Smartbook

Toshiba updates AC100 to Android 2.2 with Flash Player support

Toshiba's Froyo update for the AC100 smartbook has been released, bringing Android 2.2 along with Flash Player 10.1 support to the Tegra 2 based ultraportable. Spotted by owner Steve Paine (of Carrypad fame), the 202MB update was pushed out this morning via Toshiba's official software upgrade tool. It replaces the Android 2.1 Eclair OS the AC100 launched with back in the second half of 2010, and will hopefully add up to a new turn of speed for the 10-inch ultraportable. Without a touchscreen, many of the original complaints about the AC100 will still stand, but at least it shows that Toshiba hasn't forgotten completely about the device. [via SlashGear]

Toshiba AC100 Arrives In The UK

The Toshiba smartbook AC100, running Android 2.1 is now available in the UK. Sad news is, that it is only the AC100-10Z, with no 3G access, but has Wi-Fi b/g/n for connectivity. Pricing is £292.52 including tax ($449), and that includes 8GB of flash memory along with Bluetooth.

Android Toshiba AC100 MID announced [Video]

Toshiba has announced their first Android-based MID, the Toshiba AC100, a netbook form-factor ultraportable running Android 2.1 on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset.  The 1080p-capable smartbook has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 non-touchscreen display, 8GB of SSD storage and an HDMI output. Toshiba AC100 hands-on: [vms 1adc8a7a835976064a86] In addition to the regular Android apps, Toshiba has loaded their own custom launcher, Opera Mini, Fring and Documents To Go, among others.  Battery life is rated at up to 8hrs runtime - that's with normal use, not leaving the AC100 whirring away to itself on a shelf somewhere - or a full week of standby. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as standard, as well as USB 2.0 and an SD card reader, while 3G/WWAN is optional.  No word on pricing at this stage, but the Toshiba will debut in August 2010.  For more on the AC100, check out our first impressions over at SlashGear. Toshiba AC100 promo: [vms 57ab574cf005eb8a7676]

Lenovo Skylight and UI Hybrid will now feature Android

Since we first laid eyes on this innovative tablet at CES, we’ve always wondered what it would be like if Android was running on such a device. Well, our dreams have come true, Lenovo has opted out of using their own custom version of Linux in favor of Android. They also have pushed back the release most likely in preparation for an Android loaded Skylight and UI Hybrid.

Mobinova Beam Android Smartbook

The Mobinova Beam is an 8.9 inch smartbook that uses NVIDIA’s Tegra platform to deliver HD graphics while using little power to do so. It’s rumored to have the ability to play over 16 hours of video. Windows CE was the featured OS choice in the past but Mobinova chose to go with Android instead because of it's large selection of apps.

Firstview HK Electronic Limited presents its SmartBook

Firstview HK Electronic Limited has presented a SmartBook that only cost $65 to make. It's called the Nike PC706V, it will has a 7-inch screen (800 × 480), a VIA 8505 ARM 9 clocked at 533Mhz with 128 MB of RAM, a 2GB capacity, WiFi, a USB drive and a 2100 mAh battery that should last 4 hours. It has Android 1.6 installed but this could potentially be upgraded to Android 2.1.

Android based Qualcomm Snapdragon Smartbooks [Video]

Computex 2009 is taking place this week, and Qualcomm have kicked things off with a netbook running Android.  Actually, this is a Smartbook, not a netbook, and rather than using the typical Atom processor it's based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset. That means the Smartbook - which is thinner than the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA - can be fanless and offer super-long runtimes and standby, despite supporting 720p video playback.  Various prototypes of Smartbook designs were shown; you can see more here. According to Qualcomm, the first Smartbooks - which can also use a new 1.3GHz chipset, and an existing 1.5GHz dual-core version - will hit the shelves by the end of 2009.  No word on whether Android will be among the OSes offered, but given its native support for 3G WWAN, GPS and other wireless connectivity, and the fact that Qualcomm's chipsets offer all of those, it seems a likely choice for at least some manufacturers. jkkmobile video demo: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQO2MDDdZ0Q[/youtube] TweakTown video demo: