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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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Verizon this morning officially announced it will carry the Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition as the XYBOARD 10.1 and XYBOARD 8.2, respectively. Both tablets will launch with Android 3.2 Honeycomb but will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The XYBOARD tablets also both feature 1.2 GHz processors, 1GB of RAM and have Gorilla Glass on their displays. They each have 1 5MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP shooter up front.

No actual release date was announced, just "this month." As for pricing: The XYBOARD 10.1 will be available in a 16GB version for $529.99, a 32GB version for $629.99, and a 64GB version for $729.99. The XYBOARD 8.2 will cost $429.99 for the 16GB version and $529.99 for the 32GB version. Also,  you'll have to sign a two-year contract with a (minimum) $30-a-month data plan. However, Verizon will take off $100 and throw in $50 worth of accessories if you also buy a new Droid RAZR on contract. 

Full presser's after the break.

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And HTC's made it official: Honeycomb indeed is rolling out to the GSM HTC Flyer in Europe. So what about the rest of us? HTC says the Wifi version of the Flyer will "receive its Honeycomb update soon." Here's the full skinny:

Ready for some ‘sweet’ news? The GSM version of the HTC Flyer tablet, available in Europe, is beginning to receive updates to Honeycomb beginning today! Honeycomb brings a ton of improvements to Android on tablets, including the latest version of HTC Sense for Tablet with enhanced Internet browsing, Mail, Calendar and more all optimized for the 7" screen. Not to be outdone, the WiFi version of the HTC Flyer will receive its Honeycomb update soon, too! Stay tuned for more details.

Source: Facebook

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Looks like the long wait for a Honeycomb update on the HTC Flyer is finally over, with the French version starting to get Android 3.0. Hopefully the rest of the world won't be too far behind. And hopefully this isn't the last update we'll see the Flyer -- which launched with Gingerbread -- receive. We'd love to see Ice Cream Sandwich on this kid.

Source: HTCInside.de (translated)

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Time Warner Cable has announced that its TWC app for Honeycomb tablets is now available in the Android Market.  Compatible with any set-top box or DVR running the Time Warner "Navigator" program guide, the app doesn't allow live streaming of television shows but it has some pretty cool features.  You can see seven days of TV listings, control and program your DVR through the app, search TV listings by title or episode name, and even use your tablet as a remote control for supported cable boxes and DVR's. 

TWC says the app has been "certified" to run as intended on the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but should work just fine with any tablet running Android 3.1 or higher.  It's free in the Market, and you can find the download link after the break.

Source: TW Cable untangled, via BusinessWire

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Looks like Motorola has another one of its "projects" in the works (the Droid Bionic is in the middle of one), and this time the Xoom tablet is the intended target. The following e-mail's making the rounds:

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a project for owners of the Motorola Xoom on Verizon, and would like to invite you to participate. Click this link to take a short enrollment survey for this project. Please note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners' Forums to take part.

This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this project on any public sites.
Thanks -- please understand that project start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don't hear from us right away.

- Matt
Motorola Owners' Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

We can only hope that this is Ice Cream Sandwich in the works, and not yet another maintenance update. Stay tuned.

Thanks, anon!

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The clamshell Sony Tablet P has found its way out into the wild in the UK, bringing to market with it a hefty pricetag just a penny under £500. 

The Tegra 2, dual 5.5 inch screened device brings Honeycomb 3.2 along for the ride. It also comes with Sony's Playstation certification much like its sibling, the more conventional Tablet S. Sony claims that the styling will make it more comfortable to hold sideways for reading books, but many would be put off by its unusual design. 

Besides the price, Sony's timing to launch the Tablet P now with the Asus Transformer Prime and its Ice Cream Sandwich flavouring right around the corner is quite baffling. Nevertheless, if the Tablet P appeals to you, your local Sony Centre or Dixons online is the place to go. 

Source: Sony

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Lenovo this morning announced a pretty cool option for its Android-based ThinkPad Tablet, adding the Qualcomm Gobi 3000 chipset so you can get online on any network in the world, be it GSM or CDMA. The data will still have to be provisioned by the carrier, of course, but the ThinkPad Tablet will have the radios built in to do so. This is geared toward the corporate environment, but it still stands to make life a lot easier for those worldwide road warriors.

Source: Press release; More: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet hands-on; Qualcomm Gobi

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Samsung's just let us know that the Android 3.2 update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has begun to push out again. You'll recall how a couple weeks ago the initial update led to Wifi connectivity problems for some, and the update was pulled. That bug has been squashed, and the update's good to go again.

If you skipped the update the first time around, you can download it over the air. For those who did update and ended up with a borked tablet (that's the technical term, by the way), you'll need to connect to the Samsung Kies desktop app and update that way.

Here's the official word from Samsung:

Earlier this morning, Samsung began releasing an over the air software update allowing Galaxy 10.1 users to upgrade to Android 3.2 while also resolving a Wi-Fi connectivity issues some Galaxy 10.1 users experienced following a previous software update. For Galaxy 10.1 users who are experiencing Wi-Fi connectivity issues and are unable to reconnect, the new software update may be downloaded and installed via Samsung's Kies desktop app.

No matter how you do it, though, good on Samsung for identifying the problem, pulling the update and pushing out a fix relatively quickly.

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The ASUS Transformer Prime is coming. When, we don't exactly know -- sometime in early December -- but ASUS has listed it for preorder on Amazon, and is saving you $7.79 in the process. The Transformer Prime, as you'll recall, is the follow-up to the popular Eee Pad Transformer, which in addition to being an above average Android Tablet sports an excellent keyboard dock that basically turns everything into an Android laptop. The Transformer Prime sexes things up even more with a metallic finish, better camera and battery life, and slimming things down even more.

You can preorder the 32GB version of the Transformer Prime for $492.20, or the 64GB version for $584.22.

Source: Amazon
More: Transformer Prime Preview | Transformer Prime Forums

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The Toshiba Thrive Android tablet has received its update to Android 3.2. In addition to the version bump, you're also getting:

  • Enables an improved compatibility mode enhancing the way applications originally designed for smaller screen devices appear and function on the larger tablet display.
  • Improves screen rotation acceleration.
  • Adds extended screen support API, giving developers more precise control over the user interface across a range of Android-powered devices.

Thrive owners can snag the update in the tablet's update app. Do note that if you use the Android Market widget, it might disappear because of a naming change. You can add it back after the update.

More: Toshiba; Thanks, Andrew!

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We've heard some runblings of a new update expected for the ASUS EeePad Transformer since the last one apparently broke a few things but there was never any mention of an ETA for it. Now is apparently the time though, as quite few people are starting to get an update labeled " 8.6.5.19-20111107" on their devices.

We've done some digging around and for the most part it just appears to be bug fixes but one welcomed change I'm sure is that the Backup app is now working again. Spot any other changes? If so let us know but for now -- go ahead and check for updates if you're unrooted, you may find it there waiting for you.

Discuss more in the Android Central Forums
Thanks, Donnieace!

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While Samsung went ahead and announced it previously, T-Mobile has now comfirmed the release date and pricing for their 4G enabled 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, it's got a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP rear camera and 2MP front camera and Samsung's TouchWiz UI on the 1024x600 display.

Beginning Nov. 16, T-Mobile will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus for a $249.99 down payment at T-Mobile retail stores with a new two-year contract and a $50 MIR but that's only a down payment as you'll need a T-Mobile Value Mobile Broadband plan as well pay 20 interest free monthly payments of $10 on approved credit. That takes the grand total of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus to $449.

If you're interested in grabbing one as soon as they're available, hit the source link and sign up for email updates. You can also jump past the break for the full press-release from T-Mobile.

Source: T-Mobile

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When it comes to third-party keyboards on Android devices, there are two roads developers take. You have the likes of Swype, which makes its money getting preloaded onto devices (but also has a "beta" line for anyone else to download). And then there's most every other keyboard developer, which uses the Android Market (among others) for distribution. Such has always been the case with Swiftkey. Until now.

Pocket-Lint first reported -- and we have independently confirmed -- that Swiftkey indeed will come preloaded on the Motorola Xoom 2 (and Media Edition) Android tablets. That's less of a big deal for us, the users, but it's a pretty big deal for Swiftkey.

We're seeking official comment from Swiftkey. Swiftkey replied to us with a simple "No comment." In the meantime, are we about see two keyboard giants go head-to-head in the OEM space? News at 11.

More: Pocket-Lint

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Google has released the latest version numbers for Android, and they're about what you'd expect. For the past two weeks ending Nov. 3, Gingerbread has crept up to 44.4 percent (up from 38.7 percent a month ago), while Froyo has fallen to 40.7 percent, down a little more than five percentage points from last month. That's due to phones getting updates, of course, as well as sales of new phones.

What's not really changing are the Honeycomb numbers, which only increased by one-tenth of a percentage point, from 1.8 percent to 1.9 percent. Really no great surprise there. We'll really start to watch those numbers in the next few months as Honeycomb tablets get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich and those API levels disappear altogether.

The number of phones on Eclair (Android 2.1) dropped a full percentage point to 10.7 percent. Donut was unchanged at 1.4 percent, a Cupcake's lingering at 0.9 percent.

Source: Android Developers site

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We've seen the leaks and rumors, and now the Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition are both officially official. The 10.1-inch Xoom 2 and its 8.2-inch media-focused sibling will go on sale in the UK and Ireland from mid-November, at retailers including the Carphone Warehouse, PC World and Dixons.

As far as specs go, it's pretty much what we expected -- both tablets feature some variety of 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, alongside 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Both flavors also ship with "HD" displays, which we're guessing will be your standard, Honeycomb-friendly 1280x800 panels. Speaking of Honeycomb, you've got Android 3.2 on-board, along with what looks like some minor UI tweaks from Motorola. So no Ice Cream Sandwich just yet, but then that's to be expected.

The tablets also sport the unique curved style edges that we'd seen in leaked photos, as well as phones like the Photon, and we're interested to see how this design choice works on a larger device. Weight-wise, the Xoom 2 sits at 599g, just four grams heavier than Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, and two grams lighter than the iPad 2. The Media Edition, however, is significantly lighter, at 386 grams.

Moto's yet to mention any pricing information for the Xoom 2 series, nor when (or even if) it plans to release its two new tablets in the US. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything. In the meantime, hit the jump for today's announcement video, or use one of the links below to take a closer look at both Xoom 2 models.

Motorola Xoom 2 specs | Motorola Xoom 2 gallery | Motorola Xoom 2 forums

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Motorola's official specs for the Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition.

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Motorola Xoom 2 leaks are nothing new, but now we have the first hints of when the device may launch in Europe, along with tentative pricing information. A leaked Irish Carphone Warehouse ad obtained by Engadget shows the Wifi-only 8.2-inch Xoom 2 with a price tag of €399.90 ($545, £350). Given the ad's festive focus, a launch before the end of the year also seems to be on the cards.

Specs-wise, the ad doesn't reveal anything we didn't already know -- there's Android 3.2 on-board, along with 16GB of storage. No mention of CPU or RAM, but we've heard of a 1.2 GHz dual-core chip and 1GB from earlier leaks. All standard stuff. The price is the most interesting thing by far on this new flyer, though, and we're sure a few Europeans will be tempted by the €400/£350 price point over the holidays.

Source: Engadget

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Google has finally taken the lid off the next generation of Google TV. Announced this morning on the Google TV Blog, el Goog reminds us that "these are still early days." But things are improving. And this major update will focus on four areas:

  • A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
  • Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they're on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It's now been integrated even deeper.
  • Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won't initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV -- apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won't show, so that pares things down quite a bit -- but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.

So, when will we see updates? If you've got one of the Sony boxes or TVs, you should start seeing updates early next week. The Logitech Revue will come later. Google says new devices from multiple manufacturers will arrive in the coming months.

Check out the preview video after the break.

Source: Google TV Blog
More: Google.com/tv

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Update: Nirvana328 lets us know that Logitech's cleared this one up in its forums, saying:

These boxes are just the regular boxes you have now and DO NOT have the 3.1 android update on them.

These boxes are not suppose to be released onto store floors until the update is officially released for everyone.

If a store is selling these boxes (it is just an added sticker on the box. Nothing else is different) they have released these boxes prematurely.

Original: We've seen leaks of Honeycomb for the Logitech Revue, and heard rumors of an inevitable OTA update that will bring the Android Market, but this one takes the cake.  An unnamed big-box retailer has received a shipment of Revues with word on the package that they are updated, according to Engadget.  We don't have much else here, the tipster wasn't able to verify that the units inside actually were running Android 3.1, but that's a pretty bold statement to make if it's just waiting for the OTA like the rest of us.  Anybody out there prowling around their local electronics retailer?  Might be a nice way to spend $99 and snatch up some new and improved Googley goodness.

Source: Engadget

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