Although it's been a long time coming, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is now hitting some store shelves -- and one of those stores, as announced today is OfficeMax. Wasting no more time, OfficeMax has made the Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablet available today for $449.99.
"We are excited to offer Acer's new Iconia Tab A500 in all OfficeMax's retail locations and online," said Ryan Vero, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer for OfficeMax. "Its light-weight, slim design and exceptional operating platform is designed for customers who prefer a smaller-sized tablet. The power, speed and versatility behind the Iconia Tab create an enjoyable user experience."
I know we just told you about Logitech's new line of tablet accessories and Phil just made it known that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should have been what Honeycomblaunched on, so this next bit of news looks to enforce the latter and outdo the former.
On video we have a short clip of a Tab 10.1 docked into a Samsung-branded keyboard dock, which looks to be made specifically for the 10.1. Not much is shown in terms of functionality, but you can notice there's no trackpad and there is a 3.5mm headphone jack. Other than that, the video is a lot of comparing the Tab to the size of a laptop, walking around, and saying things in a language I don't understand.
I, for one, am excited about a first-party option in the keyboard dock department. What does this mean for the Asus Transformer, though? For now, it remains the undisputed king of tablets with docks. Perhaps a battle is brewing.
How's this sit with anyone else? Is this enough to set your sights on the Tab 10.1, especially over the Transformer? We're curious, so let us know.
There. We said it. But it's true. As important as the Motorola Xoom was (and is) to Android and Honeycomb tablets as platforms, it left a bit to be desired in the design department. And so it's almost fitting that Samsung, the company that brought us the 7-inch Galaxy Tab last fall -- basically an oversized Froyo smartphone -- is about to launch a little slice of sexy in the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
But the story's not that simple, is it? Join us after the break as we break down the special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 handed out at Google IO.
Although the Motorola Xoom has been getting some Android 3.1 love as of late, one thing that is still missing is the long sought after SDCard support. Today though, Motorola Canada gave us some insight as to when we may see it -- although, we've heard "coming soon" plenty of times now and what was posted, only leads to more questions.
The Motorola XOOM upgrade for Canada is coming soon! Some of the feature upgrades include basic external SD card support for general SD file and media access, expanded support for USB-connected accessories, additional Bluetooth support and Picture Transfer Protocol to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC.
Cool! Coming soon for Canadians -- but, what about the rest of the Motorola Xoom owners out there? Granted, we weren't expecting Motorola Canada to say much about any other releases but it sure would be nice to hear something.
Barnes and Noble have updated the Nook app for Android, giving high resolution devices (read: tablets) support for magazines as well as a few bug fixes for the HTC Thunderbolt and Android 3.x (Honeycomb) devices. It works nicely, and the additions have been made without cluttering or changing the user-friendly interface that the Nook app is famous for.
Open the updated app, and in the "shop" section you'll have the entry for magazines, where you can subscribe, manage subscriptions, or just download a single issue. The prices are competitive (A National Geographic subscription runs $1.99 monthly) and the format works great for reading. You select and download your current issue, tap to open and simply browse through just as if you had a paper copy in your hands. When you want to read an article, you simply tap a button in the upper right corner and a new window opens with all the content. It's a great way to skim the content and focus on the pictures, and then go back and read the articles at your leisure. The app itself is free, and runs on Android 2.1 or higher. We've got a few more pictures and the download link after the break.
When the Android 3.1 update was announced for the 3G enabled Motorola Xoom, some WiFi only Xoom owners were a little upset at having to wait, even if only a little bit. However, some actually received the update that day despite Motorola stating it would be happening in the coming weeks. And now, Motorola has announced that the Android 3.1 update is slowly being rolled out in phases. If you already received it -- awesome (and snag the manual download location)! If not, sit tight and take satisfaction in knowing it's coming sooner rather than later.
Let the bidding wars begin! Since Samsung handed out those Google IO 2011 editions of their hotly-anticipated Galaxy Tab 10.1 yesterday, eBay has been flooded with the tablet, with sellers capitalizing on its exclusivity. Don’t expect a bargain: we saw some of the tabs pushing four digits by this morning, with lots of time left to bid. If you absolutely must have this edition (admit it—it's pretty darn cool), hit the source link for what eBay has to offer. And if you just can’t justify that limited-edition pricing, we’ll see you in line on June 8.
News is quickly spreading that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 units given away to Google IO attendees yesterday are completely unlocked and ripe for all sorts of hackery, including quick and easy rooting. If you're among the lucky few to have your hands on one of these desirable devices, all you need to do to gain root access is push a zip file over ADB, reboot into recovery mode and run your newly-transferred file.
That's it -- no trickery or black magic, just a few lines at a command prompt and your Tab is rooted. Hit the source link for the download, along with full step-by-step instructions. We'll be crossing our fingers over the next month, and hoping that retail units are just as developer-friendly as the devices handed out at IO.
Support for the new Android Market movie rentals service with thousands of titles available for immediate viewing on the Motorola XOOM’s high-resolution display or on a larger screen via HDMI
Full support for the final release of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2, delivering significant performance enhancements when viewing rich Flash content on the web
Resizable widgets to enable further customization of home screens
Support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories, such as keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras
Expanded Bluetooth features to support Bluetooth headsets in Google Talk™ video chats and Bluetooth mouse support in addition to additional shortcut keys with the Bluetooth keyboard
Picture Transfer Protocol Feature support to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC without the need for drivers
While some have already received the update, Motorola says that the new and improved Honeycomb will be rolling out to Verizon customers throughout the week, with the WiFi version and “other variants” of the Xoom receiving the update “in the next few weeks.” Hit the source link for Motorola’s official press release.
Now you can relive the excitement and catch up on any details you might've missed, as Google has just uploaded a full video of the I/O 2011 day one keynote to YouTube. The keynote runs for 54 minutes, and is available for your viewing pleasure after the jump.