Sharp Galapagos tablets headed to US early in 2011

Back in November, we caught word that the Sharp Galapagos Android tablets would be hitting Japan in 2010. If you are in the US and want one of the Sharp tablets, you were probably hoping that Sharp would announce the tablets for American in time for the holiday season this year. That didn’t happen, but the good news is that you won't need to wait long to get the Galapagos tablets if Santa didn’t get you an Android device.

Rockchip RK29xx benchmarked on way to affordable 1080p phones & tablets [Video]

Rockchip's processors may not be as well known as Qualcomm's Snapdragon or Samsung's Hummingbird, but they're at the core of many entry-level devices. The newest version, the Rockchip RK29xx, uses an ARM Cortex-A8 core running at up to 1GHz, and opens the door for 1080p encode/decode on tablets as low as $149. ARMDevices caught up with the company for an overview, which you can see below, and then MP4Nation grabbed some in-house footage of Rockchip benchmarking an RK29xx-powered smartphone prototype. The device managed a Quadrant score of over 1,900 points, besting a TI OMAP3530 powered tablet by around 400 points. Rockchip expect to officially launch the RK29xx chipsets at CES 2011 next week. Rockchip RK29xx Overview: [youtube mFTvklDv7eU] Rockchip RK29xx Testing: [youtube KuZnKHBwM5g]

Geinimi Android trojan piggybacks 3rd-party apps & sends personal info to hackers

A new Android trojan has been discovered, Geinimi, capable of stripping information from a user's device and sending that to a third-party, or even allowing the handset's functionality to be remotely controlled. According to Lookout, the Geinimi malware is installed as a side-effect of compromised third-party applications; these have been found in Chinese app stores. Installed, the trojan sends the phone's location coordinates and unique identifiers for the device (IMEI) and SIM card (IMSI) to remote servers. Titles in the Android Market are clean, however, so only those users who side-load apps onto their smartphones should be at risk. Still, it's a good idea to check the security permissions on each app rather than blindly stab at the OK button, since these compromised Geinimi titles ask for far more access to your phone than a regular app might.

Motorola DROID XOOM tablet has optional LTE 4G modem

Motorola's DROID XOOM Android Honeycomb tablet will not have integrated 4G, sources have suggested, but instead use an optional, removable LTE modem for those living in areas with Verizon 4G coverage. Tipsters yesterday confirmed the DROID XOOM name and the absence of standard 4G, but Android and Me's source suggests there's a PCI express card slot on the Motorola slate for the necessary modem. The DROID XOOM is expected to drop at CES 2011 next week, with a teaser campaign counting down the days to the show. It runs Android 2.3 Honeycomb on an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

Android Honeycomb Music Player: Full Guide [Early Leak]

SO, there's an Unofficial / Leaked version of the new Honeycomb music player from Android floating around out there, right? Well, we had quite a time getting this little APK to work once we got it, and we bet we weren't the only ones. Therefor, we've whipped up for you this little guide and points post so that you might get the sweet updated music action working on your Android device with as little or no hassle as possible. Check it out - and REMEMBER before doing anything, backup your system. Always always always.

ARCHOS Presents 28 and 32, Two New Android Based MP3 Players – Internet Access, Napster, and 3D Gaming!

Behold! The Android music player revolution has begun, and it's on ARCHOS. Here they present ARCHOS 28 and ARCHOS 32, both of them internet tablets that they say will revolutionize the world of MP3 and MP4 playing. Both of them have 8GB of storage (space for over 4,000 songs,) access to chat, games, and social networking, all of this in two convenient sizes. Firs there's the 28 internet tablet measuring 3.9” x 2.1” x 0.35”, then there's the 32 internet tablet measuring in at 4.1” x 2.1” x 0.3”. The smaller of the two costs $99.99 MSRP, the larger being right around $149.99 MSRP.

ARCHOS Introduces the 70 Internet Tablet, First Android Tablet with 250GB HD

Archos has just announced one of their new tablets, the Archos 70 Internet Tablet. The tablet is going to be media focused with its 250 GB HD and a 7 inch screen. The device features a unique over-molded PVD stainless steel structure which houses some impressive internals. These include:
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Wifi
  • 3D Graphics accelerator
  • HDMI out
  • 7-inch capacitive touch screen
  • Android 2.2
Even with its 250 GB hard drive, it's still the slimmest and lightest on the market coming in at just 14 oz and dimensions of 7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inches. You can order yours now at ARCHOS.com for $349.99. Update: Apparently, there was some confusion with a mixed up image and pre-release press release. The ARCHOS 70 Internet Tablet is coming and shall be available here within the next few days. You can check out the Official Press Release below: Denver, Colorado – December 29, 2010 – ARCHOS, an award winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player, market today announced the availability of the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet, 250GB version in retail stores. The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet, 250GB version offers a unique over-molded PVD stainless steel structured slim and light design. It also features the latest technology high res capacitive touch screen, a powerful 1 GHz processor and high speed WiFi that allows PC like web-surfing. Although the tablet sports 250GB, it is still the slimmest and the lightest (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inch – 14 oz) on the market and is now available for $349.99 MSRP at ARCHOS.com The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet - 250GB is a connected mobile device with a sublime user interface, 3D Graphics accelerator and Wi-Fi connectivity. With Android™ Froyo compatibility as the user interface, this tablet comes with a full pack of connected apps such as a web browser and email application, flash 10.1, HDMI output connectivity, tethering via your mobile phone and home streaming from your PC capability. “We are proud to be the first to release an android tablet that features a 250GB HDD” says Henri Crohas, CEO and Founder. “We strive to be the leader in the Android and Windows based tablet market by creating award-winning innovative options at affordable prices.” Connected Android™ tablet As a Hi-def multimedia tablet, users will experience: • A huge storage capacity to store up to 250 movies • A full multimedia experience, with 720p HD video playback • Built-in web cam for chatting with friends and family • With the HDMI output function, you can view the full Android interface on your TV in High Definition, including all the apps, not only video playback like other tablets on the market • Play 3D games from your TV and use your tablet as the steering-wheel/control • Unique Android Multimedia applications designed by ARCHOS such as: o Movie information and cover retrieval in video file info dialog o 3D animated photo frame with ability to display pictures from Facebook, Flickr and Picassa directly through WiFi o Music cover carrousel allows quick browsing of your music album covers • A lot of applications with Appslib to fit your lifestyle including games, books, music, social media, recipes, news and sports This latest tablet is from a long line of ultra affordable and ultra portable internet, multimedia, wide screen and super-fast tablets released by ARCHOS. In 2010, ARCHOS released a 10.1 ‘’ tablet with capacitive touch screen. As a connected android device it offers a very fast web browsing and HD multimedia experience from a 10.1” high resolution screen. The rest of the line up includes Android based tablets ranging in size from 2.8” to the 10.1“. For more information about the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet and other ARCHOS products visit www.ARCHOS.com

How To: Red Themed Android Market

The new Android Market has definitely brought an impressive visual update, but, green may not be your color of choice. XDA member Natemz has found a way to change the Android Market's color from the default green to a more festive bright red.
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