Those with a fond attachment to their original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab take heart. Sammy has announced that they’ll be bringing the next iteration of the venerable tablet in a gradual roll-out across the world, starting with Indonesia and Austria in late October. So what kind of updates can we expect with the new Tab? Software-wise, we’ll be looking at Android version 3.2, a welcome Honeycomb update from the 2.2 Froyo that the original Tab is currently running. Samsung didn’t skimp with the hardware either: 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 Gig of RAM, 2MP front camera and 3MP rear camera, and two internal memory flavors at 16 and 32 Gigs. It’s also a mere 345 grams (.75 pounds) and 9.96 mm (.39 inches) thin. Still no word on pricing and nothing regarding date of availability here in the States, but given the Kindle Fire’s recent announcement, we’ll hope for “soon” and “cheap,” respectively. Full presser after the break. » Read the rest
The Xoom forums are buzzing with word of a new OTA update for Motorola’s WiFi edition tab. The latest build, #HTK75D, brings with it the new Market and still runs Android 3.2.1. If you haven’t yet been prompted, check for the update in your settings menu and let us know what you think!
What we have here is the 7″ Huawei 4G tablet headed to T-Mobile; fully loaded with IPS WVGA 1280 x 800 screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, Flash 10.3, 16GB of internal memory, dual-cameras and a 4100mAh battery. What’s more, there are a lot of rumors going around that the tablet may sell for $199 (on contract). While you should of course take that with a grain of salt, it would make sense after the announcement of the $199 Kindle Fire. The 7″ market has certainly had a new bar set for price point. Expect to hear more about this one at next month’s CTIA event.
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The wait is finally over! Motorola Xoom owners can now upgrade their tablet to the blazing fast speeds of 4G LTE. Beginning today, you can send in your device for the free upgrade and expect to have it back within six business days. I know it’s no fun being without your tab for almost a week, but will be worth the wait since 4G connectivity is a vast improvement over 3G speeds. I highly recommend the upgrade and it’s free!
If you have already signed up on Verizon’s website for email alerts you should check your inbox. Reports say the notice has already been sent out. If you haven’t received a notification yet be sure to check your junk/spam inbox for details on how to get 4G’d. If you haven’t signed up for the alerts head to Verizon’s website for complete instructions on how to get your upgrade.
If you have been waiting for the pre-baked 4G version of the Xoom it will be launching on October 13th for $499.
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It was outed back in July, and now it’s official. U.S Cellular announced the HTC Wildfire S, the HTC Hero S, and the HTC Flyer will be available next month.
The HTC Hero S has Android 2.3, a 4-inch Super LCD qHD touchscreen, 5MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front facing camera. Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and data plan.
The HTC Wildfire S will have Android 2.3, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, and 5MP camera. It will be available in grey and purple and will cost $79.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and data plan.
The HTC Flyer is a 7-inch tablet with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon single-core processor. It has 32GB of storage and you can take notes with the optional HTC Scribe pen. It will run you $199.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, along with a 2-year contract and a $54.99 data plan.
Unfortunately they didn’t provide dates so stay tuned.
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A new partnership with Motorola has secured a spot for Box.net’s cloud storage app as being preloaded on future Xoom Android tablets worldwide. The announcement was accompanied by news of additional partnerships with VMware, Ping Security and Salesforce Chatter also, however its mobile strategy seems to make perfect sense as Box’s service offers companies and individuals a cloud structure that keeps everyone connected with great ease from anywhere.
Box’s on-going relationship with HP, which made Box the only preloaded app on the TouchPad (with 50GB of free lifetime storage) looks to be going strong as well. HP’s Vice-President of Strategy and Operations announced this week that their business PCs will start shipping the Box app preloaded beginning with SMBs in North America with a future intent to go global.
Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to try Box’s services out yet, with the way they are expanding their market, chances are you’ll meet soon enough.
About two weeks ago we reported on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 clearing the FCC rumored to be coming to T-Mobile. T-Mobile has confirmed today via Twitter that they will in fact be offering the Tab 10.1. This should be awesome news for anyone not on Verizon and looking to snag a tablet with a mobile carrier. No other details were given besides to stay tuned in the upcoming weeks. We’ll be sure to post any details right here as soon as we get them. Anyone excited?
Today Asus rolled out the Android Honeycomb 3.2.1 update for their Transformer tablet. Updates are always fun and are generally an improvement to your Android experience. If you are the proud owner of a Transformer and haven’t received the update yet, press menu>settings>about> and check for a system update. According to Asus’s Facebook page, the update will bring:
- Security enhancement
- Added Farsi IME support
- Czech IME improvement : support Qwerty & Qwertz
- JP SKU fixed translation bug and Polaris office font
- Added more language translation into ASUS App
- CN SKU 3rd party app bug fix
- Polaris office & ASUS WebStorage update
- Browser with Adobe Flash improvement; ex: YouTube
- Browser force-close improvement
- Improve Wi-Fi stability
- Improve Chinese handwriting prediction : recognize character from each stroke
Samsung announced Wednesday that they’ve reached a licensing agreement with Microsoft over the sale of their many tablets and smartphones. Samsung has agreed to pay Microsoft royalties for all devices running the Android operating system. How much exactly will remain a mystery for the time being. Is it me or does anyone else find it’s odd that Microsoft makes more money from license agreements and patent infringement deals off of Android than they do actually selling their own Windows Phone devices?
REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.
“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”
“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
And if you’ll recall, Samsung wasn’t the only company to enter the cross-hairs of Microsoft’s scope. They also have an agreement underway with Acer and Viewsonic for other Android violations. I would really love to have been a fly on the wall in the corporate offices of Microsoft when they rolled out Plan B, should Windows Phone not do well, and that is to sue everyone and rake in as much as possible from the innovation of others.
We’ve gotten some great news on the Amazon Kindle Fire today including its Silk browser. What is it exactly you ask? Well basically, the browser will share a web page’s loading workload between the Kindle device itself and servers out in the cloud. Sounds pretty cool right? Check out the video above for full details on how this works. At $199 launching on Nov. 15th, the Kindle Fire is a sure holiday season winner that’s for sure. Hit us up with your thoughts.