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Kindle Fire reached 95K pre-orders in 24 hours

Friday, October 7, 2011

eDataSource, a provider of online competitive intelligence, claims that Amazon reportedly pre-sold 95,000 units of the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet/e-reader within the first twenty-four hours after it was made available on September 28. The company also estimates that sales of the other new Kindle units totaled approximately 25,000 units during the same twenty-four hour period.

“Recognizing that the folks who provide accessories often rake in the profits when fancy new devices are sold, eDataSource notes that 27-percent of Kindles were sold with some kind of accessory, and Marware protective covers were by far the most popular accessory for the Kindle Fire,” eDataSource said.

eDataSource said that it gathered its data from a panel of 800,000 inboxes which allows the firm to gain insight into eCommerce sales. Within hours, eDataSource can get a read on “hot product launches” based on sales from leading eCommerce websites like Amazon and TigerDirect.

“By analyzing purchase receipts received by email, eDataSource is able to estimate the daily orders places at major ecommerce sites as well as what products are being purchased,” the firm added. “eDataSource can then report on eCommerce trends at large or specific product sales.”

Amazon's $199 Android-powered Kindle Fire is expected to ship in early November. So far there's no indication of how many Kindle Fire tablets have been pre-sold thus far, but if the estimates are correct, it will have outsold a quarter's worth of BlackBerry PlayBook tablets — which shares the same base template — in just a matter of days.

RIM previously reported that its tablet saw 200,000 units moving off the shelves during the entire second quarter of fiscal year 2011, and 500,000 units in the first quarter. Apple still rules them all, selling 300,000 units of the original iPad within the first day the product came to the market.

Aakash: world's cheapest Android tablet launches in India

Just when we thought tablets couldn't get any cheaper than the $99 HP TouchPad, it looks like we're proven wrong. Today, the Indian government has started offering slightly subsidized Android tablets for $35 apiece. Designed to bring students and the general public up to date with technology, especially the internet, the Aakash tablet (which means Sky) took over four years to develop. The creators of the tablet, DataWind and IIT Rajasthan, must have taken their time scouting out the best ways to cut costs because the tablets will be sold to students at $35. Yes, you read that right.

The government purchased the tablets at $50 apiece and will be selling them to students subsidized. To the general public, the tablets will be marked up to $70 - which is still pretty cheap. The Aakash tablet will feature a 366MHz + HD video co-processor, 256MB of RAM, and up to 32GB of internal storage, a 7″ resistive (800 x 480) display and it runs on Android 2.2 Froyo.

While it's not a great tablet in terms of specs, I assume it would be enough for non-taxing tasks such as web browsing (of lightweight websites) and document editing. The Aakash tablet isn't likely to be shipping out of India, but it does make on wonder whether other companies will consider releasing such cheap tablets in the future.

Toshiba reveals 10-inch tablet just 0.303-inches thick

This week during CEATEC 2011, Toshiba revealed several upcoming products including its 55-inch glasses-free 4K2K 3DTV (originally unveiled during IFA), and an Android-based 10.1-inch tablet measuring just 0.303-inches and weighing around 1.23 lbs. Called the Toshiba Regza AT700, there's no indication of when this gadget will arrive here in the States (if at all), but it's expected to hit Japanese store shelves in mid-December 2011.

The details surrounding the tablet are rather slim, but various sources claim that it will sport a 1.2 GHz OMAP4430 SoC from Texas Instruments, a 2MP front-facing webcam, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a card reader, 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth, a micro-USB port and a micro-HDMI port. Android 3.2 will be the OS of choice, and the multi-touch display will have a default resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

During the show, Toshiba also revealed the Regza Blu-ray DBR-M190 which packs an insane 5 TB of HDD space. The company claims that the capacity will allow the device to simultaneously record up to six digital channels for 15 days straight set on Standard resolution (non HD but still a lot of Fringe and Supernatural episodes). The device will also have server capabilities that will allow users to stream content on one device, pause the video, and then resume playback on another device.

Unfortunately, the DBR-M190 may not leave Japan. “It's a bit hard to imagine this Regza server as being sold globally,” Masaaki Osumi, head of Toshiba's digital products division, told Pocket-lint. “But on a regional basis, there is a natural need for TVs that have server functionality. So in Europe or some parts of China, we want to create TVs that can act as servers.”

Toshiba also revealed additional details regarding its upcoming (and renamed) Regza 55X3 55-inch glasses-free 3DTV. According to the company, the lenticular 3D mode will be limited to an effective resolution of 1280 x 720, not the TV's default 3840 x 2160 resolution (4K2K). It will also use face-tracking technology to automatically optimize the experience for up to nine simultaneous viewers, depending on where they're sitting. The Regza 55×3 will cost around $10K, and so far there's no set date of when it will ship to the U.S.

Android on HP TouchPad Works Like an App

The craziness that is the $99 HP TouchPad has died down and users are wondering whether they could port the tablet with Android. As much as webOS being a critically-acclaimed OS, the fact remains that not a lot can be done there.

There have been several attempts to get Android up and running on the TouchPad, but a recent post in PreCentral (which is dedicated to Palm and webOS devices) shows how to make Android run in the TouchPad like an actual app. Interested TouchPad user can download and install the test IPK file to the tablet, but do not expect it to be flawless as this method is a test for now. You can also check out how it is done in this YouTube clip.

Several tics are noticeable when switching between homescreens or trying to play back YouTube videos. There are also issues in audio and multi-touch, as well as a power off issue that requires a hard reset.

Pandigital announces SuperNova tablet

Back in August, several Pandigital devices were mentioned, such as the Pandigital Star, Nova and Planet. If you weren't satisfied with those offerings back then, Pandigital has announced the Supernova tablet, which is the bigger brother of the Pandigital Nova, and by bigger we do mean that literally.

Unlike the Nova, the Supernova has seen a jump in screen size to 8", but unfortunately it appears to have retained its resolution of 800×600 in a 4:3 aspect ratio. In terms of hardware, potential customers can expect to find a 1GHz processor under the hood along with 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for additional memory expansion. It will also run on Android's Gingerbread 2.3 as its platform of choice.

Despite the fact that it runs on Android, the Pandigital Supernova will not have access to the Android Market, which means that users will have to go to the GetJar alternative app store. The tablet will retail for $299 and is expected to hit retail stores mid-October. Given its price and somewhat mediocre hardware specs, the HTC Flyer (which is now going for the same price) looks to be a better buy.

Toshiba AT200 tablet hits the FCC

They say that faint heart never won fair lady, and I suppose the same can be said for device manufacturers who are wondering whether their wares are good enough for release in the US – and hence contemplating whether or not to send said device to the folks over at the FCC in order to gain an approval. Well, Toshiba certainly has no such qualms with their AT200 tablet that was first unveiled at IFA 2011 recently, and we're pleased to say that the FCC has given their collective nods of approval to the AT200.

This 10.1″ device comes in a very slim form factor that is guaranteed to turn heads the moment you whip it out from its protective case, and be careful not to throw out this 7.7mm thin tablet with the rest of your old newspapers during one of those absent-minded spring cleaning moments!

In the process of picking up its FCC approval, we found out that the AT200 will come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2 Honeycomb and 64GB of internal memory – all pieced together by Quanta, the same Chinese OEM who has Amazon's Kindle Fire and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook under their customer list.

Aakash tablet gets a hands-on preview

Remember the $35 tablet that we covered yesterday? Well, the folks over at Hungry N Foolish were one of the selected people chosen to test the tablet and they have written up their hands-on impression of the device. Judging by their report, they seem pretty impressed with the tablet.

The specs of the Aakash tablet are: a Conexant 366MHz processor with graphics accelerator and HD video processor, 256MB of RAM, 2GB of internal storage, a 7″ resistive (800 x 480) display, and Android 2.2. The tablet also features two USB ports, only one physical button on the side of the device (used to deactivate sleep/return to the homescreen and displaying options), a microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB), 3.5mm stereo earphone jack and a built-in microphone.

The resistive touchscreen is said to be dull - but it's also one of the main reasons why the tablet can be so cheap, so I guess it was a worthy trade off. Consumers used to capacitive touchscreens will need to get used to operating a resistive touchscreen though. The tablet supports WiFi and Bluetooth (though the latter was said to be not functioning on the review unit) and it doesn't sport a camera or an accelerator. Future versions of the tablet might include support for a 3G SIM card though.

Overall it seems to be a functional Android tablet for a very low price tag, so it isn't going to be setting any standards or be an “iPad killer” - but hey, you get what you pay for. Perhaps in the future as parts get cheaper, the tablet can increase in functionality while staying at the same price point. For now, it's going to serve its purpose as an entry-level device designed to encourage for students and consumers to get online

Akash Android Tablet – Enabling India for $38

The Indian Government and Canadian company Datawind have just released the Akash, a 7″ Android based Tablet.

The Indian government has contracted to buy some 8 to 10 million of the devices by March 2012 and will initially be giving the devices away to students for free and when available commercially will sell for around $38.

"The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide," Telecoms and Education Minister Kapil Sibal told The Times of India.

Based on  Android 2.2 ( Froyo ) , a 7-inch resistive touch screen ( 800-x-480) , a 366-MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, 2GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, WiFi, GPRS modem, two USB ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack  and a 2100 mAh battery that lasts around 3 hours, the specifications don't look that impressive. The device will however go a long way in enabling many of India's 1.2 billion people  who cannot afford more expensive units and  whom only around 8% currently have Internet Access.

According to Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of DataWind, the configuration of the DataWind tablet is adequate for most applications including HD quality video, reading books, and basic office applications. The device makes up for the lower speed processor by using compression acceleration technologies that shift a part of the processing during Web browsing from the device to the cloud ( ala Amazon Silk ?)

Datawind has plans to expand it's market to other countries as well. Would you buy one and at what price point  ?

(Edit: Contrary to all other sources found this: which appears to price the unit at around  $60 ?!? )

eFun announces $300 Nextbook Premium 8 Android tablet

The Nextbooks 1 through 7 may not have caused much of a ripple in the Android tablet market, but eFun is keeping at it, and has now rolled out its new Nextbook Premium 8 model. There's still no Honeycomb to be found on this one (just Android 2.3), but you do get a slightly larger 8-inch capacitive screen, as well as a Rockchip RK2918 processor, 4GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera - plus Kobo's eBook Store app preloaded (though there's no mention of Android Market). Unfortunately, in a season when you can get a Kindle Fire or Lenovo IdeaPad A1 for $200, this one will set you back a comparatively hefty $300 - then again, it does have "Premium" in its name.

Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet orders being taken

Still up in the air over which kind of tablet device you want to purchase? Well, fret not – there is the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 that has just opened up its doors for your pre-order pleasure – and this is the smaller sibling to the IdeaPad K1 just in case you were wondering. 2GB of storage space will cost you $199, while throw in another $50 and you get eight times (that's 16GB just in case your calculator is broken) the amount of internal memory. Surely it is a no-brainer as to which model to pick up, right?

I guess regardless of the capacity and price, some folks do not mind having their tablet run on a non-tablet optimized version of the Android operating system – specifically Gingerbread. After all, times are hard, but at $199, why not consider the Amazon Amazon Kindle Fire instead? You might be able to gain more from that model considering the number of pre-orders it has already racked up.

This Android 2.3 Gingerbread-powered tablet will feature a 7″ display at 1,024 x 600 resolution, and a single-core 1GHz processor, in either black or white colors.

Dell's Windows 7 powered ‘Peju' tablet possibly leaked

Images of what might be Dell's upcoming 10.1-inch Windows 7-powered “Peju” tablet were published by Engadget on Thursday. Allegedly, the device is packed with an HDMI port, a USB port and 2GB of RAM, although other specs are currently unknown. Rumor has it Dell would like to get the Peju on the market by the holidays in December, but it will cost you a pretty penny. Engadget‘s tipster said the tablet will be priced between $900 and $1,000, which is a far cry from the $200 Amazon Amazon Kindle Fire or even Apple's iPad 2. Plus, we've already had a taste of Windows 8 will offer on a tablet, so why settle for Windows 7? In any case, if you're on the market for a new tablet with a full-fledged Windows operating system, the Peju might suit your needs within a couple months.

Xoom 4G LTE upgrades boomerang back with Honeycomb update, microSD card support now a go

Xoom owners that hastily shipped off their slates for an LTE upgrade are in for a surprise. Turns out the newly equipped 4G tablets are not only being expediently returned, but also come with an upgrade to version 3.2.2 of Honeycomb. Details of just what's been included in the new firmware are scant, but the main takeaway from Verizon's overhaul is the now functional microSD slot. That's right, unless you were privy to that non-U.S. Android 3.1 update or installed the Tiamat kernel, you'll now finally be granted read/write access to your microSD card. It seems wishes do come true in Big Red land, you just have to practice extreme patience.

7-inch Huawei Honeycomb tablet with 4G support headed to T-Mobile

Monday, October 3, 2011

Back in June, Huawei announced what was then the world's first tablet to run Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Although we've yet to see it launched anywhere yet, and Android 3.2 is a common sight on other tablets right now, so that momentum was certainly lost.

Not that the MediaPad isn't an interesting device. And now it looks like T-Mobile is getting ready to sell a version of this tablet tailor made for its network in the USA. TmoNews has received shots of an upcoming 7-inch tablet which is T-Mobile branded and purportedly made by Huawei.

The rumored specs are pretty much aligned with those of the MediaPad. It will have a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, a 7-inch 1280×800 touchscreen, 16 GB of internal storage space built-in, Adobe Flash support, two cameras, 4G, and a 4,100 mAh battery. It will (obviously) run Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus announced

It's been awhile since the original Samsung Galaxy Tab was released, and it looks like Samsung is ready to give it a proper successor. The company just announced today the launch of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Improving upon the original tablet in almost every way, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 7″ WSVGA (1024 x 600) PLS display (unfortunately no Super AMOLED Plus here), 1GB of RAM, 16x32GB of internal memory, microSD slot (up to 32GB), 3-megapixel auto focus rear camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, Android 3.2 Honeycomb (with TouchWiz), and a 4,000mAh battery.

The tablet will also come preloaded with Samsung Apps, Social Hub, Google Mobile Services, Smart Remote, Enterprise Solutions, Adobe Flash, Document Editor and more. No word on pricing but the tablet will make its debut in Indonesia and Austria from end-October and gradually roll out to the rest of the world including the US. Anyone excited for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus?

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus tablet

Samsung on Friday took the wraps off its latest addition to the Galaxy tablet family, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The new slate is an update to the tablet that started it all for Samsung, and it features a 7-inch 1,024 x 600-pixel display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, dual cameras, embedded HSPA+ and Android 3.2 Honeycomb. ”Samsung pioneered the seven-inch tablet market with the launch of the GALAXY Tab, marking an innovation milestone in the mobile industry,” Samsung's mobile boss JK Shin said in a statement. “Building on the success of the GALAXY Tab, we're now delighted to introduce the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus reloaded with enhanced portability, productivity and a richer multimedia experience. GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is for those who want to stay productive and in touch with work, friends and content anytime, anywhere.” The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will become available in Indonesia and Austria toward the end of October, and launches in Southeast and Southwest Asia, U.S., Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China will follow. No pricing or specific launch dates have been revealed. Samsung's full press release follows below.

Samsung reloaded more possibilities on the go with GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus

Advanced 7-inch tablet experience on the go within a premium design

SEOUL, Korea - September 30, 2011 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, today announced the launch of the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus. Offering a portable, rich multimedia experience on a 7-inch display, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus packs power and productivity into a chic lightweight design. The GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus runs Google AndroidTM Honeycomb, enabling an easy and intuitive user experience.

“Samsung pioneered the seven-inch tablet market with the launch of the GALAXY Tab, marking an innovation milestone in the mobile industry. Building on the success of the GALAXY Tab, we're now delighted to introduce the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus reloaded with enhanced portability, productivity and a richer multimedia experience” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business. He added “GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus is for those who want to stay productive and in touch with work, friends and content anytime, anywhere.”

Enhanced Portability

With 7-inch display, GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus provides enhanced portability, weighing just 345g and measuring at just 9.96mm thin. Enhanced portability ensures that it fits easily into an inside-jacket pocket or a handbag, making it an ideal device for those who need to stay productive and entertained while on-the-move.

Advanced Productivity

GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus delivers a smooth and intuitive user experience with powerful performance powered by 1.2GHz dual core processor. Mini Apps allows seamless multitasking by consolidating 7 applications easily accessed from a bottom-side tray on main screen. Users can launch favorite features such as music player or calendar as pop-ups over full screen applications. Not only that, users can design an individualized up-to-the-minute interface through Live Panel.

Web browsing is also enhanced by Adobe Flash and super-fast HSPA+ connectivity, providing download speeds up to three times faster than a conventional HSPA connection. On top of that Wi-Fi Channel Bonding bonds two channels into one for improved network connection and data transfer at up to twice the speed.

Furthermore, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus offers voice and video call support, with no need for a headset. Users can see friends and family from anywhere in the world in high quality thanks to the device's larger screen.

Rich Multimedia on-the-move

Full HD videos can be enjoyed on the 7-inch WSVGA PLS display, with DivX & multi codec support ensuring the device is capable of supporting a variety of different formats. An improved virtual clipboard, which stores text and images enabling easy copy and paste, further adds to these capabilities.

Additionally, the GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus features Social Hub, Readers Hub and Music Hub services. Social Hub aggregates the user's contacts, calendar and email along with instant messaging and social networking connections all within one easy-to-use interface. Readers Hub provides e-reading content such as e-books, newspapers and magazines. Music Hub enables access to over 13 million songs even when out and about.

GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus will be available starting in Indonesia and Austria from end-October and gradually rolled to globally including Southeast and Southwest Asia, US, Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China.

Amazon: Yes, we know you'll root our tablet. Go ahead.

Amazon's no dummy, it knows that many consumers plan to get rid of the custom interface installed on the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet. In fact, the company isn't going to do anything special in regards to preventing customers from rooting the tablet and installing Google's full-blown Android or another OS. Amazon won't exactly endorse the process, but it won't attempt to prevent users from doing so either.

“It's going to get rooted, and what you do after you root it is up to you,” said Jon Jenkins, director of Amazon's Silk browser project. Jenkins indicated that he wasn't sure if the bootloader was locked or not, but given that the tablet sports a USB port and a mass storage mode, anyone can side-load Android APK program files without having to root it.

Amazon likely believes that it's a losing battle fighting “rooters” given that Barnes & Noble's NOOK Color and HP's webOS-based TouchPad have been rooted and reinvigorated with Google's preferred Android OS. Despite the OS modifications, the Kindle Fire's underlying platform is Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” which isn't exactly tablet oriented. The actual hardware specs indicate that it may have enough juice to power Android 3.x “Honeycomb” — specs that includes a 1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core SoC, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage.

By comparison, the NOOK Color's underlying OS is Android 2.2 “Froyo,” yet it turned out to be a decent rooted tablet for the money much like Amazon's Kindle Fire will.

How the Kindle Fire Could Make 7-Inch Tablets Huge

The Amazon Kindle Fire demos an electronic version of Wired Magazine. Photo: Victor J. Blue/

Steve Jobs made it clear what he thought of 7-inch tablets in October 2010. They're “too small,” and as good as “dead on arrival.” But the announcement of and anticipation surrounding Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet may soon have Jobs eating his words.

If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard the news, Amazon debuted its $200 7-inch tablet, the Kindle Fire, this week. Make no mistake: It's no iPad. There's no front-facing or rear-facing camera, and it's only got 8 GB of storage.

But it's not meant to be an iPad. It's a completely different kind of tablet, designed for the pure consumer. That is, it's designed for consumptive behavior: reading, listening to music, watching video content. The lack of local storage isn't an issue, either; it's meant to take advantage of the cloud with services like Amazon's $80 yearly Prime service, as well as Amazon Cloud Drive. And the smaller form factor makes it extra portable, easy to whip out on the bus or the subway (much like a Kindle).

“With a 7-inch device, you can easily take your Kindle Fire with you and hold it in one hand for gaming and movie watching,” Amazon representative Kinley Campbell said via e-mail.

UX design consultant Greg Nudelman thinks that 7-inch tablets could become just as popular as larger 9.7 and 10.1-inch tablets, “but the types of applications and the context and length of use between might be very different.”

The iPad, although portable, is more difficult to manage with a single hand due to its larger size. And while it is certainly geared towards consumptive behavior, the iPad also strives to break the mobile-PC barrier by becoming a tool for creation, with programs like iMovie for iPad and GarageBand for iPad allowing users to produce content rather than just passively take it in. Whether it actually accomplishes that or not is subjective (some scoff at GarageBand's limited capabilities), but it's possible, and likely that more apps of this nature are in the pipeline (third-party produced or otherwise).

Amazon's decision to debut a smaller-sized tablet was likely influenced by the players in the current tablet market. The 7-inch space has the least resistance, DisplaySearch's Richard Shim says. Its direct competition is more likely to be the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, which also runs Android and touts a similar form factor, than Apple's iPad.

That's exactly what fueled Velocity, makers of the 7-inch Android-running Cruz tablet, to choose that size. “We wanted to avoid the head-to-head comparisons to the 10-inch iPad — ours is a very different product that goes after a different target customer,” marketing manager Josh Covington said.

The smaller size also allowed Amazon to more easily make a splash with a lower price point, something other 7-inch tablet manufacturers are going to have to mimic to stay competitive. Take HTC, which just dropped the price of its 7-inch Flyer tablet from an iPad-range $499 to a more affordable $299.

Samsung also jumped in on the hype, introducing its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus on Friday. If Samsung can manage a similar price, the Kindle Fire could have another legitimate competitor.

And just in case it crosses your mind, a 7-inch tablet would not be something Apple would likely ever debut. Apple has been tremendously successful with its 9.7-inch iPad, which flew off shelves shortly after its debut and has continued solid sales since. Unless that changes for some reason, there isn't a need for Apple to break out a smaller iPad, economically speaking.

It's also not in Apple's DNA. Since Steve Jobs jumped back on board with Apple in the late '90s, Apple's success has hinged on innovation, rather than riding on the heels of successful consumer reaction in markets it doesn't have a presence in. Take the netbook market for example: Rather than releasing a netbook, Apple introduced the MacBook Air, and later of course, the iPad.

Part of what's hindered the success of the 7-inch tablet, until now, is that they are perceived to be more like an over-sized mobile phone than a tablet, “and that appears to be the Achilles' Heel of the mini-tablets,” Nudelman says.

But the genius of the Kindle Fire is that it's more closely identified with Amazon's popular e-reader line than with smartphones, so it has a clearly defined place within the user's mind. And now that Amazon has made that distinction clear, other 7-inch tablet makers can at least attempt to capitalize on that extra portable, media-consumption angle, rather than marketing them against the iPad.

The Kindle Fire's separation from both larger iPad-sized tablets and large-screened smartphones, both in size and in function, will help secure a solid niche for other 7-inch tablets to follow.

HP releases more TouchPad promo codes for Splashtop Remote Desktop HD

Interested in more free apps for your TouchPad tablet? Good news, especially if you're looking for a way to control your desktop computer using your tablet. HP is now giving away promo codes for Splashtop Remote Desktop HD, an app which lets you do just that. HP had given away codes to the app previously but it was snapped up within a few hours, and now it looks like it wants to give users who didn't get it the first time around another chance.

But this time around, if you don't get to use the promo code to download the app for free, the app is now on sale at an introductory price of $4.99 for the next few days - that's 75% off the app's original price. If you'd like to keep abreast of all the latest promos and updates for your TouchPad, make sure you opt in for them at the HP webOS newsletters website. In the meantime, here are the codes (they expire at 12.01AM October 8 or when the inventory is gone - whichever comes first.

US:           gjhia60774xmksz

Germany:  eynwj56018hhrju

UK:           ehshy95442sfusi

France:     kpdvn01559acqwc

Let us know if you manage to grab Splashtop Remote Desktop HD for your TouchPad!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Gets A 1.2Ghz Dual-Core CPU, Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS!

While the design is smaller than the original Galaxy Tab 7, it's slightly thicker, but that doesn't corrode the beauteous looks in anyway. Another distinctive feature of the Galaxy Tab 7.p Plus is that it comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS loaded out-of-the-box.

Not to mention,  the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus features a faster dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and of course better RAM and other hardware specifications. The design is promising. Even more promising is the fact that it's loads of features that we absent in the original 7" Galaxy Tab.

For instance, the new Galaxy Tab 7 Plus is fitted with a gigabyte of RAM for faster and smoother processing of apps and games. It also has a revved up front-facing camera with a 2 megapixel lens for high-clarity video calling.

The 3 megapixel Autofocus camera on the back is assisted by a LED flash, and can record 720p HD video is beautiful detail while the 1024×600 screen is capable of 1080p video playback.

The device weights 345gms and is just 9.6mm thick, has 16GB of onboard storage and can support expandable memory of up to 32GB courtesy of a microSD card. It will be released by the end of October in select markets including Austria and Indonesia.

Later, the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus Android tablet will make its way to Africa, China, CIS, Europe, Japan, Latin America, Middle East, Southeast and Southwest Asia and US. In the United States, the tablet will be (at least, initially) available through AT&T until Samsung expands the offerings to other carriers.

There's nary a word on the price or the exact launch date or availability schedule for the tablet. However, we believe that the Galaxy Tab Plus price will be slighter heavier than other recently released tablets including the much-discussed Amazon Kindle Fire which is a tablet of good stature, but does not rhyme technically with the features of the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus.

We will keep you posted as more details surface. Stay tuned!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Android Honeycomb tablet gets official

Seen last week in some leaked photos that suggested it's headed to T-Mobile USA, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has been officially announced a few hours ago.

The new tablet is the true successor to the original 7 inch Galaxy Tab, and is both lighter (345g) and thinner (10mm) than it. The Tab 7.0 Plus obviously offers enhanced features, like Android 3.2 Honeycomb, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and HSPA+ connectivity. The 7 inch display's resolution remained unchanged, though: 1024 x 600 pixels.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will come in 16GB and 32GB flavors. Other features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, 3MP rear camera with Led flash, and 2MP front-facing camera.

According to Samsung, the new Honeycomb tablet will be first available in Indonesia and Austria (starting late October). After that, the tablet will be launched around the world in Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. For the moment, there's no word on the price of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, but it should be lower than the price of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 (which is also unknown).

New Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 holder comes with bike attached

For a tablet that prides itself in being thin and lightweight, the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 accessory sure adds considerable heft to the device. The Korean manufacturer's UK branch has teamed up with 14 Bike Co to bring the world the Samsung Galaxy bicycle - a mild-mannered bike with a custom paint job and a detachable holder for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 made from carbon fiber. So, why carry a tablet on a bicycle? For checking things like mileage planners and route trackers on the go, apparently. No word on pricing yet, but we're guessing that this'll be among the more expensive tablet accessories out there. Press information after the break.

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with HSPA+

Despite the grief it's going through with Apple trying to stop the sale of the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphones in countless countries across the globe, Samsung hasn't slowed down in the Galaxy department. The latest addition to the line is the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, a sleeker 7-inch Tab than the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which the company first showed off at IFA Berlin earlier this month.

Specs wise, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus boasts a 1.2Ghz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage, a microSD card-slot supporting up to 32GB, a 3-megapixel camera in the back, a 2-megapixel job on the back for video calls, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0. It's also got support for HSPA+ for up to 21Mbps downloads and 5.76Mbps uploads.

The news of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus comes as quite a surprise, as Samsung last month unveiled the 1.4GHz Galaxy Tab 7.7. At the time, that device was thought to be a Honeycomb replacement for the very first Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Gingerbread affair that first hit the market last fall. However, it would appear that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the new 7-incher in town, while the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will serve as a ‘tweener device for those not happy with a 7-inch tablet but not sure they want the 8.9-inch model, either.

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will hit Indonesia and Austria at the end of October. After that, it will launch in Southeast and Southwest Asia, U.S., Europe, CIS, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Japan and China. Pricing has not yet been announced.






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