I’m not sure if you remember the cool 7-inch ASUS tablet we got to check out at this years CES, the MeMO 171. This little device stuck out in my mind after leaving the show for one reason, it’s ability to use a the bundled Bluetooth MeMIC to make and receive phone calls through the tablet. Yes the 7-inch tablet actually doubles as a phone, and no ASUS doesn’t expect you to hold it up to your face. The included handheld accessory may have limited functions but when used just for phone calls while the tablet is in your bag, I think this one of the coolest tablet accessories I have seen yet. Some other features found in the MeMO 171 are:
- 7-inch Super IPS display
- 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB built-in storage, microSD slot
- 5MP rear camera
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- microUSB and microHDMI ports
- Android 3.2 (will be upgraded to 4.0)
- Integrated stylus
- MeMIC Bluetooth headset for calls
We originally were skeptical on whether or not this device would actually hit the market, but according to ASUS’ web page it’s a done deal. The MeMo 171 is slated for a March 5th release in Asian markets but no word on when and if it will see a European or U.S. launch. Hit up the source link below for further details.
via: Android Police
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While this is certainly good news as most folks have been patiently waiting since January with the roll out of ICS for the Transformer Prime and the previous announcement that the original would see it this month. It also puts to rest the rumor that the update would be pushed back into March. I will be spamming the check update button in the settings menu when I wake up tomorrow, what about you folks?
source: Asus’ Facebook Page
Well you have to hand it to ASUS. They were able to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Transformer Prime in early January, and now owners of the Original Eee Pad Transformer in Taiwan are starting to receive the update as well. ASUS had this to say on their global Facebook page:
Many of our Eee Pad Transformer TF101 users have waited patiently for the promised Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and we are delighted to announce that the first wave of FOTA updates for TF101 firmware v.18.104.22.168 started today in Taiwan. The update will FOTA in other regions soon after.
Although we will announce several new innovations at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, we take great pride in delivering on-going enhancements and support for products that are well into their life cycle.
ASUS originally promised a February / March time frame so things look to be on track as U.K. owners will see the update tomorrow. Moments ago, the U.K. Facebook page had this to say:
Samsung Mobile USA released a video on YouTube today of the Galaxy Note which focuses on it’s S Pen functionality (don’t call it a stylus). This ad does a better job at showing what the Galaxy Note can do than Samsung’s earlier Superbowl commercial. The ad states that the Galaxy Note is “the best of a smartphone… and the best of a tablet…” and that “it has a pen with a brain.” Riveting stuff.
Check out the video below and see what this 5.3″ beast can do with its magical stylus pen!
All you lucky Acer Iconia 200 users with your fancy new ICS upgrade from a few weeks ago will no longer be standing alone. Get ready to welcome Acer Iconia 500 and Acer Iconia 100 users to your club. That’s right, Iconia fans, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich builds have been leaked over on XDA. This comes as great news since the official upgrades are not expected until April.
Keep in mind, these are almost definitely not Acer’s final ICS builds, but reports are coming in that there are no major bugs and they appear to work quite well. Interestingly, many of Acer’s typical changes are not yet present in these builds… they are almost completely stock save for a few theme and color tweaks.
Of course, installing these leaks will break root, but rest assured root access will be achieved soon enough. So if you prefer a mostly stock experience, and don’t mind losing root for a little while, give these a shot from the source links below. Just remember to use caution when flashing!
source: xda (A500), xda (A100)
Okay so I’ve always felt that the Android development community was on top of their game, but this is insane. Hours, HOURS, after Asus released the bootloader unlock tool for the Transformer Prime developers were able to get Clockwork Recovery and a CyanogenMod 9 build onto the device. This only suggests that the development community for this device is about to take off and grow exponentially. If you’re wanting to install the custom recovery on your Tegra 3 tablet then follow the following instructions: Read more
With only one week to go until the 2012 Mobile World Congress kicks off, the rumours and speculation are hitting fever pitch. Android tablet trailblazers, Asus has decided to add to the frenzy today by giving the world a look at it’s forthcoming Padfone.
“Divided we stand, together we rock” is the catchy tagline chosen to emphasize the three piece combo of phone, tablet and docking station. The latest teaser shows that the Padfone has gone through a complete redesign when compared to the original leaks late last year. The original concept of a phone that docks into the back of a tablet remains however the new info suggests that Asus will also be offering a keyboard dock as per it’s hugely successful Transformer series.
The Padfone is a 4.3″ Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that docks into, and powers, a 10.1″ tablet. The tablet is set to be compatible with the TF201 keyboard dock from the Transformer Prime. The full technical specifications aren’t known at this point however I suspect we won’t have to wait long to find out.
The timing of the announcement is certainly opportune with the web awash with rumours that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is set be an all encompassing, dual-boot Operating System. Perhaps the innovative Padfone trio is exactly the kind of hardware Google has in mind whilst working on Android’s next big release.
Asus tells us that “1 + 1 + 1 = Endless Possibilities” and with their stellar track record in Android tablets, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing the combo in action.
Check out the teaser video below and be sure to keep tuned in to TalkAndroid for news from MWC 2012 as it breaks.
source : androidcommunity
HTC is bringing the thunder this year at Mobile World Congress and it looks like they’re enjoying a little teasing with the masses before the big event. The company’s Facebook page is touting the image above and we’re not really sure what to make of it. At first glance I thought it could possibly be their top tier device getting ready to debut with a 5-inch display however, that’s unlikely since we already know there’s at least going to be three devices. Another possibility could be that they’re actually gearing up to release five devices rather than three, but who knows? In any event, we’ll see soon enough for ourselves. In addition to the pic, they’ve supplied the following one liner:
“This Sunday you’ll discover something fast.”
What’s my guess? I’m guessing they’ll reveal their highly anticipated quad-core device and tout the fact that it actually has five cores where one will be primarily used when the others aren’t for low power consumption. But that’s just me speculating at this point, what do I know? Only time will tell as to whether or not their talking about the HTC One X (Edge) or whether it has something to do with the other devices they’ll be showing off like the One S and One V. In addition, there’s talk about the Taiwanese manufacturer dropping a tablet on us too. So, stay tuned to TA as we bring you MWC coverage around the clock. Feel free to speculate along with me in the comments below as well.
The folks over at B&N must feel pretty bad about how horribly the Nook Tablet’s 16GB’s of storage has been poorly allocated because they want to make it right with you. In very fine print, the company has stated that they will be allowing users of the Nook to come in and have their internal storage re-partitioned to a more reasonable configuration, allowing more personal space on the Tablet. As of now, the device offers 16GB’s of storage of which 13GB’s are strictly for Nook Store content. That leaves the consumer with a mere 1 GB of personal space to do with what they please. The decision came in light of the release of the 8GB model of which users had a whopping 4GB’s of the 5 GB’s available to them as personal space. The company added a quiet statement on their home page which states the following:
If you want to re-configure the internal memory of your NOOK Tablet-16GB for additional personal storage, you need to visit your local Barnes & Noble on or after 3/12/12 for help in doing so.
We’re tipping our hats towards B&N for taking the time to perform this daunting task for the consumer, as it shows where their business model lies, obviously with the customer. And we’ll take it. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Hit the source link for more information.
source: Barnes & Noble
via: Android Police
As it suggests 3G data, voice and text services are working just fine but users are reporting that they are also having problems with 3G connectivity. Similar to the outages on both December 7th and the 21st it has affected users frustrated. While those outages were explained there is no say as to what is affecting this current situation. Stay tuned and we will update the story as we know more. Are any of you users out there having these problems? Sound off in the comments below.