Acer tablet owners across the country were elated (well, most of them were, anyway) when Acer announced that Ice Cream Sandwich will be coming to the A100 and A500 in April. Thanks to a new leak that made its way to XDA, though, the wait for April just got a lot shorter. Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for both devices landed in their respective forum on XDA earlier today, bringing a taste of Android 4.0 to the duo.
The Google Docs for Android app just received an update that makes it even more like its desktop counterpart. It brings a number of new features to both phones and tablets:
- Create, view and edit Google documents with our new Android editor
- Rich text formatting (bold, italics, underline, font color, background color)
- Layout tools (bulleted lists, numbered lists, indentation)
- Real-time collaboration - see edits from others in seconds
- Cursor presence and highlighting
Here's a look at the new interface:
Unfortunately, this new interface only applies to standard documents; spreadsheets still use the mobile web interface inside of the app.
Back at CES, ASUS announced a pair of MeMO tablets: the 171 and 370T. The latter caused quite a stir, as it packs NVIDIA's powerhouse Tegra 3 superchip under the hood, along with a 7-inch 1280x800 display, all for under $250. The former, however, is a different beast altogether, as it sports an interesting array of included accessories.
While we patiently wait for more details about the 370T to surface, ASUS has quietly launched the landing page for the 171, showcasing its dual-use nature.
Earlier today, Canonical announced Ubuntu for Android, an incredible new system that will put a full desktop OS on your Android-powered phone. Now, one employee has taken the time to show us just a little bit of what Ubuntu for Android is capable of, and it's nothing short of awesome. Check it out:
As if we weren't excited enough after the initial announcement, seeing it in action really makes us want to get our hands on this and give it a whirl.
There's no shortage of media players in the Android Market, so creating one that stands out from the rest of the pack can be somewhat of a task. Enter a new music player called N7 Music Player, an app that brings a unique way to browse through your tunes. Have a look:
As you can see, the interface is definitely an interesting take on browsing your music collection. If scrolling through the poly-sized fonts isn't necessarily your thing, a quick pinch of the screen will display all album covers in alphabetical order (by artist).
The day Playbook owners have been waiting for has finally come - OS 2.0 is out. And with it, the ability to run Android apps.
We first heard that RIM would incorporate Android app support into the Playbook nearly a year ago, so this update has been a long time coming. Of course, Playbook owners won't just be able to update and hop straight into the Android Market - the process is a bit more complicated than that.
Imagine carrying a full desktop computer in your pocket. We're not talking about that crippled Webtop crap from Motorola, either. We're talking about a real desktop OS built in to your smartphone. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, wants to make that happen. Soon.
Ubuntu for Android is something that we've only dreamed about up to this point - one device to rule them all, if you will. In your pocket, it's an Android-powered smartphone.
Barnes & Noble this morning took the wraps off of a new, 8GB version of the Nook Tablet set to compete dollar-for-dollar with the Kindle Fire. The 8GB Nook Tablet is packing slightly less impressive hardware than its 16GB brother, as B&N cut both the storage and RAM (512MB in this version) in half for this little guy, which puts it on par with Amazon's supercharged e-reader. The Nook Tablet still has one clear advantage, however: a microSD card slot.
Task lists. We all have them, but only some of us actually use them. One key way to ensure that you use your task list to its fullest potential is to keep it synchronized between all of your devices. So, how do you do that, you ask? With Tasks N Todos from Handy Apps. This is a killer all-in-one solution for taking away your "I forgot" approach to not getting things done.
ZTE, alongside NVIDIA, announced today the upcoming Mimosa X, the world's first smartphone to reap the benefits of NVIDIA's purchase of chipmaker Icera.
The Mimosa X is powered by NIVDIA from front-to-back thanks to the Tegra 2 and Icera450 processor/modem combo, and will intro as a good solid offering for anyone looking at the mid-range market:
- 4.3-inch qHD (960*540) display
- 1GHz Tegra 2 processor
- 5MP rear camera
- Front camera (resolution not detailed)
- 450 HSPA+ 28Mbps Icera quad-band modem
- Android 4.0
Yes, that Gingerbread in the pic.