HD Widgets App Receives 2.0 Update, Brings Support to Smartphones

The ever popular Android tablet widget maker, Cloud.Tv, have recently updated their HD widgets App that used to only function on tablets. With the latest 2.0 update, HD widgets is now optimized for various screen sizes, extending the accessibility to smartphones as well.

All of the great features that you enjoyed on your Honeycomb tablet are still available: different backgrounds, in-depth weather forecasts, various widget sizes, lay-outs and tons of cool customization features to boot. Hit the download links below to see what all the hype is about and be sure to check if  your device runs on Android 2.1 or higher as that is the only requirement for the app. Not only will this app help you decide how to dress in the morning, it will also add a little pizazz to your device’s screen. If you end up giving it a whirl, let us know what you think! Be sure to join us after the break for a full press release and a bunch of good looking screenshots.

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Amazon Updates Appstore Ahead of Kindle Fire Launch

With the Amazon Kindle Fire release just over the horizon, Amazon has updated their Appstore to be more tablet friendly. The update to 2.0 largely focuses improving the on UI for better usability on the Kindle Fire but brings a few noticeable changes for smartphones. The Appstore’s old white background has been replaced with shades of grey, somewhat of a resemblance to the new Android Market. Additional settings have been added amongst the new the new layout which gives you the ability to enable in-app purchases, parental controls, and provides an easier view of your Amazon gift card balance.

If you don’t have the Amazon Appstore yet, you are missing out on daily free downloads that we report on every morning. Hit the link below to gain access to Android’s alternative application superstore, and jump past the break for more screenshots.

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Huawei releases pricing for MediaPad tablet and Vision Smartphone for the U.K.

We first heard about the Huawei MediaPad back in June when it was expected to be the first device to feature Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Huawei is now telling us the WiFi version will be available early next year in the U.K. for £275 (US$440). They will also offer a HSDPA+ (14.4 Mbps) version, but they are still negotiating with carriers, so we don’t have any pricing yet.

The specs include a 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, HDMI, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb.


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Samsung Unveils Pink Galaxy S II and Lions Baseball Edition Galaxy Tab

I an attempt to dabble in gender specific marketing, Samsung has announced a new pink version of the Galaxy S II for the ladies and a Lions baseball edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the fellas. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen such an attempt by a manufacturer, HTC did so with the Rhyme, and Huawei with the Tokidoki edition M835′s.

Sammy will be limiting the production of these new devices and the men will get more of a special treat rather than just a color change. The limited edition Lions tablet will come in special packaging and will include an official Lions jersey and autographed baseball. Sorry ladies, your special gift is the ability to accessorize with the color of pink, no charm dongle included.

Although the exterior of these devices may change, you can still expect the original amazing specs that millions have come to love. Either of these will make for a great new funky piece of mobile technology… if you can get a hold of one.

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Taptu introduces Taptu Fashion, Taptu Food, and Taptu Lifestyle apps for Nook Color and Nook Tablet

Taptu, a leading social media company, just announced the availability of three new fashion, food, and lifestyle apps exclusive to the Barnes & Nobile Nook Color and Nook Tablet.

All three apps feature custom user interfaces along with a stream of over 200,000 major media publications, social media sites, websites, and blogs. Users will have the ability to mix and match content and create their own personal stream from sites that interest them most.

The new apps also include Instapaper and Read It Later integration, which gives the user the ability to save articles to read later. Users also have the ability to choose between light and dark themes and the option for reading articles full-screen.


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The Nabi Tablet – A Kid Friendly Android Tablet Available For Pre-Order Now

Aww, isn’t this cute. A kid friendly, adult approved Android tablet. While this isn’t the first children’s Android tablet we have seen, App developer FUHU has teamed up with the worlds target toy store, Toys R Us, and created another budget friendly Android tablet for children. This time around we bring you the Nabi tablet. The Nabi is a tablet meant for fun and education and features a “kiddie” UI on top of the Android OS and allows the little ones to safely surf the web, watch movies, read books and have access to various educational applications. And after the kids have gone to bed, parents can commandeer the Nabi, enter a secret password, and unlock the tablet for a more traditional Android experience. Sounds like a gift with benefits to me!

The Nabi tablet has specs that may baffle some parents and could make some Android tablet owners jealous. The screen is a 7-inch, 800×480 resolution display and can playback video at 1080p HD. Pretty sweet, huh? Lemme finish. The unit is powered by a 533MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU that allows for 3D gaming. There is a 3,000mAh battery that supposedly provides up to 5 hours of non-stop Barney watching, or whatever it is these kids are watching these days. Your child we also be able to visit TalkAndroid.com to keep abreast on all the latest Android news via Wi-Fi, and a front facing camera will aid in video chat for those times when you are out of town on business.
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Amazon’s Kindle Fire Will Have Access to Android Apps but Not Via The Android Market

It appears that Amazon didn’t want their Kindle Fire to get lost in the hype of all the latest tablet news and released some new info with hopes to re-kindle the fire. After today’s Asus Transformer Prime announcement, Amazon dropped a new press release describing the ins and outs of its latest tablet endeavor, and yes, its Android powered.

Will the Kindle Fire be an Android tablet? Will we have access to the Android Market? These have been questions on all of our minds and the answer is yes and no. Literally in that order. The Kindle Fire is powered by Android but will be accompanied by a custom UI, unfortunately you will not have access to the Android Market with the official build of the OS (but you can bet the devs will cook something up!). You will though, have access to thousands of apps via Amazon’s very own market, the Amazon Appstore. Here, check out what Amazon has to offer:

When Kindle Fire customers across the country open their boxes next week, they will be able to choose from several thousand of the most popular Android apps and games, including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel and popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio. Kindle Fire customers will be able to download these apps and games without having to register multiple times and using Amazon’s simple and secure 1-Click payment technology. Plus, all apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible, customers can get a great “paid” app for free every day, and once you’ve downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, it’s available on Kindle Fire as well as your other Android-based devices.

So there you have it. Another official Android tablet. And this one is only $199! Any one pre-ordered yet?

Jump past the break for the full press release.


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ASUS officially announces the Transformer Prime, First Tegra 3 tablet, to be released in December

As expected ASUS officially announced the Transformer Prime today, the anticipated follow up to the very successful ASUS Transformer. If you told me in early 2011 that ASUS would be the king of Android tablets, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. With the success of the original Transformer, ASUS didn’t sit back as they now have the world’s first quad-core tablet featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 3.

It isn’t all about about the processor either because ASUS really designed a beauty all around. It’s ultra-thin at .33-inches (8.3mm) and it weights only 586g. The metallic design is sexier than any tablet out there. They even upgraded the camera. I know who uses it on a tablet, but if you are ever in a pinch, you will have an 8MP rear camera with F2.4 aperture and recording of 1080p video. The rest of the specs include a 10.1-inch IPS+ display with a 178 degree viewing angle, Gorilla Glass, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1.3MP front camera, HDMI, and micro USB. For battery life, you can expect 12 hours without the keyboard dock or 18 hours with the keyboard dock.


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NVIDIA unveils the Tegra 3 bringing PC-class performance to tablets and smartphones

We’ve been hearing about NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip for a while now, so it’s great to finally see it officially unveiled. If PC-class performance levels and better battery life don’t get you excited, nothing will. The Tegra 3 has 3x the graphics performance of the Tegra 2 along with 61% lower power consumption. What does all that mean? It means you can get up to 12 hours of battery life for HD playback.

How does it all happen? Well the Tegra 3 has a new patent-pending technology know as Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (vSMP). It includes a fifth CPU “companion,” which is designed for work requiring little power. The four main cores will focus on work requiring high performance, which will also consume less power than dual-core processors. So if you are listening to music or updating background data, the Tegra 3 will shutdown the main four cores and only use the companion core. If you are web browsing, multitasking, or gaming, the Tegra 3 will shutdown the companion core and use the main four cores.


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Atmel Wants To Change How You Interact With Your Device Using Their New maXStylus (Video)

Looks like Google is helping Styli all over the world make a come back.  We’ve seen a number of tablets like the HTC Flyer and its Scribe technology become a hit and even mobile handsets are jumping on the trend such as the recent Samsung Galaxy Note.  And thanks to the new developer features found in Android 4.0, users are about to get a whole new experience when it comes to interfacing with their devices.  Atmel is introducing their contribution to the Stylus wars with their new MaxStylus technology accompanied with what they’re calling “multiSense Functionality”, which allows you the ability to use the stylus and your fingers to perform multiple operations like selection and zooming in or out.

Atmel, who is already well know for their capacitive touch technology is looking to create the perfect companion for your smartphone and tablet.  Thanks to Android 4.0′s developer API’s, all sorts of operations can be performed, like tilt and distance axes along with pressure sensitivity and motion event properties.  And you can find several different tool types such as for use with the stylus, finger, mouse and eraser.  Pretty impressive eh?  Check out the video demo below of the stylus in action along with the new multiSense capabilities and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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