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As many have reported, the GPS issues within the ASUS Transformer Prime Android tablet have not necessarily been resolved after a few updates have been released for the known bug. Many owners of the Transformer Prime have reported their frustration in the issue, which continues to plague the King of Android tablets. Not really the memory you want to have embedded in the minds of potential android tablet owners in the future when the iPad 2 and new iPad (3rd gen) are ruling the roost.
ASUS may see there’s just no fixing this type of issue without either recalling the Transformer Prime tablets as a whole, or by giving away Free GPS dongles to those who apply. The cheapest way is clearly the dongles, but will their current Transformer Prime users actually want/use these devices? I guess it all depends on how critical GPS accuracy is to them personally. To me, it’s not that big a deal, and I wouldn’t want a dongle hanging out the side of my tablet each time I wanted to use GPS either.
To appease the Prime owners however, a free GPS dongle will be shipped to anyone asking for it. Here are some quotes to show ASUS is serious about making their existing customers happy about owning their products.
We will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their lock with wi-fi active.
GPS dongle will be provided for free when it arrives. ETA is mid April for this and we are setting up a process for it. We will inform you once the process is complete and the dongles here.
It will look similar to the hinge from the dock. Where it will be a flush fit on the bottom of the unit if held in landscape matching the color of your Prime chassis.
Article first published as ASUS Giving Free GPS Dongles to Fix Issues on Technorati.
The burn seems to be continuing for Research In Motion. After a terrible 2011, and less than impressive sales of all BlackBerry Products, RIM seems to be unable to keep staff. Wall Street Journal is now reprting that several Executives have been leaving RIM.
Jim Balsillie had stepped down as the Chairman of the Board, just a couple months after RIM named a new CEO as well. Not only has Balsillie left completely (who was one of RIM’s co-founders by the way), but RIM has also recently seen the loss of Alistair Mitchell, who was the Vice President of BlackBerry Messenger. After them, Senior Vice President of the BlackBerry platform Alan Brenner is reported to be gone as well as CTO David Yach and COO Jim Rowan. These departures come after a hugely disappointing Q4 sales and earnings report was just announced this last week.
It’s not looking good for Research In Motion lately. They have some huge recovery and soul searching to do over the next quarter.
Source – WSJ
Article first published as Research In Motion Executives Abandoning Ship on Technorati.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is by far the largest smartphone on the market, and some find it much too big to use as a phone. This would be why many are dubbing it a “phablet”, the combination of a tablet and a phone. All jokes aside, the device seems to have struck an audience, and is on its way to selling 10 million by the end of 2012. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Note has already passed the 5 million mark since it’s launch.
The device certainly appeals to the business crowd in that it’s a small enough device to keep handy and travel with, comes with the Samsung “S” Pen to make things a little more like the old “PDA” devices of office yesterdays. The device is comical to see people using as a phone though, but people seem to be buying it none-the-less.
The Samsung Galaxy Note features a 1.4 Exynos dual-core processor, 5.2inch Super AMOLED display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an 8 megapixel rear camera and 32GB of internal storage.
Source – Samsung
Article first published as Samsung Galaxy Note Sells 5 Million on Technorati.
The launch of the new iPad from Apple this last week has been all that people could talk about when it comes to tablets. But those who aren’t willing to shell out $500+ are hoping for other alternatives from Google and Amazon once again in 2012. Last year, Amazon rocked the tablet world with the ultra cheap $199 US Kindle Fire. It was by far the most successful launch any Android tablet had performed or the year, which ended up taking a little bite out of Apple’s iPad market shares after it’s launch.
The Amazon Kindle Fire is by no means as robust and smooth as the iPad 2, but it is a 7inch Android tablet with enough specs to make it appeal to anyone who wants to spend less on a tablet, without sacrificing build quality. Google is clearly aware of how well the Amazon Kindle Fire went over publicly since it’s using their Android Operating System, even though it’s been skinned so hard it might remind you of a HollyWood makeover TV series.
The “Nexus” brand has been Google’s naming for their mobile devices, and despite Samsung’s sales of their Galaxy family of devices, the Nexus brand has seen success as well. Why not use the “nexus” brand strength, and launch a Nexus tablet? This is the next plan for Google, who has been in serious talks with ASUS in building the actual tablet.
A source close to the development of the said Google Nexus tablet, states that Google is after a $149 – $199 price point for consumers. this puts it at half the cost of an iPad, even the iPad 2, as well as in a parallel price path with the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and Amazon Kindle Fire, which have all proven worthy competitors. To keep costs down however, you likely won’t see a quad-core processor within, but it will be in 7inch form. The tablet is expected to make it’s first appearance at the next CTIA event in New Orleans from May 8th – 10th 2012. Hopefully, we get the full scoop from Google then.
Source – AndroidandMe
Article first published as Google Nexus Tablet Expected in May 2012 on Technorati.
It’s hard to find good news about anything besides Apple’s new iPad which is hitting stores in North America tomorrow, Friday March 16th 2012. With that in mind, there’s some good news for BlackBerry PlayBook owners, so you may not want to trade it in for a new iPad just yet. Research In Motion has gone on the record and confirmed that it’s next generation Operating System for their mobile devices will also be released for the BlackBerry PlayBook.
RIM just put out the long awaited and highly anticipated PlayBook 2.0 update last month in February 2012, with much satisfaction of the tablets’ owners. The upgrade since has penetrated over 50% of the current PlayBook owner user base just a couple weeks after release.
The BB10 software is slated to be released with the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone this fall 2012. Although the new OS is QNX based, there’s no telling when the update will be launched for the PlayBook. RIM VP of Product Management made no reference to an exact date, but he did state the following:
We’ve said publicly a number of times that our first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and that’s still firmly the case…At some point after the launch we’ll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks, yes.
Let’s all hope that holds true, and doesn’t get postponed like the PlayBook 2.0 upgrade did. That may spell certain doom for RIM, if there’s still anything left saving as it is.
Source – TechRadar
Article first published as RIM: BlackBerry PlayBook Will Get BlackBerry 10 Update on Technorati.