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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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With the worldwide launch date of its Honeycomb-powered Tablet S and Tablet P fast approaching, Sony UK is giving potential customers the chance to ask a few questions in a live Q&A session with Marketing Manager and "tablet expert" Omar Gurnah. The action starts at 7.30PM BST (2.30PM EDT) over on Sony UK's Facebook page, which you'll find down in the source link.

The wedge-shaped Tablet S will make its debut in the UK and US on September 16, priced £399 or $499 depending on your locale. The dual-screened Tablet P is due to follow sometime in November.

Source: Sony UK on Facebook

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The IFA show in Berlin has brought a wealth of devices this week, and Germanys own PC maker Medion decided they'd like to get in on the act by launching their own Android tablet. They've been quiet secretive about the device with photos apparently banned at their booth at the show. 

The specs we do know of the Lifetab P9514 are starting to sound pretty familiar. 1GHZ Tegra 2, 1280x800 screen resolution, Honeycomb 3.2 and 32GB on board storage. It also supports quad band 3G as well as wifi, and shows up with the by now pretty stansard microSD, microUSB and HDMI ports. 

The Lifetab is expected to ship in Europe during Q4 2011, and pricing is rumoured to be €399 ($564) with no word on it's availability elsewhere in the world. Room for one more at the Honeycomb table?

Source: Engadget

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Last Friday we reported that a RUU (ROM update utility) containing an early beta build of Android 3.2 Honeycomb for the Flyer tablet had leaked out online. Over the past couple of days, Android hacking giants including MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien have been busy turning the leaked RUU into a flashable ROM for rooted users. As work slowly progresses, XDA forum member globatron has managed to get the software up and running on his 32GB 3G Flyer, and has posted a couple of early screenshots to prove it.

As you can see above, it looks a lot like the software currently shipping on HTC's new Jetstream tablet. UI elements look similar, and the software purports to be running the same version of Sense as the Jetstream -- 1.1 for Tablet. Right now we're still a little way off seeing this available as an easily-flashable zip file, and even further away from it being pushed out as an official update. However long it takes, we're sure Flyer owners will welcome the chance to get their hands on the fully tablet-optimized version of Android.

Source: XDA; via: AndroidBugle

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The HTC Jetstream 10-inch Honeycomb tablet and LG Thrill 4G Android smartphone are available today on AT&T. The Jetstream's going for a rather ridiculous $699 with a two-year contract, and LTE data plans start at $14.99 for 250MB. Or, you can buy it for $849 outright. The LG Thrill's running a more realistic $99 on contract, or $449 outright.

Source: AT&T (Thrill 4G, Jetstream)

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The Google Voice app just received another update this evening, bumping it to version 4.2.34 and bringing a very short (but welcome) change log -- tablet support.  We've seen just how easy it is to sideload the app onto your tablet, and plenty of folks noticed the way the action bar looks more tablet-like in the update a few days ago, but now it's more official with it sitting right in the Market, waiting for you to download it.

So get to it -- link is after the break.

Thanks, Daves!

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Google has just released the latest set of Android version numbers, and the overall trend of legacy version numbers dropping continues.  There's no drastic changes, but a quick look at the chart above lets us see that numbers for Donut and Cupcake are now in the "also ran" category with each under two percent, and Eclair is steadily dropping compared to last monthFroyo (Android 2.2) still leads the pack with over 50 percent of all devices using the Android Market running it, but we see a nice boost in the number of phones running gingerbread, with numbers for Android 2.3 climbing over six percentage points.  With Gingerbread updates rolling out or in the works for the Dinc, Droid 2, Droid X, and more, we expect another significant increase next month.

Interestingly, Honeycomb growth seems to have stalled with a measly 0.1 percent increase since August.  It looks like most folks buying into the Android eco-system today prefer it on their smartphones.  We expect that number will change this holiday season.

Source: Android Developers

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Want a solid aluminum 7-inch Android tablet that runs Honeycomb?  If you're sporting an HTC Flyer, today may be your lucky day.  The first Honeycomb RUU has been leaked out, and more important, we get word that our favourite hacker from across the pond (see what I did there?), Paul O'Brien, has it and plans to work a little of his custom magic with a Flyer ROM. 

In the meantime, he has made the full RUU available for download -- with a warning that it's a "very early beta" build.  There's also the chance that flashing it will leave you with a device that can't be rooted (hello EVO 4G) or rolled back to a more stable older version.  If you like to live on the edge, or just want to tear it apart and tinker, grab it from the source link.  It also needs mentioned that this is not for the HTC View 4G -- you guys will have to wait for some cookery.

Source: MoDaCo

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We learned earlier today that Sony's wedge-shaped wonder, the Tablet S, would be arriving on European shores sometime in September. But now Dixons Stores Group, the retail group which encompasses Dixons, PC World and Currys in the UK, has revealed the British street date and retail price for Sony's new Honeycomb slab.

The Wifi-only Tablet S will begin shipping from September 16, priced at £399 with 16GB of storage and £499 for the 32GB version. If it's Wifi and 3G you're after, you'll have to wait a little longer and pay a little more -- the 16GB Wifi and 3G Tablet S will ship on October 21, priced £499. All three are models available to pre-order now across the three DSG stores, and if you decide to, you'll have the chance to win a 32-inch Sony Bravia TV.

Hit the source link for more, or join us after the jump for DSG's full press release.

Source: PC World Retail

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Sony will officially join the Android tablet fray this fall, with its unique Tablet S and Tablet P devices, running Android 3.1 Honeycomb. The electronics giant has announced that the wedge-shaped Tablet S (left) will ship starting September, with the dual-screened Tablet P following in November. The Tablet S will be available with between 16 and 32GB of internal storage, and Wifi-only or Wifi and 3G connectivity. By contrast, there'll only be one model of Tablet P available, which will include 4GB of storage and Wifi/3G connectivity.

Sony's new tablets are powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 processors, and come loaded with a wealth of Sony entertainment hardware and software such as PlayStation certification, TuBlack LCD displays, as well as Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited support built-in.

Tablet S prices will start at €479 (~$690) in Europe, with the Tablet P costing somewhat more, at €599 (~$860). More details in the press release after the jump.

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AT&T has finally unwrapped HTC's first Honeycomb tablet -- the 10.1-inch Jetstream. This puppy's been leaked every which way to Sunday, and specs are largely as we've previously seen.

Here's the breakdown:

  • LTE (700/AWS)
  • HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
  • HTC Sense™ UX for tablets
  • Display: 10.1” WXGA HD screen
  • Processor: Third-generation Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Camera: Front Facing 1.3 MP, Rear facing 8 MP and Dual LED Flash
  • Battery: 7,300 mAh
  • Expandable Memory: MicroSD up to 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 7” (l) x 9.87” (w) x 51” (d)
  • Weight: 25 ounces

It's also got the HTC Scribe writing feature, which isn't a huge surprise since HTC outed it previously in its Honeycomb SDK.

Now, let's talk pricing. This is all a little new since AT&T's just now launching its LTE network in a scant few cities. The Jetstream itself retails for a whopping $699 with two-year contract. Then you have to consider a data plan. And you've got three options there:

  • A $35, 3 GB-a-month deal with a two year contract.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Interesting choices, indeed, though the relatively small footprint of AT&T's budding LTE network and that $699 price point on the tablet itself are going to cause a bit of heartburn.

Source: AT&T


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The Toshiba Thrive has been available stateside for almost two months, and now it seems the Japanese manufacturer is about to let Euros in on the action, too. The chunky Honeycomb tablet has appeared on Toshiba Europe's products website sporting the name AT100-100. There are no references to the Thrive branding specifically, but the specs are an exact match, as is the product image.

If the idea of a larger Android tablet with full USB, SD card and MMC support has your interest piqued, then be sure to read our full review of the American version to find out more.

Source: Toshiba EU; via: Eurodroid

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Google has made the Honeycomb 3.2 SDK component available for download, as well as an update to the SDK tools, the compatibility package and a new release of the Android NDK.  These tools help developers create new apps using features introduced with the 3.2 update, including optimizations for more tablet types, compatibility zoom for apps that are fixed size, media sync from SD card support, and an extended API for managing screen size (including 720p televisions and similar devices).

The details are all at the Android Developer site, and the updates can be downloaded from within the SDK.  Google seems to be stepping up for Honeycomb development, and we're sure more great apps will follow.

Source: Android Developers

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If you have a Honeycomb tablet, I know you're aware of just how great some of the apps can look and feel.  It looks like Mozilla is aware as well, and are hard at work building a tablet specific version of Firefox Mobile.  Based on the same core code as the existing Firefox Mobile browser, the user interface looks to be receiving some very nice changes for the extra screen real estate that a tablet provides.  All the familiar features are there, including the awesomebar, and so far the biggest change looks to be the way tabs are shown and navigated.  In portrait mode, you'll have a button near the address bar that opens a menu of your running tabs, and in landscape, you'll have a persistent scrollable bar on the left with previews of each running tab.  We are pretty excited to see what the folks at Mozilla cook up next, as there's a space for the "perfect" web browser on a tablet that's still wide open.  You can see a few more pictures at the source link.

Source: Ian Barlow

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Sony's first effort at a Honeycomb tablet may soon be breaking cover, in Canada at least. According to this invitation from Sony themselves; "The new Sony Tablet is about to arrive in Canada. As a valued customer we would like YOU to see it first!"

The event is supposed to be happening on September 14 or 15 at their offices in Toronto. No other details are provided such as price or availability but if this is a device you're waiting for, that wait might be drawing to a conclusion.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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As we know it, devices can and often do go through many name changes before they actually reach consumers. In some case, the code names given to devices are much cooler then what they actually release under. The case of the Sony Tablet S2 fits into this section now that the device is suggested to be launching as the Tablet P.  Still no word on pricing for the 4G enabled, NVIDIA Tegra 2 powered Tablet P but that should be arriving soon. However, we're still thinking Sony should have left it as the Sony Tablet S2 -- or hit up Kyocera to use their Echo branding since, it just looks like a large Kyocera Echo.

Source: Engadget

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The 3.2 update for the Iconia A500 promised for 25th August never showed, but Acer haven't left us out in the cold instead going public on why the date slipped. 

Posting on the Acer Malaysia Facebook page, the update now looks set to land on September 10th. Apparently they've been suffering some issues with the GPS settings, so thought better to put the update back than let it out in the wild with bugs. 

Updates are always welcome, so hopefully Acer will manage to work out all the kinks before September 10th. They have promised to update earlier if there's any news, but for now lets just take what they're offering. 

Source: liliputing

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Fun fact about Android apps: An APK is really just a zipped folder. Open it up, and you occasionally find a bunch of goodies inside. Such is the case with Samsung's Unpacked app, which is pimping its upcoming showing at the IFA conference in Berlin.

And, lo and behold, tucked into the app are images for products that are slated to be announced. You can't actually see them on your phone yet -- you're told to check back after Sept. 1. But there they are, plain as day: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, Samsung Wave 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note.

It's safe to assume the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet to go along with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (read our review) and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (see our hands-on), which we're still waiting to come to market.

The Wave 3 is likely to be a Bada phone. Let's move on.

And the Galaxy Note ... Well, your guess is as good as ours. Windows Phone 7? Something different, altogether? Find out in a few weeks, we suppose.

Via This is My Next

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We've previously seen ASUS' support pages for its mystical 3G EeePad Transformer, however the device itself has remained elusive up until now. Fortunately AC reader David, who recently spent some time in Taiwan, returned home with a a 32GB version of the 3G Transformer, and sent some photos our way to prove that the device is indeed real and available to buy in some parts of the world.

According to David, the 3G Transformer ships with a different battery, and runs Android 3.2 out of the box. Join us after the jump for more photos showing various bits of system information and the SIM card slot.

Thanks, David!

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HTC Puccini, Jetstream -- whatever you want to call it at this point hasn't exactly been a secret as of late. It's been spotted a number of ways in the past but now we're getting to see the device up close and in a more personal setting. The folks over at Engadget have got the images and specs for the device, if you find yourself interested.

Thus far, some confirmations -- 1.5GHz dual-core, 1GB of RAM, Honeycomb, 16GB of storage with a 10.1-inch WXGA touchpanel and of course, LTE. There is also that 8MP shooter on the back with LED flash. Jump past the break and you'll see the backside baring the AT&T 4G LTE logo.

Source: Engadget

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If you're rocking an Acer Iconia A500 (and haven't hacked the living daylights out of it!) chances are you'll have a small system update available today.  The update seems pretty minor, and many think it's preparation for the big update everyone expects soon to get the Iconia to Android 3.2, which is reportedly rolling out in parts of Europe for the A501 model today. 

Today's update (for those of you stateside) doesn't have anything new or improved that we can see, but it doesn't seem to break root if that's how you roll.  Everyone is discussing it in the forums, if you've seen the update jump in and share. 

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