ASUS Wants To Stay Ahead Of The Curve And Shares It Wants To Be The First To Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

ASUS is certainly on a roll lately. They’ve launched sexy devices such as the game-changing Transformer Prime tablet and have introduced the sexy PadFone for starters, now they want to be among the first to showcase the latest developments in the Android platform. Let me explain: it has been among the first devices— tablet or otherwise— to showcase Android 4.0. As awesome as that is, ASUS believes that’s not good enough, so it’s using its newfound close relationship with Google to make sure it’s the first manufacturer to present Android 5.0— otherwise known as Jelly Bean— to the masses. Don’t take our word for it either. During an interview with TechRadar, Asus Corporate Vice President Benson Lin shared the following:

“Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update.”

This essentially confirms a few things. One is that Ice Cream Sandwich will only see some minor tweaks and updates while in the version 4.x stage. That means Jelly Bean will not be found in 4.1, 4.2, etc.— it’s going to be a completely new Android version. The second is if you think ASUS isn’t a reputable or hot brand as of late, you may want to think again. Its quality devices released in the last 6 months or so and the fact it is among the first manufacturers to provide the latest Android updates puts it in the top tier of manufacturers. Let’s see if ASUS does follow through and continue to provide updates before the rest of its competition.

source: TechRadar
via: Android Community

Archos Apologizes For G9 ICS Delay, Deploying Within Two Weeks

It was back in December that we first heard Archos claim that its G9 series of tablets would receive the ICS update sometime in Q1 of this year. Here we are in the home stretch of the first Quarter and we have yet to see the devices get the update. Now, apparently Archos wants to apologize for the delay and is ready to put a more exact timeline on the update. They recently took to their Facebook page claiming “they fully anticipate deploying the upgrade within the next two weeks,” as I am sure you G9 are are pleased to hear. They also emphasize the importance of delivering a smooth transition to the latest version of the Android OS. At least they are trying to make it a bug-free launch unlike the one ASUS issued for the Transformer Prime.

As soon as we can pin down an exact rollout date, or when we receive word of its arrival, we will let you know.

source: Facebook
via: Android Police

 

Unique Domain Names Highlight Potential Google Tablet Features?

There seem to be more and more hints of a Google-developed tablet on the horizon. According to Slash Gear, the following domains have been snatched up and registered by MarkMonitor:

appsonplay.com
booksonplay.com
gamesonplay.com
googleplayapps.com
googleplaybooks.com
googleplaydownloads.com
googleplaygames.com
googleplaymagazines.com
googleplaymovies.com
googleplaymusic.com
googleplaynewspapers.com
googleplaynewsstand.com
googleplaytv.com
googleplayvideos.com
magazinesonplay.com
moviesonplay.com
newspapersonplay.com
tvonplay.com

While this is pure speculation— it looks like each domain gives us insight of some of the features to look forward to on the tablet. Apps, books, games, magazines, newspapers, music, movies are some of the things a tablet would indeed feature— especially if it’s intention is go directly against something like the Kindle Fire tablet. Anyone else licking their chops and salivating at the idea of a possible Nexus-branded tablet?

source: Slash Gear

Archos ChildPad – Android tablet for children

Are you tired of your toddler leaving grubby finger prints all over your sparkling new Android tablet? Finding it difficult to relax as your new expensive gadget is thrown around the house like a toy? Worry no more Android-loving parents, Archos has got your back.

The long time tablet specialists have identified a perfect niche in the market and launched the Archos ChildPad, a device which they claim “can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids,”  The ChildPad is a 7″, Android 4.0 ICS tablet powered by a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Archos has also created a brand new, child focused UI featuring big, bold colours and pre-loaded with entertainment, learning and puzzle applications especially for children. The tablet will also come preloaded with a ‘Kids App Store’ powered by AppsLib which currently contains over 10,000 applications designed for the younger mind. The ChildPad was designed according to strict CIPA and COPPA regulations and includes an advanced parental control filter deemed the most efficient in the market according to benchmarks.

The ChildPad is set to hit the shelves before the end of March and will be priced at only $129. With more than adequate technical specifications, a UI and features built to suit children and a price that seems right on point, it looks like Archos may well hit a home-run with this one.

Mums and Dads of the world, will you be considering the ChildPad for your little Droid lover? Let us know in the comments and check out the full press release below.

 

ARCHOS Announces the Child Pad, a 7” ICS Kid-Friendly Tablet

The new Child Pad will provide kid’s a safe, fun, full tablet experience at $129

March 01, 2012 03:50 PM Eastern Time

DENVER–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today a themed 7” Android tablet for children, called the Child Pad. The 7’’ Child Pad features a compact light-weight design, the latest Android version, 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The Child Pad will be available at the end of March for $129 SRP.

“ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents everywhere.”

“As a pioneer in the portable audio and Android tablet market we realize the importance of providing a tablet that can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids,” says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO. “ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents everywhere.”

Key Features & Benefits

Kid-friendly features of the Child Pad include access to the Kids App Store powered by AppsLibwhich is filtered down to 14-friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports and more.

In addition, ARCHOS has created a kid-friendly user interface with colored icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles and the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.

ARCHOS has also designed the Child Pad to comply with both CIPA and COPPA regulations, ensuring a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents. The parental controls and safe web browsing is powered by Editions Profil, whose “Mobile Parental Filter” is ranked as the most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.

Availability & Price

The Child Pad will be available in stores starting the end of March with the recommended retail price of $129.

About ARCHOS

Archos, pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android tablets, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers Android Tablets, Tablet PCs and MP3/MP4 players. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. Then in 2003 ARCHOS introduced the first portable multimedia players with TV recording. In 2006 Wi-Fi is implemented and then touch screens in 2007. In 2008, Archos launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment B of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. Website:www.archos.com.

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Onlive’s Remote Desktop Finally Lands On Android, Now Available In The Market (Video)

Recall the impressive demo we saw at CES 2012 with the Onlive Desktop in action?  Well, it’s finally made its way to the Android platform.  Sharing your PC desktop with your tablet is about to get a whole lot easier.

OnLive® Desktop is a service that provides a seamless, no-compromise, instant-response cloud-based PC desktop, wherever and whenever you want it. OnLive brings to your Android tablet a high-performance PC experience, regardless of the content, even when interacting with fast-action media.

Features:

• Instantly view, edit and create documents using actual Microsoft® Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices
• Experience high-performance, instant-response PC applications
• Interact with lag-free animation and video
• Works with most Bluetooth keyboards and mice (left-click only)

The technology works in part due to Onlive Inc’s groundbreaking video compression technology.  “OnLive harnesses the power of cloud computing to deliver a seamless, no-compromise remote PC desktop solution.”  For more information, head on over to the Android Market where you can download the application or sign up for free if you don’t already have an account. Feel free to let us know what you think of the service in the comments below.   Read more

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T With Tegra 3 Passes Through The FCC

The Asus Transformer Pad TF300T has gracefully passed through the hands of the FCC, and you know what that means.  It means it’s likely we’ll be seeing the device pretty soon.  We’ve been seeing tidbits of the device trickle through the pipeline for a while now and we’re highly looking forward to getting our hands on the more budget friendly, yet high spec’d tab soon.  The FCC approved the WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities so it’s only a matter of time before it ends up in the hands of the masses.  The devices is being touted as a cheaper alternative to the Prime and will house Nvidia’s highly coveted Tegra 3 CPU.  In addition, the device will run Android 4.0 ICS, sport an IPS display, house 16GB’s of internal storage and come with an 8 mp camera.  We’ve received no word yet as far as priceing and availability goes so stay tuned as we dig for that info.

source: FCC

Samsung Makes Education Cool with the Learning Hub [Video Demo]

Some of you may already be familiar with Samsung’s various social and cloud “hubs” that are included on current Sammy tablets and smartphones. So far they have the Social, Music, Video, Reading, and Game Hubs but they are getting ready to add the new Learning Hub that was announced at MWC. I imagine you are wondering what the Learning Hub actually is and thanks to our friends at the Phone Arena, we now have a video demo from a Samsung specialist himself. Essentially you can watch a video lecture on one half of the screen while a text explanation is displayed on the other half. What’s cool about this idea is that you can use a stylus (or finger) to highlight or take notes on the text portion of the lecture. A very interactive way of learning indeed, and one that could change education for the better.

When the Learning Hub launches on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 LTE on launch, it will provide access to over 6,000 textbooks and videos spanning across 30 different publishers. As you probably already imagined, some of the content will be free but the majority will most likely come at a reasonable price. This isn’t a bad thing when talking about furthering one’s education. Jump past the break to see what the Learning Hub is all about.  Read more

Toshiba Releases 10-Inch Excite 10 LE tablet on March 6 in US

Skinny is in this season, and Toshiba is bringing it with the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet. It’s only 0.3 inches thick and weighs 1.18 pounds. This magnesium alloy cased tablet, with a 1.2GHz processor, can be yours in the US on March 6. It will set you back $529.99 for the 16 GB version, and $599.99 for the 32 GB version. It will ship with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. The 10.1-inch screen has a Corning Gorilla Glass display, and a 1280 x 800 resolution. It has 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, micro SD card slot, micro USB, and micro HDMI ports.

We went hands-on with this tablet at CES, when it was previously called the Toshiba Excite X10. We found it to be a pretty nice piece of hardware, especially considering its thinness, but the price is a little bit high for the 1.2 GHz CPU. The ASUS Transformer Prime is a hot competitor with its Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

Check out the press release and some photos after the break.

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Camera ICS+ Gives Your Non-ICS Device the Stock Android 4.0 Camera and More

I am sure by now many of you have seen the newest Android camera that comes stock on all devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Some of you may even be a bit jealous that the camera on your device running Gingerbread, Honeycomb or Froyo can’t do all the neat added features that come equipped with the stock ICS camera app. What if I told you that yes, you could have the newest Android camera interface and features plus a whole slew of other features on your pre ICS device? Enter the Camera ICS+ app. An almost exact duplicate of the stock ICS camera, Camera ICS+ will give you all the ICS camera features and more.

First off, to begin, there is both a free and paid version of the app but for $0.99 you can snap pictures all day long without having an annoying ad plastered in your viewfinder. The major difference between this app and the stock ICS app is added filters and the ability to utilize the volume buttons as either a zoom feature, auto focus, shutter, or a combination of auto focus and shutter (the latter is one feature I really wish Google would have added in the first place, it’s really handy). Some  of the other features include: Read more

Sony Tablet P to Launch on AT&T March 4th

 

It was August of last year when Sony unveiled the Tablet P. Released in November in Europe, it is finally making its way to the U.S. via AT&T. The unique dual-screen tablet will be available on March 4th for $399.99 on contract. Sporting both HSPA+ and Wi-Fi radios, the Tablet P will have two plans to choose from if purchased on contract:

  • 3GB/month for $35
  • 5GB/month for $50

If purchased off contract for $549.99, you get the additional option of a prepaid 250MB for $14.99.

The specs include a 1Ghz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, a 5MP rear camera, and a 0.3MP front camera. It currently runs Honeycomb 3.2 but Sony promises it will eventually be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Sony Tablet P is certainly a niche device with its two 5.5-inch, 1024 x 480 screens that fold closed in a clam shell manner. When open, each screen can act independently or together as one big screen. Any app will run fine on the dual screens, but Sony will offer specially optimized apps that take advantage of this configuration. Reminds us of Kyocera’s low-end Echo on Sprint… but better.

Read the full press release after the break.

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