Big news this week in the tabletsphere: the HP TouchPad getting an OTA update and a limited-time discount. While HP was slashing tablet prices, other news broke, such as Twitter creating an HTML5-based site for the iPad, Pierre Cardin offering a polo shirt-inspired tablet, and leaked screenshots detailing the upcoming HTC and Sony tablets. Read on for the skinny regarding the latest tablet news, but don’t forget to check out our review of the Toshiba Thrive and MyHandstand and Mophie Workbook iPad 2 cases first.
HTC Puccini Screen Leak Reveals Apps
Here’s what we know about the HTC Puccini tablet: it will be larger than the seven-inch Flyer, it is coming to AT&T, and it will be loaded up with bloatware, including AT&T apps and game demos, but only if leaked screenshots are to be believed.
Twitter App Offer HTML5 for iPad
Twitter will be offering an HTML5-based Twitter.com for the Apple iPad, which will be accessible to all iPad users within the week. The two-column view of this site is similar to the company’s client for iOS and Android.
Skype Update for Android Includes Tablets
With Skype coming to 15 more Android smartphones, the Skype update also brought the video-calling feature to two tablets: the HTC Flyer and the original seven-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 3G Available Soon Overseas
While there has been no sign of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 hitting the U.S. markets, the device has made an appearance on Amazon’s U.K. site. The slate is currently available for pre-order to ship after August 12 and costs £604.65 or approximately $986.
Source: Amazon UK
Sony Releases Fourth Teaser Video
The fourth installment of Sony videos teasing the S1 and S2 was released on YouTube recently. While the video neglected to detail much of the two tablets’ specs, it did complete the story of the plastic figurines that started in mid-June. Sony promises a fifth installation to come soon and show the whole story.
Leaked Screenshots Reveal S1 and S2 Details
Recently leaked screenshots of the Sony S1 and S2 reveal more than the company’s teaser videos. Both tablets will most likely be shipped with Android 3.2 and will include a Wi-Fi Checker app to help connect to the web. The images also showed Sony will be including a Chumby app, which is interesting because the Sony Dash runs the Chumby OS, and Zinio, a digital magazine publishing platform with apps available for iOS and Android that will most likely come pre-installed. Unfortunately, it looks like the S1 will be using a proprietary adapter for charging. The screenshots also show a on-screen keyboard accompanied by a number pad and a glimpse at Sony’s Music Player app, which will include the SenseMe music mode for mood-based music selections.
Android apps for PlayBook: Not this Summer says Source
Despite RIM announcing Android apps would come to the PlayBook this summer, a new source reports the feature won’t arrive on the BlackBerry slate until late fall.
New Report Predicts More Success for iPad
New research from Digitimes estimates that Apple’s iPad will ship over 40 million tablets this year, thus holding 61 percent of the market share. The report also suggested that 65.2 million tablets would ship in 2011 from manufacturers to retailers.
Time Inc. Offers it all on Tablets
Time Inc. will be the first major publisher to have tablet editions for all its titles when the company’s 21 magazines become available on Apple’s iPad and other slates by the end of this year. The new plan will add titles like In Style, Real Simple and Cooking Light to the four magazines—Time, Sports Illustrated, People and Fortune—that are already offered on a digital subscription.
Source: New York Post
Control your Cannon with an App
A new app allowing users to control their Cannon EOS DSLR camera directly from their phone or tablet, with no computer required, will be available on the Android Market via Chainfire for $8.56. In addition to the software, consumers will need an USB host/On-the-Go USB cable to connect.
Source: Android Police
New Extras Exclusively on the NOOK
Barnes & Noble has announced new content for its NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet, including extras like a prologue video, sketchbook, character bios and a secret Alien Language Translator for customers who download the Cowboys & Aliens graphic novel app in any Barnes & Noble store.
Hex Launches New Line for iPad
Hex announced the launch of a new line of iPad and laptop bags. The two collections will be called Recon and Varsity. The Recon line features industrial grade washed canvas fabric bags, available in khaki and charcoal. The Varsity line includes bags constructed from soft blended wool, providing consumers with durability and functionality. There are eight styles in both collections, including 13-inch and 15-inch messenger bags, laptop bags, laptop sleeve and three backpacks. All bags are available for preorder now, with prices ranging from $79.95 to $89.95, at the Hex website and are expected to ship in mid-August.
Griffin Releases New IntelliCase
Griffin has introduced the IntelliCase, a polycarbonate shell designed specifically for the iPad 2, meant to cover the entire device. The Intellicase, like the original smart cover, puts the iPad to sleep when it’s not being used and will awake it when necessary. Lined with a micro-textured surface, the flexible cover can be folded into an upright workstand or adjusted to the incline of your liking. The IntelliCase comes in black and will cost $59.99, with more details on Griffin’s website.
Qualcomm Revamps Snapdragon Brand for Simplicity
Qualcomm has announced a new tiered naming system for the Snapdragon brand. The new classification will have four levels: S1, S2, S3 and S4; with a higher number meaning better specs. For example, S1 will represent “Mass Market” phones with anything 1GHz or below, while S4 includes everything between 1.6GHz and 2.5GHz (which isn’t anything at the moment).
Pierre Cardin Releases a Trendy Tablet
Now you can accessorize your Pierre Cardin polo shirt with a budget tablet, as the designer has released a 7-inch, Android 2.2-based slate. The PC-7006 device is being sold in the U.K. for £275 ($448, which is very expensive considering the specs) and features 4GB of onboard storage, a 800 x 480 res screen and runs on a Samsung S5PV210 Cortex-A8 at 1GHz.