We reported yesterday that Toshiba’s replacement for the Thrive will be the much thinner Excite. We have a couple of photos of it for you, and they confirm that it will come with a microSD, microUSB, and a mini HDMI port. We are expecting it to have dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460.
We should hear more during the IFA in Berlin so stay tuned. One more pic after the break.
Boy, it has been a long wait for Motorola Xoom owners looking to upgrade their device to 4G LTE. When the Xoom was announced in January, the word was that a 4G LTE upgrade would be available in Q2. Thanks to an Android Central reader, an image of a Motorola Xoom rocking 4G LTE has been captured. We are unsure if this is part of the pilot group we talked about last week, but in either case it looks like 4G LTE on the Xoom is almost here. As you can see above the speeds are an impressive 33Mbps down and 10Mbps up (also catch the 4G icon the the bottom right). Hopefully the wait won’t be much longer, so keep your eyes peeled. Who’s been waiting for this upgrade patiently?
Following closely behind its US launch, which brought with it a slew of smart deals from retailers nationwide, the Acer Iconia A100 Tablet has now launched in the UK and similar deals are popping up already.
PixMania, an online European ‘E-tailer’ for electronic goods has posted an offer on the tab for £259 plus shipping (that’s about $372 US). At that price, this 7″ Android tablet is an affordable option for consumers that don’t want to relinquish features, functionality or their wallets. The device runs on Honeycomb, has a 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chip, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing cam and 8GB of internal storage space that can be expanded to 36GB with a MicroSD card.
Today Sony announced the launch of the Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P devices for the U.S. The Tablet S is available for pre-sale today and will be on shelves next month. Weighing in at about 1.33 lbs. with a 9.4-inch display and built-in Wi-Fi, the Tablet S will be available with between 16 and 32GB and will be sold at Sony Stores and other authorized retailers nationwide for about $499 and $599 respectively.
The Sony Tablet P weighs in at a scant .83 lbs. with a unique folding design that incorporates two 5.5-inch displays. Available later this year, the Tablet P is both Wi-Fi compatible and 4G capable exclusively on AT&T’s mobile broadband network (HSPA+). No price is available on the Tablet P at this time.
Today Sony announced the launch of the Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P. The first tablet out of the gate is the Sony Tablet S which will be available in Europe at the end of September. Weighing in at about 598g (1.33 lbs.) with a 23.8cm (9.4-inch) display and built-in Wi-Fi (a Wi-Fi/3G version will be available from November 2011), the Tablet S will be available in 16GB or 32GB of storage.
Update: We just heard that September 16th will be the launch date for the Tablet S at Dixons, PC World, and Curry’s. Pricing will be £399 for the 16GB and £499 for the 32GB. The Wi-Fi/3G version will launch on October 21, and it will be priced at £499 with 16GB of storage. You can pre-order now across all of these stores, and be eligible to win a 32-inch Sony Bravia TV.
The Sony Tablet P weighs in at a scant 372g (.83 lbs.) with a unique folding design that incorporates two 13.9cm (5.5-inch) displays. The Tablet P offers connectivity via Wi-Fi and 3G mobile networks and will be available in November 2011.
Both tablets feature the same NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, Android 3.1 for Wi-Fi only models (to be upgradable to Android 3.2), Android 3.2 for Wi-Fi/3G models, front and rear facing cameras, USB 2.0 port, and SD card slot. In addition, both tablets are PlayStation certified.
A range of optional accessories will also be available including an AC adapter, LCD screen protector, carrying case, and USB adaptor cable for the Tablet S. The Tablet P will have a rechargeable battery pack, AC adapter, LCD screen protector, and carrying case. A Bluetooth keyboard is also available for both models.
A copy of the press report is available at the break:
We’ve got some really cool Droid Bionic news to talk about and I’ll try to settle my excitement down enough to give it all to you. First up the site for all things Droid, DroidDoes.com, went live last night and the @DroidLanding account is active again on Twitter. Over at DroidDoes you’ll find a page asking for codes from four different blog sites, where as of right now, all codes have been entered but one. There is also a video amping up a scavenger hunt which I’ll get to next.
There will also be nation wide scavenger hunt using an augmented reality app called Droid Bionic Arena. If you don’t know what augmented reality is, you’ll basically be seeing the world through your phone’s camera on your screen with the app overlaying a heads up display and other graphics for you to interact with (in real time). Using the GPS on your Android device, the app will direct you to where an AR-rendered prize has been dropped about an eighth of a mile from your location. Once your within 100 yards of the prize, and can see it, you’ll be able to select the GRAB button to capture the item. This will enter you into a sweepstakes to win that prize and a Droid Bionic. You’ll have 30 minutes per game to grab all four prizes available and can play up to 48 times a day for 4 days. You’ll also be able to enter your Facebook or Twitter account, along with your e-mail, to be contacted if you win. How cool is this? I wish I lived in a more populated area like NYC to see people running around with their Android phones searching for things that aren’t really there.
In my opinion, this is a great way to create even more hype for the Droid Bionic right before launch. The hunt will start at 12:00AM EST on 09/04/2011 and end at 11:59PM EST on 09/07/2011. Alright, enough from me. Hit the break for the QR code to the app, a list of the prizes, and some screenshots to check out.
Android tablets have really been taking off now that the tablet market itself is gaining some traction. Surprisingly, HTC has been somewhat absent from this niche, only releasing the Flyer and EVO View 4G (which is really just the same device with Wimax). That’s changing on September 4th though, as the HTC Jetstream has been announced, a 10.1″ tablet exclusive to AT&T. What’s even better is that this is HTC’s first Honeycomb tablet, as the previous two ran a heavily modified Gingerbread. Another first, the available plans and subsidized pricing for the Jetstream from AT&T are the first from the carrier to be tablet-specific. Like the Flyer and EVO View 4G, HTC’s specialized “scribe” stylus will also be available for the Jetstream. Full specs and release after the break.
We learned yesterday that the possible replacement to the Toshiba Thrive was going to be called the Excite. Today we learn that Toshiba is not finished with the name changing game, and the Thrive will be known as the Toshiba AT100 when it launches in the UK.
The Thrive/AT100 will soon arrive in the UK with a 10.1-inch screen running 1280×800 resolution, Tegra 2 processor, full size HDMI port, two USB ports, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Android 3.1, and a claimed 7 hour battery life.
Toshiba is currently listing the AT100 with 16GB only – no word yet if the 8GB or 32GB models will be available as well.
Mozilla’s Firefox Mobile browser has been one of the more popular browsers on the Android Market since its release. Considering its popularity in the desktop arena, this isn’t such a huge surprise, though it also just happens to be a useful and attractive browser. According to Ian Barlow of the Mozilla Mobile Team however, Firefox Mobile is about to get even better for tablet users. Barlow wrote on his blog that the team is preparing to release a major overhaul of the tablet-based browser, featuring upgrades in both function and aesthetics. These upgrades include themes, modifications to Mozilla’s unique “awesome bar”, and a beautiful remodeling of the browser’s tab system. All in all, its looking to be a very positive change in the app itself, and hopefully a good step for mainstream developers to add something to Android’s lacking tablet-centric app selection. Some pictures of Firefox Mobile in the flesh after the break!
Today Roger’s annouced that their LTE network will go live for Toronto on September 28th. Toronto will be the second of four cities to receive LTE following Ottawa, with Montreal and Vancouver being added by the year’s end. Currently, Roger’s only LTE device is the Sierra Wireless Rocket Stick (AirCard 313U), but that’s about to change. Rogers revealed that five LTE devices will be available by the end of the year, which include the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Sierra Wireless AirCard754S, a yet to be named LTE enabled tablet, and an LTE HTC phone.
No word yet on monthly plan pricing for these smartphones, but huge news regardless!