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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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Well, that was certainly fast. Although, having an unlocked bootloader I'm sure helped this process just a tad bit. With the news coming to use courtesy of Koush, the Motorola XOOM now has a root method available for it. Although ROM Manager updates will come at a later time, you can use the guide listed below to get a head start on things:

  • Download the XOOM root zip.
  • Unzip the package.
  • Copy the files into your sdk folder.
  • adb reboot bootloader (skip the next 3 steps if you have already unlocked via fastboot)
  • fastboot oem unlock
  • wait for reboot
  • adb reboot bootloader
  • fastboot flash boot rootboot.img
  • fastboot reboot
  • wait for reboot
  • adb remount
  • adb shell push su /system/bin
  • adb shell ln –s /system/bin/su /system/xbin/su
  • adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
  • adb push Superuser.apk /system/app

Due to the SD Card slot being locked out at this time, a custom recovery cannot be used but one does exist for whenever it gets enabled for use. Be it by Google, Motorola or the developer community. Until then, just enjoy your freshly rooted Motorola XOOM and if you should so need some help; hit us up in the Android Central forums. [Koush] Thanks, to everyone who sent this in!

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The Motorola Xoom is available from Verizon today, at a cost of $599 with a contract and $799 without. At launch, the Xoom will only be compatible with Verizon's 3G network, but will eligible for a free 4G LTE upgrade in the coming months. 

If you have a Xoom, are planning to get one, or want to wait for when the 4G upgrade is available, sign up on Verizon's site to receive a notification e-mail, and you'll be among the first to know. [Verizon]

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Just in case you're not really feeling a new 2-year contract or the actual sticker cost of the Motorola Xoom that doesn't mean you still can't have one. If you're lucky enough you may just end up with a gold one and then you can be just like an Oscar nominated movie stars. As was sent out via their Twitter account, Motorola might just have a gold Xoom with your name on it. All you have to do is re-tweet the above and you're good to go provided you have read the full contest details and qualify to win. To make it easier on you, hit the source link and start re- tweeting. [Twitter]

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Kinda goes without saying at this point, but you can now officially buy the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet at Verizon. A mere $599 gets you 10.1 inches of Android 3.0 goodness with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. And that sort of thing makes us happy. But do note that little asterisk next to the "Fully Flash-enabled" line -- it'll be getting Flash in a few weeks, but it's not there yet. [Verizon]

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Although the video was posted back when the Motorola XOOM was first announced, we somehow skipped over it. Nevertheless, it's a pretty awesome video so we figured it'd still be worth posting for anyone else who also may have missed it. Now all we need is for them to push it out the door so we can all have one. Until such a time, you can check out our hands-on. Thanks, Wing!

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We're not exactly too sure why this took as long as it did to turn up but no matter. It's here now and that's all that really counts. The ritual dumping of the system has taken place for the Motorola XOOM and has been posted up for curious people out there to dig through and explore. If you fancy digging through the code then by all means, have at it.  [XDA]

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The first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet hits stores Thursday
for $600 -- and missing a couple of popular features

The Motorola Xoom (or XOOM for you brand-conscious folks) is the first of the next generation of Android tablets to hit the market. It runs the new Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" version of the operating system, which was tailor-made for larger screens.

If you're just catching up, here's the deal: The Motorola Xoom goes on sale tomorrow, Feb. 24. It's a 10.1-inch Android tablet with a 1280x800 resolution display, powered by the new Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. And it's a dual-core processor at that, much like what you'd find in many laptops today. That means it can do more things at once -- like rendering graphics or outputting video -- and not have to work as hard to do it. And that means better battery life.

Other hardware specs you need to know are 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front for video calling. The rear camera will record in 720p high-definition, and the Xoom can connect to your television and output movies in full 1080p.

And the Xoom is pretty darn good, too. We first got a look at it at CES in January, got some more time with it at Google's Honeycomb event earlier this month, and again (in silver!) at MWC in Spain. It's a fine piece of hardware -- albeit a tad heavy at 26 ounces -- and it's going to be plenty snappy on Verizon's 3G network.

But the Xoom also will eventually be able to take advantage of Verizon's new 4G LTE network, with really fast data speeds. It's not launching with 4G (though it does have 802.11 b/g/n Wifi for when you're near a hotspot), but it'll be upgradeable in about three months, according to an unofficial screen shot. The really bad news is that you'll have to physically send your Xoom to Motorola to be upgraded -- it's not just a software thing. That's pretty much unheard of for any smartphone or tablet, and  we've got our fingers crossed that it doesn't become a logistical nightmare.

To hear Verizon talk (erm, Tweet) about it, that the Motorola Xoom tablet will have to be taken into the shop (for free!) to be upgraded to LTE is a feature waiting to happen, not a feature missing at launch. Maybe our glass is half empty, but we're not exactly looking forward to handing over new our $600 (or $800 off contract) tablet for a week's worth of work. On the other hand, it is free, and we're very much fans of Verizon's LTE data speeds thus far.

And speaking of features we really expected the Xoom to have -- Adobe Flash is missing, but it should be available in a few short weeks.

That's not to say the Xoom is a disappointment -- far from it. The LTE upgrade's going to be a hassle, but it's coming. And Flash will be here in short order. Other than that, we've been very impressed with the Xoom.

But at this point, the same old tablet question remains: For $600 (or $800) do you really need that form factor? And does the prospect of having to physically send away your Xoom for an LTE upgrade make you want to hold off? We'll find out this week as they finally go on sale nationwide.

Are you buying a Motorola Xoom yet?customer surveys

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Every year, Hollywood gathers for The Academy Awards to celebrate movies and the talent that comes with them. Actors and actresses walk across the red carpet with big smiles and designer clothing. But this year will be a little different. Hollywood's talent will be given something else to show off at the Academy Awards. Motorola will be giving out gold Motorola Xooms to the hosts and the nominees in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director categories. The snazzy Xoom will also come with a custom leather case, too.

As for the rest of us, we can just pick up the regular all-black Xoom this Thursday. [Engadget]

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Want to add a drop of Honeycomb to your phone, desktop or tablet? You can now find nine new wallpapers from the latest Android 3.0 SDK build over on the Android Central forums. The images are all at least 1920x1280 resolution, so there's plenty of pixels to go around. Eight of the images are brand new, while one is a higher-quality version of one of the wallpapers from the earlier SDK preview.

A few have been seen over the past couple of months on Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, while some haven't been shown in public before. Head on over to the Android Central forums now to get your hands on this latest cache of pretty pictures.

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Google has released the full Honeycomb 3.0 SDK updates, meaning developers can download and begin work with the finalized APIs for Honeycomb.  This comes in preparation for the launch of the Motorola Xoom on Feb. 24 and will let developers check what they've built using the 3.0 SDK preview against the final version before the Honeycomb tablets start to roll out.  If you're an app developer, or just like to keep your SDK current, you can update things through the SDK manager.

It's worth noting that the AOSP source (as well as Motorola's open-source portions) should be released before the Xoom is launched, so be on the lookout for that come Thursday morning if you're a DIY kind of person.  [Android Developers blog]

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As well as the 9.4-inch "S1" tablet that Sony is rumored to be working on, the electronics giant is also developing a 5.5-inch clamshell device dubbed the "S2", according to reports from Engadget.

The dual-screen S2 would deliver the same Qriocity-focused experience as the S1, powered by a Tegra 2 chipset and a customized version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The blog's sources describe a similar dual-screen setup to that of the Kyocera Echo, with the Gmail app apparently showing a list of messages on one screen and the body of the selected message on the other. While this all sounds pretty innovative, Engadget's sources are sceptical about how successful the device will be, with one of them reportedly calling it a "dog".

Apparently Sony's plan is to launch the S2 before the end of the year for around $699, a considerable bump from $599 price point supposedly being considered for the S1. [Engadget]

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Anytime a new Android SDK comes out, you'll quickly see an onslaught of ports popping up on various phones. These aren't even unofficial builds, but ports from the Android system images build into the SDK.

But that doesn't mean they're not fun to play with.

We've gotten to use a number of Honeycomb tablets on a number of occasions. And scaling things down to smartphone size is, well, tough. Obviously it's not what was intended. But it's also fairly functional, though we're not anywhere near having a Honeycomb smartphone as our daily driver just yet.

Anyhoo, check it out after the break. And dive into the Android Central Forums if you're looking to try a port on your phone.

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The speculation over the price of the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet is ... over. The 10.1-inch tablet will cost $599.99 with a two year contract, or $799.99 off contract. Data plans start at $20 a month for 1GB -- which should last you about 25 minutes once this thing is upgraded to LTE in the second quarter. The Wifi-only version we're all waiting for is still a no show.

Regardless, you can pick up a Xoom on Thursday at Verizon stores, online or anywhere else you can pick one up. Full presser's after the break.

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While we certainly agree that the Motorola Xoom launching without Adobe Flash is a bit of a gaffe (especially on top the Honeycomb tablet not launching with 4G capability or a working microSD card), kudos to Adobe for clearing things up a tad. The Xoom will get an over-the-air (OTA) update that will bring Flash 10.2 to the 10.1-inch tablet. From Matt Rozen on the Adobe Flash blog:

Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 preinstalled on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.

Good to see that it should be updated in short order. But let's hope this isn't the first in a trend of what otherwise should be an exciting time for Android tablet fans. [Adobe]

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Looks like you can add Adobe Flash to the list of features the Motorola Xoom won't have when it launches this week on Verizon. In addition to missing LTE data and access to the microSD card, you'll find yourself Flashless when if you pick up the first Honeycomb Android tablet this week. Motorola confirmed to us today that the footnote on Verizon's Xoom page is, indeed (and sadly) correct.

As for when we'll see Flash on the Xoom? The Verizon footnote says "Expected Spring 2011." Adobe's certified devices page says "Early 2011." [Verizon, Adobe]

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You can just about taste the Motorola Xoom. As you can see above, display materials are starting to make their way into stores, and official ability is believed to be right around the corner, possibly in the next few days.

Pricing still isn't official, however, and we're still waiting on Google to release the Honeycomb code to manufacturers, so there are a couple of pretty big steps still to be taken before we get this 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet in our fat little fingers.

But we're getting closer, folks. One more pic after the break. Thanks, S!

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As many developers are still making their way through the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) SDK, many are finding, testing and making use of the many new API's found within. One such API being played around with is the animations API. The above video while rather simple in nature, shows off how fluid animations can be when put to use. In the end this will translate to some pretty awesome graphics, something that we already know but we can never get enough eye candy around here. If you really want to get the full effect, click on over to the 720p link. [Curious-Creature via Twitter]

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With the Xoom's impending launch, Motorola has seen fit to post full technical specs up for the world to see. There aren't really any surprises here other than confirmation of a GSM version but no word on where or when we might see it. And yes, the WiFi-only and GSM versions are exactly the same as the CDMA one except for the radio. If you have a pressing need to find out just how many OpenGL extensions the Xoom supports (no, we aren't kidding), head on past the read link. [Motorola via Engadget, Motodev Forums]

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We've heard plenty of rumors about Ice Cream Sandwich being the next version of Android to hit phones. Even at this years Mobile World Congress Eric Schmidt himself was dropping "I" version hints when speaking of taking the best of Honeycomb and Gingerbread for the next Android operating system. Now, a new Dell road map has leaked out courtesy of the fine folks over at WPCentral that not only adds confirmation to the name not being Ice Cream Sandwich but rather Ice Cream. In addition to the name now being confirmed, we get a look at some devices as well. Hancock and Millennium are the internal code names for the phones heading to market while, Opus One, Silver Oak and Gallo are all seemingly Honeycomb tablets or as we've seen from Dell already by way of the Streak and Streak 7 -- MID's. [WPCentral]

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