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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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A bit of a stink has errupted over the weekend as more and more ASUS Transformer Primes finally started getting into users' hands, and said users discovered the bootloader is locked down tight.  That really shouldn't be a surprise, and the suggestion that ASUS partook in false advertising for not mentioning the bootloader on the box is, at least, ridiculous. (For what its worth, the review unit we received wasn't locked down.)

But fear not, intrepid tinkerers. On its Facbeook page, ASUS has said it's got an official statement coming up. "And in the meantime, relax." That's probably a good sign.

Stay tuned.

Source: Facebook

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HTC a month ago said the Honeycomb update was finally coming soon to the HTC Flyer tablet. And today the Taiwanese manufacturer is making good on that promise, as the update has begun to push out. You'll be updated to Android 3.2, and we're already hearing reports of more smoothness, the disappearance of wallpaper lag and other overall coolness.

The question at this point is whether we'll see the Flyer go beyond Gingerbread and get Ice Cream Sandwich anytime in 2012. Even money, we'd bet.

More: HTC Flyer forums
Thanks to Logan and everyone else who sent this in! 

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ASUS has seen considerable success with its 10-inch EeePad Transformer line, and now the Taiwanese manufacturer could be set to move into the 7-inch tablet space, if a newly-leaked promotional image is any indication. The shot, obtained by Italian site Notebook Italia, shows what seems to be a smaller Android-powered ASUS tablet with a slightly different design to earlier EeePad models. Most notably, the presence of docking connectors at the bottom suggests the possibility of a portrait-orientation keyboard dock, if such an add-on is offered. No firm information is available about specs for the mysterious device, however the possibility of  the Transformer Prime's beastly Tegra 3 chip powering this thing already has us salivating.

The source also suggests that ASUS' rumored 7-incher will make its debut at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, which should come as little surprise considering it's barely a week away at this point.

Source: Notebook Italia (Italian)

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You might want to look away if you just purchased a Honeycomb tablet for Christmas: 1saleaday.com has the 32GB Toshiba Thrive on sale today for a mere $299.99, a full $180 cheaper than the list price you'll find at Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers. The 10-inch, Tegra 2-powered tablet is no slouch, as we discovered in our review back in August, and while it may not be the prettiest Android tablet out there today, it's hard to pass up for a mere three Benjamins. Hit the source link before midnight tonight to grab one and if anybody sees Santa, break the news gently.

Source: 1saleaday.com

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The Dell Streak 7 may never have been the most popular tablet ever released, and it may also be discontinued officially. That doesn't stop British retailer Currys shipping them right now for an online only price of £99.97

The listing still shows the Streak as shipping with Froyo, but Dell began rolling out Honeycomb for the device a couple of months back. At the £100 price point we're in impulse buy territory, so if you want one hit the source link below. They might not be about for long. 

Source: Currys UK

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Really wanted a tablet for Christmas but the high prices put you off? Well Dixons online in the UK could well have come to the rescue by dropping the price of the HTC Flyer to £199 for the wifi only version. 

While shipping with Gingerbread, it's important to remember before dismissing the idea that the wifi version of the Flyer will be getting a Honeycomb update like it's 3G brother. That's quite a lot of tablet for £199. Hit the source link below for more info. 

Source: Dixons

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Our pals at Engadget (hey, pals!) have their sweet little Engadget Distro, which curates its content in magazine-like fashion. And it's now available on Android. It was previously released only for iOS, so it's great to see an Android version. If you're a fan of Engadget or tech news in general, you'll want to check this app out. It looks great on Honeycomb tablets.

The app features are:

  • Weekly, curated content from Engadget, the definitive source and final word for news on gadgets and technology
  • Share Engadget Distro content via Twitter, Facebook, and email
  • Download Engadget Distro Issues and read them offline
  • Navigate between Engadget Distro articles via swipe or in the convenient Article Viewer
  • Find specific Engadget Distro pages via the Issue Page Viewer
  • Browse Engadget Distro Issues via the Bookshelf or Cover View

Engadget Distro is a free app from the Android Market that is available for tablet devices running Android 3.0+. Please find links to the Market after the break. Engadget has even included the .apk for devices that claim to not support it, so you can find that here as well:

Engadget Distro APK

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Sprint has made the EVO View 4G update we told you about earlier official, with a press announcement that gives a bit more detail about what to expect.  Besides the normal Honeycomb features, and the disabling of the capacitive buttons, the 3.2 update for the View also supports system-wide support for HTC Scribe -- including document signature capture from ActSoft.  We've got the press release after the break.

And do note that your home screens will be reset. Bummer, but so's not having Honeycomb.

What if you failed to heed the warnings and tried to update your rooted S-Off EVO View and now have a lovely brick?  Our forum developers once again have the situation covered with a short post explaining how to get out of the bootloop, get recovery back up and running, and restore an older back-up.  Much better than panicking at 2AM and waiting for the battery to die.  Hit the link to have a look.

[Guide] How to fix soft brick after OTA

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The Android 3.2.1 update for the HTC EVO View 4G is in the midst of a rollout, bringing Honeycomb and a new "virtual and holographic user interface" to the 7-inch HTC tablet.  The official change log reads:

  • Physical Hard keys replaced with on screen Soft keys
  • New Google search, available on every page
  • System Bar: Quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons available at the bottom of the screen
  • Notifications menu moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
  • The Action Bar—which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen—is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application.
  • Enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM
  • Google video chat
  • Fixed a bug that kept Bluetooth from working in airplane mode

The update is rolling out itself, but if you'd like to force a check, On the Home screen, tap Menu and then tap Settings; scroll up and tap System updates; tap HTC software update.  On the Software updates screen, tap Check now and your View will check for updates.

We know a lot of you have been waiting for this update, and the manual update location is available in more than a few places (heck, just grab it right here), but if you've rooted your View 4G don't even think about it.  Waiting for a bootlooping View 4G's battery to die is no fun -- trust me, we know this first hand.  This update is not only as of yet unrootable, but it also changes things so that Revolutionary ceases to work by replacing the hboot files.  Developers will get it sorted soon enough. 

Thanks everyone who sent this in, and SprintGirl for bootlooping her EVO View!

More in the EVO View 4G forums

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The Acer Iconia A500 is getting a pretty widespread system update this evening -- actually it's getting two.  Users are reporting that they receive the first (7.014.01), and it's quickly followed by version7.014.02.  Both are small (less than 10MB) files, and neither are Ice Cream Sandwich.  What the updates are bringing is welcome though, namely a change to the latest 3.4.4 version of the Android Market and it's corresponding widget, and improved UI speeds -- including the keyboard.  The full changelog hasn't hit Acer's website as of the time of this writing, so it's possible there may be more goodies inside and we'll find them as we go along. 

As for root, the jury is still out if these updates will remove it and/or make the current methods to root stop working.  If you're on the root train, maybe you should wait for your favorite developer to catch up.

Sent via the Android Central app

More: Android Central forums

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Archos has been around for quite a while, but they are looking to break into the Android tablet market in a big way with their 70b Internet Tablet, which features Honeycomb and checks in at $199.  We don't have all the details when it comes to specs, but what we know puts this one squarely at odds with the likes of the Kindle Fire or HTC Flyer:

  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • HDMI out
  • 1024x600 capacitive screen
  • Starting at 8GB internal storage
  • Micro SD Card slot
  • Android Market and Google Apps

Starting at $199 and coming in January 2012, it's certainly worth a look, which we'll be doing come CES -- which is right around the corner.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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Read our Transformer Prime Review

ASUS this morning gave us an update on the availability of the popular and already hard-to-get Transformer Prime Android tablet. It's once again available on Amazon, which may be your best bet if you're looking to snag one by Christmas. And ASUS says it expects to have "normal inventory levels in January" for North America. In-store availability in the meantime, will likely fluctuate. It is the holidays, after all.

Here's the official line from ASUS:

“ASUS started filling the inventory pipelines this past week for our new Eee Pad Transformer Prime and will continue to do so on an expedited basis for the foreseeable future. We will reach normal inventory levels in January for the North American market based on current orders and forecasts.  Based on forecasted supply schedules to our valued partners we expect pre-order allocation fulfillment to occur shortly and online or in-store availability in the very near future.  We will continue to work closely with our partners to fill customer orders as quickly as possible.”

As for Amazon, you can get the 64GB Tranformer Prime in champagne or amethyst gray for $599, and the 32GB version in those colors for $499 at the links below.

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This Motorola XYBOARD 10.1 looks a little familiar, eh? It should. Take the Motorola XYBOARD 8.2 (see our hands-on), add a couple inches, and that's what you've got. It's the same redesigned Motorola Xoom 2 with a larger screen and a third option for storage -- 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

Otherwise, pretty much the same thing here. You've got angled corners, the metallic section on the back, 5MP rear camera, microUSB and microHDMI. You've also got a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor and 1GB of RAM running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich already promised. No microSD card, however.

Check out our quick hands-on after the break.

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Back in September when it was intially announced Toshiba had stated an expected release date of December for the Toshia Thrive 7-Inch and they've managed to stick to that -- at least in Canada.

The Android 3.2 powered 7-Inch tablet brings a 1280x800 resolution with Toshiba's Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancements, stereo speakers, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, in either 16 or 32-gigabytes sizes with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual processor. Plus, you get plenty of ports to make use of such as a miniUSB, microHDMI and a microSD card slot.

When it comes to price, you're not totally breaking the bank here. You'll be able to pick one up right now from Future Shop for only $370 -- that's not bad, all things considered.

Source: Futureshop

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A new variant of the Pope's favourite tablet, the Sony Tablet S, is now showing up for sale in the UK, the promised 3G version of Sony's Honeycomb offering. 

Costing £449 and shipping with Android 3.2, the 3G Tablet S is only available in the 16GB size. It also weighs a touch more than the wifi only version as you would expect, but otherwise all specs remain the same. Check the source link for more information.

Source: Sony

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Yes, my Logitech Revue is a liar.  I've been waiting patiently for the mythical Honeycomb update for my Revue for at least a month, I even got a friendly e-mail from Logitech telling me I would be getting an update soon.  Then last Wednesday, Logitech came out and said everyone should be getting an update "this week."  Well, it's midnight Sunday night/Monday morning, and officially next week and still no update for me.  I'm sure it's a conspiracy of some sorts, and I know if I look deep enough I'll find out how it's tied to the release of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.  I'll get to the bottom of this!

In the meantime, I figure "Hey, I'm an Android nerd.  I'll manually update from a leaked file on the web!"  Yeah, that didn't go over so well.  Turns out that leaked file wasn't the correct update path from stock 2.1 to 3.1, and hilarity bricks ensued.  Not just to me (so maybe this one isn't a conspiracy) either.  Seems like more than a few people took matters into their own hands and made their Revue a $99 paperweight.  Including Kevin Pereira, host of "Attack of the Show" on G4TV, who knew just what to do to fix it.


Before

After

There's nothing a hammer won't fix.  Nothing.

So I've replaced my Revue, and this time I'm going to wait for the update to push to me, like a normal person.  I don't like it very much, but there's nothing I can do about it.  And about that leaked update firmware?  You'll find it at GTVHacker.com with updated instructions that plainly say you shouldn't use it unless you're running one of the earlier leaks.  You're on your own if you go that route, so be careful.  The Revue is still the best $99 I ever spent, I just want to it be better.  Hurry, Logitech!

Source: @kpereira (Kevin Pereira) 1, 2

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Oddly named Xoom 2 sells for $429 to $729

Update: Verizon now says you can get the Xyboard in stores starting Dec. 12.

Not sure if you can get them in stores yet (all signs point to no), but the new Droid XYBOARD tablets -- those are Verizon's horribly named 10-inch Motorola Xoom 2 and 8.2-inch Xoom 2 Media Edition -- are available now on Big Red's website. The 8.2-inch version starts at $429 for 16GB of storage or $529 for 32GB. The 10.1-incher's going for $529 for 16GB, $629 for 32Gb or a whopping $729 for 64GB.

Remember that they're launching with Android 3.2 but will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Buy now: Verizon Wireless

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Sony's Tablet S has yet to see widepsread success, but it seems one early adopter is none other than Pope Benedict XVI, who today used the device to wirelessly turn on festive lighting in Gubbio, Italy. From his home in Vatican City, the Pope used the tablet's Wifi connection to send the signal over the Internet and illuminate the 2,460-foot-tall display, which is described as the "world's biggest Christmas tree".

Curiously, MSNBC reports that the Vatican originally intended to use an iPad instead of the Android-powered Sony device. Whatever was behind the chance in plans, it seems the Tablet S was more than up to the task.

Source: MSNBC; via: The Verge

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Both Logitech and Google have come out this morning with statements that the hotly anticipated Google TV update is rolling out to the Revue starting today. 

Revue owners have had to wait what seems like a lifetime since the Sony Google TV devices first started to receive the update. But now, the Android 3.1 update and it's all important Market and app capabilities will be yours over the coming days. 

According to Logitech, new customers should automatically receive the software update immediately upon activation. And still at $99 this could be a great stocking filler this holiday season. 

Source: Logitech; More: Google TV Blog

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The Financial Times may have parted company with the iOS App Store, but they haven't given up on native applications completely as the financial news powerhouse brings their Android offering to the table. 

First things first, if you own a shiny new Galaxy Nexus, hold off a moment as the beta available for download isn't yet compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich. If you're somewhere above Android 2.2 on phones and 3.1 for tablets then you're in luck, and it promises to automatically optimise for your device's screen size for the best user experience. Auto-downloads of the latest edition for offline reading are also along for the ride.

The app is free to download, but the FT does operate as a subscription service. The free registration allows access to eight articles per month, so it's at least possible to try it out without ponying up the cash first. 

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