With Google’s entry into the 7-inch tablet market via the Google Nexus 7, it seems everyone is wanting to get a piece of that market share. This is good for customers as Google is helping to drive the price down for the devices and at the same time ramp up the hardware that is provided. Case in point is the forthcoming Acer Iconia Tab A110. When we reported on its expected release, it appeared the tablet would be available with Ice Cream Sandwich. ICS is no longer good enough given the new standard set by the Nexus 7. An apparent press shot of the new Acer tablet from the Ebuyer web site shows the device running Jelly Bean.
Assuming the photo is accurate and the Iconia Tab A110 is shipped with Jelly Bean, it would seem manufacturers may be feeling the pressure to install the latest Android version even on smaller tablets in the sub-$200 market. However, having established the market, Google may find itself quickly playing catch up. As we have noted in the past, the Nexus 7 has a glaring weakness in the lack of a microSD card slot. The Acer Iconia Tab A110 does include a microSD slot. That small variance in hardware could translate into a big advantage for Acer in competing with Google. The combination of hardware, storage expansion, and now Jelly Bean could make the Acer Iconia Tab A110 just right for someone looking at this form factor, but put off by Google’s lack of storage space.
Well thank you so much Apple for providing a nice, and shall I say gigantic, chart showing us just where Samsung infringed on your wonderful patents. Yes that was sarcasm, but I will say that this is helpful in understanding where Apple is really attacking Samsung, and whether it’s the design of the hardware (Patents D087, D677, and D899) or software icons (D305).
Apple showed this chart to the court yesterday when they closed their arguments. It was introduced as evidence, but shortly after, three phones from the chart were eliminated after Samsung argued that they weren’t sold here in the U.S, so therefore shouldn’t be part of the case. Those phones were the international versions of the Galaxy S (GT-i9000) and Galaxy S II (GT-i9100) as well as the Galaxy Ace.
Smartphones are as popular as ever, but it doesn’t mean sales can’t take a slight hit. Gartner reports overall global sales for Q2 2012 dropped 2.3 percent compared to Q2 2011. The Android platform unsurprisingly accounted for 64.1 percent of the overall sales with Samsung leading the way with 90.4 million units sold, while Nokia and Apple followed behind. Speaking of Apple— iOS devices sold 28.9 million units, which accounts for an 18.8 percent market share.
While the report is new, it pretty much cements what we already know: the Android platform continues to be a dominant one. We’re sure you’re itching for specific details, so be sure to hit the break to see the full report in all its glory.
The Apple vs. Samsung saga is about to be over here in the States at least. Apple wrapped up its case yesterday by calling in a financial expert to testify on behalf of Apple. CPA Terry Musika used his time to highlight Apple lost 2 million iPad and iPhone sales because of infringement, while also showing how much Samsung was able to benefit by its sales and more importantly, its profits. Musika shared with the courtroom 3 major items on his agenda: the profits Samsung made with the accused products, the reasonable royalty fees for the allegedly-infringed patents and the profits Apple itself may have lost. He believes Samsung was able to gain $8.16 billion in revenue generated from devices and after going through the company’s financials, he estimated that Samsung made $2.241 billion in profit— while also coming up with unusual ways to increase profits (i.e. avoiding taxes). When its all settled and done, Musika believes Apple can legitimately ask between $2.5 billion and $2.75 billion in damages.
So much for all that mystery and uncertainty surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) smartphone. Our friends at GSMArena obtained a supposed leaked photo which highlights the device’s front panel. While it’s not certain if the photo is real or not, the device you see pretty much matches up with earlier rumors indicating the Galaxy Note 2 would channel its inner Galaxy S III. Moreover, GSMArena reports its source included some Galaxy Note 2 features which also lines up with what we’ve reported before. The Galaxy Note 2 will feature a 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED RGB display on a 5.5-inch screen, 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos processor and Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. And speaking of Ice Cream Sandwich– it’s also of note that Samsung just about has its Jelly Bean update ready and will release the update for the Galaxy S III alongside the Galaxy Note 2 announcement on August 29th.
We’ve all seen what cloud gaming on Android looks like with OnLive, and from what I’ve seen, it looks pretty good. However, gaming service Gaikai, recently acquired by Sony, is likely going to bring cloud gaming to the next level. Currently available through PC browsers, an Android client is on the way, and it promises to be an exceptional gaming platform.
So what makes Gaikai so special? First, it’s speed. Harnessing the power of NVIDIA’s GeForce Grid technology moves the service way beyond what OnLive can do now… and the faster the game can stream to you, the more it feels like a traditional console. Improved responsiveness in a game can be the difference between life and death, and hardcore gamers will appreciate the advantage this provides.
The acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google sent shock waves throughout not just the mobile industry, but the tech industry as a whole. The purchase raised numerous questions regarding the effect that this would have on Google’s other Android vendors such as Samsung and HTC. Many were concerned that this would most certainly give Motorola “special” privileges when it came to Android considering they now belonged to Google. To my surprise, and probably to most others, that’s far from the truth.
According to an ex-Motorola employee, ever since they were acquired by Google it was harder to work with them as Google didn’t want it to seem like they were giving Motorola “preferable treatment.” This all actually makes sense because Google knows that they are now walking a thin line and has to be careful to not anger their other big Android vendors.
In time things could very well change, after all there is an ever going rumor that Google will someday follow in suit of Apple and manufacture their own phone. If Google were to actually do that, then imagine the position they’re putting their Android partners such as Samsung and HTC.
Do you guys think Google should pull an Apple and use Motorola to manufacture their own Android phones? Or do you all like the way things are with Google’s strong and ongoing relationship with Samsung, HTC, LG and others?
source: Business Insider
Starting August 14th, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will have an optional upgrade to Android 4.0.5 Ice Cream Sandwich. I say optional because the update will be through Samsung Kies and not via an OTA update. The update will bring the software to T869UVLG7 can only be completed by tethering the tablet to the computer via USB and using Samsung Kies to upload the new software to the tablet.
Head over to the source link for further instructions once the update becomes available!
It’s clear that Google intends to bolster its local reviews in any way they can. They proved that with the purchase of the restaurant rating giant Zagat late last year. Now Google is all set to acquire Frommer’s Travel Brand, one of the bestselling travel guides in America. Frommer’s also includes over 350 guidebooks across 14 series, as well as other media including the award winning Frommers.com website which covers over 3,500 destinations. Needless to say, Frommer’s is a huge acquisition for Google as it’s an opportunity to broaden its consumer offerings outside of restaurant reviews and provide information about hotels and certain destinations.
The big question is whether Google intends to change things, either the Frommer’s guidebooks will continue to be published in print or whether they will eventually migrate entirely to online. Or perhaps they may liquidate it into Zagat or maybe even into Google Maps.
Either way, I’m sure Google will find a perfect way to implement this acquisition. I just can’t wait for this to come to Google Maps on my Android device. Any of you guys excited about this recent purchase by Google?
source: Wall Street Journal
Masters of mid-range mobiles ZTE has today bolstered Virgin Media’s catalogue with the launch of the Grand X. Now before you write this new device off it is worth noting that whilst the spec sheets of flagship phones continue to get better and better, so too do the midrange devices. The ZTE Grand X actually boasts fairly impressive specifications, the highlights of which include :
- Stock Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich
- 4.3″ QHD touchscreen
- 512MB RAM
- Nvidia Tegra 2, 1GHz dual core processor
- 5MP camera with HD video recording
These specifications were virtually top tier only 12 months ago, so to pick one of these up without a contract for only £200 is quite a bargain. You’ll also find the handset available free of charge on 12 month contracts, buy now and Virgin will even throw a whole year of free data your way!
If the Grand X sounds right up your street, click the link below and get ordering!
Source: Virgin Media