The KT SpiderPad is your dream Android phone, tablet, laptop, and gaming device all in one [Videos]

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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:

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Motorola Aims To Bring Two New Laptop Dock Models To Market By End Of Year

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With the initial launch of the Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T and its new innovative laptop dock, it was a big surprise to the company when sales weren’t where they would’ve liked them to be.  But why was that?  I can recall when the device was first announced along with its webtop dock, the word “innovative” was used for lack of a better term.  The device appealed to many and was thought of as a “game changer”.  Well, not so.  The price of the dock was too high and features were extremely lacking.  In addition, to this day, the dock is still a whopping $500 bucks on Amazon’s site.  However, Motorola wants to give it another shot.  How you say?  In a recent earnings call, Sanjay Jha had this to say:
… 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.

Motorola wants to create at least two other laptop docks appealing both to the enterprise environment and the average consumer environment with an emphasis on price for the latter and features & security for the former.  The devices are to sport better track pads and keyboards as well as be of a better build quality.  Here’s to hoping Motorola is successful with this approach because we’re not sure they’re going to receive a second chance at it.  Or is that a third chance?  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Hit the break to check out the original video demo of the Atrix in all its glory along with the laptop dock.  Maybe it will conjure up some hope for the new models.   » Read the rest

Verizon’s LTE Ready Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Is Officially Coming July 28th

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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.   » Read the rest

Asus Shipping More Than 400,000 Eee Pad Transformers Per Month

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This should come as no surprise to anyone that Asus is shipping more than 400,000 Eee Pad Transformers per month.  The company has literally “transformed” the tablet market and industry with this product.  The Transformer is a 10.1-inch Tablet running Honeycomb 3.1, in line to soon receive 3.2, houses Nvidia’s popular dual-core Tegra 2 chip set and docs seamlessly into a full sized keyboard such as found on most notebooks.

DigiTimes reports that they expect shipments to grow even further as we approach Q3 and could possibly reach as much as 500,000 units per month.  Asus however, is aiming a little higher.  The company reported that they hope to ship somewhere in the vicinity of 4-5 million of their tablet brands during the second half of 2011 with the possibility of 3 million of them being Eee Pad Transformers, according to DigiTimes.  Stay tuned here at Talk Android as we follow the tablet’s success into the third and fourth quarter of the year.  We expect as the device continues to favorably receive updates, its popularity will only grow.  Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.
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Gingerbread doubles current Android devices while Froyo loses grip

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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.

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ASUS 13-inch Android notebook may be in the works

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ASUS definitely wants to be a big contender with Android. The Eee Pad Transformer is probably the most popular tablet and they have announced some interesting devices for later this year.

Now news has come out that they may be planning a 13-inch notebook and the power and pricing could be more attractive than the Transformer’s. This is strictly a rumor, but launch plans supposedly have already been made and it will pack a NVIDIA processor. For the processor itself, only quad-core ARM SOCs were mentioned. Could this be the Kal-El quad core chip that is expected in August?

We already know that the Kal-El has been installed in a Windows 8 prototype laptop so this is not out of the question.

Rumor has it that we might be seeing a lot of $299 notebooks with ARM-powered processors in the near future.

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Amazon Releases ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Sells Out in a Matter of Minutes

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If you’ve been excited about the launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer…well, you apparently weren’t the only one, and we hope you’ve already grabbed yours.  Amazon made the Transformer available for sale in the US early this morning…and was sold out within just a few minutes.  Likewise, Target lists it as “unavailable” and BestBuy.com already has it showing up as “backordered.”  We don’t know how many were made available for this first-round release, but apparently it was not enough to meet the demand for the product.

Honestly, this isn’t that surprising, given that it’s basically a Honeycomb tablet that docks onto a keyboard to make a nice laptop-like device when you want that experience.  It’s a very cool device concept, and it’s priced at a VERY competitive $399.  That is, if you can find one.

Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted.

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Asus releases source code for Eee Pad Transformer

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Earlier this week we brought to our readers attention that the Official Asus Eee Pad Transformer website goes live with full specs. Now just 4 days later, we’ve got new information on this innovative Android 3.0 device that can transform from pad to notebook mode with an optional keyboard docking station.

Asus has released the source code on their website for the Eee Pad Transformer TF101. So if this code is something you’ve been hoping for, head on over to the Asus site and grab it. But for now if you wanting to get your hands on the hardware you’re going to have to sit tight.

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Official ASUS Eee Pad Transformer website goes live with full specs

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If you are looking to buy a tablet, you cannot tell me that you are not intrigued about the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. If you haven’t heard about it yet, it is a 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet with a NVIDIA dual core processsor. What makes it intriguing is that it has a physical keyboard dock. We have heard rumors about it being released on Amazon and at Best Buy next month for a price of $499.00. If this holds true, this might be the best Android tablet out there.

We have known about the Transformer for some time now, but they have officially released the full specifications.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer, packed with Honeycomb and more

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Asus, the leading manufacturer of motherboards, has introduced a new device to add to their line of consumer products. This one is aptly named Transformer.

The name does seem appropriate, given it ability to transform. The 10.1″ display featuring LED backlighting at a 1280×800 resolution can be detached from the optional keyboard dock transforming it in to a portable compact tablet. I will also be sporting Android 3.0 Honeycomb which was designed for larger screen sizes in mind. This is just another device I’m sure we’d all like to get our hands on. Hopefully Google will soon release that tasty source code. Hit the break for the rest of the story.

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