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On your phone its nice to be alerted when you get emails, calls, voicemail, etc. What about your Tablet? These notifications are in most cases annoying at best. Below are the steps you can take to turn off all notification sounds.
Instructions to Silence all Sounds on Honeycomb:
- Go to Settings -> Sound -> Volume
- Slide all three sliders to the far left
- Go to Notifications and set ringtone to silent
- Go to Feedback and uncheck “Audible selection” and “Screen Lock Sounds”
- Thats it your Tablet is now silent
This will fix the ever so annoying sounds on your Honeycomb Tablet that you think you have turned off by turning the volume down just to open something else and have the sounds come back. Many apps and areas of the Tablets will use different sounds to play their notifications other than just media.
While you may not see the changes yet Google has announced that they will improve the search feature on Honeycomb tablets. The new layout will have buttons to create a faster browsing experience. Not only will there now be simplified content displaying but will show more images or text on your viewable screen. Many of the search features like images, videos, shopping, places etc. will be buttons below the search.
Currently it looks like it will be rolled out shortly for all Honeycomb tablets running 3.1+. Of course going to Google.com will allow you to play with it yourself when available and will be an automatic update and require no action from you.
Archos has been in the tablet game for years now and most have no idea who they are. The first tablet we ever purchased at Android Advice was the Archos 101 Internet Tablet. While the 101 is a bit slower than its competition the price was unmatched. We have faith that the design and integrity of the Archos G9 will be all that we expect.
Archos Generation 9 Tablet
Features of the Archos 80 & 101 G9 Tablets:
- 1.5 Ghz dual core OMAP4 Processor – While most tablets are using the 1GHz dual-core nVidia Tegra 2 Processor the Archos is using a 1.5 GHz OMAP4 Processor making it almost twice as fast at others. This also means that it can load websites twice as fast as even the iPad 2.
- 3G module – Again to stay ahead of other manufacturers Archos has designed and developed a 3G stick to connect to your tablet if you would like to make your tablet a 3G tablet without having to decide when you purchase. The 3G stick fits cleanly into the back of your G9 tablet without any protrusions (you can’t even tell its there). There is also the option of using an Archos connect sim card for pay as you go 3G service.
- 250 GB internal Hard Drive – The only tablet manufacturer to put a 250 GB hard drive in their devices. This drive only adds 3mm to the thickness of the device (I think we can live with that for the storage addition)
- Android Honeycomb 3.1 – Designed specially for tablets with flash support the Archos G9 Tablets can handle everything Honeycomb can throw at it. Also has the Android Market unlike its predecessor.
We are ready to upgrade now although have no specific release date at this point. When we find out when these devices are released we will let you know. We do however know that the G9 10″ version will start at $349.
ASUS promised Android 3.1 this month and already started rolling out today for United States Eee Pad Owners. Google Movies is currently not included and is currently only available to XOOM 3G owners right now.
What is included in this update:
- Build number: 22.214.171.124-20110527
- MobileDock version: 0209 (No update occurs, unless your dock was out of date from before)
- Kernel changed.
- Updated wifi driver.
- Updated bluetooth driver.
- Updated GPS driver.
- General CPU optimisation, improved loading times performance.
- General GPU optimisation, improved graphics performance.
- Smoother UI experience.
- Greater stability.
- More responsive multitasking.
- Re-sizable widgets.
- Decreased app loading times.
- Added more USB device support (gamepads, etc).
- Added more Bluetooth device support.
- Added one click USB importing of files from external devices (cameras, etc).
- Wifi icon shows data activity.
- Debug mode icon changed.
- Task manager list now scrollable.
- Browser ‘quick controls’ updated.
- Browser speed improvements.
- Full flash support (720p).
- Embedded HTML5 video normal size enabled.
- Browser now supports saving webpages to web archives (saves as .webarchivexml filetype to Downloads directory).
- Scrolling tab for easier page navigation.
- Browser pinch to zoom improvements.
- Tapping the home button now takes you back to the last screen you were on, not always the centre screen.
- Mouse tracking improved (using dock).
- Mobile network signal battery bar removed.
- Movie Studio app added.
- Zinio Reader app added.
The new Android 3.1 OS adds a variety of upgrades and improvements to make the user interface more efficient to use.
UI transitions are improved throughout the system and across the standard apps. The Launcher animation has been improved for faster and smoother transition to and from the Apps list. Color, positioning, and text improvements make the UI easier to see and understand. Accessibility is improved with consistent audio feedback within the UI and a new setting to let users customize the touch-hold interval.
Navigation to and from the five home screens is now easier — touching the Home button in the system bar now takes you to the screen most recently used. Settings offer an improved view of internal storage and show the storage used by more file types.
Connectivity for USB accessories
Android 3.1 adds platform support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories. Many input devices (keyboards, mice, game controllers) and digital cameras can now be connected. Applications can build on USB support to increase connectivity to almost all USB devices. Users can interact with the application to control powered accessories such as robotics controllers; docking stations; diagnostic and musical equipment; kiosks; card readers; and much more.
The platform’s USB capabilities rely on components in device hardware, so support for USB on specific devices may vary and is determined by device manufacturers.
Expanded Recent Apps list - For improved multitasking and instant visual access to a many more apps, the Recent Apps list is now expandable. Users can now scroll the list of recent apps vertically to see thumbnail images all of the tasks in progress and recently used apps, then touch a thumbnail to jump back into that task.
Resize Home screen widgets – Users can now resize their Home screen widgets using drag bars provided by the system. Users can expand widgets both horizontally and/or vertically to include more content, where supported by each widget.
Support for external keyboards and pointing devices - Users can now attach almost any external keyboard or mouse to create a familiar environment. One or more input devices can be attached to the system simultaneously over USB and/or Bluetooth HID in any combination. When multiple devices are connected, users can manage the active keyboard and IME using the keyboard settings that are available from the System bar. When pointing devices are connected, users can interact with the UI using point, select, drag, scroll, hover, and other standard actions.
Joysticks and gamepad support - To make the platform even better for gaming, Android 3.1 adds support for most PC joysticks and gamepads connected over USB or Bluetooth HID. Users can connect Sony Playstation™ 3 and XBox 360™ game controllers over USB (but not Bluetooth), Logitech Dual Action™ gamepads and flight sticks, or a car racing controller. Game controllers that use proprietary networking or pairing are not supported by default, but in general, the platform supports most PC-connectible joysticks and gamepads.
Wi-Fi networking Improvements - Android 3.1 adds better Wi-Fi features, to make sure that users and their apps can take advantage of higher-speed Wi-Fi access at home, at work, and while away. A new Wi-Fi lock lets apps keep high-performance Wi-Fi connections when screens are off. This is great when you play continuous streamed music, video, and voice services for long periods, even when the device is idle and the screen is off.
Users can now configure an HTTP proxy for each individual Wi-Fi access point, by touch-hold of the access point in Settings. The browser uses the HTTP proxy when communicating with the network over the access point and other apps may also choose to do so. The platform also provides backup and restore of the user-defined IP and proxy settings. The platform adds support for Preferred Network Offload (PNO), a background scanning capability that conserves battery power where Wi-Fi needs to be available continuously.
Updated set of standard apps - The Android 3.1 platform includes an updated set of standard applications that are optimized for use on larger screen devices. See Below:
The Browser app includes a variety of new features and UI improvements that make viewing web content simpler, faster, and more convenient. The Quick Controls UI, accessible from Browser Settings, is greatly improved. You can now use the controls to view thumbnails of open tabs and close active tabs, as well as access the overflow menu for instant access to Settings and other controls. Support for popular web standards such as CSS 3D, animations, and CSS fixed positioning to all sites, mobile or desktop have been improved. It also adds support for playback of HTML5 content. You can now save a web page locally for offline viewing, including all styling and images. When visiting Google sites, an improved auto-login UI lets users sign in and manage access when multiple users are sharing a device. Page zoom performance is also dramatically improved, making it faster to navigate and view web pages.
The Gallery supports Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP), so that you can connect your camera over USB and import pictures to the Gallery with a single click. The app also copies the pictures to local storage and provides how much space is available.
Calendar grids are larger to be read easier and improve touch-targeting. Also you can create a larger viewing area for grids by hiding the calendar controls. Controls in the date picker are redesigned, making them easier to see and use.
The Contacts app now lets you locate contacts easier using full text search. Search returns matching results from all fields that are stored for a contact.
When replying or forwarding an HTML message the Email app now sends both plain text and HTML messages. This ensures that the message will be formatted correctly for all recipients. Folder prefixes for IMAP accounts are now easier to define and manage. To conserve battery power the email application now prefetches email from the server only when the device is connected to Wi-Fi.
Enterprise support - Users can now configure an HTTP proxy for each connected Wi-Fi access point. This lets administrators work with users to set a proxy hostname, port, and any bypass subdomains. This proxy configuration is automatically used by the Browser when the Wi-Fi access point is connected, and may optionally be used by other apps. The proxy and IP configuration is now backed up and restored across system updates and resets. To meet the needs of tablet users, the platform now allows a “encrypted storage card” device policy to be accepted on devices with emulated storage cards and encrypted primary storage.