ASUS 13-inch Android notebook may be in the works

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.

[via engadget]

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

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.

[via engadget]

Asus releases source code for Eee Pad Transformer

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.

[via engadget]

Official ASUS Eee Pad Transformer website goes live with full specs

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.

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.

Intel looks to push into Android tablet PC market.

According to DigiTImes, Intel is working with 6 to 8 notebook manufacturers to push into the Android tablet PC market. Among them are 2 Taiwanese companies, Inventec and Compal Electronics. It is expected that they will show some of the new devices at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing next Month. If R&D does not go well, they may hold off until later this year at the Computex Taipei.

It was also reported that Intel has been working with Google on the development of  notebooks and netbooks. During the second half of 2011 Intel/Chrome OS solutions will be released. Samsung, Acer, and Asustek will be launching related models.

[via DigiTimes by BGR]

LifeTouch Note Android Notebook from NEC Debuted in Japan

The good folks at Engadget are reporting that NEC has announced their first Android-based netbook. NEC’s LifeTouch Note runs Android 2.2, has a Tegra 2 CPU with a seven-inch backlit screen running at 840×400 resolution, a 2 MP camera, SD and SDHC card slots and GPS capabilities. According to the source article on Akihabara News, the LifeTouch Note will come in three flavors:

  • WiFi, 3G enabled with 8 GB of memory
  • WiFi only with 8 GB of memory
  • WiFi only with 4 GB of memory

Also according to the source article, the WiFi only version weighs about as much as an iPad. On the software side, the LifeTouch Note includes NEC’s improved integration with photos in order to send them to SMS services, text or email in mere moments.

Prices of these range from 40,000 Yen (~$481) for the WiFi-only 4 GB model to 45,000 Yen (~$542) for the two models with 8 GB of memory each. No word as of yet on when they will be available for purchase in Japan — or elsewhere, for that matter — but we will keep you apprised.

[via Engadget]

Acer, Are You Phasing Out Netbooks Or Not? Apparently Not.

Apparently the last 24 hours have led to some uncertainty at Acer regarding the intention of their tablets. It was widely reported yesterday that Acer was aligning their tablets to phase out their very popular netbook line. Presumably, the Taiwan sales manager yesterday stated that they “…are aimed at phasing out netbooks… That’s the direction of the market.” Acer’s netbooks have been quite successful, and while tablets seem to be the way of the future, does that mean that there is no longer a market for netbooks?

Lenovo LePad With IdeaPad U1 Dock “Truly Fits the Mobile Lifestyle

Waiting for a device to bridge the gap between tablet and laptop? Lenovo has an option that just might appeal to you. The Lenovo LePad (is that French for “The Pad”?) is a slick Android 10.1-inch tablet that looks like it could be a nice iPad challenger. It’s going to run Android 2.2 and feature 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and will support Adobe Flashplayer 10.1. It appears to have a custom UI that Lenovo has placed on top of it, and judging from the screenshots, it looks nice. What’s more, you’ll have a couple of options available to you if you want to convert to a more “laptop” experience. It will have a very slick-looking dock with full keyboard available for it, although the price on that has not yet been announced. Or, you go straight for the full experience. If you’re willing to drop the $1300, you can get the setup you see above: the IdeaPad U1 dock will let you slide your tablet into it and it will give you the option to boot up in Windows 7 (or seamlessly transition between Win7 and Android, accord to the press release) for the more “traditional” laptop experience. Although the price tag is a little steep at this point, I love the idea, and I hope that it inspires more manufacturer to consider options like this.

No word on availability outside of the Asia market (where it’s on sale today) at this point, but we should see it hitting our shores in the near future. The tablet itself will run about RMB 3,499 ($529) and the IdeaPad U1 Dock will run RMB 8,888 ($1,342). I assume at that price it includes the tablet, but it’s specifically stated in the press release. As always, more info as it becomes available. Full press release after the break, and more pictures available at the source link.

NEC to showcase a wide range of Android products at CES

CES is just around the corner, and we’re already starting to hear more and more about what Android goodies will be on display. Tablets are likely to be a main attraction, and Japanese manufacturer NEC is slated to have a whole flock of new stuff to showcase, including a Dual-screen Cloud Communicator Tablet, Single-screen Cloud Communicator Tablet, and a Personal Products’ Mobile Notebook.

We’ll be on hand at CES to bring you the latest and greatest, so stay tuned. For now, continue after the break for the full presser.

Chrome or Android – Will Google Merge Them?

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There’s a convergence coming in the mobile OS market with respect to mobile technology, platforms and consumer demand. Google aims to capture the best of all 3 areas. We can see it happening right before our eyes. The popularity of Android OS on mobile devices, the announcement of Chrome OS and Google’s partnerships with manufacturers to build Chrome OS proprietary hardware.

After Chrome OS was announced last year, I’ll admit, I was pretty damn excited….in fact, I may have peed a little. That was right around the time I got an Android device and began to realize how deadly it was, especially after updating to Eclair. Now, I’m not sure that I have a real need for Chrome OS. I mean, won’t it essentially be doing what I’m doing on my smartphone already, with respect to cloud computing and application use?

Acer D255 Netbook Seen Running Android OS!

Android on Acer D255

The PC market is in trouble with the onslaught on tablets gaining popularity. How do you battle smartphones and tablets in sales? You install a mobile OS on a PC, in particular, if you’ want to make a good run at increasing your PC sales, you install the most popular mobile OS available…Android.

Here you see an Acer D255 netbook running Android. It looks like it’s Android 1.6, but we can’t be sure as they may have had to alter many areas of code to get it running on something that doesn’t have a touchscreen to begin with.

Google Interview: Future of Android

Over at LifeHacker Australia, one of their own did a short interview with Yu-Kuan Lin, Android Product Manager. Yu-Kuan was asked about things like upcoming projects, fragmentation, battery life, upcoming devices, and more. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Upcoming Priorities

What we’re really focusing on is how do we take the user experience to the next level. In the last year, you saw us take a step in the direction of hardware where we did the Nexus One which was really our experiment in terms of how far we could push the envelope in terms of hardware development so that it matches and can showcase all the great stuff on the software platform. Now that we have a lot of basic pieces of the platform done, the next step is really to improve the user experience beyond what it already is, so to really have a polished experience

Fragmentation

What we’re seeing happening in the market naturally is that the really successful devices are the ones that are on the latest platforms, because by having the latest hardware to show off the features, that’s what makes the phone stand out. I think through natural selection of the market if you will carriers and OEMs will start to note that and push the latest and the greatest.

Battery Life

One of the challenges of course with third party apps is that it’s a bit hard to control or mandate what they do — after all, it is an open system. That said, one of the things that we’re working on to improve that is providing better statistics and feedback to developers in general to know that their app is sucking up a lot of battery.

Upcoming Devices

The way we’re thinking about it is we want to make Android work great across a variety of hardware form factors and device configurations. Instead of targeting a specific thing, say tablets, we just want to make Android work great across a bunch of different types of devices and then let developers and hardware manufacturers utilise that to build different things.

A very good interview, all in all. To read the entire article for yourself, be sure to hit up the source link below.

[via LifeHacker]

Acer to release Dual-OS netbook with Android and XP

According to a very, very short (did I mention how short it is?) article at digitimes, Acer is expected to be releasing a netbook that runs two Operating Systems – Android and Windows XP. The Aspire One AOD 255 would retail for $370 US, and will be shown at the 2010 Taipei Computer Applications Show from August 5-9. Sources say that it would be the first dual-OS netbook publicly available in the Taiwanese market.

What do you think about this OS combo? let us know in the comments!

[via digitimes]

Augen Genbook 74 disappoints one reviewer

Over at Droid Dog, there’s an article up concerning the Augen Genbook 74 netbook (not to be confused with K-Mart’s new Gentouch tablet). The main focus of the article? All the reasons that one particular writer returned it within 24 hours.

While the netbook came in at $50 less than Gentouch’s tablet, the author does a pretty good job of summarizing the entire experience:

…comprised largely of unentertaining frustration. Just a lot of cursing and “What the…” type stuff.

As well as:

I would say that it should be in the toddler section at Kmart for $19.99 but I’m afraid it could turn a youngster off of technology.

Among the complaints, we have:

  • wifi
  • trackpad
  • youtube
  • keyboard
  • lag
  • video playback

Doesn’t sound like the best experience. But, I guess it just goes to show you… even the best OS cant make up for terrible manufacturing. To read up on the experience for yourself, as well as to check out an unboxing video, check out the source link below.

[via DroidDog]