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2 years ago

Acer Iconia A500 getting a small system update today

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If you're rocking an Acer Iconia A500 (and haven't hacked the living daylights out of it!) chances are you'll have a small system update available today.  The update seems pretty minor, and many think it's preparation for the big update everyone expects soon to get the Iconia to Android 3.2, which is reportedly rolling out in parts of Europe for the A501 model today. 

Today's update (for those of you stateside) doesn't have anything new or improved that we can see, but it doesn't seem to break root if that's how you roll.  Everyone is discussing it in the forums, if you've seen the update jump in and share. 

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2 years ago

Asus Transformer update includes Netflix support

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We're you expecting Netflix support to come with Android 3.2 on your ASUS EeePad Transformer? I'm sure a lot of you were. Well, as we now know -- that didn't happen. The update rolled out and no Netflix support was to be found, unless you hacked it onto the device.

A new update is rolling out now though and it places your beloved Transformer at build number 8.6.5.9 and brings along Netflix support for the ride. You'll find some other software enhancements as well, such as an update to the the dock software -- that got bumped to EP101-0213. Want to see a video of it in action? Jump past the break or if you're just looking to discuss the update, you can hit the Android Central forums.

Thanks, Mason!

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet S outed, reportedly coming early September

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Sony's mystical wedge-shaped tablet codenamed "S1" will launch this September as the Sony Tablet S, if a recent cache of promotional images uncovered by Engadget are to be believed. The leaked slides cover a wide range of Tablet S features and details, so we'll launch right into a good old-fashioned bulleted list of the highlights --

  • The S1 is now the Sony Tablet S, and is due for release during the first two weeks of September. An early September release window fits with what we've already heard.
  • You're looking at a 9.4-inch wedge-shaped device with a 1280x768 screen, 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU and 1GB of RAM.
  • The display is said to use the same "TruBlack" screen tech found in Sony laptops, which aims to improve contrast and color quality compared to standard LCDs.
  • There's a 5MP rear camera and 3MP front-facing camera for video chat.
  • It'll ship with Android 3.1, and though Sony has added some of its own apps, the UI still very closely resembles stock Honeycomb.
  • Universal IR remote capability to control TVs and home entertainment systems.
  • Like most modern Android devices, DLNA support is included.
  • PlayStation Certification is confirmed, and the Tablet S will apparently ship with bundled PlayStation games.
  • Other Sony services like Reader, Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited are included.

Looks like the Tablet S will offer some interesting hardware and software features in addition to its much-hyped form factor. We're looking forward to see more of it over the next month -- hopefully at a reasonable price point.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Nook Color updated to Version 1.3, brings access to Nook magazines

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Barnes & Noble has announced that the Nook Color will be getting a software update over the air this week. The Version 1.3 upgrade brings access to a number of Time Inc. magazines, including People, Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Parents and Fitness. Plus, you'll have new special interactive Nook editions with video, audio and more.

The update will be pushing out over the course of this week, or you can update manually today. To do so, download the update from Barnes & Noble here. Make sure your Nook Color has at least a 20 percent charge. Plug it into your computer, then move the downloaded file to your Nook Color. Eject the Nook Color, and the update will start automatically (and delete the update file once it's one). Should just take a few minutes.

Source: Barnes & Noble; More: Nook Color Forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

AC on the Road: A couple days with GM, Chevy MyLink and a wealth of Android potential

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Image courtesy of General Motors and Wieck Media Services

General Motors wants you to use your phone in the car. No, really. And it's got a way for you to do so more easily. With the addition of MyLink system, using your Android smartphone in a vehicle has never been better -- and that means safer, as well.

A little background: We spent a couple quality days several weeks ago at GM's proving grounds in Milford, Mich. (Full disclosure: We were there on GM's dime.) On the agenda: A look at the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and, more important, its new Chevy MyLink "infotainment" system, which integrates damn near perfectly with Android. Plus, more from OnStar, and some eye candy in GM's wind tunnel and a quick spin around a test track, plus a test drive of a Chevy Volt.

But it was the 2013 Malibu and MyLink -- and the apps -- that were the stars of the show. Yes, the apps. Apps in the car, and apps on your phone. We explain after the break.

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2 years ago

ThinkPad on sale now through Lenovo, ships on Aug. 29

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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.

Source: Lenovo

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2 years ago

And the winner of the $1,500 bounty for Android on the TouchPad is ... Qualcomm?

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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.

Source: NotebookItalia (Italian)

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2 years ago

À la carte 3G/4G data on the EVO View 4G now available

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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.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Canadian XOOMs to begin receiving Android 3.1 update today

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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.

Source: @Motorola_CA

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2 years ago

Poll: Did you buy a $99 TouchPad with the hope of getting Android on it?

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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?

So let's hear it: Who bought one?

Did you buy a $99 TouchPad

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