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Google Nexus One Android getting Gingerbread OTA

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Well, it looks like the Nexus one is finally getting the latest and greatest version of Android. The Nexus One is the first officially Google branded smartphone, and one of its main selling points was that it would always get the latest and greatest version of Android first, but many started complaining when the Nexus S was released in December with Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ and it was nowhere to be seen on the Nexus One for many months. Well Nexus One owners, the wait seems to finally be coming to an end, with Android 2.3.3 being rolled out over the air. Let us know how you like it!

Sources:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/01/nexus-one-android-2-3-3-update-arrives-ota-breaks-google-voice/
http://www.wareground.com/articles/android_gingerbread_sdk_may_come_next_week
http://phandroid.com/nexus-one/

Motorola Atrix and Xoom launch!

February 26th, 2011 No comments

So, if you haven’t noticed already, the Motorola Atrix and Xoom release dates have been pushed up to February 24th…earlier than what we originally thought, and that date has passed already. In other words, the Atrix and the Xoom (Motorola’s new flagship smartphone and tablet, respectively) have been released!

The Xoom is available for $799 and requires a data contract with Verizon, making it even more expensive. The good news is, the Xoom is 4G ready, meaning it can get 4G once the network is ready for it. Another reason for its rather high price of entry is because it is offered with 32gb of built in memory, while the current iPad starts at 16gb. It could also be argued that the Motorola Xoom is far more capable than the iPad, with a faster dual core 1ghz Nvidio Tegra 2 processor, much more ram at 1gb, and front and back cameras. Lets not forget that Apple has just announced a media event for March 2nd however, and that new iPads will likely be competitive with the Xoom in specs, but may undercut the price.

The Atrix, along with its innovative laptop dock, have also launched. The Atrix seems to be getting good reviews, but the dock is not. The dock is also very expensive, at $499 solo. Nonetheless, I hope other manufacturers at least consider this feature and hopefully improve upon it with lower price points and better software.

New ‘iPad 2’ almost official: Apple sends out official invitations to a media event March 2nd.

February 24th, 2011 No comments

The above is an official image that accompanied the official invitations sent out by Apple. As you can see, the image is of a enlarged calendar icon used in iOS showing a March 2nd date, along with one corner peeling away showing an iPad, hinting strongly that this event will be about iPad, and almost certainly means they will announce the next iPad at this event. I suppose Apple is not as cryptic as they used to be when they announce media events, but then again, almost everyone is sure that it will be iPad focused, so why hide it?

The most credible rumors for the iPad 2 allows us to make predictions about what to expect. Likely new features include updated graphics, a new dual core processor, and at least 1, if not 2 new cameras. Slightly more vague rumors say the screen will likely be the same resolution, but will address the reflectivity of the original iPad, and perhaps be a slightly nicer screen in some way, such as contrast or brightness, or possibly slightly better viewing angles. Most rumors also say the device will be slimmer and lighter in weight, and have a brand new industrial design. Also likely is iOS 4.3 with facetime support for video chatting on the device.

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Another day, another tablet. Welcome, HTC ‘flyer’!

February 15th, 2011 No comments

HTC the latest company to enter the tablet wars!

Ok guys, at this point, it just feels like “UGH! yet ANOTHER tablet!?”. Well, thats exactly what we have here, a new tablet by HTC! Right from the get-go, I don’t like this tablet. Why? Well, they claim it’ll have a single core 1.5ghz processor for starters. I’m a big believer in dual cores are superior to one super clocked core. They also say it has a 7 inch screen, as well as a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. They also mention a 4000mah battery capable of 4 hours of continuous video, while I am pretty sure the iPad gets 10…soooo yeah. Round that out with an Android 2.4 (yes, it says 2.4) Gingerbread OS with HTC Sense layered on top, which most people agree that Honeycomb should be powering anything over 5 inches (“tablets”) and it doesn’t exactly instill confidence.

Notice how I didn’t say this product would fail though, simply that I didn’t like it. I don’t like it because it doesn’t seem to be a high end product, its more like a mid-upper range. Nonetheless, HTC’s strategy may be price on this one, judging from its somewhat unusual choices in hardware, such as the slightly lacking megapixel cameras and single core processor. I also think most people want a 10 inch screen on their tablet, and 7 is sorta an in-between that nobody really seems to want anymore. However, again that 7 inch screen may reduce component costs, lowering the ultimate bottom line? We’ll find out eventually, I suppose.

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Samsung announces successors to Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S products

February 15th, 2011 No comments

Samsung announces imminent release of Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S 2 series

Samsung has lifted the veil off of its new Galaxy line of products. Yesterday Samsung releaved the new Galaxy S 2 Smartphone as well as a new tablet, called the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The new Samsung Galaxy S 2 is the natural successor to the popular Galaxy S line. It is uncertain whether there will be serveral versions of the Galaxy S 2 like its predecessor, which varied in many ways such as the inclusion of a slide out keyboard or LED flash features. Currently, there is one version being shown off, and BOY does it look nice! Here are the known specs:

Galaxy S 2 specs:
1ghz dual core processor made by Samsung.
4.27″ Super AMOLED Plus display, an updated version of the much praised Super AMOLED.
Runs Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ out of the box.
2 Megapixel front facing camera
8 Megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash.
Supports HSPA+

Click here for more info on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and video of the Galaxy S 2 in action!

RIM’s Playbook may run Android apps!

February 15th, 2011 No comments

RIM’s Playbook tablet will run Android apps!

According to Bloomberg, it looks like the 130,000+ app library of Android will run on the company’s iPad competitor, the Playbook. The blackberry maker has been trying to hype up its first entry into the tablet market, where it will more than likely have to compete with the iPad 2, due to its later than expected market appearance. Perhaps RIM thought it needed more compelling features to compete with the likes of the Motorola XOOM and the newly announced HP tablet as well.

Sources:
http://www.dailytech.com/RIM+PlayBook+Tablet+to+Offer+Android+Apps/article20893.htm
http://www.cmswire.com/images/RIM%20PlayBook.png

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab Tablet

September 2nd, 2010 No comments

Samsung today revealed their much anticipated iPad competitor based on Android Froyo.. It is a 7 inch tablet with 512mb of ram and a 1ghz A8 ARM processor, so I’d say it’ll be similar to the iPad in speed (its obvious main competitor), but have twice as much ram. The Samsung also differs in the smaller size and almost half the weight, as well as the inclusion of a 3.2mp rear camera and a 1.3mp front camera. The Samsung can take external SD cards, and runs Android Froyo. By running Android Froyo, it supports lots of things the iPad with iOS does not, a couple of which are Adobe Flash and what is considered by many as more powerful multitasking support.

Owning an iPad myself, however, I can say that there are a couple of overlooked features that should not be forgotten. A huge feature of the iPad that is often overlooked is the battery life. It is really good – basically I never have to worry about the battery, and I just leave it lying around. Once in a while I’ll charge it for a few hours and its topped back up.

Another feature and DEFINITELY overlooked about all Apple products is that they tend to hold value better. When I need to sell an Apple device for whatever reason, I find I get closer to the price I paid in comparison to products from other companies. While this is not a huge deal to everyone, I for one often end up selling my old electronics and rarely keep them until they are run into the ground.

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