Archive for September, 2011

Samsung Tab 8.9 Unboxing and hands-on [WiFi edition]

Samsung Tab 8.9 Unboxing and hands-on [WiFi edition]

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 has landed, the company's second Android Honeycomb slate, delivering more of what we've seen before: easy internet, email and multimedia access in a slimline form-factor. The latest stage of Samsung's iPad assault, the Tab 8.9 has dropped onto the SlashGear test bench today. Question is, can Samsung make a convincing argument for what's only a slightly smaller screen?

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Samsung signs Microsoft patent licensing deal over Android

Samsung signs Microsoft patent licensing deal over Android

Microsoft and Samsung have announced a cross-patenting deal that will see the Korean firm pay royalties for every Android smartphone and tablet it sells, as well as greater collaboration on Windows Phone devices. The license agreement - which Microsoft describes as evidence of "a clear path forward" for Google and others who have complained of the impact of patents on Android's development - means that Microsoft collects cash from two of the largest Android device producers around, Samsung and HTC, leaving Motorola as the obvious missing link.

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RIM PlayBook Android app limits detailed disappointingly

RIM PlayBook Android app limits detailed disappointingly

RIM has confirmed what Android functionality BlackBerry PlayBook owners can expect from their QNX tablets after the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps is released, and it makes for disappointing reading. The list of features confirmed by RIM engineers at Droidcon 2011 in Romania this week, Thinq reports, misses out on several high-profile - and much anticipated - components, such as SIP VoIP and widgets, as well as blocking any apps that rely on Google Maps or text-to-speech.

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Lara Croft and Guardian of Light to be an Xperia Play exclusive

Lara Croft and Guardian of Light to be an Xperia Play exclusive

If you are a mobile gamer that has the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone you will be able to get an exclusive game soon. Square Enix and SE have teamed up to offer Xperia Play users an exclusive Lara Croft game that they can download and play starting in November. The tie up between the two companies will also see more hit game titles heading to the Xperia Play in the coming months.

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Avid Reader? Kindle Fire’s not for you

Avid Reader? Kindle Fire’s not for you

In just a few hours time, Amazon is expected to reveal its latest Kindle model, the Kindle Fire, a tablety-take on what the megaretailer thinks will claw iPad buyers away from Apple's clutches. To do that, it's reportedly readying every aspect of its not-inconsiderable might: multimedia, cloud storage, and the ability to squeeze margins out of content rights-holders like juice from a blood orange. Don't let the Kindle part of the name fool you, however; if you're the avid reader that has so far been Amazon's target customer, the Kindle Fire isn't the product for you.

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