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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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Lookout Security & Antivirus is one of the most popular security apps for the Android platform. Whether you're installing apps from suspect third-party app stores or just want to ensure that the Android Market is secure, Lookout will scan apps upon installation to make sure they will not harm your device. Lookout has been available for phones and some tablets up until today, but now all Android tablets are supported. They have said every version of Honeycomb and even Ice Cream Sandwich will be supported.

Other than security, Lookout provides a Find My Phone feature that uses Google Maps as well as Backup and Restore for some of your most sensitive data such as contact information.

There is a free and a premium version of the app. The premium version includes: safe browsing, advanced privacy protection, remote lock & wipe and enhanced backup. The cost is $2.99/month or $29.99/year. If you have a phone and tablet using Lookout, you can register both under one account.

Great news for the millions of tablet users out there who have been pining to get Lookout on your device. If you want to check it out, please see the Market links after the break. Please also find the press release after the break.

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If you've been hitting F5 over and over waiting on availability for the overnamed 7-inch T-Mobile Springboard with Google (we imagine there are a few of you out there), wait no longer, as Nov. 9 is the day, according to T-Mo's own website. The Springboard is the Honeycomb tablet manufactured by Huawei that we got a good look at a couple of weeks ago at CTIA. Still no word on pricing, but remember that Huawei said we'd be "impressed."

And then there's the venerable Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It'll be available Nov. 12. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.

Source: T-Mobile (Springboard, Galaxy Tab 10.1); via Engadget

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Update 2: And we've gotten further clarification directly from Moto, which now says it "will provide more precise guidance on timing within 6 weeks post public push of ICS by Google."

Update: And proving our point that Twitter isn't exactly the best way to go about something like this, Motorola has deleted any Tweet that references doing anything with a 6-week window.  Carry on.

Original: Let's explain (again) what's about to happen here: Motorola, on Twitter, responded to someone with the following:

We'll be releasing devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it.

The Twitter account later clarified, saying the Droid RAZR, Bionic and Xoom "Will get ICS within 6 weeks of Google's public push," and they'll confirm other devices later on. We'll believe it when we see it. Dunno how many times we've had to say this, folks, but there's a reason carriers and manufacturers don't give precise windows for updates -- and even vague time lines are often missed. (Never mind the fact that "official" information on Twitter and Facebook isn't always as official as you might think.) It was the same way with Froyo updates. It was the same with (and still is, unfortunately) with Gingerbread updates.

The point is this: We have no doubt that Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung and every other manufacturer is hard at work at figuring out which devices can -- and should -- be upgraded. But if you start a six-week countdown from the instant the Ice Cream Sandwich code drops in AOSP, you're setting yourself up for a big bag of hurt, should things take a little longer than planned. That's not to say we're not hoping for speedy updates across the board. It's just that history has taught us different.

Source: @Motorola; thanks to everyone who sent this in

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Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus -- its 7-inch Honeycomb tablet -- will be available Nov. 13 for $399. It'll be available at Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Fry's and other retailers. Preorders start Oct. 23.

In addition to having Android 3.2 Honeycomb, The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP rear camera and 2MP front camera and Samsung's TouchWiz UI on the 7-inch, 1024x600 display. It'll come in either 16GB or 32GB flavors, with a 4,000 mAh battery, and weigh 345 grams. It's also got the Peel Smart Remote TV application.

So, who's lining up? Full presser's after the break.

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For those who hadn't seen it yet: Yes, the Ice Cream Sandwich Easter Egg looks a little familiar. I'm still kind of partial to the Gingerbread Easter Egg myself.

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In short order, Googlers will be on stage announcing Ice Cream Sandwich.  The next version of Android, it's been touted as "the one" that will merge the tablet operating system (Honeycomb) with the phone operating system (Gingerbread), as well as bring "incredible" things according to Larry Page.  We figure a lot of these incredible things will be under the hood, and they should be -- Android still needs some work in key areas, but as users, we're excited about one thing -- the new user interface.

Honeycomb does a lot of things right, and we would love to see some of those things kept and ported over to phones.  Everyone has their own list, but we're going to share ours.  Read on past the break!

Ice Cream Sandwich forums | Nexus Prime forums | rumored device forums

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We have seen the Motorola Xoom Family Edition a time or two already, and today Motorola has made it official, and it will be an exclusive to Best Buy. The tablet is aimed at being a kids media tablet by day, but still being able to keep up once the kids go to bed with the professional stuff that needs to get done. The tablet brings quite a few features in tow with it, such as

  • Runs on Android 3.1, built specifically for tablets
  • 1GHz dual-core processor for lightning-fast responsiveness
  • 10.1” HS IPS HD screen display with capacitive multi-touch
  • 5MP back camera with flash, with 720p video webcam
  • Preloaded with almost $40 worth of applications, plus Zoodles™, the award-winning Kid Mode application
  • Preloaded with MotoPack by Motorola XOOM (App Downloader by Motorola)
  • ·Preloaded with Quickoffice™ Pro HD for seamless productivity at work
  • Preloaded with MotoPrint – the application that allows you to print straight from the Web browser
  • Preloaded with fun games like Asphalt 6 from Gameloft and SIM City Deluxe
  • 16GB built-in memory
  • Battery lasts up to 10 hours for video playback and Web browsing
  • Access to more than 250,000 apps in Android Market™

The device will be available in store as well as online starting Oct. 16 for a limited-time price of $379. So will you be picking one up for the family?

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We know Motorola has something ready for us all, they've made no bones about teasing everyone with it, so it's not surprising more leaks have now shown up for the devices known as the Xoom 2 and Spyder / Droid HD / Droid RAZR.

The Xoom 2 hasn't changed all that much since we last saw it, though it is noted that these devices are as close to final form as can be. Looking at the Spyder though, we can see Verizon logos all over the thing, leaving no doubt about where it will drop.

Noted also is the info that the Spyder actually has a 1.5GHz processor but when it arrives in consumers hands it'll only be clocked at 1.2GHz -- nothing new but still interesting.  Also, the back of the device is said to be kevlar coating, though I'm sure it won't be stopping bullets any time soon. More shots can be found past the break for you all.

Source: Engadget

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Here's our first look at the lastest in the line of 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablets -- the T-Mobile Springboard with Google. Not a whole lot here you haven't seen before. It's Honeycomb (Android 3.2, to be exact), and it's 7 inches. Nothing's really been customized, though you've got a wealth of T-Mobile apps.

Physically speaking, Huawei's made a nice little device here. It's reminiscent of the BlackBerry PlayBook in look and feel, and that's not a horrible thing. It's got HDMI out and microUSB and, well, that's about it. It's powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor. It's got a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP up front.

Still no word on pricing, but Huawei said this morning that "you'll be impressed." Pics and video are after the break.

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Slingbox, the popular set-top box that allows you to watch your TV in a variety of places, today released Slingplayer for Tablets optimized for Honeycomb. There has been a Slingplayer for phones for quite some time, but it wasn't specially designed for a large-screen experience.

If you have a Slingbox SOLO or PRO-HD, you can now get all of your channels directly on your Android tablet. The cost of the app is $29.99 from the Android Market. With the app, you can change channels, control your DVR and enjoy your favorite shows on-the-go as long as you have an Internet connection.

To get the new Slingplayer for Tablets app, follow the links after the break.

Are you a big Slingbox user? We'd love to hear your thoughts on Slingplayer for Tablets. You can share in our Android App Forum.

Source: Marketwire

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T-Mobile tonight announced a pair of new Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets to its lineup -- the T-Mobile SpringBoard With Google, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (seen above) we're all familiar with, of course. It's the same 10.1-inch tablet we've come to know and love, and this one will have T-Mobile's 4G data thrown in. Plus it's got a cadrea of apps -- T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD demo, SIM City Deluxe demo, Blio eReader and Zinio.

The obtusely named T-Mobile SprintBoard with Google (seen here at right) is a 7-inch tablet made by Huawei. It's got a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera.

On the software side, it includes BlockBuster on Demand, Netflix and T-Mobile TV. There's also the Blio eReader, MobileLife Family Organizer powered by Cozi, Slacker Radio and TeleNav GPS Navigator, a personal GPS navigation and local search application that provides turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving directions.

Pricing and release dates have not been given, but both tablets are expected to be available for the holiday season. Full press release is after the break.

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Google Docs just got itself a nice little update. The big one for us is that it's now optimized for tablets -- and that makes a big difference for how much time we're willing to spend looking at a spreadsheet on a smaller screen. Here's the full changelog:

  • Optimized experience for tablet users, Honeycomb (Android 3.0+)
  • New 3-panel interface for improved browsing
  • Details panel showing a thumbnail and sharing information
  • Improved sharing experience with autocomplete system
  • Landscape or portrait mode
  • Improved video playback

Snag it in the market, or with the links after the break.

Source: Google Docs blog; Thanks, @RickBosch, for the tip!

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Google has released the latest breakdown of the platform version numbers, and they show Gingerbread growing in a big way.  These numbers are a snapshot of the phones and tablets that have visited the Android Market up to October 3, 2011, so it's a pretty good breakdown of just what's out there in the wild. 

As noted, Gingerbread saw a big jump of almost 8 percentage points, and almost all of it came from the Froyo column.  This means OEMs are getting their phones upgraded to the latest platform version, bringing welcome security and bug fixes along for the ride.  On the other end of the spectrum, not much has changed for phones still using version 1.5 and 1.6, they still clock in at just 2.5 percent of the total.  Honeycomb has seen a slight bump from 1.4 percent to 1.8 percent of the total, and Android 2.1 has dropped a couple tenths to 11.7 percent.

It's about what anyone would have expected, some phones are going to be stuck on older versions, and phones that can be upgraded are being upgraded, albeit slower than many would care for.  The numbers are quite favorable, with 97.5 percent of all Android devices on the 2.X codebase.  Of course, this won't look quite so good when we move to Ice Cream Sandwich, and go through the waiting game all over again.  We'll visit that one next month, hopefully.

Source: Android Developers

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Adobe's cracking through its first-day Adobe Max keynote today. And while we were teased with the Photoshop Touch SDK in the spring, we're now getting down to brass tacks. The promo video above gives you an idea of what's going on. And while things are always ideally edited in promo videos, you get a sense of what's in store. We're talking full digital content creation on Android (and iOS) devices. And as we type this, we're watching a Photoshop Touch demo being done not on an iPad, but on Honeycomb. Android, folks.

Exciting times, indeed.

Source: Adobe; More Watch the keynote live

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While it was rumored to not start until October 7th, it appears as though Honeycomb is now rolling out to some Dell Streak 7 owners. Though looking at the posts, we're not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing quite yet.

Some are reporting that it wipes your device clean, while others say it leaves all apps intact. A wipe would make sense, however, due to the nature of the upgrade. Another issue being pointed out is the lower screen resolution (WVGA 800x480) is a little claustrophobic on Honeycomb. We're still digging around for further information since it's not been conirmed whether this is a limited regional roll-out or not. If you got the update, leave some comments and let us know.

Sources: DellStreaksmart Thanks, Sainthooligan!

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Best buy has released a statement saying that as of Oct.1, the price of the HTC Flyer (read our review) will drop from $499 to $299.  This is hot on the heels of a similar announcement about the BlackBerry Playbook, which also saw a $200 price drop to $299.  After seeing products sit on the shelves, and fire sales, and cheap competitors, it looks like retailers (and likely OEM's -- Best Buy isn't eating the entire loss I'm sure) have realized that there are a lot of people who want a tablet device, but don't want to spend $500-$800 on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 or an iPad. 

Now this is the part where things get interesting.  The Kindle Fire looks to be a huge hit with Android fans who want a stock tablet experience hacked in place for a couple Benjamins.  For $100 more, you get twice the storage, cameras, and the coveted SDcard slot.  The Flyer is already bootloader unlocked, and at this price development should take off like a rocket.  And for those that don't feel like rooting and fiddling with things, we already know that Honeycomb (and we assume Ice Cream Sandwich) is coming for the Flyer.  That decision just got tougher.

Source: Best Buy

Thanks, s2h2golf!

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Tipped for T-Mobile a few days ago, Samsung has now officially announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, an updated version of the venerable 7-inch tablet. Samsung was first to market with a quality Android tablet, but it did (and still does) so with Froyo, not the newer Honeycomb tablet-optimized OS.

That changes with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. In addition to having Android 3.2 Honeycomb, it's got a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP rear camera and 2MP front camera and Samsung's TouchWiz UI on the 7-inch, 1024x600 display. It'll come in either 16GB or 32GB flavors, with a 4,000 mAh battery, and weigh 345 grams.

The version announced today sports tri-band HSPA+ (900/1900/2100) and quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), but, again, there's that T-Mobile leak, so we'd expect some AWS love at some point, too.

Full presser's after the break.

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For those of you who picked up an Acer Iconia A500 you might want to go ahead and check for system updates. It appears as though the Android 3.2 update for the device has been very slowly rolling out to users for the past couple of days.

In order to get the update you need to return back to stock and unroot but keep in mind if you accept the official update, you won't be able to root it. That said, there are a few ROMS now built off of the Android 3.2 update so best to look around before you go diving in.

Source: Android Central Forums; via: XDA Thanks, smokediver61!

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Read our ASUS EeePad Transformer Review!

ASUS today dropped word on its Facebook page about an impending update to the EeePad Transformer. Here's what's in store:

  • Google Update: Android 3.2.1: Security enhancement
  • New Feature: Supernote
  • IME/Translation: Added Farsi IME support; Czech IME improvement : support Qwerty & Qwertz; JP SKU fixed translation bug and Polaris office font; Added more language translation into ASUS App
  • App Updates: CN SKU 3rd party app bug fix; Polaris office & ASUS WebStorage update
  • Improvements: Browser with Adobe Flash improvement; ex: YouTube; Browser force-close improvement; Improve Wi-Fi stability; Improve Chinese handwriting prediction : recognize character from each stroke

Looks like some are seeing the update push out now.

More in the Transformer forums

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The Toshiba Thrive was one of the first 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablets with full-size port -- and it'll be joining the expanding ranks of 7-inch tablets come December.

Officially dubbed the Toshiba Thrive 7", it'll sport a 1280x800 resolution with Toshiba's Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancements, stereo speakers, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, and be available in either 16- or 32-gigabytes. It'll run Android 3.2, powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual processor.

But back to the size. It'll weigh less than a pound at 14.1 ounces and is 0.47 inches thick. It's not skimping on ports, either, with miniUSB, microHDMI and a microSD card slot.

Pricing has yet to be announced. The full presser is after the break, and you can find more images here.

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