China’s ZTE Introduces First U.S. Tablet, the $99 Optik for Sprint

The 7-inch Honeycomb tablet is part of the Chinese device maker’s effort to expand its presence in North America.

Acer Stays in the Tablet Game With Low-Cost 10-Inch Model

But will a low price tag be enough to help Acer stand out in a crowded field selling to a still-small market of Android tablet buyers?

Solid Keyboard Elevates This Tablet, Though Software Lags

The Android-based Transformer Prime tablet has a sturdy keyboard and dock, and is the first tablet to use a potent new processor called the Tegra 3. But it is weak on software and offers limited apps.

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Google Offers Up Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich Release for Developers

Google on Monday released the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich, version 4.0 of its Android operating software. Because Google opted not to offer up the source code for the tablet-centric Honeycomb, it’s the first major release in some time and comes ahead of the launch of the Galaxy Nexus, the first ICS phone.

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy Nexus A La Mode

Samsung and Google unveiled the latest Google flagship phone today called the Galaxy Nexus, which is running the newest version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich.

Toshiba Thinks Smaller With Second Android Tablet

The company is adding a seven-inch model of its Thrive product, saying it is committed to tablets despite Android’s slow start in the market.

Google Tells Developers to Save Room for Ice Cream Sandwich

The Android creator offers some suggestions for those looking to prep their tablet apps to run on smaller screens.

Pledge Notwithstanding, Android Updates Still Slow in Coming

Android device makers and wireless carriers announced that more devices would get upgraded to the latest version of the operating system. But there is still lots of room for improvement.

Motoogle: BOOM! The Mobile Business Just Got Completely Blown Up

Things that make you go “Boom!!!”: Google’s $12.5 billion purchase of handset maker Motorola.

Acer Strikes First With Seven-Inch Honeycomb Tablet

The Iconia A100 is likely to be just the first of many smaller-screen Honeycomb tablets. But will smaller-sized devices help Google compete against Apple’s iPad?

2020: Still the Year of the iPad