So Lenovo has abandoned the “LePad” name in its tablet lineup, and we can’t honestly say we’re sad about that. The Lenovo Skylight has shown up at the FCC for certification, and it specs match exactly those of the LePad, so we can be relatively certain that they abandoned the original name in favor of something with a better ring to it. The Skylight has a 10.1-inch display, Snapdragon 8650A processor, Android 2.2, and 1GB of RAM. No word on a release date or price, but seeing it at the FCC is always the first step. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you informed.
Samsung is doing a great job lately teasing everyone with their new Tablet to be unveiled at CTIA in a couple more weeks time from now on March 22nd. We first saw it here, where we saw Samsung displaying the number 78910, which many, including us, have interpretted to be an 8.9inch Galaxy Tab coming to the mix, as they already have a 7inch Tab and a 10.1 inch tab announced. An 8.9 inch Tab would round off the competition and give Samsung a tablet in the 3 major form factor sizes to complete with the other big manufacturers tabs like the Motorola Xoom at 10 inches and the LG Optimus Pad (G-Slate) at 8.9inches.
Looking at this picture, it looks like it’s going to be quite thin, as we can see the 3.5mm jack needs a bump in the body, which looks to be carbon fiber. Looks like thin and lightweight is the way to go right now. Let’s hope this comes with Honeycomb so as not to disappoint.
2011 will be the year of the tablet explosion for Android, and the MSI Windpad 100A will join the party soon. See the video below. The Windpad will sport a 10 inch multi-touch display, a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and Android Honeycomb 3.0. It also supports better viewing angles due to the IPS LCD Display. It appears to be the first tablet with a trackpad for easier navigation.
That’s what Android central forum member Elysian893 thought too, because Google Voice is now working (unofficially) on the Xoom after they were able to backup the Voice app from a Motorola Droid, then pop it onto the Xoom. After permissions were granted for access, the app seemed to work fine. Still can’t make calls on it however (it is a tablet), but the SMS and other features work fine. So if you don’t want to wait for Google to get it going, head over to the source ink to find out more on the procedure.
Is it a phone, is it a tablet, does it exist at all? Honestly, we’re not sure. It’s rumored to be running Android version 2.3, which has us leaning toward the “phone” side of the spectrum. It’s expected that there will some sort of official announcement at CTIA, but we really won’t know anything concrete until AT LEAST then.
So here’s hoping we get a Doubleshot of HTC at CTIA. And kudos on the naming, HTC…doubleshots are always good.
There’s a stigma in the mobile world that hackers prefer Android systems because the SDK’s and software is open, therefore allowing users to customize how they please. Some hardware manufacturers on the other hand may not be totally supportive when it comes to users installing their own custom ROMs and OSs, like Motorola for example.
That isn’t stopping this user however, as he’s found a way to install another open source project onto the Motorola Xoom, and its not any variation of Android…it’s Linux Ubuntu 9.10. Looking at the instructions, I’d have to say that you would most likely completely void your warranty on the Xoom if you do this, but just make sure that if you try it, you have a good recovery ready for backup and restore, so you can get it back to factory condition if this goes south for any reason. The instructions are long, and not for the timid. Click the source link below for the full set of instructions if you’re an Ubuntu lover.
If you grabbed yourself a new swanky Motorola Xoom last week, and have been loading up all kinds of great apps, you may find that you’ll have a problem with Google Voice, if you use it. Apparently the app crashes on the Xoom, which has left a number of people unhappy that Google dropped the ball updating their own apps for their own Android OS.
Google Support is aware and working on an update for Honeycomb OS, so this isn’t necessarily an issue with the Xoom as much as it’s an issue with this version of Android. Don’t go bringing that Xoom back just yet, Google is working on it.
Glad to hear from so many Xoom early adopters! As you’ve noticed, Google Voice isn’t available for Honeycomb yet. We’re working on it, and I’ll update this thread as more info is available.
If you want to know more and keep up to date on this fix, you can hit the source link below.
Of course, none of what I’m about to mention is set in stone, plus Sprint was rather quiet at the last couple events, maybe making us a little more than anxious to hear something big.
I, for one am excited for the next devices released from Sprint. Especially since I’m a customer. So, what do they have in store for us? Thanks to an “anonymous tipster” who spoke with Engadget Mobile, we just may have an idea of what Sprint could be revealing:
The possibility is there that Sprint will be launching the Nexus S 4G which is pretty much the Nexus S, but with WiMAX. And as Engadget mentioned, Sprint was close to releasing a version of the Nexus One, But instead went the route of the HTC’s Evo 4G
Next, there is the chance we might see an Evo 3D, which obviously is an Evo capable of 3D. This would be pretty interesting. This to follow the Evo 4g and Evo Shift.
Lastly, the Evo View Tablet. And if this item is on the table, we can see this being a rebranded version of the HTC Flyer.
So, let’s keep our eyes and ears open so as to get more info on what’ll be the biggest news at CTIA, whether it be Sprint or one of the other carriers out there.
The XOOM’s display and capacitive touchscreen costs a whopping $140, or 38.9% of final cost of parts
Memory is the second most expensive part with the XOOM’s memory components costing $80.40, or 22.3% of the total cost
Electro-mechanical parts run $31.30
The 3250 mAh battery adds $23
The NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor costs $20.78
The devices two cameras carry a collective cost of US$14, or 3.9% of the total cost
The baseband cellular components run bout $14
The other components make up the final $34
So while the Xoom is genuinely pricey, it costs substantially more to make than we realized, noticeably more than the iPad does, so maybe the price tag issomewhat warranted. Hit the source link for the full breakdown.
The tablet market is becoming a tough one, especially over these last couple of weeks, with the launch of the Motorola Xoom, the new Apple iPad 2, and the soon to launch LG G-Slate and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9. We’re only a couple of months into 2011, and already our heads are spinning as we spew tablet specs out our mouths.
In light of all the kickin hardware that’s been announced, particularly the iPad2, Samsung has decided to reconsider its pricing of the soon to be launched Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch, which was going to be priced more than when the 7inch Tab came out last year. That would be a mistake, if you remember, the 7inch Tab came out at $600 for most markets. OUCH! It’s been bumped down to $299 for most now, thankfully. That said, Samsung seeing what kind of competition is out there now will launch with some decent pricing and end up likely cutting their profit margins a bit, if not totally.
The Motorola Xoom will have Adobe Flash at the launch in Europe which is set to take place in the first week of April 2011. This news came by way of a couple tweets today, and according to Adobe, this is in line with the comments about them wanting to get Flash on the Xoom ‘within a few weeks’. That gives the Xoom one up on the iPad and could be the deciding factor seeing as the price for both largest sizes is about the same ballpark.
Rogers Wireless has finally jumped on the bandwagon of carriers lowering the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab down to $299.99 on a 3 year contract. Even though this is a lower price, it’s still pretty pricey considering that the Galaxy Tab has 2 more models coming out with much better specs that this original, on top of that, there are going to be a giant amount of tablets being made available to Canada this year. If you really want a tablet, it would be advisable to hold on a little while longer, as this will lock you into a 3 year contract with an already outdated piece of hardware.
I have a better idea Rogers, get rid of the 3 year contract, and put this price at the maximum under a 2 year. In 3 years time, this tablet will look like an Etch-a-Sketch compared to whats available on the market when they’re finally good to buy another tablet.
Is Samsung getting ready to launch another model of the Galaxy Tab? We’ve had the 7inch Galaxy Tab out for a few months now, along with the 10 inch tab launched at MWC this year, now we have a teaser poster displayed on Samsung Mobile’s facebook page that states “What’s your Tab life? 78910”
The Motorola Xoom has successfully been overclocked to 1.5GHz by XDA member coolbho3000. As seen in the video below, the Xoom is really cooking after getting some extra GHz breathing room, and looks to be pretty stable at that speed. If you want to find out how you can get it running faster, hit the link here for the XDA forum.
The Motorola Xoom which we just saw released has already been hacked and rooted, ready for some custom ROMs. Koushik Dutta got a Moto Xoom and decided the first thing to do would be to get it rooted by throwing ClockworkMod recovery image and ROM Manager on it. Hackiness goodness.
Also, here’s some Verizon Xoom video additions to the ads they started on TV which was cut off, no doubt to leave us anxiously awaiting the conclusion.