Looking For A Cheap Android and quot;Tablet and quot;?

The Archos 7c Home Tablet may be your answer. The 7-inch portable tablet will be sporting Android 2.1; although a little bit dated, the operating system is still receiving hundreds of apps every week with compatibility for it. The system will be have Wifi compatibility, a SD card slot (most likely supporting up to 32gb), built in microphone, a 7” TFTLCD screen with a resolution of 800×480, and the ability to play back 720p videos at 30fps (for up to 7 hours!). A few other bonuses include the stereo built in speakers and leg stand for video playback. Not a bad little package for just $220.00. That’s practically a steal! The device will start to go on within a month and there is a “notify me” button on the website if you are interested in purchasing this mini-tablet.

Archos 7c Main Page

Android 2.2 (Froyo) Reins as Lead Android OS Across the Board

You can’t help but wonder if a good portion of the Android community is still using Android 2.1, 2.2, or heck… possible even an ancient version such as 1.6. Thanks to a new poll that was conducted, it’s prominently evident that Android 2.2 (Froyo) is the leading Android OS being utilized in most Android devices on the market as we speak.

This poll shows us that exactly 61.3% of Android’s (tablets and smartphones) are running Froyo, while 29.0% are still on 2.1 (Eclair). What about the latest and greatest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)? You may be surprised to know that only 0.7% of current Android’s are running this new OS. And if you think that’s bad, then try only 0.3% of Android tablets running with Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb.

Even though it may seem like we should be seeing a much faster progression of Android versions throughout the smartphone and tablet scene, we have to take into consideration the factors that come into play such as hardware costs, and what it takes to manage these devices software-wise to always be up to par with the latest OS. Majority of these mid-range Android’s that we see from service providers simply cannot handle what it takes to run the latest versions of Android.

As with all technology, Android 2.2 will be a thing of the past before we know it, and we’ll all be laughing that we even used such prehistoric software on our handsets.

[VIA] Engadget

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Motorola Nixes Android 2.1 Update for CLIQ XT Owners

It’s a sad day for anyone out there that’s still sporting the Motorola Cliq XT, as Motorola has officially announced that they would be stopping development of Android 2.1 for the device. If you recall, we heard rumors a couple months back that a 2.1 update was very-much in the works for the Cliq XT and that it would be available Q1 of this year. Seems like Motorola just figured it wasn’t worth the trouble anymore. The company stated:

“After comprehensive testing of the Android 2.1 upgrade for the CLIQ XT, we have concluded that this device will remain on Android 1.5. We realize many of you were anxiously awaiting this upgrade, but we aim to deliver software upgrades only when it will provide a better customer experience.”

“Our product team members worked for months to attempt to create a version of Android 2.1 that would perform well on the CLIQ XT. When the software could not meet the basic performance standards required, they went back to the drawing board multiple times. They gave it everything they had. We even took the unprecedented step of investigating the benefits of code provided by the independent developer community to try to improve XT performance. In the end, we were not able to develop a version of Android 2.1 for CLIQ XT that would deliver an optimal customer experience.”

So although it sounds like they “gave it everything they had”, I’ve got a couple friends that still use this phone, and something tells me they aren’t going to be too happy to hear this news. Another one bites the dust!


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Google Docs and Gmail Now Featuring Google Cloud Print

The Google Cloud Print feature is now hitting Android devices utilizing Google Docs and/or the mobile browser version of Gmail, allowing users to wirelessly print as long as your printer is connected to Cloud Print. Most of you should see the option on your devices already, but if you’d like to check then just go to Google Docs and see if the “Print” selection has been added to the menu, or tap the drop-down menu in Gmail while in the mobile browser.

[VIA] DroidLife

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U.S. Cellular gets LG Apex added November 19th

U.S. Cellular has been working hard to find Android devices to add to its line up. The newest edition is the LG Apex. The Apex is also known as the Ally on the Verizon Wireless network. The Apex will be running on Eclair or Android 2.1 with a full QWERTY keyboard sliding out. This will be the 1st LG and the 1st Android with physical keyboard on the network. With a new contract and after rebate you will shell out $80 starting November 19th.

[VIA] Phone Scoop

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Just When All Hope was Almost Lost, Backflip Gets 2.1 Update

Oh Backflip users, you can now join the rest of the world your pain on 1.5 is over! Yes we all thought that the Motorola Backflip was a pretty cool phone back in March when it made its debut on AT&T as the very first Android device in the line up. I was super pumped about the device with the multiple options and fun Motoblur but soon realized that the phone was incredibly slow. A flop some might venture to say.

Now all you people who believed the swift salesperson like myself back in March and April and bought off on the idea can pull up some speed and most certainly some improvements by downloading 2.1 onto your device. It is no surprise that Motorola should come out with the update considering the recent launch of three new devices with AT&T that improved upon that original. Hopefully this update will tide you over for awhile longer since your two year contract is not even close to being up.

This update will not be coming over the air like most of them do. Instead head on over to the Motorola website to learn about the update and just what you will need to do to get it. Here is the official list of changes and updates that they have announced:

You’ll have more Home screens, resizeable widgets, and widgets for toggling wireless connections.
Check out all the great things you’ll be able to do after the update!

  • Have more than one window open in the browser? Switch between them by swiping side to side.

After the update, you’ll have more space on your Home screen, and more ways to customize it:

  • You’ll have 7 screens to make your own.
  • Resize your widgets! You can make them larger or smaller. They also rearrange easily when you drag them to new locations on your Home screen.
  • Customize your Happenings and Messaging widgets by selecting the updates and messages you want to display.
  • Have a few people who you always call or email or text? The new Contact quick tasks widget lets you put a picture of a contact on your homescreen and assign quick actions for that contact. So, with one touch you can call their cell or home phone, or start a text message. Talk about instant access! Resize the widget and you can add even more actions/quick tasks.

The update includes other great features too:

  • Use widgets to toggle Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi on and off; connect when you need to, turn it off to save your battery.
  • Save a quick note on your Home screen with the Sticky Note widget.
  • Try out these improved widgets: Calendar, Photo, Date and Time, Weather.
  • Exchange now has Global Address Lookup, address history lookup, and Push ActiveSync. And now you can multiselect emails (if you want to delete a bunch at once, for example).”

    Hope you can now enjoy that nifty little device!

[VIA] Motorola

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Motorola Citrus hits Verizon Stores Tomorrow for $50

Tomorrow Verizon will be launching the Motorola Citrus, the lower-end Android 2.1 device with some unimpressive specs such as a 3-inch 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA) display, 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor, 3-megapixel camera, and a measley 100MB of memory. For only $50 you can take ‘er home after signing to a two-year plan and mailing in a $100 rebate. Of course, we don’t expect the Citrus to meet the needs of majority of the DroidNerds out there.

[VIA] Engadget

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Android 2.1 Update goes Live for Motorola CLIQ

A few weeks ago, a leaked version of Android 2.1 for the Motorola CLIQ was released for those specific users that just couldn’t wait to get there hands on a fresh new OS. However, today the official Android 2.1 (Eclair) update has been made live. If you were hoping this update would be as simple as an OTA upgrade would be, then you’re going to be quite disappointed. In order to update, you must download the ZIP file and hook up to your PC to do the install. Still easy, just not as easy. If you want to go ahead and get started, click this link to shoot over to Motorola’s Update Page.

[VIA] Ubergizmo

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Google Android OS Figures indicate a Rise in Froyo

Google released their latest Android OS figures today, and from the looks of things, it’s out with the old and in with the new. At the top with 40.8%, Android 2.1 (Eclair) is still holding strong despite the flux of new Android devices sporting Froyo. Second place goes to Android 2.2 (Froyo) at 36.2%. We assume naturally that Froyo figures will rise after the 1st of 2011. At the bottom of the list is Android 1.6 with 15% and Android 1.5 at about 8%. Clearly these ancient platforms will become obsolete before we know it, and rightly so.

[VIA] Phandroid

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Creative Introduces 7-inch and amp; 10-inch Android 2.1 Tablets

Can’t say we expected Creative to jump in the tablet game, but these last few months have been full of surprises. We’re looking at 7-inch (480 x 800) and 10-inch (1024 x 768) tablets, packing Android 2.1, ZiiLabs ZMS-08 processors, WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, and microSD expansion. Both units are scheduled to ship in December this year, but if you think we’ll be seeing these in the States as soon as the UK – think again. The 7-incher will run you around €229 for the 8 giger and €259 for the 16GB. The mac-daddy 10-incher on the other hand will cost €289 (8GB), and €319 (16GB). Not too shabby, assuming they’ll be upgradable to Gingerbread.

[VIA] Engadget

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