With CES 2011 beginning tomorrow, and the amount of expected announcements at CES for new tablet devices, particularly Android tablets, Amazon is capitalizing on the hype and launching a tailored Amazon Kindle app for Android tablets which will give you access to over 775,000 Kindle books and the ability to read them anywhere via your Kindle library.
Smart play Amazon, giving another reason to use Amazon over Kobo or Nook.
Also, follow all the Android CES action via the following;
Here’s the press release below
Google looks to be building its own relationships with major publication companies so it can launch its own digital newsstand to rival Apple, to run an Android smartphones and tablets. Some of the publishers Google has initiated talks with is Time Inc., Condé Nast and Hearst Corp.
WSJ was told that when we’ll see this rolled out to Android OS is uncertain and “vague”. Also, WSJ acknowledges that this may never actually launch because it comes from anonymous sources. Google is apparently promising publishers that it will take less than Apple’s 30% cut of periodical app sales through iTunes App Store, and Google will also give the publishers data about app buyers for marketing similar products to its readers.
Google had this statement;
We’ve consistently said we’re talking with publishers about ways we can work together, including whether we can help them with technology for subscription services. We have nothing specific to announce at this time
Well, we know that when a story comes out with any sort of detail, it usually has some relevance and likely will show its head in some form or another in the near future.
Built in folders for Android isn’t the best way to keep things at your fingertips when moving around your device. Thankfully, XDA member hateman has developed a better, more customizable way of navigating on your Android device. The app is called SiMi Folder Widget, and this latest version is the first bug fix release, with some added features to boot as well as a well put together interface.
The following features are available within SiMi Folder Widget;
- Size 1×1, 1×2, 1×3, 2×1, 2×2 and 3×1
- 9 different Widget Layouts
- User defined Folder Icons
- User defined Text Color and Size
- Unlimited number of Apps can be linked to a Folder
- User defined Background color
You can grab this nice little Widget through this discussion thread, by scanning the QR below, or searching the Android Market for “SiMi Folder”. Enjoy!
Android Market Link
[via XDA Developers]
So you have a bunch of ebooks already purchased through Amazon’s Kindle app, but you really want that sweet new Barnes & Noble NookColor running Android. What can you do? Root it! All you need is Autorooter images and either Win32ImageWriter for Windows or Mac OS/Linux tools to write the image to an external MicroSD card for use on the NookColor. Once it’s rooted, you can hit the Android Market and grab the Kindle app and install it! Pretty cool.
Also, you’ll be able to grab gmail, youtube, and several other apps that were not included on the NookColor’s rendition of Android OS, turning this little e-reader into a full color mini Android tablet, or at least close to it anyway. You can go through the walk through here to try it out.
Archos has released another tablet, this time its another rendition of the Archos 7 Home Tablet, but this one has many things improved since the Home tablet was launched. In fact, the Archos 70 Internet Tablet beats the Home tablet in every way at least twice over, still with a great price!
Biggest features over the Home tablet can all be compared here, but to put in a nutshell for you, the Archos 70 internet tablet runs Android 2.2, has a 250GB HDD, Wi-Fi b/g/n, graphics accelerometer, bluetooth, 3G tethering and a 1GHz Processor. The 7 Home tablet comes with 660MHz processor, Android 2.1, 802.11 b/g, and up to 8GB onboard storage. Big differences to say the least. Check out some more pics in the gallery.
Here’s more specs and the Press Release below.
It looks as though the name of the new Motorola tablet we saw a cool video for a few days ago may be called the Motorola XOOM according to the buzz online today, along with some global trademarks seen in the wild. The tablet will be anounced at the CES 2011 show in a weeks time, and will be running Android Honeycomb, as hinted in the Motorola Promo teaser. Also noted, this tablet may not be coming with 4G LTE built in, but rather, hopes are that it will have available USB ports for 4G sticks instead.
If you can’t wait for CES, check out the unofficial specs here, and watch the video teaser below.
Well, looks like the up and coming Dell Streak 7, or now the “Looking Glass”, is still responsible for multiple accounts of extreme and excessive salivation. The tablet just passed through the hands of the FCC after being there for quite some time, and after spotting some Dell commercial spots, it shouldn’t be long before this baby is in the hands of the masses. The Looking Glass is possibly headed to AT&T or T-Mobile land, now that it’s been approved for 3G data. This info is based off of the device’s internal UMTS band specifications. We’re still not sure if either carrier will have support for voice calls, but it seems like all of the necessary hardware is certainly there. Hit the break for more info on the device and its internal specs, and get your drool on even more.
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.
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.
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.