Motorola Marketing for Android Tablet Debut at CES 2011

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You may have all heard about the video that Motorola sent out last week teasing about their highly anticipated, Area 51 secrecy-like, Android tablet. This week, Motorola has begun its email marketing campaign to continue on the push towards CES 2011. If you aren’t sure when CES is, you need look no further than Motorola’s website showing a ticker as well.

I know I’m excited to see what it’s all about, including the features Honeycomb will enhance on the new wave of tablets for 2011. How about you?

If you missed the video we’re discussing, don’t be left out and give it a watch below.

Dell Streak 2/Opus One Gets Wifi Certification

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The Wi-FI Alliance just granted Dell certification for a “mobile internet device.” The model number is M02M — which is one number from the Streak (M01M), their 5-inch tablet. While we know this isn’t a variant of the current Streak (which is pictured above), we’re not sure exactly what the device is…perhaps a sequel? There’s been talk of a 7-inch Streak on the horizon, and that’s my best guess. There have been other rumors of Dell tablets though, and it could be one of those. Perhaps the dual-core Opus One, or maybe the Looking Glass tablet that was rumored recently over at Engadget. Personally, though, I’d bet on the Streak sequel. The current streak is 5 inches, with a 1GB processor, and has been pretty popular. I’d expect this model to up the CPU a bit and go with a 7-inch screen. More details are likely to be forthcoming soon, and we will definitely stay on top of this one.

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Motorola puts up CES teaser site with countdown

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CES is rapidly approaching, and while some of our staff begins mentally (and physically) preparing, Motorola has taken the liberty of putting up a little teaser page complete with a countdown. The caption reads “ready to skip a generation?” and features a link to a tablet video about the evolution of tablets.

We know that Android tablets are going to be big news at CES this year, and Motorola will also be in on the action with several devices, including the heavily covered Honeycomb tablet. You can check out the new Motorola page here, and in case you missed the CES teaser video, we’ve included it after the break.

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T-Mobile has Fastest Speeds in Top 100 US Cities

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T-Mobile has sent out a press release stating the findings from third-party research which states that T-Mobile has the fastest speeds in the top 100 US cities, beating our Verizon’s LTE network of all things. The speeds were shown as hitting 21Mbps, which T-Mobile now states they will double those speeds in 2011!

OK T-Mobile, talk is cheap…let’s see you make 42Mbps happen in 2011. For Reals.

It would be pretty sweet to get speeds like that for some video conferencing as the T-Mobile G2 Android ads have been touting against AT&T’s iPhone facetime lack of usability due to AT&T’s slow network. After CES, and we see a bunch of 4G smartphones and tablets launching for 2011, this will make things even sweeter, which kicks off the argument again, why would we really need home internet when we can get 42Mbps (unless you’re doing that torrenting illegal thingy)?

Let us know what you think!

Full Press Release below.

NEC to showcase a wide range of Android products at CES

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CES is just around the corner, and we’re already starting to hear more and more about what Android goodies will be on display. Tablets are likely to be a main attraction, and Japanese manufacturer NEC is slated to have a whole flock of new stuff to showcase, including a Dual-screen Cloud Communicator Tablet, Single-screen Cloud Communicator Tablet, and a Personal Products’ Mobile Notebook.

We’ll be on hand at CES to bring you the latest and greatest, so stay tuned. For now, continue after the break for the full presser.

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LG Plans to spend $18 Billion to Save their Business in 2011

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LG needs to pull it together to save the South Korean business, specifically within its handset sector. LG is the fourth largest business in South Korea, but has been experiencing a downturn and hopes to increase their investment by 12%, totally a record $18.2 billion.

LG seems to be placing all its chips into the smartphone and tablet divisions, as it did see large success after releasing its LG Optimus One Android smartphone, its biggest selling handset to date. This comes as great news to LG after reporting record losses in the 3rd quarter of 2010.

Here’s what they had to say;

The focus for 2011 will be bolstering our core businesses of smartphones, tablets, TVs and large-sized displays and also supporting new growth engines such as solar cell, new types of displays and small-sized display panels for smartphones and tablets,

It’s clear that LG plans on boosting their mobile technology, and its probably safe to say they’ll stick with Android as the OS to run its mobile technology after the successful launch of the Optimus One.

[via Reuters]

New Motorola Tablet Video Teases Android Honeycomb OS for CES 2011

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Motorola Released a video today about their new Android Tablet we saw Andy Rubin with at the D: Dive Into Mobile Conference a couple of weeks ago. The video walks us through a museum of our history of tablets dating back centuries of great tablet ideas, which unfortunately missed the mark in some way. Included in this walk through memory lane is the iPad, referring to it as a “giant iPhone”. Then we see a bee fly across the screen landing on Motorola’s new red logo, then a reference to the CES 2011 show in January.

Hmm, a red Logo could mean its going to Verizon, and will announced at CES 2011…we’ll have to wait and see. Let us know, do you think this is the iPad killer?
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Why Rovio Angry Birds is Failing at the Mobile Ad Game

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When it was announced that Rovio was venturing into a new advertising area by allowing video ads to display during Angry Birds gameplay, I thought that was a little over the top, as did MANY other Android Angry Birds fans. As it was, ads appeared at the bottom of the screen already, and can cause the game to display serious lag at times, making it somewhat frustrating to continue playing.

This is from an Angry Birds fan who posted their similar trials with the ads;

Angry birds seasons works well on my cliq with android 2.2 needs a paid version without ads because the ads do make it lag and certain ads lag it so bad it is unplayable. Cant dissable data because the game wont even run. Please make a paid version for android.

I know, I know…”the game was free, what are you crying about?” Well, yes, the game was free. But I can’t wait for the paid version to come out for Android. I’ll pay $2.99 to have no ad interruptions while I’m smoking some green pigs, no problem at all. Fact is, the ads are just plain annoying! Rovio hit gold with it though, and because of that, it’s only going to get worse, as this forums users have all agreed on as well.

Such as, when I’m playing Angry Birds on my Android device, the last ads I care to see are Windows Phone 7 ads! Seriously Rovio, either Microsoft has paid you an obscene amount to violate the sanctity of my Android mobile home, or your marketing department has failed miserably by trying to hit the wrong target audience with your video ad campaigns.

Newsflash Rovio – Android users…don’t want to watch Windows Phone 7 ads…especially while they’re trying to play your game.

If playing Angry Birds has you frustrated, let us know in the comments below. Maybe, just maybe Rovio will rush out the paid version for Android and make another $10 million.

Best Buy Puts Dell Streak on Sale for $99

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Best Buy in the US has marked down the AT&T Dell Streak from $499 (regular price) to $99 (on a 2 year contract). I know, sounds amazing! It is a pretty good deal, but just to be clear, the $99 price is with a 2 year contract, the regular price they have listed was without contracts…those marketing decievers!

In any regard, it’s still a pretty sweet deal for the Dell Streak which is getting Android 2.2 updates by the end of this month as well, making this a pretty hot deal. If you like, hit up Best Buy here, and pick either the white or black editions for the same sale price.

[via Engadget]

More Tablets to Use Tegra 2 Dual-Core Chips Next Year

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So Korea has a Tegra 2-based phone on the market, but what could REALLY benefit from a dual-core CPU is a tablet. Apparently several major manufacturers have agreed, as it is being reported that Acer, AsusTek, Samsung, and and Toshiba are all going to be using Tegra 2 chips in tablets that should be showing up next year. It’s expected that we’ll get some first glimpses at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, as well as some likely ship dates. More news as it comes.

[via Digitimes]