The Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7 inch Android tablet by Samsung was recently unveiled at IFA 2010, Berlin. It boasts of some great hardware specifications like a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.
It comes with a 7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and has a 3.2 MP camera as well as a secondary VGA camera. It also offers 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity among other features.
The price of the Galaxy Tab is rumored to be quite high, at about $1000. It will be launched in the US at $200-300 with contract.
The rumored Indian pricing and availability details of the Galaxy Tab are also out now. NDTV has reported that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Tab in India in October at a price range of about Rs. 30000 to Rs. 40000. The time frame seems right and the price also seems legit. Though, I doubt the Galaxy Tab will find many takers at this high price, especially when the iPad is priced at $499, and is available in India for less than Rs. 30000.
Toshiba had announced its Android smartbook way back in June and it was quite eagerly awaited by Android fans. Today, Toshiba has launched the AC100 Android Smartbook in the UK.
The Toshiba AC100 runs Android 2.1 and has a 10.1 inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has a heavily customized UI by Toshiba tailored for netbook usage. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform (1 GHz Tegra 250 SoC) and has 512 MB DDR2 RAM. It has an 8 GB internal SSD and comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR connectivity. A 3G version of the AC100 is also in the works. Besides these, it has a 1.3 MP webcam and an HDMI out.
The Toshiba AC100 is priced at GBP 290 ($449). With Windows 7 netbooks sporting much better hardware configurations like the Samsung N150 and the Asus EEE PC 1001P starting at $299, I doubt the Toshiba AC100 is going to be a hit, especially at this price.
Samsung plans to take on Apple with the Galaxy line of devices. Like the Samsung Galaxy S competes with the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy Tab goes up against the iPad, the newly unveiled Galaxy Player 50 goes head to head with the iPod Touch.
The Galaxy Player 50 was unveiled along with the highly anticipated Galaxy Tab at IFA 2010, Berlin.
The Samsung Galaxy Player is a PMP with specifications similar to the Galaxy S. It comes with Android 2.1 with the TouchWiz UI and has a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with WVGA resolution, much lower than the Galaxy S. The display is a simple TFT capacitive touchscreen, not a SuperAMOLED one.
It comes with a 2 MP camera and supports MPEG4, H.264, WMV and DivX, XviD video playback. There is a built in FM radio and 8/16 GB internal storage. It also supports microSD cards up to 32 GB. It supports Android Market and comes with Wi-Fi and GPS onboard.
It will be priced at â‚¬229 for the 8 GB version and â‚¬299 for the 16 GB version.
The Nokia X2 was officially announced by Nokia way back in April. It is a stylish new handset which offers some great specifications at a very reasonable price.
It is a budget feature phone which comes with a 2.2 inch display, a 5 MP camera and runs the S40 OS.
Nokia X2 Specifications
Dimensions: 111 x 47 x 13.3 mm
Weight: 81 gms
Display: 2.2 inch TFT display, 240 x 320 pixels, 256K colors
Memory: 48 MB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD support
Camera: 5 MP camera, 2592 x 1944 pixels, LED flash
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
Radio: FM Radio with RDS
Battery: 860 mAh Li-ion battery
The Nokia X2 is priced at Rs. 5999, slightly higher than the speculated price of Rs. 5000. It’s a good deal for those who want a cheap feature phone with a nice camera and great music playback.
Among all the heavyweight launches at IFA 2010, Berlin, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, there was an announcement by Huawei that it is planning to launch a new Android smartphone soon. It’s the Huawei Ideos which will run Android 2.2 Froyo. It’s an entry level Android smartphone which will be priced at around $150 (Rs. 7000) or lower, which makes it the cheapest Android smartphone to date. With most Android phones still not running Froyo and some new phones still launching with Android 1.6, an ultra cheap, budget Android smartphone running Froyo on release is definitely impressive.
“The popularity of the smartphone is one of the key tools to bringing people into the ‘Golden Age of Mobile Broadband,’ which is linked to Google’s mobile Internet strategy. We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone with an excellent user experience. The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry to allow easy mobile Internet access.”, said Kevin Tao, CEO, Huawei.
The Huawei Ideos comes with a 2.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It is powered by a 528 MHz processor and has a 3.15 MP camera with autofocus. It will also offer the standard connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. It also has a GPS transceiver with A-GPS.
That’s quite a lot of features in a very low price. With the Ideos, Android is finally encroaching on Symbian’s home territory of low cost smartphones. And it certainly looks like it’s going to win.
Motorola’s Android bet has paid off handsomely in the last few months. The successful launch of the Motorola Droid and subsequently the Droid X and the Droid 2 has made Motorola’s mobile division profitable again.
The Motorola Defy is a new Android smartphone which offers a rugged and tough build. It is impact, dust and water resistant and comes with the famous Gorilla Glass display, like the iPhone 4.
It has very impressive hardware specifications too. It has a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It is powered by an OMAP processor clocked at 800 MHz with 512 MB RAM and runs Android 2.1 Eclair with the MotoBLUR interface. It will probably get the Android 2.2 Froyo upgrade soon.
It also has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It comes with GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It has a 2 GB internal ROM and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.
Archos was one of the first manufacturers to release an Android tablet. Its first attempt wasn’t very impressive, but Archos isn’t backing down. It has announced 5 new Android PMP tablets with different specifications and price ranges. Here are the complete specifications of the 5 Android tablets by Archos.
This is the cheapest of the lot. It has a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It has an 800 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and comes with 4 GB internal memory. It is priced at $99.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
This is the next tablet in the list. It has a 3.2 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. It has 8 GB internal memory and comes with a camera which can record 720p video. It is priced at $149.99 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo too.
The Archos 43 has a 4.3 inch resistive touchscreen display like the other two, but it has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex processor powering it. It will ship with Froyo too and comes with 720p video recording and an acclerometer. It comes with 8 GB internal memory and costs $199.99.
This is the standard sized 7 inch Android tablet you have been waiting for. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and comes with a front facing VGA camera for video calls. It has USB connectivity and comes with HDMI out. It comes in two versions- 8 GB and 16 GB, priced at $274.99 for the 8 GB model and $349.99 for the 250 GB model.
This is the best Android tablet Archos has to offer; it has the same form factor as the iPad. It has a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display. It has a 1 GHz processor and HDMI out. It also offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity and comes with a front facing video camera. The 8 GB version is priced at $299.99 and the 16 GB version is priced at $349.99. Like all the other Android tablets, it runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
Swype is a revolutionary new text input system which makes typing on a touchscreen phone extremely fast and convenient. Proponents of QWERTY smartphones like the Blackberry tout the fast typing capabilities of their phones as a major advantage over touchscreen phones. However, using Swype, even touchscreen phone users can type very fast; in fact, they can type faster than those with a QWERTY phone. A women in Britain recently broke the world record for the fastest typing using Swype.
Swype was released for Android months back and has been built in to many new smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S.
Today, Nokia Beta Labs and Swype announced that they are releasing a beta version of Swype for Symbian 5th edition touchscreen phones.
Here’s is the list of compatible phones:
Nokia N97 Mini
Head over to the official site to download Swype for your Symbian phone and to get detailed tutorials and instructions.
After playing a few rounds of “Who Blinks First” with the Indian Government, RIM has finally given in and has agreed to allow access to its encrypted email and messenger data to the Indian security agencies. It will set up local servers in India to manage the encrypted email data of its Indian users.
Indian authorities had threatened to ban Blackberry services in India on August 31, if they didn’t allow them access to the encrypted data passing through its servers located in Canada. It had requested that RIM set up local servers in India which could be monitored at will by the security agencies for security reasons. Now, with RIM agreeing to meet their demands, they have granted them 60 more days to address their concerns and install email routing servers locally.
Blackberry has more than a million users in India. Airtel, Vodafone and other operators had already been ordered to shut down Blackberry services tomorrow, on August 31, if the security issues weren’t resolved.
The Dell Aero is a budget Android smartphone which was announced by Dell in March 2010. Today, Dell has officially launched the Dell Aero on AT&T’s network in the US.
The Dell Aero is now available on AT&T for $99 with a 2 year contract and $299 without contract. It is a nice budget Android option with great hardware; I have only one complaint about the Dell Aero — it still runs Android 1.5 (Cupcake). Cheaper alternatives like the HTC Wildfire and the Samsung Galaxy 3 also run Android 2.1 now, which makes the Aero outdated. Dell hasn’t announced any updates to Android 2.1 for the Aero, so I would probably not go for it.
Dell Aero Specifications
Dimensions: 122 x 58 x 11.7 mm
Weight: 104 gms
Display: 3.5 inch TFT display, 360 x 640 pixels, capacitive touchscreen
OS: Android OS 1.5 Cupcake
Processor: 624 MHz
Memory: 2 GB internal; up to 32 GB microSD
Camera: 5 MP camera, autofocus, LED flash
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
GPS: GPS transceiver with A-GPS
Battery: Li-ion battery, 1000 mAh
Windows Phone 7 is a very impressive new OS release by Microsoft. Microsoft seems to have learnt from its mistakes and has released a truly innovative mobile operating system this time around. From the looks of it, Windows Phone 7 seems capable of going head-to-head against Android and iOS.
Even Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 7 is a huge improvement over its predecessor on Windows Mobile 6. The guys over at PocketNow managed to get their hands on an LG Panther (LG GW910) with an early build of Windows Phone 7 OS. They have uploaded a video which compared the browser performance of Windows Phone 7 on the LG Panther with Android 2.2 on a Nexus One and iOS 4 on an iPhone 4.
The Panther running IE on WP7 easily holds its own against the best mobile browsers – Android’s Webkit browser and Safari. The page load times are very impressive and the tab management is quite good. The scrolling and zooming is also very smooth. If this video is any indication, Microsoft may have a huge hit on its hands.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab, the most anticipated Android tablet has been in the news all week. First, detailed specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab were leaked, then it was announced that it will be launched at IFA 2010, Berlin in September. Then a video of the Galaxy Tab surfaced on the internet, and today we also saw a few leaked images of the Galaxy Tab in action, running Android 2.2 Froyo.
Just a few minutes back, Samsung also launched the official teaser website of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It doesn’t reveal much, just that it will be launched on September 2 in IFA. It also confirms that the Galaxy Tab will have a 7 inch touchscreen display and runs Android 2.2. It will also offer video calling, Swype for text input, HD video playback, Flash support, GPS, ebook support and full web browsing.
Infotel Broadband Services was the only company which had won BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) spectrum in all the 22 circles in India, in the recently held 3G / BWA auctions. Reliance acquired a 95% stake in Infotel Broadband for Rs. 4800 crores soon after the auctions.
Today, Reliance announced that it has chosen to use LTE (Long Term Evolution) for its BWA services across India, instead of the other option, WiMAX. Both LTE and WiMAX are 4G technologies which offer much better speeds than 3G. WiMAX offers speeds up to 40 Mbps while LTE offers speeds of 100 Mbps (downlink)/ 50 Mbps (uplink). LTE is backed by Qualcomm while WiMAX is backed by Intel.
LTE and WiMAX have been fiercely competing for marketshare across the globe. This move by Reliance tilts the scales in LTE’s favor. In the United States, both Sprint and Clearwire offer WiMAX services while Verizon is planning to launch LTE plans by the end of this year.
Google Goggles is one of those few awesome Android apps which aren’t available on the iOS platform. Google Goggles is an image recognition based search engine which allows you to capture images and then use those images as queries to obtain search results.
It is currently available only on Android, but Google had announced that it was working to get it on iPhones and Blackberrys. Today, David Petrou, Google Goggles Project Lead announced at a conference at Stanford University that Google plans to launch a version of Goggles for the iOS platform by the end of 2010.
Using Google Goggles, you can search for text, landmarks, books, contact info, artwork, places, wine, logos and barcodes. Just whip out your phone, take an image of whatever you want to search and Goggles will provide you with related information. It’s surprisingly accurate and provides excellent results.
Nexus One users can install Flash 10.1 directly from the Android Market. For the others, well, there was a complex process that you needed to follow in order to install Flash 10.1 on your devices. It involved rooting your phone and installing a Cyanogen build on it.
Not anymore! You can now install Flash 10.1 on your phone running Android 2.2 Froyo directly by installing the Flash APK on it. You can download the Flash 10.1 APK here and install it. It doesn’t even require a rooted phone.