ASUS Transformer Prime set to be announced or launched on November 9

According to a Q3 investor document from ASUS, they have listed their new Transformer Prime as coming November 9.  Unfortunately we don’t know if that’s a release date or when it will be officially announced, but I am expecting the latter. We have already seen the keyboard dock leak so we are definitely close.

You will also notice that they have confirmed Ice Cream Sandwich and a Quad-core processor which is the Tegra 3. They also mention two other devices scheduled for Q1 2012. Could that be the Padfone and a followup to the Slider?

[via droid-life]

Verizon Announces Original Samsung Galaxy Tab Gingerbread Update

Another day, another announcement of a device getting a major software update. Verizon has announced the i800.E104 software update for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. In addition to Gingerbread 2.3.5, the software update will include improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality and a new Download Manager App among the noteworthy features. There’s no word on when exactly the update will be available, but it should arrive very soon.

Full change log after the break:
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Barnes & Noble has a “Very Special Announcement” Next Week

We now have some further proof to yesterday’s post about Barnes & Noble releasing a new color Nook eBook. B & N has sent out press invites requesting attendance for a “very special announcement” that includes breakfast as well. I sure hope they have a huge venue!

Most likely the announcement will be the Nook 2 and its proposed November 7th launch. Oh, and don’t forget that B & N is adding a new “Nook Boutique” within stores to help bolster the in-store hands-on Nook experience.

All this and just a week before the Kindle Fire starts shipping to people’s doorstep. What do you think, does Amazon have some stiff competition heading their way?

Confirmed: Nook 2 arrives Nov. 7 – Barnes & Nobel to Add In-Store “Nook Boutique”

Barnes & Noble’s Nook line of eBook’s have been fairly popular with consumers, not only as a digital book but as an affordable tablet capable of running the Android OS. Sources say that the newest version of the device, the Nook 2, will beat Amazon’s Kindle Fire to market and will arrive in stores on November 7th. Along with the new unit, Barnes & Noble is said to revamp their stores adding a new “Nook Boutique” equipped with the latest technology and updated marketing materials. Leaks suggest that the new Nook section will be laden with LED TV’s and numerous working Nook display models giving the customer the opportunity to try out the device and make a purchase right on the spot.

Sources close to The Digital Reader say they have confirmed all but price and specs on the new unit, the store re-model and device landing are scheduled for November 7th. With no confirmed hardware details you can expect the Nook 2 to be relatively un-upgraded in order to keep price low and compete with the Kindle Fire. While it could have a slightly improved display or moderately improved processor, I wouldn’t expect any earth shattering specs here. The competition eBook’s would reflect that being lighter, thinner and a lower price point is the way to a customers heart. The possibility for root and Android goodness doesn’t hurt either!

[via The Digital Reader]

It’s Official – HP TouchPad is History

Bummer news for those who were hoping to pick up a new HP TouchPad at fire sale prices only so you could port some Android goodness onto it. It looks as though the future is grim for the TouchPad and it has reached the end of it’s production.

With the majorly successful fire sale that HP had, all TouchPads at the discounted rate disappeared almost instantly. Although you can still find them places at full retail price, there was always the hope that HP would magically replenish stock and continue to sell the TouchPad at the discounted rates. HP even had a sign up page on their website leading consumers to believe that the TouchPad may eventually be resurrected. 
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Gorilla Glass Maker Corning Inc. Announces Lotus Glass For Higher Resolution Displays

Even a full-fledged Android novice could tell you about Gorilla Glass, the high strength glass used as a protective cover for touch screens that offer superior scratch resistance and unbelievable durability. Corning Incorporated, the developer responsible for its technology (and as a side effect, countless YouTube videos featuring people wielding household items like keys and screwdrivers against their GG-clad devices) has now announced the launch of a new display material called Lotus Glass.

Corning released a statement this week saying that the new material provides more “thermal and dimensional stability”, which is greatly needed in order to endure the harsh conditions of repeated heating and cooling cycles required as part of the process of attaching high-res displays. Aimed for use with LCD and OLED screens, Corning says Lotus Glass will enable them to create screens with “higher resolution and faster response times.”

As this particular technology continues to evolve, I can’t help but to look forward to a brand new slew of viral videos showing confident consumers displaying their LG-clad devices holding up against sharp household objects in much, much higher resolution.

[via wired]

Samsung Galaxy Note Officially Announced, Initially To Hit European Markets (Video)

The Samsung Galaxy Note, that device that has been lurking in the back of every tech junky’s mind since it was first announced, has finally been touted as available by Samsung starting with European markets.  The hybrid tablet phone offers a Super AMOLED HD 5.3-inch display with a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU under the hood for optimal use with its “many core on-the-go benefits“.  Expect the availability of the device on October 29th in which it can be found on sale with various carriers in the European market.  Furthermore, the device will sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a massive 2500 mAh battery to juice this bad boy up.

The 5.3-inch display will sport a 1280 x 800 res and there will be support for HSPA+ data speeds.  Add an 8 mp rear facing camera and 2 mp front-facer and the device is unstoppable.  And don’t forget the fact that Sammy is taking us back to the stylus days with the “S Pen” which will come standard on the device in a hidden storage compartment on the lower portion of the handset.  There’s also functionality for taking screen shots and annotating nearly anything on any screen using S Pen shortcuts.  I don’t care who you are and what you think about this massive device, this here is one sexy and functional piece of hardware.  Here’s to hoping and praying with the slightest bit of faith that the device will make its way into the US without having to pay an arm and leg before unlocking it.  What’s you’re take on the device?  Is it too big or just right?  Check out the videos of the device in action as well as some more drooling snapshots after the break.  
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Motorola Xoom 2 Devices Show Up In Verizon Systems Touting 4G LTE And 64 GB Of Storage

Pic courtesy of Droid Life

Leaks regarding the new Motorola Xoom 2 tabs continue to come to light at a rapid pace which is sort of an indication that the devices are nearing an announcement.  That, or there are some night fine ninjas who are doing a hell of a job sneaking this info out to the masses.  Either or, we’ll take it.  To add to the leak we’re now seeing the devices rear their faces in another system screaming with 4G LTE and large amounts of storage capacities.  The Mz617 could boast of a 10.1-inch display while the other, a “media edition” MZ609 will come in at a slightly smaller size.  According to the info in the leaked photo above, the MZ617 device will sport a storage capacity of 64 GB’s.  No word yet as to whether or not Motorola will offer a WiFi only version for any of the models, but if it surfaces you’ll be the first to know.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[via Droid Life]

HTC Flyer Software Tour (Video)

Raise your hands if you’re interested in seeing the HTC Flyer’s software in action. Of course you all raised your hands, so you’re in luck. The gang at Pocketnow has provided a video of the tablet running with Sense 1.0 for tablets slapped on top of  Gingerbread 2.3.4. Overall it looks incredibly fluid and smooth especially with Honeycomb (and eventually Ice Cream Sandwich) out there. Among the noteworthy features are the HTC Scribe functionality to make and create notes, Press Reader, and Dock Mode. Take a gander at the video of the smooth-running Flyer after the break and let us know of what you think in the comments section.

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HTC Raider (aka Holiday) and Samsung Galaxy Slide to launch on Rogers for $149.99 with a 3-year contract, Get a Galaxy Tab 10.1 for free

Rogers in Canada is going to have a big 4th quarter this year with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Motorola RAZRHTC Raider, formerly the HTC Holiday, and the Samsung Galaxy Slide. The Galaxy S II LTE and the RAZR are expected to be available on November 4th and priced $199.99 and $149.99 respectively (with a 3-year contract).

The HTC Raider is the second LTE device to hit Rogers and will also be priced at $149.99 with a 3-year contract. We have already seen it hit the FCC with AT&T radios, so we are hoping to see it here in the states especially since it was seen downloading at 29Mbps with AT&T LTE.

As a reminder the Raider features a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

We also got word on the Samsung Galaxy Glide (pictured below), which should launch in November as well for $149.99 with a 3-year contract. This one will sport a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2 front camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

To top is all off, Rogers will have a little incentive to sign away on that 3-year contract. They are giving away a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for those who activate a family plan (2 lines with voice and data). If you are only able to add one new line while converting to a family plan, you can still grab it for $150.00.

[via mobilesyrup]