There has been a lot of speculation on a Google Nexus tablet over the last year or so, and things really started heating up this past week when news came out that Google is working on a 7-inch tablet to go head to head with the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook series. If this in fact true, the big question is who is making it? Well the latest rumor from Android and Me suggests that ASUS could be the lucky company.
This really isn’t surprising because not only does ASUS have the most innovative tablets, but they also update them timely. The Transformer Prime and the original Transformer already have ICS. There’s also the fact that ASUS said they expect to be one of the first manufacturers to offer the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean update. There’s no question they are working very close with Google, so this rumor adds up in my opinion.
Wait!! There’s even more good news: It’s expected to be priced at $199, have the quad-core Tegra 3 (4-Plus-1) processor, and have a 1280 x 800 display. Production is expected to start in April with a June release. This really doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility since ASUS recently showed off the MeMo 370T at CES, which is a 7-inch Tegra 3 device that’s expected to retail for $249.
I think we will see this tab at Google I/O for sure, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was this year’s gift handed out to attendees.
Looking for a lightweight photo gallery and portfolio app that takes advantage of the larger screen of your tablet? XDA member Apachi2k was, and when he was not satisfied with what he found, he wrote his own and called it Fotolio. Optimized for 7 or 10 inch tablets, Fotolio was created as a way for photographers and artists to showcase their portfolios. The developer explains:
I am a photographer and know a little bit of programming from high school days. I love the Xoom tablet and first thing I thought of using it for was for my photography portfolio. I soon realized that the built-in gallery is way overkill for something like a portfolio which gave me an idea to develop a simple app suited to showcase art or photography portfolios.
The app is pretty no-frills with the only real options being what folder you want to browse, what layout to show, and a slide show mode. This helps keep the app running smoothly while getting the job done. Check out screen shots and download links after the break.
Everyone’s favorite custom ROM, CyanogenMod 9, is coming to more devices on a nightly basis with the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Wi-Fi, Google I/O edition, and T-Mobile version), Samsung Galaxy S II (non-U.S.), ASUS Transformer, and ASUS Transformer Prime.
The addition of these devices comes on top of nightlies for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom. Remember, these ROMs are built every night and could be buggy and unstable, so flash at your own risk!
Download links after the break.
One of the best launchers available is now available for Android 3.0+ tablets. The GO Launcher development team has developed an tablet-specific version called GO Launcher HD. While the launcher is currently in beta, there are some nifty highlights you can find in the launcher. For starters, there is the given ability to change your grid size in your various homescreens. Also, the launcher is incredibly fluid and smooth, which means transitions won’t be as choppy as some customized skins out there.
Although it’s currently in beta, GO Launcher HD is indeed available— though not in the Android Market at this time. If you fancy trying out having a new look to your homescreen, hit up the download link below. Don’t forget to let us know how it works out for you in the Comments section below or in our Forums.
source: Android Police
ASUS is certainly on a roll lately. They’ve launched sexy devices such as the game-changing Transformer Prime tablet and have introduced the sexy PadFone for starters, now they want to be among the first to showcase the latest developments in the Android platform. Let me explain: it has been among the first devices— tablet or otherwise— to showcase Android 4.0. As awesome as that is, ASUS believes that’s not good enough, so it’s using its newfound close relationship with Google to make sure it’s the first manufacturer to present Android 5.0— otherwise known as Jelly Bean— to the masses. Don’t take our word for it either. During an interview with TechRadar, Asus Corporate Vice President Benson Lin shared the following:
“Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update.”
This essentially confirms a few things. One is that Ice Cream Sandwich will only see some minor tweaks and updates while in the version 4.x stage. That means Jelly Bean will not be found in 4.1, 4.2, etc.— it’s going to be a completely new Android version. The second is if you think ASUS isn’t a reputable or hot brand as of late, you may want to think again. Its quality devices released in the last 6 months or so and the fact it is among the first manufacturers to provide the latest Android updates puts it in the top tier of manufacturers. Let’s see if ASUS does follow through and continue to provide updates before the rest of its competition.
It was back in December that we first heard Archos claim that its G9 series of tablets would receive the ICS update sometime in Q1 of this year. Here we are in the home stretch of the first Quarter and we have yet to see the devices get the update. Now, apparently Archos wants to apologize for the delay and is ready to put a more exact timeline on the update. They recently took to their Facebook page claiming “they fully anticipate deploying the upgrade within the next two weeks,” as I am sure you G9 are are pleased to hear. They also emphasize the importance of delivering a smooth transition to the latest version of the Android OS. At least they are trying to make it a bug-free launch unlike the one ASUS issued for the Transformer Prime.
As soon as we can pin down an exact rollout date, or when we receive word of its arrival, we will let you know.
There seem to be more and more hints of a Google-developed tablet on the horizon. According to Slash Gear, the following domains have been snatched up and registered by MarkMonitor:
While this is pure speculation— it looks like each domain gives us insight of some of the features to look forward to on the tablet. Apps, books, games, magazines, newspapers, music, movies are some of the things a tablet would indeed feature— especially if it’s intention is go directly against something like the Kindle Fire tablet. Anyone else licking their chops and salivating at the idea of a possible Nexus-branded tablet?
source: Slash Gear
Are you tired of your toddler leaving grubby finger prints all over your sparkling new Android tablet? Finding it difficult to relax as your new expensive gadget is thrown around the house like a toy? Worry no more Android-loving parents, Archos has got your back.
The long time tablet specialists have identified a perfect niche in the market and launched the Archos ChildPad, a device which they claim “can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids,” The ChildPad is a 7″, Android 4.0 ICS tablet powered by a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Archos has also created a brand new, child focused UI featuring big, bold colours and pre-loaded with entertainment, learning and puzzle applications especially for children. The tablet will also come preloaded with a ‘Kids App Store’ powered by AppsLib which currently contains over 10,000 applications designed for the younger mind. The ChildPad was designed according to strict CIPA and COPPA regulations and includes an advanced parental control filter deemed the most efficient in the market according to benchmarks.
The ChildPad is set to hit the shelves before the end of March and will be priced at only $129. With more than adequate technical specifications, a UI and features built to suit children and a price that seems right on point, it looks like Archos may well hit a home-run with this one.
Mums and Dads of the world, will you be considering the ChildPad for your little Droid lover? Let us know in the comments and check out the full press release below.
The new Child Pad will provide kid’s a safe, fun, full tablet experience at $129
DENVER–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today a themed 7” Android™ tablet for children, called the Child Pad. The 7’’ Child Pad features a compact light-weight design, the latest Android version, 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The Child Pad will be available at the end of March for $129 SRP.
“ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents everywhere.”
“As a pioneer in the portable audio and Android™ tablet market we realize the importance of providing a tablet that can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids,” says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO. “ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents everywhere.”
Key Features & Benefits
Kid-friendly features of the Child Pad include access to the Kids App Store powered by AppsLibwhich is filtered down to 14-friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports and more.
In addition, ARCHOS has created a kid-friendly user interface with colored icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles and the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.
ARCHOS has also designed the Child Pad to comply with both CIPA and COPPA regulations, ensuring a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents. The parental controls and safe web browsing is powered by Editions Profil, whose “Mobile Parental Filter” is ranked as the most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.
Availability & Price
The Child Pad will be available in stores starting the end of March with the recommended retail price of $129.
Archos, pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android tablets, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers Android Tablets, Tablet PCs and MP3/MP4 players. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. Then in 2003 ARCHOS introduced the first portable multimedia players with TV recording. In 2006 Wi-Fi is implemented and then touch screens in 2007. In 2008, Archos launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment B of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. Website:www.archos.com.
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Recall the impressive demo we saw at CES 2012 with the Onlive Desktop in action? Well, it’s finally made its way to the Android platform. Sharing your PC desktop with your tablet is about to get a whole lot easier.
OnLive® Desktop is a service that provides a seamless, no-compromise, instant-response cloud-based PC desktop, wherever and whenever you want it. OnLive brings to your Android tablet a high-performance PC experience, regardless of the content, even when interacting with fast-action media.
• Instantly view, edit and create documents using actual Microsoft® Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices
• Experience high-performance, instant-response PC applications
• Interact with lag-free animation and video
• Works with most Bluetooth keyboards and mice (left-click only)
The technology works in part due to Onlive Inc’s groundbreaking video compression technology. “OnLive harnesses the power of cloud computing to deliver a seamless, no-compromise remote PC desktop solution.” For more information, head on over to the Android Market where you can download the application or sign up for free if you don’t already have an account. Feel free to let us know what you think of the service in the comments below. Read more