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...
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:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
BlackBerry fans everywhere were astonished Thursday when an early version of the Android Player for the PlayBook leaked out and their little tablets suddenly became usable. Usable as in once you've got Android running on the PlayBook, you suddenly have an e-mail app. Craziness!
Pretty cool stuff, especially since it's running Android 2.3.3, and there's a good chance your phone doesn't even that yet. Glad we could help you out there, RIM.