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 Honeycomblaunched 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.
Members of Motorola's Owner User Groups who have a Droid X are getting invitations to participate in a new and (cough) confidential project. While the invitation doesn't come right out and say it, when you sign up you get a little more information about a May 2011 soak (a fancy term for beta testing), and everyone seems pretty sure it's going to be Gingerbread. This would make sense, as we're under the impression that Gingerbread is ready to go, and we've been expecting it the past few Fridays.
If this project follows along with the timeline of previous projects, expect some sort of OS update in about a week. If we're lucky, expect it to be Gingerbread.
With another leak filled week behind us, it is time to take a few to reflect on what exactly happened this week. We hope you were able to get yourself a ticket to the reader meet up in NYC, or loaded up one of the many leaks from this week, and still were able to keep caught up in the day to day of regular life. Below is some of what you may have missed, so take a few to check it out!
While the release date for the HTC Evo 3D is still up in the air, we know the pricing that Radio Shack will have thanks to a Radio Shack promo leaked to Good and Evo. Off contract pricing is an affordable (comparably) $500, and with a new two-year agreement the Evo 3D will cost you $200 -- unless you're trading in your Evo 4G or Evo Shift 4G, which nets you an additional $100 off. Yes, that means if you walk into a Radio Shack on the day it's released, and hand them your Evo or Shift, you can walk out with one of the years hottest new Androids for a measly $100 if you qualify.
The HTC Merge will be available for U.S. Cellular customers on May 31, according to internal documents leaked in the Android Central forums. The phone should cost $249.99 with a new agreement, and before the $100 mail in rebate. We've been closely following the Merge since we first laid eyes and hands on it way back in October of last year, and it's a great phone that should have seen the light of day much sooner than it did. Ask anyone using a G2 or an Evo Shift, they'll agree.
While U.S. Cellular's high-end Android line-up is slightly behind the curve when compared to the "big four", the Merge will join the Desire and Mesmerize to offer customers a few great choices. No word if the Merge will be available on pre-paid plans, but since the Desire and Mesmerize aren't, we don't expect it. So, what say you U.S.Cell subscribers? Anyone plan on picking up one of these? Sound off!
Once again our resident LG Optimus S expert has cooked up some goodness for the little powerhouse from LG and Sprint. Using parts of his previous work, and a mind-melding technique with a few other Optimus hackers that took weeks and many six packs to perfect, Nick7 brings you the Reborn ROM.
Built off the original VD sources, Reborn ROM brings great performance and a nice, new visual style that sets it apart from the rest of the crowd. Think a little bit Hero, a little bit MyTouch 3G, and a whole lot of overclocked kernel and you have the right idea.
Ladies and gents, this is why hackers love Android. We're just glad that they take the time to share with us all. For more information, visit the Reborn ROM thread in the Android Central forums.
Quick reminder: The HTC Flyer is now available exclusively at Best Buy, both in stores and online. It's the Wifi-only version we looked at yesterday, and it will run you $500 (with an additional $80 for the Scribe digital pen). It's 7 inches, it's Gingerbread-flavored, and it's rocking Sense. An interesting package indeed. Sound off below when you've finally gotten your hands on one.
Apps, apps and more apps! It's an appapalooza! And appstravaganza! It's appstronomical! OK. We'll quit while we're behind. But we're back with another week's worth of app picks, so slide on past the break and see what we've chosen this week.
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.
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