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2 years ago

BlueStacks now available, brings Android apps to your PC in style

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It seems forever ago that BlueStacks was announced as coming soon but no -- it's finally here. In case you don't remember, BlueStacks is for now, a Windows application that allows you to run Android apps directly on your computer and easily switch between say Windows and Android.

The BlueStacks Android Player was released in Alpha form last night and to go along with that came of course, the Android app syncer as well. The App Syncer application allows you to sync any Android app on your device with the BlueStacks cloud service. When synced, the apps will then become available for use on your PC.

After having given it a go, I have to say it is pretty impressive. Most of the apps I synced worked quite well. Some apps did lag, and some apps for whatever reason refused to sync but that's to be expected as it is still Alpha testing. If you give it a go, make sure you send the BlueStacks team some feedback as that will help their offersings progress. You can hit the source link for more info plus, a demo video can be found after the break.

Note: You do need a Facebook account in order to have access. Other methods are on their way but for now, Facebook it is.

Source: BlueStacks

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2 years ago

Android 101: Uninstalling apps on Honeycomb

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the T-Mobile Springboard with Google

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Here's our first look at the lastest in the line of 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablets -- the T-Mobile Springboard with Google. Not a whole lot here you haven't seen before. It's Honeycomb (Android 3.2, to be exact), and it's 7 inches. Nothing's really been customized, though you've got a wealth of T-Mobile apps.

Physically speaking, Huawei's made a nice little device here. It's reminiscent of the BlackBerry PlayBook in look and feel, and that's not a horrible thing. It's got HDMI out and microUSB and, well, that's about it. It's powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor. It's got a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP up front.

Still no word on pricing, but Huawei said this morning that "you'll be impressed." Pics and video are after the break.

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2 years ago

Some Motorola Xoom LTE upgrades have a quick turnaround, bring a new OTA, and make things zoom-ier.

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Quite a few of you guys have sent your 3G Motorola Xoom's off to get the LTE upgrade, and we're hearing good things all around.  If you've sent yours off, expect to receive a small OTA update to HLK75D when it returns (packed full of performance-related improvements per the notification, just like the Wifi models) if you haven't already received it, and of course expect some fast-as-heck data speeds.  Turn around time seems to be good -- we're hearing it averages about a week -- and so far (knock on wood) we haven't heard a single horror story or tale of misfortune.

Motorola and Verizon may have taken longer than anyone would have liked -- and we are hearing the occasional story about delays for the retrofit -- but it looks like they are making good on their promises.  Hit the break for two more pictures that are sure to make any Xoom owner smile.

More: Motorola Xoom Forums; Thanks Chris and Jon for the pics!

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2 years ago

Motorola introduces the ET1 Enterprise tablet

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Motorola announced its ET1 tablet this morning, which its calling an Enterprise-class tablet "designed for a variety of vertical markets." The Gingerbread-powered ET1 is designed for durability and security with some pretty respectable guts under the hood:

  • Android 2.3.4 with enhanced Enterprise functionality
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 display at 350 NIT, with Gorilla Glass
  • OMAP4 Dual-core processor at 1 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB Flash memory with pre-installed 4 GB microSD card
  • 4620 mAH Smart Li-Ion battery
  • 8 MP rear camera with 720p video, front camera
  • 5.14 in. H x .98 in D x 8.82 in W
  • 1.4 pounds

It might not be the tablet-of-choice for the everyday consumer, but for businesses looking for a sturdy, Enterprise-ready tablet, the ET1 is looking pretty attractive. It'll be available in January 2012 through Motorola partners only, though no word yet on price. Full specs and a product tour from Motorola are at the source link.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

T-Mobile announces a pair of tablets - the Springboard and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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T-Mobile tonight announced a pair of new Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets to its lineup -- the T-Mobile SpringBoard With Google, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (seen above) we're all familiar with, of course. It's the same 10.1-inch tablet we've come to know and love, and this one will have T-Mobile's 4G data thrown in. Plus it's got a cadrea of apps -- T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD demo, SIM City Deluxe demo, Blio eReader and Zinio.

The obtusely named T-Mobile SprintBoard with Google (seen here at right) is a 7-inch tablet made by Huawei. It's got a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera.

On the software side, it includes BlockBuster on Demand, Netflix and T-Mobile TV. There's also the Blio eReader, MobileLife Family Organizer powered by Cozi, Slacker Radio and TeleNav GPS Navigator, a personal GPS navigation and local search application that provides turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving directions.

Pricing and release dates have not been given, but both tablets are expected to be available for the holiday season. Full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Qualcomm announces the S4 Snapdragon; brings performance boost, power savings, and multimode modem

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Qualcomm has released the whitepaper for their upcoming S4 SoC (system on a chip), and it's features look great.  The new 28nm process technology promises "inherent advantages in frequency scaling, power consumption and size reduction", and the Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU should offer some serious performance, clocked between 1.5Ghz and 2.5Ghz, with a 50 percent graphics boost over the current Adreno 220 GPU.  The new 28nm manufacturing process means that not only will the be faster, but they will be smaller and run cooler as well -- allowing things to get thinner and thinner in our smartphones.  The new S4 is still an asynchronous design, which carries it's own benefits in the battery use department.

To go with the bump in performance, Qualcomm also tells us that the new SoC will have embedded support for just about every radio we want and need in our phones -- GSM, CDMA, LTE, GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC.  Having support for everything on one chip means two things -- cheaper production costs, and less room needed to pack all the features into your smartphone.  Both are something we all can appreciate.  The only real question left to answer, is when we will see these make their way into our devices.  Hit the source link for the whitepaper download.

Source: Qualcomm

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2 years ago

Vizio tablet gets another OTA -- VIA version 1.3 brings Netflix support

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The Vizio tablet (check out our review) has received an OTA update (no, it's not Honeycomb) that brings security fixes and Netflix support.  The security fixes weren't detailed, but the current build is now GRH78C, with VIA Plus 1.3, dated Sep. 30. We loaded it up here, and sure enough -- Netflix works really well.  Combined with the recent price drops at places like Sam's Club, this little tablet gets more interesting.

If you haven't seen the update yet, restart your tablet and it should automatically check for the new version.  It takes a few minutes to download, and you'll have to restart again, but once it reboots you'll be able to enjoy streaming from Netflix, with great sound from the Vizio's unique speaker system, right in your hands.

Thanks, fatnasty!

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia A100 mini-review

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Here's our long overdue look at the Acer Iconia a100, a 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet. On one hand, it's a blessedly simple device. Take Honeycomb and the usual internals that we've come to know in Honeycomb devices, and scale it down.

Acer steps things up a bit on the hardware side by throwing in a bunch of ports -- you've got microUSB, microHDMI, a docking port, and a proprietary charger. There are dual speakers on one edge, which tends to make the audio output a little more directional than we'd like. There's also a capacitive home button that, in addition to taking you back to the home screen, lights up on notifications. (There's also a light in the power button.) A screen lock toggle switch rounds things out.

On the storage side, you've got around 6GB of internal memory, and the a100 will accept a microSD card for additional storage.

The hardware's nicely done, but the screen's been a bit of a deal-breaker for us, with a pretty horrendous viewing angle. As you'll see in the video after the break, it's as if the screen's being lit from one edge only -- turn it even just a tiny bit, and an entire section loses all color. It's pretty rough.

That major caveat aside, there's definitely a market for these smaller -- and less expensive -- Honeycomb tablets. And the a100 is just the beginning.

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom Family Edition packs Zoodles kid-friendly software

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Motorola might just be on to something here with the yet to be announced Motorola Xoom Family Edition. Aside from the notably different retail packaging, this Motorola Xoom found in a big box eleectronics shop has some slight modifications when it comes to software.

While it still has Honeycomb loaded onto it, it's also noted to have the Zoodles application loaded onto it. Zoodles offers a "kid mode" option that is reccomended for kids 8 and under but also offers access to games, videos all in a same environment seperate from other functions of your device. No telling when Motorola will announce this new version to the masses but it can't be that far off.

Question is, will it be priced more affordably for families as well? We hope so but if not -- you can always download the Zoodles application from the Android Market right now. It's available for free and you'll find the video for it past the break so that you get a better idea of what, exactly it does.

Source: Engadget

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