The tablet news never stops. This week, HP permanently dropped the price for the TouchPad and Acer released the first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet. In other news, Samsung is fighting back against Apple’s recent injunction, the Dell Streak died, and Android tablets gain some marketshare from Apple. But before you get the latest scoop in the slate world, check out which device beat the iPad as the best business tablet, plus our EFun Nextbook Next5 review.
Samsung to Defend Galaxy Sales in Europe on August 25
Samsung will head to court August 25 to defend its right to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in most of Europe after a recent preliminary injunction by a German court ceased sales of the slate in all EU countries sans the Netherlands.
In a similar suit, Apple has also filed an injunction on three patent, copyright and design infringements, in the Netherlands to stop the sale of Samsung products in the country, and block distribution to the EU. That particular case will be decided by September 15. If ruled in Apple’s favor, the injunction will take effect October 13.
Despite the ban, some European operators currently selling the Samsung slate are taking a wait-and-see approach, waiting for Samsung to tell them to no longer offer the device.
Apple has said the Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copy its iPad and iPhone, and have made its case global, with lawsuits proceeding in Australia and the U.S. as well. Apple has also targeted Motorola for its Xoom Honeycomb tablet.
Motorola KORE is Not a Tablet
Though rumors swirled earlier that the next Motorola Xoom would sport the “KORE” moniker, a new report confirms the KORE is a personal portable physical activity monitor and fitness device, similar to Nike+. Described as an all-in-one fitness and music device featuring GPS tracking, fitness monitoring and media playback, the Motorola KORE will be accompanied by the Motorola ENERGIA, which is a similar health-focused device.
Ante Up, iPad Owners
Full Deck Hold’Em for the iPad is now available on iTunes for $2.00. The poker game uses the front-facing camera of the iPad 2, which enables up to four friends to chat and play at once via a live video stream. The game has 16 unique iPad-controlled characters and features limit and no limit tables, extra card sets for download and play, achievements, leaderboards, ranking among friends, Facebook friend and avatar integration, auto matchmaking and public and private tables.
Dell Streak No More
Dell has quietly discontinued the five-inch Streak Android smartphone. Many viewed the Streak as a tweener, too big to be a smartphone (which usually top out at 4.3 or 4.5 inches) and too small to be a tablet (which typically bottom out at seven inches).
Seven-inch TouchPad Hits the FCC, Ready for HSPA+
While HP has permanently dropped the price for the first generation TouchPad, the tablet’s HSPA+ brethren is making its way through the FCC. The filing, listed as “TouchPad,” includes labels stating “HSPA+AT&T.” The FCC filing does not list screen size, but it does show the specific ID label, which an eagle-eyed reader deciphered to determine that the product referenced is the seven-inch TouchPad, and not just the AT&T 4G variant of the original.
Dell Latitude XT3 Shipping in September
The Latitude XT3, Dell’s next-gen convertible tablet PC, is now available for purchase via the company’s online store, though the preliminary ship date is September 22. The Latitude XT3 sports a rotating 13.3-inch multitouch screen with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, pen input, and it features a Core i3, i5 or i7 processor—depending on the model purchased—as well as a trackpad. Featuring an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 GPU, the XT3 comes with a HD webcam, Ethernet port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and optional mobile broadband and Bluetooth 3.0. The convertible tablet also features three USB 2.0, IEEE 1394, VGA and HDMI inputs. A memory card reader, 34mm ExpressCard slot and SmartCard Reader are also available, while a fingerprint reader is optional. Battery options include either a six- or nine- cell battery.
Two More Arnova Tabs to Come From Archos
It looks like the eight-inch tablet that passed through the FCC wasn’t the only device set for a summer release by Archos, as two more second-generation Arnovas have surfaced in Hong Kong. The Arnova 7 G2 and 10 G2 run Android Gingerbread and sport capacitive touchscreens. All three tablets will feature a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. Though there is no official release date, the Arnova 7 G2 and 10 G2 will retail for $215 and $250, respectively, converted from Hong Kong pricing. However, it appears the Arnova 7b G2 has just passed through the FCC here in the States, with some changes suggesting it is a different device. The 7b sports curved edges and a more rounded design, with a resistive touch panel. It features 4GB of internal storage and runs Android 2.1.
TabCo Claims Unique Tablet Set for Launch
Despite TabCo’s lack of presence in the tabletsphere, the company has gathered a lot of buzz this week in regards to a new touchscreen tablet that the corporation claims will have a unique design. Recent hints have suggested the device will feature an SD card slot, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a “predictive UI” as the company claims, and may sport a circular display. TaboCo has said the tablet will have multiple language support—perhaps for an international launch—and an OS and gesture-based interface that provides users with a new way to interact with the device. Though there have also been rumors that TabCo is a front for viral marketing and the real company could be an established name like Nokia. But all of these rumors will be put to rest on Monday when TabCo reveals the product.
Source: Fast Company
Honeycomb Update Now Available on G-Slate
The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update is now available on the LG G-Slate. With the OS upgrade, owners of the G-Slate will get Google Videos, allowing them to buy and rent movies, USB accessory support and resizable widgets. Other enhancements include improved widget and browser responsiveness, an expanded recent apps list and a fix for the force close issue in the Google Talk and Music applications.
Android Tablets Steal Shares from Apple
With worldwide annual media tablet shipments expected to top 120 million units in 2015, Android slates have collectively taken 20% market share away from the iPad in the last 12 months, according to numbers released by ABI Research. Yet, no single vendor using Android, or any other OS, has posed a significant challenge against Apple.
Source: ABI Research