Panasonic Announces Two New “Rugged Strength” BizPad Android Tablets

Panasonic has made an official announcement for their two new BizPad Android tablets that targets business consumers with a need for a “rugged strength” device while on the go. Protections the tab offers include water, dust and shock resistance to ensure your business doesn’t come to a screeching halt while you’re away from the office. Plus, expanding the device’s power is made easier with an interchangeable battery pack for those extended business activities. Additional features include:

  • IC card reader/writer IC (in accordance with NFC)
  • Enhanced security features
  • Runs Android Honeycomb 3.2
  • Optional 3G

Panasonic’s 7-inch JT-580VT Series will be available this December and their 10.1-inch JT-581VT Series should be released in January; the cost of each has yet to be firmed up.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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Samsung announces Enterprise Alliance Program

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of SAFE, Samsung announced the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program which is an enterprise mobility ecosystem for Samsung and its enterprise solution partners. The program will allow enterprise solution partners to implement their solutions on Samsung mobile devices more efficiently.

There are four tiers of membership and depending on what tier, enterprise partners are provided with technical support for solution development on Samsung mobile devices, joint marketing and sales support through Samsung’s enterprise mobility website, and enterprise mobility focused events to ultimately develop business opportunities together.

“The Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program is a true testament to Samsung’s growing and influential enterprise presence and our dedication to facilitating a cooperative environment for our business-to-business partners,” said Ken Daniels, Sr. Director of Strategic Alliances at Samsung Telecommunications America. “Our new program aims to not only redefine the relationships between Samsung and its enterprise partners, but in doing so, to ultimately enhance the experience of employees and consumers who utilize our enterprise-ready devices.”

Full press release after the break:

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10e might be headed to the UK and Netherlands

ViewSonic has been going tablet crazy with the ViewPad 7x, ViewPad 7e, and ViewPad 10pro. Now it looks like they are gearing up to release the ViewPad 10e which will sport a 9.7-inch (1024 x 768) IPS display, a 1.3MP camera, and is only 9mm thick. Incidentally the screen size is the same as the TouchPad and iPad 2.

We don’t have anything else to go on, but it will run Gingerbread and it won’t be a dual-OS setup like the 10pro. We are not sure when it will be available, but it will be fairly priced at €250 ($340).

[via engadget and portablegear]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi Passes Through FCC

A little over a week ago we reported to you that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus would be coming soon with some nice spec upgrades compared to the original Tab including Honeycomb and a 1.2GHz dual-core. The 7.0 Plus has passed through the FCC’s testing which means we should be able to see one on the shelves very soon. There is no mention of a carrier radio here, but I’d have to guess that will be right around the corner as well. Anyone looking to pick one of these up when they hit or are you a carrier radio enabled tablet person only.

[via FCC]

Samsung ambushes iPhone 4S launch in Australia just days before Judge makes decision on Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban

Things have really heated up in Australia where recently Apple rejected Samsung’s latest offer to settle the dispute over the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This Thursday, the Australian court will make a ruling which could result in a ban of the tablet.

If that’s not enough, Samsung has set up a temporary store just two doors down from the Sydney Apple store. The iPhone 4S launches this Friday, but Samsung is giving away the Galaxy S II for $2 for the first 10 customers each day through Friday in an effort to cut into Apple’s launch. They are also promoting their new music subscription service called Music Hub.

This war shows no signs of slowing down as Samsung recently filed suit in both France and Italy in an attempt to block the iPhone 4S from launching, but for whatever reason hasn’t filed the same complaint in Australia. I would expect a filing to happen right after this latest judgement comes in.

[via smh and reuters]

SlingPlayer Now Available For Android Tablets

Sling Media announced today that SlingPlayer is now available in the Android Market for tablets running Android 3.0 or later. If your unfamiliar with SlingBox, this is a device hooked up to your cable at home which lets you stream your TV content to another device. SlingPlayer for tablets will cost you $29.99 in the market, but this software will give you the ability to use your existing cable service almost anywhere. You can grab the app from the market right here if you’re already a SlingBox owner and have a tablet. If not, check out the source link to see if a SlingBox might be for you as there is also an app for android phones as well. Anyone rocking a SlingBox at home?

[via slingbox]

Samsung Mobile announces SAFE Program for Enterprise customers

Samsung Mobile just announced a new program called “Samsung Approved for Enterprise” or SAFE. The SAFE certification will meet rigorous security criteria, and is configured specifically for enterprise use. Now corporations won’t have to worry about their mobile work force as they will always be safely connected to corporate applications and data while away from their office using Samsung smartphones and tablets.

There are four “pillars” SAFE which include:

  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) – Maximize flexibility. Samsung offers comprehensive MDM enablement to ensure efficient, scaled mobile deployments. Samsung addresses even the most challenging management and security concerns through relationships with leading MDM providers such as SOTI, Sybase®, MobileIron™ and others.

  • On-Device Encryption – Maximize security. Samsung offers AES-256 bit hardware-based encryption to mitigate the elevated risks of virtual and physical attack that come with widespread enterprise deployments. Samsung’s enterprise-ready smartphones and Galaxy Tab™ devices help prevent unauthorized access to mobile data by leveraging on-device encryption, including data on the microSD™ card.

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) – Maximize accessibility. Samsung works with several global VPN providers such as Cisco™, Juniper® and others to enable fast, secure and reliable global corporate connectivity. Samsung’s enterprise-ready smartphones and Galaxy Tab™ devices support protocols and authentication measures for better security and faster access for enhanced off-site productivity.

  • Corporate Email/Calendar/Contacts – Maximize efficiency. Samsung devices offer extensive support for communication systems such as Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®. Samsung SAFE devices support additional capabilities above and beyond stock smartphone and tablet operating systems. Designed to maximize the efficiency and productivity of large enterprise users, these devices are ideal for widespread deployment.

Full press release after the break:

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T-Mobile to Be Graced By Pair of Tablets: T-Mobile SpringBoard and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

T-Mobile faithfully looking around at the tablet-love that other carriers have been receiving can now rest easy; not one but two tablets will be gracing T’s shelves later this year. Of course, we had reported as much previously, but now it’s officially official, and we can espouse some details with gusto.
The Huawei-built T-Mobile SpringBoard will be a value focused 7-inch tablet, powered by a 1.2 dual-core processor and preloaded with Blockbuster on Demand, Netflix, and T-Mobile TV.
Second, we have the ever-popular Galaxy Tab 10.1, with some lovely bonuses like T-Mobile 4G, T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Blio eReader, Zinio, and demos for Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD and SIM City Deluxe.

No date or price was announced, but if our leak is to be believed, look for a November launch. Check in after the break for the full press-release.

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Motorola to unveil the RAZR (aka Spyder) on October 18

Motorola quietly introduced a teaser video on their Facebook page and sent out invites for an event on October 18 in New York City. The first thoughts that came to mind are the new XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition, and XOOM Family Edition tablets we have been telling you about, or maybe even the RAZR. It so happens that the image above was sent via email and was saved as “spyderlaunchinvite,” so it’s obvious that we will see the Spyder. The question is if it will be marketed as the Spyder, the RAZR, or even have some DROID branding (the red light in the picture hints at this).

It’s possible that we could still see the tablets as well since they should be launching in November or December. For now it’s just a guess, but we will be sure to give you the full scoop next Tuesday, or if anything breaks before then.

Teaser video after the break

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Toshiba’s AT200 ultra-thin tablet receives FCC approval

Toshiba recently unveiled their new Honeycomb tablet dubbed the AT200 also being rumored as the Toshiba Excite. The AT200 was recently approved by the FCC and according to documents only measures 7.7mm thin, making it the thinnest Android tablet on the market. The FCC documents show that Toshiba’s new ultra-thin tablet will be constructed by Quanta, the makers of Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

With a 10.1″ 1280 x 800 resolution display, this Android 3.2 Honeycomb tab will be powered by a TI OMAP 4430 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and sport 1 GB of RAM. The AT200 will be offered in three different builds: 16GB, 32GB and also a 64GB model will be available. The new Toshiba tablet is said to release in Q4 just in time for the holidays. No pricing or release date have been reported but the FCC visit means we will see more details soon.

[via FCC]