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Hulu Plus Update Finally Brings Tablet-Optimized UI To Select Devices

If you're at all into TV, you've heard of Hulu. Chances are, you're watching something on Hulu right now on your PC, phone, XBOX360, Wii, Roku, PS3, iPad, 3DS, or any of the other supported devices. The list is pretty long, but until today it had one glaring omission - Android tablets. Sure, some tablets, like the Kindle Fire, HTC Flyer, or the Vizio VTAB, were already supported, but they were running Gingerbread and didn't have a proper tablet UI. Well, no more.

Hulu has released an update to the Hulu Plus (app available to Plus subscribers for $7.99 a month) that introduces a brand new tablet-optimized interface and support for the following tablet devices:

  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola XYBoard 10.1
  • Toshiba Thrive
  • Acer Iconia (although it's unclear which Iconia exactly, because the A100 is incompatible - they probably mean the A500)
  • LG G-Slate
  • HTC Flyer
  • Vizio 8" Tablet

It was puzzling to see no mention of any Galaxy Tab variants on that list, most notably the 10.1, and I've confirmed it's indeed listed as incompatible.

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[Deal Alert] Woot.com Offering Refurbished Vizio 8" VTAB With Folio Case For Just $159.99 (That's About $170 Off)

Woot.com has done it again, offering another great deal on an Android-powered piece of mobile tech. Up for grabs this time is a refurbished 8" VTAB from Vizio.

The VTAB is a budget-friendly slate running Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Vizio's V.I.A. Plus interface). Woot is offering the VTAB, along with a handy folio case, for just $159.99 plus $5 shipping, which is a cool $170 off Vizio's list price.

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Here's a more complete look at the VTAB's specs:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread (With V.I.A. Interface)
  • 8" LCD Display at 1024x768
  • Front-facing VGA Camera
  • WiFi Connectivity
  • 1GHz Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage (Expandable to 32GB via MicroSD)
  • Micro HDMI Port

If you're in the market for a basic, budget-friendly Android tablet, head over to Woot.com and take advantage of the deal before time runs out.

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[Deal Alert] Vizio 8-Inch VTAB1008 Tablet $199 With Free Shipping From Amazon

Remember that weird little Vizio tablet that was released back in July? Yeah, the one that works as a remote control for your Vizio Google TV. I feel like I'm not alone in thinking that it was slightly under-spec'd and drastically overpriced at launch, even if you can justify its use with your TV. Fortunately, Amazon has taken care of the latter issue by dropping the price down to a much more reasonable $199 with free shipping.

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The specs, on the other hand, are still the same:

  • 8 inch 1024x768 display
  • 512MB RAM
  • Front facing camera
  • MiniUSB port
  • Micro HDMI out
  • 4GB built-in storage, SD Card slot
  • Android 2.3

Even with its underwhelming specs, if you have a compatible HDTV, this little gizmo could be quite a bit of fun.

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[Updated: Even Cheaper From Costco & Amazon] Vizio Android Tablet Now Available For Pre-Order, Ships On July 18th

Update: If you're not into the idea of dropping $379 on this, then you can per-order it from Costco for $50 less ($329). Similarly, Amazon has the pre-order priced at $350, which is still a bit cheaper than ordering direct from Vizio.

If you've been counting down the days until Vizio releases its 8-inch Android-powered tablet, then you can breath a sigh of relief, as pre-orders are now live. The tablet itself is $379, but you can drop $20 extra and get a 16GB SD card and folio style case to go along with it. Here is a quick look at the specs:

  • 8 inch 1024x768 display
  • 512MB RAM
  • Front facing camera
  • MiniUSB port
  • Micro HDMI out
  • 4GB built-in storage, SD Card slot
  • Android 2.3

Although this tablet is sans-Honeycomb, it may still be worth the money for those of you who have a Vizio Google TV, as it's designed to accompany said device.

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Vizio Jumps Into The Android Game With VIA Phone And Tablet

CES hasn't even started yet, but we're already getting word of a newly announced Android tablet - as well as a handset - from television manufacturer Vizio. The specs are nothing to scoff at, either, as the VIA Phone can certainly hold its own against any phone on the market today:

  • 4.0" high-resolution display
  • Front-facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear camera capable of HD video
  • 1 GHz processor
  • HDMI output
  • microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi N

The VIA Tablet, on the other hand, while definitely not underpowered, might be disappointing to those who are awaiting a dual core tablet:

  • 8.0" high-resolution display
  • Front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Three speakers for video conferencing

The devices are also running a custom UI called VIA Plus, which Matthew McRae, Chief Technology Officer at Vizio assures us will be found on any future smartphones, tablets, and TVs from the company.

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