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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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Put the price speculation to rest; this is just about as official as official gets. Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility confirmed to Reuters that the Motorola Xoom would be priced at $799 directly from Verizon, and that a WiFi only version would be priced "around $600". This is in line with other unconfirmed reports that Xoom will be available for that controversial $800 price tag. A $200 drop in price for a WiFi only model is not uncommon for tablets thus far, so we can't say $600 surprises us, either.

So, we will continue to ask, is $799 for WiFi + 3G and $600 for WiFi only asking too much? Sound off in the Motorola Xoom forums. [Reuters

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Sony is building a 9.4-inch Android 3.0 tablet with a custom UI based around its Qriocity service, according to reports from Engadget. Citing two independent sources within Sony, Engadget says the tablet is currently known by its internal codename of 'S1', and is being developed by engineers from the VAIO, PlayStation, Sony Ericsson and Sony Reader groups.

The tablet's brand new UI is said to be built upon Android 3.0 Honeycomb and focused around Sony's Qriocity on-demand entertainment service. The S1 is also reported to feature Bravia media remote capability and PlayStation support.

The most interesting thing about the S1, though, is the design sketch pictured above. According to Engadget's sources, its bulged side is designed to make it comfortable to use in a variety of ways. When laid down flat, the bulge props the tablet up; when held in the hand, it gives the user something more comfortable to grip onto. The bulge is also said to house most of the tablet's components, including its battery and Tegra 2 processor. Other reported features include a USB port for connecting flash drives and the like, as well as an IR transmitter to control non-Bravia TV's.

Sony is apparently aiming to ship the S1 this September for around $599, and we're definitely looking forward to finding out more about this intriguing little box of tricks. Sony will need to come up with something special to compete with the slew of Honeycomb tablets that'll be launching over the next few months, and we'll be watching with interest to see whether they can pull it off with the S1. [Engadget]

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Live here at Mobile World Congress, we just got word from Eric Schmidt that the next version of Android will combine the feature set of Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Schmidt didn't give any details on naming (we've heard both Ice Cream and Ice Cream Sandwhich), but it'll definitely be the "I" version of Android. Looks like some of our favorite Honeycomb features will be making their way to phones. 

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Eric Schmidt just announced that Google is currently working on a video editing app called Android Movie Studio. The video editor will be availabe for Android tablets running Honeycomb. You can expect that the big G will incorporate YouTube integration from the get-go.

More to come soon, as we are still in the Google keynote.

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We all were a little surprised when HTC showed off the Flyer (see our hands-on here) and it wasn't running Honeycomb.  It looks like they aim to fix this situation in the second quarter with an OS update according to their official Facebook account.  We reached out to HTC for confirmation, and we were told:

"I can confirm that we are working to bring a Honeycomb update to Flyer in short order – however, I don’t have any specific information on what the timing may be."

We'll have to see if that second-quarter window pans out. But either way, it's pretty sweet that we do have word from HTC that Honeycomb will be coming to the Flyer!

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News, theories, and phones supposedly running Android 2.4 have been kicking around for a while now, and we're seeing it mentioned again today from HTC.  Word is that 2.4 is still Gingerbread, and we assume that it's the version with backwards support of some Honeycomb features for phones.  We're live at HTC press event now, and hopefully we'll hear some more details.  We'll keep you updated.

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As we prepare to head on in to the HTC event today, we wouldn't be off to a great start if there wasn't some last minute rumors popping up. No, we're not talking about those Facebook phones here. We're talking about the HTC Revolver which has been suggested to be a Honeycomb loving phone that is headed to AT&T. Of course, the fact it's a phone running Honeycomb has us wondering about the legitimacy of it all.

Spec wise the information suggests a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, 16GB of on-board storage, and 1GB of memory with an 8 megapixel camera on the back and an 3 megapixel camera on the front. As much as we'd like to see how Honeycomb would run on a device like this, we'll have to wait for the HTC announcements later today. [Engadget]

*Update* - As expected, nothing to see here. just some Tom Foolery.

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We briefly saw the Acer Iconia Tab at NVIDIA's booth at CES, but they limited our experience to Dungeon Hunter. Here at MWC, the Tab is having a slightly more official coming-out, letting us view it's Android 2.3 skin. Honeycomb is supposedly coming in April and we are assuming that both Acer and Verizon are going to hold to that LTE launch of the device - perhaps even in the same timeframe? Who knows.

What we do know is that this is a 10.1 inch tablet with a 1280x768 display running on that aforementioned NVIDIA Tegra250 Dual-core CPU. There's a 5mp camera on the back, 2mp on the front, HDMI-out, and a nice brushed metal unibody casing. 

Until Honeycomb arrives, we have a very-slightly-modified version of Android 2.3 - you can bring out the home, menu, and back button by swiping on the lower-right - swiping again equates to a long-press to multitask.  

Catch a hands-on video and a few more photos after the break!

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Motorola Mobility announced this morning that the Motorola Xoom will be coming to Europe with 3G and WiFi-only options and will be available at the beginning of Q2. 

The European Xoom will sport the same specs without Verizon branding of course; we haven't heard specific details of a WiFi-only Xoom yet for the US.

No word on price, which will likely be figured out after it's initial release in the US. Full press release after the break.

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On the list of things I don't worry about, pre-launch pricing at Best Buy is one of them. Anyone who's anyone knows full well that they're usually set sky high as a placeholder and then change once the device is released. We'll certainly hedge, however, in light of the other pricing leaks we've seen on the Motorola Xoom and say that anything's possible. But we're not freaking out just yet. [Best Buy via Android Central Forums]

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We know a lot of new features are coming with Honeycomb, and many of them will be behind the scenes to the end user.  New APIs, and changes to existing APIs (Application Programming Interface) make things easier to program, run faster while using less resources, and bring new features.  For the end user, this means a better Android experience. 

One of the important new API's in Honeycomb will be Renderscript.  It's Google's new 3D rendering engine, and by the looks of things it's going to be a treat.  Renderscript uses developer friendly tools and methods to compile 3D rendering commands into scripts that the a device can run as native code.  Your device can then run these commands the best way possible, using either the GPU core(s), or the CPU core(s).  A huge bonus, and maybe the best part of the new API, is that high-end hardware can handle much of this on the dedicated graphics processor, while not so high-end equipment can process parts on the CPU.  This means one set of code will run on many different hardware configurations.  Great examples of Renderscript in action are the new YouTube and Books app used in Honeycomb (see them in action here).

Googler and Android engineer R. Jason Sams gives a nice overview of what Renderscript is on the Android Developers blog, and promises an in-depth and more technical presentation soon.  Just like most things on the Android Dev blog, it's a great read for Android nuts.  Hit the source link to read it, and after the break we have a video of Renderscript at work, captured directly from an Android device using HDMI out. [Android Developers]

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Just a few days after we introduced more complicated methods to install Honeycomb to the Nook Color's internal memory, the latest version of deeper-blue's Android 3.0 port is now available to be flashed as a zip file in ClockworkMod Recovery.

The zip, pieced together by samuelhalff, looks pretty solid so far (based on users' comments).  You can check out our complete how-to for either method of installing internally, in addition to our SD card install guide.  [xda-developers]

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You really have to wonder how closely Motorola has been watching the extravaganza that the development community has been having with the Nook Color.  Dollars will undoubtedly flow towards the soon-to-be-released Xoom, but will they flow just a little bit less now that Honeycomb can be installed on a $250 "e-reader?"

Do you think the recipients of the latest Google flagship device deal are squirming just a little bit?

A commercial for the Xoom ran during the Super Bowl, hailing it as "the fastest tablet running Android 3.0 'Honeycomb.'"  But wasn't it just recently being described as "the first tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb?"  You have to wonder . . .

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Are you a Dell Streak owner who is rather bored with the current state of your lil' tablet? Well, it looks as though you may soon be able to toss a little Honeycomb into the mix. Yes, much like the Nook Color the Dell Streak now has a port of Honeycomb in the works for it. It is only fair to note though, the port is not complete as of yet. No downloads are available but the fact it is being worked on by Stephen Hyde, who has created the StreakDroid ROMS gives us hope it will see release at some point. [Modaco via Android Central Forums]

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Back in January we got a hands-on look at Toshiba's upcoming Honeycomb-based tablet (which, of course, was still running Froyo at the time).  Now, we all can take virtual look at it as Toshiba has put up a page for the upcoming tablet. Not too much new information here, and it's still nameless, but there is a nice video and flash overview of the device which you can dive into. No solid information on a release date, but the website does note a release of sometime this Spring. [Toshiba]

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No launch date yet, but here's Motorola's full commercial for the Xoom Honeycomb tablet, which aired during the second quarter of the Super Bowl. Says Moto in its release:

Created by Anomaly New York, the ad entitled “Empower the People” is set in an Orwellian, 1984-esque world where technology – and people – are limited by restrictive platforms. Enter Motorola XOOM - the tablet to create a better world - and a new day with optimism, openness, freedom and empowerment.

Motorola XOOM redefines the tablet category by providing more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive on the go. Out of more than 20,000 products announced at CES last month, the Motorola XOOM was named “Best in Show” by CNET and lauded with numerous accolades and awards.

As the first tablet running Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the XOOM is powerful and fundamentally different than anything else on the market.

Empowering the people, indeed.

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Have a Nook Color and wonder how much better Honeycomb would run if it didn't have to be run off of an SD card?  You're in luck, because we have the instructions for installing it to your Nook's internal memory (emmc), which might run faster and smoother than an SD card (though running it with an overclock kernel on a Class 10 SD is very fast--and much less dangerous).

This is advanced command line stuff, and this is still a developmental port, so please look everything over and only proceed if you're feeling adventurous, and are comfortable with the instructions and with the risk involved: How to Install Honeycomb to Nook Color's Internal Memory

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There was quite a bit of news to come out of Mountain View, Calif., this past week, with the Android team giving us a more in-depth walkthrough of Honeycomb, plus the bevy of developers on hand. We got looks at a number of new (or revamped) applications coming soon to an Android tablet near you, and got to meet the talented developers behind them.

To say that there's an excitement building around Honeycomb would be quite the understatement. This is far, far more than just Android on a big screen.

So let's revisit the news of the past week. After the break, you'll find the entire presentation, plus demos of the apps. Enjoy!

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We've already seen a teaser for Motorola's Xoom tablet Super Bowl commercial, and now here's a 15-second clip of the commercial itself. Just a few days until we see the whole thing!

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Well, how about that. A single Best Buy store's Facebook page appears to confirm the news we broke a week ago -- the HTC Thunderbolt will be available Feb. 14. Also note that the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet is supposedly available Feb. 24 -- another date that's certainly been making the rounds.

Let's be clear -- the Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook page isn't exactly the same as news coming from the steps of Best Buy HQ. But we take what we can get around here, we suppose. [Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook via Droid Life]

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