Android Tablets

HTC Flyer may get two big brothers, delayed til May

There's talk that HTC is so happy with preorders of the HTC Flyer that they may be following Samsung's lead on the Galaxy Tab and adding two more sizes to the Flyer line by this summer. We reported a few weeks back that preorders of the Flyer have gone through the roof with over 1,000,000 already sold ... and it's not even out yet. The two new Flyer tablets will have larger screens, mirroring the Samsung release plan, and will run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Out other than that, there's little information.

Sprint Kyocera Echo Hands-On

It's one of the oddest devices you're ever going to hold in your hands, and that's not just in the Android gene pool. This is the Kyocera Echo, the dual-screen Android smartphone announced by Sprint earlier this year with David Blaine the magician. Certainly a memorable event to say the least. This device is made to appeal to your need to have a device that absolutely noone else has, a device that would scare away the meek of heart, a device like you've never seen before! We've wrapped our fingers around its odd panels and buttons and the results are just as odd as the concept.

Motorola XOOM Wifi-Only on Pre-Order at Staples NOW

While this isn't the cheapest place we've seen the tablet on pre-order or for sale yet, the wifi version of the Motorola XOOM Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet is now showing up at Staples. It is there that you can pre-order the tablet for a price starting at $599.98. You are allowed to reserve yours right up through March 23rd, 2011, and your shipment of the tablet (and whatever else you order with it) will be shipping on March 25th, with the latest orders arriving on the 28th, guaranteed.

Motorola XOOM Wifi Release Schedule Detailed in Full

The ever-so-lovely tablet of all Android users' dreams will soon be coming to their favorite retailers' doorsteps in bulk. You'll be able to purchase this fabulous tablet at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club (select locations), Staples, and Walmart, all of them getting the 10.1-inch widescreen tablet for $599 MSRP. The initial rollout of this tablet will be March 27th, 2011. Get your hundreds out!

WiFi Xoom Tablet $599 preorder at B&H

Motorola's WiFi only variant of the Xoom has been spotted at the online retailer B&H for $599 on pre-order. The B&H ad is the first we've seen that offers pre-orders on the Xoom on immediately. That may satisfy your need to lay down the plastic, but patience can be a virtue. We noted last month of Sam's Club's plan to sell the Android 3 (Honeycomb) tablet starting March 27th for $539 (membership required). But if you really want it now, there's always the 3G version on sale at Sam's for $599 on a two year contract.

German company ExB offers cloud storage for Android tablets

With a move underway to move everything to the "cloud," German company ExB is porting it's popular cloud based storage solution "petitpetit" (PTPT) to the Android Platform. Most tablets have limited storage, and often, the information users have isn't organized in a method they can access and process intuitively. petitpetit acts as a kind of personal "Wiki" organizing contacts, photos and videos, and even various documents in a manner than can accessed, cross-referenced, and even collated according the need of the moment. Android developers can also take advantage of the Wiki based application by embedding the user interface into their apps framework as well.

Verizon waives $35 Tablet activation fee

Verizon has announced that they waiving their $35 Tablet activation fee for month to month data plans related to the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets. The fee waiver is retroactive to March 1. Users who find they have been charged the fee, should also see a similar credit on the same bill effectively cancelling it out. The waiver is likely in response to the fact that the iPad 2 has no activation fee from Verizon, so why wouldn't Android get the same kind of love.

Adobe Gets Official with Flash Update Announcement for Honeycomb

Adobe has announced that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download through the Android Market starting March 18th. Initially designed for Honeycomb devices, this beta release is also available as a general availability (GA) release for Android handsets using Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) as well. All Honeycomb tablets need to have Google's 3.0.1 system update as well. It will be an automatic update in conjunction with Google's first system update for Honeycomb, but Froyo and Gingerbread users will have to go out and get it when it comes on the 18th.

Android Booms in Western Europe, Biggest Smartphone OS as of Q4 2010

Android is very quickly becoming the biggest and best Mobile OS, and not just in Europe but around the world. The extremely wide adoption from all manufacturers and developers, to the hundreds of choices make it a clear cut winner (aka #winning like Charlie Sheen). Android has continued to evolve and grow in huge numbers that can be seen in most markets everywhere. You can read here about Android passing BlackBerry to become #1 smartphone. Stories like that just mentioned keep showing up more and more.

Olivetti OliPad 100 Android Tablet Hands-on and Unboxing [Cute Little Italian Number] [VIDEO]

Well would you look at that, a group of fellas over in Italy have their hands on an Olivetti OliPad 100, an 10-inch Android tablet running Android 2.2 Froyo with a slightly unique physical build. This isn't exactly an iPad killer by any stretch of the imagination, but it is interesting to see the different iterations of tablets coming out on this 2011 wave to be sure. This tablet has a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution on it's multi-touch display and a sassy ARM Corex A9 dual-core processor running the engine.
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