Android Tablets

Motorola XOOM Limited GOLD Edition Revealed

It appears that Motorola now has at least 3 different hardware versions of its soon to be wildly popular Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, XOOM. The first version of course is the USA version which is all black, the second version is one we had our hands on in Barcelona, that being the Euro Silver metal version, now there's this, what they're calling their Limited Gold Edition. This edition has apparently been given away exclusively to "movie star nominees" - does this mean Banksy got one?

Barnes & Noble’s PubIt! for Digital Books (for NOOK) Launches First In-Store Event — OHH FREE COFFEE!

Apparently the creators of NOOKcolor (and Nook) are continuing to insist that these aren't simply Android tablets locked up and ready for reading. Can you imagine? Indeed there are big initiatives being set forth by Barnes & Noble, in all seriousness now, to push their Self-Publishing Author program PubIt! to the forefront. In the Android Community there's been a big bunch of excitement at the hacking and freeing of the NOOKcolor as of late, but we've got to remember that indeed this device was made for reading books, and it does continue to do so. Barnes & Noble is holding their first in-store event for Pub-It tonight.

HTC Flyer Wifi-only Version Pre-Order at Cyberport Now

The slightly less awesome Wifi-only version of HTC's newest installment of Android device, the Flyer tablet, is now up for pre-order via Germany's Cyberport retailer. The listing they've got up details the 7-inch slate's 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen that includes active stylus (for all your drawings!) as well as Android 2.4 Gingerbread with customized Sense overlay, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a complete lack of 3G/HSPA connection. On the other hand, this version that includes no contract at all, leaving you free and clear forever, will run you only €499 ($686).

Motorola XOOM Has Bootloader That’s Both Unlockable and Relockable

As if to throw the entire developer world for a loop in the face of today's realization that the ATRIX 4G has a completely locked bootloader, Motorola Mobility's Twitter account has just gone ahead and tweeted the fact that the XOOM will have an unlockable and lockable bootloader. This function will, they say, enable developers to access hardware for development, and as they don't say, allow hackers to sing and dance with the system, tearing it down to the ground and remaking it in their own image.

Study: Nearly 70% CIOs to buy Tablets in 2011

Morgan Stanley strikes again with yet another interesting study which reflects the trend of CIOs planning to purchase tablet computers for employees in 2011. Over half of companies surveyed stated that they were either in the process of purchasing tablet computers or planning to by year's end. The trend shows that tablets are not only gaining traction, but reflect the belief by corporate America that they will make workers more efficient in their work.

Google to go head to head with iTunes through Honeycomb

Chief executive officer for Motrola Mobility Sanjay Jha let it slip today that Google is arming for war against Apple's iTunes music service by launching a competitor through their Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS. It's not secret that Google has been looking to topple Cupertino's dominance in the music download business, having bought Simplify Media last Spring for that purpose. But the acknowledgment that Google is making ready a music service through Honeycomb means that Google Music is likely a done deal.

Sony Leaks S1 PlayStation Tablet

Sony is finally getting into the tablet game with their development of the S1 Playstation Tablet. And it looks to be game centric with Playstation games, Sony music, eBooks and video on demand linked through Qriocity, Sony's proprietary subscription service in Europe.

Motorola Xoom pricing confirmed at $799

Looks like we hit the nail on the head with the price on the Motorola XOOM a few days back. Motorola has confirmed a price of $799 unsubsidized at Verizon, with a WiFi only version coming in at $600. That puts it head to head with the other 800 pound gorilla in the category.

Google announces cloud based video editor for Android Tablets

Today at their Mobile World Congress keynote address, Google's outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt announced the creation of Google Movie Studio, a cloud based movie editor which will allow users to harnass the power of the cloud to edit video, stills, music and effects and then upload it to YouTube with a near instant push of a button. Last year, when Apple announced an iMovie app for iOS 4 devices, the room gave a collective "ooh and aah" of the potential for shooting and editing video on a mobile device. But to do it all in the cloud is brilliant.

Motorola XOOM [Silver Euro Edition] [Hands On and Demo]

We're at Mobile World Congress 2011 at the Motorola presentation and we've been given a very basic rundown of some of the features you'll see with the out-of-box build of Motorola XOOM's user interface. This tablet is of course the one Google worked most closely with as far as Android 3.0 Honeycomb goes, so what you see will for the most part be the most pure version of everything Honeycomb has to offer. NOTE: the tablet this presenter is showing us has clearly been on display for a couple of days, as the screens are filled with videos, widgets, and a ton of instances of the same Honeycomb clock. Very messy!
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