It’s not often you see a new tablet surrounded by flowers and bearing a pair of bananas and a rose, but Notion Ink are leaving nothing to chance with their Adam slate.  Having recently moved offices to Bangalore, they’ve kicked off with an Indian “Pooja” ceremony, basically a request for blessing from the Gods for future success.  However, since you can’t necessarily rely on a deity when it comes to hardware specifications, there are also a few new tidbits about Adam, Android 3.0 Gingerbread and potential upgrade paths. Although they describe the window for Android 2.2 devices as “really small“, what with Android 3.0 Gingerbread due before the end of the year, Notion Ink nonetheless intend to launch Adam with the current version of the OS.  However, they’re also looking at what few minimum hardware specifications Gingerbread looks like it might have, so as to give Adam the best possible chance of being upgrade-friendly. As it stands, it seems the team is going ahead with the tablet as we know it: second-generation NVIDIA Tegra chipset, two types of screen (one regular LCD, one dual-mode Pixel Qi), Full HD video support (with an HDMI output) and a multitouch display with custom UI.  So far Adam has been through HALTtesting and is still on track for release later this year.  More details in our hands-on coverage. Trackback: Slashgear

The Augen GenTouch78 Google Android tablet has only been available in the US for a few days, but I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that at least half of the units sold have gone to hardcore early adopters and hardware hackers looking for a cheap Android tablet to play with. Case in point: a group of users have already discovered how to gain root access to the tablet allowing you to do things such as adjust the CPU speed. There’s no support for overclocking yet, but by tweaking the minimum CPU usage settings you should be able to make the tablet run a little more smoothly or provide better battery life. Another user took the back cover of the tablet to see what’s on the inside. Basically you only need to remove 7 screws to take the back cover off — which is a good thing, because as I discovered if you slide the microSD card in the wrong way it can get lost in the case. Removing the cover is one of the easiest ways to get it out. On the inside of the tablet you can find a 2100mAh battery, a Telechips TCC8902 processor, which runs at 600MHz (even though Augen says the tablet has an 800MHz processor). You can check out the dissection video below for more details. While there are a lot of smart people looking at this tablet to see what it can do, it might be a little while before we see custom ROMs for the tablet. The recovery mode doesn’t actually let you access any of the functions in the recovery menu — which will make it difficult to load new firmware. More after the break.

Smartbook AG, the company that wants to prevent the rest of the world from calling cheap ARM-based netbooks with 3G capabilities smartbooks, has launched a device that doesn’t look anything like a smartbook… or a netbook, or laptop. The new Smartbook Surfer is a 7 inch Android tablet that actually looks an awful lot like the Augen GenTouch78 which recently went on sale in the US. The Smartbook Surfer has a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a Telechips TTC8902 720MHz processor, and runs Google Android 2.1. The tablet has 256MB of DDR2 memory and 2GB of internetl flash storage. it has 802.11b/g WiFi, a miniSD card slot, GPS module, and a webcam. The webcam and GPS definitely set this tablet apart from the Augen GenTouch78 which lacks both of those features. The Smartbook tablet also has 2 USB ports instead of 1, and a HDMI port for 1080p video output. On the other hand, it has a lower capacity 1400mAh battery (the Augen tablet has a 2100mAh battery). Smartbook says the device supports Flash, but I find that hard to believe since you need Android 2.2 to run Adobe Flash, and the Smartbook Surfer ships with Android 2.1. Touch Me Mobile has a hands-on video with the hardware, which was shot earlier this year on a similar device running Windows CE instead of Android. The Smartbook Surfer is on sale in Germany for €179, or about $234 US. Trackback: Liliputing

Samsung gave hints on Friday that its Galaxy Tab slate could be launched within two weeks. The company confirmed in a public statement only that the seven-inch Android tablet should ship before the end of the summer, but it has also sent out an invite for a special event on August 11 that could include the Galaxy Tab. The notice to CrunchGear and other members of the press didn’t give clues of its own, but it emphasized that there would be “new products and announcements” and not just existing products. The Korean company is unlikely to have any phone unveilings in store as it just recently held a major gathering for its Galaxy S US release and doesn’t have known major smartphones in the pipeline. Likewise, virtually all of its home theater equipment was introduced at CES in January and has been shipping for some time. Much about the Galaxy Tab’s design has been a mystery, but it may count on sheer specifications rather than software for its appeal. It may use a Super AMOLED screen that would provide high image quality but remain viewable outdoors; it could also have up to a 1.2GHz processor, 3.2-megapixel rear and front VGA cameras, and 16GB of internal storage with a microSDHC slot. Samsung may use a version of Android 2.2 with the same customizations as on the Galaxy S, but no indications exist that it has customized the UI or the apps for the larger screen area. The tablet could be the first competitor to the iPad from a major brand and may be important to Android getting a foothold in the still young field of media-friendly tablets. While Acer, Lenovo, Toshiba and others all plan Android tablets of their own, these have all been pegged for fall releases or later and […]

It’s apparently cheap Android tablet week in the US. KMart has started selling a limited number of Augen GenTouch78 tablets for $150. But if the 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display and 800MHz processor aren’t doing it for you, Flat Computing has a somewhat sexier model which is still reasonably inexpensive at $285. The FlatPad A10 has a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen display and a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. This tablet has 256MB of RAM and 2GB of internal memory. It runs Google Android 2.1. The FlatPad has an accelerometer, WiFi support, and a microSD card slot. The tablet also has a USB host port, a headphone jack, and stereo speakers. It has a 2400mAh battery which the company says is good for up to 5 hours of run time with WiFi on and 7 hours with the wireless turned off. The tablet can reportedly handle 1080p HD video playback. The FlatPad A10 measures 10.6″ x 7″ x 0.6″. Flat Computing says a Google Android 2.2 Froyo update will be available in August. Shanzai.com reports that the FlatPad A10 appears to be a rebranded Zenithink ZT-180 tablet, the same as the WiiPad, which sounds about right to me. The main difference (aside from the name change), is that the FlatPad is available for purchase in the US today. You can check out an overview of the ZT-180 at Shanzai.com. And you can check out Shanzai’s hands-on video after the break.

Seems like only yesterday we were talking about the number of downloads reaching the 1B mark, but today marks the first time Android actually crossed the 100,000 apps mark, a whole month early from some projections, if we go by the unofficial app count from AndroLib.com: Don’t be confused by the discrepancies in the official count and AndroLib – as we explained before, they count many markets (not just the official). Trackback: AndroidOperatingSystem

I just confirmed today that the HTC Desire will become available at Telus on August 3. The woman couldn’t confirm pricing, but she is fairly certain it will be under $100 for a 3 year term. She had a conference call first thing this morning, so it looks like Telus just announced it. I have mine on pre-order! Update: A reader confirmed the $79.99 price point that was announced a few days ago. Thanks to a tipster who works at Walmart, we know the no-contract price is coming in at an impressive $448.83! Technology HSPA 850/1900 Screen 3.7″, WVGA 800×480 SLCD Weight 135 grams Size 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm Talk time* up to 6.5 hours Standby time* up to 15 days Internal memory ROM: 512 MB; RAM: 576 MB External memory up to 16GB Camera 5 MP with flash CPU 1ghz Snapdragon OS Android 2.1 (2.2?)

It’s no surprise that Intel is working on a new low power Intel Atom Z6xx series chipset for low power devices including tablets and smartphones. What is a bit surprising is that one of the first devices spotted using one of the new chips is an obscure device from Chinese PC maker Teso. Teso is showing off a 9.7 inch tablet which will apparently be available with a choice of a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z515 chip or a 1.9GHz Intel Atom Z650 processor. With the Z515 chip, the tablet will be Windows 7 capable, but the Atom Z6xx Moorestown series of chips are designed to use less energy than their predecessors, so despite the higher clock speed of the Z650, Teso says the tablet will run Android 2.2 or MeeGo Linux with this chip instead of Windows. Trackback: Liliputing

Google has announced a new anti-piracy service designed to help protect  Android applications. The licensing system will allow apps to communicate directly with an Android Market server to determine if the handset is running with an authorized license or pirated copy. The licensing service will operate in real time across the network, enabling status information to be quickly sent to developers. The company plans on replacing the current copy-protection scheme over the next few months. The anti-piracy system is now available for apps designed for Android 1.6 or higher. Trackback: Electronista

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up on how fast DHL is for shipping – keep in mind, returns are within Canada, so it won’t cost you an arm and a leg if your unit arrives with an issue. From pickup to drop off elapsed time is approximately 40 hours – not sure if this is typical, but they sure are fast!

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