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Notion Ink MB-OX 10.1 launched, available in India

The somewhat popular, if not unpopular, tablet manufacturer Notion Ink has been quite low-key for some time now, but it seems it wasn’t just lying around. The company has just released a budget 10-inch Android tablet called the MB-OX 10.1 that is currently available only in India.

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For the record, this is not the rumored Adam II tablet, the successor to its disappointing first tablet released in very late 2010. The Notion Ink Adam was curious at best, promising a great many things, especially a unique interface on top of Android, but was not able to deliver on its promise, or not even on time. The Adam II might be the company’s redemption, but we probably cannot be blamed if we take a more cautious stance this time around.

This new tablet from Notion Ink does sound somewhat similar to the hardware that the Adam II is rumored to have, which is to say, unimpressive. It is powered by an unnamed dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 1 GB of RAM, with 8 GB of internal storage. It sports a 10.1-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. It doesn’t have 3G or even Bluetooth, so users will have to attach a USB dongle to have those functionality.

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If the specs sound low-end, at least it has a price to match. The Notion Ink MB-OX 10.1 carries a price tag of 10,999 rupees, or roughly $177, but is so far sold only in India, with no news of global availability.

VIA: Liliputing

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LG reportedly working on a new tablet

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According to a new rumor on Munhwa, LG is working on a new tablet for the year. There is absolutely no info about the technical specification of the device, or which operating system the new tablet will be running. The only news out is that the company is working on a new tablet. But it is safe to assume that the tablet may be running Google’s new Android operating system. But it is also possible that LG may favor the all new Windows Blue or Windows RT Blue, just like HTC. But since the expected release is as soon as the third quarter, Windows Blue is not an option for the tablet manufacturer. But still, we will just have to wait and see.

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Sony Isn’t Considering Competing With Tablet Pricing, Going After Samsung’s Crown As ‘Top’ Android Tablet Manufacturer

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When Sony announced its newest tablet last week at IFA, the Xperia Tablet S, we wondered how they’d price the device. It didn’t take long before we learned that info, and as expected, it was priced out of the market. At $399 for the 16GB version, $499 for the 32GB, and $599 for the 64GB version, it was clear that Sony didn’t take into consideration the competition.

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Today, in an interview with Reuters, an executive VP with Sony, Kunimasa Suzuki, verified exactly that to be true. He was quoted as saying “we aren’t considering competing on price in tablets.” The reason?

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Lloyd goes to Berlin via China

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We all know that Lloyd is a well-traveled individual, but we were nevertheless surprised to see him stalking the halls of IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany, moonlighting for a Chinese tablet manufacturer. We've seen our trusty mascot adorn unauthorized ads and shop signs before, but never on such a scale. Electronics firm Hopeful enlisted the help of a five-foot-tall Lloyd at its IFA 2012 booth, where it was showing a handful of Android tablets.

We'll be having a few words with Lloyd when he gets back from Berlin. In the meantime, if you want real, AC-approved Lloyd swag, we've got plenty of that over in the store.

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Lloyd goes to Berlin via China

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We all know that Lloyd is a well-traveled individual, but we were nevertheless surprised to see him stalking the halls of IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany, moonlighting for a Chinese tablet manufacturer. We've seen our trusty mascot adorn unauthorized ads and shop signs before, but never on such a scale. Electronics firm Hopeful enlisted the help of a five-foot-tall Lloyd at its IFA 2012 booth, where it was showing a handful of Android tablets.

We'll be having a few words with Lloyd when he gets back from Berlin. In the meantime, if you want real, AC-approved Lloyd swag, we've got plenty of that over in the store.

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Monday Poll: Who is Your Favorite Tablet Manufacturer Today?

With more people than ever looking to snatch up an Android tablet, we figured it would be a good idea to see who reigns supreme in the tablet market through the eyes of our readers. With four highly popular tablets available, ASUS could be a clear winner for most, but let’s not count out Samsung’s [...]

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Huawei promises ‘smartest, fastest, most high-performing smartphone yet’ in February

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Chinese smartphone and tablet manufacturer just hit us up to tease some new kit in 2012, promising we'll see "our smartest, fastest and most high-performing smartphone yet, taking a leap into the future of mobile communications." The announcement will come on the eve of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. 

Huawei has yet to really break into the U.S. market, though it does manufacture the uninspiring T-Mobile Springboard tablet. And while MWC isn't a U.S.-centric show, it is a high-profile show. And with Android Central in attendance yet again, you can bet we'll have plenty of American eyes pointed that way.

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Rumor Confirmed? ASUS Transformer Prime will get Ice Cream Sandwich in January

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ASUS has apparently confirmed that the hotly anticipated Transformer Prime will ship with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), but will likely receive an update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) sometime in January. This news comes to us on the heels of yesterday’s report that Chinese tablet manufacturer had squashed rumors of another delay, and that the tablet was still on schedule for a December 19 release date.

The US retail stock of the Transformer Prime has already begun running low, according to merchant reports, which is highly reminiscent of what happened when the original Eee Pad Transformer was first released, back in April. It’s not surprising either — the device looks to be one of the hottest things since sliced bread, with its quad-core processor and all the other goodies jam-packed into the device.

We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for the Prime to hit the streets. When it does, you’ll be the first to know. Stay tuned!

Source: Digital Versus

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Rumor: Ice Cream Sandwich Source Code Dropping November 17th

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Well this is stuff we like to hear. According to Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan, Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) will be released on November 17th. We tag this one as a rumor because as much as we’d like to believe the CEO of a tablet manufacturer, they are not Google.

Add in the fact that their first tablet launch – the Notion Ink Adam – didn’t smoothly in more areas than one and we’d hold off on getting too excited about this. The date is interesting, though. It’s the earliest known date that the Galaxy Nexus – the first Android 4.0 device – will be shipping in the United Kingdom, available from retailers and carriers.

The timing wouldn’t be consistent with history, but you can’t always look at the past when talking about the future. If the source code does drop, you can expect many developers to get their hands on it so they can begin making ROMs based on the new update.

Also expect OEMs to begin working on bringing the upgrade to customers of some of their high-end phones. Motorola and HTC have already confirmed many of their high-end 2011 phones to be in line for the upgrade and we assume many more OEMs have unannounced plans of their own. [Droid-Life]


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Apple loses design lawsuit against NT-K (Spain) and is being countersued for damages

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The Spanish courts have decided against Apple, Inc. in its design patent dispute with NT-K, a small tablet manufacturer in Spain.  Using the same arguments that have been partially upheld in Germany, and dismissed in the Netherlands, Apple brought an import ban and subsequent lawsuit against the small OEM, had their company placed in a European list of "pirated electronics" and even went as far as pursuing criminal charges — all over rounded corners and a similar look and feel.  NT-K decided they weren't going to take this sitting down, and aggressively fought back, — finding victory in the courtroom.

While we consider the arrogance of filing criminal charges and mumble under our breath, we can also feel a tiny bit of justice ourselves — NT-K has filed a suit for monetary damages, lost profits, and "moral damages," and is in the process of filing anti-trust proceedings against Apple alleging abusive anti competitive behavior.  I loathe lawsuits between tech companies, because in the end the consumers are the biggest losers.  In this case however, I hope NT-K wins their suit, only to teach Apple an expensive lesson (that they hopefully wont pass the costs of to their customers).  And if the Spanish courts find that Apple does violate antitrust laws, I hope other countries take a close look. 

There's nothing wrong with an iPad.  A good friend of mine just got himself one, and he agrees that other than the drag of iTunes, they make a great product.  There's a good reason why so many people buy an iPad.  But the way to keep their 100 percent market saturation was to innovate, not stifle competition.  I hope this hits home and they reconsider, but I'm doubtful. 

Source: NT-K (Spanish); via FOSS patents

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ZTE V55 Tablet hits the FCC

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ZTE’s new Android tablet looks like it’s being primed for launch as it has made its final stop to the FCC. While ZTE may not be known as a quality brand, they look to impress with this device just as any other Honeycomb tablet manufacturer has. It’ll have a 10.1 inch display, a 1.2GHz processor and will be headed to Sprint (no WiMax radios inside this thing, though). We expect this thing sometime early next year, if not sooner. [FCC, via]


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Thinking About Rooting The Kindle Fire? Amazon Won’t Put Up A Fight To Stop You!

kindle fire Amazon’s new tablet, the Kindle Fire, has been grabbing all of the headlines following Amazon’s press event yesterday, and rightfully so. Priced at an aggressive $199, it has virtually alienated all other Android tablet manufacturers in one fell swoop, offering potential buyers a great piece of hardware and all of the content Amazon has to offer to back it up.

Despite this, there are still a few things that the Fire won’t offer. It’s running a heavily skinned version of Android 2.3, so the experience will be completely different to other Android tablets currently available. Also, it doesn’t…

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Editorial: Amazon’s Kindle Fire Has Just Made Every Other Android Tablet Manufacturer Look Bad

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All I could think after reading the announcement for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet this morning was: "this is what we’ve been waiting for." Because it is. Amazon gets tablets, believe it or not. And despite the flagging success of the Amazon Appstore, the company has done what no other tablet manufacturer has even come remotely close to: matching access to Apple’s curated content library (iTunes + App Store) at a price nearly everyone can afford.

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I buy my music from Amazon. I buy episodes of TV shows. I rent movies. I buy Kindle books…

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ASUS To Increase Tablet Forecast To 2 Million

Coming out of tradeshow season earlier this year (CES, MWC, CTIA) I would have NEVER in a million years predicted that ASUS would have had such a great first half of the year with tablets.  Until their Android tablets arrived at market, with their silly little eeePad names, ASUS was nothing more than another netbook manufacturer, right?

The ASUS eeePad Transformer took off like a rocket. It has a brilliant display, nice feeling form factor and the ability to dock with a great keyboard.  Stores couldn’t keep them in stock when they first rolled out.  Now, ASUS has their slider tablet and their integrated tablet/phone device still coming before the end of the year.

All that considered, and analysts are starting to predict that ASUS’ General Manager Kevin Lin will adjust the companies tablet forecast to 2 million.  The Taiwan Economic News reported that, along with the fact that ASUS is the number 2 tablet manufacturer in Taiwan behind Apple.

Source: Tawian Economic News via BGR

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Olivetti Olipad 110 Tablet appears again, this time on video

We have seen the Olivetti Olipad before but back then it was just the 100 and it was not running Honeycomb. Then a few weeks ago some beautiful pictures of the much improved and updated Olipad 110 surfaced and you can read about that here. Today we have some hands-on video of the Olivetti Olipad 110 running Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

Since this is Italy’s first tablet manufacturer the video is all in Italian so unless you speak Italian the video is mainly just for your viewing pleasure. It features the same impressive hardware we have been seeing of late for Honeycomb tablets like a Nvidia dual-core Tegra 2 1 Ghz CPU, 10″ display, front and rear cameras as well as 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. You can read all the specs here.

The video below doesn’t show us much we haven’t already seen before, but another Android 3.1 tablet to tighten the competition and hopefully lower prices is always a good thing right? Check out the video below for some hands-on with the Olipad 110 and near the end they show the hardware for you all to drool over. Pricing is said to be set at 399 euros or around $549 if my calculations are correct and we may see this device as early as July, hopefully they drop that price to better compete with tablets such as the Asus Transformer.

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ASUS is the Leading Tablet Manufacturer Outside of Apple in the US, Said to Be Bringing Tegra 3 Tablet

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Was there any doubt that ASUS was leading the pack in tablet shipments in the US? After all, the Eee Pad Transformer is the best-priced Honeycomb tablet and is just as good as any of them out there. ASUS generated tons of buzz around the tablet after announcing its keyboard dock and a very attractive starting price. Since its launch, it has been the hardest tablet to find in stores but ASUS has since ramped up production and is looking to get things balanced by July.

Furthermore, DigiTimes has heard that ASUS is certainly working on a sequel to the Transformer. We’ve heard this rumor before, but it’s nice to see corroboration. This sequel, so to speak, is rumored to have Tegra 3 inside. That belief lines up perfectly with NVIDIA’s claim that Tegra 3 tablets will be here sometime in the second half of 2011, though we can’t imagine summer will hold any surprises for us. Earlier, ASUS was also rumored to be working on an Android-based netbook. [DigiTimes]


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Android Community Weekly : June 4, 2011

Welcome to another edition of Android Community Weekly! This past Sunday some press photos surfaced with a breaking leak to the Asus Padphone. Later on, as it becomes official, the group AlwaysInnovating accused Asus of copyright infringement. Notion Ink Adam sales open again, and this time the promise of Honeycomb June 27 is there to sweeten the deal.


All the amazing emulators (aka Nesoid, Snesoid, N64oid) of Yong Zhang were pulled from the Android Market Monday. Zhang may have been removed due to violating open source licenses. ViewSonic will be the first Windows 7 tablet manufacturer to run BlueStacks (virtual Android OS) over its OS. If you want a nice tutorial on finding/downloading new games on the Xperia PLAY, Chris Burns posted a nice instructional.

The Nexus S may be viewed as old by some, but its single core still proves to outperform its dual-core opponents when overclocked with Morfic’s Trinity kernal. Another mod formulated by the crafty dev hyperX added 1080p 24Mbit/s recording to the Samsung Galaxy S II, and with an even better hack at 30Mbit/s later in the week. The Zinio digital magazine app hit Android devices this week, and will likely carry current volumes of all your favorite magazines. It’s a free download in the market, and if grabbed before June 15 you will be awarded a copy of 24 different magazines.

The HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobily was officially revealed late this Tuesday, and our own Vincent Nguyen gave a solid review of it over on our sister-site SlashGear. Whats better than a single review on an amazing device? Two reviews – and this is why Chris Burns honors us with a detailed review from his own perspective. Sprint released details concering the upcoming 3D content available for the EVO 3D including 3D games from Gameloft and the Blockbuster On Demand app showcasing 3D movies. And Android 2.1 has finally become available for the Xperia X10 – I guess better late than never, right?

The community should be cautious to new malware from the same guys that brought us DroidDream. Be wary of titles by Magic Photo Studio, Mango Studio, E.T. Tean, BeeGoo, DroidPlus, and GluMobi. The Nexus 3 was indeed confirmed as a fake, as a closer look revealed to what may be a metallic version of the HTC Sensation. Other leaks this week include the XOOM 2, Targa, Tracy XL, Slimline, and Zaha — all by Motorola. My personal favorite may be the Tracy XL watch; what’s not to like in a watch that records 1080p video?

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread will be hitting the Motorola Atrix soon as Brief Mobile seems to have already have access to it. Wednesday, we found that the HTC EVO 3D had a possible launch date of June 24th from a leaked RadioShack advertisment. It just so turns out that the EVO View 4G tablet will also be headed to Sprint this very same day. Ever wanted to secretly cry out for help? Red Cross launched a new S.O.S application onto the Android Market that also includes handy information if disaster comes your way.

There was a hands-on demonstration of the Nvidia Kal-El Quad-core development tablet over at Engadget. This tablet will be simply amazing, and we can only hope the battery life won’t suffer. Chris Burns had his own hands-on with the Pantech Crossover, a midrange Android phone on AT&T with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. At this years Uplinq 2011 event, a multi-burst photo demonstration and 3D capture was displayed on the EVO 3D. Later on in the event, our own Vincent Nguyen scored an interview with Cali Lewis from the Uplinq Daily Show.

The 2.3 Gingerbread update is finally available for the EVO 4G! If you don’t feel like waiting, you can force an update. And finally, be sure to join in our Android Community mini collectibles giveaway #2! To enter the contest, all you need to do is post in our “What would you like Ice Cream Sandwich to do? [No Limits!]” forums thread.

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Samsung Rocks NYC with Phandroid Readers

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Last night in NYC, a lucky bunch of Phandroid readers and AndroidForums members joined Samsung with an exclusively awesome event featuring the Galaxy Tab 10.1. About 500 people gathered to check out the unreleased Honeycomb Tablet, meet other Android enthusiasts, and eat some awesome food.

A HUGE line was gathered outside and this was the inside when only a few had entered. Perhaps the coolest part of the event was the fact that this was TRULY a behind the scenes look into the press world. Whenever we attend exclusive press events for device releases, we have a press conference and presentation, followed by the hands-on demonstrations in rooms decorated and filled just like this. For those who attended, they got an awesome glimpse into our world, complete with a device that hasn’t yet been released.

Above is our very own Contributing Editor, Kevin Krause, along with Steven58 and TwoSpirits – two moderators of the very best Android Forums in the world. The gentlemen on the left is Manny, an AF member who ALSO walked away with a 7-inch Galaxy Tab. BOOYAH!

There were a couple tables of delicious food and we couldn’t eat it quicker than they brought it out. It was always stacked to the brim with mouth watering treats- one of our favorite parts of attending press events! The drinks were all non-alcoholic- since anyone could sign up for the event we needed to keep it safe and sound- but MAN did they serve some amazing diet coke.

The headliner of the show was the Galaxy Tab 10.1 which will be launched on June 8th. If you weren’t at the event and want to know more, I suggest you read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review. Spoiler: our very own Quentyn Kennemer says, “the hardware is unmatched by any tablet manufacturer regardless of what operating system they use.”

We didn’t get nearly as many pictures as we would have liked, but that’s because we were busy having an awesome time and meeting the great people who read Phandroid and post (or lurk) on AndroidForums every day.

We would absolutely love to have more events like these – and we will – but PLEASE show your thanks to our partners by tweeting something like:

@SamsungMobileUS @Netshelter @Phandroid Awesome #nycGalaxyTab Event! Next time come to [Insert Your City Here]

If you’ve got pictures or videos from the event that you’d like to share with others, please post them in the comments or E-Mail them to me and I’ll add them to the bottom of this post as they come in. Thanks everyone, great meeting you all and thanks SO much for being the best readers, members and community on the planet. You guys seriously rock!


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ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro Runs BlueStacks [Android Virtualization]

Well what do you know, it appears that ViewSonic has beaten Dell to the punch and will be the first Windows 7 tablet manufacturer to run BlueStacks on a tablet. What the heck is BlueStacks, you might ask? Why, it’s Android on Windows PCs! What it essentially represents is a virtualization of Android on whatever Windows machine you happen to have BlueStacks running on. Before we continue here, have a look at the article we’ve got up on the BlueStacks subject so you can fully understand the significance of this lovely situation.

Above: ViewPad 10s, Paving the way for PRO at MWC

Next have a look at the article popping up the day after that initial explanation article of BlueStacks, namely an announcement that Dell would be releasing a 10 inch Android tablet, but perhaps one that was Windows with Android running virtually. BlueStacks, we whispered, BlueStacks indeed. This situation is, if you ask us, much more significant than a dual-OS tablet in that instead of having to choose between one or the other, you’ve got Windows with all your Android apps running inside.

The less-than-exciting element here is that this ViewSonic device will not have Android Market support. But you know as well as I do that with markets like Amazon’s Appstore ramping up, such a thing will be of little concern in the future – right? For more information on the Amazon Appstore, head over to our Android Community 101: Amazon Appstore post! Then note that BlueStacks achieves its goal of running Android on Windows 7 by using a virtualized Android 2.2 Froyo build to its advantage.

ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro currently has no launch date, but BlueStacks has noted that IT will be hitting retail “soon” and has tipped that a Q3 launch for products running its system is in the works.

[via SlashGear]

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Galaxy Tab 8.9 And 10.1 Revealed By Samsung – Razor-Thin And Priced To Sell

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It looks like at least one Android tablet manufacturer has finally realized that $700-800 slates just won’t cut it against the (starting at) $500 iPad 2 in the eyes of most customers. In case you missed our Live Blog, Samsung has finally announced its upcoming Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1, both of which will launch with Wi-Fi-only versions – and we finally have an Android tablet that can compete with Apple’s slate in one of the most important categories: price. Fear not though, for these tabs are no slouches in the specs department either….

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ASUS Wants Android for Netbooks, 3D Displays and Quad-Core CPUs for Future Tablets

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ASUS is still searching for their breakout Android product that will propel their brand to the same status as the likes of Motorola and Samsung, but the company is committed to the platform, and not just for tablets, according to CEO Jerry Shen. Shen says netbooks from the company will soon see Android (with some MeeGo options as well).

But in the world of tablets the ASUS is only looking forward, with Shen talking up 3D displays and quad-core processors as just a couple of the advancements the company will look into to help it gain its place as the number two tablet manufacturer in the world, a goal the company hopes to achieve by next year.

We have been impressed with ASUS’s innovation with their tablet form factors, but the actual implementation of Android and device build quality has left us a bit wanting. Hopefully these early attempts give way to some some more successful devices in the future.

[via BGR]



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