Auraslate’s Open Source Tablet Is An Android Dev/Hacker’s Delight

If you’re of the Rootin’, ROM’in and hackin’ community we’ve got some good news for you.  Check out the Auraslate by Aura Design, an extremely affordable tablet for the dev who wants to launch that next big idea but still remain within his/her budget.

Aura Design is an Android Tablet Design Start-Up assist other companies or start-ups develop their own unique tablet for consumer , commercial, or industrial uses.

We encourage mischievous and curious individuals to see what comes naturally for them to dig in and see what possibilities this tablet may become.

The device is an Ice Cream Sandwich compatible 10.4-inch tab built from scratch with dev’s and hackers in mind.  The company is offering the device in two flavors.  They’ll make a 7-inch and 10.4-inch available for you and will also toss in a hardware source disk because the hardware itself is open source as well ($20 extra).   Keep in mind that the device is not meant for high-end performance with said specs, but rather you’ll get just what you need with a doable Android Cortex A9 under the hood.  Auraslate is offering a ton of support for the device with a promise to keep the updates coming as well as making a support community available.  This should be of great value to someone working on a project as he/she will able to communicate with others using the same hardware that they are.  If this sounds like something you’d like to hop on, check out the source link for more information.  I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how and if this takes off with devs and hackers, so stay tuned to TA.

source: Auraslate

New Android tablet appears on Fujitsu 2012 roadmap

Electronic giant Fujitsu has teased a number of intriguing devices as it unveiled it’s 2012 product portfolio during a press conference in Japan. Amidst a series of Ultrabooks, Ultrathin displays and Windows 8 devices sit 2 particularly interesting devices.

First up is the imaginatively titled ‘Mainstream Android Media tablet’ which is slated for a June 2012 arrival. No headline specs have been hinted at this point however the reference to ‘mainstream’ may suggest that Fujitsu aims to take on the popular Transformer, Xoom and Galaxy Tab Android tablets. The tablet is set to bolster Fujitsu’s foray into the Android Tablet market signalled by the announcement of the Stylistic M350/CA2.

Second up, slating a September arrival, is the ‘New detachable Performance Slate’ which seems, judging by the pictured detachable keyboard, to be going head-to-head with the Asus Transformer Prime. More interestingly, the performance slate does not make reference to the Operating System it will run. Given that the roadmap shows off both Android and Windows 8 devices, is it possible that we may be looking at one of the first dual-boot, Android Jelly Bean tablets?

Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid as we bring more news on these new devices as the details break.


source : notebookitalia




First Speculative Details Released About Jelly Bean, Could See Q2 Launch

Well while everyone is still waiting to get their official taste of Ice Cream Sandwich it appears that news about the new iteration of Android, possibly 5.0, Jelly Bean is surfacing. If a rumor from Taiwan suppliers to DIGITIMES can be believed Jelly Bean would be “further optimized” for tablets by adding some elements of the Chrome OS. This would allow users to have a live dual-boot. This means users could switch between Windows or Android without having to shut the other down first.

The new OS looks to be an opportunity for Google to push back into the netbook/notebook frontier. Considering that their Chrome OS hasn’t taken off as Google first thought it would it makes sense. The Chrome OS does lack the abilities of a full notebook, what with it being an in-the-cloud device, and the portability of a lighter instant-on tablet. It’s also speculated that Google may unveil the new OS in the spring making a point for dual-booting systems simultaneously. Read more

Asus Eee Pad Transformer ICS Update Slips

Asus posted on their Facebook page that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) could slip into March. The update, originally announced on Twitter by Asus in October of last year, was first expected in January, then slipped to mid-February. This latest slip has generated a few angry responses ranging from “Just prepare for another announcement in March,” to, “I call this lying to your customers!”

No reason has been given for the delay. Asus could have avoided the pitchforks and torches if they had not set people’s expectations by announcing tentative dates in the first place. Luckily, this delay is not all that long.

Transformer owners, how do you feel about this?

source: facebook

Cool HD Wallpapers Of The Week For Your Android Smartphone

If it’s one thing I like doing often to keep my Android experience fresh and current, it’s change my background.  Sometimes your background can get a little stale and some updating is in order.  A new background, a new launcher or some icon rearranging can really freshen up a device if you know what you’re doing.  So every once in a while we come across some pretty cool HD wallpapers and when we do, there’s really only one thing to do with them, share them with all of you.  Check out some of the HD wallpapers below and don’t forget to let us know what you think.  Feel free to also upload some of your very own wallpapers in our new forum to share with the rest of the Android community.  And if you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for?  You can sign up at the same link.   Read more

Retail Branding for HTC Endeavor and Ville Revealed, Shows More Name Changes

Well that name was short lived. The HTC Edge turned Endeavor looks to be going through yet another name change along with its cousin the HTC Ville before they are even officially debuted. The Endeavor is now rumored to be coming to us at MWC this year as the HTC One X. The X in the name is going to be superscripted above the One for branding. Information that adds weight to this name change is the recently reserved Danish URL that was registered by an HTC subcontractor.

The news doesn’t stop there folks. The HTC Ville looks to be following suit and its name will be changed to the One S. Again the S will be superscripted above the One for branding purposes. There’s no word on if the budget-friendly Primo will be branded under the One-Superscript name though. Neither is there word on if the tablet that’s being unveiled will see a similar branding.

We will have to wait for MWC this year for confirmation but it appears that HTC will continue one name with variations tradition; much like their Sensation, Sensation XE, and Sensation XL line.  We’ll also have to look forward to MWC for the debut of the awesomely specced HTC One X and the mid-range One S if those names stick. Hopefully this branding is apart of HTC’s hero strategy. What about you guys out there, what do you think about owning a One X or One S? Let us know in the comment section below.

sources: pocketnow & Slashgear

Verizon Unveils New Concept Store, Attempts to Make It a More Enjoyable Experience

If you’re like me, when it’s time to upgrade to the latest and greatest that Verizon has to offer you head on down to the local carrier store. While you may not buy from that store but rather order the device online, you still go down there to try the device out to get a feel on if it’s the right phone for you. However when you get down to the store you find that the place is littered with dummy units that do nothing more than look pretty while collecting dust. Then when it’s time to make a purchase you wait in line for the next rep to become available in hopes that they can answer questions regarding your purchasing decision. This can take a decent amount of time depending on what number in line you are and the kind of questions being asked by those ahead of you.  Read more

Trade A Phone In To Verizon And Get An Instant Gift Card For Going Green

In Verizon’s new attempt to “go green” they’re promoting a new in-store trade-in deal that will allow Vz customers to trade in their old phones for some cheddar towards a new phone, a tablet, your phone bill or any in-store accessories.  All you have to do is bring your old device in and a Vz rep will quickly assess the device’s value.  The value for the trade-in largely depends on the make, model and condition in which you bring it in.  If it’s in tip-top shape, Vz says it’s possible one could see up to $300 bucks for a device.  Overall, I’ve got to say this is a great attempt on Vz’s part to do the right thing and encourage individuals to trade in their old used devices so they can be recycled.  If this doesn’t encourage you to come in and upgrade, I’m not sure what will.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Verizon
via: Phonescoop 


Acer Iconia A510 tablet headed for Europe

Last November we told you that Acer was working on a pair of Tegra 3 powered Android tablets, codenamed the A510 and A511. Today, Acer released a few new details to whet our Android appetites.

The A510 will run Android 4.0 ICS straight out of the box, the screen measures in at 10.1-inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800.  The processor is a Tegra 3 backed with 1GB of RAM. There will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options available at launch. The combination of ICS, Tegra 3, a new power management and whopping 9800 mAh battery promises up to 18 hours of use on a single charge, impressive!

The A510 is expected to land in Europe in March with an extremely competitive pricing range, the 16GB is expected to start from as little as €399 ($522). Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid as we keep you up-to-date with the latest news on the A510 as it breaks.


source : slashgear