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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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Read our complete Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

We actually dropped this date on you a few days ago, but Verizon's gone and made it official -- the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available July 28 online and in stores. It'll run $529 for the 16GB version, or $629 for the 32GB version. Verizon's press release says it'll be available in metallic gray (see our hands-on with that version) or glossy white (our leak made it look like the white version wouldn't be available in stores), and it'll include a $25 Samsung Media Hub credit.

Data plans are as follow:

  • $30 monthly access for 2GB monthly allowance
  • $50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance
  • $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance

Or, if you want, you can get the 16GB gray Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a wifi-only device.

Full presser's after the break.

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The ASUS Eee Pad Slider has passed through the FCC certification process, getting the all clear for its Bluetooth and Wifi radios.  With no mention of any cellular data in the FCC reports, the slider sounds much like the popular ASUS Transformer (check out our review), a great no-contract, no carrier, no fuss stand alone Wifi Honeycomb tablet.  Also like the Transformer, the slider sports a 10.1 inch screen, Tegra 2 dual-core processor, front and rear cameras, and connectivity via a number of i/o ports -- micro SD, mini USB, and mini HDMI.  Add in a sliding full size qwerty keyboard and you have something very different than the rest of the Honeycomb tablet pack.  We love different, and manufacturers that try to do it, providing it's done well.  We're ready to give the slider a try, just like many of you guys are.

We're waiting for pricing and availability, which we expect an announcement for soon.  Originally expected in the UK this August, the slider has been pushed back to "this Autumn".  When we know more, we'll be sure to tell.

Source: FCC; via WirelessGoodness

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Read our complete Galaxy Tab 10.1 review


And there you have it, folks. Looks like the "official" (insofar as leaked launch dates go) launch date for Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is July 28. Interesting is that according to this screen (and confirmed by another at Droid-Life), only the gray version of the Galaxy Tab (see our hands-on with the gray edition) will be available in stores at first -- the white version will be direct fulfillment (aka shipped) only.

Pricing remains as previously announced: $529 for the 16GB version, $629 for the 32GB version.

Thanks, anon!

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Back in June, we reported that both Best Buy and Future Shop were taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; those orders were originally supposed to ship July 22. According to their websites now, however, the device isn't listed to arrive until Aug. 19. This news is probably disappointing to our Canadian friends, who have been excited to finally be able to get the Tab 10.1 starting tomorrow. Either due to Samsung, Best Buy or Future Shop, you'll have to wait another month.

Source: Best Buy; Future Shop

Thanks JSKershaw!

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When Lenovo announced the IdeaPad Tablet K1 as the first (and only) Honeycomb tablet to run Netflix, well, you know that just wouldn't stand. Turns out the update that gave as slew of new phones access to streaming movies also indirectly opens it up for other Honeycomb tablets as well. We've got it running just fine on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

This is the stock Netflix app, pulled from one phone and installed on the tablet. No hackery was involved -- we've never been crazy about people cracking open someone else's app in the first place. But this is pretty much fair game, and we're going to spend the rest of the afternoon watching Phineas and Ferb, or whatever else our preschool-age daughter has polluted our Netflix recommendations with.

via Droid-Life

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IdeaPad K1 is the first Honeycomb tablet with Netflix

Lenovo this morning officially unwrapped a pair of Android Tablets -- the IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad. Both tablets spot a 10.1-inch touchscreens *at 1280x800), NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor and Android 3.1. The IdeaPad K1 -- which we spotted a day early at Office Depot in New York -- weighs 1.63 pounds and is the first Honeycomb tablet with Netflix support along with HDMI out.

The ThinkPad expands on the IdeaPad, adding an optional stylus, full-size USB port, full-size SD card and mini HDMI, plus a wealth of software options key to enterprise.

The 32GB IdeaPad K1 is available today for $499 in the U.S., and worldwide sometime in the third quarter.

The 16GB ThinkPad is $479 without the stylus, $509 with the stylus, and a 32GB version is available for $589 with the stylus. It'll be available starting Aug. 2.

Source: Lenovo

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Pop quiz: What is 10.1 inches in diagonal, sports a Tegra 2 processor and Android's Honeycomb tablet OS, and is sitting in an Office Depot in Times Square? If you answered the Lenovo K1 IdeaPad, well, pat yourself on the back. Because sure enough, the Android tablet that doesn't actually have a release date yet is just sitting in a New York City Office Depot, ready to get your greasy fingerprints all over it.

Specs are about what you'd expect for a $499 tablet -- 10.1-inch screen at 1280x800, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and it weighs 1.65 pounds. OK, those are the specs for just about every other Honeycomb tablet, but there you go. The one you see above was charged and would turn on, but was password protected.

So, we've got price. No word on if you can actually walk out of the store with one.

Couple more pics after the break.

Thanks, Lukasz!

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Autodesk just released a Honeycomb-optimized version of their popular paint and drawing app Sketchbook Pro. It has been available as a tablet optimized experience on the iPad for over a year, so it's nice to see an Android version finally getting some love.

If you've never used Sketchbook Pro before, it is a highly functional drawing app that allows users to create incredible content on their mobile device.

The app costs $4.99 and is now available in the Android Market. Please find links to the app and a demo video showing off the newly optimized version after the break.

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Lenovo has released the official press photos of the IdeaPad K1 Android tablet (pictured, left) and the ThinkPad Android tablet on their Picasa account.  No details came with these, but we already knew a little bit and can learn more from the photos.  The IdeaPad K1 is a 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet, sporting the Tegra 2 chip and Lenovo's custom skin.  Today's pictures show front and rear cameras, custom colors, a media dock, and a keyboard docking station.  The ThinkPad looks to be geared more to the business professional with an included stylus and presumably software included to use it in Lenovo's custom UI atop Honeycomb.  The ThinkPad also sports four physical buttons as well as an SD card slot, USB, and HDMI ports on the outside, and a Tegra 2 CPU and 1GB RAM on the inside. 

We have no idea about pricing or a date, but with the official pictures set loose there's no reason for further secrets.  I imagine we'll be hearing more about these in the near future.  In the meantime, head to the source links and have a peek at a slew of pictures.

Source: Picasa; IdeaPad K1, ThinkPad  via: Netbook news

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Update: And Samsung's confirmed this one for us. It indeed has a micro SIM card.

Now this is a bit interesting. According to this little tidbit that just hit our inbox, Verizon's upcoming LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will feature a micro SIM card, and not a full size SIM card as found in the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution. That's not a huge deal, necessarily, though it does mean you're not going to be swapping your SIM card from device to device without an adapter.

It looks like Verizon will begin to introduce the micro SIM card later this month, though it's unknown if the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE will launch at the same time. It's currently available for preorder at $529 for the 16GB version, or $629 for the 32GB version.

Our next question is this: Will future LTE devices use micro SIM cards? Or is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE a special case? News at 11.

Thank, ninjroid!

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If you've been dying for a blueprint-esque look at HTC's upcoming 10-inch "Puccini" (that's a code name) Android tablet, look no further than the FCC, which has taking the HTC Puccini for a spin. Most of us can't tell too much from this line drawing (at least it doesn't appear to have dual 3D cameras), but the FCC's testing does out 850MHz and 1900MHz radios, which seems to imply that we could possibly see this guy on AT&T at some point. And it's also got an LTE radio to boot, which lends credence to the idea that this could roll out along with AT&T's true 4G network (enhanced backhaul be damned!) later this year. On the other hand, releasing an LTE tablet that's only LTE in five cities -- remember that AT&T plans to light up Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio first -- makes only slightly more sense than releasing an LTE tablet that doesn't actually have LTE.

Also still on the fence: Exactly what Android version will this thing be running, and what sort of special sauce will HTC bring to it?

Anyhoo, the Android tablet machine marches on. This one whetting anyone's appetite just yet?

Source: FCC; via Engadget

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While music players for Android smartphones are aplenty, when it comes to music players optimized for Honeycomb the selection is still rather slim. Enter, Hive Player -- a Honeycomb optimized music player that offers a few things the stock music player lacks.

Features:

  • Scrollable widget with music collection navigation (Albums, Artists, All Songs, Playlists, Genres), shuffle, pause/play next and previous.
  • Widget and Player sync with each other - view an album in the widget, then in the player the same album is loaded. Every navigation and song play is synced to each other - even when only the widget or player is running, load the other and it will sync on startup.
  • Play and navigate music library using just the widget - player doesn't even need to be loaded or running.
  • Navigate back through navigation steps using back button on player or widget - uses the standard Android back button on Honeycomb.
  • Albums, Artists, All Songs, Playlists, Genres are displayed on the left and player controls on the right.
  • Multi-Select playlist additions - build a playlist as it should be done, not one song at a time - add multiple albums, artists, genres, songs and even current playlists to a playlist.
  • Duplicates are filtered out when adding to playlists.
  • Search with playlist additions - search and keep searching as you build the ultimate playlist. Search appears over player.

Hive Player comes in two versions, giving users plenty of choice. The lite version is available for free with some restrictions on the widgets, playlists and display options while the paid version with the full features costs only $2. One thing to note though is that if most of your music is stored with Google Music, those files won't show up within the app. Google is not allowing or releasing details to developers to put Music Beta functionality into their music players.

We'll have a full review up soon but in the meantime, you'll find the download link past the break. Give it a shot, and leave some comments. The developer, Nicholas is looking for some feedback on how to improve the app.

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We know, we know. Now that the Motorola Xoom's getting Android 3.2, everybody else wants in as well. Can't blame ya. And while the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (read our full review) appears to be in the throes of yet another OTA update, it's still showing Android 3.1 in ye olde about page.

Before anybody gets all out of whack, ASUS has said this week that Android 3.2 is in testing for the Transformer, so it'll likely be coming sooner rather than later.

Source: Transformer Forums

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Almost two months ago, Zinio, the popular magazine browsing app, released its first Android version which was exclusive to Honeycomb tablets. The developers have now released a version that will work with any device running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher.                                       

With the release, Zinio is giving users 12 free current titles through Aug. 15. These titles are:

  • Bike magazine
  • BlackBook
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • House Beautiful
  • Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
  • Maxim
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Redbook
  • Robb Report
  • Seattle Met
  • SURFER Magazine
  • Wine Enthusiast

In addition, T-Mobile customers who are signing up for Zinio for the first time will be able to select five additional titles from T-Mobile's Freemium offering.

If you've been wanting to experience Zinio on Android but don't yet have a Honeycomb tablet, you can now get it for your phone or tablet running Froyo or Gingerbread. Please find links to the app and press release after the break.

Source: Zinio

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Swiftkey X -- the latest generation in what has proven to be an excellent predictive-type keyboard for Android -- exits public beta status this morning and enters the Android Market as a full-fledged paid app.

Available for 48 hours at $1.99 (it'll increase to $3.99 thereafter), Swiftkey X is the phone version of TouchType's venerable keyboard app. It combines the two major facets of an on-screen keyboard -- predictive typing and the skinning of the keys themselves -- for what has quickly become (yet again) one of our favorite third-party Android keyboards.

Also available today is Swiftkey Tablet X, designed for Honeycomb tablets and their larger screens. It's available for 48 hours for $1.99 as well, and increases to $4.99 thereafter. With Swiftkey Tablet X, you have the option to type in a typical keyboard design, or you can switch to the thumb layout (seen above).

If you've previously purchased Swiftkey, you'll be upgraded to the full version of Swiftkey X for free.

We've been using Swiftkey X in its various beta builds for the past several months. The key to its success lies in its Fluency 2.0 engine, which learns the way you type and adapts to better predict your next word. You also have the option (it's opt-in) to connect Swiftkey X to your Facebook, Gmail and Twitter accounts, where it can better learn your typing habits. Are you particular in your hunting and pecking? Or do you just kind of go for it, and rely on autocorrect to get your message across? Swiftkey X can work with both.

Other features: Swiftkey X now supports 22 languages and can interpret as many as three simultaneous for you tri-lingual typers out there. Look and feel are also greatly improved, and the long-press timing is as good as we've seen. And Swiftkey X now has three themes from which to choose -- dark, light and neon.

Check out videos of Swiftkey in action after the break.

Download: Swiftkey X (phones); Swiftkey Tablet X

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It's been some six months since we first saw the Toshiba Thrive at CES. At the time, it didn't have a name, and it wasn't even a Honeycomb tablet -- more of a hardware prototype running Froyo.

That all ends today. Let's start with the obvious: It's not the most svelte Android tablet out there. No, that crown still belongs to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Thrive's actually thicker than the Motorola Xoom while weighing about as much. But the Thrive more than makes up being a bit portly with its hardware features. Let's explore them after the break.

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Not much to say here, folks. The venerable Motorola Xoom (32GB Wifi-only version) is just $399 today on Woot. It might not be the thinnest or lightest Honeycomb tablet, but for today, it's just about the cheapest.

Source: Woot; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Although the IMDb website works pretty good on a Honeycomb tablet, the dedicated app has now been Honeycomb optimized for users. The UI is pretty slick looking and features built-in such as movie ratings, watch lists and the ability to purchase movie tickets all from within the app make it a pretty awesome update. It's available now in the Android Market -- download link and one more screenshot can be found past the break.

Thanks, Andreas!

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The 9.4-inch Sony S1 just might be making its way into the hands of consumers in the UK as early as September 1. New rumors suggest that the Sony Centre stores across the pond will be training up their staff to the max in an effort to ensure they know all the ins and outs of the new tablet. Still no pricing details at this time but if this pre-order date sticks then chances are we'll see one pop up soon.

Source: Thisismynext

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Been looking to make use of that front-facing camera on your tablet by sharing your daily adventures with the World? If so, Ustream has now given you a Honeycomb optimized way of completing that mission. Ustream for Honeycomb has been released to the Android Market and is looking pretty spiffy. Users can not only now broadcast from their tablets but also tune into live shows from anywhere a connection is available. In other words, you now have a perfect way to tune into the Android Central podcast on Thursday nights.

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