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Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi Version Coming On March 27th For $599

Motorola launched the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet the XOOM on February 24th.

Today, the company announced the Wi-Fi version of the XOOM which will be available beginning from March 27th. The XOOM sports a 10.1-inch XGA (1280×800) display and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. It is also the first tablet in the world to be powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb which was tailor made for tablets.

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The handset packs in 1GB of RAM and a bunch of sensors including accelerometer, barometer and an ambient light sensor. There is also a 5MP camera at the back, and a VGA camera in the front for video calling.

The base model of the Wi-Fi version of the XOOM with 32GB of internal memory will cost $599. The tablet will be available at all major retailers in the United States including Best Buy, Costco, Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Staples.

Motorola has not announced anything about bringing the XOOM to other regions of the world as well.

Flash Player 10.2 For Android Coming Next Week!

Motorola started rolling out a software update for the Xoom just hours ago. Many Xoom owners hoped that this update would bring Flash 10.2 to the tablet.

However, according to Motorola this update will prepare the Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet for Flash 10.2. Now, Adobe has finally broken its silence and announced that Flash 10.2 is coming to Android based tablets and handsets next week!

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Flash 10.2 will be available for all the Android handsets running 2.2 (FroYo) or Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which meet the minimum system requirements. For the Honeycomb version, Flash 10.2 will be released with a beta’ tag, and will be available only if users have installed the v3.0.1 OTA update.

Flash 10.2 will bring with a number of performance enhancements including enhanced performance and support for Nvidia Tegra 2 based handsets and tablets. Flash 10.2 will also bring these changes :

  • Improved scrolling of web pages;
  • Uncompromised viewing of rich, immersive content in the way intended by the page designer, including support for instances where HTML and other web content is composited over Flash Player rendered content.   Flash Player rendered content will continue to be placed in a separate window on top of HTML in the Android 2.2 and 2.3 browsers, as these browsers do not support the new Android 3.0 browser rendering model.

Flash 10.2 will also be able to hardware accelerate H.264 videos for Android 3.0.1+ based tablets and improved scrolling of web pages as Flash content will be rendered as a part of the web browser, itself.

Adobe will release Flash Player 10.2 for both mobiles and tablets, next week on March 18th.

Motorola XOOM Gets A Software Update

It has hardly been a month since Motorola released the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet to the consumers in the United States, the Xoom.

Today, Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the Xoom, which includes ‘numerous enhancements’ and will prepare the tablet for the future Flash 10.2 update as well. The update also improves the daylight savings time feature on the device.

Keep in mind, that this update will prepare the Xoom for Flash 10.2, and not actually install it!

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Xoom owners, who have rooted their tablet, must restore it back to its original state so as to receive the OTA update. The OTA update can be downloaded either via 3G or via Wi-Fi. The update will be gradually rolled out in phases to all Xoom owners beginning from today.

Xoom owners who have rooted the device, can flash it back to stock by following these steps.

Hopefully, Adobe will release the Flash 10.2 update for the tablet soon now. When released, Xoom owners can download Adobe Flash 10.2 from the Android Market.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK Ported To HTC HD2

Google had made it clear that Android 3.0 Honeycomb is meant for tablets, and some features of Honeycomb will make it to the mobile version of Android, in the future updates. However, this did not stop the developers from porting the Honeycomb SDK to phones like the Desire HD and the EVO 4G.

Now, another favorite phone of the modding community the HD2 has also got the Honeycomb love from the developers. The developers worked day and night to port the Honeycomb SDK to the HD2. As usual, not everything works but this port will be able to give HD2 owners a taste of Honeycomb.

Below is a video of the Honeycomb SDK port running on the HD2 :

HTC HD2 Running Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Mobile data, SD card slot, graphics hardware acceleration and the hardware buttons work fine, and everything else including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and camera is currently in a work-in-progress state.

The HTC HD2 was released at the end of 2009 running Windows 6.5. Since then, the phone has been hacked to run all the different flavors of Android including Froyo and Gingerbread. Developers have also managed to get WP7 and Ubuntu running on the handset!

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Best Mobile Apps Of The Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #8

Welcome to the eight edition of Best Mobile Apps of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian. First of all, I would like to apologize to our readers as I did not post the Best Mobile Apps for the last 2 weeks. I had to give my Android phone to the service center, and was using a dumbphone for nearly two weeks.

In this edition of Best Mobile Apps of the week, I will introduce our readers to an awesome eye-candy widget for your Android homescreen, a new unlock screen for you Symbian handset. For iOS owners, I will tell them about an app that will allow them to wake up their PC remotely!

Below are the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week For iOS, Android and Symbian :

Wake (iOS)

As the name suggests, Wake’ enables iOS users to remotely wake up their PC. The app uses WOL Wake On Lan feature which is found in nearly all PCs and Macs computers. Users need to make sure that the WOL’ feature is enabled on their PC. They can do so from the BIOS of their PC.

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The app is designed to work with both iPhone and iPad. This app is an extremely useful one for users who want total control on their PC, when they are away from it. iOS owners can purchase Wake’ from the App Store for $0.99 from here.

Maze Lock (Symbian)

In the last edition of BMATW, I introduced our readers to Nokia Bubbles. The app allows users to unlock their phone in a fun and yet efficient manner. Today, I would like to introduce our readers to Maze Lock from ThinkChange.

Below is a video of Maze Lock in action :

 

Maze Lock for Symbian is similar to the pattern unlock option found in Android 2.1+ handsets. The app is configurable to quite an extent and allows users to change the lock screen background, the date and time display style etc. The app supports all the latest Symbian handsets from Nokia as well as the older S60v5 based ones like the X6 and 5800.

Symbian owners can download Maze Lock for free from the Ovi Store.

Honeycomb Clock (Android)

The tablet version of Android Honeycomb looks stellar! The whole Tron like theme and animations definitely look very cool! Well, Android handset owners are not going to get the next version of Android with all these eye-candies anytime soon. Until then, they can get the Honeycomb look on their phone by using a Honeycomb theme for ADW Launcher.

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Along with this, they can download and use the Honeycomb Clock widget from the Android Market. This widget replicates the awesome looking clock widget as seen in Honeycomb OS. Unlike the clock widget in Android 3.0, Honeycomb clock comes in multiple color choices for people who don’t like the blue color.

A free as well as a paid version of this widget is available on the Android Market. Android handset owners can download the app from here.

Motorola XOOM Gets Overclocked to 1.2 GHz

After getting rooted within hours of its release, the Motorola XOOM has been overclocked as well. Michael Huang, the developer of SetCPU, a popular underclocking/overclocking app for Android, has succeeded in pushing the clock speed to 1.2 GHz using a custom kernel. The 20% increase in clock speed allowed the XOOM to touch the 40 MFlops mark in Linpack. However, in reality, XOOM should be able to do better, as Linpack is a single core benchmarking tool, which can’t properly harness the power of the dual-core Tegra 2 powered XOOM.


First OC attempt on the Xoom: Success. 1.2GHz booted and working perfectly.less than a minute ago via web

Huang has promised to make his kernel patch public soon. In the meanwhile, here’s the screenshot of the Linkpack result.

XOOM-Overclocked

Motorola XOOM is a “Google Experience” device, and one of the first Honeycomb powered tablets to hit the market. Honeycomb is a specially crafted version of Android, which is targeted squarely at higher resolution devices like tablets. Riding on the back of a myriad of usability enhancements introduced in Honeycomb, and impressive hardware, the XOOM has been garnering largely positive initial reviews. However, the real test for the XOOM will come once the iPad 2 is launched.

Motorola XOOM Rooted; Custom Recovery Working As Well!

In less than 4 hours of being released to the general public, the Motorola XOOM has been rooted. Along with full root access, a custom clockwork recovery has also been successfully installed on the device. The credit of all this hard work goes to Koush the developer of ROM Manager.

ROM Manager is one of the most popular ROM managing apps available for the Android OS. According to koush, rooting the XOOM was easy since the tablet is Google experience device, and thus ships with fastboot support (limited though!).

Motorola_XOOM_Root

The steps to root the Motorola XOOM can be found here. Koush has not made the custom recovery available to the public since the SD card slot on the XOOM does not work.

He will release the custom recovery once Google releases an update which will enable the microSD card slot, or once the developers somehow manage to get it working! Once the microSD card slot gets working, koush will update his app ROM Manager to support the tablet as well.

Motorola XOOM To Get Flash 10.2 “Within Weeks” Of Its Launch

Yesterday, we reported that the Motorola XOOM won’t ship with Flash support out-of-the-box! Now, a XDA member rothnic has uploaded an APK file of Flash 10.1 which is compatible with Tegra 2 based phones and tablets.

rothnic received the APK file from Malata Zpad owners, which is also based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. Since the XOOM is not yet officially available to the general masses, no one knows whether the APK works or not. Interested users can download the Flash 10.1 APK optimized for Honeycomb tablets from here.

Motorola_XOOM

Earlier, it was believed that the XOOM and other Android 3.0 based tablets won’t get Flash support until spring 2011. However, Adobe has busted all the rumors in a blog post which states that some Honeycomb tablets will actually ship with Flash 10.2 pre-installed. For other tablets like the Motorola XOOM, an OTA update will soon be rolled out by the company within weeks of Android 3.0 devicesbecoming available to the public.

Hopefully, Adobe will keep its word and release Adobe Flash 10.2 for the XOOM and other Tegra 2 based Honeycomb tablets soon.

Sony S1, Android Honeycomb Tablet with PlayStation Certification, Leaked

As expected, Sony Ericsson unveiled a number of suitably eye-catching Android handsets, including the PlayStation branded Xperia Play, at the MWC. However, there was a glaring omission in its lineup. In a year in which every other company is busy announcing new tablets (mostly powered by Android), Sony didn’t even mention the T-word. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have something cooking for us tablet aficionados.

Engadget has learnt that Sony is busy customizing Android Honeycomb’s interface for a tablet that is being internally called the S1. According to its sources, the S1 might very well be the best looking thing Sony has ever produced. Unlike other tablets in the market, the S1 will feature a “wrap” design that mimics an open paperback book. Sony hopes that this design innovation will make the tablet more personal besides making typing on the keyboard and consuming multimedia content easier.

Sony-S1

The S1 is expected to feature a 9.4″ display with a resolution of 1280×800 px, and will be powered by nVidia’s Tegra 2 chip. Engadget has also confirmed that it will be PlayStation certified. Besides that it will include a Bravia media remote, an IR port, and come preloaded with PSX (PlayStation One) games. The tablet will also heavily leverage Sony’s Qriocity, which is a streaming music, games, e-books and video on demand service.

While nothing is set in stone yet, Engadget believes that the Wi-Fi version of the tablet will cost $599, and is expected to ship in September.

Honeycomb SDK Ported To HTC EVO 4G And Desire HD

According to Google, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is aimed only at tablets with the future version of Android updates bringing some features of Honeycomb to mobile. However, unofficially the Honeycomb SDK has already been ported to the EVO 4G and some popular Android handsets from HTC. A guy with the username t3haxx0r has ported the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK to the EVO 4G.

As of now, the build is quite buggy but at least it will be able to provide users with a sneak peek’ of what the latest version of Android will bring. Nearly nothing on the port works including radios, hardware buttons and the ROM is quite sluggish as well.

Here is a video of Android 3.0 Honeycomb in action on the EVO 4G :

t3haxxor and some other developers are also working on a Honeycomb port for the Droid Incredible as well as for the Desire HD.

Below is a video of the Honeycomb SDK port in action on the Desire HD :

HTC Desire HD owners can download the Honeycomb SDK port for their phone from here, while EVO 4G owners can download the port for their handset from here.

Dell’s Tablet Roadmap Leaked; Windows 8 Powered Slate Coming Next Year

dell tablet roadmap

Recently, we posted the Dell’s leaked smartphone roadmap, which revealed some of the upcoming Android Ice Cream and Windows Phone 7 based smartphones. And now, the guys at Android Central shared the leaked slide of the Dell’s 2011 tablet roadmap. According to the roadmap, Dell will launch 4 Android powered tablets and 2 Windows based tablets, ranging from 5 inch to 10 inch touchscreen display. The codenames of Android based tablets are Gallo, Sterling, Opus One and Silver Oak, while the codenames of Windows based tablets are Rosemount and Peju.

Dell Gallo is the company’s first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) powered tablet with 10 inch touchscreen display. On the other hand, Dell Sterling is a 7 inch tablet powered by the same operating system. Dell Gallo is expected to launch in April 2011, while the Dell Sterling will be available during Q4 of 2011.

Dell is not only planning to launch Android Honeycomb based tablets, but the company is also planning to launch Windows 7 and Windows 8 based tablets. Dell Rosemount is a 10 inch tablet with 1366 x760 pixels HD display. Rosemount runs on the Windows 7 operating system. Dell Peju is the company’s first tablet which runs on the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Dell Peju also features  a large 10 inch touchscreen display. Rosemount is expected to launch in June 2011, while the Windows 8 based Dell Peju will arrive next year. Dell Peju might be showcased next year at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

Dell Opus One and Silver Oak are Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) based tablets, but the Opus One comes with a 5 inch touchscreen display, while the Silver Oak comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display. Both the Opus One and Silver Oak will be arriving next year. These tablets are also expected to be showcased at the CES 2012, along with the Dell Peju tablet.

Are you excited about the Windows 8 powered tablet? Or you will go ahead with the Android powered tablets? Let us know your views, in the comments below.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Announced; Runs on Android 3.0

The original Galaxy Tab may have got lukewarm reception but this has not stopped Samsung from announcing a bigger version of the Tab the Galaxy Tab 10.1. This bigger Tab from Sammy is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and packs a 10.1-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) resolution. The tablet weighs only 599 grams and is only 0.4-inch thick. Samsung_Galaxy_Tab_10.1 The back of this 10.1-inch Tab sports an 8MP camera with AF and LED flash while the front has a 2MP camera for video calling. The Tab will be capable of recording as well as playing back 1080p videos. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, SIM card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. Sadly, the tablet lacks a mini-HDMI port as well as a micro-USB port. It features the same proprietary port from Samsung as found on the original Tab. Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a Google Experience device and thus runs on stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The tablet will be available in capacities of 16 GB and 32GB. It will be powered by a 6860mAh battery. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in Europe and Asia by March. Sadly, Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablet expect saying that it will be competitive.

LG Optimus 3D And Optimus Pad Featuring 3D Displays Announced

LG might have had a pretty miserable 2010 but the Korean company is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that 2011 turns out to be a decent year for them. The company announced their line-up of Android handsets and tablets even before the beginning of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in just a few hours.

LG announced the Optimus 3D which sports a dual-core 1 GHz OMPA4   processor and features 3D as well. The 4.3-inch display on the device is capable of displaying 3D content without the need of glasses. The dual-8MP cameras at the back are capable of snapping stereoscopic pics as well as 3D videos in full HD resolution.

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Other than the Optimus 3D, LG also announced their Android based tablet the Optimus Pad. The Optimus Pad is the European variant of the T-Mobile branded LG G-Slate. The tablet has an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 1280×768 and can display 3D content as well (with glasses, though). The Pad is also capable of recording 3D videos and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset.

The Optimus 3D and the Optimus Pad both feature a mini-HDMI port, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer and other relevant sensors along with a 3.5mm audio jack. LG will announce other relevant details about the Optimus 3D and the Pad when the MWC kicks-off.

LG to Launch the Optimus Pad at MWC 2011

Rumors of the LG Optimus Pad, an Android tablet by LG first started circulating in October 2010. Details of the LG T-Mobile G-Slate were also leaked a few weeks back. Today, we have more details of the Optimus Pad. It seems that it’s identical to the T-Mobile G-Slate, but will be available worldwide.

A leaked press release by Hankyung reveals the launch details as well as the hardware specifications for the LG Optimus Pad. It will have an 8.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 3D support as well as multitouch capabilities. It will have a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.

It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will come with a dual core processor, and will likely have 1 GB RAM.

It will also have a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash and a front facing camera. It will have 32 GB internal storage and should come with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS etc. It also has a 6400 mAh standard Li-ion battery powering it. It will run the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which has been designed specifically for tablets, probably with a customized UI shell. It will be unveiled officially at MWC 2011, on February 13. Stay tuned for more MWC 2011 related coverage on Techie-Buzz.

LG Optimus Pad

Google Provides An Overview Of Android 3.0 Honeycomb Features

Google just gave everyone present (physically) and watching the event live via YouTube a brief overview of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. First and foremost, Android 3.0 will feature an on-screen button dedicated to Multi-tasking. The new home screen on the Honeycomb features new kind of widgets that can be used by developers to pop-up important messages, right on the home screen.

Hugo demonstrated the new notification panel on Android 3.0 which is totally non-intrusive like on the Android version for mobile. The new notification system will even allow users to control apps running in the background like the Music player. Google has also built some templates which will allow developers to create new rich notification.

Hugo also said that any application that is built using the existing guidelines will run smoothly on Honeycomb as well. He demonstrated this by downloading running Fruit Ninja on a Motorola XOOM running Android 3.0. One major feature of Android 3.0 is that the 2D graphics is going to be completely hardware accelerated. Developers can accelerate the 2D animations on their app by simply adding one single line of code.

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Hugo demonstrated the brand new GMail app tailor made for tablets along with the YouTube app which has a gorgeous 3D UI. The Music app on the Honeycomb looked stellar as well. Google also introduced us to a new application called the Google Body. Like the Google Maps, Google Body will allow users to view the parts of the human body and it even features Layers’.

Thomas Williamson from Wardrom Studios showed off Monster Madness and Great Battles Medieval on the XOOM. The game was ported over from the PS3 to Honeycomb using the same game assets and engine. The Great Battles Medieval was also able to fully utilize both the cores of the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.

Honeycomb will also sport a brand new camera app with a stunning UIwhich will allow users to control greater aspects of the camera. The new GTalk for Honeycomb will feature video chatting with some nifty features including image stabilization.