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Jelly Bean coming to the Asus Transformer Pad Prime and Infinity
September 26, 2012
Good news! Asus has just confirmed that its Transformer Pad Infinity and ASUS Transformer Pad Prime will be receiving the latest Android operating system very soon. Is this good news to you? "We are pleased to announce that we will soon be rolling out the Android 4.1, Jelly Bean update for both the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) and ASUS Transformer Pad Prime (TF201)," Asus said.
Sony Tablet S to receive Jelly Bean, according to a Sony employee
If you're waiting for some Jelly Bean goodness on your Sony Tablet S, then today might just be your lucky day. A Sony employee has reportedly confirmed to a Dutch tablet website that its Sony Tablet S slate will receive Jelly Bean soon. Although the specific date wasn't confirmed, at least Tablet S owners can now rejoice in the possibility that their tablet is in Sony's Jelly Bean roadmap.
Sony Xperia Tablet S to arrive with Jelly Bean
It looks like the Sony Xperia Tablet S will be running Android 4.1 eventually, a Sony employee reportedly told the Dutch tablet-centered website Tablet Guide during an interview at IFA 2012 in Berlin.
Sony Xperia Tablet S Officially Announced
Sony has just confirmed the existence of the Xperia Tablet S together with a new line of Xperia smartphones at IFA 2012. The newly announced Xperia Tablet S wil sport a 9.4-inch HD display with a 1280 x 800 IPS LCD and a Tegra 3 quad-core processor. True to previous rumors, the tablet will run Android 4.0 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. The Xperia Tablet S is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions and will be sold at Sony Stores and online for $399, $499 and $599 respectively, beginning September 7. If you're in a hurry, you can also preorder today. Check out these accessories:
- Cover with Keyboard – $99.99
- Docking Stand – $99.99
- Simple Stand – $24.99
- Carrying Cover –$50.99 - $79.99
- Charging Cradle - $39.99
- Dock Speaker - $129.99, available November
Kindle Touch Now Unavailable On Amazon, New Kindle Fire Launch Imminent?
With only a couple of days more to go before the month of September arrives, rumors surrounding Amazon's 2012 Kindle Fire are at its peak. Kindle Touch 3G and Wi-Fi models are now unavailable on Amazon with the "we don't know when or if this item will be back in stock" caption along with it, reports The Verge. Does this signify that a 2012 Kindle Fire tablet is already underway? Amazon will be hosting a media event in California this coming September 6, where the purported next-generation Kindle Fire tablet might be unveiled. Stay tuned for more updates.
Sony's First-Party Accessories for the Xperia Tablet S
The Xperia Tablet S will lauch with a number of really nice accessories. Of course, you've heard about the keyboard case thanks to previous leaks. Other accessories include a media speaker dock w/ remote, an HDMI swivel dock and a metal stand, according to a thread at the XDA Developers forum.
It's all good stuff, but we suspect Sony will price them at a premium, as usual.
Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Launches August 17 on Verizon Wireless
Good news for Verizon and Android fans! The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) will take off on Verizon's 4G LTE network, starting Friday August 17, 2012.
New York Times Confirms Existence of 7.85-inch iPad
Apple will unlease a mini iPad with a 7.85-inch display, and the company plans to use the device to finish its domination of the tablet market by leaving no room for competitors, reports the New York Times.
Of course, its biggest competitors will be the brand new Nexus 7 tablet and the upcoming Kindle Fire successor, though Microsoft is also developing a next-gen tablet.
ASUS Transformer Pad TF700T Launches (Limited Quantities)
ASUS is great, but the company doesn't know how to meet a deadline. The TF700T Trasnformer Pad Infinity should have hit stores during the last quarter, but we're happy to see it arrive in stores this weekend. Better late...
So far, we only know of one store that is shipping it, and that's Office Depot. You can only order two per customer, so we imagine stock is limited. In the past, Office Depot has accidentally published listings for products that haven't been released, but the company was quick to take the listings down when it happened. We've carefully watched this page today, and it looks legit. Though it does concern us that no other retailers have put the tablet up for sale, there's been no evidence of foul play (cheap publicity stunts or stupid mistakes) so far.
Now Arriving: Google's Nexus 7 Tablet and Nexus Q
Good news for of the Android realm.The Nexus 7 tablet should hit stores by the end of this weekend, and some customers may have already received a pre-ordered unit by mail. It's literally arriving as I write the message.
The same should be true for the Nexus Q.