Archos Announces Honeycomb Powered 70b Internet Tablet, Priced Under $200

If you’re not happy with the sub $200 Android tablet selection then you may want to pay attention to this. Archos has just announced the new 70b Internet Tablet and will be the first Android Honeycomb tablet available for under $200.

The 70b Internet Tablet is the successor to the older Archos 70 Internet Tablet and will retail for $199 here in the US and £179.99 in the UK. We will get a first hand peek at the device in Las Vegas during next years CES in January and sales are said to begin the same month. We haven’t gotten all the exact details and specs of the device but we do have a few that should help tie you over for the next month (or until we hear more). Here’s what we got:

  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • HDMI out
  • 1024×600 capacitive screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3D graphics acceleration
  • Starting at 8GB internal storage
  • Micro SD Card slot
  • Android Market and Google Apps

We plan to get a better look at the device during CES next month because there is nothing more appealing than a reasonable price tag. Lets just hope this guy has the pizazz to back it up. Jump past the break for a full press release.

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Amazon Kindle Fire 6.2.1 update now available, Warning: will break root.

Shortly after the Amazon Kindle Fire was released, the Android dev community quickly jumped on it and root was quickly achieved that gave us the Android Market and even CyanogenMod 7.

Amazon promised a much needed update (6.2.1) that we reported about last week. It’s now live, which brings performance enhancements along with the ability to remove recently viewed items from the carousel on the home screen. This is great news for all the non hackers out there, but for those that are rooted, you need to know that this update removes root priviledges, and unfortunately you can’t just re-root it using the SuperOneClick utility.

We’re sure root will be back, but unfortunately we can’t tell you when. If you haven’t taken the update yet, and you want to still root and possibly flash CyanogenMod 7, then please checkout our earlier posts and guides below.

Rooting the  Kindle Fire

Installing the Android Market on the Kindle Fire

Flashing CyanogenMod on the Kindle Fire

[via liliputing]

 

Eric Schmidt Never Said “Nexus” Tablet

I think, before it gets further speculated anymore, we need to clarify something on the whole “Nexus Tablet”   Note that when Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt made a  comment to an Italian paper regarding a tablet, nowhere in the statement will you find the word “Nexus”.  Thanks to Google Translate, this is what was said:

“We in the next six months plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.”

Just to reiterate, there was never any mention of the word “Nexus” though many just assumed or implied it.  Just goes to show you how strongly the word Nexus is when associated to a Google product release.  But recall that Google has been down this road before when they partnered with Motorola to release the Motorola Xoom tablet.  No Nexus there either and yet it was a device with no carrier branding or bloatware and came with an unlock-able bootloader.  So, it’s completely possible Google could very well be getting ready to market an awesome tab for the masses.  The moral of the story however, is don’t go putting words in others’ mouths.  Feel free to speculate further about the tablet in our comments section below.

[via Android Central]

Samsung To Offer Android 4.0 Update For Galaxy Devices Starting In Early 2012

Samsung Galaxy Series owners prepare to open your eyes wide for some news. Samsung Tomorrow is reporting Samsung plans to provide the Android 4.0 update for Galaxy devices. The ICS update is slated to begin in Q1 2012 for the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note first, following the other Galaxy devices shortly after. Here’s a run down of the ICS-upgradable Galaxy devices as of this time:

 

  • GALAXY S II
  • GALAXY S II LTE
  • GALAXY Note
  • GALAXY R
  • GALAXY Tab 10.1
  • GALAXY Tab 8.9
  • GALAXY Tab 7.7
  • GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus

 

Samsung hasn’t specified whether the international or US versions of the Galaxy devices would get the update first. It’s possible Samsung will update the international versions first, following the US versions, but we’re not exactly certain just yet. We can expect Samsung to make separate announcements on details of the OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements. Only a matter of time gang, only a matter of time.

[via Samsung Tomorrow]

ITC Rules In Favor Of Apple; Bans Some HTC Devices, But HTC Feels “Gratified” In New Statement

 

 

In a ruling issued by the International Trade Commission, HTC was found in violation of two patents belonging to the Cupertino company; a ban will go into effect for all affected HTC devices on April 19, 2012. The patents cover a UI feature of sorts that basically turns computer text data into a link or other usable interaction in another place, like for dialing a phone number through a link in an email.

The victory for Apple was accompanied by some losses however, with rulings that found HTC did not violate more crutial patents involving  real-time signal processing that would have caused the most severe blows to HTC’s ability to make brisk changes and avoid major losses.

Wasting no time at all, HTC released a statement deflecting from their minor defeat and focusing more on the  their decisive wins. They also lay out their next course of action and outwardly express a sense of gratification for the end results:

HTC:

“This decision is a win for HTC and we are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge’s determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent. We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. The ‘647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.”

 

Hit the break for full ITC ruling in PDF.

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Amazon Starts Taking ASUS Transformer Prime Pre-Orders… Again

If you’re like me and missed out on the first round of ASUS Transformer Prime pre-orders from Amazon, now is your chance! Today, Amazon fired up the pre-order machine and is once again taking orders for those who want to get their hands on either the 32 or 64GB version of the quad-core beast.

Once you confirm your pre-order you won’t be charged until the device actually ships, which might be sooner than we thought. As we mentioned earlier today, some folks who ordered from Tiger Direct in Canada have already received shipping confirmation and first round Amazon customers are reporting initial shipments to begin next week. I placed an order first thing this morning so I will be able to monitor the second round’s activity, but I don’t imagine receiving shipment until early 2012. I really hope I am wrong :-D

If you want to place an order you better hurry, there is no telling how long they will continue taking pre-orders. Hit the Amazon links below to get started.

Champagne   32GB / 64GB

Amethyst Grey   32GB64GB

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Visits FCC Again but This Time with Verizon LTE Radios Inside

A week ago we noticed the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 pop up in Verizon’s inventory system and now we are seeing the device pass through the FCC. According to the FCC report this new tablet should be pretty much the same as the Wi-Fi version except for the addition of the 4G LTE and CDMA bands. The tab sports a 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED display with 1080p HD playback, dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 3MP camera and runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Read more

US Cellular Set To Give Samsung Galaxy Tab Some Gingerbread Love

US Cellular is (finally) set to update the original Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3 from Android 2.2. Yes it’s not Honeycomb or especially that delectable Ice Cream Sandwich, but hey anything is better than Froyo, right? In addition to the standard Gingerbread 2.3.5 features, owners can find among the following updates/improvements on the tablet:

  • VPN support
  • Google security patches – DigiNotar certificate revocation; Libpng security update
  • Remove auto accept of Bluetooth paring for Handsfree Profile (HFP). This vulnerability allows a nearby third-party to auto connect to Bluetooth HFP and potentially access contact data on the mobile device.

These are no doubt welcome fixes and updates. One thing owners should note– you would think this is an OTA update, but it’s not. You’ll have to download the software on a windows-based computer and connect your device via USB in order to apply the update. Be sure to back everything up thoroughly before starting the update. The good news is that Sammy has a pretty comprehensive and thorough guide that will direct you throughout the setup process and make updating simple & painless. Hit the link below for full details, the changelog and instructions on how to apply the update to your device.

[via Samsung]

Motorola Xoom Gets Unofficial Taste of Android 4.0.3 [Courtesy of XDA]

Quickly after the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 and the push to AOSP, developers over at XDA have created an almost fully functional ROM for both versions of the Xoom. A few issues for both the WiFi and 3G/4G versions are apparent and they are as follows:

What is working: (That I can tell so far)
- Wi-Fi
- Browser
- All the basics

What is not working:
-3G/4G – baseband issue?
-Camera*
-HDMI*
*Need binaries from Moto

There also seems to be an issue with some green coloring on the screen at times, but it appears that we are pretty close to seeing a fully functional Android 4.0.3 ROM for the Xoom.

So if you have a rooted Xoom and want to give this a try, you can hit the break below to download the files and get the instructions on how to do this. Those who want to try this I wish you good luck and let us know how it goes, although if you have 3G/4G I would hold off until those work. A big thanks to razorbladex401, xxspark89xx and XDA for developing these. Note: You need to use fastboot for the 3G/4G files.

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