ASUS Transformer Prime Release Date Plays Musical Chairs

Oh man. Looks like the ASUS Transformer Prime is following in the footsteps of the Galaxy Nexus and release dates are being ‘confirmed’ and suggested left and right! Gamestop is responsible for most of the confusion, saying the device would release on Dec. 9th, then Nov. 28, then changing it back to the 9th again bringing us to this mornings claim of December 19th! Which is it Gamestop!? And to only make matters worse, now NetbookNews has reported to Phandroid, claiming that an ASUS spokesman has verified Dec. 8th as the day that US customers will be able to get their hands on the illusive quad-core beast. Unbelievable! That’s pretty much all I can say about the round-about nonsense surrounding the release of this Tablet and that everything at this point is precisely that, unbelievable.

Until we get further notice straight from the horse’s mouth, we can’t wont predict a ‘confirmed’ release date. There is too much going on for me to be a betting man, but I am more inclined to believe NetbookNews over Gamestop. Pick a date and cross your fingers.

[via Phandroid]

 

 

Sonos adds Android tablet support, Slacker Radio, and new Spotify features

Sonos just announced Sonos System Software 3.6 which brings Android tablet support. Sonos is the leading manufacturer of wireless music systems, and it allows you to stream “all the music on earth” wirelessly in every room. Now you can control it wirelessly with an Android tablet, including the Kindle Fire, HTC Flyer, Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Tablet S, and others. Previously it was only available to Android phones.

In addition, you can now listen to your favorite or custom Slacker Radio stations. Spotify integration is now improved as users now have access to their Spotify Inbox and can now play music from Spotify’s new releases and top tracks.

Last but not least, Sonos is introducing Sonos Labs, which is a new Beta environment. Users will have the ability to test out new services before they are officially launched.

Full press release after the break:


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How to root your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus [Courtesy of XDA]

The newly released Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus can now be rooted. Just follow these instructions that were posed by XDA forum member, bdigitalstudio. Of course this is at your own risk, and we don’t assume any liability or responsiblity. Now with that out of the way, here you go:

1. Download and install Samsung KIES
2. Transfer the root zip file from here and transfer it to the EXTERNAL CARD on Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
3. Turn off the Galaxy Tab Plus
4. Enter Recovery
- Hold Volume Down button + Power button
- When Tab turns ON, release power button (Keep holding volume down button)
- Will enter recovery
5. Select install update from external storage
6. Look for the file root.zip and select it with power button
7. When Finish, reboot.

[via xda from galaxytabreview]

Nielsen Confirms iPhone & Android Dominates App Downloads, Graves Dug Deeper For Microsoft & RIM

Who’s ready for some nice stats from the reputable Nielsen Company? In some not-so-shocking news, Nielsen has indicated iPhone and Android devices continue to dominate the competition– and by a long shot. Their latest data shows that 71 percent of those with smartphones own an Android of iPhone. Ok great, we already knew that both phones dominate the marketshare, but we now have a more impressive stat to share with you. Remember when we told you a while back that iPhones and Androids were chomping away at the gaming competition a while back? Well it’s much deeper than just gaming apps. Nielsen reports a whopping 83 percent of app downloaders in the past 30 days were iPhone or Android users! That means the majority of any type of app– gaming, productivity, audio, video, etc.– were downloaded by iPhone or Android users.

There’s more to the findings as well. Nielsen also highlights that 44 percent of all U.S. mobile subscribers have a smartphone. Moreover, those who purchased a new phone in the past 3 months went with a smartphone. Android leads the mobile operating systems as we already know and Apple is the leading smartphone manufacturer. Hit the break to see the full details of the chart from Nielsen.
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Details About The Upcoming Motorola Xoom Update Surfaces– Motorola Says Don’t Hold Your Breath For Android 4.0… Yet

Remember when we told you about that one “project”? You know– that “project” Motorola was planning for the Motorola Xoom tablet? I am sad to report that it will simply be a minor update, not the one you’ve all been really wanting. The Verizon LTE version of the Xoom tablet will get improved support for pay-as-you-go customers. Here’s what the head honchos of the beta testing group outlined their explanation in an email:

“Hi again.

Thanks very much for signing up to give feedback about your Motorola Xoom on Verizon. You will be testing final software for your LTE Xoom. Despite the wild rumors about ICS, this is a very limited update providing improved support for pay-as-you-go customers on Verizon. It should be essentially “invisible” in terms of device operation.

Because of this, we will be looking for feedback on two primary questions:

  • Did you update successfully?
  • If yes, did the update alter your device in any unexpected way?

We feel this software is safe and ready, but your input will provide the data we need to make a go/no-go decision. Here are key points to know:

 

  • I will send out another email with a survey where you can provide your answers to these two questions.
  • It will come within a few hours of when the software begins to be pushed to your phones.
  • That push is expected around mid-day tomorrow.
  • Please do not post comments on public sites about this update; instead provide your input through the survey I will provide.
  • Please do respond to the survey by Friday morning. We expect to make our decision to release this update later that day

Do not send emails to this account or PM me unless I ask you to do so. General questions sent to either place will go unanswered — put your questions and comments in the survey please.

Thanks again for your confidentiality and participation. Your help with updates like this certainly counts in your favor when other test opportunities arise.

Regards,

- Matt
  Motorola Owners’ Forums
  Motorola Feedback Network”

So there you have it. This invisible update is intended specifically for pay-as-you-go users. As always, take great care and caution with updating your tab and make sure the update doesn’t have any unintended effects (i.e. bugs, crashes, etc.). Oh and don’t fret Xoom owners– you won’t be getting ICS now, but we can certainly expect it to arrive in the near-future.

Android and iOS users can now test drive Windows Phone 7 via the web

Is the grass greener on the other side? No way Jose, but if you want to make sure, Microsoft is giving you a chance to try out Windows Phone 7 on your Android phone via the Web browser. Just hit the source link below, and your Android phone will become a Windows Phone in no time. We know Microsoft is thinking that this demo will make us want to switch, but not me. How about you guys? Anyone ready to jump ship?

[via windows phone demo]

Time Warner Cable releases Android app for tablets

Time Warner Cable just released TWC TV for Android tablets, which gives customers the ability to program their DVR, add favorite channels, and use their tablet as a remote control. Its available to all customers who have a set-top box or DVR running the “Navigator” interactive program guide.

Key features include:

  • Interactive Program Guide (IPG) – a complete IPG experience, with 7 days of program listings including full program description
  • Search – search TV listings by title or episode name
  • Remote Control of STB – the ability to use the Android tablet as a set-top box remote control, choosing a program from the grid guide and tuning the DVR or set-top box to the selected channel.
  • DVR Manager – the ability to remotely schedule or change upcoming DVR recordings

 

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Kindle Fire Gets Visit From CyanogenMod 7

If you are at all familiar with the rooting of Android devices and custom ROM’s, then I am sure you have heard of CyanogenMod and its CM line of custom ROM’s. CM7 has got to be one of the most popular Android custom ROM’s and can be found for both phones and tablets. The latest addition to devices seen running CM7 is the Amazon Kindle Fire. Although still in its early stages, XDA member, JackpotClavin, has posted a few images of his Fire running the CM7 ROM but it definitely needs more work before I can recommend that you try it out.

At the moment, a few things aren’t working properly like the touchscreen (rather important, no?) and the fact that you loose Amazon integration, preventing access to the Appstore and the like. On the up side though, Wi-Fi is working and if you don’t like the Amazon UI than this enhanced version of Android Gingerbread might just be up your alley. For more details about CM7 on the Kindle Fire, hit the source link below. Looks a bit rough to me so I recommend sitting on the sidelines until they get all the issues figured out, but I reckon that shouldn’t be too long from now anyway.

[via XDA]

 

Box.net Offers SE Xperia Owners 50GB Of Free Storage

Sheesh Sony Ericsson Xperia owners are some lucky individuals. Why are they so lucky you ask? Well– SE Xperia owners suddenly have an extra 50GB of free storage space from Box.net. All owners have to do is download and install the Box.net app on your Xperia phone and register for a free account. It seems that Xperia users will have plenty of time to take advantage of this great find too– you have until December 31, 2012 to take advantage of the great opportunity. Go on SE Xperia owners– time’s wasting!

 

[via Unwired View]

2 Years Later and Korea Finally Gets Games Added to the Android Market

It has only been 24 months since the Android operating system was introduced in Korea and within that time the Korean market has grown to be the second-largest app consumer in the world. No matter how app hungry the market may be, you might be surprised to know that they have never even had access to games through the Android Market. Until now.

Beginning right now, Android users in Korea can access the many thousands of popular games that are available for download through the Android Market. Purchases are going to be made a bit different than what we are used to hear in the states, they will make purchases that will directly be billed through their network provider as opposed to having their market account attached to a credit card. Sounds like trouble to me!

Google wants to reach out to game developers to let them know that “now is the time to localize game resources, app descriptions, and marketing assets to take advantage of this new opportunity”. With the increased availability of apps, it is expected that a large jump in game purchases and downloads will be seen in the weeks ahead. If you are a developer who likes the thought of making a little extra dough, I strongly suggest hitting up the source code below.

[via Android Developers Blog]