Placing a sturdy foot in the smartphone and tablet markets, Intel has today launched its Moorestown platform which comprises a 45nm Atom X6xx series SoC (System-on-Chip) with a 140 million transistor count, and the MP20 controller hub.
The platform promises massive power savings compared to Intel's pre-gen product, with a >50x reduction in idle power, >20x reduction in audio power and 2 to 3x reductions when browsing and watching videos.
Intel says Moorestown is capable of giving mobile devices over 10 days of standby power and 4 to 5 hours when used intensively for browsing and watching video (of which it's said to be capable of 1080p decoding and 720p recording). The GMA 600 graphics core also has support for OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 2.1 and OpenVG 1.1.
Other features include WiFi, 3G/HSDPA and WiMAX and it can be used with OS's including Android, Meego and Moblin 2.1+.
With the official launch today being a hard one, Intel's new low-power platform is available to device manufacturers right now, so it shouldn't be too long before we see Moorestown equipped units announced.
For further details, check out Intel's full announcement here.
If you're a little daring and keen to look at how it's coming along, Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 has reached beta 3 stage and is available for download onto your beloved iPhone.
Of course, if you want it you'll need to be a member of Apple's iPhone dev program. Good luck!
If you are holding out for some nice Android tablets to it market before you jump on the tablet bandwagon, the Aigo N700 specs have surfaced. The tablet is an Android device.
It has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 and runs the NVIDIA Tegra2 T20 platform. The processor for the tablet is a Cortex A9 dual-core at 1GHz.
The N700 has 512MB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G capability, and more. A 1.3MP camera is built-in and power comes from a 2-cell 3120mAh battery.
There are tons of people out there who spend lots of time playing World of Warcraft. WoW is the most popular MMORPG title on the market despite having been around for a long time now.
The iPad is a very nice mobile gaming platform, but the lack of Flash support makes the device miss some of the more popular titles out there like Farmville and others. The online gaming service Gaikai has been used to stream WoW to the iPad.
The game service typically uses Flash to let players play games in a browser window. Exactly how the service is operating on the iPad is unknown. I bet we hear more about it soon enough.
The iPhone is one of the biggest competitors to the line of RIM Blackberry smartphones. It would make sense that RIM might want to battle Apple in the new tablet market against the iPad.
Rumors have a new tablet coming from RIM in 2011 dubbed the Blackpad. The tablet is said to run the full Blackberry OS from the smartphones.
The OS would offer all the features that users of the Blackberry phones have come to know. I would bet the Blackpad if it turns out to be true would have physical keyboard, Blackberry is known for its keyboards.
Whilst the first round of iPad availability in the WiFi-only version resulted in astonishing sales; over 300,000 in the U.S. alone during the first 24 hours, it seems a hell of a lot more people were keen to hold out for the 3G version.
Since the iPad 3G hit the market last Friday, by Sunday afternoon it was estimated that around 300,000 of these were sold (though that figure includes 22 days of preorders). This isn't quite the level of sales we saw when the first round of iPads came out, but it's certainly still a highly successful one.
The estimated 300,000 sales figure comes from Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster. In contacting 50 Apple stores on the Sunday afternoon, it was also learned that 49 of these were completely sold out of iPad 3Gs! Looking at the big picture, Munster has calculated that Apple has now sold more than a million iPads in total.
And the iPad is finally jailbroken. As of a few minutes ago, Spirit Jailbreak is live. That is right you can head to SpiritJB.com and finally get all the same freedom on your iPad that you had on the iPhone!
Unfortunately for some the new jailbreak is not going to work, we tried it on our Windows 7 x64 install and got a very saddening error. When we moved to Windows XP (32bit) we were finally able to jailbreak our iPad! It seems that we were not the only Windows user to run into errors on 64-bit Windows. There are a large number of people reporting an Error c0000005. We will keep you up to date on progress and issues with this new jailbreak.
There is also a warning to be careful with the apps you install from Cydia as many are not meant for the iPad.
Good news for RealSSD C300 owners. We've just learned that Crucial is planning to release an updated firmware for the RealSSD C300 on Tuesday May 4th, 2010. No word yet on all of the changes but we are expecting the TRIM bug to be fixed in the firmware.
Many users after using their C300's for more than a week have noticed severe reductions in write speeds. The performance degradation was attributed to a bug in the firmware that was not allowing TRIM to function properly.
We'll be sure to give you a heads up once it's available.
You remember that HP Slate, the rig that Ballmer had on stage back at CES. HP has decided to axe the Windows 7 tablet, and honestly, that's not such a bad thing. It was doomed in my opinion because it was nothing but a netbook sans a keyboard.
HP has officially killed off the Slate project. Speculation has rumors circulating that HP might be killing of the Windows 7 tablet in favor of bringing a WebOS tablet to market.
That would be something good to do with the shiny new Palm toy that HP recently purchased. If that will ever happen remains to be seen, but the Slate as we know it is dead.
A patent app for the design of a MID with the Acer name on it turned up a while back. The patent was for the design of the device only and the MID sporting that design is apparently coming next month.
There isn't a lot of info on the MID, but it is expected to run WinMo and some version of the Shell UI from Acer over the top. That's really all we know right now.
I find it hard to get excited over the thought of WinMo on anything. I would like to see a new Android or Chrome MID hit the market though.
The iPad has spawned a bunch of competitive offerings from other companies, but most of the products that will fight the iPad are not on the market yet. MSI is one of the companies that is getting tablets ready.
The company will reportedly have Android and Windows 7 tablets on the market by June. The tablets are said to be coming in 8.9-inch and 10-inch flavors. The big difference between these and other tablets coming is that MSI says pricing will be aggressive.
That dual screen tablet MSI is reportedly getting ready has slipped to an intro in the Q4 area. The reason is that the two screens are killing the battery. Presumably, they are looking for power savings or larger batteries.
The Google Nexus One handset was the first device to be offered from Google directly to consumers. Whether or not the handset has done well on the market depends on who you ask. Google maintains that the device is doing well while others say it has sold poorly.
If you are a Vodafone customer in the UK you can now get your hands on the Nexus One on its network. The device is being offered free on plans costing £35 per month or more.
The device can be pre-ordered now and delivery is set for the 30th of the month. The device will feature Google Maps Navigation, a 5MP camera, and lots more.
Details are starting to get more specific on Nokia's upcoming flagship phone, the N8. Unwiredview.com has managed to find what looks to be an internal Nokia N8 spec sheet that gives a good rundown on what Nokia is planning to pack inside it, though there doesn't appear to be anything revolutionary on the cards when looking at what else is available these days.
The unit runs measurements of 113.5 x 59 x 12.9 mm with a weight of 135 grams. The screen is a 3.5-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 640x360. Its processor runs at 680MHz, has 256MB of RAM and 512MB ROM, 140MB built-in storage + microSD slot, 12MP Carl Zeiss optics camera with xenon flash, 20x digitalz oom and the ability to record in 720p.
The phone has quad-band GSM and WCDMA support. Other features include an FM radio, GPS, accelerometer and USB + HDMI connectors. The unit will ship with a 1200mAh battery.
Head over to the source for the full spec list. The N8 is scheduled for release sometime in Q3 of this year.
Ouch! - In being the first to 'get hold of' and show off the next gen iPhone on the web in detail has come at one helluva hefty price for Gizmodo, not only counting the $5k transaction they made to get it into their posession from an unknown entity.
The site's editor Jason Chen has indicated he's in a world of hurt after performing this little stunt last week.
Last week it was reported that law enforcement in the Silicon Valley area had begun investigating how this iPhone was mysteriously lost and had gotten into wrong hands.
Fast forward to last Friday night and this update from Jason Chen, editor of Gizmodo shows what lengths they went to. :-
Last Friday night, California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen's home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers. They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo. According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.
The Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team's main goal was to obtain email communications, call rcords, contact lists, text messages and any other material they could find relating to the sale of the 4G iPhone. Despite Chen not being present at the time of their arrival at his residence, they'd gone to extremes and bashed down his door, seizing 19 items from his home including notebooks, storage devices, digital cameras and other Apple devices.
That's a big, big price to pay for a tidal wave of traffic on your website.
I mentioned the Blackberry Pearl 3G was coming out soon earlier. The Pearl 3G isn't the only new smartphone that Blackberry unveiled today. The company is also ready to throw a new handset called the Bold 9650 onto the market.
The Bold is a full featured device with the full QWERTY keyboard that users expect from a Blackberry. It uses the new optical track pad rather than the ball of older handsets. The device measures 4.4" x 2.4" x 0.56" and weighs 4.8 ounces.
The device has a 3.2MP camera with flash, digital zoom, image stabilization, and video recording. It also supports Stereo Bluetooth, GPS, HTML web surfing, and EVDO Rev A mobile broadband. Pricing on the handset is unknown, but it will land in May.
RIM has a full line of Blackberry smartphones and they are among the most popular devices on the market. The Blackberry line is used by business types and consumers both. A new Blackberry Pearl 3G has been unveiled today.
The Pearl 3G will likely appeal more to the consumer than the business user because of its form factor, but it has all the features you expect of a Blackberry. The device has a condensed 20 key QWERTY keyboard and supports the web and email.
The handset uses the new optical track pad and supports multimedia files. RIM says the Pearl 3G is the smallest Blackberry device ever. It has a 360 x 400 screen, WiFi, GPS, and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. Pricing and availability are unannounced at this time.
Ok if you want to see something really cool then you have to look at this video. It shows an app that allows a true "hover over" on a touch screen. If this app comes thought for the iPhone, Android and others it would be the last obstacle for people that say they cannot develop this of that because of the lack of any type of mouse over. It would also kill off one of the big excuses that people have for not having Flash on many mobile or touch screen products.
I cannot wait to see this in action and more specifically implemented in other apps like the remote desktop client for the iPad/iPhone or Citrix Receiver. This would make using those apps a little more functional. Unfortunately you have to have a Cypress Touch screen to make this work. This leaves the iPhone/iPad out for now.
Good news for Nook users. It looks like the next update for the popular e-book reader is going to have a few nice features in store for you. According to word on the web the new update will add a web browser. If you want you can also use any Barnes & Noble hot spot to read a free e-book for up to an hour. But that is not all; you are also going to get a couple of game and a redesign of the UI.
As a side note there is also the chance that your WiFi speed will improve once you get this installed. The new software should be available to all in the next week or so.
Palm was once one of the most popular names in the gadget and phone world. The company had the line of PDAs that most users owned back in the day and sold popular Treo smartphones. Palm today is struggling and selling much less of its current WebOS handsets than analysts expect.
With sales down, Palm is on the ropes and entertaining all ideas to solve its woes. Early reports had rival HTC looking to purchase palm, but HTC has now stepped away from the deal.
Reports now put PC maker Lenovo at the lead of potential buyers. Palm would reportedly sell for around $1.3 billion. The purchase would give Palm an in to the US smartphone market.
Everyone knew that once the iPad landed and didn't immediately flop, there would be a flood of tablets heading to the market. That flood has started and Asus has a couple tablet offerings coming this year.
Asus will have a tablet landing on the market in late July that runs Android and is called the Eee Pad. MSI is also getting a tablet ready that is called the M Pad set to land in Q3.
The Asus offering will use the Tegra chip from NVIDIA and has USB, webcam, and Flash support. The Eee Pad is said to cost as much as $510 in the US when it lands after being bundled with phone service. That presumably means after a contract.
In the war of the slate computer the winner will be the one that can pack the most features (that users really want) in. We have seen previews of entries from HP, Dell, Notion Ink, and now Velocity Micro.
Yup, Velocity Micro will have their own Tablet/Slate out soon called Cruz. This will features a 7-inch full color display, Android 2.1, an SD card slot, an 800MHz CPU (probably ARM Coretex A8), and will come in both 4:3 and 16:9 versions.
Best of all, the Cruz will have full Flash 10.1 support all for around $300. Not too shabby.