It seems as though Samsung have just announced their first line-up of tablets for 2012, by announcing the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). Samsung have said that this is the perfect "personal on-the-go device" and will be made in both 3G and Wi-Fi variants. The Galaxy Tab 2 will launch in the U.K. and then globally in March.
JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics has said:
Two years ago, Samsung GALAXY Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes. The new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch WSVGA PLS TFT display with a resolution of 1024x600, a 3-megapixel rear-facing cam, and VGA front-facer for video calls, HSPA+ connectivity, the usual Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and USB2.0 host is also included. It will come in sizes of 8, 16 and 32GB, with microSD to expand this storage, too. It also sports 1GB of RAM, and a standard Li-on 4,000mAh battery.
This will be Samsung's first Android 4.0-powered tablet, so we should see some good things from it.
Someone mistakenly (and I use that word lightly) uploaded pictures of the unannounced LG Fantasy E740 on a Romanian online trading site. Shortly after, the pictures were removed, but not before a few people got some pictures of the device.
The pictures shown point to it being a prototype, with a big "Not for sale" label on it, but the device was a working unit. The LG Fantasy E740 had the ScanSearch and SmartShare (previously known as PlayTo) apps that used to be exclusive to LG's Optimus 7 back when it launched.
Spec-wise, it sports a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display, 1GHz Scorpion CPU, 5-megapixel rear-facing cam, and VGA front-facer. It will actually feature NFC, but these specs could change, as they could be specs for another device. The LG Fantasy E740 is expected to be announced in Q1 and with MWC rolling in closer with each day passing, we should expect an announcement then.
Acer's unannounced CloudMobile Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone wins iF design award, will be at MWC
Acer's previously unannounced "CloudMobile" smartphone has just received its first award, all without hitting retail shelves. Acer CloudMobile received the iF design award 2012, in recognition of its outstanding achievement in design.
The phone hasn't been heard of until now, and is set to become Acer's flagship smartphone, and officially unveiled at the end of this month in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, with availability in Q3, 2012. There aren't any specs on the device itself, but Pocket-lint are hearing that it rocks Android 4.0, includes a 4.3-inch HD display, Dolby sound, and is less than 10mm thick.
According to Acer, this is the first smartphone to offer AcerCloud technology, which "enhances mobile productivity by providing seamless document management". That's everything there is to know about the phone right now, more should float up from the depths of the Internet soon, I'm sure.
Here we go, again. Apple don't even let the dust settle on previous lawsuits against not only Samsung, but others, and today is no different. Apple are bringing a motion for preliminary injunction against Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the U.S.
The latest motion is based on a handful of very powerful patents, which FOSS Patents have dubbed "the patent equivalent of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse". Quite the title considering it's 2012 and all. FOSS' breakdown:
- the "data tapping" patent based on which the ITC ordered an import ban against HTC
- a patent related to Siri and unified search, which must be of huge concern to Google with a view to its core business
- a new slide-to-unlock patent that even had the head of the Taiwanese government profoundly worried
- a word completion patent that provides major speed improvements for touchscreen text entry
Really, Apple? Are you that scared of the Galaxy Nexus and Samsung's future, most likely, quad-core phones? That scared that all you can do is patent slap the competition instead of releasing actual ground-breaking new devices instead of "S" variants of 18-month-old smartphones? Release something magical, revolutionary, and I hope with all the power in the universe that the people you've pissed off with patents come back to haunt you.
Samsung have been dominating the mobile industry with their super amazing Galaxy S II handset, and now look to be wanting to get the domination going in the low-end range, too. Enter codename 'Jena', aka Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500.
If the leaked picture with specs are correct, spec-wise, it should sit between two popular Samsung handsets: Galaxy Y and the Galaxy Ace. Specs have improved since its predecessor, the Galaxy mini S5570. We should be looking at a 3.3-inch screen with a higher resolution (HVGA), an 800MHz single-core processor, and 3GB of built-in storage.
Samsung's mini 2 S6500 should be cranking along with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, sports 3-megapixel camera, and 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity, which the original had. Design-wise, the mini 2 S6500 has rounded corners that the first mini sported, but looks like a smaller, rounded Galaxy S handset. The promo image leak points to the handset hitting in "February 2012", which should have it landing right in the time frame of the Mobile World Congress.
Now the latest news coming from AllThingsD is that Apple are planning to hold an event in March, to launch their next-generation iPad.
We all knew it was coming, but HTC have just posted an update on their Facebook page, where they have definitely been quietly brilliant (geddit?). They've just announced they've been working hard on getting their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates ready, and they've just announced the first round of ICS-based updates will filter out by the end of March.
The first handsets to receive the delicious Ice Cream Sandwich will be the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XE, followed soon there after by the HTC Sensation XL. On top of this, HTC have confirmed ICS updates will be coming later this year for other handsets: HTC Rezound, HTC Vivid, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD.
HTC have also said to stay tuned for more updates on the ICS releases in the coming weeks, and as it happens, you'll be happy to know we'll keep you informed.
Also HTC, next time don't post such a delicious looking picture of an Ice Cream Sandwich - never had one myself before, and now I'm really hungry.
Everyone is going to want to combat the upcoming slaughterhouse that will be the iPad 3, but Amazon has enjoyed great success with their Kindle Fire tablet. Pacific Crest analyst Char Bartley said this week that:
We are raising our 2012 sales forecasts to 14.9 million from 12.7 million, but we believe there is an upward bias, particularly from the new 7- and 9-inch models, which we expect to launch in mid-2012.
Amazon have already said they're making more Kindle Fire's to meet demand, as well as reports of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rocking on the Fire. It seems that the fire the Kindle has burning, just can't be put out.
Hasbro announces NERF Lazer Tag, uses iPhone or iPod Touch and sports augmented reality lazer tag gameplay
The first two words of hearing this news to me in my mind were, 'do want!' NERF have just announced the revolutionary new Lazer Tag system, which "combining the power, precision and excitement of live-action blaster battles with the high-action, strategic, augmented reality gameplay of traditional video games."
Players can download the free Lazer Tag app from the App Store onto their iPhone or iPod touch device, connect it to their Lazer Tag blaster, and immerse themselves in a world where "video games and real life connect". You can play in both single and multi-player, where players can engage in a Lazer Tag match featuring friends (or foes?) or virtual opponents.
Each Lazer Tag blaster has a virtual firing range of over 250 feet, and contains a Heads Up Display (HUD), which lets players keep track of their gear and remaining power, as well as providing a view of the augmented reality targets and enemies in the area. On top of this, a virtual leaderboard also keeps tabs on each player's profile, with every successful mission, players gain access to in-game upgradeable attacks, missions and gear.
Hasbro will release the Lazer Tag 2 Blaster set, which includes two Lazer Tag blasters for just $69.99, as well as the single Lazer Tag Blaster for just $39.99, with both being made available on August 1, 2012. Each blaster requires 6 x AA batteries, and will be available at most major toy retailers nationwide, and alternatively, on HasbroToyShop.com
I've only had my Samsung Galaxy S II for a few months now, but I now know what true love is. According to South Korea's Electronic Times News, the next-generation Galaxy S will be one of the thinnest smartphones ever released, and will arrive in May.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III is said to be just 7mm thick, which is roughly 1.5mm thinner than the already super-thin Galaxy S II, 2.3mm thinner than the Apple iPhone 4S and just a hair thinner than Motorola's Droid Razr. The way Samsung were able to achieve this 7mm profile? They reportedly used components that are 10- to 20-percent thinner than standard parts, including the printed circuit board, connectors and miscellaneous chips.
The Galaxy S III is said to sport a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE-powered, HD Super AMOLED Plus screen, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Separate rumors of the Galaxy S III say it will feature a 12-megapixel camera and 64GB storage.
It pains me to have a title like that, and before I started typing up this piece, I thought to myself "can they really take 90-percent of the profits?" But if you look at their history in 2011, it can only be a huge possibility that Samsung and Apple take a chunk of the market, as they are the most dominant.
UBS analyst, Maynard Um has taken a look at the numbers and found that smartphones are now accounting for 30-percent of the cell phone market, but with these numbers even more impressive: smartphones make up "over 75-percent of industry revenues."
Um also says that we need to take a look at just Apple and Samsung, as the two giants "now account for over 55-percent of industry revenues and over 90-percent of total [profits before tax]." Is it hard to imagine? We should expect the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III this year, which are set to become to two next-gen pillars for each company. Bring it on!
HTC have been in the ring, taking punches from Apple and Samsung, but that hasn't stopped them continuing their fight in the mobile industry. After some financial stumbles in 2011, because of the constant onslaught from Apple and Samsung, as well as the spying allegations from the security breach of "Carrier IQ", HTC have seen better days.
HTC are set to unveil at least four new high-end handsets at the Mobile World Congress 2012 which is held in Barcelona, Spain and runs between February 27th to March 1st. HTC is expected to unveil an ultra-thin smartphone code-named HTC "Ville," which is said to be competition for Motorola's Droid RAZR. "Edge" is meant to be unveiled, which should be a quad-core smartphone, one of the world's first.
Some analysts are saying that HTC's future phones could be the ones to push them back onto the winning path. Marc Einstein, Tokyo-based Industry Manager for Mobile and Wireless Communications for Frost and Sullivan has said to Reuters:
The smartphone industry is so fast moving, I wouldn't count them out.
Deal of the Day: Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - 7" Lenovo IdeaPad A1 16GB Tablet with Google Android for $199 with FREE Shipping!
Lenovo is having a sale, dropping the price of their 7" IdeaPad A1 Android Tablet from $399 down to just $199, a $200 savings. This 7" 1024 x 600 LED-backlit capacitive multitouch tablet features a 1Ghz Texas Instruments OMAP 3622 processor (single-core Cortex A8), 512MB DDR2 SDRAM, 16GB drive, 3MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, MicroSD slot (up to 32GB storage), Mini USB port, GPS, 1-Cell Lithium Polymer battery (7+ hour battery life), and Android 2.3 OS.
Use coupon code: WEEKLYDEAL0202 for the discount. Expires 2/8/12.
A little different Deal of the Day today for the release of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows.
The Kinect for Windows sensor unit is intended to be used with the Kinect for Windows Commercial SDK .
Note: The sensor unit does not ship with any software, and will only operate with an application developed for Kinect for Windows.
- Utilize Kinect skeletal-tracking, sophisticated microphone array, and other sensor technologies
- Link computers to Kinect devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8 Developer Preview
- Use the Kinect for Windows SDK to build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Studio Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
- Explore the limitless opportunities to transform products, processes,and businesses
- Run applications built with the Kinect for Windows Commercial Software Development Kit (SDK)
We started the day off with a RumorTT about the iPod Nano, and toward the end of the news posting day, another RumorTT is here, about the iPad 3. I did originally say that it was weird posting a RumorTT piece about an Apple product that wasn't an iPhone or iPad... but mere hours later, here we are.
A "source claiming to be in possession of an iPad 3 prototype" provided BGR with images that contained juicy details on Apple's next-generation iPad. From the above photo, which contains the output from an iPad 3 using a development and debug tool called iBoot, we can see tonnes of information on the iPad 3.
First, J1 and J2 (iPad3,1 and iPad3,2) are two different models, not different devices. A single iPad 3, available in Wi-Fi-only and another that sports GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers. Also spotted in the photo is the first news of the chip being slapped into the iPad 3: an A6 processor with the model number S5L8945X. To compare this to previous Apple chips, the Apple A4 model was S5L8930X and the Apple A5 is the S5L8940X.
The new A6 should be a quad-core device, making this one of the fastest tablets on the market, now able to compete with Tegra 3-equipped devices such as the ASUS Transformer Prime, and it will be the most powerful iOS-based device to-date.
Samsung has confirmed with TechRadar, that the successor to the super-awesome Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S III won't be seen at Mobile World Congress this year. The Galaxy S II was announced at last year's MWC, but the successor will miss the show. Boo.
It was revealed that the Galaxy S III will receive its own separate event to show off the new phone:
Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.
What are your thoughts? As a GSII owner, I can't wait. I think it'll kick the iPhone 5's arse, all over the floor. The iPhone will have more hype, and sell more... but it will have to be a seriously huge jump over the lacklustre iPhone 4S, which wasn't that much better than a suped-up iPhone 4. Plagued with issues, too. Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S III will most likely sport a quad-core CPU, which will already catapult it way beyond the current iPhone 4S/Galaxy S II's dual-core CPUs.
Kinect for Windows is finally here, as Microsoft released the motion-controlled technology for their Windows OS today. Microsoft made the announcement from their official Kinect for Windows blog, and it can now be ordered from either the Microsoft Store, or Amazon for $249.99. Education customers get a $100 discount.
Kinect for Windows is more expensive than an Xbox 360 w/Kinect, for what reason? Well, it's not the same Kinect unit that the 360 uses, with Microsoft stating that the Windows sensor:
Expands the possibilities for innovation with features like Near Mode, which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the sensor.
You can also plug up to four Kinect for Windows sensors into the same computer. On top of the release of Kinect for Windows, Microsoft have also released version 1.0 of their Kinect for Windows developer toolkit and runtime. You can download that, here.
A RumorTT post about an Apple product that isn't the iPhone or iPad? What's going on! The latest news from Apple.pro claims that the seventh-generation iPod Nano is set to sport a camera. Not only a camera, but it will bring
sexy the camera back.
The picture above is just a leak, so the usual salt application and over-the-shoulder-throwing is required. The next-gen iPod Nano pictured is a prototype, so things could change. This prototype is said to have a paltry 1.3-megapixel camera, but is a non-final version.
Rumor has it that the next-gen iPod Nano is just two months away from release, so if you're after a new iPod Nano in the coming weeks, months, we would suggest waiting so you can grab one of these ultra-small, camera-equipped, clip-equipped iPod Nano's.
Well, well, doesn't this look quite sexy indeed. Research in Motion's (RIM) much-anticipated next-generation BlackBerry phone has been unveiled. The next phone has been codenamed "London", and today it receives its official name "BlackBerry 10."
BlackBerry 10 looks like its slick looking BlackBerry PlayBook with rounded corners and an all-black look. London is going for a U.K. launch (who wouldn't thunk it) and is due "later this year." The U.S. market will receive BlackBerry 10, but dubbed "Laguna" and "Lisbon" and will hit AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.
CrackBerry thinks we could see Laguna and Lisbon launch prior to London. Considering BlackBerry is still the number one smartphone in the U.K., RIM has its work cut out for itself if it wants to make a big splash across the pond. Let's talk hardware, shall we. CrackBerry have heard that both Texas Instruments OMAP5 and Qualcomm chipsets are being tested, both 1.5GHz dual-core processors.
LG is set to release a triple-SIM phone, the LG A290, in Russia. The phone features support for not one, or two, but three SIM cards. This is a great feature as people can now let carriers, choose you. Well, not quite, but you can throw three SIM cards into the phone and switch between them, depending on what benefits you from the carrier.
The LG A290 sports a 2.2-inch display with a resolution of just 176x220, a 1.3-megapixel camera with flashlight, and a 1500 mAh battery. It also fits into a fairly small phone that measures in at just 113.5 x 51 x 12.95mm. It's currently unknown if all three SIM cards can be active at the same time, or not.
The A290 should arrive in Russia by late-February for about €75.
What do you think of this triple-SIM business? I really think we need more of this in high-end smartphones, where we can choose between carriers, based on their rates, special times, etc. But unfortunately, it's only in Russia, carrier chooses you.
Lenovo have unveiled plans to upgrade its ThinkPad Tablet to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2 of this year. Lenovo will release the ICS-based upgrade over-the-air (OTA) but has not giving specific timing on when this will happen.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update won't enable some hardware-specific features such as Android Beam, which uses NFC (near-field communications) technology to share Web content, maps and directions between devices simply by tapping them together. The ThinkPad doesn't have NFC capabilities.
The update will give Lenovo an edge over the competition, that is, until the competition unleash the power of Ice Cream Sandwich on their respective tablets.
Do you have a Lenovo ThinkPad? Excited for the Ice Cream Sandwich announcement? Q2 feels like so far away...