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Target Android tablet selection lifted above Apple’s iPad 2

Target Android tablet selection lifted above Apple’s iPad 2

This week Target will be evolving their mobile selection in several places, most notably in the tablet department, where Android tablets will be much closer to the smartphone selection than the iPad 2. For those of you that follow my analytics of the Target department store chain (whose home is right here in sunny Minnesota), you know that I've had more than one conniption fit over both the placement of Android tablets and the arrangement of their entire mobile section in general. Just this morning while picking up some random oddities, I noticed that big red may well have heard my siren call: the Android tablets are now less than 10 feet away from the smartphones.

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NVIDIA details Variable SMP, the brain of quad core mobile computing

NVIDIA details Variable SMP, the brain of quad core mobile computing

The folks at NVIDIA are coming out with a quad core processor for mobile devices this year, and they're making no jokes about it happening sooner than later. We've just seen a Windows 8 tablet said to be running on the SoC already, and we're pretty much betting the farm on there being an Android tablet and/or smartphone with the new CPU before the end of 2011. Today NVIDIA takes us on a short tour through vSMP or Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing, the technology which makes Kal-El work as well as it does. With the details of this tech comes a bombshell: Project Kal-El will have a fifth CPU core, called the "Companion" core, which will handle low frequency tasks in the background.

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NVIDIA expands on Project Kal-El, adds a fifth core

NVIDIA expands on Project Kal-El, adds a fifth core

Those interested in the processing power of mobile devices running any and all operating systems should be aware of NVIDIA's Project Kal-El, a quad core CPU the group is prepping for a late 2011 released. We first learned about this project (and future projects with similar code-names) back at Mobile World Congress 2011 where we also got our first eyes-on look at the processing power it presented via a game called Great Battles: Medieval. It was here that we got our first glance at a quad core processor working on a mobile platform, and as it was said back then, multi-core processing is, and will continue to be, massively important to mobile computing. What NVIDIA provides us today is a stripped-down and simple look at why the next generation, quad core, is much better than dual core in basically every way.

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LG Optimus Note Revealed as group’s 4th dual-core Android [Video]

LG Optimus Note Revealed as group’s 4th dual-core Android [Video]

As a manufacturer, LG is no stranger to dual-core Android goodness, having been the first (or certainly one of the first) groups to bring more than one core to a smartphone with the LG G2x (also called the Optimus 2X internationally), then the LG G-Slate (a dual-core tablet), finally the Optimus 3D (aka the Thrill 4G) to the Android world. Now they appear very much to be coming back with a slide-out keyboard on a device called the LG Optimus Note and their 2-1 and possibly 3-1 favorite for dual-core processors, the NVIDIA Tegra 2 running inside.

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7x Android Tablet Hands-on [Video]

ViewSonic ViewPad 7x Android Tablet Hands-on [Video]

This week we got the opportunity to take a hands-on look at quite a few devices, today playing host to a set of tablets that may well change the tablet world forever - is the ViewSonic ViewPad 7x one of them? This is an Android 3.2.x Honeycomb tablet, a tablet we first got wind of earlier today, this year's IFA conference in Berlin certainly not letting us down on the tablet front. You'll find a whole new user interface, a lovely 7-inch display size, and the quality you've come to expect from all ViewSonic hardware.

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Sony Tablet P Hands-On

Sony Tablet P Hands-On

The folks at Sony have created a brand new folding Android tablet by the name of Sony Tablet P, and today we've got a hands-on rundown of the device for you to get a clear view of what it will mean for you to work and play with it in the future. To understand what many of the concepts and ideas our Sony host in the video below is speaking about, you'll want to see out full Sony Tablet S Review, as this Tablet P and the Tablet S go hand-in-hand when it comes to Sony's current vision for the Android-based tablet environment as it exists for you the entertainment seeker, worker, and game player. Then continue on below to see what might be the most enticing folding two-display device we've seen since before Android was invented.

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NVIDIA Web-Based Tegra Zone Launched [Hands-On]

NVIDIA Web-Based Tegra Zone Launched [Hands-On]

Today the folks at NVIDIA have announced officially their web-based version of NVIDIA Tegra Zone, a Tegra 2 dual-core tablet and super phone processor specific portal for apps, news, and news about apps. The apps you're going to be seeing here, as shown in our full review of mobile app version of the market, are on the whole available for NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor toting devices exclusively, and with this web-based addition to this ecosystem, the Tegra Zone becomes just as versatile as the Android Marketplace itself - or certainly close to it. It's like a guide for ultimate dual-core wins.

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Iconia Tab A100 Unboxing and hands-on [video]

Iconia Tab A100 Unboxing and hands-on [video]

The 7-inch form factor may have opened up the Android tablet market, with Samsung's Galaxy Tab paving the way even before Google believed the platform was ready for slates, but since then all has been quiet on the tweener front. Honeycomb's unsuitability for medium-sized screens left several companies with their tablets on the back-burner; those that did launch, like HTC with the Flyer, stuck to smartphone versions of Android rather than risk poor compatibility. Now, bringing Android 3.2 Honeycomb to market comes the Acer Iconia Tab A100, a 7-inch dual-core model promising the performance of its bigger siblings but the pocket-friendliness of a filofax.

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Samsung Galaxy R gets Hands-On Treatment from NVIDIA

Samsung Galaxy R gets Hands-On Treatment from NVIDIA

The handset part of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor-toting Android family is expanding, this newest member making the total five with a whole slew of tablets already out there in the wilderness as well. We've gotten to review each and every one of these devices: Motorola ATRIX 4G, Motorola DROID X2, Motorola PHOTON 4G, T-Mobile G2X by LG, and now the Samsung Galaxy R, each of them rolling out with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 Super Chip, that being a dual-core processor with access to the NVIDIA Tegra Zone, mobile apps which work ONLY with Tegra-enhanced devices. With its 4.19-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD touhscreen, Gingerbread Android operating system, and 5 megapixel camera on the back, this device is shaping up to be the herald of the Galaxy S II, will it stick around for the party?

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2011 The Year of NVIDIA dominating Android Superphones and tablets

2011 The Year of NVIDIA dominating Android Superphones and tablets

The year 2011 has been a time of many advancements for Android, not least of all in the land of processors. In the United States, the Motorola ATRIX 4G was the first dual-core Android handset to hit the shelves, while the first dual-core tablet was the Motorola XOOM. Besides both of these devices being Motorola, what's do they both have in common? They've both got the power of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor inside. From the very start of this dual-core revolution here in the USA, NVIDIA has been dominating the market.

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