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3 years ago

Swype 3.0 beta is Honeycomb optimized, improves predictive text and layout

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Update 2: It's back, folks! Get to downloading.

Swype has announced the latest beta (version 3.0 for those keeping score at home) and one of the big changes that come along with it is a special WXGA version designed for Honeycomb tablets, which features a movable and resizeable keyboard layout. 

Other changes include the way word correction is handled when you stop swyping and revert to tapping out the letters -- you can now mix and match and still keep word autocorrect and prediction intact.  The pop-up for word choice when multiple guesses are presented gets an improvement, too, now an easier to read horizontal bar is presented versus that annoying dialog that used to jump up.  To top it all off, it looks like the predictive text engine itself has seen a big overhaul, and should work much better.

We know that Swype isn't for everyone, especially when it comes to using it on a tablet.  That's fine -- different choices are one of the main strengths of the Android platform, and Swype certainly is a different choice.  For the huge numbers of you who love Swype, keep an eye on the source link (currently down for maintenance) and give it a whirl.  Also, check out a short demo video showing it in action, after the break.

Update:  If you've been refreshing the beta download page at Swype, you've probably seen the latest update on the status of this.  If not, here's the latest from Swype:

BETA DELAYED BECAUSE:

a) We forgot to buy vowels

b) Our beta build server crashed

c) Upper management kept accelerating the beta schedule

d) All of above !#@$!&

No word on when to expect it, we'll tell you as soon as we hear something.

 

Source: Swype via MobileCrunch

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3 years ago

Toshiba Thrive pre-orders start today

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The latest Honeycomb powered tablet to be announced, the Toshiba Thrive, is now up for pre-order at Office Depot.  While the date is listed only as "coming soon" (we were told mid July), the price is just as Toshiba announced it would be -- $479.99 for the 16GB version, and $579.99 for the 32GB version.  Noticeably absent is the $429.99 8GB option that was also announced, which may well disappoint some looking for the more frugal option. 

Office Depot has also posted a short video showing off the full size ports, removable battery, and color choices for the back. You'll find the link below to the Windows Media file, which probably won't play on your smartphone.  Bookmark this one for when you get home.

Toshiba proper's also got preorders, for the same prices.

Sources: Toshiba; Office Depot;  More: Features video (wmv).  Thanks, Lester!

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3 years ago

HTC Flyer review

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As a veteran Android manufacturer that rapidly rose to the top of the smartphone food chain, the news that HTC was working on an Android tablet didn’t come as much of a surprise. But when the HTC Flyer was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress back in February, we saw a device a quite different from what most were expecting. This was no 10-inch, Honeycomb-toting slate like other manufacturers were offering, but a smaller 7-inch tablet with pen input, running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

HTC seemed to be positioning the Flyer as a different sort of tablet -- something smaller and lighter than the portly Motorola Xoom, but more multimedia and web-friendly than the average smartphone. As the original Samsung Galaxy Tab proved, the 7-inch tablet form factor has a lot to offer, but with prices set around the level of larger, dual-core tablets, is the HTC Flyer worth your cash? Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

Asus EeePad Slider and Transformer 3G to launch in UK in August

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Asus is following up its popular EeePad Transformer tablet with the EeePad Slider and EeePad Transformer 3G, which will both launch in the UK this August, according to a post on the manufacturer's official Facebook page. Asus is promising to announce a more precise release date over the next couple of months, so we'll just have to sit tight for now.

The Transformer, with its distinctive form factor, has become one of the more popular Honeycomb tablets since its release a couple of months ago, and it's looking like Asus is continuing to heap on the innovation with the EeePad Slider, which features unique slide-out QWERTY keyboard. We're sure a lot of folks will appreciate the added 3G capability on the Transformer, too.  Be sure to check out our EeePad Transformer review for more on the Wifi-only version of the tablet.

Source: Facebook; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Honeycomb 3.1 update for Google I/O edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 now live

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The 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Google I/O edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now live and ready to download.  If you're one of the lucky 5,000 who has one of these, you can grab it now from your settings.

  • Open the settings menu, and choose About tablet > Software update
  • Select Check for update
  • Choose United Kingdom
  • Sign in or create a Samsung account.  The same account I use for my TV and Blu-Ray player worked just fine
  • Read the terms, and sign in
  • You should be prompted that a Firmware update is required, and given the choice to download it

If you've rooted and installed a custom recovery, you might want to hold off.  Jury is still out, but we're looking into all the options.  I imagine we'll see a pre-rooted version flashable via Clockwork shortly.

Update:  The update method for rooted + users who are having issues is here.  Big thanks to CrazyCoder for the stock boot and recovery links.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 headed to Canada

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Not being left behind in all the Samsung Canada love, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be making its way to Canadian carriers in addition to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Samsung will start off with the WiFi only versions being made available sometime in July at various store locations and then will follow up that release with Rogers, Bell and TELUS making available the 3G enabled versions. Sadly, no price-points have been announced thus far but considering the carrier landscape in Canada you can expect it them to be on the higher range depending on how much of your life you wish to give away. 1-year, 2-years or sell your soul and get it on the cheap for a 3-year contract.

Source: Samsung Canada; Via: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1 now supported by ROM Manager

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It looks like you won't have to wait long for developers to get geared up for Samsung's latest beauties -- the Galaxy S 4G on T-Mobile and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (the I/O edition only for now) have both been given official support by ROM Manager.  We all know that once you make it easy to flash custom zip files to a device, people will start building those flashable zip files.  I was told to expect the retail version soon, along with a root method.

Of course, you do need to be rooted and aware of all the risks involved.  Once you're comfortable, and when your version is ready, you can download ROM Manager from the Market.  We've got the link after the break.

Source: @clockworkmod

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3 years ago

BeyondPod HD beta now in full swing

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Here's a Honeycomb-specific app you won't find in the Android Market just yet -- the popular podcast player BeyondPod has an open beta for testing the tablet optimized HD version, and things are shaping up nicely.  A couple of us here have been fooling with it for about three versions now, and it looks very close to release-quality.  Certainly working well enough for me to recommend you guys give it a try.

It has the features you expect from BeyondPod, but scaled beautifully for the big screen of a Honeycomb tablet.  Widgets, high-speed playback, favoriting, and tabbed navigation make this one a real standout.  Will there be bugs?  Probably.  This is a development beta, and if you download and install it you're actively participating in the testing.  But version 2.70.10 (latest as of this writing) seems really stable and the features are all there.  Hit the source link for full change logs and the download.

Source: BeyondPod

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3 years ago

Nook Touch gets U-Boot root, seen running Angry Birds

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

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.

Source: Das U-Boot Github; Thanks, Jason!

 

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3 years ago

Toshiba talks about the Thrive -- the latest 10.1 inch Android tablet

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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.

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