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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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Motorola Atrix 4G

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

2011 looks to be a promising year for technology. Just about every major phone company is releasing an Android Tablet, 3-D technology is starting to get more and more advanced, and cell phones this year will push the boundaries of mobile computing like they never have before.

So what  boundaries are we talking about ?

  • How about putting DDR2 RAM into a phone? Done!
  • What about a Dual-Core processor in a phone? Done

So what phone has done this? The Motorola Atrix 4G!

Here are the specs:

  • 4inch qHD screen(540 x 960 pixels)
  • Dual-Core Tegra 2 Processor(1GHz)
  • 1GB DDR2 Ram
  • 5megapixel camera(720p video recording)
  • 1930 mAh Battery
  • 16GB Internal(expandable up to 32GB)
  • GPS
  • HDMI Output(1.3)

Basically, looking at the specs, the Atrix is not a phone to mess with. Motorola really went to town with this phone, putting a Tegra-2 Dual Core Processor and 1GB of DDR2 RAM into such a small device makes this phone, one of the most powerful phones of the market.

Processor:  The Motorola Atrix is one of the first mobile devices we have seen with a Dual-Core processor. The Tegra-2 Dual Core processor means that you get twice the processing power than anything else on the market. Basically its the same as sticking two 1GHz processors into your phone and running them at the same time.

Screen: The Atrix features a 4inch qHD screen. Pixel count comes in at 540 x 960 pixels which is the same pixel count as the iPhone 4, but because the screen on the Atrix is larger than an iPhone 4, the PPI(Pixels per Inch) is slightly reduced.

Memory: With the powerful processor of the Tegra-2 you need a lot of RAM to get the device moving, which is why the Atrix comes with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. To give you an idea of how much memory that is: in 2005 the average laptop came stock with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. So what we are talking about here is a hand-held computer.

Speaking of hand-help computers, this is where the Atrix really sets itself apart from anything else out there. The docking abilities of the phone are simply amazing. The phone has the ability to dock into a computer skin-like device (seen below). It was said at CES2011 that the laptop port is a dead device and is almost entirely run by the phone itself. It connects through the HDMI and Micro-USB ports on the side of the phone. Since it has an HDMI port, the phone will also be able to connect to TV’s and produce 1080p quality video over HDMI while acting as a remote.

Overview: Over all the Motorola Atrix 4G looks like  a great phone, and definitely something to look for in the year to come. With its high powered processor and large amount of RAM this phone is going to be a powerhouse. Although it is a great phone, something that would be nice to see on the device would be a more personalized Android theme, instead of an almost Android Vanilla look. We will be looking forward for this device to be released sometime first quarter of 2011 on the AT&T network.

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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]

All Things Google

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Over the past week, Google has made about every big announcement that they could: a sexy new handheld (the Nexus S), the next installment to the Android OS family (Gingerbread), a preview of the following release (Honeycomb) on a new tablet (Motorola Everest), debuting the cloud-based Chrome OS on a new Google laptop (Cr-48), and their try at the eBook market (Google eBooks, previously known as Google Editions).

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The Nexus S

Google’s first foray into producing cell phones themselves ended quite tragically. The Nexus One was pronounced dead in the water. It had no carrier and a hefty $500+ unlocked price tag. Since then, Google has learned from its mistakes (as it has always done) and is attempting resurrection. The handheld phoenix will come in the form of the Samsung-made Nexus S, for T-Mobile. On Thursday, December 16, the Gingerbread-fueled device will hit Best Buy shelves for $199.99 with a 2-year T-Mobile upgrade or $529 unlocked. The phone has a handsome spec sheet including a 4-inch WVGA “contour display,” a 5 megapixel camera, 16 GB on-board storage, 512 MB RAM, a 1GHz Cortex A8-based Hummingbird processor (like the iPhone), Android 2.3 Gingerbread (very seasonal name eh?) and support for Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is not very popular in the US yet, but Google hopes to set it in motion. Essentially NFC is like Bluetooth transfer without Bluetooth – simply hold the devices 4 inches apart and you can send and receive files.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

With a logo in the shape of a gingerbread man, it can only make people smile. Not to mention, the very well-timed release/name combo of “Gingerbread.” Oh yea! And I forgot to mention the improvements to the UI, and OS overall. The keyboard now supports multi-touch and finger-sized markers for highlighting text and cutting/pasting, integrated VoIP supports, video calling with front facing camera (if device comes equipped), gyroscope support, NFC integration and *gasp* a built-in task manager. No longer will you have to immediately download the free task manager from the Market as soon as you purchase your new handheld. Gingerbread also has been complimented on its game-friendly support (hand-in-hand with the whirlwind of Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone speculation).

Motorola Everest

For weeks, sketchy, blurry photos have been sent in to tech blogs across the web by anonymous tipsters catching the mysterious Motorola tablet on film. On December 6, Google’s Engineering VP/ Android spokesperson Andy Rubin took the stage at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Fransisco, California to reveal the never-before-seen (by the public, on purpose) Motorola tablet codenamed Everest. The 10″ Everest has no buttons, an NVIDIA processor, a “dual core 3D processor,” and a more desktop-like UI complete with an icon dock along the bottom of the interface. Hardly anything was said at all about Honeycomb, except that it will be both a phone and tablet OS and it will appear sometime next year (let’s not get ahead of ourselves… Gingerbread hasn’t even been officially released yet).

RUMOR Supposedly Motorola is going to use airtime during the Super Bowl to officially announce the tablet to the public.

Google Cr-48 and Chrome OS

On Tuesday, December 9, Google held a Chrome press event to discuss improvements to their browser (soon to be Chrome 9) and the new Cr-48 (from the element Chromium-48, ahhh clever). The main highlight was the addition of Instant Search to Chrome’s Omnibox. As you type a Google search, a box will come up with an ever-refreshing list of suggestions as you finish your inquiry. Google implemented this with regular sites as well: based on your regular behavior, when you start typing an address, the site will be pulled up for you automatically. The other 3 improvements covered were the “Crankshaft,” (a JavaScript improvement 100 times faster than that of IE) super fast built-in PDF reader and full on WebGL support.

The Chrome Web Store

Google also added to the App frenzy with their own rendition, the Chrome Web Store. Transactions will process through your Google account. Most of the apps looked fairly promising and ironically similar to their iPad counterparts but the gaming was a bit lacking. However, if you purchase one of their Cr-48 notebooks then you are not likely to want to partake in hardcore gaming. The 12.1″ machine takes just 4 steps and a minute or so to set up a brand new product because it collects your themes and data from the cloud. The OS is loaded with read-only memory and can’t be altered without a tech that verifies booting. The notebook actually has a “jailbreaking switch” to allow the OS to be modified on the developer unit… it’s unclear whether it will be on the final product or not. Google also demoed Google Cloud Print which allows you to print on your home printer from anywhere, conveniently, they have an office suite Google Docs that works offline as well.

Google Books

Last on Google’s to-do list, is conquering the eBook market with Google eBooks, previously known as Google Editions. As Engadget puts it, it “seems to combine most of the positives of the primary e-book contenders while skimping on the UI flourishes, in traditional Google fashion.” The books you buy are stored in the cloud and can be accessed from your choice of device: iPad/iPod/iPhone, Android, Nook, Sony Reader and the internet on your computer. To get a leg up on the already crowded market (Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble),  Google is offering 3 million free books from the initial release.

And with that… I have wrapped up All Things Google for the last week.

[Sources: Engadget, Google]