A fast replacing successor to Acer's first Liquid smartphone (the A1) is on the way which primarily differs at the software level with the use of Android 2.1 (as opposed to 1.6 on the A1).
Hardware wise, there don't appear to be any major modifications here. It uses a 3.5-inch touchscreen, has a 5MP camera, GPS, an accelerometer, microSD slot for storage expansion, WiFi and BlueTooth 2.1 support and a 3.5mm audio jack. The brain of the system is a 768MHz Snapdragon chipset setup with 256MB of RAM and 512MB ROM.
While there's no official word on a release date yet, the new model's development looks to be on the home straight and should start shipping very shortly.
Android has proven to be huge in the smartphone market and has helped more than one phone maker grab a new share of the smartphone market. Motorola was hurting prior to Android with no significantly popular handsets to speak of, but Android has changed that.
Motorola announced a new Android device today that will ship around the world and be known as the Quench overseas and the Cliq XT here in America. The handset has a 3.1-inch touchscreen that supports pinch and zoom gestures. The device also uses the Motoblur UI.
An onscreen QWERTY keyboard is integrated and it has a touch pad on the front of the phone for navigation. A 5MP camera is built-in with autofocus and LED flash. Other features include 3G connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth, and aGPS. The device will ship in Q1 2010.
Mobile World Congress is underway in Spain today and each year at the show, we see tons of new handsets and other tech for mobile phones unveiled. This year is no different with lots of cool new phones already breaking cover along with some very important announcements.
One of the most important things unveiled so far at the show is the Windows Phone 7 series. Engadget has spent some hands-on time with the device and the good news is that the new OS used on the Windows Phone 7 series is a new beginning. Hopefully that will mean it breaks away from all that many dislike about WinMo.
The interface is said to be similar to the Zune interface, which was rumored a while back. However, Engadget says the new smartphone OS is much deeper than what the Zune offers. Engadget reports the OS is not without flaws and some points need polishing, still the Os may change the smartphone market if the flaws are worked out.
It looks like Apple will be sticking with AT&T for at least the near future. Why? you ask. Well there are more than a few issues with moving to another carrier but the biggest reason is the negotiated contract rates that Apple gets from AT&T. As it stands right now Apple gets a rather large chunk of the money that people spend on their monthly AT&T plans for the iPhone. This will continue with the iPad as well.
If Apple moved to someone like T-Mobile (who also uses GSM) their much lower rates would not give the same revenue stream. This is something that the accountants at Apple would not like to have happen to their favorite cash cow.
But aside from the monthly money, Apple would have to put some real R&D money into phones to work on other networks. Both Verizon and Sprint (which will have a faster network once they finally get LTE out) are CDMA in the US and GSM in most of the rest of the world with the exception of India and some countries in Africa. This would mean that to Apple would have to make either a global device with both GSM and CDMA capabilities or one for each geographical region. Both of these choices cost money and would impact the margins that Apple so covetously guards on the iPhone.
So in the end I have to agree with many analysts, Apple will not be moving from AT&T in the US any time soon. There is too much (Money) to loose. Of course there is the very slim chance that the FTC will force them to move, but that is a one in a million shot. No, sadly enough iPhone users that are not unlocking their phones in the US are stuck with the shoddy and rather slow AT&T network and overpriced service for some time to come.
Windows Mobile smartphones are rapidly falling in popularity, but there are still lots of makers supporting the operating system. Garmin-Asus has a new Android phone I mentioned earlier and will be rolling the M10 running Windows Mobile out this year as well.
The M10 will launch sometime in the first half of 2010 in Asia and Europe. The device runs WinMo 6.5.3 and features a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen. The handset has 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of ROM. Data entry is done with an onscreen QWERTY keyboard.
Power comes from a 1500 mAh battery and the device supports WiFi and HSDPA connectivity. The M10 has full GPS navigation features and capability and can synchronize with Microsoft Exchange. Pricing is unknown at this time.
Garmin is huge in the PND and GPS navigation market and Asus is a big name in computers and hardware. The two have teamed up to bring navigation enabled smartphones to market under the Garmin-Asus brand.
Garmin-Asus has announced the launch window for the Android-powered nuvifone A50 today. The handset is set to launch in Europe sometime during the first half of 2010. Pricing and availability elsewhere are unknown.
The device has a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen with a onscreen QWERTY keyboard. Storage is 4GB and can be expanded via a microSD card slot. The handset features an accelerometer, full turn-by-turn GPS navigation, 3G capability, and a 3MP camera with geotagging.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers if they would be buying an Apple iPad tablet in 60 days when it is released.
We have had almost 3,000 people vote on the poll and the numbers are in.
Among TweakTown readers, only 6% say that they will be buying an iPad. Maybe if you asked this question on an Apple focused website with more Apple fan boys and fan girls, the number would be higher. TweakTown has a rather diverse audience, though.
A massive 89% said no to the iPad and 5% are not sure yet.
For the actual numbers, go here.
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There are few things worse for the gadget hound and tech fan than dropping one of your beloved gadgets and breaking it. You can protect your gear by putting it in a case or being extra careful, but accidents do happen.
If you are looking to get yourself an iPad when they start shipping soon, you will want to protect the tablet. A new protective system called iBallz has been spied that promises to protect the iPad by giving it balls. The foam balls have a slot that slips onto the corner of your iPad.
A cord then wraps around the balls and keeps them in place if dropped. The cord can also be held when gaming or carrying the iPad as well. Multiple color options are available and a full set of iBallz will sell for $14.99.
One of the big issues that many have with Apple is that the company keeps its products so locked down. While most smartphones have microSD card slots for expanding storage capacity, the iPhone lacks the feature. Once you run out of storage on the device the only option you have is to delete something.
A new device called zoomIt has turned up that connects to the iPhone via its 30-pin connector. The device has a built-in SD card slot for extra storage space. Accessing items stored on the zoomIt device has to be done through the zoomIt app though.
The idea is that you can also use the zoomIt to upload pictures to the iPhone directly from your camera. The device will work with the iPhone and iPod touch and will ship in April for $59.95. Too bad the thing is so big and ugly, it's an interesting bit of tech.
The netbook market was pretty much started by Asus when it launched its first Eee back in late 2007. It took a while for major computer makers like Dell to get in on the netbook action, but eventually they did.
Dell's Mini 10 netbook has been on the market for a while now and has helped the computer giant become one of the largest shippers of netbooks around. The Mini 10 is rumored to be set to get a new WiMax option. WiMax is currently available in a few select areas in America.
The WiMax capability seems to be the only new feature of the Mini 10 that has tipped up. That should mean the rest of the machine is the 10.1-inch 1024 x 600, Intel Atom N450 running machine we are familiar with. In case you aren't familiar the Mini 10 has Windows 7 Starter, Atom N450 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 250GB HDD.
Smartphones are selling like crazy in the market today. There are lots of popular devices with the iPhone and Android devices being right at the top of the heap. Motorola has announced a new Android handset today called the Devour.
The Devour will be heading to the Verizon Wireless network and will be the first Motorola handset for the network that features the MOTOBLUR content delivery system. The handset is a slider with a full QWERTY keyboard.
Features of the phone include a touch sensitive navigation pad, 3.1" capacitive touch screen, and pre-loaded Google apps. The pre-loaded apps include Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps Navigation, and Google Talk. The device supports 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, and ships with an 8GB microSD card for storage.
eReaders are going to continue to be a big deal this year with more and more firms jumping into the business. EReaders are very popular gadgets and will continue to be popular as more consumers get used to the idea of reading on an electronic device.
Neonode has unveiled a new eReader platform called the zBook that is a low cost reference design. The zBook platform uses Neonode zForce tech and delivers 100% transparent touch windows, input from finger or stylus, and multi-touch functionality.
The platform also supports gestures for controlling the information on the screen. The screen incorporates features from both resistive and capacitive touchscreens into its design.
With the iPad being unveiled this week the tech world is seeing a flurry of new accessories be announced to go along with the iPad. Most of the gear won't ship until this spring though closer to when we will see the iPad actually ship.
Bag maker Booq has announced two new products for the iPad that are available to buy right now. The new gear includes the Taipan sneak XS made from 3mm thick neoprene with a non-scratch interior. The sneak sells for $24.99 and is a sleeve for the iPad.
The Taipan shadow XS is a densely padded bag with a compartment for the iPad or a notebook with a hidden pocket for a mobile phone. The inside is padded for protection. A zippered opening also allows it to be connected to a trolley for walks through the airport. The sneak XS sells for $69.95.
The folks at Digitimes have learned that MSI is planning to launch a Tegra powered tablet PC in the second half of 2010.
The tablet is said to sport a 10-inch touchscreen and along with the 8-core Tegra 2 SoC will have HD video playback capabilities and wireless support. MSI intend to make it as light-weight and thin as possible for mobility.
The company is said to be providing several models with differing specifications for a wider market audience from around the $500 price point on.
The iPad was unveiled yesterday after a long wait and as you expect the accessories for the device are now starting to flood the market. The big players in accessories are pulling out cases and other goodies to protect the iPad that will soon be available.
Belkin has unveiled three sleeves for the iPad including the Vue, Max, and Grip. The Vue sleeve is transparent and has an expandable pocket for holding other items. It will sell for $39.99. The Max sleeve has a pleated design and will hold other items too. The design of the Max sleeve lets it collapse when not in use to take up less space.
The Max will sell for $39.99. The final sleeve is the Grip selling for $29.99. It has etched graphics in silicone and neoprene with a surface providing extra grip. All of the sleeves will ship this spring in black or plum colors. A screen overlay will also be offered for $19.99.
LUXA2, a division of Thermaltake, hit the market relatively recently and have great aspirations to great high quality and fancy up market consumer products.
They have already started selling its H4 Holder for e-books such as the Amazon Kindle a little while ago. With the unveiling of Apple's iPad tablet yesterday, the folks over at LUXA2 were quick to point out that its H4 is an ideal holder for the new tablet, that is due out in late March of this year.
You can see a shot of the artist rendering below holding an iPad.
Is this a product you would actually use? Comment below.
We knew it wouldn't take long.
Our email box has been active today with Apple iPad images and videos mocking the new tablet device. Let's take a moment away from all the tech hype and have a little laugh.
We'll post some more good ones as they come in!
Promptly after Apple's official unveiling of the new iPad tablet, Kroousa has become the first mob to introduce a case designed to keep it looking new and shiny always.
As you can see from the image below, Kroo's iPad cases come in several styles under the company's Melrose, Glove, Envelope, Milan and Cube series.
KrooUSA's press release for the new iPad series of cases can be found here.
I for one am very glad to hear that there will be iPad models with 3G and those without. I see the device for my use being something that is mostly used at home where I won't need 3G. However, if you want a 3G version Apple has landed some exceptional pricing from AT&T for the iPad.
AT&T will sell iPad owners 3G coverage starting at $14.99 per month for up to 250MB of data use. An unlimited data plan will set you back $29.99 and both plans give free AT&T hotspot access. You can activate the 3G coverage directly from the iPad meaning you don't even have to go into the store.
The best news is that there is no contract required for the access. I sincerely wish they had offered a day rate or a week rate. I could see wanting access for only a day or so at a discounted rate. Apple also unveiled a cool keyboard accessory for the iPad. The iPad docks on the keyboard and you can type documents and other stuff without resorting to the onscreen keyboard.
We have uploaded some Apple PR marketing shots of the freshly unveiled iPad tablet for your viewing pleasure.
You can see more shots over at this Apple website, if you haven't had enough already.
This holiday season one of the hottest electronics items to give as a gift was a new eReader. The Barnes & Noble Nook sold out very quickly and had long backorder lines. Many of the popular Sony eReaders sold out and the Amazon Kindle was the only eReader widely available.
For a while, analysts have been saying that before magazines and papers could go to digital formats and be popular with readers we needed color screens. The iPad may well turn out to be the most popular eReader on the market with its large color screen. Yeah the thing starts at $499, but I was seriously considering a Nook and for $200 more the iPad does so much more.
I also think that Apple may well go on to corner the digital book market with its iBook service much like it has with iTunes and the App store. Books appear to range in price from$4.99 to about $15 depending on the title.