Skyfire submits iPhone friendly version to Apple; your move, Steve

Well well, how the tables have turned.  How the mighty have fallen.  How the… oh wait, I see what you did there.

Skyfire, makers of the popular multi-platform mobile browser with almost one million Android users, have announced the submission of their iPhone and iPad version to Apple for review and final approval. You may be asking yourself, how will this browser allow Flash video to be played on the iPhone and iPad?

Skyfire accomplishes this by transcoding all of the Flash video into HTML5 on the Skyfire servers, taking the burden off the phone itself.  This allows the playback of Flash on Apple devices, without what Steve Jobs calls the “technical problems” of Flash.

It will be interesting to see whether or not this is approved by Apple.  Given the fact that Skyfire has been working closely with them in adhering to their strict HTML5 guidelines, all signs are pointing to yes. However, if it is rejected, it will prove once and for all that Jobs’ Flash ban is more political than it is technical.

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Toshiba’s Android tablet will be a 10in, dual core powerhouse

While we knew a few things about Toshiba’s Smartpad, now possibly called Folio 100, a few more details have leaked out. We knew that the device was going to be a 10in, Tegra 2-powered Android tablet. But we didn’t know anything about the CPU or what version of Android that the iPad competitor would be running. Now apparently, those details are making their way to the surface.

The Folio 100 will (probably) feature the Nvidia Tegra 250 CPU, a dual core Arm A9 processor running at 1GHz. This dual core processor will be pushing Android 2.2 at a supposed resolution of 1024×600.

To further gain a leg up on the iPad, the Folio 100 will feature a 1.3MP webcam for use in video calling and 32GB of removable storage (16GB built in). This is in addition to the (again rumored) 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connectivity, 3G connectivity (another tablet that makes calls, interesting), HDMI 1080p port, USB 2.0 (why not 3.0?) and USB 2.2 mini audio jack. Keeping the tablet running will be a 1020mAh battery that is capable of 7 hours of usage.

If you want to catch a live glimpse of Toshiba’s tablet (as well as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab) then head over to IFA which begins on September 3rd in sunny Berlin, Germany.

[via intomobile]

More Samsung Galaxy Tab pics & CDMA version?

Even though we know that the Galaxy Tab is real and official, buzz is still being generated about this 7in, iPad mini competitor. Engadget was sent a few photos of a CDMA-branded Galaxy Tab and the tipster had this to say about the device:

The device has strong speakers, great call quality (although not clear if that’s over 3G or WiFi), and ability to run Flash — but at the same time notes the GPS is just a bit slow (it does work, though).

We personally can’t wait to get our grubby hands on one, but what about you guys? Do you think Samsung’s big push into the tablet arena well be a success? Are you itching to buy a Galaxy Tab? Let us know in the comments.

Sources say Samsung tablet to be a direct competitor with iPad Mini

Yesterday, we reported on a leaked video of Samsung’s not-yet-released Galaxy Tablet. Many people have told us their thoughts on the tablet, and a lot of it was positive. Samsung Electronics is now preparing to do up a demo to the public for the new tablet in Berlin, Germany at IFA 2010 September 3-8, and sources close to the company are letting loose that Samsung is planning the device to directly compete with Apple’s not-yet-announced 7-inch “iPad mini”.

What do you think? can Samsung’s new baby compete with Apple’s stranglehold on the tablet market with their new device? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

[via digitimes]

TweetDeck beta for Android updated again

TweetDeck 0.9.4-1

It’s been a busy week for the folks over at TweetDeck.  The beta is only a week old, but it has already amassed more tweets and status updates than their 3 month old iPad app.  This latest update brings a brand new column setting page, which is starting to look much better than the earlier versions.  Some of the other changes since the initial release include:

  • font resizing (boy did some you want this :)
  • heavy data usage optimizations
  • support for more phones
  • bug fixes
  • lots of polish

You can grab the latest version of the beta here, and check out the source link below for more information.

[via TweetDeck]

Tablet makers waiting for Android to support higher resolutions

Many of you might be wondering why Android tablets haven’t been flooding the market like some had predicted.  The reason for this particular case of cold feet is Android’s inability to scale well on screens bigger than 5 inches.  Android 2.2 (Froyo) currently supports screen resolutions of up to 854×480 pixels, but this is expected to increase in future updates.  Many are speculating that Android 3.0, codename Gingerbread, will support screen resolutions upwards of 1280×760, although there is nothing official on record thus far.

Peter Borup Jakobsen, director of collaboration architecture marketing at Cisco Systems Asia-Pacific, feels that Google could benefit from a partnership with the Open Handset Alliance, a conglomerate of 76 technology and mobile companies who seek to advance mobile innovation.  Google can also optimize the software internally, which would prevent companies like Cisco from having to engineer their own SDKs (software development kit) for devices like the Cius, an enterprise level Android tablet currently slated for a Fall release.

There have also been fears that Android tablets will be unable to compete with the behemoth that is Apple’s iPad, but not according to Bo H. Choi, vice president and head of mobile communications marketing at LG Electronics Asia.  Choi argues that different users have different requirements, and that an Android tablet has the potential to offer a more cost-effective solution, especially for those in education.  He also adds that the open source platform will attract many who currently shy away from proprietary devices like the iPad, and encourage more innovation among developers.

Ultimately, we have only begun to see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Android based tablets.  With the recent announcement of devices from both Motorola and Samsung, more developers are sure to follow suit.  Also, as previously mentioned, updates and improvements to the Android OS is sure to spark additional interest among manufacturers.  Google will hopefully work with tablet makers to ensure they have the tools they need to take Android tablets to the next level.

[via zdnet]

Android based LePad from Lenovo to launch this year

Lenovo is synonymous in the computing industry, especially for their ‘Think’ line including the ever popular ThinkPad notebooks. At CES Lenovo introduced the ‘Le’ line starting with the LePhone, an Android based phone marketed towards China networks. Now Lenovo is continuing the line with the LePad.

The LePad is an Android based tablet aimed at taking on the Apple iPad. Lenovo has always put out strong products in the past so it will be interesting how much of the “Pad” market they can scoop up with the LePad. No other details are available about the device yet other then it is confirmed to be in the works.

[via android authority]

I have thought about getting a tablet PC for school but refuse to buy into Apple, so I will be keeping my eye on this and let you know if we find out any more details.

Velocity Micro and Acer gearing up Android tablets for late 2010

The longer the iPad has the tablet market, the more we Android fans long for a palatable Android slate. Fortunately, some of the bigger names are starting to announce solutions, namely Acer and Velocity Micro.

Velocity Micro, famous for their gaming hardware, is planning on releasing their “Cruz” line of tablets on September 1st. According to the company, the Cruz line will include:

  • Android
  • 7″ Color display
  • Wi-fi
  • Accelerometer
  • SD Card slot

The line will come in two options, the Reader ($199.99) and the Tablet ($299.99), with the Tablet adding in wi-fi N, more ram, and a capacitive touchscreen, instead of the resistive offered on the Reader.

Acer will also be throwing their tablet hat in the ring, with both 7″ options, as well as 10″ models later in the year. While no specs have been released for Acer’s new babies, their has been speculation that that not only will they be ARM based, but Acer has also been working with mobile carriers to offer 3G support.

What do you think? Can these manufacturers head off Apple as the industry leader in the tablet market, or is Cupertino’s hold too strong already? Let us know in the comments!

[via zdnet]

The other Android tablet comparison

Everybody loves an underdog story, don’t they? Slumdog Millionaire, Gandhi, Rocky, those special kids on American Idol – we are suckers for them all. Giant killings are also a personal favourite of mine. I once killed three giants in one go, with my good hand tied behind my back, because one of them stole my tea and scones.

Of course, I’m making that last bit up. I didn’t really have my hand tied behind my back at all.

However, with the hype of the ‘license to print money’ iPad still somewhat rife, I am pleased to introduce some absolute rank outside contenders into the Android tablet fray. Here at Talk Android, we often harp on about the big boys and it’s very easy to forget about some of the ‘other’ players out there.

Now, let’s be very clear for this – a few of these comparisons are somewhat controversial, and rightly so. From the downright obvious iPad rip-off, to the surprisingly elegant and sexy, I have picked out four of my favourite revelations of recent weeks. Probably not new to all of you, but some interesting mentions nonetheless.

Huawei S7

This device should be familiar to anyone who kept up to speed with goings on at Computex recently. The most impressive and most expensive of my roundup, the S7 boasts Android OS 2.1 and a sim card slot too, but misses out on some decent storage to start with. A great looking device that I think will be quite popular over the coming months, with users who want a decent quality product with some background. Available at Expansys for £299.

‘Generic’ brand @ DealExtreme

Credit where it’s due – this device is extremely cheap for the cost. At a paltry £89 at current exchange rates from DealExtreme, this ‘Generic’ device (most likely of Chinese origin) really does pack a lot of punch for the money. However, with an unknown processor speed (at the time of writing), a camera from ten years ago and Android OS 1.5, it could be a risk. But don’t forget as well that you may be subject to import duty on this item too and exchange rates will fluctuate.

Archos 5 Internet Tablet

A little on the small side, I actually think this Archos tablet is quite attractive. A decent processor and RAM, coupled with 8GB of storage, makes this a viable alternative to some others. The screen is only 4.8 inches, but still dishes out an 800 x 480 resolution running on Android OS 1.6. At £187 for the 8GB version from Pcbuyit, it’s not cheap, but definitely portable and versatile.

Eken M003

Here’s the joker of the pack. Look a little familiar to you? Yeah, I thought so. They may as well call this ‘the fake iPad’, because the resemblance is a little too uncanny for its own good. That 8 inch screen is impressive with an 800 x 600 resolution and only £100? Where’s the catch? It’s at DealExtreme, so you’d be potentially subject to import duty (though I am informed that DX often label goods as ‘gift’ to avoid such charges). Oh, and nobody can confirm what the 533MHz processor is, other than probably a bit sluggish. Risky, but potentially fantastic value.

Check out the comaprison table below to see some of the key specifications of the above devices, and in some cases to not see some of the specifications (thank you strange Asian manufacturers!). Click for a larger image.

So the cards are on the table. Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below – all are very much welcome!

[via: Expansys; DealExtreme (Generic); pcbuyit; DealExtreme (Eken)]