Today is second day of the Google IO Developers Conference and things don’t show any signs of slowing down. The second keynote was about Chrome and Chrome OS, Google’s cloud operating system.
As usual, some impressive statistics were introduced. In just a year, the number of people using Google Chrome as their primary browser has grown from 70 million to 160 million. Remember the very first notebook running Chrome OS, the Cr-48? More than a million people have applied for one and Google has shipped thousands worldwide. Read more »
Today Intel announced the Z68 Express chipset, which the company promises to offer more flexibility than the previous generation Sandy Bridge chipsets, the H67 Express and P67 Express.
One of the benefits of the new Z68 Express chipset, compared to the old ones, is the ability to switch between the onboard Intel HD Graphics and the installed video card on the fly without the need to restart or swap cables. Read more »
Samsung has just released the source code of their new I9100 Galaxy S II Android flagship. This will presumably open the floodgates and custom ROMs and kernels for the extremely popular device will now start appearing at a rapid speed.
Given the really high interest that the Galaxy S II has been enjoying so far we are expecting a good chunk of the knowledgeable XDA-developers user base to start working their magic on the released code. Read more »
The Sony Ericsson Developer Blog recently published details including a step by step walk-through showing code-savvy users how to build and then flash their own custom Linux kernels onto their Sony Ericsson Android devices.
Building on feedback taken from forums such as XDA, the walk-through aims to help users get around troubles such as building and flashing your own custom image (if you are into that sort of thing). Read more »
It’s a small step for Adobe and a huge step for the iPad as the Photoshop-aid tablet apps are finally official and there for the taking (buying).
Adobe Eazel, Color Lava and Nav are online at the Apple App Store for the iPad and could be yours for a total of 10 bucks or $5, $3 and $2, respectively. Read more »
HP announced today that it’s launching a refreshed batch of the 14-inch Pavilion dv4 and Envy 14 notebooks as well as a redesigned Mini 210 netbook. In addition to them, HP has also lifted the cover of two new EliteBook models for business users – the 2560p, 2760p and 5330m.
Let’s cut to the chase starting off with the Envy 14. This sleek looking 14.5-inch notebook is unsurprisingly getting some juicy Sandy Bridge processor options, high-speed USB 3.0 interface and HP’s imagepad which uses image sensor technology for advanced gestures. Read more »
Processor manufacturers are in this never ending race to produce faster and less power consuming chips for various devices and platforms. Whether it’s RAM or CPUs, we all like things to go quicker and be easier on our pockets.
And don’t worry, this trend will continue going for now. Intel has introduced a new 3D transistor design which will be implemented in the upcoming family of Ivy Bridge processors. As a result of this new 3D design named “Tri-Gate”, Intel will be able to produce smaller and faster chips which are going to be widely implemented from servers and desktop computers to laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Read more »
The Internet rumor mill is talking about two BlackBerry PlayBooks – a new 10” model and one that has been delayed. Supposedly, the 10” PlayBook is intended to be sold alongside the 7” model and will not replace it.
As for the delayed one, the chatter is that Sprint’s 7” CDMA PlayBook has been delayed again (it was originally scheduled for 19 April), this time indefinitely… Read more »
There is more interesting news coming from the BlackBerry World Conference, guys. After the announcement of two new smartphones, RIM also gave the public a taste of the highly anticipated Android app support for its first ever tablet – the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Here is a video of Android applications in action on the PlayBook Read more »
LG has just announced their new Blade series laptops, which both feature extremely thin bezels, displays and bodies and a cool, brushed metallic casing.
The P430 and P530 both offer Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 Sandy Bridge processor options, Windows 7 inside, metal casings and 1366×768 resolution displays. The bezel around both screens is just 10 mm thin, while the displays use LG’s Super Slim LED LCD technology and are just 4.5 mm thick. Read more »
Some good news comes from India today, where Ranjit Yadav, local head of Samsung Mobile there, shared to the press that the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 tablets will launch next month. Sure, he meant India, but for all we know, the world-wide Western launch date shouldn’t be much different than the Indian one. So far all we had in terms of schedule from Samsung was simply Q2.
What’s more, we get to see the price of the two tablets too. Read more »
Rumors about the naming of the next Android iteration have been around ever since Honeycomb came out and it seems most of them were right. The Ice cream sandwich moniker has just been confirmed by a Google employee on the Android support forums.
What’s more interesting though is that the same forum member mentioned that it will bring a fix for the SweepGradient on paint on Android 3.0 Issue. And no – it’s not important what that class does (though it’s fairly obvious) – what matters is that Android Ice cream sandwich will be an update to Honeycomb. It could be the Android 3.1 that Adobe carelessly mentioned last week. Read more »
Some boasting from Quanta Computer points to Amazon preparing an LCD-based tablet. The display will feature Fringe Field Switching technology, which provides great viewing angles, color rendering and brightness – supposedly better than IPS.
However, E Ink Holdings, the company behind the Amazon Kindle electronic paper display, says there won’t be a new e-paper display from them until next year… Read more »
Carphone Warehouse has priced LG’s upcoming Optimus Pad tablet at £800. The retailer’s website says the Optimus Pad is in stock but I seriously doubt that, most probably it is on the way and should become available soon.
The tablet is already available in Japan and the USA (via T-Mobile), but we are still awaiting its worldwide launch. If it’s going to hit the shelves with an £800 price tag I guess it will be staying on them for a while. Read more »
It’s great news for future Playbook owners as the “world’s first professional-grade tablet” will be getting the mandatory (nowadays) video calling feature, available tomorrow via an OTA (over the air) update.
The new video chat app on the Playbook will include video calling functionality, naturally, support for both front and back cameras, VOIP support and video services via your Blackberry ID. Read more »