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Do you remember those rumors that Amazon is coming with Android tablets etc… etc…? If your answer is yes, let me tell you they are no more rumors, it’s a real thing. In fact, we have gone more into it to know its prices as well. From some faithful sources, we came to know that Amazon’s android tablets are in existence and those sources having also told us that the starting price for these tablets is $349. Let us look at this news in a bit detail.

Amazon has come up with two different tablets named Coyote and Hollywood having 7 – inch and 10 – inch display respectively. The intent of Amazon is to come up with the cheapest tablets in the market which is quite clear with its prices.

Coyote, a 7 – inch android tablet has been powered by dual-core processer Nvidia tegra 2 just like the other tablets launched in the market this year. So, there is nothing special in hardware side. However, with the cheap prices, these android tablets are definitely looking to give Noble Nook Color and Barnes a tough competition in the tablet market. Coyote has been launched in the market with the price of $349 which is few bucks cheaper than the other 7 – inches tablets.

Hollywood, a 10 – inch android tablet has been powered by quad core processor, Nvidia Kal-El which might also be known as tegra 3. Hollywood’s lowest version costs only $449 which is at least $50 cheaper than iPad and any other tablet out there in the market. If other tablets’ prices don’t drop drastically in near future, Amazon has the powerful beast in their hand which can top the tablet charts in market.

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The long rumored Android accessory, which is thought to be the most useful and interesting for the users, is finally available in Europe. Sony Ericsson’s LiveView is something like a wrist watch (actually It is a watch, too) which is capable of connecting to almost any Android mobile phone and display different notifications on its screen, so you don’t have to take the handset out of your pocket in order to read an SMS or see some new status updates in Facebook.

LiveView is offered for 59 Euros in France, 49 pounds in the UK, and about 42 Euros in Germany. Amazon is selling it for 90$. Regarding the hardware features of the device, it uses Bluetooth in order to establish a connection to the mobile phone and the general operating range is about 10m. It also has a 1.3-inch OLED display, two hardkeys and four softkeys. It is attached to your hand either via clip or wristband. As for its software abilities, LiveView can be used to control your music player – Play, pause, next, previous track and volume adjustment and also display the track title, or you can view the incoming SMS messages, RSS feeds, view Facebook and Twitter updates. You can also see the person who is calling you and even mute the ringtone of the mobile phone.

The list of compatible phones includes:

  • Acer - Liquid Metal
  • Dell - Streak
  • Google - Nexus One
  • HTC - Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z, Gratia, HD mini, Legend, Wildfire
  • Motorola - DEFY, Flipout, Milestone, XT720
  • Samsung - Galaxy Europa I5500, Galaxy S I9000, i5500 Corby
  • Sony Ericsson – X10, XPERIA X10 Mini, XPERIA X10 Mini Pro

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An article in Engadget, which is based on information from two reliable secret sources, says that HTC are working on their own App store for Android devices. We have already seen or heard about different carriers, like Verizon for example, or companies, like Amazon, to make their own application stores (and even more plan to do so), but we’ve never heard of a device manufacturer to do so.

Probably HTC want to have bigger presence and influence on the software aspects of their devices and we can already see this – they have their HTC Sense on almost every HTC’s mobile phone and they released a website which cooperates with the new version of the HTC Sense – htcsense.com.

On the other hand, it is possible that HTC are not working just on an Android Application market, but something bigger, including Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7. As we all know, HTC is among the leading manufacturers of Windows-based mobile devices, and with the release of Windows Phone 7 many people expect a renaissance of Windows for mobile devices, so creating a market for both platforms sounds quite logical. But all we could do now is wait and see if HTC will release some official information on the topic and … who knows – they may pleasantly surprise us.

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