Bummer news for those who were hoping to pick up a new HP TouchPad at fire sale prices only so you could port some Android goodness onto it. It looks as though the future is grim for the TouchPad and it has reached the end of it’s production.
With the majorly successful fire sale that HP had, all TouchPads at the discounted rate disappeared almost instantly. Although you can still find them places at full retail price, there was always the hope that HP would magically replenish stock and continue to sell the TouchPad at the discounted rates. HP even had a sign up page on their website leading consumers to believe that the TouchPad may eventually be resurrected.
Even a full-fledged Android novice could tell you about Gorilla Glass, the high strength glass used as a protective cover for touch screens that offer superior scratch resistance and unbelievable durability. Corning Incorporated, the developer responsible for its technology (and as a side effect, countless YouTube videos featuring people wielding household items like keys and screwdrivers against their GG-clad devices) has now announced the launch of a new display material called Lotus Glass.
Corning released a statement this week saying that the new material provides more “thermal and dimensional stability”, which is greatly needed in order to endure the harsh conditions of repeated heating and cooling cycles required as part of the process of attaching high-res displays. Aimed for use with LCD and OLED screens, Corning says Lotus Glass will enable them to create screens with “higher resolution and faster response times.”
As this particular technology continues to evolve, I can’t help but to look forward to a brand new slew of viral videos showing confident consumers displaying their LG-clad devices holding up against sharp household objects in much, much higher resolution.
The Samsung Galaxy Note, that device that has been lurking in the back of every tech junky’s mind since it was first announced, has finally been touted as available by Samsung starting with European markets. The hybrid tablet phone offers a Super AMOLED HD 5.3-inch display with a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU under the hood for optimal use with its “many core on-the-go benefits“. Expect the availability of the device on October 29th in which it can be found on sale with various carriers in the European market. Furthermore, the device will sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a massive 2500 mAh battery to juice this bad boy up.
The 5.3-inch display will sport a 1280 x 800 res and there will be support for HSPA+ data speeds. Add an 8 mp rear facing camera and 2 mp front-facer and the device is unstoppable. And don’t forget the fact that Sammy is taking us back to the stylus days with the “S Pen” which will come standard on the device in a hidden storage compartment on the lower portion of the handset. There’s also functionality for taking screen shots and annotating nearly anything on any screen using S Pen shortcuts. I don’t care who you are and what you think about this massive device, this here is one sexy and functional piece of hardware. Here’s to hoping and praying with the slightest bit of faith that the device will make its way into the US without having to pay an arm and leg before unlocking it. What’s you’re take on the device? Is it too big or just right? Check out the videos of the device in action as well as some more drooling snapshots after the break.
Pic courtesy of Droid Life
Leaks regarding the new Motorola Xoom 2 tabs continue to come to light at a rapid pace which is sort of an indication that the devices are nearing an announcement. That, or there are some night fine ninjas who are doing a hell of a job sneaking this info out to the masses. Either or, we’ll take it. To add to the leak we’re now seeing the devices rear their faces in another system screaming with 4G LTE and large amounts of storage capacities. The Mz617 could boast of a 10.1-inch display while the other, a “media edition” MZ609 will come in at a slightly smaller size. According to the info in the leaked photo above, the MZ617 device will sport a storage capacity of 64 GB’s. No word yet as to whether or not Motorola will offer a WiFi only version for any of the models, but if it surfaces you’ll be the first to know. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
[via Droid Life]
Raise your hands if you’re interested in seeing the HTC Flyer’s software in action. Of course you all raised your hands, so you’re in luck. The gang at Pocketnow has provided a video of the tablet running with Sense 1.0 for tablets slapped on top of Gingerbread 2.3.4. Overall it looks incredibly fluid and smooth especially with Honeycomb (and eventually Ice Cream Sandwich) out there. Among the noteworthy features are the HTC Scribe functionality to make and create notes, Press Reader, and Dock Mode. Take a gander at the video of the smooth-running Flyer after the break and let us know of what you think in the comments section.
Rogers in Canada is going to have a big 4th quarter this year with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Motorola RAZR, HTC Raider, formerly the HTC Holiday, and the Samsung Galaxy Slide. The Galaxy S II LTE and the RAZR are expected to be available on November 4th and priced $199.99 and $149.99 respectively (with a 3-year contract).
The HTC Raider is the second LTE device to hit Rogers and will also be priced at $149.99 with a 3-year contract. We have already seen it hit the FCC with AT&T radios, so we are hoping to see it here in the states especially since it was seen downloading at 29Mbps with AT&T LTE.
As a reminder the Raider features a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
We also got word on the Samsung Galaxy Glide (pictured below), which should launch in November as well for $149.99 with a 3-year contract. This one will sport a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2 front camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
To top is all off, Rogers will have a little incentive to sign away on that 3-year contract. They are giving away a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for those who activate a family plan (2 lines with voice and data). If you are only able to add one new line while converting to a family plan, you can still grab it for $150.00.
There was a plethora of Android tablets available this year, but as far as I am concerned, the ASUS Transformer was the one to buy. Even if you weren’t into the keyboard dock, it was still priced right, and they were very timely on updates. We already reported that their follow up will be known as the Transformer Prime, which I know is going to be as hot as the original Transformer.
The new Prime will be thinner and have a better design with the brushed aluminum. Now we get a glimpse of the keyboard dock thanks to Netbook Italia, which resembles the Macbook Pro. With the promise of Ice Cream Sandwich and a Quad-core processor, this one won’t be priced as well as the original, but I am still excited. How about you guys? 2 more pics after the break.
Movie-goers with a special appreciation for a “big screen experience” will likely appreciate browsing for movie showtimes, watching trailers and buying their tickets on the new tablet-optimized Fandango app; now available in the Android Market. Sure, it’s the same features as the standard app, but BIGGER.
Hit the break for a link or QR code to this app in the Android Market.
The latest Winamp for Android update has been released and it’s packed with a bunch of new features including “Winamp for Mac Beta,” which supports the same quick wireless syncing of music and video, previously limited only to Windows users. The update also offers an ad-free Pro Bundle for $4.99 with a 10-band graphic equalizer, customizable home screen and more.
More New Features:
- Unlock premium features with the Pro Bundle (via in-app purchase)
- Touch sensitive album art gesturing
- Access to more free music downloads in Spinner
- More albums available in CDLP (free streaming)
- Headset optimizations
More Pro Bundle Features
- Browse by Folder
- Gapless playback
- Support for FLAC playback in Folders View (lossless audio playback)
- Replay Gain
- Personalized station recommendations
- Play any streaming audio URL (supported formats only)
Hit the break for a link or QR code to this app in the Android Market.
Lookout Mobile Security is already the best app for securing your Android phone, and we are excited because they just added protection for Android tablets. This includes tablets running Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich along with WiFi only models.
You will get the same security protection that you’ve enjoyed with your Android phone; protection from malware and spyware, data backups, and the ability to find your device when it’s lost or stolen. It couldn’t be easier since you will now be able to manage all of your devices from mylookout.com.
If you aren’t already signed up with Lookout than we highly recommend it. The free app provides security, data backup, and find-my-phone features, but Lookout Premium provides comprehensive security and privacy protection for $2.99/month or $29.99/year. More importantly, you can now register both your smartphone and tablet under the same account.
Apps Database for QR Code
Android Market Link
Full press release after the break: