Senseg’s E-sense Technology Creates Texture on Touchscreens, Aims for Availability in 2012

Some of the more practical uses of the technology would the use of braille for the blind or even improving on the tablet typing experience by replicating the key textures theoretically improving overall typing speed. The demo video also shows a demonstration of how developers could incorporate the e-sense technology into games, adding another element of interactive fun.

If all goes well Senseg plans to make the technology available for device manufacturers in 2012. In order for us to reap the benefits of texturized touch screens, the manufacturers must be on board as it would be required that they use the technology when designing and manufacturing their mobile devices. To see this crazy-cool stuff in action check out CNET’s video with Senseg’s Dave Rice and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. I know that I would love to get my hands on something like the Transformer Prime running e-sense technology. Completely brilliant.

[via The Mobile Indian]

 

 

Acer Officially Launches Iconia Tab A200 10.1

 

It seems like it has been ages since we’ve heard something regarding the Acer Iconia Tab A200. I mean sure we saw the mouthwatering promo video recently, but we haven’t heard too much else regarding the attractive tablet. Well, we finally have word that Acer has launched their long-awaited device in select countries. The Iconia Tab A200 10.1 will ship with Honeycomb (Android 3.2) preloaded, but Acer promises to quickly upgrade the device to Android 4.0. In case you’ve forgotten, the Iconia Tab A200 will feature a speedy 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1280 x 800 resolution and a 3280mAH battery— which should be good enough for 400 hours of standby time and 8 hours of video playback.

There are also some noteworthy enhancements to Honeycomb on the device. In addition to the standard features, Acer features a cool built-in UI layer called the Acer Ring which is specifically meant to help improve a user’s productivity and multitasking by creating simple and direct access to applications from any screen. Also jumping one step ahead of ICS’s built-in screenshot feature is an app created by Acer which is called— you guessed it– Screenshot. Screenshot can take stills from  within just about any application: web articles, images and even stills from video calls.

There’s no word on the exact pricing or which countries will have the tab first. However consumers can expect to find the device in both Metallic Red or Titanium Gray. Hit the break for the full press release from Acer.
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DROID XYBoard Tablets Gain FCC Approval

According to the latest rumor Verizon and Motorola plan on releasing the new XYBoard tablets on December 12th and the recent clearing through the FCC may prove that there is something to be said about the leaked release date. In the past, once devices receive FCC approval it is usually a short amount of time before it hits the marketplace and the timing of the XYBoard’s visit seems about right. Now this is Verizon we are talking about though, a carrier who has pretty much tarnished their reputation by botching device releases and delaying them for unacceptable amounts of time, so who knows what will happen.

Either way, the two XYBoard tablets, 10″ and Media Edition, recieved FCC approval yesterday for Verizon’s CDMA/EvDO 800/1900 bands, LTE band 13, Bluetooth and dual-band wireless-N. Apparently they also house GSM / EDGE / WCDMA functionality but are SIM-locked and disabled by firmware.

Verizon has yet to announce official pricing but based on leaked MAP pricing, they can range from $429.99-$729.99 depending on size and storage capacity. Jump past the break for a couple more FCC documents.


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“Rumored” Verizon Release Updates For Galaxy Nexus, DROID 4, DROID RAZR & DROID XYBoard

Another day, another set of rumors regarding Verizon’s release dates for their upcoming Android devices. Yes– I am sure you are all sick of these ever-changing dates, but we have some new updates. As it stands, this looks to be the almost-certain set of release dates:

Galaxy Nexus – December 9th

DROID 4 – December 22nd

DROID RAZR (White) – “Mid-December”

DROID XYBoard – December 12

Be sure to stay tuned with Talk Android folks. As soon as we have any news or updates, we’ll be sure to share them with you.

[via Droid Life]

Amazon Cancels Recent Transformer Prime Pre-Orders Due to “Lack of Availability”

Damn. I hope you weren’t one of the people who pre-ordered a Transformer Prime from Amazon this past week! If you were, then you probably already know why I am concerned. Based on emails that were sent out to those who recently placed pre-orders, it looks like Amazon over promised stock and had to cancel a bunch, citing a “lack of availability from suppliers.” That sucks! It’s hard to say if ASUS wants to limit the amount of tablets that goes through Amazon, or if they simply can’t/haven’t produced enough product to go around. Last time this happened with the OG Transformer because ASUS couldn’t crank them out fast enough. You would think that they would have learned their lesson, especially knowing they were going to release the first quad-core tablet to the market.

If you placed a pre-order already and haven’t received the above email then it’s safe to assume your OK. If the Transformer Prime was something you were hoping to pick up as a Christmas gift then you may want to check out Best Buy or CompUSA’s pre-order situation or maybe even Game Stop’s. Good luck and feel free to let out your frustrations in the comments below.

[via Droid Life]

 

Motorola Droid 4 and XYBoard Pause for a New Photo Op

Hey there…. wanna see some new pics of the DROID 4 and the DROID XYBoard’s? Here, we got a few that were just posted by CNET after they spent a couple days of hands on time with the two devices. Unfortunately they don’t have any release date information for us so these new images will have to tide us over for now.

As you can see from the pics, the DROID 4 has a direct resemblance to the new DROID RAZR, plus the addition of the slide out keyboard. If you want to check out the device’s specs, vist our previously leaked info here.

One interesting thing to note about the XYBoard is the appearance of the tablet version of the Moto Blur UI. You didn’t think they wouldn’t eventually slap it on to tablets too, did you? Thoughts? Concerns?

[via cnet]

 

Amazon Kindle Fire is outselling the iPad at Bestbuy.com

The Amazon Kindle Fire was released with high expectations. How could it not be one of the hottest items this Holiday season priced at $199.99? The real question is how well it will do against the iPad, everyone’s measuring stick. Unfortunately these two devices are completely different, but the Kindle Fire has the ability to get into more hands of mainstream Americans since it costs $300 less.

The results are starting to show as Best Buy is showing the Kindle Fire as the best selling tablet. Is this a shocker to anyone? It all comes down to price and with a name like Amazon the Kindle Fire will have continued success. Eventually Android will take over iOS for tablet market share, and the Kindle Fire will be one of the biggest contributing factors even though it’s not marketed as an Android device.

[via techcrunch]

CyanogenMod Posts Update on CM 9 Progress

Chomping at the bit for some Ice Cream Sandwich action brought to you by CM9? Then you’re in luck, sort of. The developers of CyanogenMod released an update to their blog showing progress for CM9. As they say things are “slowly starting to come together.” I think however, that given they got the source code a little over two weeks ago, they are moving along pretty well. They have a number of devices running CM9 and they are focusing on getting it on more devices.  OMAP4, MSM8660/7×30 and Exynos devices will most likely be the first ones ready for this ROM. Tablets are being shown some love too as both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Transformer are in the “pipeline” early.

Older devices will be seeing CM 9 as well. As the blog put it:

“Our goal is to provide continued support to all CM7 devices back to the QSD8250 series of devices such as the Nexus One. I don’t want to make any promises at this time, but that is the plan.”

Bad news for those of you with the original Droid. CM9 will not be seen on your device. As the CyanogenMod puts it, “time to upgrade.” Given that the Android framework has had some major changes the CyanogenMod team has had trouble with compatibility with older proprietary camera and graphics drivers, but, they are pretty confident that they will be able to overcome these issues like they have in the past. The CM team has also created a solution to CM7‘s long spin-up time by adding new devices on-demand which saves bandwidth and avoids long start-up time. 
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ASUS Transformer Prime official promo video and release date [Video]

The musical chairs of release dates for the ASUS Transformer Prime looks to be over as our friends at Android And Me spoke to a representative at ASUS and they were told to expect retail and etail availability to start the “week of December 19 or later.”  It all depends on how well pre-orders get fulfilled. I don’t know about you, but this sounds a lot like the original Transformer release. I would expect “out or stocks” at every retailer till after the New Year.

For now we can enjoy this official promo video from ASUS. If you’re not already salivating, you will be after watching it.

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[via androidandme]