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MeeGo lives on! It breathes another day thanks to the Linux Foundation with their announcement that it'll be replaced with Tizen, a Linux-based, open-source OS. Samsung and Intel are collaborating to lead the development of the platform, with the LiMo Foundation - a consortium of companies including Panasonic Mobile Communications, NTT DoCoMo and SK Telecom among others. Tizen is said to support HTML5 and WAC-based apps and will be designed to run across a wide spectrum of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-car infotainment systems.
The MeeGo project, seems to be on-board with the initiative, promising to "make sure that users of MeeGo can easily transition to Tizen", while assisting Meego developers as well. Tizen is expected in Q1 2012, with the first Tizen-powered devices set to hit the market in the middle of 2012.
Samsung is holding an event on October 11 that could be used as the unveiling for Google's Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS. Not only will Samsung executives be attending, but AllThingsD are reporting that Android chief himself, Andy Rubin, could be making an appearance at the event. The event is taking place in San Diego and features Samsung Mobile's standard "unpacked" name, but notes that it is the "Google Edition".
The obvious conclusion from this would be that we'll see the new version of Android shown off, and with Samsung doing the best in the market out of all Android smartphone makers, this would just make perfect sense. Ice Cream Sandwich is set to unify the phone and tablet versions of Android into a super-powerful, take-on-the-world mobile OS.
Samsung are set to launch their 8.9-inch, Honeycomb-powered tablet on October 2. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is skinnier than the iPad 2 and weighs in at just 470g. It sports an 8.9-inch Gorilla Glass screen, powered with a 1280x800 WXGA display. It also packs an NVIDIA Tegra 250 1GHz dual-core processor, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, 2-megapixel rear-facing camera and plays back 1080p video while recording in 720p.
Connectivity wise, it has USB, Wi-Fi, HSPA+ (21Mbps) and Bluetooth 3.0. Storage we have 16, 32 or 64GB as well as sporting a microSD slot if you want some extra space. The versions hitting the shelves next week will be the Wi-Fi-only models, $469 and $569 for the 16 and 32GB models respectively. No word on a UK release as of yet, with the US leading the way.
Apple has sent out invitations to the media to attend the iPhone 5 introduction on October 4. All it says is "Let's Talk iPhone", it shows app icons that reflect the date, the 10AM Pacific start time, its location at Apple's 1 Infinite Loop headquarters, and the phone focus. It's presumed, although not official, that the permanent CEO Tim Cook will lead the event. The iPhone 5's design could still go two ways, a total redesign with a larger screen and a thinner body, or the conservative route with an "iPhone 4S"-type model.
But, we should still see a dual-core A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and quite possibly, 64GB of storage and a dual-mode CDMA/GSM chip. We should also see finished version of iOS 5 at the show, with Android-like notification bar and improved lock screen, true independence from a computer and cloud syncing through iCloud and iTunes Match. On top of this, Twitter integration, reminders and an improved camera app.
Windows Phone 7.5 aka Mango has began rolling out to phones across the world. This is just the start and the ramp up of delivery will increase gradually, with Microsoft hoping to make the update to most customers within 4 weeks. Today Microsoft roll Windows Phone 7.5 out to more than 98 percent of existing Windows Phone customers. This is a simultaneous, coordinated, global update that cuts across carriers, phone models and countries.
Mango won't make it to everyone right away and Microsoft are doing this to contain quality issues. Microsoft aren't just delivering a new operating system, but also new software supplied by individual handset makers. This "firmware" is necessary so your phone and apps work with all Mango features. So the update is not just a one-size-fits-all, but a tweaked update to each and every phone.
It's about time. Facebook for iPad is set to launch on October 4 at the iPhone 5 launch event according to Mashable. In addition, Facebook is also expected to launch a revamped version of its iPhone app that may unveil an HTML5-based mobile app marketplace. The Facebook iPad app has been the source of many news bits across the world this year and caused that much stir that even former Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen left Facebook to work at Google partially because Facebook had been sitting on the completed app since May.
Why the delay? This stems from a combination of timing and a strained relationship with Apple. It is no secret that the two companies have been at each others necks previously, with examples such as Facebook pulling the plug on Facebook Connect in Ping because Apple didn't give Facebook any warning about the feature, which took a chunk out of bandwidth on Facebook's side.
The 7.7-inch, Android-powered tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has hit the FCC for approval goodness. It's named the GT-P6810, and has shown off its sexy little tablet behind at the FCC. The version shown below seems to be the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model as there are no mentions of wireless bands. What shores it'll be washing up on is the question, and whether the Apple lawsuits will stop sales of this thing is another worry. But, it's a 7.7-inch tablet, so that should [hopefully] not be an issue.
The Samsung Galaxy S II launched in April and since then have sold 10 million units. It's not near the iPhone numbers which are sitting at 20 million units (oh btw, thats in Q2 alone!) but impressive nonetheless. Five million Galaxy S II units have been sold since July, which is impressive in itself. This means that in eight weeks the Galaxy S II sales have doubled. Keep in mind that the sales haven't even made a dent in the US.
Nice work Samsung, I love the Galaxy S II. It's a beautiful phone.
Word came out just yesterday that Amazon is preparing to hold a press event in New York City on the 28th of September for an unveiling of sorts.
The event will take place at 9am on said date, but it can only be speculated at this time as to what little trick, or tricks they have up their sleeve. The most likely purpose of the unveiling however is to officially introduce its long-awaited "Kindle" (name yet to be confirmed) Android running tablet.
There's been a number of rumours floating around about it for several months now, but we were recently given more of an idea on what to expect when TechCrunch said it managed to get hands on with it. It was said in this report that it will hit shelves in late November at $250US.
Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 8.9 is said to become available sometime today over at Best Buy, but Netbooknews has already managed to get its hands on one in Taiwan for an unboxing video and lookover.
This is the tablet Samsung is claiming to be one of the thinest in the world, measuring only 0.34-inches thick. It runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but is set back a bit by a rather disappointing TouchWiz interface that is said to slow down the system quite noticably.
As for the rest of the specs, it uses an 8.9-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 display, dual core 1GHz processor and has 16GB internal storage. There's a 2MP front facing camera, and 3MP autofocus rear facing camera with flash on the rear. 1080p HD video playback is said to be supported with no issues, and the other usual forms of connectivity are in place including 802.11b/g/n WiFi, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 3.0.