If you’re a Samsung Galaxy Note owner, you may have been looking forward to this news for a long time. Sammy has announced it will offer a “Premium Suite software upgrade” in Q2 for owners of that device. The upgrade will not only bring extra multimedia features and a range of S Pen-optimized applications, it will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the device as well.
Of course most of you will care solely about the addition of Android 4.0. That means users will be treated to not only a redesigned UI, but they’ll be treated to an assortment of features including Facial Unlock, Snapshot and of course the full use of Android Beam. Android Beam will be especially welcome since you can you know, share music and stuff with your Galaxy Nexus bretheren.
The Galaxy Note-exclusive apps are intriguing ones too. For starters, there’s the S Note application which “lets you combine your notes or sketches with other digital content, giving you a new way to create your own stories.” Then there’s My Story which “allows you to create personalized digital cards for friends or family using any type of content including notes, video content, photos, text or voice.” And finally, of course– there’s Angry Birds Space which you’ve been salivating over for some time now. That means soon enough, you won’t be teased anymore and you’ll finally be able to play the exciting game using the S Pen and of course, play the Galaxy Note-exclusive level.
Hit the break for the full presser from Sammy.
Earlier this month we brought you shots of a non-working, Tegra-3-powered 13.3-inch Toshiba tablet prototype that was displayed during a U.K. Toshiba conference. Now, German site TechFokus brings us a quick video walk-through of the Toshiba AT330, another 13.3-inch prototype tablet, this one with a built-in TV tuner complete with a retractable antenna.
It’s entirely possible that this working prototype is the same model as the previous non-working one, but with a bit more polish. Toshiba says it is still just a prototype and not yet a consumer device, though I have to admit, this is one of the better looking and fully functioning non-consumer devices I have ever seen.. Toshiba is smartly gauging consumer reaction to a tablet of this enormity. The last thing a manufacturer wants is to pour money into an unproven form factor.
The AT330 is running Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich on a Tegra 3 quad-core processor. No direct information on the resolution, but it seems to be pushing something like 1920 x 1200 pixels on an LCD display. This model has 32GB of built-in memory, with a full size SD card slot (not microSD). It also has HDMI-out, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Sounds like it’s consumer-ready to me.
Check out the hands-on video after the break.
Well look at what we have here… an update to Comcast’s XFINITY TV app that gives us full Ice Cream Sandwich support! It’s been about a month since the last update, which added some basic but useful features such as auto-detecting your channel lineup, and accessing favorite and recent channels. The release notes for this latest update simply states the following:
What’s in this version:
- Ice Cream Sandwich support for tablets and handsets
- Minor bug fixes
This means that users with an ICS device (including tablets) can now play. Unfortunately, this update still does NOT get us streaming video of any kind, a feature currently exclusive to the iOS version of the app. Why, Comcast? Your newly launched Streampix service had me excited until I saw that you only support mobile streaming to an iOS device… no little green robot love :-(
My disappointment aside, the app is actually pretty good for what it does offer. See a screenshot of it running on my Xoom, and download it from the Play Store after the break.
It looks like the stylus is making a come back. Samsung first released the Galaxy Note phone/tablet hybrid (I have a hard time using the word phablet) with its own fancy stylus. Then we saw Olivetti’s Graphos tablet yesterday show off its stylus support. Samsung appears to be at it again with a new device making its way to the FCC. This time it’s a Mobile Pen that will connect to the host device via Bluetooth. The filings that were approved today don’t have details on what the pen can or will be able to do but it appears that it will be able to send and receive data, like pressure information, to the host device.
This pen could be used to increase the capabilities of the announced Galaxy Note 10.1 as it currently has an S-Pen with no wireless capabilities. There is also a chance that it could bring stylus capabilities to the current Galaxy Tabs. Although Samsung is keeping this new Bluetooth accessory under wraps and hasn’t gone as far as announcing anything yet.
Let’s hope they announce it soon because while some of you folks out there may not, I love having the use of a stylus and with the pressure sensitivity capabilities it might be a valuable tool for those who use their tabs for business. We’ll have to wait and see though. As usual, keep it locked here for all your Android needs!
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Japanese electronics company Sharp Corporation is soon to be releasing their very own 10.1-inch Android tablet to accompany their 7-inch varieties. The RW-T110 will ship out baked with Gingerbread as well as a 1GHz TI OMAP processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and will be equipped with NFC technology. It will also sport a 6,240 mAh battery with claims of up to 9 hours of continuous use. Sharp plans to begin shipping units for a March 27 launch in Japan with no word yet whether we will be seeing this average tablet stateside anytime soon. It’s great to see more and more companies adopting Android, however if you are somewhat late to the game, presenting older software and hardware is probably not the best way to establish your place in this fast paced industry. What do you guys think?
Last week we mentioned that the ARCHOS G9 series tablets received a nice “Turbo” upgrade, bringing their OMAP 4 processors up to 1.5Ghz and ICS straight from the factory. At the time I wrote that article, both the 80 G9 and 101 G9 had limited availability and could only be ordered from the European ARCHOS website. Well today the folks from Archos dropped us a line to let us know that they finally have both slates in stock here in the U.S. and if you order soon they will include free ground shipping as well. The 80 G9 starts at $269.99 and the 101 G9 begins at $329.99. Both tablets are Google Play certified and are capable of full HD 1080p resolution. Hit up the source links for more details.
Archos 80 G9
Archos 101 G9
While most of us really haven’t heard much in regards to European technology companies that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be paying attention to them. Olivetti, an Italian computer manufacturer, unveiled two tablets that should at least entice European folks. While newer to the tablet game, they started making them last year, they may have found their stride with the OliPad Graphos and OliPad Tegra 3 tablets.
The OliPad Tegra 3 will feature, as you probably guessed it, an Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 10-inch IPS (1280 x 800 resolution) display. It will have NFC built in and an option for 3G connectivity. WiFi connectivity will also be built in but details about RAM, on-board storage or any other technical detail is still under wraps. It’s cousin, The OliPad Graphos will have an 8-inch screen (1024 x 768 resolution) and will come with stylus support. Which will be quite helpful in playing those rounds of Draw Something. It will weigh in at 1.32 pounds (600 grams) and sport a Tegra SoC 2 processor. Read more
T-Mobile and Vivox have extended their popular Bobsled calling app for smartphones and has now made it available for Tablets on the Play Store. The application is completely free and offers you the opportunity to dial a friend on your big screened tablet at no cost. The application allows you to log into your Facebook account and connect with family or your buddies with the simple tap of a button. You can call, chat or leave a voice message to anyone in the US, Canada and even Puerto Rico. One can also call a land line and talk up to 75 min per call. And any calls made from Bobsled-to-Bobsled uses high-definition audio during your conversation. If you’re ready to try it out on your tablet you can hit the break for the download links and qr code. Don’t forget to check out the pics and video of the app in action as well and let us know what you think in the comments below. Read more
Call of Duty ELITE is a premium service for players of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Activision launched a mobile app for ELITE members on iOS and Android, and it has been installed over 2 million times. With the success of the smartphone app, Activision is now working on a tablet version for both platforms.
According to Activision Product Director Noah Heller, they are “working on the tablet app right now, I can’t tell you much about it but what I can tell you is that it will be a truly native, customized application for the tablet, it’s not just a simple port.”
Optimized for a tablet’s larger screen, the app will most likely feature all the features of the smartphone app, and Heller didn’t deny the possibility of having live Heat Maps on the tablet while playing the game on your console or PC. You’ll need an ELITE account and a copy of Modern Warfare 3 on your console or computer to use the app. No other information is currently available, but we’ll be sure to post any news as we hear it.
Any ELITE members with tablets looking forward to this? Leave a comment!