Tag: Honeycomb

‘Speedy and Powerful’ Update Comes to Firefox for Android Tablets

Mozilla Firefox has released a new update to the Google Play Store. This update is for Android tablets and integrates the features found on Android phones into Android tablets. The new update, Mozilla describes as “Speedy and Powerful” the update brings us faster browsing both in the speed of pages being loaded as well as zooming and panning. Firefox’s ‘Awesome Screen’ keeps everything you need right at your finger tips, everything from bookmarks, browsing history and passwords. Another new feature brought to us by this update is Adobe Flash Player compatibility for Honeycomb tablets.

A complete list of the new features that go along with this update can be found in the Google Play Store and include faster start-up for tablets and a new design, new security, and privacy options, such as Do Not Track, enhancements to tabs including the ability o swipe to close them, the ability to find specific text using “Find in Page” and the option to request desktop versions of sites.  In addition bookmarks along with history can be imported from stock Android browsers, the download manager contains new features such as pause, resume, cancel, or retry downloads and certain personal data can be removed from the browser. Mozilla also introduces BrowserQuest, a new HTML5 multi-player role playing game that can be played across desktop, tablet, and mobile Firefox browser.

The video below shows the Firefox browser on an Android phone, since the update integrates the features on the phone into the tablet the video shows the same features.

source: Mozilla, FirefoxforAndroid via MobileBurn

Review: Huawei Springboard

Huawei is everyone’s favorite brand that they don’t know how to pronounce (it’s WAH-WAY for anyone who needs to know). Historically confined to bargain phones and smaller carriers, Huawei is breaking its own mold with its latest products. The Springboard is one of the products that has the potential to bring Huawei into the big leagues.

At first glance, this does not look like a Huawei product. The build quality is amazing. With the exception of two plastic accents at the top and bottom of the tablet, it is all aluminum and and glass. While not necessarily light or slim, the tablet feels great in the hand, similar to the tank-like build of Motorola’s original Droid. Fans of Samsung phones and tablets will think it’s a monster, however.

Under the 7″ screen lie all the goodies you would expect of an Android 3.2 tablet on T-Mobile: a 1.2 ghz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 768mb of RAM, 8gb internal storage with a micro SD slot for expanding, WiFi/HSPA+/GPS radios, support for 1080p playback, and a gorgeous IPS display.

However, all of this greatness didn’t come without a price. There was one glaring issue that almost made the tablet unusable until I happened to figure out a workaround, and a couple nitpicky things that prevent this tablet from being a true champ.

The Yay:

Build: This tablet is practically dripping quality. A nearly solid aluminum chassis that reaches all the way around the tablet to the glass feels great in the hands, and gives a pleasant heft and sense of sturdiness that some other tablets are lacking.

Screen: The screen on this is amazing. At 227 pixles-per-inch, this IPS display is bright, easy to read in all lighting conditions, and has great color accuracy, with none of the ghosting or weird artifacts that happen with Pentile screens.

Battery: The 4100mAh battery is rated for 6 hours of use, and it easily reaches that. In my testing, pretty constant use with reading and watching Youtube over WiFi brought me to about 50% after 5 hours.

Software: Huawei chose to play it safe and leave a vanilla Honeycomb experience on the tablet, which in my opinion is a great idea. This means that updates can get pushed out much faster, as there is no fiddling with custom skins like MotoBlur or Touchwiz.

Camera: The camera is surprisingly clear for being only 5mp. The 720p video that is records is also pretty good, but does suffer from blur when the camera is moved too fast. Read more

Motorola DROID XYBOARD Tablets Available Starting Today

The Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 inch and 8.2 inch are available starting today through Verizon. Customers will be able to purchase either tablet through Verizons website or Verizon Wireless stores.

Both tablets ship with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and will have upgrades for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the not too distant future.

Pricing:

  • The DROID XYBOARD 10.1 will be available in three models: 16 GB for $529.99, 32 GB for $629.99 and the 64 GB model will be available online for $729.99.
  • The DROID XYBOARD 8.2 will be available in two models: 16 GB for $429.99 and 32 GB for $529.99.
  • Customers that purchase a DROID XYBOARD tablet will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband data plan starting at $30 a month for 2 GB of data.

If your are also in the market for a new phone there is a special promotion. if you purchase the Motorola DRIOD RAZR you will receive $100 off of a DROID XYBOARD tablet.

Verizon Celebrates One Year Of LTE And Announces DROID XYBOARD Tablet Is On Its Way

Today is the one-year anniversary of Verizon’s 4G LTE network launch. When the company first launched its LTE service it hit 39 markets which included New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta covering more than 110 million users. Come December 15th Verizon’s LTE network will be available in 190 markets covering 200 million people.

We build and maintain the best wireless networks in the world. That’s why Popular Science and PCWorld have both recently acknowledged our 4G LTE network as one of the great technological developments of 2011. – Verizon Wireless

Also in the celebration press release was Verizon’s “4G LTE Facts” which inform us that Verizon has “two hot new DROID XYBOARD tablets from Motorola coming out this month”. Hopefully we see the tablet in time for Christmas.

We will post launch details as we get them. Below are specs of the DROID XYBOARD.

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core
  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • 10.1 inch HD display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • 1 GB RAM, 16 GB storage

 

 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Available On AT&T November 20

AT&T has announced the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 running Android. The tablet has some neat features like a vivid 8.9 inch high-resolution display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for multi-tasking and tabbed browsing with support for HTML 5 and Adobe Flash Player.

Specifications on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9:

  • 4G LTE backed by HSPA+
  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • 15.9 ounces light, 8.6 mm thin
  • 8.9″ HD widescreen
  • 3.2 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Tabbed browsing, Adobe Flash and HTML support
  • Snapdrogan 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 16 GB internal memory and expandable up to 32 GB via accessory option
  • 1 GB RAM TouchWiz VX
  • Dimensions: 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm

AT&T will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 starting November 20th for $479.99 with a new two year agreement. In addition to purchasing the tablet, for limited time, customers will receive a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S II at no cost. A two year agreement will be required to take advantage of the smartphone.

T-Mobile Tablets Arriving Soon

Two new tablets arrive on T-Mobile in November. The Huawei SpringBoard which is Huawei’s first tablet to be offered on T-Mobile, It will arrive November 16th and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will hit the shelves November 2nd. There has been no price announced yet, but rumor has the SpringBoard being sold for under $200 on contract.

SpringBoard specifications:

  • 7 inch multi-touch display
  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 dual-core processor
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3 front-facing camera
  • 720p video recording
  • SD card slot that accommodates up to 32 GB of expandable memory

 

Galaxy Tab 10.1 specifications:

  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • 10.1 inch WXGA display
  • 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 3 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera

The Motorola XOOM 4G/ LTE Upgrade Is Now Available

The Motorola XOOM upgrade to 4G/ LTE has finally arrived. If you have signed up for an email alert you will receive an email notification from Verizon Wireless sometime today giving you instructions on how to get your XOOM upgraded to 4G/ LTE. Once you get everything setup with Verizon it will take approximately six business days until you receive your tablet back. The company is strongly encouraging their customers to back-up any personal information prior to shipping out your device.

Verizon Wireless also announced that the Motorola XOOM 4G/ LTE will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online beginning October 13th for $499.99 with a new or qualifying two year agreement. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Preorders Available

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi version has been shipped out to Best Buy stores across the nation and ready for purchase starting September 25th with a price of $469.99. Samsung wants to price the tablet a little cheaper to pull additional users in but that may not be a big enough price cut to grab users. You can pre-order at BestBuy via this link.

 

Galaxy Tab 8.9 Specs:

  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • 16GB Internal Memory
  • 1000 MHz dual-core processor
  • 3 megapixel rear facing camera (LED Flash)
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 720p HD video capture
  • 6000 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wi-Fi enabled

Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab Launching In A Few Days

We mentioned back in March that Samsung said, “The show must go on” and it looks like the Galaxy Tablet 10.1  is gearing up to arrive in a “few days” according to Samsung’s Facebook fan page. The Galaxy Tab has HD resolution (1280 x 800), 720p HD video, and is powered by Android 3.1 (Honeycomb).  Read more

Hands On With Samsung 8.9 Inch Galaxy Tab – Video

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tablet 8.9 back in March at CTIA in Orlando, Florida. Since then we haven’t heard much about the tab other than it’s an 8.9 inch tablet running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). In comparison to the iPad 2, the Galaxy tab is  thinner at 8.6 mm.

If you’re interested in seeing a little more on the 8.9 Galaxy Tab then you’re in luck because a guy over at NewGadgets.de was able to get some hands on time with it.

Video after the break. Read more