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.


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.

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

Archos 101 Starts Shipping at $299

The tablet arena is definitely heating up. After the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it looks like another Android tablet is entering the race. It’s the Archos 101 10.1 inch tablet which was unveiled way back in September, along with 4 other tablets. The Archos 101 is the biggest of the 5 and competes directly with the iPad.

It has a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It also offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity and a front facing camera. It is shipping with Android 2.1 Eclair, but will be upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. It doesn’t have access to the Android Market.

It is available in 2 variants – the 8 GB one for $299 and the 16 GB one for $349. It also supports microSD cards.

Archos 101

Source: Archos

Motorola MotoPad To Be the First Android 3.0 Tablet

Word on the street is that Google has officially chosen the MotoPad, Motorola’s soon-to-be-launched Android tablet as the launchpad for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

@mobireview, the official Twitter account of Mobile Review tweeted out this interesting bit of news just a few hours back, so I guess their source must be pretty reliable.

The only details we have right now are that the Motorola tablet will be called the MotoPad and will have run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, just like the Galaxy Tab.

While Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab about 2 months back, both Motorola and LG had stated that they would be waiting for a more mature version of Android. Looks like Motorola got what it wanted. The MotoPad will probably be launched in Q1 2011.

LG to Launch the Optimus Pad in Q1 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Tab should soon see some serious competition; according to a report by a Chinese blog,   the LG Optimus Pad will be launched in Q1 2011.

The only two major contenders in the tablet market today are the Apple iPad which has captured over 95% of the market and the Galaxy Tab which has just been launched.

LG had earlier stated that the current version of Android – Android 2.2 Froyo was not suited for the tablet form factor; that it was holding out for a more suitable variant.

Today, it announced that it will be launching the LG Optimus Pad in Q1 2011. It will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb which will natively support higher resolutions. It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will have a 8.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display.

The tablet wars are soon going to start, and the iPad is what each of the new tablets has in its crosshairs.

LG Optimus Pad

via: Engadget

ViewSonic to Launch the ViewPad 7 in November

ViewSonic announced the ViewPad 7 Android tablet and the ViewPad 10 Windows-Android dual boot tablet today. It will be launching both the tablets soon, with the ViewPad 7 coming in November.  We also have some details about the specifications of both the tablets.

The ViewPad 7 will run Android 2.2 Froyo and will offer Android Market support. It will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have 512 MB RAM with 16 GB internal storage. It will have two cameras – a 3 MP camera and a VGA secondary camera. It will also offer 3G connectivity along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and sports a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It will be priced at $479.

ViewSonic ViewPad 7

The ViewPad 10 will be a dual booting tablet running Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Home Premium. It will have a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor, a 16 GB SSD and 1 GB RAM. It is expected to be priced at $629 and will be launched in Q1 2011.

via ViewSonic

iDuple: Another Indian Internet Tablet – 5 Sec. Boot Time, 50GB Cloud Storage

We have already told you about a lot of Internet tablets from India. Here is iDuple for you – yet another Indian tablet PC but this one is with a difference! This tablet from iDuple basically has one app – just a web browser. It does not have a hard drive and the tablet boots in just 5 seconds.

So does the lack of a hard drive mean you can’t install apps, store files, and perform other activities that you do on a PC? No, because the iDuple tablet is designed in such a away that when you turn it on, the tablet remotely connects you to a server that runs a virtual operating system.This mean you will be requiring an always-on internet connection just for turning on the tablet.

Actually the OS, your storage and your apps – everything is in the cloud. This way the tablet won’t require a lot of storage or a fast processor to handle resource-intensive applications as they’re   run by a remote server. This is a valid reason for the price of the tablet to be on the lower side. However you do need a pretty good internet connection for using the tablet. Users also get 50GB of cloud-based storage space for their files. You can take a look of the virtual OS that is being run on the tablet, here: