ASUS Transformer Infinity Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now

Last week, ASUS announced that it will be rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for two of its Transformer tablets – the Transformer Infinity and the Transformer Prime. Sadly, due to some last minute bugs, ASUS had to delay the Jelly Bean update for the Infinity by a week. The company, however, rolled out the JB OTA update for the Prime.

Today, ASUS has started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Infinity. Some Infinity owners got the update over the weekend and have been enjoying Project Butter on their tablet since then.

The Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Infinity brings with it Google Now, enhanced Voice Actions, more smoothness thanks to Project Butter, minor UI tweaks, enhanced notification bar, enhanced camera and keyboard apps and much more.

Head over to Settings -> About Device and then select the ‘Check for updates’ option to pull the Jelly Bean OTA update for your Infinity from ASUS servers.

Via – Reddit

ASUS Transformer Infinity And Prime Jelly Bean Update Coming Soon

ASUS has announced via its Facebook page that it will soon start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) and Transformer Pad Prime (TF201). How soon? Within the next 72 hours!

The company has also released a change-log of the update, which is as follows -:

  • Upgrade OS from Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Default enable System Bar Lock
  • Add Multiple Photo Selection feature
  • Support Connect Dock (Accessory)
  • Remove Adobe Flash support
  • Remove Wi-Fi Direct function support
  • Remove Press Reader

The Jelly Bean update will bring with it improved system performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced keyboard and Face Unlock, re-organised Settings menu, Google Now and updated Voice Actions and some minor UI tweaks.

ASUS definitely knows how to please its customers with constant software updates and timely OS upgrades. Companies like Samsung, Sony and HTC really need to take a lesson or two from ASUS in releasing timely updates.

Sony Announces The Super Slim PS3; Available In 250GB and 500GB Variants

If you thought that the slim ware was limited only to smartphones and TVs, think again. Sony has announced a ‘Super Slim’ version of the PlayStation 3 at the Tokyo Game Show.

The new smaller and lighter PS3 will be available in two HDD capacities – 250GB and 500GB. Sony claims that the ‘Super Slim’ PS3 is 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the current model. It is also lighter by more than 1.1 pounds, and is power efficient as well (200W vs 190W).

Sony will be also be releasing a limited edition bundle 250GB PS3 bundle featuring Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and more than $30 of bonus digital content for DUST 514 on 25th September for $269.99 in the United States.

The 500GB version of the ‘Super Slim’ PS3 will cost $299 when it hits the U.S on October 30th and will come bundled with Assassin’s Creed III.

Acer Unveils The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Powered Iconia Tab A110

The Android powered tablets were not much popular due to the high cost and poor user experience. However, Amazon completely changed the scenario with the launch of its powerful yet budget friendly Kindle Fire tablet, which retailed for just $200 in the US. This year, Google and Acer launched the first Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7 which took the sales of Android tablets to another level. If these were not enough, Amazon recently announced the successor of the original Kindle Fire to compete with the Google’s popular tablet.

In this highly competitive market, Acer is the newest player to join the bandwagon. The company recently announced a new 7 inch tablet, the Acer Iconia Tab A110. This device was earlier showcased at Computex in June. It runs on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. The specs of this device is almost similar to the Google Nexus 7.

Acer Iconia Tab A110 features a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 1.2 GHz NVIDIA quad-core processor, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, micro HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3420 mAh battery. This device measures 196 x 126.5 x 11.4 mm and weighs 370 grams.

Nexus 7 does not features a MicroSD card slot, while the new Kindle Fire still runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. On the other hand, Acer Iconia Tab A110 is one step ahead of these devices, thanks to the MicroSD card slot and the latest version of the Android OS. Acer has not announced the price of this device, but it is expected to be around $200.

Verizon Galaxy Tab 10.1 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusively for the Verizon subscribers in the US. This device was originally shipped with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Earlier this year, Verizon has announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for 14 Android powered devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. After waiting for nearly 6 months, Verizon is finally rolling out the much awaited Android 4.0 update for Samsung’s first 10.1 inch tablet.

The latest update is numbered i905.LP11 and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including the new data usage monitor, updated quick panel, pinch to zoom functionality in homescreen, direct access lock screen, redesigned gallery app with photo editor, new system font for improved readability, resizable widgets, Wi-Fi direct support and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

* Applied Android Ice Cream (ICS) OS upgrade to 4.0.4.

  • Pinch to Zoom functionality has been added in homescreen and main menu screen.
  • Google Plus has been integrated.
  • Google Text-To-Speech Engine has been integrated in the upgrade.

* In Email search menu, search criteria by date, sender & title.
* In Email Composer, ‘undo’ and ‘redo’ options have been added.
* A quick response message may be quickly inserted into the body while composing a message.
* Initiate a ‘New Meeting Invitation’ for Exchange accounts.
* Wi-Fi Direct support by Android platform.
* Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor includes:

  • More ways to sort albums by time, location, people and tags.
  • Photo studio that allows users to crop and rotate pictures, set levels and remove red eyes.
  • Improved Picture Gallery widget lets users look at pictures directly on their home screen.

* Rich and versatile camera capabilities including:

  • Continuous focus.
  • Android 4.0 Zero shutter lag exposure.
  • Stabilized image zoom.
  • Single-motion panorama.
  • Apps can now set custom metering regions in a camera preview.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. If you still haven’t received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

Dell XPS Duo 12: a Windows 8 Ultrabook That Can Swivel into a Tablet

This year’s Mobile World Congress saw a flurry of ultrabooks with manufacturers queuing up to compete with the Apple MacBook Air. Now, at the IFA 2012, the trend seems to have shifted towards convertibles or hybrid devices – ultrabooks with detachable display units that can also be used as tablets.

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We have already covered Samsung’s Smart PC and HP’s Envy x2. A short while back, Dell also got into the game with its XPS duo 12. Unlike others, the XPS doesn’t have a detachable display unit. Instead, you can flip the display unit over to use it in a tablet like form factor. The distinctive disadvantage of this is that even when you are using the XPS duo 12 as a tablet, you will have to put up with the additional weight of the keyboard.

The XPS duo 12 is built using Aluminum and Carbon Fiber, and sports a 12.5-inch full HD multi-touch display, which is covered from edge to edge by Gorilla glass. The XPS duo will be a premium device, and processor options will go all the way up to Ivy Bridge based Intel Core i7.

The XPS duo 12 is an interesting device, but it seems to be a notebook first and a tablet second. The large form factor and bulk might make it a bit too bulky to be used regularly as a tablet. However, it will be among the most powerful hybrid devices around. Dell will be releasing the XPS duo 12 when Windows 8 becomes available on October 26.

Samsung Announces Tablet-Notebook Hybrids: Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro

Samsung unveiled a boatload of stuff at its IFA 2012 event. We have already written about the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy Camera, the Ativ S, and the Ativ Tab. Two other stars of the Ativ line-up that Samsung introduced yesterday are – Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro.

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Samsung Ativ Smart PC

The Ativ Smart PC is a hybrid device that can act as both a tablet and a notebook. The Ativ PC features an 11.6-inch ten figure multi-touch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels that can be easily removed from the keyboard dock to function as a neat looking tablet. Under the hood, the Ativ PC is powered by a Clover Trail based Intel Atom processor, which might not be the fastest chip around, but is efficient enough to extract 13.5 hours of battery backup. There is a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2 mega-pixel front cam.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro

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Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro

Ativ Smart PC Pro packs in more power thanks to the Intel Core i5 processor, and lasts a respectable 8 hours on battery. Other specs have also been beefed up in the Pro edition. The tablet comes with a full HD (1920 x 1080) display, and the rear camera has been upgraded to 8 mega-pixels. Both the devices will ship with Windows 8 and are being touted as fully Windows 7 compatible.

Samsung is also bundling the S Pen that we saw in the Note 2 with the Ativ hybrids. The Smart PC includes a USB 2.0 port, while the Pro edition ships with an USB 3.0 port. Additionally, the keyboard dock for both features two extra USB 2.0 ports. Other known features include mHDMI and miniSD compatibility. The devices will probably be released in the US on October 26 when Windows 8 starts shipping. The Smart PC will cost $750 (a hundred bucks less if you don’t want they keyboard dock), while the Smart PC Pro will cost $1119.

Samsung Announces The Ativ Tab Windows RT Tablet

Earlier today, Samsung announced the Ativ lineup for devices based on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Operating System. After unveiling the world’s first Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone, the South Korean tech giant announced the new Windows RT based Ativ Tab. This device instantly boots up without lagging and comes with Office Home and Student 2013 RT. Samsung Ativ Tab packs a 8200 mAh battery which allows you to complete your project on the go, without the hassle of charging it after every few hours.

Samsung Ativ Tab comes with a 10.1 inch HD LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Windows RT Operating System, Windows UI, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, full HD (1080p) video playback, Wi-Fi Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, NFC (Near Field Communication), 2 GB RAM, 32 GB/ 64 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, Samsung Family Story, Samsung ChatOn, Music Hub, Samsung Zone, Windows Store, Microsoft Office, SkyDrive, S-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Micro HDMI and a 8200 mAh battery.

Samsung Ativ Tab measures – 265.8 x 168.1 x 8.9 mm and weighs 570 grams. As expected, Samsung has not announced the price and availability of this device for any of the markets. This tablet is expected to go on sale from October end or early November.

Samsung Galaxy Camera Announced; Comes With 16MP Camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Earlier this year, Samsung registered the Galaxy Camera name, which made us to think that Samsung might launch a new camera running on the Google’s Android Operating System, similar to the Nikon S800c. Last week, it was rumored that Samsung might unveil the Galaxy Camera along with the Galaxy Note II at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. Thankfully, the rumor came out to be true!

Samsung finally unveiled the company’s first Android powered digital camera, the Samsung Galaxy Camera at the ongoing IFA 2012 event. This device is specially designed for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video directly from their digital camera. Samsung Galaxy Camera runs on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Check out the complete specs below.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said:
“The Galaxy Camera opens a new visual communication era and shifts a paradigm in communication. With the growth of social networks and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, people today communicate faster than words. As we increasingly articulate our experiences through pictures and videos the Galaxy Camera has been created to lead the way in this new era of visual communication. Communication becomes more vivid and lively with high-quality images and instant sharing anywhere, anytime.”

Samsung Galaxy Camera features a large 4.8 inch HD SLCD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x zoom lens, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1650mAh battery.

Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google, said:
“When we first started work on Android, we envisioned building a smart camera that would take digital photography to the next level. The Galaxy Camera is an innovative product that speaks to the openness and flexibility of the Android platform.”

Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in Wi-Fi + 3G and Wi-Fi + 4G variants. The price is device is still a mystery. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sony Announces Xperia Tablet S with Remote Control and Multi-user Mode

The Xperia tablet that was introduced to us by the way of leaked slides is now official. A short while back, Sony announced the new Xperia Tablet S at IFA 2012. The new tablet shares a lot of the design traits of the original Sony Ericsson Tablet S; however, there are improvements and tweaks all around.

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The new Xperia Tablet S is slimmer and lighter, and has a diagonal length of 9.4 inches. The specs revealed in the leaked slides were bang-on, and the Xperia tablet comes with an NVidia Tegra 3 chipset, a 1080p IPS display, expandable memory, and 6000 mAh battery. The tablet will hit the shelves with Ice Cream Sandwich; however, a Jelly Bean upgrade is in the works.

The Tablet S is gorgeous and powerful. However, even that might not be enough to guarantee success in the crowded tablet market. And, Sony knows this. The Japanese electronics giant has thrown in quite a few nifty goodies to give the Tablet S an edge.

On the content front, Sony is integrating its multimedia service titled Music and Video unlimited that provides full access to Sony’s online music and video catalogue for a flat subscription fee. 5 GB storage in PlayMemories (Sony’s cloud storage service) is also thrown in.

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On the software front, Sony has added a WatchNow app which will act as your personalized TV guide. It will recommend TV shows based on your social stream and viewing preferences, allow you to checkin to TV shows, and talk about your favorite series over various social networks.

Like its predecessor, the Xperia tablet features an IR emitter, which enables it to act as a programmable universal remote. The improved remote control app now supports macros, which will allow you to pre-configure a sequence of commands.

Finally, the Xperia Tablet S features a guest mode, which is great if you are going to share the tablet with your family and friends. Guests will have their own set of preferences and apps, and can be restricted from accessing certain stuff.

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As you might expect, Sony is also going to launch a host of accessories for the Tablet S. The most attractive among them is the Microsoft Surface like smart-cover, which is essentially a cover that can double up as a keyboard. There is also a docking stand that can come in handy when you want to get some serious work done on the tablet. Both of these accessories will cost about $100. Other accessories include a dock speaker ($130), a case ($80 for leather and $51 for non-leather), a charging cradle ($40), and a stand ($25).

The Xperia Tablet S will launch on September 7 with the 16 GB version costing $400 and the 32GB and 64 GB models going for $500 and $600 respectively.