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2 years ago

Vizio tablet hands-on and initial review

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Our favorite UPS man just dropped off the Vizio 8-inch tablet (don't call it VIA anymore) and we cracked the shrink-wrap to have a look.  It's 8 inches of well-made electronics, running Android 2.3.2, and priced under $300 it's something we have been itching to have a look at since it was announced last January right before CES.

First impressions?  It's different.  Very.  It has a beautiful screen, and it's well-designed, feeling good in your hands.  The edge has a gentle bevel, and with a full soft touch coating on the back it feels like you're holding something that should cost a lot more than $300.  The software is also a big change from what we're used to, with Vizio skipping the standard Android practice of having multiple homescreens and an applications drawer.  Instead, you have a user-customizable panel with all of your apps, and a "widget board" with your live content via widgets.  We'll give it a complete run down, in the meantime there's a quick walkthrough, a handful of pictures, and device specs after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung: We'll fight in Germany, keep selling elsewhere

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Samsung's penned a blog post following a German court's preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, preventing sales in most of the European Union. The preliminary injunction was filed Tuesday as part of Apple's campaign against anything that looks remotely like an iPad claim that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 violated a design patent.

Samsung reminds us that an injunction is a temporary measure that halts sales while the full case is being heard, and that it plans to challenge the ruling in court. And that Galaxy Tab 10.1s that have already been distributed to retailers may be sold. (Here's hoping they stocked up.)

Says Samsung:

It should be noted that this order does not permanently prevent the sale of the GALAXY Tab 10.1 in Europe, but is a temporary measure imposed by the court until the patent claim is heard. Also, products already distributed to German retailers following the launch on August 5 are not affected by this injunction.

Samsung is preparing to challenge this preliminary order in the court in order to have the injunction lifted as soon as possible.

We will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure Samsung's innovative mobile communications devices remain are available to consumers in Europe and around the world.

This decision by the court in Germany in no way influences other legal proceedings filed with the courts in Europe and elsewhere.

Check out the full post at the link below.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Android 3.1 for the Motorola XOOM in Europe rolling out in stages

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Just as was promised, Android 3.1 for the Motorola Xoom in Europe is now rolling out in stages.  Motorola Europe took to their Facebook page to make the announcement and from the looks of things, some users are already getting it loaded up:

Android 3.1 for Motorola XOOM in Europe has now started to roll out in a number of countries. We are rolling out in stages and will let you now when the update is available in your specific country and so please watch this space. Details will be posted within the discussions tab and so please join us there or visit www.motorola.com/myxoom

Hoorah for updates! Go ahead and check for system updates now,  you may find it waiting for you. Now the real question on everyone's mind is -- when is the next update for Android 3.2 coming?

Source: Motorola Europe Facebook

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2 years ago

German court orders Samsung to halt Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales and advertisements, will affect most of EU

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A German court has granted Apple a preliminary injunction in its ongoing patent dispute with Samsung, effectively halting all sales and advertisement of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across the European Union. The ruling is on the grounds of community design infringement by Samsung, or what Apple calls the Galaxy Tab 10.1's imitation of the iPad 2, and does not have anything to do with specific hardware or software patents.

German trademark rulings have a multinational effect, according to EU law, impacting all fellow members with the exception of the Netherlands, where patent laws differ. Samsung must immediately remove all Galaxy Tabs from store shelves and halt all advertising, just a week after the device’s official European launch. The court’s decision is a heavy blow to Samsung, who has been fighting Apple’s accusations of patent infringement across the globe. An appeal by Samsung will take four weeks to file and must be heard by the original ruling judge.

Source: financial-informer.de; via FOSS Patents

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2 years ago

Honeycomb tip: Leave an 'If found' message on your lockscreen

2 years ago

Tribune Co. developing a tablet device?!

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These days, it seems as though everyone wants to make a tablet so a new rumor suggesting the Tribune Co. is looking to release one doesn't really come all that much as a shock. It does however all sound rather, well -- silly.

The story as it goes, claims that the Tribune Co. will releases a modified version of Android and that the Tribune will "offer the tablet for free, or at a highly subsidized price, to people who agree to sign up for extended subscriptions to one of its papers and possibly a wireless-data plan with a partner cellular carrier" So who is helping the Tribune Co. with this tablet? According to the article -- Samsung.

Sounds more like a subscription-based package to us. Buy a subscription, get a free tablet and gain access to all of the Tribune Co.'s publications. At least that would make more sense then Samsung developing actual hardware just for the Tribune.

Source: CNN

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2 years ago

Honeycomb 3.1 update for LG G-Slate to start pushing Aug 8 or 9 says LG

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If you're patiently waiting for an update for your LG G-Slate, we've got good news.  According to a moderator at the official LG community forums, the Honeycomb 3.1 update for the G-Slate should start pushing out as early as Aug 8.  Carrier versions should follow soon thereafter, with Docomo in Japan already having scheduled their update to start Aug 10.  Of course things can change, and we're only sure once it actually happens.  We have no word when T-mobile is to begin sending out any update for their version, but have reached out to them asking for any information they can share.  We'll let you know what, if anything, they have to say.

Source: LG ForumsThanks, Caleb!

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2 years ago

Honeycomb Tip: Silencing all notifications

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2 years ago

Google Movies update pushing out to Galaxy Tab

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Well, this is interesting.  I recently went into the Android Market on my Galaxy Tab and it asked me to accept the terms and conditions again.  I accepted, and the app closed down.  When I booted the market back up I had a shiny new "movies" tab.  In my preview of the Touchwiz UX update, I noted that the update came with the "Google Videos" app pre-installed but that the market didn't have movies available for purchase yet.

One puzzling thing is that the playback worked flawlessly on my rooted galaxy tab, but Josh's rooted phone just gave him the playback error we all know and love.  My device is running essentially a "stock" Touchwiz build, so that might have something to do with it.

Like most market updates, expect this rollout to go out gradually, but it can't hurt to clear the cache to try and force and update.  One additional screen capture, and a blurrycam pic of actual playback (since the videos app seems to block screen capture methods) after the break.  If you get it on your device, be sure to sound off in our forums.

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2 years ago

Verizon Motorola Xoom software update pushing out now

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Verizon Motorola Xoom owners, now is your moment of glory. Well, insofar as the first Honeycomb tablet that was supposed to have LTE by now but still doesn't can bask in glory.

But we digress.

Software update HTJ85 for your Motorola Xoom is now pushing out and while I'm sure you all are fully aware of the changelog it brings, here is a rundown anyway:

Screen Scaling Compatibility Mode:

  • Ability to switch to double pixel mode for selected applications.
  • When selected, application subwindows and drop down menus are also doubled. In addition, pixel doubling settings are saved for each application.

SD Card Support:

  • New microSD card support allows you to use a file manager to view all the important files, pictures, music, videos and more stored on your SD card, as well as write content to your SD card via connection to a PC or Mac.

Adaptive Streaming Support for Movies:

  • Adjusts the bit rate based on client bandwidth, providing an improved user experience.

Movie Rental Improvements:

  • Stability improvements to the overall experience.
  • When viewing with HDMI connection, the screen will accurately resize.

New EAS policy:

  • “Allow Password Recovery”
  • Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security

That's it -- now go check for system updates if you've not done so already and by all means, feel free to open up some discussion in the Motorola Xoom forums or drop us some comments on how the update went for you.

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