We have the Motorola XOOM in our hands (finally!) and the first thing we got to test is its display. We’re working on a full-blown review too but the screen is such a central component to the tablet experience that it’s one of the first things we started assessing.
We’ll be using iPad 2 as the yard stick for this comparison – it’s just so popular that most of you have probably seen one at some point and will have grounds for comparison. Plus the iPad family is the trend setter in this developing market niche. Read more »
After the total overhaul that the Google Search app for iOS got a couple of months ago, it has become way nicer looking and easier to use. However the feedback that the company has been getting about its performance has obviously been less than flattering.
Well, Google engineers have obviously taken notes and today introduced a new version that addresses the issue. The app has been sped up by up to 20%, which should dramatically improve responsiveness and thus the overall user experience. To achieve this, the company has axed the “Just Talk” by default so if you were using it you would need to activate it manually from the settings. Read more »
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 and the Asus Transformer will be getting the latest Android Honeycomb version 3.1 in early June.
This was supposedly confirmed by both companies to This is my next dot com. Asus indeed has confirmed it on its Facebook page. Read more »
The rumor of a 10” Android tablet has re-emerged, this time with more details and a couple of screenshots too. The tablet, named as the HTC Puccini, sports a WXGA (1280 x 800) screen and runs Honeycomb according to some specs from a leaked ROM.
Aside from the bigger screen, the Puccini tablet should also pack more processing power thanks to the confirmed dual-core Snapdragon inside. Read more »
Chrome OS R12, which should be the version the first “Chromebooks” ship with, has just entered the beta status of its development. The beta release brings security fixes, new features (including the improvements from Chrome browser v12) and bug fixes, including an Angry Birds related improvement which deserves a category of its own.
Here’s what improvements made their way into Chrome OS v12 beta: Read more »
For all the fans of Samsung and Angry Birds, here is a video which I stumbled upon in YouTube featuring the upcoming, AT&T bound Samsung Infuse 4G and the theme song from the popular mobile game which got me particularly excited.
As we already told you, the Samsung Infuse 4G comes with Angry Birds preloaded and features a hidden level Read more »
How would you fancy a tablet rocking a 10.1-inch, 300dpi display with a staggering resolution of 2560×1600 pixels to be in your hands for your friends to envy? Yeah, I am as eager to see it as you are and fortunately, it could turn out to be just around the corner.
On 17-19 May in Los Angeles Convention Center, Samsung and Nouvoyance will show a demo of the world’s first 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) PenTile RGBW LCD tablet display. Read more »
Honeycomb tablets with Tegra 2 under the hood are hardly a rarity these days, but this one belongs to a class that’s still not particularly popular. The newly announced Viewsonic 7x packs a 7” screen and a lightweight body that should attract the attention of those considering slates portable devices. That is of course, if you can trust Viewsonic manufacturing anything else but a monitor.
The 7” screens is where it all began for tablets and Android last year, but for some reason those devices haven’t seen much Honeycomb love. Asus is the only one to come with such a device (the Eee Pad MeMO announced at CES) and that one is not ready to hit the shelves yet (if at all). So the Viewsonic 7x is in a niche of its own. Read more »
The second Google IO 2011 day saw the announcement of Google Chromebook partners – Acer and Samsung. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and Acer Chromebook will debut in the middle of June.
Both Chromebooks will be offered in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G flavors, which will come at different price points. Let’s see what they are all about. Read more »
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 »