While we've had a chance to put Samsung's upcoming flagship Tab 10.1 tablet through 3 weeks of rigorous testing, there was one thing left that we could not touch - the custom TouchWiz UX tablet interface, also known as TouchWiz 4.0. If you remember, Samsung announced last week that the first tablet units would be running pure Honeycomb, just like our review unit, with the TouchWiz upgrade arriving over-the-air sometime after.
If you're the proud owner of the recently released Xperia PLAY, then you'll probably welcome what Sony Ericsson announced today via its product blog: the Xperia PLAY Experience Pack. Sounds pretty intense, right? The contents: a multimedia dock, pocket USB cable, "music cable to connect the dock to your audio system," and three free games from Gameloft. Ah, that last part got your attention, yes?
Before I drop the list of games that you can choose from, lets talk about the multimedia dock for a second.
In a world where we carry multiple devices to handle multiple tasks, Aussie manufacturer Evolve III is looking to change the game with its Maestro S and Maestro C tablets. We've all seen dual-boot Windows/Android tablets before, but Evolve III takes it one step further with this dynamic duo and adds Meego to the mix. That's right - a triple-boot setup utilizing Windows 7, Android, and Meego.
In terms of under-the-hood specs, both of these 10.1 inch tablets basically echo one another:
1.5GHz Intel Atom "Oak Trail" processor
2GB DDR2 RAM
32GB SSD (optional 64GB)
2 Full size USB Ports
microSD card slot
1.3MP front facing camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Optional 3G and GPS
Windows 7 Home Premium
The one downside to both tablets is the screen resolution, as they both run at 1024x600, which is rather small by today's standards.
It looks like eBay's Daily Deals feature may become the go-to source for Android tablet shopping - just last week they had the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi for $100 off, and today, the Viewsonic gTablet has found its way onto the site for a mere $250 with free shipping.
It seems like Samsung was releasing source code on a daily basis there for a while, but it has been relatively quiet over the past couple of weeks in that area. Today, though, the Sammy crew dropped the source code for the upcoming Exhibit 4G, which is set to land on T-Mobile sometime this month.
As it turns out, we just couldn't resist the joke after all.
If you're aching to crack this code open, you can grab it from Samsung's Open Source Developers Center.
Earlier last week, we got some leaked information about the upcoming tablet from Toshiba called Thrive. Today I had the opportunity to meet Philip Osako, Director of Product Marketing at Toshiba, who gave us a demonstration and a little more background on the development of the Thrive. Starting June 13th you will be able to pre-order the tablet at all major retailors starting at $429 for the 8GB version, $479 for the 16GB, and $579 for the glorious 32GB version.
We're big fans of Wirefly over here at Android Police, and frankly, we're always a bit covetous when the online retailer gets their hands on a new piece of kit before everyone else. Still, we watched this review longingly, as it demonstrates many of the changes in Sense 3.0, benchmarks, and some of the built-in games on the 3D. It's over 12 minutes long, so, pull up a chair:
You saw some of the leaked Bionic pictures earlier today, but now thanks to PhoneHK we can give you even more information about the upcoming monster of a Motorola handset. First and foremost, this thing will (at least according to this test unit) be running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread right out of the gate:
That's a relief. If the Bionic had shipped with Froyo, Motorola might have had a user rebellion on its hands.
So, you bought that fancy new Nexus S/DROID Charge/Galaxy S II/G2X/Flyer with a front-facing camera, and you were excited to make video calls. Then you noticed there isn't any native video chat client for Android (yet - Talk will have this integrated soon). Then you heard about fring, which is pretty cool. Then you tried to install it, only to discover it didn't work. Then you probably had a sad.
Having had the HTC Sensation in-hand for about a week, our unit has developed some troubling issues with its touchscreen. Namely, the panel often misses first presses, and also struggles with fast brushing movements.
The first issue results in great frustration when typing, as auto-correction of words does not work without the first letter. It also means you often have to tap several times on icons on the homescreen to launch an application.