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

Google Faces Increased Scrutiny in Light of Motorola Acquisition Approval

Fresh off the recent approvals by both the US and European Commission for the Motorola acquisition, Google could very well face increased scrutiny over possible patent misuse. There are concerns that Google could use its upcoming received patents to possibly penalize rival companies. Google’s view on patent licensing is what has regulators worried. The Department of Justice antitrust division had this to say in a statement in comparison to both Apple and Microsoft, “Google’s commitments were more ambiguous and do not provide the same direct confirmation of its SEP [standard essential patent] licensing policies”  Read more

Chinon Announces New Tablet Line, But Don’t Get Too Excited Just Yet…

Don’t let the picture fool you — iPads still can’t run Android. Instead, it’s simply the design of the new series of 7-inch and 10-inch Swift tablets (Swift 7 and Swift 10, respectively). The new line of tablets are obviously aimed for the affordable tablet market, only putting you back $160 for the 7-inch and $280 for the 10-inch. With a dual-core Cortex A8 ARM processor running at 1.2Ghz,  1GB of RAM and running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it’s pretty much on par with today’s tablets going for the same price. However when compared to higher-end tablets like the Galaxy Tab, it falls behind quite a bit, so buyer beware if you’re looking for something with a little more chutzpah or something on the cutting edge of tablets. Might be a good idea to wait until some reviews are out to see how these two tablets hold up. Hit the source for more info.

source: chinon usa

Huawei to Unveil Quad-Core Ascend D Q and 10-Inch MediaPad at This Years MWC

As soon as we got our hands on the new Ascend P1 from Huawei at this years CES, we had a strong suspicion the mobile device manufacturer was trying to rid itself from the budget category it had long been attached to. Holding the Ascend P1 in my hand, the worlds thinnest smartphone, it was clearly obvious that Huawei was making a honest attempt at improving their device quality moving forward. Not being content with having just the slimmest phone on the market, Huawei’s recent MWC press invite shows that they are also concerned with mobile performance as well.

The press invite states that Huawei plans to unveil their “most powerful smartphone yet”, the Ascend D Q according to Japanese blog Ameblo. It is also believed that since the S in P1 S stands for “slim,” the Q might actually stand for “quad-core,” and based on what we learned earlier, D is the new moniker for their “Diamond series,” Huawei’s top of the line gear. These predictions would make plenty of sense as far as the naming scheme goes. I mean, to be top of the line in 2012 you best come strong, rockin’ quad-cores! :-)

Ameblo also states that Huawei will be unveiling their MediPad 10 at this years Mobile World Congress. This will be the 10-inch version of the 7-inch MediaPad, aka SpringBoard as recently released on T-Mobile. We will keep you up to date with the deets on these new devices as MWC unfolds.

source: unwiredview / ameblo