Apple is still dominating the tablet market though Android-powered slates are starting to grab a rather considerable slice of the market. It will be interesting to see what the iPad 3 can bring to combat the army of Android tablets with Ice Cream Sandwich and powerful processors this year.
However, as far as South Korea is concerned, Samsung’s home market, the Apple iPad is outselling the South Korean manufacturer’s tablet offerings. The (roughly) 700,000 Apple iPad units sold last year join the other tablets designed in California that existed on the South Korean [...]
If you have a Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 or 8.2 Android tablet on Verizon, you should prepare to see a couple of update notifications in the coming weeks. First you’ll see an update that will bring build 1.6.0M_279 and together with that, an improved browser performance, better touch response, maintaining data connection while toggling between WiFi and some more. Both tablets will get the same update, except for the “Stylus enhancements” which will only roll out to the 10.1 model.
Within two weeks from rolling out the update above, Verizon will let loose an [...]
The Motorola Xyboard 8.2 with WiFi and the Motorola Xyboard 10.1 with WiFi, which we’ve known since November, are now available for pre-order online at Motorola’s.
Successors of the Xoom, the two Xyboards go for $399.99 (for the 8.2 inch model) and $499.99 (for the 10.1 variant). They both pack a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, five-megapixel main cameras, 1.3-megapixel front facers and run Android 3.2 Honeycomb with the option to upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If you’re sold on the new Motorola tablets and decide to pre-order, you’ll be getting [...]
Let’s say you had been hearing lots of talk about Android tablets last year, and decided to pick one up. Then later, maybe you noticed some hardware problem, or the tablet just wasn’t behaving correctly; for whatever reason, you decided to return the tablet. You’re well within the warranty period, so everything’s fine, right? Well, it might not be for a few Motorola customers who bought, and then returned a Xoom tablet last spring or summer. Motorola’s just revealed that its refurbishment process skipped a couple steps on a few Xooms, and shipped them out [...]
The road seems to be a little bumpy for the Asus Transformer Prime, a tablet which recently received an update to improve its GPS functionality and the camera. Sadly, after the update, there were still some issues with GPS but now a new update is rolling out.
There’s a new kernel inside, version 2.6.39, as well as fixes for WiFi and Bluetooth functionality. According to reports, users who applied the update see a slight performance improvement, a claim which is backed up with some increased benchmark scores. Additionally, if your Transformer Prime was suffering from random [...]
We’ve seen a slimmed-down Toshiba Android tablet around Christmas and it turned out to be the Toshiba AT200, coming to the U.S. as the Toshiba Excite X10 in mid-Q1 2012.
If you live in the U.K., you can now pick up the AT200 for £399 (around $630); the price refers to the 16GB WiFi model but the 32GB WiFi goes for £449 (roughly $715). It is advertised to be the world’s thinnest tablet at 7.7mm (at least until we see some more tablets at MWC) and it packs a 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB of RAM, 10.1-inch display with 1280×800 resolution and runs Android 3.2 [...]
A Sprint leak form late last month foretold the arrival of a refreshingly affordable Android tablet, with the ZTE Optik tipped for a launch at just $100 on-contract. Even having the information provided in the leaked document, we were missing some details about certain hardware specs, and we had reason to believe that some of those that we had heard reported were incorrect figures. Today, we finally get the whole story straight from the horse’s mouth, with Sprint confirming the tablet’s launch for February 5.
It seemed from the start that the 1,350 mAh battery figure [...]
Samsung wants to make an Android tablet for everyone, which is why they have four screen sizes: 7.0″, 7.7″, 8.9″, and 10.1″. For many, their 7.0″ and 7.7″ tablets provide an excellent level of portability while also giving you plenty of screen to warrant a great tablet experience. The Galaxy Tab 7.7, in particular, is a special tablet because it’s the only Samsung tablet to utilize their Super AMOLED Plus panel. It also uniquely has a dual-core Samsung Exynos 1.4GHz chip, instead of the Nvidia Tegra 2, found on the Tab 8.9 and 10.1. It’s [...]
Google recently started its Android Design site where developers can find information about how Google thinks applications can be developed to match the new look and spirit of Android. Now Mountain View is continuing its demarche telling developers why they should migrate designs away from using the Menu button and toward using the action bar.
Once Honeycomb landed it removed the need for physical buttons, introducing the ActionBar class “as the standard solution to make actions from the user options immediately visible and quick to invoke”. According to the recent [...]
A leaked end-of-life list out of Sprint that showed-up yesterday told the tale of a carrier trimming-down its tablet offerings. According to the document Sprint is preparing to cut things off with the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook and the HTC EVO View 4G. News of the EVO View 4G’s departure was especially odd, as it’s the only one currently being offered on the carrier that supports its data services. A new leak arriving today start to explain things a little, revealing Sprint’s plans to soon get a new tablet.
Sprint will supposedly start selling the seven-inch ZTE [...]
HTC’s Flyer tablet, in its incarnation as the EVO View 4G for Sprint, saw itself on the receiving end of some pretty nice discounts last week, bringing the off-contract price of the model down to just $230. In retrospect, looking at that sale now, along with all the news out of CES of much more capable tablets on the horizon, it shouldn’t be surprising that today a leak puts the EVO View 4G on Sprint’s EOL list for later this month.
Despite its aging hardware with single-core processor and sub-HD resolution, the EVO View 4G was starting to seem more and more [...]
According to a recent PewResearch document, the ownership of tablets nearly doubled in the Holiday season. The research talks about adults who own tablets and how the numbers grew from 10% to 19%.
Related to the details of the research, it was conducted pre-holiday including people older than 16, between November 16 and December 21; additionally, there are two other surveys where adults over 18 answered questions in January.
Joining Apple’s market leading iPad 2 tablet are the relatively recent Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet. The research also [...]
Android 3.x Honeycomb is the version of Google’s mobile operating system specifically designed to take advantage of the unique features of tablets, including larger batteries, larger screens, and higher resolutions. The Motorola XOOM was Google’s launch device to introduce Honeycomb, and was one of the first devices that was promised to get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0.
In this video we’ll take a quick look at some of the similarities and differences between Android 3.2 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Motorola [...]
HTC’s EVO View 4G may have first launched running Gingerbread, but subsequent software updates are making it a much more interesting device. Just last month, we finally saw the tablet receive Honeycomb, marking a fresh start for the Android. If you’ve been toying with the idea of picking one up, we’ve spotted the EVO View 4G up for sale with one of the lowest prices we’ve yet found.
Perhaps better known as the Flyer on other carriers, the EVO View 4G is available on-contract with Sprint for about $150; free-and-clear, the carrier will sell you the tablet [...]
There is a major update headed out to the HTC EVO View 4G (aka Flyer) on Sprint. The tablet shipped Gingerbread, but is now making the upgrade to Honeycomb 3.2.1.
Right now, in order to make the upgrade you have to manually get things started, but Sprint will start pushing it out to users sometime early next year. The transition from Gingerbread to Honeycomb is obviously more convoluted than most, and you’ll have to put up with a few inconveniences, like losing the way your home screen is set up.
With Honeycomb installed, you’ll start navigating throughout the [...]
Honeycomb is the 3.x version of the Android operating system, and the first official OS of Android-powered tablets. Many saw it as a significant jump in Android’s capabilities, while others felt it was a cobbled together platform, not yet ready for prime time.
Honeycomb was only available for tablets, and skipped over smartphones completely. Even custom ROMmers like those involved with the CyanogenMod project skipped right over Honeycomb, instead jumping into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (Part of this was because the source code for Honeycomb was released the same day [...]
Google has just released its financial results for the last quarter of 2011, numbers which gave CEO Larry Page several reasons to be happy. Aside from Gmail and Google+, Page was “super excited about the growth of Android”.
The earnings call reconfirmed numbers which we already heard about: there are currently over 700,000 Android devices activated on a daily basis, a number which grew to 3.7 million for Christmas. Larry Page also dropped the info that there are now more than 250 million total Android device activations and the Android Market reached over 11 billion [...]
HTC may be getting into the Android tablet scene with its new 7-inch Flyer, but a larger variant is also in the works. The HTC Puccini may be one of the two additional tablets HTC is rumored to be releasing this year. We’re expecting it to be a 10-inch model, which could be released as early as later this month. While most details about the Puccini so far come from analysis of leaked ROMs, now we have some new evidence of the Android’s existence, with the discovery of some test photos shot with the Puccini’s camera.
The Android tablet is rumored to be running a [...]
Samsung will be naming its latest tablet not the Galaxy Tab II (or 2), but rather Galaxy Tab 10.1 — after its screen size in inches — according to this promotional image from a major European mobile operator (full-size banner embedded vertically below). Expected to debut in less than 12 hours, the dual-core slate offers many of the same features as the Motorola Xoom, including a 1280 x 800 resolution and stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb build. Two cameras are on board: an eight-megapixel rear shooter with full 1080p video capture along with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam. [...]
This is apparently the HTC Puccini, the rumored 10-inch tablet HTC is preparing to follow its seven-inch Flyer/View 4G. Most notably, it looks like a Puccini variant will be one of the first devices compatible with AT&T’s “true 4G” LTE network, deploying this year. Specific details about this model remain elusive, although it’s likely to run Android 3.x Honeycomb and support HTC’s Scribe capacitive pen input technology. Since Giacomo Puccini was a 19th and 20th century opera composer (La Boheme, Madame Butterfly), there may be a musical focus here as [...]
Sprint appears poised to be the second US carrier to offer the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet, with accessories starting to appear for the 10.1-inch, 1280×800 slate. In fact, the accessory pictured above is said to be the same protective case whose existence was tipped by BGR earlier this week. According to reports from that site, the initial Sprint Xoom will only sport Wi-Fi, with WiMax support not coming until an unknown future date. That would match the pattern of the Verizon Xoom rollout, wherein high-speed LTE data won’t be available until well after launch. [...]
LG officially unveiled its first LTE-capable tablet, the Optimus Pad LTE which will initially be available in Korea. Alongside LTE compatibility, LG blessed the Optimus Pad LTE with a True HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Weighing 479g and measuring 9.34mm in thickness the LG Optimus Pad LTE features a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core / dual channel processor, 8.9-inch IPS True HD Display, eight-megapixel main camera at the back, two-megapixel front-facer, 32GB storage expandable with microSD card by another 32GB, HDMI, DLNA, 6,800mAh and Android 3.2 Honeycomb. No [...]
Well it seems that two can play at the same game Microsoft begun months ago in trying to pull more developers to the platform. Google’s Android team has just launched some online training sessions to help aspiring developers create their own magic.
Android Training is the name of the program, and so far it includes as much as 11 general sections, 34 lessons to help you get started. We’re not really sure how much of a developer you already have to be in order to not have a hard time following through these courses, but for a free price tag, you can’t loose. [...]