B&N Nook Tablet now has optional memory reallocation

We had told you it was coming, and now it’s here. Barnes & Noble is inviting Nook Tablet owners to come into the store and have their tablet’s internal memory partitioning reallocated. The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet has a spacious 16GB edition, yet it previously only allowed 1GB of its internal memory for side-loaded user content. There wasn’t much space for movies, music or other non-B&N content. The only way around that was to use a microSD card.

Barnes & Noble is allowing you to change this now, though. You can choose to change the 1GB reserved for personal content to 8GB, and leave 5.5GB for Barnes & Noble content. There will be trained “Nooksellers” in Barnes & Noble stores who can make this change for you.

This B&N’s explanation of the change:

Beginning this week, Nook Tablet 16GB customers who are interested in an optional reallocation of memory partitioning can bring their device to any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores, where a trained Nookseller can help them make the change. If customers choose to change the memory scheme, it will enable them to carry even more of their personal content sideloaded on Nook Tablet (8GB), and approximately 5.5GB of Barnes & Noble content. Of course, Nook Tablet customers can, as always, enjoy expandable SD slot for up to 32GB of additional capacity, and virtually infinite storage of B&N content through the free Nook Cloud.

So, if you like this memory allocation better, just head into your local Barnes and Noble store to take advantage of the free in-store support.

Keep in mind that contrary to the 16GB Nook Tablet, the memory allocation in the Nook Tablet 8GB is currently 4GB for your own content. The microSD card can be added to get up to 32GB more if you choose.

On a separate note, the free Nook for Android app has been updated. The 3.1 version of the app now has Nook Comics for Android tablets. You can access graphic novels, comics and manga on 7- to 10-inch devices with Android OS 2.2 or higher.

The update includes Nook Shop additions so you can add or edit your default credit card information or un-archive content in the Nook Library, among other things. Let us know how you’re feeling about the new B&N developments in the comments.

source: CNET

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Receives New Software Update, Likely To Fix Various Bugs

Well it looks like ASUS is right on cue as always. After previously releasing the coveted ICS update for the original Transformer tablet, the manufacturer realized the update was prematurely released, encountered numerous bugs like random reboots and had since promised it was working on a fix that would be released soon. Well soon is here folks and they have begun rolling out software build IML74K.US_epad-9.21.17-20120312 which will hopefully alleviate some of the bugs that were plaguing the device since the original ICS software update.

If you’ve received the update, let us know how it works out for you and tell us if you see any improvements in the Comments section below or better yet– our Forums. Happy updating!

Thanks Kyle!

7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Visits the FCC

It’s only been a couple weeks since Samsung announced their mediocre-ly spec’d Galaxy Tab 2, both in 10 and 7-inch flavors. Reports have suggested that the 7-inch version will see a UK launch sometime in March and a recent visit to the FCC would mean it’s right on track. Looking over the FCC documents, Engadget spotted some AT&T 3G radios but other than that there isn’t much additional info to be gained. We are still unsure whether or not Ma Bell plans on scooping up the tablet or if it will end up with another carrier. Either way you can expect both tablets to be offered on one of the carriers 3G network in the near future.

The new Galaxy Tab sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, ships running ICS, will be available in both 16 and 32GB variations, and will come with or without 3G radios. We should be hearing something more official in the coming weeks.

source: FCC
via: Engadget



News Flash! Tablets Are A Hot Item – 155% Gain between Q4 2010 and Q4 2011

Tablets are hot. The numbers don’t lie.  According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, worldwide media tablet shipments into sales channels rose by 56.1% on a sequential basis in Q4 2011 to 28.2 million units worldwide. That’s a whopping 155% increase  over the fourth quarter of 2010. Ultimately this all equates to a total  of 68.7 million units worldwide for the entirety 2011. The results have shocked analaysts and promped them to up their 2012 forecast to 106.1 million units, formerly a  forecast of 87.7 million units.

So where is Android in all this?

As predicted, Android gobbled market share in Q4 2011, thanks in no small part to the Amazon Kindle Fire’s resounding success. Android grew its market share from 32.3% in Q3  to 44.6% in Q4. As a result, iOS slipped from 61.6% market share to 54.7%. It appears the tables are continuing to turn. Looking ahead, IDC expects Android to continue to grow its share of the market at the expense of iOS.

Of course Apple won’t necessarily be hurting much. Tom Mainelli, the research director, had this to say:

“As the sole vendor shipping iOS products, Apple will remain dominant in terms of worldwide vendor unit shipments. However, the sheer number of vendors shipping low-priced, Android-based tablets means that Google’s OS will overtake Apple’s in terms of worldwide market share by 2015. We expect iOS to remain the revenue market share leader through the end of our 2016 forecast period and beyond.”

For better or worse, tablets are claiming the future.

source: IDC
via: BusinessWire 


Apple Says Samsung Is Not Complying With Judge’s Orders

And the never ending war continues.  In recent news Apple is accusing Samsung of not following orders issued by a judge to turn over all necessary source code to be analyzed by the Cupertino based company.  According to Apple, Samsung had “only partially complied with” the court order which mandated that Sammy hand over the goods including 4G handsets and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  Samsung had until December 31st to supply the code which they willingly offered by producing one version of code for each of the products accused of a patent violation, but withholding source code for other versions.  And with the new trial coming up in late August, Apple is claiming that there’s not enough time to seriously analyze any new source code that Samsung would provide so late in the game.  Apple states:

“At this point in the case, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code.”

Apple is now requesting that the court not allow Samsung to use any of the “undelivered” source code in their defense against Apple’s patent claims.  Apple is actually taking it one step further and requesting that Samsung’s undelivered code be “representative of all versions of that product.”  Stay tuned as we closely follow the two tech giants in their quest to dominate over the other.  So far, the two companies have filed 30 suits against one another on four different continents since last April.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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source: Bloomberg

9.7-Inch IdeaTab S2109 Passes FCC, Could Launch This Month

During CES 2012 back in January we brought to you a hands on video with the Lenovo IdeaPad S2110 that was announced at the event. While we are still waiting to hear on if this device will make it’s U.S. debut it appears that its cousin the S2109A-F has passed through the FCC and could possibly arrive sometime this month. This tablet will have Ice Cream Sandwich onboard as I assume most, if not all, tablets will have until the release of Jelly Bean. Besides that it will have a 9.7-inch, 4:3 IPS display, a TI OMAP processor and four SRS-ready speakers.

If the above diagram is any indication the tablet will have a microSD slot and will require a beefy 2.5A input at 5 volts. This suggests that the tablet will come with a 12.5W adapter and is a lot higher than the normal maximum of 10 watts. Could it mean that charging time won’t take as long? Here’s hoping. When the time comes it will be sold in Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Turkmenistan and the U.S. Does a 4:3 aspect Android tablet excite you? Let us know in the comment section below.


source: FCC
via: engadget 

Asus debunks rumour on £700 price tag for Padfone

It seems some tech sites had an itchy trigger finger this morning and prematurely released the speculated price of the upcoming Asus Padfone. The rumour doing the rounds was that the phone, tablet and keyboard docking station combo would retail without a contract at £700 ($1,090). Interestingly, most websites were spinning £700 as a ludicrously high price for the package however I challenge you to pick up a high spec phone, tablet and notebook separately for significantly less. It’s a moot point for the time being as Asus was quick to come forward and set the record straight by releasing the following statement : 

“ASUS is yet to announce pricing and availability of the ground-breaking and shape-shifting PadFone – anything to the contrary is merely rumours and speculation. We will be announcing details with our carrier partners in due course, so keep an eye out for updates on the official ASUS website and social media pages for more information as and when it is available.”

There we have it, those of you keen to get your hands on Asus innovative, new 3-in-1 combo will just have to wait a little longer to find out just how big a dent it will make on their credit card!


Huawei MediaPad S7-301c Gets Bluetooth Certified

Huawei, everyone’s favorite come-from-nowhere Chinese manufacturer, recently unveiled their quad-core MediaPad 10 FHD ICS super tablet. They’ve been getting major geek-cred recently with their many device releases this year. Now it seems a much more conservative mid-level 7-inch tablet, code-named the MediaPad S7-301c, is getting Bluetooth certified.

According to the Bluetooth certification documents, the tablet will feature CDMA2000 1X/EVDO support, 3G voice and data, Wi-Fi, and will disappointingly run Android 3.2 Honeycomb at launch. We can safely assume Huawei will most likely upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich soon after release.

Besides that, no other information is known about this 7-incher, though it seems it will be fairly stylish, according to the Bluetooth filing:

The HUAWEI MediaPad (MediaPad for short) is a new model of touchscreen information terminal from Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. The MediaPad supports 3G voice and data services and provides rich applications and experiences using Android 3.2, an operating system dedicated to tablet computers. It also delivers you convenient and high-quality network and multimedia services, making life better in work or at play.With a full touchscreen and an ultra-thin design, the technically advanced MediaPad has an original, elegant, and stylish appearance.

The Huawei MediaPad S7-301c will be released worldwide, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. No word yet on when that will be, or how much it will cost.

source: bluetooth sig
via: androinica



Deal Alert: Get the Original Asus Transformer (Refurbished) and Keyboard Dock for $329.99 at Newegg

You can’t be a good deal. Well you can when you make it one hell of a deal. The folks at Newegg are doing so by having a sale right now where you can get a refurbished Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Keyboard dock for the steal of a price of $329.99. Normally you’re looking at getting this combination for around $500+ brand new. As you all know when you get the device you’ll get a chance to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and depending on when you get it Asus should have the kinks worked out. I recommend jumping on this deal for this amazing tablet and dock as it’s surely to sell out quickly. Hit the source below to get in on this amazing deal.

source: Newegg

Totally Cool: Samsung’s Smart Device-Skin patent brings skinning to a whole new level

Most of the time the subject of patents can be dreadfully boring, but when looking at recent patent filings, it can give you a glimpse of what the future holds. We’ve already seen things like flexible displays, which could come to market by this time next year.

Another very interesting patent from Samsung is an invention that allows users to completely customize their smartphone (or other device) skin. Users will be able to take a digital photo or other graphic and electronically wrap it around their device’s skin or film layer that’s associated within the device’s display unit.

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