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ZTE Optik review (Sprint)

The ZTE Optik is a nice little surprise from Sprint. It's an unassuming but well-built and well-running 7-inch Honeycomb tablet that runs on Sprint's 3G network, and it is probably one of the better devices nobody has heard much about. With no gimmicks like a digital stylus or a foldable keyboard...
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TeamViewer for Meetings updated with VoIP support

The folks at Teamviewer have pushed out quite the update for their TeamViewer for Meetings app, bringing some minor bug fixes, full hardware acceleration for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets, and VoIP support. VoIP support on top of the already excellent Teleconferencing application really...
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ZTE Optik getting a minor update, brings some fixes and enhancements

Sprint is pushing out a small update for the 7-inch ZTE Optik today, bringing a few welcome bug fixes to the tablet and some decent software enhancements. According to the official changelog, we should be seeing the following: Google DRM solution Google Music Google+ Persistent...

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For the Android rooting and hacking community, the Sony Tablet S has been a tough nut to crack. Locked down with some pretty aggressive security controls, those wanting root access on the device have been, until now, out of luck.

That changes with the release of the first rooting exploit for the Tablet S, created by Linux hacker Dan "djrbliss" Rosenberg of Vulnfactory.org. Dan's root method is a relatively easy one-click process -- simply put your tablet in USB debugging mode, then run the Windows batch file contained within the exploit pack.

Dan notes that the exploit he uses could be fixed in future over-the-air updates -- something which is made all the more likely by the posting of a detailed explanation of how the hack works. However, for eager Tablet S owners who want a little more control over their device, the fact that any software version is rootable will be welcome news. If you want to be one of the first to root your Tablet S, you can grab the exploit file from the source link below.

Source: XDA; Thanks, jeffreytz!

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Sony's Honeycomb-powered clamshell device, the Tablet P, isn't what you'd call a conventional Android tablet. So it should come as no surprise that it had a fittingly unconventional path to release, with a variety of different sizes and form factors being considered before everything was finalized.

According to Engadget Chinese, which was recently given a tour of some early Tablet P prototypes, the device started life as a mock-up made out of a cheap wallet, before a host of more practical designs were considered. These included various 5 to 7-inch setups, and during the height of the netbook craze, Sony was even considering going with a Windows/Intel x86 combo for the device's hardware and software base.

Eventually, due to battery life and heat dissipation issues, that idea was dropped, paving the way for the Tegra and Honeycomb-based device that we're all familiar with today. The Tablet P may not have set the world alight just yet, but at least the story of its development shows how Android's versatility can leads to all kinds of unique products finding their way into being.

Source: Engadget Chinese

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Toshiba's AT200 'Excite' tablet, which we recently got to see at CES, has today gone on sale in the UK. The tablet, which boasts a slimline 7.7mm profile, is available at the Carphone Warehouse as part of an exclusivity deal, with prices starting at £399 (~$630) for the 16GB version. If you're after the 32GB model, you'll have to part with another £150. Both versions lack 3G radios, so you'll be limited to Wifi only for data connectivity.

Inside the AT200 you'll find an ample, but not outstanding dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 1280x800 display. It's powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb, which Toshiba seems to have left more or less untouched. And as we've come to expect from Toshiba tablets, you also get an impressive range of connectivity options, including an array of microSD, mini-USB and mini-HDMI ports.

The AT200 looks like an impressive product, but we're still a little jarred by that £400 price point, especially at a time when the next-generation of tablets is looming on the horizon. If you're tempted, though, you can check out Carphone's product listing at the source link, and take a look at our hands-on video while you're at it.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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PC World, Dixons and Currys went a little crazy with their HTC Flyer pricing over the holidays, dropping the 16GB Wifi-only version to £200, and the 32GB 3G version to £250. Now it seems another UK retailer is looking to sell off its remaining Flyer stock at a significantly reduced price.

Right now Expansys has the 16GB Wifi-only Flyer on sale for £234.99, which isn't at all bad for a well-built 7-inch Android tablet with a Honeycomb update ready to go. If you missed out on the Dixons group's Flyer sale a few weeks back, the device still represents great value at the £235 mark. For more info, hit the source link, or check out our full review of the HTC Flyer.

Source: Expansys; via: UnwiredView

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Google has just released the latest numbers regarding who's using what version of Android. These are devices that have accessed the Android Market over two weeks ending Feb. 1. The long and short of it is this:

  • Ice Cream Sandwich is up to a whopping 1 percent of all devices. That's the Galaxy Nexus, of course.
  • Honeycomb (Android 3.0) is still around, hitting 3.4 percent of devices in the past two weeks, up a percentage point from a month ago.
  • Gingerbread (Android 2.3) is at 58.6 percent, up from 55.5 percent last month. 
  • Froyo (Android 2.2) fell three percentage points to 27.8 percent.
  • Eclair is hanging on at 7.6 percent, down from 8.5 percent last month.

Google is currently activating more than 700,000 Android devices a day.

Source: Android Platform Versions

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Mint, Intuit's popular personal finance app and long-time favorite of ours here at Android Central, has finally been given the Honeycomb treatment in its latest update. Available now in the Android Market, Mint's tablet attire has all of the features included in the smartphone version, along with a few extra goodies, including an updated overview page, spruced-up spending graphs, and a very handy offline mode.

For those unfamiliar, Mint is a free app that aggregates your financial accounts into an easy-to-read layout. Mint shows you when your money is coming in, when it's leaving, and exactly where it's going. All information is updated in real-time, and with the tablet version's new offline mode, you'll be able to access all of your financial information as it was at your last online sync.

If you've already been using the Mint app on your tablet, simply upgrade from the market for the new Honeycomb-optimized version. Intuit's full presser, along with a market link, is waiting at the jump.

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We know what Google tells us about the number of devices on each platform.  We can also read server logs and get a pretty good idea of the versions of Android hitting the site.  But what better way to find out what versions of Android you guys are running than to ask?  We're not interested in the minor version numbers, just the platform version in general.  If you use more than one device, just answer for the one you use most to visit Android Central.  

Honeycomb is my choice.  What's yours?  Answer in the poll.

 

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Behold, the ZTE V66 Android tablet, apparently destined for Verizon at some point. The tablet as already been submitted to the U.S. FCC, and now a thumbnail picture (we've blown it up a tad here) has been listed on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's site. 

What we're looking at in the V66 is a 7-inch tablet with some pretty rounded corners, Android 3.2 Honeycomb and 4G LTE data, along with the usual CDMA, Bluetooth, Wifi, and all that jazz.

We can also see a custom lock screen here, for what it's worth. And we're trying not to read too much into the "Sunday, February 2X" date -- it could mean anything or nothing, or it could be smack in the middle of Mobile World Congress. You don't typically see U.S. announcements come out of MWC, but then again we don't ZTE devices in the states yet to base that one, and there's no reason why Verizon couldn't be part of a larger launch.

Anyhoo, we'll be at Mobile World Congress if and when the V66 -- and we don't expect that to be the name Verizon ultimately bestows on it -- is announced stay tuned.

Source: Bluetooth SIG, FCC; via Unwired View, The Verge

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The BBC has updated its BBC News app for Android with Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablet support. The app now offers a larger, split-screen view for tablets running Android 3.0 and above -- the layout seems very similar to the iPad version, which has been available since mid-2010. This tablet-optimized app is apparently designed for "larger" tablets only, and that 7-inch tablets will still default to the portrait-only smartphone app.

Following the initial release, the Beeb says it's looking to add new functionality like live streaming of the BBC News channel, and homescreen widgets. The BBC blog post also notes that an increasing number of people are accessing its news content on mobile devices --

Growing numbers of people are accessing BBC News on mobiles and tablets. In an average week, the BBC News sites and apps are visited by around 9.7m users worldwide on mobile and tablet devices. That represents about 26% of the total.

The BBC News product development team will be working on further mobile and tablet improvements over the coming year.

The tablet version of the BBC News app is currently available on the Android Market in the UK, and will be rolling out internationally "soon". If you're in the UK, you can pick up the latest version of the BBC News app using the Android Market links after the jump.

Source: BBC

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The London Eye has been given a little taste of Android. Each capsule on the giant big-wheel that towers over the city has been given a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

In partnership with the current sponsors of the tourist attraction, each Tab has been pre-installed with a custom app giving you an interactive guide of the scenery. We'd love to be able to show you this in all its glory, but there's not many images floating around at this point.

Maybe it's time to head down to London again. Wonder if you can play Angry Birds while you're up there?

via Eurodroid

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So a few quick thoughts on the Acer Iconia A200, now that's it's available in stores: Yeah, it's yet another dual-core 10.1-inch Android tablet. Yeah, there's a little more software lag than we'd like to see. Yeah, we've got wait for it to get Ice Cream Sandwich. Yeah, it's not the thinnest tablet you've ever picked up. Been there, done that, right?

But absolutely do not write off the A200. For $350 for the 16GB model, you could do worse. Now, that statement might well change in the next 6 months, as ASUS has a 7-inch quad-core tablet on the way for $250. (Insanity!) But for today. we're pretty impressed with the A200 after just a few minutes of use. 

Most of what you see is pretty familiar. Honeycomb is Honeycomb. But Acer's tossed in some interesting software improvements, including a lockscreen with quick-launch shortcuts, and a neat little "Ring" launcher that lives on top of the home screens, but only when you call for it to. It's an interesting differentiator, and it's nice to see a little work put into an otherwise interim version of Android.

Hit the break for our quick hands-on. And stick around for the end of the video for a little surprise.

More: Acer A200 specs; Acer A200 forums

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Update: Watch our video hands-on!

As if deciding on an Android tablet wasn't hard enough now yet another one is available to make things harder. The Acer Iconia A200 is now available from Best Buy, both online and in stores, for $349. The A200 is a Honeycomb-based tablet, but all signs point to a mid-Febuary ICS update -- and there's a giant sticker on the box saying that an upgrade is coming. So, will this be your next tablet? Be sure to stay tuned as we review this bad boy!

Source: Best Buy; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Specs for the LG Optimus Pad LTE

    • Operating System: Android 3.2 Honeycomb
    • Memory: User 32GB (Micro SD up to 32GB)
    • Size: 245 x 151.4 x 9.34 mm
    • Weight: 497 g
    • Display: 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display
    • Resolution: 1280 x 768
    • Camera: 8MP (Rear) / 2MP (Front)
    • Processor: Qualcomm 1.5GHz Dual-Core / Dual Channel Processor
    • Battery: 6,800mAh
    • Others: HDMI, DLNA 

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    This, ladies and gentlemen, is Orange UK's first venture into the world of Android tablets. Following on from their own label smartphones the San Francisco, Monte Carlo and company, this ones called the Orange Tahiti, and is available across the UK from today.

    The 7-inch tablet is packing a dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, a 5MP camera, and compatibility with the Orange 3G+ network as well as MicroSD support and HDMI-out. Storage is limited to 8GB, and the RAM is a mere 512MB. It comes with Android 3.2, which isn't that surprising, and at the moment theres no mention of if or when we'll be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich on the Tahiti. 

    Orange will be hoping to catch a few eyes with the price. The Tahiti comes in at just £69.99 on a 24 -month contract at £25 a month. The data allowances aren't that great though, with just 1GB of anytime data and 1GB of "quiet time" data per month for your £25. 

    Source: Orange UK

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    Fresh from the announcement of the Pantech Element just a matter of minutes ago, AT&T has released their own first look video. We'll be looking for a hands on with the device but for now, take a look at AT&T's efforts after the break.

    Source: AT&T

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    We're all expecting to see the Pantech Element shown off at CES this week, but as this image sent to Engadget shows, AT&T seems all set to be selling the tablet soon. 

    The AT&T store in question appears to have received their marketing a few days early and were a little keen in getting it out on display. Some of the specs and pricing were also on display which are in line with the earlier reports. LTE, Android 3.2, 16GB of memory, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Price, $300 on a new two year deal, $450 off contract. Availability is slated for the week of January 15.  

    Oh, and it is waterproof, more or less. 

    Source: Engadget

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    If you didn't get the .33 OTA update for the ASUS Transformer Prime, it's now being hosted at the ASUS support site for manual installation.  The update brings an overall speed boost to the 10.1-inch tablet, and it's especially noticeable on the camera interface.  Add in the magic that's done under the hood and unless you're a hacker following your own update path, this is one you'll want to apply -- even if it's not Ice Cream Sandwich.  Hit the link to grab the firmware from ASUS.

    Source: ASUS; via Android Central forums

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    Motorola has four new versions of the XYBOARD tablet up for preorder. They've dropped the cellular radios as thus the Verizon "Droid" branding as well, and they've shed a few bucks, too. There are 10.1- and 8.2-inch versions, of course. And other than also shedding some Verizon apps, it looks like we're pretty much looking at the same devices here. Pricing is as follows:

    • XYBOARD 10.1 32GB: $599.99
    • XYBOARD 10.1 16GB: $499.99
    • XYBOARD 8.2 32GB: $499.99
    • XYBOARD 8.2 16GB: $399.99

    Across the board, that's actually $20 less than what they're going for on Verizon, though you're saving hundreds in monthly charges by going wifi-only. Moto's got them shipping the week of Jan. 18. Hit the link below to preorder.

    Preorder: Motorola; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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    Ice Cream Sandwich update available in mid-February

    Acer's looking to make a dent in the Android tablet market, having started with the 10-inch Iconia A500 and then with the 7-inch A100. And now it's back in the larger category with the A200 -- and doing so with a price that all but promises sales. The Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a 10.1-inch Android 3.2 tablet (it'll get Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-February) with a 1280x800 resolution, full-size USB port and a Tegra 2 processor. Nothing we haven't seen before. But the $329 price tag is what really has our attention here. Of course, that's the price for the version with only 8GB of storage. The 16GB Iconia A200 will run a whopping ... $349. Somebody here is doing things right, folks. 

    We'll expect to get our hands on this puppy next week at CES, and it'll be available starting Jan. 15. Stay tuned.

    Source: Acer

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    Google's just released the latest numbers showing the distribution of the various versions of Android. Ice Cream Sandwich has made the list for the first time, with Android 4.0 totalling 0.6 percent of the devices activated. That's actually split into two versions of ICS -- Android 4.0 through 4.0.2, which comprises the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and Android 4.0.3, which is currently rolling out to the Samsung Nexus S. (The Galaxy Nexus will be updated to 4.0.3 in good time.) 

    In other unexpected news, Honeycomb (Android 3.x) has hit a total 3.3 percent, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) is up a bit more, now totalling 55.5 percent, and Froyo (Android 2.2) is down to 30.4 percent. Eclair (Android 2.1) has dropped to 8.5 percent, while Donut (Android 1.6) hit 1.1 percent, and Cupcake (Android 1.5) is at 0.6 percent.

    Again, that's the first showing for Ice Cream Sandwich. We'll want to watch how quickly that one grows, whether it's from new devices (which we really hope to see soon), or software updates (which we hope to see just as soon).

    Numbers are for the two weeks ending Jan. 3

    Source: Android Developer Blog

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