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Samsung Starts Rolling Out Android 4.0.4 ICS For The Galaxy Tab 8.9 In The United States

Slowly and steadily, Samsung has been updating its Galaxy line-up of devices to Ice Cream Sandwich. After getting its flagship devices, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, out of the way by Q2 of 2012, the Korean company has been silently updating its tablets to ICS.

After rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has decided to shower some Ice Cream Sandwich love on the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Android 4.0.4 update for the tablet is already live in the United States, can Tab 8.9 owners can use Samsung’s KIES software to install the update. The update is also being rolled out via OTA, but the update notification might take sometime to hit your tablet so use Samsung’s KIES software if you cannot wait to get your hands on the update.

The Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi will bring with it some much needed performance and stability improvements, UI tweaks, Face unlock, in-built data monitoring tool, enhanced copy and paste and in-built dictionary and much more.

Keep in mind that as of now, the update is only available for the Wi-Fi only variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, and not any of the carrier versions. Owners of carrier-branded variants of the tablet need to wait until the update is approved from their carrier.

Via – SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 (Tab 10.1) Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update In India

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 750 in India. It is nothing but the Indian variant of the company’s popular tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This device was shipped with the Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was the first device to get the Android 4.0 OS. However, Samsung has already rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 international variant.

Now, we have good news for the Galaxy Tab 750 owners in India. After waiting for a couple of weeks, Samsung has finally rolled out the Android 4.0 ICS update in India. This update brings the usual ICS goodies including the redesigned UI, new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, improved multi-tasking, enhanced notification bar and much more.

The size of the update is and it 232.71 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). If OTA update is failed, you can even connect your device to your computer and update it using the Samsung Kies software. According to the company, settings for music playlist, APN, Samsung account and more will be reset during the update, so we advise you to backup all of your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that your battery has at least 50% charge.

You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. Samsung Galaxy 730, the Indian variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to the the Android 4.0 ICS update in the coming weeks.

Google Starts Selling The Nexus 7 In France, Germany And Spain

When Google and ASUS unveiled the Nexus 7 at I/O earlier this year, both the companies were mum on the global availability of the tablet. With demand and supply somewhat stabilizing in the United States, Google and ASUS have finally turned their attention to other regions of the world.

Starting from today, ASUS and Google will start selling the Nexus 7 in France, Germany and Spain. The price point of the tablet remains the same at €199 Euros for the 8GB variant of the tablet, and €249 for the 16GB variant of the tablet. The tablet will be available for purchase directly from Google’s Play Store.

Google has been showing France and Germany quite a lot of love recently, first with the availability of Movies, then Books and now, the Nexus 7 itself.

Via – TheVerge

 

BlackBerry PlayBook 64GB Price Dropped To Just £129 ($200) In The UK

BlackBerry PlayBook is the company’s first tablet device. It was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 in Las Vegas and MWC 2011 in Barcelona. BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Earlier this year, it was upgraded to the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 which delivers an enhanced tablet experience and brings improved mobile productivity along with updated BlackBerry Bridge, new apps and content.

The worldwide sales of BlackBerry PlayBook was highly disappointing. Last year, Research-In-Motion (RIM) has already reduced the price of this device in most of the countries including Canada, US, UK, India and so on. The original price of BlackBerry Playbook 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB was £399, £479 and £559 respectively. However, the price was later reduced to £169 for 16 GB, £199 for 32 GB and £329 for 64 GB.

Now, RIM has further reduced the price of BlackBerry PlayBook 64 GB variant to just £129 (approx. $200) in the UK. You heard it right! This amazing tablet is now £200 cheaper from the last price drop and £430 cheaper than the original price tag. This device is currently available for purchase at PC World, Dixons and Currys. To get this tablet, head over to this page. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, dual HD cameras (3 megapixel front facing, 5 megapixel rear facing), full HD (1080p) video recording and much more.

Other features include HDMI video output, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 64GB internal memory, microHDMI, microUSB, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Predictive text input and a 5300 mAh Li-Po Standard battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 (Note 10.1) Launched In India For Rs.39,990

Do you still remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? Yes, we are talking about the same Android powered tablet, which was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This tablet was not released in any of the markets, since the manufacturer wanted to make some changes before launching it globally. Earlier this month, Samsung re-announced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with updated features and specs.

This tablet is already available for purchase in the US. Samsung recently went ahead and launched this device as the Galaxy Tab 800 in India. The company is already known for changing the name of its tablets before selling it in India. Previously, Samsung released the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in India as the Galaxy Tab 730 and 750 respectively.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile and IT, said:
“India is one of the first 10 markets in the world where the Galaxy Note 800 is being launched. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 800, Samsung provides a unique user experience that goes beyond passive content consumption to a new world of productivity, active creation and personalized communications. While the S pen offers both active content creation and passive content creation, the Multi screen capability finally enables true multitasking. I expect this device to in many ways to fuel the growth of the tablet market in India and help us further strengthen our market leadership in the tablet market here in India.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 features a 10.1 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Samsung TouchWiz Nature UX, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen stylus, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, S Note, S Planner, Adobe Photoshop Touch, Samsung Kies, Samsung Hub, Samsung ChatOn, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, IR LED and a 7,000 mAh Li-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 comes preloaded with the Adobe Photoshop Touch, which allows you to control the brush size and opacity by just adjusting the pressure of the pen on the screen. This device also offers the Pop up Play feature which was first seen on the Galaxy S III smartphone along with the added functionality of resizing the video window. Samsung Galaxy Note 800 comes with a price-tag of Rs.39,990 (approx. $720).

Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi Gets The Android 4.0.4 ICS Update

Last year, Motorola launched the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi tablet in the US. It is nothing but the Verizon’s variant of the Motorola Xoom 2 tablet. This device was shipped with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Back in March, Verizon announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for 14 Android powered devices, including the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi.

After waiting for nearly 5 months, Verizon finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi. The latest update is numbered 11.11.27.MZ61 and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including the new data usage monitor, face unlock, direct access lock screen, redesigned gallery app with photo editor, new system font for improved readability, resizable widgets and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Direct Access Lock Screen: The direct access lock screen takes you directly to Camera, Browser, Gallery or Unlock
  • Create Folders: Easily create folders by dropping one app on top of another. You can also add a name to specify the folder contents.
  • All Apps Screen: Add Widgets and Apps to your homescreen panels via the All Apps Screen and the Widget Screen.
  • Notification Bar: Enhanced notifications window includes access to settings menu, and the new swipe feature to dismiss individual notifications.
  • Data Usage Monitor: Monitor your data usage all in one place. Set warning levels, check individual app usage or turn off data completely.
  • Includes the latest Motorola USB driver to allow Xyboard to connect to a computer to transfer files.
  • Securely refresh your Corporate Email account with the native email client.
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  • Improved network connectivity.

The size of the update is 336.4 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Asus Transformer Pad 300 Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now

Asus is the only OEM to have gained any traction in the tablet market except for Apple. The company’s Transformer line of tablets provide phenomenal battery life, and can act as a worth laptop replacement for quite a lot of people.

The company is also known for its robust software update, and is known to release regular updates for its tablets. In a pretty surprising move, Asus has started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for one of its Transformer tablets, the TF300.

Surprising because no other company has managed to roll out an Android OS update within a month of the OS code going public. The Nexus 7 packs in the same SoC as the Transformer Pad 300, but even then Asus has done an excellent job here and has set the benchmark for other Android OEMs to follow. The OTA update is only available in North America at the moment, but should be slowly available to Pad 300 owners across the world.

Considering the similarilty between the other Transformer tablets, the Jelly Bean update for them should not be far away.

Samsung Finally Unveils The Updated Galaxy Note 10.1

Surprise surprise! Samsung has gone ahead and officially re-announced the new Galaxy Note 10.1. The updated Galaxy Note 10.1 was widely expected to be announced at the upcoming August 15th event from Samsung, but it looks like the Korean company let the ‘Note’ early from the bag.

The updated Note 10.1 packs in a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos SoC along with an ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 10.1-inch screen with a disappointingly low 1280*800 resolution, and a beefy 7000mAh battery, all inside a thin 8.9mm body. Like the Galaxy Note, the Note 10.1 also comes with an S-Pen that can come useful for taking quick notes. The Note 10.1 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI joining the party with some bloat and features like Live Panel, AllShare etc.

The press release from Samsung states that the company expects to sell the Wi-Fi only and 3G variants of the Note 10.1 effective immediately in the United States, United Kingdom, Korea and Germany. The LTE variant of the tablet is expected to land later this year. The company has not announced the pricing of the tablet, but will presumably do so at its event on August 15th.

The resolution of the 10.1-inch screen of the Note is a real disappointment. With the Transformer Infinity and other tablets packing in 1920*1080 resolution or higher, the resolution of Note 10.1 looks downright awful. Hopefully, Samsung will price the tablet competitively to make up for the poor screen resolution.

Samsung Rolls Out Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung has been taking its own sweet time to update its devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The company started rolling out the ICS update for the Galaxy S2 back in late-March, and followed it up with the Galaxy Note, AT&T Galaxy Note/S2, and more recently the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

The Tab 7.7 was the first tablet from Samsung to taste Ice Cream Sandwich, thanks to its similar internals as the S2/Note. Starting from today, the Korean company has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its first 2011 tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. As of now, the update is being rolled out for the Wi-Fi or 3G variant of the tablet (P7510/7500) depending on the region.

A quick reminder of all the new features in Ice Cream Sandwich include a new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, enhanced notification bar, revamped UI elements and much more.

The Motorola XOOM was among the first tablets to get Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, but Motorola did not update the kernel version of the tablet to 3.x. Thankfully, Samsung has updated the core kernel of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the Ice Cream Sandwich update to 3.1.10, which should help improve the overall performance, battery life and stability of the device.

Via – SamMobile

Leaked Slides Reveal Sony Xperia Tablet

Several slides, purportedly from Sony, have surfaced online, which offer a sneak peak at Sony’s next Android tablet. In spite of inspired design, Sony’s (then Sony Ericsson) first shot at the tablet market turned out to be a major disappointment. However, the Japanese electronics giant is not giving up.

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The new tablet is going to use the Xperia branding, which has so far only been used for smartphones. The new Xperia tablet will sport a slim, splash proof aluminum body with sandblasted, anodized finish that will be only 8.8mm thick. Sony will retain the wedge design, and 9.4-inch display (1280×800) that we saw in the Tablet S.

The Sony Xperia Tablet SGPT1211 will be powered by Tegra 3, and feature PlayStation certification, along with integration with Sony Entertainment Network. It will feature an 8-megapixel rear-cam, and a 1-megapixel front-cam.

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Sony is also planning to release a bunch of accessories, including a charging cradle, dock speaker, dock stand, tablet stand, carrying case, and LCD screen protector.

According to the source, the Xperia tablet will launch in time for the holiday season. Although the slides suggest that the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB variants are going to cost $450, $550, and $650 respectively, the tipster believes that all of the units will retail for $50 less than the earmarked price.