Remember the Acer Iconia Smart? How could you, with its massive 4.8-inch display? Is it a phone or a tablet? Yes, to answer your question. We’ve finally received some word on a release date courtesy of Acer’s Facebook page. According to Acer, the device is slated for a release date in September. The device’s specs still remain the same sporting a 4.8-inch capacitive touch display, a single core Snapdragon CPU, Gingerbread 2.3 and dual cameras. You can expect to pay close to a whopping $710.00 bucks US for the monster. That’s a little pricey for yesterday’s specs if you ask me. However, to each his own. We would have liked to at least seen a dual-core chip set on board. Feel free to leave us your thoughts in the comments below.
Alright, raise your hand if you were surprised when Apple sued Motorola for their XOOM tablet. No one? You know why no one is surprised? This is becoming a common Apple product. Apple doesn’t seem content with suing Samsung, their (more than likely) biggest tablet competitor. Now that they’ve won that battle, they’ve moved onto Motorola for their XOOM. It’s like I called Apple’s success against Samsung being used as a precedent in other cases. Oh wait, I did. We just reported that Apple has filed a complaint against Motorola in Europe for its XOOM tablet. You know what this means? Apple is officially a patent troll.
Been dying to get a look at the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Verizon, complete with all its shiny, new-tech glory? Just hit the video below and get a quick unboxing of the Tab, and keep your eyes peeled for our full review, coming soon. Also, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
Earlier today we reported that Apple got a preliminary injunction against Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Europe. Well prior to or simultaneously with the motion for this injunction, Apple filed a complaint with the same court over the design of the Motorola XOOM.
There is a passage within the Samsung complaint that mentions Motorola and a local German company called JAY-tech. The passage says that Apple filed a complaint with Motorola, but doesn’t state whether they requested a preliminary injunction or not. It is possible that they asked for a permanent injunction instead.
Give this round to Apple. A German court has granted Apple a preliminary injunction in its patent dispute with Samsung. The ruling, which is on the grounds of community design infringement by Samsung, effectively halts all sales and advertisements of the Galaxy 10.1 across the European Union (EU).
According to EU Law, German trademark rulings have a multinational effect, which in this case impacts all fellow members with the exception of the Netherlands (where patent laws differ). With the official European Launch only a week ago, Samsung must now immediately remove all Galaxy Tabs from store shelves and halt all advertising.
Samsung and Apple have been going head to head over accusations of patent infringement across the globe. While Samsung can appeal, it will take four weeks to file and must be heard by the original ruling judge.
While Samsung can put on a public showing of confidence regarding the results of an appeal, unlike some of the recent patent infringement rulings, this one has the potential to really hurt.
Motorola CEO Dr. Sanjay Jha spoke at the Oppenheimer Annual Technology & Communications Conference and touched base on several topics including the not-yet-released Bionic, Motorola Tablets, Ice Cream Sandwich, and more:
Unfortunately, no announcement date yet. He did make one interesting comment about the Bionic being an “important product, but not the only product”, which seems odd since the Bionic is quite a hot topic in the Android world. While the DrioidX2, DROID3, Photon 4G, and even the Atrix have their respective fan base, many people, including yours truly, have been counting the days until the release date of the Bionic is announced.
A New Global Brand:
When asked today if the would adopt something similar to Samsung’s approach (i.e. Galaxy) Sanjay was clear that they are ready to do something immediately. In fact, he said that when you release lead products “within a very short period across multiple carriers around the globe that then means you can put marketing dollars behind it and drive sales globally”. When asked directly about branding and whether or not it would become more consistent, Sanjay answered “You got it. You will see with global launches, much greater consistency”.
New 2nd Half Tablets:
Tablet talk brought to the front Motorola’s realization that they should have been pushing WiFi versions from the beginning instead of putting too much weight behind their 3G/4G variations. Said Sanjay: “Price points move much faster than we anticipated. We needed to launch globally with WiFi much earlier. You will see us launch in 2nd half with our tablets, much more aggressive form factors, much greater differentiation in terms of enterprise capability, in terms of multimedia, and in terms of distribution… and potentially some marketing plans behind that”.
On Being the first to Launch Ice Cream Sandwich:
When asked if he would want to be the first to release Ice Cream Sandwich after dealing with the frustrations of being first to Honeycomb (i.e. the Xoom), Sanjay had the following to say: “It depends. I would say by and large I would like to be the first. But there are times when being the first to launch has greater schedule uncertainty. You are taking more chances with new innovation in the beginning and sometimes that has negative impact. By and large, largely it’s a very positive thing.”
Sanjay clearly understands the importance of being the first to launch with a new Android OS, as previously done with the Xoom. However, in the case of Honeycomb, the visibility it brought to Motorola was probably not they type Sanjay had in mind.
Overall it was a good conversation with a lot of nice ideas for the future. Hopefully Sanjay has learned from the mistakes made in the initial Xoom marketing and distribution approach. The Xoom is a top of the line model that to this date cannot reach its potential due to software or 4G limitations. As the saying goes, it could have been a contender. Hopefully Motorola’s next attempt will be.
An app called Sixaxis Controller is now in the market that lets you pair you PlayStation 3 Sixaxis or dualshock 3 controller to your Android phone or tablet. It allows you to use your controller with many of you favorite games and applications via wireless Bluetooth.
You will need to be rooted and unfortunately all devices are not supported. The app costs $1.65, but the developer has a free device compatibility checker to see if you phone or tablet is compatible before purchasing.
- Up to four Sixaxis and DualShock 3 controllers supported at once
- All 17 buttons on the controller can be mapped to any key press in Android
- Analog sticks emulated as digital key presses
Android Market Link – Device Compatibility Checker
Android Market Link – Full Version
Newspapers are a dying bread, but the tablets could save them. Developing applications for Android and Apple doesn’t seem to be enough for the Tribune Co, one of the largest U.S. news enterprises. They are working on a tablet to offer to subscribers.
The Tribune Co. owns many major newspapers like, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the Baltimore Sun, along with 23 television stations.
The tablet is expected to a run a modified version of Android along with software for the owner’s hometown paper. They could offer the tablet for free to customers who agree to extended subscriptions to one of its papers. This is no different then what the carriers offer, but the Tribune might also partner with a carrier to help subsidize costs.
It has smiled for the camera and it has passed through the FCC. Now all we need is the official unveiling for HTC’s first 10-inch Honeycomb tablet. It is likely that it will happen on September 1st since HTC will hold a press event. HTC has not told us what the event will be about, but all evidence points to the Puccini taking center stage.
The HTC Puccini will have a 10.1-inch display, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, front camera, Android Honeycomb, and support for the HTC Digital Pen with HTC Scribe.
[via htc source]
It may not the be the greatest tablet in the world, but if you want a tablet with an infra-Red blaster, you might want to know that both Amazon and Walmart have already cut their price on the VIZIO Tablet to $298. The accompanied remote app covers at least 95% of devices in the US market.
Other features include Android 2.3, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB built-in storage (Micro SD slot for additional), front camera, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.