Android Tablets

Google CEO’s favorite tablets: Motorola and Samsung

Today lifetime Googler Larry Page took over the Chief Executive Officer position at Google. It's been a long time coming for the 39-year old engineer turned entrepreneur - he's adopting the duties from Eric Schmidt, Page and Sergey Brin's business partner, who is keeping his executive chairman duties. When Businessweek asked Page about which Android tablet he prefers, the executive made an answer that shouldn't surprise anyone: he's a fan of Motorola and Samsung's designs.

TurboTax offers free tax filing on Android tablets this weekend only

Death and taxes and early termination fees: the bane of civilized man. At least one of those has gotten easier in the last few years for US taxpayers thanks to tax preparation software, and this weekend, you won't even have to pay for it. TurboTax is offering free 1040 EZ returns on Android devices between March 30th (today) and April 1st (Sunday). That's a steal as long as you've got a pretty standard salary or hourly income - the normal state and federal filing through TurboTax costs $67.

NVIDIA CEO hints at $200 Tegra 3 tablets

Here's a nice side choice to compliment your main course of Nexus Tablet rumors this evening: NVIDIA CEO spoke with the New York Times about lowering the price of Android tablets. Quote mister Jen-Hsun Huang: "“We took out $150 in build materials, things like expensive memory. At $199, you can just about buy a tablet at a 7-Eleven.” That's a long way from any sort of confirmation, but it shows that NVIDIA is as anxious as we are to lower the price of Android tablets, especially those with high-end components like the Tegra 3 processor.

Wall Street Journal says Google will sell its own tablets this year

It's been a while since we heard from the Nexus Tablet rumor mill, but it looks like its just been restarted by one of the most respected financial reporting firms around. The Wall Street Journal says (in its familiar and maddeningly vague way) that Google will be selling a tablet of its own design and branding later in 2012. Of course the WSJ didn't reveal any of its sources, and they seem to know about as much as we do at this point - i.e., that there's nothing official on deck at all, and ASUS is thought to be the most likely candidate for the device's manufacturer.

Coby’s cheap Ice Cream Sandwich tablets now available

It's a sad but nonetheless true fact that small and sometimes unconsidered manufacturers can often get their act together faster than larger and well-regarded ones. So it is with American low-end electronics maker Coby, which has just made its latest round of Android tablets available for purchase, according to Liliputing. Though most are well below what many Android enthusiasts would consider "base specs", each and every one of them is running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - more than we can say for almost every new android device introduced this year.

Activision plans Call of Duty: Elite tablet app

Call Of Duty's Elite app for Android has more than half a million downloads, but publisher Activision isn't going to rest on their haunches. They told T3 today that the augmented game service would be breaking out of its small-screen shackles and landing on tablets soon. Activision Product Director Noah Heller said that this was no mere upscaling; it'll be a native tablet app on both iOS and Android, presumably bringing the user interface elements from Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich along with it.

The only iPad feature I’m jealous of is contract-free mobile data

Apple unveiled its latest iPad in San Francisco yesterday, and as usual, the tech world and more established media swooned at the shiny new piece of engineered obsolescence. As a die-hard Android fan, I wasn't moved - sure, the screen is nice (even if it's still the wrong ratio) and the processor is impressive, but my distaste for Apple as a manufacturer, developer and corporation is more than enough to overcome any fleeting feeling of hardware lust. But there's one feature that remains exclusive to the iPad that I want, badly, and it isn't coming to Android any time soon: wireless data without a contract.

Motorola adds spill-proof coating and free accessories to XYBOARD tablets

Here's a nice surprise: in a refreshing bit of post-launch self improvement, Motorola has announced that its XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2 Android tablets are being upgraded with a spill-proof coating. The change will only affect the WiFi models (at least as far as we know) which will have the same price as they do now: $399.99 for the 8.2-inch 16GB tablet and a hundred bucks more for the 10.1. If you buy them directly form Motorola's store you'll also get a free case and HD dock. As far as we know, neither the spill-proof coating or the freebie accessories are being offered for the DROID XYBOARDs, Verizon's 4G LTE version.

What the iPad 3 means for Android tablets

Tomorrow's the day, tech newshounds: The Hyperbole Hyper Bowl, the Smug Showdown, the Reality Distortion Field Reboot. I speak, of course, about Apple's iPad 3 announcement. While I wouldn't expect our regular readers to take much notice of the pomp and circumstance, it's an undeniable fact that Apple's announcements make waves in the mobile world, and nowhere is that more true than in the tablet market. While Android kicks the glossy finish off of the iPhone in every market, the iPad still dominates the tablet industry.

Harris RF-3590 tablet brings Android to the front lines

Harris isn't a name you'll see often on Android Community - it's a communication contractor that works on various government and armed forces projects. But their new RF-3590 tablet is surely an eye-catching machine, especially if you happen to be an active-duty soldier or marine. The Honeycomb tablet is specifically designed to withstand the harsh environments of war, with a huge shock-absorbing frame around a 7-inch screen. Mil-spec construction makes it practically waterproof and dustproof, though it may or may not stop a bullet.
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