Why do we hack and root Android devices? Because we can. And while it's not exactly the same as rocking a dual-core tablet, the latest Nook -- all six inches of it in black-and-white e-ink -- has been rooted and seen running Angry Birds, of course.
That's possible because while the Nook Touch is an e-reader on its face, it's running Android 2.1 in its heart. And where there's Android, there be hackery going on. This mod comes from JesusFreke in the forum of Das U-Boot (great name!), and hopefully we'll see some easy-to-use instructions in the near future.
Honeycomb tablet available for ordering next week, ships in mid-July
We just got finished sitting in on a Toshiba press conference, and a big part of the focus was on the 10.1 inch Toshiba Thrive Android tablet. We've seen many of the details, and recently learned about a July release, but Phil Osako from Toshiba answered all the questions we could throw at him. The basic specs are the same as we saw at CES 2011 -- Tegra 2, a 5 MP camera around back and a 2 MP shooter up front, 1280x800 10.1 inch Display with Toshiba's "resolution plus" software, and shipping with Android 3.1. We also learned that Toshiba has built in SRS and their own proprietary system to provide excellent sound from the Thrive. All this checks in at .6 inches thick, and 1.6 pounds.
With the full size SD card and USB ports, they bundle their own file manager software that will assist new users when they move their media from one device to another. Other bundled software includes: Quick Office, Need for Speed, Toshiba's media player, Log me in, and Printer Share for sending documents to a wifi printer.
The Thrive will be available for ordering June 13, shipping in early to mid-July. You will find it an most major retail stores -- basically any place that sells Toshiba laptops will sell the Thrive. The prices are what we have heard -- starting at $429 for the 8GB version. Toshiba says they decided to go with the 8 GB starting point for two reasons -- to hit the low price point, and because they have found that most users don't need or use more than 8 GB. With the full size SD card slot, memory is expandable and they think consumers will see the appeal of the entry level model. And I think they are right. Add in a few accessories, like two docking stations (the basic dock checks in at $39.99, and the deluxe version with spare USB and HDMI ports is $59.99), a user replaceable battery at $89.99 and a battery cover that comes in five different colors for $19.99, and Toshiba has set themselves up to win. Hit the jump to see some of the official pictures of the latest Honeycomb tablet.
So you desperately want a Galaxy Tab 10.1, but maybe white's not your thing. How about a nice metallic gray? Samsung can do that, too. And for our money, this one's where it's at. It's got a nice texture to it. And while it's a little colder in the hand, it feels a little less like a toy, and a little more professional. More distinguished, if you will.
For all intents and purposes, what you see here is exactly what was handed out to developers at Google IO (see our full review of the special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1). Same Tegra 2 system on a chip, same hardware (thin and light!), and same Honeycomb. OK, not the same Honeycomb. This guy's running Android 3.1, and it'll have it at launch time.
One thing it won't have, however, is Samsung's Touchwiz user experience, but that'll be coming in an over-the-air update later. (No, we don't know when.)
And because so many of you have asked, we'll put this in a sentence all its own: There's no microSD card. But you do have a couple of versions you can purchase. The 16GB Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run you $499, and the 32GB version costs $599.
So there you have it, folks. For those of you not able to come to the event in New York, we bring the event to you.
Since we first had some time with the Toshiba Thrive (then only known as an unnamed Toshiba tablet) at CES last January, we've been waiting to hear when it would show up for anyone to actually purchase one. According to Engadget, that will be this July, with pre-orders starting at Best Buy on June 13. The pricing is also done right -- $429 for the 8GB model, $479 for the 16GB, and the 32GB checks in at $579.
The Thrive is also looking good in the features department -- with full size HDMI and USB ports and a full size SD card slot built into the unit itself, connectivity won't be an issue, and that matters because it ships with Honeycomb 3.1 and all the USB gadgetry support you could ever ask for. Toss in Toshiba's Resolution + software and a removable battery, and you have the makings of a real winner at a great price. Hit the break to see the hands-on video from CES.
The time has come, boys and girls. We're in New York City (when are we not, these days?) tonight for the first official Android Central reader meet-up. (Official as in nobody's going to have to file a restraining order when it's over. We hope.)
We'll be meeting with a few of our favorite fellow Android blogers -- and most important, 500 or so of our closest friends. You! And for those of you who were able to score tickets, a few giveaways are in order. Samsung's going to be on hand to show off the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 (among other wares, most likely), and will be giving away five of the Honeycomb devices. They'll also be giving away five smartphones. And we've brought along a few T-shirts and other swag to put on the pile.
For everybody coming tonight, see you at 7. (Full details are here.) For everybody else, we'll be covering the event as only Android Central can.
To settle all the confusion about the TouchWiz interface and whether or not it will be included on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, we reached out to Samsung. They let us know that the TouchWiz UI will not be available at launch, but will come via a separate OTA download for all Wifi Tab 10.1 users. We'll certainly let you know when this happens.
This begs the question -- if you buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1, will you update to the new TouchWiz UI? From everything we've seen and used, it's a beautiful interface that takes full advantage of the real estate of a tablet's screen. Personally, I'll be sure to check it out, then make my final decision. What say you? Sound off in the comments and discuss further in the forums!
Not to be left out in the cold when the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launches, Verizon and Sprint have stepped forward to let everyone know that they, too will be offering their own versions of the upcoming 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet.
Verizon has issued a formal press release (which you'll find after the break) letting us know that you can pre-order the LTE enabled versions come June 8, at $529.99 for the 16 GB model and $629.99 for the 32 GB model. Those prices are both with a new two year agreement. They will be offered in two colors, gray and white. Sprint was a little more relaxed about the affair, with Mark Elliot from their PR department making an announcement via Twitter that the Wifi version would be coming to Sprint "mid-summer".
The Verizon press release also mentions availability of both a full size keyboard dock and a multi-media dock built specifically for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and those products are sure to be well received. You can find the full text of the press release after the break.
If you are one of the many who has been anxiously awaiting some official release information for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 ever since the Google I/O attendees got one, the following news should make you quite happy. If you happen to live in or around New York City, the Best Buy in Union Square will have a sweet exclusivity on it from June 8 through June 17, when it will make its nationwide debut. The Wifi version is set to launch with Android 3.1 and the 32GB version will run $599 while the 16GB version will be priced at $499. Hit the break for the full release, and be sure to hop in the forums and let us know if you will be grabbing one!
If you are an ASUS EeePad Transformer, know that the official Android 3.1 update is now available for your device. Early reports from users about the update seem quite positive and users seem to be enjoying the experience 3.1 was set to deliver, so what are you waiting for? Grab your device and check for the update if you haven't already, and be sure to hit the forums and let us know how it goes for you!
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