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ViewSonic to introduce dual-boot tablet with Android and Windows

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

So do you get a tablet with windows or with Android? Decisions decisions. Well, the upcoming ViewSonic tablet will make your choice easier as the 10-inch tablet device features an Intel-based chipset that will allow users to dual-boot Windows and Android.

The company is also reportedly working on a 7-inch Android tablet that with 3G, Wi-Fi, an accelerometer, a USB port, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. The market is already being flooded with tablet devices, but these may just stand out.

Pocketbook announces color touch screen Android e-reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2010

PocketBook has announced five new models that will be released at IFA in September. They include a pair of entry-level ProBook 602 and 902 models, and the ProBook 603 and 903 premium models. The 60x designated models feature 6-inch screens, while the 90x models have a bigger 9.7-inch screen.

All models have 2GB of internal storage, a Linux-based OS, and WiFi and Bluetooth. The higher-end versions also have 3G connectivity and a Wacom touchscreen. The “entertainment model” PocketBook IQ will be available in three case color options, with a 7-inch TFT color touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Android 2.0.

Android Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet available to pre-order

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2010

The new Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet are now ready for your pre-ordering. Shipping dates are the 8th September for the reader and 27th September for the tablet. The Cruz Reader runs Google Android as the Operating System and features built-in Wi-Fi and a full web browser, accelerometer, built-in dictionary, note pad, calendar, games, and apps. It also boasts 256 MB of internal memory as well as a 2GB SD card and comes with a battery for up to 10+ hours of use.

The Cruz Tablet features a 7” capacitive touch screen, 4 GB of internal storage, and an 8GB bundled SD card.

Stream TV gets new eLocity A7 tablet ready to fight iPad

Posted in Android by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2010

You can rest assured with the huge success of the iPad that there are a huge amount of tablets in the works that will be coming to market soon. Many of these tablets will run the Android OS and offer lots of multimedia and other features.

One of those tablets that is coming to market is the Stream TV eLocity A7. The maker of the device says that it will be up for pre-order on August 24 and that the full details of the device will be offered then. For now, we only know a few tidbits about the tablet.

T-Mobile G2 teaser site surfaces

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

T-Mobile’s G1 was the first Android smartphone on the market in the US, and the carrier had no plans of stopping there. Now there’s a G2 model coming. And so T-Mobile has released a new teaser site for the T-Mobile G2 with Google, making it the first HSPA+ capable smartphone on their network.

Details are scarce, but it looks like it will come in white. Hopefully we will have more info soon. Only a vague outline of the handset has been shown, though we have heard rumors about different T-Mobile devices in the past.

Motorola’s Android tablet may be called Stingray

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2010

The upcoming Android-powered Motorola tablet may just be called the Stingray, according to a leaked document that also shows the MOTOMZ600 model number. Stingray may be just a codename that will be dropped for the production version though.

The only other information we have is that the tablet is closer to launch than we thought. The MZ600 is expected to have a 10-inch display and an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It may ship with Android 3.0 optimized for tablets, and will have an unknown tie-in with Verizon’s FiOS TV.

Adobe AIR coming to Android phones this fall

Posted in Adobe by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2010

If you want some Adobe AIR on your Android-powered smartphone, you won’t have long to wait. It will be available on the Android Market this fall. As part of the release, there will also be a several app available at the same time.

Developers will get to play around with a handset’s camera, microphone, accelerometer and GPS sensor. Aside from that, AIR 2.5 will also take advantage of hardware GPU acceleration as well as multi-touch input, but it will require at least an ARMv7 or faster processor, OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration and Android 2.2 before AIR 2.5 can run without any hiccups.

Motorola Droid Pro, Droid 2 World Edition and Android Tablet headed to Verizon?

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2010

The folks over at Boy Genius Report have received some inside information about some new Android smartphones and tablets that are headed to Verizon Wireless. Looks like there will be a Motorola Droid Pro with a 4 inch display, a 1.3GHz processor, and global roaming, that should be set to launch in November 2010.

There will also be a business edition of the Motorola Droid 2, with a world edition global roaming feature, plus it looks like there may also be an Android based tablet, or maybe a slab style touchscreen smartphone.

Dell Blaze spotted

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2010

Dell is cooking up some more Android devices and the latest to make its debut is the Android-powered Dell Blaze. The Blaze looks like an entry-level phone with features to match. We don’t have many details, but sadly we do know that this device is apparently running Android 1.5.

We can only hope that Dell will up their game and offer some devices with more recent versions of Android. Come on Dell, the Dell Streak was released with just Android 1.6.

PayPal in talks with Google about Android payments

Posted in Paypal by Conner Flynn on August 14th, 2010

PayPal is in talks with Google to add PayPal as a payment method for the Android Market. Apparently Google wants to make paying for apps as easy as possible for Android users so they can start shifting apps. As it stands, you can buy apps through Google Checkout and sometimes using carrier billing.

Both options are fine, but not popular. Using PayPal as a payment option would likely open the flood gates and move a ton of apps. On the other hand, PayPal currently powers Blackberry App World, illustrating the point that no matter how easy it is to buy apps, people still need good apps to buy.

ASUS 10-inch Android Eee Pad priced under $399, 8-inch Eee Tablet at $300

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2010

ASUS’s 10-inch Eee Pad EP101TC, due to ship in March, will cost under $399. Then there’s the EP121, a 12-inch tablet running Windows 7 at the high end of the market for a $1,000 price tag. This one ships around December or January.

There’s also another Eee Pad cominaround January, that will run Windows Embedded Compact 7 on a 10-inch screen and at a price under $499. Lastly, there’s the grayscale Eee Tablet e-reader priced at $300 and shipping in October.

Android GPS Navigation X-wing Edition

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2010

Obsessed with Star Wars? So is Flash-developer Christopher Caleb, who has come up with an Adobe AIR-based app for Android that lets you use an authentic looking X-wing targeting system on your Android device to navigate to your destination.

Sure, you won’t get all the features of your typical GPS apps, like maps, points-of-interest etc, but you will see your destination ahead of you as if you were in the Death Star trench. It also features plenty of Star Wars sounds to complete the experience.

Netflix working on official Android app

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2010

We’ve been waiting for the next Netflix app to show up on the Android platform and it looks like it is coming soon. Soon you can enjoy Netflix’s movies and shows on all of your Android devices.

A recent job listing for an Android Video Playback Expert seems to suggest that we will be getting some Android Netflix streaming in the near future. We just don’t have a date yet.

Google is activating 200,000 Android phones per day

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

Things are looking great for Android. Google chief Eric Schmidt must have been feeling elated when he revealed that his company is now activating 200,000 Android phones a day. That number is 25 percent higher than the 160,000 per day from late June and is double the 100,000 phones that were being switched on just three months ago. People really love them some Android.

Schmidt said he wasn’t sure how long it would continue. He isn’t concerned about the free licensing hurting revenue since many Android owners run Google searches that pop up ads and generate revenue from impressions and click-throughs. He noted that iPhone owners also make money for Google that way.

Gpad G10 Android tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

Manufacturers are churning out tablets like they were Tylenol. The Gpad G10 is yet another tablet ready to hit the market, retailing for just $185 while packing an integrated camera and an accelerometer. Sadly it has just 2GB of internal memory, but it does have a microSDHC memory card slot that can increase the G10′s memory to 32GB.

The device is powered by Telechips 8902 ARM 11-based processor that runs at 800MHz. Some other specs include a 7″ touchscren display at 800 x 480 pixels, 256MB RAM, a VGA camera, HDMI out, Android 2.1 and a 2600mAh battery.