In The Matrix, Neo said "Whoa", and the whole world listened. Today, I'm saying "whoa" at the rumor of HTC's Zeta smartphone. It's rumored to be a quad-core smartphone but sports a 2.5GHz APQ8064 CPU along with 1GB of RAM, all looking purdy on a 4.5-inch 720p HD display.
The phone is also very unique in its shape, which I kinda dig. Zeta is said to have Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, with Sense UI running the show, too. 32GB of internal storage should keep most people happy, an 1,830mAh battery, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash, 1080p video capture and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
Dimension-wise, we have 109.8 x 60.9 x 9.8mm (4.32 x 2.4 x 0.39 inches) and weigh 5.15 ounces (146g). Right now this is just sitting on RumorTT, but it is something that could definitely materialise. Now, I've been talking about this for a while, especially with the release of the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, Transformer Prime, and various other handsets like this new HTC Zeta, but I'm going to come out and say it in a single sentence below, and I'd like some thoughts on it:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was misquoted during Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting, where he answered a bunch of questions regarding Microsoft's future. Ballmer was asked whether we're in a post-PC era world and what his expectations are of the PC market going forward, he said:
Well one thing I know is, we're certainly not, we are in the Windows era. We were, we are and we always will be. That's kinda what we get paid to do. We've got broad Windows initiatives driving Windows down to the phone. With Windows 8, you'll see incredible new form factors powered by Windows from tablets, small, large, pens, smaller, bigger, room-sized displays. We are in an era in which the range of smart devices is continuing to expand. That's a fantastic thing for Microsoft. That is a real opportunity.
But, press outlets and bloggers ran with it and thought Ballmer had all but confirmed Windows 8 for phones, but this is not the case. Microsoft have been clear that Windows 8 will be made for 7-inch devices and up. They have no plays to make Windows 8 available for phones and Microsoft are reportedly putting their focus on pushing the two ecosystems together with Windows 8, which is set to include the mix of the next-generation Xbox.
It seems every few months there's some news about RIM, BlackBerry are dying, BlackBerry are returning... well, now we have the first-ever photo of the next set of BlackBerry devices, which will sport RIM's new BBX operating system.
The phone in the above picture is the BlackBerry "London", and should have a June 2012 release. The phone sports a TI OMAP dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and is reportedly "thinner than the iPhone 4" and roughly the same size as Samsung's Galaxy S II.
Currently, ASUS' original Transformer tablet goes for around $400. But, a Best Buy Black Friday advertisement shows that the 10.1-inch, Tegra 2-powered tablet will hit $249.99. But, this deal will only apply to people who will want to wait in line, and even more so, 10 units will be allocated per store.
Transformer Prime is hitting early next month, but for $249.99, it is hard to miss if you're currently Tablet-less. Best Buy Black Friday sales are pretty ruthless, so if you do go, I suggest levelling up your real life character to sustain more damage, and maybe resistance to stomping.
I use a Transformer tablet myself and love it. For $249.99 it just makes it even better value for money... but for those who want to stay on the bleeding edge, the Transformer Prime isn't too far away...
ASUS may have announced their Tegra 3 first, Eee Pad Transformer Prime, but that was last week. This week, we have Lenovo preparing to enter the battlefield with a 10.1-inch tablet that will include NVIDIA's seriously awesome Tegra 3 SoC, and it will also sport Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The tablet doesn't have a name yet, but it will feature 2GB of 1,600MHz (!) DDR3 RAM, a standard USB host socket covered by a pop-out flap, a rear-facing camera with an unknown resolution with an LED flash, a "Special Fusion-Skin Body" and a fingerprint scanner on the backside that apparently doubles as an optional joystick. Lenovo, way to go!
The device is expected to splash down before the end of the year, but its unclear whether this will be the launch window in the company's home of China, or elsewhere.
Google's tablet and smartphone OS, Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich has been shown off in various forms over the past few months, most notably on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. But now, Google have announced through their AndroidDev twitter account that the source code for ICS is available to the general public.
This means that manufacturers can start building Android 4.0 updates for their devices, but more importantly, it will allow the community to get their hands sticky with ICS. Community developers such as CyanogenMod and MIUI can start building their custom ROMs which should keep us happy until manufacturers go through lengthy internal and external testing cycles.
The Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) source code never made it to the general public, so this marks the first time [and exciting] we'll see a Tablet-based custom ROM. Hopefully Samsung can crank out an ICS update to the Galaxy S II soon!
Is this what a post Steve Jobs Apple looks like? You would think in a closed-off world that Apple keeps iOS-based products in, that these sorts of issues just wouldn't happen, but here we are. Apple says that they are still investigating battery drain issues with the iPhone 4S after some users complained that the newly-released iOS 5.0.1 update didn't solve their issues.
Now Apple users are looking at more issues, such as microphone failures, Wi-Fi signal loss, and cellular network reception issues. Apple said in a statement to All Things Digital:
The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices. We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.
Have you wanted panoramic picture mode for your iPhone? How about the Android-like autocorrect bar for the on-screen keyboard? Well, you're in luck. Developers have recently discovered a few hidden features in iOS 5, with both items having the ability to be enabled without jailbreaking your iPad or iPhone.
Why they're hidden, is a mystery in itself. But iOS hacker, Sonny Dickson, is responsible for finding the "Android-like" autocorrect bar Thursday morning. The autocorrect bar is so close to the Android autocorrect bar, that it may explain why Apple left it out of iOS 5's initial release.
Enabling the autocorrect bar requires a simple .plist file edit, but since Apple does not allow an easy way to access the file system, it requires a few steps which I've listed below. The second feature unearthed was the enabling of the panorama mode for the iOS camera app. Apps exist that do this now, but this is the first time it's had the ability to do so within the native camera app.
Apple have just released iOS 5.0.1 build number 9A405, which is a minor update to its mobile operating system that is meant to fix the iPhone 4S battery problems. iOS 5.0.1 arrives a day after it found its way to certain high-end users for testing, and just a week past the developer-only version.
Battery problems aren't the only thing iOS 5.0.1 will fix, it also enables multitasking gestures on the original iPad (go to Settings, General, Multitasking Gestures), fixes the Smart Cover security flaw, resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud and improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.
If you want it now, connect to iTunes and hit the "Check for Updates" button, or download an over-the-air update directly on your device. Note that the OTA update might not be available for everyone right away.
Adobe has just killed Flash for mobiles, which is sure to hit Android-based users. But, from the flames, other companies will benefit such as iSwifter, who makes a product for the iPad that allows Flash-based games and video to remotely run on a proxy server and then be sent down to the mobile device.
Until now, iSwifter has focused their energies on the Apple iOS market, but it has had an Android-based app nearly ready for months now. iSwifter founder Rajat Gupta has said "our target market literally just doubled, we had actually predicted this day now for over a year."
Telstra are set to join Vodafone in the direct retail sales of Apple's tablet, the iPad 2. Telstra will directly retail Apple's iPad 2 from November 15, with monthly plans beginning from just $49. The iPad 2 will be available through Telstra Business Centres, Telstra Shops, online or over the phone at 132 200.
Telstra will offer the Wi-Fi + 3G model of the iPad 2, in 16, 32 and 64GB sizes, on two-year contracts and pre-paid data plans. Starting with the 16GB iPad 2, it will cost $0 upfront on $49, $59, $69 and $99 plans. Monthly data caps are 1, 4, 8 and 15GB, respectively.
The 32GB variant of the iPad 2 will also cost $0 upfront, with monthly costs of $54, $64, $74 and $104 with data allowances the same as the 16GB model. Finally, the 64GB model will come with an upfront cost of $24 and monthly pricing of $57, $67, $77 and $107 per month. Data allowances remain unchanged once again.
HTC Edge is set to be the world's first quad-core smartphone, powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 System-on-a-Chip (SoC). Edge is set to be a premium handset, incorporating the latest mobile technologies.
Edge will be a 4.7-inch smartphone that is just 10mm thick, and will sport a 1280x720 resolution. It will also contain 1GB of RAM, a backlit 8-megapixel rear-racing camera with a 28mm, f/2.2 lens. The biggest thing the Edge can brag about is that it sports an AP30 Tegra 3 CPU from NVIDIA which is set to pump out quad-core at 1.5GHz each.
Storage-wise, we should see it increased to 32GB and Bluetooth 4.0 is included, on top of this we have Beats Audio with the package. Edge is also rumored to include the rollout of the new or improved HTC content services, such as the HTC Listen music store, HTC Read bookstore and the HTC Play gaming hub, finally, the HTC Watch movie portal will reportedly begin to offer HD fare. Edge could also be one of the first to sport HTC's Sense 4.0.
Nokia has just started to publish the PR1.1 update for their Nokia N9 smartphone (software update version number 20.2011.40-4). The new update is published in waves and your phone will display a notification once it's made available for you.
Feature-wise, the PR1.1 sports NFC support, music controls on the lock screen and the fabulous Swype keyboard. Noise cancellation is included which reduces background noise so that your friends can hear you better, photo and video shooting with color filters is now included with black & white, sepia, vivid, negative and solarize as options. Close apps can now be done with swiping down, which is by default, new indicators for standby screen like charging and calendar are included.
Lastly, the N9 is with PR1.1 is now more powerful at multi-tasking, with improved memory handling. Let us know how you go with the new update!
Well, look what just arrived in our inboxes here at TweakTown. Some super-hot teaser shots of ASUS' upcoming Tegra-3 based Eee Pad Transformer Prime. I've gotten a bit hot under the collar with these shots, so I'll be having a cold shower very soon.
The shots show off the tablet, and its dock. As well as the two colors it'll be available in, Amethyst Grey (a mix of purple and grey) and Champagne Gold (a mix of Gold and Silver). The tablet looks just so sexy, and we should have more details on it soon ;)
While it's already now on sale without the forced carrier support, confirmation from T-Mobile has just come in that they will start selling Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus on November 16th. With the requirement of signing up for a two year deal with the carrier, you will be able to pick it up for $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and includes HDSPA+ support. Features include the 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch (1024 x 600) PLS LCD touchscreen, a GB of RAM, 16GB built-in storage, microSD slot, 3MP rear facing camera w/ LED flash, 2MP front facing camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 connectivity and a 4,000 mAh battery.
In a surprising move, Telstra will cap users download speeds once they exceed their data caps in a bit to stop losses from customers refusing to pay blown-out bills. Telstra are going to scrap excess data usage charges for 3.4 million post-paid mobile and tablet customers within weeks, in a bid to stop so-called customer "bill shock".
Telstra will instead cap download speeds to a third of normal speeds and offer customers the ability to purchase pre-paid top-ups or wait until their next billing period kicks in. This move is thanks to the explosion of users who have rushed to get the latest smartphones and tablets, where Telstra have said they've lost tens of millions of dollars from people refusing to pay their thousand dollar plus bills after they exceeded their data limit.
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.