Asus is “Working on a fix” for the Original Transformer ICS Update Issues; To Possibly Arrive Next Week

If you guys are like me, then you spammed the Check Update option on your original Transformer for the ICS update that was available Late-February. While I fell in love with my tablet all over again because of the update I noticed that as the days progressed my tablet would randomly reboot itself. Sometimes it would reboot it four – five times in a row before it would stay on. Then about an hour later it would reboot itself yet again. While it never rebooted in the middle of using it, watching it reboot itself randomly became rather frustrating. Heck, sometimes it would look up in the middle of a boot cycle. It appears that I am not in the minority with these experiences. Other users are reporting lock-ups during reboots,  and other various bugs as well.

Like the Transformer Prime update and its update problems Asus has taken to announcing that a fix is in the works for the original Transformer ICS update. While users have reported that uninstalling apps, updating widgets and factory resets have helped, this is not a good premise for Asus; especially considering their Hopes to have the next Nexus device and the first roll out of Jelly Bean. Asus writes in regards to the TF101 issues: Read more

Acer announces special edition Iconia Tab to celebrate 2012 Olympics


Looking forward to the 2012 Olympic Games in London? It certainly seems that Acer is, earlier today it announced the Iconia Tab A510 Olympic Games Edition to mark the occasion. Early signs suggest this is nothing more than some smart marketing as the technical specifications appear to be identical to the forthcoming Iconia Tab A510. The only notable difference is cosmetic and consists of a discreet Olympic rings silver logo on the rear of the tablet.

For those of you who missed the details of the original Iconia Tab A510 the first time around, here’s a quick reminder of the highlights :-

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM
  • 10.1″, 1280 x 800 touch screen
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options
  • 9800 mAh battery
Acer says that the Olympic Edition Iconia Tab will launch in the UK around the same time that the 2012 Olympics kick off, there is no word yet on international availability. There’s also no word on pricing at this time but we would hope that it won’t be any higher than the  €399 ($522) listed for the standard edition.Check out the full press release below and be sure to let us know in the comments if the Olympic branding adds any additional appeal to this high-end Android tablet. Read more

New 9.7-inch Viota M970 Tablet Unveiled, Goes Nice And Easy On The Wallet

Personally, I’m stoked now that I’m seeing tablets decrease in price.  Today, there are quite an array of tablets to choose from if you can’t afford one of the higher-end devices out there. However, with that being said, though there are some fairly discounted tablets around, you’ll most likely pay in the spec department.  However, every once in a while you’ll get a gem either with tablets or smartphones and become surprised.  Remember the AT&T Pantech Burst?  A rather low-costing device ($50) that surprised the world with what was under the hood?  In recent news a device dubbed the Viota M970 made me recall how I felt when the Burst hit the market the way it did. The tablet was manufactured by a no name entity in the U.S. and offers  a 9.7-inch IPS display with a 1.5 GHz box-chip A10 single core ARM Cortex-A8 CPU.

The device appears to take some design ques from Apple’s iPad however, it’s very stylish and doesn’t look cheap at all.  So no shame and head-lowering at the tablet party this year.  It only sports 512 MB of RAM but offers an option for the seller to toss in 1GB.  There’s also the Mali 400 graphics, a Micro SD card slot, dual 5mp/2mp cameras, 4GB of on-board storage and an HDMI out port.  Furthermore, to please the masses, the tab will be running ICS 4.0 out of the gate.  Toss in a 6,000 mAh battery and now its just draw dropping for the price.  Speaking of the price, the device is going to be offered for a mere $120 buckaroos.  Look for it possibly around the May or June mark.  So, if you’re on a serious budget but can no longer ignore the massive tablet roll-out, then this might be worth taking a look at.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Notebook News






ASUS could be manufacturer of choice for upcoming Google Nexus tablet

There has been a lot of speculation on a Google Nexus tablet over the last year or so, and things really started heating up this past week when news came out that Google is working on a 7-inch tablet to go head to head with the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook series. If this in fact true, the big question is who is making it? Well the latest rumor from Android and Me suggests that ASUS could be the lucky company.

This really isn’t surprising because not only does ASUS have the most innovative tablets, but they also update them timely. The Transformer Prime and the original Transformer already have ICS. There’s also the fact that ASUS said they expect to be one of the first manufacturers to offer the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean update. There’s no question they are working very close with Google, so this rumor adds up in my opinion.

Wait!! There’s even more good news: It’s expected to be priced at $199, have the quad-core Tegra 3 (4-Plus-1) processor, and have a 1280 x 800 display. Production is expected to start in April with a June release. This really doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility since ASUS recently showed off the MeMo 370T at CES, which is a 7-inch Tegra 3 device that’s expected to retail for $249.

I think we will see this tab at Google I/O for sure, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was this year’s gift handed out to attendees.

source: androidandme



Fotolio is a Photo Portfolio For Tablets

Looking for a lightweight photo gallery and portfolio app that takes advantage of the larger screen of your tablet? XDA member Apachi2k was, and when he was not satisfied with what he found, he wrote his own and called it Fotolio. Optimized for 7 or 10 inch tablets, Fotolio was created as a way for photographers and artists to showcase their portfolios. The developer explains:

I am a photographer and know a little bit of programming from high school days. I love the Xoom tablet and first thing I thought of using it for was for my photography portfolio. I soon realized that the built-in gallery is way overkill for something like a portfolio which gave me an idea to develop a simple app suited to showcase art or photography portfolios.

The app is pretty no-frills with the only real options being what folder you want to browse, what layout to show, and a slide show mode. This helps keep the app running smoothly while getting the job done. Check out screen shots and download links after the break.

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CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies For Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II, ASUS Transformer Series Now Available

Everyone’s favorite custom ROM, CyanogenMod 9,  is coming to more devices on a nightly basis with the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Wi-Fi, Google I/O edition, and T-Mobile version), Samsung Galaxy S II (non-U.S.), ASUS Transformer, and ASUS Transformer Prime.

The addition of these devices comes on top of nightlies for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom. Remember, these ROMs are built every night and could be buggy and unstable, so flash at your own risk!

Download links after the break.

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GO Launcher Development Team Creates GO Launcher HD Beta For Android 3.0+ Tablets

One of the best launchers available is now available for Android 3.0+ tablets. The GO Launcher development team has developed an tablet-specific version called GO Launcher HD. While the launcher is currently in beta, there are some nifty highlights you can find in the launcher. For starters, there is the given ability to change your grid size in your various homescreens. Also, the launcher is incredibly fluid and smooth, which means transitions won’t be as choppy as some customized skins out there.

Although it’s currently in beta, GO Launcher HD is indeed available— though not in the Android Market at this time. If you fancy trying out having a new look to your homescreen, hit up the download link below. Don’t forget to let us know how it works out for you in the Comments section below or in our Forums.

GO Launcher HD download link

source: Android Police

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