We here at TalkAndroid often contemplate the future of smartphones, tablets and the Android Ecosystem. We speculate, chase rumors and often look forward to what can be. I, myself, like the idea of transparent, paper-thin phones and tablets as being the thing of the future. As of right now the thinnest device we have out on the market is the Razr. Samsung has a paper-thin idea that would make all devices now, feel like bricks.
While we are a ways away from this being a reality, the video Samsung put out shows what these concept devices would look like. This video shows a 3D AMOLED display on a phone-turned-tablet device. While I am not sure where, or how they would hide the technology needed to do this, I do have to say, this would be pretty awesome. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Is this the future of smartphones and tablets as we know it? Read more
Wow time flies doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday since Verizon launched the true 4G network across the US. And since it seems like Verizon doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon, what better way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary than to tease consumers with some coveted info of a certain sexy new tablet coming out with two variations and a certain unmolested pure Android phone. To make a long story short, VZW is telling consumers to be patient, both devices will be out sooner than you think, though they still won’t give anyone a concrete date. Considering we’ve seen information of accessories being leaked out here and there— we could only assume it wouldn’t be too much longer that we could expect these nice toys to be a reality in the VZW stores across the country. Expect the Xyboard to finally “come out this month” and the Galaxy Nexus to be “coming soon”. Be sure to hit the break for the full presser. Read more
It’s not as hot as the Black Friday price, but $299.99 with free shipping will probably be the cheapest the ASUS Transformer will be this holiday season. No, it’s not the quad-core beast Transformer Prime, but this is by far the best tablet you can buy for the money. We have no idea how much stock they have, so I recommend you order quickly.
No this isn’t the official confirmation we’re all waiting for, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. XDA member, robertlawson225, has uploaded some rather exciting photos of the
Jump past the break for more pictures.
Well chalk this up as another tablet come and gone. Dell has pulled the Streak 7 from its online stores and the tablet is no longer available for purchase. As Dell pulled the Streak 5 in August and there is no confirmation that the Streak 10 Pro will see a U.S. release, it appears that Dell is re-evaluating its future in Android tablets. Even with an update to Honeycomb, sales of the tablet were lackluster.
Of course this also adds some weight to the rumor that Dell would be pulling out of the tablet market altogether. However, this doesn’t actually confirm that the computer-making company is pulling out of the tablet game, but it does beg the question, what is Dell going to do next?
A couple of days ago we mentioned that Verizon stores were receiving a few Motorola XYBoard tablet accessories and now it looks like a couple more Galaxy Nexus goodies have arrived as well. As soon as you can get your hands on this new beauty of a phone (when they finally decide to release it), you might want to check these out.
There is a “Power and Protection Package” that includes a black hard case and holster with built in kickstand (similar to the RAZR’s), a universal car charger with extra USB charging port, and three screen protectors for $49.97. The “Spare Battery Charging Kit” looks to be the real gem out of the two and includes a spare 1850mAh battery with charger, and a dual USB cable so you can charge the spare battery and your Galaxy Nexus Simultaneously. According to the photos, retail price for the spare battery set-up appears to be $39.99, and with LTE’s notorous excessive battery drain, that might be money well spent.
We are still crossing our fingers for the rumored Galaxy Nexus release this Friday, Dec 9th, and we will let you know once we get some official confirmation. Jump past the break for some more accessory photos. I know this is kind of a tease but at least this means we should be getting close. Read more
Another day, another set of rumors regarding Verizon’s release dates for their upcoming Android devices. Yes– I am sure you are all sick of these ever-changing dates, but we have some new updates. As it stands, this looks to be the almost-certain set of release dates:
Galaxy Nexus – December 9th
DROID 4 – December 22nd
DROID RAZR (White) – “Mid-December”
DROID XYBoard – December 12
Be sure to stay tuned with Talk Android folks. As soon as we have any news or updates, we’ll be sure to share them with you.
[via Droid Life]
Damn. I hope you weren’t one of the people who pre-ordered a Transformer Prime from Amazon this past week! If you were, then you probably already know why I am concerned. Based on emails that were sent out to those who recently placed pre-orders, it looks like Amazon over promised stock and had to cancel a bunch, citing a “lack of availability from suppliers.” That sucks! It’s hard to say if ASUS wants to limit the amount of tablets that goes through Amazon, or if they simply can’t/haven’t produced enough product to go around. Last time this happened with the OG Transformer because ASUS couldn’t crank them out fast enough. You would think that they would have learned their lesson, especially knowing they were going to release the first quad-core tablet to the market.
If you placed a pre-order already and haven’t received the above email then it’s safe to assume your OK. If the Transformer Prime was something you were hoping to pick up as a Christmas gift then you may want to check out Best Buy or CompUSA’s pre-order situation or maybe even Game Stop’s. Good luck and feel free to let out your frustrations in the comments below.
[via Droid Life]
The Amazon Kindle Fire was released with high expectations. How could it not be one of the hottest items this Holiday season priced at $199.99? The real question is how well it will do against the iPad, everyone’s measuring stick. Unfortunately these two devices are completely different, but the Kindle Fire has the ability to get into more hands of mainstream Americans since it costs $300 less.
The results are starting to show as Best Buy is showing the Kindle Fire as the best selling tablet. Is this a shocker to anyone? It all comes down to price and with a name like Amazon the Kindle Fire will have continued success. Eventually Android will take over iOS for tablet market share, and the Kindle Fire will be one of the biggest contributing factors even though it’s not marketed as an Android device.
About two months ago, the Galaxy Nexus showed up in the Verizon Cellebrite system, but it was called the Nexus Prime. It has appeared again, this time with the same model number, SCH-i515, but now it’s called by its proper name, the Galaxy Nexus. What does any of this mean? Everyone will tell you that we are that much closer to a launch, but seriously, we saw it 2 months ago. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that we have another 2 months to go.
For whatever reason, Verizon is really dragging this one out. Maybe its because of a software update or maybe its to sell more DROID RAZR’s, but we’re all praying that December 8 will be the date (or possibly December 11). Unfortunately until we get confirmation, the only thing any of this means is that it exists, nothing more.