Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet

After the Galaxy Note 5.3 ‘phablet’ release, Samsung is now announcing a purely tablet version of the device with the company’s S-Pen functionality in a 10.1-inch form factor. Like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be an Android slate that incorporates the S-Pen, which is based on Wacom’s digitizing technology for pen and handwriting input. The 10.1-inch Note retains the 1280 X 800 resolution of the 5.3-inch edition that’s now shipping on AT&T. Along with HSPA+ network support, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will ship with a dual-core 1.4 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM, and either 16, 32, or 64 GB of on-board storage with a micro SDHC card slot to augment your storage capacity further.

The tablet runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Interestingly, though, Samsung is pushing the multitasking capabilities of the tablet, including the ability to open windows side by side on the Android OS through a multi-screen capability:

With its large display, GALAXY Note 10.1 provides multi-screen functionality to maximize efficiency in learning, work and creative endeavors. Its multi-screen functionality enables you to do a true multi-tasking, by viewing Internet pages, videos or other applications side by side while writing or sketching your ideas.

It’s unclear still how the multi-screen capabilities will work, and we’re awaiting for some videos to demonstrate this feature. In the past, various third-party developers have tried to create a windows-like environment, including Ixonos and Cornerstone, to bring more efficient multi- and simul-tasking environments to the larger tablet displays.

Press release:

Boost your Creativity and Productivity with GALAXY Note 10.1

A new device category, GALAXY Note 10.1 comes with an immersive 10.1” screen and
S Pen versatility to unlock your creativity and productivity

Barcelona, February 27, 2012 – At Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced the launch of GALAXY Note 10.1, which expands the GALAXY Note experience in creativity, productivity, and learning.

With its large display, GALAXY Note 10.1 provides multi-screen functionality to maximize efficiency in learning, work and creative endeavors. Its multi-screen functionality enables you to do a true multi-tasking, by viewing Internet pages, videos or other applications side by side while writing or sketching your ideas.

GALAXY Note 10.1 features S Note, a unique and efficient tool that lets you combine notes or sketches together with web content, images and other digital media into your own personalized storyboards. It gives you a new way to create stories as S Note provides various ready-to-use templates such as meeting minutes, recipe, cards, diary, magazine and more. Also, hand-drawn geometric shapes can be perfectly digitized by using the Shape Match function, which helps users to create more organized idea sketches and storyboards.

Moreover, by using the S Note’s integrated knowledge search engines, users can quickly search, obtain information, and easily drag & drop the cropped images and content onto S Notes without having to switch between screens.

GALAXY Note 10.1 enables an extraordinary learning experience. Students can watch a lecture live-streamed on video while writing down comments on S Note; research a college essay on the web while taking notes; or even read a full e-textbook while annotating it. Similar to the Shape Match, Formula Match function helps to correct and digitize formulas hand-drawn with S Pen, making the device a more powerful education tool.

Users can fully enjoy PC-like premium photo editing and drawing experiences with Adobe® Photoshop® Touch and Adobe Ideas. Photoshop Touch lets users transform images with core Photoshop features and combine multiple photos into layered images, make popular edits, apply professional effects, and more. Adobe Ideas is an easy-to-master drawing tool that allows users to sketch ideas, choose amazing color themes and import images. Both are specially optimized for S pen and are exclusively pre-loaded on Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

“GALAXY Note 10.1 takes productivity on a Note to a whole new level. With a larger, fully utilizable screen and superior performance, it combines the intuitiveness of handwriting with all the versatility of digital content to let users be more productive across all of life’s demanding tasks-whether working, learning, or simply creating their own stories,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “With GALAXY Note 10.1 we are demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to extend the mobile category and are working with key partners like Adobe to provide extraordinary experiences for users that enable them to be more productive, express themselves creatively and add a touch of fulfillment to their lives.”

Ensuring intuitive multitasking and web browsing, GALAXY Note 10.1 runs on AndroidTM 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and features a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+ connectivity. Its real-time video streaming and Full HD video playback add to the device’s content versatility.

GALAXY Note 10.1′s innovative S Pen, the most advanced pen input solution on the market, is completely integrated into the device’s original applications. It provides enhanced pressure sensitivity, superior accuracy and control when editing or writing, providing an analog pen writing experience on a digital device.

The GALAXY Note 10.1 is exhibited at Samsung stand (Hall 8), Mobile World Congress 2012. For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com.

Via: Engadget

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Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7, Teases Galaxy Note 10.1

As expected, Samsung revealed the next generation of their tablet line at Mobile World Congress. They officially announced the Galaxy Tab 2, which will come in 10.1 and 8.9 inch sizes. They’re also heavily promoting the pen-enabled Galaxy Note 10.1, but there’s no official word on it yet.

It’s a good guess that the Note 10.1 will have the same specs as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, just with added pen.

The Tab 2 has a dual-core processor, not quad-core like the ASUS Transformer Prime, and will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Unlike the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab on the market now, the Tab 2 will have a micro SD slot to expand the on board storage (16GB or 32GB). Samsung will offer Wi-Fi only and 3G versions; no mention of 4G.

Galaxy Tab 2 10-inch

The Tab 2 line will also include a 7-inch version with the same specs except for the resolution. Where the 10.1-inch tablet gets 1280 x 800 pixels, the 7 incher only gets 1024 x 600. The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note has more pixels than that!

Both Tab 2 models maintain a thin profile — the 10.1-inch one comes in at 0.38 inches and the 7-inch one a hair thicker at 0.41 inches. They’re also still light, weighing 1.3 and 0.76 pounds, respectively.

Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch

Missing is any mention of an 8.9-inch size for the Tab 2. Perhaps that tweener size didn’t work out well for Samsung. I’m more inclined to say the company didn’t market it as well as they could have, because the tablet itself is pretty sweet and the size hits the Goldilocks zone for many who feel like 10 inches is too big but 7 inches is too small (especially with 1024 x 600 resolutions. . .).

(Related: Galaxy Tab 8.9 Review)

As I said, I expect the Galaxy Note 10.1 to have similar specs to the Tab 2 10.1. It may not even need extra thickness if Samsung utilizes the same S Pen as on the Galaxy Note smartphone.

The Galaxy Tab 2 slates launch in March globally and the UK gets it first. Will the U.S. have to wait as long for the Tab 2 as we had to wait for the Note? I hope not.

Full Specs: Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 | Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

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LG Optimus 4X HD: Features, Release Date, Carriers

Yesterday, LG announced that it would be debuting one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year’s Mobile World Congress 2012. That device of course is the LG Optimus 4X HD, a device that was originally known under the name LG X3, and one that will be the successor to the the company’s previous release, the Optimus 2X or as it was known here in the United States, the LG G2x.

And while we are still awaiting all of the details regarding the device, LG has decided to share quite a bit of information about a phone that the company will likely market as its flagship smartphone.

The Optimus 4X HD will be just one of many phones that LG will be announcing in just a couple of days.

LG Optimus 4X HD: Features, Release Date, Carriers

(Read: LG Optimus 4X HD, Optimus 3D Max and Optimus Vu Surface on Video.)

LG has already confirmed two other high-end devices in the Optimus 3D Max and the 5-inch Optimus Vu as well as a trio of L-Series Optimus smartphones dubbed Optimus L3, Optimus L5, and the Optimus L7.

(Read: LG Confirms Three New Optimus Smartphones.)

Needless to say the company will be busy.

Out of all of these though, the LG Optimus 4X HD is arguably most exciting and it’s also a device that has been speculated to be landing on a carrier here in the United States.

Hardware

LG Optimus 4X HD: Features, Release Date, CarriersWhile there are still some mysteries surrounding the Optimus 4X HD, hardware fortunately isn’t one of them. First and foremost, the Optimus 4X HD will be arriving with a 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA.

If you’re not aware, Mobile World Congress’ focus this year will be on products running NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor which boasts not one, not two, not three, not four, but a grand total of five cores.

NVIDIA has branded it as 4 + 1.

So what does that mean?

NVIDIA says that the four main cores will be used to handle more intensive tasks like gaming, Flash video playback, or encoding or decoding high definition videos. That fifth core?

Well, it’s a a low-power core that will be used to handle more basic tasks, like retrieving email or operating in standby mode, which will help the device save power.

Quad-core is a good thing folks.

And that’s not the only exciting thing on board the new Optimus 4X HD. In addition, it will boast a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 16GB of on-board memory, 1GB of DDR2 memory to handle things like multitasking, an 8MP camera on the rear, a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chat, and an absolutely massive 2,150mAh battery.

It’s a beast, and it’s one of the better smartphones we’ve seen from LG, at least on paper, for a long time.

And for those curious about its design, it’s a mere 8.9mm thin – same as the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX.

Software

Something else that will be the talk of the town during MWC will be Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It arrived back in December but up until now, it has been limited to a few devices. That’s going to change in the next couple of weeks.

Companies are poised to announce a bunch of Android 4.0 powered devices at this year’s MWC and the Optimus 4X HD is fortunate to be one of those devices.

You can take a good look at the Optimus 4X HD and its software in the video below. Warning, it’s in Italian:

Yes, it will be running Android 4.0 right out of the box and that’s a good thing.

Ice Cream Sandwich represents Google’s best Android offering to date and the Optimus 4X HD is fortunate to have it on board.

Release Date

While LG hasn’t given out any specific date as of you yet, the LG Optimus 4X HD is expected to arrive in Europe during the second quarter of this year. That means that we won’t see it launch until April at the earliest.

June at the latest.

As for other places, we’re still unsure. Because Mobile World Congress is a European trade show, most devices that get announced tend to show up across the pond first. So, don’t expect the phone to launch in the United States before it comes to Europe.

If we had to guess, we’d say that LG is aiming the Optimus 4X HD squarely at Samsung and the Galaxy S III and at this point, we think that the Galaxy S III will launch somewhere around the time that the Olympics begin.

In other words, don’t expect this phone in the U.S. until summer gets close.

Carriers

LG Optimus 4X HD: Features, Release Date, Carriers

One of the mysteries that surrounds the Optimus 4X HD at this point is its destination. However, we can make an educated guess based on the information at hand. At the moment, NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor is not optimized for 4G LTE networks. So, while LG hasn’t said anything, we think the Optimus 4X HD is going to have a radio on board that’s compatible with HSPA+ networks.

Not a chance this doesn’t have some kind of  ’4G’ on board.

So, first, that means it could show up on a host of carriers in Europe and elsewhere.

And second, as far as the United States is concerned, heed this. There are currently only two carriers that are host to an HSPA+ network. AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T is currently undergoing a transition as it is shifting from HSPA+ 4G to 4G LTE. And while it’s possible that it might pick this phone up because it can market it as a quad-core device, we’re skeptical.

More likely is a launch on T-Mobile, possibly as the LG G4X.

Remember, T-Mobile USA carried the Optimus 4X HD’s predecessor and it has a high-speed HSPA+ 42 network in place that while not 4G LTE, will definitely help to sell this phone.

Pricing

Pricing, like the carriers and release date, is a complete mystery. And because we haven’t seen a quad-core smartphone hit shelves yet, we have nothing to compare to.

We can’t see carriers putting too much of a premium on the Optimus 4X HD, especially when it’s not likely to have 4G LTE, so we don’t expect it to be priced much higher then the current crop of high-end devices.

For T-Mobile USA, that would mean around $225 or so with a new two-year contract. Hopefully, LG fills us in a couple of days when this phone makes it’s full-blown debut in Barcelona.

Photo via Engadget.

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Android 4.0 Beta Arrives for Select Xperia Smartphones

Good news for those of you who own a Sony Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V or Xperia Ray. The company has released an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich beta ROM for your devices that you can install, right now, if you want to get an early look at what Ice Cream Sandwich is going to look like on your phone.

Keep in mind, this will not be the final version that Sony releases in the future and you’ll also need to unlock the bootloader on your phone in order to get the ROM up and running properly.

Oh, and there is also the possibility that the process might brick your phone rendering it unusable and probably putting you out more than a few dollars. So again, make sure that you really, really want to use Android 4.0 in its early state before you attempt this.

(Read: Guide to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.)

The beta build here is significantly upgraded over the alpha build that Sony had previously released.

Upgrades include:

  • Updated UI – We hope you will be happy to see that we have added a number of UI elements from ICS, as well as some new UI features already introduced in the Xperia S we announced in January.
  • Lockscreen – We have added a shortcut to the camera directly from the lockscreen. Also, when you’re listening to music you can control the music player without unlocking the phone by using the music control icons on the lockscreen.
  • Connectivity turned on – Since we published the ICS alpha ROM, the GSM modem and FM radio have passed the certification and type approval, and they are therefore turned on in this ICS beta release.
  • Updated email client – The UI has been updated, and simplified email management has been added.
  • Quick dial – We have added a quick and easy way for you to make phone calls. See how it works in the ISC beta ROM demo video.

Keep in mind, things like Gmail, Face Unlock and Google Maps will not work when using this ROM. That means that this probably won’t end up being your daily driver but that’s not Sony’s intention here.

Instead, it wants feedback in order to help make the final product the best piece of software that it can possibly be.

It’s nice to see Sony taking such an interest in the development community and we wish companies like Motorola would follow suit. This is the kind of thing that not only brings in consumers but keeps them loyal.

(Read: HTC Unlocks More Bootloaders, Makes Motorola Look Silly.)

(Read: This Is Why I Love Asus.)

For those of you that are interested, you’ll want to head to Sony’s Developer World to get started.

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Android 4.0 Beta Arrives for Select Xperia Smartphones

Good news for those of you who own a Sony Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V or Xperia Ray. The company has released an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich beta ROM for your devices that you can install, right now, if you want to get an early look at what Ice Cream Sandwich is going to look like on your phone.

Keep in mind, this will not be the final version that Sony releases in the future and you’ll also need to unlock the bootloader on your phone in order to get the ROM up and running properly.

Oh, and there is also the possibility that the process might brick your phone rendering it unusable and probably putting you out more than a few dollars. So again, make sure that you really, really want to use Android 4.0 in its early state before you attempt this.

(Read: Guide to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.)

The beta build here is significantly upgraded over the alpha build that Sony had previously released.

Upgrades include:

  • Updated UI – We hope you will be happy to see that we have added a number of UI elements from ICS, as well as some new UI features already introduced in the Xperia S we announced in January.
  • Lockscreen – We have added a shortcut to the camera directly from the lockscreen. Also, when you’re listening to music you can control the music player without unlocking the phone by using the music control icons on the lockscreen.
  • Connectivity turned on – Since we published the ICS alpha ROM, the GSM modem and FM radio have passed the certification and type approval, and they are therefore turned on in this ICS beta release.
  • Updated email client – The UI has been updated, and simplified email management has been added.
  • Quick dial – We have added a quick and easy way for you to make phone calls. See how it works in the ISC beta ROM demo video.

Keep in mind, things like Gmail, Face Unlock and Google Maps will not work when using this ROM. That means that this probably won’t end up being your daily driver but that’s not Sony’s intention here.

Instead, it wants feedback in order to help make the final product the best piece of software that it can possibly be.

It’s nice to see Sony taking such an interest in the development community and we wish companies like Motorola would follow suit. This is the kind of thing that not only brings in consumers but keeps them loyal.

(Read: HTC Unlocks More Bootloaders, Makes Motorola Look Silly.)

(Read: This Is Why I Love Asus.)

For those of you that are interested, you’ll want to head to Sony’s Developer World to get started.

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Android 4.0 for Eee Pad Transformer Hitting U.S. Tomorrow

Earlier today, Asus announced that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would hit its Eee Pad Transformer starting today. In Taiwan. Other countries would see it soon after. Well, luckily for you owners in the United States, the company wasn’t kidding. Asus’ Twitter account has confirmed that the Android 4.0 update for the U.S. version of the Eee Pad Transformer will be rolling out tomorrow.

That’s fantastic news for those of you that have been waiting and waiting and waiting to officially get your hands on Google’s new operating system. It should make the experience on one of the best Android tablets of 2011 even better.

(Read: Guide To Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.)

It’s also great news because we had thought that the update might be coming in March and not in February. Turns out, Asus got its act together.

Android 4.0 for Eee Pad Transformer Rolling Out TomorrowThe company hasn’t confirmed exactly what will be coming along with the update but we will know when the update rolls out tomorrow.

Remember, these major Android updates usually come with quite a few bug fixes and improvements and don’t expect the Android 4.0 update for the Eee Pad Transformer to be any different.

Owners of the original Eee Pad Transformer here in the United States will want to check for updates through Android’s settings tomorrow. One word of advice: Patience. The update may not show up within the first 10 seconds of the day, but it should arrive.

The Eee Pad Transformer was a smash hit in 2011, well at least in terms of Android tablets, but was soon replaced by Asus’ quad-core powered Eee Pad Transformer Prime which has been under fire for terrible GPS, bugs and a locked bootloader.

Just yesterday though, Asus followed through on a promise to unlock the device’s bootloader, opening up full-on customization.

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Fujitsu to Introduce Rugged Quad-Core Android Arrows Smartphone at MWC

Fujitsu, which has made a name for itself and its Arrows-branded Android smartphones and tablets in Asia, is looking to expand its offerings globally. The outfit has revealed that it intends to bring its smartphones globally, and Europe may be the next destination for Arrows to head to. That said, we’re beginning to hear about Fujitsu’s Mobile World Congress plans, and the latest Arrows addition appears to be impressive on paper in the specs department.

The Japanese smartphone-maker will be introducing its first Tegra 3-powered quad-core Android smartphone at MWC. The device will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and like previous Arrows offerings, come with a dust- and water-resistant slim pastil shell. The device will have a 4.6-inch display, will come with a 13.1-megapixel camera, and will have a fingerprint reader.

When I previewed the current-generation Arrows smartphones at CES last month in Las Vegas, I found the phones to feel a little plasticky as far as build quality goes, though well made. The feeling is very much akin to early Android smartphones from Samsung. That said, Fujitsu has always been leading in the hardware department, and we’re going to have to see how the 13.1-megapixel camera stacks up against the current crop of 8-megapixel camera offerings on high-end handsets from HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung today.

The device may appeal to IT departments with the inclusion of a biometric fingerprint sensor. The only other mainstream device with a fingerprint sensor to date in the U.S. is the original Motorola Atrix 4G, available on AT&T. The device made it quick and easy to unlock the phone without having to enter in a PIN code, alpha-numeric password, or enter any patterns on the display. The feature will be a nice backup or alternative to Android 4.0′s new face unlock feature, which utilizes facial recognition to unlock the phone.

In a conversation I had with Fujitsu’s executives at CES, the company eagerly anticipates to also bring its products to the U.S. market within the coming few years.

Via: Unwired View

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Asus’ MWC Teaser Suggests Transforming Padfone Announcement?

Asus has released a teaser video on YouTube with little information about what the company may be announcing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of the month. The video depicts a series of Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls with the phrase ‘Divided we stand. Together we rock.’ The tags for the YouTube video highlights everything from smartphone to tablet to ultra book, though there’s a good indication that the teaser video may be in reference to the much rumored Padfone, which had been previously demoed and announced in prototype form.

Asus, no stranger to converting hybrid form factors with the debut of the Eee Pad Transformer, had also recently teased the Padfone in a media invite, revealing a tablet and phone without buttons. The button-less design may be the effect of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as early prototypes of the devices shown a year ago retained buttons.

Padfone, which is similar to Motorola’s Android phones with Webtop OS and Lapdock, allows a smartphone, running Ice Cream Sandwich for example, to dock into the rear of the tablet. The larger tablet’s display would serve to project Android apps to a larger screen to make give users greater utility. On the go, a user can use the phone’s smaller display, but when it comes to sharing or needing a larger display to manipulate apps like a spreadsheet app, users can dock the phone into tablet mode where the phone would provide all the processing power and the tablet will provide the display and a battery to keep your system running.

As Ice Cream Sandwich is the first version of the Android operating system to merge tablet and smartphone experiences into one, potentially select apps can scale and go into tablet mode once docked. Asus would most likely need to work with developers to ensure a smooth and seamless tablet to smartphone experience so that apps provide more functionality, like a tablet user experience while in tablet mode, rather than merely just scaling up to fill the larger screen.

The Padfone is anticipated to be released early this year.

A potential further expansion of this concept, perhaps for the future, that I’d like to see is a Padfone with a keyboard dock so that users can have the option of smartphone, tablet, or even ultra-light netbook if they so choose. One device as the brains could kill all three form factors and users can just maintain one wireless data plan–no need for even family shared data plans!

(Image courtesy of SlashGear)

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LG’s First Quad-Core Smartphone Gets a Name

LG has already taken the curtains off of a bunch of the devices it will be officially unveiling at the Mobile World Congress later this month. We’ve seen a grand total of four Optimus smartphones announced thus far, including the company’s competitor to the Galaxy Note, the LG Optimus Vu. However, MWC figures to center around quad-core processors and LG is poised to announce a quad-core smartphone that will be reportedly named the LG Optimus 4X HD.

(Read: LG’s Massive Optimus Smartphone Stars in Demo Video.)

Prior to today, the device was known under its code-name, the LG X3. But, according to PocketNow, LG will use familiar branding with its first quad-core smartphone.

It’s familiar because last year, LG released a device known internationally as the Optimus 2X. In the United States, it launched on T-Mobile USA under the moniker LG G2x.

So, it appears that this device will indeed be a clear successor to last year’s high-end Optimus smartphone, something that shouldn’t surprise anyone considering the specifications that are rumored to be on board.

Name of LG's First Quad-Core Smartphone Revealed

The LG Optimus 4X HD will apparently come loaded with a 4.7″ HD  display with 720 x 1280 resolution, NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 Quad core processor which will be clocked at 1.4GHz, a massive 2000mAh battery, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, a 8MP camera with ultra fast shutter, a 1.3MP front facing camera, and finally, Android 4.0.3. Ice Cream Sandwich.

Its version of Android is said to be close to being vanilla which would mean that a LG user interface might either be scaled back or completely absent. If true, it would mean that it would be running a version fairly similar to the version of Android on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

(Read: LG X3 Benchmark Shows Off Quad-Core Power.)

Unclear is whether or not it will be a 4G LTE smartphone but seeing as though it’s a follow-up to a device on T-Mobile, the carrier only employs an HSPA+ 4G network, it will more than likely be HSPA-only.

We should know more when LG takes the stage at MWC later this month.

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Twitter Updates Its Mobile Apps, Adds Support for Android 4.0 and Kindle Fire

Twitter has gone ahead and released updates for both its Android and iOS applications while also bringing support for the Amazon Kindle Fire. The Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet will get support on February 23rd. It’s also now available for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The iOS application in particular is jam packed with new features including two that will be familiar to those who have used previous versions of the application.

Once updated, both Android and iOS users will be able to use a swipe on individual tweets in order to reply, retweet or favorite. This will ensure that you’ll never have to leave your timeline to perform any of these actions.

iOS users will also be able to copy and paste the text found in tweets.

Now, these might sound familiar to some of you and that’s because they have both been in Twitter’s software before. Both are extremely useful and we’re grateful that Twitter decided to bring them back.

The iOS app also has been updated to include:

Twitter Updates Apps for Android and iOS

As you can see, there is quite a bit to like here.

One thing that might jump out at you is that “Confirmation alert for Find Friends.” This clearly is a feature that was added as a response to the privacy fiasco involving another social application, Path.

(Read: Apple Will Force iPhone Apps to Ask Permission to Use Your Contacts.)

So now, when you select this feature, you will be prompted with a warning that states “We will securely upload your contacts to help you find friends and suggest users to follow on Twitter” when you try and find your friends.

Some of the other key features found in the iOS app include:

  • Link love: The “share” feature used to just give you the option to copy or email a link to a Tweet. Now, if there’s a link within a Tweet, you’ll see the option to tweet, copy or mail that link, or you can choose to read it later. (Select a “Read Later Service” under Settings > Advanced.)
    • Pressing and holding links provides similar options, along with the ability to open the link in Safari.
  • Direct messages: We updated the design for Direct Messages and returned the ability to mark all DMs as read. Simply tap the check mark in the lower right corner.
  • Font size settings: Change the font size under Settings > Advanced.

So while the iOS app gets loaded up with new features, the big thing with Android is that it’s now available on a lot more devices. And that means that many of you will still be searching for that perfect Android Twitter application.

(Read: Why Does Every Twitter App for Android Suck?)

Something that we just haven’t found quite yet.

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