The 9.4-inch Sony S1 just might be making its way into the hands of consumers in the UK as early as September 1. New rumors suggest that the Sony Centre stores across the pond will be training up their staff to the max in an effort to ensure they know all the ins and outs of the new tablet. Still no pricing details at this time but if this pre-order date sticks then chances are we'll see one pop up soon.
The folks at Evernote have pushed out the Honeycomb version of their popular organization app to the Market, and it looks like it was well worth the wait. The big changes are rich text and checkboxes within your notes, and an all new preview style widget for your tablet homescreen, but I'm impressed more with what I've seen of the UI. The dashboard style homescreen gives you a great overview of everything, well organized and with a great visual style. This continues through the rest of the new UI, leaving you with the impression that the app is truly finished and polished.
We'll be taking a closer look at this one, in the meantime if you've been waiting (or using the beta), hit the break for the free download link so you can check out this one.
The rumors that the next version of Honeycomb being right around the corner look to be true, as today Android Open-Source Project engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru has pushed the GPL portions of the 3.2 source code to the AOSP tree. Don't think this means that Honeycomb has been open-sourced -- this is just the bits used for the 3.2 update that are using the GPL license, which requires the source code to be available when the software is shipped.
For you developers out there, JBQ also gives build instructions (they haven't changed since last time) and warns that the binaries aren't likely to run on actual hardware, again like the 3.1 code. While I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting the core of Honeycomb to be open-sourced, at least we know that the 3.2 update is on track and we should be seeing it soon.
Update: As pointed out in the comments below, the 3.2 update is rolling out now for Wifi users. It's build number HTJ85B, has the application zooming feature we first saw yesterday, and the long-awaited SD card support.
Harman International Industries -- the company behind such audio giants as Harman Kardon and JBL -- has announced it is supported the Android Open Accessory Protocol. That's the feature announced back at Google IO in May that will let you connect your Android 3.1 tablet and Android 2.3.4 smartphone to, well, anything.
The obvious play here is for car audio, and Harman specifically mentions its Aha Radio service. But also look for navigation and steering wheel control, as well as being able to share music and movies to passengers' seats as well.
No word on when we'll see AOAP-enabled dash units, but it's gonna be pretty sweet when we do. Check out the full press release after the break.
MIUI, a popular third-party ROM for Android devices, is now available as a stable version for the B&N Nook Color. It's worth noting that this is not part of the official MIUI project, but a faithful port from the folks at MIUI.us -- like many of the English language releases. It's built from the latest 1.7.8 release (July 6), which has a page full of bugfixes and optimizations, so you're getting the very latest version for your eReader turned awesome Android tablet.
As of right now, there looks to be an issue mounting the internal storage (the developers have acknowledged and will fix in the next release) and you'll need to download something like softkeys or button savior to have access to the standard Android buttons. The next release will bundle button savior to save you that step. Other than that, the feedback looks very positive. You can find the download links and more information at the source link below.
Here's an interesting addition coming to a future version of Android. Apps that don't properly scale up to Honeycomb tablets' greater resolution and larger screen sizes will be able to be zoomed in on to properly fill the screen. This is different than stretching the app to fill the screen, which is what happens now if the app doesn't properly target Android 3.x.
Instead, if you tell the app to "Zoom to fill screen," the app will be emulated at approximately HVGA resolution (that's 320x480) and then scaled up. The down side is that things will look pretty pixelated, but usability shouldn't be affected.
You won't see this on every app you run on Honeycomb -- many apps were designed to scale up on their own just fine, thank you very much, and so developers can remove the stretch/zoom option if they so choose.
Look at what we have here, an update already for the yet to be released Toshiba Thrive, that a few lucky folks have been able to land their hands on. While there is no detailed break down of the update available currently, it does lead us to believe that Toshiba is still hard at work making sure that the device is perfect for the official release. If you have been able to land a Thrive early, have you updated yet, and if so have you noticed any changes? Be sure to let us know all your thoughts and findings in the forums!
Can't wait to get your hands on the Toshiba Thrive? You're not alone. Android Central Forums member illwood has his already and has given it a proper tablet-on-carpet unboxing. It's one of the strong, silent unboxings, but it does the job, properly slitting the tape before raising the Honeycomb tablet aloft before the masses as a rainbow magically appears in the background.
OK, some of that stuff happens. Check it out above.
Although Asus is still planning on following up its popular EeePad Transformer tablet with the Asus EeePad Slider, they've now gone ahead and let everyone know it will be arriving in the UK this Autumn. That puts them off by approximately a month or so from their originally planned launch in August. No specific reasoning for the delay was mentioned but Asus did confirm they'll announce dates and pricing later this month.