The popular phone tablet dubbed “phablet” by some was recently launched over the weekend in Germany and Samsung has provided a few more details as to who’s getting the monster 5.3-inch device next. Check out the list below and if your carrier is on it, go celebrate. Because though some find the device to be in a confusing market and target a confusing demographic, I”ve seen nothing but positive feedback regarding the monstrous handset and all of its features. And with the occasional “damn, that thing is big” most people are giving it a warm welcome. Personally, if that device makes its way into the US on any of the four major carriers, I can’t be held responsible for how I will act :) Expect the device to launch across the UK and Europe on a number of carriers between now and Nov 25th.
- Germany (out now) – Vodafone, DT, O2
- Netherlands (Nov. 1) – KPN, Vodafone
- Belgium (Nov. 1) – KPN, Vodafone
- United Kingdom (Nov. 2) – Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U, O2
- France (Nov. 2) – SFR, TPH
- Poland (Nov. 4) – Plus, Mediamarkt
- Hungary (Nov. 4) – Panon
- Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia (Nov. 5) – Swisscom, MOT, Three, Mobitel, SIM-free
- Spain (Nov. 7) – Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange
- Italy (Nov. 10) – Vodafone, Three, TIM
- Portugal (Nov. 10) – Fnac, Worten, TPH, TMN
- Greece (Nov. 11) – Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind, SIM-free
- Romania, Bulgaria (Nov. 14) – Vodafone, M-Tel, Globul, Vivacom, SIM-free
- Lithuania (Nov. 14) – Omnitel, LMT, EMT
- Finland, Denmark, Sweden (Nov. 22) – Telia, Telenor, TPH, Elkjop, DNA
- Croatia, Serbia (Nov. 23) – Telenor, VIP, TOP
- Czec Republic (Nov. 25) – XSK, VDF, XEZ, ORS
[via Android Central]
Well, better late than never I always say. Looks like the European version of the Motorola Xoom, the WiFi version will be getting a little bump to Android’s Honeycomb 3.2 after all. If you reside in any of the following areas and own a Xoom, keep a sharp look out for the update on your device.
In addition to the 3.2 Honeycomb update, Motorola will be tossing in their very own MOTOPRINT printing app which allows you to print docs and the like over Wifi. Furthermore, powerful applications like the full version of Quickoffice will be added for the ultimate productivity buster. Check out the press release below after the break for all of the juicy details and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. We know, we know….”it’s about time!”
According to a Q3 investor document from ASUS, they have listed their new Transformer Prime as coming November 9. Unfortunately we don’t know if that’s a release date or when it will be officially announced, but I am expecting the latter. We have already seen the keyboard dock leak so we are definitely close.
You will also notice that they have confirmed Ice Cream Sandwich and a Quad-core processor which is the Tegra 3. They also mention two other devices scheduled for Q1 2012. Could that be the Padfone and a followup to the Slider?
Another day, another announcement of a device getting a major software update. Verizon has announced the i800.E104 software update for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. In addition to Gingerbread 2.3.5, the software update will include improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality and a new Download Manager App among the noteworthy features. There’s no word on when exactly the update will be available, but it should arrive very soon.
Full change log after the break:
We now have some further proof to yesterday’s post about Barnes & Noble releasing a new color Nook eBook. B & N has sent out press invites requesting attendance for a “very special announcement” that includes breakfast as well. I sure hope they have a huge venue!
Most likely the announcement will be the Nook 2 and its proposed November 7th launch. Oh, and don’t forget that B & N is adding a new “Nook Boutique” within stores to help bolster the in-store hands-on Nook experience.
All this and just a week before the Kindle Fire starts shipping to people’s doorstep. What do you think, does Amazon have some stiff competition heading their way?
Barnes & Noble’s Nook line of eBook’s have been fairly popular with consumers, not only as a digital book but as an affordable tablet capable of running the Android OS. Sources say that the newest version of the device, the Nook 2, will beat Amazon’s Kindle Fire to market and will arrive in stores on November 7th. Along with the new unit, Barnes & Noble is said to revamp their stores adding a new “Nook Boutique” equipped with the latest technology and updated marketing materials. Leaks suggest that the new Nook section will be laden with LED TV’s and numerous working Nook display models giving the customer the opportunity to try out the device and make a purchase right on the spot.
Sources close to The Digital Reader say they have confirmed all but price and specs on the new unit, the store re-model and device landing are scheduled for November 7th. With no confirmed hardware details you can expect the Nook 2 to be relatively un-upgraded in order to keep price low and compete with the Kindle Fire. While it could have a slightly improved display or moderately improved processor, I wouldn’t expect any earth shattering specs here. The competition eBook’s would reflect that being lighter, thinner and a lower price point is the way to a customers heart. The possibility for root and Android goodness doesn’t hurt either!
[via The Digital Reader]
Bummer news for those who were hoping to pick up a new HP TouchPad at fire sale prices only so you could port some Android goodness onto it. It looks as though the future is grim for the TouchPad and it has reached the end of it’s production.
With the majorly successful fire sale that HP had, all TouchPads at the discounted rate disappeared almost instantly. Although you can still find them places at full retail price, there was always the hope that HP would magically replenish stock and continue to sell the TouchPad at the discounted rates. HP even had a sign up page on their website leading consumers to believe that the TouchPad may eventually be resurrected.
Even a full-fledged Android novice could tell you about Gorilla Glass, the high strength glass used as a protective cover for touch screens that offer superior scratch resistance and unbelievable durability. Corning Incorporated, the developer responsible for its technology (and as a side effect, countless YouTube videos featuring people wielding household items like keys and screwdrivers against their GG-clad devices) has now announced the launch of a new display material called Lotus Glass.
Corning released a statement this week saying that the new material provides more “thermal and dimensional stability”, which is greatly needed in order to endure the harsh conditions of repeated heating and cooling cycles required as part of the process of attaching high-res displays. Aimed for use with LCD and OLED screens, Corning says Lotus Glass will enable them to create screens with “higher resolution and faster response times.”
As this particular technology continues to evolve, I can’t help but to look forward to a brand new slew of viral videos showing confident consumers displaying their LG-clad devices holding up against sharp household objects in much, much higher resolution.
The Samsung Galaxy Note, that device that has been lurking in the back of every tech junky’s mind since it was first announced, has finally been touted as available by Samsung starting with European markets. The hybrid tablet phone offers a Super AMOLED HD 5.3-inch display with a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU under the hood for optimal use with its “many core on-the-go benefits“. Expect the availability of the device on October 29th in which it can be found on sale with various carriers in the European market. Furthermore, the device will sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a massive 2500 mAh battery to juice this bad boy up.
The 5.3-inch display will sport a 1280 x 800 res and there will be support for HSPA+ data speeds. Add an 8 mp rear facing camera and 2 mp front-facer and the device is unstoppable. And don’t forget the fact that Sammy is taking us back to the stylus days with the “S Pen” which will come standard on the device in a hidden storage compartment on the lower portion of the handset. There’s also functionality for taking screen shots and annotating nearly anything on any screen using S Pen shortcuts. I don’t care who you are and what you think about this massive device, this here is one sexy and functional piece of hardware. Here’s to hoping and praying with the slightest bit of faith that the device will make its way into the US without having to pay an arm and leg before unlocking it. What’s you’re take on the device? Is it too big or just right? Check out the videos of the device in action as well as some more drooling snapshots after the break.
Pic courtesy of Droid Life
Leaks regarding the new Motorola Xoom 2 tabs continue to come to light at a rapid pace which is sort of an indication that the devices are nearing an announcement. That, or there are some night fine ninjas who are doing a hell of a job sneaking this info out to the masses. Either or, we’ll take it. To add to the leak we’re now seeing the devices rear their faces in another system screaming with 4G LTE and large amounts of storage capacities. The Mz617 could boast of a 10.1-inch display while the other, a “media edition” MZ609 will come in at a slightly smaller size. According to the info in the leaked photo above, the MZ617 device will sport a storage capacity of 64 GB’s. No word yet as to whether or not Motorola will offer a WiFi only version for any of the models, but if it surfaces you’ll be the first to know. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
[via Droid Life]