Hands-On With The Toshiba Excite X10 at CES

Toshiba certainly brought their A-Game to CES 2012 when they unveiled their new flagship tablet, the Excite X10.  The X10 definitely has something to boast about among the rest of the tablets in the market today much in the same way that the Droid Razr has some bragging rights within its smartphone community, and that is that it’s thin as hell!  The 10.1-inch device is a breakthrough milestone as stated by the Toshiba rep we spoke to at the event.  Not only is it rightfully claiming to be the world’s thinnest tablet, it’s also one of the lightest.  The device comes in at 1.1 lbs or 535 grams and only .3 inches (7.7mm).  That’s pretty darn thin if you ask us.  The device offers a premium tablet experience thanks to its multiple port access on hand despite how thin the device is.  There’s a micro sd card slot, micro HDMI out and a micro usb sync port for syncing and sharing.

The flipside of the device is definitely something that commands a look as it offers a premium surface with magnesium alloy backing.  The glass is none other than the popular Gorilla glass technology so as to add to the durability of the device.  OS wise, we’re looking at Android Honeycomb 3.2 with a confirmation that the device will receive Ice Cream Sandwich.  In addition, the rep says depending on when the official release date is, this bad boy could ship with ICS already on-board.  Under the hood is the ever popular TI OMAP 4430 for its dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU.  In the camera dept you’ll find a 5 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p video recording.  There’s two offerings in the size dept, a 16 gig and a 32 gig.  The 16 gig will run you $529 and the 32 gig will cost you a whopping $599.  Ouch, that’s a bit steep if you ask us.  Check out our hands-on video of the monster tab and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.  And if you’ve missed any of our special CES 2012 coverage, be sure to check it out here.  
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Xoom ICS Soak Test Has Officially Commenced

Android 4.0.3 is gracing a number of Xooms this morning, bringing with it great improvements in speed in addition to all of the new features we’ve come to love in Ice Cream Sandwich. Assuming the soak test goes well, the update should go out to the masses, but hey, maybe an IML77 build will find its way online before then.

Turn Your TV into an Android 2.3 Internet TV with iGoGo TV

I have been interested in Google TV for a while but convincing my sweetie that I need to turn our TV into a giant Android device is well, darn near impossible. Given Google’s announcements at CES this year regarding its TV service and who they would be partnered with, it wouldn’t be long before more devices hit the market. Well this device was brought to my attention earlier this afternoon and after looking at it I think it could be something worth looking into. Magic-Pro iGoGo TV looks to turn your TV into a full Android 2.3.1 tablet of sorts. It has the following specs: 
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Get Your Hands on the Purple RAZR on January 23rd

Photo Courtesy of Droid-Life

In a slew of 4G LTE device announcements this past week at CES by Verizon release dates were nada short of “in a few weeks” or “coming soon.” Well for those you folk who are wanting the Purple RAZR that was announced along side the RAZR MAXX will be happy to know that the folks over at Droid-Life were able to get their mitts on a release date. You can get your RAZR in purple on January 23rd. We still have yet to see a release date for the DROID 4 or the RAZR MAXX but hopefully soon. Also you will be able to get the black and white RAZRs with 16GB of storage on the 23rd as well.

[via Droid-Life]

Introducing the Official Android Design Principles Website

Matias Duarte is on a mission to make Android beautiful, and with the launch of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, he’s off to a good start. Now the goal is to get app developers in on the makeover process. Today the Android team launched “Android Design” to help developers adapt to the look and feel of 4.0 and Google’s own suite of apps. The site is full of tips and tricks for making your apps look like native elements of Ice Cream Sandwich.  Here’s what Mr. Duarte had to say.

This is the second part of our Ice Cream Sandwich launch. As this site goes up, I can feel like it’s finished. Like ICS is truly complete.

Check out Android Design

Mystery Xoom update begins roll-out this evening [Update, its ICS!]

We have been aware of an impending update for the Motorola Xoom for some time now, and tonight we may finally find out what has been shrouded in mystery all this time. A minor update, or what we’re all hoping for, ICS.

Here’s the email popping into inboxes of those who signed up for the Xoom “Google Experience Device” Testing.

Hi.
Thanks for your patience as we’ve waited for this project to begin. Because we are dealing with a Google Experience Device (GED) we have less insight to timing than we would usually have.
However, I’m happy to announce that we will start the update this evening. Because it was delayed a few days, we will also have additional time to test; we will let it run through the weekend.
Remember to keep your feedback in the private community provided, and in the survey I will send after a few days.
Please go here to access the private site and to learn more. Note that you will not be able to post on the other areas of the site during the soak — this project is confidential.
(If you have not yet logged into the new forums site, you will need to do so. Please follow all instructions before sending emails here for help.)
Thanks,
- Matt
  Motorola Owners’ Forum
  Motorola Feedback Network

The link in the email is yet to be functional, stay tuned.

[Update]

Confirmed. ICS rolls out to test participants starting at 9pm PST 1/12/2012 and will continue throughout the weekend. Assuming no extreme issues are discovered, Motorola says they will very likely release this update to the masses. A group of some thousands of Xoom Wi-Fi owners will receive the software upgrade which includes some random participants outside of testing as well it seems. Good luck Xoom owners!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

CyanogenMod racks up 1,000,000 unique users

The numbers are in and it looks like CyanogenMod by a landslide! The number of official CyanogenMod installs has nearly reached 600,000, and when combined with unofficial KANG installs, that user base has now crossed the 1 million mark, with thousands more each day. This is a landmark achievement for Android’s custom ROM community. Here’s to the next impending million sure to coincide with the complete release of CM9.

[via DroidLife, CMStats]

Microsoft Signs Yet Another Patent Licensing Deal, LG Is The Latest To Fall Victim

 

Microsoft just keeps seeing those royalties come in. It has just announced LG has signed a licensing agreement for devices which runs Android or Chrome. This arrangement for Microsoft is similar to that of Huawei and Samsung already in place. Here’s Microsoft attorney Horacio Guitierrez making an official statement of Microsoft’s newest licensing deal:

 “We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS”.

70 percent of all Android smartphones in the US have Microsoft patent licensing deals huh? Microsoft continues to indirectly impact the Android ecosystem. Moreover, it looks as though LG’s smartphones won’t be the only ones affected. LG’s future TV lineup which will be Google TV-powered and likely use Chrome will also fall under the new patent licensing move. All eyes are now on you Googlorola.

[via Microsoft]

Hands On With the Transformer Prime 700 Series

At CES the other day it was announced that the Transformer Prime would be coming an a fully HD resolution variety. While those that recently bought the Transformer Prime, the original, may feel slighted as this tablet boasts a 1920×1200 (1080p) 10.1 inch display. For those that missed it, here are the device’s specs:

  • 10.1” Tablet with an emphasis on Entertainment, Media, Gaming and Productivity. Thin and Light chassis design with a 1080P capable display screen.
  • MSRP – $599~$699          Availability – Q2 2012 in North America
  • Processor-  NVIDIA Tegra 3 Mobile Processor (1.3 GHz Quad core Cortex A9, 12 core GeForce GPU)
  • Display – Brilliant 10.1” HD (1920×1200), 178 degrees ultra-wide viewing angle Super IPS+ panel display with Gorilla™ Glass
  • Camera – Rear facing 8MP Auto-Focus camera with dedicated LED Flash, 2.0MP Front Facing camera for Video Chat
  • Storage – 32GB or 64GB internal memory plus 8GB of ASUS Web Storage2
  • Media Capabilities – 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 High Profile, High Bit Rate video decode and playback
  • Media Capture – 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 video capture
  • Connectivity - Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • Ports – 2-in-1 3.5mm jack, micro-HDMI output, microSD card reader
  • Audio – Built-in stereo speakers, microphone
  • Dimensions – 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm, 586g
  • Battery - 25WHr Lithium-Polymer Battery
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Hands On With Motorola Telavation (Video)

Motorola Mobility took some time at CES to demonstrate one of the cooler concepts at the show, the Motorola Telavation product and service. In case you’re unfamiliar, Telavation is a product and service which enables consumers to view real-time TV content on Android tablets such as the XYBOARD around your home. Users can access TV content including channels such as NBC and Fox, right on your tablet.  You can scroll up and down to through the channel guide on your tablet, select a particular channel or program, see the app communicate with your television set and immediately push the television content to your tablet. The noteworthy aspect of this is not only can you watch real-time TV on your tablet, but you also have the ability to watch one piece of programming on your tablet while someone else watches another on the main television— all at the same time. There’s not much info on which cable/satellite providers will partner with MOTO on this service, but Comcast has pledged they will be testing the service out in the Denver and Nashville markets.

Currently, the product and service will be available only as a stand-alone unit. However, MOTO will implement the technology into future select set-top boxes. Check out the video below to see Rob Nazarian going hands-on with the cool product and service.

 

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