News has hit that Taiwanese smart device maker HTC has left the US tablet market. Apple's iPad completely dominates the US tablet market and HTC know this, according to the company's global online communications manager, Jeff Gordon.
Gordon has said that HTC will continue to keep tabs on the market, and will most likely return when they have a product that can compete with the iPad. HTC have launched three tablets in the US in the past two years, the Flyer, Evo View 4G and Jetstream, with none of them available for sale right now. Gordon has said:
It was a great learning experience for us, and they definitely met expectations.
I suspect we'll see HTC come back with a Nexus 7-like product, that would be priced at under $350-$400. But time will tell, I guess.
It looks like I'm not the only one not impressed with the iPhone 5, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wishing that the new sixth-generation iPhone 5 wasn't just a taller, thinner, faster iPhone 4S. Wozniak says Apple were arrogant in their decision of keeping just a single 4-inch sized iPhone 5.
He notes that the Cupertino-based company should've created two sizes, a smaller iPhone, and a larger as well as wider iPhone. His chat with TechCentral gave quite a lot of insight, and opinion into the company he helped form:
Part of me wishes that Apple had not been so kind of arrogant and feeling we're the only one with the right clue. I wish they had made a small and a large version of the iPhone; that would have been great for me. Keep the aspect ratio the same, horizontal and vertical the same, but just grow it in the other way.
I think Apple tricked itself and said 'oh you could reach everything with one thumb' and I don't see anybody having any trouble using the larger screens. Apple said that as a defensive move because when the other phones came out they all had larger screens. Apple is now trying to run with that defence, saying 'we are right' and really there's a mix of people. Not all people want the same thing and a lot of people really like the big screens.
We've seen some pictures, and we've heard it'll be unveiled before the end of the month, but it looks like LG are set to unveil the "Nexus 4" on October 29, reports French national newspaper Le Figaro.
Le Figaro reports that Google and LG will unveil the new Nexus-branded smartphone which has been dubbed "Nexus 4" on October 29, the newspaper also reports that the smartphone will enjoy its global debut on that day after which it'll reach France on the Vodafone-owned SFR network in December.
Lg Figaro have teased that the Nexus 4 will simultaneously enjoy a product launch alongside the announcement of the smartphone itself, which is something that hasn't happened since the original Nexus One handset. In order to see a huge launch, Google will most likely launch their Nexus 4 device on their Google Play device store.
Hearing "Nexus 4" is new, but it would make sense that LG would want to see their own spin on the name considering Samsung put "Galaxy" in front of their Galaxy Nexus. 4 could also represent the fourth Nexus device, too.
It looks like New York is to be filled with people gushing about Samsung's 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II smartphone come October 24, with the South Korean company sending out invitations for the event itself.
The October 24th event will be the US stop of the Galaxy Note II World Tour, with a press event that night followed by a "consumer celebration" later on that should let the public in on the Galaxy Note II shenanigans.
If you haven't heard, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a 5.5-inch 'phablet', and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. We should hopefully have a review up as soon as humanly possible. I'm quite excited to see how this fares not just for me personally, but against Apple's iPhone 5 and with the general public.
We brought you some leaked pricing regarding the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, and now the company has actually confirmed that there will be just such a phone coming--and soon. JK Shin, the head of Samsung Mobile, confirmed this fact earlier today, if reports by Korean news sites are to be believed.
The device is actually set to be announced tomorrow in Germany and could deal a nice blow to Apple in that they beat Apple to the punchline of developing a "mini" version of one of their most popular devices. The device, as we already have reported, will come with a 4-inch screen, which puts it in direct competition with the iPhone 5.
It will also feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and Android 4.1. The device, as seen in the picture above, looks quite a bit like it's larger brother, but should appeal to those who felt the Galaxy S III's screen was just a bit too large.
It looks like Samsung is ready to launch their Galaxy S III Mini, which should sport a 4-inch screen and compete directly with the iPhone 5 on screen size. But Mobile Geeks are reporting on a leaked price, with the model number of GT-I8190 and GT-I8190N popping up some online retailers from Switzerland and Austria.
The Galaxy S III Mini is being priced by some Austrian stores at 390 to 540 francs, which when converted is around 323 Euros, or roughly US$399 or so. An expected availability date has been given with the earliest time to expect these mini S III's is October 16, or early-November most likely.
The new Galaxy S III Mini will be made available in the two colors its bigger brother launched in, Marble White and Blue Pebble. We should expect the 4-inch display to sport a resolution of 800x480 pixels, and a less-powerful rear-facing camera. We should expect just a dual-core version of the S III Mini, but that should be fine given that the device is more than powerful enough, even as a dual-core smartphone.
This should be quite popular and gives Samsung such a huge reach on the smartphone market now with the Galaxy S II, S III, S III Mini, Note, and Note II smartphones with 4.3-, 4.8-, 4-, 5.3- and 5.5-inch screens, respectively. Comparing this to their competitor who offers the one and only 4-inch iPhone 5, it gives Samsung a huge amount of power in choice to consumers.
Jean-Baptiste Queru, who is Google's chief release engineer has announced through the Android Building group that Android 4.1.2 has been released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) today.
Some Nexus 7 owners a reporting that they're seeing Android 4.1.2 being pushed to their device, and there's a little bonus with it: landscape home screen support. This is a personal choice, but some people love having their home screen on landscape, and it was one of the things that the Nexus 7 couldn't do with its Jelly Bean OS.
Well, now it can. You should see Android 4.1.2 being pushed out over the course of the next few days and I'll be sure to update my Nexus 7 later on tonight.
ASUS have used their Facebook page to tease that their upcoming Padfone 2 is coming on October 16. There's not much else they say about the phone, apart from "it's intuitive!" and that "it's coming on October 16".
We should expect the ASUS Padfone 2 to really make a big splash for ASUS, as they've been doing the tablet world a good deed with their Transformer range of slates. The Padfone 2 should hopefully rock a quad-core processor, and have its usual tablet accessory, which turns your smartphone into a tablet.
This is quite the design shift from other manufacturers who sell you a tablet or a smartphone, but ASUS let you slide your phone into a bigger device where it turns into a tablet. This is great as you'll then have the one device, with all of your pictures, movies, tunes and more.
LG's Nexus-branded phone continues to make waves on the Internet, where some new photos of the device have popped up. The black plate looks like Sprint's model of LG's Optimus G smartphone, with the front of the device looking like Samsung's Galaxy Nexus - so you'll hear no complaints from most people as it looks great so far.
It does sport a chrome-like bezel, with a speaker grille sitting at the top of the device. The home screen and buttons all look Nexus-like, which should be expected. But, now we have some specs:
- CPU: quad core ARMv7 1.5GHz
- RAM: 2 GB
- Memory: 8GB (no SD slot)
- GPU: Adreno 320
- Android version: JellyBeanMR1
- Kernel 3.4.0
- Screen: 768x1184 (320 dpi)
- Camera: 8 MP
So we're looking at a powerful device, sporting a quad-core processor clocking in at 1.5GHz, but also 2GB of RAM. 8GB of internal storage is included without an expandable microSD slot, which is a disappointment but these specs could change over time. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean fills out the software side of things, and the screen has a resolution of 1184x768, which should give us a DPI of around 320 and works out to an approximately 4.7-inch display, and finally, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera.
The market is about to see a flood of Windows 8 tablets in both the ARM and x86 variety. For the most part, it seems like OEMs are opting for the x86 version, using the Intel Atom and Intel Ivy Bridge ULV processors to power these laptop-hybrid devices. Acer has already announced details on the Iconica W700, an Ivy Bridge Windows 8 tablet.
They have now given us a glimpse of what to expect for the W510, a lower-end version of the Iconia W700. The W510 will release shortly after the W700, coming out on November 9. It will also pack a cheaper price tag, only setting customers back $500 for a 10.1-inch IPS, 1366x768 Windows 8 tablet.
Instead of utilizing an Intel Ivy Bridge chip, the W510 will take advantage of Intel's recently released Atom Z2760 processor, which has been designed specifically for tablets. It will also come with 2GB of RAM, which seems a bit low. The base model will come with 32GB of SSD space, with an upgraded verson featuring 64GB.
Sprint will end up getting a 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. First, I just have to ask why they are bothering with the LTE. I mean, Sprint has barely any LTE coverage--I should know, I own a 4G LTE iPhone 5--and the rollout isn't exactly taking place at a blistering rate, so it seems a bit useless to pack it into a device.
That said, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a powerful and sleek device. Under the hood it packs a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The screen is a, as the name implies, 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT display, which supports a rather low resolution of 1280x800.
One of the cool features of the tablet, though, is that it can act as a hotspot and share its 4G LTE connection with up to 10 devices by leveraging its wireless capabilities. Another cool feature of the tablet is its ability to operate as a universal remote. As it stands, pricing and availability are unknown and will be announced at a later time.
I was a bit saddened by the announcement that AT&T would be getting exclusive rights to the Lumia 920 and 820 as I felt it would hurt Nokia's Windows Phone 8 positioning in the United States. However, it was later found out that Nokia will be releasing a phone for T-Mobile, called the Lumia 810, and it has now been leaked that Verizon will also be getting a Windows Phone 8 device.
A fresh leak from evleaks has shown a Verizon Wireless, Nokia-built Windows Phone 8 device. Right now, we only have the picture to go off of, but we can make some educated guesses as to its specifications. The device will likely share the technical aspects of the Lumia 820 and 810, though the exterior design is completely different.
It should support Verizon Wireless's high-speed LTE network and should arrive sometime in November. Expect the announcement for the device to come October 29 at the official Windows Phone event. We'll be sure to keep you up-to-date on the latest Windows Phone 8 devices in case you are looking at purchasing one.
Well, well, well, this is somewhat of a surprise but it looks like Google and Samsung are working together on yet another Nexus-branded smart device, this time a 10-inch tablet.
This is what the rumor mill is spinning at the moment according to information provided to CNET by industry analyst Richard Shim. Shim has learnt that Google are working on a 10-inch Nexus-branded tablet that would be developed and "co-branded" with Samsung. It won't be a slouch, either, where it's rumored to be a high-end device featuring a 2560x1600 panel.
This panel would beat the third-gen iPad's specs with a pixel density of 299ppi versus the 264ppi found on the iPad. Shim was also nice enough to confirm the existence of the rumored $99 Nexus tablet and that production will start in December.
Shim has stated that his source on this nugget of info are from "supply chain indications". Android is really ramping up this year, isn't it?
Samsung promised that they would produce a 64GB Galaxy S III sometime in the second half of 2012. Keeping true to that promise, a pre-order page has popped up on an Italian retailers website that is offering the Samsung Galaxy S III 64GB for only €800 ($1,040). As of right now, the device is not coming to the US or UK.
The Galaxy S III 64GB device will see a limited roll-out to certain markets, and there are no currently announced plans to bring it to either the US or UK market. It's not exactly clear why they would limit the markets that they release the spacious 64GB Android flagship model to, but I'm sure they have their reasoning.
The device could end up coming to the US and other markets worldwide. And I know I stand with many other Galaxy S III users when I say that this would be just awesome.
For those US residents interested in a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 device, Nokia has thrown you a bone. We already know that the Lumia 920 and 820 will be AT&T-exclusive devices, but it turns out Nokia has developed a Lumia 810 that will be destined for T-Mobile. The device is similar to the 820 in specifications, though the design is different.
Like the 820, the Lumia 810 features a 4.3-inch OLED touch-screen and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The front-shooter is a 1.2-megapixel device that is perfect for video chat. It also features Nokia's Windows 8 goodies. This means you'll get the augmented-reality City Lens, Nokia Drive, and Nokia Transit.
The 810 will come in black or cyan with it's own, unique industrial design. The new Lumia will also come with support for T-Mobiles HSPA+ network, as opposed to AT&T's LTE. The device's camera is not a PureView camera, but it's not clear how much that is worth. The device will be available in the "coming weeks," though no price or specific date has been given.
More and more information is continuing to leak out regarding Apple's rumored iPad mini. It seems like Apple just can't keep a secret in the post-Jobs era. The Wall Street Journal is reporting "some component suppliers to Apple in Asia say they have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter."
That's a pretty big deal. To put that number in some perspective, Amazon only placed roughly half as many orders for its popular Kindle Fire tablets in the same quarter. This means Apple believes the iPad mini is going to be a hit, and so does nearly everyone else. The only outstanding question is pricing, and this is what will control how big of a hit the iPad mini truly is.
"It makes sense for market leader Apple to extend its dominance in tablets with a smaller tablet,"said Capital Securities analyst Diana Wu. "iPad mini will be a big hit if Apple prices it below $300," said RBS analyst Wanli Wang. The iPad mini will have to compete with the $199 Kindle Fire HD and Google's Nexus 7, also priced at $199.
Lightning to 30-pin adapters begin shipping, enables iPhone5, iPod touch, iPod nano use with old accessories
The new Lightning connector on the iPhone 5 is sleek. It's smaller, thinner, and faster than the old 30-Pin connector that Apple has utilized for years. Even cooler is its ability to be inserted either direction as the port is reversible. There is one downside, however, and that is that your shiny new iPhone or iPod can no longer be used with old accessories.
That's why Apple has created an adapter that converts the old 30-Pin accessories to the new Lightning connector. Unfortunately, Apple missed shipping the new connectors out with the iPhone 5, but they appear to have now managed to get them out the door before the new iPods ship out.
The new adapter is pretty expensive, though this isn't unexpected as it is an Apple product. The cable itself has an authenticator chip which should keep third-party cables from being manufactured, and it wouldn't surprise me if this adapter featured something similar. Once someone gets one in-hand and tears it open, we will know if third-party ones will be able to be made.
The new iPhone 5 really has the human race split - you either passionately love it, or you don't. If you don't love it, you don't need to hate it - you just don't think it's worthy of titles such as 'the best smartphone ever'.
Well, Consumer Reports has come in and said that the iPhone 5 isn't just one of the best smartphones they've ever reviewed, but have called it "the best iPhone yet". I find it hard to disagree, but isn't that the job of Apple? To release a better product? Wouldn't it be just a little strange to see "the best iPhone up until iPhone 4S, where last year's version was better". Uh, yeah.
Consumer Reports' love of the iPhone 5 includes its "larger, 4-inch display", and its "thinner and lighter profile" as well as its "4G LTE access", and that the Cupertino-based company adding "a host of innovative features" make the new iPhone 5 one of the best phones out, and 'the best iPhone yet'.
If you haven't read our review on it, which wasn't so gushing with love, check it out here.
The XDA Developers forums are a godsend to those running Android, with news that some of the members have posted a leaked Jelly Bean ROM for some variants of HTC's One X smartphone.
The leaked ROM is based on the software that will come pre-baked into the company's upcoming HTC One X+, which is Android 4.1.1 with Sense 4+. The leaked ROM is only capable of going on a few phones, which are those running NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC with the following CIDs:
- cidnum: HTC__001
- cidnum: HTC__E11
- cidnum: HTC__203
- cidnum: HTC__102
- cidnum: HTC__405
- cidnum: HTC__Y13
- cidnum: HTC__A07
- cidnum: HTC__304
- cidnum: HTC__M27
- cidnum: HTC__032
- cidnum: HTC__016
- cidnum: HTC__J15
If your device sports one of the above CIDs, you might want to hit it up - Jelly Bean is delicious.
We've been hearing more and more about Google wanting a new Nexus smartphone, and it looks as though LG will be the one making it. CNET are reporting this time that the new Nexus phone will indeed be released by LG, and that it'll be announced by the end of this month.
The new LG Nexus smartphone will run with some of the same innards of LG's recently-launched Optimus G smartphone, but modified to comply with the Nexus program. CNET reports that there's no name for it, but we did hear a few hours ago that it'll be known as the Optimus G Nexus. I would prefer 'Optimus Nexus'.
We should expect LG's Nexus smartphone to sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1280x720 True-HD IPS display, an 8-megapixel rear-snapper, a non-removeable (boo!) battery, and a choice between 8GB and 16GB of on-board storage, with no expandable microSD options (boo!).
The new iPhone 5 is far from perfect, but there have been some issues with the camera on this model. If you've used an iPhone 5, read our review, or read many of the other reviews out there, you'd have seen that the iPhone 5 has an issue when snapping photos.
The iPhone 5, when held at the right angle and near the right light source, will give off a purple haze on the photo. It's not a deal breaker, but it's something worth noting when buying (or reviewing) a device like this. Apple have come out over the weekend, posting a support notice for it, stating:
A purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.
Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.