The Acer Iconia Tab A500 has started receiving its portion of the Android 3.1 Honeycomb OTA update July 5th, judging from an Acer Germany Facebook page posting. We heard about this update back in May, although the promise was for the first weeks of June; still, beginning of July is not too shabby either.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a 10″ Honeycomb slate with nice aluminum back cover and all the bells and whistles one would expect from a self-respecting Android tablet.
At last check it also comes cheaper than most Android tablet offerings, selling for around $450 at places like Best Buy or Amazon, so whoever is the lucky owner of the Iconia Tab A500, the thought that the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update is coming over the air should be warming your hearts.
The move from 3.0 to 3.1 is an incremental update, bringing UI improvements, as well as connectivity for USB accessories. The default browser, calendar, contacts and email applications are also graced with new features, so this should suffice before Android Ice Cream Sandwich hits later this year.
This is one of those rumors that is tough to get a handle on because we’re right in the middle of what’s possible and what’s probable. The trouble is that for the most part the original Motorola Xoom was a bit of a disappointment. It shipped without LTE or a working SD card slot, and still doesn’t have either feature. The Xoom didn’t have a USB port, it was a bit heavy and hard to hold. And, to top it off, Honeycomb was rushed out and was a bit buggy until the 3.1 upgrade.
That’s where we stand as we find out that a mysterious Motorola tablet has hit the FCC. We kind of want the Xoom 2 to come and erase the disappointing launch of the original Xoom (and therefore the Android tablet ecosystem overall). We want it so much that we’re even trying to make an unidentified tablet in a promo to be the Xoom 2. Unfortunately, it seems far more likely that both are simply the Xoom LTE.
The FCC filing doesn’t contain much information, but what we do know is that it has an LTE radio built in. It is also roughly the same size as the original Xoom measuring 259mm by 166mm, where the original Xoom was 249.1mm by 167.8mm.
The change in size and the promo video make it seem as though it could be the Xoom 2. But, it could simply be a slight redesign of the Xoom (to make it more friendly to hold) and a new marketing push for the LTE Xoom. In a way, that might be better than a full release of the Xoom 2, because it would be far better to see the Xoom 2 launch in the fall with a slimmer frame, a quad-core CPU and Ice Cream Sandwich, than it would be to have it launch now and likely be not much more than a slightly redesigned Xoom anyway.
source: Wireless Goodness
Let’s be honest here, one of the major problems with the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi is its above average price point of $599 – one that’s higher than the normal $500 we tend to see nowadays with premium Wi-Fi tablets.
Indeed, it’s going to be a hard sell when you take into account the cheaper cost found with the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Luckily though, Motorola is doing justice for the very first Honeycomb flavored tablet to hit the market by dropping its price down by $100. Flaunting that golden tablet price of $499 now, it’s undoubtedly much more appreciative and might gain some visibility once again. However, Verizon’s cellular connected version doesn’t appear to get any love since it’s still priced firmly at $599 with a 2-year contract.
So if you’re in the market for a high premium tablet, then you’ll have to include the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi into the mix of things now that it sports an even better price than before.
Without a doubt, we’ve already witnessed some of the advantages that the HTC Scribe Pen has to offer with the HTC Flyer, but for other tablet users out there, they’re naturally limited to using their fingers to operate their tablets – and at the same time, accumulating some fingerprints and smudges.
Well, Samsung has something that might appeal to just about anyone using devices with capacitive touchscreens – the Galaxy Tab Conductive Pen. As its name implies, it’s tailored to be used with Samsung’s line of Galaxy Tab tablets, but it’ll actually work on just about any device sporting capacitive displays. In fact, the conductive tip of the stylus allows it mimic your finger and offers all of the conveniences you’d expect – like making selections, tapping, and swipe gestures. Better yet, the best thing about it is the fact that it’ll keep your device looking ever so clean.
If you simply tire of having to rely on your finger to interact with your touchscreen device, you can replace the experience with the Galaxy Tab Conductive Pen obviously. Priced at $19.99 for a single Conductive Pen, it sports an attractive design similar to what you find with any premium pen. So if that’s good enough for you, then you can pick one up through Samsung’s web site right now.
As we reported, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer has been under heavy demand which means that the factories have been unable to catch up to sales even while continuing to churn out the tablet. And now, with other stores suffering with no inventory of the tablet, the device can be found in Office Depot stores and on the retailer’s web site. The 16GB model will cost $399.99 while the 32GB version is priced at $499.99. Randy Wick, Vice President of Technology Merchandising for Office Depot had some kind words for the tablet when he said that “The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer truly stands out from other tablets currently on the market with its great price point and unique features, including the expandable keyboard dock“.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is loaded up with Honeycomb 3.1 and under the hood you will find a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. The 10.1 inch screen made of Gorilla Glass offers resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels and gives the user great viewing angles. A 5MP camera is on the back of the unit while a 1.3MP shooter is on front, for self-portraits and video chats. The tablet is only 12.98 thick and weighs just 680 grams. The $149.99 optional docking station gives users a full sized QWERTY keyboard, 2 additional USB ports, a microSD slot and a multi-touch trackpad. Perhaps the best news is that the dock increases battery life by 6.5 additional hours to 16 hours.
If you have been looking to pick up the tablet and can’t find one anywhere, you can now check out all of the Office Depot locations near you. But once the word gets out, the retailer might suffer the same fate as the other places that have been selling the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Namely, empty shelves.
source: OfficeDepot via AndroidGuys
Samsung has just released a video showing off all of the features found in their Android Honeycomb powered Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet including the added functionality from their TouchWiz UX interface.
The video goes over all of the features found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but if you are already familiar and just want to see what the TouchWiz UX adds then skip to the 2:16 mark. For the most part it appears that Honeycomb keeps its normal appearance throughout the operating system. Most of the additions are purely functional.
During the demo you can clearly see that there is a wide array of new widgets that can be used to give users access to a ton of various content right from their home screen. Also shown off is the use of mini apps. Mini apps are smaller windows that can run with another app running right behind it. The tablet will have 6 mini apps once TouchWiz becomes available. This is just the tip of the iceberg as there is much more to check out with Samsung’s user interface.
It is a little different than the stock Android experience, but it could very well be a welcomed improvement. Check out the video and tell us what you think in the comments below.
source: TabletPC Review via Clove
Do you remember the promotional video of Sony’s S1 and S2 tablets that teased us not long ago? Well, the digital lovers are back and the next episode of their love tale is just as enchanting as the previous one. Once again, digitized emotions are flying back and forth across the gloomy room while a plethora of contraptions tick and beep adding an extra dose of tech-appeal to the story.
However, that is not all that we have to show you. The Sony S1 was the star of a recent YouTube video, which, thankfully, is not as brief as the one that the Sony S2 appeared in not long ago. Unfortunately, our Italian is not as good as we wish it was so we cannot really tell you what the narrator is describing exactly, but it seems like he is showing off the tablet’s PlayStation Suite feature.
If that is not enough, feel free to check out the handful of photos of the Sony Tablet S1 and the Sony Tablet S2, that we happened to come across. We are treated to a closer look at the S1’s oddly-shaped profile and it seems like the device’s sloped back does not really make it as bulky as it appeared in its early photos.
So, do Sony’s tablets seem appealing in any way to you, or do you think that they will simply fade away overshadowed by the Honeycomb competition? Do not hesitate to share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Chiming in right on schedule, Sprint customers who happen to own the carrier’s Samsung Galaxy Tab should be waking up to something special because the Gingerbread software update for the tablet is now available.
Keeping its promise of delivering the update by today, July 5th, the over-the-air update is available for download – though, Sprint is pushing it out in waves throughout the course of the week. However, if you’re simply impatient and want to get right into Gingerbread with your Sprint branded Samsung Galaxy Tab, you can manually check for it under the Software Update section in the Android Settings menu. Indeed, the Gingerbread update brings forth some significant changes and improvements to better the overall tablet experience.
As much as we’re happy to hear about this, we’re still curious to know if other carrier versions of the tablet will be making the jump to Gingerbread as well in the near future – but in the meantime, Sprint owners can rejoice.
The Toshiba Thrive has been up for pre-order for several weeks now, and we are sure that some of you have already taken advantage of the offer. However, if you simply do not have the patience to wait until the 10-inch tablet is ready to leave the warehouse, your nearest BestBuy store may have the Thrive in stock already.
According to numerous reports, Toshiba’s Honeycomb-powered slate can be purchased at a number of BestBuy outlets. Our quick check showed that BestBuy does not have the tablet available online at this time, and neither does any other online retailer, for that matter. The bad part, though, is that the Thrive is retailing at about $50 more than what you would paid if you were to pre-order one instead – $479 and $579 for its 16- and 32-gigabyte versions respectively. Does that make BestBuy’s offer any less tempting? Well, if you have your mind set on a Toshiba Thrive, perhaps it would be a better idea to put down your credit card as the tablet is expected to hit the market around July 10.
On the other hand, if waiting is something that you do not like and $50 are not going to break your bank, head down to a nearby BestBuy store and see if you can spot the tablet on the shelves over there. Make sure you let us know if you are a Toshiba Thrive owner already by bragging about it in the comments below!
The Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 may not be enjoying as much attention as its bigger brother is receiving, but something tells us that there are plenty of folks around waiting for it to launch. Unfortunately, the tablet’s exact release date has been only a matter of speculation so far and has yet to be established even though the slightly bigger GALAXY Tab 10.1 has been out for more than a few weeks already.
However, some light has been shed on the matter just recently as word has come straight from Samsung representatives saying that “Those who are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, must still wait a bit. The official date is delayed by a few weeks in mid-August.“ So, if you are among the ones who have been waiting to get their hands on a brand new Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9, you can either wait patiently for another five weeks or so, or you can check out what other Honeycomb tablets are available out there.
One of the reasons that may be preventing the impressively thin GALAXY Tab 8.9 from launching in a timely manner is that Samsung was allegedly experiencing some display panel shortages. That may have lead to the need for some last minute tweaks under the hood of the tablet to be made, but, of course, we may never really know for sure. Well, whatever the troubles over at Samsung’s busy workshops might be, let’s hope that the GALAXY Tab 8.9 will be worth the wait.