New Windows Phone available today, Microsoft do it in style featuring a 6-story "Big Windows Phone" in NYC
Microsoft don't do things small, and today was no exception. Customers can today experience new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), with a selection of new, sleek and stylish smartphones from HTC and Samsung starting at just $49.99. The Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash are available today at AT&T and are the latest additions to the Windows Phone portfolio, joining the HTC Radar 4G available at T-Mobile USA Inc.
Microsoft designed Windows Phone around one simple concept: People belong at the center of the phone experience. This is where Microsoft go all-out and have put real people inside a gigantic six-story phone in NYC's Herald Square to bring to life the phone's key features and experiences. Included was a life-sized "Plants vs Zombies" battle highlighted the phones rich Xbox LIVE gaming experience.
The Music + Video Hub was bought to life by the Far East Movement performing a concert for hundreds of fans, and while "connecting people" was shown by a NY-based man proposing to his girlfriend from inside the Me Tile of the giant six-story phone.
Well, Barnes & Nobile have today unveiled their latest Nook today, the Nook Tablet. Nook Tablet is designed to replace the Nook Color and sports new specs for virtually the entire tablet, including an "HD viewing experience". Hardware-wise, Nook Tablet sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and comes in at under a pound.
On the display side of things, it features a 7-inch 1024x600 LG IPS panel, with a near 180-degree viewing angle and is capable of playing back up to nine hours of 1080p video on a single charge. It also comes with Netflix and Hulu Plus pre-loaded and B&N are promising it comes with the deepest level of Netflix integration available on a device, all thanks to a customized app.
Barnes & Noble have put 16GB of storage into the Tablet, with up to 32GB of expansion through SD. It should be available around November 17th for $249 and will be sold through a variety of other retailers such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart, RadioShack, OfficeMax, Staples, and others.
Photos of what appears to be Sony (Ericsson?)s first dual-core smart phone have appeared online which is codenamed the Xperia 'Nozomi'.
The photos depict a classic candybar shaped phone with a discrete array of hardware buttons in place. With it likely surfacing well into 2012, it's most probable it will be running Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).
Motorola's latest toy has been leaked out, with it being a 6-inch Android 2.3 device codenamed "Corvair" that's designed for use in your living room. It's reportedly being tested with cable companies at the moment, but it's unsure how it's designed to be used.
The box itself calls it a "dedicated controller," but it also seems to show Corvair wirelessly displaying what is on the TV, which means it should be capable of streaming content to the tablet itself, whilst serving as a remote control. Specs-wise, theres not much known apart from the 6-inch screen size and Android 2.3. The box does state the design is "optimized for low cost," so there wouldn't be any super high-end specs inside, at all.
Also included is an IR control and RF4CE, a ZigBee-based RF control protocol, as well as a high-capacity 4,000mAh battery. The battery is a great feature, because if the Corvair is going to live on your coffee table or living room, you'll want it to last a fairly long time.
For a bit there we were scratching our heads a bit on what Barnes & Noble had up their sleeve for us come its scheduled November 7th event, but it's all out in the open now thanks to the crew over at Engadget working their magic and getting all the hot details for us.
It does indeed look like Amazon's Kindle Fire will be getting some company with B&N planning to reveal its new "Nook Tablet" in a few days time, and beginning shipments from November 16th.
The said tablet will come in at $249 and promises 'the best in HD entertainment'. It looks much like the Nook Color and measures 8.1 x 5 x 0.48-inches, weighing in at 400 grams. It features a 7-inch (1024 x 600) VividView IPS touchscreen display and is powered by a 1.2GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
Motorola have officially unveiled their new tablets, the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition. Both of them are virtually identical, both featuring 1.2GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Both will run Android 3.2 and both include the same handful of Google apps out of the box.
Let's move onto the differences, the full-sized Xoom 2 sports a 10.1-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass, with the smaller Media Edition taking the form of an 8.2-inch display. The Xoom 2 has a bigger battery expected to last up to 10 hours with the Media Edition only capable of 6 hours.
Ever wanted a "splash-guard", well, if you did, you might want to pick up the Xoom 2. It includes one, no, I'm not joking. U.K. and Ireland-based peeps can pick up the Xoom 2 of their choice in "mid-November", but no pricing has been stated as of yet. Release dates in other continents is also not known, but it shouldn't be too far behind our U.K. and Ireland brothers and sisters.
Once known as the HTC Vigor, HTC have just announced the Rezound. HTC's Rezound packs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Verizon LTE, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Not only that, but the Rezound sports a 4.3-inch, 1280x720-capable display which is sure to give your eyes something to be dazzled with.
But with all great things, there is an Achilles Heel. The Rezound only ships with Android 2.3, but is said to get the Ice Cream Sandwich one-over "early next year." Beats branding has been shown off, with red software buttons and a set of Beats earbuds included in the Rezound box.
When will Rezound hit Verizon stores? It'll arrive at Verizon and Best Buy on November 14th for $299.99 with a two-year contract. Verizon is on fire right now, with the Razr dropping on November 10th and the Galaxy Nexus to launch in the same time period. It's great to be a tech addict right now, folks!
New data is available from Nielsen, which shows that Android is still snowballing in the US, continuing their growth and still retains their glorious crown as the most-used smartphone OS in Q3 2011. Android now accounts for 43-percent of U.S. smartphones, up from 39-percent in July. Apple's iOS remained at 28-percent, eating some of that Android dust.
Apple still owns the hardware front, though. iPhones are used by a full 28-percent of all smartphone customers, which catapults them to the top manufacturer for another quarter. RIM's BlackBerry OS is continuing its downward spiral, slipping from 20-percent marketshare to now 18-percent. Not a huge slip, but still something to know about.
Windows Phone adoption rate has slowed down and only accounts for 7-percent of smartphones, this is down from the 9-percent figure from last time. Microsoft and Nokia will obviously mix that up next year, as we see the companies merging their powers together to release some very special products. Q3 results are good, but Q4 results are the gem. New hardware (and OS) announcements are coming at a fast rate, which should see the landscape change quite a bit.
iOS 5, Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, plenty of new handsets, etc.
GSM Arena have had an anonymous tip [and pics] of an upcoming LG smartphone which hasn't been announced yet. The device will reportedly do under the name LG Optimus U1 and will be LG's first handset to rock along with Google Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich.
There aren't many details on the device, or an actual confirmation yet. GSM Arena think this device looks like the Korea-bound smartphone, saying that its design would make perfect sense for LG to release a smartphone named Optimus U1 there.
LG Optimus U1 is reportedly set to launch next year, which means we'll have to wait a while before we know exactly what's going on. It does look very nice though ,almost like the Galaxy S II from Samsung. I wonder if we'll see any lawsuits? Oh wait, Samsung isn't Apple.
The latest version of Google's Android Market app is sliding into handsets we speak, but doesn't include any new tabs for music. There are a few notable changes, though. First off, there's now the function of auto-updating apps by default, which is a great addition, as well as the option to auto-update only when connected to the Internet through WiFi.
The UI has also been tweaked which now sports smaller font, new app drawer icon, and a voice search button. It should hit your device shortly, exactly when, we don't know - but now you know its on its way.
HP has launched its Slate 2 tablet PC today which is looking pretty shmick in all. Targetted toward business users, it runs Windows 7 and features an 8.9-inch (1024 x 600) capacitive touchscreen supporting both finger and pen input.
The unit is powered by an Atom Z670 processor @ 1.6GHz with the option of up to a 64GB mSATA SSD for storage. Its feature set includes WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G (optional), front VGA camera, rear facing 3 megapixel camera, SD card slot, SRS Premium Sound, embedded TPM security chip, a couple USB 2.0 ports and HDMI output.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Groupon - 16GB Toshiba Thrive 10.1" Android 3.1 Tablet for $299 plus $9.95 Shipping!.
Offer: Groupon has a GREAT deal on a 10.1" Toshiba Thrive Android 3.1 tablet, which now lists at $399.99 ($499 prior). This tablet has a 10.1" 1280 x 800 resolution LED-backlit capacitive multi-touch VA TFT, 16GB storage (with full sized SD/SDHC/SDXC slot drive, not just a micro-sized one), 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, 5MP HD rear camera with 720p video capabilities, 2MP HD front camera, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS, GPS, full-sized HDMI port, full-sized USB 2.0 port, removable battery (rare in a tablet), removable rubberized back panel, and 1 year warranty. Expires 11/4/11, but with over 1000 sold already, chances are it'll end before the expiration.
Ah, ASUS. Your Transformer Prime is turning everyone in the technology world on, and you're still getting crazy amounts of attention. But, it's worth it. The first Tegra 3-packing Android-powered tablet will hit in a weeks time on November 9th, and now we have seen that the FCC has received notice and has confidentiality agreements with it.
Of course, the internal goodies are a guarded secret, but we can confirm something. Bluetooth and WiFi - yep, that's it. We already know the Transformer Prime will pack mini-HDMI, 14.5-hour battery life, an SD card slot and of course, the destined Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich.
What else does the Transformer Prime have under its covers? We only have seven days until its launched. Hopefully ASUS see this and send me one [or ten]. A news monkey can only try! Transformer Prime launches in a weeks time, and we'll have more news as its released, until then, enjoy the somewhat bland picture above from the FCC.
LG have confirmed their Optimus 2X, Android-powered smartphone will receive Google's Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich OS. They also confirm that ICS will also find its way to other "high-end smartphones". There were rumors of Ice Cream Sandwich not hitting the Optimus 2X, but LG squashed those with a Facebook update.
The Facebook post was an official LG Statement on Ice Cream Sandwich OS Update which is shown below:
This is good news for LG smartphone owners, hopefully there's a list of what phones will receive the update that pops up soon. As always, we'll keep you informed!
Wow, I only just posted about the battery issues for iOS 5, like, minutes ago. Apple have just released iOS 5.0.1 beta to developers, with the build number of 5.0.1 is 9A402. The new iOS 5.0.1 beta includes improvements and other bug fixes such as:
iOS 5.0.1 beta contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
- Fixes bugs affecting battery life
- Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
- Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
- Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
- Contains security improvements
iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.
A few days ago we reported about the battery life issues hurting some iPhone 4S customers, but now Apple have confirmed they have found a few problems that are leading some iPhone users to experience less-than-expected battery life with iPhones powering its latest iOS 5. Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD:
A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.
In the past few weeks, there have been various reports not only from tech sites, but from users, that their battery life on the iPhone 4S has been less than stellar. The problems seems to stem from what network a user is on, usage patterns and other factors. Apple has of course been quiet about it (don't want to hurt those precious iPhone 4S sales or make people think Apple products aren't invincible!) but the support forums are filled with posts on the issue.
While most of you would have preferred this be an iPhone 4S or Galaxy S II, it can't be denied that everyone loves getting free stuff, especially if it's a new model smartphone and that's what Nokia's giving you the chance to have with its latest (yet to be launched) Windows Phone 7 running Lumia 800.
If you head over to this page on Facebook Nokia is allowing you to enter into a sweepstakes comp whereby you'll then be in with a chance to score one of five brand new Nokia Lumia 800 smartphones. This is one of those deals where if you round up all your fb friends (refer to the "INVITE FRIENDS" link toward the bottom of the aforementioned fb page) and get them to enter too, you automatically increase your own chances of winning the phone.
It's super simple and quick to register so you may as well! - And good luck!
ASUS' Transformer Prime and its heat-packing Kal-El, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip is nearly here. By nearly here, I meant 9 days. During ASUS's Q3 earnings, it gave a sneak peak into ASUS' Eee Pad strategy, where it was confirmed that the Transformer Prime will arrive on November 9.
But, that's not all. It also revealed some details on some more bot-powered slates in Q1 of 2012. ASUS also plan to 'focus on innovation and product perfection' with the Android market. But the most interesting news is for Windows 8-based tablets.
ASUS confirmed we will be getting Windows 8-based tablets this time next year, with "two hero products GTM in Q3'12". Does this get you excited? Transformer Prime in just over a week, Windows 8 tablets in 2012. ASUS are smashing one ball out of the park after another! Exciting times!
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew by 44-percent annually, with a record 117 million units in Q3 2011. Samsung sped past Apple to claim top spot as the world's number one smartphone vendor. Samsung shipped 28 million smartphones and overtook Apple to become the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume with 24-percent market share.
Director at Strategy Analytics, Neil Mawston says:
After just one quarter in the top spot, Apple slipped behind Samsung to second position and captured 15 percent share. Apple's global smartphone growth rate slowed to just 21 percent annually in Q3 2011, its lowest level for two years. We believe Apple's growth during the third quarter was affected by consumers and operators awaiting the launch of the new iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter, volatile economic conditions in several key countries, and tougher competition from Samsung's popular Galaxy S2 model.
But, numbers are more impressive. Comparing 2010 to 2011, Samsung shipped 7.5 million units in Q3 2010, while shipping 27.8 million in Q3, 2011. Apple on the other hand, didn't really expand that much, with shipped users sitting at 14.1 million in Q3 2010, and this year, just 17.1 million. If we compare marketshare between Q3 2010 and 2011, we see Samsung at 9.3 and 23.8-percent, for 2010 and 2011, respectively. Apple on the other hand slipped from 17.4-percent in Q3 2010 to 14.6-percent in Q3, 2011.
Apple's iPhone 4S may have enjoyed a large start in sales, but those sales are useless if there are various issues with the handsets. Today brings the problem of battery life on the new iPhone 4S. A story on the Guardian reported that Apple engineers have begun contacting certain users who have complained of battery problems.
Apple have reportedly asked those used to install diagnostic programs onto their iPhone 4S' so that Apple can better diagnose what is causing the battery issues. Since the get go, the Internet has been ablaze with people complaining about the battery life. Even as far as reviews from such places like iLounge, which noted their biggest disappointment with the iPhone 4S was its battery performance.
If you want to be out of the confines of Apple's control, well, you'll be happy to know that the iPhone Dev-Team is already showing off a preliminary jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. This news is based on a tweet from MuscleNerd, iClarified is reporting that while Dev-Team has found a way to sneak Cydia onto both devices, the actual jailbreak is still "very preliminary" and "huge missing pieces prevent public release. LOTS of work left...".
So it's not ready yet, but its definitely on its way and this is enough to get iPhone 4S and iPad 2 owners quite happy indeed. As this becomes available, be sure to know that we will keep you posted with any developments! Until then, there's a YouTube video below that shows off the iPad 2 running iOS 5 with the preliminary jailbreak showing off Cydia successfully loading up.