We knew it was right around the corner since the soak test commenced last week, so it’s not a surprise that Verizon just announced that Android 4.4 KitKat is starting to roll for the DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini. Unless you are really lucky, don’t expect it to hit your device right away though. This is a staged rollout, so it could take up to a week or more. Of course, you can always check system updates in your settings, but contrary to popular believe, it won’t come any faster.
Another round of applause is in order for Motorola, who is really on the ball with KitKat.
If you were planning on purchasing a Chromebook with a touchscreen, you previously only really had one option: at $1,299, Google’s Chromebook Pixel was the only laptop running Chrome OS with a touchscreen.
However, for only $299, you’ll soon be able to get Acer’s C720P Chromebook which features a touchscreen. It’ll be available on Amazon and in Best Buy, and on Acer’s online store.
Startup is still only 7 seconds, and features 7.5 hour battery life. The processor is also a Haswell-based Intel Celeron CPU— all very nice.
You’ll get 32GB of flash storage, more than the 16GB offered by the other model’s in Acer’s C720 line. (This Chromebook is essentially the same as the $199 version, but includes the touchscreen.)
If you’re looking for a device to get some lightweight work done on the go, then this Chromebook is certainly an awesome option.
Chromebooks everywhere! Following the announcement of HP’s new Chromebook comes Acer’s new 11.6-inch Haswell-powered C720 Chromebook. The notebook will run for $249.99, and you can pre-order it now on either Amazon or Best Buy online. It should launch by the holidays…
The new Chromebook has a speedy Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor and a nice design. The display is 11.6-inches, is 1366 x 768 pixels and is anti-glare. The battery will keep you up and running for about 8.5 hours, and it has 4GB of DDR3L RAM, and 16 GB SSD storage. Unlike previous Chromebooks, free Google Drive storage is not included. I’m sure this wasn’t a major selling point for most consumers anyway.
The C720 has all of the essentials as well, including both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, HDMI, and an SD card reader. It’s WiFi only and has no 3G/4G option- there are no plans to bring cellular connectivity to it in the future.
Although Chromebooks haven’t taken off quite as much as Google would have liked them too, they still certainly offer a low-cost alternative to a high-end notebook.
Today, HP announced the Chromebook 11, which will feature an IPS-display and gorgeous design, all for $279.
The notebook will be the first Chromebook with an IPS display, and will also have the Chromebook Pixel’s multicolored light-bar on the lid. It will come in either white or black plastic, with an accent color of either blue, red, yellow, or green.
Google announced several new Chromebook devices based on Intel Haswell chips are on the way over the next few months. By using the new chips from Intel, the devices will perform faster and consume their batteries at about half the rate of current devices. Manufacturers of the new devices include Acer, HP, ASUS and Toshiba. For potential buyers who have been interested in a ChromeOS running device but put off by the typical small size of existing Chromebooks, one of the new devices is a 14-inch laptop being produced by HP, which should be available in a variety of colors and boasting a 9.5-hour battery life.
Other devices include a new Acer Chromebook in the 11.6-inch range, a Toshiba produced Chromebook that appears to be in the 12- to 13-inch range, and a Chromebox device from ASUS. Google indicates six of the top laptop manufacturers now offer Chromebook devices. More devices are expected in the coming months as Google continues to solidify its position in the sub-$300 segment of the market where Chromebooks account for 20-25% of devices. Google also notes more than 5,000 schools representing 20% of schools districts in the U.S. have deployed Chromebooks to their students, which should establish a solid base of future users who are comfortable with Chromebooks.
Exact availability dates and pricing are not yet available. However, you can sign-up for updates for both the HP and Acer devices.
source: Google Chrome Blog, Chromebook
Remember that NVIDIA tablet we’ve been keeping an eye on? It recently passed through the FCC, and showed off some specs and designs while it was there. It also came with a semi-official name: the NVIDIA Tegra TAB. Caps lock. It’s also supposedly going to come with a slightly tweaked version of the Tegra 4, a 1280 x 800 7-inch screen, and what might be some version of stock Android, either 4.1, 4.2, or 4.3.
The pictures for the device show some high-end features for a tablet, like front-facing speakers, HDMI output, and the stylus slot. However, on those leaked photos, some things like the SD card slot and rear-camera are listed as being “Premium Model only.” You may see this tablet hit shelves in two flavors, one that offers a less-features but affordable Tegra 4 experience, and one that offers an all-out, high end experience.
No word on pricing or date yet, but with all of these recent leaks, I’m assuming an official announcement can’t be too far behind.
As part of their announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1 today, Sony took some time to show off a couple new accessories for smartphones. The Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 attachable lenses take the form of a lens, but are really a complete camera that can be attached to a smartphone via a special bracket that quickly clips on an off. The QX100 comes with a 20.2 MP Exmor 1-inch sensor, a Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6x zoom capability, and Sony’s BIONZ image processing software. The QX10 is an 18.2 MP device with a Sony G Lens that can zoom in 10x and has built-in Optical SteadyShot. The devices will sell for approximately $500 and $250 respectively.
After seeing less-than-promising numbers in Q3 2013, ASUS will be looking to jump into the Chromebook market as soon as the fourth quarter in an effort to gain back some of its notebook sales (which are currently sinking).
It’s a bit of a desperation move by the company, but hey— if they think it’s going to get them back to the sales numbers they were experiencing before, then all the power to them. Hopefully ASUS can bring some excitement back to the Chromebook brand, which has seemingly faltered a bit since its initial announcement. No news on how many Chromebooks the company will be creating, or on any of the specs we can expect to see.
Ever had a question about a device on Google Play and couldn’t seem to find answers? Then you’ll be happy to know that they’re adding a live chat feature for questions on device purchasing. Before this, the only options to get help were to call support or email them— this new option will most definitely make the process more efficient by eliminating waiting time and allowing you to take care of business without leaving the computer screen.
The chat feature is surprisingly very similar to the layout of Hangouts, which is definitely refreshing and a change in the way of doing things. When your chat is over, the entire conversation will be found in your Gmail inbox— if you don’t want the whole thing recorded in your chat history, however, there is an option to go “off the record.”
If you were to talk about an insane amount of specs all crammed into one device, the Ativ Q would definitely be part of that list. Today Samsung announced their Ativ Q device and it sure packs a wallop. The Ativ Q is essentially a dual-booting device that can run both Windows and Android and sports a 13.3″ screen with a resolution of, wait for it, 3200 x 1800! To make things even better, it also has what I deem as some sort of convertible mode that changes it to a tablet mode, laptop mode, and an odd mode where it’s floating on top of the keyboard.