This week buzzed with news of complaints from owners of the recently released Toshiba Thrive, along with celebrations from Apple for their record breaking third quarter revenue. But there were also some smaller stories that fell of the radar, including aother new tablet from Lenovo and even more good news for the Mac maker.
Once you’ve updated your knowledge on what’s happening in the tablet world today, don’t forget to check out TabletPCReview’s critique of the Leader Impression 10 Tablet and Puzzle Agent 2 HD. Also check out the unveiling of Lenovo’s three new tablets, with two that finally bring Netflix to Honeycomb.
Another Addition to the Lenovo Tablet Family, Perhaps
Rumors surrounding a 7-inch sibling to the 10-inch IdeaPAd K1 and ThinkPad tablets recently released by Lenovo soar as a model bearing the numbers IdeaPad A1-07 and LePad A1-07 passes through the FCC. Though these speculations aren’t certain, one thing is known for sure, the A1-07 will sport Bluetooth. In addition, someone may have snapped a photo of Lenovo’s mystery device.
RIM is Good to Go with Gov.
RIM’s PlayBook tablet has received the ok for use in U.S. federal government agencies. It is the first tablet computer to receive the FIPS 140-2 certification, which is used to judge the security of a mobile device, servers, routers and firewalls for use by federal agencies.
Apple’s iPad Trumps Android in Business Market
While the tablet makes its way to becoming a staple in enterprise, it seems the iPad is the go-to gadget. According to Good Technology, 27 percent of the devices activated by their business customers in the second quarter were tablets, with 95 percent of those being iPads. For the first time, iPad and iPad 2 activations surpassed Android smartphones in the enterprise, according to the survey.
Vizio Tablets Hit Stores, Starting at Costco
The Vizio Tablet has begun to show up in Costco stores and on the company’s website. This home-theater-centric, budget tablet, which features a custom UI, small internal storage and RAM and a slower single core Marvell CPU, is known as the VTAB1008 and costs $329 at Costco, which is $20 less than the MSRP.
Viliv, Could this be the End?
Amid rumors that Viliv has been searching to find a buyer for its tablet and convertible notebook designs, more reports surface hinting that the ultramobile PC and MID manufacturer is on the brink of shutting down. A large indicator that the company is having issues is the out of service US support line, which has been disconnected according to the prerecorded message, though this is due to the summer holiday according to Viliv’s Korean site. The company last showed new products at CES 2011, debuting two Android tablets – the X7 and X10 – and a Windows slate, the X70.
Sony Teasers Give a Better Look at S1 and S2
A third installment of the Rube Goldberg style teaser tablet videos for the Sony S1 and S2 allows audiences a glimpse at a few notable features, including the eBook reader functionality with the clamshell S2 and a look at Crash Bandicoot in action. The video also shows the music player app and movie watching with the Green Hornet. Both tablets are set for a fall launch, though no prices are available at this time.
Google Allows Multiple AKPS for a Single App
In a move to maintain good-ties with its third-party app developers, Google has allowed them to upload multiple APKs to the Android Market under a single product title. This allows developers the ability to subtly offer different versions of their app to various devices and OS software without compromising download stats, user reviews or billiing data.
Adam 2 Underway
Developments on an Adam 2 by Notion Ink are underway, with the device set to debut at CES in 2012. The new tablet is rumored to be powered by a new Nividia Tegra 3 processor, which packs in a 12-Core Nvidia GPU with support for 3D stereo and video output up to 2560 x 1600. There is also speculation that the second generation Adam will run on Android OS 3.2 and feature two rear-facing cameras.
Source: msn News
HP TouchPad now Equipped with Kindle App
A beta version of Amazon’s Kindle app is now available for the HP TouchPad, which can be found in the webOS App Catalog. However, the eBook app is restricted only to the United States at the present time. Though there are some bugs in the system, like multiple copies of the same book appearing, the app offers users the ability to search books, take notes, highlight passages and sync previously purchased books on the TouchPad.
OMAP 4 Powered Tablets to Ship in Fall
Archos has announced that its G9 tablets, featuring OMAP 4 dual-core 1.5 GHz chip, will ship in September. The 8-inch model, which will have a screen resolution of 1024 x 768, will be available with 8GB, 16GB or 250GB of internal storage for $300, $330 or $370, respectively. The tablet will also be offered in a 10-inch model with a pseudo-standard 1280 x 800 and will be sold starting at $370 for 8GB, $400 for 16GB and $470 for 250 GB. All tablets will sport a 720P front-facing camera and will be powered by Android 3.1. While these are all Wi-Fi models, 3G Archos will be offering 3G USB dongle on a $49 pay-as-you-go plan.
Source: IT WORLD