Judge overseeing case against AT&T/T-Mobile orders settlement talks for September 21st

The federal judge overseeing the Justice Department’s lawsuit against AT&T has asked both sides to discuss the prospects of a settlement on September 21st.

Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle signed an order on Monday asking the Justice Department, AT&T, and Deutsche Telekom (parent company of T-Mobile) to file a joint plan by Sept 16th on scheduling and managing the case.  Judge Huvelle sits in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

The Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit on August 31st saying the acquisition would  “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market.  AT&T said it would contest the litigation and is reportedly as working on a two track plan to address any merger concerns.

While the government’s criticism of the deal was harsh, officials have also suggested there was room to negotiate.  Sharis A. Pozen, the acting assistant attorney general, said at an August 31st news conference:  “We apprised them of our serious concerns.  And as any party can do, our door is open”.

People briefed on the matter have said that AT&T also expects to enter in discussions about a possible solution.

[via dealbook]

HP TouchPad Spotted Running Android 2.3.5 With Touch Screen Drivers

Last week we brought you a video from Team TouchDroid that showed off an HP TouchPad running Android 2.3.5, though disappointingly, it was deemed relatively unusable as it did not allow touchscreen operation. Now less than a week later, the same guys at TouchDroid have released another video using the same Vanilla build with working touchscreen drivers. They even boast multi-touch support for as many as ten fingers, for those really, really hands-on folks.

[via touchdroid]

Join Sony UK on Facebook today for a little Q&A on Sony tablets

Soon you will be able to grab your Sony Tablet S or Tablet P, but you might have some questions or concerns. Today Sony UK will host a Q&A session which will be hosted by their “tablet expert” Omar Gurnah. It starts at 7:30PM BST (2:30PM EDT) on their Facebook page. Just hit the source link to join in.

The Tablet S will be available in the UK and U.S. on September 16 for £399 ($499) for the 16GB version or £499 ($599) for the 32GB version, and the Tablet P will launch in November.

[via facebook]

Chinese search giant Baidu launches mobile OS, forms alliance with Dell

Chinese search engine Baidu has formally entered the mobile device arena by announcing its own mobile OS, as well as entering into an alliance with Dell to produce tablets and smartphones.

Baidu, whose name was inspired from a poem written during the Song Dynasty, has launched its long-anticipated mobile OS named Biadu Yi.

Biadu Yi appears to be a heavily modified Android fork that utilizes cloud storage, backup and sharing capabilities, and comes with its own app store.  Baidu had been rumored to be planning the OS – and to be using a modified version of Android – for some time, but had refused to provide confirmation.

In addition to Biadu Yi, it is being reported that Baidu will supply its own maps, reader, music apps, and provide its Shen Bian service to stand in for Google Places.  The music app will likely integrate with Baidu’s Ting licensed music download service.

With its alliance with Dell in place, and a new OS ready for distribution, Baidu appears to have a solid footing with both software and hardware for mobile devices.   While Dell has struggled to find the success in the mobile device market that it enjoyed in the PC market, entering into an alliance makes sense as Baidu is one of the strongest domestic brand names in China and also dominates China’s search market.  

China has an estimated 906+ million mobile phones in operation, making it nearly 3 times as big a market as the United States.  While Baidu has thus far sat on the sidelines in the mobile device war, it now looks like it is preparing to strike.  The combination of their Biadu Yi OS, along with a steady supply of mobile devices from Dell, gives them a fighting chance to make inroads into the mobile-device rich Chinese market. 

It’s unknown if Baidu’s sights are just on the Chinese market but one thing is certain, before you have a chance to make your mark in the mobile device wars, you first have to be good enough to make your competitors aware that you even joined the fight.

What do you think?  Will Biadu YI make a dent in the Chinese market?  Will it one day be a viable competitor to Android?  Let us know in the comments!

[via telecomasia and dailytech]

Pierre Cardin tablet gets Gingerbread update and lower price

Remember the Pierre Cardin 7-inch tablet (PC-7006) we told you about last month? We weren’t too impressed with it especially since it came with Android 2.2 Froyo. It looks like they are moving up in the world as they have updated it to Gingerbread, and added a G to the model number which is now PC-7006G.

Unfortunately it is still unimpressive, but if you are into designer names, this is the one for you. They even dropped the price from £274.99 ($438) to £224.99 ($358). It still comes with a leather case and black gift box, but it’s still 14mm thick.

The rest of the specs are okay for the money:

  • 7-inch (800 x 480) capacitive multi-touch display
  • Samsung S5PV210 Cortex-A8 1.0 GHz procesor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 16GB, 4GB card provided)
  • mini USB, HDMI
  • WiFi, 3G (with an external dongle)
  • 4400mAh battery

Is anyone looking forward to the PC-7006I?

[via pierre cardin]

Australian court wants Apple to show sales data to prove Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hurts iPad sales

Apple and Samsung are currently involved in a number of lawsuits across the world. Today’s news comes from Australia where a judge is asking for Apple to reveal iPad and iPad 2 sales data.

Apple wants an injunction on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, and is claiming that it will hurt iPad sales. If they don’t provide the data, this argument won’t have much strength.

“Unless Apple puts on evidence showing the impact in the U.S. or U.K., I can’t draw any positive assumptions,” Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett said in Sydney.

Bennett won’t force Apple to hand over the data and denied Samsung’s request for them. Samsung wants sales figures for the U.K. and U.S. to prove there hasn’t been an effect on iPad sales. It is up to Apple at this point.


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Amazon redesigns website for tablets

Amazon’s website design has been around for many years, and whether you are a fan of it or not, all things must change. With Amazon about to enter the tablet war, their website (and offerings) might be the most important piece to the success or failure of the upcoming 7-inch Kindle.

They are currently testing a redesign which will make navigating on a tablet easier. In the above image you can see the current site (to the right), which has more color. The newer version (to the left) takes the color down a few notches to simple gray tones. You will notice a lot more white, and to me it looks boring.

Supposedly only a handful of customers will see the new design, and they plan on rolling it out to more customers in the near future. There is no timeline, but this should be completed by the end of the month or early October.

[via slashgear]

AndyPad and AndyPad Pro Now Available for Inexpensive Tablet Shoppers

We’ve mentioned the AndyPad series of tablets before, but only in regards to to an upcoming release. Well, the day has come, and both the AndyPad and the AndyPad Pro have been released into the wild, ready to be devoured by Android carnivores. The original AndyPad offers WiFi, 8 Gbs of onboard storage with a memory card slot capable of housing a 32 Gb microSD, HDMI out, and a 7-inch touchscreen with 800 by 480 resolution. This model will run you £129 (or $207.99 for those of us in the US), but it’s definitely worth noting that the original AndyPad touchscreen is using resistive technology, meaning that pressure will need to be applied in order to register on the screen. Those of you familiar with those “ancient” Windows Mobile phones may get a sour taste in your mouth from that information. Still, the price is definitely nothing to sneeze at if you’re looking for a tablet on the cheap.

The AndyPad Pro, for £179 ($288.61), offers a few caveats over its little brother. These include Bluetooth, 16 Gbs of internal memory, and a capacitive touchscreen with 1024 by 600 resolution. Not bad for the price. Given the choice and the minor difference in price, I’d probably shoot for the AndyPad Pro myself. Anyone interested in purchasing either model can hit up the link below for AndyPad’s website.

[via AndyPad]

Medion announces an Android tablet and smartphone

Medion has announced two new members to the Android family – the Medion Lifetab P9514 and an Android 2.3 smartphone that hasn’t been given an official name yet.

The Lifetab P9514 is the latest 10-inch tablet to hit the market. Medion’s new tablet will run Nvidia’s Tegra 2 CPU, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), and weigh 720g. The Lifetab P9514 will initially come in just one storage size, although it hasn’t yet been decided if that’s 16GB or 32GB.

The smartphone will have a 4.3-inch screen, run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and offer a 5MP camera. Not much else is known about the phone at this point.

No words on pricing yet, but both devices are expected to land in Q4.

Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates as we receive them!

[via pocketlint]

Sony Tablet S available for pre-order, 16GB and 32GB models available

The Sony Tablet S, in both 16 and 32 GB flavors, is now available for pre-order in the US with shipping dates “on or about” September 16th.  Prices start at $499 for the 16GB version and $599 for the 32GB model.

There is no new information on a release date for Sony’s other new tablet, the dual-screen Tablet P, but it is still expected to be available later this year.

Keep checking back as we’ll be sure to post updates on the Tablet P when we receive them!

[via sony]