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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Announced; Comes With 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor, Android 4.0 OS

Samsung recently launched a new tablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. This tablet is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Tab 2 runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it comes with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, instead of the 1 GHz single-core processor found in the original Galaxy Tab. This tablet comes with the Samsung’s Music Hub and Readers Hubs, which allows you to access more than 17 million tracks and 2.3 million e-books respectively.

“Two years ago, Samsung Galaxy Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new Galaxy Tab 2 will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.”

samsung galaxy tab 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 features a 7 inch WSVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA front facing camera for video calls, etc.

It also comes with the usual Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, Video Hub, Samsung S Suggest, Samsung ChatON, Music Player with SoundAlive, AllShare Play and Polaris Office. This device allows you to access more than 400,000 apps from the Android Market.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB/ 16GB/ 32GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, A-GPS and 4000 mAH Li-ion battery. This tablet measures 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weighs 344g.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will be first available in the UK, followed by the global markets from March. The price of this device in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark is mentioned below.

Sweden:
Wi-Fi: 2,995SEK ($450)
3G: 3,695 SEK ($556)

Finland:
Wi-Fi: 349EUR ($463)
3G: 429EUR ($568)

Norway:
Wi-Fi: 2,400NOK ($420)
3G: 2,990NOK ($523)

Denmark:
Wi-Fi: 2,350DKK ($419)
3G: 3,995DKK ($712)

Acer Iconia A200 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Rolling Out Now

Apart from selling PCs and laptops, Acer also manufactures Android powered handsets and tablets. While its Android devices have not exactly managed to gain as much popularity as the company would have hoped for, Acer still continues to support them.

Now, it looks like Acer has started rolling out the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Iconia A200 tablet. While the company has not officially confirmed the news, quite a few A200 owners are reporting that they have already got the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their tablet.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Iconia A200 brings with it an improved performance, new widgets, enhanced UI and more.

This update makes the A200 the first tablet from Acer to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. It also makes the A200 among the first few Android tablets from any manufacturer to get the ICS update. Kudos to Acer for beating Samsung to this!

Hopefully, Acer will also be updating its other Iconia tablets like the A100, A500 to Ice Cream Sandwich, sooner than later.

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Google TV’s YouTube App Updated; Faster and Tons Of New Features Added

It looks like Google just does not want to give up on Google TV. GTV has had a disastrous start, and is the sole reason for Logitech’s huge losses last year, but the big-G is in no mood to leave the product alone.

Today, Google announced on the official Google TV blog that the company would start rolling out a new YouTube app for all GTV devices. The new app is way faster and smoother than the current version, and is also much easier to navigate around. The new version of the app also has many new features including, Discover, which as its name suggests allows for easier discovery of new content on YouTube.

The app now also allows users access to playlists and videos via the new channel pages of their favorite channels, see related videos from the same user by pressing the up/down button on their remote, and the ability to thumbs up a video or add it to any of your playlists, all while watching the video itself.

Owners of various Google TV devices can update the in-built YouTube app using the Android Market.

 

Asus Transformer Prime Getting Another Software Update; Fixes Random Reboot Issues

Asus has again started rolling out a new software update – Build 9.4.2.12 – for its latest and greatest tablet, the Transformer Prime. The update is being rolled out for the Prime owners in the United States, and fixes the random reboot issue which many users faced after installing the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

Other than this, the update also improves the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance of the tablet. The update also includes a new Kernel, which should hopefully improve the overall performance and stability of the Prime.

Prime owners who are expecting this update to fix the poor GPS performance on their tablet, should really give up their hopes. Asus has already acknowledged the poor GPS performance on the Prime, due to a design over-look, and has removed the GPS feature from the official spec sheet of the tablet.

Asus will also start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Prime owners from or after February 17th. Asus is perhaps the only Android tablet manufacturer, which not only prices its tablet decently, but also provides proper after-sales support by updating them to the latest version of Android.

Intel Announces The 520 Series Of SSD; Comes With 5 Years Of Warranty!

Today, Intel announced its latest, fastest and their most reliable SSDs until date for consumers and OEMs – the SSD 520. This new SSD from Intel uses the SATA III interface to communicate, and is based on the 25nm NAND memory process technology.

“We tapped Intel engineering to create a client SSD that delivers performance on all fronts with obsessively high reliability,” said Rob Crooke, Intel vice president and general manager of the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “The Intel SSD 520 once again raises the industry bar on SSD performance, quality and reliability to dramatically improve user experience.”

Other features of Intel SSD 520 include Advanced Encryption Standard, 256 bit encryption capabilities, and enhanced password protection for added security. The SSD will be available in a wide-range of capacities right from 60GB to a whopping 480GB.

For per 1000-units order, the 60GB model will cost $149, while the 120GB, 180GB and 240GB will set users back by $229, $369 and $509, respectively. The 480GB variant will set users back by a whopping $999. Intel is also providing a whopping 5-year warranty on the new SSD, which outlasts the 1 or 3 year warranty given on the traditional HDDs by manufacturers.

Google Goggles with HUD Might Arrive Soon

A couple of years back, Google launched Goggles for Android, which is pretty cool by itself. However, Google is now reportedly trying to build the real thing – an actual goggles with a HUD (heads up display).

9To5Google learnt by the way of a tipster that Google is currently developing wearable glasses that resemble Oakley Thumps. These glasses will be fitted with a tiny HUD for each eye on the sides. The display is expected to provide an augmented reality experience by showing real-time information corresponding to objects in your sight. Navigating the on-screen HUD is said to be as simple as tilting your head. The glasses will have a tiny camera equipped with flash, along with a mic for recieving voice commands. CPU, RAM, and other storage will be equivalent to previous generation Android smartphones, which will be stunning considering the form factor for the device.

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Oakley Thump

The glasses are still a long way from being done, and Google isn’t even sure if there is an actual demand for such a gadget. However, what this clearly illustrates is just how ambitious and bold Google has become. It’s not afraid to invest money and time into projects that almost appear to be science fiction. 9To5 believes that Google might launch a public beta testing program to gauge demand, as it did with the Cr-48 Chromebooks. Let’s hope that they are right.

MOTOACTV Gets a Software Update

Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the MOTOACTV, a device aimed at active people. The new software update (v4.55.xx) brings in quite a few changes, including an improved battery life, and some new features, which quite a few people would appreciate.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

Longer Battery Life

MOTOACTV’s indoor/outdoor battery life is now better than ever before with up to 9 hours of
uninterrupted workout time outdoors.

Battery Status Bar

Now you can now see how long your battery will last via the handy Status Bar. Just monitor your
percentage and make the most of your workout time!

Workout Screen Lock

Ever activate your Workout Screen through accidental contact? Problem solved. Now you can lock it to
prevent unwanted display activation. Just Double Press the Power key to lock and unlock your workout
screen.

Enhanced Auto-Pause and Auto-Run

Now you can take a break from the action and pause your workout manually, even if Auto-Pause is
enabled. You can also choose between indoor/outdoor Auto-Run options.

Repeat a Planned Workout

You’re now free to repeat a planned workout even if it had been previously started.

Additional Enhancements Include:

  • WAHOO BLE HRM Strap support has been added.
  • Enhanced syncing planned interval workouts to MOTOACTV.com.
  • Workout metrics have been reordered for easier searching.
  • Improved WiFi syncing when multiple networks are configured.
  • Optimized list of workout metrics so you can search for your favorites easier.
  • Pressing the BACK key on any Home screen brings up the watch face.

MOTOACTV owners need to connect their device to their PC so that they can update it, since it does not support OTA updates.

While the MOTOACTV is a very good device for fitness freaks, I personally cannot justify spending 249.99$ on it. Using fitness apps like Endomondo or Runkeeper on my Android handset gives me the same functionality as MOTOACTV.

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Asus Transformer Prime Bootloader Unlock Tool Coming Next Month!

Asus has announced via Twitter that it will be releasing the bootloader unlock tool for the Transformer Prime sometime in February. Asus had earlier confirmed that it will be releasing a bootloader unlock tool for the Prime, but did not exactly state when.

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The ASUS Transformer Prime was one of the most anticipated tablets of 2011. The Prime was going to be the first tablet in the world to use a quad-core, technically five cores, processor – Tegra 3. Apart from the processor, the full aluminium body construction, the value for money the tablet offered, the screen and the developer support offered by the community, made the Prime truly desirable.

However, most of the Prime owners were in for a rude shock when they out that their tablet has a 128-bit encrypted bootloader. No one expected this move from Asus, considering the original Transformer came with an easily unlocked bootloader. After some negative criticism, Asus responded back saying it will be releasing a bootloader unlock tool for the Prime soon.

What companies like Asus and HTC need to realize is that developers don’t like to wait for an official tool/use an official tool to unlock their device bootloader. You need to ship it unlocked right from the factory. Quite a few developers have already shown cancelled their Prime purchase due to this.

Asus Transformer Prime Gets a GPS Fixing Software Update

The Asus Transformer Prime was easily one of the most anticipated tablets of 2011. It was the first ever quad-core tablet to be available to the general masses. Apart from the Tegra 3, Asus improved the Prime in nearly all departments compared to its predecessor- the Transformer – by including an 8MP rear camera, an IPS+ display – which is actually visible outdoors, better battery life, better performance, and an aluminium body.

The only thing it managed to worsen compared to the original Transformer is the GPS performance. Due to the aluminium construction on the Prime, the GPS chip inside the device struggles to communicate with the satellites in the space. The problem is actually because of a design flaw, and there is no way Asus can fix it now. The company has in fact, even updated the Prime’s official spec sheet to remove GPS from its list of features.

The company however is still trying to improve the GPS performance on the Prime by tweaking the software part. The company has started rolling out a new software update which aims at improving the GPS performance of the tablet. The update is being rolled out for Prime owners who are running either Ice Cream Sandwich or Honeycomb. Sadly, quite a few Prime owners did not notice any improvement in the GPS performance of the Prime after installing the update.

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Motorola XOOM (Wi-Fi Only) Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available

Motorola has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original XOOM, the first ever tablet to release with Honeycomb on-board. The IML77 build of Ice Cream Sandwich update is being rolled out to all the general users, unlike the last ‘soak test’ update that was meant only for XOOM owners who had signed up for it.

The ‘soak test’ build and the public release build have the same  version number, so there should be no differences between them. The update is only being rolled out to the Wi-Fi variants of the XOOM in the United States though. Hopefully, the 4G LTE variant’s update should not be far away, and the roll-out of the ICS update for the XOOMs in other regions of the world should happen sometime in the next few weeks.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update will bring with it quite a lot of new goodies for XOOM owners to enjoy including a redesigned app launcher, an updated and faster web-browser, improved text input and spell-checking, continuous voice to text support, the ability to dismiss notifications with a swipe, a redesigned gallery with an editor and much more. The whole change-log for the update can be found here.

While not the first, Motorola made sure that the XOOM is among the first Android tablets to get some Ice Cream Sandwich love.