The folks over at IGN (yeah, the game guys) got their hands on a leaked internal Verizon document that shows release dates for a slew of Android phones, as well as info about the LTE upgrade for the Motorola Xoom. The big fellas on the list, the Motorola Bionic and Samsung Stratosphere, look to be scheduled for a September 8 release date, here's the break down:
Interesting to see the Thunderbolt and Revolution getting replaced in stores so soon, but that doesn't mean they are gone out to pasture -- just that something else will occupy their shelf space. Also seeing the Stratosphere (rumored to be Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S II) and Bionic launching on the same day comes as a bit of a shocker. And maybe the most interesting thing is the unnamed Galaxy Tab P8 -- could that be the 8.9 inch Galaxy Tab so many of us have been waiting for? We'll have to wait a bit and see. In the meantime, looks like the whole Verizon lineup just got a good bit better.
The Android 3.2 update for Honeycomb rolled out to folks with Wifi Xooms a few weeks ago, and word is that the update should be hitting LTE 3G Xooms any day now. One of the things people are really looking forward to is the long awaited SD card support for the stock Honeycomb Xoom, and that's included in the 3.2 update as well as things like better rendering and the zooming feature. But not everything is as it seems on the surface. According to Motorola, the SD card support for the Xoom is read-only, meaning you can't write anything to the card unless you use your computer. After a quick look through the Xoom forums, this certainly appears to be the case. Here's exactly what Moto's saying:
The Google Experience Devices like the Motorola XOOM (3.2 update coming soon) and Motorola XOOM WIFI allow you to write to the SD card from your PC and use the Android File Transfer on Mac or a cable transfer on Windows to transfer files from the Motorola Xoom to the SD Card.
While a user cannot move apps to the SD card, the device comes equipped with 32 GB of on-board memory that provides plenty of storage. Users can also store and play videos or music from the SD card if the content was copied to the SD card via the aforementioned file transfer processes. However, videos or pictures taken from the device itself can only be saved to the internal memory and not to the SD card.
Is this a deal breaker? Probably not. (Hell, it's no worse than what you have now, right?) But when other manufacturers and independent Android developers are able to bake read/write SD card support into the operating system that works well -- even through a dongle -- it does make a person scratch their head a bit. I'm sure there was a reason, and Motorola or Google would do well to tell it to us, but instead we're left guessing. Let's hope this is addressed, one way or the other, with Ice Cream Sandwich -- which should be hitting the Xoom shortly after release.
We spent some quality time with Samsung this morning at its TouchWiz update event in New York City (you might have seen a tweet or 20), and I got my Galaxy Tab updated as part of the shindig.
We've already done a screenshot preview -- now it's time for our video hands-on. Probably the most important change is the quick-launch tray, which gives you a sort of dock down at the bottom of the screen.
Check out our video above, and stay tuned for more from the London event.
A limited number of Thrive Tablet users have experienced a Resume issue when in Sleep mode. Toshiba has released a software update to resolve this issue, improving the sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhancing the multimedia playback capabilities of the device. The software update can be downloaded through the Toshiba Service Station utility app found on the Thrive Tablet.
And that's that. If you've got a Thrive, get to updating.
We're knee-deep into Samsung's press-showing of the TouchWiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Korean manufacturer just dropped word that the update will push out publicly on Aug. 5. If you just can't wait that long, you can head by the Samsung Experience in New York City and get your Tab updated today.
Digital subscriptions also extended to the Nook Color
Time Inc. today announced that it'll be bringing all 21 of its magazine brands to tablet form -- that means Android Honeycomb tablets (along with the iPad and webOS TouchPad). We've been enjoying the likes of Sports Illustrated on our smartphones and tablets for a while now -- the tablet version is excellent -- and seeing more titles added only makes Android tablets stronger.
In addition, Time Inc's penned a deal to bring subscriptions and single-copy sales to the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated and Time will roll out later this month, with the other publications to follow by the end of the year.
Comcast -- yeah, that Comcast -- apparently is offering up the Motorola Xoom Android tablet when you sign up for a cable contract. There's a trio of options, but the gist is sign up for an applicable cable deal and get a Xoom for free, or $99, depending on the two-year contract you sign.
According to the internal memo, you'll have to actually ask about this deal, and you'll get the Xoom by mail -- in other words, they're not carrying them around in the trucks, ya' dig?
The promo, of course, ties in to Comcast's Xfinity app, which lets you control your Comcast experience from your phone or tablet. Interesting tie-in, that's for sure. Hit the break for more on the promo.
Google has released the numbers for the different platform versions accessing the Android Market ending Aug. 1, and there are no big surprises. Froyo still leads the pack with over 55 percent of devices running it, down about 10 percentage points because we're seeing a jump in devices running Android 2.3.3 or 2.3.4. The full breakdown is in the chart above, but if we take a quick comparison to the last time we looked at numbers, we see Android 1.5 shrinking by 0.4 percentage points, Android 1.6 dropping a half-percentage point, Eclair dropping a whopping 6 percentage points, and Honeycomb being split up into three versions for 1.3 percent total, up a full percentage point.
In simpler terms, like the ones used for other mobile operating systems, only 3.3 percent of all Android phones are not running version 2.x of the OS. In more realistic terms, well outside of any reality distortion machinery, 18.3 percent of Android phones can't run applications designed for all devices. It's a number that's slowly improving, and we hope to see the trend continue.
When we last read about the fate of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, things looked pretty bleak. Apple had succeeded in it's plan to innovate in the courtroom instead of the engineering department, and Samsung was blocked from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the land down under by Aussie courts. Today we read about an interesting twist on this whole mess, one that's good news for Android fans. Samsung Electronics Australia has said in a statement that this particular legal action relates to a variant of the Tab 10.1 that they weren't planning on selling in Australia. They went further, saying that the Tab 10.1 will be released in Australia "in the near future".
Samsung hasn't provided any additional details, and we're left wondering exactly what this means. Could Samsung be planning on selling the 10.1v in Australia, or are there other variations that would place a Tab destined for Australia outside this legal finding? We're not sure, and Samsung isn't saying. We are sure, however, that no matter what Samsung does or which product gets released, Apple will funnel countless dollars towards getting it blocked. It should be interesting, to say the least.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's UK launch is nearly upon us, with Londoners getting the first chance to buy Sammy's latest tablet tomorrow afternoon local time (we'll be there!). Samsung is wasting no time in drumming up a little hype around the Tab 10.1, with three new British TV ads for the device showcasing its thinness, lightness and speed compared to an unnamed, fruit-themed competitor.
These ads similar to what we've seen from Samsung in other territories, but they at least show the manufacturer's committed to directly pursuing the iPad's market share on an international scale. Check the new ads for yourself after the jump.