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Toshiba to Launch Three Tablets in 2011; One Each For Android, Windows 7 and Chrome OS

AndroidAccording to the latest report by Digitimes, Toshiba is planning to launch 3 new tablets in 2011. What’s even more exciting, is the fact that each of the tablets will be running a different OS. Toshiba plans to launch one with the Android OS, possible Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 3.0 Honeycomb, one with the Google Chrome OS which is slated to launch today, and one with Windows 7.

This move should probably cover the entire potential tablet market, except for iPad fans.

Two of the tablets will have 10.1 inch displays while the third will sport a 11.6 inch panel. If I had to bet my money on it, I would say that the 11.6 inch tablet will probably be the one running Windows 7.

Toshiba will be showcasing the three tablets at CES 2011, which Techie-Buzz will be covering live.

via Digitimes

Asus Unveils The World’s First 9-inch Touchscreen eBook Reader

asus eee reader dr900
Asus recently launched the world’s first 9 inch touchscreen eBook reader, the Asus Eee Reader DR900. It offers 2.25 times the reading area compared to 6 inch eBook readers. It comes with a 9 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a virtual keyboard, which can be used to annotate reading material, make handwritten notes and even draw sketches.

Asus Eee Reader DR900 is 10mm thick and it weigh just 440g. Its 2GB internal storage allows you to store up to 5000 eBooks. You can even increase the storage via SD Card slot. It features a 9 inch SiPix electrophoretic display, WebKit-based browser, Wi-Fi Connectivity, optional 3G, two weeks battery life and so on.

This device allows you to read non-stop for up to two weeks with Wi-Fi disabled and up to 4 days with Wi-Fi enabled. You can even convert your eBooks into audio books instantly, with the help of its high quality text-to-speech, which currently supports 23 languages. The price and release date of this device is not announced yet.

Adam Clears FCC Inspection, Hints at Gingerbread Launch Date

Adam, the highly anticipated and heavily delayed Android based tablet from India’s Notion Ink, has cleared FCC testing, confirmed Notion Ink’s CEO, Rohan Shravan. He also revealed on the official blog that all the applications being developed for Adam are now in beta, and the payment gateway for the website has been setup. Pre-orders are expected to begin soon.

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Additionally, tucked away in Shravan’s post, is a curious teaser about December 6 being a big day for Android.

6th December is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work. (Eden is extremely compatible with 2.3)

To us, this seems to be a clear hint that Android 2.3 or Gingerbread will be launched in a couple of days. Although Google hasn’t been forthcoming about the improvements introduced in Gingerbread, we do know for a fact that the user interface has been tweaked and refined. The teaser also indicates that the Adam will be getting Gingerbread at some point in the future (probably pretty soon), which should endear it to Android enthusiasts.

Samsung Sells 1 Million Galaxy Tabs; Beats iPad Sales?

Samsung Galaxy TabIt has been less than 2 months since the Samsung Galaxy Tab was released, but it has already sold 1 million units worldwide. The Galaxy Tab is the best Android tablet around, so the numbers are not surprising.

Compared to the iPad, which sold 1 million units in exactly 28 days, the Galaxy Tab completed 1 million sales in slightly more than a month, as it first became available around the end of October. In the US though, which is probably its largest market, it became available only after November 10, so in a way, it might have beaten the iPad in terms of sales. Such a comparison is not exactly fair, because the Galaxy Tab is available in many more countries than the iPad, 64 to be precise.

The sales of the Galaxy Tab have been consistently great, despite the high pricing; in fact, it had sold 600,000 Galaxy Tab units by November 22, which means that it pushed out 400,000 Tabs in just 10 days.

Samsung has also increased its sales estimates to 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs by the end of 2010, but I wouldn’t find it surprising if it clears 2 million units by then, extrapolating from the current figures. With the Christmas holiday season in sight, it might even sell more.

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Archos Internet Tablet Android 2.2 Update Rolling Out Now

The Internet tablet family from Archos has finally received their Android 2.2 update love. Besides the usual Froyo features, the updates brings many new other features and enhancements as well. Archos have also made sure to use the latest version of Froyo i.e. Android 2.2.1.

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Here is the full change-log :

o Higher performance: just in time compiler (JIT) technology makes applications run up to 5 times faster than previous Android “Éclair” 2.1 firmwares

o Enhanced Microsoft Exchange support: it is now possible to synchronize contacts and calendar events

o Allow to install more 3rd party applications by installing them on the storage memory (for applications that supports it)

o Video: movie information and cover retrieval in video file info dialog

o Multiple selection mode is now always enabled in the file manager

o External Bluetooth GPS receivers are now supported

o Better assistance is provided in the tethering wizard to pair with cell phone using Bluetooth DUN profile (smart APN detection)

o OpenVPN is now supported

o Slideshow support for network shares has been added to Gallery and Photoframe applications

o Photoframe: full screen picture can now be displayed on double tap when in floating image mode

o Manual white balance setting has been added in Camera application

o Faster USB write transfer

o Battery: more accurate battery charge estimation

o Audio: improved compatibility with android audio stream volume management (voice/music/ringtone etc.)

o Orientation: fixed compatibility issue with some applications working with inverted accelerometer axis

Archos Internet tablet owners can download the update from here. Hopefully, this update will help boost the sale of the Archos Internet tablet family.

Nook Color Rooted

The Nook Color was launched about 1.5 months back. I wouldn’t recommend buying it over an Amazon Kindle 3, if you want an ebook reader, but with an 800 MHz processor, it does make a very good Android tablet, especially since it is priced at just $249.

Since the Nook Color uses a customized version of Android, many modders had been trying to root it, to be able to install apps and games on it. Now, it seems, that the Nook Color has finally been rooted.

The guys over at XDA have successfully rooted the Nook Color and have managed to run quite a few apps on it. Here’s a screenshot of Angry Birds, running flawlessly on the Nook Color.

Nook Color Running Angry Birds

Here’s a tutorial to root the Nook Color, if you’re interested – NookDevs

via XDA

Rumor: iPad 2 Camera Manufacturer Selected

AppleAlong with Microsoft’s Kinect, the iPad is quite possibly the most popular consumer electronic device of the year. It kick started an entire new segment virtually on its own. Over the past few months, we have seen dozens of tablets being launched by both big and small companies. Unfortunately, none of them have managed to offer strong competition to the iPad.

While others are busy playing catchup, Apple is already working on the iPad’s successor. Rumors about the iPad 2 have already begun to trickle in, mostly via Digitimes and other Chinese news sources. After disclosing that the successor to the highly successful iPad will feature a camera as well as Facetime support, Digitimes has also dug up the name of the manufacturer.

Largan Precision, a Chinese lens manufacturer, which also supplies lenses for the 5 megapixel camera for the iPhone, is the rumored manufacturer of iPad’s camera. The iPad 2 is expected to be launched in Q1 2011.

Rumor: iPad 2 Will Have Retina Display and FaceTime

Apple This was supposed to be the year of the tablets. However, if anything, it is turning out to be the year of the iPad. Baring Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, others failed to even make their presence felt. At this point, the tablet I have the most expectations from is Notion Ink’s Adam. However, it remains to be seen if the heavily delayed tablet from an inexperienced startup can truly deliver on its promises.

In the meanwhile, Apple is working to increase its lead with the iPad 2. According to the information plucked by Digitimes from a Chinese newspaper called Economy Daily News, the iPad 2 will feature a significantly improved hardware specification. Unsurprisingly, it will support Apple’s Facetime video calling technology. The 3-axis gyroscope introduced in iPhone 4 will also make an appearance, as will the iPhone’s famous Retina display. The newspaper also believes that the next generation tablet from Apple will have better mobility and USB ports.

Of course, we still have a good few months to go before iPad’s successor is announced. At the moment, it’s probably best to treat any leaked news about the iPad 2 with a generous dose of skepticism.

Blackberry Playbook Pricing Revealed; Starts At $399 For 8 GB

The Blackberry Playbook was unveiled by RIM (Research in Motion) almost 2 months back. It will run the new Blackberry Tablet OS based on the QNX architecture. It sports some pretty impressive hardware including a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and will come in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB variants. It also has a 5 MP camera with a 3.2 MP secondary camera and sports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 etc.

The pricing details of the Blackberry Playbook haven’t been officially revealed yet, but most analysts expect the price to around $500, the same as the Apple iPad.

Today, some details about the pricing of the tablet have been leaked, which state that the Blackberry Playbook will be priced at

8 GB: $399
16 GB: $499
32 GB: $599

All the three variants will have the exact same hardware specs, except for the storage. All the models will be Wi-Fi only but can be tethered to Blackberry devices for connectivity.

Blackberry Playbook

via MobilityInsider

Acer Announces Two New Android Tablets

At the official PR event today, Acer announced two new Android tablets and an Android smartphone. The company will be launching these new tablets in April 2011, along with the new 4.8 inch Android smartphone.

The first tablet will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It will come with a 5 MP camera as well as a secondary HD camera for video calls. It will be powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and will offer Flash 10.1 and HDMI support.

The other tablet will sport a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with the same resolution – 1280 x 800 pixels, and will be powered by a dual core 1 GHz processor. It wil comes with HDMI and Flash support too and will support 10 point multitouch.

Both the tablets will possibly sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread, or Android 3.0 Honeycomb (Android for Tablets), if it is launched by 2010.

Acer Android Tablets