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Official Verizon Motorola XOOM Update

Looks like Verizon and Motorola are sending out the XOOM’s first official update, HMJ07B. Before I point out some things that are included, I’d like to point out whats not; no MicroSD support yet. Some neat things that are included added bluetooth mouse capability, SSL data transfer among websites, WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when using the device as a mobile hotspot, and support for Google Widevine DRM and HDCP. There are quite a few others that are included listed below. I’ll be updating asap, still looking forward to the official MicroSD support though. -Greg

Web Browsing and Data Access

+ Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks

with added Proxy support.

+ SSL data transfer with websites is now supported.

+ WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported

when using the device as a Mobile Hotspot.

+ Supports Google Widevine DRM and HDCP.

Email and Messaging

+ POP3 HTML emails will display in their entirety.

Call Features

+ Bluetooth® is now supported in Google Talk™.

Additional Device Features

+ Encrypted passwords can be entered during power up.

+ Calendar events will remain up to date after an installed

software update.

+ Application storage errors will not appear unless the device

has reached maximum storage capacity.

+ Safely dock the MOTOROLA XOOM into the docking adapter without interruption.

+ Ability to add and use a Bluetooth mouse.

+ A shortcut key for the Bluetooth keyboard has been added.

+ View and import pictures from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol.

+ When using the device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds

Source – Verizon

iPad 2 announced today. I’m kind of impressed, but not really.

I made a New Years resolution not to hate on Taylor Swift, Ford, Apple and pretty much anything in general that I’ve grown to dislike. I think I’ve done well to stick to it and feel good about that. So I’m not about to break that resolution here. That doesn’t mean I can’t review something right? Today Apple announced the iPad 2 and by nature I’m a geek so I sat in the front row (on engadget) and watched Steve Jobs and a few others tell us all about it. I have to say I was impressed for several reasons. Light, thinner, faster, cameras, and the battery life and price stayed the same. Good show Apple, good show! However I can’t simply applaud them without pointing out a few things against them. First up the obvious still no Flash support. Steve, you may think the future is html 5 and Flash is dying, but you’d still be the only one. Again no USB, I think Steve is just being stubborn. How about no 4G? If you’re trying to be a leader then why wouldn’t you use the latest in mobile network technologies? No, you won’t find support for LTE or HSPA+ on the iPad 2; however it will be sold on AT&T and Verizon’s 3G networks.

Now, let’s take another look at the price, yes it’s true that it stayed the same, however if you want HDMI, then you’ll have to fork out another $40. If you want their nifty cover that seems to be actually part of the design then you’re looking at another $40 for the poly and $80 for the leather. Adding these seemingly necessities could cost you $40-$120 more just for HDMI and the case, I’m sorry “cover”. Well that puts you up a few notches in price. Since there is no 4G support, USB, and Flash then you’re loosing a more than a few “how much is it really worth” dollars in my mind. So yeah the iPad 2’s out the door price is a little cheaper than the other major tab players, but your getting a lower end tab. -Greg

 

Here is a nice comparison chart provided by phandroid.com:

 

Samsung Galaxy S to hit AT&T

Samsung Galaxy SSamsung’s newest bad boy the “Galaxy S” has recently been said to be hitting all 4 major carriers. According to an article by the Android Guys, Broadpoint.AmTech analyst Mark McKechnie says it will be heading to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint by the end of June with Verizon slated as “sometime later this year”. BGR reports the following specs for the Galaxy S:

The Galaxy S sports the features that grace other cutting edge Android handsets including a gorgeous four inch AMOLED display with 800 x 480 resolution, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with support for 720p HD video recording at 30fps, front-facing VGA camera, Swype keyboard, HSDPA connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi, microSD expansion (16GB included, up to 32GB supported), and Android 2.1. To set it apart from its competition, the Galaxy S includes bundled software for the “Smart Life’ which adds an on-device Social networking hub, advanced location-based services, the Layar Reality Browser, and HD video playback.

 Nuff said? Yeah, there is no doubt this is one bad Android phone and seeing as it will be hitting AT&T about the same time that Dell’s two Android phones will, I might actually have a choice. Ok, not really I’m thinking this Galaxy is my now 1st choice over Sony’s Xperia X10. One of the options that BGR doesn’t mention in the above is the camera will have panoramic support, how is cool is that?! More about the Samsung Galaxy S and the full press release is over here.