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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with T-Mobile 4G passes FCC, rounded corners and all

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A version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with T-Mobile (and several Canadian carriers') AWS bands has passed through the FCC, in a form factor that's unchanged from the Wifi version we all know and love.  Of course we have no idea if this will get any sort of T-Mobile branding, or be offered subsidized, but it's another option for folks who would rather drop a SIM card in and go without worrying about tethering plans or finding a Wifi hotspot while out and about.  The new version will have the 1700MHz AWS band in addition to the standard 850/1900 GSM/HSPA bands used by global carriers (including AT&T here in the states), so it should offer some level of HSPA+ 4G for folks still hanging on to their T-Mobile contract.  With other Canadian carriers offering 4G Galaxy Tab's, we expect this one to make a showing north of the border as well.

Also of note -- Samsung has not changed the form factor in any way, even after repeated (and some successful) attempts by the empire of evil Apple to block all devices that feature glass screens and rounded corners from sale across the globe.  Although a small part of me wants to see a dodecahedron shaped tablet with a non-touchscreen operated UI (Bio-rhythm UI 1.0 anyone?), it's nice to see Samsung sticking to their plans and releasing another version of the thinnest, lightest 10 inch tablet available.  It's anyone's guess how this will play into the current legal battles, but we don't expect anyone but Samsung, and consumers, to be pleased about it.

Source: FCC; via Engadget

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2 years ago

DirecTV brings NFL Sunday Ticket app to your Honeycomb Tablet

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No doubt about it, Football is back in full swing. Last week the NFL released its official app for tablets and now DirecTV has gone ahead and launched its NFL Sunday Ticket app for Honeycomb tablets. With it, you can stream any NFL Sunday Ticket game in HD plus, you also have access to the Red Zone channel.

The app doesn't come without a few caveats though. You do have to have a NFL Sunday Ticket subscription through DirecTV in order to have access, and it's only Sunday games that are available. Sunday night, Monday, Thursday and Saturday NFL games are not part of Sunday Ticket and therefore not eligible for streaming. If you're a DirecTV subscriber and can make use of this app, you'll find the download link past the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Puccini set to arrive on Rogers LTE network

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With Rogers getting ready to light up more LTE areas as the months pass on, they did make note an LTE tablet would be coming eventually though, they didn't however mention which tablet it would be. As we know it, the HTC Puccini (aka Jetstream) fits that bill nicely with it already being equipped with AT&T LTE radios, and that's exactly what has shown up in recent Rogers documentation. We can only hope pricing on the device will have come down a little by the time it hits Canada but we're not going to be holding our breath. There is typically a little bit more of a markup when devices hit the Great White North.

Source: MobileSyrup

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2 years ago

GameStop developing Android gaming tablet

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Games retailer GameStop is planning on making the leap over to gaming hardware with the help of Android, according to a report from GamesIndustry.biz. The upcoming tablet will apparently ship with a bundled controller, and will be the "GameStop certified gaming platform".

The inclusion of a physical controller sees GameStop going after the mainstream "triple-A" gaming market, rather than the touchscreen-focused titles that are currently available on Android devices. What's more, the focus on streaming gameplay to the tablet, rather than running games locally could extend the lifespan of this type of device beyond that of the average tablet.

GameStop says it's "working with developers" on the new platform, and expects to ship sometime next year.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia A501 hits AT&T on Sept. 18 for $479

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AT&T today announced it will sell the Acer Iconia A501 Android Honeycomb tablet. The Iconia 501 is the same as the 10-inch Iconia a500 you've come to know and love over the past few months thanks to its bevy of full size ports (read our full review), only this version has an HSPA+ radio tossed in for AT&T's network. That makes it a "4G" device, though remember it's HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul), and not the newer, faster, actually-4G LTE.

Pricing's not horrible, which is almost a surprise given how AT&T priced another recently announced Android tablet into oblivion. You can get the A501 for $479.99 outright, or for $329.99 with two-year contract and a $35-a-month data plan that gets you 3GB. Other data options are the same as with the HTC Jetstream: Month-by-month post-paid (as in it shows up on your bill) contracts of $14.99 for 250MB, or $25 for 2 GB. If you have the 2GB plan and go over, you'll be charged $10 per extra GB. Or month-by-month prepaid service with the same pricing as the post-paid plan, only if you go over the 2GB plan, you can purchase another 2GB for $25. You'll be billing all this directly to your credit card.

Source: AT&T

 

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2 years ago

Nvidia and Android Central present 6 days of Tegra madness -- win one of 6 Tegra 2 Android devices!

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Are you ready for another great contest from Nvidia and Android Central?  One that gives you a chance to win a Tegra 2 device each day for a full six days?  We hope so, because we're about to kick off our 6 days of Tegra madness mega-contest and make it happen.  We've got a big red sack filled with Android phones and tablets, and one of them just might have your name written on it.

Here's how it's all going to work.  Starting in a few hours, midnight EDT to be precise, we're going to open a contest thread in the Android Central contest forums.  You'll have 24 hours to enter, which is as easy as posting in the thread letting us know you want in on the action.  The next night at midnight, we'll close that thread and open a new one, starting a new drawing.  You can only enter each contest once (we're going to check), and if you win one you're ineligible to enter the next.  The winner will be picked at random, and next Sunday (Sept. 18) we'll announce the winners and get in touch with them all using the address used to sign up for the forums. 

The prizes are:

Tegra 2 devices totally blew us away when they first came out, bringing a level of graphics performance to mobile devices that we hadn't seen before.  12 months later, newer chips have come that throw out mind-boggling numbers, but there's something missing -- software optimization.  We poke plenty of fun at our iOS loving friends, but Apple shows us that raw hardware numbers don't always equal the best performers, especially when it comes to mobile gaming.  That's where Nvidia steps in, working with developers to make games and apps that utilize the full power of the Tegra 2's GeForce GPU.  It's just plain awesome, and I've darn near worn through the glass on my G2X playing Fruit Ninja THD, and Riptide GP on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 or via HDMI out to a television redefines mobile gaming.

Nvidia takes things a step further, offering a complete experience with the Tegra Zone.  Available as an app for your Android device or via the web, they keep us up to date with news and articles about Tegra powered apps, offer community discussion, make it easy to share links to the latest games and news through Twitter and Facebook, and have a full set of tools and resources for developers in the Developer Zone.  It shows that Nvidia is in for the long haul, and their dedication to Android is a deep as yours and ours is.  You can find some screenshots, and a link to the Tegra Zone app for Android after the break, and to keep up with everything as it happens, you can follow @nvidiategra on Twitter.

We'll be sure to announce each contest to remind everyone as they happen, you guys just get ready to enter.  Good luck to all!

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet S now available from HSN for $599 - or 4 easy payments of $150

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We knew the Sony Tablet S was coming to the US in September, we just didn't expect the 16GB version to debut on the Home Shopping Network this weekend -- but there it is, ready to ship (according to HSN) and it can be yours for $599.  That happens to be a cool $100 more expensive than Sony's pre-order for the 16GB version, which makes us think this just might be a slight snafu over at HSN -- either in the availability or the pricing, or both.  We've shot an email to HSN asking for verification, but with it being the weekend we're not going to be optimistic about a reply.  I'll update if I can.

If anyone out there gives this one a shot (heck, the payment plan does look a little enticing) drop us a line and tell us how it went.

Update: HSN took the time to get back in touch with us, and sure enough everything here is right.  The Sony Tablet S is shipping now, and the price has been confirmed at $599.95 for the 16GB version.

Source: HSN; SonyThanks, mistic!

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2 years ago

Android 101: Favoriting (and un-favoriting) contacts

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2 years ago

TouchPad Android port project fizzles, but not quite dead

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Let's hope the recent upheaval in the TouchDroid realm -- that's the endeavor to get Android properly ported onto the nearly extinct HP TouchPad -- doesn't completely derail the project, but things have looked better, folks. There's been some back and forth about code, and some milk spilled, apparently. But there's also the video you see above, which walks you through booting a very alpha build of Android on the TouchPad.

Again: Very alpha. As in, 99 percent of you (and us) have no business trying this, even if you happen to have a TouchPad. In fact, if you manage to sit through this entire video, you're better men and women than we are. This is low-level stuff, and we're perfectly happy kibitzing this one. More deets are at the links below, and let's hope things get started again eventually.

Source: TouchDroid 1, 2

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