Rumours of a $99 Nexus tablet materialise – is the tablet market ready for a shake up?

Rumours of a $  99 Nexus tablet materialise   is the tablet market ready for a shake up?

Google’s $ 199 (in the US at least) Nexus 7 tablet that ASUS built for them, is not only a seriously awesome piece of technology, but it’s cheap, fast, reliable, and sports the latest and greatest mobile operating system from the Mountain View-based company, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Now we’re hearing rumors from DigiTimes that we could see a $ 99  Nexus-branded tablet in the near future. Better yet, two new tablets – not just one $ 99 model. It would be a newer, thinner device, but we’re probably staring down the barrel of it taking some serious chops to its hardware muscle to get the price down by half of the current $ 199.

If I had to guess, we’re probably looking at the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC being ramped down, or removed – maybe to a dual-core design from a company like Qualcomm? A reduction in on-board storage? Down to 4GB possibly. We might also see this get locked into a two-year contract, too.

What would you like to see in a $ 99 Google Nexus tablet? Would you expect it to keep its 7-inch size? Or could we see a drop to 6-, or 5-inch?

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The Samsung Galaxy S III can now be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean

For a few hours, a good part of the Galaxy S III users in European countries such as Poland and Croatia can now update their phones to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the most widely used mobile operating system in the world and was presented by Google in the past Google I/O back in June.

Some users report that they are not able to receive it via OTA so to make sure everything’s working ok its probably best to connect the phone to the Samsung desktop software, Samsung Kies, so we can update the device.

It is anticipated that in the coming hours it will available also for other countries, if it is not here already. Jelly Bean brings several new features like a new notifications center that has new functionality s but remember that a major goal of Google was substantially to improve performance, stability and fluidity of the whole system. I’ve been testing a Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean for a while and I can say that they have succeeded in many levels.

Hopefully the Samsung integration with Jelly Bean has also been improved, the interface changes are not expected on this occasion and falls towards TouchWhiz by Samsung, with a menu of options and functions reorganized such as the interesting Google Now, the old S Memo is now renamed S Note.

Motorola launches new family of Razr HD

The event organized by Motorola and Verizon happened yesterday evening accompanied by live music and words of Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google. There were three devices who will be Motorola’s bid to gain market share this end year.

This is the new Droid Razr family, a union of brands that could end up being called Milestone Razr or Razr just like their predecessors. In summary, the three devices are an family that are in an middle area in terms of power, especially in software, screen resolution, and importantly, size, appearance and price.

The star is the Droid Razr HD, which is in line with the original Razr, but with a screen with 78% greater density of pixels and a 2530mAh battery, which will allow you to overcome a day of continuous use. The processor is 1.2 Mhz dual core and has 1GB of RAM, almost the same as the previous version. As for the camera, maintains the 8 megapixel rear and 1.3 megapixel front camera with LED flash. Of course, you will have NFC, Gorilla Glass, water repellent layer.

Second is the Droid Razr Maxx HD, which is basically the HD Razr with a bigger battery. Reaches 3300 mAh, allowing you to survive a day and a half or more, depending on usage patterns. Ultimately, this may be one of the most attractive devices of the brand, because it meets the standard features of this generation of smartphones, but with a standard battery.

Finally we have the Droid Razr M, who is the younger brother of the family, with a 4.3 inch screen of 540 x 960 px, less memory, same camera as the later but with a HD VGA at front. This is a mid-range device that takes some aspects of the high-end at a spectacular price: only $99.

The three smartphones presented run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from the factory, but Jelly Bean will be updated later this year.

It also highlights the physical appearance of the new Razr family. They retain the rectangular shape with rounded edges, but the back is more aesthetic than the previous generation, set to be completely covered by Kevlar fibers, including the outline of the camera.

Apparently the improvements over the previous Razr might not seem significant, although, the new Razr is not full of magical and innovative features, they are an excellent choice for those looking for a smartphone that offers the latest in Android with excellent battery and endurance.

The M Razr is now available in the United States and the other two are expected by years end

You can learn more about this release in the press release from Motorola.

Samsung unveiles the Galaxy Note II

The South Korean company unveiled the revamped version of its hybrid between tablet and smartphone, with a design similar to Galaxy S III


The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes a year after the first model, with completely redesigned: bigger screen (5.5”) and an improved S Pen.

The layout resembles the Galaxy SIII. In fact, it is made from the same materials and colors. Its dimensions are 151.1 mm x 80.5 x 9.4 mm. The company did well to narrow the housing and reduce the weight to 180 grams.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II has a Super AMOLED HD screen of 5.5”, with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels.

The interior carries a quad-core Exynos processor at 1.6 GHz and a Mali-400MP GPU.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II, which follows the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, will be offered in three versions: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. The storage space can be expanded with a microSD card up to 64GB.

The device has two cameras: 8MP rear and 1.9 MP front for video conferencing. Both record video in Full HD.

You can connect to 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.

The stylus that comes with the device, the S Pen, added enhancements related to ergonomics and accuracy. It is longer and thicker for more comfortable use.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II rolls out with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google’s operating system for mobile devices.

The dedicated device adds new software. The main programs are highlighted by Air View to preview documents by placing the S Pen over (Photo) Popup Note opens a window at any time to write a quick note. This can be done even when you are in the middle of a call; Quick Command to launch applications with a flick of the S Pen, and Screen Recorder to record screen activity and screen sharing.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will go on sale from October at a price not yet confirmed.

They present the Samsung Galaxy Camera at IFA 2012

Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

Samsung made ??the official presentation of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which features innovative and interesting optical properties.

Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera comes as a smart device with the ability to connect to the cellular network. The presence of Android will allow users to install applications to communicate, edit photos and upload them directly to Instagram, if desired.

The 16MP sensor camera technology has BSI (Backside Illuminated) to improve light capture, and a 21x optical zoom. The device is equipped with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean from the factory and has 3G, 4G and WiFi, to share images immediately.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera has the option to backup immediately via their mobile connection and has exclusive applications designed for the device

 

Archos bets on the Transformer line tablets with its 101 XS

 

Archos will launch itself again in the mobile device market during this years IFA 2012, and will be with its new line of tablets called Archos GEN10 XS. But to not have to wait until next August 29, when this great technology event will kick of in the city of Berlin, have decided to show off as much as possible the Archos 101 XS, the first tablet of this family .

Mainly what stands out in this Archos tablet is its commitment to the “Transformer” trend  that has popularized ASUS with their models. And is that the 101 XS has a keyboard dock that allow the user to use it as a netbook if you want, plus it can serve as cover and protect the tablet screen. But the dock is not the only attraction of this new device, which has a rather unique hardware.

Specifications Archos 101 XS

10.1-inch display panel IPS and resolution of 1200×800 pixels.

  • CPU: Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 dual-core 1.5 GHz frequency
  • RAM: 1 GB.
  • Capacity Internal storage: 16 GB.
  • Ports: MicroUSB, MicroSD slot MiniHDMI and supporting up to 64 GB.
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Thickness: 7.9 mm . Weight: 595 grams.
  • OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Regarding its operating system version it will use none other than the latest from Android, Archos assures that it will use Jelly Bean during the month of October via OTA. However, if there is anything that could disappoint on this device is the quality of its screen because as mentioned in Android Central, it could have been much better.

But this is only one of several new tablets that the company will present at the upcoming IFA also another point which gives it a great appeal to this family of Archos Gen10 XS devices, is that it will have an affordable price. In the case of the 101 XS already has been confirmed that will be available from mid-September for 379.99 euros

 

Archos apuesta a las tablets Transformer con su 101 XS

 

We put a face to the Galaxy N7100 Samsung Note II

From GSMArena comes the first photo of N7100 Samsung Galaxy II Note that, for now, shows the front of the phone. It can not be announced as the official photo, but it was expected that the Galaxy Note II have a design inspired by the Galaxy S III, and the picture is aligned with the rumors.

Its official announcement will arrive within two weeks, when Samsung is expected to announce a Galaxy Note II AMOLED featuring a 5.5 inche screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels with a regular RGB array. The rumor indicate it has full HD, but it would be a very bad for its battery.

The Galaxy Note II would be powered by a Samsung SoC Exynos 4 with four nucleus @1.5  GHz, while the 8-megapixel camera is the same as the Galaxy S III. Jelly Bean is still in development for the Note II, so it is very likely it will come with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 series and will subsequently be updated.

On the other hand, the Samsung press conference to be held on August 29, will not only announce the Samsung Galaxy Note II, if not the Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Intel working with Google to get Android 4.1 support with mobile Atom

Intel working with Google to get Android 4.1 support with mobile Atom

Intel has confirmed that it is looking to get support for Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” on its mobile Atom chips. Google will be assisting Intel in bringing the Android 4.1 OS to smart devices powered by Intel’s Atom, such as smartphones and tablets.

The mobile Atom android 4.1 porting process may take a while and as a result Intel didn’t bind itself to a time frame. Intel chose not to comment when the first Atom powered Android 4.1 products would hit the market, but ultimately it will be a slow process for Intel as they begin the tough transition into one of the most competitive markets.

Intel Atom based devices are likely to get the update to Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” first, before the transition to 4.1 occurs. So far the sum of Intel’s smartphone market penetration consists of three Atom powered phones – the Lava Xolo 9000 in India, the Orange San Diego phone in the UK and an upcoming Lenovo smartphone in China. Atom powered devices from Motorola and ZTE are also expected in the coming weeks.

At the moment devices running on Intel’s Medfield-based Atom processor are based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was released in December 2010 and is still the most widely used version.

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Google IO 2012: Jelly Bean is presented as Android 4.1, an update with optimizations

Earlier this year, speculation raised that the next version of Android would be dubbed “Jelly Bean”. Obviously not, because during Google IO Conference 2012 it was officially revealed that Android 4.1 would be the version that we would see as Google’s mobile OS this Q3 2012. Which has been classified simply as an update and not a revolution as it was with Ice Cream Sandwich six months ago.

For the presentation led by Dave Burke, Director of Engineering for Android, it was revealed that Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” would become the next major update Android would receive in mid-July, with the main feature being what they called Project Butter, to optimize the CPU usage and to improve the response time resulting in a more fluid interface at 60FPS. Further improvements were made in the UI, improvements to the camera app, a notification system and improved search functions.

As additional improvements they have included a feature called Offline Voice Typing, by which one can use voice dictation without requiring internet connection. Google Now has also been implemented as a service to use as our preference information, calendar, among others, and help us in our daily lives.

Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” will be available in mid-July in the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and Nexus S.

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Analyst: Nexus 7 no threat to the iPad

According to Brian White, despite the compelling value that presents the new tablet from Google, this can not possibly threaten the supremacy of the Apple device on the market, and should focus instead on facing the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Its because to a member of Topeka Capital Markets the technical specifications of the Nexus 7, which features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a battery of nine hours, a micro-USB, GPS, gyroscope and support for NFC and Android Beam, are not enough.

For White, the resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels does not match the 2048 × 1536 pixel retina that is in the new iPad and Nexus 7 is only available in a Wi-Fi, while Apple’s device is compatible with 3G and 4G .

Another point in favor of Apple in its ecosystem, as App Store that offers more than 650,000 and 225,000 mobile applications that are native only iPad.

Google is getting closer with 600,000 applications in total, but only a small number optimized for tablets.

“We believe the combination of the expansion of Apple’s digital network, innovative design, unparalleled aesthetics, application availability, intuitive user interface and expanding technological innovations remain to keep the company as market leader of tablets for many years, “said White.

More details at:CNET News