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3 years ago

ASUS unveils the Padfone -- a tablet/phone hybrid

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While the U.S. is in holiday mode today, the rest of the world isn't taking the day off. And for manufacturer ASUS, today's a big one, with the announcement of the Padfone at the Computex conferencfe. One part Android phone, another part Android tablet, the Padfone docks inside the tablet itself. One phone, one tablet, one set of data -- no syncing. An interesting concept, indeed, from the manufacturer of the excellent EeePad Transformer tablet/keyboard combo. (Read our full review.)

Details are still a little light, being as this is far from a finished product, but you're looking at a 4.3-inch smartphone that powers the 10-inch tablet -- the larger won't work without the smaller. Should be an interesting little marriage. Check out the official videos after the break.

Source: ASUS; More: Engadget

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3 years ago

Best Buy preps for Galaxy Tab 10.1's arrival

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Read our Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

We're a little more than a week away from the June 8 launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and the 8.9-inch version as well), and that means it's just about time for retailers to get their acts together. First out of the gate is Best Buy, which has just listed the Android 3.1 (guess it's going to launch with the update) tablet on its website as "coming soon" -- which, as we all know, it is.

Best Buy doesn't list pricing, but we figure it should be in line with the $499/$599 16- and 32-gigabyte versions mentioned back at CTIA in March. Just a few more days, folks.

Source: Best Buy; More: Galaxy Tab forumsThanks, Adam!

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 system update v1.141.07 rolling out to some users

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Although it's not the Android 3.1 update that is set to arrive in June, Acer Iconia Tab A500 owners are now reporting that a system update weighing in around 38MB is now starting to appear. As reported in the Android Central forums -- the update will bring your device up to system software version 1.141.07 and appears to be mostly bugfixes but a changelog is not yet available. Some of the fixes users have been reporting:

  • Daylight savings time fixes
  • Calendar appointment fixes
  • Fixes the screen wake/sleep issue
  • Browser bugfixes
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2
  • Improved Wi-Fi signal
  • Improved GPS signal
  • Corporate Exchange email support

One thing to keep in mind is that of you are currently rooted -- you may not see this update available as of yet. Returning to stock should help with making the update arrive, and you can re-root again using Gingerbreak. Did your device get the update? If so, jump into the forums and let us know what changes you've spotted.

Discuss more in the Acer Iconia Tab Forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ship with Android 3.1

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (see our review of the special IO edition) is set to debut June 8, apparently it will be shipping with Android 3.1, the latest version of Honeycomb.

Android 3.1 was announced at Google IO and brings a number of improvements, including:

  • Resizeable widgets
  • Open accessory API
  • USB host API
  • Media Transfer Protocol and Real-time Transport Protocol improvements

The new Samsung 10.1-inch tablet with Android 3.1 will be available June 8th for $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB).

Source: netbooknews

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3 years ago

News360 now available for Honeycomb tablets

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News360, the popular cross-platform news aggregator, is now available for Android tablets running Honeycomb.  News360 takes a bit of a different approach, combining 1,500 global sources (yes, Android Central is in there, so no worries) and a beautiful visual style.  If you're not familiar, the "360" view is a special treat, with article images floating in a spherical feeling cloud, hence the 360.  The application makes great use of the new API's with the action bar and fragments, both in the search view as well as the article view.  The developers have taken the time to really make a great example of a quality Android app, and we appreciate (and enjoy) that. 

Besides the normal use of searching for tags, users can customize their own "feeds," and the developers say that future versions will analyze a your Facebook, Twitter, TripIt, and Evernote accounts to offer automatic personalization.  That sounds like quite the feat, and I for one am very interested to see the result.  In its current state, the application connects with your social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, ReadItLater, Instapaper, and TripIt) to share articles, and can filter results based on your location.  Things are well on the way to a personal news channel.

And the best part of it all -- News360 is free.  This makes it available for everyone with a Honeycomb tablet, and makes for a very easy way to download and evaluate the app for yourself.  We've got the full press release, a series of pictures, and the download link after the break.

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3 years ago

Google IO edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 caught on video demonstrating Super Mario awesomeness!

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If you happen to be the proud owner of a Google I/O edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 you'll be interested to know that it makes interesting use of the stock Bluetooth stack. And as such, you can do some pretty cool things with it.

One of those things is the ability to load up an emulator app and start playing some Super Mario Brothers -- with a wireless controller. Of course, some other tablets are capable of this as well -- more specifically the Motorola Xoom. When paired with the exact same tools it can have the same end result -- but it's not a Google I/O edition Galaxy Tab 10.1.

PS: If you were more interested in where you may obtain the live wallpaper running in the background than you were in running Super Mario Brothers, we got you covered there as well. it's actually from ASUS EeePad Transformer and can be picked up from this thread over at XDA.

Thanks for sending this in, Murray!

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3 years ago

OfficeMax now selling the Acer Iconia Tab A500

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Although it's been a long time coming, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is now hitting some store shelves -- and one of those stores, as announced today is OfficeMax. Wasting no more time, OfficeMax has made the Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablet available today for $449.99.

"We are excited to offer Acer's new Iconia Tab A500 in all OfficeMax's retail locations and online," said Ryan Vero, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer for OfficeMax. "Its light-weight, slim design and exceptional operating platform is designed for customers who prefer a smaller-sized tablet. The power, speed and versatility behind the Iconia Tab create an enjoyable user experience."

That power and speed he is referring to comes from the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile 1GHz dual-core processor. If you've not had a chance to see the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in action, check out our previous hands-on with it -- otherwise, jump on past the break for the full press release.

Source: OfficeMax

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 shows off keyboard dock, Transformer gets jealous

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I know we just told you about Logitech's new line of tablet accessories and Phil just made it known that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should have been what Honeycomb launched on, so this next bit of news looks to enforce the latter and outdo the former.

On video we have a short clip of a Tab 10.1 docked into a Samsung-branded keyboard dock, which looks to be made specifically for the 10.1. Not much is shown in terms of functionality, but you can notice there's no trackpad and there is a 3.5mm headphone jack. Other than that, the video is a lot of comparing the Tab to the size of a laptop, walking around, and saying things in a language I don't understand.

I, for one, am excited about a first-party option in the keyboard dock department. What does this mean for the Asus Transformer, though? For now, it remains the undisputed king of tablets with docks. Perhaps a battle is brewing.

How's this sit with anyone else? Is this enough to set your sights on the Tab 10.1, especially over the Transformer? We're curious, so let us know.

Source: TabletD; Thanks Will Hicks!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review (Google IO special edition)

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There's kind of no easy way to say this without insulting one of the year's most important pieces of Android tech, so we're just going to come out and say it:

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is what Android 3.0 Honeycomb should have launched on.

There. We said it. But it's true. As important as the Motorola Xoom was (and is) to Android and Honeycomb tablets as platforms, it left a bit to be desired in the design department. And so it's almost fitting that Samsung, the company that brought us the 7-inch Galaxy Tab last fall -- basically an oversized Froyo smartphone -- is about to launch a little slice of sexy in the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

But the story's not that simple, is it? Join us after the break as we break down the special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 handed out at Google IO.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Specs | Galaxy Tab 10.1 ForumsHow to root the Galaxy Tab 10.1

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom getting official SD support soon -- in Canada

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Although the Motorola Xoom has been getting some Android 3.1 love as of late, one thing that is still missing is the long sought after SDCard support. Today though, Motorola Canada gave us some insight as to when we may see it -- although, we've heard "coming soon" plenty of times now and what was posted, only leads to more questions.

The Motorola XOOM upgrade for Canada is coming soon! Some of the feature upgrades include basic external SD card support for general SD file and media access, expanded support for USB-connected accessories, additional Bluetooth support and Picture Transfer Protocol to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC.

Cool! Coming soon for Canadians -- but, what about the rest of the Motorola Xoom owners out there? Granted, we weren't expecting Motorola Canada to say much about any other releases but it sure would be nice to hear something.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, Brendon!

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