Archive for December, 2010

ICD’s Tegra-2 powered Gemini is well spec’d

by editor on Dec.07, 2010, under ICD Gemini

ICD Gemini
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.

ICD Gemini

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 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.

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Google announces ‘Honeycomb’ Tablet

by editor on Dec.07, 2010, under News

A Tablet version of Android was debuted on a large-screen Motorola device today.

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.

Google Mobile Platform vice president Andy Rubin showed publicly for the very first time an Android “Honeycomb” tablet. The roughly 10-inch Motorola device, sleek, black, thin, and sporting an Android interface seemed to have a very clean interface, with an apps dock much like the Apple iPad. Rubin didn’t offer my many spec details on the tablet, which he joked would cost $10,000, but he did say it was running an Nvidia dual core CPU (presumably a Tegra).

Rubin showed off an upcoming version of Google Maps for Android which adds a new vector-based map drawing system, which appeared to improve speed and map flexibility. As Rubin manipulated the map with his fingers, it changed from a flat map to a three-dimensional outline of the roads and buildings. In general, Rubin said he believes tablets “represent a fundamental change in the way computing works.” By allowing users to interact with them physically, Rubin explained, tablets “removed a degree of abstraction.”

Honeycomb should release sometime next year and most major OEMs planning on building Android tablets have expressed interest in using this version of the Android platform which is built for tablets. In terms of SDK required for tablet apps, Honeycomb adds APIs called fragments that allow one app to hold multiple views for different platforms (phones and tablets).

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?

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Bookmarks for your tablet

by editor on Dec.07, 2010, under Apps4Tablets

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.

Google ebookstore

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.

Fast flip

Netvibes lets you create a personalized homepage with gadgets and customizations.


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Google Will Launch Chrome Web Store and Chrome OS Today

by editor on Dec.07, 2010, under News

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:

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: Mark your calendars for 10:30 a.m. PST and tune in.”

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Hits 1 Million Sales Worldwide

by editor on Dec.05, 2010, under News

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.

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Keyboard accessory for the samsung galaxy tab

by editor on Dec.05, 2010, under Samsung Galaxy Tab

Here’s a keyboard designed specially for Samsung Galaxy Tab users,

Keyboard accessory for Samsung Galaxy Tab

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

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