For all of you Asus Transformer fans we have some good and bad news for you. The November 9th launch date for the Transformer Prime has been pushed back to sometime in December. Yes, this is a bummer dudes. I too was looking forward to some NVIDIA quad-core tablet goodness sometime this month.
But, on the other hand, the good news is that apparently Google is willing to help Asus in preparing the tablet so that it ships with ICS on board at launch. That’s cool, right?! We will just have to wait it out for about another month because you know the big G wants their Galaxy Nexus to be the first to arrive on scene rocking the new Android 4.o operating system. And by the way things have been lately, we all should be used to this waiting game by now… or at least expect it.
NEC unveiled a super thin Android netbook, dubbed the MGX. It has a 7-inch (1024 x600) screen, is 9.9mm thick and weighs 350 grams. It will also include Wi-Fi and HSUPA-based 3G.
The MGX netbook hinges allow for a 360 degree opening so expect the screen to have touchscreen abilities. They are promising 10 hours of battery life, but don’t expect this to be cheap. It’s expected to cost around 80,000 yen or $1,040. By the time production is finalized, hopefully that will come down. No word on availability, but we will let you know as soon as we hear.
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According to DigiTImes, Intel is working with 6 to 8 notebook manufacturers to push into the Android tablet PC market. Among them are 2 Taiwanese companies, Inventec and Compal Electronics. It is expected that they will show some of the new devices at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing next Month. If R&D does not go well, they may hold off until later this year at the Computex Taipei.
It was also reported that Intel has been working with Google on the development of notebooks and netbooks. During the second half of 2011 Intel/Chrome OS solutions will be released. Samsung, Acer, and Asustek will be launching related models.
[via DigiTimes by BGR]
Apparently the last 24 hours have led to some uncertainty at Acer regarding the intention of their tablets. It was widely reported yesterday that Acer was aligning their tablets to phase out their very popular netbook line. Presumably, the Taiwan sales manager yesterday stated that they “…are aimed at phasing out netbooks… That’s the direction of the market.” Acer’s netbooks have been quite successful, and while tablets seem to be the way of the future, does that mean that there is no longer a market for netbooks?
The PC market is in trouble with the onslaught on tablets gaining popularity. How do you battle smartphones and tablets in sales? You install a mobile OS on a PC, in particular, if you’ want to make a good run at increasing your PC sales, you install the most popular mobile OS available…Android.
Here you see an Acer D255 netbook running Android. It looks like it’s Android 1.6, but we can’t be sure as they may have had to alter many areas of code to get it running on something that doesn’t have a touchscreen to begin with.
We’re not exactly sure why, but Acer has announced their plans to begin dual-booting all of their dual-core netbooks with Windows 7 and Android. Acer’s argument is that the addition of Android doesn’t hurt anything, but I’m not exactly sure how adding Android as a secondary OS on a Windows 7 netbook helps anything either.
Perhaps Acer will make the switch to ChromeOS when it’s ready, which would make much more sense for a netbook. For the time being, however, expect to see Android along side Windows 7 on all of Acers dual-core netbooks.
According to a very, very short (did I mention how short it is?) article at digitimes, Acer is expected to be releasing a netbook that runs two Operating Systems – Android and Windows XP. The Aspire One AOD 255 would retail for $370 US, and will be shown at the 2010 Taipei Computer Applications Show from August 5-9. Sources say that it would be the first dual-OS netbook publicly available in the Taiwanese market.
What do you think about this OS combo? let us know in the comments!
This funky looking laptop is Toshiba’s latest device to feature Android 2.1; also known as Éclair. It’s a tiny (border-lining netbook size here) laptop with a 10.1″ LED screen with a resolution of 1024×600 and has a 1Ghz Nvidia Tegra 250 mobile processor under the hood. To add to the performance; Toshiba have added 512mb of DDR2 RAM and includes 8Gb of space on a solid state HD (which is not a vast amount for a proposed laptop), with an SD slot for those people wishing to increase the storage capacity of their mini laptop. Toshiba are coining this as an “instant on” device, meaning that because Android 2.1 is a low power OS, it can boot up rather quickly; apparently as quickly as 1 second!
The little AC100 (and it is teeny tiny) has also reportedly got a very good battery life, up to 7 days on standby according to Toshiba, this is quite an accomplishment! However don’t get your hopes up just yet, as that roughly translates into around 8 hours use (if the device is used extensively) a day, but let’s be honest, that is still pretty damn good!. Combine this with an integrated 3G module and this is a good companion for travelling, giving you a good platform for films and working (if you’re a businessman/woman) freeing up your Android smartphone for other tasks. Just check out this video: