Motorola Super Bowl Teaser Ad Released To Generate Buzz, Puts Apple’s iPad In The Crosshairs

The Super Bowl never fails to somehow deliver some of the best commercials seen all year around with some companies even shelling out cheddar in the millions.  Well, this is certainly not going to be a disappointment for those caught up in the mobile industry.  Motorola has released a teaser trailer of an up and coming commercial that will be released during the Super Bowl, taking aim at Apple’s iPad.  For me, it had remnants of the release of the Motorola Droid all over again.

The teaser does nothing short of portraying the fact that “its time for more choices” eluding that the Apple iPad isn’t the only contender on the block, as the Xoom steps in and gives it a run for its money.  Seems clever enough to me.  Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below and hit the break to check out the teaser.  We’re highly looking forward to checking out the full spot during the Super Bowl.

LG G-Slate makes another video appearance on youtube

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Yes, the ever secretive LG G-Slate has made another sneaky appearance in a youtube video that you probably wouldn’t normally go to and watch. I’ll save you the pain of watching this video for over 4 minutes, and tell you this, skip right to 3:37 and watch until 3:47. The rest is not worth a migraine.

You’ll notice however that the LG has 2 cameras on the back though, which could mean that it shoots 3D video. Also, the nature of the youtube post the G-Slate shows up in is about 3D video editing. Just sayin.

[via youtube]

What Android Devices Are the TalkAndroid Staff Most Looking Forward To?

The last few months have seen a lot of announcements with regard to upcoming Android devices. We saw a lot of great stuff at CES, and will undoubtedly see a lot more at Mobile World Congress in the upcoming weeks. So, with all the upcoming devices that will be launching in the near future, what is your local TalkAndroid staff looking most forward to, and why? Read on.

Nook Color Gets A Taste Of Sweet Honeycomb

We’ve said this time and time again, is there anything the folks over at XDA can’t do?  The latest and greatest news to burst from the XDA community seems, comes from a developer who goes by the name “deeper-blue“.  Roughly two days after Google releases their Honeycomb SDK, blue and company manage to port it over to the ever popular, Nook Color.  On the initial port, blue has stated that touch input does not work, nor is there hardware acceleration.  He then added, later, that the touch input was working and he would continue working on the acceleration issues over the weekend.  

Samsung to Reveal Galaxy S 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 at Mobile World Congress?

Samsung has been teasing us with talk of big things to be revealed at the Mobile World Congress meeting in Barcelona for quite a while now.  Well, the meeting is just a couple of weeks away, and our suspicions look to be confirmed: the “something big” appears to be none other than the second generation of Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab devices. A leak from Samsung’s PR department detailing their schedule shows both the Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2 appearing in the lineup.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the news, and bring it to you the minute we find anything, so stay tuned!

[via AC]

Update to Nook Color Firmware, Brings Version 1.1.0

The Nook Color has been selling like crazy, and for good reason — it’s a great e-reader, and also functions as a very capable Android Tablet. Because of this, we’re glad to see Barnes and Noble giving it the support they need, and they’ve released an update that includes a ton of bug fixes — though no Froyo yet. The update includes:

  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children’s books.
  • Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new
    default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with “show password” option during registration
    and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to
    the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.

This is a big update, and brings lots of great stuff to the table, so head over to Barnes and Noble’s site to pick it up!

[via Android Central]

Notion Ink Adam Eden UI hacked onto ViewSonic G Tablet

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In the pic above, we see the ViewSonic G tablet, but whats on it? The Notion Ink Adam Eden UI! Yes, after many people started to receive their Notion Ink Adam tablets (after a painful waiting period), the first update was actually bricking the tablets! Ouch! In the Androidverse, people will find a way to make something their own when they’re put up against a wall of crap like having to wait months for a tablet launch, only to have it brick after you run updates.

That’s what Blake did at intomobile.com. He installed the Eden UI onto his ViewSonic Android tablet successfully, but left feeling that he wasn’t impressed with the UI after all. By following the instructions found here by an XDA-Developer (of course), he was able to get it running, at least enough that he could say he gave Eden a try, and it wasn’t the paradise he was looking for.

For a more personal view of the experience, head over to the source link below.

[via intomobile]

Samsung Galaxy Tab getting another price cut on Jan 26th

That’s right folks, T-Mobile is dropping the Samsung Galaxy Tab price yet again!  This time, by another 50 buckaroos.  That brings down the cost of the popular Android tablet to $250 after a $50 mail-in rebate.  Of course this will require a 2-year contract, but now we are getting down to that impulse buy range.

Now here’s the question – can you hold off the splurge and wait for the new tablets to hit the market, or has T-Mobile finally hit the sweet spot?  If anything, we hope this trend continues with other Android tablets, as we will soon be flooded with touch-screen galore in the upcoming months and beyond.

[via TmoNews]

HTC Flyer Full Specs Leaked here

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A source for amobil.no has sent in what they believe to be the full spec sheet for the HTC Flyer tablet, supposedly due out this March. Some of this may be repetitive, but the numbers do match up well with information that came out at Digitimes a couple days ago about some of the specs for the “Flyer”.

Here are the specs;

  • 7inch touchscreen with 1024×600 resolution
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon MSM8255 processor
  • HSPA+
  • HDMI Out
  • DLNA-enabled for wireless media streaming
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and facial recognition
  • Android 2.3 (may be Android 3.0 by the time this actually comes out)
  • HTC Sensation UI (possibly)

Now we just need to wait for some official pics to get outed for us to drool over.

[via amobil.no]

Barnes & Noble phasing out the Nook 3G

If you had your eyes set on the Nook 3G, then you better get that credit card out cause it looks like Barnes & Noble is stopping production on the ebook reader – according to Engadget.  This isn’t surprising, as most e-readers allow you to download your reading material while you are on wifi, and read the content offline at a later time.

This surely makes the wifi version of the Nook the more appealing, and a cheaper option to buyers.  Especially since you can pick up a hotspot damn near everywhere these days.  Oh yea, let’s not forget about the Nook Color, for my Android hacking brethren and overclocking cousins.

[via Engadget]

Motorola Xoom expected to be released on Feb 17th at Best Buy for $700

Like other tablets before it, the Motorola Xoom is looking to make it’s sale debut over at Best Buy on the 17th of February, according to Engadget.  Details show that the pricing appears to be starting out at a steep $700 buckaroos with 32GB onboard.  This puts it in the price range of the original 32GB 3G  iPad which costs $730.

What would you use an Android Tablet for most?

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There are going to be so many tablets coming out in the next little while that we may start asking ourselves how important it is that we get one. They’ll all be in different shapes and sizes, options, specs, etc. Obviously, like choosing a computer before, the hardware you bought was likely the result of some self-analyzation on what you plan on using it for. Then came smartphones, same deal. What specs will be good enough for what you plan on doing with it. Is it for business or pleasure? Do you take alot or pictures or not? Video, video chat?

Yes, there are going to be as many options with tablets as there are with computers, laptops, and smartphones. In-Stat, a market researcher, did a report called US Consumers’ Attitudes and Behaviours Toward the Emerging Tablet Market, which they stated, “After close to a decade of negligible demand, the tablet market is finally gaining mass market appeal”.

Stephanie Ethier, senior Analyst at In-Stat also said;

Last year’s small crop of tablets was being touted as potential e-readers; a way to compete against the extremely popular Amazon Kindle line-up…But this next generation of tablets is clearly being marketed as consumer multimedia consumption devices positioned to compete squarely against the Apple iPad.

Tablets are predominantly being used for email, internet and multimedia currently, but we are also seeing the business sector look towards tablets for their solutions as well. Deloitte research firm did another report where they predict that 25% of all tablet sales will be by businesses for business activity.

55% of people surveyed who currently own tablets said they spend at least 9 hours a week using them for various things already discussed. So where do you stand? What would you use a tablet for? How long do you think you’d use it a week? maybe the real question here is this…What will having a tablet do for you that you can’t already do on your Android smartphone?

Internal Documents Leaked – Minimum Prices for Verizon’s Upcoming Devices

Some leaked documents seem to show off the expected minimum prices we might see on the Motorola Xoom tablet and the HTC Thunderbolt that will be hitting Verizon in the near future. No firm release dates have yet been announced for either device, and these prices aren’t necessarily “release” prices, but it’s something. The Xoom is likely to premiering somewhere around $799 — at that price, probably unsubsidized. We’ve seen some great things from Motorola’s tablet in the information that’s been coming forth, and we’re excited about its launch, although that price is a little steep. The HTC Thunderbolt is expect to be priced somewhere in the $249 neighborhood, which is about standard for a device of its specs. Hopefully we’ll get some launch dates soon, and you know we’ll keep you posted as soon as any new information turns up.

[via Android Central]

Acer, Are You Phasing Out Netbooks Or Not? Apparently Not.

Apparently the last 24 hours have led to some uncertainty at Acer regarding the intention of their tablets. It was widely reported yesterday that Acer was aligning their tablets to phase out their very popular netbook line. Presumably, the Taiwan sales manager yesterday stated that they “…are aimed at phasing out netbooks… That’s the direction of the market.” Acer’s netbooks have been quite successful, and while tablets seem to be the way of the future, does that mean that there is no longer a market for netbooks?