi connectivity issues some Galaxy 10.1 users experienced following a previous software update. For Galaxy 10.1 users who are experiencing Wi-Fi connectivity issues and are unable to reconnect, the new software update may be downloaded and installed via Samsung's Kies desktop app.

No matter how you do it, though, good on Samsung for identifying the problem, pulling the update and pushing out a fix relatively quickly.

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich previewed on the ASUS Transformer Prime

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

One thing Google didn't show us when Ice Cream Sandwich was announced in October was Android 4.0 running on a tablet. NVDIA's taken care of that for us and is doing so on the ASUS Transformer Prime, one of the more compelling Android tablets we've seen thus far.

While you're certainly not going to get all the nuance of a quad-core Tegra 3 tablet's graphics watching it on video like this, it's worth pointing out that NVIDIA recorded this video just two days after Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich source code. (And Riptide looks as good as ever.) Point is, we very much want some Tegra 3 action (and will get it in the next few weeks with the Transformer Prime), and we very much want some ICS on our exisitng tablets.

More: Transformer Prime Preview | Transformer Prime Forums

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2 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime up for preorder on Amazon

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The ASUS Transformer Prime is coming. When, we don't exactly know -- sometime in early December -- but ASUS has listed it for preorder on Amazon, and is saving you $7.79 in the process. The Transformer Prime, as you'll recall, is the follow-up to the popular Eee Pad Transformer, which in addition to being an above average Android Tablet sports an excellent keyboard dock that basically turns everything into an Android laptop. The Transformer Prime sexes things up even more with a metallic finish, better camera and battery life, and slimming things down even more.

You can preorder the 32GB version of the Transformer Prime for $492.20, or the 64GB version for $584.22.

Source: Amazon
More: Transformer Prime Preview | Transformer Prime Forums

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2 years ago

Welcome to the cloud, iOS users

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A quick jaunt across the Internet today and I see that Apple is pushing out working on yet another iOS 5 update to address battery life issues.  On behalf of Android users and fans everywhere, I'd like to take a moment and welcome all of you to the cloud.  It's nice up here -- things sync without wires, your phone knows where you are in case you want to share your location, and updates are a breeze when they're pushed Over The Air.  But like all good things, there's a price, and in this case it's measured in milliampere-hours.

Our boss and friend Phil has some sage advice -- plug your phone in.  Follow his wise words.  I'll also add that buying a spare battery is a good idea ... oh, never mind.

More iOS 5 news

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2 years ago

Using SwiftKey on the Amazon Kindle Fire

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If you've got your hands on a Kindle Fire and are having loads of fun playing around with it but would love to have the SwiftKey keyboard to replace the stock Fire issue, you're in luck.  Any computer software or operating system is hackable, but because the Fire runs Android we already know how most everything works -- including the settings database.  Add a few Android hackers, who want SwiftKey on their Fire, and you have a solution.  The method itself isn't for the faint of heart, and you'll need to be rooted (you can un-root afterwards if you like) and have adb working.  I'll point everyone to the source link for the full instructions, but to help answer a few questions I'll try to explain what's going on. 

Amazon has removed the GUI from the settings menu that allows you to select an input method and set a default keyboard.  Android is still smart enough to know where to look for these settings, so we just have to find a way to set them, which can be done on your computer after pulling out the settings database, moving it to the USB storage, and editing it.  After adding the entry to the database for SwiftKey (or any other third party keyboard), you push it back in place, edit the permissions, and reboot.  It sounds pretty scary, and we won't blame you if you pass on this for now, but the instructions are very clear and will work if you follow them to the letter.  If you do give this one a run, be sure to shout out in the forums so others can benefit from your guinea pig-ness.  In the meantime, we're looking at alternative methods to edit the database while in place, and we'll update if and when we figure anything out.

Source: XDA-Developers

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2 years ago

Nook Tablet torn down, found to have Nook Tablet parts inside

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The folks at iFixit have done their thing to the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. Not a whole lot to learn here -- it's got electronics and stuff inside. You're not likely to be doing any sort of repairs on this thing yourself because of the way it's put together, but then again you weren't likely to be doing any sort of repairs on this thing yourself, because you have better things to do -- like use the Nook Tablet.

Source: iFixit

 

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet rooted

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The Nook Tablet has root access. Repeat: The Nook Tablet has root access. Shouldn't be a huge surprise, given that its older brother, the Nook Color, quickly became one of the most hacked devices of the past year, but the updated version (see our hands-on) has far beefier hardware inside, and so we're all that more eager to crack it wide open.

You've got a couple of options for the procedure -- some handy executable files, or a mere eight lines in the command propt if you prefer to do things yourself. Find it all at the source link below.

Source: XDA Developers; more: Nook Tablet forums

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid XYBOARD 8.2 picture surfaces, Verizon LTE on board

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And the winner for the worst device name goes to (drum roll please) the Motorola Droid XYBOARD.  Previous winner Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch will present the trophy.

All kidding aside, the 8.2-inch version of the Droid XYBOARD has been pictured at PocketNow, and as expected, there's a big old LTE logo on the back.  Also known as the Motorola Xoom 8.2 Media Edition, the Droid XYBOARD should launch with Android 3.2, a 1.2 GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.  It should prove to be a capable device, eventually get upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, and the 8.2-inch size is sure to appeal to more than a few.  Rumors say to expect an official announcement soonish.

Source: Pocketnow

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2 years ago

Courtroom roundup: Moto v Apple, B&N v Microsoft, Samsung's new Tab, and more software patents

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What would a week in the mobile arena without legal drama be like?  We have no idea, and probably never will.  Today there's so much that we're just going to round it all up in one easy spot, then take a couple aspirin and chase the headache away.  Without further adieu:

Motorola v Apple

Motorola will likely win another injunction against Apple in Germany.  This time, it's a method describing how a mobile device synchronizes data with a server, and Moto seems pretty confident that iCloud and MobileMe violate their patents.  This time the patents in question aren't covered under a FRAND defense, so Apple and Moto may have to fight this one out -- a move which Apple feels will cost over 2.7 billion (with a B) dollars.  Read more at Phone Arena

BN v Microsoft

Barnes & Noble have filed more than 45 pages worth of links to prior art in their defense against Microsoft.  Things ranging from Mosaic, Netscape, Unix man pages, and even work shown by Microsoft themselves.  All these examples pre-date the patents Microsoft is using in their suit, and it looks like B&N is pretty damn serious about fighting back.  Take a few aspirin of your own and check out Groklaw for the full details.

Samsung's redesigned German Galaxy Tab

Samsung has skirted their way around the ban of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany.  A slight redesign where the metal bezel now wraps around the front of the device and is visible was all the German courts needed to allow the tablet to be sold.  Personally, I would have redesigned it with rotating spikes designed to maim and cripple competitors (yes, I just watched Mad Max again), but there's a reason I'm not in charge of anything.  I wonder how many millions were wasted on this one?  See PCMag for more details.

Google's unlock patent

Google was granted a patent on the pattern unlock method they use for Android smartphones.  And patents of ideas are still just as wrong as they ever were, even when it's Google getting them.  In addition, Google was granted a patent on the method to use lockscreen based gestures to control other phone functions (think gesture based app launching).  Could this mean Google has plans to add some new features to the lockscreen?  Hurry up Android 5.0!  Read more at 9 to 5 Google.

Is it happy hour yet?  Thanks everyone who tipped us about these!

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