Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 gets brief video tease

A new video teaser for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 has emerged, giving a brief glimpse of the new slate. Believed to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the tablet is only shown momentarily, but that's enough to confirm the rear-facing camera with flash. As for talk that it would be slimmer than the iPad 2, that's tricky to ascertain. The slate certainly looks relatively bulky in the screenshot above, and the headphone jack looks a little different (you can see it in the gallery below) to what we saw on the last teaser. Still, we won't know for sure until CTIA 2011 later in the month, where the slate is expected to make its official debut. Check out a third image in the gallery below (with a little level tweaking), showing the vague glimpse of what could be a custom UI. [youtube FPmHomARu84] [gallery] [via Geekword]

SPB Tablet UI Engine customizes Android slates [Video Demo]

Google is doing its best to dissuade Android OEMs from modifying the Honeycomb UI on tablets, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily the 3.0 way or the highway. We've already seen software fettler SBP's custom UI work for Android handsets; now the company has sent us some videos of its new Tablet UI Engine. As before - and to the frustration of many interested users - SPB doesn't plan to offer end-users either UI, only OEMs. They'll be able to customize the layout and the widgets, adding in their own content and carrier-specific tweaks to differentiate the interface as they see fit. Four different default layouts are demonstrated, including a basic three-pane UI of app shortcuts, widgets and a task manager, a 3D side-scrolling panorama similar to Honeycomb's native interface, and a pinch-zoom navigated "underwater" theme. In a similar vein, a "universe" theme which moves through a 3D stack of apps and widgets might be more suited to a single-point touchscreen. SPB couldn't tell us the names of the OEMs and customers it's working with, but we're told interest has been very strong since the company began showing off the UI concepts late last year. That could mean we'll see more customized Android slates in the very near future. [vms c69b48737cc0c92d0f3a]

Samsung Galaxy S II gets previewed: Great screen, performance untapped

Samsung's Galaxy S II isn't expected to ship for a while yet, but a prototype unit has already turned up for some Russian previewing. Mobile-review has managed to grab the S II and put it through its paces, with the 8-megapixel camera getting particular praise. The Galaxy S II is accused of being a little too wide, but then there's a 4.27-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display to fit in. That's said to be a significant improvement over the Super AMOLED on the Nexus S, helped by the new DNIe+ image processing tech (which is similar to Sony's BRAVIA Engine on the XPERIA Arc). Unfortunately, our questions about the processor - some handsets will use Samsung's own Exynos, some will get NVIDIA's Tegra 2 - go unanswered, though the Galaxy S II is said to be speedy. This is only part one of the preview, so we'll have to wait a little longer to find out exactly what mobile-review think about the smartphone overall. [youtube 20ovCKqT5Ok] [youtube s0x8-IeGzFk]

Samsung Galaxy Pro QWERTY candybar confirmed, coming to Three [Video]

Samsung has outed its latest Galaxy family smartphone, though this time it's half touchscreen and half physical keyboard. The Samsung Galaxy Pro has a 2.8-inch touchscreen above a QWERTY 'board, running Android 2.2 Froyo on an 800MHz processor. Around the back there's a 3-megapixel camera, while inside there's confirmed WiFi (but presumably Bluetooth and GPS as well). Samsung has installed what looks to be a tweaked version of TouchWiz, and the Galaxy Pro will apparently also have the Social Hub Premium pre-loaded. No word on pricing or specific availability, though we already know at least one carrier readying to offer the Galaxy Pro. UK network Three says the smartphone is "coming soon" and offers the following video to tide you over. [youtube 0sJ3eO63v40] [via SlashGear]

Amazon puts HTC Flyer up for pre-order in Germany

The HTC Flyer has been priced by Amazon Germany, with the retailer putting the 7-inch Android tablet up for pre-order at €699 ($944). TabletGuys spotted the listing, despite the tablet only being announced at MWC 2011 yesterday. €699 is actually the same as Apple Germany is asking for the 32GB iPad WiFi + 3G, though we're expecting some carrier subsidization when the slate launches in early Q2. [vms c00c2d31982567235c55] [via SlashGear]

Swype’s new Global Shortcuts bypass Google’s search box [Video]

Google may be all about search, but it looks like Swype is hoping to usurp their search box as the easiest way to find things on Android devices. The company showed Android Community an upcoming version of the app which adds text-based global shortcut support: type your search term into any text box, double tap it and then use Swype commands to trigger new Twitter and Facebook messages, Google Maps searches, and more. So, if you're texting someone to invite them for a drink and you want to find the nearest coffee shop, you could Swype in "coffee shop" into the body of your SMS, highlight it, and then gesture from the Swype key up to G then M. Swype will automatically load Google Maps and search for that term. When the new version ships, Swype will preload a selection of shortcuts, but also allow users to define their own. Meanwhile, the app also gets multi-tap text entry support, useful for those who ever have been frustrated by trying to Swype in non-dictionary words. The app switched seamlessly between the two modes with no settings changed. More in the video below. [vms b30aa72ca258a3483cc7]

Sonos Controller for Android hands-on [Video]

Sonos has been promising an Android controller app for a while now, and we've just had a chance to go hands on with the software at the pre-MWC ShowStoppers event. Headed to the Android Market in March as a free download, the app does everything we're familiar with from the iOS version for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, but also gets some extra functionality by virtue of Google's more flexible attitude towards hardware. So, the volume buttons on the side of the handset - in this case a demo Nexus S - will work to control the master volume or the zone volume when you're in the Sonos app, and there's integration with Google's voice search functionality too. That allows you to search for a specific artist, track or album simply by saying the name out loud (of course, you can always use the on-screen keyboard instead). [vms 2108eee6dd897f3bca8a] Functionally, it all works just as well as the Apple version, and navigating between two different zones - in this case Sonos S5 players - was a matter of tapping and picking a track to play. There's nothing here that will spoil Sonos' reputation of solid, straightforward usability. The company has promised a review copy when it comes out of final beta, so we'll save our final opinion for then, but so far things look great. [gallery]

LG Optimus 3D video preview: “No longer just an idea”

LG's Optimus 3D continues to emerge in a steady drip of pre-MWC 2011 details, the latest being a render video that seemingly tallies with the leaked handset spotted last month. Pocket-lint's source sent them the footage, which shows a brief glimpse of the murky smartphone and some double-flashing action from the camera array on the rear. The video follows footage of LG's other 3D-toting Android device, the LG G-Tablet, which emerged earlier today. Unlike the G-Tablet, however, the Optimus 3D is expected to have a glasses-free 3D display which can show three-dimensional pictures without the silly specs. [youtube dnYeuTjAMig]

LG G-Slate demos anaglyphic 3D on video

LG's G-Slate has been caught on video doing its 3D thing, and it's bad news if you were expecting the sort of 3D technology we've seen on HDTVs in the living room of late. Instead, the G-Slate uses a basic anaglyphic system, phasing the picture into two red/blue images that will use passive colored-lens glasses to combine them into a 3D picture. It's all courtesy of a new video overview posted to YouTube, seemingly the latest in LG's attempt to slip the Honeycomb-based G-Slate out in every way bar actually giving reviewers one to play with. Still, we won't argue with a glance at all the ports and the docking station connector pins, and hopefully we'll have some hands-on time next week when Android Community heads to MWC 2011 to play with the European version of the G-Slate, the LG Optimus Pad. [youtube N38a6SO81VI] [via SlashGear]

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]
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