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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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It's been more than six months since we brought you the first look at what's now known as the Toshiba Thrive. Back in January, at CES, it was little more than a relatively monster piece of hardware -- including a full SD card slot and USB 2.0 port. Today, it's running Honeycomb. Our man Jared DiPane got a quick and dirty look at the Thrive at the Digital Experience event tonight in New York City, which we present to you here.

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If you're a Xoom owner here in the United States, you probably felt more than a pang of jealousy this morning when Motorola announced that the Android 3.1 update would begin rolling out to European Xooms, bringing along with it SD card support. Motorola has taken to Twitter to quell your rage, responding to one disgruntled owner who called the company out on the American Xoom’s unusable SD card slot.

@Motorola: @portareaf Google is refining the SD card solution for U.S.-based Motorola XOOM devices & we'll share timing info as soon it’s available.

While Moto’s response gives us no definitive time frame, it does imply that SD card support is more of a matter of “when” than “if”. Sit back and relax, we have the whole summer ahead to wait.

Source: @Motorola

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The latest version of Android for tablets has begun rolling out to Motorola Xoom owners outside of the US, according to a post on Motorola Europe's Facebook page. The new version of Honeycomb for the Xoom brings SD card support, UI refinements and hardware acceleration in the browser, amongst other things.

Moto says the updates will be gradually pushed to Xooms in Europe over the "next several weeks, until the roll-out is complete", so some may have to wait longer than others for the OTA. If you're a European Xoom owner who has already received this latest update, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Motorola Europe on Facebook

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Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

The Android 3.1 tablet that needs no introduction (OK, OK, it's the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1) finds its way into Sprint's inventory on June 24. It's the same Wifi-only version, only Sprint's pairing it up with a 3G/4G Wifi hotspot from either Sierra Wireless or Novatel.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will initially be available through direct sales channels, some sprint stores, telesales and online. It will be available for purchase in retail stores on July 24. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run you $499, plus tax, and whatever data plan you get on the Wifi hotspots.

Source: Sprint

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Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

Looks like the onslaught of Galaxy Tab 10.1s is about to begin. A version sporting the 850MHz and 1900MHz 3G radio bands has made its way through the FCC. That could well point toward release on AT&T in the United States, or in parts further north. (Or anywhere else that uses those bands.)

Not much else to say about it just yet, though we can't help but wonder if it'll have "enhanced backhaul."

Source: FCC; via Wireless Goodness

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Horseshoes, hand grenades and the Motorola Xoom LTE. That's close enough to the the Motorola Xoom 4G we told you about last week  (remember that Verizon calls it "4G LTE") that we're more than happy to drop a big fat "told you so" on this fine Sunday afternoon. So it's coming, apparently. Still don't know when, and for how much, however. And note the acknowledgement of the Motorola Droid 3, which is nice and all.

What's still missing, of course, is when (and at this point, if) the original Motorola Xoom will get that long-awaited hardware update to LTE.

So, all and all, not a whole lot of news here. But some confirmation is better than none, right?

Source: Droid Life

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Although all across the U.S. today folks have been snapping up Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's like they are going out of style, those of us who live in Canada aren't quite there yet. However, we're not that far behind. Best Buy and sister company Future Shop are both now taking pre-orders for the sexy new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- buy in cost is on par with that of the U.S. meaning you'll be expected to pay $499 for the 16GB WiFi equipped version when it ships on the estimated date of July 22.

Source: Best Buy; Future Shop

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You've got to be careful when you see unannounced devices in promo videos. It's as likely as not that what you see may just be some sort of mock-up, rather than some upcoming production device. But in the case of the new tablet video Verizon's popped up on YouTube, it's both.

We're told that the Honeycomb tablet you see above -- which looks a bit like the current Motorola Xoom -- is in fact the Motorola Xoom. Actually, it's the "Motorola Xoom 4G," and it's currently in testing with Verizon.

Exactly what's been tweaked on the Xoom 4G? Tough to say at this point. We're told it has working 4G LTE build in. And if we had to guess, we'll see something a tad slimmer and lighter -- and maybe with even a microSD card, though it wouldn't surprise us to see external storage on tablets go the way of the dinosaurs.

We've also been told that the Xoom 4G isn't a done deal yet. Perhaps tweaks aren't enough for Verizon? But apparently it was done enough for someone to slip it in a video, so there's that.

And what about the current Motorola Xoom, which is still waiting on the promised hardware upgrade to 4G LTE? We're told that's still in the books. But it's now about six months since the launch of the Xoom, and it's still looking stout compared to the new tablets from ASUS, Samsung, Acer and others.

Check out the video for yourself after the break, and thanks to everyone who sent it in.

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When it comes to software and hardware, I've always been under the firm belief that if it can be built -- it can also be torn down and that's exactly what has happened to the Acer Iconia A500 tablet.

Out of the box, the bootloader for the Acer Iconia was pretty secure. But thanks to individuals much smarter then myself we now have a ported ClockworkMod, recovery images and even the first custom ROM based off the ASUS EeePad Transformer.

In other words, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is now wide open to all customization options so if you're the proud owner of one (we know there is a lot of you out there) you'll want to hit up the source links below if you're looking to unleash the full potential of your tablet.

Source: XDA (1), (2) Thanks, Fumetsu, for sending this in!

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Good morning Android Central readers! Today, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available.  The Tab had a special launch event in NYC last week, but it's finally available online and at Best Buy and other retailers nationwide.  If you're picking up Tab today, be sure to post in the forums and let us know what you think of it.

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We'd been hearing some reports of Motorola Xoom wifi only tablet owners seeing the Google Videos app in the Android Market, but now we're also hearing that the actual market tab for movie rentals has been enabled after an Android Market update.  We're not sure just why the service wasn't made available for the wifi only model along with the 3.1 update, but we have to assume it was licensing and DRM issues at play once again.

Anyhoo, it seems like that's all sorted out and if you haven't already got the app and the Market update, you should soon.  We can't rush the latter, but we can give an easy download link for the app -- find it after the break.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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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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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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This is just the beginning, folks. With the addition of the USB host capability in Android 3.1, we're about to see an onslaught of cool peripherals for Android devices. And here we have the PS3 controller being used on the Motorola Xoom. All you really need, in this example anyway, is a controller, one of those imported OTG cables and, of course, a compatible app. The latter is going to be the bottleneck at first. Write your congressman. Write your developer. And let's get this done.

Source: Booyagadget via Android Central Forums

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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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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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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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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (see our review of the special IO edition) launches today, but you'll only be able to get one if you're in New York City. The Best Buy at Union Square has a 10-day exclusive of the new tablet, which is shipping with Android 3.1.

If you're in NYC and want to get the new Tab 10.1, it goes on sale at noon. Best Buy is also giving away goodies to the first purchasers. If you are one of the first 200 people to buy one, you will get a free leather case and if you're in the first 50 customers you'll get VIP access to an exclusive performance by Ne-Yo.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 can be purchased for:

  • 16GB - $499
  • 32GB - $599

This is the WiFi-only version of the tablet (meaning no carrier contracts). If you plan to pick one up or are just curious about how people are liking it, check out our:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Forum

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Vodafone UK has announced that it's abandoning its plans to offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, instead opting sell its slimmer, lighter sibling -- the "new" Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Confused? The 10.1v is the new name for the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was unveiled shortly before Mobile World Congress, only to be trumped by a redesigned model a couple of months later. The heavier, bulkier 10.1v was due to be sold exclusively through Vodafone (hence the "V"), but it now seems that in the UK at least, this will not be the case.

Vodafone confirmed the change in an email to customers who had pre-registered for updates on the 10.1v's availability, but did not give any details of pricing or availability for the new Tab 10.1.

Source: Vodafone UK

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Are you among the many planning on hitting the Best Buy's Union Square location in New York to grab a WiFi Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? If so, the schedule for the event is now available and if you have any hopes of getting in on all the goodies that will be available you'll want to listen up.

First 200 people to purchase the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Best Buy in Union Square on June 8 get a free leather case; First 50 people to purchase get VIP access to Ne-Yo’s exclusive performance

High noon is when sales begin, so you'll certainly want to get there earlier then that. Needless to say, Samsung and Best Buy have gone all out for this event so if you happen to be in the area, let us know and send off some video or pics to let us know how things go. In the meantime though, check out all of our previous Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 coverage or jump on past the break for the full event details.

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