Archive for December, 2010
Built around the 1GHz Tegra 2 SOC which provides performance/speeds that can beat the apple ipad, the 11.2-inch ICD Gemini should provide a tough competition to comparable tablets. The tablet which will initially run android could support chrome OS later in the year. It can decode 1080p video and the spec sheet reads like a wishlist. Headlined by a 3G connection that allows cellular voice calls, it also includes a user-replaceable long lasting 40Wh battery, an SD card reader, FM radio (a first), GPS, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB connectivity to PCs and USB peripherals, stereo mic and stereo speakers, and dual webcams – a 2 megapixel front-facing unit for videoconferencing, and a 5 megapixel autofocusing snapper on the back.
Multitouch displays will be available in both resistive and capacitive flavors, with the 1,366 x 768 resolution being filled by Google’s snappy Android OS. Oh, and did we mention it will run Flash?
Its said to be “Blisteringly fast,” according to Stuff.tv. Why? Here’s a knol on Tegra. The ICD Gemini which was expected to hit the shelves in August once carrier deals were signed has not yet been launched.
Google always mentioned that Froyo, or Android 2.2, was not ready for the tablet. There was speculation that Gingerbread, or Android 2.3, would be designed for the tablet, but the improvements in 2.3 that was released last week did not have an impact.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab which sold a million units last week, and many other tablets are already on Android 2.2 Froyo. Will Honeycom again introduce fragmentation in the tablet marketplace for tablets, just like in the mobile space? Or will Samsung catch up and provide OTA updates to its users?
Participate in the poll below to find out what users think!
- Google ebookstore : http://books.google.com/ebooks
Google is working with publishers around the world to let you buy the latest ebooks from top authors. You can browse millions of free and public domain Google eBooks and read them effortlessly across your devices. Currently supported gadgets include android tablets, nook and sony.
- Fast Flip (http://fastflip.googlelabs.com/)
Fast flip gives you fast, magazine like navigation and helps you browse through content across your favorite websites at one glance. The mobile version of Fast Flip has tactile page flipping for Android-powered devices, so you can browse on the go. This is accessible at the same address.
- Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com/)
Netvibes lets you create a personalized homepage with gadgets and customizations.
Today is an important day for Google Chrome: Google will launch Chrome Web Store (a marketplace for web apps) and the much awaited Chrome OS. Chrome OS is the first browser based operating system that could replace your desktop if you use it primarily for browsing. It is a fast booting lightweight OS suitable for netbooks and tablets.
More information here: http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os
Google announced the launch event a few days ago:
“On December 7, we will host an event in San Francisco where we plan to share some exciting news about Chrome. The event will be webcast live on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/googlechrome. Mark your calendars for 10:30 a.m. PST and tune in.”
Samsung has announced that it has sold over 1 million units of their Android powered Galaxy Tab. This officially makes it the number one rival to Apple’s iPad. The numbers Samsung has confirmed are pretty impressive seeing how the Galaxy Tab has only been on sale since mid-November in the U.S, and a little over two month outside the U.S. Since Black Friday and the beginning of the holiday shopping season, Samsung has seen a big increase in sales.
Samsung, along with all four major U.S carriers expect to see even better numbers as the holiday season continues. Samsung projects that they will sell over 1.5 million units by the end of 2010, which is 50% better than Samsung originally forecasted.
Steve Jobs might be wrong about the 7 inch tablet, and the Android tablet platform in general. It’s proving to be a big success in the consumer electronics market. 2011 is expected to be even better for tablets.
Samsung is also expected to release a cheaper, WiFi only version of Galaxy Tab very soon. So keep your eye out of that if you want a Galaxy Tab, but don’t want to dish out $599 for the 3G model at Verizon.
Here’s a keyboard designed specially for Samsung Galaxy Tab users,
The keyboard dock in the image above is going for a $99. It’s a full QWERTY keyboard with charger and synchronization dock, it also comes with stereo audio output.
There is also a car dock which allows you turn-by-turn navigation while driving, the car dock is also going for $99. So if you are interested in one or all, then do get them with your Galaxy Tab!
A review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab can be found HERE.
Image via Engadget