Today, at CommunicAsia, Huawei unveiled the Huawei MediaPad, a 7 inch tablet running Android 3.2 Honeycomb. It will be the first tablet to run Android 3.2, which is similar to Android 3.1, but offers better support for the smaller display.
It comes with a 7 inch display, and is quite slim at just 10.5 mm. It weighs 390 gms and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor. It supports 1080p playback and HSPA+ support. It also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a 5 MP camera. It comes with 8 GB internal storage.
It will be available from Q3 2011. No pricing details have been announced yet.
“With the Huawei MediaPad, we are demonstrating yet again that design, functionality and performance is within anyone’s reach. The 7-inch tablet remains the preferred size for portability and Honeycomb Android 3.2 is dedicated to enhance the full potential of 7-inch tablets. Huawei is very pleased to be the first to offer this package to consumers globally.said Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Device. “The MediaPad opens up new worlds of entertainment for consumers by removing the barriers to tablet ownership, increasing access to a truly high-quality mobile entertainment experience fully integrated with cloud-based internet content.”
Nokia, which is not in the best of health these days, just reached a settlement with Apple on its patent infringement lawsuit, which should help its bottom line.
It just announced that it has reached a patent license agreement with Apple which will settle all patent litigation between the two companies.
Under the agreement, Apple will make a one time payment to Nokia, followed by on-going royalties for the term of the agreement.
“We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees,” said Stephen Elop, president and chief executive officer of Nokia. “This settlement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”
Nokia has a huge patent portfolio and has always led in research related to mobile phone technology. Its massive patent portfolio has enabled it to fight off any mobile patent related lawsuit with counter-lawsuits, since its patented technology is used in almost every phone now.
Here’s the complete press release by Nokia about the settlement with Apple.
The iPad 2 has seen the highest sales, much higher than any single Android tablet since it launched. While there have been several tablets available in the past months, only a few have been selling well.
The Asus EEE Pad Transformer was launched a couple of months back, but has been in short supply. There have been supply shortages due to high demand. It’s also priced quite well, at $399, which makes it a budget Android tablet.
Today, Jerry Shen, CEO, Asus, stated that the company will be shipping 300,000 units of the Asus EEE Pad Transformer, which is much higher than the expected sales of most other Android tablets, except maybe the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which may see an initial bump in sales in its launch month.
Johnny Shih, Chairman, Asus, said that the demands for the EEE Pad Transformer remain strong even when other tablet suppliers have cut shipment goals.
The Asus EEE Pad Transformer is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1 GHz, and comes with 1 GB RAM. It has 16 GB internal storage and runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, with an upgrade to Android 3.1 on the way. It also has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel, IPS display. It comes with a keyboard dock as well, which converts it into a usable laptop.
Within a day of its unveiling, and months before it will be launched, iOS 5 has already been jailbroken.
MuscleNerd, a member of the iPhone Dev Team announced on Twitter that he has already jailbroken iOS 5.
“iOS5 jailbroken on ipt4g: http://is.gd/7GxIcK http://is.gd/BwPvfh via limera1n + tethered boot..not too many surprises :)”
The jailbreak was done using Limera1n, but there is a catch. It is a tethered boot jailbreak, which means that you would need to connect your iPhone to a computer every time you reboot it.
Cydia works well on the jailbroken device running iOS 5, and he was also able to install iSSH successfully.
Since Apple won’t be launching iOS 5 until Fall 2011, this exploit isn’t very useful now, but MuscleNerd says that it can be used to jailbreak the final version of iOS 5 as well, when it launches. It would be quite realistic to expect a much more usable and convenient version of the jailbreak within a day or two of iOS 5’s launch.
Here are some images of iOS 5, jailbroken, with Cydia installed.
Check out our detailed coverage of iOS 5 – iOS5 Everything You Need To Know About It
On June 2nd, T-Mobile announced two new budget Android smartphones by Samsung – the Exhibit 4G and the Gravity Smart. However, they haven’t revealed when these new phones will be launched.
Today, thanks to a leaked document by TMONews, we now have a specific launch date.
The Samsung Exhibit 4G and the Samsung Gravity Smart will both be launched on June 22.
The Samsung Exhibit 4G comes with a 3.7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel AMOLED display and a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM. It also has a 3.15 MP camera and comes with a secondary VGA camera as well. It also sports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and well, ‘4G’ – HSPA+. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be priced at $80 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
The Samsung Gravity Smart will have a sliding QWERTY keyboard with a 3.2 inch, 320 x 480 display. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and an 800 MHz processor with 512 MB RAM. It also ha a 3.15 MP camera.
It will be priced at $70 after a mail-in rebate. Both phones look quite promising, and offer a lot of value for money.
Lodsys, the patent troll which has been in the news all month after sending patent infringement notices to many iOS and Android developers over in-app purchasing is back.
After a brief period of silence, and probably many visits to their lawyers, Lodsys is back to refute Apple’s claims that its licences to the Lodsys in-app purchasing patents extend to its developers as well.
Lodsys has published a series of blog posts on their website explaining its position on the lawsuit.
First of all, it claims that Apple’s license to its patents doesn’t cover its developers
“On May 22nd, Apple’s chief lawyer Bruce Sewell unequivocally announced that Apple’s license to the Lodsys patents gave Apple’s 3rd party developers complete and undisputablefreedom to use the covered inventions without paying royalties or fearing lawsuits. There was a very positive reaction in the press and blogs. Apple appeared to give the Developer community what they wanted. Unfortunately for Developers, Apple’s claim of infallibility has no discernable basis in law or fact.”
Secondly, it is offering $1000 to each developer they have sent the infringement notice to, if it turns out that Apple’s license does indeed protect them.
“While it is true that Apple and Lodsys have an obvious dispute about the scope of Apple’s license to the Lodsys Patents, we are willing to put our money where our mouth is and pay you something if we are wrong. Therefore, Lodsys offers to pay $1,000 to each entity to whom we have sent an infringement notice for infringement on the iOS platform, or that we send a notice to in the future, if it turns out that the scope of Apple’s existing license rights apply to fully license you with respect to our claim relating to your App on Apple iOS.”
This battle is going to be quite interesting. If its claims do turn out to be valid, Lodsys could make millions or even billions of dollars in the coming years, however unlikely it may seem now.
After the Tweet button, Twitter has launched yet another button for users who have blogs or websites – the Twitter Follow button. Until now, the only way to follow someone on Twitter is to visit their Twitter profile and click on Follow.
But now, you can just add a Follow button which is linked directly to your Twitter account, so that your visitors can follow your Twitter account directly, with just one click.
Once you click on the Follow button on any website, you get a small popup with a preview of the user account.
It’s a very simple, yet interesting concept which enables website owners to connect with their audience on Twitter much more easily.
You can create your own Follow button here:
Twitter Follow Button
Here’s the follow button for Techie-Buzz:
Samsung had launched the Samsung Galaxy S Player 4.0 and 5.0 in the beginning of May, but they hadn’t announced any pricing details.
Today, the price of the 8 GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy Player 5 was revealed through the Best Buy Mobile app.
The Galaxy Player 5 is priced at $269.99 for the 8 GB version. It is exactly identical to the original Galaxy S, except that it doesn’t support any calling features and doesn’t offer EDGE/3G. It also has a bigger 5 inch S-LCD display and comes with 2 cameras – a 3.2 MP primary camera and a VGA camera for video conferencing. It also has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, but will be updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It will also offer support for Android Market.
There is also the 4 inch version available – the Galaxy Player 4, which will likely be priced lower.
With the Galaxy Player, Samsung will compete directly with the iPod Touch. It will probably be available soon now.
MSI is showing off a lot of new devices at Computex this year. We already posted about the WindPad Enjoy 7 and Enjoy 10 budget Android tablets, but they weren’t the only launches by MSI today.
MSI also unveiled two more tablets – the MSI WindPad 110W, a 10 inch Windows 7 tablet and the MSI WindPad 100A, a 10 inch Android tablet.
MSI WindPad 110W Windows 7 Tablet
The MSI WindPad 110W has a 10.1 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It runs Windows 7 and is powered by the AMD Brazos processor with Radeon HD 6250 graphics. It has 2 GB RAM and offers a 64 GB SSD. Its battery lasts for over 6 hours and it has dual cameras. It weighs 850 gms and comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and USB ports.
MSI WindPad 100A Android Tablet
The MSI WindPad 100A has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IP display as well. It is powered by a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor and has 1 GB RAM. It will come with 32 GB internal storage and offers 8 hrs of battery life. It has a weight of 720 gms and comes with SD card support and USB ports. It will likely run Android 3.0/3.1 Honeycomb.
No pricing details have been revealed yet.
MSI hasn’t seen much success with its tablet offerings, or its line of laptops for that matter, but it looks like it’s trying hard to change that.
A lot of new Android devices have been launched this year, at Computex, including the Viewsonic ViewPad 7X and 10Pro.
Today, MSI also launched two new tablets – the WindPad Enjoy 7 and the WindPad Enjoy 10.
The WindPad Enjoy 10 is a 10 inch tablet with a display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It has 4 GB internal storage and is powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It also offers 512 MB RAM. It has dual 2 MP cameras and can play back 1080p video. It will be priced at $299.
The WindPad 7 is a 7 inch tablet with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It has the same specifications – 1.2 GHz processor, 4 GB internal storage and 512 MB RAM. It will be priced even lower, possibly around the $249 mark.
Both the tablets run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is surprising considering that every new Android tablet is running Android Honeycomb. They say that they preferred Android 2.3 Gingerbread over 3.0 Honeycomb for its broader compatibility, but both the tablets don’t even support Android Market, so I’m confused. The tablets are good, and they might even include some workaround to install apps, but the lack of Android Market support is a big downer.