Nook2Android Seeks to Simplify the Upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nook Color

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Until recently, owners of the Nook Color have resorted to various third-party modifications in order to turn their devices into a true tablet. Not so anymore.

Seeking to capitalize on these hacks’ popularity , the company Nook2Android hopes to simplify a process that can, and often will, brick your device if done improperly.

For a paltry $35, one can treat themself to the latest 2.3 Gingerbread in its entirety. This includes full a/b/g/n wifi, the Android Market, Gmail, Facebook, Pandora, and more. It’s as easy as turning off the Nook, inserting the 8GB SD card pre-loaded with all the necessary software, and turning it back on again. Even better, should you decide to change your mind, it’s every bit as easy to uninstall.

Better yet, the company legitimately sells their product through Amazon, even offering a 14-day return policy. The few reviews already present, are positive.

Sure, it isn’t free, and it takes some of the fun from hacking the device yourself. However, for your everyday user, it’s a great way to enter the world of Android at a fraction of the cost of owning a real tablet.

[via cnet]

New in the Android Market: Autodesk SketchBook Pro turns your Honeycomb tablet into a powerful digital sketchbook [Video]

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Autodesk, Inc. is announcing the collaboration with Too Corporation to expand the color palette and sketching capabilities of the Autodesk SketchBook Pro for Mac and Windows destops, but more importantly, Sketchbook Pro just landed on the Android Market, and it is optimized for Honeycomb tablets.

Thanks to the artist-friendly user interface, users can draw and sketch more vivid, high-quality digital artwork using digital pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes.

“With more and more creative professionals beginning to draw digitally, it is important for us to offer our high-quality illustrating tools for both the physical and digital canvas,” said Eiichi Ishii, Chairman at Too Corporation. “Teaming with Autodesk to bring Copic markers to the digital realm, and in a way that mirrors traditional materials, was a natural decision for us.”

Autodesk SketchBook Pro for Android is the third Autodesk app for Android . They released Autodesk SketchBook Mobile late last year, and AutoCAD WS was released in April.

Users with devices running Android 3.0 and above can download Autodesk SketchBook Pro from the Android Market for $4.99. Also available is Autodesk SketchBook Express for free.

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HTC Flyer, Desire Z, and Incredible S source code available for download

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For all you developers out there looking for some tasty source code, HTC has delivered over the weekend.  The source code is now posted for three HTC Android devices. The Desire Z, Incredible S, and the Flyer, HTC’s tablet. If you head over to the Developer Center you can grab the AOSP files.

These released files are just what the developers need to bring us some new and exciting stuff. So keep watch here and your favorite developer forum for whats to come, based on these latest releases.

[via engadget]

Samsung Smart Cover knock-offs come and go faster than the speed of light

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Considering the legal battles between Samsung and Apple, it was surprising to see Samsung selling an exact copy of Apple’s Smart Cover dubbed the Smart Case. It was made by Korean company, Anymode, which has a “strong affiliation” with Samsung, and was supposedly available in Samsung shops in Korea and on the Anymode website.

Samsung has already pulled the product and made the following statement:

As a general practice, Samsung Electronics reviews and approves all accessories produced by partners before they are given the “Designed for Samsung Mobile” mark.

In this case, approval was not given to Anymode for the accessory to feature this official designation.  We are working with Anymode to address this oversight and the product has already been removed from the Anymode sales website.  The product has not been sold.

I doubt Samsung should continue their “strong affilation” with Anymode moving forward. Something tells me that this is definitely something Anymode “cooked up.” Lets face it, Samsung would not be that stupid to release the product, only to then realize that it is a complete knock off, and pull it.

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Android and iPhone favored for U.S. Army combat missions

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The U.S. Army completed a program that tested the viability of smartphones and tablets in combat. The test was started on June 6th, and included over 300 Android, iPhone, and Windows units. They also checked out the iPad and tablets from Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

“IPhone and Android have been very well received,” said Ed Mazzanti, the Army director who has shepherded the mobile-device program.

It is expect that they will utilize two mobile operating systems so they can minimize software development needs while still offering variety, which could defend against cyberattacks targeted at a specific type of software platform.

There are still some obstacles that need to be worked out. “Today, we don’t have the level of encryption that we would need to take (a phone) overseas and fully integrate it into our mission-command systems,” Mazzanti said. Still, “there could be some limited deployments even this year, tied to tactical radios that supply the encryption that’s needed.”

No word on the final cut, but I will be surprised if the Motorola Titanium doesn’t make it.

[via cnn]

Asus Shipping More Than 400,000 Eee Pad Transformers Per Month

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This should come as no surprise to anyone that Asus is shipping more than 400,000 Eee Pad Transformers per month.  The company has literally “transformed” the tablet market and industry with this product.  The Transformer is a 10.1-inch Tablet running Honeycomb 3.1, in line to soon receive 3.2, houses Nvidia’s popular dual-core Tegra 2 chip set and docs seamlessly into a full sized keyboard such as found on most notebooks.

DigiTimes reports that they expect shipments to grow even further as we approach Q3 and could possibly reach as much as 500,000 units per month.  Asus however, is aiming a little higher.  The company reported that they hope to ship somewhere in the vicinity of 4-5 million of their tablet brands during the second half of 2011 with the possibility of 3 million of them being Eee Pad Transformers, according to DigiTimes.  Stay tuned here at Talk Android as we follow the tablet’s success into the third and fourth quarter of the year.  We expect as the device continues to favorably receive updates, its popularity will only grow.  Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.
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FCC Approves An HTC 10-inch Tablet With AT&T LTE On Board. Puccini?

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I’m still astonished at what you can find these days combing through the FCC’s database.  The folks over at Wireless Goodness stumbled upon a filing that appears to be an HTC super secretive 10-inch tablet with LTE radios on board.  Though the device is unbranded in the filing, we’re pretty sure we’re looking at the HTC Puccini, leaked back in May.  According to the filing, the device will run on the carrier’s 700 MHz and AWS bands.  The mix of dual bands suggest AT&T’s LTE network, which we hope will be rolled out in more than just the five cities already supported during their soft launch.  As more comes to light on the device we’ll be sure to hand feed it directly to you.  You can expect the latest version of Honeycomb to be on board, Sense UI, a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, a 1280 x 800 screen res and who knows, maybe they’ll add the HTC Sribe accessory as well?  Wouldn’t that be something?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Archos G9 Tablets get officially priced

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Remember the Archos G9 tablets we told you about last month? Well they didn’t come in as cheap as we originally thought, but they are still a pretty good deal.

We also thought they were only going to offer 250GB versions, but it looks like they are going to offer 8GB and 16GB versions as well, which will be a lot lighter for those that don’t need the extra storage. Archos is marketing these devices as the fastest tablets on earth with the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, but it will only be offered in the 250GB versions. According to their site the official prices are:

Archos 101 G9 – 10.1-inch screen

  • 8GB – $369.99
  • 16GB – $399.99
  • 250GB – $469.99

Archos 80 G9 – 8-inch screen

  • 8GB – $299.99
  • 16GB – $329.99
  • 250GB  - $369.99

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From the Rumor Mill: Samsung Galaxy Q Tablet(ish)

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Question: Is an Android device with a 5.3-inch screen a really big phone, or a really small tablet? I lean towards the former, but it’s definitely a gray area. Regardless, the rumor goin’ ’round is that Samsung is launching a device at exactly that size, and they seem to think it qualifies as a tablet. Maybe it doesn’t have phone capabilities? Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy Q is expected to be revealed publicly at IFA in Berlin this September, and maybe we’ll get the full scoop then. Word is it’ll have a Super AMOLED screen and probably rock a dual-core CPU. Stick around, we’ll keep you posted as more news becomes available. In the meantime, hit the comments and tell us what you think the ideal size for a tablet is.

[via phandroid]

Zinio is now available for all Android 2.2+ devices, Gives access to 12 free magazines through August 15

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Zinio released its magazine reader app this past summer, but only to Honeycomb tablets. Today they are announcing that it is available for all Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread devices.

Zinio brings the “world’s largest newstand” of magazines to your phone or tablet. You can download digital susbriptions or single issues and sync your library on multiple devices.

To celebrate this update, Zinio is giving users free access to the following magazines through August 15:

  • Bike Magazine
  • BlackBook
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • House Beautiful
  • Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
  • Maxim
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Redbook
  • Robb Report
  • Seattle Met
  • SURFER Magazine
  • Wine Enthusiast.

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