Rumor Has It that Verizon and Sprint Will Get the Samsung Galaxy Note, Possibly Under a New Name

Wait till you hear the latest rumor circling the interwebs right now.. I know it’s definitely got me excited! According to the Examiner, the highly controversial Samsung Galaxy Note is heading to both Sprint and Verizon after it makes it self at known with AT&T. Industry analyst, Paul Mueller,  told the Examiner that the device will be available only any one of the big three carriers in 2012. Mueller claims “It will possibly be called the Galaxy Journal. But it is certainly coming to both Sprint and Verizon during the first half of the year.”

Some of you may hate the thought of this device because of its massive 5.3-inch screen. To be honest, when it was first announced in 2011 I was a bit skeptical myself, but after seeing it in person at this years CES, I fell in love. There is something to be said about having that much screen so readily available (yes, it does fit comfortably in my pocket) instead of always relying on toting around a 7 0r 10-inch tablet. Don’t get me wrong, the Note will never replace the joy of using a tablet, but for those like myself who use the web and multimedia all day on their phones — this is a great portable compromise.

Hate it as much as you want, but unless you have personally held one in your hand and have tinkered with its usefulness, you should refrain from bashing it until you have. If this rumor holds any truth, and is indeed heading to Verizon, then, well… anybody want to buy a Galaxy Nexus?

What about you? Do you have any interest in Samsung’s 5.3-inch phablet?

[via Examiner]


Notion Ink Adam Receives Alpha Ice Cream Sandwich Build, Also Teases A New Device (Video)

Well, it’s been a while but it looks like it’s officially official.  The Adam has received it’s very own Alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich.  Keep in mind with alpha this is extremely in its infancy as many of the features aren’t working yet.  Count on plenty of bugs along with the camera, 3G, USB storage, USB flash drive and light sensors not to work at this time.  In addition, the blog states that there are some video playback issues and HDMI sound bugs along with the device not waking up properly from sleep mode.  Nevertheless, ICS is on board and it’s open to the public for anyone feeling frisky.  In further Notion Ink news, the company’s blog states that they will be making some changes to the site along with an addition of a new device:

Post the mentioned public release, we will be starting another blog. It will focus only on development, and we will again see a new device coming to life. Unlike last time where the hardware was mostly done out-house, this time every resistor, IC, bus lane, etc is designed and selected on the very computer working on this blog. We will try to involve as many professionals as possible so the new blog can become a reference for new developments!

We’re looking forward to seeing what Shravan and the boys cook up so stay tuned to TA as we dig a little deeper.  In the meantime, check out the lengthy 18 min or so video of the ICS demo in action.

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[via Notion Ink]

Hands on with the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e [Video]

Our own Joe Sirianni visited the ViewSonic booth and was able to put his hands on the ViewPad 10e. This is far from a game changer, but it’s priced right for the budget minded. If you’re looking for something basic, and not interested in playing high end games or doing some serious multitasking, this could be the tab for you. It features a 9.7-inch (1024 x 768) IPS LCD display, 1 GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 1.3MP front camera, 4GB of internal storage (additional 32GB available with microSD), WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and Android 2.3. Other than the specs, the other negative is that you won’t find the Android Market on it, so you will have to use the Amazon App Store for downloading apps.

On the plus side, it’s fairly thin at 9.14mm and there is the promise of an Ice Cream Sandwich update. As Joe noted, it seems strange that they would release a tablet with Gingerbread, and not Honeycomb. It will be interesting to see if they actually are able to come through with the ICS update. As I mentioned, this isn’t cutting edge, but the price is $279.

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Be sure to checkout our complete CES 2012 coverage here.

Hands on with Lenovo IdeaPad K2010

Besides the IdeaTab and the S2 smartphone that were announced at CES 2012 Lenovo showcased another 10.1inch tablet that boasted a 1920×1200 full 1080p HD resolution. It also has 4-speaker studio SRS sound and hides a fingerprint scanner on the back. It will also come with 3G support along with wifi support. Well again our very own Robert Nazarian was able to snag some hands on time with the device and you can watch the video after the break below, enjoy! Read more

Hands On with the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110

One of the first news articles we brought you from CES 2012 was regarding Lenovo’s introduction two new Android devices. One was the S2 smartphone and the other whas the IdeaTab S2110. In case you missed it, the specs for this 1.5lb tablet are as follows:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core Processor
  • Lenovo’s Mondrian (custom version of Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
  • Wifi and 3G Connectivity
  • micro USB, micro SD, Micro HDMI ports
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Integrated keyboard dock also available
Well if you were more curious about the device our very own Robert Nazarian was able to get some hands on time with the device itself. Hit the break below to check out the video.  Read more

CM9 Boots on the HP TouchPad, Still a Work in Progress But Shows A Lot of Promise

The HP TouchPad had a short life as a webOS device but has lived on as an Android tablet, thanks in part to CM7 and the CyanogenMod team. Well life is still being breathed into the tablet as the folks over at RootzWiki have a preview of what Ice Cream Sandwich and CM9 looks like on the device. While it’s still a work in progress it shows a lot of promise. Right now according to the video the camera and video playback doesn’t work. However the video does show off the fact that Angry Birds works well on it. Hit the break below to check out the video yourself and let us know what you think. I don’t know about you guys but I am pretty excited about how quick this is coming along. Read more

Hands-On With The Toshiba Excite X10 at CES

Toshiba certainly brought their A-Game to CES 2012 when they unveiled their new flagship tablet, the Excite X10.  The X10 definitely has something to boast about among the rest of the tablets in the market today much in the same way that the Droid Razr has some bragging rights within its smartphone community, and that is that it’s thin as hell!  The 10.1-inch device is a breakthrough milestone as stated by the Toshiba rep we spoke to at the event.  Not only is it rightfully claiming to be the world’s thinnest tablet, it’s also one of the lightest.  The device comes in at 1.1 lbs or 535 grams and only .3 inches (7.7mm).  That’s pretty darn thin if you ask us.  The device offers a premium tablet experience thanks to its multiple port access on hand despite how thin the device is.  There’s a micro sd card slot, micro HDMI out and a micro usb sync port for syncing and sharing.

The flipside of the device is definitely something that commands a look as it offers a premium surface with magnesium alloy backing.  The glass is none other than the popular Gorilla glass technology so as to add to the durability of the device.  OS wise, we’re looking at Android Honeycomb 3.2 with a confirmation that the device will receive Ice Cream Sandwich.  In addition, the rep says depending on when the official release date is, this bad boy could ship with ICS already on-board.  Under the hood is the ever popular TI OMAP 4430 for its dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU.  In the camera dept you’ll find a 5 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p video recording.  There’s two offerings in the size dept, a 16 gig and a 32 gig.  The 16 gig will run you $529 and the 32 gig will cost you a whopping $599.  Ouch, that’s a bit steep if you ask us.  Check out our hands-on video of the monster tab and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.  And if you’ve missed any of our special CES 2012 coverage, be sure to check it out here.   Read more

Turn Your TV into an Android 2.3 Internet TV with iGoGo TV

I have been interested in Google TV for a while but convincing my sweetie that I need to turn our TV into a giant Android device is well, darn near impossible. Given Google’s announcements at CES this year regarding its TV service and who they would be partnered with, it wouldn’t be long before more devices hit the market. Well this device was brought to my attention earlier this afternoon and after looking at it I think it could be something worth looking into. Magic-Pro iGoGo TV looks to turn your TV into a full Android 2.3.1 tablet of sorts. It has the following specs:  Read more

Mystery Xoom update begins roll-out this evening [Update, its ICS!]

We have been aware of an impending update for the Motorola Xoom for some time now, and tonight we may finally find out what has been shrouded in mystery all this time. A minor update, or what we’re all hoping for, ICS.

Here’s the email popping into inboxes of those who signed up for the Xoom “Google Experience Device” Testing.

Thanks for your patience as we’ve waited for this project to begin. Because we are dealing with a Google Experience Device (GED) we have less insight to timing than we would usually have.
However, I’m happy to announce that we will start the update this evening. Because it was delayed a few days, we will also have additional time to test; we will let it run through the weekend.
Remember to keep your feedback in the private community provided, and in the survey I will send after a few days.
Please go here to access the private site and to learn more. Note that you will not be able to post on the other areas of the site during the soak — this project is confidential.
(If you have not yet logged into the new forums site, you will need to do so. Please follow all instructions before sending emails here for help.)
– Matt
  Motorola Owners’ Forum
  Motorola Feedback Network

The link in the email is yet to be functional, stay tuned.


Confirmed. ICS rolls out to test participants starting at 9pm PST 1/12/2012 and will continue throughout the weekend. Assuming no extreme issues are discovered, Motorola says they will very likely release this update to the masses. A group of some thousands of Xoom Wi-Fi owners will receive the software upgrade which includes some random participants outside of testing as well it seems. Good luck Xoom owners!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!