Verizon/Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 Image Surfaces

Here is another sign that Verizon’s new oddly named Motorola tablets are due to launch in the coming weeks (or at least will officially be announced). The above image recently surfaced showing the Xoom tablets’ new moniker, Xyboard, which is very Droid like and seems to veer far far away from its predecessors branding. It looks like Big Red is hoping that the Droid name and its relative marketing success will help to improve sales on Moto’s second tablet go-around. How crazy do you think the commercials are going to be for these bad boys?

[via PocketNow]

Archos Debuts The Arnova 9 G2

Remember back in July when Archos debuted the G9 series? Yeah I barely did too. I had to refresh on them myself. (Head slumped with shame)  Check this out, maybe it will help you too. Well this isn’t a G9 it’s a G2, and even thought there is no pricing with this announcement. We can assume this will priced around the level as all other mid-range tablets. The Arnova 9 G2 is 12.5mm thick and is sporting a 5 point multi-touchscreen at 9.7 inches, 1GHz processor, and is running Android 2.3.Gingerbread. Not a high-end device, but not everyone needs a high-end device. Check out the source for all the details. Keep an eye on us as well. As soon as we hear about prices we will be sure to let you know about it.

Would you be in the market for one of these? Tell us if this is a right make for you, in the comment section.

[Source Arnova]

Tablified Brings Tablet Specific App Search to Your Tablet

As we told you back in August, a web site by the name of Tablified was created to bring you a database of tablet specific apps. I have been using this web site daily since its creation and have found numerous tablet built apps from it. Well Tablified announced the other day that they are looking to bring the Tablet app experience to you with the release of its Android Tablified App.

I downloaded the app the other day and have to say that I am impressed. At times, the load time is slow but as the disclaimer in the App description states this is something they are working on fixing. However, this application does a great job in bringing the links and descriptions of over 1,100-tablet-apps straight to your tablet. Searching for apps is a breeze and those who are familiar with both the Android Market and Tablified.com will be satisfied.

While load times may be too slow for some, I will put up with it because aside from that, this app is what everyone with an Android Tablet needs. Follow the link below to get your taste of a good search application for Tablet apps.

Android Market Link

SwiftKey 2.2 Brings Improved Predictions in 35 Languages to Phones and Tablets Alike

Ever since I bought my first Android phone I had one major issue with the OS; the keyboard. For some reason it never felt as responsive or fluid as I had hoped it to be. However, a quick Market search brought me to TouchType’s keyboard, SwiftKey. While I have used it and replaced it with other keyboards, I have found myself coming back to it after its most recent update. Learning from the way you type through texts, emails, blogs and so on, SwiftKey touted that it was quite accurate and could predict the next word you were going to type, making your typing more efficient.

TouchType hasn’t stopped there and has pushed out yet another major update for the keyboard. This update brings SwiftKey to 35 languages. This version promises updates to both accuracy and predictably while also bringing support for Ice Cream Sandwich. Along with UI refinements, SwiftKey promises users the ability to predict typing even when typing inaccurately. For those who enjoy different keyboard layouts SwiftKey incorporates both Dvorak and Colemak layouts.

SwiftKey is a good choice for those looking for alternatives to the native keyboard. I am currently using this update on both my Xoom and my Razr and am thoroughly impressed. For those that are wanting to give it a whirl or read the press release hit the break below.


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HTC Entices Us With Rumored Quad-Core Tablet: HTC Quattro

Courtesy of Pocket Now

As we have seen recently, HTC isn’t wasting any time in enticing us with rumored quad-core devices. It was only yesterday they revealed another quad-core phone. Well it appears that HTC is upping the ante and is  now showing off what is rumored to be a very feature rich tablet.

This Tegra 3 quad-core tablet will feature a 10.1 inch screen at a 1280 x 768 resolution and Beats audio. It will also have 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage with a microSD slot, a 2MP HD rear facing camera, 720p capable 1.3MP front facing camera. As with most tablets it will have the full array of sensors and will include both bluetooth 4.0 and 5GHz Wi-Fi capabilities. This tablet will most likely have enhanced features like an HD movie store, Dropbox functionality for more storage and heavy integration of HTC’s scribe pen technology.

While there isn’t an exact time as to when this will be out, it sounds like HTC is shooting for early 2012. Although there aren’t any prices as of yet, the tablet should ship with both 3G and Wi-Fi only models. This in turn, will lead to different pricing models. With that being said, it will be interesting to see how HTC’s rumored devices will spur others to develop their own quad-core devices to keep up.

[via PocketNow]

Samsung Appeases German Court Ruling, Modifies Galaxy Tab And Calls It The “Galaxy Tab 10.1N”

For those in Germany disappointed at the lack of choice as far as tablets go and were forced to purchase an iPad due to an injunction issued back in August, we’ve got some good news for you.  You no longer need to smuggle tabs over into your neck of the woods, as Samsung has fully complied with the court’s ruling, making some slight modifications to its popular tablet.  What are they?  No one knows just yet, however, it appears that there is a black bezel extending slightly towards the metal rim of the device now.  In addition, the title of the tab has been slightly modified, as it’s now dubbed the “Galaxy Tab 10.1N”.  The device is now on sale in Germany and touts a shipping time of two to four days.  Here’s to hoping that Apple gives up and isn’t looking for something else to claim infringement upon. You know, like the power button or something.

[via Engadget]

Google Officially Launches Google Music Service For Android, Updates Market & App, Also Adds “Artist Hub” (Video)

The anticipation is over and as most of you are well aware, Google officially announced the launch of its new Google Music Service.  The event kicked off with a bang as they displayed a commercial touting the new service.  I’ve always said that Google is known for reinventing the wheel, and when they do, they do it well.  Google Music is no different and we’re pleased to see what the search giant has done with it. Adding incredible digital content, seamless integration with the Android Market and Google Music app, searching and discovering new music is not only going to be a cinch, but fun as hell. Lets get in to the meat and potatoes of the service shall we? Google is really focusing on making Google Music not only an easy way to get new tracks from artists you love but to also deeply integrate it’s own social network, Google Plus.

The team used an HTC Amaze for the demo and touted the service as instant, flexible, convenient and offers Instant Mix, a neat way to build play-lists with one click. Just point your browser to music.google.com and you’re all set to start listening to your uploaded music as well as purchase new content on the fly.  One of the features they showed off was the ability to “pin music” when you don’t have an adequate internet connection.  This allows you to then resume obtaining that content when you reconnect to the web later.  Google has also added features like play count and ratings in this latest release.  The company also showed off its new Google Music integration into the Android Market both on the web and on your Android device.  The new Music service on the market will offer millions of songs from all different sorts of genres, sub genres and top charts giving you generous 90 second previews.  They’ve also added better music discovery to the home page just in case you’re not sure of what you’re looking for.  The service will offer “personal recommendations” based on your music collection, which is a neat feature.  But that’s not all!  Google has also integrated the seamless ability to share your music with your friends on Google Plus.  When you download a song you like, you can instantly share it with Google Plus, offering your friends full previews while never interrupting their streams.  In addition, they can then head on over to check the artist out for themselves and get full previews of the artists’ albums.  
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Acer Iconia A700 & A701 Tablets To Feature 1920×1200 Displays & Quad-Core Tegra 3 Processors (!!)

Acer just keeps it coming. After just seeing certain Acer tablets would feature Tegra 3 chips, we now know that Acer plans on bringing even more quad-core speed demons in the not to distant future. Another user agent profile has slipped out of the cracks clearly showing specific details of what will be the Iconia A700 and A701 tablets. Here you will see that not only are there Tegra 3 quad-core chips, but there’s also a rather monstrous 1920×1200 display. Tegra 3 chip, check. 1900×1200 display, check. Ice Cream Sandwich’s full hardware acceleration, check. Ladies and gentlemen, let the new era of the tablet wars begin.

(Photo via android.HD Blog)

[via android.HD Blog]

Sharp to Release 7 Inch Galapagos Tablet

Earlier today Sharp debuted another  7-inch tablet similar to the one debuted a few months back. While killing off both the 10.8 and 5.5 inch models, Sharp showed continued support for its 7 inch line. Masami Obatake, a general manager for one of Sharp’s consumer product divisions informed reporters that they will continue bringing out new products. With that said, the Galapagos EB-A71GJ-B sports some decent features.

The tablet has a 7-inch screen with a 1024×600 resolution. Running Honeycomb 3.2, it will feature a Tergra-2 dual-core processor.  There is a chance that it may see Ice Cream Sandwich but there is no official word on it. It will have 8GB of internal storage with a micro SD slot for additional storage. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be intergrated and it will feature WiMax support. This will allow the Galapagos to act much like a Wi-Fi router with the ability to tether up to seven other devices. The device will also have a rear 5MP and a 2MP frontside camera. There will also be an HDMI out port for TV viewing.

While there is no say as to when this tablet will be seen in the United States it appears that this tablet will go on sale in Japan on December 17th.  As there are no details on pricing, it will be hard to determine if it will even make a debut here in the US. Given that it was rumored that Sharp would debut a 7-inch tablet in August, a lot of questions still need to be answered.  A source says that this will be released on September 12th however, as it is Mid-November this may be a typo as it is also hard to believe that a tablet with these specs will arrive in September of 2012.

[via AV Watch by Slash Gear]

Qualcomm Announces Next Gen Snapdragons, Brings Performance Boost And Better Power Management

Qualcomm announced today that it will be supplying a new line of chip sets to the Snapdragon family which will provide better performance and enhance battery life on mobile devices.  The CPU’s were built from the ground up and will also provide lower inventory costs, a major bonus.  In addition, the company, much like Nvidia’s TegraZone, has announced that it too will be looking to bring on board a number of high performance games to Android which will take full advantage of the new CPU’s.  Games include, The Ball, Fight Game Heroes, and Galaga Special Edition.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Qualcomm 1,2]