Some good news comes from India today, where Ranjit Yadav, local head of Samsung Mobile there, shared to the press that the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 tablets will launch next month. Sure, he meant India, but for all we know, the world-wide Western launch date shouldn’t be much different than the Indian one. So far all we had in terms of schedule from Samsung was simply Q2.
What’s more, we get to see the price of the two tablets too. Read more »
Rumors about the naming of the next Android iteration have been around ever since Honeycomb came out and it seems most of them were right. The Ice cream sandwich moniker has just been confirmed by a Google employee on the Android support forums.
What’s more interesting though is that the same forum member mentioned that it will bring a fix for the SweepGradient on paint on Android 3.0 Issue. And no – it’s not important what that class does (though it’s fairly obvious) – what matters is that Android Ice cream sandwich will be an update to Honeycomb. It could be the Android 3.1 that Adobe carelessly mentioned last week. Read more »
Some boasting from Quanta Computer points to Amazon preparing an LCD-based tablet. The display will feature Fringe Field Switching technology, which provides great viewing angles, color rendering and brightness – supposedly better than IPS.
However, E Ink Holdings, the company behind the Amazon Kindle electronic paper display, says there won’t be a new e-paper display from them until next year… Read more »
Carphone Warehouse has priced LG’s upcoming Optimus Pad tablet at £800. The retailer’s website says the Optimus Pad is in stock but I seriously doubt that, most probably it is on the way and should become available soon.
The tablet is already available in Japan and the USA (via T-Mobile), but we are still awaiting its worldwide launch. If it’s going to hit the shelves with an £800 price tag I guess it will be staying on them for a while. Read more »
It’s great news for future Playbook owners as the “world’s first professional-grade tablet” will be getting the mandatory (nowadays) video calling feature, available tomorrow via an OTA (over the air) update.
The new video chat app on the Playbook will include video calling functionality, naturally, support for both front and back cameras, VOIP support and video services via your Blackberry ID. Read more »
Samsung have just released their Galaxy S WiFi duo – the 4.0 and 5.0 models to the European market. After their tour around South Korea the large-screened media player/tablets with a touch of Android are now on sale in Russia and Switzerland with more countries expected to follow in the weeks to come.
The 4” and 5” Galaxy S WiFi versions run on Android 2.2 Froyo, but will get an update to 2.3 Gingerbread eventually. The lack of cellular radio aside, their internals are almost identical to the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S former flagship – a Hummingbird chipset, featuring a 1GHz CPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS , 8 or 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. Read more »
It appears that BestBuy is the the place to shop for tablets this Spring, guys. In lieu of their announcement of an upcoming dual-core Toshiba tablet, the electronics retailer has put the HTC Flyer up for pre-order – the company’s first Android tablet.
While this is not the only the place where the gadget is available for sale (it popped up in Germany and the UK weeks before), this time it is the price which makes the event so exciting Read more »
Bummer! A senior executive at Samsung confirmed that the company will not release AMOLED equipped tablet devices this year.
This is definitely surprising and unpleasant news all at the same time. After all, the AMOLED screen technology is one feature which gives Samsung a considerable edge over the competition in the mobile device market. Read more »
Independent tech market analysts Canalys have crowned Apple the kings of the current Worldwide PC Market which has undergone a 7% market increase as of Q1 2011, fueled primarily, by tablet growth.
Apple sit among the top 5 companies responsible for this positive growth based on market shares accounting for 187.9% increase in growth alongside HP, Acer, Dell and Leonovo (who were the second largest contributor to the growth with a 17% contribution to the overall result). Read more »
The Apple iPad 2 is now on the shelves in 12 new countries. The new wave started with Japan yesterday and was followed by Hong Kong, Macau, India, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, Israel, Turkey and UAE the Apple slate today – on 29 April. The iPad 2 is also available online via the respective Apple online stores (where those are available).
The release date for Japan got pushed back from the first wave, due to the natural disaster that occurred there. But the country is now getting the new iPad 2 and queues were formed in front of Apple retail stores from day one. Read more »
Nokia is working on designing a tablet – Stephen Elop himself said so in an interview. But he wants it done right. He says that out of the many tablets on the market, only one is doing well (*cough*iPad*cough*) – and that the Nokia tablet has to be different from the rest in a uniquely Nokia way to succeed.
One of the big questions yet to be answered is the software – go with Microsoft provided software or use one of their own projects? Read more »
Okay, let’s rewind this a bit. Remember the two Android tablets that Sony announced? They also showed two netbook-ish computers. The first was dubbed Ultra Mobile PC (UMPCs were the “Neanderthals” to netbooks).
The second is a “Freestyle Hybrid PC” and is a side-sliding tablet/netbook… Read more »
SugarSync has now released an app for Android devices to introduce its services to the platform. It will let you sync data between your smartphone or tablet and your computer. And it’s free.
SugarSync is already available (and very successful) on iOS devices. It lets users sync files between their portable device and their computers (yes, more than one) seamlessly and for free. Read more »
More proof, if proof was needed that 2011 is the year of the tablet in the geek calendar was just thrown our way by Sony. The Japanese manufacturer has just announced that it is joining the slate race with a couple of pretty cool looking devices.
The Sony S1 is a 9.4″ tablet, coming in the classic form factor, while the Sony S2 is a folding slate featuring a couple of 5.5″ touchscreen displays and a custom book-style UI. Both the S1 and the S2 are powered by a Tegra 2 chipset and run on the tablet-friendly Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Read more »
It is already on sale in the UK. Now, the Acer Iconia Tab is available in the US as well, and its price is more than appealing in harmony with Acer’s philosophy of offering solid products at attractive prices.
The aluminum clad tablet will cost $449.99 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only version. At this point in time, it is among the most affordable Android Honeycomb tablets out there. Read more »