When the year 2011 is looked back upon by the Google historians, they'll mark it as the first time they officially made an effort to bring the Android platform to devices with displays larger than handheld smartphones - what we saw, as a result, was everything from the XOOM to the ASUS Transformer Prime. The folks at Google created a version of their mobile operating system Android titled Honeycomb and numbered version 3.0. This operating system began its life in the wild on the Motorola XOOM, a 10.1-inch tablet that by the end of the year would be replaced by the XYBOARD, a tablet which physically in weight and thickness to the iPad 2 - the dominant force in the tablet space throughout the vast majority of this past year.
Archos has unveiled a new internet tablet in the UK. The tablet is called the Archos 70b internet tablet. It sells for £179.99 and runs on the Android Honeycomb OS. The 70b is a new and enhanced version of the older Archos 70 internet Tablet. The new 70b has a 1.2GHz processor and it has access to the full Android Market. Update: The Archos 70b Internet Tablet will drop in the US next month, priced at $199.99.
As you may have guessed, we're big on tablets at SlashGear, and so when Archos offered us its 10.1-inch Archos 101 Internet Tablet, we thought we'd offer it to our readers in a new giveaway. The Android slate weighs just 480g and is a mere 12mm thick, and is idea for web-browsing and multimedia playback.
The two new Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets aren't Archos' only new products to use Google's open-source OS; the company also has the somewhat more unusual Archos 35 Home Connect and the companion Smart Home Phone, a chumby-style internet radio and a DECT cordless home phone. Announced last week, we rolled up our sleeves and had a fondle of them today.
Ever since the iPad debuted, e-readers were thought to be a dying breed with Amazon's Kindle on the preemptive attack with commercials touting its glare-free e-ink display as opposed to the iPad's glossy screen. However, a new report from Pew shows that so far e-readers are still going strong. In fact, their survey shows that e-readers not only have a greater ownership percentage but also a stronger growth rate when compared to tablets.
Consumer Reports has never been keen on the iPhone 4, criticizing both the original AT&T and newer Verizon versions for their antenna performance, but the independent buyers' guide has no such qualms about the iPad 2. "Some series competitors are finally hitting the market" the organization says, but having tested ten models they're still leaning toward recommending the Apple slate.
Before all else, lets travel into the future - behold Technology Predictions for 2011 by supreme master predictor mister Ben Bajarin. Stay futuristic with another prediction by Chris Davies: 2011: The Year of Pentaband? Then come back to the now and here where a man punches a 15 year old in the arm for not turning off his iPhone. Reflect back on the blue and the green with Philip Berne in a column by the name of What I Learned From a Year in 3D. Think an unreasonable amount about ad consistency, location, method changes in Angry Birds on Android, and check out ARCHOS brand new Android based 3D MP3 players and 250GB HD tablets! And what's this - Verizon to focus on Android, not iPhone at CES 2011? All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!
Archos is on a roll today. After officially announcing, and making available for purchase the Archos 70 Internet tablet, the company has also released a pair of Personal Media Players. Smaller form factors, but with the Android Operating System (OS) tucked away inside, making the devices more than just your average MP3 or MP4 player. You'll get to connect to friends, and play games, all on a small "tablet" device.
Archos has just pulled the official curtain off the company's latest Android-based Internet tablet. The Archos 70 Internet tablet may just look like another tablet on the outside, especially when compared to previously released Archos-branded Android-based tablet devices, but this one's special. Why? Because this one's the first Android tablet to feature a 250GB hard drive under the hood.
French legislators are considering imposing a tablet-tax that would affect all models with at least 40GB of internal storage, though Windows-based slates would be exempt. The proposal, reported by Numerama, is part of French "private copy" taxation which imposes extra fees on digital media like blank CDs, DVDs and thumb-drives; it's estimated it would add up to €12 ($16) to the cost of Apple's top-spec iPad or Android tablets. However, because Windows is classed as a "full" OS rather than a mobile one like iOS or Android, it escapes the taxation.
Several models in Archos' newest Android tablet line-up have gone on sale, after making their debut at IFA 2010 several months ago. The Archos 70 - which has a 7-inch display - and the Archos 43 - with a 4.3-inch display - are both up for order at the company's webstore, priced at $274.99 and $249.99 respectively.