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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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Samsung this afternoon officially unwrapped U.S. versions of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet, and the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is an aptly named 8.9-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet with TouchWiz that we first saw way back CTIA in March. It'll be available nationwide Oct. 2 for $569 for the 32 GB version, and $469 for the 16 GB version. Or, you might be able to snag one at a Best Buy before Sunday.

The Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are 4- and 5-inch Android 2.3.5 devices, respectively -- basically smartphones without the phone. The Galaxy Player 5.0 sports a massive 2500 mAh battery, while the 4.0 has a meager 1200 mAh battery.

Full press release is after the break.


Galaxy Player 4.0, left, and Galaxy Player 5.0

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First it was £399, then £329, and now the UK price of the Motorola Xoom has dropped below £300 for the first time. British retailer Play.com is now offering the 32GB, Wifi-only Xoom for £299.99 (~$475), a full £100 less than the official RRP just a couple of months ago.

Despite being surpassed in many ways by the thinner, lighter Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Xoom is still a solid Honeycomb tablet with plenty to offer. However, with Android tablet competition hotting up, and Ice Cream Sandwich just around the corner, we think the Xoom could be a hard sell, even at this price. If you're tempted, let us know in the comments.

Source: Play.com; via: Eurodroid

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Just the other day we were presented with a new image of the unannounced Motorola Xoom 2, and yesterday This is my Next and Engadget leaked just about everything except for a working model. It seems there will be two different variations of the Xoom 2, one standard edition and one "Media Edition", which will be a tad smaller. 

The Motorola Xoom 2 will allegedly sport a 10.1-inch display and with a thickness of 9mm, just .2mm thicker than the iPad2. Other specs apparently include a 1.2GHz dual core processor of some description, and 1GB of "faster" RAM. Apparently the device will record 1080P video, have the ability to stream Netflix HD, and be the first tablet to ship with Adobe Flash 11 support. It's also said to have an IR blaster built in, which could tie in with some of the Android at Home stuff we've seen in the past. Battery life apparently remains around the 11-hour mark.

Now onto the Motorola Xoom 2 "Media Edition", which reportedly has an 8.2-inch HD IPS display, and is aimed to be an "e-reader replacement". Like the Motorola Xoom 2, this device will have an on-board IR sensor and subwoofer, which makes sense for a media-focused tablet. Could this be the blurry-cam device we saw the other day?

And while we're in full-on speculation mode, could that be a Droid RAZR in the reflection of the shot above?

Source: This is my Next (1) (2) / Engadget

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A couple of days ago we saw what appeared to be a Motorola 7-inch tablet in the wild and that may very well be the case but some more new images have now popped up of the purported Motorola Xoom 2 aka MZ617.

According to the information, this device will be the same weight as the original Motorola Xoom (Really Motorola?) and looks to have a 10.1-inch screen. Other notable features include HDMI out, a microUSB port, SIM slot, front and rear cameras with the rear camera getting an HD stamp beside it.

Oddly missing however is any noticeable SD Card slot along with any specific carrier branding. Styling wise, we're seeing the same angled corners as in the previously leaked Motorola tablet and of course just like those found on the Motorola Photon. What do you all think? Is this MZ617 the same as what was previously leaked only in a different color or does Motorola have two new tablets in the works here? Backside image can be found past the break.

Source: Droid-Life

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Did you pick up a Sony Tablet S yet? The recently launched tablet came out of the blocks running Honeycomb 3.1, with a promise of an update to 3.2. Reportedly that promise has begun to come true today, with the 3.2 update becoming available for download. 

Among the new features available, is support for Sony's Video Unlimited store. This isn't due for launch until October 10, with the Sony Entertainment Network services all in place before the end of  October. Video rentals available through the store will be offered in both Standard and High Definition.

Also due with the rollout of the Entertainment Network is the Sony Reader Online Store, and the Playstation services. The 3.2 update is necessary to make use of all the Sony Entertainment Network features. 

Is the update showing yet for you guys? Let us know in the comments!

Source: PC Advisor

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The Google TV Twitter account came alive tonight, giving warning of an impending "minor security update for tomorrow" for some devices. We'll go out on a limb and guess that's the Logitech Revue -- that only one that actually sold any units, especially after it hit $99.

Some Google TV devices will receive a minor security update tomorrow. Stay tuned, a bigger update is headed your way in the weeks ahead.

But security updates really aren't that exciting, especially since we're still waiting on Honeycomb to hit the boob box. And it's coming in the weeks ahead, says @googletv. We're making our popcorn now.

Source: @googletv

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ARCHOS has officially thrown its hat into the Honeycomb ring with its upcoming G9 line of tablets, and we got another sneak peek this week in New York's Times Square. The G9 line, according to ARCHOS Senior VP and General Manager Frédéric Balaÿ, is the fruit of the company's ongoing commitment to Android and Google, which started with the Android 1.5 Cupcake-flavored ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet back in early 2010. Balaÿ says that it is this history with Android, coupled with ARCHOS' over ten years experience in the tablet market, that gives the manufacturer a unique insight into how best to optimize both hardware and software to meet the users' needs. Hit the break for a closer look.

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We saw the first confirmation of US pricing for Archos' new Honeycomb tablets last week, and now the 8-inch version has an official price tag in the UK, too. Archos' British web store is offering the Archos 80 G9 -- that's the 8-inch version -- for a highly competitive £199.99. At the current exchange rate, that comes to $314, just $15 more than the US price, which is something of a rarity for tablets. It's also about half of what you'd expect to pay for a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

In addition to the 8-inch display, the 80 G9 gives you a 1GHz dual-core OMAP4 CPU, 8GB of internal storage and Android 3.2. The product page doesn't say how much RAM the device ships with, but we heard at Archos' press event back in June that low-end models would have 512MB, compared to the usual gigabyte found in most Honeycomb tablets.

Find out more about the 80 G9 and its big brother, the 101 G9 in our hands-on report from Archos' London press event.

Source: Archos; via: Eurodroid

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The back and forth that has kept Samsung's legal team busy clearly hasn't slowed down its design team, as tonight we're getting a first look at the T-Mobile bound Galaxy Tab Plus, yet another addition to Samsung's Galaxy tablet line. This 7-inch Honeycomb-powered follow up to the original Galaxy Tab isn't to be confused with the 7.7 inch model we saw at IFA: The Plus is noticeably heftier, likely the result of the internal 4G radio. No specs yet, nor a release date, and certainly no pricing, but sit tight. It looks to be a busy upcoming few months for Samsung, which they'll kick off on September 26 with the unveiling of the US version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 in New York City. Hit the source link for a few more shots. 

Source: TmoNews

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We've recieved a few more tips about the Motorola XOOM WiFi and now, a 3G version receiving a mysterious 1.5MB OTA update that bumps the device up to software version HTK55D.

I've personally been checking for updates on my XOOM since early this morning with no love coming to my device. However, if you have a Motorola XOOM -- you might want to check for updates and see if you have one available while we poke around for some sort of change log. Also worth noting, MS -- who sent us the update image is running a 3G rooted with Tiamat's Moray ROM

Thanks, MS!

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With the release of Ice Cream Sandwich looming on the horizon, Android lead tech writer Scott Main has taken some time to talk to developers about how to get Honeycomb-only apps ready for the smaller screen.  When ICS is released, and going forward from that point, the Android code for phones and tablets will be the same, just displayed differently based on screen size.  Because of the different devices available, tools and methods were built into Android to handle how things are shown to the user.   Using fragments and the action bar, apps can be built that show information in one big view, or split into separate screens for devices with lower resolutions.

Scott goes over all the tecnical aspects well at the Android Developers blog (see the source link below), and gives developers a lot of ideason how to get started when the ICS SDK finally arrives.  What you can do right now if you've developed and app for SDK 11 or higher is make sure it's only available for large screen devices in the Android Market, at least until you can implement some of the new changes coming with ICS.  Now all that's missing is the update, which should be pretty soon we think.

Source: Android Developers

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Following up on their introduction of the G9 range of Honeycomb tablets back in June (see our hands-on) , Archos has announced that the devices will be available starting September 20. The big news is that the starting price point for these comes in at just $299, the first manufacturer to go under $300. 

For that you get the 8-inch Archos 80 8GB packing an OMAP 4 ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor at 1GHz, Android 3.2, and unlike previous Archos devices these come fully loaded with the official Android Market. 

Pushing on a bit further, the Archos G9 "Turbo" devices will begin to appear later on in the month. These push the OMAP 4 up to a pretty hefty 1.5GHz and will be appearing for sale from September 30. These include the 16GB and 250GB variants of the 80, and the 16GB and 250GB big brothers to the 80, the 10 inch Archos 101. All but the 250GB 101 come in at under $400, which is pretty competitive pricing. 

Check out our hands on with the devices back at the launch event after the jump.

Source: Businesswire

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If the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was not for you, and you have been holding out for the 8.9-inch version you will be happy to know that Best Buy has begun the pre-order process for the device. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, which we have gone hands on with, packs a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 1200x800 WXGA display and tons of other goodies under the hood. The 16GB version is showing a price tag of $469, while the 32GB sits at $569, and Best Buy is stating that they will be shipping between Sept. 25 and Sept. 30. Will you be picking one of these up? Let us know in the forums!

Source: Best Buy;
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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If you've yet to pick up a Lenovo IdeaPad K1, you're definitely in remiss as far as Honeycomb tablets goes. Lenovo's 10.1-inch consumer-friendly (as opposed to the more business-oriented ThinkPad tablet) is actually a bit of a looker. It's more rounded than the likes of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (we'd dare call it a cousin of the dying HP TouchPad), but it's definitely thicker, too.

For the most part, it's a pretty familiar feel, sporting NVIDIA's Tegra 2 system on a chip, though the Honeycomb user interface has been skinned a bit, plus Lenovo's added its custom launcher and quick-launch system to the home screens. We're actually rather enjoying them -- they're at the very least a little different.

It's got ports up the wazoo as well, which also explains a bit of its girth.

We've got more pics and video after the break.

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It was just last month we saw a beta build Android 3.1 Honeycomb leak out for the Logitech Revue and here are now, mid September and another build has leaked out. This time, it's a user debug build and it comes with Netflix loaded. For those of you wonder what a user debug build means exactly, well -- it means root. You can install this build and your Logitech Revue will be rooted, albeit with some warnings. As noted:

  • We tried updating from 2.1 to this -it bricked, so don't do that! (upgrade to 3.1 original beta first, then this)
  • It seems nearly complete - so bet on a real 3.1 user release in the coming weeks from Logitech.
  • Although root is accessible through adb and su. Kernel modules, Kernel, Bootloader = all still signed. Memory is protected, so it's sadly not much of an improvement.
  • The Recovery Menu DOES NOT work, so if you update to this, prepare to be stuck on it (at least, for now). Also if it bricks you are SOL, this is an unofficial leak and voids your warranty

Mind the warnings if you're going to load this one up and you should be fine and check out the source links for the files. Want to see how it runs? There is a video past the break for you all showing the leak in action.

Source: GTVHacker; Channel Android Thanks, Ralph!

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When you think of Italy, you think of Ferrari, Pasta, beautiful architecture. You might not think of Android and with good reason. However, Italian company Olivetti has set out to change all that by launching a pair of Android tablets, a 10 inch Honeycomb device and a 7-inch Froyo (yes, Froyo) device. 

So what's the deal with these two? The smaller tablet, the Olipad Smart is packing a 1GHz TI OMAP Cortex A8 processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB on board storage and an 800x480 multitouch display with 3G connectivity. The big downside is the operating system. At this stage releasing any device without at least Gingerbread on board is a big fail, especially given it's price point. It's due for release Sept.15 with a price of €299 ($431).

It's bigger brother, named the Olipad 110 is a lot more promising. Running Honeycomb 3.1 on top of a Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of on board storage and a 1280x800 IPS display. We also get dual cameras, 5MP on the back and 2MP on the front, MicroUSB and MicroSD support, and HDMI out capabilities albeit via a docking station. 

The price for this Italian slice of Honeycomb? €449 ($647) which rather predictably is a little on the high side. It's available right now via the Mediaworld.it online store, with no official word as to whether or not it will ever be available outside of Italy. 

Check out the full press release after the break. 

Source: AndroidOS.in

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No doubt about it, Football is back in full swing. Last week the NFL released its official app for tablets and now DirecTV has gone ahead and launched its NFL Sunday Ticket app for Honeycomb tablets. With it, you can stream any NFL Sunday Ticket game in HD plus, you also have access to the Red Zone channel.

The app doesn't come without a few caveats though. You do have to have a NFL Sunday Ticket subscription through DirecTV in order to have access, and it's only Sunday games that are available. Sunday night, Monday, Thursday and Saturday NFL games are not part of Sunday Ticket and therefore not eligible for streaming. If you're a DirecTV subscriber and can make use of this app, you'll find the download link past the break.

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With Rogers getting ready to light up more LTE areas as the months pass on, they did make note an LTE tablet would be coming eventually though, they didn't however mention which tablet it would be. As we know it, the HTC Puccini (aka Jetstream) fits that bill nicely with it already being equipped with AT&T LTE radios, and that's exactly what has shown up in recent Rogers documentation. We can only hope pricing on the device will have come down a little by the time it hits Canada but we're not going to be holding our breath. There is typically a little bit more of a markup when devices hit the Great White North.

Source: MobileSyrup

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AT&T today announced it will sell the Acer Iconia A501 Android Honeycomb tablet. The Iconia 501 is the same as the 10-inch Iconia a500 you've come to know and love over the past few months thanks to its bevy of full size ports (read our full review), only this version has an HSPA+ radio tossed in for AT&T's network. That makes it a "4G" device, though remember it's HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul), and not the newer, faster, actually-4G LTE.

Pricing's not horrible, which is almost a surprise given how AT&T priced another recently announced Android tablet into oblivion. You can get the A501 for $479.99 outright, or for $329.99 with two-year contract and a $35-a-month data plan that gets you 3GB. Other data options are the same as with the HTC Jetstream: Month-by-month post-paid (as in it shows up on your bill) contracts of $14.99 for 250MB, or $25 for 2 GB. If you have the 2GB plan and go over, you'll be charged $10 per extra GB. Or month-by-month prepaid service with the same pricing as the post-paid plan, only if you go over the 2GB plan, you can purchase another 2GB for $25. You'll be billing all this directly to your credit card.

Source: AT&T

 

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Both Rogers and TELUS have brought the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Canada, with the device now being available across retail locations today. Much like the US launch -- the WiFi only equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been available for a while but the carrier released versions are touting that HSPA+ goodness some users simply must have in their Android tablets.

When it comes to purchasing options you have a few choices -- Rogers will gladly sell you the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on a three-year contract for $350 or $680 with no commitment. TELUS though isn't looking to tie you into a contract. Instead, they'll just offer you the tablet for $650 and hope that you opt to go with a tablet data plan of theirs. Need some more info about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before deciding? Check out full review here.

Source: Rogers, TELUS

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