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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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The rumors that the next version of Honeycomb being right around the corner look to be true, as today Android Open-Source Project engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru has pushed the GPL portions of the 3.2 source code to the AOSP tree.  Don't think this means that Honeycomb has been open-sourced -- this is just the bits used for the 3.2 update that are using the GPL license, which requires the source code to be available when the software is shipped.

For you developers out there, JBQ also gives build instructions (they haven't changed since last time) and warns that the binaries aren't likely to run on actual hardware, again like the 3.1 code.  While I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting the core of Honeycomb to be open-sourced, at least we know that the 3.2 update is on track and we should be seeing it soon.

Update: As pointed out in the comments below, the 3.2 update is rolling out now for Wifi users.  It's build number HTJ85B, has the application zooming feature we first saw yesterday, and the long-awaited SD card support.

Source: Android Building Google group; via +Jean-Baptiste Queru

 

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Here's an interesting addition coming to a future version of Android. Apps that don't properly scale up to Honeycomb tablets' greater resolution and larger screen sizes will be able to be zoomed in on to properly fill the screen. This is different than stretching the app to fill the screen, which is what happens now if the app doesn't properly target Android 3.x.

Instead, if you tell the app to "Zoom to fill screen," the app will be emulated at approximately HVGA resolution (that's 320x480) and then scaled up. The down side is that things will look pretty pixelated, but usability shouldn't be affected.

You won't see this on every app you run on Honeycomb -- many apps were designed to scale up on their own just fine, thank you very much, and so developers can remove the stretch/zoom option if they so choose.

And since we know you'll ask, Google's not yet saying what the next version of Honeycomb will be, though we've seen evidence that it could be Android 3.2.

Source: Google

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Can't wait to get your hands on the Toshiba Thrive? You're not alone. Android Central Forums member illwood has his already and has given it a proper tablet-on-carpet unboxing. It's one of the strong, silent unboxings, but it does the job, properly slitting the tape before raising the Honeycomb tablet aloft before the masses as a rainbow magically appears in the background.

OK, some of that stuff happens. Check it out above.

Source: Android Central Forums

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Although Asus is still planning on following up its popular EeePad Transformer tablet with the Asus EeePad Slider, they've now gone ahead and let everyone know it will be arriving in the UK this Autumn. That puts them off by approximately a month or so from their originally planned launch in August. No specific reasoning for the delay was mentioned but Asus did confirm they'll announce dates and pricing later this month.

Source: Asus UK

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We've heard the rumblings that Android 3.2 might be coming to a Huawei tablet, and that it'd could possibly be a specific version of Honeycomb for that smaller form factor.

But might it first hit the Motorola Xoom? It'd make sense, seeing as how the Xoom is the de facto Honeycomb reference device.

Issue No. 16992 in the Android Open Source Project has to do with Exchange support on the Xoom after the Android 3.1 update -- namely how it's not working.

Comment No. 28 on the issue, apparently made by a Googler, seems to address this, saying:

"There should be a 3.2 update coming within days, and that should help those of you with the Xoom.

So will we see Android 3.2 on the Xoom in the next week or two? News at 11.

Source: Android Open Source Project; Thanks, Joel!

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Welcome to another exciting edition of "Who's using which Android version!" -- the game show that takes a look at the various versions of Android floating around out in the world, and the percentage of devices using them.

Unsurprisingly, Android 2.2 Froyo leads the way for the past two weeks at 59.4 percent, but that's down from 64.6 percent for the two weeks ending June 1. Android 2.3 Gingerbread doubled to 18.6 percent (that's combining Android 2.3, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.3.4). And Honeycomb -- Android 3.0 and 3.1 -- ticked up ever so slightly to 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent respectively.

Again, the Honeycomb numbers represent tablets compared to the entirety of Android devices out there. But it's probably safe to say they're not catching on as quickly as Google and hardware manufacturers would have liked.

Source: Android Developer site

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Been holding out, waiting for the inevitable price drop to come to the WiFi only Motorola Xoom? If so, your wait is now over. As announced on the Motorola Twitter account the price of the WiFi only Motorola Xoom has now been dropped to only $499 and for those keeping track that's a full $100 off the original launch price. Making room for the Motorola Xoom 4G?

Source: Motorola; Thanks, to all who sent this in!

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Have an Acer Iconia Tab A500? Have an Acer Iconia Tab A500 that's not running Android 3.1? The wait should be short, as updates are rolling out now. We just got ours, and system update 4.010.08 is weighing in at 122.71 MB. The whole process should take a few minutes, and afterward you'll have the framework for things like Google movies, usb host and a slew of other treats.

So if you've got an Iconia Tab, hit up your system updates and get to downloading.  If you're the type who likes to tinker and needs the manual download link, you can find it right hereThanks, Ritesh!

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Admittedly, it's been a few weeks since I last let my wife beat me had my butt kicked at Words with Friends. And in that time, it's disappeared from the Android Market for Honeycomb devices, and reappeared, more stable (hopefully) and better looking than ever.

One thing the update won't do: Keep your younger brother from cheating, or your spouse from beating you the old fashioned way. Regardless, download links are after the break.

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At the end of April, Sony made an official announcement revealing the long rumored S1 and S2 Honeycomb Android tablets. And since then, we haven't heard or seen anything from Sony on the two tablets. Italian notebook site, Notebook Italia, got some exclusive up close shots and got to play with the oddly shaped tablets. The S1 tablet sports a 9.4-inch screen and curved backing. As for the S2, it follows a similar design to the Kyocera Echo, with its dual screen display. The dual-screen tablet is the first of its kind. The S2 has two 5.5-inch screens. Hit the source link for more photos.

Source: Notebook Italia

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Word on the street is that the Toshiba Thrive tablet has made its way into a few Best Buy stores over the weekend, ahead of its July 13 shipping date. And, sure enough, Android Central Forums member amana9 has managed to snag one, posting up a few pics as proof.

The Thrive, as you'll recall, is Toshiba's 10.1-inch, dual-core Tegra 2 Honeycomb tablet, available in 8-, 16- or 32-gigabyte models. But the really sexy thing is that it sports a full-size USB port and full-size SD card reader. Of course, that makes for a slightly larger form factor. But judging from our hands-on with the Thrive way back in January (before it was even running Honeycomb), it's definitely worth checking out. Hit up the source link below for more impressions and pics.

Source: Android Central Forums

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Way back at GoogleIO, Google showed off their upcoming movie rental service, releasing the service to the Motorola Xoom, promising that other devices would be added in "a few weeks."  It's taken awhile, but it seems like Google is finally preparing to push the app out to a wider audience.

Several members tipped us about seeing the application in the market briefly yesterday evening, and while the app itself doesn't work on phone's yet, I was able to download it before it disappeared again.  No word on when the application will be officially available, but hopefully this is a sign that it's almost ready.  Anyone with a non-rooted device looking forward to having this on their phone?

After the break is a brief video shot by one of our readers (loukkra) showing off the app running on his Nexus S.

Thanks Small_law and loukkra! 

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We got our first look at Flight Track's Honeycomb tablet update back at Google IO in May. Today, that update's available in the Android Market, and one of our favorite Android travel apps get even better. You've got the same look and feel in the $4.99 app, which has expanded for larger screens, making the mapping features that much better. Tripit support is still there, too, with a $4.99 upgrade. Check out our video and find download links after the break.

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Opera has released Opera Mobile 11.1. The big strokes are that Google text and autocomplete are improved, the rendering engine should be faster, and there's now experimental support for Adobe Flash on Honeycomb tablets. Here's the full breakdown:

Improvements include:

  • Added support for Google AutoComplete
  • Added ability to search directly from the address bar
  • Added intelligent domain suggest which suggests your most used domain endings
  • Added support for country domain auto-complete such as .ru or .id
  • Added user agent setting
  • Improved CSS, HTML5 standards support
  • Improved text selection
  • A dded support for Google voice search
  • Added exit button option
  • Added support for external keyboard in Honeycomb
  • Added experimental support for Flash in Honeycomb
  • Added support for downloading multimedia files
  • Cache is now stored in Android cache directory
  • Web Search intent support
  • Fix for LTE network speed limit
  • Fix for force close related to volume keys
  • Fix for Opera locking in landscape mode
  • Fix so that 7" 800x480 tablets will get tablet UI
  • Fix for problems with colors on ZT-180 devices
  • Fix for several crash bugs (including crash at startup)
  • Permissions: See bit.ly/opera_permissions
  • General bug fixes and improvements

Check out Opera's video walkthrough after the break.

More: Opera; Thanks, Stephenn!

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While many folks have already snapped up their WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's like they were going out of style, others have been holding out for the 3G/4G equipped version that's soon-to-be released from Verizon. If you're among those who held out, you can now hit up the Verizon site to place your pre-order for either a 16GB or 32GB version coming in your choice of color be it black or grey.

When it comes to pricing you'll be expected to fork over $529.99 for the 16GB and $629.99 for the 32GB. You'll also be required to sign up for a new two-year contract with a fitting data plan. They are as follows:

  • $20 for 1GB
  • $35 for 3GB
  • $50 for 5GB
  • $80 for 10GB

As it stands right now, orders are showing as being ready to ship in 4-6 weeks -- which may seem like and eternity if you've waited this long already. Hit the source link below for the full details.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Chris!

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Archos recently caused a bit of commotion by announcing two new tablets powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb -- the Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9. Of interest was not only the 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP4 CPU, but also the price point -- $249 for the 8-inch version and $349 for the larger 10-incher. Throw in the intriguing prospect of a 250GB mechanical hard drive or 16GB of flash storage, and you've got two products that could potentially shake up the Android tablet market.

We got to try out both new Archos tablets briefly at the manufacturer's London press event today. Join us after the jump to find out what we thought.

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If you're the proud owner of an Acer Iconia Tab A500 then you're no doubt waiting for Android 3.1 to be rolled out -- which should be coming in July. However, if you're a risk taker you can grab the recently leaked version of Android 3.1 for the Iconia Tab and take it for a spin.

The reports thus far state that the leak is leaps and bounds better then version it shipped with but like all things, your mileage will vary. You can hit the source links below for the full details and the download link if you're looking to give a shot. Make sure you follow the instructions for the best results.

Source: BBS_Gfan via: XDA

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Zinio for Android just got a huge performance boost if you're using a Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablet.  The app harnesses the GPU and uses full OpenGL ES acceleration for page turning animations, page panning and zooming, and to deliver high resolution scalable page images instead of downsizing them for your tablet.  The video of Zinio in action (see it after the break) shows this in a side by side test of the old versus the new.

This was accomplished partly because the folks at Nvidia were given access to the Zinio source code, where they integrate their own code that takes most of the heavy graphical work off the CPU, and putting it all on the GPU.  This is what an open platform is all about -- developers working together to deliver a superior product, with no restrictions on the build environment or code compilers.  We've seen it in Tegra optimized games, and it can make a huge difference.  Drop these optimizations on an already great cross-platform app that gives access to excellent content (there's tens of thousands of magazines available through Zinio), and syncs across multiple devices and you have the recipe for success.  Toss in free single issues of ESPN, Harper’s Bazaar and Popular Science for new Android users and it's something you need to take a look at.

Of course, even without the Nvidia tweaks it's still an excellent app, they just make it that much better.  You can find the download link (Android 3.x, free), the full press release, and the aforementioned video after the break.

More: Nvidia

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We'd heard an August launch was on the cards, but now we know that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go on general release in the UK in just under six weeks time, on Thursday, Aug. 4. In the UK, the Tab will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and we'd expect to see TouchWiz on there out of the box too, as it's featured heavily in Samsung's European promo materials.

The 3G version will also ship with a HSPA+ capable radio, though that won't do you much good in the UK just yet, as British networks have yet to roll out this technology. There's no mention of any price point, but we'd be surprised if the Wifi-only version exceeded the iPad 2's £400 asking price.

Press release is after the jump. Check out our review of the limited edition Google IO Galaxy Tab to see what you can expect from the retail version.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 owners are now getting an idea of when to expect Android 3.1. According to Acers German Facebook page the update will roll out in Germany on July 5. Sadly, no other regions dates have been announced but we take the German roll out to be a good sign that the update will come to other regions soon, rather than later.

Source: Facebook; Via Electronista

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