The Lenovo ThinkPad, the 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet we first met back in July, is now on sale through Lenovo.com, with an estimated ship date of Aug. 29. If you'll recall, the ThinkPad features a 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM, front and rear cameras, HDMI-out, a 3-in-1 SD card reader, and Gorilla Glass, along with the business-friendly security enhancements that Lenovo has come to be known for. The ThinkPad starts at $499 for the 16 GB, WiFi-only model, while the 32 GB and 64 GB models, both with WiFi and 3G support, clock in at $569 and $669 respectively. Hit the source link for the ThinkPad's official product page.
It appears that a U.S. customer has gotten his hands on an HP TouchPad running Android, courtesy of Qualcomm. Details are a bit sketchy, but we can see an HP TouchPad, still in the protective film, apparently booting and running Froyo. Could this be faked? Certainly anything is possible. But in the video ( see it after the break) you can see and hear the folks holding the unit talk about the TouchPad booting up with Ubuntu of some sort, then springing into life with a plain vanilla Froyo build. We also see the Quic logo, which stands for Qualcomm Innovation Center.
It makes sense that the folks at Qualcomm would be able to get Android (whether natively or running in a chrooted environment via another OS) up and running, they designed the processor in the thing. The real question is why they were working on this, and how did it end up outside the office in the hands of a customer? Hopefully we can find an answer, and it helps all those working on a port of their own. Hit the break for the short video.
Sprint has some pretty awesome news for EVO View 4G owners, especially if you're concerned about data packages available to the device. Today, they announced they will be offering up À la carte 3G/4G data on the EVO View 4G.
Starting today, Sprint customers have the option to pay for data access on the Sprint 3G and 4G networks using the HTC EVO View tablet by the day, week or month with no long-term contract. Customers can choose the 3G/4G Day, Week or Month pass that fits their needs:
Day: $14.99 for 150 MB of on-network usage in a 24-hour period (includes 50 MB off-network roaming usage)
Week: $29.99 for 500 MB of on-network usage in a 7-day period (includes 100 MB off-network roaming usage)
Month: $49.99 for 1.5 GB of usage in a 30-day period (includes 150 MB off-network roaming usage)
These options are available for both businesses and consumers. And there are no overage charges to worry about. Once you hit your data limit, or the end of your day, week or month, the data access automatically turns off.
Not bad, Sprint -- nice to see. Sprint also notes that they'll be adding Mobile Broadband devices in the near future, that can make use of these contract free offerings. Hit the source link for the full details, and of course -- a comparison chart of what the other carriers charge vs. what Sprint is now charging.
Heads up, Canadian XOOM owners: Motorola Mobility of Canada has announced via its official Twitter account that the Android 3.1 update for your device is now available.
@Motorola_CA: Motorola XOOM owners: Your Android 3.1 update is here! Have questions? Call customer support at 1-800-461-4575.
We'll go ahead and assume that like most other updates of this proportion, Motorola will be rolling it out gradually rather than all at once. Nevertheless, you can begin feverishly checking for updates, as it is certainly on its way. Shout out below when you finally receive it, and be sure to let us know if you encounter any problems during the process.
Fess up: You bought a $99 TouchPad, didn't you. It's OK. We did, too. While you can't yet run Android on it, the buzz is that now that it's cheap, a whole lot more people are going to work to get it done. So you could end up with a $99 Android tablet. Sure, it's not exactly a dual-core Honeycomb monster, but it's a $99 tablet, right?
Welcome to the future ladies and gentlemen, please keep your head and arms inside the car at all times, and do not feed the bloggers. If you look to your right, you'll see that Android Central member wabyrd has turned his Nook Color into a hell of a smart refrigerator magnet. Besides being flat out the best thing ever, if doesn't even look hard to do. A little CyanogenMod 7, a few handy widgets and apps, a handful of button magnets and some adhesive from your local hardware store puts you in business. If you're interested, head into the Nook Color forums and have a read. This little $250 tablet just keeps getting better and better.
At $99 bucks, the HP TouchPad would make one hell of an Android Tablet. It has about the same basic internals of the HTC EVO 3D, a decent 1024x768 IPS display, and after the news that HP was killing them off, it now has the right price.
Android could work nicely on it, and it's only natural that someone is going to try it. The work won't be easy -- there's the matter of hardware support for all the "peripherals" like sensors and wireless, file partitions need figured out, and all other manner of geeky things under the hood need tweaked to even get it booting up. But we've heard from several people who are planning to do just that, and we wish them the best of luck. Hopefully, some of the users that will be flocking to Android from webOS will have some know-how and they will be able to work with our talented Android development community and make it so.
OK, OK. So it's not like people haven't tried to get Android on webOS hardware (and vice-versa) before. Both platforms have been around long enough that such unholy hacking was inevitable. But now that the TouchPad is a mere $99, you're going to see a lot more people getting in the game.
Here at Android Central we review new devices all the time, but one question we're commonly asked is what devices we purchase for ourselves. Sure, playing with a shiny new toy is great, but what do we buy for ourselves, and what uses do we find for them? This will hopefully be the first in a series of articles where we attempt to answer that question.
After the break, I'll try and explain what made me pick the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (it certainly wasn't the name), and how I find it fits into my everyday life.
And those three little birds looked so innocent. ... Viewsonic this afternoon penned a few paragraphs to remind us all that it still makes Windows and Android tablets amid the demise of webOS hardware, saying "From our business-focused Windows solutions with Android integration to our multimedia-optimized consumer offerings, ViewSonic has delivered a diverse tablet portfolio that addresses a wide range of individual needs."
Oh, and it and basically twisted the knife in the back of anyone whose at all cared about webOS. Viewsonic trumpeted Windows over Android in its press release -- no real surprise, we suppose -- but we're a little surprised and just how low a blow it leveled against our reeling webOS brethren.
“HP’s move to launch a tablet with an unknown OS appears to have presented a challenge in marketing their tablet solution. The webOS, unfamiliar to both consumers and enterprises, complicated the tablet sales process and thus deemed a failed experiment.
In a shocking development, HP has announced that they plan to discountinue operations for webOS devices, to include the TouchPad and webOS phones. This leaves Apple, RIM, and Microsoft as the smartphone alternatives to Android, and that makes us sad. Nobody has the full details just yet, but whispers of licensing out the software or open-sourcing the entire project are already making the rounds, and we certainly hope that webOS isn't just left to die a horrible death on HP printers.
What does this mean for Android is what we have to ask ourselves, and the jury is still out. With news of Google buying Motorola, and if HP does license out webOS to OEMs, things could get really interesting. We'll just have to what and see what develops.
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