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2 years ago

Acer Iconia A501 hits AT&T on Sept. 18 for $479

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AT&T today announced it will sell the Acer Iconia A501 Android Honeycomb tablet. The Iconia 501 is the same as the 10-inch Iconia a500 you've come to know and love over the past few months thanks to its bevy of full size ports (read our full review), only this version has an HSPA+ radio tossed in for AT&T's network. That makes it a "4G" device, though remember it's HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul), and not the newer, faster, actually-4G LTE.

Pricing's not horrible, which is almost a surprise given how AT&T priced another recently announced Android tablet into oblivion. You can get the A501 for $479.99 outright, or for $329.99 with two-year contract and a $35-a-month data plan that gets you 3GB. Other data options are the same as with the HTC Jetstream: Month-by-month post-paid (as in it shows up on your bill) contracts of $14.99 for 250MB, or $25 for 2 GB. If you have the 2GB plan and go over, you'll be charged $10 per extra GB. Or month-by-month prepaid service with the same pricing as the post-paid plan, only if you go over the 2GB plan, you can purchase another 2GB for $25. You'll be billing all this directly to your credit card.

Source: AT&T

 

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2 years ago

Nvidia and Android Central present 6 days of Tegra madness -- win one of 6 Tegra 2 Android devices!

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Are you ready for another great contest from Nvidia and Android Central?  One that gives you a chance to win a Tegra 2 device each day for a full six days?  We hope so, because we're about to kick off our 6 days of Tegra madness mega-contest and make it happen.  We've got a big red sack filled with Android phones and tablets, and one of them just might have your name written on it.

Here's how it's all going to work.  Starting in a few hours, midnight EDT to be precise, we're going to open a contest thread in the Android Central contest forums.  You'll have 24 hours to enter, which is as easy as posting in the thread letting us know you want in on the action.  The next night at midnight, we'll close that thread and open a new one, starting a new drawing.  You can only enter each contest once (we're going to check), and if you win one you're ineligible to enter the next.  The winner will be picked at random, and next Sunday (Sept. 18) we'll announce the winners and get in touch with them all using the address used to sign up for the forums. 

The prizes are:

Tegra 2 devices totally blew us away when they first came out, bringing a level of graphics performance to mobile devices that we hadn't seen before.  12 months later, newer chips have come that throw out mind-boggling numbers, but there's something missing -- software optimization.  We poke plenty of fun at our iOS loving friends, but Apple shows us that raw hardware numbers don't always equal the best performers, especially when it comes to mobile gaming.  That's where Nvidia steps in, working with developers to make games and apps that utilize the full power of the Tegra 2's GeForce GPU.  It's just plain awesome, and I've darn near worn through the glass on my G2X playing Fruit Ninja THD, and Riptide GP on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 or via HDMI out to a television redefines mobile gaming.

Nvidia takes things a step further, offering a complete experience with the Tegra Zone.  Available as an app for your Android device or via the web, they keep us up to date with news and articles about Tegra powered apps, offer community discussion, make it easy to share links to the latest games and news through Twitter and Facebook, and have a full set of tools and resources for developers in the Developer Zone.  It shows that Nvidia is in for the long haul, and their dedication to Android is a deep as yours and ours is.  You can find some screenshots, and a link to the Tegra Zone app for Android after the break, and to keep up with everything as it happens, you can follow @nvidiategra on Twitter.

We'll be sure to announce each contest to remind everyone as they happen, you guys just get ready to enter.  Good luck to all!

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet S now available from HSN for $599 - or 4 easy payments of $150

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We knew the Sony Tablet S was coming to the US in September, we just didn't expect the 16GB version to debut on the Home Shopping Network this weekend -- but there it is, ready to ship (according to HSN) and it can be yours for $599.  That happens to be a cool $100 more expensive than Sony's pre-order for the 16GB version, which makes us think this just might be a slight snafu over at HSN -- either in the availability or the pricing, or both.  We've shot an email to HSN asking for verification, but with it being the weekend we're not going to be optimistic about a reply.  I'll update if I can.

If anyone out there gives this one a shot (heck, the payment plan does look a little enticing) drop us a line and tell us how it went.

Update: HSN took the time to get back in touch with us, and sure enough everything here is right.  The Sony Tablet S is shipping now, and the price has been confirmed at $599.95 for the 16GB version.

Source: HSN; SonyThanks, mistic!

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2 years ago

Android 101: Favoriting (and un-favoriting) contacts

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2 years ago

TouchPad Android port project fizzles, but not quite dead

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Let's hope the recent upheaval in the TouchDroid realm -- that's the endeavor to get Android properly ported onto the nearly extinct HP TouchPad -- doesn't completely derail the project, but things have looked better, folks. There's been some back and forth about code, and some milk spilled, apparently. But there's also the video you see above, which walks you through booting a very alpha build of Android on the TouchPad.

Again: Very alpha. As in, 99 percent of you (and us) have no business trying this, even if you happen to have a TouchPad. In fact, if you manage to sit through this entire video, you're better men and women than we are. This is low-level stuff, and we're perfectly happy kibitzing this one. More deets are at the links below, and let's hope things get started again eventually.

Source: TouchDroid 1, 2

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2 years ago

Court rules in favor of Apple, upholds ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Germany

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In another blow for Samsung, a German court has ruled in favor of Apple, upholding its ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country. Samsung had appealed the original Aug. 9 ruling, which ordered the company to remove the German retail edition of the tablet from shelves across the European Union. Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann denied this appeal on grounds of infringement on intellectual property: The Galaxy Tab 10.1's front, the court ruled, is too close in appearance to that of the iPad 2, and Apple's "minimalistic design isn't the only technical solution to make a tablet computer." The ruling has nothing to do with patented technology and is only applicable to sales within Germany due to the court's limited jurisdiction. Samsung has said it will once again appeal the decision, claiming that the ruling "restricts design innovation and progress in the industry." 

Source: Bloomberg

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated, lets you see places you've rated 4 and 5 star and attach photos to your reviews

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Big G has updated Google Maps to version 5.10.0, and with the update comes two features that users might just love -- the ability to see places you've rated 4 or 5 stars right on your map view, and the ability to attach a photo to a place review.

Some of us just use maps for the awesome turn-by-turn navigation, or to find that little seafood place your brother-in-law told you about with the great clam chowder, but places and check-ins are another great feature we rarely mention.  With today's update, they get pushed a little closer to the front of the action, with places you like showing up right on your map so you don't forget about them.  Could be awful handy for the business traveler, deadhead, or anyone who often finds themselves jaunting across the country in a different bed each night.  And to help others know about those great places you visit, you can attach a photo to your review.

OK, so it's not the biggest update in the world, but it does offer a nice bump for the folks who use the places features, and is a good way to get more of us to use them.  It will be interesting just how Google works places and reviews from Maps into things now that they've bought out Zagat.  Grab the update from the Android Market, or we've got a handy link after the break.

Thanks, Jason! 

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G arrives on Rogers and TELUS in Canada

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Both Rogers and TELUS have brought the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Canada, with the device now being available across retail locations today. Much like the US launch -- the WiFi only equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been available for a while but the carrier released versions are touting that HSPA+ goodness some users simply must have in their Android tablets.

When it comes to purchasing options you have a few choices -- Rogers will gladly sell you the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on a three-year contract for $350 or $680 with no commitment. TELUS though isn't looking to tie you into a contract. Instead, they'll just offer you the tablet for $650 and hope that you opt to go with a tablet data plan of theirs. Need some more info about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before deciding? Check out full review here.

Source: Rogers, TELUS

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2 years ago

Win two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for the Big Android BBQ in Austin, Texas

If you're planning on heading to Austin for the Big Android BBQ this year (we'll be there!) this one's for you -- we're giving away two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for a comfy place to crash after spending the day with a bunch of Android fans.  Check the details:

  • You're entering to win one room for two nights
  • The nights can be Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday Oct.1, or Saturday Oct.1 and Sunday Oct. 2
  • You're responsible for your own tickets to the event, and transportation
  • Having fun is mandatory

You'll want to be sure to check out all the details about the BBQ, and you can do that right here.  It looks to be a load of fun with a bunch of like-minded people, with good food and plenty of Android talk and tips.  You don't want to miss it.  To enter, hit the forums and drop a line in the contest thread. We'll see ya there!

Enter to win in the Android Central contest forums

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