As promised, HTC is keeping true to their word by adding more devices to their unlockable boot loader list over at HTCDev.com. Recently the HTC Flyer was the latest to join the list. If you are wanting to unlock your Flyer be sure to check its compatibility before you do. Currently only the WiFi and 3G models are supported. and they must have the latest updates. Keep checking the list if you’re an Evo View 4G owner because it’s likely that all renditions of the Flyer will soon be supported.
We have said it many times before but I will remind you again, unlock your bootloader at your own risk! Although the process is endorsed by HTC, they have this to say about the process. “It is our responsibility to caution you that not all claims resulting or caused by or from the unlocking of the bootloader may be covered under warranty.” We know it is fun to install custom firmware but please be sure to have some form of Android software knowledge. Hit the source link below for the full low-down.
Brothers from a different mother. That’s how GIT Media is describing their two new tablets – the PRO and the SURGE – with the reference being that the tablets are identical in every way except for the one thing that really matters, the processor.
The SURGE arrives with the latest Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor while the PRO boasts the new Samsung Dual Core Exynos 4210 processor (with Native triple play). With both processors considered to be the best in the industry, GIT Media is focusing on what many customers really look for when choosing a brand – power, speed, and top end performance.
Other features include a staggering 250GB Seagate internal HD (same size as the Archos G9), 1280X768 capacitive HD wide screen, 1GB RAM, Honeycomb 3.0, Wi-Fi (3G optional), USB support, HDMI output, GPS, and Bluetooth.
A 250GB HDD paired with either the Tegra or the Exynos will make for one serious tablet and I think GIT Media nailed it in understanding that performance – not flashy looks or slick commercials – is what customers really look for when choosing a product or brand.
GIT will begin pre-selling these units immediately via their website and all pre-sale units will come with a complimentary gift choice of a leather case and wireless Bluetooth keyboard or an extended warranty (total 3 years), both valued at $100. This is a limited time offer that ends 10-15-2011.
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.