If you are in the market for a Transformer Prime, you will probably want the keyboard dock, but don’t forget the origami-style Smart Cover. It seems complicated, but yet so simple as it allows you to prop up your Transformer in a variety of different ways. I guess its accessories like these that prevent manufacturers from simply putting a kickstand on their devices. It sure is cool though.
We here at TalkAndroid often contemplate the future of smartphones, tablets and the Android Ecosystem. We speculate, chase rumors and often look forward to what can be. I, myself, like the idea of transparent, paper-thin phones and tablets as being the thing of the future. As of right now the thinnest device we have out on the market is the Razr. Samsung has a paper-thin idea that would make all devices now, feel like bricks.
While we are a ways away from this being a reality, the video Samsung put out shows what these concept devices would look like. This video shows a 3D AMOLED display on a phone-turned-tablet device. While I am not sure where, or how they would hide the technology needed to do this, I do have to say, this would be pretty awesome. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Is this the future of smartphones and tablets as we know it?
When the HTC Flyer was introduced earlier in the year, we wondered if it would ever see Honeycomb. Wonder no more because GSM versions of the HTC Flyer in Europe are starting to receive the update. So what about the WiFi version? Well according to HTC, we can expect it soon:
Ready for some ‘sweet’ news? The GSM version of the HTC Flyer tablet, available in Europe, is beginning to receive updates to Honeycomb beginning today! Honeycomb brings a ton of improvements to Android on tablets, including the latest version of HTC Sense for Tablet with enhanced Internet browsing, Mail, Calendar and more all optimized for the 7″ screen. Not to be outdone, the WiFi version of the HTC Flyer will receive its Honeycomb update soon, too! Stay tuned for more details.
Now we can move on to wondering if Ice Cream Sandwich will every land on the Flyer?
Wow time flies doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday since Verizon launched the true 4G network across the US. And since it seems like Verizon doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon, what better way to celebrate the 1-year anniversary than to tease consumers with some coveted info of a certain sexy new tablet coming out with two variations and a certain unmolested pure Android phone. To make a long story short, VZW is telling consumers to be patient, both devices will be out sooner than you think, though they still won’t give anyone a concrete date. Considering we’ve seen information of accessories being leaked out here and there– we could only assume it wouldn’t be too much longer that we could expect these nice toys to be a reality in the VZW stores across the country. Expect the Xyboard to finally “come out this month” and the Galaxy Nexus to be “coming soon”. Be sure to hit the break for the full presser.
It’s not as hot as the Black Friday price, but $299.99 with free shipping will probably be the cheapest the ASUS Transformer will be this holiday season. No, it’s not the quad-core beast Transformer Prime, but this is by far the best tablet you can buy for the money. We have no idea how much stock they have, so I recommend you order quickly.
The other day we told you about the CyanogenMod team bringing CM7 to the Kindle Fire. Well as of today you can too. However, this is a lengthy process (43 steps and use of ADB) and I suggest taking extreme caution by reading through the entire guide before you take on this task. According to the post, this is still an alpha build and some stuff doesn’t work. We reported before that the wifi wasn’t working, but both that and the touchscreen are working just fine. The sound and hardware acceleration aren’t working however. According to the post:
“- First, this method will require some knowledge of ADB.
- This version is very much an alpha build, and as such there are features that are not yet working, though most of the important stuff is.
- Wifi and touchscreen controls are reported to work just fine, however sound and hardware acceleration are not.
- This has been tested with firmware versions 6.0 and 6.1, but not on 6.2.
- In addition, there is no way (currently) to return to the stock software.
- There are likely other issues as well, but if you’re willing to test it then proceed.”
So, those of you that are interested in trying this out, I still, advise extreme caution in flashing this, and like with rooting and flashing on other devices, it does void your warranty. If you haven’t rooted your Kindle Fire yet and want to, you can go here. There is no way to get back to the Stock software as of yet, so again, extreme caution advised, have I stressed this enough yet?
If this doesn’t deter you from trying this out, hit the break below to download the files and for the install process. Those of you that successfully flash this, we would love to hear from you. How well does it work?
Did you know that as of right now you can get your hands on a 7-inch Android tablet that runs Ice Cream Sandwich for under $100? Well you can. Today, MIPS technology announced the first ICS tablet to hit the market with the availability of their $99 device. The 7-inch tablet operates at 1GHz by way of a MIPS-based XBurst CPU and uses a JZ47700 APU that together, create a 1080p multimedia experience that “adopts an innovative ultra-low-power pipelining architecture” designed for low power consumption. Battery life should be good with a minimal power draw of only 400mA during active web browsing.
Currently the tablet is only available in a 7-inch screen but the press release states that 8- and 9-inch tablets are on the way. The new MIPS tablet is only available in Japan right now, but will hit the US and other countries soon. All versions of the tablet will feature similar specs such as Wi-Fi, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.3, front and rear cameras, and a microSD card slot. It’s not uncommon to find such specs in a reasonably priced Android tablet but it’s always nice when Google’s Andy Rubin expresses his support:
I’m thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-Based Android 4.0 tablets into the market. Low cost, high performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android’s openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world.
There is no exact details on when the tablet will be available here in the states, but reports are showing it can be ordered now for $166 shipped to the US, specific locations may vary. Jump past the break for the full press release, the pricing and availability section gives details on where to place an order. Does this sound like something that tickles your fancy?
Well chalk this up as another tablet come and gone. Dell has pulled the Streak 7 from its online stores and the tablet is no longer available for purchase. As Dell pulled the Streak 5 in August and there is no confirmation that the Streak 10 Pro will see a U.S. release, it appears that Dell is re-evaluating its future in Android tablets. Even with an update to Honeycomb, sales of the tablet were lackluster.
Of course this also adds some weight to the rumor that Dell would be pulling out of the tablet market altogether. However, this doesn’t actually confirm that the computer-making company is pulling out of the tablet game, but it does beg the question, what is Dell going to do next?
Ok gang, who remembers the ASUS Padfone? You know– the cool tablet/smartphone hybrid we mentioned 4 months ago? We have some exciting news. The fine individuals at Engadget were able to sit down with Nicole Scott of netbooknews.com where she had some interesting insights on the cool device. Not only did she highlight the device will formally appear at MWC 2012 in February, but the device will be powered by one of those screaming Kal-El processors. Well– so much for that OpenGL benchmark we saw showing the Qualcomm MSM8960 SoC chip running the phone. Between the Qualcomm chip and Tegra 3, you can see it’s not that hard of a choice for ASUS to make. Maybe ASUS wants the Padfone to share the same chip as its scintillating new jewel? Perhaps.
Some of the more practical uses of the technology would the use of braille for the blind or even improving on the tablet typing experience by replicating the key textures theoretically improving overall typing speed. The demo video also shows a demonstration of how developers could incorporate the e-sense technology into games, adding another element of interactive fun.
If all goes well Senseg plans to make the technology available for device manufacturers in 2012. In order for us to reap the benefits of texturized touch screens, the manufacturers must be on board as it would be required that they use the technology when designing and manufacturing their mobile devices. To see this crazy-cool stuff in action check out CNET’s video with Senseg’s Dave Rice and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. I know that I would love to get my hands on something like the Transformer Prime running e-sense technology. Completely brilliant.
[via The Mobile Indian]