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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 folks at C Skills have done their magic again, this time with Gingerbread (and possibly Honeycomb) and have released GingerBreak.  If you don't keep up with this sort of thing, the C Skills team are the people who brought us the rageagainstthecage exploit.  Besides having a run-on sentence for a name, this is the trick that can root any device running Froyo.  Since it isn't going to work on Gingerbread, the fellas have jumped ahead of the game and found one that will, and are pretty confident that it will crack Honeycomb and Froyo, too. 

Now all we need is devices that aren't OEM unlockable to ship with Gingerbread so we can test it. 

Source: C Skills. Thanks, KSmithInNY!

 

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Lenovo is planning a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, slated to appear in Q4 of this year, according to a leaked slide deck. The leaked slides indicate that the tablet will feature a dual-core ARM processor and a mighty 1280x800 resolution display (which has the potential to look fantastic on a 7-inch Screen). The tablet will run Android 3.0 skinned with Lenovo's UI, a.k.a. “Le OS,” and isn't set to show its face until Q4 of 2011. Lenovo has been hard at work fighting its way onto the Android tablet scene, as we saw this morning with the news of this summer's 10.1 inch ThinkPad tablet. Should the still-unnamed 7-incher clear the cutting room floor, it would appear that Lenovo is covering all of its Android tablet bases. [thisismynext]

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It's happened to the best of us: you're up too late at the White Castle with your friends, when you remember you've got some mad homework due the next day. You rush home, heart pounding, and hop on the computer. After a hurried five minutes on Photoshop, you glance at your masterpiece, and pleased, go to bed.

I can only assume that's what took place with this latest gaffe, as I'm not sure there's any plans to have Honeycomb booting on the PlayBook anytime soon. Maybe the graphic artists at MacMall heard about the PlayBook running Android apps and assumed that was the only way?

We may never know. Thanks, John!

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Read our complete ASUS EeePad Transformer Review

Dunno how or why these rumors get started, but let's squash 'em right now. Yes, the U.S. version of the ASUS EeePad Transformer -- which goes on sale here in the states tomorrow -- has GPS. We've used it. It works. And we went so far as to mention in our full review a week ago. And in the specs list.

Repeat: The ASUS EeePad Transformer has GPS. And it works just fine. Carry on.

Update: We've removed ASUS' official statement because it was causing more confusion. here's the deal:

  • GPS works with Wifi on.
  • GPS works with Wifi off.
  • GPS works after a reboot and Wifi still off.

Any other questions?

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Anybody have a hankering for another Android 3.0 tablet/laptop combo? The ASUS EeePad Transformer (read our full review) is already out in Europe and is headed to the United States this week. And hot on its heels this summer may be the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet.

Looking at the listed specs, it's pretty similar to the Transformer. It's got a 10.1-inch IPS display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, USB ports, SD card reader, microUSB, HDMI, Wifi and 3G versions, and "keyboard booklet and cradle." Same as the Transformer. And like ASUS' set, the ThinkPad Tablet will come in 16GB and 32GB  versions -- and add on a 64GB versions for the serious PowerPoint players. It's also touting some serious enterprise-friendly Cisco security software, which the new Samsung devices will be sporting as well. But, wait, there's more. The ThinkPad Tablet also will have a pen input a la the HTC Flyer.

We're going to withhold judgment on the keyboard dock until it's official and we get to see it. But if leaked images are any indication, it looks seriously clunky compared to the EeePad Transformer. We'll just have to see. Check out more pics and deets at the source link. [This is My Next]

 

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We've been talking in the forums about specs for the rumored Dell Streak Pro -- the 10-inch tablet that's coming -- and now we've got the pic to back it up. So what you're looking at is a 10-inch tablet at 1280x800 resolution (that's normal for that size), running Honeycomb. No surprises there. Also mentioned is the newer Tegra T25 processor. Noyce. It'll be "data only," meaning don't expect to do voice calls on this thing, unless it's VOIP. And to that end it's got a pair of microphones for video chat.

Codenamed the "Gallo," the Streak pro also is said to have an "enterprise application stack," which should be good for you suits out there, and Dell's "Stage 1.5" user interface. What's not mentioned in this spec sheet is a possible USB host and client, or a dock with an ethernet port, both of which we'd love to see.

And that June date at the top goes against a report just a couple weeks ago that said the tablet was being pushed back to fall. Of course, this is as unofficial is that rumor, so we'll all just need to wait and see. Thanks, anon!

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We tend to not look too deeply into this sort of thing, because it's just far too easy to edit a build.prop file to show whatever Android version you want. But between our own Google Analytics, plus the help of a little bird or two, it's starting to look like there's an Android 3.1 version of Honeycomb undergoing testing.

We're not expecting this to be the convergence of Honeycomb and Gingerbread back into some uber-phone/tablet Android OS -- that's most likely going to be in the "I" version of Android. Hopefully we'll get a peek at that at Google IO here in a few short weeks. But in the meantime, we certainly wouldn't look down on an improved version of Honeycomb.

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Read our full EeePad Transformer review


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Here we go, folks, your first hands-on with the ASUS EeePad Transformer. It's an Android tablet. And an Android laptop. It's a Honeycomb tablet. And a Honeycomb laptop. Hell, we can't decide which to call it.

Fact of the matter is, the EeePad Transformer is one hell of an Android tablet and laptop, which is saying something considering the number of Honeycomb tablets out there, which isn't all that great.

Anyhoo, check out our hand-on video above and be sure to check out our further coverage.

EeePad Transformer pricing and availability | EeePad Transformer Specs | EeePad Transformer images | EeePad Transformer keyboard

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Where do you buy an ASUS EeePad Tranformer? And when can you buy an ASUS EeePad Transformer?

First off, the 16GB version will run you $399. The 32GB version costs $499. And the optional keyboard dock is another $150.

You can pick up the ASUS EeePad Transformer starting April 26 at the following locations:

In the United States, you can buy an ASUS EeePad Transformer at:

  • Amazon
  • American TV
  • B&H
  • BestBuy.com
  • BJ's
  • Buy.com
  • Datavision
  • Fry's
  • HH Gregg
  • J&R
  • Micro Center
  • Newegg
  • OfficeMax.com
  • Office Depot
  • PC Richards
  • Sears.com
  • Staples
  • Target
  • TigerDirect
  • Walmart.com

In Canada, you can purchase an ASUS EeePad Transformer at:

  • Canada Computers
  • Memory Express
  • NCIX
  • Staples CA
  • Visions

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Sometimes you just have to have that desktop experience. I use a laptop for my everyday computer. But when I can, I use it in the more traditional sense -- with a full keyboard and mouse -- plus a nice, big second monitor. And that's another feature that we're loving in the ASUS EeePad Transformer -- proper USB support.

The Transformer's got not one but two USB 2.0 ports for you to use on the keyboard dock. (There's another reason to shell out the extra $149, eh?) Friend or a co-worker have something to show you on a flash drive? Just pop it in. Want to use a USB keyboard or mouse? Go right ahead.

And it's that simple. You just plug them in, and they work.

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So now that we've written a word or three (thousand) about the ASUS EeePad Transformer's life as a Honeycomb laptop, let's put it up against one of our old netbooks, the 10-inch ASUS EeePC 1000HE.

And what a difference a couple years makes, eh? On the Eee PC you've got an Intel Atom N280 processor at 1.66GHz. The EeePad Transformer sports an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor. They've both got 1GB of RAM, but the Eee PC's can (and should) be upgraded to 2GB. And, of course, the Transformer runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb while the Eee PC sports Windows XP (or Windows 7 if you feel like upgrading).

The Eee PC wins in the storage department, with a 160GB hard drive. The Transformer has to make do with either 16GB or 32GB.

But it's the size that really knocks you out of the park. The Eee PC is downright portly when compared to the Transformer. It's like comparing a Macbook Air to that 7-pound monster laptop your day job forces you to carry around.

It's Fat Man and Little Boy, all right. We've got more pics of the unsightly duo after the break. [Full EeePad Transformer specs]

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It is no secret that Intel has been late to the ARM-dominated mobile industry, but the chip giant is looking to get in to the fight in a pair of big initiatives. The first is getting Honeycomb to run on various Atom tablets that could see Windows and even MeeGo as possible boot options alongside Android. Intel had enough clout with Google to get the Honeycomb source code, which still has not been released to the AOSP. Expect to see tablets with this setup later this year. 

The second is to get Android up and running on smartphones with Intel chips. While we have seen tech demos before, there has not been a commercial release for an Intel-powered smartphone yet. Intel is hoping to change that within the next 12 months. Intel said that testing on the carriers' networks was the biggest holdup at this point. [Intel via Engadet, The Register]

 

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Toshiba has finally unveiled their 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet, dubbed the Toshiba Regza AT300 -- at least in Japan.  It's the same delicious bit of hardware we got to play with at CES, and have seen plastered all over Newegg.com as the Toshiba "Ant".  The tablet packs a Tegra 2 and a full 1 GB of RAM under the hood, has both full-size and mini USB ports, HDMI out, and now we learn it will integrate with Toshiba's other Regza products, like Televisions and Blu-ray players.

The Regza AT300 is scheduled for a June release in Japan, checking in at 60,000 Yen -- or about $720.  That's a bit higher than the previous pricing of $449 - $579 we've seen, but we can't base US pricing on the Japanese model.  No word on when to expect this in the west, but we certainly hope it isn't too far off.  Hit the break to see our hands-on.  [Toshiba (Japanese) via Mobile Burn]

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British retailer PC World will sell the Wifi-only version of HTC's 7-inch Flyer tablet for £479.99, according to a newly-updated product page. This matches the current price for the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom in the UK, and is considerably cheaper than the 3G version of the Flyer, which is priced at £599.99.

HTC announced last week that the Flyer will launch across Europe on May 9. However, PC World is listing May 17 as the earliest delivery date available for both the Wifi-only and 3G versions of the tablet, so it looks like the UK release may lag slightly behind continental Europe. Check out our hands-on coverage of the Wifi-only Flyer from CTIA to find out more about the device. [PC World]

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Initial stocks of ASUS's new EeePad Transformer hybrid device have sold out, according to multiple sources. The Honeycomb-powered tablet/notebook briefly went on sale in the UK earlier this month at an insanely-reasonable price of £380 (~$610) for the tablet alone, and £430 (~$690) for the tablet and laptop dock.

A post on the manufacturer's Facebook page confirms the "first 2-3 batches" sold out much faster than they had planned. ASUS advises customers to watch their local ASUS Facebook page for updates on future availability. [ASUS Eee on Facebook, CNET]

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Although Best Buy in the U.S. has tossed up their pre-order page long ago, Canadians are now able to get in on the Acer Iconia Tablet action as well. Future Shop Canada has posted up their pre-order  page for the Honeycomb powered 10.1-inch tablet. While the price is slightly higher-- it's not by much, as it sits at $499 with an expected ship date of May 13. You can check out our previous hands-on from Mobile World Congress or just head on over to the source link to place your order. [Future Shop]

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That the Motorola Xoom is coming to US Cellular isn't that much of a surprise -- the proliferation of the first (and so far only) available Android Honeycomb tablet beyond Verizon was just a matter of time. Sprint appears poised to get it, too, and Cellular South's got a Wifi-only version.

So the question is will US Cellular be moving a Wifi-only version, or something will the regional carrier's data? We should find out sometime in the next couple months or so if this screen's any indication. Thanks, anon!

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Ask any analyst, technophile, or blogger -- this summer we expect a plethora of Android tablets.  Some will be good, some not so much, but the OGT Tablet is something we're going to be keeping our eye on.  Not only do they bill it as "the world's thinnest Android tablet" at a trim 7 mm and only 550 grams in weight, it has some very interesting specs.  Besides the 1 GHz processor (unknown make at this time) and the 16 GB and 32 GB flavors, the OGT tablet comes with a working microSD card slot out of the box and the industry's first true color display at a whopping 188 ppi (pixels per inch).  That's more than the Xoom's 152 ppi, and a lot more than the iPad's 132 ppi.  Add in a 5MP rear camera and a 3MP front-facing cam, and both a 3G and Wifi only model, and this one already stands out from the crowd.

Or at least it promises to. Will the OGT Tablet be one of the summer's winners?  We'll have to wait and see.  In the meantime, hit the break to see a short clip of it in the flesh.  [OGT Mobile]

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Tell us this isn't the Toshiba ANT. Somebody please tell us the little beauty we got our paws all over (thus the fingerprints) at CES at isn't called the Toshiba ANT. But according to a trio of listings on NewEgg, you're looking at the Toshiba ANT 100, 102 and 104.

But we're guessing that's not actually the name. ANT could just too easily be a placeholder for Toshiba ANdroid Tablet. ANT.  Or maybe Toshiba's being cute. But we kind of hope not.

The pricing? Well, that's another matter. There are 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions listed, at $449, $499 and $579, respectively. That's a little higher than what we'd like to see from what we assume will be Wifi-only versions, but remember we're still pretty early in the life of Honeycomb hardware.

Anyhoo, if any of this is starting to whet your appetite, we've put our hands-on from CES after the break of the likely still unnamed tablet. [NewEgg via Laptoping, Engadget] Thanks, Bethany!

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The Nvidia corporation will drop Android support for its devices running on the Harmony platform, according to a post on its official developer forums by Andrew Edelsten, Tegra Developer Relations.  This means that devices using the Harmony platform at their core  -- the Viewsonic gTablet and ViewPad7, Advent Vega, Toshiba Folio 100, and Notion Ink Adam -- will not have drivers built for video acceleration for any current or future releases of Android. 

This is not good news.  None of these Tegra 2-based devices is even a year old, and they are essentially dead in the water.  Even if someone were to build a higher version of Android for them, with no hardware support it's going to be a horrible experience.  Don't believe me?  Try an SDK port of Honeycomb on, well, on anything. 

I got myself a third cup of coffee, and sat down all ready to bash Nvidia for abandoning support for very capable devices, then I realized something -- I can't.  These popular devices are just the first official victims of Google's new method of forcing companies to obtain its  blessing to use a free and open-source operating system.  It's not Nvidia's fault.  You can't be expected to spend money and resources to update drivers for tablets that will never have official support from Google.  Andrew says that they have already updated their Ventana based devices to Android 2.3, and are waiting for Google to release Honeycomb to them.  I'm afraid we're going to see the exact same thing with the original Galaxy Tab, and it won't be Samsung's fault this time.  The phrase "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" comes to mind. [Nvidia Developer ZoneThanks, Adam!

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