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2 years ago

AC reader snaps up 3G ASUS EeePad Transformer in Taiwan

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We've previously seen ASUS' support pages for its mystical 3G EeePad Transformer, however the device itself has remained elusive up until now. Fortunately AC reader David, who recently spent some time in Taiwan, returned home with a a 32GB version of the 3G Transformer, and sent some photos our way to prove that the device is indeed real and available to buy in some parts of the world.

According to David, the 3G Transformer ships with a different battery, and runs Android 3.2 out of the box. Join us after the jump for more photos showing various bits of system information and the SIM card slot.

Thanks, David!

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2 years ago

NVIDIA opens TegraZone.com, updates Android app, and has 5 Acer Iconias to give away

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NVIDIA has launched the TegraZone.com website, complete with it's own online community for Android fans with Tegra-powered devices.  In addition, the Tegra Zone companion application for Android has received an update with features designed to compliment the new site, as well as offer more for users by way of support for Japan, the UK, and India and a "Get Demo" button to try a free or light version of the game.

The highlights of the new website include:

  • Allows consumers considering the purchase of a Tegra-powered mobile device to learn about Tegra games and some of the best Android games
  • Expands Tegra-owner convenience and provides another way to view Tegra Zone content
  • Makes it easy for users to share links to Tegra games and news through Facebook and Twitter
  • Includes everything you’ll find in the original Tegra Zone app, plus community forums and sweepstakes
  • The site is launching in English (US), Portuguese (Brazil), and Japanese; other languages will follow soon

Not to be outdone, the new Android app has a nice set of features as well:

  • A “Get Demo” button – about 25 percent of NVIDIA games now have a free version of the game
  • Android notifications
  • Updated sharing (link to specific page on TegraZone.com)
  • Better Facebook integration
  • International app feedback
  • Support for Japan, UK, and India; in addition to already available U.S., Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Spain

As part of the new Tegra Zone experience, NVIDIA has also started a new Developer Zone dubbed "Zone in" to encourage more developers to build Tegra optimized applications.  NVIDIA says all applications will be play tested and every developer will be responded to.  Those are pretty big shoes to fill, and kudoa to NVIDIA if they pull it off.

Last but not least, to commemorate the launch of TegraZone.com, NVIDIA’s giving away five Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablets during the first month, don't miss your chance to win one.  You can enter the drawing at the Tegra Zone website.

We've got a couple more pictures after the break, give them a look then check out the Tegra Zone website at the source link.  We've also got the download for the TegraZone app down there, too.

Source: TegraZone.com

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II used in Samsung's teaser video looks to be the Sprint version

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We know the Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to the US.  We're almost certain that every one of the four major US carriers will get their own flavor, and it looks like we already know what the Sprint version (referred to as the Epic 4G Touch this week) is going to look like thanks to Samsung's teaser video about the US launch.  We don't buy into the September 9 date shown on the weather widget being the launch date just yet, (we've seen that sort of thing many times before and ity rarely pans out), but the Sprint visual voicemail icon being shown off on the homescreen?  That's pretty hard to just dismiss as coincidence.  Add that to the fact that the version shown has the four capacitive buttons we're used to from Samsung, and a different overall shape, and it all adds up.  Hopefully, it does show itself on September 9 -- it's about time someone gets one of these out in the US.  If the hurricane gods allow it, we'll know more on Aug 29.

Source: SprintFeed

 

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2 years ago

X10 AirPad promises to be the best $199 tablet around, sports full USB port

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We usually scoff when we hear about Android tablets going for $199. But when we hear about stalwart retailer X10 selling one for $199, we'll at least give things a listen. The X10 AirPad promises to be the "best tablet on the market for under $200."

Let's talk specs: You've got a 7-inch display with a measly 800x480 resolution. (By comparison, the Acer Iconia a100 and HTC Flyer each has a 7-inch touchscreen at 1024x600 resolution.) So it's fewer pixels, but that means less work for the 1.2 GHz Rockchip 2918 processor. That's all pushing Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so it's got that going for it, which is nice. There's 512MB of RAM on board, and 4GB on internal storage. There's a 2MP camera, which we're probably safe in ignoring on spec.

The 4000 mAh batter is rated as 6 hours of movie or music playback (we have a hard time believing music playback takes as much juice, but whatever), or 4 hours of Wifi Internet accvess. And speaking of Wifi, it's got 802.11 b/g. There's also HDMI out for 1080p playback, a full-size USB port, mini (not micro) USB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot.

Source: X10

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2 years ago

Vizio 8" tablet first of its kind to support Hulu Plus

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The Vizio 8" (yes, that's the name) now supports Hulu Plus, the first tablet to officially do so. To be fair, Vizio's latest device runs Gingerbread instead of Honeycomb, so you can't really take this as a sign of things around the corner for the XOOM, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and other higher-end tablets. Nevertheless, it's a welcome addition to what the Vizio 8" has to offer. Hulu Plus runs for $7.99/month, and coupled with the $299 pricetag on the Vizio 8", you're looking at a reasonably priced option for bringing your favorite current run TV shows on the go. Hit the source link for Vizio's full press release, and grab Hulu Plus from the Android Market on your new tablet.

Source: PR Newswire

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2 years ago

Boynton book 'Moo, Baa, La La La!' now available on Android

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Hey, parents! A second Sandra Boynton book is now available on Android. "Moo, Baa, La La La!" is another kids favorite. It's done in the same style as "The Going to Bed Book" and "PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit," and once again you can choose to have the book read aloud, or you can read it yourself.

"Moo, Baa, La La La!" is $3 in the Android Market. Check out the promo video, and find download links, after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Puccini spotted, AT&T LTE confirmed once again

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HTC Puccini, Jetstream -- whatever you want to call it at this point hasn't exactly been a secret as of late. It's been spotted a number of ways in the past but now we're getting to see the device up close and in a more personal setting. The folks over at Engadget have got the images and specs for the device, if you find yourself interested.

Thus far, some confirmations -- 1.5GHz dual-core, 1GB of RAM, Honeycomb, 16GB of storage with a 10.1-inch WXGA touchpanel and of course, LTE. There is also that 8MP shooter on the back with LED flash. Jump past the break and you'll see the backside baring the AT&T 4G LTE logo.

Source: Engadget

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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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