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Motorola ATRIX 4G rooted before release

The full system dump was only the start of things; Motorola's ATRIX 4G isn't on shelves yet, but the smartphone has apparently already been rooted. The handiwork of developer DesignGears, the full instructions - like the AT&T smartphone itself - haven't been released yet, but it should come as a relief to those concerned Motorola's policy toward locking down root access on its Android phones. That policy has seen some Motorola devices take longer to be hacked and modified for custom ROMs than Android phones from rivals like HTC, frustrating owners used to being able to tweak their handsets and coax out new functionality. Given that the ATRIX 4G also offers support for the innovative Laptop Dock accessory, and runs a new Tegra 2 processor, the potential for hacking and modding the phone is perhaps even greater. [via BriefMobile]

Slashgear gets a close look at the T-Mobile/LG G-Slate

T-Mobile is showcasing it's LG designed G-Slate at MWC this week.  It's a mid-range tablet with a nice 8.9 inch screen, fitting it nicely in between the 7 inch pocket and the beefier 10 inch category.  Specs include running a Tegra 2 processor for around 1Ghz in processing power and running Android 3.0 (honeycomb) which is as standard as iOS 4 is to the iPad now.   But it also has 3D which could make the viewing experience quite interesting.

LG’s Tegra 2 Optimus Pad tablet launches at MWC 2011

As promised, LG has officially announced the Optimus Pad, its version of the G-Slate for Europe and Asia. Based around an 8.9-inch 15:9 aspect 1280 x 768 capacitive touchscreen display, the LG Optimus Pad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb on NVIDIA's 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset. There's all the usual connectivity - 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS - along with a dual camera array that can shoot 3D video clips. An HDMI port - something the Galaxy Tab 10.1 lacks - makes squirting that 3D footage to a nearby HDTV straightforward, or you could upload it to YouTube 3D. Pricing is yet to be announced, but LG expects the Optimus Pad to go on sale in select markets from March 2011. Press Release:
SETTING A NEW STANDARD IN TABLETS, LG OPTIMUS PAD DEBUTS AT MWC Designed for Both Work and Play, LG’s 8.9-inch Tablet is Convenient to Hold with One Hand; Features Android 3.0, Dual Core CPU, 3D Camera Barcelona, February 14, 2011 – LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the highly anticipated LG Optimus Pad at a press conference on opening day of Mobile World Congress 2011. With diverse multimedia and productivity features, the LG Optimus Pad features a unique 8.9-inch display for one-handed portability and uncompromising viewability, a departure from the trend toward tablets featuring 7- and 10-inch screens. The LG Optimus Pad is powered by Google’s Android 3.0 platform and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor. The world’s first tablet with a 3D camera, the LG Optimus Pad wraps users in an immersive multimedia environment with Full HD 1080p decoding. “With a flood of tablets hitting the market, we felt strongly that the LG Optimus Pad needed to set a new standard for what a tablet should be,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “We think the LG Optimus Pad achieves the right blend of portability and viewability with no performance compromises.” The LG Optimus Pad also represents the fruits of a close partnership between LG and visual computing leader NVIDIA. “The world of computing is shifting under our feet,” said Phil Carmack, Senior Vice President of NVIDIA’s mobile business. “Tablets are quickly taking their place as our most personal computer, providing previously unimagined capabilities and full mobility. The new LG Optimus Pad uses NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 to give consumers outstanding levels of power, speed and performance.” Easy Portability, Ideal Viewability Sized at 8.9-inch diagonally and 149.4-mm horizontally, the LG Optimus Pad offers a sensible solution to other tablets on the market that are either too large for comfortable portability or too small for ideal viewing. The conveniently-sized LG Optimus Pad fits comfortably in one hand, goes anywhere and slips easily into purses and slim briefcases. With 15:9 aspect ratio, the LG Optimus Pad allows users access to the full range of applications in Android Market and its 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution vividly displays multimedia content in full widescreen format. Powerful, Fast and Versatile Platform The LG Optimus Pad is powered by Android 3.0, Google’s latest platform optimized for tablets which supports larger display resolutions and applications specifically designed for tablets, including Google eBooks, Google Maps 5, and Google Talk. Android 3.0 also makes the LG Optimus Pad easy to use with a more intuitive PC-like interface. The LG Optimus Pad fully utilizes the 1 GHz Dual Core CPU of NVIDIA Tegra 2 to deliver lag-free web browsing and quick app start up. The superb graphics and multitasking capabilities of NVIDIA Tegra 2 enables the LG Optimus Pad to run multiple apps simultaneously and handle rich multimedia with ease. Haven for Multimedia Enthusiasts As the world’s first tablet equipped with a 3D camera, users can capture vivid images and video with the LG Optimus Pad for viewing on 3D TVs using HDMI or on the web via YouTube 3D. Business users will also appreciate the built-in videoconferencing feature. With 1080p Full HD decoding, movie enthusiasts can transfer high quality content to their TVs without any loss in picture quality. Serious and casual gamers alike will delight in the wide collection of console-quality games available through the Tegra Zone app that runs seamlessly on the LG Optimus Pad. The LG Optimus Pad will begin shipping in local markets starting in March.

Tegra 2 based Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 official

Samsung has officially unveiled its second Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and as we suggested it's running NVIDIA's dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset rather than one of Samsung's own processors. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, as the name suggests, has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 768 touchscreen, just like the Motorola XOOM, along with an 8-megapixel autofocus camera capable of Full HD video recording. OS is Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a "Google Experience" slate it uses the native Honeycomb UI, rather than Samsung's own custom TouchWiz interface. That should mean faster OS updates in future, too. Samsung isn't saying exactly when the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will launch, nor pricing, but we've heard separately that the company hopes to beat Motorola and the XOOM to European availability; we've also heard whispers that Vodafone - in the UK at least - may have the slate exclusively in April 2011. Enjoy our hands-on and video! Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on! [vms ae62f4140325d09b9afd] [gallery] Press Release:
NVIDIA and Samsung Partner to Deliver the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb Tablet GALAXY Tab’s Successor Powered by Tegra 2, Featuring a Dual-Core CPU plus an NVIDIA GeForce GPU That Enable Full Use of Android 3.0 Barcelona — MWC 2011 — Feb. 13, 2011—NVIDIA and Samsung Electronics announced today the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a 10.1-inch screen tablet which uses the NVIDIA® TegraTM 2 mobile super chip to take full advantage of the Android 3.0 (also known as Honeycomb) user interface. While the previous 7-inch GALAXY Tab introduced the Android tablet space, the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet maximizes the entertainment on-the-go experience. It features the Tegra 2 chip’s dual-core CPU and GeForce GPU for faster Web browsing, snappier response time and overall better performance. Galaxy Tab 10.1 utilizes the Tegra 2 chip to power Honeycomb, the first GPU- accelerated user interface designed for tablets and other larger-screen devices. The new Samsung tablet with Tegra 2 enables consumers to engage in multitasking, surf the web quickly with fast-loading Web pages and Flash-based content, enjoy console- quality gaming and savor HD movies. “Our first GALAXY Tab successfully defined a new generation of Android tablets,” said Hyungmoon Noh, VP of R&D Strategy Group, at Samsung. “We’ve worked closely with NVIDIA to raise the stakes again. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, with Honeycomb and Tegra 2, provide the optimal entertainment and multimedia experience without compromising mobility Samsung is known for.” “Samsung’s latest tablet with the Tegra 2 mobile super chip and Honeycomb is a great example of what we’ve come to expect from one of the world’s most innovative companies,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. The companies are also partnering to bring a new Android-based super phone with a dual-core CPU to consumers, for never-before-seen experiences.

AT&T Motorola ATRIX 4G up for pre-order: $200 phone, $300 Laptop Dock

Pre-orders for Motorola's ATRIX 4G have begun, with AT&T taking your cash ahead of delivery on March 6. Priced at $199.99 after an instant online rebate, the ATRIX 4G can be paired with the Laptop Dock for a further $299.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate), while the HD Media Dock is $129.99. There's also Motorola’s Bluetooth keyboard, at $69.99, or for $189.99 AT&T will give you the HD Media Dock, keyboard and a wireless mouse. Finally the standard dock is $49.99 and the vehicle dock is $39.99. More details on the ATRIX 4G here.

Notion Ink Adam update delivers bug-sweep; Users delighted [Video]

Notion Ink has released a new firmware update for its Adam tablet, addressing multiple launch issues with the Tegra 2 slate and generally smoothing out the overall user-experience. According to Notion Ink Fan, the Eden UI panels are now more stable, browser tabs are more reliable, and the video player is less jumpy when you toggle play/pause. Meanwhile, Adam owner Shane Trafford - who you might recall was among the first wave of recipients - has sent in his own video demo of the Notion Ink slate doing its thing (which you can see below). [youtube FbAtgrO01S4] [via Lilliputing]

LG Optimus Pad confirmed for MWC 2011 with Honeycomb

LG spilled the beans on the T-Mobile G-Slate earlier this month, and now its European counterpart is getting ready to make its own debut. A Korean press release has confirmed that LG intends to properly launch the LG Optimus Pad at MWC 2011 in a little over a week's time. It's been a long journey, too, from the first talk of the Optimus Pad back in mid-2010. The slate is expected to be a European 3G version of the G-Tablet, with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor and an 8.9-inch capacitive touchscreen display along with a 6,400 mAh battery; as you can see from LG's press shot, it runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. [Thanks Kai!]

LG Readying to ‘Rewrite History’ with the Optimus 3D

LG hasn't been a key player in the phone market for quite some time, but they fully expect to change that in 2011 with device launches such as the Optimus 2X and Optimus 3D. Not only are they entering the smartphone market; they're entering it aggressively. In a new teaser published by LG, they boast "The World's First Dual Core-Multi Channel" device that looks strikingly similar to the LG Optimus 3D we saw leaked last week.

LG’s Optimus 3D caught in wild?

A photo of what's believed to be the LG Optimus 3D has leaked, though the identity of the mysterious smartphone - or, indeed, it's expected glasses-free 3D display - have not been confirmed. According to Phandroid's tipster the smartphone has a touchscreen larger than 4-inches - likely to be 4.3-inches like the Desire HD - together with a "dual-core processor and multi-channel RAM." Given the Optimus 2X runs on NVIDIA's Tegra 2, it doesn't seem too unlikely that LG would have picked the same chip for the Optimus 3D; still, we'll have to wait until the expected debut at MWC 2011 to find out for sure. Android Community will be at the Barcelona show bringing back all the details!

Advent Vega source code v1.08 released

Advent has released the source code for the Advent Vega tablet, as promised late last year. The code is for the latest official firmware release, v1.08, which was distributed for the tablet earlier this week. While of little use to most end users of the Vega in of itself, it does mean that the hacking community will be able to tease even more interesting mods out of the slate. You can download the source code here; Advent isn't actually hosting it itself, instead relying on Modaco.
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