Android tablets open up new, affordable experiences for learning in schools, and News Corp has launched a tablet geared specifically for the education market. Back in July, the mass media corporation rebranded its educational unit to Amplify and this tablet was built out of that after months of testing. Specs are scarce at the moment, but what we do know is it’s a 10-inch Android tablet running custom software.
What makes the Amplify tablet different is its clear focus on education. For example, once students are logged in, they have access to a set list of apps and on the right hand side are “notebooks” which allow quick access to different subjects. Teachers are able to add materials directly to these subjects by class period. Here is a video which shows off the features and functionality of Amplify:
On Tuesday, a German court ruled the Motorola Xoom, made by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility, does not infringe on Apple’s iPad. In addition, Motorola had claimed the iPad’s design patent was invalid which was denied by the court.
Apple’s main goal was to have the device banned across Europe, claiming the design of the Xoom infringed upon three iPad designs. Even though the judges ruled against Apple’s claim, they denied Motorola’s counterclaim that the iPad design patent was invalid. The court ultimately rejected both parties and Apple was required to pay two-thirds of the costs and Motorola to pay one-third.
In two previous hearings, Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann indicated that the court was leaning in Motorola’s favor, saying the design of the tablet was sufficient enough to give it individual character.
I’ll hazard a guess that a big factor behind your decision to buy an Android phone was the depth of customisation options available to you straight out of the box. There’s not much you can’t change on your phone these days and there’s always customer launchers or rooting for those who like to take it one step further. Still not satisfied? Well perhaps we have the solution for you.
Meet the Liquidware Amber, the tablet development framework for the more adventurous Android modder. Open the box and you’ll find an ARM Cortex A8 Processor, a 7″ capacitive display, 512 MB RAM and a custom Android 2.3 build. The tablet has no casing although it is fully functional, it’s down to the individual to decide which peripherals they’d like to add over and above the standard package. The only limitation is your sense of adventure!
The Amber doesn’t come cheap with the price ranging from $983 to $1,674 depending on which kit you opt for. Check out the video below and get ready to ditch that Meccano set for something a bit more exciting.
Aww, isn’t this cute. A kid friendly, adult approved Android tablet. While this isn’t the first children’s Android tablet we have seen, App developer FUHU has teamed up with the worlds target toy store, Toys R Us, and created another budget friendly Android tablet for children. This time around we bring you the Nabi tablet. The Nabi is a tablet meant for fun and education and features a “kiddie” UI on top of the Android OS and allows the little ones to safely surf the web, watch movies, read books and have access to various educational applications. And after the kids have gone to bed, parents can commandeer the Nabi, enter a secret password, and unlock the tablet for a more traditional Android experience. Sounds like a gift with benefits to me!
The Nabi tablet has specs that may baffle some parents and could make some Android tablet owners jealous. The screen is a 7-inch, 800×480 resolution display and can playback video at 1080p HD. Pretty sweet, huh? Lemme finish. The unit is powered by a 533MHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU that allows for 3D gaming. There is a 3,000mAh battery that supposedly provides up to 5 hours of non-stop Barney watching, or whatever it is these kids are watching these days. Your child we also be able to visit TalkAndroid.com to keep abreast on all the latest Android news via Wi-Fi, and a front facing camera will aid in video chat for those times when you are out of town on business.
Motorola has sure been busy lately with the development of new Android tablets. A recent leak shows not only another tablet in the works, but an Android tablet/interactive TV remote combo thingy. The Motorola Corvair, as it’s being dubbed, is a 6-inch tablet designed for your TV room and apparently wants to make TV time more interesting.
Our pals over at The Verge got their hands on some leaked images and claim to know that the device is already being tested by cable providers. The packaging calls the device a “dedicated controller,” but at the same time shows the tablet’s UI on the TV screen, leading us to believe it can be used to watch and stream media all the while functioning as a universal remote. Motorola has been making cable boxes for a while now and maybe this is the ultimate way to interact with them. Who knows what other brand set top boxes this will work with – if any. This all makes perfect sense because if you will notice, there are power and volume buttons located on the front of the device.
Look out Kindle Fire, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e is about to drop this month and with the exact same price of $199.99. Last time we touched on the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e, we didn’t really know that much about it. Now do we not only have a full spec run down, we have a release time-frame to boot.
The device has an “E” at the end of it’s name designating it as the Entry-level tablet offered by ViewSonic. Once you get an idea of the specs it has, you might still think that it is very Entry-level like, but either way, it is still quite a bargain. With a 3D UI designed by the folks who made the SPB Shell 3D Android launcher, the device runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a 1GHz single-core processor with a 7″ display.
There is a microHDMI port that transfers 1080p quality video and the tablet has a 3mp camera on back with a 0.3 mp camera up front. Internal memory is 4GB but there is a microSD card slot that is expandable to 32GB of storage. ViewSonic has include the new “AirSync” program that promises to keep the device up to date via OTA upgrades via the built in Wi-Fi connectivity. Not too shabby for a device that costs half that of other popular tablets that are currently on the market.
Again the price will only be $199.99 and it should be available here in the U.S. starting in the end of October. Latin America is up next on the roll-out release and is slated to see the economical 7″ tablet sometime in November, an exact date has yet to be confirmed.
Full Press Release after the break.
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.
Earlier today our very own Mr. Nazarian showed you the Excite smiling for the camera. Now we have an official announcement from Toshiba on the device and some hot specs to share. Most interesting for this Android 3.2 loaded tablet is that it’s only 7.7mm thick. This device will be available in Europe in Q4 of this year. Here is the full skinny:
- Android™ 3.2, Honeycomb
- High resolution 25.7cm (10.1’’) capacitive LCD panel with LED backlight, 1,280 x 800 pixels (16:10) and multi-touch support
- CPU: TI OMAP 4430, 1.2GHz
- RAM 1GB DDR2
- Internal memory with up to 64 GB
- Micro-USB, micro-SD, micro-HDMI®, Bluetooth®, Wi-FiTM (802.11b/g/n), docking port
- GPS, 3D Accelerometer, gyrometer, electronic compass, ambient light sensor
- 5.0 MPixel camera (rear), 2.0 MPixel camera (front)
- Stereo speakers (2x 1.5W)
- Toshiba Media Player supporting a wide selection of video, picture and audio formats
- Weight: 558g
- Size: 256mm x 176mm x 7.7mm
- Battery life (backlight 60nits): 8h (100% video playback). 8h (65% web browsing via WLAN 10% video playback 10%; 25% standby)
This looks like a pretty sweet new tablet to me. I was a fan of Toshiba laptops back in the day so perhaps they will bring that magic back. Check out the full press release after the break and let us know what you think.
What’s better than getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Google I/O before anyone else can get their hands on one? Getting the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update before anyone else can get it of course (for the Samsung Galaxy Tab that is anyway). The Limited Edition Galaxy Tab v10.1 which was handed to all Google I/O attendees this year will be getting the 3.1 Honeycomb update before other v10.1 models do, which is going to bring Google Books to the platform as well as removing Samsung Aps, Music Hub, Amazon, Kindle, & Weatherbug applications.
For more information on the update and instructions, hit the Samsung source link below.
[via engadget, samsung]