Firefox Beta for Android (v6) Now Available, Adds Enhanced Performance

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You know a new version of software has a significant amount of changes when you click on the “Whats New” tab and instead of a highlight of features, you’re provided with a link that brings you to the release notes on the developer’s web page. Fortunately though, Mozilla did a nice job and the release notes are laid out very well, are very detailed, and cover everything that’s new in Firefox V6.

Changes from the “Whats new” section of the release notes  include:   » Read the rest

ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro Tablet To Run Both Android 2.3 And Windows 7

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In an interesting twist, ViewSonic wants to try again at the tablet market. Rather than running Honeycomb or waiting for the next installation of Android, they’ve decided to use Bluestack’s Android virtualisation built in so Android can run as an application in Windows 7. Essentially, touch an icon to switch between Android and Windows. The tablet also features a 1.5 GHz Intel-powered processor, and the four Android buttons we all love. No price has been released for this US only (at launch) device. I can’t imagine that a tablet running Windows with the ability to essentially simulate Android will sell too well outside of the hacker world. Especially when you consider that the predecessors for Android 2.3 and Windows 7 appear to be just around the corner. But who am I to say what the market wants? At least it’s something different. What do you guys think? Failed before launch, or getting some kind of dedicated developer following ala Nexus One? ViewSonic is marketing it for business users so who knows.

[via marketwire]

European Ban On Galaxy Tab 10.1 Lifted By German Court For All But Germany

by Justin Routhier on
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Here’s a switch for you: The same German court which last week ruled in favor of Apple to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout Europe has now lifted that same ban on all EU countries except for Germany. The court was concerned it did not have the authority to prevent a South Korean company from selling their product beyond their own borders with a preliminary injunction.

Samsung may now begin shipping there tab elsewhere as they wait for that August 25th hearing to decide further on this new limited ban. All the while, more muddy watered accusations are flying over whether Apple may have tampered with evidence in the case.

[via eurodroid]

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FLUD News now available for Android

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FLUD News for Android has arrived and is hoping to gain ground in a crowded field that includes PULSE, News360, and Taptu. Already known for an excellent UI, FLUD offers the following features:

  • Access your own carefully chosen feeds, at any given time, in a beautiful and usable news interface
  • Search for RSS feeds of interest inside the application and add them with a single touch
  • Connect to Google Reader
  • Mark the article you “Love” and influence what other FLUD user will read on a minute-to-minute basis
  • View all articles you “Loved” on your Bookmarks page
  • Manage, reorder or remove feeds
  • Organize feeds into categories
  • Browse the web inside the app and play video seamlessly
  • Share articles of interest with you friends on Facebook and Twitter
  • E-mail articles to your friends from inside the application

With a slick UI, solid features, and the simple fact that you can never have enough news readers, FLUD is making a strong push to be your news reader of choice.

Now available on Android Market, you can use the source link to download or hit our apps database for the QR code.

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Samsung halts TouchWiz UX update for Galaxy Tab 10.1 to “ensure it’s a positive experience”

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There could be a major bug with the TouchWiz UX update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 because they have halted it in order to “assess progress and ensure it’s a positive experience for customers.”

There have been some reports that some users are experiencing scrambled graphics which make their Tab completely unusable. There could be other issues, but for now no updates are being pushed. We will let you know more as soon as we find out.

[via androidpolice]

[Deal] Get the Toshiba Thrive Tablet for only $368 At Walmart or Amazon

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The best deal on an Android Honeycomb tablet has been the Acer Iconia Tab A500 for $299 at either Target or CompUSA, but both of those are really $399 with a $100 gift card. If you don’t want to bother with the hassle, then you might want to take a look at the Toshiba Thrive for $368 at Walmart or Amazon.

This is only the 8GB version, but seriously do you really need more? The Thrive offers a full SD card slot so expanding storage couldn’t be easier. This deal is a little more, but still very attractive.

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CompUSA will give you a $100 gift card with the purchase of either the 16GB or 32GB version of the Acer Iconia Tab A500

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We already told you about some hot deals on the Acer Iconia Tab A500. If you are in the market for the 32GB version, CompUSA might have the best deal, which is $449 with a $100 CompUSA gift card. If you fancy the 16GB version, they are offering the same deal as Target, which is $399 along with the same $100 gift card. Who is grabbing one?

[via CompUSA 32GB or 16GB]

ASUS Eee Pad Slider may finally launch in September, specs revealed

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Could we finally see the ASUS Eee Pad Slider in September? The Slider was announced at CES back in January, but there has only been rumors. A new product page that shows off the Slider’s specs hints at a September launch in Italy.

They plan to offer 16GB and 32GB models for €479 ($400) and €479 ($550) respectively. It will have a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) screen, dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD card reader, WiFI, and Bluetooth.

It will apparently ship with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and it will be upgraded to Android 3.2 shortly thereafter. This is a little disappointing since the Transformer already has the upgrade.  A September launch should be sufficient time to get the Slider updated by then. Of course, it might be that the initial units are already produced, and it would be too much of  a pain to get them updated in time. I am willing to assume that is the case, and they will push the updats within the first week of launch.

Looks like the wait it finally over. Who is going to grab one of these?

[via engadget]

Great Deals On Acer Iconia A500 Tablet At Target, Best Buy and Walmart

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There’s no denying it; now is a great time to get your hands on an Acer Iconia A500 tablet as great deals are popping up all over.  Here’s a quick breakdown of its features:

  • Android 3.0
  • 10.1″ (1280 x 800) display
  • 1Ghz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 5MP rear-cam and 2MP front-cam

Not too shabby, right? Now onto the deals:  Wal-Mart is offing this 3.0 tab + 3 Bonus Games for $398 via their website or you can head on over to either Target or Best Buy, where you can pick up the same tab for $399 and they’ll throw in a $100 Gift Card for their respective stores.

Those are some sweet deals considering Android 3.1 for this device is already available for download and the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update will be released on August 25th.

[via androidpolice]

ASUS Padfone might debut with Android Ice Cream Sandwich on-board

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Remember the ASUS Padfone we told you about back in May? it is a 4.3-inch smartphone that docks into a hidden compartment of a tablet with a 10.1-inch display. It may not be for everyone, but there is no question that it is an intriguing device. The latest rumor is that when it comes out, it will have Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on-board.

It is expected to launch by the end of the year, but it could be delayed till the 1st quarter 2012 in order to accommodate ICS. We are also hearing that they will offer 2 colors- light copper and black. Since ICS will finally bring together Honeycomb (for tablets) and Gingerbread (for phones), it makes perfect sense for it to debut with it.

ASUS might be working on another tablet that supports 3D graphics and LTE connectivity that we probably won’t see until the 1st quarter 2012. Of course, they have the Slider which should be out this fall.

ASUS is trying to be as innovative as possible. The Transformer has been one of the most successful Android tablets, and there is no question that they will continue to differentiate themselves from other “me to” tablets. Ultimately their success has been more about pricing. The Transformer debuted at $399 and they could not keep them on the shelves.

I am an owner of the Transformer, and I doubt I will buy the Padfone, but I am very intrigued about it since I asked for this form factor back in March.

[via devicemag]