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Asus Eee Pad MeMo might never be

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Asus Eee Pad MeMo could very well be the next big thing in the world of tablet news, but it seems that it might not be the case after all, especially when there has been a delay accompanied by a June shipping date promise. What was originally introduced in January early this year has failed to yield any fruit, so it does seem as though the Asus Eee Pad MeMo will not see the light of day this year – or even in the next.

No idea on what is behind the hold back or apparent cancellation, but we do hope that Asus would at least step forward to inform the masses as to the reasons so that we need not play the guessing game at all. Just what was the MeMo supposed to carry? Read on about it in the extended post.

Well, this 7″ device is said to be powered by Google's Android 3.x Honeycomb operating system, sporting a pressure-sensitive stylus that would come in handy for note taking sessions or even cobbling your own digital artwork.

Not only that, the Asus Eee Pad MeMo is said to ship with a Bluetooth headset known as the MeMIC. Asus got even more ambitious and declared a glasses-free 3D display into the tablet, making it sound far too good to be true – which might eventually lead to too high an ambition to be realized.
source: Ubergizmo

Asus' next gen Eee Pad Transformer to pack Nvidia's quad-core Kal-El, launch this October?

Fan of Asus' sleek and competitively specced Eee Pad Transformer, but still haven't committed your credit to its 10.1-inches? Well, if this bout of rumor-mongering proves true, you might want to put the wallet down until early fall. Harbinger of supply chain gossip Digitimes is reporting that the electronics maker has just enlisted Wintek to provide touch panels for its next gen tablet, slated to launch this October. The parts supplier is said to be working in tandem with HannStar Display to ramp up production should this iteration be met with its predecessor's unforeseen popularity. Adding more ambiguity to the speculative fire, ASUS' Chairman Jonney Shih recently confirmed to Forbes that an updated Transformer is on its way, saying only that it'd be very “impressive,” and would be available before CES. Jonney didn't comment on the upcoming slate's supposed use of Nvidia's quad-core Kal-El, but with the chip's promised August launch date, we wouldn't rule it out.
source: 2DayBlog.com

BlackBerry PlayBook Android App Support Delayed Until Late Fall

The BlackBerry PlayBook keeps us interested for one reason and one reason alone: its promised ability to run Android applications through the use of emulation software. The RIM tablet shipped without the functionality out of the box, but an update including the Android App Player was said to be coming this summer. We have seen a leaked version of the App Player in that time, but still no official update. It doesn’t look like it’s coming any time soon, after all. According to sources speaking with Engadget, the PlayBook won’t be officially running Android applications until late into the fall. With the tablet off to a rocky start and the appeal of the feature being quite the selling point, having the feature deployed by the start of the holiday season smells a bit like “do or die” at this point.
source: Android Phone

Samsung Postpones Australian Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch Event

A new wrinkle in the latest chapter of the Apple v. Samsung saga has appeared. After the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was initially blocked in Australia pending further litigation, Samsung has announced that a media event coinciding with the launch of the tablet scheduled for August 11th has been postponed. It should be noted that Samsung still has plans to sell the Tab 10.1 in Australia, as they made very clear yesterday. A new date for the event has not been announced.
source: Android Phone

Sharp Shows Off 7-Inch Galapagos Tablet with Android 3.2

Sharp has unveiled their Galapgos A01SH tablet for the Japanese, a 7-inch tablet running Android 3.2. The slate features a 1024×600 resolution, dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and a built-in 42Mbps data connectivity. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing camera, and 8GB of internal storage. Pricing hasn't been revealed but the tablet should be on sale by the end of the month in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Sharp is committed to bringing at least a few of their tablet products to the US, and we recently saw the A01SH pass through the FCC. Today's product unveil did not come with any additional details for plans to release the device in other regions, however.
source: Android Phone

TouchWiz UX Update Headed to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Beginning August 5th

At a media event today in NYC, Samsung has been giving a first look at the fresh-out-of-the-oven TouchWiz UX for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to member of the press. It was also announced that the update, which will overhaul the user interface of the currently stock Honeycomb Tab 10.1, will begin rolling out to the general public beginning this Friday, August 5th. The update will feature many enhancements and tweaks, including,

Live Panel: Magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photo gallery, all on the home screen. The visual layout of Live Panel is completely customizable for one-touch entry into each user’s most important information.
Mini Mode Tray: One-touch access to commonly used applications - Task Manager, Calendar, World Clock, Pen Memo, Calculator, Music - which overlay in a pop-up window on display screen for powerful multi-tasking.
Clipboard: Advanced copy & paste functionality allows Galaxy Tab 10.1 users to store photos, Web pages, YouTube links, etc., on the clipboard for easy sharing via email and social network sites.
Indicator Quick Panel: Quickly toggle on/off Wi-Fi, notifications, sound, brightness and settings in lower right hand corner of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 display.
Photo Editor: Rotate, crop and adjust colors on high quality digital images
source: Android Phone

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 TouchWiz update arriving this Friday

It looks like Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners are in for a treat this Friday - the folks over at pcmag.com have reported that Samsung will be rolling out a new update for the tablet on August 5th. The update will improve the tablet's TouchWiz user interface as well as provide other updates such as Adobe Flash Player 10.3 and a revamped Samsung Media Hub service.

The update to TouchWiz will include features such as Live Panel a “magazine-like widget view” for weather, social updates, email, photos etc all on the home screen, Mini Mode Tray - one touch access to commonly used apps, Indicator Quick Panel - for quick toggling of WiFi access, notifications, sound, brightness and other settings, as well as a photo editor. The Media Hub has been redesigned to take full advantage of the 10.1″ display, and now has Media Hub Show for TV playback via a HDMI cable.

The update will also include apps such as the Amazon Music Cloud Player, Amazon Kindle, and Words with Friends. The tablet will also include full support for Exchange ActiveSync version 14, on-device encryption, Cisco VPN, Sybase MDM, and Cisco WebEx mobile conferencing. The Swype keyboard will also be added, along with mobile printing and Samsung Kies 2.0.

To update your Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, log into your Samsung account on the tablet here. You will be notified when the update is available. If you get the update this week, let us know how it goes for you.
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 delayed in Australia

Is it, or is it not? First of all, we heard that Apple's lawsuit managed to convince Australian courts to halt the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and a day after that we have Samsung stepping forward to say they will go ahead with the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s release, although it will be a slightly different model from the one that Apple fought so hard to prevent from hitting the market. Well, another shocker has occurred today – it seems that the South Korean company has done a 180-degree turn, officially delaying the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s launch because of the above mentioned legal dispute with Apple.

Here is what Samsung mentioned in a statement, “In light of the current legal proceedings by Apple Inc. against Samsung Electronics Australia, Samsung regrets to announce it will be postponing its media launch event, scheduled for 11th August 2011, for the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1. Samsung will announce a new date for the GALAXY Tab 10.1 media launch event as soon as practicable.”

Bummer – guess you might just have to fly out from Down Under and purchase a Galaxy Tab 10.1 elsewhere. After all, the Australian dollar has surpassed the US dollar by an impressive margin, making it cheaper to purchase goods in/from the US itself, so why wait for the official version?
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be released by Rogers

The Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can be already ordered in Canada, but what about the 3G version? Well, it looks like this will be released by Rogers pretty soon – and Mobile Syrup has what seems to be an internal Rogers document which proves this.

Just like in the US and the other markets, Rogers' Galaxy Tab 10.1 will come with Android Gingerbread, a 1280 x 800 pixels multi-touch display, TouchWiz UX UI, dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, two cameras, and at least 16GB of internal memory. Since the Wi-Fi-only Tab 10.1 costs $499.99 in Canada, the 3G version may have prices starting at about $600.
source: Unwired View

e-Mobile release its first Android 3.0 Tablet with Sharp's new A01SH Galapagos

e-Mobile, a mobile phone operator that is well-known in Japan for its cheap flat-fee 3G wireless modem, announced yesterday that it will soon offer a new Android 3.0 tablet with Sharp latest A01SH Galapagos.

Powered by the usual 1GHz Dual Core Tegra2 CPU with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory with a 7x1,024×600 touchscreen and running on Android 3.2, the A01SH also comes with a 2Mpix Front facing Camera, a 5Mpix rear camera with AF and LED, GPS, WiFi BGN, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and will unfortunately have to rely on one of e-Mobile's 3G Wireless modem to access the internet on the go.

The A01SH Galapagos will be available in Japan later this month with the possibility for sharp to release this very same model overseas as well!
source: Akihabara News

Pandigital Nova tablet

Yes, so we know that Best Buy will be offering the Pandigital Nova at $170 a pop – well, here is the official story on this particular tablet that is touted to offer value for money. Beign lightweight and easy-to-carry around, the Pandigital Nova sports a Cortex A9 processor as well as a 7″ multi-touch display at 600 x 800 resolution, not to mention HDMI out so that whatever you view on your tablet can be translated over to the big screen TV in your living room.

You can also snap photos with it, where the resolution count of the built-in digital camera at the back is unknown. Feel the urge to go online? Simple – turn on the Wi-Fi module and you're good to go. This particular tablet will also offer direct access to the Barnes and Noble eStore, letting you enjoy more than 2 million digital tomes to choose from, ranging from books to newspapers and magazines.

With 4GB of internal memory that can be further expanded via a microSD memory card slot, surely this device would not be out of your radar if you're looking to make the jump to the tablet market? It does seem basic enough without any overly complicated trappings that suits your wallet as well.
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 dissected at the FCC

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has certainly undergone a roller coaster ride Down Under, where it was first prevented from being sold by Apple's lawsuit, followed by Samsung stepping forward to say otherwise, that they will sell a different variant of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Too bad that optimism came up short after just one day – the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will later claim to have its sales stopped. Hopefully Samsung will resolve that issue in Australia sooner rather than later, but at least you can get a peek of what is inside in the mean time.

The FCC has taken the liberty to tear the slim Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 apart, where this slim piece of hardware points toward a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor as well as SDRAM from Samsung (who else?). SanDisk supplies the flash memory though, which is rather odd considering Samsung currently rules the roost when it comes to being the world's largest manufacturer of flash memory.
source: Ubergizmo

Sony support site leaks S1 and S2 tablet screens, may run Honeycomb 3.2

Sony gave is lots of teasers (remember those extremely cool yet confusing ads?) about their Honeycomb tablets, the S1 and S2, and we know nothing about its specifications. Well now we have come to know of one spec regarding the S1 and S2, although it's not confirmed. Both tablets 'may' be running on Android 3.2 during launch.

Listed under the conflicting pics of the “About tablet” screen point to both a 3.1 and 3.2 software destiny. Also on board for this illicit peek, is a shot of the slates' space-tastic homescreen, in addition to its app drawer where we can clearly see bundled Sony apps like Chumby, Crash Bandicoot and Crackle.

While we're inclined to believe Honeycomb's latest and greatest will ship on the pair of black beauties, the site offered no other confirmation of the OS goods. And yes, by now the page has been pulled down.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Pierre Cardin Tablet PC takes the designer route

Hmmm, does bling in gizmos and gadgets actually carry much weight in this world? Perhaps, especially if you love to have fragments of dinosaur bones in your tablet, and this time around, we have something far more affordable for you – the first designer tablet PC in the UK, known as the Pierre Cardin Tablet PC. Expect this particular model to combine both elegant design and user-friendly technology in a single package.

Specially developed to meet the needs of brand-conscious technology users, the Pierre Cardin Tablet PC will be powered by the Android operating system (seriously, they're rather short on options here since iOS is out of the question, and why opt for Windows when Android is doing rather well in this category?), boasting 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity so that you can always remain connected no matter where you are.

There is also a USB port which I think is able to let you plug in a keyboard or a mouse if the situation calls for it – in addition to downloading data off a USB flash drive, of course. The 7″ display is a multi-touch capacitive screen, and apart from that, we do not have further information on this £275 purchase. Heck, even the product page is rather scant on details…
source: Ubergizmo

Android 3.2 Honeycomb to arrive on Sony S1 and S2

Sony's S1 and S2 tablets have yet to be released, but that does not mean we do not have further information on what these devices are able to deliver. For starters, a new set of leaked screens have pointed towards the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system.

There were also other snapshots of the tablets' homescreen just in case you were wondering, where it shows off a bunch of bundled applications from Sony including Chumby, the classic game Crash Bandicoot and Crackle. Hopefully what we see at the screens here will be similar to what will be arriving when the S1 and S2 hits our shores.

The page has already been removed from Sony's site just in case you were wondering. I guess it was put up too early for public eyes, and somehow the folks over at Sony got a whiff of it before realizing that they had to perform a reversal.
source: Ubergizmo

Pandigital Planet and Star adds more tablet oomph

Pandigital is not quite finished yet when it comes to their latest tablet collection, where apart from the Planet and the Star, we do know they have another model in the pipeline which has yet to be announced until this September. Something tells me that this fourth tablet is going to take the same naming convention as the previous three, which has something to do with outer space – although you can bet your bottom dollar that Galaxy will not be used. Let us check out just what the Pandigital Planet and Star has in store for the masses.

Both of these models will feature the Cortex A9 processor alongside embedded hardware 3D graphics engines, delivering speedy response times so that you need not fret about dropped rates during a video playback session – of course, a lot of that also depends on the encoding of the video.

Boasting Wi-Fi connectivity, a 7″ color touchscreen display at 600 x 800 (800 x 480 widescreen on the Star) resolution, running on the Android operating system (no Honeycomb here it seems as it wasn't stated at all), access to Barnes & Noble's eStore for access to over 2 million reading material, GetJar support that lets you gain access to thousands of applications from the world's largest free app store, as well as a digital camera – with the Pandigital Star sporting dual cameras, one in the front and the other at the back.

Oh, did we mention you can also display what you are viewing on your TV as long as it is compatible with HDMI? The Pandigital Planet and Star will will both carry 2GB of internal memory, where you can further expand that thanks to a microSD memory card slot. Expect to fork out $189 for the Pandigital Planet, while the Pandigital Star will retail for just $159 as it arrives this August.
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 arriving in the UK next week?

While you may be able to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the UK starting today, the same thing can't be said about the smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9. Luckily, Amazon UK is shedding some light on when you should expect to find the Tab 8.9 in stores – and that's starting August 12.

The retailer is asking a whopping £605 (695 Euros or $990) for the new tablet. But I guess the price will be lower when the tablet is actually launched.

Just like Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 runs Android Honeycomb, and is thinner than the iPad 2 (only 8.6mm). The tablet features a 1280 x 800 pixels multi-touch display, TouchWiz UX UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 3.2MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera.
source: Unwired View

Samsung Postpones Australian Launch of Galaxy Tab 10.1 After All

Samsung, please make up your mind.

The grand daddy of Korean chaebols has announced that it has postponed the Australian media launch for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was originally scheduled for August 11. This also means that it is highly unlikely the tablet itself with be released Down Under on that day as well.

Samsung reiterated that the tablet itself is not canceled for good. In a recent statement, which was published in Gizmodo Australia, the company with release the GalTab 10.1 in the continent within “the near future.” The exact date, however, is still up in the air.

The postponement comes after Samsung defied its agreement with Apple, where the former would not release nor advertise the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung found a workaround and planned on releasing what they called a variant of the tablet instead, only to retract its plans because it goes against the good faith of the agreement.

Samsung will announce a new date for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 media launch “as soon as practicable.”
source: Gadget.com

Teclast P72 Android 2.2-Powered Tablet

Here's another budget-friendly Android-powered tablet, the Teclast P72, which it powered by a Renesas ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, along with 1GB of RAM, and runs Android 2.2 Froyo OS. Those who looking for an Android tablet with pearl white case the P72 might be good for you. As an additional specs include 1080p Full HD video playback support, WiFi, 3G card support, a 4000mAh battery, 4GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and Flash 10.2 support. The Teclast P72 is available for 799 Yuan or about $125 after conversion. [ Via Teclast ]
source: Today Gadgets

4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Rooted, Hack Brings Netflix Streaming

Though the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 released through Verizon features 4G LTE connectivity, the root method hasn't changed from the one employed on the WiFi version of the tablet, which has been available for some time now. The process is one of the easiest around, too. Simply download a flashable file, boot your Tab 10.1 into recovery mode, and flash the appropriate new software. Once you have done as much, you will be happy to learn that the exploit used to get Netflix running the ASUS Transformer works for Samsung's Honeycomb slate, as well. Now there's a use for that 4G connectivity. You can find all the appropriate files and instructions over at the XDA link below.
source: Android Phone

Pelican Releases 1075 Protective Case for Tablets and Netbooks

Pelican is adding a new case to their line of protective cases. The new 1075 Hardback cases are designed for tablets and netbooks, or even other small devices like external hard drives. The case seals with a gasket, so the case is water tight, dust proof, and crush proof. It has an automatic purge valve to balance air pressure inside the case while keeping out water and dust. There are three versions of the case. The i7500 for the iPad/iPad 2 has a molded liner and an integrated easel for horizontal or vertical viewing and storage for the Apple Bluetooth keyboard and accessories. The 1075CC has a shock-absorbing liner for netbooks. There's also a model with a Pick N Pluck interior foam lining that can be customized to fit the shape of your small device(s). The MSRP for the netbook and Pick N Pluck models is $69.95; the iPad model will be $84.95.
source: The Gadgeteer

Designer Tablet Sports Trendy Looks, Last Year's Software

The new tablet from Pierre Cardin is made for fashionistas, though it lacks the latest and greatest tech specs. Photo courtesy of Pierre Cardin

With Apple's minimalist aesthetic and modern design philosophy, the iPad's sleek look is tough to beat. One French fashion label is up for the challenge, with a new tablet that you can't get off the rack.

Haute couture designer Pierre Cardin now offers an Android tablet device of its own, the first designer tablet to be sold the United Kingdom.

Like RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, the PC-7006 is a seven-inch device, smaller than the iPad and most other current Android tablet offerings. It's running on a decent processor with ample power — Samsung's 1-GHz Cortex A-8 — though backed by only 512 MB of RAM. The tablet comes in a Wi-Fi only version, though if you want 3G, you'll have to purchase a separate attachable dongle for reception.

Four gigs of onboard storage allow modest space for app installation, with an accompanying microSD slot expandable up to 16 GB. And of course, the tablet comes with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for glamour shots. Appropriate, considering only the vainest of the vain will be buying it.

Over the past two years, designer labels have tried to cash in on the flood of tablets entering the market. The typical approach is to offer a high-fashion iPad case, à la Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Coach. Others, like Stuart Hughes, opted for a pimped-out version of the iPad, encrusting Apple's tablet in diamonds, bone and 24 ct. gold. Pierre Cardin's offering is somewhat more original, as it's an actual device produced and owned by the label itself.

While the device may be fashion-forward, it's sporting last year's specs. The PC-7006 runs Android version 2.2 (Froyo), not 3.0 (Honeycomb), the tablet-optimized version of Android. Just like Samsung's first Galaxy Tab, the designer tablet essentially runs a scaled-up version release originally made for phones, but on a seven-inch tablet's dimensions.

The PC-7006 is all beauty, no brains. Photo courtesy of Pierre Cardin

The PC-7006 does come with a fancy leather case, so however out-of-date its insides are, at least it'll look good on the outside.

The tablet is available on the Pierre Cardin web site for 275 GBP, or about $450 U.S. Though if you're a true fashionista, you aren't paying attention to price tags.
source: Gadget Lab

Google Rallies Tablet Troops With App Workshops

In April, Sony announced the S1 and the S2, two tablets expected to launch this fall. Initially we presumed the devices would run Android 3.1, but leaked screenshots obtained by Carrypad suggest the tablets will actually run the newest Android 3.2 Honeycomb iteration of the operating system. Android 3.2 will add a new app-zoom feature and is the last major build expected before Google's Ice Cream Sandwich OS. We already knew that Sony would be including its Sony PlayStation Suite software on the tablets, but now it appears Sony will add Zinio and an official Chumby application out-of-the-box, too. Unfortunately, it looks like the company used a proprietary charging port as well. AT&T has already promised to carry the S2 but it has yet to name a price or launch date. Read on for a few screenshots from Carrypad.
source: Boy Genius Report

Acer's 7-inch Tablet Launching in August at $300

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It's been a long, long time since we first clapped eyes on Acer's Iconia Tab A100 tablet. The company unveiled the slate last fall, at a special event in NYC, and showed it off again at CES. It was scheduled for launch in May but delayed due to compatibility issues with Honeycomb. Since then, Acer hasn't exactly been itching to tell us when the 7-inch A100 is going to hit stores.

Today, things changed. Engadget cites an anonymous tipster in reporting that an email sent out to Acer retail partners says the tablet will launch in August (which, in case you hadn't noticed, starts on Monday). The A100 boasts Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset, a 7-inch 1024×600 display, 512MB RAM, 8GB of internal storage and Google's Android 3.0 (aka Honeycomb) OS.

The A100 joins the A500, Acer's 10-inch offering that launched in April of this year. Word on the street is that the A100 will retail for $300. The A500 currently retails for $400 on Newegg.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Dell Streak 10 Pro tablet goes official, China first to have it

Odd but expected, Dell had skipped the US debut and jump straight over to China, announcing its first 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet in China. As usual, it's running the very-familiar 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 chip, with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. The 10-inch LCD panel has 1280 x 800 resolution and is protected by the mighty gorilla, much like its smaller brother the 5-inch Streak. There's also the 5 megapixel camera and 2 megapixel camera back and front, and regular-size SDHC expansion. That said, Chinese buyers can grab this 16GB WiFi tablet plus 2GB of cloud storage for just ¥2,999 ($465) a pop — a slightly more attractive price compared to its competitors.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Vinci tablet for toddlers now up for pre-order

We're not sure why exactly parents would want to buy a tablet for their toddler, but if you have $389 to spare then perhaps Rullingnet's Vinci tablet which made its debut in January could be a tablet worth considering for your child.

With a display of 7-inches with 800 x 480 resolution, featuring a rugged casing an a 3 megapixel camera with Android's Froyo on board it will be missing wireless capabilities, but parents can update the apps via microUSB. It will also feature a 1GHz Cortex A8 chip processor with 512MB of RAM.

The tablet also comes pre-loaded with educational content such as 3D games, music videos, and an animated storybook. A slightly more expensive version of the tablet is also being offered at $479 with the main difference being that the more expensive version comes with a 6 hour battery life which is 3 hours longer than the cheaper version, and will also come with more educational content loaded on it.

According to its homepage the Vinci tablet is expected to be launched 10th of August but eager parents can head on down to Amazon.com to pre-order the tablet today.
source: Ubergizmo

Apple manages to get Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in Australia

If you live in Australia and you've been meaning to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 you may be out of luck. If you can recall Apple and Samsung are still embroiled in a legal dispute over patent infringement and product likeness, with Apple claiming that Samsung had copied the designs of their iPhone and iPad.

Initially there was some fear that the Samsung Galaxy S II will not be making an appearance in the US as Apple may be seeking an injunction that would prevent Samsung from selling some of their products, but as it turns out Apple may have gotten a small victory with the ban of Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia.

Before Android fans get all riled up claiming it was unfair of Apple to request the ban, it's important to note that Samsung was the one who agreed to the ban and in fact they offered Apple three units of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was meant to be sold in Australia. We're guessing that Samsung probably agreed to this to make themselves look like they are cooperating in hopes that perhaps Apple would ease off the pressure in their other sales regions.

The court proceedings in Australia will resume on the 29th of August but for now it looks like Apple has the upper hand.
source: Ubergizmo

Verizon to integrate American Express Serve on phones and tablets

In an official announcement today, Verizon and American Express have announced that they will be integrating Serve on many Verizon mobile phones and tablets. Serve is touted as a next-generation digital payment and commerce platform - a service that simplifies the online checkout experience for consumers. All user have to do is enter their mobile number to make purchases on screen, making the whole checkout process much more convenient and simple.

With Sprint already on board, the addition of Verizon will bring the service to even more users. With Verizon already working with Payfone, that allows customers to charge their purchases to their cellphone, this deal will also link American Express together with Payfone's service, bringing even more convenience to the Verizon user. No word on when we'll start seeing the service in use on Verizon but it shouldn't be too long now. How many of you currently use American Express Serve, and what do you think of it so far?
source: Ubergizmo

Apple Halts Samsung Galaxy Tab Launch in Australia

As part of the ongoing lawsuit between Samsung and Apple, the launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been delayed in Australia. A court injunction has been won by Apple which will prevent Samsung from selling the tablet “until [Samsung] wins court approval or the lawsuit is resolved,” according to a report by Bloomberg.

The lawsuit started in the US in April, and has Apple accusing Samsung of ripping of the iPhone and the iPad in look and feel. The evidence is hard to contradict. Show one of Samsung's recent touch-screen handsets to a layperson and they'll probably mistake it for an iPhone.

Not only has Apple successfully halted the launch of the Tab 10.1, but Samsung has agreed to supply Apple with three examples of the tablet at least a week before any future launch date. This is necessary as the Australian Tab 10.1 will differ from the U.S model. Unless it looks like an Etch-a-Sketch, though, it's pretty hard to imagine that Apple will give it the go-ahead.

By the time this spat finally works its way through the courts, it's likely we will have forgotten about it. But what seems clear right now is that Apple is currently winning, likely thanks to the obviousness of Samsung's rip-offs. If the Korean tech giant is to move forward with its Android phones and tablets, it's going to have to invent some of its own.

Apple Suit Puts Samsung Tablet Sales in Australia on Hold [Bloomberg]
source: Gadget Lab

Samsung Mobile and Blackboard team up to provide Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to students

It looks like the regular consumer market isn't enough for Samsung; it's now targeting to get its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets into the hands of students as well. Samsung Mobile has just announced that the University of Southern Mississippi will offer the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet to students that participate in an Honors College pilot program, starting this fall.

Up to 1,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets will be given away with the goal of enhancing the students' access to education. The tablets will be preloaded with Blackboard Mobile Learn, an app that will give students and educators mobile access to their syllabi, content, e-textbooks, grades, schedules, emergency notifications and more. The use of digital media will also aid to reduce the amount of paper used in the classroom, and will give users easy access to e-books and other interactive learning materials.

The days of lugging heavy books into classes or even forgetting to bring them are soon to be over. Anybody signing up for the Honor College pilot program at the University of Southern Mississippi this fall?
source: Ubergizmo

More Sony S1/S2 Details Emerge, Launch Announcement Could Come in Early September

It's a bit odd to speculate when Sony will formally announce their S1 and S2 tablets. Why? Because the Japanese electronics powerhouse has already been pretty keen on showing off the upcoming devices at various trade events. Heck, we ever got an up-close look at them last week, albeit under glass and with no new details on the pair of Honeycomb tablets. But if it is new details you crave, we are now learning a bit more about Sony's unique takes on the tablet. A full announcement, along with proper names (S1 and S2 are code names, after all), should be coming just prior to the IFA show kicking off in Berlin on September 2nd.

What we know now is that the S1 will come in four varieties when released: a 16GB WiFi-only model, 16GB WiFi/3G, 32GB WiFi-only, and 32GB WiFi/3G. The S2, which will launch as an AT&T exclusive in the US, will be available in two WiFi/3G models with 16GB and 32GB of storage respectively. The S1 gets additional storage via a full-sized SD card reader.

Little more can be said for the S2, which sports two displays in a clamshell form factor, but new info reveals the S1′s 9.4-inch screen will feature TruBlack and Bravia technologies on board. Battery life is said to be comparable to the iPad 2, and dock and keyboard accessories were mentioned. The S1 will be marketed for home use with PS3 connectivity, DLNA, and built-in infrared remote for controlling your TV or BluRay player.
source: Android Phone

Asus Eee Pad Slider launched, Transformer 2 under development with help from Michael Bay

Over the weekend, Asus chairman Jonney Shih told Forbes that the company is currently working on a sequel tablet to its popular Android-powered Eee Pad Transformer. Shih wouldn't reveal any details in regards to screen size or launch date, but promised that it would be “impressive.”

There's speculation that the follow-up tablet will sport Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 (Kal-El) SoC slated for a September release. The current Transformer tablet, costing around $395 without the docking keyboard, uses Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 SoC and a high-resolution IPS display. According to Forbes, it's been the top-selling tablet on Amazon for the past two weeks; Shih claims the company shipped 300,000 units in June and 400,000 in July.

Outside the Transformer tablet, Asus currently has the 12-inch Windows-powered Eee Slate on the market, and still has the 10-inch Eee Pad Slider and the 7-inch 3D-enabled Eee Pad MeMo slated to arrive in the coming months. Shih said that Asus will unveil even more tablets before the end of the year.

"We're running so fast, we can't wait until [the January] Consumer Electronics Show," he said.

On Monday afternoon, Asus officially launched the Eee Pad Slider tablet which features a slide-out keyboard, Google's Android 3.1 “Honeycomb” OS (upgradeable to v3.2) and a 178°-wide viewing angle IPS display. It also arrives in pearl white or metallic brown.

On the hardware front, the tablet uses Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 SoC while featuring a front-facing 1.2MP camera and back-facing 5MP camera. The screen is protected by a layer of scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and supports up to ten simultaneous inputs. There's also a 16x32 GB eMMC slot, a USB port, a Micro SD card reader, and a mini-HDMI port.

According to Asus, the tablet also comes packed with applications such as MyNet, MyCloud, and MyLibrary.

“MyNet easily streams digital media wirelessly to home network devices, so HD videos or music can be played on HDTVs or desktop PCs,” the company states in a press release. “MyLibrary consolidates downloaded books, magazines, and newspapers in one easy-to-browse profile, while MyCloud is a total cloud solution that provides access to digital content such as music, videos and photos. Users can even use MyCloud to remotely access and control their PC or Mac systems and access applications to extend the capabilities of the Eee Pad Slider.”

So far pricing and actual availability hasn't been released, so stay tuned.
source: 2DayBlog.com

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be given away to 1,000 lucky students at USM

Students these days seem to have it a lot easier what with so much technology being offered to them to help them with projects, research, studying, etc. Well I guess that's just the way the world and technology progresses, and it looks like Samsung will be doing their bit at empowering students with their tablets by offering 1,000 units of their Galaxy Tab 10.1 to 1,000 lucky students at the University of South Mississippi.

It appears that the tablets will be given to selected Honors College, McNair Scholars, Southern Style and Gulf Coast students, with the goal being to enhance their education experience by giving not only students, but also educators, mobile access to their courses, textbooks, grades and schedules.

We have to agree that this is a more efficient way to get about completing their course and gaining quick and easy access to the required study materials, but at the same time it reduces the need for paper so in a way this would also help the environment.

"Tablets are like the Swiss Army Knife to academic excellence. By leveraging this new technology, we are committed to transforming the way students interact, engage and learn in the classrooms," said Homer Coffman, chief information officer for USM. "The iTech department at Southern Miss is continually challenging itself to support emerging technology and find new ways to put information into the students' hands."
source: Ubergizmo

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet In Germany

Samsung of Germany recently confirmed that they will launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany by the end of August, where the device will be priced at 629 Euros or about US$892 after conversion. The tablet will runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb and will be available in soft black and pure white color. Measures at only 256 x 175 x 8.6 mm, the Galaxy tab 10.1 features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixels Gorilla Glass display with TouchWiz UX UI, dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, stereo speakers, Bluetooth 3.0, 1GB of RAM, 3.2MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera.[ Via Samsung.de ]
source: Today Gadgets

Asus Cooking Up a Next-Gen Eee Pad Transformer

With devices like the Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab stealing their fair share of attention, The success of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer was a bit unexpected. But successful it has been, shipping 300,000 units in June and an additional 400,000 in July. The dual-core Honeycomb tablet wins points for its combination of pricing, specs, and features including a detachable keyboard, the essence of the Transformer.

It should come as little surprise, then, that a sequel is already in the works. Poppa Asus Jonney Shih confirmed as much, going so far as to call the in-development tablet impressive, even at this stage. Without any details to go on, we can only speculate about what to expect and when to expect it. We know one thing: we wouldn't mind seeing Asus move forward with NVIDIA's next-gen quad-core Tegra chip at all.
source: Android Phone

New info about Sony S1 and Sony S2 revealed

Great news for anyone interested in Sony's upcoming Android tablets, the S1 and S2 tablets. The Sony S1 tablet is different than the S2 since it only features one screen as opposed to the dual-screen of the S2. Both tablets will run on the latest version of Honeycomb.

The S1 spots a 9.4″ IPS LCD display with the TruBlack and BRAVIA technologies. Its battery life compares to that of Apple's iPad 2. The S1 comes in four variants: a 16GB Wi-Fi only, a 16GB Wi-Fi+3G, a 32GB Wi-Fi only, and a 32GB Wi-Fi+3G.

The S2 spots a dual-screen as mentioned above. The S2 only comes in a 16GB Wi-Fi+3G version and a 32GB Wi-Fi+3G version.

The tablets are expected to launch early September. The S2 will launch exclusively on AT&T with 4G HSPA+ speeds. Unfortunately, we don't have any info on pricing yet, but if Sony is smart they will make the tablet the same price or less than that of the iPad 2. We will keep you updated on the status of the S1 and S2 tablets.
source: Unwired View

Apple Stops Samsung from Selling Galaxy Tabs in Australia

The legal saga between Apple and Samsung still continues, even on overseas. Just recently, Samsung has been ordered by a federal court in Australia not to advertise or sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Down Under. That is, until the Korean chaebol gets a court approval to do so or until the patent suit by Apple is resolved. And since there are slight differences between the US and Australian versions of the Android-powered tablet, Samsung has agreed to present the device to Apple at least a week before its supposed launch.

Apple has alleged the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has infringed 10 Apple patents, including the “look and feel” of the iPad. The Cupertino, California-based company also seeks to stop Samsung from selling the tablet in other countries, without specifying exact locations.

Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett, who presides the case, has scheduled a hearing on August 29 to review the status of the case and set a trial date if needed.
source: Gadget.com

Android Tablet on the Cheap: Best Buy Has Pandigital Nova for $170

If an 800MHz CPU, 800×600 8-inch display, and Android 2.3 all for $169.99 sound like your ideal tablet, look no further than the Pandigital Nova. The slate is the followup to the Novel and Planet, and also features 4GB of internal storage, a microSD reader, and micro HDMI port. It also sports both front and rear cameras while managing to stay pretty slim at only 0.5-inches thick. Did we mention it is selling for only $169.99 at Best Buy? We sure did. If that sounds like a deal to you, step right up. You're the next contestant on The Price is Right.
source: Android Phone

Samsung: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Still Planned for Australia

After initially agreeing to halt sales of their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, Samsung has released a statement saying, in essence, the show will go on. “The Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the Australian Market will be released in the near future,” says the statement, adding that the version of the tablet planned for sale in Australia differs from the one Apple is suing the manufacturer over. How, exactly, the two are different remains to be seen, but the manufacturer signed off rather firmly, promising,” Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property.”
source: Android Phone

Hoping to Improve Tablet App Selection, Android Developer Labs 2011 Announced

Ever since the release of the tablet-centric Android Honeycomb, the platform has been taking flack for a lack of proper apps designed with the larger form factor in mind. With a newly announced series of developer sessions, the Android Team hopes to improve the body of software available for tablets and, in doing so, dispense with the criticism.

The Android Developer Labs 2011 kick off today in Bangalore and continue through the summer with sessions in Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles. The one day seminars are limited in space, so those wishing to attend must pass a two-step application process. After registering, a developer's current offerings in the Android Market are assessed for their potential to be crafted into great tablet experiences. Once in, developers will be treated to sessions “aimed at optimizing Android apps for tablets, in particular creating high-quality tablet apps with an emphasis on polish and user-experience.”

Interested developers can head over to the source link below for more information on dates, locations, and the registrations process.
source: Android Phone

Vinci Tablet For Kids

It is quite interesting nowadays that technology and devices are no longer reserved just for adults. It seems that even the kids manage to enjoy some of the many devices that adults now normally use daily. One such example is the new Vinci Tablet, a tablet designed mainly for kids.

Kids also seem to find devices like tablets interesting enough to try and get their hands on one. Since the conventional tablets are not designed with kids in mind, Vinci has come up with a special tablet made and designed for kids. It is a mobile touchscreen tablet that was designed with the safety of kids in mind. The Vinci tablet is designed with soft, grippable handles surrounding the tablet for easy handling by kids as well as a means to protect the hardware from drops.

The Vinci Tablet is powered by an ARM based Cortex A8 1GHz processor and comes with a 512 RAM. It has a 7″ LCD touchscreen display, a 3MP HD front facing camera and a micro USB connection for easy file transfers. This tablet runs on the android OS. The Vinci Tablet is not 3G or WiFi ready, making it safer for kids in terms of lesser radio emissions. The Vinci Tablet is now available at Amazon for pre-orders at a base price of US$389. This tablet for kids is expected to be shipped on August 10.
source: Gadget.com

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launching in Germany this month

Samsung has officially announced that its new Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be available in Germany starting later this month.

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet will come in two color versions: soft black, and pure white. According to Samsung, its official price for the German market is 629 Euros ($892). However, Amazon Germany is offering the Galaxy Tab 10.1 16GB 3G for 569 Euros, saying it will ship it on August 18.

Measuring 256 x 175 x 8.6 mm, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the thinnest tablet ever. It features a 1280 x 800 pixels Gorilla Glass display, TouchWiz UX UI, stereo speakers, Bluetooth 3.0, 1GB of RAM, dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 3.2MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera.

Already available in the US, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be introduced later this month in the UK, too.
source: Unwired View

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