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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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Frozen treats anyone?

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Android Ice Cream – I kid you not. The next installment to Google’s Android OS (possibly 2.4?) is dubbed Ice Cream, and ironically it has a summer target release date. Last week Google officially released Android 3.0 Honeycomb (a tablet exclusive operating system) amongst the CES craziness (although it wasn’t like no one knew). Honeycomb will grace us with its presence on Motorola’s Xoom tablet when it is shipped this Spring… but Google tried to pull a fast one on us.

A Sony Ericsson Xperia device was seen running Android 2.4 on the showroom floor which got the rumor mill churning. Rikard Skogberg wrote in the SE blog that the number was an error and a misconfiguration and it was nothing to get excited about… yet that doesn’t stop us. Pocket-Lint (an odd name) cites multiple sources “familiar with the matter” that Google has Ice Cream down for a June/July release and will announce it at its I/O conference in May. Google has said in the past that it focuses on two major releases per year and Ice Cream paired with Honeycomb in January would comply with this agenda.

Fun fact of the day? All of Android’s OS updates have been in alphabetical order and names after desserts. Check out the table above for more information on each individual update since Android’s birth in early 2009.

The latest news came from TechCrunch, Jason Kincaid (writer for TechCrunch) heard firsthand from Andy Rubin (Android chief) that the next Android OS update will be called Ice Cream Sandwich. Why is that? Google creates a sculpture of the latest Android-flavored dessert to place out front of their HQ, and it would be too hard to differentiate between Froyo (frozen yogurt) and Ice Cream. Ha! Once again, I kid you not.

[Sources: Wired, TechCrunch, Android Community]

Motorola keynote at CES 2011: Atrix, Cliq 2, Droid Bionic and Xoom tablet

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Motorola’s agenda was composed of 4 items: the half computer/half smartphone Atrix, the redesigned Cliq 2, jumbo Droid Bionic and the fabled Motorola tablet. Their keynote began with a bang as a slide projected up on stage stated that their first device is the “most powerful smartphone EVER.” The Atrix is something special as it technically acts as the CPU for both a desktop PC unit and a laptop via two unique docking units. The HD dock allows you to connect the smartphone to a monitor, keyboard and a mouse (use it as a CPU) and in case you would like to go mobile, the phone also has a laptop peripheral that allows you to essentially use the phone as the power behind a netbook.

As far as specs on the phone itself? Try a pair of Cortex A9s running at 1GHz inside NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 SoC with 1GB of memory and 16GB of internal storage. The power cell behind this “beast” is a 1930mAh battery. The only specs listed for the netbook accessory (odd to be considering a netbook an “accessory” to a cell phone) are an 11.6″ screen and a 36Whr battery. When the Atrix is docked to the netbook, tack on an extra 8 hours of battery life and up to 48 GB more storage.

The second device, the Motorola Cliq 2, is exclusively for T-Mobile (as was its predecessor). This is the least interesting of the bunch, but still has impressive specs with a 3.7″ touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, Wi-Fi calling support and hotspot connect capabilities for up to 5 devices. The Cliq 2 will be available on January 19.

So what’s so special about Motorola’s third device? Yet another member to the Droid family I suppose. Well, except for the fact that it will be one of the first phones to run on Verizon’s LTE (truly 4G) Network, and the 1GHz dual-core processors which technically equal out to 2GHz of processing power, the 512 MB of DDR2 RAM, the 4.3″ qHD display, HDMI mirroring (displays on both the phone and TV at the same time), 1080p video playback, an 8 MP camera, a front-facing camera for video calls and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 5 devices. I mean… didn’t the original Droid have all of these features? (The correct answer is hell no.) The sexy new Droid sibling will be dropping in early second quarter.


The last trick up Motorola’s sleeve is what everyone was waiting for. Remember that tablet I mentioned in the All Things Google article not too long ago? The one that was codenamed Everest? Well now Motorola is officially calling it the Xoom. I personally, do not like the name. Yes, it may be more unique but Everest is an epic name. Ok, down I step from my soap box and boast about how incredibly cool it is. Motorola made the statement that the device wasn’t completed yet, so there will be no official run-through of the OS (considering Honeycomb isn’t complete either) anywhere you look. However, there is a teaser video for Honeycomb that can be viewed here. Features include Google Talk-powered video calling, pretty awesome new 3D YouTube interface as well as 3D Maps, revamped email and browser. The actual hardware will include a dual-core processor, HD video recording and a 16:10 HD display to “watch movies the way the filmmaker intended.” I’ll end with a quote about the next generation of Android:

Honeycomb has been designed from the ground up for the tablet.

[Sources: CNET, Techtree, AnandTech, Engadget]

ASUS kicks off presentations at CES 2011: 4 tablets in the coming year!

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

At 5:12 PM yesterday, Chairman Jonney Shih stumbled onto stage to begin the keynote presentation for ASUS. After talking up how well the company did in 2010, he announced the first of 4 new ASUS tablets to be released in the first and second quarters of 2011: the Eee Pad MeMO.


The specs read at a Galaxy Tab-esque 7-inch screen, a Snapdragon processor running Android 3.0, 1.2 MP front-facing camera and a 5 MP back-facing camera (including LED fash). The big pull with the Eee Pad MeMO is the Bluetooth MeMic “media phone extender” accessory that allows the tablet to double as a cellphone (making calls and sending texts) and the stylus optimization. Just a hunch, but the name Pad MeMO might be making a reference to the eerie techie-likeness to a memo pad, and ASUS capitalizes on this by showing off apps that heavily utilize handwriting and drawing such as the Media Note notetaking/scrapbooking app and Painter (you can guess what this is used for). The Pad MeMO is set to be released in June with a $499 price tag.

The next tablet gives new meaning to tablet PC: Eee Pad Slate. The Core i5-powered Windows 7 tablet is the only tablet is ASUS’s lineup not to feature the new Android tablet OS Honeycomb. Chairman Shih dubbed it the “most powerful tablet in the world” and the specs certainly back up this extravagant statement. Running Windows 7 Home Premium; containing either 2GB or 4 GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB and 64 GB storage options; Bluetooth 3.0, mini HDMI out; sporting a memory card reader and a 2 MP camera with flash; displayed brilliantly on a 12.1″ WSVGA 1280×800 capacitive touch screen. The inclusion of a Wacom digitizer allows you to use a stylus to take notes or draw pictures (like the MeMO).  During the presentation, they played a video in 1080p while actively using a piece of photo editing software. The main drawback with this powerhouse is the $1,000 base unit price. ASUS says an updated unit can be purchased for a mere $100 more.We can expect this tablet later this month.


Third up is the unique Eee Pad Transform that is essentially a touchscreen tablet with a keyboard dock. The actual 10.1″ screen is what holds the guts of the machine, a Tegra-2 processor (1080p and dual core support) running Honeycomb, dual cameras (1.2 MP and 5 MP once again), 16/32/64GB storage options with 512MB/1GB memory. If you attach the tablet to the keyboard, the battery life increases from 8 hours to 16 hours. The ports include a 2-in-1 audio jack for headphones out and mic in, an SD card reader and a mini HDMI output. The Transform will range from $399-$699 in April.

The last and most sexy in my opinion is the Eee Pad Slider. This has essentially the same specs as the Transform but instead of having a detachable physical keyboard, ASUS has hidden it underneath the screen. In order to access the keyboard, you slide the screen up, and tilt it… like HTC’s Tilt. It is incredibly thin at half an inch (same thickness as the iPad) given that it hides a peripheral such as a keyboard, and weighs only 2.2 pounds (slightly heavier than the iPad). About the only difference in specs as far as I could see from looking at the comparison, is the absence of a 64GB model of the Slider. However, the Slider will make its way to shelves in May for $499-$799.

The ASUS Honeycomb UI skin is known as My Wave and apparently has a highly customizable interface… then again it IS Android afterall, and with the array of tablets they showcased ASUS is obviously trying to tickle everyone’s fancy. ASUS’s lineup may have been sleek and attractive, but only time will tell if they can top top competitor’s soon-to-exist models such as Vizio’s VIA tab…

[Sources: Engadget, Gizmodo]