Larry Page on Ice Cream Sandwich: ‘You won’t believe what we’ve managed to get done in this release’

Google just announced earnings, and they destroyed expectations as earnings came in a $2.73 billion while revenue was $7.51 billion. During the conference call, Google CEO Larry Page had some interesting things to say regarding Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be unveiled next Wednesday October 19 in Hong Kong.

“I’m super excited about the soon to be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s right, Ice Cream Sandwich. You don’t believe what we’ve managed to get done in this release,” said Page.

Other interesting things to note is that Android now has 190 million activations in 130 countries, up from 135 million 3 months ago. Google+ has over 40 million users, and over 3.4 billion photos have been uploaded to date.

[via zdnet]

Apple Wins Injunction, Galaxy Tab 10.1 Banned In Australia

In the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung war, it looks like Apple has put a nail in the coffin one more time, this time in Australia. A little over a week ago Apple rejected a proposal from Samsung to end this tablet battle. What’s even more crazy is right before the ruling was to go down to possibly ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, Samsung set up a temporary store two doors down from the Sydney Apple Store. Yesterday, the Federal Court granted Apple’s injunction to ban the Tab 10.1 in Australia until a trial is had to resolve the patient disputes between the two companies. Samsung has stated they would kill the release of the 10.1 if the injunction was granted as, without holiday sales, the tablet would be “dead” by the time it actually hit stores. The two players will be returning to court today to see if Samsung will be allowed to sell a modified version minus the technology that Apple sited in the complaint on two patents. Well, there you have it folks. I know this is getting old, but news is news. Take it as you will.

[via bloomberg]

ASUS’ Quad-Core Transformer 2 Tablet Could Launch November 7th

After months of anticipation, we may finally see the launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2, packed with that drool-worthy NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core processor we’ve been dreaming about. The online retailer, LambdaTek Component Shop, shows the Transformer 2 (listed as model number TF201-1I020A) as in-stock on November 7th, which would make good on ASUS CEO Jerry Shen’s comments last week that the device would indeed launch by the end of the year. Interestingly enough, the price is set at £537.85 (tax included) or about $739.77 USD, which is an increase of more than 45% from Shen’s remarks regarding its projected retail cost.

Let’s check out those specs:

  • Runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • 10.1-inch display
  • 32GB of storage
  • 1GB of RAM

[via bgr]

QuickOffice To Receive 5.0 Update In November, Adds New UI and Document Sharing

The folks over at QuickOffice were hanging around CTIA this week and were extremely pleased to reveal a new update to the popular and widely used office application for Android.  The new QuickOffice 5.0 will offer new features to compliment both smartphones and tablets.  We can expect a ton of UI tweaks and the new ability to share your work with friends and colleagues on Twitter, Facebook and even LinkedIn.  In addition, they have added some other welcomed add-ons such as popular note taking apps like Catch and Evernote.  The fine folks at QuickOffice say the software update can be expected around mid-November at its original launch price.  As a major fan and user of QuickOffice myself, I highly look forward to using the productivity application on both my tablet and smartphone.  Check out the quick pics and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.

Pics courtesy of Droid Life

[via DroidLife]

Panasonic Announces Two New “Rugged Strength” BizPad Android Tablets

Panasonic has made an official announcement for their two new BizPad Android tablets that targets business consumers with a need for a “rugged strength” device while on the go. Protections the tab offers include water, dust and shock resistance to ensure your business doesn’t come to a screeching halt while you’re away from the office. Plus, expanding the device’s power is made easier with an interchangeable battery pack for those extended business activities. Additional features include:

  • IC card reader/writer IC (in accordance with NFC)
  • Enhanced security features
  • Runs Android Honeycomb 3.2
  • Optional 3G

Panasonic’s 7-inch JT-580VT Series will be available this December and their 10.1-inch JT-581VT Series should be released in January; the cost of each has yet to be firmed up.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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Samsung announces Enterprise Alliance Program

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of SAFE, Samsung announced the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program which is an enterprise mobility ecosystem for Samsung and its enterprise solution partners. The program will allow enterprise solution partners to implement their solutions on Samsung mobile devices more efficiently.

There are four tiers of membership and depending on what tier, enterprise partners are provided with technical support for solution development on Samsung mobile devices, joint marketing and sales support through Samsung’s enterprise mobility website, and enterprise mobility focused events to ultimately develop business opportunities together.

“The Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program is a true testament to Samsung’s growing and influential enterprise presence and our dedication to facilitating a cooperative environment for our business-to-business partners,” said Ken Daniels, Sr. Director of Strategic Alliances at Samsung Telecommunications America. “Our new program aims to not only redefine the relationships between Samsung and its enterprise partners, but in doing so, to ultimately enhance the experience of employees and consumers who utilize our enterprise-ready devices.”

Full press release after the break:

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10e might be headed to the UK and Netherlands

ViewSonic has been going tablet crazy with the ViewPad 7x, ViewPad 7e, and ViewPad 10pro. Now it looks like they are gearing up to release the ViewPad 10e which will sport a 9.7-inch (1024 x 768) IPS display, a 1.3MP camera, and is only 9mm thick. Incidentally the screen size is the same as the TouchPad and iPad 2.

We don’t have anything else to go on, but it will run Gingerbread and it won’t be a dual-OS setup like the 10pro. We are not sure when it will be available, but it will be fairly priced at €250 ($340).

[via engadget and portablegear]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi Passes Through FCC

A little over a week ago we reported to you that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus would be coming soon with some nice spec upgrades compared to the original Tab including Honeycomb and a 1.2GHz dual-core. The 7.0 Plus has passed through the FCC’s testing which means we should be able to see one on the shelves very soon. There is no mention of a carrier radio here, but I’d have to guess that will be right around the corner as well. Anyone looking to pick one of these up when they hit or are you a carrier radio enabled tablet person only.

[via FCC]

Samsung ambushes iPhone 4S launch in Australia just days before Judge makes decision on Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban

Things have really heated up in Australia where recently Apple rejected Samsung’s latest offer to settle the dispute over the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This Thursday, the Australian court will make a ruling which could result in a ban of the tablet.

If that’s not enough, Samsung has set up a temporary store just two doors down from the Sydney Apple store. The iPhone 4S launches this Friday, but Samsung is giving away the Galaxy S II for $2 for the first 10 customers each day through Friday in an effort to cut into Apple’s launch. They are also promoting their new music subscription service called Music Hub.

This war shows no signs of slowing down as Samsung recently filed suit in both France and Italy in an attempt to block the iPhone 4S from launching, but for whatever reason hasn’t filed the same complaint in Australia. I would expect a filing to happen right after this latest judgement comes in.

[via smh and reuters]

SlingPlayer Now Available For Android Tablets

Sling Media announced today that SlingPlayer is now available in the Android Market for tablets running Android 3.0 or later. If your unfamiliar with SlingBox, this is a device hooked up to your cable at home which lets you stream your TV content to another device. SlingPlayer for tablets will cost you $29.99 in the market, but this software will give you the ability to use your existing cable service almost anywhere. You can grab the app from the market right here if you’re already a SlingBox owner and have a tablet. If not, check out the source link to see if a SlingBox might be for you as there is also an app for android phones as well. Anyone rocking a SlingBox at home?

[via slingbox]