Owners of Barnes & Noble's Nook Color eBook reader now have access to the largest-ever software update to their device. According to B&N, the update adds over 100 feature enhancements, access to top video and music services, popular apps, comics, and more. One of the more subtle but most requested feature upgrades is the ability to read books in portrait or landscape mode, as well as more text and font size options to play with.
A slew of hardware makers that didn’t start out as online bookstores—including Acer, Samsung, and Toshiba—debuted 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablets just in time for Amazon’s Kindle Fire to steal their thunder. The apparent goal: to discover if anyone is actually interested in 7-inch tablets. Acer’s Iconia Tab A100 serves as our guinea pig for this form factor.
If Hewlett-Packard were a living, breathing entity, it might have a future in politics where it's perfectly acceptable (or least expected) to flip-flop on key issues. You know, things like whether or not to forge ahead with its PC business, the $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm only to later flip webOS to the open source crowd, and the whole TouchPad fiasco. And did we mention HP is once again interested in building webOS tablets?
Amazon is promising an over-the-air update for its recently launched Kindle Fire device will cure many of the ills early adopters have been complaining about. A company spokesman said the firmware revision will improve performance, smooth out navigation, and give users the option of editing recent activity, which will mean no more having to hide the device when you don't want other family members knowing what you've been up to.
If you're the type of person who has to have every Apple product that comes out and fancy yourself a gambling type, now might be a good time to put your iPad 2 up for sale on eBay or Craigslist. It will never be worth more than it is right now, it's still early enough to cash in on the holiday shoppers, and if you trust Citi analyst Richard Gardner, the iPad 3 will launch in February.
Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire isn't really supposed to be an iPad killer, and in fact the mega online retailer rarely compares the two devices, at least publicly. However, if Amazon's new tablet can spread like a wildfire and make up half of the Android tablet market by 2012, as one analysts predicts it will, then the Kindle Fire will be well on its way to dethroning the iPad (in terms of shipments).
Pay a visit to Dell's once lively product page for the Streak 7 tablet and you'll be informed that it's "no longer available online." From there, it would be easy to assume Dell isn't all that infatuated with Android, or the mobile market in general, but you know what they say when you assume something. So, what's the deal with Dell?
File this one under 'Y' for 'Yeah, right!,' or 'W' for 'We'll believe it when we see it, playa,' but for the time being, MIPS Technologies and Ingenic Semiconductor are laying claim to the world's first available Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet, the NOVO7. That's not the part that's hard to believe, nor is the fact that it's rocking a 1GHz processor. What we find suspect is that it's selling for less than $100.
Acer tells us its upcoming Iconia Tab A200 will debut "at an affordable price," a claim that's impossible to substantiate until the company actually announces how much it will cost (which it hasn't). What we do know, however, is that it will come packing an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) out of the gate in...November? Perhaps Acer has discovered time travel.
Research In Motion grossly underestimated what a big deal it would be to release a tablet with what some consider critical missing features, namely native email, calendar, and contacts support. The PlayBook was met with mixed reviews; some were willing to overlook the PlayBook's failings, others decided not to pull any punches in their criticisms. Give RIM credit though, the powers in charge stuck it out, and regarding that fire sale over Black Friday, it appears to be a sign of things to come rather than a declaration that RIM wants out.