Vizio's 8-inch tablet is a bit of a tough sell in a sea of similar competitors, despite its relatively low retail price of $299. But today it's a little more attractive: a new software update is rolling out that includes three free months of access to Hulu's premium streaming app, Hulu Plus. That's in addition to a free month of Netflix, making the Vizio tablet a suddenly attractive alternative for video-hungry Android users.
Boost Mobile doesn't always get the latest and greatest of Android hardware. ZTE is aiming to change that with their new Warp Gingerbread phone, featuring a full 4.3-inch screen and a 1GHz processor. The phone is set to be available on November 2nd for $249.99, without contract.
HTC EVO Design 4G is a 4-inch Gingerbread phone packing WiMAX and world phone capabilities. The phone runs on a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, which combined with 768MB of RAM should be able to handle the 960 x 540 qHD screen nicely. The EVO Design 4G earns its name from its unibody aluminum construction, a trait it shares with some of HTC's slickest handsets like the Sensation. The press release mentions .47 inch (11.9mm) depth, about on par with other 4-inch smartphones, and considerably thinner than most WiMAX handsets. Some sacrifices had to be made - the 5 megapixel rear camera is midrange, and the 1520 mAh battery will likely take a beating when using the faster connection standard. HTC Sense 3.5, Watch DLNA certification and a 3G/4G mobile hotspot are included. Other features include the basic WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS combination, and the phone includes an 8GB MicroSD card, though internal storage is currently a mystery. The phone will go on sale this Sunday, October 23rd for $99 on a two-year contract, less $50 for the mail-in rebate. The pricing and size makes the HTC EVO Design 4G a suitable replacement for the EVO Shift 4G, so expect that phone to be discounted soon enough. [via SlashGear]
third quarter earnings call, citing 190 million total Android activations globally. Google didn't mention how many of those activations came from tablets running Honeycomb, but according to a developer estimate, it isn't much. With the Android team's latest statistics, the total number of active Honeycomb tablets in the wild comes out to a depressing 3.4 million.
right around the corner. Verizon updated its support page today, announcing that the newest system update would bring Android 2.3 to the popular handset. The page doesn't give an exact date, but Verizon usually doesn't wait more than a week after an official update guide to begin rolling out the software. The Motorola DROID 2 Global was originally set to get a taste of Gingerbread last month, but some last-minute issues forced a retraction. According to Verizon's documentation, the new software version will bring new features like improved power management, keyboard detection, a revised user interface, new encryption and VPN options and an improved calendar. Speaking of calendars, it's only been 11 months since Gingerbread was available to manufacturers - and we're expecting an official announcement for Android Ice Cream Sandwich any day now. Other improvements highlighted by Verizon include better email syncing, more stability (i.e. fewer device crashes), improved Bluetooth power and volume management, better WiFi power management and new versions of Google Books, Accuweather, the Amazon MP3 store, Blockbuster (woo), and Flash. The software update isn't available just yet, but keep checking the OTA update in the settings menu - you never know when the staggered rollout will begin. If you're the warranty-voiding adventurous type, don't forget that leaks of the update have been available for some time. [device id=312]
now $30 more expensive on the company's web store? The price of the cheapest IdeaPad A1 raised from $199 to $229, but the upgraded 16GB version will still be $249. Android Community is currently waiting for a response from Lenovo regarding the price change.
Q-Pod Android phone is aimed right at the rich, delicious center of the novelty market. The golden-colored phone's back, front and the user interface inside all look as if they're covered in half-melted chocolate, for some reason. It even comes with its own "Chocobed", a charging dock that looks like a fancy chocolate box.
update to the previous model) has a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 IPS display that should please just about everybody, a 1GHz processor, ample expansion jacks including HDMI, MicroSD and a standard MicroUSB port. It's got a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, and if ViewSonic's previous Android tablets are anything to go by, the Wi-Fi slate should be priced to move as well.
its latest version with support for new devices and a shopping list of feature updates. Even more exciting, those of you who picked up an HP Touchpad during the $99 fire sale (and I suppose those poor souls who paid the full retail price) might soon be able to enjoy a taste of Gingerbread on your cheap tablets.