Waiting for a Honeycomb tablet that can rival Apple’s super slim iPad both in terms of dimensions and raw power? Verizon has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which has an even thinner profile than Apple’s tablet, will arrive July 28th, equipped with 4G LTE radio. Prices for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 stand at $529.99 for the 16 gig version and go up to $629.99 for a 32GB model, all with a two-year agreement. Both configurations are available in either metallic grey or glossy white.
With 4G LTE, Big Red customers are promised speeds of between 5 to 12Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5Mbps uploads, but that also translates into a hefty data fee of $30 a month for 2GB of data, $50 monthly for 5GB or the whopping $80 a month for 10GB monthly allowance. The 10.1-inch tablet has a dual-core Tegra 2 chip clocked at 1GHz under the hood, but specs hardly tell the whole story. For that, feel free to check out our in-depth review of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the same tablet sans LTE radio.
source: Verizon Wireless
While nobody would argue that Android smartphones are abundant these days, the situation with tablets running Google’s mobile platform might not be so bright. According to an estimate given by the guys over at Daring Fireball, there may be as little as 1.17 million Android tablets currently in use worldwide.
Coming up with this number did not require any elaborate calculations. The estimate took into account some statistical data provided by the Android Market, which showed that between June 24 and July 1 of this year, only 0.9% of all devices that have accessed Google’s software marketplace boast a screen size of 7 inches or above. Multiply that by the number of total Android devices out there, which Larry Page himself announced to be 130 million, and the result leads us to believe that roughly 1.17 million Android tablets have been sold and are in use today.
The actual Android tablet population is surely above that number considering the short time span, over which the statistical data has been collected. However, it isn’t exactly clear by how much as an official statement from Google is yet to be made. In comparison, Apple’s iPad is selling like hotcakes with an estimated 28 million units sold by the end of June 2011. Maybe that is why it is much easier to spot someone using an iPad rather than a Galaxy Tab, for example, while having their Frappuccino.
Nevertheless, other studies show that Android tablets are quickly picking up pace, so it might not be that long until the supremacy of the iPad gets challenged. However, that is not likely to happen until the number of tablet-optimized Android apps reaches a reasonable amount.
Lenovo’s plans to release two Honeycomb tablets weren’t the best kept secret out there, but now Lenovo has officially unveiled the cover over them: both share a dual-core Tegra 2 chip, a similar 10.1-inch display, RAM and ports, but the ThinkPad Tablet has a down-to-business look, an optional stylus and keyboard dock, while the IdeaPad K1, previously known as the Lenovo LePad, comes with a rounded body and an affordable price tag.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet
The ThinkPad Tablet has a serious, rectangular design and seems squarely aimed at corporate folk. It almost looks vintage but it packs some serious hardware: Gorilla Glass 10.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, 1GB of RAM and optional 3G. It’s not even close to matching the thin profile of tablets like the iPad 2 with its .55-inches of girth (14mm) and 1.6 pounds (725 grams) of pure weight. But it does offer plenty of connectivity options as a trade-off: mini-HDMI, full-size USB 2.0 and microUSB ports, none of which you have on the iPad 2. The slate has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing one, perfect for video conferencing. Wi-Fi only version of the slate is expected to last as much as 8.7 hours…
Read the whole post at PhoneArena.com
We’ve started solving the puzzle of the missing Honeycomb apps by first covering essential Honeycomb social apps, then news and entertainment apps for Honeycomb, and now it’s time to get down to business and boost our productivity on a tablet. For that we’ve hand-picked 15 tablet optimized productivity applications. Check out the list below and feel free to chime in with suggestions of your own in the comments below!
Productivity apps for Honeycomb:
- Opera Mobile | Free
One of the best alternatives to the stock Honeycomb browser, Opera Mobile supports Adobe Flash and is among the most responsive browsers out there.
- DualWeb Browser | Free
This might not be an absolutely essential app, but it brings a brilliant idea – browsing two pages simultaneously…
You can read the whole article at PhoneArena.com
A new rumor has surfaced courtesy of a screenshot that suggests the LTE-packing Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will utilize microSIM cards instead of the normal sized SIM cards found in their other LTE devices on Verizon.
The screenshot supposedly shows a Verizon training document for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. According to the document, Verizon will be introducing microSIM cards in late July. A specific date was not given.
This will be the first device of any sorts to hit the nation’s largest carrier that will operate with a microSIM card, if this rumor does end up being true. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
source: Android Central
It looks like Xoom users have something to get excited about. Droid Life is reporting that the Android 3.2 update is rolling out in small batches, and it finally makes that SD card slot useful on your Xoom tablet.
The Android 3.2 update will bring the Xoom to build HTJ85B. It adds the zoom compatibility mode that we told you about yesterday, which offers a new view mode to make non-Honeycomb apps run better on Honeycomb tablets. But, the bigger news may be that it also finally turns on the SD card support for US Xooms. So, now that you finally have expandable storage functionality, what will you do with it?
Android 3.2 will also bring support for 7″ Honeycomb tablet screens, but that doesn’t really mean much to Xoom users. And, as a bonus for any devs out there, the Android 3.2 source is available right now in AOSP.
Okay, it may not be among the slimmest and lightest tablets on the market, but the Acer ICONIA TAB A501 packs enough potential to compete with pretty much every Honeycomb tablet around. The only thing that has been missing so far, however, has been 3G connectivity, which might have made more than a few people looking for a decent tablet to go with a different make.
Well, UK retailer Clove has the 3G-enabled Acer ICONIA TAB A501 in stock and ready to ship. Unfortunately, it comes with a rather steep price tag of roughly $850, which seems like a bit too much for what you are getting, namely a dual-core Tegra 2 chipset, 10.1-inch display with 1280 by 800 resolution, 32 gigabytes of storage, and Android 3.0 Honeycomb running the show. The ICONIA TAB A501 also packs a 5-megapixel main and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a standard size USB 2.0 port.
If you have your mind on the Acer ICONIA TAB A501 and the lack of 3G is not a dealbreaker for you, the nearly identical, Wi-Fi-only ICONIA TAB A500 is available at Best Buy for as low as $450. On the other hand, if you absolutely insist on being connected to the Internet at all times, just sit tight and be patient as AT&T and Verizon are expected to have the tablet on their shelves sometimes soon.
Google Talk on Honeycomb tablets is receiving image stabilization during video calls, which should help with jerky picture while moving or walking around. The system is being provided by SRI, a California-based non-profit research institute, whose inventions range from the ultrasound to automatic checks processing. It’s been about 10 years in the making, but only now are mobile devices powerful enough to allow for the software to work in real time.
The folks at SRI explain the magic behind the video image stabilization that is to grace Google Talk on your Android Honeycomb slate:
“Video chat applications capture video from the front-facing camera on smartphones and tablets. Once an image is acquired by a camera, it is compressed before it can be transmitted. In video compression algorithms, the bandwidth used to encode the video increases with the amount of motion in the scene.
By stabilizing the video, SRI’s software compensates for scene motion and allows the video compression algorithm to improve image quality by using fewer bits to encode the video. There is increased mobile device efficiency when an image is stabilized before compression, and there is less work for a device’s video compression engine to perform.”
So besides less jerky videos. we’ll be getting ones that hog less bandwidth – hopefully that will help with video chats over slower 3G connections. As for the whole image stabilizing thing, we haven’t seen a software solution that can beat a good optical image stabilization, but we’ll spare judgment for until we see the results SRI and Google have arrived at.
A message written on the web site of the Android Open Source Project suggests that the Motorola XOOM is soon to be updated with Android 3.2. In response to issue 16992, which was about Exchange not working on the tablet following the Android 3.1 update, a response from someone who appears to work at Google, comment 28, said, “There should be a 3.2 update coming within days, and that should help those of you with XOOM.”
While this is about as far as you can get from being an official announcement (well, ok, you might have heard from your barber’s cabdriver’s sister-in-law who has a neighbor with an Uncle who works for the company that runs the vending machines at Google), hopefully we will see the update coming any day for Motorola’s tablet.
Just recently, Motorola officially dropped the price of the Wi-Fi version of the XOOM to a more suitable price of $499 – matching the golden price point seen with most premium tablets on the market right now.
Apparently, interested customers can actually shave another $50 off its price by using a Staples coupon – albeit, it’s only valid until July 9th. Moreover, you’ll need to physically print it out and present it at the time of purchase at a Staples location since it’s not something redeemable online. At $450, it’s definitely a decent deal, but when you have other Android Honeycomb tablets priced at the same level and even less, you’ll really need to think about it more meticulously before coming to an agreement.
Still, you’d better think fast because the coupon is set to expire in two days, but we’re glad to see its price being more competitive than before.