Well, as expected, the Asus Transformer Prime has been slightly delayed for Italians everywhere per Asus’s official Facebook page . Sorry folks, you won’t be able to purchase one as a gift for Christmas however, you’ll be able to reel one in as an after New Year’s present. The Transformer Prime has been delayed until after the holiday season and should be available sometime by the end of January. The company also has plans to release a 3G version of the monster quad-core tablet in addition to a WiFi version. One slight morsel of info that should assist in the long drawn out wait is the fact that the company touts the device will hit the market running with Android 4.0 (ICS) on board. So, as it was once thought that the device was delayed due to WiFi issues, it seems that plans for an OS update was more like it. But don’t worry for those of you in the U.S of A. as our version of the device is still slated for release during the week of December 19th. Feel free to drop a word or two in the comments section below.
Good news for you premium travel folk who use American Airlines. They will be the first domestic airline to offer branded Galaxy Tab tablets onboard their aircraft, giving you access to a library of movies and entertainment inflight. These tablets will feature 10.1 inch screens and replace the current personal entertainment devices offered to American’s First and Business Class travelers. Right now a few flights will see this and they include flights between the following cities on 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft:
– New York’s JFK and Los Angeles
– JFK and San Francisco
– Miami and San Francisco
– Miami and Los Angeles
International flights to and from Europe and South America with 767-300 aircraft, and transcontinental flights between Boston and Los Angeles with 757 aircraft will feature these devices as well. Rob Friedman, the American Airlines VP of Marketing was quoted to say: Read more
We got a glimpse of the Sony Walkman Z a few months ago, but it was only slated for Japan. It looks like the U.S. might get a little love as well as it just passed through the FCC. This is Sony’s answer to the iPod Touch. Basically it’s an Android device without the cellular radio so its WiFi only. We already have the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0, and I don’t see either of these setting the world on fire. Pricing will be the issue for the Walkman as it will start around $350. The Galaxy Player 5.0 is priced at $269 while the Galaxy Player 4.0 is priced at $229. Either way, it’s always nice to see more choices which is what Android is all about. If you want to see a preview video, checkout this link.
The folks over at Qualcomm have exceeded our expectations in that they have recently successfully loaded Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on their Snapdragon S4 tablet. Their MDP Tab, sporting an on-die LTE modem and dual 1080p cameras just got a sweet face lift and things look extremely promising for other Snapdragon classes too. The mobile platform isn’t supposed to ship until next spring but Qualcomm says they are “rigorously” aiming to optimize ICS for most of their Snapdragon CPU’s. Hey, we’ll take it.
Don’t you love it when a device manufacturer says that they plan to release a device during a certain time-frame and actually do it?! Props to Toshiba because they have done just that. Back in September they announced the 7-inch Toshiba Thrive and said it would drop sometime in December, and it did — well in Canada anyway.
The 7-inch Toshiba Thrive is an Android 3.2 powered tablet with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and contains Toshiba’s Adaptive Display and Resolution combined with video enhancements. The tab has stereo speakers, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facer and is available in 16 or 32GB flavors. The whole package is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and has plenty of ports to plug-up such as miniUSB, microHDMI, and a microSD card lot. Not a bad set up given the reasonable price of $370. You can pick one up right now from the Future Shop and if this guy sounds like something you’re interested in then just hit that little source link below.
[via Future Shop]
Whoa, that didn’t take long. Barnes & Noble has announced an update for its Nook Color tablet. The update includes new PagePerfect NOOK books, the ability to read books in portrait or landscape mode and wait for it– Netflix support! The update is over-the-air (OTA) of course and will begin rolling out starting today. Users should receive it when their device is connected to Wi-Fi and is idle. Of course you can download the update here if they just can’t wait for the OTA update. Don’t forget to let us know how the update works out for you in the Comments section.
[via Barnes & Noble]
A lot of folk have had negative things to say about the Kindle Fire and it appears that Amazon is listening. As Amazon has had to reorder stock for the device it appears that it is selling quite well, but given the feedback, people have had less than great things to say about the tablet/e-reader.
While some issues are hardware related, such as power button placement and a lack of volume rocker buttons, an abundant amount of complaints were software and performance related. Given our review on it, it appears that performance might be a big issue down the road, so having performance issues right out the gate would hurt the Kindle Fire in the long run.
Great news for folks in the UK as well. This update should be implemented into the tablet already when it’s released abroad in early 2012. Those with the U.S. version won’t have to wait so long as a company spokesperson told the New York Times, “In less than two weeks, we’re rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire.”
With that being said it appears that Amazon is taking your feedback and given that it’s said that there are 3-5 million units sold, that feedback is quite important. What about you guys, are you having performance issues?
The Motorola Xoom tablet suddenly has even more sex appeal. Motorola mentioned just last week that the Xoom would be among the first of its devices to get that sweet, sweet treat. You know how the old saying for us MOTO owners, “we’ll believe it when we see it”. Well kids, you’re in for a nice surprise. Although we have yet to get a definitive confirmation from MOTO of when Android 4.0 will be available for the tablet, there is in fact a video of a Xoom unit running Android 4.0 already on the web. Many of you all are wondering why the Xoom of all devices is actually running a build of ICS. It’s quite simple really– although MOTO is notorious for the (MOTO)BLUR UI on their smartphones– the Xoom tablet actually is one of the few non-Google devices running on a pure, unmolested version of the Android OS. Here’s hoping that the Xoom tablet will get its upgrade
before the end of next year by Q1 2012. Why don’t you tickle your fancy and check out that one video with the (Xoom) tablet that highlights Google’s new image search features for tablets? If you check again and pay close attention– you’ll find the tablet is indeed running ICS. Huzzah for Xoom tablet owners!
Last night I told you about the possibility of a delay for the ASUS Transformer Prime. According to Canadian online retailer, NCIX, the Transformer Prime was being delayed due to some Wi-Fi signal strength issues. As much as we didn’t want to believe the news it was starting to look somewhat plausible with the amount of people who reported receiving the email. Because we got the news during the weekend, it has been near impossible for us to get a response from ASUS, but luckily the Verge had better luck. In a response given to the Verge, an ASUS spokesman had this to say about the supposed delay:
I am trying to confirm who released this statement and for what purpose right now. At this point, we still show to be on schedule to start shipments the week of 12/19. I will provide an update once I have additional information.
Who knows who this spokesman is or whether or not they would even be privy to the delay information, but I sure hope he is right and this was just a big fluke. I would think that Amazon would have gotten the delay news and thankfully they haven’t sent out emails regarding any delay. I am hoping we still might actually be able to enjoy this amazing Android tablet on Christmas after all. Have you been naughty, or nice?
[via The Verge]