A couple of weeks ago we showed you Firefox for tablets, but it wasn’t ready for primetime. We’re happy to report that nightly builds are now available, but please understand that nightlies means that it is far from finished. The good news is that with Mozilla’s open-development, these nightlies will eventually result in a finished product as users contribute in the process. So far we are hearing good things about it.
To get in on the testing hit the source link.
The Sony Tablet S launches this Friday, September 16th, and PC World and Currys will give away 100 32-inch Sony Bravia TVs to celebrate.
You need to be at the flagship Tottenham Court Road store Friday morning when doors open at 7:00am. The first 100 customers will walk away with the 32-inch TV for free with the purchase of one of the tablet S models. Pricing is £399.99 for the 16GB WiFi version, £499.99 for the 16GB 3G and WiFi version, and £499.99 for the 32GB WiFi version.
Andy, creator of the Andy Pad series of affordable 7″ tablets, has made an announcement stating that they are building a 10″ prototype dubbed Andy Pad Dad. No details have been revealed relating to its specs, but we can be sure it won’t cost a fortune. The photo above shows Andy holding one of the 7 inchers that can currently be purchased from the Andy Pad website. If you need a refresher course on the specs and price of those units, visit our previous post here.
This new father figure slate is due out for resale by Christmas. If you were one of the folks to place an order for either the Andy Pad or Andy Pad Pro, you’ll be happy to know that they will ship out tomorrow.
Stay tuned, as we will give you new information as soon as it is available.
Google Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin, showed up at the Intel Developer Forum for a big announcement. Moving forward Intel and Google will work together by enabling and optimizing Android for Intel’s family of low power Atom processors.
“By optimizing the Android platform for Intel architecture, we bring a powerful new capability to market that will accelerate more industry adoption and choice, and bring exciting new products to market that harness the combined potential of Intel technology and the Android platform,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.“Together we are accelerating Intel architecture and bringing new levels of innovation to a maturing Android platform.”
“Combining Android with Intel’s low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice,” said Andy Rubin. “This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward.”
They even showed off a Gingerbread phone powered by Intel’s Atom based Medfield SoC. Medfield powered phones are slated for early 2012, and tablets should be soon after.
Video and full press release after the break.
It is nice to see Android manufacturers being offensive once in a while. HTC recently dropped one on Apple with patents acquired from Google, and now Samsung is taking it to Apple in France.
Samsung filed a complaint against Apple in a Paris district court for infringement of three mobile phone technology patents dealing with the iPhone and iPad. We don’t know the specific patents, but they concern UMTS, which is a third generation (3G) mobile cellular technology for networks based on the GSM standard. The complaint targets Apple’s iPhone 3G and 3GS, iPhone 4, and both generations of the iPad.
The complaint was actually filed in July, and the first hearing will take place in December.
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Have you been dying to buy a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with mobile data connectivity but aren’t or don’t want to be a Verizon customer? Well It might just be your day my friend. A recent photo shows a new Sammy 10 inch slate dubbed the SGH-T859 that could only be a reconfiguration of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This time around it will sport a 1700MHZ AWS radio compatible with T-Mobile, along with 850/1900 GSM / EDGE / WCDMA / HSPA, all in the same body as the WiFi only rig. It is still speculation that this device is headed solely to T-Mobile, but options are always nice when shopping around for data plans.
Jump past the break for a full frontal FCC shot.
Philadelphia Media Network (PMN) will offer the Arnova 10 G2 tablet with bundled digital subscriptions to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.
Arnova will produce 5,000 tablets that will include digital subscriptions (or apps) of the Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com. Of course, the tablets will have other pre-loaded apps for traditional web surfing and email. They are available starting today for $99 with a “deeply discounted” 2-year digital subscription, and are on a first-come first-served basis. Subscription pricing is $9.99 a month for the Daily News and Inquirer. You also have the option of paying $129 for the tablet and signing up for a 1-year subscription of $12.99 per month for both papers. PMN feels these “highly discounted” subscriptions are the equivalent of receiving the tablet for free.
The ARNOVA 10 G2 has a 1 GHz processor, 10.1- inch (1024 x 600) display, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Although these specs are nothing to go crazy about, it is a good deal for many consumers who aren’t currently in the market for a tablet, but would enjoy digital subscriptions of both of these papers.
Full press release after the break:
We were expecting to see the Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablets (3G and WiFi) available this week, but they have been delayed until October 1st to accommodate changes to Adobe Flash Player certification requirements. The good news is that they have already reduced the price by $200 for each model. They will now be $299 for the WiFi version and $399 for the 3G version. They were originally going to be $499 and $599 respectively.
Smart move because now they might actually have a chance to sell some.
Traditional “brick-and-mortar” retailers are in a bit of a pickle.
Due to the evolution of technology and the advent and rising popularity of digital mediums, physical media is becoming less and less profitable. You only have to look at the recent fate of Borders to see that if a company doesn’t change with the times, its future is bleak. With this in mind, videogame monolith GameStop has been investing plenty of time and money into research for the future of their business, as well as the acquisition of cloud-based gaming and technology companies Impulse and Spawn Labs. It was unclear what the company’s exact plans were, but we now know this for certain: it at least partially involves Android tablets. Click in after the break for more info!
With the ever growing popularity of the Android operating system, processor developers have been chomping at the bit to develop a chip that would be widely accepted by cellphone and tablet manufacturers. Intel, creator of The Atom processor used in notebooks and set top boxes, has had a hard time producing a processor that would function well on Android due to the fact that their chips are not very power efficient. With hopes to design an open source version of Gingerbread, Intel aims to provide a new line of E series chips that can be used on both tablets and phones that focus on better battery performance. With such a major presence in the desktop computing world, it’s no wonder that Intel wants a piece of the mobile marketplace.
Watch the video after the break to see Intel mention the possibility of bringing Android to the new Atom E series processors. (Gingerbread mentioned at about 50 seconds in).