Toshiba are about to unleash their thin-as-hell 10.1-inch Android-based tablet in Australia. The Toshiba AT200 is a 10.1-inch tablet, weighs in at 535 grams, includes 16GB of on-board storage, micro HDMI, micro USB 2.0 and micro SD card slots.
Toshiba have announced today at the AT200 will be priced at $579 here in Australia. The AT200 also sports Gorilla Glass, an a very thin 7.7mm body. Considering it only has Honeycomb and not Ice Cream Sandwich for its OS, it won't be a huge competitor.
The iPad is roughly the same price, and at that price the Transformer Prime is quite the contender. Toshiba is trying, but are they trying hard enough? Will you pick one up at this price, if you don't already have a tablet?
Apple SVP Paul Schiller took the stage to unveil something Apple has been cooking up for a while, and a long-rumored "education-centric announcement", which has morphed into iBook 2, where Schiller calls it a "new textbook experience for the iPad".
Roger Rosner, Apple's VP of productivity software has explained how it will work. Textbooks appear on the shelf, you then tap to launch. The books occupy the full screen and can be paired with embedded video content and introductory movies. Multi-touch rears its head and can be used to navigate through the textbook pages and can manipulate integrated 3D models for biology books, for example.
Rotating books allows users to focus on text, and there are built-in, linked glossaries and tablets of content to make navigation simple and accessible, as well as everything is searchable. iBooks 2 also includes highlighting, note-taking and interactive Q&A sections at the end of each chapter, which also provide immediate feedback: no more hunting for a key in a separate book or appendix to see how you did it.
Apple seem to have taken the best ideas from other e-book implementations, software and ideas, and made them magical and revolutionary and called it iBooks 2. There is a dedicated iBookstore category now, where you'll find free samples you can try out before purchasing. The app itself is free, and will be made available any hour now through the App Store.
In September 2011, IDC and Gartner predicted that Windows Phone would take second position, knocking Apple from their place by 2015. Windows Phone head of marketing Achim Berg called that prediction "conservative". iSuppli have chimed in, predicting that Windows Phone will have a 16.7-percent market share by 2015, while Apple's market share will decline from the current 18-percent to 16.6-percent by 2015.
Overtake generally means to catch up, look over, smile and wave as you go faster, get ahead of them and continue going... but, iSuppli predict by 2015 that Windows Phone will have a 16.7-percent share of the market, and iOS will have 16.6-percent, this is just .1-percentage different. 3 letters, starts with L, ends in L.
What I don't understand from these numbers, is that it doesn't account for the fact that there will be no new entries into the market. Before Apple introduced the iPhone, if you had told me that they'd be where they are today, five years ago, I would've thrown an orange at you and laughed. But now, they are the company to compare to, funnily enough. Right now, I just can't see Windows Phone taking that much market share, but I can see Google dominating the next few years if they continue the path they've taken.
Samsung and HTC are great partners, and by acquiring Motorola Mobility, Google have a much better chance of taking the market by storm than Apple.
Got one of those nifty HP TouchPad's when they were on fire sale? Been eyeing off that sexy new OS from Google, Ice Cream Sandwich? Wanted to mash your TouchPad into the middle of that Ice Cream Sandwich and run into the sunset? Well, today is your lucky day.
CyanogenMod 9, Alpha 0 build has just arrived, and while it doesn't do the flashy things like have Market access, hardware-accelerated video and access to the camera, it's still a nice thing to see nonetheless. If you want to live on the wild side, a triple-boot webOS/CM7/CM9 is reportedly possible, but "not recommended".
If you want to try it out, again, we offer no warranty or support on this, it's strictly on your own accord, you can try it out here. If you do try it out, please comment and let us know how you went!
Telstra have unveiled Australia's first 4G smartphone, which comes in the form of HTC's Velocity handset. Telstra have the following to say about it:
HTC Velocity 4G is Australia's First 4G Smartphone
Powered by AndroidTM you can seamlessly run apps, listen to music and view pictures in amazing clarity -- all at the same time.
Matched with the Telstra 4G network, there'll be more browsing and less drowsing as you surf the web at lightning speed and experience immediate enjoyment of your favourite online videos.
The HTC Velocity sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.5-inch high-resolution display, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 28mm lens for panoramic shots, and HTC's Sense 3.5, "the most intuitive release yet". Let's talk speed, Telstra advises customers that the typical 4G download speeds for the HTC Velocity will be between 2Mbps and 40Mbps, whilst upload speeds should hit between 1Mbps and 10Mbps.
Between lawsuits, creating new products and teasing of the iPad 3 everywhere, Apple have only just now started to catch up on iPhone 4S demand, where the Apple Store saw a slight shrink in shipping delays from the now 3-month old smartphone.
It used to be 7 days-plus, and has now been replaced with "3-5 days", that also goes for orders through AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, no matter the capacity. Individual carriers make it more difficult to gauge demand, with Verizon still showing a delay only on the white 32GB iPhone.
No one knows how many iPhone 4S' Apple shipped since it's mid-October debut, but analysts are targeting their estimates in the 30 million ball park. Very nice indeed.
Remember yesterday, we said that the iPad 3 rumors wouldn't stop, well, it hasn't even been 24 hours and there's yet another one. Today it has been reported that deep in iOS 5.1 beta 3, there are mentions of two next-generation iPad 3 code names, J1AP and J2AP, as well as ongoing references to Facebook.
What do the code names mean, exactly? Well, from previous DigiTimes reports, where iPad 3 code names J1 and J2 were mentioned, it could refer to Wi-Fi and cellular data versions of Apple's next-gen iPad. More interestingly, Facebook is being mentioned. iOS 4 was meant to include proper Facebook integration, but was dropped as Apple and Facebook couldn't reach and agreement. So this code is either pointing toward new integration in iOS with Facebook, or could be old, deserted code.
We'll have to wait for iOS 6 to see what Apple brings us, as for one, Facebook is simply too large to ignore, no matter your differences. Two, we know that the iPad 3 is eventually coming, Apple just don't like to announce things ahead of time.
Fujitsu has been pretty quite when it comes to tablets, but it seems they're about to make a rumble with a product they look to be launching in May of this year. Enter the Fujitsu Stylistic M532, which is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 System-on-a-Chip (SoC).
The Fujitsu Stylistic M532 was shown off to TechFokus, where they said it sports a 1280x800 display, 16GB of onboard storage, a 3-megapixel front-facing cam, 8-megapixel rear-facer and should carry a $630 price tag. It was shown off with Honeycomb, but when it hits retail it will reportedly have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on it.
So far, Fujitsu haven't really been a player in the tablet market. Things could change for the future, but there's nothing I saw on this tablet that really makes my eyes widen and make my hand hover to my wallet ready to GIVE IT MY MONEY. I guess time will tell.
CES 2012 - In our second video from the BitTorrent suite at the Hilton hotel at CES last week, Brad from BitTorrent gave us a demo of its "Share" technology.
This tech allows you to use either an Android or iOS app when logged into your BitTorrent client account and do things like record a video and send it back to your PC over 3G or Wi-Fi on your mobile device using the BitTorrent protocol. We saw it right before our eyes during our meeting and it was very impressive to say the least.
Once it's been downloaded back to your PC client using software like BitTorrentPlus, you can then instantly stream it your BT certified device in just a few seconds. It all happens that quickly and it is very easy to use.
Very impressive, indeed!
iPad 3 rumors have been so frequent, that its now silly to just stop and not talk about it. Bloomberg has now joined in the ranks of iPad 3 talk, with Bloomberg citing "three people familiar with the product" revealing that the iPad 3 will sport a quad-core chip, and high-definition screen.
On top of those two reveals, it will also be LTE-powered, allowing it to work on 4G networks. Bloomberg's source also claims that the iPad 3 is in full flow production, and will peak at the end of February before it goes on sale in March.
The iPad 3 is said to include a 9.7-inch 2048x1536 display which will blow people's iSocks off. We'll keep you updated on any new iPad 3 news, and let's face it, there'll be more news about it before the end of the week, and if there's not, well color me surprised.
You know what? Over the course of CES, I noticed I'm actually excited for something for once... what is it? Windows 8 tablets. I really think they could change things up this year, with full Windows capabilities, a next-gen, touch-based OS, proper touch-based tablets, it would really change things up against the kinda basic tasks the iPad can do compared to the powerhouse OS X. Anyway, DigiTimes is reporting that we could see Intel-based tablets starting at just $599.
This is due to Microsoft and Intel both willing to drop their related hardware and software quotes, as you can imagine, this will shave down the price considerably. This is of course, according to "sources from notebook vendors". DigiTimes never runs out of sources, up, down, and sideways from the supply chain, so I'm throwing some salt at you, now.
These same sources claim that Intel and Microsoft are struggling since if Microsoft drops its Windows 8, and Intel drops its Clover Trail-W prices, whilst this strategy could help raise Wintel-based tablet PC's market share, it could seriously damage pricing in the PC market and bring down both their margin performance.
Not much to be said here really, but anyone interested in a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the phone that rocks Google's delicious Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 might want to wait. It seems there is a white version on the horizon.
HDBlog.it spotted it, and have blasted the picture through the tubes. The bezel on the front remains black, but nearly everything else is white. It does look quite good in that color and I think having the choice between black and white is much better than a single choice.
HDBlog.it state that there are no changes hardware-wise, as its just a color change. The black front/white back is actually kind of sexy.
Last week, ASUS promised the Ice Cream Sandwich update to roll out to the original Transformer, shortly after the latest Transformer Prime was updated. ASUS Singapore posted the below image, which got people excited, as you would expect.
It was then retracted, where Android Police contacted their ASUS U.S. rep so they could get everyone's stories straight, this was their response:
The Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich update is now expected for the original Transformer TF101 in early February. North America and Taiwan will experience the update first. This should make Transformer users happy, as they'll get to lick some Ice Cream Sandwich ahead of virtually the rest of the tablet market, in just over two weeks time.
For the five official Apple stores in China, there are currently big queues in anticipation for tomorrow's launch of the iPhone 4S. The two stores in Beijing, and three in Shanghai, are already experiencing line-ups of over several hundred meters, with reports of hundreds of queuers at each store.
Most stores have a ticketing system which stops queue-jumpers, but it won't stop people from purchasing an iPhone 4S handset and scalping it for profit. Steven Millward received an SMS this morning from China Unicom, who is Apple's official partner for the iPhone in China, which reminded him that the iPhone 4S goes on sale online on Unicom's own site at 12:01am on Friday morning.
Outside queueing will be quite harsh, 3-degrees celcius outside tonight in Shanghai, and most likely less in Beijing. Those who are lining up most likely want Apple's unlocked device (16GB model for 4988 RMB; 32GB for 5888; and 64GB is 6788) and might not want to be weighed down with one-, two-, or three-year contracts with Unicom. Last week, China Unicom offered the iPhone 4S for free on two-, and three-year contracts.
CES 2012 - For any respectable company to overlook the potential of the iPad and iPhone market, it's just silly, as there are literally tons of users out there. Cooler Master jumped on board and is offering various stands for both notebooks and tablets. In this image you will see the ARC holding the MAC notebook, the JAS and L Stand behind it, and an un-named simpler design in the back. These aluminum units will only be available in silver to go along with the Apple products and offer grey rubber padding to keep from damaging your devices.
Next in line is the Wave Stand which is geared for iPads. This is a fold able unit that allows for easy stashing in a bag while on the go. Once you are at a table or any flat surface, you pull out the Wave, and unfold the middle of it to allow you to rest the iPad on it for easier use of the device. Again this unit is all aluminum, but has grip with the large black rubber pas that support the iPad on the legs as well as the pad that rests against the back of the device. The nice feature with this device is that it isn't solely intended to the Apple crowd, but will work with any tablet on the market...
CES 2012 - There once was a day when phones shipped with a wall charger that was USB with a plug on the end, and car chargers were all sold separately, and were specific for each device. Here CM is offering a single USB and dual USB charging solution that derives it power from the cigarette lighter of any vehicle. Just plug in either of the Car chargers while you are traveling and keep those batteries topped off so you don't kill the battery at the worst time possible.
Also on the table is a pair of Power Fort chargers for mobile devices. Both the 5600mA and the 6600mA on the go chargers are themselves charge up via USB. Once the unit it at a full change you can simply unplug it and throw it in your backpack, laptop bag, or for the ladies, in your purse. These are designed to be used out and about when you mobile device is losing its charge. If I remember the numbers correctly, with the 6600mA version, when fully charged it will recharge up to three tablets or five phones.
This is a great companion for those constantly on the go, or even offers a few days worth of charges for those who may be in a primitive environment with no available power, such as camping, or at tens of thousands of feet over the earth.
Macotakara, a Japanese blog, reports that Apple's contract manufacturers, Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology, have both been issued orders to start assembly of next-generation iPads, set for an early-March launch. This comes after reports from an iLounge story where editor Jeremy Horwitz said he had hands-on experience with a next-gen iPad prototype.
The new iPad's body is so slightly thicker than the iPad 2 that the change is unnoticeable on first inspection; a roughly 1mm increase will barely be perceptible to users. We've heard that the only accessories that might have issues are cases, and then, only cases that were precisely contoured to fit the iPad 2's back. [...] Switch, button, speaker, and other elements located on the side edges are all the same, as are the headphone and Dock Connector ports. In other words, last year's accessories should generally work properly with the new model, which is great.
CES 2012: Dell have plans to launch their first consumer tablet late this year, where it will face not only strong competition, but will go head-to-head with releases between now and then, too. With Apple and Samsung playing the David and Goliath battle in the consumer tablet market, how can Dell do something different to make customers not just want, but need their tablet.
Dell have had a successful lead in the boxed PC/notebook build-to-order market, but even now, they face slim profits and a market that doesn't quite want desktops or notebooks, as much, anymore. The enterprise-focused Streak tablet from Dell was just a test, and now they want some of that consumer tablet pie.
Chief Commercial Officer, Steve Felice, said at CES this week:
We have been taking our time. The general failure of everyone that's tried to introduce a tablet outside of Apple. You will see us enter this market in a bigger way toward the end of the year. So we are not really deemphasizing it, we are really being very careful how we enter it. When you are talking about PC, people are more focused on the hardware itself. When you are talking about the tablet or the smartphone, people are interested in the overall environment its operating in. As we have matured in this, we are spending a lot more time in the overall ecosystem.
CES 2012: Intel and mobiles have never really gone together like... peanut butter and jelly (for you Americans) and vegemite on toast (for you Australians), but this year, marks a very big change for the chip developer. During Intel's keynote presentation at CES, Liu Jun, president of Lenovo's mobile Internet division, announced the Lenovo K800 smartphone built on Intel's "Medfield" Atom platform.
The K800 sports a 4.5-inch 720p screen, HSPA+ support, runs Android 4.0 and will be available in China in Q2 of 2012. Inside, the processor is the Intel Atom Z2460 with 21Mbps HSPA+ connectivity on the China Unicom network from Intel's XMM 6260 chipset. Lenovo also showed off its IdeaPad K2110, a 10-inch Android 4.0-based tablet, powered again, by Intel's Medfield.
The Medfield goodness didn't stop though, Motorola Mobility CEO, Sanjay Jha announced that Motorola and Intel had entered into a "multiyear, multidevice strategic partnership," with Motorola's first Atom-powered phones to ship in the second half of this year.
CES 2012: America's first 16-megapixel cameraphone is here, folks. HTC's Titan II is a heavyweight against other phones, sporting a 4.7-inch screen and 1.5GHz processor. The 16-megapixel camera is capable of taking 4640x3840 (!) photos, as well as built-in support for AT&T's 4G LTE network.
It measures in at 5.2 x 2.7 x 0.4-inches, is a little shorter, and wider, than Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. The downside to this phone is its somewhat low resolution screen: just 800x480. Titan II sports Microsoft's Windows Phone Mango OS, and processor wise, while it may be a 1.5GHz chip, it's only a single-core. The chip is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2.
It seems all of the work went into its camera, and LTE capabilities. PC Mag had some hands-on time with the Titan II and said while the phone has a 16-megapixel camera, it doesn't mean the pictures are all high quality. Filling out the specs is HSPA+ back up to its LTE connection, the standard Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 16GB storage (no memory card slot!), and a 1730 mAh battery. AT&T and HTC did not announce a price or release date for the 16-megapixel-packing Titan II.
ASUS are rolling out their eagerly-awaited Transformer Prime update, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). This is actually 48 hours earlier than previously known, with a few sites and people already updated to the new OS, the first impressions of it seem to be that the Prime is vastly-improved with ICS, especially with web browsing.
Sites that usually took 10-20 seconds, now reportedly take around 6 seconds. A very nice, and free, improvement. Another nice UI update that comes with ICS is the Roboto font scheme Google have introduced. Swipe-to-dismiss notifications are now baked in, which is much better than trying to squeeze your finger down to a smaller pin size to hit that 'x' next to the notification you want to dismiss.
But, it feels like a bit of a sour update. Considering ASUS teased the super-Transformer yesterday in the form of the TF700T Transformer Prime that sports the 1920x1200 display and is overall, much better - the OTA update feels... stale. But, you can't complain about getting something for free. If you've got a Transformer Prime and haven't updated to ICS, you should really do so. Once you're done, let us know how you go. I'm interested on your thoughts between Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, which one tastes better?