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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 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.

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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.

Netvibes

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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: 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.”

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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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Samsung Galaxy Tab

by editor on Nov.15, 2010, under Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Key Features of Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000:
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Flash 10.1 Enabled Browser
  • Optimised For Full Multitasking with hybrid widget support
  • Front Facing Camera For Anytime/Place Video Conferencing
  • Full HD(1080p) Video Playback

Cons
  • Expensive
  • Moderate Battery Life

The Galaxy Tab is Samsung’s 7 inch Tablet touted to be a full-fledged, compact communication and entertainement device. At 1024 x 600 pixels the 7 inch SVGA screen makes for an impressive pixel density. If you are someone who spends a lot of time commuting, you will like the fact that the tablet weighs just 0.84 pounds, which makes it a good content consumption device while on the move. The Galaxy Tab will have a “Readers Hub” app for eBook aficionados.
Samsung Galaxy screen

Internally, Galaxy Tab houses practically the same hardware found in the Galaxy S GT-i9000 touchscreen smartphone. Just like the smartphone, the Galaxy Tab runs Android Froyo 2.2 update along with Android Market and Samsung Apps to download apps. The same 1.0GHz Cortex A8 Humming Bird application CPU with PowerVR SGX540 GPU remains at the heart of this tablet. Packing 512MB RAM, Samsung will offer the Galaxy Tab in 16GB and 32GB versions. Of course, you can add up to 32GB memory card in the expandable memory slot.

Android 2.2 Froyo OS packs a whole lot of goodies, which includes full-multitasking, unrestricted app access and Adobe Flash support. Android open tethering lets you connect your laptop to the web using the Tab’s 3G connection. For connectivity, Galaxy Tab will support quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and tri-band 3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps) networks. One can always use the Wi-Fi (802.11n) for faster browsing experience and use Bluetooth 3.0 for wireless connectivity with other devices/peripherals.

The tablet is capable of full HD video playback. This is worth mentioning because although the display can only provide 1024x600, the device CAN decode HD content, meaning you donot need to re-encode videos to play on the tablet. The device supports a broad range of video formats, including DivX & Xvid formats. As with video, the Tab supports a huge range of audio formats, including OGG, FLAC & AC3.

The Tab lets you make video calls over 3G with the front facing 1.3MP camera just above the display. Galaxy Tab jabs iPad by showing off its 1.3megapixel front camera and 3 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash at the back which can capture videos at 30fps.
Camera of Samsung Galaxy Tab

There were concerns around porting the Android 2.2 into Tablets, considering it was developed for smartphones, but the Galaxy Tab decimates all apprenhensions and manges to run the Android 2.2 near flawlessly. The device comes with five (customisable) home screens, which you can cramp with all sorts of widgets & app shortcuts. The bottom part of the screen sports the dedicated shortcuts to the Web browser, email and the menu. The interface is simple, powerful and customisable, also, swiping through the menus is quick with almost negligible lag. The keyboard is cramped, but when held in the portrait orientation, its easy to type away using your thumbs. With swype you can type away on the Tab much more comfortably.

Samsung claims an impressive 7 hours of video playback on the 4000 mAh Li-Po battery, possibly the most CPU intensive application you can throw at the device. It’s expected that the Tab would easily a day of normal usage without wanting to be plugged in. Initial tests though have shown poor battery performance compared to the claims. If you own a Samsung Galaxy tablet do give your feedback in the samsung galaxy lounge.

A couple of accessories have been already been released for the samsung galaxy tab HERE

Please add your thoughts after using the device!
Layar on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

SIZE
Dimensions:  190.1 X 120.45 X 11.98 Mm
Weight:  385 G

DISPLAY
Type:  WSVGA
Resolution:  1024 X 600 Pixels
Color:  16M Colors
Size:  7 Inch

CAMERA
Primary Camera:  3MP With LED Flash
Secondary Camera:  1.3MP
Video Recording:  Yes(720 X 480@30fps)

BATTERY
Type:  Li-Po 4000 MAh
Talk Time:  1,000 Minutes3G (Maximum)
StandBy Time:  1,500 Hrs 3G (Maximum)

AUDIO & VIDEO
Music Player:  MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, WAV, AC3, MIDI, RTTTL/RTX, OTA, I-Melody, SP-MIDI Player With 3.5mm Socket
Ringtone Formats:  MP3 & Vibration
Speaker:  Yes( With Stereo Speakers)
Video Player:  1080p

DATA & CONNECTIVITY
GPRS:  Yes
EDGE:  Yes
3G:  HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Wlan:  Wi-Fi 802.11 B/G/N
Bluetooth:  Yes, V3.0 With A2DP
USB:  Yes, V2.0

INPUT
Touch Screen: Multi touch Capacitive

PLATFORM
OS:  Android OS, V2.2 (Froyo)
CPU:  ARM Cortex A8 Processor, 1 GHz Processor; PowerVR SGX540 Graphics
Operating Frequency:  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Java:  Yes
GSM/CDMA/Dual Sim/Triple Sim:  GSM

MEMORY
Internal Memory: 16 GB
Cards Slot: Up To 32GB

OTHER FEATURES
Accelerometer, Three-Axis Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, GPS with A-GPS Support

SOFTWARE
Browser:  Android Browser With Flash Player 10.1 Support
Messaging:  Yes(Threaded View), MMS, Email(Push Mail Support), Instant Messaging
Miscellaneous:  Social Networking Integration, Ereading(Newspapers,Magazines & Books), DLNA Convergence, TV-Out, Organizer, Image/Video Editor, Thinkfree Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa Integration, Music Hub, TouchWiz UI, Swype Text Input, Adobe Flash 10.1 Support, Voice Memo/Dial/Commands
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Cruz Tablet

by editor on Sep.15, 2010, under News

CruzTablet
Velocity Micro is now taking orders for two Android tablets the company first introduced a month ago. One is marketed as a 7 inch color eBook reader, while the other is pitched as a multipurpose Android tablet. Both are available for preorder and will ship in october.

The Cruz Tablet runs Google Android 2.1, features 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage space. It also comes with an 8GB SD card and usb slot. The tablet has 802.11n WiFi, and a Lithium Ion battery which Velocity Micro says is good for 10 hours of run time.

But the thing that’s probably most exciting about this tablet is the 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display. Priced at $299.99, the Cruz Tablet is one of the cheapest Android tablets we’ve seen to come with a capacitive touchscreen, which should make the experience of using the tablet significantly more pleasant than on cheaper Android tablets with resistive touchscreens.

Media support:
• Supports ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
• MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
• MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, MOV, AVI video support
• JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support

The $199.99 Cruz Reader isn’t quite as exciting. This model runs Android 2.0 and comes with 256MB of RAM and 256MB of internal storage. This model comes with a 4GB SD card, 802.11b/g WiFi, and a 10 hour battery. It has a 7 inch 800 x 600 pixel display, but there’s no mention of what kind of screen it uses. Probably a resistive touchscreen.

Both tablets come with “access to the Cruz Market” which seems to be a pretty good indication that you won’t actually be able to access the Android Market on these devices.

The Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet also ship with an eBook reader which lets you access the 2 million digital books in the Borders online book store (powered by Kobo).

Now available at Fry’s and Newegg although the Cruz Reader will ship on September 30th while the Cruz Tablet isn’t expected to land until October 15th. Will soon be available at BestBuy.

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Nvidia Tegra 2: 8 processors in one chip

by editor on Jun.15, 2010, under Knol

Nvidia Tegra 2

A number of Tegra 2 based devices are about to enter the market, but do you know what the Tegra 2 is all about? Lets take a look at the technology behind the system-on-chip processor.

The Tegra 2 processor is Nvidia’s latest mobile computing processor designed to give the best of both worlds – performance and battery-life, combining processor (CPU and GPU) and power-management technologies. It delivers 4 times the performance of the previous generation of Tegra chips, approximately 10 times faster than the processors used in smartphones today.


Nvidia Tegra 250’s multi-processor architecture is the key to these stunning performance figures, and it has eight purpose-optimized, high-performance independent processors that are meant to deliver great web browsing, HD video streaming, and 3D mobile gaming. The eight processors are:

Ultra Low-Power Graphics Processor (GPU): Used for both mobile 3D gaming and 3D touch user interfaces

Video Decode Processor: Delivers full frame rate 1080p HD video playback. It also handles all three Flash video formats: H.264, Sorenson, and VP6-E.

Video Encode Processor: Runs video-encode algorithms to encode 1080p HD video for video recording and conferencing.

Image Signal Processor (ISP): Handles real-time photo enhancement features.

Audio Processor: Handles analog audio-signal processing to deliver more than 140 hours of continuous 128 kbps mp3 playback on a single battery-charge.

Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 CPU: First dual-core for mobiles, and a general purpose CPU for web browsing and mobile computing, featuring Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP).

ARM7 Processor: Handles system management functions and proprietary battery life extending features.

Tablets with Nvidia Tegra 2

Now check out the battery-life estimates expected from an Nvidia Tegra-based tablet with 2000mAh battery and 400mW display: In standby (Display, radio off): 2000 hours; 140 hours of 128 Kbps MP3 playback; 8 hours of continuous HD video playback on LCD; 16 hours of HD video playback on external display (HDMI).

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Notion Ink Adam – A smart tablet with PixQi

by editor on Apr.17, 2010, under NotionInk Adam

NotionInk AdamWe have already seen a bunch of mockups on the Notion Ink Adam, the sleek android tablet developed in India has finally been announced for release!

The Notion Ink Adam tablet is based on the NVIDIA Tegra, T20 chipset supporting 1080p Full HD video playback. It has integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA and uses the Pixel Qi 3Q transflective display. It also has a 3-megapixel camera with a patented swivel action, so you can use the Adam for video calling. On the back there’s a trackpad used for navigating without leaving smudges on the display, similar to the motorola backflip. The tablet weighs 1.71lbs and would be available in 12.9mm and 11.6mm thick versions. It will use the regular Android UI (gesture support) and will be capable of running Flash.


The Notion Ink folks are fully aware that the Adam would need an enthusiastic developer community that needs to back the Adam with quality apps. Which is why they are planning a developer challenge that will have a $1 million prize money for the winner. Now, that is bound to attract some attention!

One of the features of the PixelQi display is that its easy on the eyes – the tablet can be used as an ebook reader as well, but we havent heard any announcements from NotionInk on starting their own ebook service, though they confirmed working with various content producers – including some big-name blogs – to “reinvent” magazines and newspapers.

Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan reckons the Adam will run for 2-3 times longer than the iPad, thanks to the Tegra chip and the low-power Pixel Qi display. Using Tegra 2 will last for around 16 hours of Full HD video with a standard 3-cell battery, and Rohan says that, because their display uses just 0.2W in its electrophoretic reflective mode, with that 3-cell battery you’ll potentially see up to a breathtaking 160 hours use.

The specs are awesome, but the only reason we think we might not see this device too soon is the fact that the team consists only of developers fresh out of college with no product experience, and a missing marketing team. Not to mention, there are no Android apps optimized for this screen size. Follow them on twitter: http://twitter.com/NotionInkAdam

The NotionInk tablet is expected to be available in Q4 2010 at http://www.notionink.in

Update [September 25th]: NotionInk has updated its website to suggest their first factory release should be around October 6th. The updated blog describes the design for each of the components of the Adam tablet and wants to involve users to help them choose colours for the final hardware.

Update [Dec 3]: We are weeks away from the Notion Ink’s release. Follow us to get the latest on NotionInk!

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