Transformer Prime clears the FCC and gets complete teardown

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We’re getting very close to getting our hands on the first Quad-core Android tablet, the Transformer Prime, as it just cleared the FCC. Rumors have it being officially announced on November 9, so the timing couldn’t be better. This won’t be priced as sweet as the original, but the fact that it has a Quad core, is 8.9mm thick, and the promise of Ice Cream Sandwich, I can’t see how this won’t be as successful.

Along with the FCC comes a complete teardown which give us a really nice look at the NVIDIA Tegra 3. Hit the break for the pics.

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Google Docs and Google Reader receive Ice Cream Sandwich makeover

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A couple of days ago we saw a redesign for the web version of Google Reader with the promise of an updated Android version. It came a little quicker than we expected along with an update to Google Docs. Non of this is surprising with the release of Ice Cream Sandwich right around the corner.

The Android version of Google Reader didn’t change as much as the web version. It basically got a little ICS flare along with the new sharing options that are now limited to only Google+.

More changes hit Google Docs as it not only looks like ICS, but there are more optimizations for Honeycomb tablets, better video playback, finding information about your documents is easier, and sharing options now has auto complete.

Both updates are available now, so hit the download links after the break.

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Costco Offering Special Deals For HTC Sensation 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II On T-Mobile

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Pic courtesy of Android Central

The one thing I love about T-Mobile is that if you’re looking for a deal, you won’t have to wait long because they’re always discounting plans and devices at what seems like a weekly basis.  And if it’s not T-Mobile themselves, it’s always some other third party partner.  Latest to make the list is Costco.  If you head in to your nearest Costco location today you’ll find that they are running a special to get you locked into an HTC Sensation 4G and/or a Samsung Galaxy S II with a plan running at $69.99/mo.  In addition, they’re throwing in a bunch of extras like T-Mobile TV, games and magazines.  Check out the pic above for more details and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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[Download] DROID RAZR Boot Animation and Sounds

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Some lucky guy already got his hands on the new Motorola DROID RAZR and decided to let everyone else join in on some of the excitement. The RAZR’s boot animation and notification sounds are all packaged nicely and ready for you to download through the links below. Here, check out a short video of the boot animation in action: » Read the rest

Motorola officially announces the XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition Android tablets

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We’ve been hearing about the upcoming Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition for about a month now, and today Motorola made them official. The XOOM 2 (pictured above) comes with a 10.1-inch HD Gorilla Glass display, and the XOOM 2 Media Edition (pictured below) comes with an 8.2-inch HD Gorilla Glass display.

Both include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 16GB storage, splash-guard coating, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb. I would assume Ice Cream Sandwich will make its way to both devices by early 2012.

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GameStop Begins Selling Honeycomb Tablets Pre-Loaded with Games

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It seems like we have new players entering the tablet game everyday. We’d heard before that gaming retailer GameStop would release their own tablet, but details were scarce at the time. In a slight turn of events, GS has decided to carry several Honeycomb tablets pre-loaded with games instead. There are plenty of options for consumers to choose from as the retailer will sell the Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Viewsonic VPAD. The prices will vary, but they start from $300 to $540. The list of games pre-loaded include Cordy, Dead Space, Madden NFL, Monster Madness, Re-Load, Riptide GP and Sonic CD. You will also have the option of having a special GameStop-branded controller included for an extra $39. The gaming tablets are available in 200 U.S. stores nationwide or online, though shipping is limited to U.S. addresses only. Now who else is as excited about this as I am?

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Norton Tablet Security: Powerful Protection For Your Android Tablet

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Norton is looking to get a piece of the tablet market in regards to providing protection for that expensive tablet you just purchased.  If you’re the type of person who likes the peace of mind of having strong security support for your mobile devices and don’t mind paying a bit for it, this is for you.  Norton Tablet Security will run you $39.99/yr and offers anti-theft and antivirus/antimalware protection for any Android tablet.

With the goal to protect both your tablet and your privacy, it might just be worth the cost if the content of your device is somewhat “sensitive”.  The software scans all files entering the device as well as mobile apps that you’ve recently installed.  As Norton is most noted for, when a user accesses fraudulent or malicious websites, Norton kicks in and does what it does best by preventing the connection, keeping you safe and secure. In addition to all of this, the device offers a feature, like other applications on the market, that provides the ability to recover your tablet should some sticky fingers lift the device.  All you have to do is log into a Web portal and you can track the device’s whereabouts via a map.  You can cut off the violator by locking your device remotely and or cause a small message to pop up letting the thief know where he/she can return the device should they have a change of heart.  Furthermore, Norton has provided a “Sneak Peak” feature which allows you to make the most out of the front facing camera by snapping a quick shot of the person using your tab at the moment.  In turn, a photo of the thief will be sent to Symantec’s anti-theft website.  Overall, not too shabby for $40 bucks a year.  Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Telus Getting An HTC Amaze 4G Of Their Own, Launching Nov 4th

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Pic courtesy of MobileSyrup

Telus has recently made the official announcement of the arrival of the HTC Amaze 4G.  Word over at mobilesyrup is that the device will be landing on Nov 4th and will run you $99.99 for a 3 yr contract (yikes!), $499.99 for a 2 year contract (damn!) and $549.99 on a 1 yr contract.  By the time you’re done with this contract the Android version will be on some pastry that starts with a “Z” and will house an octo-core CPU by a company that hasn’t even begun its start up yet.  In any event, if you have to be stuck with a device for a long period of time, the Amaze might be the one for you.  If you haven’t already, check out our un-boxing of the device along with our full review as well.  Take note in the review of the fantastic camera HTC has implemented here.  Just to reiterate, the device sports a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, a 4.3-inch qHD display (960 x 540), an 8 meg camera, 2 meg front facer, WiFi and a nicely sized 1730 mAh battery to keep you going.  And of course, the device will run Android’s Gingerbread 2.3.4 with the possibility of some day getting Ice Cream Sandwich.

[via MobileSyrup]

Duke Nukem 3D Updated, Removes Ads After Complaints

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Things change quickly don’t they? We gave you the news yesterday that Duke Nukem 3D was available in the Android Market for 99¢ which by all accounts is a great bargain– with a catch. Those who purchased the game quickly realized the developer curiously included ads in the game menu, despite it being a paid app. Perhaps the developer heard our bellyaching and used that to prompt immediate changes for the game. Owners will no longer see ads running, which is always welcome. Now let’s hope we never see another paid app that includes ads again.  If you didn’t grab the game yet, feel free to head on over to Android Market now for the download.   » Read the rest