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Acer Iconia Tab A500 [Picasso] Android Tablet Hands-On

Now before we begin, I must say that this is not the first we've ever heard of this tablet, nor is it the first we've ever seen it in real life (If I remember right, we snuck a tiny peek at it at CES 2011 but were sworn to secrecy.) Now we've got our grubby mitts on it and we've been given the opportunity to compare it not only to the Motorola XOOM tablet, but the iPad 2, both for size and for weight. This is a tablet that's made of metal, this is a tablet that's made for Honeycomb, this is a tablet that is nowhere near ready for release.

Google Nabs more Exploits from the MarketPlace

The latest battle in the war against malicious apps is joined as Google has reported via it's mobile blog that a number of new Android Apps repackaged with malware have been removed. In addition to wiping the apps from the Marketplace, Google is in the process of removing the malicious applications via remote from affected handsets. They've also banned the suspect publishers and are calling in the long arm of the law. According to Google, the malicious applications are taking advantage of a known vulnerability in Android versions 2.1 and below, so users with handsets running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above aren't affected.

Toshiba updates AC100 to Android 2.2 with Flash Player support

Toshiba's Froyo update for the AC100 smartbook has been released, bringing Android 2.2 along with Flash Player 10.1 support to the Tegra 2 based ultraportable. Spotted by owner Steve Paine (of Carrypad fame), the 202MB update was pushed out this morning via Toshiba's official software upgrade tool. It replaces the Android 2.1 Eclair OS the AC100 launched with back in the second half of 2010, and will hopefully add up to a new turn of speed for the 10-inch ultraportable. Without a touchscreen, many of the original complaints about the AC100 will still stand, but at least it shows that Toshiba hasn't forgotten completely about the device. [via SlashGear]

Honeycomb Renderscript Detailed [The Balls]

The following is a nutshelled rundown of what Renderscript is, and what it does. Renderscript is a brand new feature that was introduced, but not fully explained during the official Android 3.0 Honeycomb event. What Renderscript is involved in is graphics. Renderscript is a new API that'll deal with high-performance 3D rendering as well as compute operations. What Renderscript aims to do is to bring a higher performance, lower level API to developers who, in a blaze of glory, want to max out the performance of their applications. These developers must be comfortable working "close to the metal" if they're going to use this new API, but in doing so, they'll receive three tools: a developer friendly compute API similar to CUDA, a simple API for rendering 3D on top of hardware acceleration, and a familiar language for use in C99.

Samsung Gem Announced, Possibly Heading to Verizon

Samsung today has released some fine photos and details on the upcoming Samsung Gem, a phone that also goes by the name SCH-i100 and runs... Android 2.1 Eclair. That's weird. This device also has a 3.2-inch touch display with WQVGA resolution and scratch and smudge protection. It includes GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, and supports 850/1900Mhz CDMA spectrum. Why do we think it might be released via Verizon? Take a peek at these leaked photos and you'll take the same note.

Android 2.4 Ice Cream SANDWICH is Next

Oh Jason Kincaid, you lucky fellow. Kincaid is a writer for TechCrunch, and has firsthand heard (from no less than Andy Rubin, the Android chief) that the next version of Android (we're thinking 2.4) will be called Ice Cream Sandwich. Up until now we weren't sure what it'd be called at all, with best guesses being Ice Cream because of the whole alphabetical order deal (Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and now Ice Cream.) This factoid was brought to the world via a simple passing conversation. Wild.

Android 2.4 Ice Cream Coming This Summer

Just in time for the heat to require such tasty treats! An anonymous source has reported that Android 2.4 Ice Cream will be released right around the June / July summer time of the year THIS year, 2011. As you may already know, the name fits as the alphabetical names do add up to an I: Doughnut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, then Ice Cream.

No Android updates for Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 beyond 2.1

Sony Ericsson has confirmed to Android Community this morning that the XPERIA X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro will see no further Android OS updates beyond Android 2.1 Eclair. The news is likely to come as a significant disappointment to early-adopters of Sony Ericsson's Android range. However, Sony Ericsson insists that there will be future enhancements to the X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro, for instance a multitouch update for the X10 in Q1 2011, as the company refines the experience of the handsets moving forward. Still, if you want Froyo, Gingerbread or anything else, it looks like unofficial ROMs are the only way to get them. Update: Sony Ericsson has given us the following statement:
"We believe that the current Xperia range on Android 2.1 coupled with Sony Ericsson’s proprietary upgrades and unique hardware delivers a user experience that is on par with, and in many cases better than, a vanilla installation of Android 2.2. We’re planning another upgrade to bring new features (such as for example multi-touch for Xperia X10) to the current family of Xperia™ smartphones in Q1 2011. Our priority right now is to keep enhancing the user experience of the existing products through coming updates and to deliver a fantastic range of smartphones in 2011 that are all on the latest possible version of Android - that is a target we are determined to hit."

AOC Breeze tablet cuts corners for a sub-$200 price tag

AOC is better known for its display range, but it's pushing out its own Android tablet all the same. The AOC Breeze is an 8-inch slate with a dinky sub-$200 price tag; problem is, you have to make a few other concessions to drop to that sort of budget pricing. For instance, it's Android 2.1 Eclair rather than Froyo or Honeycomb, and the display - despite being larger than what you get on the Galaxy Tab - runs at mere 800 x 600 resolution. There's also only WiFi b/g and no Bluetooth, but you do at least get a full-sized USB port, 4GB of onboard storage and a microSD card reader. Press Release:
AOC Unleashes the Breeze Tablet with 8-Inch Screen World’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs makes a bigger entrance into the tablet market Fremont, Calif. – January 3, 2011– AOC, the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs, announces the launch of the Breeze, an ultraportable tablet with an industry-leading 8-inch, 800-by-600-pixel touch screen and a full USB 2.0 port. The Breeze Tablet runs on the Google Android 2.1 operating system and is powered by a Rockchip processor. Weighing in at only 1.1 pounds, it is a truly portable device that puts the Internet, e-mail, games, movies and music at your fingertips. The Breeze Tablet offers a seamless user experience and will be available for purchase at a sub-$200 price point at national retailers. “In developing the Breeze Tablet, we were able to capitalize on our expertise in video displays and our strength in the computer industry to create a device that matches our 60-year reputation of providing quality and user-friendly products at a great value,” said Robert Velez, Marketing Manager of AOC. Ideal for work and play, the Breeze Tablet lets you stream media from an attached USB device or the Internet via Wi-Fi onto its 8-inch, 800-by-600-pixel touch screen. The device will play several hours of audio and video when fully charged, and includes a built-in speaker, standard headphone jack and microphone. The Breeze comes preloaded with essential applications like Web browser, video and audio players, photo browser, e-mail, calendar and e-book shelves, and provides access to additional apps like office suite through the Android marketplace. The Breeze offers 4GB of on-board storage space, as well as a micro SD card slot for further expansion. The full USB 2.0 also allows for additional storage. Key Standard Features § Google Android 2.1 OS § 8-inch touch screen with auto-rotation § Wi-Fi 802.11b/g § 4GB internal memory § Full USB 2.0 port § Additional ports: USB OTG, 3.5MM stereo headphone jack, DC in jack § Micro SD card reader § 12 hrs audio playing time/up to 6 hrs video time A full line of accessories is available for the Breeze Tablet, and AOC offers a two-year accident coverage program for loss or damage of the device. Launch Event AOC will showcase the Breeze Tablet during CES 2011 in Las Vegas from January 6-9. Journalists interested in previewing the Breeze and additional AOC products at the Bellagio Tower Ballroom 5, may schedule an appointment by contacting Tiffany Iwankiw.
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