Look at what we have here, an update already for the yet to be released Toshiba Thrive, that a few lucky folks have been able to land their hands on. While there is no detailed break down of the update available currently, it does lead us to believe that Toshiba is still hard at work making sure that the device is perfect for the official release. If you have been able to land a Thrive early, have you updated yet, and if so have you noticed any changes? Be sure to let us know all your thoughts and findings in the forums!
Can't wait to get your hands on the Toshiba Thrive? You're not alone. Android Central Forums member illwood has his already and has given it a proper tablet-on-carpet unboxing. It's one of the strong, silent unboxings, but it does the job, properly slitting the tape before raising the Honeycomb tablet aloft before the masses as a rainbow magically appears in the background.
OK, some of that stuff happens. Check it out above.
Although Asus is still planning on following up its popular EeePad Transformer tablet with the Asus EeePad Slider, they've now gone ahead and let everyone know it will be arriving in the UK this Autumn. That puts them off by approximately a month or so from their originally planned launch in August. No specific reasoning for the delay was mentioned but Asus did confirm they'll announce dates and pricing later this month.
Welcome to another exciting edition of "Who's using which Android version!" -- the game show that takes a look at the various versions of Android floating around out in the world, and the percentage of devices using them.
Unsurprisingly, Android 2.2 Froyo leads the way for the past two weeks at 59.4 percent, but that's down from 64.6 percent for the two weeks ending June 1. Android 2.3 Gingerbread doubled to 18.6 percent (that's combining Android 2.3, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.3.4). And Honeycomb -- Android 3.0 and 3.1 -- ticked up ever so slightly to 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent respectively.
Again, the Honeycomb numbers represent tablets compared to the entirety of Android devices out there. But it's probably safe to say they're not catching on as quickly as Google and hardware manufacturers would have liked.
Been holding out, waiting for the inevitable price drop to come to the WiFi only Motorola Xoom? If so, your wait is now over. As announced on the Motorola Twitter account the price of the WiFi only Motorola Xoom has now been dropped to only $499 and for those keeping track that's a full $100 off the original launch price. Making room for the Motorola Xoom 4G?
Source: Motorola; Thanks, to all who sent this in!
Have an Acer Iconia Tab A500? Have an Acer Iconia Tab A500 that's not running Android 3.1? The wait should be short, as updates are rolling out now. We just got ours, and system update 4.010.08 is weighing in at 122.71 MB. The whole process should take a few minutes, and afterward you'll have the framework for things like Google movies, usb host and a slew of other treats.
So if you've got an Iconia Tab, hit up your system updates and get to downloading. If you're the type who likes to tinker and needs the manual download link, you can find it right here. Thanks, Ritesh!
One of the more interesting (if less publicized) additions to Google Maps 5.7 is the ability to download map data locally to your phone. That's a godsend if you're traveling somewhere that has a spotty connection, or if you're overseas and trying to avoid roaming charges.
To enable downloading map data, you'll need to go into the Labs section of Google Maps. Hit the menu button, then More, then Labs, and tap on the Download Map Area section, like you see above.
You'll be able to download a 10-mile radius from any point. Hold your finger down on the map or choose a saved location, then tap Download Map Area. It's simple.
Need more? We've got video after the break. Bon appetit.
Google Maps just got a sizable update, with a slew of new features that those of you in major metro areas are going to want to check out. First and foremost is the addition of Transit Navigation. It's in beta (of course), but gives you directions via public transit in more than 400 cities worldwide, tying it all into turn-by-turn directions.
And speaking of directions, you're getting easier access to the nav button (anyone who's ever used it will be thankful for this). Also, Google Places are easier to get to, and they're better integrated into the search results. Also, photos are now integrated into Places results.
Here are the bullet points you'll see after updating:
Get GPS stop-by-stop public transit directions in Navigation (beta)
Receive search suggestions based on previous direction destinations and visited Place pages
Get directions in fewer clicks with the updated directions experience
Improved battery power management for Navigation (beta)
Browser photos of Place pages in a gallery view
Use the Download Map Area lap to save map areas for offline viewing
Google's demo video and Market links are after the break. Get to updating, everybody!
The Qualcomm roadmap for the next few years has leaked out, putting a time frame on the chips they announced last February. According to the leak, we should expect dual-core LTE, HSPA, and HSPA+ chips clocked anywhere from 1.5 GHz to 1.7 GHz to be in the hands of manufacturers late in Q3 of this year, with the Adreno 225 GPU on board. Come Q3 of next year, we should see the budget version start to make it's way into phones and other connected devices, with a Adreno 305 GPU and a bit lower (1.0-1.2GHz) clock speeds.
The "big deal," and what many are waiting for, are the quad-core Krait systems, complete with an Adreno 320 to push out 1080p video at 60 fps, and clock speeds in the 2 GHz and up range. We won't get to see those until early 2013 though. Of course, this is all subject to change -- if there's anything we all have learned from leaks, it's that they often don't hold true. They will arrive when they arrive, and I think we will love them.
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