It’s a joyous week for folks, as we have voiced our complaints about certain tactics used by big name technology companies and that they listened to the little guy. As you know, Verizon redacted their $2 convenience fee a few days after they announced it. Well Asus is following suit after folks voiced their complaints about a locked bootloader on the Transformer Prime. Today they released their official response to these complaints we told you about yesterday. You can hit the break to read the full press release but here is a bit of it:
“Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM client devices to be as secure as possible. ASUS supports Google DRM in order to provide users with a high quality video rental experience. Also, based on our experience, users who choose to root their devices risk breaking the system completely. However, we know there is demand in the modding community to have an unlocked bootloader. Therefore, ASUS is developing an unlock tool for that community. Please do note that if you choose to unlock your device, the ASUS warranty will be void, and Google video rental will also be unavailable because the device will be no longer protected by security mechanism.”
For those of you that are still waiting for your Transformer Prime to ship you may be a little more reluctant on signing for your package when it arrives. Folks and users who were able to successfully get their hands on this fancy new Tegra 3, quad-core device are starting to report issues pertaining to the device’s GPS. Asus’ official take is for you to turn on WiFi for extra location assistance, however a few folks smell what could be a coverup as Asus pulled previous mention of a GPS feature on the tablet from their official site. While the Prime was updated to fix some bugs, those customer complaints weren’t addressed and there is no telling when they will be. This is interesting news considering the WiFi issues it was rumored to have that also the the supposed reason the tablet was rumored to be delayed.
Well, as expected, the Asus Transformer Prime has been slightly delayed for Italians everywhere per Asus’s official Facebook page . Sorry folks, you won’t be able to purchase one as a gift for Christmas however, you’ll be able to reel one in as an after New Year’s present. The Transformer Prime has been delayed until after the holiday season and should be available sometime by the end of January. The company also has plans to release a 3G version of the monster quad-core tablet in addition to a WiFi version. One slight morsel of info that should assist in the long drawn out wait is the fact that the company touts the device will hit the market running with Android 4.0 (ICS) on board. So, as it was once thought that the device was delayed due to WiFi issues, it seems that plans for an OS update was more like it. But don’t worry for those of you in the U.S of A. as our version of the device is still slated for release during the week of December 19th. Feel free to drop a word or two in the comments section below.
If you’re not sick and tired of hearing about the most anticipated tablet of the year, then you might want to check out the video demo of the Asus Transformer Prime below. The Transformer Prime touts Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 chip set and comes packed with a slim as hell keyboard. Check out the hardware as the review gets close and personal with a detailed walk around on the hardware and a sweat tour of the software. Note how smooth the home screen is despite the busy live wallpaper going on in the back ground, courtesy of the doings of a quad-core CPU. According to the gentlemen reviewing the device, this is pre-production software and hardware. The device is currently running Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb, not ICS. However, if you want to see the device running ICS, head here. Again, nothing new with this particular version of Honeycomb but the video will give you a nice run down of the hardware for the ultimate appeasement. So, until December some time when this monster is unleashed, these videos will just have to suffice. Feel free to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below. Enjoy the video.
[via Android Community]
This morning, Lenovo announced that they will now offer its ThinkPad tablets with the Qualcomm Gobi 3000 chipset, allowing for connectivity on any network in the world via GSM and CDMA. You will still need to have a data plan provisioned by the carrier in the area that you want service, but at least you can be a jet setter without switching between multiple devices. The following quote pretty much sums it up, but if you want to read the whole press release, join us after the jump.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet will now offer Qualcomm’s Gobi™ 3000 technology, making it the first Android tablet that gives enterprise customers a single mobile platform for use throughout the world. The new offering eliminates the need to change hardware to support different carriers or mobile connectivity standards from region to region. With Gobi 3000 technology, ThinkPad Tablet users can easily connect to any major US carrier and stay connected with global roaming support when business brings them overseas.
For all of you Asus Transformer fans we have some good and bad news for you. The November 9th launch date for the Transformer Prime has been pushed back to sometime in December. Yes, this is a bummer dudes. I too was looking forward to some NVIDIA quad-core tablet goodness sometime this month.
But, on the other hand, the good news is that apparently Google is willing to help Asus in preparing the tablet so that it ships with ICS on board at launch. That’s cool, right?! We will just have to wait it out for about another month because you know the big G wants their Galaxy Nexus to be the first to arrive on scene rocking the new Android 4.o operating system. And by the way things have been lately, we all should be used to this waiting game by now… or at least expect it.
We now have some further proof to yesterday’s post about Barnes & Noble releasing a new color Nook eBook. B & N has sent out press invites requesting attendance for a “very special announcement” that includes breakfast as well. I sure hope they have a huge venue!
Most likely the announcement will be the Nook 2 and its proposed November 7th launch. Oh, and don’t forget that B & N is adding a new “Nook Boutique” within stores to help bolster the in-store hands-on Nook experience.
All this and just a week before the Kindle Fire starts shipping to people’s doorstep. What do you think, does Amazon have some stiff competition heading their way?
Well isn’t this a pleasant surprise? Looks like the updates just keep hitting the Transformer without a hiccup. The device has been gracious and generous enough to get regular updates, mostly due to its popularity, no doubt. And it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich will be no exception this time around. Asus revealed via their official Twitter account that the device will see sweeter days (see what I did there?) and to stay tuned for a date.
Coming to an @ASUS #EeePadTransformer near you… Stay tuned for dates
This does beg the question however, will the Transformer 2 come with ICS pre-loaded?
NEC unveiled a super thin Android netbook, dubbed the MGX. It has a 7-inch (1024 x600) screen, is 9.9mm thick and weighs 350 grams. It will also include Wi-Fi and HSUPA-based 3G.
The MGX netbook hinges allow for a 360 degree opening so expect the screen to have touchscreen abilities. They are promising 10 hours of battery life, but don’t expect this to be cheap. It’s expected to cost around 80,000 yen or $1,040. By the time production is finalized, hopefully that will come down. No word on availability, but we will let you know as soon as we hear.
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You have to love Android for the simple fact that there are so many form factors available. Manufacturers are continuing to see a need to combine devices with docks like the Motorola LapDoc, the ASUS Padfone, and even the ASUS Transformer.
Korean Telecom unveiled the KT SpiderPad at the IFA Conference, which might be the coolest Android device(s) yet. For starters, the phone has a 4.5-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage, microHDMI, and microUSB. Things could stop there, and most of us would be impressed. What separates this from everything else is it pretty much does it all. It can become a tablet, gaming system, and a laptop using accessories. Check it out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcHgSY3xYLo
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… I could start by saying we continued to do a lot of consumer testing of our webtop capability and we do the testing in enterprise. In both places, we see a lot of interest but believe it or not, the traction is actually greater for the webtop capabilities with the enterprise than it is with consumers. And what you will see us do is actually recognize that the pricing of our initial devices were little higher and you will see us introduce two tiers of laptops, lap docks rather. One in the lower tier to address the consumer needs and another higher tier to address the enterprise needs which the customers there are little less sensitive to pricing and much more careful about the capabilities that they receive.
A couple of days ago we wrote about how the LTE version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 was going to be available on July 28th. Well, it now appears that it’s official and underway. Verizon announced the availability of the power horse tablet and stated that you’ll be able to grab it via the web and in stores. The device will run you $529 for the 16GB version and $629 for the 32GB version. According to the presser, the device will come in metallic gray and glossy white. In addition, the tablet comes with a $25 Samsung Media Hub credit for the reading enthusiast at hand. Hit the break to check out the full press release from Verizon and don’t forget to let us know what you think. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the best devices to hit the market among other giants like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and Slider. The LTE radio on board is about to set this device apart and please a lot of Big Red users in the process. Honestly, I’m a little jealous.
Pie charts: admit it, you love them. Especially when they pertain to Android statistics. What’s that? You don’t? Well then… why don’t you have a seat right over there…
But, enough shenanigans. According to the latest poll of Android devices from the Android Developers Site, Froyo is holding strong as king of the Android hill, showing up on a whopping 59.4% of all Google-loving devices; However, that number is actually down from the previous 64.6 percent for the last couple weeks in June. The version picking up slack? Gingerbread, of course! Our tasty baked treat comes in at 18.6%, double what it was in the previously mentioned time frame. Honeycomb comes in at 0.9%.
What do you think of these numbers? Be sure to let us know what you would like to see on the latest devices in the comments below.
[via Android Developers Site]