It seems like we have new players entering the tablet game everyday. We’d heard before that gaming retailer GameStop would release their own tablet, but details were scarce at the time. In a slight turn of events, GS has decided to carry several Honeycomb tablets pre-loaded with games instead. There are plenty of options for consumers to choose from as the retailer will sell the Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Viewsonic VPAD. The prices will vary, but they start from $300 to $540. The list of games pre-loaded include Cordy, Dead Space, Madden NFL, Monster Madness, Re-Load, Riptide GP and Sonic CD. You will also have the option of having a special GameStop-branded controller included for an extra $39. The gaming tablets are available in 200 U.S. stores nationwide or online, though shipping is limited to U.S. addresses only. Now who else is as excited about this as I am?
Norton is looking to get a piece of the tablet market in regards to providing protection for that expensive tablet you just purchased. If you’re the type of person who likes the peace of mind of having strong security support for your mobile devices and don’t mind paying a bit for it, this is for you. Norton Tablet Security will run you $39.99/yr and offers anti-theft and antivirus/antimalware protection for any Android tablet.
With the goal to protect both your tablet and your privacy, it might just be worth the cost if the content of your device is somewhat “sensitive”. The software scans all files entering the device as well as mobile apps that you’ve recently installed. As Norton is most noted for, when a user accesses fraudulent or malicious websites, Norton kicks in and does what it does best by preventing the connection, keeping you safe and secure. In addition to all of this, the device offers a feature, like other applications on the market, that provides the ability to recover your tablet should some sticky fingers lift the device. All you have to do is log into a Web portal and you can track the device’s whereabouts via a map. You can cut off the violator by locking your device remotely and or cause a small message to pop up letting the thief know where he/she can return the device should they have a change of heart. Furthermore, Norton has provided a “Sneak Peak” feature which allows you to make the most out of the front facing camera by snapping a quick shot of the person using your tab at the moment. In turn, a photo of the thief will be sent to Symantec’s anti-theft website. Overall, not too shabby for $40 bucks a year. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Word on the streets is Motorola is set to hold a ‘special event’ tomorrow in London. Of course this is pure rumor and speculation, but one can easily deduce what this event will be. Considering that certain ads have appeared recently, it looks like Motorola is set to formally announce the new XOOM 2 tablet. Excitement has been at an all-time high, especially since we previously spotted shots for both the standard and Media Edition versions. Finally, we’ll be getting our first official glimpse of the coveted tablet! Now if only Christmas time would hurry up and get here so we can grab our sweaty mitts on one.
We here at TalkAndoid are often approached by developers with hopes that we will review their latest apps. I recently looked at the growing list and thought I would randomly check one out. A game called Toon Ball caught my eye with its quirky art and goofy looking camel.
After downloading the game I noticed that the camel really has nothing to do with game play and is just used as background art (and, in my case, successful advertising!). The mission of the game is to get the ball to roll past obstacles and traps by altering the path it takes. Relying on gravity, the ball rolls from the starting point once you initiate movement by breaking a wooden block or other object that is keeping the ball at rest. As soon as it’s off and rolling you have to act quick in order to complete your next move to keep the momentum going. Once the ball is static you have to start the level over.
Today, Verizon begins officially rolling out the Gingerbread update to OG 7-inch Galaxy Tab’s. It was only a last week that we got the update announcement and here we are a few short days later and Big Red delivers.
If you own a 7- inch GTab and have yet to receive the OTA update you can try and push the Gingerbread treat to your device yourself. To do so, you just need to press Menu –> Settings –> About Tablet –> System Updates. From there you will see if the i800.E104 version is available to you yet. If it’s not, try again later because roll outs can take a while to reach all devices so if your GTab isn’t among the first group than you should see it fairly soon.
For a recap, jump past the break for a full changelog. If you get the update be sure to let us know how you’re liking it!
It looks like there is a new version of the Android Market that will be pushing out soon. This new update will bring the market up to version 3.3.11 and hosts a whole bunch of welcomed new features. If I know you guys like I think I do, you are ready for the update now! Lucky for you we have already scored the .apk file and have the download waiting for you below. A word to the wise though – apparently this .apk file isn’t working properly on Honeycomb tablets, if that’s you, you had better wait it out a while.
New features reported so far:
- New setting: Auto-update apps (an easy way to keep all apps auto-updated, finally)
- New setting: Update over Wi-Fi only
- New setting: Auto-add shortcuts (automatically adds shortcuts to your homescreen for newly downloaded apps)
- Smaller font
- New app drawer icon
- Microphone (voice command) button in search menu
- Star rating chart on app pages
- Minor UI tweaks
If you find anything else worth reporting, let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
[via Android Police]
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We are nearing the end of all the speculation surrounding the Motorola XOOM 2 with the imminent launch just around the corner. The recent surfacing of a print ad from European online retailer, Carphone Warehouse, says you’ll even be able to put the tablet on your Christmas wish-list.
It was over a month ago that we started hearing rumors and specs about Moto’s new tablet and at one point was even pictured next to its smaller sibling, the Motorola Xoom media edition (aka Flemming). Since then it has cleared the FCC and recent leaks show the devices are now nearing launch as they showed up on Verizon’s inventory system. The lastest bit of info coming from European online retailer, Carphone Warehouse, whose print ad outs the device to be landing overseas before Christmas, leads us to believe the wait is almost over.
The ad has the Motorola Xoom 2 pegged at €399.90, about $545, for the Wi-Fi only version with 16GB of on-board storage. Other features include Android 3.2, an 8.2″ touchscreen and Cellphone Warehouse claims it to be “everything a tablet should be.” Only a short amount of time now until you get to be the judge. Now if Big Red would finally officially announce the damn thing!
Duke Nukem fans, your 3D wait is finally over and right now you can have instant Android gratification for only $0.99!
Since it’s recent announcement, we’ve been dying to get our hands on the latest incarnation of Duke Nukem and all of his retro fame. Sweeping you back to the 90′s, the latest of the Nukem series of games promises hours of humorous fun accompanied by alien ass-kicking gratification. Optimized for newer multi-touch devices, Duke Nukem 3D also has support for large screen Android tablets and installs to the SD card by default.
Duke Nukem 3D for Android begins with episode one, with episode two and three available through in app purchase. To download the app from the Android Market, Hit the market link or QR code below. Now go get your nostalgia on!
We still need to get confirmation from Samsung and AT&T but it looks like the wireless provider will add a new Android powered tablet to their 4G LTE device roster.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 made another visit to the FCC last week, this time packing AT&T radios inside. The FCC filing lists the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as model number SGH-I957 and shows the device supports the AT&T 4G LTE network – complete with the AT&T 4G logo on the back. We’re not sure if this new Galaxy Tab will have the same features/specs as the Wi-Fi version which has the Tegra 2 processor 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB internal space and Android 3.1.
The big question is pricing and availability. We are not sure of either right now but the addition of this 4G tablet alongside their two new 4G LTE phones, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid seems like a great way to launch a new network.