Hey, you. Yeah, you. Samsung just started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerberad update to Italian Galaxy Tabs. That means that the update can be made via the Samsung Kies desktop software as firmware/baseband version P1000XXJQ1/P1000XXJPZ. You know, maybe you could manually download it off of a forum, and get Gingerbread. That would be stealthy and dangerous, but cool. Just don’t come after us if anything goes wrong.
Via: Samfirmware, Androidiani
Ready for this? The Acer Chromebook will cost $349 with options like 3G (available for slightly more; unknown price) and will be available for pre-order on the same day as the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook — June 15th from Amazon and Best Buy. Specs include an 11.6″ HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD, weighs 2.95 lbs., 6 hours of usage on a single charge, an Intel Atom dual-core processor, dual-band WiFi and World-mode 3G (optional), an HD Webcam with noise-canceling microphone, HiDef Audio Support, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 4-in-1 memory card slot, HDMI port, the Chrome keyboard and an oversized fully-clickable Chromebook trackpad.
Via: Google Acer Chromebook
It’s the first true Chrome laptop meant for the consumer markets, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook. It launches on June 15th (in 7 different countries, online) for $429 (WiFi version) and $499 to add a Gobi2000 modem for worldwide 3G usage. The specs include a 12.1-inch, 1280 x 800, 300 nit screen, weigh 3.26 pounds, dual-band 802.11 WiFi, optional global 3G, two USB 2.0 ports, 8.5 hours of battery life, and an HD webcam with a clickable trackpad (new design, not the Cr-48′s).
Via: Samsung Series 5 Chromebook (Google)
The Google Chrome Web Store has reached all Chrome users (as of today), which according to Sundar Pichai of Chrome, is 160 million users. An in-app payment system with a 5% flat rate will also be added to Chrome and the Chrome Web Store. Also: Within the first three months since launch, 17 million apps have been installed. Nice. So with that, go ahead and browse the Chrome Web Store, as Angry Birds has been added. If that’s your thing.
From Google’s I/O came some uncertainty: When will WiFi Motorola Xooms get the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update? Well, Motorola answered that question this very morning: “Within the next several weeks”.
That settles that, doesn’t it? However this also comes to show it will be a while (until Q4 of 2011) for Google and the Open Handset Alliance to get Ice Cream Sandwich working on both tablets and phones, with little to no delay in receiving over-the-air updates and upgrades. Press release after the cut.
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This slight update for Xoom 3G Verizon Wireless customers allows you to resize widgets, a new multitasking launcher, the host mode that will let you import photos to your tablet directly from your digital camera and allows you to USB devices, even the Xbox 360 controller. The Movies app will also debut, alongside Android 3.1 hitting Google TV sometimes this summer.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich is here. The focus of this new version of the Android operating system is that it will be unified OS on all devices, deemed by Google as “one OS that works everywhere” — tablets, phones, and everything else (essentially no more “fragmentation”). A new framework and UI will be present, which automatically resizes and scales itself to the screen size device in question, and the entire gig launches in Q4 of 2011. The new age of Android at its high-point is near. Via: Google I/O
It begins. Google’s cloud service for music is live for everyone at music.google.com/music, but not available for use, as you have to request an invite. Until the Google I/O 2011 keynote states what Google Music actually does, this is all you have to know about:
Music Beta is a new service from Google that gives you instant access to your personal music collection without the hassle of wires or syncing. Add your music collection and listen on the web or any compatible Android device.
Looks a lot like Amazon Cloud Player.
Update: It’s official. Google Music Beta will launch in the U.S. for now, only via invitation, or via Xoom and Google I/O attendees. The Music Beta is based in the cloud and allows you to stream up to 20,000 songs free by uploading them from your PC or Mac via an exportation app. Offline listening is available as well, as some songs can get cached for offline listening. The Music app is available for Android 2.2+ devices, including Android 3.0 to 3.1 Honeycomb tablets.