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New improved Google Search experience for tablets

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

Do you use Google to search for stuff while using your tablet? Well, if so, Google has a reward for you. The search giant has just announced that they’ve improved the google search experience on tablets. It becomes more tablet-friendly, since they have simplified the layout of the results pages.

Other improvements include the increased size of the page content and other tweaks so that users will have an easier and faster way to get the info that they want.

Archos G9 tablets priced

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

Still thinking about an Android 3.1 tablet? This may sway you toward Archos. Back in June, Archos revealed two new G9 models: the 8-inch 80 and the 10-inch 101. And now pricing has been revealed for their September release.

The smaller will start at $299.99 and the larger at $369.99 for the 8GB base models. 250GB options are also available for both, boasting Seagate’s 7mm Momentus Thin HDD technology, for those who need a large storage option. So, who wants one?

Microsoft says no to Windows Phone 7 based tablets

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

Sorry Windows Phone 7 fans. Microsoft has announced that there will not be any tablets running on the Windows Phone 7 operating system. The company views tablets as more of a personal computer, not a mobile device.

All hope is not lost though. A Windows based tablet might show up using the Windows 8 operating system, which should arrive in 2012, and this will be the only tablet OS to be issued by the company. I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

Ringbow: A D-Pad For Tablets

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2011

Something interesting was shown off at a California Israel Chamber of Commerce demo event yesterday. Something that could improve the interface of touch-screen devices. It’s called the Ringbow, a ring-mounted, wireless pointing stick.

Think of it as a D-Pad for your tablet device. Touch-screen apps generally have limited ways to control them, so access to menu commands or secondary functions requires going to full menus, which is not ideal at all and not fast. The Ringbow makes going through accessory menus faster and less of a hassle.

Onkyo To Release Two Windows 7 Tablets In Japan

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2011

Onkyo has announced that they are ready to launch a pair of new business-minded Windows 7 tablets in Japan next month. There’s the 11.6-inch 1366 x 728 TW317A7PH and the 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 TW117A7PH. Both come packing in a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 2GB of RAM, WI-Fi, Bluetooth and the Microsoft Windows 7 Business OS.

The 11.6-inch model boasts 32GB of hard disk drive, while the 10.1-inch model has a 160GB hard disk drive. No word on pricing just yet, but when we hear more we will let you know.

Sony announces S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2011

Sony has announced a pair of Android 3.0 tablets. The first is the 9.4-inch S1 media tablet (also known as the Qriocity focused) with a curved top similar to a folded book or magazine with both front and rear cameras. The S1 features a Tegra 2 SoC and customized “Quick and Smooth” touch panel UI with “Swift” web browser. As a bonus, it can also be used as a remote for your Sony gadgets, which is handy.

The dual-screen device looks like a sexed up 3DS. That’s the S2, which features a pair of 5.5-inch 1,024 x 480 pixel displays, Tegra 2 SoC, and a camera. It uses a custom book-style UI layout for the e-reader app, email and others. Both are PlayStation Certified and are WiFi and 3G/4G “compatible”. I can’t wait to see what Sony does with gaming on a tablet. How will these interact with the PS3? We should see a release in the fall, maybe sooner.

Intel to release Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets this year

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Looks like Intel will be re-entering the tablet market this year with Google’s operating system, Android. Some reports indicate that Intel will announce the release of Intel Android tablets later this year. Their plan is called PRC Plus, and will have Intel introducing Android 3.0 on tablets powered by their processors.

According to sources, Acer, Asus and Lenovo have agreed to start the plans for new products according to the Intel PRC Plus plan in the second half of this year and Cisco also plans to introduce products with Intel Oak Trail chips and Android 3.0.


AVG launches AntiVirusFree for Android tablets

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

AVG has launched AntivirusFree for Android tablets, called AVG Mobilation for Android. It uses a cloud based security platform and AVG says that the app will not kill your battery life, which is good news. It will have the ability to scan other apps, settings, data and media files for viruses. Basically it does what it does for your PC or laptop.

There is also a remote wiping facility in case you lose your tablet and an option to back up to an SD card. The AntiVirusFree app is available to download from DroidSecurity.com for free, while AntiVirusPro costs $9.99. It’s worth the investment since we have so much of our lives on tablets today.

Is The Daily coming to Android tablets this spring?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

You’ve probably been jealous of all of those iPad users reading The Daily on their iPads, right? Well, you won’t have to be jealous for long since it looks like News Corp’s tablet-only magazine could be heading to Android, maybe as soon as this spring.

The team has gotten a lot of help from Apple on the development side and as you know they were the first to use Apple’s new subscription service, so why wouldn’t they be ready for some Android? Hopefully this rumor has some truth to it.

Archos 9 and Archos 7 Tablets get upgrades

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

Archos is busy as usual and now they have decided to upgrade their tablets to keep up with competitors in this crowded market. So what are they offering?

The Archos 9 Internet Tablet now has an SSD, while the Archos 7 Home Tablet will now feature a faster 800MHz processor, 8GB flash memory and Google Android 2.1 Eclair. The Archos 7 still has 7-inch display with a 800 × 480 pixel resolution along with a resistive touchscreen.

Details on HP / Palm’s webOS tablets

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

A tipster sent some internal renders of HP / Palm’s “Topaz” webOS tablet to the folks over at Engadget, which is one of two tablets currently developed by HP/Palm. The two tablets are the 9-inch Topaz and a 7-inch model codnamed Opal. As you can see in the render, it sports the no-button design, a front-facing camera, a micro USB port on the bottom, and what looks like a three speaker arrangement.

Word is that units will start to arrive at Palm HQ in June, with a launch later this year. The WiFi-only, AT&T 3G, and Verizon LTE versions of the Opal should arrive in September 2011, and on AT&T LTE in July 2012. No info on pricing yet.


Samsung to show off new tablets and smartphones at MWC 2011

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2011

Word on the street is that Samsung is planning to launch its next-generation of Galaxy Tab tablets at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in February 2011, as well as a new range of Android-powered phones.

Some of these new handsets will feature dual-core processors, Super AMOLED Plus displays and run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. They have already outed some great new gear at CES, so we can’t wait to see what they are offering.

Panasonic unveils VIERA tablets

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

There are so many tablets, which one do you choose? Panasonic is hoping you choose theirs and they have several of them on show at CES. They have unveiled a new line of tablets under the VIERA brand, which is normally associated with its TVs.

It’s described as a tablet-type terminal and is designed to be a secondary display for your pictures and data related to the programs that you’re watching on your Panasonic VIERA TV. These tablets come in 4-, 7- and 10-inch sizes and feature a shock resistant design and a long battery life. The VIERA tablet is launching in Japan today. No info on pricing yet though.

eLocity announces seven 10-inch Android 3.0 tablets

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2011

eLocity, who makes the A7 tablet shown above has just announced seven 10-inch Tegra 2 tablets running Android 3.0. Yes, seven! We don’t have much info as far as specs, but the new A10 line will use the dual-core Tegra 2 T-250, have “high-resolution” multitouch screens, microSD storage, USB ports, a front-facing camera, and an HDMI port that supports 1080p output.

Who knows why they chose seven 10-inch tablets with pretty much the same basic specs. Maybe they just want to throw a bunch of tablets at the market and see what sticks. We should learn more at CES.

Ramos to unveil three new tablets at CES 2011

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2011

Ramos will be introducing not one, not two, but a trio of new tablets at CES. There’s the W10, W12 and W15 models. The Ramos W10 sports a Cortex A9-based SoC (System-on-Chip) with the Mali-400 3D graphics chip and 512MB DDR2 RAM.

Next, the Ramos W12 boasts an A9 SoC with Mali-400 graphics and an 8-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Last but not least, the Ramos W15 packs in the RK2918 Rockchip SoC and an 8-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Sadly, we don’t have any info on pricing for any of these yet.

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