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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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Honeycomb tablet available for ordering next week, ships in mid-July

We just got finished sitting in on a Toshiba press conference, and a big part of the focus was on the 10.1 inch Toshiba Thrive Android tablet.  We've seen many of the details, and recently learned about a July release, but Phil Osako from Toshiba answered all the questions we could throw at him.  The basic specs are the same as we saw at CES 2011 -- Tegra 2, a 5 MP camera around back and a 2 MP shooter up front, 1280x800 10.1 inch Display with Toshiba's "resolution plus" software, and shipping with Android 3.1.  We also learned that Toshiba has built in SRS and their own proprietary system to provide excellent sound from the Thrive.  All this checks in at .6 inches thick, and 1.6 pounds.

With the full size SD card and USB ports, they bundle their own file manager software that will assist new users when they move their media from one device to another.  Other bundled software includes: Quick Office, Need for Speed, Toshiba's media player, Log me in, and Printer Share for sending documents to a wifi printer.

The Thrive will be available for ordering June 13, shipping in early to mid-July.  You will find it an most major retail stores -- basically any place that sells Toshiba laptops will sell the Thrive.  The prices are what we have heard -- starting at $429 for the 8GB version.  Toshiba says they decided to go with the 8 GB starting point for two reasons -- to hit the low price point, and because they have found that most users don't need or use more than 8 GB.  With the full size SD card slot, memory is expandable and they think consumers will see the appeal of the entry level model.  And I think they are right.  Add in a few accessories, like two docking stations (the basic dock checks in at $39.99, and the deluxe version with spare USB and HDMI ports is $59.99), a user replaceable battery at $89.99 and a battery cover that comes in five different colors for $19.99, and Toshiba has set themselves up to win.  Hit the jump to see some of the official pictures of the latest Honeycomb tablet.

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So you desperately want a Galaxy Tab 10.1, but maybe white's not your thing. How about a nice metallic gray? Samsung can do that, too. And for our money, this one's where it's at. It's got a nice texture to it. And while it's a little colder in the hand, it feels a little less like a toy, and a little more professional. More distinguished, if you will.

And the best part: It's supposed to be available at the nationwide launch on June 17. Want more? Pics are after the break.

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We're in New York City ahead of the reader meet-up with our pals at Samsung and just snagged ourselves a look at the retail version of the Wifi-only Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will hit the Union Square Best Buy in New York City on June 8, and nationwide June 17.

For all intents and purposes, what you see here is exactly what was handed out to developers at Google IO (see our full review of the special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1). Same Tegra 2 system on a chip, same hardware (thin and light!), and same Honeycomb. OK, not the same Honeycomb. This guy's running Android 3.1, and it'll have it at launch time.

One thing it won't have, however, is Samsung's Touchwiz user experience, but that'll be coming in an over-the-air update later. (No, we don't know when.)

And because so many of you have asked, we'll put this in a sentence all its own: There's no microSD card. But you do have a couple of versions you can purchase. The 16GB Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run you $499, and the 32GB version costs $599.

So there you have it, folks. For those of you not able to come to the event in New York, we bring the event to you.

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Since we first had some time with the Toshiba Thrive (then only known as an unnamed Toshiba tablet) at CES last January, we've been waiting to hear when it would show up for anyone to actually purchase one.  According to Engadget, that will be this July, with pre-orders starting at Best Buy on June 13.  The pricing is also done right -- $429 for the 8GB model, $479 for the 16GB, and the 32GB checks in at $579.

The Thrive is also looking good in the features department -- with full size HDMI and USB ports and a full size SD card slot built into the unit itself, connectivity won't be an issue, and that matters because it ships with Honeycomb 3.1 and all the USB gadgetry support you could ever ask for. Toss in Toshiba's Resolution + software and a removable battery, and you have the makings of a real winner at a great price.  Hit the break to see the hands-on video from CES.

Source: Engadget

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The time has come, boys and girls. We're in New York City (when are we not, these days?) tonight for the first official Android Central reader meet-up. (Official as in nobody's going to have to file a restraining order when it's over. We hope.)

We'll be meeting with a few of our favorite fellow Android blogers -- and most important, 500 or so of our closest friends. You! And for those of you who were able to score tickets, a few giveaways are in order. Samsung's going to be on hand to show off the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 (among other wares, most likely), and will be giving away five of the Honeycomb devices. They'll also be giving away five smartphones. And we've brought along a few T-shirts and other swag to put on the pile.

For everybody coming tonight, see you at 7. (Full details are here.) For everybody else, we'll be covering the event as only Android Central can.

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To settle all the confusion about the TouchWiz interface and whether or not it will be included on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, we reached out to Samsung.  They let us know that the TouchWiz UI will not be available at launch, but will come via a separate OTA download for all Wifi Tab 10.1 users.  We'll certainly let you know when this happens.

This begs the question -- if you buy a Galaxy Tab 10.1, will you update to the new TouchWiz UI?  From everything we've seen and used, it's a beautiful interface that takes full advantage of the real estate of a tablet's screen.  Personally, I'll be sure to check it out, then make my final decision.  What say you?  Sound off in the comments and discuss further in the forums!

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Another month, another batch of numbers showing us the percentage of devices running the various builds of Android. And the numbers haven't change greatly since our last look a month ago.

The big winners (and "big" is relative here) -- Android 2.3.3, not even the latest version of Gingerbread -- that'd be Android 2.3.4 on the Nexus S and Nexus One -- jumped from 3 percent to 8.1 percent. (Update: Google just explained that one to us: The chart's really sorted by API level, so don't worry that Android 2.3.4 isn't visible.)  Otherwise, things are as you'd expect. The older versions continue to dwindle -- Eclair's down to 21.2 percent, and Froyo's dropped a little more than a percentage point to 64.6 percent.

As for Honeycomb? Pretty much no change at 0.3 percent for Android 3.0 and Android 3.1. Now, you might be tempted to extrapolate that to the 400,000-some-odd devices being activated a day, and that'd give you about 2,400 Honeycomb devices being activated every day. But that's bad math. Remember that this chart is aggregate -- from the dawn of time until now. So you're comparing Honeycomb devices against the millions of other devices out there. Food for thought.

Source: Google Developer Blog

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Archos, a longtime manufacturer of Android tablets and personal media players, has announced the release of their new generation of tablets on June 23, in Paris.  Details from Archos are sparse, to say the least, but the invitation shows Bugdroid, the Android mascot, carrying a tote that looks very much like the Android Market icon, and you also see the familiar blue Honeycomb bee buzzing around his head.

Lack of the Android Market (officially) has been a thorn in Archos' side for a while now, so this would be a huge step for them.  And since Google still hasn't open-sourced Honeycomb, we can only speculate that Archos is now an "official" authorized Android partner -- as they should be.  We'll know more in a few weeks.

Source: ArchosLounge (French).  Thanks, Romain!

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Zinio, the popular magazine reading application that gained enormous popularity on iOS, is now available on Android. With the app, which is only available for tablets running Honeycomb, users can browse and consume their favorite magazines.

Zinio offers an enormous library, where users can purchase entire subscriptions or single issues. Their collection includes but is not limited to:

  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  • The Economist
  • Maxim
  • Esquire
  • Men's Fitness
  • Macworld
  • PC World
  • PC Gamer
  • X-Box World
  • National Geographic
  • Consumer Reports

Users can also sync their library with their computer or other supported mobile devices. For all of those who have been waiting for Zinio, the wait is finally over. Find links to the Market after the break.

Source: Twitter

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Looks like the list of retailers preparing to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (read our full review) is shaping up quite nicely. First we had Best Buy, and now it looks like OfficeMax is getting into the game as well, thanks to this comparison sheet snagged by our sister site, PreCentral. We're all still operating under the June 8 date that Samsung announced back at CTIA in March, so we may well finally see public release of one of our favorite Honeycomb tablets in less than two weeks.

Source: PreCentral

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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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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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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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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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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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Wanna see a neat, but mostly useless trick?  Of course you do!  Grab your rooted Honeycomb tablet and change the screen density past 170 and reboot.  You'll be faced with what appears to be the stock Gingerbread launcher.  Change it back below 160 and reboot again to revert all changes.

While it's kind of cool to see things like this, we're not too surprised.  Back in January when the Honeycomb SDK preview was released, we found that fiddling with the screen settings and resolution did just about the same thing (pictured above).  But I digress -- it's cool in a geeky sort of way and we love cool and geeky.  So hit the break to see a video of it in action on a rooted Dell Streak 7 running a Honeycomb emulator port.

Source: Graffix0214's YouTube channel via Pocketables

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If you have an Android tablet, you've no doubt checked out TweetComb and Newsr by now. (If not, you really should.) We've done reviews for both (hit the links above) and walked away pleasantly surprised with them even during the beta stages of the applications.

One suggestion we did make was to make the apps free and get them into the hands of as many users as possible and now, the developer behind both apps; Chris Stewart has done just that. Yes, TweetComb and Newsr are both now available as free apps in the Android Market but the great news doesn't stop there. If you've previously purchased either app, Chris is offering refunds to existing customers, all you need to do is reach out and let him know you wish to be refunded.

Source: @chrisstewart

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Did our exclusive first look at the Seesmic Honeycomb Twitter client leave you hungry for more? No worries, folks. Our pal Stephanie (aka The LG Girl) snagged a look this week on the T-Mobile G-Slate during Google IO. And while the UI remains quite simple, it's all the special sauce Seesmic includes in its apps that has us refreshing the Android Market every couple of hours. Take a gander.

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Although we've caught a glimpse of the upcoming OGT Tablet -- now named Eros -- the mystery and specs surrounding this device were certainly enough to make us want another look at it. No, we don't have a full and complete hands-on with it for you all as of yet but -- OGT has posted up their teaser video just to double check our interest.

If you missed it the first time around, "the world's thinnest Android tablet" packs a 1GHz processor, microSD card slot along with front and rear facing cameras and a 188 ppi (pixels per inch) display. Needless to say -- we're still interested OGT but we'll need one soon to stay that way, the market is growing.

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Barnes and Noble have updated the Nook app for Android, giving high resolution devices (read: tablets) support for magazines as well as a few bug fixes for the HTC Thunderbolt and Android 3.x (Honeycomb) devices.  It works nicely, and the additions have been made without cluttering or changing the user-friendly interface that the Nook app is famous for.

Open the updated app, and in the "shop" section you'll have the entry for magazines, where you can subscribe, manage subscriptions, or just download a single issue.  The prices are competitive (A National Geographic subscription runs $1.99 monthly) and the format works great for reading.  You select and download your current issue, tap to open and simply browse through just as if you had a paper copy in your hands.  When you want to read an article, you simply tap a button in the upper right corner and a new window opens with all the content.  It's a great way to skim the content and focus on the pictures, and then go back and read the articles at your leisure. The app itself is free, and runs on Android 2.1 or higher.  We've got a few more pictures and the download link after the break.

Thanks, Max for the tip!

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