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CherryPad 7-inch 2.1 Android tablet announced for $188

CherryPad the Android 2.1 tablet has been announced to be available for a minimal $188. This is less than half of the price of the iPad and nearly one-fifth the price of the off contract Samsung Galaxy Tab, which we still haven’t heard any official US price-point for.

Initial thoughts on Sharp’s ISO3

CEATEC is currently in full swing over in Japan, we have seen quite a few new releases in all aspects of technology. One that is generating quite a bit of buzz mainly due to it’s 960 x 640 (retina display without the branding) is the Sharp ISO3.

7-Inch Dell Android based Tablet hinted at, Is this the Looking Glass?

Michael Dell, chief executive officer of Dell Inc. has gone and pulled another tablet out of his pocket. This looks to be the rumored Looking Glass which specs leaked long ago with an expected release date of November. The tablet is still expected to run Android 2.1 but not much other details were provided by Dell.

Samsung Intercept coming to Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile has now confirmed the Intercept to be their very first Android device. Virgin offers up many contract-free plans with unlimited data and very flexible pricing, and with their push into the smartphone space we could definitely see many pre-paid smart phone handsets coming to market.

Android 2.x user base jumps to over 70% this month

Every two weeks, Google posts a snapshot of the current Android OS fragmentation. With just posting their results we can now see that Android 2.1+ is holding 70% of the market. Even more interesting is that Android 2.2 Froyo has jumped from just 3.3% just a month ago to a now staggering 28.7%. This swift leap forward is mainly due to the amount of handsets that have been updated to 2.2 in the last month including the Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Incredible, and the HTC EVO 4G. Verizon and sprit have been pushing out the 2.2 handsets for their newer devices while, as we all know, Motorola is not doing such a great job of keeping up. [caption id="attachment_13085" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="Current Android OS Fragmentation - August 2010"][/caption]

Droid Eris has been retired, Droid Incredible next?

Android 2.1 may be the last official update to the Eris from Verizon. They have decided to end support of the Eris, it was the launch partner of the original Droid. It’s still possible that HTC may choose to still support the handset but that is highly unlikely. If you want 2.2 on Eris you might want to root it or be satisfied with 2.1.

Motorola Adds A Few Phones To Their 2.1 Update List

If you’re wondering when your Motorola Android device will receive the update to 2.1, the roadmap has just been updated. Although by the time most of these receive 2.1, 2.2 will be on a few devices but it’s still good to know 2.1 is on the way. This time around a few more handsets has made the list.

Android 2.1 now on half of all Android devices

The latest numbers from Google says that Android 2.1 is now on 50% of phones. These figures are obtained by the number of times a certain device visits the Android Market. Oddly enough, there is no mention of android 2.2 on the chart. It’s possible that they are being represented in the sum of 2.1 handsets.

T-Mobile Launches Device Tune-up Beta

T-Mobile has just released Device Tune-up for open beta testing. This is a new feature in the My Accounts app from T-Mobile. It’s essentially a task killer that aims to improve on your phones performance and it should help your battery last longer by killing apps that run in the background.
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