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6 years ago

Not even Android can save the BlackBerry PlayBook, has shipped just 200,000 units

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We're going to let our pals at CrackBerry do the legwork on this one, but it's a number that needs to be noted here: RIM just announced in its Q2 earnings call that it's shipped just 200,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets -- and that's shipped, not sold -- in three months. We care, of course, because RIM's hacked a sort of Android emulator (they call it an "Android Player") onto the thing. But at this point, we're not even sure the might and muscle of Android can salvage things.

More: CrackBerry

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6 years ago

Google launches new developer site, kicks it off with the Google+ API

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Google has launched a new developer portal where it can share news about events and updates, as well as offer examples and use cases for developers of all their products -- including Android.  To get things started, Google just released the Google+ API and has shared a couple methods to retrieve public data from Google+.  Initially, the API will only collect public data, which should alleviate any privacy concerns and give the folks in Mountain View some time to get a secure method worked out for data that isn't shared with the world.

You might be asking what all this API mumbo jumbo means for you and I.  Think of it as  code that developers can use in their programs, across various platforms like Windows, Mac OS, Android, even ChromeOS.  They can plug this code into their programs and collect data and display it however they like.  This means the third-party applications, like Twitter clients, will be able to hook into Google+ like they currently can with Twitter or Facebook.  As we've seen so far with Google+ itself, this will take some time to get a viable solution worked out; one that addresses users privacy, yet makes things easy for web and mobile developers to use.  We're looking forward to see how this all develops, and of course to see what enterprising developers can come up with.  For more information, visit the links below.

Google Developers; Google+ API. Via +Reto Meier

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6 years ago

Archos G9 Honeycomb tablets coming Sept. 20, from $299

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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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6 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting a minor update

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Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is getting a nice little update. Here's what's new:

  • Enhanced data connectivity
  • Notified if roaming
  • Reply/reply all fixed in Exchange.
  • Fixed Exchange syncing
  • Fixed characters in Exchange mail
  • Updating Exchange password also updates security settings
  • Not detectable on Mac OS.
  • SIM ID now in About screen
  • IMEI added to About screen.

Head into the software update section to pull it down.

Source: Verizon (pdf); Thanks, G!

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6 years ago

AT&T launching its LTE network Sunday in 5 cities

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AT&T is throwing the switch on its LTE network this Sunday, according to CFO John Stephens. Only five cities -- Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio -- will be live at launch, but the carrier expects to triple that by the end of the year. (You can ignore the 70 million number that gets thrown around with that expansion -- that's total population for the markets, not actually how many people will be using AT&T's LTE.)

We still don't have any LTE-capable Android smartphones (AT&T says we should by the end of the year, and the HTC Holiday may be among them), but the overpriced HTC Jetstream Honeycomb tablet can.

Source: Fierce Wireless

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6 years ago

PlayStation Suite SDK to be offered from November, new games from spring 2012

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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that it'll be releasing a software development kit for its PlayStation Suite starting this November, with the newly-created games becoming available from spring 2012. Using Microsoft's C# programming language, the PS Suite SDK will allow developers to create games for PlayStation-certified Android devices, as well as the upcoming PlayStation Vita console.

Sony adds that its looking to "further accelerate the expansion of PS certified devices" in the future. Right now the PlayStation Suite is only available on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, however Sony's new Tablet S and Tablet P are to launch with the service in the weeks ahead.

The full press release from Sony can be found after the jump.

Source: SCEI

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6 years ago

Pre-orders begin at Best Buy for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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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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6 years ago

Verizon and FuzeBox announce Fuze Meeting for the Business Solutions Alliance program

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Verizon has just announced that they have partnered with FuzeBox, and will be featuring Fuze Meeting as part of the BSA (Business Solutions Alliance) program.  If you're unfamiliar with Fuze Meeting, it's an online collaboration tool that provides virtual meetings via computers, tablets, and smartphones.  As Michael Toto, director, Enterprise and Government Partnerships at Verizon Wireless says:

As tablets and mobile devices continue to advance their capabilities and get adopted as de facto tools in the business environment, video collaboration is becoming mainstream for diagnostics, analysis, transactions and many other drivers that companies rely on. FuzeBox is delivering a perfect meeting place for the two technologies, offering high-quality, user-friendly solutions to a wide range of industries and customers, and the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network ties them all together.

And he's right.  With new high-speed cellular data networks come great ways to be even more productive on connected devices.  With rising fuel and travel costs, many businesses have turned to online meetings instead of flying folks cross-country to work together.  Here at Android Central, we conduct most of our internal business this way, and it's high time that mobile gets in on the action.

Be aware though, this isn't a tool for the average consumer.  A quick look at the Fuze Meeting pricing page shows that this tech doesn't come cheaply.  But it's still far more cost effective than the alternative, and should be a heavy hitter for Verizon's BSA.  We have the full press release after the break, and you can learn more at the link below.

Fuze Meeting

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6 years ago

Hands-on with the Lenovo IdeaPad A1

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And then there's the Lenovo IdeaPad A1, aka the little brother of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. It's a wee 7-inch tablet. And while it's nicely put together, we're having a hard time swallowing a Gingerbread tablet when Honeycomb's starting to hit in the same form factor.

It's noticeably slower than its dual-core counterpart, but then again, it's also only $200, and you'd be hard-pressed to beat that at this point.

See what we mean with photos and video after the break.

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6 years ago

Hands-on with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7e

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We have seen some Viewsonic tablets in the past, and heard they had some new ones in the works, and we were able to get some time with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7e ahead of its launch. The Viewsonic Viewpad 7e is the entry level 7-inch tablet that they are launching in October, it will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, instead of Android 3.2 Honeycomb, like its big brother, the 7x. The device has a 800x600 display powered by a 1GHz processor, but unfortunately will not have Google Market support. The Viewpad 7e will launch with Amazon Appstore integration so you are not left without any applications, and will come preloaded with numerous apps, such as Twitter, TuneIn Radio and Amazon Kindle.

At the $199 price point it is sure to please a number of users who are looking for something small and portable to take with them on the go. Hit the break for more more pictures!

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6 years ago

Hands-on with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7x

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As we all remember Viewsonic wants us to know that they make Android tablets, and tonight we were able to get our hands on their upcoming Viewsonic Viewpad 7x, a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet. The 7x is the bigger brother to the 7e, which runs Gingerbread, and will be powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHx processor, and sports a 1024x600 capacitive touch screen. The tablet will have full Google Market support and will have an HDMI output and supports 1080p video playback.

Launching at only $379 it is quite a value for anyone looking for a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet. Hit the break to take a look at some still images, and check out the video above.

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6 years ago

Hands-on with the Lenovo IdeaPad K1

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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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6 years ago

Robo Defense gets another update, continues to be awesome

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Pardon a little gushing folks, but as any long-time Android users know, Robo Defense is one of the real OG games for Android.  And the folks at Lupis Labs haven't forgotten it, as it just got another great update with a new level, a new tower, and new achievements.  There might be newer games on the Market that take advantage of things like Tegra instructions, or need a dual-core powerhouse to run well, but I wanted to take a second and remind everyone about an old favorite. 

Robo Defense runs on any device with Donut or higher, and if you have bought the game you'll have an update waiting for ya in the Android Market.  If you haven't tried it, the link to the free trial is after the break -- check it out and remember how we used to game on our phones.  You'll probably still enjoy the hell out of it.

Revisit and discuss some strategy in the forums!

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6 years ago

Reminder: Enter to win a Lenovo IdeaPad K1 from Nvidia and Android Central [contest]

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The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is one of the latest Android tablets to be introduced, and I'm thinking it may have been worth the wait. It's a Tegra 2 packing Honeycomb tablet, from a name everyone knows, and it manages to be on the thin side while still providing a microSD card slot and HDMI port.  If you need the connectivity, and still want something stylish and light, the IdeaPad K1 just might be the ticket.  And you can enter to win one in Nvidia and Android Central's Tegra Madness giveaway!

Winning one is easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  Each contest runs for 24 hours (midnight to midnight, Eastern Time), and we'll pick the winner at random, then announce them all in one big blog post next Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter all week!

Win a Lenovo IdeaPad K1

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6 years ago

Verizon to launch 26 new LTE markets Sep. 15, expand 3 others

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Verizon has announced that they will be turning on the LTE switch in 26 new areas come Sep 15 (that's tomorrow!), as well as expanding the footprint in three metro areas.  The new markets are:

  • Fort Smith and Jonesboro, Ark.
  • San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Daytona, Fla.
  • Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.
  • Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Shreveport, La.
  • Kalamazoo and Saginaw, Mich.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Canton, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio
  • Dyersburg, Tenn.
  • Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.
  • Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, Texas.

The existing LTE footprint in San Francisco, Calif., Indianapolis Ind., and Cleveland/Akron Ohio is also slated to see a "major expansion".  As you can see in our Droid Bionic review, LTE is fast data re-defined.  The footprint keeps expanding, and each new LTE device brings a little better performance than the last, and everyone is loving it.  Keep it up Big Red!  We've got the (very long) full press release after the break.

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