When I held the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, I was hooked. The new Tab is slimmer, has a vastly improved display, more RAM and a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. Here’s a first look at this thin, all-day Honeycomb tablet.
Mint’s financial management app for Android makes the move from phones to tablets on Wednesday. The software offers the same functionality as Mint’s iPad app, which is experiencing much higher take-up rates on tablets compared to smartphones. Here’s why Mint hopes for the same on Android.
Android was everywhere at this month’s CES, but many products don’t hit retail shelves for months. Acer broke that tradition, releasing the A200 tablet this week. It should see Android 4.0 soon, just like the Xoom recently did. Plus my pick for app of the week.
Acer introduced its A200 tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier in January, and unlike many products shown at the event, this one is already available for sale in the U.S. Is it worth the money, considering it uses technology that was available a year ago?
In between appointments at CES, I spent ten minutes with two of Samsung’s newest devices. The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE grabbed my attention, so after a few minutes of using both, I took a few short video clips of these LTE devices.
At CES, Motorola announced a new Droid for Verizon’s LTE network that appears to be a combination of all of its Android smartphones released to date. Meanwhile, LG got cinematic with LTE’s video stream capabilities, announcing a new HD phone, while Samsung unveiled its Tab 7.7.
Toshiba’s 7-inch tablet is already available for purchase if you know where to look: One reseller is offering the smaller Thrive. But the $450 price has to include some large markup; here’s why I suspect Toshiba Thrive will see an official price of around $299.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire may already be the top selling Google Android slate and the no. 2 tablet behind Apple’s iPad. Amazon could move up to 4 million tablets this quarter, says iSuppli. And why not when you look at what you can do for $199?
T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus launches with improvements and functions over the prior model, such as a faster dual-core processor and HSPA+ support. One other new feature: a monthly payment plan that lowers the up-front cost by adding $10 to the next 20 monthly bills.
Yet another analyst report has joined the chorus of those claiming Apple will see its majority market share for tablet devices slide to less than a majority by 2014-2015. It’s quickly becoming a theme, but one which I find hard to back up in reality.
Asus is showing off the first Nvidia-powered quad-core tablet, which may intially run Google Android Honeycomb. I welcome advances in computer chips, but the time of “most powerful hardware” being best are long over. Today, top devices also require great apps and a solid user experience.
Netflix has a new version of its Android app that adds support for Honeycomb tablets and expands availability beyond the U.S. The app is now available on the Android Market, expanding the number of devices its subscribers will be able to access it on.
The tablet market is growing rapidly — but it could be getting even more of a boost thanks to the growing number of operator subsidies on offer. The latest? A series of cut-price deals aimed at France’s large student population.
Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, saying the 7-inch Android tablet will initially launch in Austria and Indonesia, but later expand to the U.S. and other regions. Some of the hardware upgrades appeal, but a key issue remains: selling tablets with lengthy contracts.
Google TV apps have started to pop up on the Android market, hinting at an imminent release of the Honeycomb-based next version of the smart TV platform. Wonder what those Google TV-specific apps look like? Then take a first look with our slide show.
Amazon’s long awaited entry into the Android tablet space is nearly ready, but it’s not the tablet that some were expecting. Samsung blurs the lines between tablet and phone with the new 5.3-inch Samsung Note, while Toshiba and Lenovo debut new Android tablets this week.
Big hardware vendors continue to fight Apple’s iPad for a piece of the tablet pie and the three newest entries debuted today at the IFA electronics show. Samsung went high-end in a small device, while Lenovo went low cost. Meanwhile, Toshiba slimmed its 10.1-inch Android tablet.
With so many iPad lookalikes in the tablet market, it’s actually refreshing to see a new design. And the freshest of them all may be Sony’s new Tablet P with its dual screens in a folding clamshell case, which looks intriguing in this first look video.
AT&T’s first LTE tablet, the HTC Jetstream, sounds promising until you see the price of $699 with two-year contract. Yes, the slate supports AT&T’s upcoming LTE network, but the carrier should have learned a lesson from its rival Verizon: This price with contract doesn’t sell tablets.
Samsung is expected to announced a new tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.7, at next month’s IFA event. The 7.7 could indicate the screen size, but perhaps not: Samsung is working on 7-inch 720p Super AMOLED Plus screens, so this might be a 7-inch, high-definition slate.
The demise of the HP TouchPad explains much about timing in the tablet market: Consumers won’t buy devices solely for their potential, at least not at full price. Tablet makers still playing catch-up to the iPad’s functions and features better be prepared for a long-term commitment.
Thanks to content and applications, iOS and Android will remain at the top of the tablet heap until at least 2017, a new report claimed Monday. Trends indicate that iOS and Android tablet devices will make up 90 percent of the market six years from now.
The most appealing tablet these days is clearly Apple’s iPad, but HP’s TouchPad is a surprising second choice, beating out the many Google Android tablets and RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook in a survey of potential tablet buyers. It may be too soon to call it the “OuchPad.”
A German court has temporarily lifted a restriction that was preventing Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being sold throughout most of Europe. The timing of this action coincides with news that Apple submitted inaccurate images of Samsung’s tablet, making it look more similar to Apple’s iPad.
Acer’s 7-inch tablet, the A100, launched this week with an attractive starting price of $330, but battery life could be a concern. Samsung added a new Galaxy smartphone using a few cheaper components. I also found a free task app that smartly leverages your handset’s GPS.
Acer’s new 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, the A100, launches today with a compelling $330 price tag. Helping to add appeal to the small slate is support for the compatibility zoom mode in Google Android 3.2 that better supports the many available smartphone apps on the small tablet.
Apple won an injunction to halt Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales across most of the EU yesterday and today, Motorola’s Xoom has surfaced as the next potential target. Is Apple weeding out all potential iPad competitors or is it trying to control the entire tablet market?
After spending time with the HP TouchPad and its new webOS update, I’m sad to see the review unit go back. The tablet is now humming along like you’d expect a 1.2 GHz dual-core device should. And now the tablet is $50 cheaper than Apple’s iPad.
Logitech just significantly lowered the price of its Revue set-top box to $99. It’s a desperate move, but price-conscious consumers shouldn’t see it as a closeout sale. Instead, it may just be a great chance to get much more bang for your smart TV buck.
Seven months after launching with the promise of using Verizon’s LTE network, the Motorola Xoom tablet is going to deliver. In September, the Android tablet will be upgradable to 4G mobile broadband at no charge, although owners may be without their Xoom for 6 business days.
Verizon’s newest Android tablet arrives in stores this week and supports the operator’s 4G network. But wait, haven’t we heard that before? The Motorola Xoom is still waiting for its upgrade to use Verizon’s LTE network, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is ready to roll.
A report earlier this week pegged one Android tablet sold for every two iPads. Sounds like Honeycomb tablets are catching up, right? But there’s a problem: The figures aren’t based on sales numbers at all. Here’s a logical, reasonable method to the real tablet-sales data.
Lenovo today introduced a trio of new tablet computers, two running Google’s Android 3.1 operating system and the third powered by Microsoft Windows 7. Netflix certification and pen support are nice features, but those alone aren’t enough. For the same cost, consumers are opting for iPads.
It’s been 14 months since Apple’s iPad debuted, and competitors have finally delivered on their tablet promises. But which is best for you? Based on my experience with all of the tablet platforms, this summary of device and platforms pros and cons can help you decide.
Apple has just passed the 100,000 mark for apps available that are tailored specifically for the iPad. Compare that to under 200 for the Google’s Honeycomb tablet OS. It’s a margin that says the Android/iOS tablet battle isn’t the same as the smartphone war.
Google is activating half a million Android devices a day, a major surge in just the last couple months, a sign of growing momentum for the platform. Google’s VP of mobile Andy Rubin says activations are growing 4.4 percent week over week.
When it comes to software for reading e-books or magazines, a better visual experience is key. Zinio’s magazine app today improves that experience, but the software itself isn’t the solution. Optimization with capable hardware makes the page turns and text zooming far more fluid than before.
Samsung is about to knock off Nokia as the top smartphone seller thanks to its calculated Google Android strategy. HTC and LG hope to help their own cause with glasses-free 3-D smartphones. And Swype has a better keyboard for everyone’s Android handsets and tablets.
Swype, a popular third-party Android keyboard, improves to version 3.0 with tap word prediction and a new resizing function specific to Honeycomb tablets. Since larger slates aren’t suited for one-handed use, the improved features show that Swype is willing to pivot, even after 50 million installs.
After watching other hardware makers launch Google Honeycomb tablets, Toshiba’s take is ready. The Thrive ships next month but can be pre-ordered starting today. At $429, you only get 8 GB of internal storage, but a full-sized USB port and memory card slot can expand memory.
Consumers searching online for a tablet aren’t looking for iPads, but instead, are trying to see what tablets from other manufacturers are available, according to research. Much like its iPhone, Apple has succeeded in building iPad as a brand and less as a tablet computer.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 launches June 8, but only at a single New York City location. The rest of the U.S. has to wait until June 17 for the device. Samsung promises a software update to differentiate the device, but it will launch with Honeycomb 3.1.
ViewSonic made good on a rumor from earlier this month and debuted its ViewPad 7x tablet running Google Honeycomb at Computex in Taipei. The 380-gram tablet should offer excellent portability but it’s unclear how well Honeycomb runs on the tablet which uses a third-party launcher.
A Wi-Fi version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 passed FCC certification, indicating that this non-carrier model could soon follow the 3G edition. In recent polls, the majority preferred Wi-Fi tablets for several reasons; the main one being such large slates are used more at home.
In a sudden change, Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will now ship with Android 3.1 while Acer is reportedly delaying its 7-inch A100 tablet due to screen challenges found with Android 3.0. Smaller slates may have to wait for the next major version of Android.
Android device owners may enjoy less driving thanks to PayPal: an application update this week adds the ability to deposit checks with an Android smartphone. Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 received a relatively good review while Samsung announced plans for Gingerbread updates on smartphones and 7-inch tablets.
At $449, Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 is among the least expensive Honeycomb tablets available today. Dropping the 3G radio and limiting internal storage help keep the price down, but at 1.69 pounds, the tablet’s weight is on the upside. How is this device for the price?
At the annual Google I/O developer event, plans to improve Honeycomb were outlined, as was the strategy to unify Android for tablets and smartphones. Netflix for Android is finally here for some, while two hot 4G handsets look great: the Samsung Infuse and the HTC Sensation.
I’m either an early adopter or niche gadget lover with my 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab: People still tell me daily there’s no market for such a device. News from three different manufacturers says otherwise as new devices are planned; some with Google Android Honeycomb 3.0.
We made five Android predictions the day before the Google I/O keynote, so it’s time to check our score. Here’s how we fared, along with additional thoughts on what Google did, and didn’t, announce for Android smartphones, tablets and other connected devices in the home.
Google distributed some 5,000 Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tablets to attendees of the sold-out Google I/O 2011 developer conference, and GigaOM was in the house for the freebie. Since the device won’t debut publicly until June 8th, we filmed our hands-on unboxing of the new Tab.
Google outlined Honeycomb 3.1 features today, which rolls out now to Motorola Xoom tablets on Verizon’s network, with other devices to follow. There are noticeable improvements in the operating system, including support for USB add-ons, but consumers need more tablet-optimized third-party apps from developers.
Google today confirmed that the next smartphone version of Android is called Ice Cream Sandwich and is targeted for launch in the final quarter of 2011. Although most phones won’t likely see the version until 2012, Google is working with partners to improve the update process.
At the Google I/O keynote this morning, Hugo Barra, Android Product Management director, reminisced about the early days of Android, before his team launched into some ambitious plans for the OS, including movies, music and the connected home.
All thoughts will be on Android at tomorrow’s Google I/O developer event, as Android smartphones are outselling all other platforms while tablets haven’t yet found their legs. Here’s what to expect from one of Google’s keynote sessions that will focus entirely on the Android platform.
The Infuse 4G with its huge, vivid touchscreen and fast radio was introduced by AT&T this week, but some many opt for a faster, dual-core device. The immersive Google Earth app travels to Honeycomb tablets and Amazon looks to soon have a tablet of its own.
Maybe it isn’t just a tablet OS after all: The next version of Google TV will be based on Honeycomb, the Android version that currently only powers a few select Android slates. Google also aims to improve its TV platform with apps and cheaper hardware.
Google today launched a tablet-optimized version of its Google Earth software for Honeycomb devices which truly showcases how solid Android software can run on a tablet. A 3-D graphics layer with textural buildings and contextual pop-ups make the application useful, informative and downright fun.
When Acer announced a $449 price tag for the Iconia Tab A500 Honeycomb tablet, I knew I wanted to take a look at the device. A review unit just arrived, so here’s a quick first look at the device and size comparisons to Apple’s iPad 2.
Verizon is releasing a software update Thursday for the Motorola Xoom tablet, but it doesn’t look like the features will boost flagging sales. Most of the changes are minor and don’t address bigger shortcomings found in Honeycomb. For that, device owners need to look to Google.
Sony is finally getting into the Android tablet game, announcing two new Honeycomb tablets, codenamed S1 and S2, that arrive this fall. That gives time for Honeycomb to mature and gain tablet-optimizes software while Sony leverages its consumer electronics ecosystem for media and entertainment.
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Skype not only patched a security hole in the Android client, it added 3G calling as well, which I’m testing as a primary voice solution. More Amazon tablet tidbits appear, lending credence to a new device soon. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile G-Slate Honeycomb tablet gets a review.
From AT&T’s controversial proposed deal with T-Mobile to the ever-changing tablet landscape and the rise of near field communications, there were many stories to report from the first quarter of 2011. Here’s a look back at some of the key trends in the mobile technology space.
T-Mobile’s G-Slate, the newest Google Honeycomb tablet, arrives April 20 for $529. The 8.9-inch tablet sits squarely in between the size of Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Is there room for such a slate, even if it offers both 3-D video and 4G mobile broadband?
Love it or hate it, Google’s Android platform continues to storm the mobile market with 350,000 device activations per day. That annual run rate now rivals all iOS devices sold by Apple in its first three years. Here’s a timeline of how Google accomplished it.
Anticipating how new technologies will be used, especially new form factors such as tablets, is difficult. Data from the recent immr tablet study show how individuals expect to use tablets, which in turn influences the various tablet hardware models and features they are apt to purchase.
Opinions on the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet vary in small ways, but many reviewers agree that the device is lacking some features and functions, making it appear unfinished. But a few reviews are forward thinking; the tablet wars won’t be won or lost on today’s products.
Research firm Gartner published its tablet forecast through 2015, saying that Apple will continue to rule the roost. That may be so, but there are some key problems with such a forecast because the tablet wars are only beginning; it’s too early to call this race.
After teasing with Android tablets in January, hardware makers are finally launching products. Three new models were announced this week and the Wi-Fi editions are priced less than Apple’s iPad. The $249 Nook Color e-reader is still a bargain and about to gain its own apps
Acer’s answer to the iPad 2 will cost $449 and is now available for pre-order from Best Buy in the U.S. Hardware specifications are only part of the equation, and Honeycomb has room for improvement, but this pricing gives consumers a reason to consider the A500.
Acer’s Iconia A100 looks to be the first 7-inch tablet to run on Google’s Honeycomb operating system and it’s coming in at an appealing price: £299 from Amazon when it arrives later this month. Could this be the price point to help kickstart Honeycomb tablet sales?
ASUS is launching its Eee Pad Transformer, a Google Android Honeycomb tablet with optional keyboard dock, for less than a comparable iPad 2. Based on similar (or better) specs, the Eee will give us the first glimpse at how well Honeycomb competes with Apple’s tablet.
Google is holding Honeycomb back from the open-source community in order to keep the platform from being used for smartphones. Getting music to Android smartphones gets easier this week, and Research In Motion’s PlayBook tablet is set to gain access to Android Market applications.
Google isn’t yet releasing Honeycomb to the open-source community, so hardware makers that don’t already have an agreement to use the platform can’t yet build new products. Why is Google starting to take a little more control over it’s software? We saw why last month.
Samsung unveiled a pair of new Galaxy Tab devices running Honeycomb, but there’s little difference between the two. At just a $30 difference between the 8.9- and 10.1-inch tablets, will most opt for the larger size? There’s not of a portability gain for the smaller slate.
Motorola’s Xoom has its first software update, but it’s mainly to prep for Adobe Flash, which arrives next week. Analysts say that Xoom sales are underwhelming and while Flash may help, Motorola needs to work with Google to bring stability to the Xoom tablet.
I spent time with Samsung’s Galaxy S 4G phone and found it a worthy upgrade. The next Galaxy S is a question mark though; the processor inside may vary based on region, which could mean software incompatibility. And Google is ironically combatting Android fragmentation with fragments.
The first bits of Honeycomb are now starting to filter down into Android smartphones, in the form of Fragments. Here’s what these smart panes can do and why you’ll want programmers to start using them for Android apps on smartphones of every size.
The first Android 3.0 tablet launched this week: there’s both good and bad in it, ranging from a solid Google experience to a lack of apps, and hardware that won’t work until later upgrades. A faster Firefox is here as is Gingerbread for Nexus One handsets.
The first Honeycomb tablets are launching, but the store shelves for Android tablet apps are pretty empty, with just 16 titles appearing today. The race is on for developers to start boosting those numbers, because existing smartphone apps aren’t providing a rich tablet experience.
With the arrival of the Motorola Xoom, the first of many Honeycomb tablets is poised to do battle against Apple’s iPad. But several reasons make it evident that Google Android 3.0 isn’t yet ready to challenge and was rushed out the door a little too soon.
Motorola’s Xoom tablet, the first with Google Android 3.0, arrives in stores tomorrow, but our review unit appeared today. Here’s an overview of the hardware, software and first hands on thoughts after just a few hours of use: Xoom has some hits and a few misses.
Verizon will be subsidizing the Motorola Xoom tablet, bringing the contract price to $599 with a 2-year data plan commitment for the Android 3.0 tablet. But a contract lock-in won’t appeal to many since more than 100 new tablets were introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Honeycomb is officially unveiled for tablets, but the bigger story may be the Market improvements for the entire Android ecosystem: in-app purchases, local currency support and a web-based store that shoots applications to devices over the air. A custom ROM has my turbocharged my Galaxy Tab.
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Google’s Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, is now official and while it was the star at today’s developer event, there’s much to like about the platform from a consumer point of view. Here’s a rundown of the new Honeycomb features, which may be coming to smartphones, too.
I am here at the Googleplex waiting for the launch of Google’s tablet optimized Android OS, nicknamed, Honeycomb. A lot of reporters…
Honeycomb will get an official introduction at a Google press event, but it may not be just for tablets and definitely can run on single-core smartphones. Sony’s new PSP looks great, but Android fans will appreciate that Sony games are coming to Android later this year.
Motorola debuted some products that were expected and one that wasn’t. We figured to see new dual-core smartphones for 4G networks, as well as an Android tablet, but now about a phone that docks into a laptop shell to be your full-fledged computer?
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T-Mobile’s first 4G tablet is the G-Slate, built by LG and running Honeycomb, or Google Android 3.0. Specific details on the tablet, which won’t be immediately available, are forthcoming, most likely by LG who today said it would have tablet news for Thursday at CES.
A YouTube video showing the new Honeycomb, or Google Android 3.0 features, appeared briefly and then was removed. A quick glimpse shows the best of Android 2.2 plus optimized apps for larger screens, such as Gmail, Google Books and video chat on Google Talk.
ASUS kicked off the Consumer Electronics Show with four new tablet computers, ranging in size from 7-12 inches. Three of the Eee Pads will use the Honeycomb version of Android and dual-core processors while the fourth is an Intel-powered Microsoft Windows 7 slate.
Acer, the no. 2 computer-maker globally, has previously experimented with Android but found little success. Now it’s taking a smarter approach by waiting for Google’s tablet-optimized version of Android. In April, Acer will over two new tablets and an easy way to share digital media.