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But what's interest is that Europe is still attracted to low-end devices, but when it comes to the US market, it’s all about the smartphones. And not just any kind of smartphone, but one that it’s worthy to compete with the popular iPhone.
We've been hearing about the Mango update to Windows Phone 7 for a very long time, but we had yet to see any kind of official release. That has now changed, because the first Mango phone has been officially unveiled. It's the Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T. That's the good news.
A group of engineers and designers from Toyota Motor Europe's Kansei1 Design Division have decided to take car-window-doodling up a notch. They've designed a prototype system that would turn the side windows of Toyotas into touchscreen augmented reality devices. Using the "Window to the World" technology, kids could draw on the windows with their fingers and the image would stay there until the vehicle moved.
In February, Nokia announced that it would be partnering with Microsoft to produce some Windows Phone 7 devices. That partnership has now born some unofficial fruit in the form of the Nokia Sea Ray WP7 smartphone.
Though this looks good for the pending release of the “Mango” software update for the Windows Phone 7 this fall, Microsoft is stressing quality vs quantity when it comes to its app store
Today, Microsoft has given a preview of its latest Windows Phone OS update, known as Mango. According to Microsoft, Mango will deliver more than 500 new features to ensure a seamless integration of communications, apps and internet searching. Microsoft focused on developing three main things in Mango, which include a web experience that goes beyond the browser, a smarter approach to apps, and improved communication features that make it easier to connect and share with others.
Gartner predicted that worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, with Android taking 38.5 per cent of the smartphone market. Gartner’s prediction sounds about right and might even be too low of an estimate when it comes to both smartphones and Android’s growth.
The Windows Phone OS is getting some major updates. Known as "Mango" the new Windows Phone OS release will add multi-tasking, turn-by-turn navigation, Bing music identifier, SMS dictation and "more."
A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to check out the Samsung transparent AMOLED display at CES. That's just a prototype, but what about stuff that will eventually make it into the hands of real customers? Well, that's starting too, because Samsung has just started to mass produce some see-through screens.
Just about all of the major smartphone companies are jumping on board the tablet bandwagon. We've got everything from the HTC Flyer to the Motorola Xoom, but where does Nokia fit into this mix? This design patent might answer that question.
That didn't take very long at all. The new iOS 4.3 was only put out there last week and there's already a jailbreak for it. Whether you're rocking iOS 4.3 on an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, or iPod touch, you can do the jailbreak on your choice of Windows or Mac.
ViewSonic is announcing immediate availability of the ViewPad 10 tablet we heard about last November. The 10-inch slate will most notably dual boot between Android and Windows 7, the hardware on board is an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 2GB memory to make up for the lack of dual-core functionality, and the option of 16GB or 32GB SSD hard drives.
Despite what some of those slate sellers might lead you to believe, Windows 7 is pretty terrible for tablets. I don't care if you're only interested in enterprise customers; the interface just doesn't work for a finger-based usage and Microsoft kinda knows that. And that's why they're taking so bloody long to come up with an OS that works better for tablets.
To be fair, the headline for this article is the combination of two confirmations that have come by way of Rovio head honcho Peter...
Maybe you've already decided that you don't want an iPad and you're not interested in webOS. That leaves you with Windows 7 and Android for your tablet needs, if you cannot choose between the two you might want the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro, then, since it sports a dual booting.
Google is offering $20,000 and a CR-48 Chrome OS laptop to anyone who can hack their Chrome browser.
Just as you can root your Android device and jailbreak your iPhone, you can also unlock your Windows Phone 7 device. However, every time that you sync it back up with Zune, you might find yourself with a locked device again. How can you get around this?
You've heard of vampire power. That's when you leave something plugged into the wall and it continues to draw electricity even if it doesn't need it. Well, a similar phenomenon seems to be happening with Windows Phone 7 devices, sucking extra data when the user doesn't even think it is.
Las Vegas has seen its share of uncommon and strange weddings over the years, but at CES 2011 Lenovo is playing technology matchmaker with their new Android-slate/Windows-PC hybrid.
No, this number is nowhere near as impressive as what you'd find through the App Store for the Apple iPhone and other iOS devices, but it represents a major milestone for Microsoft's latest mobile operating system. If you happen to be rocking something like the Samsung Focus or HTC Surround, you can now go to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and find no fewer than 5,000 apps.
MSI doesn't want to put all its tablet eggs in the same touchscreen basket. We already know that some ARM-based models with NVIDIA Tegra 2 (and Android 3.0 Honeycomb) are being planned, but it seems that MSI has some "Wintel" plans up its sleeve too.
Unveiled at the Eco Products 2010 exhibition in Tokyo last weekend, the "dye-sensitized solar cell" windows can be screen-printed with custom designs, allowing future consumers to make their homes more artsy while lowering their electricity bills.
In business, it's not always a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket. It looks like Toshiba is really looking to hedge its bets when it decides to attack the tablet market early next year, because it has no fewer than three different tablet devices in the works. The kicker? One does Windows, another Android, and a third still with Chrome OS.
I've had the opportunity to toy around with an LG Optimus Quantum these last few days and while my general overall impression of Windows Phone 7 is mostly positive, there are some missing pieces that make for an incomplete package.
Some people like their mobile phones to be a little more compact, but that trend has definitely swung in the other direction in recent years. "Slate" style smartphones are all the rage and Acer is prepared to go big rather than go home with its upcoming 4.8-inch monster.
Some people may lead you to believe that the tablet market is already saturated with the Apple iPad and none of these other competitors are going to matter. I beg to differ. The market is just heating up and Acer has thrown its name into the arena with at least two Android powered tablets for next year.
Over at Rogers Wireless, they've picked up the Canadian exclusive to the Samsung Focus, a Windows Phone 7 device that comes loaded with some very impressive hardware. Beyond the Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles and Hubs, you get a massive 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. The incredible contrast of Super AMOLED very much lends itself to the UI on WP7.
Viewsonic today officially announced they will be releasing two new tablet computers. The first the ViewPad 7, a 7” Android 2.2 tablet capable of 3.5G wireless. The second tablet is the ViewPad 10, featuring a 10.1” capacitive multi-touch display with LED backlight.
Just because you want to read your e-books on the road does not mean that you necessarily have to buy an Amazon Kindle. The Kindle app is available on a number of smartphone platforms, and Windows Phone 7 will soon be joining that list.
We all knew this day was coming. We've seen teaser pics and spy shots, but it's about time the official day arrived. HP has officially announced the HP Slate 500. This is a tablet that will come powered by Windows 7, but it gets some slight modifications so that it can work better with the 8.9-inch touchscreen.
The hardware design is pretty much par for the course when it comes to tablets, but you'll notice that the 2goPad SL10 (they really ought to come up with a better name) is packing a full build of Windows 7 under the hood. The rest of the specs sound like a decently-powered netbook with an Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM, 250GB HDD, and a front-facing VGA camera.
In addition to the flagship Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone, AT&T will be offering up the HTC Surround, and LG Quantum. CEO Ralph de la Vega calls them “game changers.” That’s exciting and all with the Windows Phone 7 floodgates now open, but we’ll just have to wait and see them first hand before we start “changing” anything.
The Windows Phone 7 train is slowly rolling its way into the T-Mobile station and it looks like one of the first devices to show up at "Magenta" with the new Windows Phone 7 OS is the HTC HD7. You may have seen some leaked photos of this smartphone already, and you may already know it as the Schubert, either way this phone looks pretty sweet with its massive screen real estate of 4.3-inches (largest in USA apparently).
PC Mag recently conducted an extensive interview with Andy Rubin from Google and they addressed a number of different issues. They talk about different versions of Android and the like, but what about the competitors? One of the more interesting quotes came up with the topic of Windows Phone 7 was raised.
The Apple iPad has quickly become ubiquitous and Android tablets will surely enjoy some popularity too. Not to sit idly by, Steve Ballmer is quick to point out that Microsoft has its stake in this arena too. He's promising that the "new slates with Windows on them" will be shown off to world this Christmas.
If there is one smartphone manufacturer that is diversifying its interests, it has to be Samsung. It does feature phones with its own TouchWiz UI, it rocks out with Android, and it even has its own bada OS. And before Santa makes his rounds in a few months, Samsung will have "several" devices powered by Windows Phone 7 on the market.
We hear about world phones all the time, but very few will give you reception when you're in the middle of nowhere. For the truly hardcore, only the newly announced Terrestar Genus will do.
As iOS and Android continue to pick up steam, players like Nokia's Symbian and Microsoft's Windows Mobile are struggling to keep up. Windows Phone 7 could change things around for the latter and now we're getting the full specs for the upcoming HTC Mozart smartphone too.
Samsung has the TouchWiz thing for its smartphones and Motorola does MOTOBLUR. Over at HTC, they have the Sense UI for Google Android, so it only makes sense that they'd want to customize the user interface on their Windows Phone 7 devices too. And now we get the first look at how these customizations will work.
Windows Phone 7 is on the brink of distribution and we’ve managed to catch a glimpse at one of the first games made for the device; Bye Bye Brain- a 3D zombie killing classic Tower Defense game where you must attack the flesh eating zombies and stay alive until the military rescues you.
Is it a mistake that Asus plans to launch their first Eee Pad tablet on the Windows 7 platform? Asus is a company that likes to cover as many bases as possible, so it’s a natural move for them to release for the platform they can go to market quickest with, then fine tune things in other areas for other markets.
Another option for graphic designers has emerged this week. Genius, makers of tablets and other peripherals have added the first wireless tablet to their roster. The 5 x 8-inch MousePen M508W tablet is just $199 and will ship this September. As for technicals, it gives you 1024-levels of pressure sensitivity, comparable to the Intuos Bamboo pen but twice the LPI, sitting pretty at 4000.
The tablet market is really heating up. Just about everyone is making an "iPad killer" these days and the latest to join the fray is the Pioneer DreamBook ePad L11. I'm more familiar with Pioneer's audio products, but it looks like they're expanding their portfolio into the touchscreen handheld realm too.
This latest video shows a Windows 7 tablet and Apple iPad going head to head in a series of every day tasks. The hardware used for the Windows 7 contender is the Hanvon Windows 7 slate, one of many Windows 7 tablets that will be released before the year is out.
Waterloo's Research in Motion made its triumphant reveal of the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone this morning. Mere moments later, Canada's three biggest wireless providers and AT&T USA announced that they would be indeed picking up the hot new smartphone. The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the first slider phone to come out of the RIM camp and it takes on a form factor similar to that of the Palm Pre.
The Apple iPhone wasn't the first touchscreen cell phone, but it certainly popularized the format. The same thing is happening with the Apple iPad, and now there's much more demand for multitouch tablets than ever before. Capitalizing on this trend is Synaptics with its new line of displays
Microsoft has revealed additional hardware partners for their Windows Phone 7 OS, announcing that Dell and HTC are now on the list of manufactuers who will be making Windows Phone 7 phones. This is good news for the company, who have already got Asus, Samsung and LG to pony up a few devices. You can expect something from each of the companies before the year is out; while no set date on the official launch day of Windows Phone 7 is keeping us in suspense.
It's clear that the Apple iPad is currently dominating the tablet market, but a number of new competitors will soon be entering that realm. I think one of the major keys to success is a properly designed mobile OS, so it's good to see that Asus is making the switch from Windows to Android for its EeePad.
For some inane reason, the crazy kooks at XDA-Developers have decided to port over a version of Microsoft Windows 95 to the Google Android platform. Yes, it means we're going backwards in time about 15 years, but it means that you can relive your solitaire dreams on the go. There are actually two different versions of Windows 95 for Android floating about out there. There's one version that is quite slow (just like the original!) but is reasonably stable. The other version isn't all that stable (just like the original!), but it's a lot faster. Pick your poison.
As great as smartphone experiences have become, they're still not quite the same as surfing the Internet on a proper computer. At the same time, you may not always be in the presence of an available Wi-Fi hotspot. That's why products like the Nokia CS-18 are so useful. Available through Rogers Wireless, this is an HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick. What this means is that it uses the HSPA+ cellular network to connect your computer to the Internet, rifling through a mobile data plan not unlike what you'd do on a BlackBerry or iPhone. This concept is not new, but it's good to see an HSPA+ option.