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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 advertisement shows off its speedy HSPA+ connection

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Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-10.1-advertisement-shows-off-its-speedy-HSPA-connectionBy now, we’ve seen three different advertisement videos that show the usefulness and beauty of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. First it showed off how it was more capable than the iPad 2, then the second one featured its razor thin profile, and the last one made it known at how light weight it really is compared to the competition.

Well, the most recent advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features two opposing fathers trying to keep their kids occupied by playing videos of pandas on their respective tablets. Of course, the HSPA+ enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is able to load the video without much buffer time – while the other father is struggling to keep his kid from going crazy while it’s buffering.

So what does it all mean? Well, owners of the HSPA+ capable Galaxy Tab 10.1 won’t have to worry about their kids getting all out of control while trying to load something on the web – thus, keeping their kids content and cranky-free.

via Samsung Hub

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HTC Scribe Pen is now included for free with the purchase of the HTC Flyer at Best Buy

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HTC-Scribe-Pen-is-now-included-for-free-with-the-purchase-of-the-HTC-Flyer-at-Best-BuyFor those early adopters that managed to pick up the HTC Flyer and its optional, yet pricey HTC Scribe Pen, they might be soon kicking themselves because Best Buy is now including the stylus for free with the purchase of the HTC Flyer tablet.

Even though the big box retailer is still selling the HTC Scribe Pen separately at $79.99, you get a discount by purchasing the package deal that includes it and the HTC Flyer – all for $499.99! Of course, those who picked up both items on launch day shelled out the full $499.99 cost of the Flyer, and an additional $79.99 for the HTC Scribe Pen. Indeed a nice gesture from Best Buy, it basically matches Sprint’s offering with the cellular connected HTC EVO View 4G.

Obviously, the $500 price tag associated now with the package is indeed something easy to tolerate and makes the purchase more than accepting versus before. New owners will indeed be filled with joy about all of this, but of course, those early adopters will always be paying the price for their desire to be the first.
source: Best Buy via Unwired View

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting TouchWiz soon with Honeycomb update

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Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-10.1-getting-TouchWiz-soon-with-Honeycomb-updateHaving a custom skin on top of the vanilla Android build has often proven to be more of a hassle than a real benefit. But while Samsung’s TouchWiz UI won’t appeal to Android purists, even they’d admit it does extend Android’s functionality. The skin is now coming to Samsung’s ultra slim Galaxy Tab 10.1 bringing advanced copy-paste storing images and links in the clipboard for easy sharing, a panel for quickly controlling settings like Wi-Fi and notifications, but also a new visual approach to multitasking with mini apps tray and live panel widget for magazine-like view of your most recent updates including weather and email.

The update also delivers Media Hub, a service allowing you to purchase and rent movies and TV shows, which you can subsequently share with other Media Hub devices. Samsung’s Social Hub message aggregator, Reader Hub and Music Hub are also on board. The latest version of Swype comes preinstalled as well. With even more accessories like an SD card adapter, which the tablet has been notably missing, the Tab 10.1 should look even more appealing. Finally, if you lose your device, you’ll be able to look for it, lock it or wipe out personal information. The update is coming soon, so it might arrive even sooner than the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1, expected to ship in the next couple of weeks.

source: Samsung via Engadget

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Sony S1, S2 tablets pose for the camera showing off some Honeycomb goodness

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If we do not count the enchanting teaser video that they starred in not long ago, the Sony S1 and Sony S2 tablets have been somewhat shy to appear in front of the camera. That is why we got curious when we came across this short hands-on video of the latter.

Both tablets were briefly demonstrated during a Sony conference that took place in Munich, Germany, where a video of the Sony S2 in action was captured along with a photo of the Sony S1. Unfortunately, the company did not allow any further pictures to be taken, and neither was it generous on sharing any technical details about the devices.

What we do know about them, however, is that both the S1 and S2 are expected to come with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset and will be 3G/4G-compatible. Besides that, the tablets will launch running Android Honeycomb, which will be treated to a good deal of customization. With an estimated weight of about 600 grams, the Sony S1 sports a 9.4-inch display and a unique design, which shifts the tablet’s center of gravity to the side in order to make holding the unit easier. On the other hand, the Sony S2 carries a resemblance to the Kyocera Echo with its folding design and dual 5.5-inch 1024 by 480 screens.

Sony’s tablets are expected to launch in Europe this fall, yet nothing has been mentioned in regards to their price or availability in the U.S. so far.

source: Golem (translated) via Electronista

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Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Tab getting the Gingerbreads on July 5th

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Sprints-Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-getting-the-Gingerbreads-on-July-5thThe 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab, which was the first brand-name Android tablet last year, is still running Android 2.2 Froyo in many of its carrier reincarnations, but that’s about to change very soon, as Sprint’s version will be getting Android 2.3 Gingerbread on July 5th.

The EF17 update will start rolling out to Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Tab owners over the air, in the course of four days, and won’t require hooking the tablet up to Samsung Kies. The update has already been made available in Taiwan, where new features like Sketch Memo have been introduces, and bug fixes applied.

As for Android Honeycomb, it seems that Google has already prepped the 7″ version, judging from the appearance of tablets like the Huawei MediaPad 7-incher with Android 3.2, so it could some day grace the shores of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Of course, by that time everyone might have moved on to Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but there are always the custom ROM projects, if you feel pressed.

source: SamsungHub

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Amazon’s upcoming tablets might face component supply shortages due to the iPad 2

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Amazons-upcoming-tablets-might-face-component-supply-shortages-due-to-the-iPad-2It’s already public knowledge that Amazon is working on subsidized Android tablets with its own branding, and was about to launch them in August or September. We got a tip last month that these might be a quad-core endeavor, under the codename Hollywood, and an entry level Coyote, with a dual-core chipset.

What remains hidden, however, is that Apple has prepaid for and occupied the lion’s share of tablet component supplies, especially touchscreen components. Our shaky source for all things Taiwanese and component related DigiTimes reports that Amazon’s plans to build 4 million units this year might be in jeopardy due to the contracts suppliers have with Apple, which don’t leave them much spare capacity for other projects. The same thing happened with the BlackBerry PlayBook, which was possibly delayed with a month because Apple had corralled most component suppliers capacity for its own gizmos.

The initial batch of Amazon’s tablets is pegged at 1.5-2 million, and that might be all there is to it for this year, if alternative capacity isn’t secured in the second half. Early rumors suggested that the dual-core tablet will be with a chipset of the NVIDIA variety, but now Texas Instruments is also being mentioned in connection with Amazon’s upcoming slates.

via AppleInsider

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Toshiba Thrive gets a cool unboxing video; watching it may get you one for free

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Toshiba-Thrive-gets-a-cool-unboxing-video-watching-it-may-get-you-one-for-freeThe Toshiba Thrive tablet is already up for pre-order at various retail stores, but how does winning one sound to you? Well, watching this cool video below may give you the chance to grab one for free. In order to spread awareness of its upcoming Tegra 2-powered 10-incher, Toshiba has been running a promotional campaign for several weeks now, and a number of limited edition Thrive tablets have already been awarded to to a few lucky participants.

Loaded with eye candy and special effects, the video shows off several features of the Toshiba Thrive, among which its 10.1-inch display with 1280 by 800 resolution, its 5-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras, and the fact that it comes running Android 3.1 out of the box. Of course, we do not expect the tablet to be able to shoot paint blobs like it does in the video, yet it would have probably been a fun feature to have. Once the video reaches 10,000 views, a special promotional code will be revealed, which you can then use to enter the sweepstakes. More information on grabbing a free Toshiba Thrive has been provided for you at the link below so if you are interested, feel free to check it out.

For more details on how to win a Toshiba Thrive tablet, click here.

source: Toshiba via Android Central

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Amazon Android tablets expected by August or September

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Amazon-Android-tablets-expected-by-August-or-SeptemberAs if the tablet field wasn’t large enough, Amazon is insisting on joining in the fun. But before you judge too quickly, keep in mind the incredible amount of content that Amazon is capable of bringing to the table(t).

And those industry relationships are probably behind the optimistic predictions for the Amazon Android tablets’ sales. Taiwanese parts suppliers are saying that Amazon’s tablets will launch in August or September, and still manage to sell 4 million units in 2011. Unrealistic? Maybe.

It will depend on two things: the components, and the content. As for the components, earlier rumors suggested that the 10-inch Hollywood tablet would sport NVIDIA’s upcoming quad-core processor. But now, the same report from DigiTimes suggests that the processors will be supplied by Texas Instruments.

As for content, DigiTimes reiterates the rumor that the Amazon Prime streaming video service will be featured on their tablet. But we don’t know if that will be enough to grab customers from other, more established device-makers. Amazon also has a cloud service in the pipeline. But again, that might not differentiate it from other pre-holiday tablet contenders.

source: DigiTimes via Forbes

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Android 3.1 Honeycomb update is being rolled out globally to the Motorola XOOM

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Android-3.1-Honeycomb-update-is-being-rolled-out-globally-to-the-Motorola-XOOMVerizon Motorola XOOM owners have been experiencing Android 3.1 Honeycomb for some time now, but it appears that the latest version of the platform is being rolled out globally to other XOOM owners as well.

Motorola announced today through their European Facebook page that Android 3.1 Honeycomb is being pushed out to units outside of the US. From the sound of it all, European owners of the XOOM can expect to see it arrive sometime over the next several weeks. Moreover, release notes for the update will be made available in each region – albeit, its functionality will also vary by region. With Android 3.1 Honeycomb, it features things like enabling the XOOM’s microSD card slot, certain widgets being resizable, scrollable muti-tasking list, and much more.

As for those Verizon Motorola XOOM owners, we’d suspect that they’re more eager about knowing when they’ll finally see that 4G LTE modem update.

source: Motorola via Mobileburn

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Samsung unveils a suite of accessories for the Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Samsung-unveils-a-suite-of-accessories-for-the-Galaxy-Tab-10.1Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 enjoys the glory of being the slimmest tablet out there, but now it matches it with an impressive selection of accessories. You can get a keyboard dock turning your tablet into a full-fledged typing machine for $70, while the multimedia dock costs $35 and works as an HDMI pass-through, allowing you to connect the tablet to your HD TV. In order to do that however, you’ll need the HDMI adapter for the Tab 10.1 sold for $40. Finally, you can extend the functionality of the 10-inch slate by pairing it with a USB adapter priced at $20, so you can use the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a host device for connecting USB-enabled keyobards, mice and other accessories.
That precious Samsung-made tablet might require some additional protection and that’s where the Book Cover Case for $60 comes handy. Its versatile design also allows you to place the tablet upright or lay it down to use the keyboard. Finally, a simple Protective Leather Pouch for $30 encases the tablet in soft leather. Check out the accessories at the link to the Samsung Store below.
source: Samsung Store via Engadget

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