Vodafone Germany launches the Vodafone Smart Tab Tablet, available in 7 and 10 inch versions

Vodafone Germany has announced that they are launching two new Vodafone-branded tablets. The Vodafone Smart Tab will be available in a 7 and 10 inch version and arrives with the following specifications:

  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • Qualcomm 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Memory (expandable to 32GB with a MicroSD card)
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • 1280×800 pixel resolution

Both models of the Smart Tab will be available in Germany at the end of November.

Hit the break for a copy of the press release!

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Sony announces Tablet S and Tablet P for the U.S., Tablet S available in September, Tablet P later this year

Today Sony announced the launch of the Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P devices for the U.S. The Tablet S is available for pre-sale today and will be on shelves next month. Weighing in at about 1.33 lbs. with a 9.4-inch display and built-in Wi-Fi, the Tablet S will be available with between 16 and 32GB and will be sold at Sony Stores and other authorized retailers nationwide for about $499 and $599 respectively.

The Sony Tablet P weighs in at a scant .83 lbs. with a unique folding design that incorporates two 5.5-inch displays. Available later this year, the Tablet P is both Wi-Fi compatible and 4G capable exclusively on AT&T’s mobile broadband network (HSPA+). No price is available on the Tablet P at this time.

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Sony Tablet S and Tablet P get European launch dates and pricing

Today Sony announced the launch of the Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P. The first tablet out of the gate is the Sony Tablet S which will be available in Europe at the end of September.  Weighing in at about 598g (1.33 lbs.) with a 23.8cm (9.4-inch) display and built-in Wi-Fi (a Wi-Fi/3G version will be available from November 2011), the Tablet S will be available in 16GB or 32GB of storage.

Update: We just heard that September 16th will be the launch date for the Tablet S at Dixons, PC World, and Curry’s. Pricing will be £399 for the 16GB and £499 for the 32GB. The Wi-Fi/3G version will launch on October 21, and it will be priced at £499 with 16GB of storage. You can pre-order now across all of these stores, and be eligible to win a 32-inch Sony Bravia TV.

The Sony Tablet P weighs in at a scant 372g (.83 lbs.) with a unique folding design that incorporates two 13.9cm (5.5-inch) displays. The Tablet P offers connectivity via Wi-Fi and 3G mobile networks and will be available in November 2011.

Both tablets feature the same NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, Android 3.1 for Wi-Fi only models (to be upgradable to Android 3.2), Android 3.2 for Wi-Fi/3G models, front and rear facing cameras, USB 2.0 port, and SD card slot.  In addition, both tablets are PlayStation certified.

A range of optional accessories will also be available including an AC adapter, LCD screen protector, carrying case, and USB adaptor cable for the Tablet S. The Tablet P will have a rechargeable battery pack, AC adapter, LCD screen protector, and carrying case. A Bluetooth keyboard is also available for both models.

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Looking for tablet apps? Look no further.

Finding apps for your Android tablet isn’t as easy as it is for your phone. You want apps that take advantage of Honeycomb’s screen size and functionality; apps designed for tablets. Google started to help your search by adding the “Staff Picks For Tablets” section in your on-board market, as well as “Featured for Tablets” to the web-based market. For me, that wasn’t enough because I only got a small glimpse of the Honeycomb apps that are out there. I started searching the web and forums for a better way. Then, finally, I came across tablified.com, which was created by XDA member ayman07.  I’ve only known about the site for a few hours, but it’s helped me find and download 10 new apps today; apps I’ve never even seen in the “Featured for Tablets” section, although they should have been.

The fledgling Tablified.com is making a great effort to fulfill a need in the Honeycomb community, all the while performing a service to tablet app developers. If you’re a tablet owner, I highly encourage you to drop by the site. If you get the chance, leave a thank-you on the XDA post.

Tell em TalkAndroid sent ya. ;)

Toshiba’s new tablet to be called the Excite

We had heard that Toshiba had a new tablet in the works but we didn’t know what it would be named. That question seems to be answered as our friends at androidpolice are reporting that Toshiba’s new tablet will be named the Excite.

Toshiba appears to have been busy lately in dealings that revolve around the name Excite. Examples include:

  • U.S. Trademark Filings from Toshiba America Information Systems for “EXCITE” under the category “Tablet Computers.” (Above)
  • Domains like excitetablet.com, excitetablet.net, toshibaexcite.com, toshibaexcite.net, and thetoshibaexcite.com have all been registered by Toshiba and redirect to a Toshiba site. (Below)

While nothing is certain, this appears to be the only active tablet trademark for Toshiba aside from the Thrive.  Of course, if this isn’t the tablet that we have been hearing about,  it’s possible that it might not be an Android tablet at all.

What do you think?  Is this the new Toshiba Android tablet?  Let us know in the comments!

[via androidpolice]

AT&T’s 4G LTE network goes live in Chicago, appears to be in testing phase

AT&T’s 4G LTE network went live this past weekend in Chicago even though AT&T has not officially announced the availability of LTE service in that market. Though likely to be available only intermittently until it is officially launched, initial tests performed on the network have shown the potential for impressive speeds.

Using an AT&T Elevate 4G LTE mobile hotspot to perform speed tests, a source at BGR reported download speeds topping out at around 13Mbps and upload speeds reaching just over 2Mbps. It should be noted that the test do not necessarily represent the speeds that will be seen by AT&T subscribers in the area when the 4G service goes live. In addition, the source stated the Elevate never had more than 3 bars of service during the test which is another indication that the network is only in a testing stage.

With Verizon’s 4G LTE service now covering over half of the country, AT&T is already a step behind in the race to be the first carrier to provide nationwide 4G service. The appearance of their 4G LTE network in Chicago should be seen as a positive sign not only for that area, but for all AT&T customers waiting for the 4G experience.

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New Sony Android Tablet Details, “S1” = Sony Tablet S, “S2” = Sony Tablet P

It looks as though Sony’s dual 5.5-inch clamshell tablet that was previously known as the S2 will be launched as the Sony Tablet P. Joining the Tablet P is the more conventional looking 9.4-inch slate tablet codenamed S1 that will be launched with the simpler sounding name of the Sony Tablet S.

The Tablet P brings the previously mentioned dual 5.5-inch clamshell design, a weight of 370 grams, 512Mb RAM, 4GB of storage, 2GB SD card, and 4G/WiFi connectivity. The Tablet S weighs in at 600g, has 1GB of RAM, will be available in 16GB or 32GB versions, and will be WiFi only. Both Tablets will share NVIDIA Tegra 2 Processors and 0.3MP (not 3.0MP) front cameras.

The Tablet P and the Tablet S are expected to launch next month.

Additional information, photos, and videos of Sony’s Tablet P and Tablet S can be found here, here, here, and here!

[via engadget]

McAfee report shows Android OS most popular target for mobile malware developers

McAfee’s second quarter “threats report” shows that the Android is now the most popular target for mobile malware developers.  The number of viruses, trojans, and other rogue pieces of code aimed at  Google’s platform shot up 76% the last quarter to reach 44.   This out-paces the second most targeted platform, Java ME, threefold.

Maliciously modified apps are still a popular vector for infecting devices, according to McAfee.  Infiltrating popular modified apps this quarter were the malware Android/Jmsonez.A,  Android/Smsmecap.A,  Android/DroidKungFu, and the Android/DrdDreamLite families.

While Google’s approach to its OS policies offer more freedom and choice, it has similarly attracted criticism for policies that may be too loose.  The policy of allowing users to to get applications outside of the Android Market has been mentioned, but the lack of monitoring incoming applications has received more criticism.  Some full-fledged malware has reached the Android Market – butwas only pulled after it had already done damage to users.

With Android holding 43% of the worldwide smartphone market, it’s not surprising to see it become the most targeted mobile platform by malware developers.  As the attraction to Android based smartphones and devices continues to increase, it is definitely a security issue worth keeping a close eye on.

[via electronista]

Gamescom 2011 Rumor – HTC Evo 4G getting OnLive for smartphones first

While not officially confirmed, OnLive dropped strong hints today that its streaming game service is likely to make its debut on smartphones at some point in the future. The first handset to receive the device is also unconfirmed but the HTC Evo 4G was mentioned by name during discussions with the firm.

Despite having a 4.3″ screen, 4G , and a kickstand for viewing, the Evo 4G may seem like an odd choice – considering other options, such as the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S II.  However, it does stand to reason that an HTC product may get the coveted first spot, especially in light of HTC’s $40M investment into OnLive back in February 2011.

For those who may not be aware, here’s a description of OnLive from their website:

“OnLive delivers high-end video games from the cloud to your PC, Mac®, TV and even mobile devices at blindingly fast speeds, so you can play the games you want, the second you want them. No discs. No downloads. No fancy hardware. Just you, the Internet and the games you love. “

Cloud gaming at blindingly fast speeds on my Android?  Yeah, you can count me in.

[via pocketgamer]

Halloween, Freddy Krueger, and Night of the Living Dead are coming to Android

Halloween, Freddy Krueger, Night Of, the Living Dead, and Android – what doesn’t belong in this list? If you said Android, think again. Thanks to the game development studio In-Fusio, they are all coming to Android in the form of games that will be available on the Android Market later this year (no word on pricing just yet).

In-Fusion has been making games for quite some time and are finally gearing up to jump into the Android scene with three games based on the horror movies above.  Additionally , instead of only having one game re-skinned with different themes, each horror classic will be a different type of game as well:

  • Halloween will arrive as a 3D pinball game.
  • Freddy Krueger, of Nightmare on Elm Street fame, will arrive as a wall breaker game (essentially an Arkanoid type of game).
  • Night of the Living Dead will show up as a tower defense game which seems like a logical genre considering the movie on which it is based.

Unfortunately, that is about as much as we know right now as In-Fusio is keeping quiet regarding any other details.  Keep checking back as we will make sure to post any updates we receive on this trio of horror movie themed games.

[via droidgamers]