Moments ago Verizon Wireless announced that its customers can now pre-order a 4G LTE version of Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The device is powered by Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), sports a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz, offers a 3.2-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video, and more. It will be available in “metallica gray” or “glossy white,” in 16GB and 32GB flavors. The 16GB Galaxy Tab 10.1 will set you back $529.99 while the 32GB one will cost you $629.99. Verizon is offer four different tablet plans: $20 for 1GB of data per month, $35 for 3GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB. The carrier said it expects the tablet to ship in the next 4-6 weeks.
Gingerbread is lurking deep in the recesses of your Honeycomb, Android tablet. According to a report filed by mobile blog Pocketables, the interface you’re presented with on your Honeycomb tablet can be changed by adjusting your tablet’s perceived screen density. On a rooted Dell Streak 7 running Android 3.1, the default interface experience is the new Honeycomb UI — complete with updated widgets, homescreens, and controls. By changing a single line, thereby tricking that tablet into thinking its pixel density is 170 instead of 160, the Gingerbread layout is presented upon reboot. What does this mean for you? Nothing… but it is pretty cool to see in action. Hit the jump to see a video demo and let us know what you think. More →
We’ve just scored some hands-on time with Samsung’s latest Android tablet, the new and improved Galaxy Tab 10.1. Officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress, the device was re-announced — with new and improved specifications — at CTIA in March. The tablet that we fondled is a “Limited Edition” Tab, complete with a white alien-engraved backing made just for Google I/O attendees. Our first impressions? Thin. Like, really thin. And the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in case you haven’t looked at the pictures yet, is absolutely gorgeous. Darkened chrome bezel, textured polymer backing, nearly perfect weight… it’s all there. The device we have is running Android 3.0 but we’re being told that it will be updated to the just-announced Android 3.1 in the “new few weeks.” Having handled the original Tab 10.1, we’re definitely happy that Samsung took some extra time to refine the design before pushing it out to market. We’ve got a handful of images waiting for you in the gallery linked below, so have a look for yourself and let us know what you think.
Let’s be honest, the enterprise server market isn’t typically considered an area of strength for iDevice-maker Apple — and this next announcement seems to reaffirm that to the world. The company has posted a note on its Xserve splash page that states: “Xserve will no longer be available after January 31.” The company does go on to say that it will continue to support the pricey server. Apple has also made a PDF “transition guide” for Xserve-enthusiasts (if they exist) available, which explains what the Mac OS X Server options are going forward. All the literature is worded with the exact same verbiage: “Apple is transitioning away from Xserve.”
The statement does make us wonder what the company’s plans are for its Mac OS X Server software product. Think Apple will license its server software to run on other, generic, OEM server hardware, or do you think Apple is just throwing in the proverbial tower altogether? The current recommendation in the company’s transition guide touts the Mac Pro and Mac Mini, pre-loaded with Mac OS X Server, as an alternative. Although, if you’re a company in need of serious servers, you definitely aren’t considering either of those machines.
We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update this post with any additional information they provide.
This little tidbit ranks pretty high on the rumor Richter scale, but we thought we would pass along the intel anyways. For those of you who like to be hip, and with it, you’ll definitely want to know that Google’s next, next iteration of Android (after Gingerbread) will be called Honeycomb. The scoop comes from technology blog techradar, and the publication writes, “Android Honeycomb will probably be Android 3.1 or Android 3.2, rather than a leap to the unimaginable magic of Android 4.0.” What do you think of the alleged new name? More →
Last night we told you that iPhone OS 3.1 beta was released to developers and we’re pretty sure each and every one of them has had a pretty long night of playing, err, working with the new OS. Thankfully however, one anonymous tipster took a break from getting his or her 3.1 on to send us a quick breakdown of the changes so far in this build:
- Options for MMS are back on AT&T, but not sending or receiving.
- Non-destructive video editing means trimming a clip no longer saves over the original video but gives you the option to “Save as copy…”
- Voice Control now works over Bluetooth
- iPhone vibrates when moving icons
- Updated AT&T profile to 4.2
- Updated modem firmware to 5.08.01
- Improvements to OpenGL and Quartz
- APIs to allow third party apps to access videos and edit them
- You can now paste phone numbers into the phone app’s dialer. This wasn’t possible under 3.0
- While pasting phone numbers, a neat feature is that it will convert alphanumeric phone numbers into a real phone number (e.g. 1-800-FLOWERS becomes 1-800-356-9377)
- Calendar appointment popup notifications now display the “Location” field from the calendar entry
- Ability to save video attachments in emails to your camera roll
One item we notice to be MIA from the listed changes is a fix for the widespread squealing issue we broke last month. Considering Apple’s refusal to comment on the matter, perhaps the company is just hoping everyone forgets about it. Then again, maybe Cupertino will swoop in under the radar and sneak a fix past us in the release build. Yeah, we hope the latter is the case — and our ear drums hope so, too.
Thanks, Jeff / The iPhone Blog!
You know that really fun game you play, Nokia smartphone owners, where a firmware update is released in one region and you get to sit there all angry until your product code is finally recognized and NSU allows you to update? Well apparently Adobe is familiar with that game as well because an updated version of Flash Lite for the 5800 XpressMusic has just been released. Rather than force users to wait for Nokia to finally get around to issuing a firmware update, the new Flash Lite build is available as a stand alone update. Woo! Here’s the change log according to Adobe:
- Improved Web Browsing, 91% of top 500 internet sites
- Flash 9 (AS2 only) support
- Local Connection / HTML Text / GetURL_target / CSS support / WMode
- H.264 support / Improved video support (smoothing, seek)
- Improved memory handling for images
- MP3 Streaming support
- Support for hardware acceleration – Flash Lite 3.1 supports OpenVG 1.1 to improve flash rendering performance on capable devices
- Linux Reference port
Now it’s true that the update might not be available for all regions just yet, but at least we can anticipate a shorter wait than if we were waiting for new firmware. Users who can access the update are reporting much smoother in-broswer video playback so it should be worth the [hopefully brief] wait. To see if the update is available in your region, check the App Update app on your 5800.
The election is over, the country is responding and here all we can think about is the fact that Windows 3.x is now officially dead and buried. Ok that’s not entirely true, but it really is the end of an era. Windows 3.x, the game-changer that it was, survived for 18 great years though it really hasn’t been relevant for quite a while. Licenses were still available up until a few days ago however, as some systems such as cash registers in dire need of an update still run the classic OS. Look at how sexy this baby was…