Acer, Asus, and Dell to Stop Making Android Tablets?

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Well it appears the PC Hardware vendors may drop out of the Android tablet market altogether. According to reports, Acer, Asustek and Dell may drop out due to fierce competition by Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This is surprising news considering Asus is releasing the first Tegra 3 tablet in December and Acer has suggested their own release of tablets with Tegra 3 inside.  While this is purely speculative, an upstream hardware supply chain suggests that they should be seeing orders by now from these companies if they were planning to push tablet sales in the next year. This however, is not because PC vendors lack compelling hardware.

Given, that the three main competitors offer compelling content to compliment their hardware, PC vendors were hard pressed by offering stock OS flavors to theirs. Couple this with cheaper tablet prices by both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, PC vendors didn’t have a leg to stand on price wise. According to the report:

“With Amazon offering its Kindle Fire at US$199 and Barnes & Noble to provide its upcoming Nook Simple Touch at a price of US$99, the pure hardware players are unlikely to profit from the market through price competition.”

Like it was said before, this right now is speculative. However, we have seen PC vendors start to pull their tablets that may suggest that this move could happen. Some also suggest that these companies are holding off on their orders until Windows 8 is out. Although these vendors may see the same issues in that market as well. One thing is for sure, companies and vendors are now starting to see that in order to offer a compelling product they must do more than just offer compelling hardware.

 

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Android Market Makes It to the Kindle Fire [Courtesy of XDA]

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As you know from yesterday the developers over at XDA wasted no time in bringing more functionality to the newly released Kindle Fire. While Amazon did say that the Fire would be able to side load apps, a question of how it was to be done, lingered. Owners of the e-reader/tablet are now able to side load applications and thanks to the SuperOneClick app, now being able to root the device. Well XDA hasn’t stopped at just that. Today they bring users the ability to install the Android Market, bringing this and other Google applications with it. Just a heads up, those of you who have a Fire and want this added functionality will need to have the device rooted and be comfortable with the use of file explorers. If you are an owner of the Kindle Fire and want full access to both the Android Market and Google Apps follow the link below to get started courtesy of Jolleyboy over at XDA.   » Read the rest

Amazon Kindle Fire unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

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The Amazon Kindle Fire just might be the hottest gift this holiday season. It comes with a 7-inch (1024 x 600) IPS display, 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB for storage (about 6GB usable), microUSB, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, and WiFi. You won’t find a camera, but for $199 you can’t beat it. We’re not sure what version of Android they used to develop their user interface, but it’s completely stripped. Amazon also features their own browser called Amazon Silk, which promises faster load times. For a small device, I was surprised at how heavy it is. It comes in at 413 grams, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus comes in at 345 grams. My first impression is that it does seem like a nice tablet and feels solid, but I’m disappointed with the lack of RAM and a microSD slot for expanded storage. I will do a more in depth review, but for now, check out my initial hands on.

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Root the Kindle Fire with SuperOneClick [Courtesy of XDA]

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With the Kindle Fire’s release, developers at XDA are wasting no time in getting the device rooted. Given the ability to enable sideloading, rooting is inevitable. Over at XDA there is a quick walk-through in setting up ADB on the Fire. Of course this can only be done after one is done installing the Android SDK. Once ADB is set up root is obtainable through the SuperOneClick application.

As of right now there are no custom roms available for the Fire but when they do come out, and they will, you will be one step closer to flashing a new rom. Given the Fire’s specs it will be interesting to see how developers can push this device to its full potential. For those of you who have a Kindle Fire and are wanting to root it, download the SuperOneClick Application here and hit the break for instructions on how to do so courtesy of developer death2all110 over at XDA.   » Read the rest

How To Enable Sideloading On The Amazon Kindle Fire

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Everyone who plans on buying an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and loves to tinker, listen up. You may have heard Amazon recently confirming the Kindle Fire will have access to Android apps, but not from the Android Market. However, we know that some you are wondering how the heck can we get apps on the tablet not found in the Amazon App Store? You’re in luck because we have the answer by providing you full instructions on how to sideload apps on the tablet. It seems unusual and intricate, but it’s actually straightforward and simple. You can find full instructions for both Windows and Mac users after the break. » Read the rest

Netflix brings new user interface to Android tablets

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You may have noticed that Netflix has a different look with the Amazon Kindle Fire and Nook Color. Since these tablets are starting to ship, Netflix has decided to bring the new look to Amazon tablets as well. The previous beige and red scheme is no longer, and in its place is more cover art. If you’re an iPad user, you will have to wait a couple of weeks.

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Amazon Updates Appstore Ahead of Kindle Fire Launch

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With the Amazon Kindle Fire release just over the horizon, Amazon has updated their Appstore to be more tablet friendly. The update to 2.0 largely focuses improving the on UI for better usability on the Kindle Fire but brings a few noticeable changes for smartphones. The Appstore’s old white background has been replaced with shades of grey, somewhat of a resemblance to the new Android Market. Additional settings have been added amongst the new the new layout which gives you the ability to enable in-app purchases, parental controls, and provides an easier view of your Amazon gift card balance.

If you don’t have the Amazon Appstore yet, you are missing out on daily free downloads that we report on every morning. Hit the link below to gain access to Android’s alternative application superstore, and jump past the break for more screenshots.

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire Will Have Access to Android Apps but Not Via The Android Market

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It appears that Amazon didn’t want their Kindle Fire to get lost in the hype of all the latest tablet news and released some new info with hopes to re-kindle the fire. After today’s Asus Transformer Prime announcement, Amazon dropped a new press release describing the ins and outs of its latest tablet endeavor, and yes, its Android powered.

Will the Kindle Fire be an Android tablet? Will we have access to the Android Market? These have been questions on all of our minds and the answer is yes and no. Literally in that order. The Kindle Fire is powered by Android but will be accompanied by a custom UI, unfortunately you will not have access to the Android Market with the official build of the OS (but you can bet the devs will cook something up!). You will though, have access to thousands of apps via Amazon’s very own market, the Amazon Appstore. Here, check out what Amazon has to offer:

When Kindle Fire customers across the country open their boxes next week, they will be able to choose from several thousand of the most popular Android apps and games, including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Comics by comiXology, Facebook, The Weather Channel and popular games from Zynga, EA, Gameloft, PopCap and Rovio. Kindle Fire customers will be able to download these apps and games without having to register multiple times and using Amazon’s simple and secure 1-Click payment technology. Plus, all apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire for the best experience possible, customers can get a great “paid” app for free every day, and once you’ve downloaded an app from the Amazon Appstore, it’s available on Kindle Fire as well as your other Android-based devices.

So there you have it. Another official Android tablet. And this one is only $199! Any one pre-ordered yet?

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Amazon Kindle Fire with 8.9-Inch Display On the Horizon

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It looks like Amazon is at it again. After announcing the first Kindle Fire, there are strong indications of a second version on the way. Contrary to a 10.1-inch display as most expected, the second Kindle Fire version will likely have an 8.9-inch display. The Verge reports LGD and CPT, which supplies the displays for the first Kindle Fire are preparing production capacities for 8.9-inch displays found in what will be the second version as well. Amazon is certainly pulling no strings with their intention to be a major player in the tablet war by having multiple versions of its crown jewel.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is officially announced

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Today in New York City, Barnes & Noble unveiled the Nook Tablet which will go head to head with the Amazon Kindle Fire. As expected from the leak last week, the price will be $249, but the release date is one day later – November 17.   One other big difference is the processor. Last week’s leak showed a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP, but it’s actually a 1.0GHz dual core. Unknown at the time was RAM, and today they revealed that it will be 1GB, which is more than enough.

As reported, it will have a 7-inch VividView display, 16GB of storage with the ability to increase it by another 32GB via microSD, and support for Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Pandora. Battery life is expected to reach 11.5 hours of reading time or nine hours of video viewing.

So its Amazon vs Barnes & Noble this holiday season. Any predictions?

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