Apple COO Tim Cook mentions new Android tablets are ‘vapor’

Tim Cook

During a telephone interview, Apple COO Tim Cook had a few things to say about the iPad’s competition with Windows and Android. He stated that he thinks “there’s not much” competition in the tablet world when put up against the iPad due mainly to Apple’s approach to integrated development for the iPad (and other apple products) as well as Apple’s App Stores being more abundant.

To keep the hits coming, he mentions that Android tablets are nothing more than “scaled-up smartphones”, continue to have fragmentation issues, and are ‘vapor’ in many minds due to the lack of pricing and launch dates from the onslaught of Android tablets announced at CES 2011.

He has a couple of points, because we’ve heard many issues and different sides of the story when it comes to fragmentation and development within Android. Also, we have heard from many that tablets with Android 2.2 or 2.3 are just big smartphones. One thing he’s neglecting to mention is what happens when all these tablets do launch, with Android 3.0, which has been tailored for tablet use. It may be the same story as how Android took over smartphone market share in activated phones. There’s going to be a lot of new Android tablets out this year, and maybe 1 new iPad.

When that happens, we’ll see flooding market penetration as we did with Android smartphones, the more being released is another option for users to switch over from the iPad. It may take a while mind you, but it really comes down to numbers in the end.

If you’d like to hear the actual interview with Tim Cook, click the source link below.

[via Engadget]

Notion Ink shipping Adam units to FCC, expects customer shipments a week early

In an effort to appease all the doubters out there, Notion Ink posted some photos of a batch of Adam tablets that are ready to be shipped to the FCC and CE tomorrow. Furthermore, the company is aiming to ship all currently placed orders a week ahead of schedule. For example, if your current ship date reads February, it should be changed to the last week of January.

So, now that the Adam is finally upon us, is anyone excited?

[via NotionInk]

Samsung’s user created ad for the Galaxy Tab, “Always There”

Take a look at the latest ad for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which was incidentally created by a Galaxy Tab user.

The ad is really quite cute and does show off some of the Galaxy Tab’s best features, such as Google Maps navigation, video chatting, and even using the Tab as a phone.

For those of you who already own a Samsung Galaxy Tab, what kinds of things do you use your Tab for? Let us know in the comments! Hit up after the break to watch the video.

LG’s G-Slate, While 4G Only in the US, Might Hit UK in Other Flavors

As we mentioned yesterday, T-Mobile will be soon be launching the LG G-Slate, a Honeycomb-flavored tablet. Here in the states, T-Mobile is kicking it off with 4G capabilities. We had not heard anything concrete about it having any other varieties when it launched elsewhere, but based on a half-statement planning team director James Choi made (before being interrupted), it is thought that this tablet may be showing up in other forms when it hits the UK, though we’re not sure whether that means 3G, wifi only, or one of each. We’ll know more at the Mobile World Congress next month.

“For the iPad, you have the Wi-Fi version, the 3G version, different kinds of versions. I’ll put it this way, even if the 4G version isn’t in the UK…” – James Choi

[via EWeekEurope]

Acer expected to launch 7 and 10-inch tablets by mid 2011

Not to be left out of the tablet craze that is sweeping the electronics industry, Acer is slated to debut two or three Android powered tablets by the middle of this year. Acer has stated that these tablets, coming in both 7 and 10-inch models, are designed to gradually replace their aging netbook lineup, and will run on Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and be powered by Android.

The company has not released any information about pricing or projected sales figures, and although it was announced back in November that these devices would run Froyo, there is also the possibility they will be instead shipping with the new tablet friendly Honeycomb.  Perhaps more specifics will be revealed at next month’s Mobile World Congress, so be sure to check back for more details as they become available.

[via ComputerWorld]

Notion Ink Adam gets FCC certified – shipping pre-orders this week

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If you are one of many who found it frustrating when ordering your Notion Ink Adam Android tablet, you can now breathe a sigh of relief as the FCC has certified the Adam, and shipping should begin around Wednesday this week! Rohan Shravan of Notion Ink had this to say about the approval and about re-opening orders again to the public on their blog;

Labs have officially announced the FCC clearance and will probably update the status on the FCC website either today or on Monday. This means that we start printing on Monday and start shipping around Wednesday! …Pre-order 2 has yet not started because we are waiting for deliveries in US and European countries (that would mean that we are just a few days away from it).

Rohan also recognized the difficulty people had with this whole pre-order process, and stressed that they will do a much better job going forward of keeping the customers involved, informed and most of all, happy!

[via Notion Ink Blog]

Bell Samsung Galaxy Tab only $549.99 until January 27th

I know, I know… $549.99 is still a pretty big sum of money. But for a limited time, Bell is offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab for $549.99 to Canadian customers, which is $100 cheaper than usual.

So from now until January 27th, you can grab a discounted Galaxy Tab from Bell. Perhaps this price reduction is in reaction to the various Honeycomb tablets announced at CES 2011, but if you need an Android tablet from Bell now, the Galaxy Tab is your best bet. You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab from Best Buy here.

[via unwiredview]

90% of tablets to run Android and use ARM chips, according to Compal

The world’s second largest maker of notebook computers, Compal Electronics Inc, has stated that they expect 90% of tablets they ship to run Android and use ARM chips. The company expects to ship approximately 3.8 million tablets this year alone, which is a significant figure.

The company may also be producing and shipping tablets running Microsoft’s upcoming Windows system for ARM chips, and if they do it will change these projected figures. These figures are truly a testament to Android’s rising dominance as a tablet OS in addition to its supremacy in the smartphone arena.

[via BusinessWeek]

Lookout Technical Team Talks About Android Trojan, Mobile Security, App Genome Project

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard of Lookout Mobile Security. They’re a company that provides security application for mobile devices, like Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile. Now, I’m a huge fan of Lookout. In fact, as we speak, I’m backing my pictures up to their servers from my HTC Evo. But we wanted to get in a little closer with the Lookout team, find out about their product and the challenges they face. So, we scheduled a sit-down with Lookout Chief Technical Officer Kevin Mahaffey and Principal Security Engineer Tim Wyatt, and had a chat.

Sorting Out the Truth on ASUS’ Tablets

The Inquirer recently claimed to have received word that perhaps some of Asus Android tablets wouldn’t ship in quite the situation that was initially stated at CES. ASUS will be releasing several tablets later this year, and they were originally said to be released running Android 3.0, Honeycomb. But, according to the Inquirer, they would only be shipping with Gingerbread, 2.3, and wouldn’t make the ship dates cited at CES.

Well, TechInStyle contacted ASUS directly, who backed up their original statements. John, Project Manager over the Android dev team, stated “his team are [sic] still on course to launch the tablets with 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’, they are just waiting on Google’s release schedule now.” He also confirmed that pending Google’s official release of Honeycomb, they should be on track to make the stated release dates given at CES, of April, May and June, and confirmed that they will have full Android Market integration. Hit the source link for the full story.

[via TechInStyle]

U.S. Cellular offering BOGA sale for Valentines Day

Love is in the air. U.S. Cellular, in celebration of everyone’s favorite commercial day of love, are offering a buy one get another free offer on all of their Android devices. From now until February 17, you can take advantage of this offer on some pretty sweet devices, including the Galaxy Tab and the Samsung Mesmerize.

Now, you will need to sign up for a $54.99 Belief Plan on both Galaxy Tabs in order to take advantage of this offer, but if you need a second for a family member or significant other, this is quite the deal indeed. Continue after the break for the full presser.

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab marked down to $299

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab with Sprint has been marked down to $299 with a two-year contract. This is for new activations of the device along with a contract signing. Upgrades may be available to some Sprint customers in “good standing for 22 consecutive months” and should see in store for upgrade details otherwise.

This offer also states that it’s valid until February 26th 2011 while supplies last, so if you’re thinking about it, best make a quick decision.

[via Sprint]

Notion Ink’s Rohan Shravan: Cameras don’t need flash, Honeycomb a ‘work in progress’

Despite FCC delays, Rohan Shravan of Notion Ink took the opportunity to comment on the state of the new Notion Ink Adam tablet. In particular, Shravan discussed camera flash concerns and the state of Android’s anticipated new OS, Honeycomb.

Shravan admits that the tablet may be a bit bulky and requires a steadier hand than your traditional camera, but he also states that the Adam’s camera takes great pictures and does not need flash. He also states that “IMHO, [a camera] flash is only useful in 5%” of photo taking situations.” Some of you might be shaking your heads at this figure, but photos from the Adam’s camera seem pretty good.

Shravan also discussed Honeycomb. Although the Notion Ink Adam tablet will use its own UI, called Eden, it is being built around the next-gen Android OS. Despite this, Shravan is calling Honeycomb a “work in progress” that is still being optimized by Google, Motorola, NVIDIA, and the like.

Basically, its being suggested that Honeycomb won’t be available for consumer use as soon as we’d like. This is interesting to note, considering Verizon Wireless plans to launch the Motorola XOOM in February.

Perhaps the Notion Ink will soon get FCC approval and launch in February as well? As always, we’ll have to wait and see.

Check out some photos taken by the Notion Ink Adam tablet after the break!

ClockworkMod Recovery for NOOKcolor now available in ROM Manager

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The NOOKcolor has quickly turned into a favorite among those involved in the Android development and hacking community. Just last week the device had its Bluetooth chip activated thanks to some dedicated XDA members, and in December the device had the full Android Market ported over.

Now, thanks to the hard working folks behind ClockworkMod, everyone’s (well, at least my) favorite Android recovery is now available for the NOOKcolor in the ROM Manager. So, if you’ve rooted your NOOK and want to get ClockworkMod going too, hit up the ROM manager and flash away!

[via Twitter]

Motorola projects 700,000 to 800,000 Xoom shipments in Q1 2011

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Fresh off a very warm CES 2011 reception, Motorola has just ordered between 700,000 and 800,000 Android 3.0 powered Xoom tablets to ship before the end of Q1. Motorola has ordered four different color options, and industry sources feel the number could go as high as one million. The Xoom will again be powered by Android 3.0, and feature a Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM, dual cameras with 5MP in the rear and 2MP in the front, and a resolution of 1280 by 800.

Also, in case you missed our CES coverage of the Xoom, be sure to check out our hands-on video, as well as this video demo of Honeycomb running on the device.

[via DigiTimes]