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Google's data suggests tablet usage is less than 1% of Android

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Is there a tablet market or is it just an iPad market? The fact is that we don't know, as there are no actual sales numbers available from manufacturers. We have to go by industry rumors as well as reports from market researchers, one of which recently stated that Android tablets may have a 30 percent share at this time – and we also heard that Asus EeePad may be shipping more than 400,000 units per month.

However, the actual Android tablets in use may be far below those numbers and the total number of Android tablets in use today could be negligible, if we believe Google's own numbers. Android Market access data suggest that devices with screen sizes of 7 inches or greater had just 0.9 percent share in early July. If we assume that this number is tied to the number of 135 million Android devices activated so far, it could mean that there are only 1.2 million Android tablets in use at this time – and shipment versus sales has an especially important meaning to Android.

Of course, that is speculation, but Google's silences on tablet-specific numbers as well as a lack of Android tablet sales data are not encouraging either.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Amazon tablet rumors flare on leaked supplier parts list

While DigiTimes spilled its cup of beans about the devices' possible use of Fringe Field Switching displays and fabrication by Quanta Computer, the Wall Street Journal threw its two cents in with a report pegging a couple of new Kindles for Q3. Now loose-lipped sources are tipping DigiTimes with a leaked supplier parts list that has Wintek, J Touch and CPT providing touch panels with NVIDIA processors at the tabs' cores. The Seattle-based company also purportedly plans to ship four million of these 7- and 10-inch slates by 2011′s end.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Asus: UK Eee Transformer Android 3.2 update arriving on August 2nd

So yesterday we had two possible candidate days from the US and Germany for the launch of Android 3.2 on the UK Eee Pad Transformer, now today Asus UK has given us a firm date for the specific UK launch of the latest Honeycomb upgrade – August 2nd.

This date comes via the company's ever helpful Facebook page. We've taken a screencapture of the happy news. Thanks for asking, Tim:

Sooner or later we're going to have to surrender to the massive weight of public opinion and just buy one of these tablet things. It's where all the action is.
source: Eurodroid

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android 3.2 update should be out today

After having been updated to Android 3.1 last month, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is now ready to run what is today Google's latest operating system version for tablets – Android 3.2. Asus tweeted yesterday that the update's rollout would begin today, unfortunately without saying anything about what territories will get it first. So it's probably safe to assume that Transformers sold in the US will start getting it today.

On that note, Liliputing has uncovered that Asus Germany expects to start pushing the update on August 5. So for those of you in Europe, a few more days of waiting may just be required.

The update will naturally come over-the-air, your tablet will notify you about it and you can then download and install it.

The biggest thing to come with this version of Android isn't something Transformer owners have any use for. Namely, that's proper support for tablets with resolutions smaller than 1280×800 (which has become the standard for 10.1-inch devices).

Aside from that, the update also brings a new type of compatibility zoom for applications designed for smartphones and not optimized for tablets. This should ensure a better experience while running such apps on your Honeycomb tablet. Last, but not least, media sync from the SD card is now possible.
source: Unwired View

Motorola Xoom Android 3.1 update starts tomorrow in India

The Android 3.1 update for the Motorola Xoom may only start in August in Europe, but apparently it can arrive outside the US earlier than that. According to FoneArena, Motorola has officially announced that the update will start rolling out in India tomorrow, on July 29.

The update will come over-the-air, and your tablet will notify you about its arrival and ask you to install it. The update will finally activate the SD card slot in the Xoom. Multitasking has been improved, and widgets are now resizable too.

There's also keyboard and mouse input support over Bluetooth, support for most joysticks and gamepads via USB or Bluetooth, a File Manager comes preinstalled, and high performance Wi-Fi access can now be maintained by apps even when the screen is turned off.
source: Unwired View

Dell Streak 10 Pro poses next to the Streak 7 and Streak 5

Dell's third Android tablet, the Streak 10 Pro, has finally appeared in a live photo – not alone, but standing next to the older 7-inch and 5-inch Streaks, this allowing us to see just how big the new tablet is.

Interestingly, the photo shows Android Honeycomb running not only on the Streak 10 Pro, but also on the Streak 7, which may mean an official update will come to the latter tablet (launched with Android 2.2 Froyo back in March).

As previously rumored, the Dell Streak 10 Pro should be released in China starting this week, although we're still short on details regarding its price. The big Honeycomb Streak offers a 10.1 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels, GPS, Wi-Fi, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, and a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.

At the moment, Dell doesn't know if it's going to offer the Streak 10 Pro in occidental markets or not. It will wait and see how sales in China go, and only then decide.
source: Unwired View

Motorola's Android Tablet Sales Fizzle Out

The Motorola Xoom is not faring as well as its iOS counterpart. Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired.com

Motorola announced dismal device sales in its earnings report on Thursday, with tablets faring near the worst among the company's products.

The company shipped 11 million mobile devices over the past three months, according to the quarterly statement. Yet only 440,000 of those were tablet devices. In other words, the Motorola Xoom Android tablet flopped big time.

Out of the remaining 10.56 million devices shipped, 4.4 million of those were smartphones. That number of course pales in comparison to Apple's 20-plus million iPhones sold last quarter, and even to the 5 million Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphones sold in the first three months of the phone's release. Especially considering that's 4.4 million across all of Motorola's device models.

It's a quarter of rough numbers for the company, which of course is facing competition on all sides. For perspective's sake, compare the 440,000 Xoom tablets with Apple's numbers this quarter: The Cupertino giant sold 9.25 million iPads over the last quarter, almost 20 times the number of Motorola's Xooms. And it's important to note that when Motorola says 440,000 units “shipped,” that signifies the number of devices sold to retail stores, not to customers. It's difficult to determine how many actual sales to customers occurred without further detail.

And even if the iPad weren't doing so well, the Xoom is still competing with the myriad Android tablets available from other hardware manufacturers.

Still, it's not all doom and gloom for the U.S.-based mobile device manufacturer. Smartphone sales are up from 2.7 million during the same time period last year, which is nothing to scoff at.

But with the majority of phone sales being “dumbphones” — or relatively low-end cellular devices — the company's strategy of relying heavily on smartphone sales as a strength has yet to pan out.

With any luck, the company will be able to turn things around as more smartphone devices debut in the fall. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha announced that the Droid Bionic — a highly anticipated dual-core smartphone which was pushed back to the drawing board for further improvements — will debut some time in September.
source: Gadget Lab

Acer A501 Iconia Tab 4G pre-orders start at Amazon for $499.99

AT&T announced that it would carry the Acer A501 Iconia Tab 4G back in March. Since then, however, the only other thing that we heard about the AT&T-bound A501 was that it may also get a version with 64 GB of internal storage space.

The A501 Iconia Tab has become available in the UK in the meantime, but there was still no sign of it in the US, until today.

Amazon has started taking pre-orders for the tablet, and it asks a pretty cool $499.99 for it (you also get free shipping). Now considering that this is a full-fledged 10.1-inch Android Honeycomb tablet and that it comes with '4G' support, that's a neat price. Unfortunately, the well known retailer does not currently list a projected shipping date for the Iconia Tab. So if you want to be among the first to have one, you're going to have to pre-order it without knowing when it will arrive at your doorstep. An inconvenience, yes, but for Android tablet fans everywhere it may just be a risk worth taking. You decide.
source: Unwired View

10-Inch Dell Streak Pro Pictured Next to its Smaller Siblings

Dell has been working their way up the ruler over the past year or two, releasing the 5-inch Dell Streak followed by a 7-inch version of the tablet. But with the Dell Streak Pro, the manufacturer is finally playing with the big boys. The 10-inch tablet has been pictured sitting pretty next to its smaller counterparts, flexing its Honeycomb muscle in all its glory. The Streak Pro marks Dell’s first Android 3.0 slate and also sports a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and dual cameras. The 10.1-inch screen has a resolution of 1280×800.

The Streak Pro is said to be headed to China this week, though no mention has been made of a release in other markets.
source: Android Phone

Acer Iconia Tab A100 Available in August, Costs $300

Finally, after being pulled out of its May release due to compatibility issues with Honeycomb, the Acer Iconia Tab A100 gets its availability and price details. According to an e-mail sent out to Acer retail partners, the 7-inch Honeycomb tablet will be available in the market around early August with a suggested price of $300. The tablet is considered the little brother of Iconia Tab A500, which was released in April, featuring a Tegra 2 processor, USB 2.0 port, 16GB of storage and WiFi connectivity.

Acer also offers a pair of new Aspire notebooks: the 15.6-inch 5750Z and the 17.3-inch 7739Z, both priced at $475 each. Both laptops features 4GB of DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 8GB), 500GB of storage, and Intel Pentium processors.
source: Gadget.com

7-inch Acer Iconia Tab A100 will finally be released in August for $300

The story of Acer's first 7-inch Android-powered tablet has certainly been an interesting one. The Acer Iconia Tab A100 was announced back in February alongside the Iconia Tab A500 and the Iconia Smart phone/tablet hybrid, yet it still isn't sold anywhere.

As a matter of fact, in May we heard that the Iconia Tab A100 was delayed until the second half of the year. We naturally assumed that it would probably be launched just before the famous holiday season, but last month Walmart's pricing of the device leaked and it looked like the A100 would be in stores soon after all.

Yet from that point another month has passed and there's still no sign of it. However, according to an email sent out by Acer to its retail partners today, the Iconia Tab A100 will be in stores in early August with a recommended retail price of around $300. That's even cheaper than the aforementioned leaked Walmart pricing ($349), and this price point makes this one of the most interesting tablets to date.

In hindsight, it's pretty clear now that the Acer Iconia Tab A100 was delayed because Android Honeycomb wasn't really ready to be put on tablets with resolutions lower than 1280×800 before version 3.2 that came out a couple of weeks ago. Like other manufacturers, Acer was probably just waiting for this particular version of the OS to become available in order to ship the A100 running it.

So if you're in the US of A, you'll be able to purchase a Honeycomb-running 7-inch Android tablet in a few weeks, and for quite cheap.
source: Unwired View

Bluelounge Nest Universal Multi-function Tablet/Phone Stand and Storage Tray

The Nest from Bluelounge looks a little like a bowl, but it's much more versatile than that. The plastic bowl has a colored rubber lining that makes it a safe, secure stand for a phone. It can also serve as a storage valet for your keys and other pocket stuff. The rubber lining and sloped shape makes it a nice stand for holding a tablet in a comfortable typing position. The back of the stand has a slider that pulls out to hold a tablet in horizontal or vertical position for viewing – or you could just use it as a business card holder. The stand is available in a black base/black rubber lining, or in a white base with white, blue, green, orange, or pink rubber lining. The Bluelounge Nest is $14.95.
source: The Gadgeteer

Deal of the Day - $80 off an HP TouchPad 9.7' WebOS Dual-Core Tablet

Today's LogicBUY Deal is $80 off the HP TouchPad 9.7" WebOS tablet: 16GB for $419.99 or 32GB for $519.99. Features: Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon cpu at 1.2GBz, 1024X768 display, integrated webcam, and integration with other WebOS devices. It's 0.54" thick and weighs 1.54 pounds.

16GB model: $499.99 – $50 instant discount - $30 coupon code = $419.99 with free shipping

32GB model: $599.99 – $50 instant discount – $30 coupon code = $519.99 with free shipping

Recommended accessories are available at a 15% discount: TouchPad Case ($42.49), Touchstone Charging Dock ($67.99), TouchPad Wireless Keyboard ($59.49).

This deal expires July 31, 2011 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, and check the LogicBUY home page for other deals.
source: The Gadgeteer

Dell Streak 10 Pro finally launches in China

After some pictures of it leaked yesterday, Dell has finally launched its third Android-powered tablet in China. The Dell Streak 10 Pro joins the Streak 5 and Streak 7 in Dell's portfolio and excitingly adds the world Pro to its name for no apparent reason.

The Dell Streak 10 Pro, is, in terms of specs, your average run of the mill Android Honeycomb 10.1-inch tablet. It has a 10.1-inch 1280×800 touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage space, an SD card slot, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a secondary front-facing 2-megapixel camera, dual-band Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb and weighs 727 g. Dell claims up to 12 hours of battery life, but we all know how realistic computer manufacturers' estimates about battery life usually are (except Apple in recent years), so make of that what you wish.

The Dell Streak 10 Pro enables both work and play by using the Dell Divide application, which delivers a clear balance between your personal and professional information. In work mode, you can access the corporate network and apps, and in personal mode you can do all the personal stuff people do on tablets. All without worrying that your employer may have access to your personal photos, for instance, and without compromising access to any sensitive work data. Your personal and professional stuff is kept safe, secure and, most importantly, separate from one another.

An interesting experiment, this. As is the fact that the tablet launches in China first, and Dell isn't yet sure if it will also sell it elsewhere. It plans to wait and see how things go on the Chinese market first, then make up its mind about global availability based on what it's learned in China.

Of course, we've seen the Streak 10 Pro many times before, even earlier this week when we heard that the launch was imminent. The Dell Streak 10 Pro will become available online at Dell, and in Dell-authorized retail channels (which can be found in more than 2,000 cities) in the country in the next couple of weeks.

The Dell Streak 10 Pro costs RMB 3,699, which amounts to approximately $575 or €403 at today's exchange rates. However, Dell has a special offer for those of you who order a Streak 10 Pro today. If you choose to do that, you'll only pay RMB 2,999 for the tablet, so just $466 or €327.
source: Unwired View

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launching in India on August 10?

Although it was supposed to be released in India in June, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still not available there. However, it looks like Indian customers will be able the buy the new tablet starting next month.

According to BGR, “multiple sources” have confirmed that the Tab 10.1 would be launched on August 10. Official pricing details are yet to be unveiled.
source: Unwired View

Lenovo ThinkPad tablet will be available on August 23, starting at $479

Lenovo announced two different Android-powered tablets a few days ago. The company targets the IdeaPad K1 at ‘consumers', and the ThinkPad more at businesses and professionals. We heard that the latter would become available in the US on August 2, however that has changed. A small delay is what's going on here, though nothing to get too upset with.

Lenovo now claims that the ThinkPad tablet will ship on August 23. The starting price is $479, which you can pay to get a 16 GB tablet sans the digitizer pen. If you want the pen, the same 16 GB tablet will cost you $509. If you want to get a ThinkPad model with 32 GB of internal storage space, that will be $589, digitizer pen included. An optional keyboard portfolio case is also going to be sold for $99.

The aforementioned tablet models are all Wi-Fi-only. 3G-enabled versions will be launched at a later date.

After going on sale in the US, the ThinkPad tablet will also make its way across the world before the end of September.

The Lenovo ThinkPad tablet comes with a 10.1-inch 1280×800 capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mini HDMI.
source: Unwired View

Amazon Android tablets reported to be in production

Amazon's worst kept “secret” – the Android tablet – has been on everybody's lips for awhile now and with summer already underway, we're getting closer to the predicted August to October release date of the tablet. And now, according to the latest reports from DigiTimes, suppliers are seeing their sales “move up vigorously in the third quarter of 2011 due to their shipments of IC parts to the supply chain for Amazon's 7- and 10-inch tablet PCs to be launched in the quarter”.

The online super store is said to be targeting a shipment of 4 million tablets in 2011, which should be the second largest order from the tablet PC sector. It looks like Amazon has faith in the success of its tablets, which should do pretty well considering that they already have the platforms set up to deliver content for them (eBooks, Android Appstore etc) – assuming the tablets don't turn out to be just a rumor. But until we receive official word from Amazon, stay tuned. Will any of you be keen on purchasing Amazon Android tablets?
source: Ubergizmo

Sprint to release ZTE V55 tablet in early 2012

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It looks like Sprint has another tablet up its sleeve - unfortunately we'll have to wait until next year to find out what it is. According to a recently leaked roadmap, the company has got a ZTE V55 Tablet that's slated to arrive in Q1 2012.

The folks over at Engadget spotted a ZTE tablet earlier this year at the CTIA and it's been speculated to be the ZTE V55 since it was an unnamed device then. The tablet is said to have a 10.1″ 1280 x 800 display, a 1.2GHz processor, Android Honeycomb, front and rear cameras and a 6800mAh battery. But devices shown at CTIA are supposed to be released in the second half of this year, which is earlier than the date on the leaked roadmap, and the device that was spotted at CTIA was said to be LTE-compatible, something that Sprint is not.

With no other leads, I guess the tablet might stay a mystery until we get closer to 2012 - hopefully Mr. Blurrycam or some other helpful tipsters would have leaked the information by then.
source: Ubergizmo

Cheap But Decent Tablet Becomes Possible with Andy Pad

It is hard to find a cheap tablet with decent specs, but this soon-to-be released Andy Pad looks like it. Its manufacturer has been slowly teasing on Twitter about its 7-inch Andy Pad and Andy Pad Pro. And today, the latest teaser tweet is about its price with the Andy Pad to cost £129 (about $120), while the Andy Pad Pro would be priced at £179 (about $290).

The entry-level Andy Pad features a Cortex A8 1.2 processor, resistive touchscreen with 860 x 480 resolution, 512MB of RAM, Android Gingerbread, front-facing camera, 8GB storage, microUSB, microSD, and Mini HDMI. Meanwhile, the Andy Pad Pro has the same specs, but this time has a rear-facing camera, a “SensaTouch” screen with 1,024 x 600 resolution, 16GB storage, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The release of the Andy Pad would be more than a month from now.
source: Gadget.com

Official: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE Coming to Verizon July 28th Starting at $529

Verizon has finally gone official with the release details of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE, and not a moment too soon. As expected, the tablet will be on shelves by the end of the week, launching July 28th in both 16GB and 32GB flavors. Pricing starts at $529 for the option with less storage space, while doubling the GBs will bring your total to $629. Monthly plans for the dual-core Honeycomb slate start at $30 for 2GB of data and increase up to $80 for 10GB. All the details can be found in the full press release below.

SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1 WITH 4G LTE AVAILABLE AT VERIZON WIRELESS

4G LTE and Wi-Fi Models Available; 8.6 Millimeters Thin and Weighing in at 1.25 pounds

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 with 4G LTE will be available July 28 in either Metallic Gray or Glossy White in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com/SamsungTab4GLTE.

Key features:

· 4G LTE - customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas

· Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

· Android™ 3.1 Honeycomb platform - supports Google™ Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™, Google Movies™, Google Books™ and Android Market™

· Adobe® Flash® 10.3 technology

· NVIDIA® Tegra2 dual-core 1 GHz application processor

· 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display with WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution

· 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat capabilities

· 1080p HD video playback on a HD TV or other 1080p HD device

· Samsung Media Hub - offers a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase. Media Hub has been redesigned, allowing customers to playback Media Hub content on their TV through an HDMI adapter (sold separately). Purchased content can be shared with up to five devices enabled with Media Hub at no extra cost.

Pricing and data plans:

· Verizon Wireless will offer two 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 models both priced with two-year customer agreements: $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB model.

· Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers will have the option to choose one of the following mobile broadband data plans:

o $30 monthly access for 2GB monthly allowance

o $50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance

o $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance

· A 16GB Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on July 28 for $499.99. The Wi-Fi-only model will be available in Metallic Grey.

Samsung Media Hub Credit:

· For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers will get a free $25 Media Hub credit from Samsung with their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 purchase, good towards TV program purchases. Restrictions apply, see inbox insert for additional details or visit www.samsung.com/VerizonTabPromo.
source: Android Phone

Verizon confirms Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch date, posts BlackBerry Bold 9930 video

Verizon Wireless has officially announced the launch date of its Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. As expected, this will be July 28 (two days from now).

The Tab 10.1 is Verizon's first LTE-capable tablet, and will cost $529.99 (16GB model), or $629.99 (32GB model). These prices require a new contract agreement and a data plan of at least $30 per month (which includes 2GB of data).

A Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also be available starting July 28 for $499.99 – but just online and just in Metallic Grey.

Apart from announcing the launch date of the new Samsung tablet, Verizon has also published a video preview of the BlackBerry Bold 9930. This was done by mistake, though, since the video appears on the Bold 9650′s webpage (check the Explore Features link).
source: Unwired View

Wi-Fi-only Motorola Xoom now just £394.95 in the UK

Here's a good offer if you're after an Android-powered tablet in the UK. The Motorola Xoom has always been one of the more expensive devices among those that run Android Honeycomb. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that it was the first tablet to come with that particular version of Google's mobile operating system. Who knows. The important thing to note though is that lately its prices are going down, apparently regardless of country or even continent. Just yesterday we reported on Verizon slashing a cool $100 off the price with contract for a the 3G Xoom and $200 off its full price.

And now it's the UK's turn. Over there, the Wi-Fi-only Xoom launched for £499.99. However, Amazon now has it for just £394.95, plus £1.99 for shipping. That's a great price reduction, and at this price the Xoom actually becomes pretty interesting.

So if you've held off purchasing a Honeycomb tablet so far, perhaps now's the time to reconsider. If you're interested, head on over to Amazon and get yours. But hurry, since at the time of writing there are only 4 tablets left in stock at this price.

Amazon also sells the 3G-enabled version of the tablet. If you want to buy that, it will cost you a rather steep (at least compared to the Wi-Fi-only version) £559.98. Whether or not the 3G capability is worth about £165 is up to you, of course.
source: Unwired View

HTC Puccini 10″ Android tablet unofficially revealed

Mobile news site BGR has won itself a stunning exclusive today, managing to give us our first official look at HTC's long-rumoured 10″ Android tablet. Known to the internet as the “HTC Puccini”, the HTC tablet uses a similar stylus to the HTC Flyer, with the device also including an 8megapixel camera.

There's not much we can tell about the internals from the imagery. Here it is:

The leather case is worrying. It suggests to us that HTC is going to price its new tablet rather high for the “business user” market.
source: Eurodroid

AT&T's HTC Puccini Android Honeycomb tablet pictured again

We've seen the unannounced HTC Puccini before, but now it's the first time we get to see officially-looking images, including a shot of the tablet's back.

The new images have appeared over at BGR, and confirm the fact that the Puccini is bound to be released by AT&T sometime soon – maybe at about the same time with the Samsung Galaxy S II.

As you can see below, the new HTC tablet will have a stylus pen (like the HTC Flyer), and a classy leather case (which I guess will come as an accessory). on the back of the Puccini we can see an 8MP camera with flash, and stereo speakers.
source: Unwired View

Dell Streak 10 Pro to be launched in China this week?

Back in June, Dell officially announced that China would be the first country to get the brand new Streak 10 Pro tablet, but it didn't say when exactly this would happen.

Now, if we're to believe VR-Zone and its “reliable source”, it looks like the new Streak will be launched later this week in China. Unfortunately, we still don't know how much the Streak 10 Pro will cost, and we still don't have an official photo of it.

After releasing it in China, Dell should introduce the new tablet in other countries – this will be evaluated based on its success in the Chinese market.

The Streak 10 Pro is Dell's third Android tablet, after the Streak 5 and Streak 7 (which run Android 2.2 Froyo). It features Android Honeycomb, a 10.1 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels, Wi-Fi, GPS, dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera.
source: Unwired View

Andy Pad maker promises future Ice Cream Sandwich update

The Andy Pad Twitter account has exploded back into life today, with the social account operative batting back answers to questions from many keen would-be buyers. Among the most common question is that of an upgrade path for the tablet's launch Android 2.3 software.

On that subject Andy Pad has repeatedly said the 7″ tablet will NOT be getting an Android 3.X upgrade, but it will be receiving the future “Ice Cream Sandwich” OS upgrade – which we're expecting Google to release at the end of this year.

We're still not sure what version number will be attached to ICS. Will it be Android 2.5, 3.3, or will Google up it to the nice and round 4.0 for the sake of clarity and the idea of a fresh, unified start?
source: Eurodroid

Verizon Motorola Xoom 4G LTE upgrade will happen in September

The Motorola Xoom was the first tablet to run Android Honeycomb. And it seems like it was a rushed product. That's especially clear if you consider the whole 4G upgrade hubbub. When it was released in February, the Xoom only had 3G connectivity, no 4G LTE support (and even units being sold today are in the same situation). Verizon then promised a hardware upgrade that would add the 4G LTE connectivity to already purchased Xoom tablets. The timeline the carrier first gave? 90 days. From February. Needless to say, those have passed and there was no sign of the update.

In fact, we haven't heard a thing about this update for quite a while. Now that Verizon is about to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will come with 4G LTE from day one, the carrier seems like it wants to avoid major backlash from Xoom owners.

So, according to a leaked internal document that you can see above, the 4G LTE upgrade for the Motorola Xoom will start to become available in September. That's right, about 7 months after the tablet hit the streets, and 4 months later than initially promised. Make of that what you will.

The upgrade procedure will involve you parting with your tablet for at least 6 working days, for you'll have to send it to Verizon. They'll add the missing hardware, then send it back to you.

So yeah, sometimes it clearly hurts to be an early adopter. You get to pay the most (the Xoom has for a long time been the most expensive Android Honeycomb tablet), and wait for functionality for many months.
source: Unwired View

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to launch in TWELVE separate hardware options

The imminent launch of Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 10.1 is going to be a rather confusing affair, as the hardware maker is planning to launch an unbelievable TWELVE separate memory/radio versions of the new Android tablet in the UK.

According to the individual listings over at Dixons, you'll be able to buy black or white versions of the 10.1, with each model also coming in 3G and wi-fi only options. Which means you can have any of the below configurations:

16GB, wi-fi only, black
16GB, wi-fi only, white
16GB, 3G, black
16GB, 3G, white
32GB, wi-fi only, black
32GB, wi-fi only, white
32GB, 3G, black
32GB, 3G, white
64GB, wi-fi only, black
64GB, wi-fi only, white
64GB, 3G, black
64GB, 3G, white

Absolutely insane. A total logistical nightmare for the boys in the warehouse. The August 4th launch date only applies to the cheaper black & white wi-fi only models, which will arrive on that day for £399.

The 3G models and the larger capacity variants will launch throughout August, with the top-spec 64GB 3G model costing a whopping £659.99 and arriving on August 23rd.
source: Eurodroid

Packard Bell Libertytab Android 3.0 tablet now on sale for £349

UK retailer Comet is stocking a “new” Packard Bell branded Android Honeycomb tablet, with the 10.1″ 1280×800 Libertytab now on sale for £349.99. The Libertytab is yet another Tegra 2 powered device and it does indeed launch with the original 3.0 version of Google's tablet OS.

We believe this is nothing more than a rebranded Acer Iconia Tab A500, although it's a bit more colourful. This colourful:

A decent price for a 10″ Honeycomb device and that actually looks half tasty with its angular, metallic finish. Sooner or later we're going to go crazy and actually buy one of these things. But not this one.
source: Eurodroid

Motorola Promises Android 3.1 Update August Rollout for European XOOM Tablets

Wait a second, didn’t Motorola announce back in June that the Android 3.1 update for the XOOM had begun rolling out to folks in Europe? They sure did, but if you revisit the original Facebook announcement, surprise surprise, it appears the update didn’t quite make it out of the starting gate. We’ve heard that story before, which is why we just don’t feel comfortable trusting a new Motorola Support Forum posting stating that the update will begin rolling out definitively on August 9th. Considering XOOMs elsewhere are already on Android 3.2, this shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish, right? We’ll keep out finger crossed but we aren’t holding out breath.
source: Android Phone

Motorola Xoom Android 3.1 update starts rolling out in Europe in early August

The update to Android 3.1 for the Motorola Xoom has been out for quite a while. In the US, that is. Outside of the US, Motorola Xoom tablets are still stuck on Android 3.0 – even if Motorola officially announced the update for Xooms sold worldwide back in June. Yet the update hasn't been seen so far on non-US devices.

If at this point you're asking yourself why that would happen, since the same company has updated the exact same tablet in the US, well… flexibility is apparently the culprit.

I'm sure we all love the concept of flexibility and flexible things in general. So what do you think ‘flexibility' may mean in the context of having the latest OS version running on your tablet? It means you have to wait. If none of this makes any sense to you, then please read the following statement from Motorola about the Android 3.1 update for Motorola Xoom tablets in regions other than the US and see if you can make anything out of it. Here it is in all its glory:

“Motorola collaborated with Google to develop the industry's first Honeycomb tablet. Motorola XOOM and Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi in the US are Google Experience Devices. Software updates for these devices are developed by Google directly, so while Motorola XOOM users in the US may be the first to receive such updates, the updates only include what is provided by Google.

Motorola XOOM units in other regions are not Google Experience Devices. Because of this, Motorola has greater flexibility in providing software updates to these devices, including providing additional functionality that may not be included in the Google software updates.

Following our previous post regarding 3.1, we can now announce Android™ 3.1 for Motorola XOOM™ will soon be available over the air to all Motorola XOOM users in Europe. We expect the over-the-air deployment to begin in early August, with the package being available for pull by August 9th.

The most notable of the new enhancements, the 3.1 update activates the SD card slot so users can expand the memory of their Motorola XOOM up to 64GB, with the addition of a 32GB SD card (this feature not available until Android 3.2 in some markets). This update also includes improved multi-tasking, providing instant visual access to a large number of applications as well as resizable home screen widgets. More information on the update will be available once the release notes are finalised.”

So there you have it. Outside of the US, the Xoom isn't a Google Experience Device. Therefore, Motorola can hold off giving you updates for as long as it wants to, all in the name of added features that should have been there in the first place (like the SD card slot finally working).

The funny thing about that SD card slot is that Motorola frames the issue as if it's doing you a favor. What the above statement may lead you to believe is that Google has only included SD card support in Android 3.2, but Moto being the awesome company it is decided to backport that functionality into its Android 3.1 update – something it couldn't do in the US, since it can't touch Google's bits there.

And that would all make sense, if there weren't countless other tablets on the market to have functioning SD card slots even while running Android 3.0.

Due to this feature addition, after having officially announced the update last month, Motorola has stayed mum on the issue until now. The good news, as you can see, is that the update will start rolling out in Europe in early August. If it hasn't reached your particular device by August 9, you'll then be able to manually force the tablet to check for the update and download and install it.

So the wait is almost over. If you're in Europe. If you aren't, well, who knows when or if Motorola will grant you the favor of updating your tablet.

Oh, and when you do get that update, be happy for one minute. Just one, since after that you'll have to start the waiting game all over again. What, you didn't know that there's an even newer version of the OS (3.2) out there? Yeah. Let's see how ‘flexible' Motorola will be about updating this time. Fingers crossed for you guys. Really.
source: Unwired View

Asus Eee Transformer Android 3.2 update launching in early August

Asus has published some information regarding the forthcoming Android 3.2 update for its amazingly popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet, with two separate claims pointing to an arrival of the 3.2 release over the next week or two.

The company's Twitter account says it'll launch the 3.2 Honeycomb update on July 28, but we wouldn't be surprised if that's a US-oriented timeline. However…

…the company's German Facebook profile says August 5th. So either way, it's pretty imminent. Link via Liliputing.
source: Eurodroid

Packard Bell Liberty Android Honeycomb tablet launched in the UK

Remember that Packard Bell Liberty tablet that was announced back in April? It's now available for purchase in the UK, where retailer Comet is offering it for £349.99 (about $570).

The new Packard Bell tablet, which is just a rebranded Acer Iconia 500 (Acer bought Packard Bell in 2008) comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and 16GB of internal memory. Want to buy it? Follow this link.

While Google itself may not care about Honeycomb, tablets based on this version of Android will still be released around the world for a while – until Android Ice Cream Sandwich is out, of course.
source: Unwired View

MSI WindPad Enjoy 10 drops by the FCC

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MSI has entered the tablet game for quite some time already, but they never really broke out in a big way. Guess they are quite content with catering to the mid-range market, what with the WindPad Enjoy 10 being the latest of such models to arrive at the FCC. The adage “you get what you pay for” clearly applies here, as the WindPad Enjoy 10 will feature a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, and a screen resolution of just 800 x 480 pixels – which is clearly a waste considering the size of the display.

Well, we guess you can't complain if the Enjoy 10 resides under the sub-$300 tablet mark, sporting 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Since most of the memory has already been used by the system, that leaves you with a mere 1.2GB left to divide it between Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja amongst a host of applications.

At least the Enjoy 10 will be able to handle 1080p HD video playback, supporting MP4, Xvid, DiVX, and H.264 video formats. Apart from that, a USB port, Wi-Fi N connectivity and thankfully, an SD memory card slot will help make it more “usable”. Expect also to see front and rear cameras integrated into the MSI WindPad Enjoy 10 tablet. There are other whispers of it sporting a higher resolution display of 1,024 x 768 pixels, but until an official announcement comes around, this will have to suffice.
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.3 update now live in the UK

The long-awaited upgrade for Samsung's original 7″ Galaxy Tab is now underway in the UK, with Tab fanatics able to update their machines via Samsung's KIES tool right now. The update takes the machine from its launch Android 2.2 software up to version 2.3, so isn't a massive leap but very welcome all the same.

So sit down on your favourite wicker chair with your Tab, get yourself a nice cup of tea…

…and install the new version. Thanks to reader Roger for the tip. We've not had much luck finding an official statement from Samsung about this or even a changelog, so do ping us a link if you see it about.
source: Eurodroid

Vizio Tablet Review (8-inch)

Now that the first tablets have hit retail stores, we have been able to get one and have taken a first look at it. In this review, we will go over the design of the tablet and its user experience. Hopefully, by the end of it, you will have a good feel for what it is and how it feels to use the Vizio tablet in the real world.

With a price of $329, it was hard to forecast what the final build quality is going to be. Upon unboxing the Vizio Tablet, we have been positively surprised by the level of quality that Vizio's design has been able to achieve, given the budget.

On the front, the tablet is nice, with a clean design. The Vizio logo is relatively discreet and the slightly curved bezel makes it easy to hold. The device is lighter (and smaller than the iPad 2), but it maybe a bit heavier than you may think (relative to its size). The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a slightly better size/weight ratio.

The back has a nice faux-leather feel that is often found on smartphones. It feels less “plastic” than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which still has a stellar design), and it reminds me of the Blackberry Playbook.

Stereo Sound x3: The Vizio tablet has the particularity of having three (3) speakers. Why would you ask? Well, the extra speaker is there to maintain the sound's stereo properties when the tablet is used in a vertical or horizontal orientation. On paper, it's a neat idea and it actually works pretty well, especially when listening to audio in a portrait position.

Display: The display is very decent, I was a bit worried about this because it is one of the most expensive part of the device. It is bright and the colors are fairly accurate. I have noticed only one thing that you should be careful about: when looking at the screen from a top angle, the colors become dark fairly quickly. This may be a small issue when playing games that require tilting the screen, but overall, it's pretty good.

Technical highlights

1Ghz Marvell 600 Series processor (SoC)

Display: 8″, 1024×768 multi-touch

Front-facing camera, 640×480, 30fps

WiFi B/G/N

2GB of user internal storage

input: Micro USB, MicroSD

output: micro HDMI, 3.5mm jack

1.2lbs [?]

Dimensions: 6.6″W x 8.1″H x .48″D

Software/Apps Although the custom user interface (called V.I.A plus) somehow resembles Android 3.x (aka Honeycomb), the tablet is running Android 2.3.2.

Universal Remote: As usual you can install most (smartphone) Android apps, but we have noticed that Vizio has included a universal remote control, that works not only with Vizo televisions, but with thousands of TVs as well. How? First, the Vizio Tablet has an infra-red (IR) blaster that lets it communicates with TVs and set top boxes. Secondly, the app itself uses a third party database that has thousands of presets ready to use. When compared to other tablet remote apps, there is no need for the TV to be a “smart TV”. Keep in mind that universal remotes are always tricky and they would deserve a separate review.

Keyboard: Upon entering a text edit box, I have noticed that the Vizio 8″ Tablet is using a customized version of swiftkey, a very good multi-language virtual keyboard that I recommend checking out.

User Interface: At the moment, the only complaint that I have concerning the software is the user interface (UI) performance. It is noticeably slower than most tablets and smartphones that I have tested recently. The most probable cause is that the custom user interface doesn't fully use hardware acceleration. This may be because of the tight deadlines, or a missing driver.

If you try using an app like launcher pro (which is another UI “skin”), things do get much faster. The good news is that there's a solution in sight. The bad news is that today, the Vizio UI is slower than it should be.

Gaming: I tried to run a game like Raging Thunder 2, and it runs pretty decently, although not at the fastest frame rate seen on Android tablets. Yet, it is playable and I bet that many people will enjoy it. The Vizio tablet is good enough for casual gaming, including some action games, but it won't compete on high-end 3D games in my opinion.

Automatic updates: most tablets require the user to activate the update process. That's not the case with this tablet. When a firmware update is ready, the tablet will update itself during the boot sequence. Vizio is making sure that even if things go wrong (loss of connectivity, crash during the install, loss of power), the tablet keeps at least one copy of the previous firmware so that it can go in recovery mode. Updates happen over-the-air (OTA).

Storage This is where the MicroSD goes

The VTAB1008 Vizio Tablet relies on Micro-SD cards for storage. This partly explains why it is less expensive. Of the 2GB of internal storage, I have 0.68GB left. However, I could (and should) add a MicroSD card to extend the storage.

When I checked, a 16GB MicroSD did cost about $30 online. I'm not sure if there are any performance impact for not using internal flash (additional bus data transit etc…), but right now, I don't see a reason to be worried. If 1080p movies can play properly, then the other apps should be fine.

1080p Movie decoding

Because the Vizio tablet has been designed to connect to HDTVs, it's critical that it can play 1080p movies without a sweat. I've downloaded a couple of 1080p official trailers: StarCraft II – Ghosts of the Past Trailer Grand Turismo 5. They both played flawlessly with bitrates of 3.5Mbps to 9Mbps.

Hardware: Marvell Armada 600 Series

This is the first U.S device featuring Marvell's Armada 600

The Vizio doesn't say what chip powers this tablet, but upon dis-assembly, it turns out that the system on a chip (SoC) is a Marvell Armada 600 Series. We've previously talked about it when it was just announced, but as far as we know this is one of the very first tablet to use this chip, and certainly the first in the U.S (who knows what's going on in Asia…)

In our previous coverage we had shown that this chip is capable of running classic game like Angry Birds, so, it looks like legacy software should be handled properly. We'll have to see how it will handle more recent or demanding applications.

For now, we can only vouch for the SoC‘s ability to play media very well. Upon closer inspection of the online specifications, we have noticed that it was also compatible with Microsoft's PlayRead DRM, which means that it might be able to handle services that others don't – which remains to be determined, but Netflix is one of the companies to use PlayReady.

Overall Performance (mixed)

We already know that the UI performance should be better than what it is, but what about the rest? A $329 tablet will surely not break any records in synthetic benchmarks, but I did run a few numbers to give you an idea.

Sunspider measures the browser javascript performance

BrowserMark also measures the browser javascript performance

Linpack measures synthetic CPU performance.

The Vizio Tab does very well in the Flash test. Please read my notes below. This is not an Apples-to-Apples comparison

Yet, despite an obvious disadvantage in synthetic benchmarks, the Vizio tablet holds its own in tasks like HD video decode and is actually very good at Flash playback. Both are usually very intensive, and it is very likely that Marvell and Vizio have worked on this quite a bit on both the hardware and software side.

In some benchmarks (like GUIMark2), the Vizio tablet has the advantage of having less pixels to process as it has a lower display resolution than the Galaxy Tab 10.1/Xoom and other recent Honeycomb tablets.

That said, 1024×768 is the iPad/iPad 2 resolution and it is largely usable and can provide a good user experience. Not look as sharp, but comparable to a 1280×800 tablet.

In terms of video decoding, I found the experience to be very good, and I wish that I had an adequate benchmark on hand. The Vizio tablet performs very well, and certainly well enough so that most people won't see a difference with more expensive products.

Battery Life

I'm still running some battery life tests, and i plan on updating the post later today, so please be patient. I just did not want to hold the post for another day, while waiting for the results.

Misc Charging: although it has a micro-USB port to sync and charge, the Tablet requires 5V and 2A to charge at normal speed. The USB standard on computers is 5V and 0.5A, which will charge the tablet, although at a much slower speed.

Conclusion Thanks to its aggressive pricing, Vizio contributes to bringing tablet computing to a much broader audience. Given its strict budget requirements, the tablet has a surprisingly good build quality and can play high-definition movies without a sweat. It is also one of the rare tablets equipped with an IR-blaster which turns it into a universal remote.

Obviously, the design has some tradeoffs and it won't be able to rival more expensive competitors in terms of absolute performance, or absolute design coolness, but such competitors can be $170 more expensive ($145, if you take into account a 16GB microSD), which is a *very* substantial difference. Would buyers still prefer to spend more? I truly don't know, but the market will decide quickly.

Vizio will also have to fend off competition from older products like the original Galaxy Tab or the Dell Streak 7, which aren't as good in my opinion. The ViewSonic gTablet is the most dangerous competitor, as it is priced even lower ($260 on Amazon) and uses a faster SoC. Unfortunately, we have not reviewed the gTablet yet, so this is based only on the specifications.

Today, the weakness of the Vizio tablet is its user interface (UI) performance. It is easy to work around it by installing Launcher Pro, an alternative UI skin. However, it's tough to ask that from mainstream users. Vizio needs to fix this as soon as possible to make the “out of the box experience” better and hopefully, things will be better for the next update.

For its price, the Vizio VTAB1008 8″ Tablet is a very interesting product, one that may just be great for home users, the education market, and those that are both cost conscious and tablet enthusiasts. Do such users exist? You tell us! Drop a comment.

Links Of the tablets that we have reviewed, the Dell Streak 7 would be the closest competitor. We have also mentioned more expensive tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the iPad 2, the Motorola Xoom and the Blackberry Playbook.
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with LTE headed for Verizon on July 28th

Folks who've been holding out from purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet, we've got some good news for you. The 4G LTE version of the tablet from Verizon will go on sale very, very soon. The folks over at Droid-Life received confirmation from Verizon that this coming Thursday is the launch day for the 4G LTE-enabled tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go on sale July 28th, and will be available in black or metallic grey, from Verizon's online stores and retail outlet, but the white version will only be available via direct fill (internet or sales line). The tablet will be priced $529 with a 2-year contract for the 16GB version, while $629 and a 2-year contract will get you the 32GB version.

Anybody getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 when it goes on sale? Check out our review of the tablet (WiFi-only version) if you need a second opinion to help you make up your mind.
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.3 Gingerbread update may be already available in the UK

The update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab was officially announced by Samsung back in May. Since then, Galaxy Tab owners around the world have been anxiously waiting for the update to make it to their tablets. Some, as in those who purchased a Galaxy Tab from Sprint, have been lucky and have already gotten their Gingerbread fix. Others though less so.

Which is why we hope that today's news turns out to be real. According to Eurodroid, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab has started going out in the UK. Naturally, we assume it's going to hit unlocked devices first, and those tablets purchased from the operators at some point in the future.

Unfortunately though, there's no official word from Samsung on this (yet?), or a changelog to be found anywhere, so we're just cautiously optimistic here. Apparently the way to update isn't over-the-air, rather requires the use of Samsung's Kies desktop software. So if you're in the UK and own a Galaxy Tab, perhaps give it a try. You may just have a nice surprise waiting for you.
source: Unwired View

Netflix arriving on ASUS Eee Pad Transformer?

Folks missing out on Netflix on their Android tablets (quite a handful) will be glad to know that for Android smartphones, Netflix is gradually increasing support for the larger display-toting devices. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is one of those devices that don't have official support for the app, but through the sideloading of a particular build on a rooted Transformer, the app runs without a hitch.

However not everybody is tech savvy enough to root their tablets and some people just don't want to root it regardless, and so they've been missing out on the goodness that is Netflix. But all hope is not loss, Netflix might be officially making its way sometime soon to the tablet. According to the Asus website, the Transformer will be getting the Android 3.2 update soon (ETA unconfirmed), which should hopefully let the company load the app onto the tablet. After all, it does list “Netflix” under the Special APP section of the specs page. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed and just wait and see.
source: Ubergizmo

Andy Pad pictured in glorious high resolution

Another piece of the Andy Pad PR jigsaw has just fallen into place, with the company yielding to public pressure and issuing its first proper image of the device, free from clutter like price tags, starbursts and exclamation marks.

Here it/she is, in an image that weighs in at a pleasing 1417×945 resolution.

It's a little bit more like actually having one.
source: Eurodroid

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch date: July 28?

While Verizon Wireless is already taking pre-orders for its Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which, as you may already know, comes with 4G LTE connectivity), the carrier didn't say when exactly the tablet would be available.

Well, Droid-life has received a document that seems to confirm the Android Honeycomb's tablet's launch date: July 28 – meaning this Thursday.

Apparently, only the metallic gray version will be available in all Verizon channels. The white version will be launched “via direct fulfillment only.”
source: Unwired View

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launching on August 3rd, via PC World

The latest, bigger tablet from Samsung is nearly here, with the updated 10.1″ Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet set to hit the shops on August 4th. BUT! The Tottenham Court Road PC World will sell it on August 3rd, with stock being made available at 5.00pm if you literally cannot wait for Samsung's return to the tablet world.

This is where the magic will happen:

PC World will be selling the wi-fi only model for £399. Link via Techradar.
source: Eurodroid

Verizon's 3G Motorola Xoom now just $499.99 with contract, $599.99 Full Retail

Now that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE support is about to be launched by Verizon (this Thursday, on July 28, from what we heard most recently), the carrier is apparently busy cutting prices for the (aging) competition.

Hence, the 3G Motorola Xoom can now be had for just $499.99 with a new two-year contract with Big Red. That's a full $100 cheaper than the price it launched with. And while you were able to buy it effectively for $499.99 at one point, that involved the use of a coupon. No such nonsense now. You just go to Verizon's website, add a Xoom to your cart, and that's it. If you want a decent Android tablet with a Verizon data connection, one of the best offerings on the market just got cheaper.

But that's not all. Droid Life got hold of a pricing slip from a Verizon store, and it looks like you can now pick up a 3G Xoom for just $599.99 “full retail price”. That's $200 less than what full retail was up until now, so an even better deal. Do note however that Verizon's website still lists $799.99 as the full price for this tablet, so it looks like for now the price cut here is only available in stores.

If Verizon keeps the price cuts coming at this rate, in a few months the Motorola Xoom may just become quite affordable. Some say that's how it should have launched, if Moto wanted to gain market share quickly. But the past is the past, so let's just focus on the future. If you're into tablets, you'll only get more and more options as months pass. And that's just awesome, frankly. Because, as seen in this case, with more competition come better prices (and better features, but you knew that already).
source: Unwired View

BEST DEALS: Wi-fi XOOM tablet down to £404 at Amazon UK

The price of the Motorola XOOM has held up pretty well considering it's always been the most expensive Android tablet out there (ignoring the laughably expensive Optimus Pad), but Motorola's Android 3.0 device is finally starting to see some decent reductions through the online shops.

Like at Amazon, where the 32GB wi-fi model is now down to down to £404.86 – including free delivery. Which is getting into potential buying territory...

…although we know you lot all prefer the charming Eee Transformer. Which is cheaper. And more up to date.
source: Eurodroid

Mouse Computer Japan introduces a new Atom Z650 LuvPad Tablet with the WN101-P

Here you are the latest Windows 7 Tablet available in Japan, the LuvPad WN101-P from MCJ (Mouse Computer Japan). This new tablet comes with a 10.1" with the usual 1024×600 resolution, an Intel Atom Z670 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of SSD, Wi-Fi BGN, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, a 1.3Mpix Webcamera and a new ExTOUCH UI design to enhance your experience on this tablet.

MCJ expect to ship this new tablet within August in Japan and will propose it at around 59,800 Yen.
source: Akihabara News

Deal of the Day - Lenovo IdeaPad K1 10.1' Android Tablet

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Today's LogicBUY Deal is $99 off the new Lenovo IdeaPad K1 10.1" Android Tablet for $499.99. Features: 3.1 Honeycomb OS, 1280X800 multitouch screen, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1GB LPDDR2 RAM, up to 64GB memory, front and back cameras (2MP and 5MP), microSD card slot, micro-HDMI output, 10.4" X 7.4" X 0.5" and weighs less than 1.7 pounds, 10-hour battery life. Preloaded with more than 30 premium apps, including Need for Speed: Shift, Angry Birds HD, Netflix, and Norton Mobile Security. This the only Android tablet currently certified for Netflix. (3G models not yet available.)

White/Silver or Red/Silver model with 1GB RAM and 32GB storage: $599 – $99.01 instant savings = $499.99 with free shipping

This deal expires July 27, 2011 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, and check the LogicBUY home page for other deals.
source: The Gadgeteer

More Windows tablets sold than PlayBooks in Q2 2011

It has been reported by Strategy Analytics that in Q2 2011, Microsoft has seen more tablets shipped with its operating systems than RIM did with its own tablet. Now this wouldn't have been surprising if it was comparing Apple's iPad against the BlackBerry PlayBook but in this case we're talking about tablets running Microsoft's operating system: Windows 7, which wasn't even designed for tablets in the first place.

Microsoft took 4.6% of the tablet share in that quarter, while RIM only took 3.3%. As for the top two - Apple was in the lead with 61.3% and Google had 30.1% in second place. To be fair, there are many more manufacturers making Windows-based tablets than there are making the PlayBook - but so does Android and it has yet to beat the iPad in the market share department.

Windows 7 has also been around longer, which could possibly explain why people are choosing it over the PlayBook: it's a more familiar operating system vs. the relatively new and unknown QNX operating system on the PlayBook. Whatever the reason is, the findings show that people just aren't buying the PlayBook. Hopefully RIM pulls better results for the remainder of the year.
source: Ubergizmo

STATS: Android now has 30% of global tablet market share

Industry analyst Strategy Analytics has released some interesting data on the worldwide tablet market share battle, showing that Android accounted for a whopping 30% of the market in Q2 of 2011. This is quite amazingly fast growth, as during the same quarter of 2010 Android barely registered with only 2.9% of the tablet scene.

Here's a man from SA explaining the data:

“Android captured 30 percent share of global tablet shipments in Q2 2011. Multiple Android models distributed across multiple countries by multiple brands such as Samsung, Acer, Asus, Motorola and others are driving volumes. However, no Android vendor yet offers a blockbuster model to rival the iPad, and demand for many Android vendors' products remains patchy”

And here's all that again in an easily-digestible chart:

From literally zero to over 4.5 million in 12 months for Android as a tablet OS. Nice. This chart comes via Mobile Business Briefing.
source: Eurodroid

Android App Player Leaks for BlackBerry PlayBook, Based on Android 2.3.3

The Android App Player for the BlackBerry PlayBook was promised as part of a future update to RIM's tablet, but thanks to some snooping by N4BB, a pre-release build of the apps emulator has been unearthed. What's more? The Android App Player is based around Android 2.3.3, meaning PlayBook users will have access to a version of Android (albeit a very limited one) that most even Android users have yet to receive. That is assuming that the final build of the App Player is launched anytime soon. As it stands, the App Play could use a bit more polishing around the edges. It is apparently running a bit on the slow side and is missing some interface elements. We'll be intrigued to see the final product.
source: Android Phone

Netflix Patch Brings Movie Streaming to Rooted Asus Transformer Tablets

The latest update to Netflix brought support for a boatload of additional devices, but Honeycomb tablets were few and far between on the list. Luckily for owners of the Asus Transformer who took it upon themselves to root their tablet, a patch has been brewed up that will get Netflix up and running with little fuss. Ignore, for now, the Netflix price hikes that may or may not have you rethinking your subscription to the service and enjoy a flick or two on behalf of the kind folks at XDA.
source: Android Phone

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