New Hulu Plus app arrives on 7 Android tablets
Streaming TV show and movie provider Hulu on Thursday announced it has made its Hulu Plus service on seven new Android tablets. This includes the Acer Iconia Tab line, ASUS Transformer Prime and Eee Pad Transformer, LG G-Slate, Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xyboard 10.1, and Toshiba Thrive. The app (free, Google Play) will become available for more Android tablets in the future as well, Hulu added.
Toshiba AT270 gets our hands-on take
NVIDIA has ended up being the star of Mobile World Congress so far, heading up the processor choice in devices like the HTC One X or LG Optimus 4X HD. A pleasant surprise, however, has been Toshiba's so far still unofficial 7.7-inch tablet, which it briefly teased at CES. It's called the AT270, it runs on a Tegra 3, and NVIDIA let us try what could be one of the more interesting tablets of the show.
BlackBerry PlayBook sees Kindle Fire effect
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook may have seen the same effect on tablet share in Canada as its close cousin the Kindle Fire did in the US, Solutions Research Group said Wednesday. Having had as little as five percent in the fall, it's now estimated to be up to 15 percent of tablets in its home country through the price cut to $200. The shift would have dropped the iPad's share from 86 percent to 68 percent, the Globe and Mail was told.
Budget 7-inch Toshiba tablet images show up
Toshiba may bring a seven-inch budget tablet to CES, if a leak from Notebook Italia proves right. The device doesn't yet have a name, and specs are thin. It will reportedly get a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a touchscreen resolution of 1024x600.
Toshiba Thrive 7 ships Dec 11 but yet has no price
A Toshiba teaser confirmed Saturday that it would ship the Thrive 7 to the US on Sunday, December 11. The company's second tablet in the country will arrive as promised, albeit after a three-month wait. Unusually, Toshiba made no mention of the price, although it's presumed the starter 16GB version will cost less than the $399 for an 8GB 10-inch Thrive.
Global launch plans remain unclear
Although Toshiba has yet to announce US launch plans for its Excite tablet, the company has confirmed that it will be arriving in Canada early in 2012. The 10.1 inch tablet, which was first officially unveiled earlier this year at the IFA expo, will serve as the successor to the company's Thrive tablet, bringing a wide range of improvements.
Toshiba AT200 tablet delayed until January
Despite its recent appearance at the FCC, Toshiba's AT200 tablet won't be out in time for the holidays. Instead, the tablet has been delayed until January, German site Tabtech learned from Toshiba over Facebook. The tablet was originally supposed to ship in the UK at the start of September.
Toshiba Thrive 7 takes second shot at US
Toshiba in an evening unveiling showed the Thrive 7" tablet. The Android 3.2 slate still carries a dual-core Tegra 2 and even a 1280x800 display like its 10-inch cousin, but it shrinks ports to fit the same expansion in a smaller profile. A microSDHC card slot, micro HDMI, and micro USB let it get expansion through either adapters or direct connections, including with a Toshiba-written file transfer app to let users shuffle files.
Leaked Toshiba tablet may be called the 'Excite'
The apparent Toshiba Thrive sequel that recently leaked may launch as the Toshiba Excite, according to information garnered from a Toshiba US trademark filing. The trademark filing clearly refers to a previously unseen Toshiba tablet that carries the new name. Toshiba is also the registered domain name holder for several websites including 'excitetablet.com,' 'excitetablet.net,' 'toshibaexcite.com,' 'toshibaexcite.net' and 'thetoshibaexcite.com,' which also lends the rumor some credibility.
Toshiba plans metal-bound Android tablet
Toshiba plans to make up for many of the mistakes made with the Thrive tablet through a much improved model uncovered in an Italian leak. The new version would scrap the thick and heavy rubberized design for a much thinner, brushed metal design. Expansion would still be a focus, Notebook Italia saw, as Toshiba would switch to micro HDMI, micro USB, and microSD to get similar features, just through adapters.
iPad proving popular with students, teachers
Back-to-computer PC sales -- particularly Apple's -- have been "encouraging," according to UBS analyst Maynard Um. "Demand for Apple's Mac computers remains robust as the brand continues to be the most popular among consumers and students heading back to school," he comments. The trend is "consistent with historical trends of Apple outpacing the overall PC industry growth," he adds.
Android Chainfire beta app controls Canon DSLRs
Chainfire has released a new DSLR Controller beta app ($8.50 Android Market) for controlling Canon's DSLR range of cameras through an Android tablet device, with the only phone supported thus far is the Samsung Galaxy S2 with firmware 2.3.4 or newer. The Beta version connects over USB and requires that the Android device has USB host support. It allows touch focus adjustment, Live View, zoom, a histogram, bulb capture, and control over most other settings.
Download resolves sleep issue
Toshiba has finally released a software update for its Thrive tablet. The company several weeks ago acknowledged a software problem that was preventing some users from waking the tablets from sleep mode, requiring a reboot. The download promises to fix the sleep bug.
iPad tops Android in tablet recommendations
iPad owners are the most likely to recommend their tablets than any other, IHS discovered in a fresh study. Out of 10, Apple users gave their tablets a typical 8.8 rating, making them very likely to suggest an iPad. Unusually, ultra-cheap tablet maker Zenithink was second by the slimmest margin, while Samsung, Archos, and Motorola were near equal.
Toshiba faces up to second buggy tablet launch
Toshiba has acknowledged a bug plaguing its just launched Thrive 7-inch Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet. As Electronista reported on Sunday, the company’s user forums have been hit by a raft of user complaints about the issue. Toshiba says that it is working on a fix for the bug, which is causing its Thrive tablets not to wake up from sleep mode.
U-verse Mobile app comes to Infuse 4G, HD7S, more
AT&T has once again expanded the number of phones that can access its U-verse Mobile app for watching TV shows and scheduling recordings. The newly added Android-powered devices include the LG Thrive and variant LG Phoenix along with the Samsung Infuse 4G, with the Windows Phone-powered HTC HD7S getting the functionality as well. This makes the app available on more than 20 devices and four different operating systems.
Toshiba Thrive faces sleep and reboot bugs
Toshiba faced a second rocky tablet launch this weekend after mounting reports from the company's forums and elsewhere of serious power management issues. Owners are finding the device frequently refusing to wake from sleep and requiring a hard reset. Others have had the reverse problem and seen the tablet turn on itself without prompting.
Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb tablet gets unboxing
The Toshiba Thrive 7-inch Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet has been given an early unboxing ahead of its launch. In the silent video (embedded below) the user shows the device removed from its packaging with a quick view of the tablet itself as the contents of the box. The Thrive, which is due to go on sale on July 10, is shown to be a bit thicker than most of its competition, however, part of the reason for this it holds a replaceable battery that most of its competition lacks.
Best Buy breaks Toshiba Thrive street date
An Austin-area Best Buy has broken the street date on Toshiba's Thrive tablet. Officially due to ship on July 10, the Android 3 tablet was found by one user at the Thrive Forums with not just an active demo unit but 14 in stock and cleared to sell. Only the 16GB models were at the one store, but subsequent checks have found 32GB models at other Best Buy stores.
16GB Toshiba Thrive due at Best Buy on July 10
Toshiba's Thrive tablet will come to Best Buy in 16GB Wi-Fi guise on July 10. This is the first hint of a ship date for the Android 3.1-powered tablet, which went on pre-order on June 13. The devices are already in stock at some Best Buy stores, according to an Engadget tipster.
Toshiba now taking pre-orders for the Thrive
The Toshiba Thrive 10.1-inch Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) tablet is now up for preorder. Users have the option to preorder the tablet through Amazon, Office Depot, or through Toshiba Direct. The tablet is expected to ship on June 13 starting from $429 for an 8GB model.
Toshiba Thrive tablet gets US release info
Toshiba formally threw itself into contention for US tablets with the launch timing for the Thrive. Its dual-core tablet is now due to ship with Android 3.1 and should ship to Best Buy and other stores on June 13, more than five months after it was unveiled at CES. The Japanese company is counting on undercutting Apple on price by offering an 8GB Wi-Fi version of the tablet for just $429; 16GB and 32GB versions will cost $479 and $579.
Name expected to be tied to upcoming tablet
Contrary to recent rumors surrounding the name of Toshiba's upcoming tablet, the company has filed to trademark the term 'Thrive' for an upcoming device specifically described as a "tablet computer." An Engadget report also points out that the company has established a range of domain names that include the term, including ToshibaThrive.com and ThriveTablet.com.