It was a month ago that the European HTC Flyer was issued the well-deserved Honeycomb update and at that time HTC said the Wi-Fi version would receive the same treatment in the near future. Well the near future is hear my friends, as HTC began to push out the Android 3.2 update this morning. Users are reporting better overall improvements, smoother operation and no wallpaper lag. If you are the owner of a Wi-Fi Flyer be on the lookout for the update. Rollouts tend to take a period of time to reach all devices so be patient, you will get a notification when your device is next in line.
Now we can begin to wonder if and when the Flyer will receive Ice Cream Sandwich! Any guesses?
[via Android Central]
Hello kids, we have an interesting tidbit of news to those of you who are Xoom WiFi tablet owners. Motorola just shot out a ‘confidential’ email out to Xoom WiFi owners indicating what looks to be a major “project” about to get underway. The project is specifically targeted at those who have the “Google Experience” version of the tablet:
Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a project for owners of the “Google Experience Device” version of the WiFi-only Motorola Xoom. (This is the U.S. version only.) If you own this particular model, we would like to invite you to participate.
Click this link to take a short enrollment survey for this project. Please note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to take part. We have recently moved our forums communities to a new site, and YOU MUST RE-REGISTER to be considered a member. Please visit our new site and complete your registration update if you have not done so already. Be sure to fill out the MFN opt-in information on the new site.
This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this project on any public sites.
Thanks — please understand that project start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.
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I’m sure you’re all wondering what this means. Well, we’re not exactly sure what this means, but we think we may have an idea. To those of you who don’t know, while the Xoom tablet is labeled under the Motorola brand, it’s one of the rare Android devices to sport a stock Android experience (untouched Honeycomb in this case). In addition, the device is branded as a developer device– meaning it’s in the same category as other developer devices such as the Nexus S and thus, receives software updates directly from Google. Moreover, the developer devices such as the Nexus S and Xoom WiFi tablet sees updates well before other devices as you already know.
There’s an added twist to this project MOTO is leading. We’ve never seen MOTO mention anything before about the “Google Experience” on any of their devices. If there’s any indication of what’s to come, we may be seeing the anticipated update of the Motorola Xoom tablet to that sweet, sweet Android 4.0 glory. Of course the “project” could end up being a small update as we’ve already seen before. No word yet on when the testing will begin or the timeframe of this “project”, but you can bet the “project” will be rolled out as a formal update to the masses if all goes well. Let’s hope this is the initial process for the tablet tasting that Ice Cream Sandwich goodness.
A new leak is giving us a glimpse at one possible CES 2012 device to be introduced by the Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS. This little gem is said to be the Android-running 7-inch (1280 x 800 resolution) Eee Pad Memo with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 3G and WiFi connectivity, and 16GB to 64GB of flash memory. This tablet is rumored to be launched as early as later this month and will most likely feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
For those of you that are still waiting for your Transformer Prime to ship you may be a little more reluctant on signing for your package when it arrives. Folks and users who were able to successfully get their hands on this fancy new Tegra 3, quad-core device are starting to report issues pertaining to the device’s GPS. Asus’ official take is for you to turn on WiFi for extra location assistance, however a few folks smell what could be a coverup as Asus pulled previous mention of a GPS feature on the tablet from their official site. While the Prime was updated to fix some bugs, those customer complaints weren’t addressed and there is no telling when they will be. This is interesting news considering the WiFi issues it was rumored to have that also the the supposed reason the tablet was rumored to be delayed. Read more
Have you ever sat at your computer and wondered who uses the Android OS and how they actually use it? Well, neither have I, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not something that would be interesting to see. Thanks to the people at BlueStacks, who sent us an infographic called Mr. Android 2011, we can now see a breakdown of such things. However, this isn’t a normal sort of breakdowns for Android stats, but rather, a breakdown of the male gender and how they interact with Android daily. They show various stats such as hair color or hair length, what kind of clothing is worn, or even how many male android users have zero paid apps on their phone (33%). So if you are interested in the breakdown hit the break below to check out Mr. Android 2011. Read more
The celebration continues at Amazon. In addition to the Kindle Fire outselling the competition, Amazon can now lay claim for its Kindle family having record-breaking sales. While not giving a specific number, the company claims “customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers”. It isn’t as if it’s a complicated formula for Amazon either. That attractive $199 price point and assortment of features makes it much more accessible for consumers wanting to enjoy a tablet experience. All of this adds up to the Kindle Fire being the best-selling product on Amazon.com’s mobile website and across all of Amazon.com’s mobile applications.
Also of note are the successes of Kindle book downloads & sales from authors as well as the sales of products from 3rd party businesses. Amazon highlights “In 2011, Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace author CJ Lyons reached #2 on the Amazon best seller list, #2 on the New York Times best seller list, and #4 on the USA Today best seller list”. The company also points out “the number of sellers who exceeded $5,000 in sales during the holiday season increased 44 percent year-over-year. For the year, businesses on Amazon sold hundreds of millions of units worth billions of dollars worldwide”. The champagne certainly must be flowing at the Amazon corporate offices even though we’re still a few days from the new year. Hit the break to see the full presser from Amazon.
When Samsung launched its phone/tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note, back in October, many felt that it was too big of a screen for a smartphone and thought sales would be bleak. Well here we are about two months later and Samsung reports that they have already shipped over 1 million units, proving there is actually reasonable desire for such a large smartphone.
As it stands right now, the device is only available in select countries overseas but Samsung aims to bring the Note to the states as well. Along with the 1 million units announcement today, Samsung also confirmed plans to embrace the US market with the Galaxy Note’s presence. No word on which carrier/s would get dibs on the phablet, but I imagine AT&T is already lined up since we have already discussed its compatibility with their 4G network.
Who’s been holding out for this bad-boy?
[via Sammy Hub]
ASUS has done it again with the Transformer Prime. The original Transformer was very hot, and if you remember, it was very difficult to get your hands on one when it first launched. Now the Transformer Prime is going through the same issues.
If you’re in the market for one, head over to Best Buy online right now because they have the 32GB gray version available right now for $499.99. They even listed it as leaving the warehouse within one business day. We’re not sure how many they have or how long it will be available, but if you want one, you better grab one fast. Hit the source link to order.
[via best buy]
Last month we told you about a leak that surfaced, stating that US cellular would be getting a couple of Samsung devices in the near future. Well today, Android Central has gotten a hold of another piece of tell-tale info showing that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S II are headed to the regional carrier, adding further belief that the rumor is true. The image above is a screenshot of US Cellular’s ESN system and it clearly shows the two devices serial numbers.
No word on when the two popular Sammy devices will be available, but I imagine sometime early next year. We will keep you posted as the news unfolds.
[via Android Central]