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ARCHOS 80 G9 Review [Video]

ARCHOS 80 G9 Review [Video]

It's time for the G9 series of Android tablets from ARCHOS, a Texas Intstruments OMAP4 dual-core 1GHz processor toting set of unique-looking pieces of hardware set to hit the streets of North America soon. What we've got here is the smaller of the two, the 80, the more enticingly sized tablet while the 101 version, at 10.1 inches, sits kindly in a stream of 10.1-inched tablets that appears never-ending. Both tablets have essentially the same set of specs, other than the screen size, so come with us here on a journey that'll reveal what you'll be getting out of either.

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Archos 80 G9 Hands-on and Unboxing [Video]

Archos 80 G9 Hands-on and Unboxing [Video]

It's time to look at another Android tablet here on SlashGear, this one coming correct with the first dual-core processor to exist on an Android tablet that's not a Tegra 2. This is the ARCHOS 80 G9 tablet, one of two, the larger being the 101, both of them holding basically the same set of specs inside. Will the kickstand on this lovely little mid-sized tablet make it stand up against the competition, or will it down in a sea of tablet-like devices? We shall see!

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Google’s Next Nexus Phone Details Roundup [Mid-Sept 2011, pre-release]

Google’s Next Nexus Phone Details Roundup [Mid-Sept 2011, pre-release]

Each time Google creates a new version of Android, they work with a manufacturer of smartphones or tablets as well as a processor manufacturer to create a hero device to host a completely vanilla (otherwise known as totally nude, clean) version of their software. The most recent examples of this come in the Nexus S, out for sale now on three carriers across the USA working with Google's latest smartphone OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. For tablets, there's the Motorola XOOM, available as both a Wi-fi only device and a Verizon-carried device featuring Google's latest tablet-based mobile OS, Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Though the XOOM isn't technically following the naming scheme, each Google Android hero phone is part of the "Nexus" line, the next of these set to feature the Android system to tie handsets and tablets together in one: Ice Cream Sandwich. While we still do not know the Android number (2.4 or 4.0), we have a collection of details on this device that's sure to get you salivating.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich Pegged for October by manufacturer

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Pegged for October by manufacturer

It appears that the people behind the long-silent Notion Ink group have come back from the dead to note that they'd not only be adding Ice Cream Sandwich to their Android tablet "Adam", they'd be doing so in November, right after the launch date of the platform which is, they say, late October. Now it's not too much of a stretch to think that the author of this news release, Rohan Shravan, has just been reading Android blogs for the past few weeks and is just guessing that the rumors are true, but there is a point to consider: he's been right before. On the other hand, he's been terribly unreliable before as well.

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Intel to show Windows 8 tablets, ultrabooks at Build

Intel to show Windows 8 tablets, ultrabooks at Build

Intel may be showing off some tablets and ultrabooks running Windows 8 at both the Intel Developer Forum and at Microsoft's Build developer conference, which kicks off tomorrow. We'll be covering the Build event live, so make sure to check back for all the developments. It's believed that Microsoft could be giving away a Windows 8 tablet from Samsung, so there should be some good Windows 8 hardware to see this week.

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DROID BIONIC Review

DROID BIONIC Review

Smartphone users are a demanding lot. Give them the latest version of Android, big displays and 4G LTE connectivity, and they ask for a dual-core processor as well. Until now it's been too much to ask of Verizon, but all that changed with the arrival of the much-anticipated DROID BIONIC by Motorola this week. Announced back at CES in January and then variously updated and delayed since, Verizon promises that this is the fastest 4G phone around. Is this finally the LTE Android to satisfy speed-freaks? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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DROID BIONIC First-Impressions [video]

DROID BIONIC First-Impressions [video]

We've been waiting for the DROID BIONIC by Motorola for some time, now. Verizon has had 4G LTE Android smartphones before, of course, but they've always come with a compromise: so far, if you've wanted LTE then you've also had to make do with a single-core processor. The DROID BIONIC changes that, packing not only high-speed wireless connectivity but a dual-core 1GHz CPU as well, putting the speedy Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread experience on a 4.3-inch qHD anti-reflective touchscreen. That's plenty of boxes ticked from the off; read on for all our first-impressions.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Texas Instruments Collaboration Promised for Fall Rollout

Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Texas Instruments Collaboration Promised for Fall Rollout

Before we begin, note that we said this same thing back in June on the first. It appears that Texas Instruments will be first in efforts to graphically represent their support for Android's newest operating system, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, a system Google promises will meld the handset version and the tablet version of the Android mobile OS together with two layers of lovely chocolate sandwich bits. What Texas Instruments has done today is show one frame of a slideshow (shown below) to publishers that its representatives are calling a promotional image that Texas Instruments will use for events "in the fall." This more than likely means that Ice Cream Sandwich will indeed be released before the end of the year and that we'll see some powerful new chipsets coming out with TI before 2012 arrives as well.

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Qualcomm roadmap leaks; Rivals “haven’t mastered” power/performance balance says VP

Qualcomm roadmap leaks; Rivals “haven’t mastered” power/performance balance says VP

Details of Qualcomm's processor roadmap for 2012 and 2013 have emerged, with the company planning to leverage its "Krait" next-gen chips for up to 2.5GHz quadcore MSM8974 SoCs. According to a roadmap leaked to MobileTechWorld, the MSM8930 and MSM8230 will arrive first, in Q3 2012, with dualcore 1-1.2GHz Krait cores, Adreno 305 graphics and LTE/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA support. It's all part of what Qualcomm chipset VP Raj Tulluri described to SlashGear as a "measured" approach to the battery and performance balance, something the exec doesn't believe rivals NVIDIA or Texas Instrument can compete on.

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1080p Netflix on Android imminent says TI after OMAP4 certification

1080p Netflix on Android imminent says TI after OMAP4 certification

Netflix streaming at full HD 1080p resolution on Android mobile devices could be with us imminently, with the news that Texas Instruments' OMAP4 platform has become the first to be Netflix HD certified. OMAP4's combination of 1080p-capable dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores and the M-Shield security technology were apparently enough to convince Netflix that not only was the platform good enough to deliver Full HD, but in a way that would stop nefarious users from ripping the high-def clips and sharing them illegally.

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