Black Friday at Best Buy – More Like Tablet Blowout Friday

Today on the internets, various sites took it upon themselves and outed the newspaper ads that everybody likes to study on Thanksgiving, the day before the madness begins. By the looks of Best Buy’s Black Friday ad apparently they are trying to blow out some Android tablets by reducing them to killer prices. You can snag an Asus Transformer for just $249 and a Toshiba Thrive for $279. If that is still a bit steep for our liking then how about a Acer Iconia 7 for $189, or a Pandigital Multimedia Novel 7 for a measly 79 bucks. Check out the full ads after the break below, your bound to find something appealing. They even have some good prices on smartphones too.
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Verizon offering Double Data Deal to free up bandwidth for the iPhone

Earlier in the week we told you about Verizon’s Double Data deal. We wondered why they would offer this since they had just started implementing tiered data plans. It seems as though the culprit is the iPhone, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo.

With more and more iPhone users clogging the 3G network, Verizon either needs to invest in expanding it or get non iPhone users switched to 4G LTE. They have chosen the latter since it will free up the bandwidth on 3G and they really don’t want to put more money into 3G. By offering the Double Data Deal for 4G LTE customers, they are hoping it will be enough incentive to get a lot of customers to finally buy that LTE phone.

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T-Mobile Springboard Release Date Quietly Pushed Back to Nov 16th

For those of you wondering where in the world your T-Mobile Springboard tablet is, we regret to inform you that it’s been quietly delayed.  The device will now be available on November 16th with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus instead of yesterday’s set date.  The tablet is still listed as “coming soon” on T-Mo’s site and you can check out the Springboard’s landing page (source link) for more information.  The device is going for $179.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.  Sounds like a more than reasonable price considering the device will be in a league with Amazon’s new Kindle Fire.  I personally favor the 7-inch form factor, as it’s extremely easy to carry around and can still fit in your pocket if need be.  This device will be a welcomed and affordable addition to T-Mobile’s lineup and a great companion to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  The holidays are going to be promising if you’re in the market for a new affordable tablet.  Choices will certainly be abundant.

[via T-Mobile]

HD Widgets App Receives 2.0 Update, Brings Support to Smartphones

The ever popular Android tablet widget maker, Cloud.Tv, have recently updated their HD widgets App that used to only function on tablets. With the latest 2.0 update, HD widgets is now optimized for various screen sizes, extending the accessibility to smartphones as well.

All of the great features that you enjoyed on your Honeycomb tablet are still available: different backgrounds, in-depth weather forecasts, various widget sizes, lay-outs and tons of cool customization features to boot. Hit the download links below to see what all the hype is about and be sure to check if  your device runs on Android 2.1 or higher as that is the only requirement for the app. Not only will this app help you decide how to dress in the morning, it will also add a little pizazz to your device’s screen. If you end up giving it a whirl, let us know what you think! Be sure to join us after the break for a full press release and a bunch of good looking screenshots.

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Amazon Updates Appstore Ahead of Kindle Fire Launch

With the Amazon Kindle Fire release just over the horizon, Amazon has updated their Appstore to be more tablet friendly. The update to 2.0 largely focuses improving the on UI for better usability on the Kindle Fire but brings a few noticeable changes for smartphones. The Appstore’s old white background has been replaced with shades of grey, somewhat of a resemblance to the new Android Market. Additional settings have been added amongst the new the new layout which gives you the ability to enable in-app purchases, parental controls, and provides an easier view of your Amazon gift card balance.

If you don’t have the Amazon Appstore yet, you are missing out on daily free downloads that we report on every morning. Hit the link below to gain access to Android’s alternative application superstore, and jump past the break for more screenshots.

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Huawei releases pricing for MediaPad tablet and Vision Smartphone for the U.K.

We first heard about the Huawei MediaPad back in June when it was expected to be the first device to feature Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Huawei is now telling us the WiFi version will be available early next year in the U.K. for £275 (US$440). They will also offer a HSDPA+ (14.4 Mbps) version, but they are still negotiating with carriers, so we don’t have any pricing yet.

The specs include a 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, HDMI, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

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Samsung Unveils Pink Galaxy S II and Lions Baseball Edition Galaxy Tab

I an attempt to dabble in gender specific marketing, Samsung has announced a new pink version of the Galaxy S II for the ladies and a Lions baseball edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the fellas. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen such an attempt by a manufacturer, HTC did so with the Rhyme, and Huawei with the Tokidoki edition M835’s.

Sammy will be limiting the production of these new devices and the men will get more of a special treat rather than just a color change. The limited edition Lions tablet will come in special packaging and will include an official Lions jersey and autographed baseball. Sorry ladies, your special gift is the ability to accessorize with the color of pink, no charm dongle included.

Although the exterior of these devices may change, you can still expect the original amazing specs that millions have come to love. Either of these will make for a great new funky piece of mobile technology… if you can get a hold of one.

[via SammyHub]

Taptu introduces Taptu Fashion, Taptu Food, and Taptu Lifestyle apps for Nook Color and Nook Tablet

Taptu, a leading social media company, just announced the availability of three new fashion, food, and lifestyle apps exclusive to the Barnes & Nobile Nook Color and Nook Tablet.

All three apps feature custom user interfaces along with a stream of over 200,000 major media publications, social media sites, websites, and blogs. Users will have the ability to mix and match content and create their own personal stream from sites that interest them most.

The new apps also include Instapaper and Read It Later integration, which gives the user the ability to save articles to read later. Users also have the ability to choose between light and dark themes and the option for reading articles full-screen.

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The Nabi Tablet – A Kid Friendly Android Tablet Available For Pre-Order Now

Aww, isn’t this cute. A kid friendly, adult approved Android tablet. While this isn’t the first children’s Android tablet we have seen, App developer FUHU has teamed up with the worlds target toy store, Toys R Us, and created another budget friendly Android tablet for children. This time around we bring you the Nabi tablet. The Nabi is a tablet meant for fun and education and features a “kiddie” UI on top of the Android OS and allows the little ones to safely surf the web, watch movies, read books and have access to various educational applications. And after the kids have gone to bed, parents can commandeer the Nabi, enter a secret password, and unlock the tablet for a more traditional Android experience. Sounds like a gift with benefits to me!

The Nabi tablet has specs that may baffle some parents and could make some Android tablet owners jealous. The screen is a 7-inch, 800×480 resolution display and can playback video at 1080p HD. Pretty sweet, huh? Lemme finish. The unit is powered by a 533MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU that allows for 3D gaming. There is a 3,000mAh battery that supposedly provides up to 5 hours of non-stop Barney watching, or whatever it is these kids are watching these days. Your child we also be able to visit to keep abreast on all the latest Android news via Wi-Fi, and a front facing camera will aid in video chat for those times when you are out of town on business.
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Amazon’s Kindle Fire Will Have Access to Android Apps but Not Via The Android Market

It appears that Amazon didn’t want their Kindle Fire to get lost in the hype of all the latest tablet news and released some new info with hopes to re-kindle the fire. After today’s Asus Transformer Prime announcement, Amazon dropped a new press release describing the ins and outs of its latest tablet endeavor, and yes, its Android powered.

Will the Kindle Fire be an Android tablet? Will we have access to the Android Market? These have been questions on all of our minds and the answer is yes and no. Literally in that order. The Kindle Fire is powered by Android but will be accompanied by a custom UI, unfortunately you will not have access to the Android Market with the official build of the OS (but you can bet the devs will cook something up!). You will though, have access to thousands of apps via Amazon’s very own market, the Amazon Appstore. Here, check out what Amazon has to offer:

When Kindle Fire customers across the country open their boxes next week, they will be able to choose from several thousand of the most popular Android apps and games, including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel and popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio. Kindle Fire customers will be able to download these apps and games without having to register multiple times and using Amazon’s simple and secure 1-Click payment technology. Plus, all apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible, customers can get a great “paid” app for free every day, and once you’ve downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, it’s available on Kindle Fire as well as your other Android-based devices.

So there you have it. Another official Android tablet. And this one is only $199! Any one pre-ordered yet?

Jump past the break for the full press release.

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