Thursday, 30 June 2011

The HTC Eternity, HTCs next Windows Phone superphone?

Is HTC preparing a successor to their HD line of Windows Phones? According to a recent leak they are. Dubbed the HTC Eternity, this phones boasts a 1.5GHz processor, a 4.7 inch WVGA SLCD display, an 8 megapixel camera that shoots 720p video, dual LED flash, 16GB of internal storage and surprise, surprise, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. The Eternity will likely be Mango powered out of the box since front facing cameras arnt part of the current Windows Phone Chassis specifications. No info on price or release dates yet for this possible flagship but we promise we'll keep an eye out.

source HTC Inside

A review of the HP TouchPad

It has been exactly 140 days since Hewlett-Packard first unveiled the TouchPad, and I think of it as the first device to emerge from a post-acquisition Palm team that has really been tested over the past few years. To be fair, it will actually be the third webOS device to launch since HP took over Palm, but the the Pre 2 was a leftover from before the deal went through and the Veer never should have been been released. But yes, the Palm team has been through a lot: from botched acquisition talks, to the brink of collapse, to resurrection through Elevation Partners’ investments, to a brilliant new web-based mobile operating system, to the announcement of the phone that would save the business from the brink of collapse, to BGR exclusively reviewing the phone that would save the business from the brink of collapse before any other site on the planet, to the launch of the phone that would save the business from the brink of collapse, to the failure of the phone that would save its business from the brink of collapse, and finally, to HP. Can a company that once lead the industry come back to regain mind share, market share and profit share following a roller coaster ride like that? Hit the break to find out if the TouchPad pushes the company’s mobile business in the right direction or if it is another dud from a company that could be dominating the market.

Continue reading the rest of the review at BGR

Friday, 24 June 2011

Dual-Screen Android Device Surfaces,

Remember the Kyocera Echo? Unfortunately, so do we. From the beginning, the concept of a dual-screen device seemed like a good idea, but only if the right company manufactured it.. Obviously, Kyocera was not the right company. But now the guys over at Engadget have gotten their hands on a prototype of a new dual-screen Android device. It's made by two companies, Imerj, and Frog (formerly Frog Design). Upon first glance, it looks remarkably like the Echo. But after closer inspection, we can tell that this prototype isn't what it seems.
Full article can be found at Androidguys

ARCHOS unveils the G9 series tablets, 1.5GHz dual-core, 250GB HDD, and affordable

ARCHOS is turning things up a notch. They have just announced two Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets. The ARCHOS 80 G9 sports an 8-inch (1024 x 768) screen and the ARCHOS 101 G9 sports a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) screen. That is the only difference between the two.

Full specs:

  • 1.5GHz OMAP4 processor
  • Seagate 250GB HDD
  • HDMI out with 1080p support
  • 3G stick compatible

The OMAP4 processor promises a better browsing experience with page load times reduced by up to 50% over tablets running a NVIDIA processor. The 250GB HDD is unheard of for a tablet and it will hold up to 50 hours of 1080p video. ARCHOS boosted apps for video and music replaces the standard multimedia apps. Film and TV series metadata are automatically downloaded and video files are organized by title, actor, director, year, season, and episode.

ARCHOS decided to not install 3G, but offer instead a PC 3G stick which has been specifically designed to fit perfectly in the back of the tablet. It will be priced at $49 and they will offer pay-as-you-go plans. ARCHOS says that installing 3G modules add $100 to the cost. The stick is cheaper and it gives the consumer a choice if they need it.

Now are you ready for the prices? The 80 G9 will be $279 and the 101 G9 will be $349. They are both going to be available in September. I don’t know about you, but this seems like a smoking hot deal.

Full article can be found here: TalkAndroid

Developers Beat Motorola to the Punch in Unlocking AT&T Atrix 4G Bootloader

We heard that the ATRIX 4G’s bootloader would be unlockable once the Gingerbread update from Motorola was headed our way, according to recent leaks. Motorola has committed to working with the development community to find middle ground in the war against devices being locked down, and while their efforts are only on a case-by-case basis, we were happy to see at least one phone about to get some official developer-friendly love from Motorola.

That’s not even the best part, though, folks. It seems the developers have actually beaten Motorola to the punch in unlocking the Atrix 4G’s bootloader. This means you won’t have to wait until the Gingerbread OTA update comes out to free your phone from its chains. This one’s only for AT&T, I should stress, so those of you outside the United States shouldn’t attempt this until a method for your phone has been achieved (which may not happen until Moto delivers the OTA update to your side of the globe).

Full article at Phandroid

Three UK to carry Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

Three is the first UK network to announce that it'll be carrying Sony Ericsson's new Xperia Ray when it's released sometime during the third quarter. The Xperia Ray takes the tried-and-true internals of the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo and shrinks things down even further, into a tiny 3.3-inch aluminum-framed chassis. Just like the Arc and the Neo, the Ray offers a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel Exmor R camera and of course Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Full article at Android central

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Vizio teasin 8" tablet

Vizio today released more details on its upcoming tablet as the launch inches closer.

The Vizio Tablet will come with an 8-inch, 1,024x768 capacitive touch screen and allow people to connect to the Web via Wi-Fi, the company said. The platform will also support Bluetooth. Vizio's tablet will come with built-in GPS and feature 2GB of on-board storage. The device supports up to 32GB of storage through the use of a microSD card.

Last week, reports surfaced that claimed Vizio's tablet would be available at Wal-Mart for $349. However, the company has yet to reveal pricing or availability.

Vizio's tablet is based on Android and will allow people to access apps in the Android Market, but the company has stopped short of saying which version of the OS its tablet will run.

Full article CNET

Lenovo Ideapad launching at 500$ at office max

Lenovo's new IdeaPad K1 tablet could launch soon with a $500 price tag, according to a photo allegedly of an OfficeMax store placard leaked today to Engadget. With a launch date that Engadget says "looks to be fast approaching," the K1 is expected to be one of the two 10-inch Android tablets that Lenovo has promised will launch this summer. The alleged placard includes these specs: 10.1-inch multitouch screen, 1,280x800 resolution, cameras in front and back, built-in Wi-Fi, support for Adobe Flash, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

Full Article at CNET

Sony Ericcson announces two new members of the Xperia family

The Sony Ericsson Xperia family grew by two today with the introduction of the Xperia Ray and Xperia Active. Announced at CommunicAsia 2011 in Singapore, the two Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphones are expected to ship in Q3 to select markets worldwide--specifics, such as pricing and U.S. availability, were not revealed at this time--and offer two different areas of focus. If you couldn't tell by the name, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is a handset aimed at those with an active lifestyle. It features a dust-proof and water-resistant design with a 3-inch, 320x480 Reality Display that works even if there's water on the screen or if your fingers are wet. The phone can even monitor your heart rate and pulse, thanks to its built-in ANT+ wireless technology, and comes with other extras like preloaded sports apps and accessories, such as an arm case.

Full article at Cnet

Amazon’s tablets could arrive as soon as August, with TI’s chip in tow

Rumors about an Amazon tablet have been floating around for almost a year now. But ever since we blew the lid off the whole thing back in May, it has been just one piece of new information after the other. Immediately following our report, another rumor came out saying that Amazon’s tablets were codenamed “Coyote’ and “Hollywood”, and would be powered by Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 processors respectively. But not so fast.
Full article at: Android and me

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Nokia launches their MeeGo powered N9 smartphone

Today, Nokia announced at an event called CommunicAsia their all new Nokia N9 phone. The new candybar based phone is available in a range of colors, and comes running the open-source based "Meego" operating system that has not been released onto consumer devices until today.

The new device is packing a 8-megapixel camera and comes in 16 or 64GB flavors, packs a AMOLED display, with the entire front of the phone being a touch screen and having no capacitive buttons at all. On top of this, it has a compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor built in, and weighs just 135g. According to WorldofNokia, which has a full specifications list available, it also has HTML5 support in the browser, turn by turn navigation and supports office documents out of the box.
The phone is made of a polycarbonate shell, measures 116.45- x 61.2- x 7.6-12.1mm, comes in cyan, magenta or black and requires a micro-SIM.

Continue reading the rest of the article over at Neowin

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Jailbreaking Windows Phone is now Microsoft approved

Microsoft just earned itself a boatload of geek-cred and made Apple and Sony look pretty bad in the process. We knew the Windows Phone team was playing nice with the jailbreakers from ChevronWP7, but we didn't realize just how cozy the two were going to get. Today the devs announced that ChevronWP7 Labs would open up soon, with the approval of Redmond, allowing users to load homebrew apps on their handsets. Unlike tools from the iPhone Dev Team, this service won't be free. Instead, customers will have to cough up a small fee via PayPal -- but we're sure many of you are more than willing to pay a reasonable price to avoid the sort of cat and mouse game Apple has been playing with hackers since 2007.

source ChevronWP7

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Benchmark your smartphones browser performance with the new Microsoft Mobile Test Drive website

By now, you’re probably familiar with the Internet Explorer Test Drive – a site where we publish various Web development samples that highlight features and capabilities of Internet Explorer.
Today, we’re launching our Mobile Test Drive. It’s the same idea, but with a mobile twist.

It’s organized essentially the same way as the original, except laid out to be easily read and used on the mobile form factor. We’ve ported over some of the more popular samples from the full version of the IE Test Drive and have developed a few of our own mobile-specific ones too, including the demos that Joe Belfiore showed at MIX 11 earlier this year. It’s important to note that even though we use the same core rendering engines on both the desktop and mobile versions of IE and adhere to the concept of “same markup” when we produce our samples, we felt that it was worth creating a mobile test drive site to illustrate how we approach some of the key issues that developers face when creating mobile-optimized content: screen sizes, device capabilities, etc.

Continue reading via The Windows Blog

EE, O2 and Vodafone hook up for mobile payments

Everything Everywhere, Telefonica UK and Vodafone plan to offer a one stop shop for companies wanting to get in on mobile commerce. Three giants of the mobile world have joined forces in a bid to accelerate adoption of mobile payments technology. Everything Everywhere, O2 owner Telefonica UK and Vodafone have announced plans for a mobile marketing and payments joint venture, which is expected to launch before the end of 2011.

The new organisation will essentially act as a single marketplace for any business wanting to cash in on the mobile commerce space.

The trio promised to deliver a single platform for advertisers, marketing partners, retailers and banks to make it simpler to create mobile commerce products.

Via itpro

T-Mobile 4G spreads to 41 new cities

Whatever you feel qualifies to be called “4G”, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is pretty darn fast. The carrier has just rolled out the fast service to 41 new areas, bringing almost 100 cities under its 4G umbrella. You’ll need a USB Rocket modem to fully tap the new service at 42 Mbps.

The new cities with 4G coverage being launched today:

Akron, Ohio; Albuquerque, N.M.; Brownsville, Texas; Cape Coral, Fla.; Canton, Ohio; Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbia, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Corpus Christi, Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; Florence, S.C.; Fresno, Calif.; Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown, N.C.; Killeen, Texas; Lakeland, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Madera, Calif.; McAllen, Texas; Merced, Calif.; Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Napa, Calif.; Palm Bay, Fla.; Palm Coast, Fla.; Panama City, Fla.; Pueblo, Colo.; Reading, Penn.; Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.; Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.; Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Sarasota, Fla.; Sebastian, Fla.; Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.; Wilmington, N.C.; Visalia-Porterville, Calif. and Waco, Texas.

Via Zdnet

Sony Ericsson Goes With NXP for NFC Technology

It’s not an exciting device announcement, folks, but we just got a quick glimpse into the future of Sony Ericsson’s products. NXP has announced that Sony Ericsson has selected them for embedded NFC technology in the future. If you don’t remember, NXP produces the same chip found inside the Nexus S It’s an intelligent chip with security features for applications of all types. It’ll be fully compatible with Google Wallet, Google’s mobile payment service set to come out soon.
continue reading the full article at: Phandroid

First android "Toughbook" Tablet is in the works says Panasonic

Panasonic recently announced what it is calling the first "Enterprise Ready" tablet geared towards commercial and government users looking to take their tablet with them into the field. This will be the first Android device offered by the company bearing the Toughbook name, a brand known for its durability and business focused features:

  • A 10.1" 1024x786 matte-finish display that is "daylight viewable"
  • An (included) "Active Stylus" for capturing signatures
  • Security embedded at the "hardware level"
  • "Full shift" battery life
  • GPS capability
  • Wifi with optional embedded 3G/4G connectivity
  • Durable construction consistent with other Toughbook-brand device
Full article here: AndroidCentral

Samsung's galaxy tab 10.1 will be available june 17th

A lot of people have been waiting for the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The wait is over because tomorrow it will be available nationwide. The Tab 10.1 comes with Android 3.1, has a 10.1-inch WXGA display, TouchWiz UX, and a 7,000 mAh battery for up to 9 hours of use.It is the world’s thinnest mobile tablet and priced in line to the IPad 2.

It is $499 for the 16GB model and $599 for the 32GB.Hit the break for the full press releaseSamsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, World’s Thinnest Mobile Tablet, Makes Official Landing in U.S.Premium Android Honeycomb Tablet with Ultra-slim, Lightweight Design and Brilliant10-inch Touchscreen Available Exclusively at Best Buy Union Square Store in New York City Starting June 8; Available Nationwide Starting June 17Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.[1], and Samsung Electronics America, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the upcoming retail availability of the Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, starting June 8. The WiFi-enabled tablet measures at just 8.6 millimeters slim, making it the thinnest mobile tablet currently available in the world. The 32GB version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition will be available for $599, while the 16GB version of the device will be available for $499. full article here: TalkAndroid

Evo shift 4g to get gingerbread

Sprint announced today that it will begin rolling out an over-the-air update on June 20 to deliver Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the HTC Evo Shift 4G. However, anxious owners can download the update now. Instructions for manual download are posted on Sprint's Community site, but it basically requires that you go to the Settings menu on your phone, navigate to System updates, and then initiate the HTC software update. If you're fine to wait, you'll receive a notification on your phone when the over-the-air update is available and ready to download. Full article here: Cnet

A review of the HTC EVO 3D

The first time we saw the rumored Supersonic we were blown away. HTC and Google had just wowed us with the Nexus One, and here we were looking at something even better -- a 4.3-inch phone with WiMAX wrapped in a white body. This prototype was buggy and had abysmal battery life, but it was real. Four months later it landed in our hands at Google I/O. We're of course talking about the EVO 4G which went on to become a runaway hit for HTC and Sprint as the first ever 4G smartphone in the US. And here we are a year later with the HTC EVO 3D, the legitimate heir to Sprint's mobile kingdom -- at least until theMotorola Photon 4G comes along. When we first played with the 3D-capable handset at CTIA we were suitably impressed, but we left with a lot of unanswered questions. How do the 1.2GHz dual core processor and qHD display affect battery life? Is 3D a compelling feature or just a gimmick? What is 2D camera performance like with the lower specced camera? Is the EVO 3D a worthy replacement for the EVO 4G?

Continue reading the full review via Engadget

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Dolby sues RIM and tries to halt BlackBerry and PlayBook sales

Dolby announced on Wednesday that it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Waterloo, Canada-based Research In Motion in the U.S. and in Germany. The suit seeks the recovery of financial damages resulting from RIM’s infringing products, and it also looks to halt sales of multiple BlackBerry devices. The patents in question cover “highly efficient digital audio compression technologies” that minimize storage space occupied by high quality audio files. Dolby claims that RIM uses these technologies in its BlackBerry smartphones and its PlayBook tablet, but it does not pay Dolby licensing fees as all other major manufacturers do. “Litigation was regrettably our last resort after RIM declined to pay for the use of Dolby’s technology,” Dolby EVP and general counsel Andy Sherman said in a statement. “We have a duty to protect our intellectual property.”

Continue reading via BGR

Google likes Microsofts Metro/Tiles a little too much?

A few days ago we reported on the KLM-Metro connection (yes, evidently we had it backwards, KLM has had that style for "years", forgive us, we don't fly Dutch). Regardless, it seems Google is liking this whole Tile/Metro approach to design as well (see the Windows 8 UI demo).
Last month, Google held their famous IO conference, where all-things-Google happens, including Android news. They have the "sessions" page up, where you can go watch all the keynotes and talks that went on during the meeting, which is similar to Microsoft's MIX.

Continue reading via WPCentral

2012 Asus Eee Pad Transformer will run Windows 8

ASUS has apparently confirmed that it intends to offer an updated, Windows 8 version of the Eee Pad Transformer. Set to go on sale in 2012 – alongside a new Android version, Notebook Italia reports – the Transformer sequel will use the same detachable-keyboard design as the existing model, with a secondary battery hidden inside the dock section. Meanwhile, new supplies of the first Transformer are expected to come through the pipeline very soon.

However, it will also be thinner, lighter and generally smaller than the model it replaces, little surprise given the direction tech generally goes in. Specifications are unconfirmed, so it’s not known whether ASUS will be using an x86 processor from Intel or AMD’s ranges for the Windows 8 tablet, or using Windows on ARM and picking something like a next-gen Tegra chip such as Kal-El.

Continue reading via SlashGear

Turn your iPad 3G into a phone, enable calling and texting via cellular network

Just last month, we reported on PhoneItiPad, an iPad tweak that lets 3G-capable iPads take full advantage of a connection to a cell network, allowing users to make and receive phone calls, as well as send and receive SMS. A few weeks later, the tweak is finally available to the general public, for $19.99.

Will this lead people to carry around iPads in their briefcases instead of iPhones in their pockets? Probably not, but it’s a proof of concept of how capable an 3G-capable iPad 2 is to interact with the outside world.

Continue reading the full guide at RedmondPie

Friday, 10 June 2011

Etisalat confirms 4G LTE iPhone 5

Who-ho, a Dubai carrier that sells the iPhone may have just kissed good-bye its chances of doing business with Apple. According to, the United Arab Emirate’s wireless operatoretisalat (yes, without capital “e”) has gone official today on a possible iPhone 5 launch. Here’s what their head of corporate communication said:
"Yes, we are in talks with most smartphone manufacturers including Apple on the rollout of the 4G handset, iPhone 5 later this year. As the first telecom organisation to roll out the 4G network, LTE, in the Middle East, we have already started talking to them for the handsets and chipsets in them.”
Continue reading the rest via 9to5mac

HP TouchPad, available July 1st, starting at $499

HP on Thursday announced that its HP TouchPad tablet will become available on July 1st. The TouchPad, which was first unveiled at a media event this past February, is the first webOS-powered tablet offering from HP. It features a 9.7-inch XGA display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and NFC capability that facilitates unique interactions between the slate and HP phones. Two versions of the TouchPad will be available initially: a 16GB version for $499.99 and a 32GB version for $599.99. HP also said a 3G model for AT&T will be available later this summer, though pricing has not been announced. Pre-orders for the Wi-Fi only models begin June 19th.

via BGR

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Dell working on a 7" tablet with a slide-out split keyboard

Whoa. Every so often, a giant in Round Rock pokes it head up above water long enough to put forth a truly mesmerizing design, and while it's no Adamo, this is most definitely the freshest take we've seen on tablets in a very, very long time. The gallery below showcases a prototype that's lounging around within Dell's top secret labs, a 7-inch slate that's adorned with a slide-out keyboard. Said keyboard, however, is hardly typical -- it's rocking a split-key design that's not at all dissimilar to the virtual layouts recently showcased within iOS 5 and Windows 8. So far as we can tell, the entire alphabet's present and accounted for, and there's a rear camera that'll be more than happy to make your child's next birthday party a bit more awkward. Outside of that, we've no other details to pore over, but it's safe to say that we'll be doing our darnedest to change that. 

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Lenovo releases the S800, a phone with a transparent, colored display

Let's face it; it is no longer enough for a mobile phone to be functional enough to handle all of today's mobile computing needs. In addition to that, consumers are demanding that their phones be designed to look like fashion statements in order to bring out their personal individuality and uniqueness. After all, with comments such as "my phone looks nicer than yours" flying around every so often when any discussion involving today's mobile communication devices is made, it would only make sense that manufacturers will want to one-up the competition by introducing various design elements which set their products apart from the competition. Which is exactly what Lenovo is attempting to do with its S800 mobile phone, which was announced last year and has been reportedly made available for retail in China recently.

Continue reading via VR-Zone

iOS 5 jailbroken within hours of release

Yes you read that right, MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has posted some pictures on his twitter account, confirming the jailbreak works fine on iOS 5, but of course it is limited to tethered boot only, which means you will have to connect it to your computer on every reboot.

Apple released iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch yesterday at the WWDC conference in San Francisco. This new version of iOS brings over 200 new features, 10 among which are touted as key features, and includes: new revamped notifications system called ‘Notification Center’, Newsstand, Twitter integration, Safari Reader, Reading List, tabbed browsing for iPad, Reminders, Camera updates, Mail updates, built-in dictionary, PC-free (no cables required), OTA software updates, updates to Game Center, iMessage, AirPlay mirroring for iPad. Full list of features can be found here

Monday, 6 June 2011

EVO 4G and VIEW 4G get pricetags and release dates

The HTC EVO 4G was among the most popular Android devices of all time. During CTIA it was announced that Sprint would bring the next EVO flagship device of the year, the HTC EVO 3D. Not only was this stunning device going to come with outstanding specs, but it was also not coming alone. There was another addition to the EVO family, the HTC EVO View 4G (HTC Flyer with Sprint data connectivity), a tablet “like no other.” It feels like a long time since CTIA (though it has only been a few months), and now we know that the wait is almost over. Sprint has officially announced the price and release date for the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G!
These devices will be available on June 24th, but they can be pre-ordered with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card, which can be used towards your purchase on release date (or you can use to purchase something else if you so choose to). The EVO 3D will go for $199.99, and the EVO View 4G will cost $399.99 (both with a two-year contract), which is actually not too bad. Competing high-end devices are going for $250-300 nowadays, so the fact that Sprint is keeping its price at $199.99 will really make the choice easier for many.
Of course, owning an Android device (or any smartphone OS, for that matter) has its requirements when it comes to your monthly plan subscription. As many of you may already know, the EVO 3D will be required to have one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, along with a $10 Premium Data fee for smartphones. For the EVO View tablet, monthly data plans will start at $34.99 for 3GB of 3G data, but it also gives you unlimited 4G data (if you happen to be within coverage). Data plans for the EVO view also include unlimited text, picture, and video messaging. If that isn’t good enough, the HTC Scribe stylus is included at no charge for a “limited time,” for customers who put their signature on that contract (Otherwise sold separately for $80). to read the full article go to AndroidAndMe

Having had the HTC Sensation in-hand for about a week, our unit has developed some troubling issues with its touchscreen. Namely, the panel often misses first presses, and also struggles with fast brushing movements.The first issue results in great frustration when typing, as auto-correction of words does not work without the first letter. It also means you often have to tap several times on icons on the homescreen to launch an application.
Full article at Android Police

Droid Bionic sightings

The first look at the redesigned Droid Bionic is now online, coming in the form of four leaked "in the wild" images. Like we've heard, Motorola has changed things up a bit, most notably adding support for the laptop dock. The company had pledged additional handsets capable of connecting to the laptop and other docks, so we're glad to see them start with such a powerful Android phone.
Full article at AndroidGuys

Viewsonic's new 7-inch 250$ tablet

ViewSonic has expanded their Android offerings this morning with the announcement of a lower-cost tablet called the ViewBook 730. Dropping later this month, the 7-inch tablet runs Android 2.2 and features an ARM Cortex-A8 1Ghz processor, 8GB of memory, a front-facing VGA camera, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), and HDMI out. In terms of software, the ViewBook 730 will offer Adobe Flash, Amazon App Store, Twitter, Amazon's MP3 app, YouTube, Mediafly and Kindle. Like the HTC Evo View 4G, the Viewsonic tablet allows for a stylus, using RiteTouch technology on the 800x480 LED backlit screen.
Full article at Androidguys

Droid 3 leaked

We have heard a lot about the Droid 3 recently. We are still not certain when it will be released, but we know we are that much closer since three tutorial videos have leaked.

The videos confirm that the Droid 3 comes with an 8-megapixel camera and a camcorder that records up to 1080p. There is ia micro-USB and mini-HDMI to the left on the device and dedicated volume keys to the right. Swype will come pre-loaded. You will also see that beautiful five row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. full article at Talkandroid

Sunday, 5 June 2011

The Motorola Droid 3 leaked in official tutorial video

Verizon and Motorola have kept a tighter lid on the Droid 3 than many recent smartphones we've seen, but a nice big leak just sprang from the bottom of the pot -- startup gadget blog PhonePads obtained three tutorial videos of the five-row QWERTY slider strutting its stuff. While there's no discussion of any dual-core silicon, there is indeed an 8 megapixel camera on board, which is apparently capable of 1080p HD video recordings. Other changes include what seem to be a pair of volume keys on the right edge (instead of the usual rocker), the apparent lack of a dedicated camera button, and both micro-USB and mini-HDMI on the left edge in the Droid X2 configuration. You'll apparently still get your Swype virtual keyboard, but it's hard to say what version of Android the handset will include -- Verizon clearly states "Software Shown Not Final" on every single video. 

via Engadget

Motorola Xoom tablet overclocked to 1.7GHz

Just when we thought the Motorola Xoom had hit its stride at a blazing 1.504 billion operations per second, the trusty Tiamat kernel has strapped on an veritable afterburner capable of 1.7GHz. What happens when your shaking hands flip that switch and give that Tegra 2 all the jet fuel it can take? Well, anecdotal cases from the XDA-developers forums suggest it'll probably just reboot anticlimactically. If you're lucky enough to have the magic silicon, however, you'll be treated to a benchmark-blitzing rig, reportedly capable of 70 MFLOPS in Linpack, 1480ms runs in SunSpider, and Quadrant scores approaching a smooth 5,000. 

via Engadget
Get the overclock files via XDA Developers

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Panasonic develops 60GHz wireless technology for mobile devices

Japaneses Electronics Maker Panasonic has developed a 60GHz multi-gigabit wireless circuit technology for mobile devices that could allow wireless speeds up to 20 times faster than current technology.
The wireless electronics will use the 60GHz band instead of the traditional 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands used for mobile wireless connections. This band is wider than the others, therefore allowing a significant speed increase, and is capable of sending a 30 minute compressed high-definition video within just 10 seconds.

The 60GHz band traditionally has been used only for TVs and other stationary devices, mainly because wider frequency bands have significantly higher power consumption.
This brings up the question of how efficient Pansonic's new wireless technology might be, because if an increase in speed comes at an increase in power cost it will be difficult to sell this to mobile users, who already suffer from high power consumption on smartphones and tablets.

Read the rest via theinquirer