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Samsung's Google Android-powered Galaxy Tab 8.9 is making its way to Amazon.co.uk for pre-order and ships on August 13. With only a week until launch, the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab is sporting a price of £605 but is the 3G version. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 made it's British launch today, the 4th of August. So only a week between the 10.1 and 8.9-inch Tab's is not too bad at all. If anyone gets their hands on a Galaxy Tab 8.9, please let me know how you go!
It looks as though Apple might be merging its iOS and Mac OS X operating systems into a single unified platform for applications and cloud-based services as soon as 2012, starting with the MacBook Air. Peter Misek with Jefferies & Co said in a note to investors on Wednesday that he sees this transition possible with the next-gen MacBook Air's custom next-generation "A6" processor. This would mean the new iPad, iPhone and MacBook Air would be A6-powered by 2012.
Misek has been quoted:
We believe Apple is ready to start sampling the A6 quad-core app processor and will be the first to such multi-device platform capable of PC-like strength. Our preliminary view is that Apple can use a 32-bit ARM architecture to address the vast majority of the OS X ecosystem's needs in 2012-13 except for high-end professional devices. When 64-bit ARM is available in 2016, we believe Apple will have a single OS and hardware architecture.
Logitech have released their Android tablet products, including a keyboard (and included case), a mouse and finally, wireless speakers. The products are of the usual Logitech quality, very well built and definitely give off a sense of quality. They're all Bluetooth-powered which means they'll work with your Android tablet without any cables which just makes things that much easier. Take a look at the video below for a brief description and run-through of the new Logitech Android tablet products.
The digital imaging experts at OmniVision Technologies have just polished off their latest piece of tech for smart phones and tablets, a new 8 Megapixel sensor designed for implementation in future ultra-slim models.
The OV8850 is the first CMOS sensor of its kind, built on a 1.1-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel architecture. It is capable of enabling autofocus modules that are 20% slimmar than what is currently available which in turn will allow for even slimmer mobile devices to be created. Where current-gen OmniBSI chips are built on 1.4-micron architecture, the OV8850 also brings significant improvements in power efficiency as well as producing a better quality image.
All three are low cost offerings at under $200 and look to give an attractive mix of features for the price. The Planet and Star variants run Android 2.2, while the Nova uses Android 2.3. All run off ARM Cortex A9 processors.
The cheapest of the three is the Star (codenamed R70B200) at just $159. It uses an 800x480 resolution ActiveTouch LCD screen and has 256MB of RAM, 2GB built-in storage, a microSD card slot, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, stereo speakers, rear and front facing camera, mini USB port and micro HDMI output.
Facebook gaming addicts rejoice! GameBox for Facebook is here and promises Facebook games on your iPad. Right now it only supports two games, Digital Chocolate's Army Attack and the ever-so-popular CityVille from Zynga. More games are obviously on their way promises the app's developer. Nothing will look different on the iPad either, everything looks the exactly as it does on Facebook.
The way it works is the actual flash rendering is happening in the cloud, with the GameBox app relaying things back and forth to your iPad. The next question is, does the developer have permission from Zynga and other game companies to do this? Right now, GameBox for Facebook is on the App Store for $2.99.
Could it be? Could Apple be releasing their next-generation iPhone just six weeks from now? According to KitGuru, "Apple sources" are claiming that the iPhone 5 will launch on Friday, September 23, 2011. There's not much else known at this point, but anything iPhone-related is juicy. Let's hope that the next phone isn't just a polished iPhone and it brings something new to the table and not just 1 - 2 features.
If you're in the market for an iPhone 4, I would highly suggest you wait it out and grab the iPhone 5 if it does indeed arrive on September 23.
AT&T's website now confirms that the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is "coming soon" which uses the new BlackBerry 7 operating system.
The phone sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 3.2-inch 640x480 capacitive touchscreen display. Internally is a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage space, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and '4G' HSPA 14.4 Mbps support. It has a microSD card slot, rear 5MP camera (with 720p video recording) and front facing VGA camera.
The BlackBerry Touch 9810 should be available from the telco sometime later this month.
Google's Android OS has taken an amazing 48% of the smartphone market in Q2 of 2011, which is an all-time high according to a report by market research firm Canalys. Android overtook Symbian in Q4 of 2010 to become to top smartphone platform representing 32.9% market share at the time. Smartphone shipments have increased exponentially also, seeing a total of 107.7 million units shipped in Q2 of 2011 which is a 73% year-on-year growth.
Android was also the biggest driver of smartphone shipments in Q2, with Android-based smartphone shipments being 379% year-over-year higher, coming in at 51.9 million total units shipped. This is thanks to Android being on so many different branded phones such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, ZTE and Huawei.
I'm going to admit something, I'm the biggest Superman fan I know. So when NVIDIA decided to codename their upcoming quad-core Tegra chip, Kal-El, my interest was a little high to say the least. I ended up purchasing an ASUS Transformer and I absolutely love it. Now the news of the next-gen ASUS Transformer is coming out and it's sounding very nice indeed, rumor has it that the next-gen tablet will include the next-gen NVIDIA quad-core Kal-El chip.
Not only that, but we might see it by October of this year! The chip is reported to be out in August, so two months in production and manufacturing is not out of hand. This would also mean that ASUS would have some very strong competition against the next-gen iPad also, which is launching in the same time frame. Nice work, ASUS. Can I get an early sample, ASUS? ;)