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5 years ago

Toshiba's trio of tablets is dubbed ANT? Hope not, but at least there's pricing


Toshiba ANT

Tell us this isn't the Toshiba ANT. Somebody please tell us the little beauty we got our paws all over (thus the fingerprints) at CES at isn't called the Toshiba ANT. But according to a trio of listings on NewEgg, you're looking at the Toshiba ANT 100, 102 and 104.

But we're guessing that's not actually the name. ANT could just too easily be a placeholder for Toshiba ANdroid Tablet. ANT.  Or maybe Toshiba's being cute. But we kind of hope not.

The pricing? Well, that's another matter. There are 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions listed, at $449, $499 and $579, respectively. That's a little higher than what we'd like to see from what we assume will be Wifi-only versions, but remember we're still pretty early in the life of Honeycomb hardware.

Anyhoo, if any of this is starting to whet your appetite, we've put our hands-on from CES after the break of the likely still unnamed tablet. [NewEgg via Laptoping, Engadget] Thanks, Bethany!

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5 years ago

Last Chance: Win a Tablet of your choice from TouchType!


Win a Tablet of your Choice

OK, folks. Last chance to win! To celebrate 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.

How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central,, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight tonight April 14.

Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices. 

So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.

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5 years ago

Motorola Xoom and Atrix available throughout Latin America starting mid-April


xoom in la

Motorola has announced further availability of its Xoom and Atrix as the two devices will be launched throughout Latin America starting 'mid-April'. 

They will be launching on 'leading' carriers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Which carriers in particular will carry the devices have not been announced. 

Quote from Motorola Mobility:

“Latin America continues to be important to our company’s global strategy, which is why we’re bringing the region our most ground-breaking products,” said Maurizio Angelone, vice president and general manager Mobile Devices Latin America, Motorola Mobility. “We’ve received an exceptional response for Motorola XOOM and Motorola ATRIX from consumers and carriers in our U.S. and European markets, and we want to build the same excitement in Latin America.”

This is great news for consumers in any of the aforementioned countries who have been waiting patiently for the Xoom and the Atrix to come their way. [Motorola]

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5 years ago

Motorola Xoom SD Card support now available via custom kernel


Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom kernel developer and hero of the hour bigrushdog has released the latest version of the Tiamat kernel for the Xoom -- with SD card support.  It's not perfect (you can't swap cards without a reboot) but it's as close as can be expected with no OS source code (cough), and before any mention of the "official" fix from Motorola.  And you don't even have to send your Xoom away for two weeks to have it.  Besides SD card support, the Tiamat kernel has other customizations like USB Host mode, OpenVPN support, and Microsoft Windows Netshare support. 

If you're a Xoom owner, and have put that unlocked bootloader to use, what are you waiting for?  Hit the source link and get busy! [XDA-Developers via Android Central forums] Thanks, B0ricua!

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5 years ago

GPL portions of Honeycomb entered into Android Open Source Project



Jean-Baptiste Queru, AOSP engineer for Google, has verified that GPL and LGPL portions of the Honeycomb source code have been entered into the AOSP repositories.  Don't get too excited though, it's not the full source code, it's just a snapshot to be used if "incompatibilities develop over time."  It still may contain code useful for developers, and something is better than nothing.

I'm a little sad that it took almost two months for Google to comply with the license they agreed to when they used GPL code, but there's little we can really do about it.  If you're a Honeycomb developer, Al Sutton has worked out a set of instructions to build what has been provided -- find it at the source link.  Hopefully, the community can find good use for it.  [@jbqueru; Al Sutton's Blog via AndroidGuys]

Edit: Jean-Baptiste Queru gives us a correction, one that makes me happy. 

Funny that nobody had noticed until now that all the GPL/LGPL Honeycomb projects were in AOSP. They were there in late January.

Sincere apologies JBQ, and thanks for restoring a little bit of faith :)

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5 years ago

Motorola Xoom appears headed for Sprint, will sport WiMax (natch)


xoom wimax

It appears that the Motorola Xoom is heading to Sprint's network, and will sport WiMax in lieu of Verizon's LTE. (No telling if you'll have to send it back to Motorola to get it, though.) Verizon had exclusivity on the first Honeycomb tablet for quite some time, until the WiFi-only was released a couple weeks ago. Now thanks to cases appearing at Sprint stores, it looks like it will be getting some more carrier love, boasting Sprint's 4G WiMax network. 

No release date yet, but you have to believe it will be soon to compete with Verizon's unit, especially when the LTE ready devices finally start rolling out. [BGR]

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5 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer gets rooted


Asus Eee Pad Transformer

We know -- it's pretty much inevitable these days when it comes to Android devices. They're going to get rooted, most before they even hit mass consumption. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is no different and as such, we now have root courtesy of Paul O'Brien and BumbleDroid. That said, the full details on how-to have yet to show up but considering the device still hasn't shipped to the masses, we've got some time. Does knowing it can be easily rooted impact your buying choice? If so, let us know in the comments. [via @paulobrien]

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5 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer unboxed


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Hoping to be the first kid on your block with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer? Sorry, but this guy beat you to it. Eight minutes of the slick little Android Honeycomb tablet that snaps into a full-size keyboard. We get a great look at what's in the box, and of the tablet itself. Looks like it's got a great textured back, the overly large bezel, and we see the proprietary charger (boo). And finally, it's booted up, and sure enough, there's Android 3.0.

Still no word on when those of us here in the states might be able to get our hands on one, but we're starting to get more than slightly excited for it.

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5 years ago

Toshiba Android tablet 'coming soon' at Best buy


Toshiba Tablet

With PC makers getting into the Android Tablet game, it is a given that Toshiba would give us their spin on a high-quality Android tablet.  While this isn't the first time we've seen it on the web, the coming soon page at Best Buy's site is encouraging.  When we first saw it in January at CES 2011, it was running Froyo, but the hardware and the fact that Toshiba let us know they had no plans to customize the OS got us the most excited.

The specs are just what you would expect for a high-end Honeycomb tablet:

  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 10.1 inch High-definition wide view backlit LED display
  • 2 MP front camera, 5 MP rear
  • Wireless b/g/n
  • HDMI out
  • One full size USB port, one mini-USB port (yes, the specs say mini-USB)
  • Android 3.0

We know from our time with it at CES that the display is 1280x800 at 16:10, and Toshiba's "resolution plus" will allow video upscaling on the device. 

My future purchase plans just got more difficult. [Best Buy] Thanks, dcabuckeye!

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5 years ago

Acer Iconia Tablet pre-orders now available at Best Buy, shipping soon



If you passed on the Motorola Xoom in hopes of another Honeycomb based Android tablet coming to the market and have been eying the Acer Iconia, you will be pleased to know Best Buy is now accepting pre-orders. For the price tag of $449.99 you will get a 10.1-inch screen with a 1GHz processor that will be the second device to run Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Best Buy's web site shows that the device is set to be delivered between April 24 and 29, which would lead us to believe the launch is within that time frame. [Best Buy via CNET] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Screen shot confirms 16GB Xoom coming


Motorola Xoom 16GB

We broke the news about an upcoming 16GB version Motorola Xoom in the Android Central Forums early this week. (Another reason why it's the place to be, folks.) And we've now got more confirmation of that, thanks to a leaked screen shot. There's nothing there we haven't already told you -- it'll be an LTE device (eventually) and not Wifi-only, with 16GB of on-board storage. It's a 16GB Xoom, no more, no less. No word on pricing or availability, either. But with the announcement of a $350 Wifi-only 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab, we'd love to see this in the $450 range. [Droid-Life]

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5 years ago

Asus releases Eee Pad Transformer source code


Eee Pad transformer source code

Asus has released the GPL portions of the source code for their Eee Pad Transformer, and the tablet hasn't even hit the shelves yet.  Just a few days after they published their support page for the Eee Pad Transformer (which I'm referring to as the Transformer from here on out), and long before any of the other Honeycomb source code will arrive.  You can find it at the source link -- select "Downloads", choose "Android" as your operating system, and expand the source code entry.

This won't mean much to you if you're not a kernel developer, but what those developers can and will do with it certainly will.  Now all we need is the Transformer to get on the shelves.  [AsusThanks, Ray!

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5 years ago

Motorola XOOM WiFi-only version now available in Canada


Motorola XOOM WiFi only version now available in Canada

Although the Motorola XOOM has been available for a while in the U.S., the WiFi only version is now making its way to Canada. Pre-orders began quite some time ago but as of yesterday Best Buy and Future Shop are now taking shipment orders online with in store availability happening on April 8. As expected, retail cost still remains at $599.99 for the WiFi only version. Be sure to check out all of our previous Motorola XOOM coverage, and by all means if you're looking for more info hit our forums. Full press release can be found after the break. [Motorola]

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5 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer website now live


Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Asus has made their web page for the Eee Pad Transformer (that's the one that docks in a keyboard) live, with specs and details.  They list no dates when it becomes available, or prices, but they do tell us a few things we hadn't heard before.  The Eee Pad Transformer will come complete with Polaris Office 3.0 to allow viewing and editing of .doc, .xls, and .ppt files, have Asus' own launcher on top of Honeycomb, and include unlimited cloud storage via the Asus MyCloud application free for one year.

They also mention an OTA update scheduled for "mid-April", which makes us think that we should be seeing it soon -- maybe even sooner than the May 7 date we saw from Amazon earlier.  If the rumors of sub $400 pricing for the 16 GB model hold true, it's a viable alternative to the Motorola Xoom for the Honeycomb tablet experience.  We'll have more as it develops.  [Asus via NotebookItalia (Italian)] Thanks, Marco, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Asus Eee Pad Transformer listed on Amazon as coming May 7


eee pad transformer 

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is listed on Amazon Canada's site as coming May 7. Asus is trying to differentiate it's Eee Pad Transformer from other Honeycomb tablets by allowing the 10.1-inch touchscreen to be used as a stand-alone device or while plugged into a full-sized QWERTY keyboard. 

The spec list looks good for this under the radar tablet as well:

  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen
  • Attachable full QWERTY keyboard
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • 1080p video playback
  • 2 USB ports
  • SD card reader
  • 16GB model for $399 Canadian Dollars (approx $410 USD) (Amazon)
  • 32GB model for $499 Canadian Dollas (approx $514 USD) (Amazon)

If you've been on the fence about springing for a tablet but unsure, another strong competitor will enter the game come May 7 with very competitive pricing. [Amazon]

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