On the 21st of this month we brought to you an article about Notion Ink‘s sequel tablet the Adam II and how it would be packing an OMAP processor. This is a complete change up to the Tegra platform they were running in their original Adam tablet. A lot of folk begin to question the change from one processor to the next. In fact, they’ve been questioned enough to release an official statement explaining the reason they made that switch. While we could argue various semantics with benchmarks, memory bandwidth and so on, what really matters is how the power is utilized. In the end this is the argument that was used by Notion Ink. Read more
At CES, I saw the ASUS Padfone, but it was in a plexiglass display. The reason was that it wasn’t the final design. I was told the final version would be ready for an announcement soon, and it looks like “soon” is going to be here on February 27 in Barcelonia at Mobile World Congress. We first saw this baby last May, but here we are 8 months later with nothing official. ASUS has made a lot of changes so what we saw last year will not be the same as what we will see next month. I actually love this concept as I wrote about the idea last April when I questioned the need for tablets.
One bummer is that those of us in the U.S. probably won’t see a release anytime soon. In talking with ASUS reps there was no deals with any U.S. carriers, and it didn’t appear like that would change anytime soon. I would like to hear from you guys – what do you think of the concept? Assuming the tablet part wouldn’t be over priced, does it make sense to you?
Here’s a quick look from Netbooknews, which is the older design, but shows the concept and Ice Cream Sandwich:
So any of you sporting the original Galaxy Tab have likely realized by now you’re never going to see an official ICS update. Don’t let it get you down though cause there’s an alternative that in all likely hood is even better. The Galaxy Tab is now supported by CyanogenMod 9. This device was added just recently so there are still some kinks, such as the camera not working; a typical omission at this stage in development. You’ll also have to build this one from source. If those aren’t hurdles for you check in at the XDA thread for full instructions.
By the way if you have a Galaxy Tab of the 10.1 variety, I have it on good authority that a certain kang of CM9 is a brilliant. You can check that one out here.
The most recent analytics from Flurry show the startling rise of the Amazon Kindle Fire’s popularity. Back in November when the Fire launched it accounted for about 3% of tablets used. The reigning champ at the time was the Samsung Galaxy Tab accounting for 63%. Fast forward to this January and the numbers tell a strikingly different story. The Fire has since garnered 33% more share tying it with the Galaxy Tab at 36%.
Flurry’s method of data collection isn’t necessarily the most accurate because the data aggregation is incorporated into certain apps, but its no secret that the Fire has been a hit with consumers. Amazon’s low entry point seems to have made the Fire the little tablet that could.
The Nook Tablet by Barnes & Noble has been rooted again. Sure this isn’t the first root it has ever received, but newer roots almost always promises bigger and better things. The fine individuals at XDA were at it again bringing a bigger, better root to the Nook. This latest root not only roots the device, but allows crafty users to get that ever-important Android Market onto their devices. You’ll have to use an SD card in order to get Google Apps this time around, but if you’ve had experiences with partitioning SD cards, it should be a breeze of a process.
Be sure to visit the XDA thread for full details and instructions on how to root the Nook. It includes essentially everything you need to know in order to make the root a success. If you do end up achieving the root, please do tell us the warm feeling you get having the Android Market and Google Apps back on your device.
[via XDA by Phandroid]
According to an XDA thread that has over 400 replies, the ASUS Transformer Prime‘s recent Android 4.0 update has left many users experiencing random lock-ups. Fortunately I personally haven’t had any issues with my Prime freezing up, but the widespread forum complaints have definitely gotten ASUS’ attention. ASUS technical manager Gary Key has confirmed company plans to hopefully “have a fix available in early February.” So if you are one of the folks having problems, help is reportedly on the way.
Along with the lock-up acknowledgment, ASUS is also aware of an issue with Wi-Fi degradation when streaming media to a connected Bluetooth device. It seems that when both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios are working simultaneously, they don’t play well with the others presence. And just like the lock-up issue, a fix is in the works and is also due out early next month.
It looks like February will be a big month for the Transformer Prime because if you will remember a bootloader unlock tool should be released as well. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more, but in the meantime if you are having any issues with your Transformer Prime, why don’t you sound off in the comments below. If you want to join in the conversations over at XDA, you can discuss lock-ups here, and WiFi/Bluetooth here.
via: the verge
Ah yes, behold the long-awaited Verizon ZTE V66 tablet in all its glory. We already knew it was on its way as we saw it make a brief appearance last month, but we hadn’t heard any further news about it until now. The V66 comes in at 7-inches and will carry Honeycomb 3.2 along with a handy custom lock screen among its noteworthy features. Furthermore, rumor has it this nice tablet could arrive around “February 2x”, which means it will possibly arrive right in the middle of Mobile World Congress.
Naturally we expect Verizon to give the mysterious tablet a more formal name, though we have no indication of what it will be just yet. Keep it locked with Talk Android for further updates, especially as we approach MWC.
[via Bluetooth by Android Central]
We know Samsung is pushing its Exynos line of processors in its devices. That’s a given. However, we all know Sammy has yet to really push the boundaries of its impressive chip. It’s exactly why the brand is hard at work on its Exynos 5250 series of chips. According to Phandroid, Sammy is looking to take the ARM Cortex-A15-based processor and push it into 2GHz territory. You read that correctly folks, it is looking to have its chips at a whopping 2GHz. Moreover, rumor has it that while the chip will be insanely fast, it will suck less power than that the earlier chipsets. As it stands, the chips are currently in testing right now and we can expect to see them in devices by Q2 of this year.
Naturally you can’t have a chip in the works without a device made for it. That’s why Sammy is also rumored to be developing a special Galaxy Tab that will take full advantage of the Exynos 5250 series of chips. The tablet can support a resolution of up to 2560×1600, all in a WXQGA display of greater than 10-inches of course. Further details are scarce at the moment, but we expect to see something demoed or previewed at the upcoming MWC.
[via Android and Me by Phandroid]
Well if you are wanting a XYBOARD, the sequel to Motorola‘s first tablet the Xoom, but didn’t want to give your hard earned dollar monthly to Verizon to own one, today is your lucky day. Motorola is releasing the wifi version of the Xoom 2… er… XYBOARD and it’s available on their web site as you read this. You can purchase either the 10.1-inch or 8.2″-inch tablet in either 16GB or 32GB versions. The 8.2-inch 16GB model will run you $399 and the 10.1-inch starts at $499. So if you’re wanting the “RAZR” of tablets (form factor) with the freedom of no carriers, head on over to the links below to check them out and while they don’t have ICS just yet, they will be getting it down the road. Also if you haven’t heard much on these tablets you can check out both the initial hands-on review and a full review of the XYBOARD 8.2. Enjoy!
10.1-Inch XYBOARD – Link
8.2-Inch XYBOARD – Link
As it seemed that almost every week in 2011 there was an announcement for a new Android device, consumers were overwhelmed with the amount of smartphones they had to choose from. While Motorola was the first to grasp this, it appears that other companies are starting to follow suit. HTC has announced that they will be pushing out less phones this year, and pushing out “hero” quality phones. The HTC UK chief Phil Roberson told Mobile Magazine that the manufacturer is going back a strategy that involves releasing a limited amount of high-spec devices this year but will have a focus on second quarter releases. As he put it:
“We have to get back to focusing on what made us great – amazing hardware and a great customer experience. We ended 2011 with far more products than we started out with. We tried to do too much.”
He continued: Read more