Dish Network app available for Android tablets and smartphones


With all the hype at CES about new tablets, here’s something to add as Dish Network has added support for Android tablets on top of smartphones for the “Dish Remote Access” app available now in the Android Market. The app is free and gives you the ability to watch TV from your Dish Network at home. The app takes advantage of the tablet size screen as well, making the viewing experience even better.

One catch, this works over broadband connection or Sling-enabled devices and adapter. Regardless, it’s TV freedom outside the living room. Just make sure you lock the adult channels out so your kids don’t hide watching them on your new LG G-Slate tablet.

Scan the QR code

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Android Market Link

[via intomobile]

CES 2011 Preview: Motorola, HTC, Verizon, Vizio, and so much more

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. Time for all the world’s greatest electronics companies to go strut their stuff at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. We’ve been expecting a ton of stuff from this gigantic event this year, and we’re here to give you a sneak peek at some of the stuff you should be looking forward to.

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OnLive Gaming Streaming service on VIZIO Android devices

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OnLive, gaming streaming service, has announced it will be available on Vizio Android Devices as of today. Vizio announced its range of Android devices here yesterday as well, making these announcements just the beginning of a wonderfully tech full week at CES 2011.

OnLive’s has this statement;

With the click of a remote control, or a tap on a tablet or phone touchscreen, VIZIO owners will be immediately transported into the OnLive Game Service, with the same state-of-the-art, instant game experience you get with the OnLive MicroConsole TV adapter, PCs, Macs®, and the iPad®. In fact, you’ll be able to save your OnLive game on one device, and instantly resume it on another device. Seamlessly.

OnLive has been available to Apple iOS devices, but with the gaining popularity of Android, especially in the tablet markets to rival iPad, them making the move to Android was only a matter of time.

[via Android Central]

Amazon will release Free Kindle Apps made for Android tablets


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

Will Android have its own digital Newsstand

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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.


SiMi Folder Widget for Android keeps you organized


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!

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Android Market Link

[via XDA Developers]

Install Kindle Books app on a NookColor


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.

[via crunchgear]

Archos 70 Android Internet Tablet Released for under $350

archos-70 internet tablet

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.

Motorola XOOM is the new Honeycomb tablet to debut at CES


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.
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[via droid-life]

Dell Looking Glass Tablet Passes Through FCC, Sim Card And SD Card Slot Revealed

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.
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