UK Motorola Xoom users finally get their hands on Ice Cream Sandwich

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While U.S. users happily settle into Jelly Bean on their WIFI versions of the Motorola Xoom, the UK is just now finally getting its hands on an Ice Cream Sandwich update. The update brings the UK Motorola Xoom up to speed with Android 4.0.4, which is a big upgrade from Honeycomb, but still not nearly as satisfying as a jump to Jelly Bean would have been. So why the different release frames between the UK and the U.S.? In the States, the Motorola Xoom WIFI is sold as a Google Experience Device, meaning it gets similar ‘early dibs’ rights that…

Spotify for Android app finally arrives on the Kindle Fire

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For music lovers, owning a Kindle Fire just became a whole lot sweeter with the addition of support for the vastly popular music-streaming service, Spotify. The service has graced iOS and Android for a while now, but has quickly started to show its virtual face in a wider range of devices including televisions and media players. Previously, those with a bit of technical skills managed to still get their musical groove on by side-loading the app onto their beloved Amazon tablets, but it’s great to finally have an official way to enjoy all that Spotify has to offer. With the…

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity launches in Australia. At $999, is it worth the cost?

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While the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T has been out in the US for about three weeks now, the Infinity has just now finally made its way to Australia, with sales starting tomorrow. The news about the Infinity’s arrival came by way of a special media event in Sydney, earlier this morning, which we have been expecting for a while now. The one catch to the launch is that Asus has decided to only sell the unit paired with the keyboard dock, and at the relatively high price of $999, which is bad news for those that like the freedom to…

Make it fast, cheap and good: Google’s instructions to Asus for the Nexus 7

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It shouldn’t really have been a surprise when Google announced that Asus would be manufacturing the Nexus 7 Android tablet. Google has shown a willingness to work with various partners in the past, choosing HTC to make the original Nexus One and then switching to Samsung for the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. You might expect them to announce a partnership with Motorola at some point, considering the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but for now Asus is the manufacturer of choice. The resulting tablet offers unbeatable specs for the price. The Nexus 7 may not be an iPad killer…

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Apple iPad 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Apple iPad 3
by 1 year ago

Ever since the first iPad came out in 2010, tech companies around the world have tried to match its success, in about the same manner that many tech companies have tried to match the success of the iPhone ever since the first version came out in 2007. But, unlike the iPhone situation, and despite the abundance of Android tablets that have hit the shelves since 2010, Apple has managed to stay ahead of everyone else in the tablet market. But, as was the case with the iPhone, Apple is now starting to feel the heat from Android manufacturers. With that…

10-inch Toshiba Thrive gets OTA Android 4.0 update, 7-incher still waiting

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Now that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been launched, it surely is nice to see more and more tech manufacturers rolling out… ICS updates to their gadgets. Wait, what? Yes, guys, I’m afraid that, as much as we’d like to see JB upgrades flowing in, there are still a whole lot of devices which have been left out of the Android 4.0 mix and they absolutely have to get that software leap before moving forward. The latest such gadget, which was supposed to get the Ice Cream Sandwich treatment months ago, is Toshiba’s 10-inch Thrive tablet. The tab is currently…

Motorola Xoom 4G LTE to get Android 4.1 soon

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  We recently saw that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS is already available on 0.8% of current Android devices. Granted, this is mostly because of the very successful release of the Nexus 7 tablet, and the quick upgrade rollout to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the WiFi version of the Motorola Xoom, as promised by Google. Needless to say, the current distribution of Jelly Bean is in a far better state than ICS, after it was first announced last year. Even though the WiFi version of the Motorola Xoom received the update a while back, the rollout for the…

Samsung releases source codes for Galaxy Note 10.1

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It didn’t take long after the formal launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for the Korean to release one of the things that developers and tinkerers would like to get their hands on the most first – the source code of the tablet. Even though it hasn’t even been released in South Korea, the source code for two variants of the bigger brother of Galaxy Note can now be downloaded from Samsung’s Open Source Developer website, with both zip files coming in at 175MB in size. The source codes released are for the SHW-M480K and SHW-M480S Galaxy Note 10.1 models. Android Police…

Motorola Corvair Android-based TV remote control is back, now called the FiOS Companion

Motorola Corvair
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Usually, when some sort of “technologically pioneering device”, bizarre hybrid, or road opener drops off the radar for almost a year, it’s a good indicator that the project has been abandoned. That’s exactly what we all thought happened with Motorola’s Corvair 6-inch tablet/universal TV remote control, first leaked way back in November 2011. The Corvair went undercover for nine whole months, but, just when everyone forgot about it, the gizmo made an illustrious appearance under a different name. Now called FiOS Companion, the quirky 6-incher is pictured in a leaked survey, picked up by the guys at Engadget, and detailing…

Official: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 specs announced, to be released by the end of the month

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Six months after it was first announced, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has been officially launched today. The device went through too many changes and false launches, but finally today Samsung has revealed the official specs of the Note 10.1, as well as an approximate release date. The Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available starting this month globally, in three versions: Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi plus HSPA+, and a Wi-Fi plus LTE version that will arrive a bit later in the year. While Samsung has failed to provide clear market breakdowns or pricing details, we expect that the price will be…