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Ice Cream Sandwich

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A quick hands-on with the first Archos XS Series extra slim Android tablet

By - September 2, 2012 12 Pictures
Despite a number of notable exceptions, such as the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and Slider, adding a physical keyboard usually requires the outlay of some additional cash on top of a tablet's purchase price. Not so the Archos 101 XS, a 10-inch budget Android tablet that comes supplied with its own combined cover, dock, stand and keyboard in the shape of the very thin Coverboard. The 101 XS the first of a new series of extra slim tablets to be released by the French company and I managed to spend a short time getting to grips with a pre-production unit at the Archos booth in Berlin. Read More
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LG unveils the ultra-thin Optimus G and Optimus L9 smartphones

By - August 30, 2012 5 Pictures
As rumors around the Web put the debut of the iPhone 5 just a couple weeks away, Korea's LG has just released two new ultra-thin Android-powered smartphones to add to its Optimus lineup – the Optimus G, which based on the latest rumors may well surpass the technical specifications of the upcoming Apple smartphone, and the lower-end Optimus L9, which comes bundled with a few interesting pieces of software. Read More

Archos announces GamePad Android tablet

Archos has announced a product that brings something a little different to the increasingly overcrowded Android tablet space. The GamePad takes the common 7-inch form factor and adds physical controls for a more traditional - and potentially less frustrating - gaming experience. Read More
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GoNote 10-inch ICS touchscreen netbook launches in time for return to school

By - August 21, 2012 11 Pictures
Thanks to Google, whenever we hear someone mention Ice Cream Sandwich we automatically think of recently released tablets or smartphones. Now there's another mobile computing format to consider with the launch of Ergo Electronics' GoNote, the UK's first touchscreen Android hybrid netbook. Pitched as the perfect modern homework companion and playtime buddy for students about to return to school, the budget-friendly device features a full-size chiclet keyboard and trackpad, and also brings touchscreen functionality to the form factor. If you'd rather opt for a cheap tablet, the company has also launched a new ICS tablet called the GoTab Epic V. Read More

Optimus Vu to launch worldwide this September

LG has announced that its 5-inch, 4:3 aspect Optimus Vu smartphone/tablet will be released in worldwide this September. LG says that healthy sales figures for the Optimus Vu since its March debut in South Korea and recent launch in Japan through NTT DoCoMo demonstrate widespread acceptance of the not-quite-a-tablet-but-bigger-than-a-smartphone form factor. Read More
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Sony's new flagship Walkman music player joins ICS party

By - July 23, 2012 12 Pictures
Summer in the northern hemisphere this year has so far been a bit of a disappointment. Mobile music lovers can at least look forward to a new batch of Walkman digital music and video players from Sony while we wait for the sun to shine. The new additions include three 7-mm (0.275-inch) thin models and new flagship series players that run on the Ice Cream Sandwich flavor of Google's Android operating platform. Two feature Bluetooth technology for wireless connection to headphones or speaker docks, and there's one that benefits from noise-canceling circuitry. Read More
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ARCHOS reveals first of new low cost Elements series Android tablets - the 97 carbon

By - July 8, 2012 9 Pictures
French consumer electronics company ARCHOS has just detailed the first in a series of budget Android tablets. The new Elements range will include 7- and 8-inch models but the first out of the starting blocks is the ARCHOS 97 carbon which, as the name might indicate, features a 9.7-inch display. The screen supports up to five simultaneous touch points and features In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology for wide viewing angles. Read More
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