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2 years ago

Nook Tablet shipping a day early, too

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Not content with letting that ... other tablet ... ship a day early, Barnes & Noble's dropped word that its new Nook Tablet -- be sure to check out our hands-on -- also has shipped a day early. In addition to being lovingly bludgeoned by it as soon as you enter one of BN's 700 brick-and-mortar stores, you can pick one up at Target, Radio Shack, OfficeMax, QVC, PC Richards, Fry's and hhgregg, or online, of course.

Source: Barnes & Noble

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A700 & A701 to feature 1920x1200 displays and a quad-core Tegra 3 processors?

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The spec war is in full effect, everyone wants to out do the competitors, and create something with much better specs than their last piece of hardware, and Acer is not one to be left out of this. The usual user agent files have it that their up and coming A700 and A701 Iconia Tabs will feature a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, along with a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1200. Amazing screen, crazy processor paired up with some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness at some point, what more could we ask for?

Source: Android.HD

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2 years ago

Kindle Fire source code released

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There's the trifecta, folks. We've got ADB access on the Kindle Fire, you can already root the Kindle Fire with SuperOneClick, and Amazon's already dropped the source code for public consumption, which is darn nice of them (and also required under the open-source agreements used in Android).

Not a whole lot most of us can do with the binaries, but it's another big step on the road to custom ROMs.

Download: Kindle Fire Source Code; Source: Amazon; via BriefMobile
More in the Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

Root the Kindle Fire using SuperOneClick

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We've already got proper ADB access to the Amazon Kindle Fire, and now it's time to root the thing. And it couldn't be easier. All it takes is the venerable SuperOneClick program, and you're on your way.

That doesn't mean custom ROMs just yet -- there's still a bit more work to be done before that happens. And it remains to be seen if the $199 Kindle Fire will be the new affordable and hacker-friendly tablet of choice, or if the Nook Tablet (which is only $50 with better specs on paper) will wear that crown. Regardless, this is turning into one hell of a horse race.

Download: SuperOneClick; via Kindle Fire Forums

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2 years ago

How-To: Enable ADB on your Kindle Fire (Windows)

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Amazon Kindle Fire forums

Wanna sideload apps (or use ADB for any other reason) to your Kindle Fire via your computer?  It's really easy -- just add the USB Vendor ID to the Windows ini file.  Even reading it seems more complicated than it really is.  On your Windows computer, press the Start button, then choose "All programs" > "Accessories" > "Command prompt" to open the text based command prompt for your computer.  Then copy the following line, and past it into the command window:

echo 0x1949 >> "%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini

Press the Enter key, and you're done.  What's it doing you ask?  It's adding the Vendor ID (0x1949) to the end of the Users\%your_user_name%\.android\adb_usb.ini file, so that the Android SDK tools can communicate with your Kindle Fire.  Doing it via the command prompt means you don't have to make hidden and protected files viewable, and it has a little bit of nerd factor to make you smile inside.

Once you've done that, enable Unknown sources in your Fire, connect it to your computer, and you can install apps just like you would with any other Android device.  For more help on installing and setting up the Android SDK, visit the forums

Source: ACT Local Media (Mac instructions are there) via Android Guys

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2 years ago

Editorial: Dear Amazon, usernames and passwords exist for a reason

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Kindle Fire ships with your username and password
already entered, ready to make purchases

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Amazon Kindle Fire review for this timely editorial.

I'm really not a tinfoil hat type -- maybe a little too much on the other side of that spectrum, actually. But I'm really not crazy about how Amazon's shipping the Kindle Fire. Here's how it works: You order a Kindle Fire from Amazon, they ship it to you. You open the shipping box, and then the specially designed, "Certified frustration-free packaging" (which is pretty cool and mostly frustration-free). Unwrap the Kindle Fire, turn it on and connect to Wifi.

And find that you're already logged in, password and everything, ready to purchase books, magazines, apps and music.

This is not good.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus hands-on and initial review

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More in the Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus forums

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the latest Honeycomb tablet from Samsung, combining the Android 3.2 experience and the Exynos processor into a 7-inch package.  Closely resembling it's 10-inch brothers, it's got the TouchWiz tablet interface on top of Android 3.2, which isn't nearly as intrusive as the TouchWiz of old, and actually brings enough to the table that most call it an improvement over stock Android.  The 7-inch size should make the Tab 7 plus more portable and perfect for reading, and we're curious at how the speedy Exynos processor will power this one for games and media.  We're planning on giving this one a real workout, but for now you can have a look past the jump for a hands-on video, a specs list, and a handful of pictures.  More comes later. 

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2 years ago

Adobe blesses Android Tablets with the Adobe Touch Apps Family

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Remember those awesome looking Adobe Touch Apps that we saw back in October? Well they have finally reached the Android market for Tablets running Android 3.1 and above, and there are a total of 6 of them available. Each of them are available as individual purchases from the Android market for $9.99 apiece, and you can select between Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Collage, Adobe Ideas, and a few others. Offering a wide variety of features, each of the applications is designed to do something a bit different, so be sure to hop into the Android market and check out the applications, and figure out which is best for you! Hit the break for the full release.

Source: Adobe

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2 years ago

Toshiba Thrive gets its Android 3.2 update

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The Toshiba Thrive Android tablet has received its update to Android 3.2. In addition to the version bump, you're also getting:

  • Enables an improved compatibility mode enhancing the way applications originally designed for smaller screen devices appear and function on the larger tablet display.
  • Improves screen rotation acceleration.
  • Adds extended screen support API, giving developers more precise control over the user interface across a range of Android-powered devices.

Thrive owners can snag the update in the tablet's update app. Do note that if you use the Android Market widget, it might disappear because of a naming change. You can add it back after the update.

More: Toshiba; Thanks, Andrew!

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2 years ago

Netflix launches redesigned Android tablet app

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We told you it was coming on last week's podcast (just another reason you need to listen to the Greatest Android Podcast in the World), and today Netflix has made official its redesign Android tablet app. Gone is the scaled-up phone app, and arrived is a tablet-optimized UI that gives you better access to movies and TV shows.

The update's not just for traditional Android tablets -- the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire will get in on the game as well.

Source: Netflix

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