Acer announced the Iconia Tab Android tablets way back in January. It was going to launch two Iconia Tab tablets – the A100 and the A500. The A500 is a 10.1 inch Android Honeycomb tablet while the A100 is a 7 inch tablet, also powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
After the initial announcement, the Iconia Tab just went off the radar for some time. It was spotted again only at CeBit then.
Today, Amazon UK has put up the Acer Iconia Tab A100 for pre-order. It is priced at £300 ($485) and will start shipping on April 20. Generally, the prices in the UK are much higher than the prices in the US, so we could expect a sub $400 price point for Iconia Tab A100 in the US.
Acer Iconia Tab A100 Specifications
The Acer Iconia Tab A100 has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 512 MB RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage and comes with a 5 MP camera. It comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb and offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It also has an HDMI port and can play 1080p videos.
Check out more details at Amazon UK
HTC was one of the last major Android device manufacturers to announce an Android tablet. It was a bit late, compared to Samsung, Motorola and LG. But at MWC 2011, it finally announced its first Android tablet – the HTC Flyer.
While it had superb hardware specifications, it came with Android Gingerbread, which is actually meant for Android smartphones, not tablets. Most of the other tablets will come with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but HTC hadn’t announced whether it will be bringing Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the Flyer.
Today, HTC has officially announced that it will be offering an upgrade to Honeycomb for the HTC Flyer, in reply to a query by @GeekHangover.
“@Geekhangover We will be offering a Honeycomb upgrade when it’s made available. What feature are you most excited about?”
The HTC Flyer has a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It comes with a 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM. It also has 32 GB internal storage.
It will come with a 5 MP camera and has everything in terms of connectivity – Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HSPA connectivity.
It currently comes with Android Gingerbread with the HTC Sense UI. It is powered by a 4000 mAh battery. Check out the Complete Specifications of HTC Flyer Tablet.
The growth in the number of apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace seems to have accelerated quite a bit in March. Almost 3000 new apps were added in March, bumping up the total app count to 12,000.
Compared to iOS and Android, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace is still way behind, but the increased developer interest in the platform is quite encouraging. With Nokia now backing Windows Phone 7 too, it is very likely that Windows Phone 7 will be the third major player in the smartphone market very soon.
Microsoft has tried to incorporate the best aspects of both iOS and Android in Windows Phone 7. Like Android, it can be used by any manufacturer, and like iOS, it is a closed platform with a curated application store. Though the sales of Windows Phone 7 devices haven’t been particularly encouraging, they are likely to improve as the number of apps and games available for the platform increase.
Here are some other interesting stats:
There are now about 4500 approved developers for WP7. Windows Phone 7 has 36% free apps, 37% paid apps and 27% trial apps.
Games comprise about 21% of the apps – about 2555 of 12,000. Entertainment and Tools are the other two major categories with a 13% and 12% share in the total apps.
Check out the complete Windows Phone 7 Marketplace stats at WP7Applist.
Apple’s annual developer conference – WWDC 2011 (Worldwide Developer Conference) was announced just yesterday, with a very hefty price tag of $1599 for tickets.
In less than 10 hours, it has already been fully sold out. At 5000 tickets, for $1599 each, Apple has made close to $8 million on WWDC tickets alone. Compared to WWDC 2010, which was sold out in 8 days, this is very fast.
Google had recently announced that its I/O 2011 event was sold out in exactly an hour. While most people who bought I/O tickets were scalpers and those did it to get the “free” Android phone which Google normally gives away at its I/O events, which is more expensive than the entry fee of $450, the developers who attend WWDC are generally Apple fans and those who truly are interested in the technical sessions. Being sold out completely at $1599 in less than 10 hours with no such “incentive” is no mean feat.
Apple is expected to unveil iOS 5, OS X Lion and will hold “more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies”. WWDC 2011 could also see the launch of the iPhone 5, going by historical trends.
HCL has launched three new Android tablets in India. The “Me” Android tablets are priced in the range of INR 14,990 to INR 32,990.
HCL Me AE7-A1 Specifications
The HCL Me AE7-A1 is the cheapest of the three. It has a 7 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800x 480 pixels. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo.
It has an 800 MHz processor and comes with 256 MB RAM. It has 2 GB internal storage and supports microSD cards. It offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.0, and has a 0.3 MP camera. It also has a built in GPS receiver. It is powered by a 2400 mAh battery.
Though it is priced well, the specifications are not at all impressive.
HCL Me AM7-A1 Specifications
The HCL Me AM7-A1 is the best one of the three. It is priced very close to the Galaxy Tab though, at INR 22,990. It has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It has an 800 MHz Cortex A8 processor and 512 MB RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage with support for microSD cards.
It has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and comes with Bluetooth 2.1 and 3G. It also has GPS with A-GPS support and comes with a 1.3 MP camera. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo too and supports full HD (1080p) video playback. It has a 4200 mAh battery.
HCL Me AP10-A1 Specifications
The HCL Me AP10-A1 is the biggest and the most expensive of the lot. It has a 10 inch capacitive touchscreen and comes with a 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor and 1 GB RAM. It has 16 GB internal storage and supports microSD cards.
It comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and comes with Bluetooth 2.1 and 3G. It also has GPS with A-GPS as well as a 1.3 MP camera. It also support 1080p video playback and comes with a 3650 mAh battery. It also runs Android 2.2 Froyo and is priced at INR 32,990.
You can buy these tablets at the HCL Store
LG, one of the second-tier players in the smartphone arena, finally seems to have arrived. It has been making waves lately, thanks to its new Android smartphones and tablets which grabbed a major part of the limelight at CES and MWC 2011, despite the presence of HTC, Samsung, Motorola and Sony Ericsson.
It is finally one of the most popular Android manufacturers with budget phones like the Optimus One. The Optimus 2X and the Optimus 3D were the first dual core and the first 3D phones, and LG was also one of the first to announce a Honeycomb tablet – the LG G-Slate.
Now LG is working on something “big”. After the LG Optimus 3D, LG is planning to launch another Android smartphone with a 4.3 inch display – the LG Optimus Big. It was leaked just today, and comes with a 4.3 inch Nova display. It will be launched in Korea next month, and will have a 1 GHz processor and a T-DMB TV tuner. The Nova display is the brightest display among all mobile phones. We don’t know whether the Optimus Big will be launched worldwide, or the exact hardware specs, but more details should be out soon. It will likely run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with LG’s custom UI.
Ever since Google launched the Nexus S with NFC support, there has been speculation that it was planning to jump into the mobile payments arena. It seems that Google has already been working on such a mobile payment system, according to a report by WSJ.
It has teamed up with Mastercard and Citigroup to create a system which would allow Android smartphone users to make purchases by waving their smartphones before a small reader when checking out. In the early stages, the mobile app will be available only for Citigroup credit/debit card users.
Google will use readers by Verifone, which is a major player in the mobile payments segment. The mobile payments app will be made available for “one current model and many coming models of Android phones”. The current model is most likely the Nexus S, since it is the only one to have NFC support.
Google will be handling all the shopping cart data as well as the shipping information. Google won’t be charging any transaction fee for acting as the intermediary, but it will be able to send targeted ads and offers to users of its application. If this service attracts a lot of users, Google will have access to a treasure trove of personal information. Google has also applied for a patent for a “distributed electronic commerce system with centralized point of purchase”.
Though Google has made Android available to everyone who wishes to implement it (at least the smartphone version), it has always wanted to create its own devices with hardware partners which would allow users to experience Android the way Google intended it.
On the mobile front, Google first launched the Nexus One which though made by HTC, ran the “pure” version of Android. It was one of the best Android phones when it launched, but failed due to lack of carrier support and a high price point. After that, it partnered with Samsung to launch the Nexus S which ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread without any customizations, which was a moderate success.
The Motorola Xoom was touted to be a Google experience tablet, but Google didn’t give it the Nexus branding. Now we know why! Today, rumors have started circulating that Google is working on its own Nexus tablet which would be made by LG. It will run the “pure” Android 3.0 Honeycomb without any embellishments (though we are confused because the Motorola Xoom does the same). The rumor comes from a very credible source with a good track record – Mobile Review – so it’s very likely that we will see the Nexus tablet soon.
Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Apple has always launched new iPhones at its Worldwide Developers Conference events which it organizes every year. At WWDC 2008, it announced the iPhone 3G, at WWDC 2009, it announced the iPhone 3GS and at WWDC 2010, it announced the iPhone 4.
Naturally, it was expected that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 at WWDC 2011. Today, Apple officially announced that it will be holding WWDC 2011 on June 6 – June 10. The official press release states that “Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS” at this year’s WWDC. There will be “more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies”.
“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”
iOS 5 will likely be unveiled at WWDC on the opening day, along with Mac OS X Lion. We can also expect the launch of the iPhone 5, and a keynote by Steve Jobs.
You can register for WWDC here – Apple WWDC. The tickets are priced at $1599 each.
Details of a new Nokia smartphone have leaked out, thanks to the OVI Publisher Tools. It’s the Nokia T7-00, which is listed under Symbian ^3 devices.
It is not a tablet, as was expected due to the T-xx naming convention though, and will have a 360 x 640 pixel resolution display. The resolution is the same as the Nokia N8 and the Nokia C7, lower than the Nokia E7 slider which was launched recently.
There’s also mention of the Nokia E6 with a 640 x 480 pixel resolution display and the Nokia X7 with a 360 x 640 pixel display in the leaked data. Both the T7-00 and the X7-00 currently have a status of “Assumed to work”, so don’t expect a launch any time soon.