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It seems Apple have shrunk the size of the Samsung Galaxy S to make it look more like a clone of the iPhone in their latest Dutch lawsuit filing. As you can see in the picture below, not only have Apple shrunk the physical size of the Galaxy S handset, but they've also gone into the App Drawer so it looks identical to the home screen of the iPhone. Android users will know, this is not how the phone looks like by default, as there is a desktop with widgets - not Apps like the iOS.
Apple have shrunk the Galaxy S by what seems around 10%, to look absolutely identical in physical size to the iPhone so they can cry fowl that Samsung are copying their design. It was only last week in which Apple submitted shrunken pictures of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet from Samsung, in which they filed a picture misrepresenting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as an incorrect 4:3 aspect ratio, while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is actually a 16:10 ratio.
Apple - are you scared? Well, you must be. How about instead of playing like spoilt bullies, you bring out something that changes the industry again, instead of being stagnant and attacking the competition with lies.
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CyanogenMod mastermind, Steve Kondik has taken a job as a software engineer with Samsung Mobile. Kondik, famous for the range of CyanogenMod custom ROMs which unlock a slew of additional features and functions for Android-based handsets, as well as removing some of the unwanted bloatware that manu manufacturers and mobile networks pump into their handsets.
CyanogenMod has seen over 500,000 installs and Kondik has quite the following because of the additional features and clean look of it's interface. The next questions is whether Kondik will continue his work on CyanogenMod, but he has said his "Side project (CM) is not affiliated in any way with my employer." I've always wanted to mess with a custom ROM with my HTC Desire, but the last time I tried, I fried the PCB. Sob.
Kal-El has been slightly delayed, so we won't see a launch of the chip for a few months yet, but the first tablet based on the new quad-core 40nm Tegra 3 chip, codenamed Kal-El, is going to find it's way into the next-gen ASUS Transformer 2 tablet. The ASUS Transformer has been quite popular, it has near-invincible (almost Superman-like strength?), a keyboard dock with an extra battery and impressive performance all-round. I've been loving my Transformer since I bought it.
NVIDIA CEO, Jen Hsun Huang, said at the last conference call that despite having four cores, Kal-El consumes less power than it's dual-core brother, the Tegra 2. This is a big step for NVIDIA and Huang also said that there are many companies who are working with Kal-El-based designs.
One of the big features ASUS was pushing when it launched the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 not long ago is its durable, scratch-resistant, super tough glass. The screen is actually made out of chemically strengthened "Corning Gorilla Glass" that helps protect it from all the bumps and scratches tablets are prone to get.
A video has just been uploaded to YouTube from ASUS which really puts it to the test, with the ultimate goal being to see how much it can withstand before it reaches breaking point.
Normally the thought of rubbing car keys, coins or wood screws all over one of your shiny gadgets would have you cringing pretty quickly, but as you'll see in the video above, in the case of the ASUS Transformer TF101, all the aforementioned talk about the screen isn't just marketing and it really is quite the durable, protective piece of equipment.......... within reason of course (refer to the end of the video).
Apple's next-gen iPad 3 has been delayed until 2012 due to issues with manufacturing the Retina-based display. DigiTimes is reporting that two Apple supply partners for the screen are unable to reach a good yield. Apple's high-resolution 9.7-inch panel is reported to be cranking out an impressive 2048 x 1536 resolution. Because the screen has a high-resolution, it requires a much larger backlight source to properly illuminate the screen.
Surprisingly, the supply partners who are having issues are competitors to Apple, Samsung and LG. They've both been unable to reach a suitable manufacturing yield on the high-res display. Sharp is Apple's primary provider and were not mentioned with having issues with the screen. It seems Apple want to guarantee a certain minimum level of product supply which is probably why they're holding out on Samsung and LG to get their yields up.
Apple was originally set to launch its iPad 3 in the second half of 2011 with a supply volume of 1.5-2 million units in the third quarter and 5-6 million in the fourth quarter, but Apple's supply chain partners have recently discovered that the related figures have all already been deleted.
Samsung has issued a press release today unveiling the white version of their ever-so-popular iPhone competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The announcement has been expected for a while but is now official. It's specced identically to the black version, but is now available in white. The white Galaxy S II will launch today in Korea and globally sometime in the near future.
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Google didn't just have news today of purchasing Motorola for $12.5 billion, Larry Page also announced that Android has a total of 150 million (that's 150,000,000!!) activated devices worldwide. That's up from the 130 million mark that they hit last month, and Google are continuing to activate over 550,000 new devices each and every day!
To compare this Oranges to... Apples... Apple have only sold a total of 222 million iOS-based devices to date, including the iPod, iPhone and iPad! If we look at the numbers between last month and this month, 130 to 150 million, that would edge closer to 650,000 activations per day... very nice Google. A pat on the green back for you, my friend. Now, release Android 4.x already!
Apple has increased their orders for iPhone's for the 2H of 2011, included in this order is the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA and of course, the next-gen iPhone 5. They've increased their order by 12% to a staggering 56 million units. The iPhone 5 is said to consist of roughly half of that, so between 25.5 and 26 million handsets. DigiTimes' source has said that the iPhone 5 orders for the 3Q of 2011 have been lowered from 7 million units to 5.5 - 6 million, whilst 4Q order have been raised from 14 to 20 million.
Total iPhone shipments in 2011 will now tally at roughly 95 million units. That sure is a lot of iPhones.
More details, while unconfirmed, are starting to paint quite an attractive picture on HTC's T-Mobile bound 'Ruby' smart phone, which reports are indicating could be launched as early as late September.
The Ruby Android handset is looking to be quite the feature packed number with rumour of a 1.5GHz dual core processor lurking inside and a 4.3-inch qHD display running a resolution of 960 x 540.
Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, as well as an 8 MP rear-facing camera (with dedicated, separate buttons for video and image taking) and front facing 2MP camera.
The ASUS Eee Pad Slider has become quite elusive, the Transformer has been enjoying its time on the market against the iPad, I have one myself and love it to bits over my iPad. But the Slider that is soon to become noticed on shelves is looking quite interesting too. A recent report from Notebook Italia saw a new product page and it looks like the 10.1-inch Android QWERTY-sporting tablet might actually see a September launch, in Italy.
The Slider is said to be coming in both 16GB and 32GB flavors and hitting possibly price points of 479 and 599 overseas, whilst US-based customers can expect $400 and $550 models hitting shelves. It's said to be shipping with Android 3.1 with a promised 3.2 upgrade, QWERTY keypad, 1280x800 WXGA display, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of memory, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth.
Acer have today launched the industry's first 7-inch tablet powered by Google's Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS in the US and Canada. The A100 sports an incredibly portable sub-one pound design, a vibrant 7-inch multi-touch display and a sleek, thin design that is comfortable to use and take virtually anywhere. The A100 features a 7-inch TFT WSVGA screen that has a 1024x600 resolution and high-color contrast, with a 75-degree wide viewing angle.
The Iconia Tab A100 also has Adobe Flash Player 10.3 pre-installed so that Adobe Flash games and websites can be viewed and enjoyed right out of the box. The A100 also includes a HDMI port so that customers can share and enjoy their tablet on a TV in 1080p, the A100 also supports dual-display. If supported, a game can use the A100 as a controller, while watching and experiencing the game on the larger display thanks to its HDMI output.
Acer's beefy Iconia Smart smartphone with 4.8-inch sized touch screen is finally looking to launch around mid-September, this after much anticipation for months since its Europe unveiling back in February.
The 4.8-inch screen is the biggest, boldest feature of the phone, with a resolution of 1024 x 480 (21:9 aspect ratio). With that said, it looks pretty darn decent across the board really, packing a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear facing camera with LED flash, front facing 2MP camera for video chatting etc, built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA support and 14.4Mbps HSDPA support.
Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Iconia Smart is said to be launching at 499 (around $705 USD) without any service agreements.
Ice Cream Sandwich has been getting some sweet action lately and now it seems there are some leaked screenshots showing the next-gen OS from Google. As you can see from the below shots, the notification bar has received an overhaul, as well as leaving room for bigger icons and updates. The app drawer has gotten an makeover, with different headers for apps and widgets and an integrated link to the market for easy access.
The IRK36b build packs the following:
Brand-new launcher and app drawer interface
Will launch with Google Shopper and support NFC-capable devices
Gmail has been totally re-themed to match ICS (not pictured)
Nexus S will be receiving ICS via update, but the "Nexus Prime" will be getting it first
Mostly UI changes - many older devices should be able to run it
The apps on the homescreen may be "stackable"
Google search bar embedded at the top of the homescreen, a la Honeycomb
The iPhone 5 is slowly getting more details leaked about it and it was only last month that the design specification which claimed to be for the iPhone 5 leaked out from Chinese case manufacturers. Now we're seeing some proper mock-ups from 3D modelling software and the iPhone 5 seems to be a slight change over the iPhone 4 and even features some Samsung Galaxy S II-esque designs.
As you can see from the above picture, the iPhone 5 could be thinner and have a larger display. It also sports a larger home button and dives away from its usual circular design to more of a rectangle shape, ala the Samsung Galaxy S II. For all the bitching Apple did with Samsung "copying their design", you would think they would not use a home button that resembles the second- most powerful smartphone maker in the world's phone. Tsk, tsk, Apple.
HTC have gotten the hook up from Dr Dre along with Beats Electronics LLC have released a superior audio experience, which results in a line of HTC devices integrated with Beats sound innovations which will be available this fall. Beats Electronics have redefined the audio market with their iconic Beats by Dr Dre audio experience, HTC being a global designer of mobile devices make it a good mix up.
I think I liked the video more because it features "Boom, Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas.
Google's next-gen mobile operating system might arrive in just two months time. Ice Cream Sandwich is rumored to be arriving sometime in October with the rumor coming from BGR who have been tipped off by "a source with knowledge of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich plans." Of course, with this just being a rumor there are no solid plans or information. Apple is set to launch their next-generation iPhone 5 in between September and October so this would be a delicious time to release Ice Cream Sandwich.
Ice Cream Sandwich is meant to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets, as it will be capable of running on both which will be a nice change. Samsung is rumored to be the first ouf of the game with the first Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone in the form of the Nexus Prime. It is rumored to sport a Super AMOLED HD display running 720p with an OMAD 4460 processor inside. Other specs include a 4G LTE radio, 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD video capture and playback, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera "delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance."
Nudging closer to a still yet to be confirmed date for the release of Apple's fifth generation iPhone, website iPhone-release.com has obtained a couple of mysterious images that resemble what could well be a prototype of it.
The photos indicate a slimmer body with bigger screen, but this could also potentially be the iPhone 4S. Nothing's confirmed at this stage, so we'll just have to wait and see what comes out in the wash.
On their quest to rule the world, Google are still pumping away at their Chromium OS and Engadget has found themselves a video of an experimental version of Chromium OS specially tuned for tablet touch screens and big fingers, the video is below.
As you can see, the UI has large buttons, a pop-out, Android-style keyboard with a speech-input button, big icons above tabs (for easier clicking) and very large menus. It looks quite close to Android 3.x. What is the future of Android as a mobile/smartphone OS if Chromium is looking to tap the same style? Only time will tell.