Motorola XOOM Gets A Software Update; Enhances Security Features And More!

Motorola and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet – the Motorola XOOM.

The update brings with it some much needed stability improvements, Bluetooth support for Google Talk and some enhanced security features.

Below is the full change-log -:

  • Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks with added Proxy support.
  • SSL data transfer with websites is now supported.
  • WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when using the device as a Mobile Hotspot.
  • Supports Google Widevine DRM and HDCP. Email and Messaging
  • POP3 HTML emails will display in their entirety. Call Features
  • Bluetooth ® is now supported in Google Talkâ„¢.

Additional Device Features

  • Encrypted passwords can be entered during power up.
  • Calendar events will remain up to date after an installed software update.
  • Application storage errors will not appear unless the device has reached maximum storage capacity.
  • Safely dock the MOTOROLA XOOM into the docking adapter without interruption.
  • Ability to add and use a Bluetooth mouse. + A shortcut key for the Bluetooth keyboard has been added.
  • View and import pictures from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol.
  • When using the device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds.

As of now, this software update is being rolled out for only the 3G+Wi-Fi version of the Motorola XOOM. Hopefully, the update will be rolled out sometime soon for the Wi-Fi only version as well.

Sony Announces The ‘Sony Tablets’ – S1 And S2

Remember the Sony S1 Honeycomb tablet, which leaked a couple of months ago? Well, Sony has finally gone ahead and announced the S1, and the S2.

Both the tablets, S1 and S2, are running on Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and support 3G/4G.

The S1 sports a 9.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1280*800, and is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. The tablet has a curve at the top, when held in landscape orientation, and an off-center gravity form-factor so as to give it a magazineshape.

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The second tablet the S2 sports two displays, each measuring 5.5-inches with a resolution of 1024×480. The two displays can be combined to be used as one large display for web browsing etc. The tablet can also be folded, so as to make it portable. The Sony S2 is like the bigger version of the Kyocera Echo.

Sony has also modified the UI of the tablet to their liking, and integrated Qriocity’ with it. Both the tablets are also PlayStation Certified, which means users will have access to Sony Ericsson’s PS Suite for a variety of PS1 and PS2 games.

According to Sony, the S1 can also control majority of their home entertainment devices including AV devices, thanks to Infrared. The S1 and the S2 are the codenames of the Sony tablet’, and Sony will be assigning these tablets a new name before it’s launched sometime this fall.

Lenovo ThinkPad Android Honeycomb Tablet Leaked

The market is already flooded with Android tablets. And now, Lenovo has joined the bandwagon. The company will soon launch its first tablet device. Recently, the leaked pics and specs of this device has been emerged. Lenovo’s first tablet device will be called “Lenovo ThinkPad” and it will be powered by the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Lenovo ThinkPad will have a stylus for hand-drawn notes. Check out the leaked specs below.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Leaked Specs:

  • 10.1 inch touchscreen display
  • 1280 x 800 resolution
  • Tegra 2 processor
  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating system
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G connectivity
  • Keyboard booklet and cradle (optional)
  • Pen and digitizor (optional)
  • 8 hours battery life
  • Weighs 1.6 pounds and is 0.55 inches thick
  • 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB version

One of the unique feature of this tablet is the keyboard booklet, which allows you to switch over to the laptop mode. Lenovo ThinkPad is expected to be announced in June and it will be available for purchase from July. Lenovo ThinkPad will be available from $499 for the 16 GB version.

HTC Flyer To Get Android Honeycomb “Shortly After Launch”

Back in February, HTC announced the much-awaited HTC Flyer tablet at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. HTC Flyer is the company’s first tablet device. Most of the tablets announced this year runs on the latest Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System, but the HTC Flyer runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. Even though, it is powered by the 1.5 GHz processor, why would anyone go ahead and buy a device with outdated operating system?

To solve this problem, HTC has recently mentioned in a tweet that, the HTC Flyer will get the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update shortly after launch. This is definitely a great news for those, who are planning to buy this device, since they won’t have to wait much longer for the Android Honeycomb update.

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HTC Flyer comes with a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen, 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.2 OS (upgradable to Android 3.0 Honeycomb), HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivty, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Multimedia player, 32 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, GPS, Micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0), up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.

HTC Flyer is already up for pre-order in the UK for £600. This device is expected to be available from May 9th in the US. So, you can expect the Android 3.0 Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer during late-May or early-June. Stay tuned for more updates.

Enable MicroSD Card Slot On The Motorola XOOM

Motorola released its highly anticipated tablet the Motorola XOOM at the end of February. All the reviews of the device stated that the product was rushed to the market.

The XOOM has a pretty decent spec sheet which includes a Tegra 2 chipset, couple of cameras, an array of sensors, free upgrade to 4G LTE and an non-functional microSD card slot.

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Even though the Xoom is available in various storage capacities including 16GB and 32GB, a microSD card slot is always useful. Motorola and Google say that the microSD card on the Xoom will be functional sometime in future, after an OS update.

Now, a team of developers Tiamat over at XDA-Developers have released a custom kernel for the Xoom, which enables the microSD card slot. All Motorola Xoom owners need to do is to flash this custom kernel on their tablet, and insert a microSD card in the slot!

The custom kernel also brings support for tun.ko and cifs.ko, along with a modded ramdisk for USB Host support.

Xoom owners can head over to this thread for more information.

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Dell to Launch 10 inch Android Tablet in June

As most of you may already know, the launch of the rumored Dell tablet running Windows 7 has been delayed further until Fall 2011. Dell is apparently also working on a Windows 8 tablet to be launched in 2012.

Dell has always been a laggard in both the Android smartphone and tablet space. The Dell Streak can hardly be called a hit and the Dell Streak 7 also hasn’t received many positive reviews.

To counter the launch of new Android tablets by heavyweights like Samsung, Motorola, LG and HTC, Dell is reportedly working on a new Android tablet which could be up for launch as early as June 2011.

Rumors of a 10 inch Dell Android tablet had surfaced up at CES 2011, but we haven’t had much information about it yet. It could very well be called the Dell Streak 10, and will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb with the Dell Stage UI.

It will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom, which has been seeing decent sales, though nothing compared to the Apple iPad 2, which seems to be selling 50X as fast. It will likely have similar specifications as them. No pricing details have been announced yet, and we also don’t have the exact hardware specs. Stay tuned for more details.

via Forbes

T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on Pictures and Videos

Looks like it is raining 3D mobiles and tablets at the CTIA 2011. After the HTC EVO 3D, one of the other 3D devices launched at CTIA 2011 is the LG G-Slate, which is a 8.9" HD screen tablet with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core processor.

T-Mobile LG G-Slate

The LG Slate is 4G ready and will be launched on the T-Mobile network. It is built to view and record 3D videos with the help of two 5MP cameras at the back. It also has a 2MP camera in the front for video chatting. The device will come pre-loaded with 32GB Internal memory and will start at $529.99.

I had a hands-on demo of the device and thought it wasn’t as light as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device, it did have a good feel to it. The tablet is loaded with the Honeycomb OS and will have access to 150,000 apps in the Market.

Though the LG G-Slate has a feel good factor to it, I didn’t see any good selling points other than watching 3D videos and capturing 3D videos and pictures.

Take a look at some hands-on pictures of the T-Mobile G-Slate and hands-on videos after the jump.

T-Mobile LG G-Slate Hands-on Pictures

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T-Mobile LG G-Slate Hands-on Videos

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T-Mobile G-Slate Hands-on 3D Experience Video

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Announced; Slim, Sleek And Fast!

Samsung announced a smaller version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the CTIA as well the Galaxy Tab 8.9.

As its name suggests, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch screen with WXGA (1280×800) display. Like its bigger sibling, the 8.9-inch Tab will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and pack 1GB of RAM.

The back of the tablet sports a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED Flash, along with a 2MP camera in the front. The tablet is also insanely thin with at only 8.6mm!

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Like its bigger sibling, the smaller Tab will support HSPA+ and will pack the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot etc. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will pack a 6000mAh battery and will weigh only 470grams!

Unlike the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will sport stereo speakers. The Tab 8.9 will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWIZ UX on top of it. The tablet will also feature hardware-based encryption for both internal and external storage, like the Galaxy S II.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9-inch is coming to the United State early this summer, and the 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost $469, while the 32GB version will cost $569.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Announced; Is Thinner Than The iPad 2!

Samsung has just announced two new Galaxy Tabs at their on-going event in CTIA. One Tab will come with a 10.1-inch screen, while another one will come with an 8.9-inch screen.

Samsung did announce the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress last month, but the company has actually improved the product since then in a bid to make it an iPad killer. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thickness is virtually the same as that of the Galaxy S II (8.6 mm), making it thinner than the recently announced iPad 2.

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The 10.1 Tab has a PLS display with WXGA (1280×800) display. It is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and packs 1GB of RAM. The back of the tab features a 3MP camera with Auto-Focus and an LED flash, while there is a 2MP camera in the front for video calling.

The usual GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor and a 3.5mm audio jack are all present.   The tablet supports HSPA+ for speeds of up to 21Mbps.

The Tab 10.1   has dual-Wi-Fi antennas and supports both 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands. The tablet has a whopping 6800mAh battery for up to 10 hours of video playback and weighs in only 595grams.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb with Samsung’s TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. The tablet will be released on June 8 in some regions of the world. The 16GB Wi-Fi version will cost only $499 while the 32GB version will cost $599.

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.