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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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Flipping through the session listings for Google IO 2011, and a couple of things stand out: First, there's building web apps and Android apps for Google TV. Google TV, as you'll recall, was announced at least year's developer's conference. It's based on Android, but third-party apps aren't yet available, though they definitely were promised. So it looks like the ball's going to get rolling there.

Also on the agenda is a "Honeycomb highlights" session. It's no great surprise that we'll see more of the Android version that is first coming to tablets, supposedly in the first quarter of the year.

There's also the usual programming and developer tools' sessions, which, frankly, we don't understand in the slightest. But you devs certainly do, and you'll definitely want to check them out. [Google IO sessions]

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It looks like the tablet playing field is about to get a lot more competitive. Our good friends over at PreCentral got their hands on some information regarding HP's plans and specs for the webOS Tablet, plus hits of the webOS Tablet UI -- and we'll admit it looks pretty impressive. The webOS platform has thus far been sort of left in the dark in all of the Android and iOS madness, but that may be changing now. Keep in mind all this information is from back in August, so things are always subject to change, but this still gives us a good glance at what's in store. Hit the links above for all the details, and let us know if this is going to be swaying your decision on purchasing a tablet in 2011.

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Dunno about you, but we'd be perfectly happy if Best Buy drops the price of the Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 tablet $100 when it's released on Feb. 17. (Droid Attic's leak also apparently confirms the launch date.)

The $699 unsubsidized price isn't a huge drop from Verizon's $800 minimum advertised price -- news we broke on Friday -- but it's a start. Chances are we'll see prices fluctuate -- they always do -- and we'll be on the lookout for those "Price so low we can't advertise them" deals. Again, you can sell for less than the MAP, you're just not supposed to advertise it. [via Droid Attic]

Update: Droid-Life was sent some sort of "price verification" receipt that shows $799. So $700, $800, either way, you might want to start getting loan papers together.

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When we broke the news of the Motorola Xoom's minimum advertised price, the obvious question remained -- WHEN can we get one? Looks like Feb. 17 will be the date at Best Buy, if this leaked screenshot is to be believed. Whether that matches when Verizon itself will make the Android 3.0 tablet available remains to be seen.

And just to reiterate -- the $799 price that we brought you is the "minimum advertised price" and not what you're likely to have to pay for all that Honeycomb goodness.  Everyone's favorite Panda is anticipating a $500 or so price tag after subsidy, and we're inclined to agree. Though any Wifi-only version is going to have to come down a bit before we break out our wallets. [Engadget]

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You want some actual news about accessories to go along with the initial pricing info for the Motorola Xoom tablet, eh? We've got you covered. Above is what Verizon apparently will have on hand, and it's quite the portfolio. You've got a camera kit cable (oooh, fancy), a media dock and advanced HDMI dock, silicone cases, travel charger and car charger. Everything a budding Android tableteer could need, we reckon. Thanks, K!

Update: Tweaked the headline. The accessories have been listed on Moto's website but are just now in Verizon's system. Thanks, Kellen!

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We just got hit with the news of the minimum advertised price for the Motorola Xoom Android tablet and HTC ThunderBolt LTE smartphone on Verizon. Looks like the Xoom will be going for $799 -- we have to assume that's unsubsidized. The HTC Thunderbolt is listed at $249, a more subsidy-friendly number.

That doesn't mean those are the exact prices we'll see at launch -- and we still don't know when that is for either device. But it's a bit of a starting point. One more pic after the break. Thanks to the the tipsters!

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There's a Bluetooth keyboard that popped up on Amazon [via Droid-Life] that says it's for the Motorola Xoom -- that's the Android 3.0 tablet coming out on Verizon sometime this quarter. (Check out our hands-on here.) Oh, and look. It'll be in stock on Feb. 14. That fits one rumored launch date. (Other rumors we've heard are "early February" and "Late February," so read into that what you want.)

But here's the thing. Click on the seller for the item -- Senyx -- and there's the exact same Bluetooth keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And the Playstation 3. And the App iPad. And for the BlackBerry Playbook. And for the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo. And for the HP Zeen C510. And for the MSI Android Tablet. And for the Velocity Micro T301 Cruz 7-inch Android Tablet. And for the ViewSonic 7-inch Android Tablet. And for Bluetooth-enabled Electronic Tablets/Smartphones/PS3/PDA.

And that's just the first page.

And they're all available Feb. 14.

So, folks, no special Motorola Xoom Bluetooth keyboard (at least not yet). And we wouldn't read much into it being available Feb. 14. It's just a Bluetooth keyboard with a whole lot of SEO behind it. Move along now. Move along. [Amazon]

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It's no secret that Apple has its reservations towards Android, and that's a feeling shared mutually. During Apple's Q1 2011 conference call today, Apple COO Tim Cook regarded current Android tablets as "bizarre" and that future models are "vapor" to Apple. 

Cook used the Samsung Galaxy Tab as one of his prime examples. He said that the Galaxy Tab is running a version of Android that Google has said was never designed to be run on tablets, and have a more phone-like experience. He said that to himself and Apple, that's a "bizarre product" and that making the comparison, consumers will ultimately choose the iPad. Pretty odd considering the iPad is generally referred to as an over-sized iPod, yes?

We'd like to kindly remind Apple and Cook that the 10-inch Viewsonic gTablet kindly falls into that "current" category. However, with it being lighter, sporting a much more powerful (and capable) CPU, a full USB port, and all of that Android openness (or "fragmentation" if your name is Steve Jobs) that we know and love, we'd hardly call that bizarre.

He went on to say that he can't speak for future Android tablets because we don't know much about them, but said that they are "just vapor" to Apple. We'd like to think that's short for "concerned," but we all know that the word concerned doesn't exist in Apple's very limited dictionary. Who knows, maybe we will be seeing some of that "vapor" make it's way into the iPad 2, but it certainly seems that Apple is giving a lot of attention to something they claim they're not concerned much about, yes?

Now excuse us, we have some more bizarre vapor -- which also has sold millions of units -- to cover. 

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Asus, along with several other manufacturers, announced a line of Android-based tablets during CES. Shortly thereafter, rumors began running rampant that not only would these Tablets not be shipping with Honeycomb, but that Asus had also pushed back the expected launch date to Q3. Fortunately, Asus has come out and spoken with Tech In Syle and cleared up some of these nasty rumors.

The Inquirer was alleging that John Swatton, an Android marketing specialist for Asus, told them that because Google had not yet announced the requirements for Honeycomb, they could not definitively say that it would be the OS of choice for it's upcoming line of tablets. Asus responded to these claims, stating that they are untrue and the subject of misinterpretation of information. Asus said that because Google has not officially released the specifications for Honeycomb, Asus and other manufacturers are simply going on possible guidelines for the OS, NOT that it will not be launching with the device, and that it is just a matter of waiting on Google's release schedule. Asus also denied rumors that the companies release schedule has changed to Q3 2011, and said it still expects to launch the devices as per the original announced schedule; April, May and June. 

Then there was a claim that because the tabs won't have phone functionality, they will not be able to run the Android Market; and Asus will have to develop it's own marketplace. The company also debunked this rumor, saying that not only did it show at CES that its MeMo 7-inch tablet will have phone functionality via Bluetooth, but its other larger devices will ship with the Android Market. Asus explained that unlike Froyo, Honeycomb is built from the ground up for tablets, thus eliminating the restrictions for the use of the Android Market that currently exist in versions of Android prior to Honeycomb. Not to mention anyone with a WiFi connection will be able to access the Android Market.  

It's good to see Asus coming out and clearing up a lot of this misinformation so swiftly, and we hope that this clears any confusion up that there may have been. All is well thus far ladies and gentleman, so sit back and relax. [Tech in Style]

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Miss Motorola's announcements at CES? Want to watch the entire event that introduced the Atrix 4G, Cliq 2, Droid Bionic and Xoom? The video is now available and is about 35 minutes long. Motorola's event was arguably the most exciting from an Android point of view so this would be a good one to see. Sit back and enjoy all of the Android goodness that's going to hit the market soon.

Oh, and don't blame us for the video quality. Phil says it looked pretty damn cool in person, though. And if you look closely, you might even be able to spot him in the crowd.

For more on these new phones, check out our Motorola Forums

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Ever since the rumor mill first began surrounding Motorola's much anticipated Honeycomb tablet, we've been patiently impatiently waiting for it's release. Alas, this will be making a lot of you Xoom fans who don't want to be tied to a Verizon data plan happy. Motorola's Latin America GM told Argentinian-based Infobae that a WiFi only version of Motorola's Xoom Honeycomb-based tablet exists, and that we should expect it sometime in April. Now, keep in mind that this was confirmed by the Latin American division of Motorola, so we're hoping that this doesn't mean it'll only be available in Argentina in April, but it's good to hear that a WiFi only version is out there and Motorola intends on releasing it. [Infobae via Engaget]

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Engadget scored a lengthy interview with Matias Duarte, Google's Director of User Experience and the man behind much of the UI direction of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 3.0 Honeycomb.

In one his first interviews since joining Google, Duarte talks about his time at rival Palm, as well as key Gingerbread and Honeycomb design decisions made over the past seven months. Duarte also discusses the future of Android on phones and tablets. He stops short of confirming that Honeycomb itself will be heading to Android phones, but says that the design decisions seen in Honeycomb are "absolutely the future of Android." This in itself is great news, and something that should have everyone excited about Android in 2011.

If you're interested in the future direction of Android, and the thought that goes into designing the platform and its UI then this interview is definitely worth a look. Check it out for yourself after the jump. [Engadget]

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Toshiba is looking to get into the Android tablet space in a big way. And by big, we mean 10.1 inches, with Honeycomb (once it's actually available). We sat down with Toshiba at CES in Las Vegas for a walkthrough with the unnamed prototype.

The software was defintely not finished, running Froyo (and with hiccups). But it was the hardware we were really interested in. Join us after the break for a good look.

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Although LG and T-Mobile have given us an early preview of the G-Slate at CES 2011, it still has to pass on through the FCC before we ever get to see it put to market. The above image appears to be the G-Slates FCC filing. As we know, it'll be able to run on T-Mobile's AWS frequency and will be loaded up with Honeycomb goodness. Hopefully, it now being in the FCC hands means we'll not have to wait all that long to put it in ours. [Engadget]

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T-Mobile today officially announced their G-Slate tablet. Made by LG, the tablet comes with TMo HSPA+ for "4G" speeds and Android 3.0 Honeycomb running the whole assembly. We already saw some leaked videos of the device in action and we are awaiting more hard tech specs. Press release after the break. [Android Central live blog, T-Mobile]

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Update: Video's been added after the break.

Spend even just a little time with the Motorola Xoom and Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and you quickly come away thinking that this may be the best chance for an Android tablet to hit the mainstream yet.

The 10.1-inch display (at 1280x800 and a 16:10 aspect ratio) is lovely. It's thin enough, light enough and, gosh darn it, you're gonna love Honeycomb running atop not one but two 1GHz processors.

It'll launch on Verizon sometime in the first quarter (nobody's saying yet), for an undisclosed price. And you won't get LTE at first, that will require a hardware update, with details to follow. Eventually. And the microSD card won't work at first, either. A software update will take care of that. Really, you know as much as we do about that now. So, yeah, there's still a lot left on the table.

What's not left on the table? A slew of hands-on pics. Find 'em after the break.

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There was a familiar rumor floating around the Android world that Google has minimum hardware requirements for Honeycomb (3.0). The same rumor went around when we first heard about Gingerbread, but were quickly squandered by Googlers with inside knowledge of the situation. That is exactly why we were skeptical this time around when we heard that there were strict requirements for manufacturers; it turns out we were right to be suspicious.

Dan Morrill, who works for the Android team, tweeted confirmation that there are no minimum hardware requirements. So there you have it folks, no requirements from Google, just false rumors starting from misinformation. [Twitter]

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As expected, Motorola has unveiled the Motorola Xoom, their Honeycomb toting, 10.1 inch 1280x800 sized screen beauty.  The Xoom runs atop a dual core Tegra 2 chip, uses current 3G technology -- upgradable to 4G as things progress, has an HD camera and offers full 1080p video playback.  This is the one everyone's been waiting for folks, and we're headed over for some hands-on with it.  Stay tuned.

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Last month when we saw Andy Rubin at Dive into Mobile, he was cradling what's likely the pinnacle of Android tablet technology -- a ten-inch Motorola tablet called the Xoom.  It runs Honeycomb, and has GPS and the new Android Google Maps 5 client, and we didn't know much else. Now that CES is here, we're sitting in on the Motorola press event learning more. That said, Motorola has just announced the name of the device even before the press conference has completed via their website along with some accessories to go with it. Which, we'll surely be stocking some of in the Android Central store. In doing so they also outed an yet to be announced new handset, the Droid Bionic. Stay tuned; we'll be updating this post shortly and bringing you more Droid Bionic info. [Engadget]

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Whoa! Here we go, this is what we were wanting to see. The Android Developers YouTube account just went live with an Android 3.0 preview video -- and then quickly took that sucker down. That's alright though, you'll find the embedded video after the break to drool over. Sadly, it looks like the rumors of it being tablet only were accurate. [Engadget]

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