Alvin Ybañez(266 posts)

Android is arguably the most flexible mobile operating system. Period. I'm extremely passionate about helping Android users around world get the most out of their Android devices by writing how-to guides and tutorials.

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7-inch, 199-dollar Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Debuted at IFA 2011

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 2, 2011

Lenovo unveiled its newest Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet—called the IdeaPad A1—at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) conference in Berlin.

Lenovo has not officially announced pricing or release dates for this 7-inch tablet, but reports say the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 will be released some time this month at a price of only US$199 for the 8-GB model.

Unfortunately, Lenovo will not be releasing 8-GB models in the U.S. Instead, reports say 16-GB and 32-GB models will be released for US$249 and US$299, respectively.

By some twist of fate, the Lenovo’s IdeaPad A1 will be not running Android 3.x Honeycomb. Instead, it will be [...]

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Toshiba Unveils Super-thin AT200, Thinner than Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or iPad 2

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 2, 2011

Toshiba has made it official. The AT200 is Toshiba’s codename for their ultra-thin Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet to succeed the earlier Toshiba THRiVE.

According to Toshiba, the tablet will be 7.7 mm thick and weighs about 558 grams, making it one of the thinnest Honeycomb tablets ever made.

Toshiba did not provide pricing or availability for the super-slim tablet, but it’s reasonable to expect a release date sooner than later.

The 10.1-inch Toshiba AT200 has a 1280×800-resolution display and includes full-size slots for laptops (microSD, microUSB, and Mini HDMI). A 1.2-GHz dual-core Texas Instruments processor will be powering the tab, along [...]

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Toshiba THRiVE Coming to U.K. as Toshiba AT100

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 1, 2011

While the rumored Toshiba Excite is being flaunted off at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) in Berlin, its thicker predecessor–the Toshiba THRiVE–is on its way to the United Kingdom.

The Toshiba THRiVE will be called the Toshiba AT100 when it reaches the U.K.

The product page for the Toshiba AT100 is already up at the Toshiba Europe website and shows the 16-gigabyte model.  There is no confirmation yet whether 8-GB and 32-GB models will also be made available.  No pricing information has been revealed yet either.

The Toshiba AT100 runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb.  It has a 10.1-inch screen (1280×800 resolution) and a dual-core NVIDIA [...]

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First Photos of Super Thin Toshiba Excite Come Out of IFA 2011

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 1, 2011

If a picture paints a thousand words, then the first live pictures of Toshiba’s upcoming ultra-slim tablet paint two thousand.

The ultra-slim tablet was showcased at Toshiba’s booth in the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) in Berlin. Notebook Italia was able to spot the tablet and took snapshots of the device. Notebook Italia learned that the tablet will be running Android (presumably Honeycomb).

The pictures show a slimmer body compared to that of its predecessor, the Toshiba THRiVE, and slots for a full tablet (e.g., microUSB, micro HDMI, and microSD ports).

The back cover is said to be of brushed metal finish. The tablet also has a grooved [...]

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Motorola PRO+ Heading to EU, Asia in October

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 1, 2011

The Motorola PRO+ will be invading Europe and Asia this coming October, according to the latest information from Motorola Mobility.

Motorola Mobility may also make the Motorola PRO+ available on U.S. mobile network carriers.

The Motorola PRO+ is the handset manufacturer’s newest smartphone innovation designed to be any user’s “personal assistant and best friend” to help cope with the demands of everyday life.

Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 3.1-inch touchscreen (640×480). The phone’s display panel is scratch-proof, courtesy of Corning Gorilla Glass.

Under the hood are a [...]

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A Sneak Peek into the Firefox Browser Optimized for Honeycomb Tablets

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 31, 2011

There is no sweeter news for Honeycomb tablets these days than that of the newest version of the Mozilla Firefox browser, the tablet-optimized version of which is fast approaching a publicly usable stage.

Developers of the Firefox version for Android tablets have given us a peek into their upcoming browser designed specifically for Android 3.x Honeycomb tablets.

The tablet version of Firefox is a successor of its phone version. Developers say that both versions have the same scripting and extensions support that makes the browser appealing.

The Firefox browser for Android tablets follows the ethos and spirit of minimalistic design, which Honeycomb is [...]

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Google Vows to Fix Google Voice Search Bug on Nexus S This Week

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 31, 2011

Paul Wilcox, a community manager at Google, announced yesterday that the most sought-after fix for the annoying, irritating bug in the Google Voice Search app for the Google Nexus S will be coming out this week.

“We plan to release an over-the-air update this week which includes a fix for this bug. I’ll post again once the OTA starts,” Wilcox told Nexus S users on Google’s support page discussing the said bug.

The bug has been plaguing Nexus S users for months, and Wilcox’s announcement elated a lot of Nexus S users.

The bug causes the Nexus S to automatically launch Google Voice Search, and sometimes opens when the phone detects any movement if the [...]

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Toshiba Excite Rumored to Be Name of Toshiba’s New Ultra-slim Tablet

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 30, 2011

If U.S. trademark filings and domain name registrations were to serve as clues, Toshiba’s upcoming ultra-thin tablet just might have given away its upcoming name–the Toshiba Excite.

Android Police reports that Babyfacemagee, one of the administrators of, found some recent trademark filings that gave an idea of the name for Toshiba’s upcoming tab.  Babyfacemagee is the same guy who discovered the name “Thrive” for the earlier Toshiba tablet.

Babyfacemagee reportedly found U.S trademark filings for the term ‘EXCITE’.  The trademark filing was from Toshiba American Information Systems and was categorized for use for ‘Tablet Computers.’  The [...]

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aPen A3 Stylus Beams Handwritten Notes to Android Devices

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 30, 2011

Classes are kicking in next week, and no timing could be better for E FUN to introduce its latest innovation–the aPen A3 stylus.

E FUN, a manufacturer of consumer electronic products, has recently introduced the aPen A3 as the perfect back-to-school gadget revolutionizing conventional ways of taking notes and sharing ideas.

The aPen  A3 allows users to transfer words written on a piece of paper to their smartphones via Bluetooth. aPen A3 also enables quick sending and sharing of digitized notes to friends, as well as posting the notes online.

Just like any ordinary pen, the aPen A3 is user-friendly and easy to use. It simultaneously copies and [...]

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Elixir 2 Makes Viewing System Info Easier on Android

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 30, 2011

Android app developer Tamás Barta has recently released the next generation of the Elixir app for Android. Called Elixir 2, the freshly updated app performs the same functions as the previous Elixir, plus more new and better stuff.

Elixir 2 is an Android app that can tell you a lot of things about your device. For instance, it can show you what hardware is on your phone, what software applications are available, and what programs are running. The app can also use widgets for shortcuts, for displaying info or accessing functions from the homescreen, and for showing information on the status bar.

Elixir 2 widgets are skinnable and customizable. The new version of [...]

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