Four tablets set the upgrade with Android ICS(0)
Android Ice Cream Sandwich is gaining all the attention and popularity that it deserved and after Samsung announced that several of its devices would be updated to this version of OS, various other manufacturers would also be upgrading their devices to this version. In certain aspects, ICS is said to be even better than iOS 5. Among the tablets that would receive this update, Asus Transformer Prime would probably be the first one. Officially the date has not been announced but it is confirmed that this tablet would receive the upgrade. Then we have Lenovo ThinkPad Table which is a beautiful piece of technology and on a corporate level, is a good alternative to iPad. The update for this device is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2012. Notion Ink Adam Tablet, though not a very successful tablet on international level even with its good specs, would be receiving its ICS update in a couple of months or so. Finally we have Motorola Xoom an update has been confirmed for this device as well. The device needed an upgrade since it was loosing its market with time and some changes needed to be done. Other than these tablets, other Android based devices would most probably follow the suit in 2012.
Micro SD card slot for Motorola Xoom(0)
Finally after long wait and much anticipation, Android 3.2 update for Motorola Xoom has arrived. This update was expected since mid July but took a few weeks to finally get realized. With this update, several noteworthy features would be added to the tablet. Most important of these features is the support for micro SD card, which was missing in the previous models.
Deficiency of a micro SD card slot was a huge negative point against Motorola Xoom since most of the rivals contained this feature. Now after Motorola has also updated its device with this facility, the tablet would certainly improve its position in the market. Users would now be able to insert the micro SD card in the slot which is available at the top of the device which can then be manipulated in the Storage breakdown in the settings. Good thing is that you don’t need to go through the mounting process to enjoy the external memory support. This is a simple plug and play option so no technical knowledge is required. Memory access and content transfer can be performed simultaneously.
The content would be organized according to the respective applications such as videos, images and music. Direct navigation and manipulation of the external memory would be possible with the help of standard file manager application such as Astro. This is quit similar to the content management on your mobile phone.
This is certainly a great addition to Motorola Xoom, a device which has already been receiving quite positive reviews from the customers throughout the world. The only problem existed in storage limitation and that has now been removed. Most probably this would not alter the existing applications and hardware features of the device.
Another minor update can be viewed as well, by which the apps can get a zoom feature. By the utilization of this feature, those apps which have been specifically designed for small screen can be zoomed and used on bigger screen. Although the zooming of applications would inevitably result in the lowering of overall resolution, but the effect is not much bad and remains within reasonable limits. Besides, zooming of certain social networking applications is a must. For the rest of the applications, users can prefer to use them in small screen mode.
So the bottom line is that the incorporation of these new features in Motorola Xoom would certainly increase the worth and demand of the device.
Motorola Xoom SD functionality(0)
Motorola has been pretty successful with its first tablet computer, Motorola Xoom, which was released earlier this year. This tablet is quite impressive when we see its body and specifications and was received positively by the customers. The tablet runs Android operating system with a 1 GHz dual core processor. It has complete support for WiFi and Bluetooth. Other noteworthy features include a rear end camera of 5 MP and a web cam of 2 MP. Besides, important applications such as Google Talk, Adobe and Flash, Google eBooks, social networking applications and other important applications from Google come with the device.
The latest update that Motorola has performed is the availability of the SD card functionality with the device, which was previously missing. This update was recently announced by Varizon after which the device is ready to be released for the customers. This important feature was absent since the release of Xoom and customers were demanding it, so Motorola felt the need to update the device with this feature. The updated device has been named HTJ85. This is particularly good news for those users who need large memory for data usage and were running out of the memory in the presence of a limited amount of storage provided by the device. Users can now utilize the SD card slot to attach external memory with the device and back up their files and folders in that memory. For corporate users and students, this would be particularly a useful feature.
Some other noteworthy features of the device include the option to switch to double pixel mode which, however, was only for a selected few applications. This feature was particularly useful for those applications which have been optimized for tablets and quick streaming for movies and videos. It also allows benefiting from the new EAS policy which gives the opportunity to recover the lost passwords as well as improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security. The update is available on new as well as existing devices now. The process to update can be performed manually as well as automatically. To perform manual update, users need to go to the system updates from Settings and select the ‘install now’ option. However, it is good practice to backup the files and folders before undertaking this process. This new feature for the device is certainly a positive step from Motorola and would prove to be quite a beneficial business endeavor.
More US adults own e-readers than tablets(0)
A recent survey from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has revealed the fact that more US adults prefer to use dedicated e-readers for the purpose of book reading as compared to Tablet PCs. The number of adult users of e-reader has been constantly increasing for the last few years and this is must more compared to the increase in Tablet PC market. During the last few months, it has been observed that the number of adult users of e-reader has increased to 12% in May from just a 6% in November of last year. This increase in e-reader users reveals the popularity of e-reader devices such as Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook. This increase has not been seen when it comes to tablet computers. For example, Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Motorola’s Xoom are popular but not as much as e-reader and their market has not expanded to the level of e-reader market. The number of users using Tablet PC was 8% in May, compared to 12% using e-readers. There hasn’t been any considerable increase in Tablet PC users since the number of users using Tablet PCs was 7% in January. Before that, however, the number of user for Tablet PCs was increasing rather quickly but after that, the user market seems to be saturated. The survey also revealed that almost 3% of the adults who had been surveyed owned both the Tablet PC and e-reader. This survey was conducted by The Pew Center ranging from April 26 to May 22 from some 2,277 adults in English and Spanish languages. This increase in e-reader users as compared to Tablet PC users might also be due to the price factor since Tablet PCs are costly in comparison to e-readers. In fact, several users who prefer to use e-reader over Tablet PC have remarked the price factor being the most important point in their decisions to own an e-reader instead of Tablet PC. So, while the comparison does not seem to be evidence about the popularity and likeness of these products, it does serve as an important statistical record for both the devices.
Motorola Xoom arrives in India(1)
Motorola Xoom Tablet has been set to arrive in India within the next few days. As we all know, Motorola Xoom was first launched in the United States early of this year, and now, it is being distributed around the world. As we may notice, India is being considered as one of the priority markets for Tablet as India promises a large population of Tablet users brought by increasing technology dependence of economy and work force.
Being the world’s first Android based Tablet, Motorola Xoom Tablet is run by Honeycomb 3.1, powered by 1.5GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM. Having a display of 10.1 inch multi-touch screen with 1280 by 800 pixels, Motorola Xoom technical descriptions have its own edge over its competitors. The screen size of 10.1 inch is way better than the 9.7 inch of Apple’s iPad. Other features such as the cameras of Motorola Xoom Tablet are better than Apple’s iPad as well. While Xoom has 5MP rear facing camera, iPad technical specifications never disclosed as to how many megapixels it has. Rumors said that Apple camera is only 1MP, very far behind from Xoom’s and very far from Samsung Galaxy Tab camera of 8.0MP.
To compete strongly in the tablet world, Motorola Xoom is packed with features that no other Tablet have. As compared with Apple iPad 2, Tablet fans expected for this improved iPad 2 to have USB port and SD slot. However, iPad 2 did not. With Motorola Xoom, it has HDMI port and USB port. Having access to this added features somehow gives users the options for connectivity to share files, thereby, maximizing the use of Tablet PC.
In terms of pricing, Motorola Xoom price in India is about Rs38,999, a price that is near to its rival iPad. People in India as well as those in nearby countries, can now buy Motorola Xoom through online and offline among stores in India once this Tablet arrives. Always check TabletsForU for further reviews and announcement on your Tablet needs.
Motorola Xoom 4G LTE Upgrade Is On Its Way:(1)
With the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for Verizon Motorola Xoom owners got a rude shock as their tablet wouldn’t be the first Android tablet to get 4G LTE even though it was released way back in February. However it looks like an upgrade might be up on offering as Motorola has apparently contacted at least one Xoom owner with relation to this update. Motorola had a made a promise to provide the Xoom owners with an upgrade 90 days after launch. The date came quietly and went away even more quietly and the company stated that the upgrade wood made available this summer alongside the delayed Motorola Droid Bionic. As Samsung and Verizon announced the 4G LTE compatible Galaxy Tab 10.1 Motorola’s CEO was quick to admit that his company was late getting to 4G LTE and gave a word that the solution will be out soon this summer. Now that summer is here it appears that Jha might be keeping his word after all though there is no guarantee as to when the Droid Bionic will hit the shelves. One Xoom owner has apparently received this message from Motorola :
The owner though does not yet have the materials apparently because he/she missed the FedEx package. Although it’s a bit suspicious one cannot rule it out altogether. Official Motorola Xoom Price: Buy the cheapest Motorola Xoom at -$799 unsubsidized on Verizon $600 for Wi-fi only. Although the price tag may seem steep to many it’s really a good bargain given the LTE services. A lot of people may hesitate to buy this given the fact that it’s not exactly the cheapest tablet out there but if you are one of those who like technological forefronts at your fingertips this one’s for you! So go ahead and buy your very own Motorola Xoom at the cheapest possible prices mentioned above.
Wall Street Journal now on Android Tabs Application(3)
Wall Street Journal is the world’s second most largely circulated newspaper since 1880s. Published by Dow Jones and Company, Wall Street journal features the latest on investing and corporate news. Now, it is a great blessing that the elderly existing newspaper has given a new birth on Android Tablets. This means that the distance between the news paper stand and the flip of the newspaper’s every page as well as the knowledge of the latest news, events, and developments all lie in your fingertips with Android Tablets on hand.
The Wall Street Journal Application is especially made for Android operating Tablets; hence, fits any Samsung Galaxy Tab Technical Specification.
Now let us see what this application can do for you. The Wall Street Journal actually provides a full section of newspaper every day with the accessibility to save pages and read them offline. It also offers market data, full screen video, and other customizable features. These would be the “Photos of the Day”, test to speech articles such as the “Listen to Article” application. Plus it offers an archive of the previous seven days news to subscribers which you can review and reread anytime you want.
Folks who are still on the verge of planning to buy Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or other Android Tablet PC available now in Tablets4U store, can view the Wall Street Journal application as an another advantage, especially for news lovers who want to save both money and time in reading newspapers. Just imagine driving a car while listening to the latest Wall Street Journal news-extremely possible. But try reading one whole broadsheet while driving-extremely not applicable. Also note that Samsung Galaxy Tab does not stand alone in the Android world. Other Android operated tablets include the Archos 7, or G-Slate, Motorola Xoom, Toshiba Thrive, ASUS Eee-Pad Transformer in which the application is certainly accessible. Folks with the latter tablets can still rejoice.
Tech savvies with Android smartphones on hand, are also part of the celebration. The Wall Street Journal Mobile Application has found its way in the market offering the same features as well. The application does not cause any rise on any Android OS tablet price since the Wall Street Journal application is freely downloadable from the Android Market. Only that some articles can only be accessible upon registering an account but you bet that it would not hurt too much since it is free. You can also be a wall Street Journal subscriber to view the premium account.
Toshiba’s First Tablet Ever(1)
After some naming confusion, Toshiba has finally launched its very first Tablet PC in the name of Toshiba Thrive. Toshiba Tablet Thrive will hit the market soon this year 2011, but though its representation is yet to be unveiled.
Toshiba Thrive Tablet specifications can be compared to that of Motorola Xoom. Like the latter Tablet PCs, Toshiba Thrive is also running an Android Honeycomb 3.0 which means that any downloadable applications for Motorola Xoom can also be downloaded in this Toshiba Tablet.
Aside from that, Toshiba Thrive is built with a 10 inch screen allowing users breadth experience as of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, which is quoted to be the world’s most advanced mobile processor having a 2x faster Web browsing capability, 1GB of RAM, WiFi connectivity, and 2MP / 5MP front and back cameras. Pretty impressive, right?
While Toshiba’s first Tablet is yet soon too come, the Toshiba Thrive price is alleged to be cheaper than the other existing Tablets. For instance, the 16GB Wi-Fi model iPad 2 is currently available at $499 and the Motorola Xoom is listed at $599, the Toshiba Tablet price 8GB version is only $449 and $579 for a strapping 32GB version. It is important to note that the Tablet does not have its 16GB version yet.
For Tablet patrons who have already filled a bucket list of devices, people who buy Toshiba Thrive must not be confused. There was definitely no revealed picture of Toshiba Thrive Tablet yet. Hence, it is also important to note that when pre-ordering, the only things that can be ascertained are the technical specifications. First, it allows user access to Bluetooth and is HDMI operated for transferring uncompressed digital data. Second, it has slot for SD, USB, and mini-USB unlike the iPad. Finally, it contains a replaceable rubberized backing that makes it stand from any other Android Tablets.
While the Toshiba Thrive price is rumored to be unworthy and simply cheap because it is the very first Toshiba Tablet, the Tablet is unique on its own ways. Anyone can realize how each technical specification and usability is different and beneficial from others. For instance, Toshiba Thrive might not have an AppStore as for iPad but it has HDMI which the latter do not. In this sense, it is not bad if Toshiba Thrive is already down on the list of Tablets to buy.
Tablet PC: Tech Rivalry(0)
Tablet, being an immediate alternative to netbook and desktop, has evolved faster than it was thought to be.
A lot of Tablet PCs are currently emerging, vying for the top title in the market and knocking every tech savvy’s Tablet PC bucket list. However, iPad 2 has remained the top seller in the market, the reason why every other Tablet PC is advancing its technical specifications to take its place in the market and to be the public’s first item on list.
Wondering how many Tablet PCs are born this year to join the tech rivalry on market? Well, there a lot. Take for example the fact that after the very first Samsung Galaxy, the people are ready to buy Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, or Galaxy Tab 8.9, Toshiba is also on the verge of unveiling its first ever Toshiba Thrive, and Motorola Mobility Inc. is betting its Motorola Xoom with a Verizon Wireless network. These Tablet PCs are just the top three tight competitor of the Apple iPad 2 among the few out there.
Not to mention the other Tablet PCs that are soon to be joining the Tech Rivalry, which one might not know about yet, let’s start with the HP Slate. Although this HP Tablet had no specs yet, HP Slate is the newest of the company and is said to run with Windows 7 setting it apart from Android Tablets.
Next is the Dell Streak, the 5 and 7 inch sized Tablets since its CES 2011 keynote. Dell Streak Tablet is said to be more parallel to the existing lines of mobile devices or MIDs. Another are the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Acer Iconia Tab with 3 versions in terms of OS (Windows or Android) or size (7 or 10 inch). The Asus’ latest 10 inch Tablet has four control buttons and will run the Google’s mobile operating system, Android. Be surprised of the next Compal Tablet with its 7 inch screen and run by Android 2.0 operating system, it also runs the latest Tegra 2 processor NVIDIA and allows 1080p video playback. Another Tablet to hit the market by storm is the Notion Ink Adam, a 10 inch Tablet PC running Tegra 2 from Indian Notion Startup Ink. The Tablet is said to run a Pixel QI which is fitting for full color multi-touch and rumored to be between $300 and $800. Stand still for the MSI and Quanta Tablet PC which is both powered by Android and Tegra 2 as well as the Vega 15.6 Tablet PC.
Nokia has announced a tablet until the end of this year and this is could be very interesting for Windows fans hence Nokia and Microsoft are partners now. Also everyone knows that Nokia is very appreciated in Europe, Germany and Nordic Countries mostly so Nokia Tablet will be a hit for sure.
Sony is cooking already Sony S1 and Sony S2, very expected this Summer and the Tablet PC rivalry does not end here. Remember that there is still an infinite line of Tablet PC waiting out there, like the BlackBerry Playbook, Samsung Sliding PC 7, T-mobile G-Slate, and the HTC Flyer. The rivalry is simply never ending and bet that Tablet savvy’s heart is also never stopping to beat for the right Tablet PC.