For anyone who’s still not convinced of the success of Android tablets, the latest market share count proves just why the iPad and TabClones are losing momentum. Thanks to the 7-inch Kindle Fire, many have seen the light of day with this non-Google tablet. Ever since its release in November, the tablet has already reached neck-to-neck spot with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab as the ‘Most Used Android Tablet.’ So the big question now is how this non-Google, muddied up UI tablet take the spot away from a real Android tablet? According to Flurry, ‘Amazon’s launch of Kindle Fire had more in common with an Apple-style launch than it did with aligning with the Android system.’ Turns out, while we were busy focusing on the competition (Apple), we should have concentrated more on beautifying the real Android tablets. So for every dollar spent by users of the Galaxy Tab, Kindle fire spent $2.53.   If you’re a Kindle Fire user, are you spending more money on apps compared to your old tablet? YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE Amazon Kindle Ice Next in Line to Kindle Fire, Say Rumors Survey: iPad Buyers Holding Off Purchases Because of Kindle Fire Amazon’s Kindle Fire May Just Kill Google’s Android Market This article, Kindle Fire at Par with Galaxy Tab , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

Pantech’s starting 2012 right by releasing two of their newest devices on AT&T.  You may have heard that AT&T is offering both the Pantech Burst and the Pantech Element at a bundle for US$259, but today we’re looking at the Pantech Burst solo. Released a few days apart, the Pantech Burst on January 9 and the Pantech Element on January 22, it’s a fight between a smartphone packing a punch and aimed for the lower-end market and a tablet that’s made a splash with a surprising new feature. We’re not going to spoil the surprise early, so read on to find out just what makes this comparison particularly exciting. Design and Display Packing an 8-inch screen and weighing in at 16.57 ounces, the Pantech Element is a tablet with a capacitive, multitouch screen. It’s Pantech’s first tablet release. Something you’ll notice about this tablet is that its microSD, Micro HDMI and Micro USB ports, as well as the SIM card slot, can be covered by two flaps. You better make sure those flaps are tightly sealed when you decide to make use of this tablet’s real exciting feature. The Pantech Element is a waterproof tablet. And, we’re not just talking about this tablet’s surviving the occasional spill. The Pantech Element can remain operable even under 30 feet of water. Pantech has sealed the components so they won’t frizzle. Unfortunately, the capacitive touch screen becomes inoperable under water. Not exactly handy for scuba divers but very useful for people who’d like to do some surfing or movie watching in the jacuzzi, in the hot tub, or just in the rain. The Pantech Element can be submerged for 30 minutes without batting an eyelash, so it’s sure to survive a few accidental slips at the beach. Whatever your reasons may be, the […]

We’ve seen this one before, our very own Editor in Chief Darcy LaCouvee did a Hands-on with the ASUS Padfone at CES. It looks like now it is finally being officially announced and possibly launched at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks, as far as ASUS’ press invite is concerned. For those who don’t know what the ASUS Padfone is, it’s a tablet and a phone. The phone slips into the back of the tablet and it runs off of the padfone. So in essence it’s one device that transforms into a tablet, and of course it comes from the manufacturer that brought us the Transformer and Transformer Prime tablets. The ASUS Padfone was actually announced way back in May of 2011, here is how they described the Padfone at that time: Innovation is at the heart of ASUS design and the new Padfone reveals exciting new possibilities for mobile computing and communication. This convergent device combines a smartphone and a tablet computer into one symbiotic gadget that allows consumers to choose the screen size that best fits their activities while seamlessly sharing data and 3G internet access. It’s going to be interesting to see if this launches on any US carriers, I doubt it will because most of our carriers want to be able to charge you for data for both devices not just one. But you can be rest assured that we will have all the latest news about the ASUS Padfone here at Android Authority. I assume that the Padfone we will see in Barcelona in a few weeks will be running Android 4.0. But what else is ASUS going to show off at Mobile World Congress in late February? Probably the newer Transformer Prime they announced at CES, and possible that $249 tablet we all […]

The latest manufacturer to announce that their tablet is getting Android 4.0? Lenovo of course. They are planning to update their Thinkpad tablet in the second quarter of 2012. Now that does seem like a ways away right? But it’ll be here before you know it, just be patient. The Thinkpad came out last summer, and like most manufacturers Lenovo did not give a specific date that the update would be released and pushed to your Thinkpads. The IdeaPad is also slated to make the jump to Ice Cream Sandwich as well. It’s pretty easy to forget about these in a tablet world, honestly even I forgot about them, but Lenovo makes some pretty good hardware. You remember the hands on we did of Lenovo’s new devices at CES earlier this month right? Some pretty solid hardware there. Also the Thinkpad has a pretty awesome keyboard dock as well. Who owns an IdeaPad or ThinkPad? Are you excited to get ICS on your tablet? Hit up the comments and let us know. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE Release Dates Revealed for Lenovo IdeaPad K1, ThinkPad Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet Has Potential to Be Professionals’, IT Managers’ New Best Friend Lenovo Brings Out Honeycomb-based 500-dollar ThinkPad Tablet for School and Business This article, Lenovo Thinkpad getting a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2 , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

There is what about 200+ Android devices on the market right now? But which one are you using? Perhaps the Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch on Sprint, or maybe the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon or the GSM version, could it be the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile, or the Motorola Atrix 2 on AT&T’s LTE network, or some other device? Personally I am running the Motorola Droid Bionic on Android 2.3.4, which is rooted stock on Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. You can add as much of that information into the comments below, we love seeing our readers get involved in our posts. Feel free to add all your devices or just your daily driver, it’s all up to you. Just don’t say you own an iPhone or Blackberry, some of us might start looking at you funny. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE Big-Screen Phone Or Tablet? What Android Device To Buy? Motorola’s IRONMAN a second Android device? T-Mobile to offer Android device in 2008 This article, What Android Device(s) are you Rocking Right Now? , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

Back in CES 2012, we saw a lot of really cool upcoming Android smartphones and tablets. But if there’s one accessory we failed to mention, it would be Philips’ new PMP system; an Android based portable media player. Well, they also had an iPhone docking speaker system but we’re more interested on the PMP! The PMP is actually a successor to the GoGear Connect, but both of them run on Android 2.3 OS and have a capacitive touch screen display. The big difference is that the new model has a larger screen of 0.3 inches compared to the 3.2 of the previous model. It also has a capacitive touch technology, MicroSD card slot for expanded memory, front-facing video camera, and Bluetooth 3.0.   The PMP will be available in April with options of 8GB or 16GB, at a suggested price for $169 and $199, respectively. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE Philips’ Made for Android Headphones Coming Soon Philips to release GoGear Connect running Android Philips V900 for China Mobile photographed This article, Philips’ Android PMP is Something to Look Out For , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

Android Tablets have come a long way from the earlier days, and are now packing specs that not only make the iPad weep in shame, but also make your notebook feel nervous, too. At CES 2012, we were privileged to witness tablets with full 1900×1200 resolution 1080p eye popping displays, quad (actually 5 core) CPU’s, incredibly thin form factors, and much more. We’ve assembled what we think are the best Android tablets of 2012. Also, this post will be updated as more and more tablets start coming to market in 2012. Read on to find out what the best Android tablets of 2012 are! Best Overall Asus Transformer Prime 700T The Asus Transformer Prime 700T is the cause of both joy and sadness for many, for it represents the best of breed in many ways. While certain design compromises had to be made to achieve its incredibly thin 8.3mm profile, such as the lack of a full USB port and a full sized SD card reader, the sheer beauty, responsiveness, and overall appeal of the device itself are more than enough to make up for it. Packing the ridiculously powerful quad core (5 cores, actually) Tegra 3 SoC, it features an astonishing 1900×1200 resolution 10.1 inch display. With its matte metallic finished back, it is both thinner than the iPad and has more than double the resolution. Further to this, it is also compatible with ASUS’ latest keyboard dock, which extends its battery life to nearly 20 hours. On the keyboard dock, you will find a full sized USB port, as well as a full sized SD card reader, which work to truly extend the utility of said device. Among all the devices we encountered at CES, this was one of our absolute favorites because it’s quite simply shockingly beautiful, […]

The newest “pay what you want” collection of Humble Bundle games includes not just the PC, Mac and Linux builds of four indie games but also the Android versions for the first time. Read more…

Valve has announced that its free Steam app for iOS and Android devices is now available for everyone to use after launching a closed beta test of the apps last week. Read more…

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