Sammy’s current Cortex A9-based chips are hardly slackers — the Galaxy Note already proved that to any lingering doubters. Nevertheless, the next-gen Exynos 5250 SoC promises to double that sort of performance, by harnessing two Cortex-A15 chips clocked at 2GHz each, along with a GPU that can output resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA). It’s like big.LITTLE computing, except without the LITTLE. Samsung reckons it’ll start mass producing the 5250 for use in high-end tablets by the second quarter of next year, which should be just in time to stop NVIDIA from getting too cocky. New Samsung chip has two of everything: two cores, 2GHz, 2560 x 1600 graphics originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:02:00 EST.

Google has announced that the new 6.0 version of Google Maps for Android is now available, which gives users a way to see locations inside airport terminals, large retail malls and stores and more. Read more…

Futurekmark announced today that they will be bringing their popular PC gaming themed benchmarking software product 3DMark to the Android operating system sometime in 2012. Read more…

The latest development in the patent skirmish between Samsung and Apple is a decision in Australia’s Federal Court to overturn a ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales that was placed in October. The Sunday Morning Herald reports local retailers are still unsure when they may be able to sell Samsung’s slate, as Justice Lindsay Foster ruled the ban will remain until 4PM Friday, giving Apple time to appeal the case to the High Court first. Like its battle over the redesigned slate just introduced in Germany, this war between the electronics giants will continue on — we’ll let you know when there’s another decision of consequence. Update: You can read the decision yourself, linked below under more coverage. [Thanks Steve Man!] Samsung wins a patent battle to sell Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, war with Apple not over originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 23:13:00 EST.

For now ASUS’ Transformer Prime is the lonely king of the quad-core tablet hill, but as we’d heard a few weeks back, it looks like it’ll have company soon enough. Insider sources have reported to DigiTimes that you’ll be able to snag a nifty Android tablet with a quad-core GPU for between $459 and $599 in 2012. Acer and Lenovo are apparently set to target Apple’s iPad tablet as well as ASUS with NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 GPU tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the first quarter of 2012. These sources also stated that since neither Acer nor Lenovo have a direct advantage over Apple or Amazon’s tablet devices, they’d only be competing for about 10 to 15 percent of the total PC tablet market. And yes, there are mathematical formulas that prove that owning a reasonably priced tablet with a quad-core GPU does make you the coolest kid on the block. Acer, Lenovo looking to release Tegra 3-equipped tablets in early 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:28:00 EST.

It’s been a long time coming, but the PlayBook has finally been rooted. Devs neuralic, xpvqs and Chris Wade have been hard at work and have finally discovered a persistently exploitable hole that enables unfettered root access to the PlayBook. The culmination of their efforts, DingleBerry, hasn’t been released just yet, but it should be hitting the series of tubes in the not too distant future. Obviously having super user access opens a world of posibilities to developers, but there are some immediate advantages too. For one, with DingleBerry the creators were able to re-enable web access to Hulu — not only bypassing the lack of an app, but skipping the usual requirement of a Plus account for mobile consumption. Head on after the break to see the hack in action. Continue reading BlackBerry PlayBook gets root thanks to childishly named DingleBerry tool BlackBerry PlayBook gets root thanks to childishly named DingleBerry tool originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:05:00 EST.

In an apparent attempt to solidify its standing in the corporate world, RIM has unveiled a new platform that allows IT specialists to more tightly manage company devices — even those from rival manufacturers like Apple and Android. With the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion software, announced this morning, companies will be able to set up rules governing employee passwords apps and other software across a variety of smartphones and tablets, including the iPhone, iPad and Android handsets. The system also allows managers to remotely wipe and lock any devices that go missing or stolen, potentially bringing enhanced security to a workplace that’s become increasingly fragmented. “Our customers have been saying, ‘We’re moving to these different adoption models, and we’d like you on board with that,'” said Alan Panezic, vice president for enterprise product management, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Slated to launch during the first quarter of next year, Mobile Fusion represents RIM’s first foray into the multi-platform management market, and may expand even further to encompass Windows Phone devices, as well. Compatible with BlackBerry OS and BBX, Mobile Fusion will also allow users to remotely manage PlayBooks from BlackBerry handsets, though that won’t happen until February, when the tablet finally receives a software update. No word yet on pricing, but Panezic says it will be “competitive” with the market. Continue reading RIM unveils BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for enterprise, extends reach to Android, iOS RIM unveils BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for enterprise, extends reach to Android, iOS originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:20:00 EST.

Acer wants you to know that Apple doesn’t have a monopoly on sappy tech commercials — no Siri, Bob! The Taiwanese manufacturer wants to run with the big boys when it comes to overselling the emotional power of a gadget. Take, for instance, this promotional clip for the upcoming Iconia Tab A200. Yes, we understand that the 10-inch slate can play games and “share memories” but, what exactly Honeycomb has to do with creating family rituals or why you’d bring a tablet camping is lost on us. Sadly, the clip doesn’t reveal too much about Acer’s new slab. We can see that vanilla Android is out, simply by looking at the navigation icons, and there’s a new feature called Acer Ring, which appears to be some sort of task manager with shortcuts to common tasks, like taking screenshots. It also appears to be sporting a full-sized USB port and a microSD slot but, otherwise, we’ve still got very little info on the spec front. Check out the video after the break. [Thanks, Manuel] Continue reading Acer Iconia Tab A200 gets sentimental, strengthens families and makes video debut Acer Iconia Tab A200 gets sentimental, strengthens families and makes video debut originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:55:00 EST.

With Gigabyte’s gaming motherboards doing so well, it’s nice to be reminded that the company makes whole PCs too. The latest in its Booktop line of swiveling tablet hybrids is the T1132, which trumps the T1125 with a 1.6GHz Core i5-2467M processor and a GeForce GT520M GPU with 1GB and NVIDIA Optimus switching technology. You get one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, eSATA and HDMI on the 1.76kg (3.9-pound) lappie itself, but you can add more ports and an optical drive with the optional docking station. There’s no indication as to availability or whether it’ll cost more or less than the T1125’s original $1300 asking price, but you could always try to snag a free one via Gigabyte’s wanton Facebook bribery competition detailed after the break. Continue reading Gigabyte updates its netvertible range with the 11.6-inch Booktop T1132 Gigabyte updates its netvertible range with the 11.6-inch Booktop T1132 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 09:56:00 EST.

The Droid 4, the upcoming and latest entry in Motorola’s smartphone franchise, has seen some images leak onto the Internet along with a possible December 8 launch date. Read more…

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