Acer Announces HD Iconia Tab A200, Available in January with ICS in Tow

With the new year upon us, we’re about to see an influx of new tablets and smartphones by the handful. Acer, one of the more affordable manufacturers, has just announced the availability of their next entry to the Iconia Tab line-up, the Iconia Tab A200. The new slate will be available in the US on January 15th and will be available in two different storage sizes, 8GB and 16GB, and will run $329.99 and $349.99 respectively.

As far as specs go, you will get a dual-core Tegra 2 processor that runs Android 3.2 with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display and it’s definitely worth mentioning that an ICS update is due in February. The tablet has no rear facing camera but is equipped with a 2MP front shooter for video chat and has battery life up to 8 hours. A microSD card slot is available for memory expansion as well as a full-sized USB 2.0 port and Acer’s clear.fi technology will provide DNLA connectivity to other DNLA devices for seamless media sharing. The Iconia Tab A200 is pre-loaded with the Tegra Zone Android app for access to Tegra-optimized games and a six-axis gyroscope will aid in advanced gaming.

I am sure we will get a better look at the device during CES next week so stay tuned for further info. To read the full press report join us after this break. 
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Motorola Seeks Out Lucky Fan To Join Chad Ochocinco At Super Bowl, Includes DROID RAZR & XYBOARD

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Motorola in conjunction with Chad Ochocinco are out to give one lucky individual an opportunity of a lifetime. Knowing that many football fans are also technology Android geeks, they’re looking to give someone a DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID RAZR in a contest. What’s the catch? You have to hang out with Chad Ochocinco and do some reporting with OCNN from the Super Bowl of all places. Yup… you read that right gang. Check out the video above and hit up Motorola’s Facebook page below for your shot for an opportunity of a lifetime, which includes two cool Droids I might add.

[via Facebook]

CyanogenMod Gets Amazon’s Silk Browser Working on Non-Kindle Fire Devices

Though Amazon’s Silk browser may not be a perfect fit for everyone and their smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the good folks over at XDA have managed to port the popular eReader’s new browser over to non-Kindle Fire devices.  Yep, we were thinking the same thing, these fricking guys can do anything!  And though the browser could use a few extra features, it still appears to have a decent fan base and loyal following, otherwise the dev community wouldn’t have thought it worthwhile to port over.  So far the browser has been tested on the original Motorola Atrix and the Droid X for starters.  We look forward for the extra browser alternative to hit other devices soon, so stay tuned to Talk Android.  If you’ve managed to get this working on your smartphone, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

[via XDA]

 

Get the “Waterproof” Pantech Element Next Week From AT&T for $299

The folks over at BGR have received a tip or two suggesting that AT&T will be launching a new tablet next week at CES. The tablet, the Pantech Element, will be the first to rock some AT&T 4G LTE speeds not at a kidney selling price and comes in an 8 inch variety. The tablet will run the latest variation of Honeycomb and will be waterproof. Okay it’s not the take your tablet and take pictures with it in the ocean waterproof but more water resistant/splash proof provided you close all the port doors.

Besides the 8-inch display and the water resistance it boasts the following specs: 
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Velocity Micro Set To Introduce Two New Cruz Tablets, Both Feature Ice Cream Sandwich Taste For Budget Minds

Velocity Micro tablets have long been a player in the budget segment. Of course as VM caters to budget-conscious minds, we’ve seen various examples of the tablets themselves being placed at the lower-end of the feature spectrum, which usually skimps on memory size and tops everything off with expiring desserts. With CES being a matter of just days away, VM is set to introduce two solid Cruz tablets. While the two tablets don’t quite match up specs-wise to quad-core beasts, they may attract more than consideration from prospective consumers. Check out the specs for the two Cruz tablets:

 

Cruz Tablet T507

  • 7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out
Cruz Tablet T510
  • 9.7-inch Capacitive screen
  • 8.9mm Thick
  • 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 Processor
  • 400Mhz ARM Mali GPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Front-facing camera
  • HDMI out

Those are pretty generic specs, but there’s one last feature that’s the highlight of the tablets: Android 4.0. Yes, you read that right— VM’s new budget-friendly tablets are set to feature Ice Cream Sandwich running the show. Those generic specs suddenly look more appealing with ICS, don’t they? Oh and there’s more, while we don’t know exactly what the pricing will be for the 10-inch version, the 7-inch tablet is expected to be priced around $150. The price is definitely right there.

There’s one teeny little detail that you should be aware of however– both devices do not feature the Android Market or Google Apps. The tablets instead feature the Amazon App Store, which has a pretty solid lineup of great apps. Nevertheless, while there’s no Android Market or Google Apps and still features some aging hardware, the tablets will no doubt appeal to many people. Look for the formal introductions and announcements of the tablets at CES next week.

[via Android and Me]

Samsung Says No on ICS “Value Pack” for Galaxy S and Original Galaxy Tab

Man, when the Galaxy Nexus was first debuted with Ice Cream Sandwich it looked amazing (still does). However you’re an owner of a Samsung Galaxy S or an original Galaxy Tab and your contract isn’t up for a while. Maybe it is, but you’re thinking to yourself that you love the Galaxy S hardware or you love that little tablet and that maybe if you hope really hard Samsung will grace your device with Ice Cream Sandwich. Well even with hope sometimes we don’t get what we want, as you well know, Samsung made it clear that the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab wouldn’t be seeing the awesome, new Android 4.0 OS. Well, that was until they back pedaled and rumors were flying about that these devices would  see it or that they may receive a “value pack” that would give the best features of ICS without the need for a full update instead.


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AppGear By WowWee Combines Physical Toys With Android Apps (Videos)

The wonderful folks over at WowWee, the company most popular for creating little robot toys, brings to the table in 2012 the ability to combine toys and action figures with Android applications for smartphones and tablets.  If I’ve ever experienced a strange or different “thinking out of the box” behavior before, this would certainly be it.  And I mean that in a good way assuming this trend kicks off and catches on well.  The action figures purchased come ready to pair with their own free downloadable application.  The applications can either provide virtual game play with the figures or an augmented reality game play on the smartphone and tab.  You can expect to see the launch of the new games early this year and they’ll go for around $9.99 to $19.99 depending on what model toy or platform you want.  To kick things off, the company will offer six different products which will include titles like Alien Jailbreak, Zombie Burbs and Elite Commander.  You can check out some of these titles after the break via YouTube videos as well as the presser.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of them in the comments below.  We’ll be covering more news from WowWee as we catch their booth at CES this year.  
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Samsung Galaxy Note Heading To Sprint?

The Samsung Galaxy Note has been a bit of a buzz lately in the mobile market and as AT&T is all set to score the device in the US, it looks like Sprint may be sticking their hand in mobile cookie jar too.  The folks over at SprintFeed state they have a proven source that claims the device is in route to the Now Network.  No release date was noted of course, however, it’s possible we could receive that information as early as CES next week.  The Sprint version of the device supposedly has the same specs as the AT&T version however, it’s possible there could be a WiMax radio on board.  We’ll be keeping an eye out so as to confirm that however.

Once the device is officially released, we’ll have to see how well it does in the US.  It’s still unclear whether the tablet/phone aka the Phablet, is a welcomed device in the mobile market.  We’d think it would be considering the announcement of one million Note’s being served and counting.  Personally speaking?  I would be all over that device like a fat kid on cake if given the opportunity.  Hit the break to check out some of the previous YouTube video’s and hands-on’s we’ve covered over the past several months and get your drool on right.   
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T-Mobile Starts New Year With A Bang With “New Year, New Phone” Sale From January 6th Through January 8th Only

The holiday season may be over, but that isn’t stopping T-Mobile from wooing you into a new phone. The mobile carrier has announced they are having a 3-day “New Year, New Phone” sale for this weekend only, which starts Friday, January 6th. The prices of the various devices are certainly bonkers too. You’ll be able to find devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G for $49.99 (with mail-in rebate) to the LG Doubleplay for the sweet price of gratis (after mail-in rebate also). Of course you’ll be tied down to monthly payments for any one of the listed devices themselves, but hey— a $49.99 Samsung Galaxy S II or even a free LG Doubleplay phone looks good to most of us around these parts.

[via T-Mobile]