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Jan
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Last Updated: February 1st, 2014

Announced late last year, the Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a slick Tegra 2 Android tablet which will be one of the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices available in the market. The tablet has the following specifications and features:

  • 10.1" multitouch display (1280x800)
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB or 16GB internal memory
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Six-axis motion sensing gyroscope
  • Full-size USB 2.0 port
  • Micro-USB port
  • MicroSD slot
  • 1.5 pounds
  • Android 3.2 (upgradeable to 4.0)
  • 8 hours battery life

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The tablet is set to launch on January 15 in the United States, but Acer has stated in their press-release that the device will be freely upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-February.

05
Jan
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Late last year Google chairman Eric Schmidt commented to an Italian newspaper that "in the next six months [Google planned] to market a tablet of the highest quality". His statement generated much speculation primarily over whether Google planned on releasing a self-branded "Nexus" tablet or whether they would merely partner with a device manufacturer, such as Motorola, Samsung, or HTC.

According to a rumour from Taiwanese electronics daily DigiTimes, Google may be preparing to launch an "own-brand tablet PC...targeting Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire".

04
Jan
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Last Updated: June 5th, 2012

Update: We're getting reports that NachoRoot also successfully roots the original Transformer, which, until now, has been unrootable on the latest firmware. Simply follow the directions listed below!

Transformer Prime - two words that we've heard quite a bit over the last week or so. Root - a word that we hear on a daily basis in the world of Android. What do you get when you put the two together?

04
Jan
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At  this point, I'm sure you've heard that the Transformer Prime has GPS issues. Issues so bad that ASUS even removed GPS from the Prime's list of features. Under normal circumstances, we would all sit back and wait for a software update to roll out with a fix, but that's not going cut it this time.

This is serious.

ASUS has already acknowledged that the Prime's GPS issues are due to its all-aluminum construction.

04
Jan
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Last Updated: January 9th, 2012

The carrier-connected Honeycomb tablet arena hasn't been very successful up to this point, mostly due to the outrageous prices that the units have been showing up with -- we've yet to see one for less than $400. Enter the Pantech Element, a "waterproof" tablet that looks to change the game with its sub-$300 price tag.

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The Element is an 8-inch Honeycomb-powered tablet that runs on AT&T's LTE network, packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 5MP rear shooter, and 2MP front camera.

04
Jan
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Well, here's an unexpected surprise for all the Replenish owners out there -- Sprint's greenest handset is now getting the update to Android 2.3. The update should already be rolling out in OTA fashion, bringing a number of enhancements to the device:

  • Upgraded OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
  • Increased operating system speed and efficiency
  • One touch word selection and copy/past
  • Improved power management
  • Downloads Management
  • SMS messaging fix

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As usual, the update is rolling out in stages, but it should hit all devices within ten days.

04
Jan
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We've all heard of the low-budget Velocity Cruz tablets before, and it looks like company is keeping the brand alive in 2012 with a pair of Android 4.0 tablets.

As expected, these aren't the most powerful portables on the planet -- but, then again, they'll likely have a price to match. The smaller of the duo is the Cruz T507, a 7-inch slate with a Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal store, front-facing camera, HDMI out, and Amazon's Appstore as its go-to marketplace.

04
Jan
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The Android Market hit a milestone over the holiday weekend - it now contains over 400,000 apps, putting it only 100,000 apps behind Apple's App Store in terms of sheer quantity. What's even more impressive, though, is that the Market is now the largest store in the world for free apps, with a whopping 68 percent of its collection available sans price tag.

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Sure, that is great for consumers, but there's no denying the dark side of free software: it generates less revenue than its paid counterpart.

03
Jan
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We are going to need some restraint and careful explanation for this one.

Google is making life a little easier for developers. Today a post on the official Android Developers Blog announced a new rule for OEMs that insist on skinning Ice Cream Sandwich: You must also include the unmodified ICS "Holo" Theme files. Regular users still have to deal with a skinned OS, but developers can opt out of the skinned parts for their app.

03
Jan
2012
Last Updated: January 5th, 2012

Happy New Year! A new year means it's time for the annual Android prediction post. First off though, a trip down memory lane with a look at Aaron's post from last year.

A Look Back To 2011

Way back in January 2011, we were all gobsmacked at the recent announcement of 300,000 Android activations per day. That looks cute now, doesn't it? A year later and it's more than doubled, now we're up to 700,000 per day.

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