Docks for Transformer tablets add extra battery capacity, ports
Asus has shown off two new additions to its Transformer range of convertible devices, The Transformer Book Trio is billed as a "three in one" device that converts between an Android tablet, a Windows 8 notebook, and a Windows 8 desktop PC, while the Transformer Pad Infinity is an upgraded version of something the company has demonstrated previously.
Runs Android when used as tablet, Windows 8 PC in dock
Asus has put its combined all-in-one desktop PC and tablet on sale in the United States. The Transformer AiO runs Windows 8 while docked, for use as a computer, which then switches to an Android-powered slate. This in theory would allow users to just use one device for two completely different purposes.
Droid 4 gets Android 4.0
The Droid 4 has had its build of Android 4.0 approved, and the update is now available for users. The update brings improved battery management, better multitasking, and better camera functions. Users can check to see if the update is available in their area by checking System > About Phone > System Updates. [via Droid Life]
New Asus Transformer tablets using double RAM of Android versions
Asus is bringing out two versions of the Transformer tablet running Windows 8. The Tablet 600 will be an ARM-based Windows 8 RT device, while the Tablet 810 integrates an Intel processor to power a full version of Windows 8. Both tablets will have a RAM boost compared to their Android-based counterparts, but will retain the mobile dock that converts them into small notebooks.
comScore shows Kindle Fire propping up Android
Amazon's Kindle Fire now makes up the absolute majority of the Android tablet platform in the US, comScore found in a fresh study. The e-reader and tablet crossover represented 54.4 percent of all Android tablets sold in the country. At second place, the entire Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup comprised just 15.4 percent of Android slates.
ASUS prices, dates mobile gear for Italy
At the Milan Design Week, ASUS priced and dated many of its upcoming portable products for the European market, Notebook Italia learned. The Padfone will ship late in May, or about a month later than in its home market of Taiwan. Its price at a telephone operator hasn't been revealed, but the Padfone Station that includes the 32GB handset and a docking tablet that's coming in June will cost 700 euros (about $914).
OTA update already arriving in US
Just days after teasing "awesome" new features coming to the Transformer Prime, ASUS has begun rolling out a software update for its flagship tablet. The software update adds compatibility for an upcoming Ethernet accessory, which is expected to mimic the MacBook Air solution by plugging directly into an existing USB port.
Google to open own online tablet store
Google is expecting to start selling Android tablets directly, sources claimed Thursday night. It would run an online store that would carry third-party devices from companies like ASUS and Samsung, the Wall Street Journal said. Some of these would be Google co-branded, but that was a reference to regular third-party devices that had met the terms for the branding and not part of an official Google-designed tablet.
Developer brings Metro UI look to Android tablets
Owners of the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 got a unique take on the interface this week with a new modification from BroBot175 for a look inspired by Windows 8's Metro UI. The Android tablet needs to be rooted using the ClockworkMod recovery, and the project is in a beta stage. It will also work on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer.
HD tablet targets mobile entertainment enthusiasts
Along with the entry level Transformer Pad 300, ASUS has used Mobile World Congress to introduce a high-end tablet with home cinema qualities. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1920x1200 Super IPS+ screen protected by Gorilla Glass 2. The display puts out 600 nits brightness making it viewable in sunlight.
Eee Pad Transformer finally gets OTA Android 4.0
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer owners from around the world are reporting they're seeing the promised Android 4.0 update arriving on their tablets. The 3G versions of the tablets aren't being updated yet, however. Some countries aren't yet getting the update either, form the discussion thread on the XDA-Developers forum.
Eee Pad Transformer adds Android 4 in Taiwan first
ASUS posted confirmation Thursday that its long-promised Android 4.0 update to the original Eee Pad Transformer was starting to roll out. Beginning with Taiwan, over-the-air updates were supplying the OS to the company's first native Android tablet. Other countries would get the update "soon after," although it declined to give exact schedules.
ASUS Transformer TF300T matches Acer A510
The specs for the forthcoming ASUS Transformer TF300T have leaked courtesy of Table Two. They reveal a device that is likely to be pitched head-to-head with the Acer A510 as it is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 clocked at 1.2GHz, matched with 1GB of RAM. Both devices also center on a 10.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800 and run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Android 4 to wait
ASUS hinted at possible setbacks on getting the Eee Pad Transformer's Android 4.0 update to users. Having originally pegged it for mid-February, ASUS through its Singapore branch briefed owners that it would be ready within a "Feb/March 2012 period." No explanation was given for the setback.
Study shows Kindle Fire hurting Android rivals
A rare breakdown of tablet market share by IHS iSuppli has shown that the Kindle Fire may be doing more damage to other Android manufacturers than to Apple. Amazon was estimated to have shipped 3.9 million units in the fall, or enough to get it 14 percent of the market. While this dropped the iPad's 15.4 million units from 64 percent share to 57, other Android supporters lost over a quarter of their own share.
ASUS sets original Transformer upgrade schedule
ASUS in a brief answer on Facebook explained that the original Eee Pad Transformer would get its Android 4.0 update in February. The terse answer didn't give a schedule for the rollout, although the Wi-Fi only releases should let most owners upgrade within days. The upgrade should bring the updated interface and improved speed, although it won't be as dramatic an improvement as on phones.
ASUS previews Windows 8, sharp Android tablets
ASUS in a presentation in Taiwan confirmed its commitment to Windows 8 tablets while also renewing its efforts in Android. Eee Systems chief Samson Hu mentioned with Netbook News present that there would be an ARM-based tablet using Microsoft's new OS. Partly supporting rumors of a September date, Hu said it would arrive before the end of the year, hinting at a wait for Windows 8 itself.
ASUS sets modest targets for 2012 tablets
ASUS chairman Jonney Shih set broad but modest targets for his company's tablets in statements this week. He expected three million to six million tablets shipping through all of the year, CENS said. The company has repeatedly estimated that it would deliver 1.8 million Eee Pads in 2011.
ASUS says it stays committed to Android tablets
ASUS spokesman Gary Key responded Friday to interpretations of a rumor that his company might quit tablets. He told CNET that the Digitimes claims, where ASUS and others would bow out because they didn't have the ecosystems of Apple's iPad or Amazon's Kindle Fire, were "unfounded." Possibly prompted by the nature of the question, he limited the scope to Android tablets and not Windows.
Lenovo preps Tegra 3 ultimate tablet
Lenovo is hoping to put itself out in front of the next iPad update and other competitors with an imminent tablet launch, a leak uncovered Monday. The unnamed 10-inch tablet seen by Engadget would be just the second with a 1.6GHz Tegra 3 quad-core chip and would have an uncharacteristically large 2GB of faster 1,600MHz DDR3 memory. It would also be the first to ship with Android 4.0 from the start, as its fellow Tegra 3 rival the Transformer Prime may still arrive with 3.2.
First device to integrate NVIDIA's quad-core chip
ASUS' Transformer Prime tablet appears to have been dissected by the FCC during tests for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Commission's photographs provide an early look at the device's internal components, including NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset. The Prime is expected to be the first device to arrive on the market with the new quad-core processor.
Tablet hybrid set to arrive November 9
ASUS' Transformer Prime tablet appears to have arrived at the FCC for compliance tests. Commission documents do not shed light on any unexpected features, however the device's presence at the FCC suggests the company is on track with its launch plans that are expected to be fully detailed at an event on November 9.
Transformer Prime to first ship with Android 3.2
When the ASUS Transformer Prime launches on November 9, it will ship with Android 3.2 onboard rather than Android 4.0, Germany's TabletBlog reported. ASUS Germany itself hinted at this through its Facebook page, stating the device, along with the Eee Pad and Eee Pad Slider, will be upgradeable to Android 4.0. Exactly when such an update will be made available, however, hasn't been revealed.
Tablet features brushed aluminum case
ASUS' Transformer Prime has surfaced in the wild, providing a closer look at the revamped design. The image leak shows what appears to be a brushed aluminum case surrounding the back of the tablet, with a matching aluminum keyboard dock. The notebook accessory is built with an island-style keyboard that resembles an 11-inch MacBook Air.
Transformer sequel, Transformer Prime inbound
The ASUS Transformer sequel, the Transformer Prime, has been given a teaser page by the company. The Transformer Prime is the new halo product from the company and follows in the footsteps of its predecessor by offering a combined tablet and docking keyboard configuration. At the heart of the new device is NVIDIA's latest mobile processor, the ARM Cortex A9-based Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
ASUS Transformer Prime official Nov 9 with Tegra 3
ASUS CEO Jonney Shih took the stage at the AsiaD conference to tease the Transformer Prime, its sequel to its relatively hot-selling Eee Pad Transformer tablet. The 10-inch slate should be the first major tablet, if not tablet of any kind, to ship with NVIDIA's Tegra 3. The chip is considered the first real quad-core mobile processor and technically has a fifth core to handle low-level tasks.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2 shows MB Air clues
ASUS' Facebook page on Wednesday teased the upcoming Eee Pad Transformer 2. Although it would only call the Android tablet "the next transformation," the quick glimpse showed a much slimmer device than the original. The glossy black and brushed aluminum design appears more clearly patterned both after its own Zenbooks and, by extension, Apple's MacBook Air.
Tablet said to be delayed for another month
Although ASUS' second-generation Transformer tablet was initially rumored to be arriving as early as mid-August, however the device is now said to be delayed for the next month or longer. Corroborating earlier reports, sources have told Fudzilla the tablet will represent the first product based on NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 platform.
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.
Performance said to match iPhone 4 display
The iPad 2 has bested its competition in DisplayMate's latest comparison of display quality among several popular tablets. Although the second-generation iPad lacks the pixel density of Motorola's Xoom or Asus' Transformer, the display calibration company suggests Apple's tablet wins in nearly every other category. The tests included measurements for screen reflections, brightness, contrast, colors and intensities, viewing angles, backlight power consumption and battery life.
Case and keyboard give Xoom a netbook feel
A source says Verizon will offer a folio case for the Motorola XOOM. The leather case gives the XOOM users the option of a netbook-like keyboard setup. The folio has some industry watchers making unflattering comparisons to the Asus Transformer.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer goes live
ASUS on Friday began shipping the Eee Pad Transformer as its first real entry into the mobile tablet space. The Android 3.0 tablet earns its name through a keyboard dock that gives it a more notebook-like design. It both works as a true clamshell design and also extends the battery life from 9.5 hours for the tablet by itself to 16 hours with the two attached.