About two weeks ago we reported on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 clearing the FCC rumored to be coming to T-Mobile. T-Mobile has confirmed today via Twitter that they will in fact be offering the Tab 10.1. This should be awesome news for anyone not on Verizon and looking to snag a tablet with a mobile carrier. No other details were given besides to stay tuned in the upcoming weeks. We’ll be sure to post any details right here as soon as we get them. Anyone excited?
Today Asus rolled out the Android Honeycomb 3.2.1 update for their Transformer tablet. Updates are always fun and are generally an improvement to your Android experience. If you are the proud owner of a Transformer and haven’t received the update yet, press menu>settings>about> and check for a system update. According to Asus’s Facebook page, the update will bring:
- Added Farsi IME support
- Czech IME improvement : support Qwerty & Qwertz
- JP SKU fixed translation bug and Polaris office font
- Added more language translation into ASUS App
- CN SKU 3rd party app bug fix
- Polaris office & ASUS WebStorage update
- Browser with Adobe Flash improvement; ex: YouTube
- Browser force-close improvement
- Improve Wi-Fi stability
- Improve Chinese handwriting prediction : recognize character from each stroke
Samsung announced Wednesday that they’ve reached a licensing agreement with Microsoft over the sale of their many tablets and smartphones. Samsung has agreed to pay Microsoft royalties for all devices running the Android operating system. How much exactly will remain a mystery for the time being. Is it me or does anyone else find it’s odd that Microsoft makes more money from license agreements and patent infringement deals off of Android than they do actually selling their own Windows Phone devices?
REDMOND, Wash — Sept. 28, 2011 — Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company’s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone.
“Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we’re investing to make that a reality,” said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. “Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.”
“Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,” said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division. “We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone “Mango” launch this fall.”
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
And if you’ll recall, Samsung wasn’t the only company to enter the cross-hairs of Microsoft’s scope. They also have an agreement underway with Acer and Viewsonic for other Android violations. I would really love to have been a fly on the wall in the corporate offices of Microsoft when they rolled out Plan B, should Windows Phone not do well, and that is to sue everyone and rake in as much as possible from the innovation of others.
We’ve gotten some great news on the Amazon Kindle Fire today including its Silk browser. What is it exactly you ask? Well basically, the browser will share a web page’s loading workload between the Kindle device itself and servers out in the cloud. Sounds pretty cool right? Check out the video above for full details on how this works. At $199 launching on Nov. 15th, the Kindle Fire is a sure holiday season winner that’s for sure. Hit us up with your thoughts.
We already gave you some details earlier, but that was before it was made official on stage in New York City by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Pricing is $199, and it’s available now for pre-order with a ship date of November 15. It will include a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime which allows you to stream movies and gives you free 2-day shipping.
As far as specs go, it will have a 7-inch screen (1024 x 600) with Gorilla Glass, Wi-Fi only, 8GB of storage, and weigh 14.6 ounces. That is little heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Tab and little lighter than the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.
It will only have access to the Amazon App Store, not the Android Market, which is a letdown. Rumor has it that you will still be able to side load apps, but this is not confirmed. You won’t find a camera or microphone, so there won’t be any video chatting. It does have a TI OMAP 1GHz dual-core processor, so it’s not completely stripped down. Last but not least, it is based on Android 2.1, but completely customized.
The original Toshiba Thrive was a beast of a device, trading thin lightness for sturdy rubberized rigidity and functionality; it was the only Android tablet to sport its full range of physical connectivity: two full-size USB ports, a mini USB port, HDMI, an SD card reader, and a connection for a dock. Toshiba has announced a successor and it’ll be coming in the 7-inch variety. While it does seem like the device with be eschewing the full-size USB ports of its larger counterpart, it will still be rocking a mini USB port, micro HDMI, and a microSD slot. These, of course, will be on top of the usual wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. Other extras the tablet will have include stereo speakers (complemented by SRS voodoo to make the music beautiful) and a fully HD screen, making the device perfect for media use. Toshiba’s 7-inch Thrive is set to be released in December, though there’s no price disclosure as of yet. Check out the full press release after the break or hit up some drool-worthy pictures here.
Ever since this past weekend when the Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM2 Media Edition were leaked and captured on camera, everybody wants to know when they will be released. DigiTimes is reporting that they will ship in November and December. They are reporting there is a 10.1-inch version and a 7-inch version. They could be incorrect with the 7-inch screen size, but don’t forget there was a leaked photo of a 7-inch version, and we did hear of the possibility that they will offer a XOOM 2 Mini. We also heard the 7-inch was possibly scrapped in favor of the 8.2-inch Media Edition.
We can’t be surprised of this news since Sanjay Jha did say there would be 2 more LTE tablets this year. We know the XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 Media Edition will have LTE, so it’s most likely going to be those two devices, and not the Mini.
I am not sure if this is really going to be the iPad killer, but Amazon is definitely pricing it right. The Kindle Fire will be a 7-inch Android tablet for $199. The will also offer a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime which costs $79 per year. Amazon Prime includes streaming video and free two-day shipping.
It’s priced right, but let’s face it, it is a very stripped down tablet. You won’t find an embedded camera or a microphone. We believe is is based on Android 2.1, but they dramatically changed it.
This appears to be marketed to consumers who want an e-reader, and not a full fledged tablet. The Kindle Fire should be successful because of the “Amazon” name and price, which is lower than the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.
Archos is still eager to release their high-end G9 Honeycomb tablets, but unfortunately, will have to make some slight modifications before doing so and those modifications could be considered a slight downgrade. The 1.5GHz OMAP 4 CPU’s won’t be ready until some time next year, subsequently causing Archos to change their strategy a bit. Instead of delaying the launch until then, they’re opting to go with an under clocked CPU, the slightly lower 1.2 GHz dual-core option found in the lower 8 GB model. It looks like Archos will then begin implementing the 1.5GHz OMAP 4 CPU’s as soon as they are available next year. No other changes have been made to the devices and if you’re interested in purchasing the lower-end 8-inch Archos 80 G9 device sporting 8 gig’s and a 1GHz dual-core CPU, you can grab it for $300 over at their site.
[via tabletonline by phandroid]
Last night at the Samsung Galaxy Portfolio Event, they officially announced the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be available nationwide starting October 2nd. We also got a chance for a quick hands on video. We will be releasing a review shortly, but for now we have the unboxing.
As you will see it’s as thin as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is 8.6mm. The size is really nice for those that feel uncomfortable with a 10.1-inch tablet, as this one will fit in your hands more comfortably.