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2 years ago

Developer interest in Android and iOS neck-and-neck as both see slight declines

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IDC and Appcelerator have released the findings of their survey of nearly 2,800 developers concerning interest in working on various mobile platforms. Unsurprisingly, Android and Apple's iOS were well ahead of all others. Android phones had 85 percent and Android tablets saw 71 percent of developers being "very interested" in developing for each platform. iOS was still king by a slight margin with 91 percent for the iPhone and 86 percent for the iPad. Windows Phone 7 grabbed the number five spot at just 29 percent, barely beating out BlackBerry at 27 percent.

While both Android and iOS saw slight dips in developer interest in the latest survey, Android took a slightly larger hit. Still, only six percentage points separate Android phones from the iPhone. Tablets are a different story as developers seem uncertain which tablet to focus on. The current front-runners are the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom, but no single Android tablet has really broken through in the minds of mainstream consumers. In addition, Android tablet sales have yet to take off like Android phones did back in 2010.

The biggest issue in the minds of developers interested in Android development is fragmentation of the platform. Having multiple versions of the OS on devices along with all of the different hardware and custom software running on devices simply makes it harder to develop (bug-free) applications for the platform as opposed to the one-size-fits-all approach of Apple.

Still, it is clear Google needs to find a way to solve this issue if it wants Android to be the number one choice for developers in the long run. As for Microsoft, RIM, and HP, well, they have a lot of work to do if they want to become the clear number 3 choice behind iOS and Android. Check out another graph showing interest in each mobile platform after the break.

Source: Appcelerator

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2 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer appears on Amazon briefly

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Although we've already done the review for the ASUS EeePad Transformer, we're still waiting for it to actually become available in the U.S. but today is supposed to be launch day. Some savvy Android Central readers however, have let us know that it's now showing up on Amazon, albeit off and on. Some folks are saying they managed to place their orders, while others are saying it's now showing as no longer in stock. As you can see above, I was able to add it to my cart and before doing so there was 3 left available -- but, now they are temporarily out of stock. Try your luck at it and of course, we'll let you all know when it does show available for all. [Amazon] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer sneaks onto military Exchange Online Store a tad early

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Read our full ASUS EeePad Transformer review

Here's the deal regarding online availability of the ASUS EeePad Transformer: Like we told you last week, it'll be available starting tomorrow at a handful of online retailers. (See the full list here.) And when we say "tomorrow," we definitely mean April 26, and ASUS confirmed as much, saying the product pages shouldn't be live before then. A quick reminder on official pricing: $399 for the 16GB version, $499 for the 32GB version, and another $149 for the keyboard dock.

Oh, but that picture you see above? That's from the military Exchange Online Store, which apparently already has the Transformer up for grabs as Android Central reader Danon points out. So if you have access to AAFES and have a hankering for that 10.1-inch Transformer and can't wait a few more hours, get to ordering. That's an order. (See what we did there?) A couple more pics are after the break. [AAFES] Thanks, Danon!

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2 years ago

Yes, the ASUS EeePad Transformer has GPS in the United States

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Read our complete ASUS EeePad Transformer Review

Dunno how or why these rumors get started, but let's squash 'em right now. Yes, the U.S. version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer -- which goes on sale here in the states tomorrow -- has GPS. We've used it. It works. And we went so far as to mention in our full review a week ago. And in the specs list.

Repeat: The ASUS EeePad Transformer has GPS. And it works just fine. Carry on.

Update: We've removed ASUS' official statement because it was causing more confusion. here's the deal:

  • GPS works with Wifi on.
  • GPS works with Wifi off.
  • GPS works after a reboot and Wifi still off.

Any other questions?

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2 years ago

Xoom tested on horseback, airplane wings and everything in between

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Those barmy chaps at the Carphone Warehouse have taken their battle-testing of the Motorola Xoom to the extreme, starting off using Google Maps on the back of a motorcycle and culminating with some light 3G browsing on the wings of an airplane. In the video, which we've embedded above, they also put Motorola's Honeycomb tablet through its paces on horseback, speedboat and see-saw. Not quite an Android in space, but very nearly as awesome. 

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2 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer review

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Honeycomb finds itself on a double threat:
Thin, light Android tablet doubles as a capable Android laptop

Is it a tablet? Is it a netbook? Is it a tablet? Is it a netbook? Is it a laptop? What, exactly, is the ASUS EeePad Transformer? Sitting here with it on my lap, typing away on the full keyboard, it's easy to forget that I'm using an Android Honeycomb tablet. With a keyboard. And a trackpad. Like a laptop. With Honeycomb.

That, folks, is the U.S. version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer.

So here's the general idea: The Transformer is a 10.1-inch tablet running Android 3.0.1, the most recently released version of Honeycomb. It's got a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz. Sound familiar? It should, as those are specs shared by the Motorola Xoom, the first (and until now the only) available Honeycomb tablet. But the Transformer gets its name from the optional keyboard accessory. And it's not a Bluetooth keyboard. It's not using some janky tethering system. It's a full-fledged (if slightly undersized) laptop-style keyboard, complete with hinge, that turns the not-so-mild-mannered Android tablet into so much more.

We've heard it before -- tablets are killing netbooks. There's no reason to carry around a full-size laptop anymore. And so on and so forth. Neither statement is true. But whereas other tablet-keyboard combinations have come up short, the ASUS EeePad Transformer (henceforth to be referred to by its surname) is the most viable Android laptop we've seen yet. Our full review's after the break.

EeePad pricing and availability | EeePad Transformer Specs | EeePad Transformer images | EeePad Transformer keyboard

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2 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer hands-on

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Read our full EeePad Transformer review


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here we go, folks, your first hands-on with the ASUS EeePad Transformer. It's an Android tablet. And an Android laptop. It's a Honeycomb tablet. And a Honeycomb laptop. Hell, we can't decide which to call it.

Fact of the matter is, the EeePad Transformer is one hell of an Android tablet and laptop, which is saying something considering the number of Honeycomb tablets out there, which isn't all that great.

Anyhoo, check out our hand-on video above and be sure to check out our further coverage.

EeePad Transformer pricing and availability | EeePad Transformer Specs | EeePad Transformer images | EeePad Transformer keyboard

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2 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer pricing and availability

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Read our complete ASUS EeePad Transformer review

Where do you buy an ASUS EeePad Tranformer? And when can you buy an ASUS EeePad Transformer?

First off, the 16GB version will run you $399. The 32GB version costs $499. And the optional keyboard dock is another $150.

You can pick up the ASUS EeePad Transformer starting April 26 at the following locations:

In the United States, you can buy an ASUS EeePad Transformer at:

  • Amazon
  • American TV
  • B&H
  • BestBuy.com
  • BJ's
  • Buy.com
  • Datavision
  • Fry's
  • HH Gregg
  • J&R
  • Micro Center
  • Newegg
  • OfficeMax.com
  • Office Depot
  • PC Richards
  • Sears.com
  • Staples
  • Target
  • TigerDirect
  • Walmart.com

In Canada, you can purchase an ASUS EeePad Transformer at:

  • Canada Computers
  • Memory Express
  • NCIX
  • Staples CA
  • Visions

EeePad Transformer Specs | EeePad Transformer images | EeePad Transformer keyboard

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2 years ago

Using a USB keyboard and mouse with the ASUS EeePad Transformer

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Sometimes you just have to have that desktop experience. I use a laptop for my everyday computer. But when I can, I use it in the more traditional sense -- with a full keyboard and mouse -- plus a nice, big second monitor. And that's another feature that we're loving in the ASUS EeePad Transformer -- proper USB support.

The Transformer's got not one but two USB 2.0 ports for you to use on the keyboard dock. (There's another reason to shell out the extra $149, eh?) Friend or a co-worker have something to show you on a flash drive? Just pop it in. Want to use a USB keyboard or mouse? Go right ahead.

And it's that simple. You just plug them in, and they work.

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2 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer vs. the venerable ASUS Eee PC

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Read our ASUS EeePad Transformer Review

So now that we've written a word or three (thousand) about the ASUS EeePad Transformer's life as a Honeycomb laptop, let's put it up against one of our old netbooks, the 10-inch ASUS EeePC 1000HE.

And what a difference a couple years makes, eh? On the Eee PC you've got an Intel Atom N280 processor at 1.66GHz. The EeePad Transformer sports an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor. They've both got 1GB of RAM, but the Eee PC's can (and should) be upgraded to 2GB. And, of course, the Transformer runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb while the Eee PC sports Windows XP (or Windows 7 if you feel like upgrading).

The Eee PC wins in the storage department, with a 160GB hard drive. The Transformer has to make do with either 16GB or 32GB.

But it's the size that really knocks you out of the park. The Eee PC is downright portly when compared to the Transformer. It's like comparing a Macbook Air to that 7-pound monster laptop your day job forces you to carry around.

It's Fat Man and Little Boy, all right. We've got more pics of the unsightly duo after the break. [Full EeePad Transformer specs]

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