Android Tablets

Cyanogen Gingerbread Mod adds Droid support with bug fixes

A new update of Cyanogen 7 has been released, fixing a few bugs, adding a few new features, and bringing Gingerbread to the Motorola Droid. The new release, CM7.0.2, offers a built in theme engine, GPS fixes, a fix to the proximity and light sensor, as well as tablet and notification tweaks. The release comes fresh on the heels of 7.0.1 which was announced at the beginning of the month. But users complained of several bugs and the mod was prompted pulled and polished to get it ready for prime time.

HTC Flyer preorders start Monday at Best Buy

HTC Flyer fans, you're wait is nearly over. As we reported here, Best Buy is now making it official with preorder details and pricing. Beginning on Monday, April 25, 2011, you will be able to pre-order the WiFi version of the Android Tablet for $499 through the Best Buy website. One thing though, the Flyer will not come with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), but has Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) preloaded instead, with HTC Sense. Google hasn't made Honeycomb available just yet to HTC. And it may not, since we reported last month that Google is requiring separate license for the Honeycomb OS and is blocking updates from all Android 2.x tablets.

Intel cozies up to Android, boosts shares

In their first quarter shareholder announcement, chip maker Intel announced that they would be embracing the Bot by porting the Honeycomb Android source code. The move was welcomed by Wall Street as shares of Intel rose 7.8% on the news. Intel plans to offer chips for Android based tablets within the next few months. There's also plans for smartphones running on with Intel inside.

ACER Iconia Tab A500 Review

Welcome to the next big fat item on our list of the Honeycomb wave. This is the ACER Iconia Tab A500 Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet. Inside you'll find what's basically an untouched version of Google's tablet-optimized mobile operating system with a few apps added and a couple of generally alright cameras in play for a oddly shaped package of mixed conclusions indeed. With this tablet, Acer hopes to cut holes in the tablet market. Will they have the guts to trick it out? Find out, here and now!

Apple’s iOS has twice the reach of Android … for now

In result from a new study, Apple's iOS has twice the reach of Android in the US. But the results are a little deceiving as it focuses on iOS products which also include the iPad and iPod Touch. Factoring those in, Apple enjoys a user base of over 37 million, 59 percent higher than Android's user base of just under 24 million and only includes Android handsets and tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Apple's share of US mobile subscribers hovers around 16 percent, while Android subscribers are growing and are currently at around 10%, according to the comScore study.

NOOK Color to be Sold at Staples

In a move that should strike some as odd, Barnes & Noble has moved to partner with Staples in a sales venture that'll have their famed color touch Android tablet for reading being sold in Staples stores as well as at their Staples.com website. One of the reasons yours truly thinks its odd is that Barnes & Noble has thus far been pushing the device as one you'd carry with you everywhere, but especially whilst interacting with Barnes & Noble's physical locations - the ability to do such things as preview books in the store built in.

Cisco Cius 7-inch Android Tablet Appears in FCC

It's been MONTHS since we heard a single peep about this oncoming Android tablet, the last time being October of 2010, it then displaying itself a s webconferencing-centric slate that'll cost "under $1,000." Not very exciting! Cius insisted then that the tablet was not meant to go into competition with other tablets, instead positioning itself as a "first-of-its- kind mobile collaboration device.” Now it's much MUCH closer to being real having just shown up in the FCC.

Cornerstone Turns Gingerbread Tablets to Multitasking Gold

There's a group called Onskreen promoting their Android tablet profile Cornerstone today, this system, which appears to be a homescreen replacement app, set to offer what they're calling real multitasking to the masses before Honeycomb tries for the same crown en masse. Apparently they're aiming for the manufacturer market of those not wanting to wait for Honeycomb to become available to them, instead offering this system on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Little do they know, Gingerbread might be just as hard for these companies to get as Honeycomb currently is - super lockdown!

GameLoft to distribute games through Amazon [Updated]

GameLoft has announced that they've hitched their wagon to the Amazon AppStore for Android and will be distributing their games. Citing security and piracy concerns, GameLoft stated that they want their users to be confident that the games they download aren't being co-opted with malware, which has afflicted the Android Marketplace lately. Additionally, GameLoft stated DRM as another reason to go with Amazon as a distribution partner. Considering that Amazon will be putting strict controls and must approve every app for listing is a compelling and attractive reason, but let's not forget the large pond that Amazon enjoys. Although not as large as the Android Marketplace, the online portal has launched with over 3,800 titles out of the box, its one-click eco system makes purchasing apps both secure and easy.
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