Olivepad 3G tablet from India chooses Android

Olivepad 3G Android Tablet from India

Leave it to India to tease us with a spicy Android treat. The Olivepad, from Olive Telecom is an impressive looking 7-inch tablet that puts itself between a smartphone and iPad. It’s running Android 2.1, with 3.5G HSUPA connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a TV tuner. The Olivepad has a few features that the iPad lacks, like Flash playback for one, there is a USB mini port, a 3 megapixel camera, and the 512MB RAM is expandable via SD memory.

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Asus drops Windows for Android-based EeePad

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It’s clear that the Apple iPad is currently dominating the tablet market, but a number of new competitors will soon be entering that realm. I think one of the major keys to success is a properly designed mobile OS, so it’s good to see that Asus is making the switch from Windows to Android for its EeePad.

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Sprint push-to-talk Motorola i1 Android phone coming Sunday

Motorola i1 headed for Sprint

There are a few reasons why this phone is rather important. First, it’s enterprise-minded with its military-grade rugged resistance to dust, shock, vibration, and rain. However, unlike so many other rugged numbers, the Motorola i1 runs on Android 1.5. Tapping out the software suite are the avaialble business tracking and job workflow applications, as well as the “tough” touchscreen for use in the toughest of work environments. Other specs include Bluetooth 2.0, 3.1″ HVGA display, WiFi, 5MP camera, and Nextel Direct Connect.

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Windows 95 ported to Google Android devices

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For some inane reason, the crazy kooks at XDA-Developers have decided to port over a version of Microsoft Windows 95 to the Google Android platform. Yes, it means we’re going backwards in time about 15 years, but it means that you can relive your solitaire dreams on the go. There are actually two different versions of Windows 95 for Android floating about out there. There’s one version that is quite slow (just like the original!) but is reasonably stable. The other version isn’t all that stable (just like the original!), but it’s a lot faster. Pick your poison.

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Google Android Gingerbread will require 1GHz processors, coming mid-October 2010

Nexus One photo gallery application demo similar in feel to Gingerbread release

Late last week, we heard about the upcoming HTC Vision and how it would come loaded with Google Android Gingerbread right out of the box. Well, we have now learned a little more about this Gingerbread.

One of the bigger surprises coming out of the rumor mill is that it will actually require devices to have at least a 1GHz processor as part of its minimum requirements. If that’s the case, the dual-core 800MHz Vision may not technically reach that benchmark.

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First look: Samsung Intercept Android 2.1 phone for Sprint

Samsung Intercept Android 2.1 smartphone for Sprint

You know, I’m starting to get the feeling that Samsung is turning into the next HTC. They release a series of great looking phones, just to be sure of there place in the world, but many of them are starting to look really similar to one another, despite having different product names. The latest in this line is the Samsung Intercept. Affectionately known as the Samsung Moment 2 to those in the know, the Samsung Intercept has been leaked (or “intercepted” if you prefer) and looks pretty good from here. For starters, this handset will reportedly launch with Android 2.1. That’s not quite 2.2 Froyo or 2.3 Gingerbread, but it’s pretty good.

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Motorola DROID 2 with Froyo release date could be August 23

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The DROID 2 from Motorola is expected to ship with Android 2.2 (Froyo). Android 2.3 – the Gingerbread man – isn’t quite ready for primetime yet. That means that the DROID 2 launch date is being pushed back, and based on rumors making their way to our news desk, the Motorola DROID 2 on Verizon will hit store shelves August 23rd. This gives the red checkmark of a service provider enough time to run stability tests for Froyo on the DROID 2. It will also make things easier for their end users who painstakingly have to upgrade all by themselves.

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HTC Vision Android phone with dual-core processor

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Forget about Google Android 2.2 Froyo. You’ll want the newer Google Android Gingerbread (2.3) that’ll come pre-loaded on the HTC Vision smartphone. At least, that’s what the latest rumors are leading us to believe. We don’t have any kind of firm confirmation, or even initial renders for the HTC Vision, but this smartphone sounds like it’s going to be a beast. In addition to boasting a yet unreleased build of Android, the Vision will also get a dual-core 800MHz processor. This might be an underclocked version of the dual core Snapdragon, but I can’t say for sure.

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US Cellular to get Samsung Acclaim Android smartphone

Samsung Acclaim

There is a lot of excitement surrounding both the Motorola DROID X from Verizon and the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint, but they’re not the only ones doing the new Android dance. US Cellular is getting in on the mix with the announcement of the new Samsung SCH-r880. Also known as the Samsung Acclaim, this smartphone actually gets loaded up with Google Android 2.1, which is just about as up to date as it gets for smartphones right out of the box. Key features include that 3.2-inch touchscreen and the slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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Verizon Motorola DROID X teaser video reveals more than you think

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Well, if you look closely, there’s more to it. Some very keen eyes have broken down the video and revealed quite a few more details regarding the DROID X smartphone. For instance, the launch date is clearly displayed as 07.2010, but during the “warping” sequence, we can see 07.02.2010, revealing a July 2 launch date.

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Hands on: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android smartphone

Sony Ericsson X10 next to Nokia N71 Photo: Michael Kwan

I was able to enjoy some brief hands-on time with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 during CES in January. At first glance, it’s quite clear that the X10 is in direct competition with devices like the Apple iPhone 3GS, it’s big touchscreen display and lack of physical keyboard screams “touch me.” While it does make use of a rather vanilla build of Google Android (1.6) for its core operating system, it’s equipped with two additional user interface features: Mediascape and Timescape. The former is used to manage your pictures, music, and so on, whereas the latter gathers up your social networking and messaging things.

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Acer surprise: 7-inch Android tablet

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Leading up to Computex Taipei next week, Acer decided to host a little shindig to show off its LumiRead e-book reader. This sounded like yet another Kindle alternative, but then Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci appeared on the stage with something quite different.

Yes, the regular e-book reader was there, but the device in Lanci’s hands was anything but “just another Kindle clone.” In fact, what he held was an unannounced Acer powered Google Android tablet. Even Lanci himself called it a tablet.

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VIA processor-powered Android tablets for $100 later this year

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Are you digging the portable functionality of the Apple iPad, but having a hard time justifying the $500 entry price point? Look no further than VIA of Taiwan, because the semiconductor firm is outfitting several Android tablets with its inexpensive processors. As you may recall, VIA tried to compete against the Intel Atom platform when it came to the netbook market. For the most part, it wasn’t able to capture as much attention as the company may have hoped. Well, now they see another opportunity in the iPad-esque tablet market.

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