Honeycomb

Toshiba Thrive Hands-on and Unboxing

We've received none other than the Toshiba Thrive Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet in the mail and it's that time again - unboxing to the max! This device as you may well know is already available at your local Best Buy store in the sweet tablet area they've got going on, up for sale for you for one of the following prices: $429.99, $479.99, or $579.99 - the difference between these three being the hard drive of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB. We've got the 16GB version on hand here and we'd just LOVE to show you around.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 On Sale Now for $500 USD

With shipments going out on August 1st, Lenovo's newest effort in a rather rounded Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet will be going on sale today. This device has several different models coming down the pipeline while only the 32GB model is available for sale right this moment. That said, you've got a couple color options available as well in the basic pack, that being white and silver or red and silver - this is amongst a few other color combinations that'll be available down the line, each of these combinations with a slightly different tactile feel for your fingers on the back of the device.

Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Android Tablet Hands-On [VIDEO]

Today Lenovo announced a set of tablets, three to be precise, two of them featuring Android 3.1 Honeycomb. One of these three is the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet, a device that we just happen to have a hands-on with in the post you're about to read! This device is running a cool NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor, has a 10.1" HD 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, and will be rolling out with a user interface that's unique to Lenovo. Will this tablet's set of unique features be enough to set it aside from the rest of the 10-inch Android tablet pack?

FriendCaster Hits Beta, A Facebook Honeycomb App

Oh yea it looks like Facebook finally has an official app for Honeycomb. While it isn't made by those dudes over at Facebook or anything this is the first official app for Android Honeycomb that is dedicated to Facebook (Meh). While the app looks amazing and seems pretty great for being in early stages of its beta period, I've been pretty busy over on Google+ personally. FriendCaster is available as a beta app in the Market now.

Autodesk launches SketchBook Pro for Android tablets

Back in December of 2010, I mentioned that Autodesk had launched the SketchBook drawing app for Android smartphones. The catch is that the smartphone screen is generally too small for any intense drawing sessions. SketchPad Pro has been on the iPad for a while now allowing artists to draw using the larger iPad screen.

$400 Motorola XOOM tablet is today’s Woot deal

As the first Honeycomb tablet to hit store shelves, the Motorola XOOM perhaps lacks some of the glamor of its more recent Android slate siblings; however, it's still a solid option as long as the price is right. Woot's deal for today is a $399.99 XOOM WiFi, a saving of $100 versus other retailers. Now, it's a refurbished unit, not brand new, but we imagine there are plenty of people who will look past that for the sake of $100 left in their pocket. It's also not the Verizon 3G model, so there's no WWAN connectivity and no 4G LTE upgrade on the horizon; still, you also don't commit yourself to a data plan. In fact the biggest issue might be low-cost rivals. Amazon is currently asking the same price for a brand new Acer Iconia Tab A500, which we reviewed back in April, with similar performance but a metal casing.

ASUS confirms Eee Pad Transformer power fix incoming

ASUS has admitted to an issue with the Eee Pad Transformer's power management settings, which could see users of the keyboard dock experience problems with power drain and how well the attachment recharges. According to ASUS, the fault is down to how the company chose to configure the power management around sleep mode; however, there's also a fix promised. The exact nature of that fix has not been explained, though ASUS says it will be announcing details "shortly" on how it intends to resolve the situation. Most likely, however, is a firmware update that will change the power management configuration based on the feedback ASUS has received from owners.
"Apologies to anyone who has encountered issues with their Transformer keyboard dock (power drain and charging). The issue is related to the way we configured the device’s power management in/out of sleep mode. We will shortly be announcing details on how this will be resolved for our customers" ASUS
Despite the issues, the Eee Pad Transformer has reportedly been a significant sales success. ASUS claimed it was the best-selling Android tablet recently, with the production line unable to keep up with demand for the low-cost Honeycomb slate. More information in our full review.

Android 3.2 Honeycomb Pushing to Wi-Fi XOOM RIGHT Now

So you've got a Wi-Fi only XOOM, yes? You weirdo. You're in luck! It appears that the shortly-awaited Android version 3.2 Honeycomb (one after the 3.1 that was pushed out right after this year's Google I/O, that is,) is pushing out to Wi-Fi only XOOM owners now. This build code is HTJ85B, and you'll have to go through the normal settings check to see if the update is available to you or not right this very moment!

Ustream app update launches with Honeycomb support

I bet that the thing that most tablet users with a Honeycomb rig like the least is that there aren't that many apps made specifically for Honeycomb right now. A new choice in the app realm has landed with a new version of its Android app called Ustream. The new version is Honeycomb native and looks made for the new OS with all the new features.

Vizio tablet hits Amazon pre-order for $350

Vizio's 8-inch Android tablet has gone up for pre-order at Amazon, offering a 1024 x 768 capacitive touchscreen, Honeycomb OS and the ability to control HDTVs and other A/V equipment via an integrated IR emitter and universal remote app. The slate was announced back at CES 2011. Pre-orders through Vizio itself began at the start of the month, with the tablet expected to begin shipping on July 18. There it's $399.99, versus the $349.99 that Amazon is asking, though when you buy direct you get it with a 16GB microSD card and a special folio case that also works as a stand. If you can do without those accessories, though, you can save $50, and we imagine many would-be buyers will be looking for the cheapest option. Your money gets you front and rear facing cameras and WiFi b/g/n, though Amazon isn't saying when it expects the slate to ship. [via NetbookNews]