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Over the last couple of weeks, since HP announced its will no longer manufacture devices using WebOS and the ensuing fire-sale of HP TouchPads, there has been much talk about porting Android over to the TouchPad to breathe some new life into an otherwise pretty nice piece of hardware. There are already a couple of projects underway and some sizable bounties available for the first developer (or team of devs) that port Android over to the TouchPad. The goal is to first port Gingerbread, i.e. Android 2.3, to the TouchPad and to then start working on Honeycomb (v3.0), which is the first... Read more...
Just a few years ago, virtually no one thought Dell would venture into the smartphone business. With the exception of a few stand-outs, Dell has always been fairly conservative with their products and had never really strayed too far from the PC and its associated peripherals and accessories, although they did make a few slick PDAs back in their heyday. Dell's been mobile for years, however, and the Adamo XPS showed that the company's design squad is certainly capable of producing some world-class, ultra-mobile hardware. But Dell smartphone? As strange as it may have sounded just a few years ago,... Read more...
Just a few years ago, it would have been a stretch to think Dell would venture into the smartphone business. With the exception of a few stand-outs, Dell has always been fairly conservative with their products and had never really strayed too far from the PC and its associated peripherals and accessories, although they did make a few slick PDAs back in their heyday. Dell's been mobile for years, however, and the Adamo XPS showed that the company's design squad is certainly capable of producing some world-class, ultra-mobile hardware. But Dell smartphone? As strange as it may... Read more...
The HP Slate remains somewhat of a mystery; while it was briefly introduced at CES awhile back, HP changed their tone afterwards and noted that it would be more of a business tablet than anything else. Interestingly, there's yet another HP tablet on the market today, but it's one that most people don't even consider: the HP Zeen. The reason being is that the Zeen ships as part of a printer package from the company, with the Zeen being the most exciting part of the Photosmart eStation. Not that printing pamphlets isn't exciting, but we're guessing a tablet is just a little more enthralling. That... Read more...
Starting today, Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab will be Sprint ID-enabled. An over-the-air software update for the two devices will roll out this week that will give Epic 4G and Galaxy Tab users the Sprint ID functionality, which lets you download "a complete mobile experience" known as an ID pack. These ID packs include apps, widgets, ringtones, wallpapers, shortcuts, and more. The update will also upgrade the Samsung Epic 4G to Android 2.2 (Froyo). All users are expected to have the software update by March 24. Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab Now Sprint ID-Enabled, Bringing... Read more...
T-Mobile and Samsung announced the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G by Samsung. This new Android-powered smartphone combines many of the features Sidekick users have come to love (including a hardware keyboard) with the faster speeds available on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network. The new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps, making it one of T-Mobile’s fastest smartphones . Hardware specs include a 3.5-inch touch screen display with a “pop-tilt” hinge, a five-row QWERTY keyboard, a 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, and a VGA front-facing... Read more...
Can you feel the love, AT&T subscribers? You should, because HTC just kicked out an update that upgrades the Aria to Android 2.2, otherwise known as Froyo. This marks the first time AT&T has updated Android software on more than one device in a month, and who knows, maybe it's a trend that will continue now that Apple's once monogamous relationship with Apple's iPhone 4 is suddenly polygamous. Updating the Aria smartphone to Android 2.2 requires a "Hard Reset and anything that is NOT part of the Operating System (applications downloaded from Android Market, SMS/MMS, email, etc.) will be... Read more...
The first half of 2011 is shaping up to be all about tablets. Truly, the tablet mania that everyone was so adamant about last year is finally here. While dozens of tablets were announced and shown off at CES in January, most of them won't be arriving until later this month or the March time frame at the earliest. The main reason for the delay is because most manufacturers are stuck waiting for Google to release Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, the first version of Android to be configured specifically for use on tablets. Motorola has the honor of releasing the first Honeycomb device, the Xoom. Of the... Read more...
The first half of 2011 is shaping up to be all about tablets. Truly, the tablet mania that everyone was so adamant about last year is finally here. While dozens of tablets were announced and shown off at CES in January, most of them won't be arriving until later this month or the March time frame at the earliest. The main reason for the delay is because most manufacturers are stuck waiting for Google to release Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, the first version of Android to be configured specifically for use on tablets. Motorola has the honor of releasing the first Honeycomb device, the Xoom. Of the... Read more...
Dell's Streak 7 tablet is the highly anticipated big brother of Dell's 5-inch tablet, the Streak 5 that came out in September of 2010. The larger Streak 7 goes up against stiff competition with the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Tab though the Streak 7 is retailing slightly lower in the $449 price range without a contract and through T-Mobile on contract for a very competitive $199.99. Regardless, the Streak 7 offers some pluses over the Galaxy Tab, like its 5MP rear-facing camera, but also comes up short in other areas such as its lower resolution display, with an 800x480 native resolution versus the... Read more...
Dell's Streak 7 tablet is the highly anticipated big brother of Dell's 5-inch tablet, the Streak 5 that came out in September of 2010.  The larger Streak 7 goes up against stiff competition with the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Tab,  though the Streak 7 is retailing slightly lower in the $449 price range without a contract and through T-Mobile on contract for a very competitive $199.99.  Regardless, the Streak 7 offers some pluses over the Galaxy Tab, like its 5MP rear-facing camera, but also comes up short in other areas such as its lower resolution display, with an 800x480 native... Read more...
A few manufacturers have forged on and released 10-inch Android tablets regardless of Google's hamstringing of it, by limiting Android Marketplace functionality on any device larger than 7 inches.  It's a hard line to walk without Google's blessing until Honeycomb is released but ViewSonic has stepped out with their 10-inch gTablet and we've spent some quality time with it. The gTablet is driven by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor, comes equipped with 512MB of RAM, 16GB of Flash storage and a myriad of expansion options.  We'll first give you a hands-on demo of the device and then break down... Read more...
So, why haven't we seen more 10-inch or larger Android tablets to compete with the iPad?  That's a question we've been asking and we're sure many of you have the been wondering about the situation as well.  The primary reason is that Google's tablet-targeted operating system isn't here just yet.  The latest version, Android 2.2, which is installed on most 7-inch and smaller slates like Samsung's Galaxy Tab and the Dell Streak, is Google's smartphone OS.  Honeycomb is the OS that Google is slating for tablets (pun intended) and all the hype manufacturers can muster won't push... Read more...
Last night at Digital Experience, Toshiba gave us a closer look at the company's upcoming Android-powered tablet. It looks pretty sweet, with it's 10.1-inch widescreen display. We especially liked that this tablet has a built-in SD card reader as well as a mini USB connection and full-size HDMI and full-size USB ports. Under the hood, you'll find a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 with integrated NVIDIA graphics. Like a few other tablets we've seen at CES this year, Toshiba's tablet is waiting for an official release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb before releasing the tablet. That said, the tablet should be... Read more...
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