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Video: Toshiba Thrive Unboxing

Written on July 11, 2011 by Lulu

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Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb tablet gets an un-boxing on a silent video.

The Toshiba Thrive, which is due to launch on July 10, had been given an early unwrapping in a silent video. The device seems to be a bit thicker than its competitor. However, part of the reason why its thicker than others is that it holds a compartment for a replaceable battery which other tablets lack.

The device also retains all the standard Honeycomb tablet trimmings, aside from its replaceable battery. These include a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. The Toshiba Thrive also has a HDMI and USB ports, and a micro SD slot.

Toshiba Thrive is available in a 16GB model retailing for $480 and 32GB model that is selling for $580. An 8GB version is also available, but in smaller quantities, for $430.

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Google I/O 2011 keynotes available on YouTube

Written on May 14, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google I/O 2011 event which takes place on San Francisco last week May 10-11, has been attended by thousands of people and watch via live streaming by the whole world.

Major Google product / software announcements:

  • Google announces Android 3.1
  • Google TV getting Android 3.1 and Market this summer
  • Google Ice Cream Sandwich coming in Q4 2011 to smartphones and tablets alike
  • Android Market launches movie rentals, thousands of titles available to your PC, phone or tablet
  • Google Music Beta to stream 20,000 songs for free
  • Google partners with OEMs and carriers to guarantee timely Android updates
  • Google announces Android Open Accessory standard, Arduino-based ADK
  • Google announces Android@Home framework for home automation
  • Google clarifies 18 month Android upgrade program, details far from solidified
  • Google adding Netflix, Hulu support, offline Gmail, Calendar and Docs to Chrome OS this summer, prices hardware at $20 per month
  • Google unveils Acer Chromebook: $349, 11.6-inches with 6.5-hour battery
  • Official: Samsung reveals Chrome OS laptop — the Series 5
  • Google teases Samsung-built Chromebox, desktop version of Chrome OS

If you miss the change to watch the event you can now watch the whole event via Youtube, Watch the video after the break.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet with Honeycomb Landing this July?

Written on April 25, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Honeycomb-enriched Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet comes with Tegra 2, plus optional stylus and keyboard booklet.

Looks like T-Mobile and Motorola won’t be the only one having a Honeycomb-powered tablet, at least until July. Apparently, a PowerPoint presentation was leaked this past weekend unveiling the company’s latest contraption — the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. And it’s all got the juicy power of Honeycomb and NVIDIA Tegra 2. Plus, it’s got a couple more surprises under its sleeve.

The tablet is slated for a July release with a price tag of $499.

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LG’s 3D-capable Optimus Pad Making Japanese Debut March 31st, Price Still Unknown

Written on March 28, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Japan prepares for a magnitude 8.9-inch LG Optimus Pad, as the 3D and Honeycomb-powered tablet lands on March 31.

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO has announced that the T-Mobile LG Optimus Pad, the 3D-able tablet, is set for a March 31st release. Unfortunately, they’re still quiet on how much the Honeycomb tablet is priced with less than three days before its debut. Known as the G-slate ’round to T-Mobile subscribers, the Optimus Pad is powered by […]

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Google, Keeping Android Honeycomb Source Codes a Secret

Written on March 26, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google does the unexpected, as it keeps Android Honeycomb's source codes from developers until further notice.

The Motorola Xoom tablet does have the Android Honeycomb inside. But according to BusinessWeek, Google has no plans of releasing the Android Honeycomb source code to small hardware makers and developers due to the fear of having unpleasant results and user-experiences, especially if programmers attempt to bring the Honeycomb to phones.

According to Google Spokesperson, Andy Rubin, the “Android 3.0, Honeycomb, was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization.” He further added that “while we’re excited to offer these new features to Android tablets, we have more work to do before we can deliver them to other device types including phones.”

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Honeycomb Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Revealed at CTIA 2011

Written on March 22, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb has the juicy sweetness that gadget fans are looking for in the tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 makes an appearance at the CTIA 2011, and just like what most tech-savvy cultists out there expected: The Samsung tablet is coming with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Sound the bells, because the first Honeycomb-powered tablet is coming!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is going to roll out some fine-tuned interface under that Android Honeycomb. The tablet will have a Live Panel, which provides users with a fully customizable home screen with all the information he/she needs.

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Top 5 Free Android OS Games for Your Smartphones

Written on March 12, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Android OS may look like it means business on the outside, but deep inside, it's got loads of fun games that will make you forget that Infinity Blade is still on the iOS.

The Google Android OS isn’t particularly the hub where people can get the best gaming apps usually available to the iPhone. Though we’re still hoping for developers to make Android versions of their hit titles like Infinity Blade, Mirror’s Edge, Plants vs. Zombies, there are other games on the Android OS that may tickle our fancy and perhaps make us forget how awesome the iPhone OS games are even for just a moment. We’ve all come to admit that Google Android OS is more business or utility driven, but that doesn’t mean Google doesn’t know how to have some superficial, mind-numbing fun, right?

Hit the break to check out 5 of the best Android games available on the Android Market to date.

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Android Amazon Appstore Possibly Launching This March

Written on March 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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"Launching this month! Amazon Appstore for #Android" ---Millennial Media tweet

There’s no stopping the arrival of the Amazon Appstore for Android, but the question “When will come out?” still hangs in the air. But maybe we can see some shining light over a tweet by ad network Millennial Media which says that the said appstore is “launching this month.” Millenial Media also shared a couple of things about the Amazon.com – Android team-up and how it would be a “great opportunity” for developers to strut their apps. Unfortunately no particular details were shared.

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb Statue Now Up at Google Office

Written on March 01, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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From Eclair to Froyo, to Gingerbread, to Honeycomb. The arrival of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb statue at the Google California campus was satisfyingly delicious.

California, the Honeycomb has landed. We repeat, the Honeycomb has landed and the bee and the android has arrived with it. In Google’s own unique way of inducting their new Android mobile OS to the family, the gigantic company has finally erected the Android 3.0 Honeycomb statue as it makes its stand next to its predecessors, the Eclair, the Froyo and the Gingerbread. If you happen to come around California, then it would be a great idea to drop by Building 44 Google’s California campus, where the statue makes its stand and signals the herald of the new OS.

Hit the break to see how the brilliant people of Google installed the gargantuan sculpture.

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Adobe Flash 10.2 Hints Arrival of Google’s Android Honeycomb in Phones

Written on February 14, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Adobe Flash 10.2 arrives to smartphones 'in the next few weeks.' Adobe Flash 10.2 needs Honeycomb to work well. So is Honeycomb coming 'in the next few weeks' as well?

We still have no idea when the Honeycomb is finally going to hit our phones, and Google isn’t particularly generous in giving a definite/indefinite release date. But we may see some light from a source as credible as the OS giant, Adobe. In a recent Adobe event, the company disclosed that Adobe Flash 10.2 is coming to smartphones ‘in the next few weeks.’

Adobe Flash 10.2 promises lesser CPU use in playing web videos, thus theoretically giving better battery life to Android devices. But Adobe revealed that the Flash 10.2 can’t support earlier versions of the Android OS – thus Google needed to make some adjustments in their next generation OS for the Adobe Flash 10.2 to take full advantage of the device. And when we say next-gen, we mean Honeycomb. Are we going to see Honeycomb in the next few weeks? Well we hope so.

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