The next ASUS Tranformer Pad TF300T will be launching in the United Kingdom at the end of May this year. This device will be a budget-friendly alternative to the Prime. It will be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 CPU, Android 4.0, 8mp camera, 10.1″ display, 16Gb of internal storage, and more. The price of this tablet will start at £399, which will include the keyboard dock. Being that this launch price is well below the Prime, I would think ASUS could see some pretty decent sales numbers. At launch it will be available to only one retailer, then toward the end of June spread to other retail store for wider sale.
To all our reader in the US, this tablet is already available for order. Hit the break for the detailed UK press release.
We know you all love a good deal or two, so we’re happy to share with you all a super find for those of you interested in the mouthwatering AT&T HTC One X smartphone. Amazon Wireless has the device available for pre-order for a not-too-shabby price of $149.99 for both the white and grey versions of the smartphone— $50 less than what AT&T is offering the smartphone for. That’s not even the best part too— the offer is available for both new and existing customers. Very nice indeed. In case you’ve forgotten, the 4G LTE version of the One X features:
- 3G/4G/4G LTE connectivity
- Android 4.0
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
- 4.7-inch HD 720p touchscreen
- 16 GB memory
- 8-MP camera + Full HD 1080p video capture
- Wireless-N Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
If you’re interested, you’ll want to jump on this deal right away before its too late, so be sure to hit the source links for more details.
source: Amazon Wireless Grey | White
via: Android Police
Philips is positioned to release a new line of tablets to it’s consumers, at least in China for now. This tablet will feature Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. Unlike most tablets powered by an ARM or x86 processor, the up and coming Philips 7″ tablet will house a MIPS CPU. This low-powered processor isn’t the popular choice among manufacturers, but that could change.
Google has taken more notice of the MIPS processor by reporting plans to offer better support. Google will bundle support in their developers kit by including a compiler for MIPS. As this processor is mainly found in low end, low priced tablet, we may see an up turn in the use of MIPS since Google has turn its attention to supporting it. To follow, we can expect to see developer support for applications being compatible with MIPS-based tablets, sharing the attention with ARM and x86.
This Philips tablet most likely will not be found on shelves on the United States, but will first be launched in China. Stay tuned for more information.
Spotify may be one of the biggest names in online music services, but Android users shouldn’t forget there are tons of alternatives available and waiting to be used. eMusic is an original player in the online streaming game, but it officially joins the Android family by having its first app unleashed for Android devices. Created in partnership Indie website We Are Hunted, the app and service gives users a new way to discover and listen to music. That means Android users will have another means to enjoy mixes, playlists and online radio stations.
The app is available for all Gingerbread 2.3.3+ devices with at least a 1GHz processor and 576MB of RAM, so be sure to grab the app today if your device meets the requirements. But first, hit the break to see the full presser.
Been surfing on YouTube lately? If you have, you may have come across a video series where user wicked4u2c has made up around 100 videos showing the flexibility of Google’s Android OS vs Apple’s iOS. The video below demonstrates several pieces of functionality that may cause you to perform more steps than is necessary when using Apple’s iPhone. The videos were created to combat the notion that “The iPhone just works” and “the UI is much more simpler”. While I may give them that that many applications for iOS are indeed “polished”, I believe it’s extremely far and beyond from being a “simpler” UI than Android. I know due to the fragmentation of Android, not every version of the OS may be as intuiitive as we’d like, ICS included, however, that being said, the iPhone is nowhere near as easy to use when it comes to executing various functions than an Android device, as you’ll see in the segment below. When it comes down to it, you can’t beat a good o’l fashion side by side comparison. Check out the video below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments.
After using an iPhone for 30 days, I realized that Android has a much more polished UI and more intuitive features. Things were much more difficult to do on the iPhone then they were on Android. This is the reason why I created this video series. I want to show the flexibility on Android compared to iOS.
Canada has been seeing a lot of HTC love lately with Rogers getting the HTC One X last week. This time, thanks to an anonymous tipster, Bell is getting in on the goods with the HTC One V set to arrive on May 3. Reminiscent of the HTC Legend of old, the One V is built with a uni-body aluminum shell surrounding a 3.7 inch SLCD2 display. Inside, you will find a 1 GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage with micro SD card support, 5 MP camera, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s no official word on pricing at this time but the HTC One V will be advertised toward the mid-range smartphone crowd. Personally, I think this is a pretty smooth looking device, however I wouldn’t mind a bump in the specs department. Anyone planning on picking up one of these HTC crowbars next week?
If you’ve ever owned an iPod, iPhone or iPad, chances are you’ve probably owned an iHome device too. While the iHome brand is a popular one, more than a few Android users have been wondering when iHome would show some love to the Android platform. Well iHome has finally come through and introduced a new line of budget accessories for Android devices. The line of accessories are available as of the time of this writing, but are limited to 2 products for now, but will grow over time. The first product is the iC50, a $59.99 alarm clock radio dock. The second product is the iC3, a $39.99 charging dock for Android tablets and smartphones which includes a speaker and doubles as a stand. There’s a third product which will be released around the summertime called the iC16, which is a compact portable alarm clock stereo speaker with USB charging which will also run around $59.99.
Want to see more? Hit the source links for more details.
source: iC50 | iC3
HTC is looking to jump in on the chipmaking party by partnering with ST-Ericsson. According to the China Times, HTC:
“Will develop a dedicated application processor that will be incorporated into its low-end smartphones when production starts next year”.
There seems to be a few suggestions for why HTC is moving towards its own development of chips and processors. For starters, Apple and Samsung each have their own powerful line of processors with their A4/A5/A5X and Exynos chips which offer great performance and enhancements, while keeping the development in-house. HTC will likely look to follow the success of both manufacturers and create a top-quality chip for its own devices. In addtion, HTC will likely want to reduce its association with both Qualcomm and NVIDIA. An example is HTC’s own flagship One X smartphone which features the Tegra 3 in unlocked and European versions, but the Snapdragon S4 in the 4G LTE versions. Having its own in-house processor will avoid any compatibility problems currently plaguing the One X (i.e. not being able to have an integrated LTE modem on the Tegra 3 chip).
HTC is a reputable brand and is generally well-regarded when it comes to the development of the hardware in its devices, but you gotta admit— it is moving into unknown territory and you have to think that it may be getting ahead of itself. Hopefully the first line of chips will offer premium performance as the Exynos and A4/A5/A5X line of processors do.
source: The Next Web
It’s been a game of chess between Samsung and the entire media/public with Samsung winning hands down and enjoying the media attention. Hey, they deserve it, they had the most popular phone last year with the Galaxy S II, and there’s no question that the Galaxy S III is going to be even bigger. Everyone is fishing around for clues or leaks, but will most likely come up empty. We only have 10 days left so this should be fun.
Today’s possible leak is from accessory maker Kolay. They have a few cases on Amazon UK with pictures of what’s supposed to be the Galaxy S III or model i9500. It looks reasonable enough, but is it a placeholder? I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung told Kolay to post those pics.
source: Amazon (1) (2) (3)
The timer on the teaser site that Samsung launched over the weekend came to a close and we got what we expected, not much. I quick knock of Apple fans with an iSheep reference, but that’s about it. Maybe there’s something hidden in the video that you guys can find as well. So far this campaign is working because everyone is having a tough time getting into the site, so to makes things easier for everyone here’s the video…