Amazon will show Apple what is Magical with a $249 high-end Android tablet

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We know that Amazon will be launching a tablet or tablets soon, and most analysts are predicting that they will have the best chance at putting a dent into Apple’s dominance with the iPad.

How do they plan on doing it? Well their name for starters, but lets be serious, if you want to come out with a splash then you severely undercut your competition with price. Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin thinks the Amazon tablet will cost $300, but they will discount the price to $249 with the hopes of getting their money back with sales from the Amazon app store. It is expected that they could recoup the loss from each tablet within 6 months and make a profit of 10 to 30 percent per tablet over the next 18 months.

Not only would this effect Apple, but it would also affect all Android manufacturers. Pricing like this make sense because I am still asking myself why anyone needs to pay $400 to $600 for a tablet that gives you nothing more than a smartphone except for screen size.

I have already predicted that Android will own the tablet market share by March 2012. If Amazon decides to go with this lower price, it may happen by the end of 2011.

Are you guys ready to jump on board with Amazon if they come in at $249?

[via eweek]

Android 3.2 Honeycomb Update For Acer Iconia Tab A500 Delayed Until August 25th

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According to Acer’s Malaysian Facebook page, Acer Iconia Tab A500 owners will receive an Android 3.2 OTA update on August 25th due to a delay from Google regarding “poicy changes”. Even with the delay, this new update will be less than two months after the tablet’s Android 3.1 release.

Acer posted this to it’s wall:

“Dear Fans, due to some policy changes from Google where Acer has to comply, the A500 Honeycomb 3.2 OTA update will be postponed to 25th August, we apologize for the disappointments and upsets but we will be bringing the final and stable update to all of our A500 fans asap! Please be patient guys”

Any Acer Iconia Tab A500 users out there chomping at the bit for some Honeycomb? Leave us a comment below!

[via facebook]

Google Videos now working on Android 2.2 and higher

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Google Videos was originally launched on the Motorola XOOM back in May, and is has finely become available to a lot more people. If you are rocking Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher, you can head over to the Market and install it.

Google Videos is the official player for all Android Market movie rentals. There are thousands of movie titles that you can begin watching instantly, or if you know that you won’t be data connected, you can make them available for offline use.

It will also offer you access to your personal video collection including those awesome movies you took with your tablet or phone camera.

Hit the source link to download or scan the QR code.

[via android market]

Samsung vs Apple in the Netherlands will be decided on September 15th

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We already reported that Apple succeeded in getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked from most of Europe. The exception was the Netherlands, and the proceedings came to a close today. Apple presented market research that 80% of respondents felt that the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1 were “identical” or at least “similar in general impression.” Apple also alleged infringement from the Galaxy S and Galaxy Ace. Samsung argued that Apple’s arguments were so vague that any digital photo frame would be an infringement.

The judge seemed amused at the arguments and called the legal representatives “terriers.” He finished by saying a ruling would come down on September 15th, and if an injunction were to come, it would be October 13th. If you are in the Netherlands and you are thinking about getting a Galaxy Tab 10.1, you have at least 63 days to save up your money.

[via engadget]

Logitech keyboard case for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 now up for pre-order

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 looking for a keyboard case need to check out Logitech’s new offering. It is on the expensive side, but it seems well worth it. It will hold your Tab 10.1 in portrait or landscape mode, it is Bluetooth, charges over USB, includes shortcut keys, and made of aircraft-grade aluminum. The price is $99, and it is the perfect accessory for your Galaxy Tab 10.1. If you are interested, hit the source link to place your order.

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Acer Iconia Smart Slated For Release In September

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Remember the Acer Iconia Smart?  How could you, with its massive 4.8-inch display?  Is it a phone or a tablet?  Yes, to answer your question.  We’ve finally received some word on a release date courtesy of Acer’s Facebook page.  According to Acer, the device is slated for a release date in September.  The device’s specs still remain the same sporting a 4.8-inch capacitive touch display, a single core Snapdragon CPU, Gingerbread 2.3 and dual cameras.  You can expect to pay close to a whopping $710.00 bucks US for the monster.  That’s a little pricey for yesterday’s specs if you ask me.  However, to each his own.  We would have liked to at least seen a dual-core chip set on board.  Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

[via fb by engadget]

Apple Patents The Rectangle: Still Don’t Believe Apple Is Patent Trolling?

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Alright, raise your hand if you were surprised when Apple sued Motorola for their XOOM tablet. No one? You know why no one is surprised? This is becoming a common Apple product. Apple doesn’t seem content with suing Samsung, their (more than likely) biggest tablet competitor. Now that they’ve won that battle, they’ve moved onto Motorola for their XOOM. It’s like I called Apple’s success against Samsung being used as a precedent in other cases. Oh wait, I did. We just reported that Apple has filed a complaint against Motorola in Europe for its XOOM tablet. You know what this means? Apple is officially a patent troll.

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Apple files a complaint against the Motorola XOOM in Europe for its design

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Earlier today we reported that Apple got a preliminary injunction against Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Europe. Well prior to or simultaneously with the motion for this injunction, Apple filed a complaint with the same court over the design of the Motorola XOOM.

There is a passage within the Samsung complaint that mentions Motorola and a local German company called JAY-tech. The passage says that Apple filed a complaint with Motorola, but doesn’t state whether they requested a preliminary injunction or not. It is possible that they asked for a permanent injunction instead.

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German Court Orders Samsung To Halt Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sales Across Europe

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Give this round to Apple.  A German court has granted Apple a preliminary injunction in its patent dispute with Samsung. The ruling, which is on the grounds of community design infringement by Samsung, effectively halts all sales and advertisements of the Galaxy 10.1 across the European Union (EU).

According to EU Law, German trademark rulings have a multinational effect, which in this case impacts all fellow members with the exception of the Netherlands (where patent laws differ). With the official European Launch only a week ago, Samsung must now immediately remove all Galaxy Tabs from store shelves and halt all advertising.

Samsung and Apple have been going head to head over accusations of patent infringement across the globe. While Samsung can appeal, it will take four weeks to file and must be heard by the original ruling judge.

While Samsung can put on a public showing of confidence regarding the results of an appeal, unlike some of the recent patent infringement rulings, this one has the potential to really hurt.

[via androidcentral]