The Acer Iconia Tab A200 in Leaked Promo Video

Acer Iconia Tab

 Given that the holiday season is upon us, and that the idea of being around those close to us is engrained in our brains, a newly leaked video is circulating the internet that demonstrates Acer Iconia Tab A200 with that in mind. This tablet has a Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM, which compared to Acer’s Tegra 3 tablets coming out,  seems pretty mundane. That doesn’t mean that the tablet will be a slouch by any means, and if pricing is somewhat lower this could very well be a solid contender in the tablet market. However, those interested in power may want to check out Acer’s quad-core options first.

The video does show off some of the A200′s features. The form factor is displayed as well as the use of a full sized USB port. This is nice considered that these ports should be standard by now. There isn’t a release date yet but given the theme of the video, I would guess sometime here this holiday season. Given the rumors saying otherwise, it’s nice to see Acer pushing forward in the Android tablet market. For those that are interested, hit the break to check out the video. While the narration may come off as almost creepy it shows the tablet in a wide array of uses. 
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ASUS Transformer Prime Release Date Plays Musical Chairs

Oh man. Looks like the ASUS Transformer Prime is following in the footsteps of the Galaxy Nexus and release dates are being ‘confirmed’ and suggested left and right! Gamestop is responsible for most of the confusion, saying the device would release on Dec. 9th, then Nov. 28, then changing it back to the 9th again bringing us to this mornings claim of December 19th! Which is it Gamestop!? And to only make matters worse, now NetbookNews has reported to Phandroid, claiming that an ASUS spokesman has verified Dec. 8th as the day that US customers will be able to get their hands on the illusive quad-core beast. Unbelievable! That’s pretty much all I can say about the round-about nonsense surrounding the release of this Tablet and that everything at this point is precisely that, unbelievable.

Until we get further notice straight from the horse’s mouth, we can’t wont predict a ‘confirmed’ release date. There is too much going on for me to be a betting man, but I am more inclined to believe NetbookNews over Gamestop. Pick a date and cross your fingers.

[via Phandroid]

 

 

Sonos adds Android tablet support, Slacker Radio, and new Spotify features

Sonos just announced Sonos System Software 3.6 which brings Android tablet support. Sonos is the leading manufacturer of wireless music systems, and it allows you to stream “all the music on earth” wirelessly in every room. Now you can control it wirelessly with an Android tablet, including the Kindle Fire, HTC Flyer, Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Tablet S, and others. Previously it was only available to Android phones.

In addition, you can now listen to your favorite or custom Slacker Radio stations. Spotify integration is now improved as users now have access to their Spotify Inbox and can now play music from Spotify’s new releases and top tracks.

Last but not least, Sonos is introducing Sonos Labs, which is a new Beta environment. Users will have the ability to test out new services before they are officially launched.

Full press release after the break:


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Details About The Upcoming Motorola Xoom Update Surfaces– Motorola Says Don’t Hold Your Breath For Android 4.0… Yet

Remember when we told you about that one “project”? You know– that “project” Motorola was planning for the Motorola Xoom tablet? I am sad to report that it will simply be a minor update, not the one you’ve all been really wanting. The Verizon LTE version of the Xoom tablet will get improved support for pay-as-you-go customers. Here’s what the head honchos of the beta testing group outlined their explanation in an email:

“Hi again.

Thanks very much for signing up to give feedback about your Motorola Xoom on Verizon. You will be testing final software for your LTE Xoom. Despite the wild rumors about ICS, this is a very limited update providing improved support for pay-as-you-go customers on Verizon. It should be essentially “invisible” in terms of device operation.

Because of this, we will be looking for feedback on two primary questions:

  • Did you update successfully?
  • If yes, did the update alter your device in any unexpected way?

We feel this software is safe and ready, but your input will provide the data we need to make a go/no-go decision. Here are key points to know:

 

  • I will send out another email with a survey where you can provide your answers to these two questions.
  • It will come within a few hours of when the software begins to be pushed to your phones.
  • That push is expected around mid-day tomorrow.
  • Please do not post comments on public sites about this update; instead provide your input through the survey I will provide.
  • Please do respond to the survey by Friday morning. We expect to make our decision to release this update later that day

Do not send emails to this account or PM me unless I ask you to do so. General questions sent to either place will go unanswered — put your questions and comments in the survey please.

Thanks again for your confidentiality and participation. Your help with updates like this certainly counts in your favor when other test opportunities arise.

Regards,

- Matt
  Motorola Owners’ Forums
  Motorola Feedback Network”

So there you have it. This invisible update is intended specifically for pay-as-you-go users. As always, take great care and caution with updating your tab and make sure the update doesn’t have any unintended effects (i.e. bugs, crashes, etc.). Oh and don’t fret Xoom owners– you won’t be getting ICS now, but we can certainly expect it to arrive in the near-future.

Kindle Fire Gets Visit From CyanogenMod 7

If you are at all familiar with the rooting of Android devices and custom ROM’s, then I am sure you have heard of CyanogenMod and its CM line of custom ROM’s. CM7 has got to be one of the most popular Android custom ROM’s and can be found for both phones and tablets. The latest addition to devices seen running CM7 is the Amazon Kindle Fire. Although still in its early stages, XDA member, JackpotClavin, has posted a few images of his Fire running the CM7 ROM but it definitely needs more work before I can recommend that you try it out.

At the moment, a few things aren’t working properly like the touchscreen (rather important, no?) and the fact that you loose Amazon integration, preventing access to the Appstore and the like. On the up side though, Wi-Fi is working and if you don’t like the Amazon UI than this enhanced version of Android Gingerbread might just be up your alley. For more details about CM7 on the Kindle Fire, hit the source link below. Looks a bit rough to me so I recommend sitting on the sidelines until they get all the issues figured out, but I reckon that shouldn’t be too long from now anyway.

[via XDA]

 

Lenovo Gets Serious, Intros The LePhone S2 and LePad S2005 5″ Tabletphone

Lenovo has decided to join the party once again with a couple of contenders in the mobile market.  The company has introduced their LePhone S2 device, and while other than its single core 1.4 GHz CPU, the device has a lot to offer for the average consumer.  And then there’s the LePad S2005 “Tabletphone” topping the charts at 5-inches to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The LePhone S2, while firmly dedicated to the phone category, offers a 3.8-inch 800 x 480 TFT display with a single core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU,  Android 2.3.4, 512 MB of RAM and 8GB ROM or 1GB of RAM with 16 GB ROM (no sd card for expanding on either device).  There’s an 8 meg CMOS camera that supports 720p and it’s all charged and ready to go housing a 1500 mAh battery under the hood.  The device comes in at 10.9 mm thin which isnt’ too bad.  No word as of yet on a release date but stay tuned for that.  In addition, the folks over at Engadget received word that starting today the S2 will be sold for RMB 2,990 ($470) unsubsidized.  Furthermore, a TD-SCDMA variant is in the works for a future release on China Mobile.  
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New Verizon Map List Out: DROID Bionic $199 On-Contract

Verizon Map List

Photo Courtesy of Droid Life

 

With today’s fancy new phones on the market, i.e. the Razr and soon-to-be (here’s hoping) Galaxy Nexus, it’s only a matter of time before the “Phone to rule all phones” becomes seasoned and drops in price. Well it appears that this is the case and Verizon is dropping the price to the DROID Bionic to $199 on-contract or $100 dollars less than two months ago.

Other noteworthy items include the original Xoom on sale for the holiday price of $199.99. It may stay that way so that Verizon can unload original Xoom before the new Motorola tablet arrives. The Nexus appears to be going for the $299.99 price most new Verizon flagship phones go for.

[via Droid Life]

Korean Galaxy Note Gets LTE, Heading to the US?

If you thought the Samsung Galaxy Note was something special, well, than the addition of LTE compatibility should make it even that much more intriguing. In case you hadn’t heard, Samsung just announced the LTE version of the Galaxy Note and is expected to land in South Korea sometime soon, with the possibility of a US appearance not completely out of the question.

With its 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, the Note has been a well received device in Europe and as it often happens with international devices, us stateside folks seem to be a bit jealous that we don’t have access to Sammy’s stylus toting beast. Word has been a flyin’, claiming that the US will eventually get their own rendition of the Galaxy Note but nothing we have seen yet leads us to believe a US appearance would happen anytime soon, until today.
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Motorola Has Another “Project” On The Way, This Time For Xoom Tablet

Well, it looks like we have another “project” in the works. First comes the “project” for the Droid Bionic, now it is something for the Motorola Xoom tablet. An email is currently being circulated among Xoom users in the Moto Support Forums:

“Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a project for owners of the Motorola Xoom on Verizon, and 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.

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.

- Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network”

Now what could this “project” be? Perhaps a minor update to fix some bugs? Or maybe it could be the intial phase of Xoom receiving that new sweet treat? Let’s hope it’s the latter. Stay tuned everyone!

 

Best Buy and CompUSA Jump on the Transformer Prime Pre-Order Bandwagon

It’s true that many of you have passed up on holiday tablet sales just to save your hard earned cash for the next best thing. I am willing to go out on a limb to say that device could only be non other than the ASUS Transformer Prime.

The quad-core Tegra 3 driven beast has already been promised a future ICS upgrade and we’ve even seen it running in action. Amazon and Gamestop were the first to start taking pre-orders but now Best Buy and CompUSA wants a piece of the action as well. Both colors of the Transformer Prime can be pre-ordered right now through Best Buys website for $499.99, as they are only offering the 32GB versions at this time. CompUSA has both colors and variations with the 32GB and 64GB models going for $499.99 and $599.99 respectively. Hit either of the source links below to place your pre-order or for further details.

Rumors still point at a December 9th release date but we have yet to obtain any official confirmation other than “sometime in December”.

[via Best Buy / CompUSA]