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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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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]

The iPad 2 speculation and rumor guide

December 29, 2010 1 comment

iPad2 mockup from Pinoytutorial... looks a lot like the Notion Ink Adam but you never know!

The iPad was one of its kind. It broke down the barriers between smart phone, netbook and laptop and made room for tablet. It was elegant, it was sleek, it was powerful and it was innovative. So in other words, it was another brain child of Steve Jobs.  The rumor mill has been smelling of Apple lately, and this article is here to gather all of the latest, most reasonable reports from around the web. This is the iPad2 speculation and rumor guide.

  1. The Japanese Mac blog MacOtakara spread word that the iPad2 will have a flatter backside and smaller bezel around the edge as well as a larger “wide-ranged speaker” located behind the mesh speaker grille.
  2. Digitimes has cited a report from Chinese news portal Economy Daily News that states Apple’s next-gen iPad will ship with a front-facing camera for video calling, USB ports, a carbon fiber body and thinner glass, Apple’s Retina Display, and new 3-axis gyroscopes for major tablet physics gaming targeted at a younger crowd.
  3. A rear-facing camera and a slot on the lower left that could potentially be an SD card slot (*gasp*) is predicted by many sources based on the string of third-part cases that have already been produced for the next Apple tablet.
  4. A columnist from InfoWorld predicts a faster A4 chip on board which improves speed and fluidity of navigation, as well as a 128 GB model. (Seems simple enough, his justification is that Apple always ups the ante with each new generation of device and the last iPad maxes out at 64 GB of storage.)
  5. Cult of Mac reports that investment firm Detweiler Fenton states that a 5 MP camera on the back is likely.
  6. A Reuters report cites four anonymous sources that claim to have insider info on five of Apple’s suppliers:
  • Touchscreen chip designer Wintek
  • Battery maker Simplo Technology Co Ltd
  • AVY Precision, an unlisted maker of covers for electronic products
  • Camera module makers Genius Electronic Optical Co Ltd and Largan Precision Co Ltd

Lastly, it is all over the net that the iPad2 will be unveiled sometime around the aniversary of the first iPad… this April.

UPDATE 1/5 Another iPad 2 case showed up at CES 2011, this one sporting the same features as the others: a spot for both of the cameras and a slot along the bottom for a bigger speaker. Seems like these features are almost solid, otherwise the Chinese manufacturers are chasing a very large fantasy.

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]