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Ana-K, Sha-Sha's daughter is now in Hong Kong and working (started a 2 year Contract).

 

This means us Grandparents are now looking after baby 'AK' full time.

 

We would like Anzhelica to keep in touch with her Mama, and just speaking is not as effective as a Video Call via Skype.

 

Since Ana does not have a laptop and the phone she has, does not offer FRING, she needs to go to an Internet Cafe.

 

When she gets her wages, she wants to buy a Tablet PC so she can do most things that a Notebook Netbook PC could do. OK so they don't have built in DVD player/Burner, but slim external units connecting via USB 2 or now USB3 are available.

 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

 

 

Skype Adds Video Calling to 7-Inch Galaxy Tab, HTC Flyer, and More Androids

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Good news for those who own Android handsets and at the same time, Skype users!
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When the
was brought to Android last month, it only supports devices running the Gingerbread version of the OS (Android 2.3), including HTC Desire S,
Neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro, and Google Nexus S. Many were disappointed, but Skype promised to roll out an updated version of the VoIP app “very soon”. Surprisingly, it didn’t take any longer and starting today Skype is rolling out video support to additional 17 of the most popular Android devices. That includes two Android tablets – the HTC Flyer and the 7-inch version of Samsung Galaxy Tab.

 

Skype 2.1 for Android adds video calling support to the Android devices listed below.

 

Acer A5

HTC Desire (2.2)

HTC Desire HD

HTC Evo 3D

HTC Evo 4G

HTC Flyer

HTC Incredible S

HTC Sensation

HTC Thunderbolt - Verizon (2.2) (US only)

LG Revolution - Verizon (2.2) (US only)

Samsung Droid Charge - Verizon (2.2) (US only)

Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

 

If your device is not on the list, don’t fret…

 

Those who are using Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above should still be able to enable video calling in Skype settings. Just go to "Skype settings" after launching the app and select "enable video calling". If you cannot see the video calling settings, it means your Android phone does not meet the minimum requirements needed to make Skype video calls.

 

The updated Skype 2.1 for Android is now available at the Android Market via this link.

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The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 supports Video Calls over Skype!

 

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Sep 1, 2011

 

 

We spend some time with Samsung's razor-thin 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet at IFA 2011.

 

 

 

The Good News it seems better than iPad2 (supports Flash 10 for a start) and is lower price.

 

The Bad News for us, is that it still rather expensive, for a mother supposedly remitting funds for upkeep of her daughter and for SAVINGs for her Anzhelica's education.

 

I was interested to research a bit about what the SHANZAI Tablet manufacturers in China are producing with Android 2.3 OS to compete against the iPAD2.

 

Only a few ChineseTablets are currently supporting Android 2.3 as the offered OS, on Chinese Tablets, currently. Some have Android 2.2, but this only supports Video to a rear Video Camera.

 

 

The WoPad, Welcome To The Next Generation of Shanzhai Tablets

Posted by Greg | November 26, 2010

 

 

 

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Since the release of the iPad, Shanzhai manufacturers have been doing their best to make more affordable tablets. They’ve of course been very successful — producing some of the cheapest tablet PC’s on the planet. The only problem they’ve had is that most of what they’ve produced has been utter junk, until now. Shanzhai tablets are getting better by the day, and the WoPad represents the next generation of <a data-cke-saved-href="http://gadgetsrepublic.com/2010/09/guide-to-the-gadgets-republic-shanzhai/" href="http://gadgetsrepublic.com/2010/09/guide-to-the-gadgets-republic-shanzhai/" target="_blank">Shanzhai</a> Android tablets.

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A Chinese tablet, woPad i8, is out to challenge iPad

 

Posted on 27 August 2011

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Last week we reported the 2nd generation of iPad clone – woPad released its 2nd generation 7″ tablet woPad i7. Now its bigger sister, woPad i8 is also out. We believe this woPad i8 can become a real iPad challenger – It basically offers the screen with the same resolution as iPad, super thin aluminum enclosure, front-facing and back-facing camera, ARM Cotex-A8 CPU with GPU, and it got something that iPad doesn’t have: it supports FLASH!

 

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This woPad i8 is the 2nd generation of their most popular woPad with capacitive multi-touch screen. It runs on the latest Rock-chip 2918 CPU based on ARM Cortex-A8 architecture. It uses a super thin and stylish aluminum enclosure similar to the 1st generation of woPad, but everything else are upgraded – to name a few, much faster 1.2GH ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, doubled memory to 512 DDR3, runs Android 2.3, bigger screen with much higher resolution: 8″ screen with 1024×768, 4:3 aspect ratio. It supports 3D games with native hardware acceleration, support Skype video calls, supports FLASH, added front-facing camera and back-facing camera, and the best of all, it keeps the low price.

 

You can get it under $250 at their online store.

 

 

 

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</p><p>Power and volume button on one side.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/03.jpg" href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/03.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3361 aligncenter" title="03" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/03.jpg" src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/03.jpg" alt="" height="366" width="560"></a>Very thin and stylish aluminum enclosure.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/04.jpg" href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/04.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3362 aligncenter" title="04" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/04.jpg" src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/04.jpg" alt="" height="361" width="587"></a>Stereo speaker are located on the back.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/05.jpg" href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/05.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3363 aligncenter" title="05" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/05.jpg" src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/05.jpg" alt="" height="302" width="572"></a>Because of its metal case, there is a black piece for WiFi antenna just like iPad.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/06.jpg" href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/06.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3364 aligncenter" title="06" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/06.jpg" src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/06.jpg" alt="" height="359" width="591"></a>Android 2.3 uses dynamics screen. Very clean and cool!</p><p style="text-align: left;"><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8HomeScreen.png" href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8HomeScreen.png"><img class="size-full wp-image-3368 aligncenter" title="woPadi8HomeScreen" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8HomeScreen.png" src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8HomeScreen.png" alt="" height="450" width="600"></a>The capacitive screen support 5 point touch. Such screen is usually only used for high end model in the range of $400~500.</p><div style="padding: 7px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;">

</div><p style="text-align: left;"><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8Capacitive5PointMultiTouch.png" href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8Capacitive5PointMultiTouch.png"><img class="size-full wp-image-3366 aligncenter" title="woPadi8Capacitive5PointMultiTouch" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8Capacitive5PointMultiTouch.png" src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8Capacitive5PointMultiTouch.png" alt="" height="600" width="450"></a>3D games are all very smooth due to the ARM Cortex-8 CPU plus GPU.</p><p><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi81080PHDVideo.png" href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi81080PHDVideo.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3370" title="woPadi81080PHDVideo" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi81080PHDVideo.png" src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi81080PHDVideo.png" alt="" height="450" width="600"></a></p><p>

</p><p>The CPU and GPU performance show this model has the same performance as those high-end tablet from the big brand, such as Samsung, Dell. <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8PerformanceTestScore.png" href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8PerformanceTestScore.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3369" title="woPadi8PerformanceTestScore" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8PerformanceTestScore.png" src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8PerformanceTestScore.png" alt="" height="600" width="450"></a><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8GPUPerformanceTestScore.png" href="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8GPUPerformanceTestScore.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-3367" title="woPadi8GPUPerformanceTestScore" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8GPUPerformanceTestScore.png" src="http://www.itnewswire.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/woPadi8GPUPerformanceTestScore.png" alt="" height="600" width="450"></a></p><div style="padding: 7px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;">

</div><ul><li>Enclousure: 8 inch super thin aluminum enclosure</li><li>CPU: Rockchip 2918 ARM Cortex-A8, main frequency 1.2GH</li><li>Storage: 4GB (options:4GB-16GB) FLASH, Micro SD Card: Up to 32GB (not included)</li><li>Memory: 512M DDR3</li><li>USB: USB HOST, MINI USB,</li><li>HDMI: mini HDMI port to output HD videos to your HD TV (HDMI cable not included)</li><li>LCD: 8 inch Capacitive Touch Screen(five point touch),resolution 1024×768</li><li>Camera:Front facing and back facing, 3.0 MP</li><li>TV out: HDMI (1080P), Flash10.2</li><li>Network: WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g)</li><li>G-Sensor:support 4 direction auto rotation of the screen</li><li>Audio: 2×1W stereo speaker earphone jack, internal Mic</li><li>Battery: 4400mAh</li><li>Power jack: 9V/2A power adapter(100~240v input)</li><li>Weight: 380g</li></ul><p>Software spec:</p><ul><li>Operating System: Android 2.3</li><li>Online chat/video call: QQ, MSN, Skype etc.</li><li>3D game: Support various 3D games,G-Sensor</li><li>Office tools: PDF/Word/Excel/Powerpoint (Documents to Go pre-installed)</li><li>Video: 1080P HD video,MPEG4/H.264/H.263/VC1(WMV9)/AVI/MKV,RMVB/RM/3GP etc</li><li>Audio: MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC/AAC+</li><li>Image viewer: JPEG/PNG/BMP/GIF</li><li>Email: send/receive email online</li><li>Flash: Adobe Flash10.3</li><li>input: English/Chinese input tools</li><li>Language: Multilateral</li><li>SW install: download from market or setup from micro SD card</li></ul><p>Package including:</p><ul><li>1 x USB Cable</li><li>1 x ear phone</li><li>1 x AC Adapter</li><li>1 x User’s Manual</li><li>1 x box</li></ul><p><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.wopadusa.com/our-warranty-payment-and-shipment-policy/" href="http://www.wopadusa.com/our-warranty-payment-and-shipment-policy/" target="_blank">Their warranty, payment, and shipment policy</a></p><p>

</p><p>woPad ii is available at woPad USA’s <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.wopadusa.com/store/" href="http://www.wopadusa.com/store/">online store</a>. You can also buy it from Amazon by search “woPad i8″.</p><div style="padding: 7px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;">

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This WoPad i8 with it's Multi-touch 8" Screen provides front and Rear 3MP Cameras, unlike the WoPad i7:-

 

woPad i8 – 2nd generation of woPad with a bigger screen

 

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This woPad i8 is the 2nd generation of our most popular woPad with bigger 8″ capacitive multi-touch screen. It runs on the latest Rock-chip 2918 CPU based on ARM Cortex-A8 architecture. It uses a super thin and stylish aluminum enclosure similar to the 1st generation of woPad, but everything else are upgraded – to name a few, much faster 1.2GH ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, doubled memory to 512 DDR3, runs Android 2.3, bigger screen with much higher resolution: 8″ screen with 1024×768, 4:3 aspect ratio – same as iPad. It supports 3D games with native hardware acceleration, support support Skype video calls, supports FLASH, added front-facing camera and back-facing camera, and the best of all, it keeps the low price.

  • Enclousure: 8 inch super thin aluminum enclosure
  • CPU: Rockchip 2918 ARM Cortex-A8, main frequency 1.2GH
  • Storage: 4GB (options:4GB-16GB) FLASH, Micro SD Card: Up to 32GB (not included)
  • Memory: 512M DDR3
  • USB: USB HOST, MINI USB
  • HDMI: mini HDMI port to output HD videos to your HD TV (HDMI cable not included)
  • LCD: 8 inch Capacitive Touch Screen(five point touch) resolution 1024×768
  • Camera: Front facing and back facing, 3.0 MP
  • TV out: HDMI (1080P), Flash10.2
  • Network: WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g)
  • G-Sensorsupport 4 direction auto rotation of the screen
  • Audio: 2×1W stereo speaker earphone jack, internal Mic
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Power jack: 9V/2A power adapter100/240v input
  • Weight: 380g

Software spec:

  • Operating System: Android 2.3
  • Online chat/[highyellow]video call: QQ, MSN, skype, etc
  • 3D game: Support various 3D games, G-Sensor
  • Office tools: PDF/Word/Excel/Powerpoint (Documents to Go pre-installed)
  • Video: 1080P HD video, MPEG4/H.264/H.263/VC1(WMV9)/AVI/MKV,RMVB/RM/3GP etc
  • Audio: MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC/AAC+
  • Image viewer: JPEG/PNG/BMP/GIF
  • Email: send/receive email online
  • Flash: Adobe Flash10.3
  • input: English/Chinese input tools
  • Language: Multilateral
  • SW install: download from market or setup from micro SD card

Package including:

  • 1 x USB Cable
  • 1 x ear phone
  • 1 x AC Adapter
  • 1 x User’s Manual
  • 1 x box

Their warranty, payment, and shipment policy

 

 

 

 

 

Old Price: $299.99

Price: $249.99

You save: $50.00! (16.67%)

Shipping: $19.95

Sorry seems there are quite a few Android 2.3 Capacitive (Multi-touch) Tablets available now, when you start researching into them!

Here are some YouTube Links:-

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Very informative thread, it has confirmed my decision to buy an iPad 2!   Most of these devices leave you stuck with the installed OS and the vender has no interest at all in "porting" an upgrade to

the thing about the ipad is that it is a single idea.... the software and the hardware come together as one and the unit is designed to be this booklike easy item that isnt a laptop or a phone and th

Ok, you're spot on with that. And what I'm saying is that an Android tablet at a much lower cost, does all the things you mention AND it can be used for more. I use my small 7" pad for watching movi

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I've been researching Android pads and you're quite right, they don't support Skype video because (I think) of the camera position.

But I find myself wondering is an Android pad might accept an external USB cam.

 

The prices are falling to the point where I found a unit on eBay (with 3 x 2.00 USB ports) for $AU160 ($US150) delivered free from within Australia.

 

By the way, these el cheapo Android pads leave iPad in the dust when it comes to features.

Reliability might be another matter though and only time will tell.

My 7" pad is a couple of months old and still "as new".

 

FWIW, my buddy here in Oz runs a computer repair shop and has no good words about any of the "i" stuff..

 

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FWIW, my buddy here in Oz runs a computer repair shop and has no good words about any of the "i" stuff..

 

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must be frustrating.

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must be frustrating.

 

I guess it's because he's a repairman and most Mac stuff can't be repaired (or maybe too expensive to repair).

I gather that Mac stuff is mostly throw away when not working rather than repair.

I've seen his box of non repairable iPods, iPads and even several iPhones. A lot.

 

I have a feeling that Android is going to affect Mac more than Microsoft.

Certainly Android is going to grab a big chunk of the market and already has in the cell phone "Smart Phone" category.

 

On tablets, you can pick up a 10" Android tablet for $160, and it will have a lot more features that an iPad.

The consumer only looks at bang for buck and Android has things like removable SD card slot, USB ports, built in GPRS and HDMI video port. You can plug a keyboard, mouse, video, internet dongle etc etc into them and I don't think you can on an iPad.

 

Maybe time will tell. Perhaps the iPad will become more affordable in the same way Smart Phones became cheaper once Android entered the market.

Let's hope so. They would be ideal for students rather than a net book or lap top.

 

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the thing about the ipad is that it is a single idea.... the software and the hardware come together as one and the unit is designed to be this booklike easy item that isnt a laptop or a phone and thats the way i use mine. I really cant see the point of a tablet with all this shit hanging off it ... also i cant see the point of wanting to run all this pc software when i can do it on my desktop.... the tablet was designed for a wifi world ..to the guy who already has a laptop/desktop/moblile phone but wants something he can throw into the car or read on the bog in the morning ...its a replacement for newspapers and books ...i think its a brilliant design and a brillaint idea.... well done apple!!

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i think davids daughter ought to get a mobile phone that supports video calls.... the maids are always stealing off each other and the phone can be kept with her at all times.

 

there is probably some real bargains in hk..... a lot of the cheap mobile phones are aimed at maids and im sure they have some pretty advanced features nowadays... you could probably get it as an all in package from one of the big telecom players there.

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the thing about the ipad is that it is a single idea.... the software and the hardware come together as one and the unit is designed to be this booklike easy item that isnt a laptop or a phone and thats the way i use mine. I really cant see the point of a tablet with all this shit hanging off it ... also i cant see the point of wanting to run all this pc software when i can do it on my desktop.... the tablet was designed for a wifi world ..to the guy who already has a laptop/desktop/moblile phone but wants something he can throw into the car or read on the bog in the morning ...its a replacement for newspapers and books ...i think its a brilliant design and a brillaint idea.... well done apple!!

 

Ok, you're spot on with that.

And what I'm saying is that an Android tablet at a much lower cost, does all the things you mention AND it can be used for more.

I use my small 7" pad for watching movies in bed on these cold Queensland winters and for listening to MP3 audio books through the night. I also read the occasional eBook ("Kindle" app runs on my pad) and eBook pages are about the same size as a paperback page but have the added advantage of being able to have black text on white or white text on black. Sizable fonts too, which is great for my crappy eyes.

But then in case it's needed It has built in GPRS (but I never use it).

I haven't plugged in a keyboard and mouse either except to check they work.

 

By the way, you're also correct about the idea of a pad or tablet being a brilliant idea but Mac didn't invent it and the iPad was a long way off being first..

Tablets came out around 5 years before iPad, but the several manufacturers who launched models just couldn't get the concept off the ground, mainly because they sold it as a substitute for a pencil and notepad (they sold well to journalists apparently).

 

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Google Android is maturing into a very good OS. It was designed for Mobile phones, but is developing new features for tablets.

 

Samsung and HTC have some excellent Mobile Phones and Tablets using Android as their OS.

 

The Nexus S is a smartphone co-developed by Google and Samsung and manufactured by Samsung Electronics. It is the first smartphone to use the Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating system, and the first Android device to support Near Field Communication (NFC) in both hardware and software.[5] This is the second time that Google has worked with a manufacturer to produce a phone, the first being the HTC Nexus One.

 

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During IFA 2011 in Berlin, Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab 7.7, sporting a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor, 1GB of memory (or 8GB reported by some) and support for 32GB MicroSD cards (possibly only on some models), a 5,100mAh battery, a front 2-megapixel camera and a rear 3-megapixel camera with flash. There will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models available and each will support 802.11 a/b/g/n standards at both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The unit measures 196.7 x 133 x 7.89 mm (7.75 x 5.24 x 0.31 inches) and weighs 335g (11.8 oz) making it much more single-hand friendly than larger models from Samsung and other manufacturers.[53]

 

 

 

 

Android is an operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. It is developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.[8][9]

Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005.[10] The unveiling of the Android distribution on 5 November 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 80 hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.[11][12][13][14] Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software license.[15] The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android.[16]

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Android was listed as the best-selling smartphone platform worldwide in Q4 2010 by Canalys.[21][22]

 

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Google acquired Android Inc. in August 2005, making Android Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc. Key employees of Android Inc., including Andy Rubin, Rich Miner and Chris White, stayed at the company after the acquisition.[24]

Not much was known about Android Inc. at the time of the acquisition, but many assumed that Google was planning to enter the mobile phone market with this move.[citation needed]

 

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Android's kernel is derived from the Linux kernel. Google contributed code to the Linux kernel as part of their Android effort, but certain features, notably a power management feature called wakelocks, were rejected by mainline kernel developers, so the Android kernel is now a separate version or fork of the Linux kernel.[63][64][65] In September 2010 Linux developer Rafael J. Wysocki added a patch that improved the mainline Linux wakeup events framework. He said that Android device drivers that use wakelocks can now be easily merged into mainline Linux, but that Android's opportunistic suspend features should not be included in the mainline kernel.[66][67] In 2011 Linus Torvalds said that "eventually Android and Linux would come back to a common kernel, but it will probably not be for four to five years."[68]

Google announced in April 2010 that they would hire two employees to work with the Linux kernel community.[69] Greg Kroah-Hartman, the current Linux kernel maintainer for the -stable branch, said in December 2010 that he was concerned that Google was no longer trying to get their code changes included in mainstream Linux.[64] Some Google Android developers hinted that "the Android team was getting fed up with the process", because they were a small team and had more urgent work to do on Android.[70]

Android does not have a native X Window System nor does it support the full set of standard GNU libraries, and this makes it difficult to port existing Linux applications or libraries to Android.[71]

 

Video calling Android does not support native video calling, but some handsets have a customized version of the operating system that supports it, either via the UMTS network (like the Samsung Galaxy S) or over IP. Video calling through Google Talk is available in Android 2.3.4 and later. Gingerbread allows Nexus S to place Internet calls with a SIP account. This allows for enhanced VoIP dialing to other SIP accounts and even phone numbers. <dl><dd><span style="font-size: 10px;">Skype 2.1 offers video calling in Android 2.3, including front camera support.<br></span></dd></dl><p><span style="font-size: 10px;"></span></p>

 

Android Market

 

Main article: Android Market

Android Market is the online software store developed by Google for Android devices. An application program ("app") called "Market" is preinstalled on most Android devices and allows users to browse and download apps published by third-party developers, hosted on Android Market. As of December 2010 there were about 200,000 games, applications and widgets available on the Android Market.[92] In April 2011 Google said there had been more than 3 billion Android apps installed[93] and at end of June 2011 there are 6 billion apps installs from the Android market. The operating system itself is installed on 130 million total devices.[94]

Only devices that comply with Google's compatibility requirements are allowed to preinstall Google's closed-source Android Market app and access the Market.[95] The Market filters the list of applications presented by the Market app to those that are compatible with the user's device, and developers may restrict their applications to particular carriers or countries for business reasons. [96]

Google has participated in the Android Market by offering several applications themselves, including Google Voice for the Google Voice service, Sky Map for watching stars, Finance for their finance service, Maps Editor for their MyMaps service, Places Directory for their Local Search, Google Goggles that searches by image, Gesture Search for using finger-written letters and numbers to search the contents of the phone, Google Translate, Google Shopper, Listen for podcasts and My Tracks, a jogging application. In August 2010, Google launched "Voice Actions for Android",[97] which allows users to search, write messages, and initiate calls by voice.

Alternatively, users can install apps from third party app stores such as the Amazon Appstore,[98] or directly onto the device if they have the application's APK file.

 

 

 

 

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Android Market

 

Android Market is an online software store developed by Google for Android OS devices. Its gateway is an application program ("app") called "Market", preinstalled on most Android devices, allows users to browse and download apps published by third-party developers. Users can also search for and read detailed information about apps on the Android Market website.

 

 

 

Applications and downloads

 

On 17 March 2009, about 2,300 applications were available on the Android Market, according to T-Mobile chief technical officer Cole Brodman.[7] On 10 May 2011, during the Google I/O, Google announced that Android Market listed 200,000 apps, and had clocked 4.5 billion apps installed.[8] Date Applications Downloads to date March 2009 2,300[7] December 2009 20,000[9] August 2010 80,000[10][11] 1 billion May 2011 200,000[8] 3 billion[12] July 2011 250,000 4.5 billion

In December 2010 Google added content filtering to Android Market and reduced the purchase refund window from 24–48 hours to 15 minutes.[13] On 2 February 2011, Google introduced a web client that provides access to Android Market via PC. Apps requested through the Android Market web page are downloaded and installed on a registered Android device.[14]

In May 2011 Google added new app lists to Android Market, including "Top Grossing" apps, "Top Developers", "Trending" apps, and "Editors Recommendations". Google's Eric Chu said the goal of this change was to expose users to as many apps as possible.[15]

[edit] Comparisons to competitors

 

Android Market features 57% of free apps – the highest percentage of any major app store – compared to 28% for Apple App Store. More that half of its apps are priced at $2 or below compared with a minimum app price of $2.99 on BlackBerry App World.[16] App Store Percent Free Applications Android Marketplace 18% Windows Phone Marketplace 17% BlackBerry App World 26% Nokia Ovi Store 26% Apple App Store 28%

On 21 May 2011, Google announced that the number of apps on Android Market increased by 28,000 in April 2011, making a total of 200,000 apps; by contrast, in April 2011 the listings on Apple App Store grew by 11,000 new apps, a total of 381,062 apps. Distimo and Germany-based research2guidance forecast that the number of apps on Android Market would surpass Apple by the third quarter of 2011, with some 425,000 apps.[17]

 

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Seems to me these Shanzai Tablet makers are competing/copying the Samsung Galaxay Tab, rather than iPad2!

 

I love the New Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and @ $200 is fantastic value for money

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Android tablet features HSPA+ 21 Mbps network for faster uploads and downloads up to twice the speed. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual core processor for fast webpage loading, seamless multitasking and multimedia performance. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is equipped with a 5100 mAh battery providing up to 10 hours of video playback time.

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Android tablet

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb, Android 3.2 OS has been optimized for a 7-inch tablet with a new compatibility zoom mode. This optimizes applications that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes, so they fit on the entire screen without distortion. In addition, the Samsung tablet supports MicroSD memory cards of up to 32GB for direct file transfer.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab mini apps

Samsung’s TouchWiz user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu for customizing the home screen of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 with digital pictures. The TouchWiz UX includes a “Mini Apps” tray of commonly used features such as task manager, calendar and music by multi-tasking.

 

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Samsung tablet with Universal Remote Control functionality

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Android tablet lets you enjoy video clips without limitation, featuring 1080p full HD playback, DivX included multi codec and Micro SD. The Samsung Galaxy tablet also includes Universal Remote Control functionality, allowing control of the entire home entertainment system - TV, Set top box, DVD, Blu-ray player, Audio/Video system - from one device. Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet offers both voice and video calls for better communication.

 

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Samsung Hub Services

Samsung’s Hub Services offers easy access to content including games, eBooks, music and more. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the first mobile tablet to include a pre-loaded Game Hub, with easy social games, all fast graphics. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 also features access to Samsung’s Music Hub service, which offers 15 million songs for preview download and play. The Readers Hub service features a robust library filled with more than 2.3 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 3,000 magazines in up to 49 languages, and Samsung’s Social Hub service aggregates e-mail, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface.

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David, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 while a great looking bit of kit, is only available at $US200 on a plan (and may be locked).

They marketed 7" pads here in Oz as Telstra pads and Optus pads, both of which failed in the market place and were eventually sold out through a chain store for $AU100 each.

I guess the problem was that consumers saw them as being huge ungainly cell phones.

The fact is, they would be ideal for your purpose. Plus you can email with them, great in RP.

 

By the way, its seems from what I see on the internet that the launch of the Galaxy is held up for some reason.

 

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David, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 while a great looking bit of kit, is only available at $US200 on a plan (and may be locked).

They marketed 7" pads here in Oz as Telstra pads and Optus pads, both of which failed in the market place and were eventually sold out through a chain store for $AU100 each.

I guess the problem was that consumers saw them as being huge ungainly cell phones.

The fact is, they would be ideal for your purpose. Plus you can email with them, great in RP.

 

By the way, its seems from what I see on the internet that the launch of the Galaxy is held up for some reason.

 

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Looks like you are right about that $200 price being on a TELCO Contract and may be 'locked' to that provider.

 

You also right about the launch being delayed as Apple took out an injunction stopping them getting sold as they claiming there is patent infringement. It all getting rather messy as the photos that Apple submitted for this injunction were digitally altered to remove the Samsung Logo and make the case look different - closer to that of the iPad2. Amazon.com were ignoring the injunction and now there is an argument as to the Courts having the power to stop sales or not.

 

In the meantime the Shanzia Tablet makers are churning out more Android 2.3 versions that support Video Calling, and this bringing the price down to $200 and below.

 

Yeh it is bigger than a cell phone, but I find my Nokia N95 is to small a screen for any serious e-book reading or web browsing. I also like multi-touch screen but don't want to buy a Nokia N97 or Nexus just for that.

 

A 7" Tablet is small enough to be handy, held in one hand and touch with the other, yet a decent enough size screen to view things more comfortably than a cell phone.

 

A 10" Tablet can't be slipped in a shirt pocket, and needs a protective carrying folio or whatever, but is smaller and lighter than a net-book PC

 

$200 @ current Exchange rate of 42.5 is only Php8,500 ( I paid Php24,000 for my Nokia N95 8GB over 6 months, 0% Interest, getting on for 2 years ago)

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In RP I guess you would make some sort of stand for the tablet so 7" or 10" would be no problem. If it didn't need to be "pocketable" then I personally would go for the 10".

The 7" has a "dongle that you can plug network and USB things into whereas the 10" has them built in to the case, much tidier.

David, there are a few things to watch out for.

Many of these cheaper pads are not compatible with the Android Market so you can't download from there.

Yahoo, Skype and Fring all come exclusively through the Android Market so you can't load those programs.

Several makers claim that Skype is loaded. It is but doesn't work (and definitely no video).

They also load a pirate version of Android Market witch seems to be connected to a pirate website.

 

All the pads seem to be OK to grab email from Yahoo and Hotmail and so on but if you want one to do video calling I would suggest you have the seller show you it working.

 

By the way, there are several video chat programs that do work on the cheaper pads but they require both parties to have the same program. I guess that's not such a problem for you.

 

The good thing is that they are all starting to come down in price.

 

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This woPad i8 product from Amazon.com

 

woPad i8 (woPad 2, woPad Rockchip 2918, 8" capacitive android tablet with aluminum enclosure) 8GB by Android

 

Used & New from: $259.99

 

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Excellent product!!, September 8, 2011

 

 

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(Personal Computers)It's one of the well designed and user friendly tablets. Works very fast and easy to carry and use. The best thing is front and back camera. Most importantly battery pack is very long lasting. It's cheap too.

 

 

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Great Tablet, September 6, 2011

 

 

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This review is from: woPad i8 (woPad 2, woPad Rockchip 2918, 8" capacitive android tablet with aluminum enclosure) 8GB (Personal Computers)I just bought this tablet. I admit, I was skeptical at first, but now I love it. My gf has the iPad, and I thought that was cool at one point. Now that I have the woPad, she's jelous of me!

 

Suits me best, September 6, 2011

 

 

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This review is from: woPad i8 (woPad 2, woPad Rockchip 2918, 8" capacitive android tablet with aluminum enclosure) 8GB (Personal Computers)I like this tablet alot better than the IPad. Its exceptionally more user friendly than anything I have seen yet come from Mac and not to mention, its alot cheaper than the IPad.f 5 stars

 

 

 

 

Awesome Product!!!, September 6, 2011

 

 

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This review is from: woPad i8 (woPad 2, woPad Rockchip 2918, 8" capacitive android tablet with aluminum enclosure) 8GB (Personal Computers)I own pretty much all of the cool products from Apple, like MacBook Pro, iPhone 4, iPod, iPad 2, and Mac Mini, but I still like Android because its open source and flexibilities. I really hope one day I can get an Android tablet that has performance close to iPad 2, now this day seems to here with this newly released woPad i8.

 

Get close to what iPad 2 offers in term of quality, style, and performance, but half price, September 2, 2011

 

 

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This review is from: woPad i8 (woPad 2, woPad Rockchip 2918, 8" capacitive android tablet with aluminum enclosure) 8GB (Personal Computers)

I own pretty much all of the cool products from Apple, like MacBook Pro, iPhone 4, iPod, iPad 2, and Mac Mini, but I still like Android because its open source and flexibilities. I really hope one day I can get an Android tablet that has performance close to iPad 2, now this day seems to here with this newly released woPad i8.

 

I have bought and tested many different Android tablet models starting from end of last year. The first couple models that I bought based VIA 8250 CPU are really disappointment -they are slow and not stable, battery runs out fast, until I bought a one called Milk Pad. It's quite fast and the built quality is very good. Then after doing some research, I found this Milk Pad is a clone of woPad 7001B. I then bought one woPad 7001B. I was really impressed. It's the only tablet that uses the same aluminum case just like iPad 1. The pad is very thin. Since it uses the expensive 5-point multi-touch capacitive screen, it's very sense just like iPhone and iPad. I really like the e-reader apps pre-install on this tablet, it has this cool and real 3D effect when you use your figure to move to the next or previous page. However, there are some shortcomings on this woPad - it doesn't support 3D games, no FLASH support, no camera, and Skype voice call doesn't work. So, I was looking forward to woPad's next generation, hope it will fix those shortcomings.

 

Finally my wish becomes reality: woPad released its 2nd generation, not only one, but two: the 7" woPad i7, and 8" woPad i8. I thought they were going to name it as woPad 2 just like what Apple did, but I guess because there are more than one models in the 2nd generation, therefore, they have to call it i7 and i8.

 

woPad i7 is basically using the same aluminum case of woPad 7001B, but added a front facing camera, and the performance is much better. It now support FLASH 10.2, so you can watch Youtube in HD in browser - a feature that even iPad 2 doesn't have. Thanks for its 1.2GHz ARM Cotex-8 based CPU with integrated GPU, 3D game plays very smoothly. It now supports HD video to its highest resolution: 1080P. Since it has HDMI port, you can actually connect it to your big screen HD TV, and watch 1080P HD video on the big screen using a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable (not included). Wow, it's so impressive.

 

The Android Market is standard, you can get all application in the market. Skype voice call is also working. The video call is not working yet, hopefully Skype will add that soon.

 

woPad i8 has all of those nice features that woPad i7 has, but with bigger screen and added both front-facing and back-facing camera. The best of all for this woPad i8, it's its high resolution screen. The screen has 1024x768 pixels, same as iPad 2. Such high resolution makes huge difference - one thing I don't like on 7" tablet is that the standard web content cannot fit the screen. The case is still made by aluminum, but it has a new design - looks very stylish and it is super thin.

 

This woPad i8 is the flagship of woPad's high end model. However, comparing with other big brand names, such as Samsung, Sony, it has a small price - pretty much half price. With such good price and its high performance, I believe it will be very popular. Think about a couple weeks ago, when HP decided to kill its tablet and sell it at $99, it actually becomes the most popular tablet on Amazon. Therefore, in my personal opinion, if an Android tablet wants to compete with Apple iPad 2, it has to offer similar performance but much lower price - woPad i8 is definitely a such one.

 

In general Android tablet's WiFi is not compatible with every Wireless router. For example, none of the tablets that I have tested works with the old Linksys router in my home. If you cannot get WiFi to work, first try it at your office or friend's home before you return the product. If it works for other WiFi, then you need to upgrade your WiFi router.

 

So far I haven't found any drawbacks on this new woPad i8. I'll update my review later once I find any.

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Looks good but a bit expensive when you can get a 10" with the same or better specs on eBay for $150.

 

Just a note on capacitive screens. You need a special stylus to work them (or you finger of course) and they tend to be over sensitive for me. I prefer the resistive that you can operate with a toothpick or whatever (or a finger).

 

I'm still procrastinating whether I should buy a 10". My 7" does all I want but you know how it is, toys for boys.

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10 Inch Wopad Now On Sale

 

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On March - 7 - 2011

 

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10 inch wopad ports and plugs

 

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With all the big name companies bringing their own tablets out (Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Apple) it’s been easy to forget about Chinese tablet makers, the orginators of the Android tablet market!

 

Android powered tablets have been available in China since before the iPad arrived on the seen, and judging by the specifications of some of the newer Chinese tablets it looks like they are here to stay!

 

The latest Android tablet to hit the shelves is the 10 inch Wopad, we are not sure on the exact model number but no that it joins its smaller 7 inch brother in the market and that it gets some great goodies such as;

  • Android 2.2
  • A 10″ screen
  • 1Ghz CPU
  • 512mb Ram
  • 4Gb of built in storage as well as SD card support.
  • Built in GPS!

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But best of all is it’s price which is believed to be well below the $2oo bracket!

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