Major update coming to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on August 3rd

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Samsung will be releasing their new TouchWiz for tablets next week Wednesday, August 3rd, and they must be proud of it because they are going to host an event in New York City. They will do a full demonstration and actually sideload the update on to your Tab.

The general public will be able to join in on the festivities from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Keep in mind that if you choose this method, the update will wipe your data. If you can’t make it to event, don’t worry, because the over-the-air update (OTA) will happen shortly after. The good news is that the OTA update will not wipe your data.

More evidence that Android tablets will dominate Apple’s iPad

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The iPad has enjoyed market share domination since its inception, but it is only a matter of time until Android tablets takeover. The question is when? I have gone on record as saying it will happen by March of 2012, and recent reports (one and two) show that Android already owns at least 30% of the market through the 1st quarter of 2011.

Now Informa Telecoms & Media is predicting that Android will take a little longer by closing the gap in 2015, and eventually taking the lead in 2016. Informa Telecoms & Media is the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic services to the global telecoms and media markets.

They are projecting the market to grow to over 230 million in 2015 with Android selling around 87 million and Apple selling around 90 million.

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ZTE Tablet and Huawei M650 might be headed to Sprint

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The above leaked spreadsheet shows estimated launch dates for upcoming devices on Sprint. The Samsung Conquer, which was originally going to launch yesterday, has been pushed to August 21. The August time frame was confirmed from a Sam’s Club leak as well.

If you look further down the list, you will see a phone called the Sprint M650 Handset Kit for October 30. This looks to be the Huawei M650 which recently passed WiFi certification on June 28.

The other surprise is the ZTE V55 tablet which is scheduled for the 1st quarter 2012. We do not know anything about this device, but we are assuming it will have 3G/4G support. In the past ZTE has been exclusive to Chinese carriers, but has been slowly creeping into the US Market.

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Netflix update will work on Honeycomb tablets

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Earlier today when Netflix updated their Android app to 1.3, we wondered why tablets were not supported other than the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 which is not even out yet.

If you install the Netflix stock apk on your tablet, it will work just fine. We have confirmation of it working on the ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Motorola XOOM. You can take the apk from your phone or you can download it from here, and install it like any other apk. There is no hacking involved.

Update: The Transformer seems to be an issue. We heard from some Transformer owners that it worked, but most are saying it isn’t. Sorry for the confusion.

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Lenovo Releases Three 10.1-inch Tablets With Netflix On Board

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Three new tablets sporting 10.1-inch touch displays have been announced by Lenovo Inc. revealing extremely promising specs.  We’ve seen several images of the IdeaPad and ThinkPad earlier today and it looks like Lenovo is holding nothing back in trying to gain ground in this frenzy of a tablet market.  We think they’re off to a good start.  We’ve summarized the specs below on all three tablets for your convenience.  One other unexpected feature we’ll be drooling over is Netflix.  Yep, that’s right.  These devices will come pre-loaded with a Netflix client on board in hopes to promote “movie night” more often thanks to HDMI out capabilities, allowing for viewing on the big screen if available.
IdeaPad K1 – For the consumer, the device comes loaded with Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), 1280 x 800 res display, HDMI out support, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 CPU and WiFi b/g/n connectivity.  And as we mentioned, it’s officially Netflix certified.
ThinkPad – For the business user, it’s sporting Gorilla Glass technology, Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 CPU, Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), full size SD card slot and a USB port.  In addition, this model will come with an alternative accessory, a digitizer pen much like the Flyer’s Scribe.  16GB and 32GB models will be available around August 2nd with a price tag of $479 and $589 depending on which model you choose.
IdeaPad P1 – Availability set for July 20th for $499 with 3G radios on board and aim for an unknown US market.  This device however, will be running Windows 7 and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Intel CPU.  The device is slated for a fourth quarter release. We’ll see how well the device holds up against its Android counterparts.
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Official press photos of the Lenovo Thinkpad and IdeaPad appear

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Since we first learned about the Thinkpad and IdeaPad, we were begging for photos. It has been nearly 3 months, and finally Lenovo has released official press photos on their Picasa account.

The IdeaPad pictures reveal front and rear cameras, custom colors, a media dock, and a keyboard docking station. The ThinkPad will be marketed to enterprise and will have support for a stylus. Interesting to note is that it has four physical buttons.

Hit the links to see the pictures: IdeaPad or ThinkPad

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Sony releases 3rd Teaser video for upcoming S1 and S2 tablets [Video]

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We are at the midpoint of the year, and Sony looks to be the leading candidate for the “Teaser of the Year” award. In case you haven’t been following, they have already released two teaser videos for their upcoming S1/S2 tablets, and now we bring you the 3rd installment. We are hearing there is going to be 5 in total.

This video continue’s the same domino theme, but we do get a glimpse of the S1 playing the Green Hornet, and the dual-screened S2 displayed as an e-reader and playing the PSOne classic, Crash Bandicoot.

We can’t wait to get these bad boys in our hands, especially the S2. For now we will have to settle for these dreamy videos and some close up pics.

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Nook2Android Seeks to Simplify the Upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nook Color

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Until recently, owners of the Nook Color have resorted to various third-party modifications in order to turn their devices into a true tablet. Not so anymore.

Seeking to capitalize on these hacks’ popularity , the company Nook2Android hopes to simplify a process that can, and often will, brick your device if done improperly.

For a paltry $35, one can treat themself to the latest 2.3 Gingerbread in its entirety. This includes full a/b/g/n wifi, the Android Market, Gmail, Facebook, Pandora, and more. It’s as easy as turning off the Nook, inserting the 8GB SD card pre-loaded with all the necessary software, and turning it back on again. Even better, should you decide to change your mind, it’s every bit as easy to uninstall.

Better yet, the company legitimately sells their product through Amazon, even offering a 14-day return policy. The few reviews already present, are positive.

Sure, it isn’t free, and it takes some of the fun from hacking the device yourself. However, for your everyday user, it’s a great way to enter the world of Android at a fraction of the cost of owning a real tablet.

[via cnet]

Asus Shipping More Than 400,000 Eee Pad Transformers Per Month

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This should come as no surprise to anyone that Asus is shipping more than 400,000 Eee Pad Transformers per month.  The company has literally “transformed” the tablet market and industry with this product.  The Transformer is a 10.1-inch Tablet running Honeycomb 3.1, in line to soon receive 3.2, houses Nvidia’s popular dual-core Tegra 2 chip set and docs seamlessly into a full sized keyboard such as found on most notebooks.

DigiTimes reports that they expect shipments to grow even further as we approach Q3 and could possibly reach as much as 500,000 units per month.  Asus however, is aiming a little higher.  The company reported that they hope to ship somewhere in the vicinity of 4-5 million of their tablet brands during the second half of 2011 with the possibility of 3 million of them being Eee Pad Transformers, according to DigiTimes.  Stay tuned here at Talk Android as we follow the tablet’s success into the third and fourth quarter of the year.  We expect as the device continues to favorably receive updates, its popularity will only grow.  Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.
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What the…Best Buy flyer says HP TouchPad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb -WHOOPS!

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In a recent Best Buy flyer ad campaign for the newly released HP TouchPad in Canada, there’s some ‘wishful thinking’ on what OS the tablet actually runs. As seen above, the ad reads that the TouchPad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, instead of its WebOS. Big WHOOPS! Shortly after this leaked, and also after it hit every household with a Canadian address and a mailbox, they’ve retracted and made a correction notice as seen below on the website.

Conspiracy Theory #1 says = ‘Was this an attempt to boost tablet sales?’

LOL. Nice try Best Buy….nice try.

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