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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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It's a question we get all the time, so let's answer it. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has Gorilla Glass. And given the history Samsung has with using Corning, the latest press release confirming that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is making use of Gorilla Glass shouldn't really come as much of a surprise but it's certainly comforting.

Hankil Yoon, vice president of Smartphone Product Planning, Samsung Electronics, said “GALAXY Tab 10.1 is recognized for its high-end technology and amazing design, even among industry experts. For the GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung Electronics searched for the most durable, scratch-resistant glass, and again found the perfect solution with Corning Gorilla Glass.”

Now that we know for certain -- that doesn't mean we're suggesting you run off testing it out as soon as possible. Just know, the screen can handle a few bumps here and there and be quite alright.

Source: Businesswire

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When last we left the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (in the U.S., anyway), we'd been told it had a "late summer" launch window. That, really, could mean just about anything. And seeing as how most people relate summer with heat, we might not see this thing here until November, the way things are going.

Anyhoo, Amazon UK's apparently got the thing slated for being in stock -- from a third-party retailer, anyway -- in about a week and a half. Aug. 12, to be exact. That doesn't really do us much good stateside, and we're really not putting too much faith into this, seeing as how it's already moved back a day since it was first spotted.

But we did just see the Galaxy Tab P8 mentioned in a possible Verizon roadmap -- in November. Might we be in line for a Galaxy Tab 8.9 in the coming months, finally? News at 11.

Source: Amazon UK via Engadget

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The Android 3.2 update for Honeycomb rolled out to folks with Wifi Xooms a few weeks ago, and word is that the update should be hitting LTE 3G Xooms any day now.  One of the things people are really looking forward to is the long awaited SD card support for the stock Honeycomb Xoom, and that's included in the 3.2 update as well as things like better rendering and the zooming feature.  But not everything is as it seems on the surface.  According to Motorola, the SD card support for the Xoom is read-only, meaning you can't write anything to the card unless you use your computer.  After a quick look through the Xoom forums, this certainly appears to be the case. Here's exactly what Moto's saying:

The Google Experience Devices like the Motorola XOOM (3.2 update coming soon) and Motorola XOOM WIFI allow you to write to the SD card from your PC and use the Android File Transfer on Mac or a cable transfer on Windows to transfer files from the Motorola Xoom to the SD Card.

While a user cannot move apps to the SD card, the device comes equipped with 32 GB of on-board memory that provides plenty of storage. Users can also store and play videos or music from the SD card if the content was copied to the SD card via the aforementioned file transfer processes. However, videos or pictures taken from the device itself can only be saved to the internal memory and not to the SD card.

Is this a deal breaker?  Probably not.  (Hell, it's no worse than what you have now, right?) But when other manufacturers and independent Android developers are able to bake read/write SD card support into the operating system that works well -- even through a dongle -- it does make a person scratch their head a bit.  I'm sure there was a reason, and Motorola or Google would do well to tell it to us, but instead we're left guessing.  Let's hope this is addressed, one way or the other, with Ice Cream Sandwich -- which should be hitting the Xoom shortly after release.

Source: Motorola. via the Android Central app

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We spent some quality time with Samsung this morning at its TouchWiz update event in New York City (you might have seen a tweet or 20), and I got my Galaxy Tab updated as part of the shindig.

We've already done a screenshot preview -- now it's time for our video hands-on. Probably the most important change is the quick-launch tray, which gives you a sort of dock down at the bottom of the screen.

Check out our video above, and stay tuned for more from the London event.

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Toshiba's just released an update that addresses the Thrive tablet's issues when coming out of its sleep mode. The update is available in the Thrive's "Service Station" app -- a handy little guy that manages your updates on the device.

Here's the official word from Toshiba:

A limited number of Thrive Tablet users have experienced a Resume issue when in Sleep mode. Toshiba has released a software update to resolve this issue, improving the sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhancing the multimedia playback capabilities of the device. The software update can be downloaded through the Toshiba Service Station utility app found on the Thrive Tablet.

And that's that. If you've got a Thrive, get to updating.

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We're knee-deep into Samsung's press-showing of the TouchWiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Korean manufacturer just dropped word that the update will push out publicly on Aug. 5. If you just can't wait that long, you can head by the Samsung Experience in New York City and get your Tab updated today.

We've already walked you through the TouchWiz update, but hit the press release link below for the full changelog.

Source: Press release

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Digital subscriptions also extended to the Nook Color

Time Inc. today announced that it'll be bringing all 21 of its magazine brands to tablet form -- that means Android Honeycomb tablets (along with the iPad and webOS TouchPad). We've been enjoying the likes of Sports Illustrated on our smartphones and tablets for a while now -- the tablet version is excellent -- and seeing more titles added only makes Android tablets stronger.

In addition, Time Inc's penned a deal to bring subscriptions and single-copy sales to the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated and Time will roll out later this month, with the other publications to follow by the end of the year.

Source: Press release

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Just a quick reminder that today's the day Samsung starts offering the Touchwiz update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Things kick off at 11 a.m. EST in New York City with a press-only event. We'll be there, of course.

And from 1 to 6 p.m. EST, at the Samsung Experience at The Shops at Columbus Circle (third floor, folks), you, gentle member of the general public, can take your very own Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be updated to Touchwiz. It comes with a caveat, however, as getting the update today will wipe your device. (If you want to wait for the over-the-air update, your data will remain intact.)

But that's not all. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is launching this afternoon in London at PC World -- we'll be there as well.

So look for updates from not one but two continents today. That's how we roll. And be sure to check out our TouchWiz preview if you've not yet done so.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's UK launch is nearly upon us, with Londoners getting the first chance to buy Sammy's latest tablet tomorrow afternoon local time (we'll be there!). Samsung is wasting no time in drumming up a little hype around the Tab 10.1, with three new British TV ads for the device showcasing its thinness, lightness and speed compared to an unnamed, fruit-themed competitor.

These ads similar to what we've seen from Samsung in other territories, but they at least show the manufacturer's committed to directly pursuing the iPad's market share on an international scale. Check the new ads for yourself after the jump.

Source: Mashable

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The Honeycomb (Android 3.1) beta for the Logitech Revue has been leaked out, and is now available for you to download and flash to your Revue, should you like living on the edge.  Yes, that's an important consideration as this is really beta, and you can't roll back should you decide to give it a try.  If that doesn't deter you, flashing it is fairly easy -- no root required:

  • Copy the file (grab it from the source link) to the root directory of a FAT32 USB drive
  • Plug the USB drive into your Revue, then unplug the power to the unit.
  • Plug it back in, count one Mississippi (I'm not kidding), then hold down the connect button and keep it held down.
  • The Revue will reboot, you will drop your TV signal, and and see the Revue logo again.  At this point, let go of the button.
  • The GTV logo will then show up, with an arrow and a horizontal "barbershop scroll." At this point, on your Revue's keyboard, press the FN key (in yellow) and the left arrow (to the left of the OK button). It will then come up to a recovery menu.
  • Hit "Apply update from sdcard:/update.zip"
  • The Revue will verify the update, and reboot. It is installing an updated bootloader and recovery image (both, heavily encrypted).
  • The Revue will then come back on, and flash the latest kernel and system files. Once this is done, the box will reboot again.
  • This bootup may take a few minutes, at first you will see the Revue logo, then the Google TV logo, then the "new" logo (a grey tv over a ball glowing red). Just wait it out.
  • You can then begin setup, as normal. You may notice some crashes - this software is still beta, you should be able to force close and continue.

Remember, this may be permanent, and will be buggy.  If you try it, be sure to get in the forums to discuss.  Makes that $99 pretty well spent doesn't it?

Source: GTV Hacker via Android Central forums

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Were you at Google IO this year? Still have your Galaxy Tab 10.1? And feel like renting some movies from Google? An 11.22MB update's now available for your tab that'll do just that, giving you access to Google Videos. Note that this isn't the Android 3.2 update, nor is it the Touchwiz update that you can start to get this Wednesday in New York City.

Interestingly, you're instructed to remove any widgets or app icons that point to the Pulse news reader app. No explanation as to why. But the different versions of the Galaxy Tab can be a bit finicky, so we're doing as we're told.

Thanks, John!

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Samsung today announced that the University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss, to those of us from south of the Mason-Dixon Line) has purchased 1,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to provide to students in its Honors College pilot program.

It's not all fun and games -- the tablets will be preloaded with Blackboard Mobile, so they can do some of that learning stuff we hear goes on in colleges. The rest of the time? We know what they'll be doing.

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If you've searched with Google through your Honeycomb tablet's browser, you have probably noticed that the process feels a little undercooked. Today Google announced that they've revamped the experience, optimizing browser search for those tablets running Android 3.1 and above. A new search button below the standard search box will organize results by websites, photos, videos, and the rest of the usual suspects, while image results will have larger previews, faster thumbnail loading, and continuous scrolling. Google says that the tablet revamp will be rolling out, with 36 languages in tow, over the next few days.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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Remember when we mentioned the ASUS Transformer Android 3.2 update would be made available this week? Of course you do, and the good news is -- it's now rolling out to users across the aboard. You can go ahead and check for updates right now and grab it. That is, if you're unrooted and stock. If you're not, you may need to roll back in order to get the update or just wait until a rooted version comes along. Either way, we'd love to hear how it's working for you when it completes, make sure you stop by the Android Central forums and post up what you see as changes.

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Toshiba's PR firm just hit us up to say that they've tackled the oversleeping problem the Thrive tablet has been experiencing, and a fix is on the way. To wit:

Toshiba recently became aware that a limited number of Thrive Tablet users were experiencing Resume issues when in Sleep mode. We have heard from a Toshiba source that a software update to resolve this issue will be available early next week and can be accessed from the Service Station utility app found on the Thrive at that time. This will improve sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhance the multimedia playback capabilities of the device.'

Not a bad turnaround for a fix -- in and out in just a few weeks. Shame it had to happen in the first place, but these things do happen.

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ASUS has already seen widespread success with its EeePad Transformer, but up until now we haven't seen much of the device that launched alongside it -- the EeePad Slider. Today, Romanian blog ImiDoresc.ro has published a short video presentation featuring a prototype of the Honeycomb tablet, showing off its trademark slide-out keyboard and software, based on Android 3.1.

Join us after the jump to check out the video. The EeePad Slider is due to launch in Europe this Fall, having recently been delayed past its original August release window. Be sure to let us know in the comments whether you'd prefer a device like the Slider over the traditional slab of glass.

Source: ImiDoresc.ro. Thanks, lau!

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ASUS announced via Twitter today that their EeePad Transformer will receive the Honeycomb 3.2 update tomorrow, July 28. Though we knew ASUS was testing 3.2, it's refreshing to see a manufacturer turn an update around so quickly . Honeycomb 3.2 brings with it compatability zoom for phone apps, support for microSD loading, and other tablet-based optimizations. No word on whether ASUS will be gradually rolling out the update (and how long that would take) or releasing to all at once, but we'll keep our ears open for more word. Be sure to check your Transformer for updates tomorrow and keep us posted in the comments below.

Source: @ASUS

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Good news for Motorola Xoom users in Europe -- your Android 3.1 update is almost ready. Motorola has confirmed via its official forums that it expects the update to the newer (but not newest) version of Honeycomb by August 9. The 3.1 update includes UI enhancements and hardware-accelerated browsing, amongst other stuff.

Android™ 3.1 for Motorola XOOM™ will soon be available over the air to all Motorola XOOM users in Europe. We expect the over-the-air deployment to begin in early August, with the package being available for pull by August 9th. 

Now it's just a case of waiting for Android 3.2, which is already being pushed to North American Xooms...

Source: Motorola Owners' Forum. Thanks, Chaz!

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Remember when Dolphin v6.0 was released? At the time of release, MoboTap had just announced their new funding from Sequioa Capital and let it be known they would be using that funding for further developments. Here we are a short time later, and they've now made available Dolphin for Pad in beta form. Sharing many of the same features from Dolphin HD, Dolphin for Pad is a re-worked version built and designed for Honeycomb tablets. Given that it is a beta, some stuff remains needing to be ported over but for now you get:

  • Gestures
  • Add-ons
  • Multi-touch-zoom
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Side bars: Left side bar will change into windows list you opened

The folk from MoboTap will be looking for feedback on this release so if you have an Android tablet kicking around -- give it a shot and let them know how it's working for you or any other suggestions may have. Download link can be found beyond the break.

Source: Dolphin

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We've been hearing plenty about the HTC Puccini for a while now but until now, it really hasn't been caught on camera in any glory shots like the one above. Specs? We still don't have em all as of yet but according to BGR we can expect dual-LED flash for the 8-megapixel camera, as well as stereo speakers and a microphone, all rounded out with a purported 1.5GHz processor and LTE radio on-board. Also, keeping in line with the HTC Flyer -- the HTC Puccini is noted to make use of stylus input presumably using HTC's Scribe technology. No release dates as of yet but one more pic can be found past the break. Who's in?

Source: BGR

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