Archos Rolling Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For G9 and G101 Tablets!

Archos is a relatively unknown company that manufactures some really decent, value for money, Android tablets. The company does not sell its tablet all over the world, which limits the reach and overall sales of the tablet. Anyways, the company has announced via its Facebook page that it has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its G9 range of tablets including the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9Classic and Turbo models.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the above tablets will bring with it quite a lot of new features including a new multi-tasking bar, an improved web browser, enhanced performance and stability, updated UI icons, new camera app, a new app drawer and launcher, improved voice to text output, and surprisingly the new People’s app. Considering the Archos tablet does not have any telephony features, I wonder why the Peoples app has been included.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, so users just need to connect their Archos tablet to a Wi-Fi network and they will be automatically informed about the update. It is really commendable to see a small company like Archos beating Samsung and Motorola in updating its Android tablets to the latest version of Archos!

Via – Facebook

Apple Unveils The Next-Generation iPad; Retina Display, 5MP Camera, A5X SoC and More!

After months of rumors, Apple finally unveiled the next-generation iPad…the new iPad (!). No, it’s not known as the iPad HD or the iPad 2S as rumors were suggesting.

Physically, the new iPad looks similar to the iPad 2 except that it’s a bit thicker (9.4mm) and slightly heavier (1.4lbs) and that’s about it. While the screen size of the new iPad remains the same as its predecessor at 9.7-inches, the resolution of the display has been bumped to a whopping…. 2048×1536 pixels. Yes, that means the new iPad is the first tablet in this world to feature a Retina Display! Heck I never thought a 9.7-inch display panel with such a high-resolution even existed. Such a high-resolution means that the iPad has a whopping 3.1 million pixels, which is a million pixels more than a 1080p HDTV. Also, the Home button is still present on the iPad 3. So yeah, all you Home button haters on iOS devices, your dream of a Home (less) iPad needs to wait until the iPad 4.

Internally, the iPad comes with an A5X SoC, which consists of a “quad-core graphics”. I am assuming the number of cores of the PowerVR SGX543 GPU, which was used in the iPad 2, has been bumped to 4 to make it a “quad-core graphics”. Apple did not really mention whether the A5X uses a dual or quad core Cortex-A9 or A15 processor.

With the new iPad, Apple also improved the camera on the back of the tablet tremendously. The new 5MP backside-illuminated camera uses the same technology as the 8MP snapper on the iPhone 4S, including a 5-element lens, IR filter and a custom ISP from Apple itself. The new ‘iSight’ camera also features Face Detection, Autofocus, White Balance, 1080p HD video recording, video stabilization, and temporal noise reduction.

Sadly, the ‘next-gen’ iPad does not feature Siri. However, it does come with voice dictation, which will definitely make typing on the tablet a hell lot easier. The 3rd generation iPad also supports the blazing fast 4G LTE network, along with support for 21Mbps HSPA+ networks. In the U.S, the iPad will support AT&T’s as well as Verizon’s LTE networks. Apple has also tied up with Bell, Telus and Rogers for LTE variants of the iPad for the rest of the world where LTE is available. While there will be a separate version of the LTE variant of the iPad for AT&T and Verizon, the 3G variant is capable of global roaming.

Regarding battery life, the ‘next-generation’ iPad will have the same battery life as the iPad 2. The 4G LTE version will have 9 hours of battery life though. As with the iPad 1 and 2, the price points still remain the same. The 16GB Wi-Fi variant will cost $499, while the 32GB and 64GB will cost $599 and $699. The Wi-Fi + 4G variant will cost $629, $729 and $829 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variant respectively.

While the pre-orders for the next-generation iPad begin from today itself, the tablet will hit the retail stores on 16th March.

 

Next-Generation Apple TV Announced!

While everyone was waiting for Apple to announce the next-generation iPad, the company announced the third generation Apple TV. The new Apple TV comes with a “streamlined new user interface” with a gorgeous 1080p UI. Unlike the 2nd gen, the Apple TV is also able to play back Full HD (1080p) videos.

Internally, the 3rd gen Apple TV is powered by the same A5 SoC, which powers the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. The new UI makes it easier to browse and install apps. Other notable features include the ability to recommend movies based on what you have already seen, overall faster browsing experience and others.

The next-generation Apple TV will hit the retail stores on March 16th, and will be available for only $99. Pre-orders for the device begin from today itself!

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How To Catch up iPad 3/iPad HD Event Online

In around 6-8 hours, depending on your time zone, Apple will announce the best tablet out there, iPad 3 or as the latest rumors have been calling it, the iPad HD.

The iPad 3/iPad HD is the first ever product that Apple is going to announce after the legendary Steve Jobs passed away. While the iPad is still the undisputed leader in the tablet market, the iPad 3 along with the next version of iOS have a very strong contender coming their way, Microsoft’s Windows 8.

Early reviews of Windows 8 suggests that the next major version of Windows might not be suited for PCs, but is perfect for tablets and other touch-screen operated PCs. The Metro UI does an excellent job of showing all the important info to the user by just glancing at the screen once, and the UI looks stellar and is touch-friendly as well.

The iPad 3/iPad HD is undoubtedly going to be the best performing tablet out there when Apple releases it. It will absolutely smoke all the Android tablets in performance, including the Asus Transformer Prime. The Retina Display screen will make users forget all the Super-AMOLED goodness they have been hearing from Samsung nowadays.

So yeah, chances are you must have become excited about the third-generation iPad by now. Apple will be announcing the iPad 3 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco at 10AM PST tonight. Sadly, until now Apple has only streamed one of their product launches online. This means that Apple won’t be streaming the iPad 3 event online, so if you are not present at the event physically, you are out luck…not!

Readers might be able to watch the live-stream from here. An audio stream might also be available from here. Alternatively, if the live-stream links don’t work then users can resort to following the live blogs of The Verge, gdgt and Mac Rumors.

Toshiba Excite 10 LE Coming To US On March 6 For $529.99

Toshiba has already launched some of the powerful Android tablets in the past. This year, the company surprised us with its latest tablet device, the Toshiba Excite X10. This tablet was announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The Toshiba Excite X10 is touted to be the world’s thinnest and lightest 10 inch tablet measuring just 0.3 inches (7.7mm) thin and weighing just 1.18 pounds (535g).

Toshiba Excite X10 will be finally available for purchase in the US, starting from next week. However, the company will sell this device with a new name, the Toshiba Excite 10 LE. Toshiba will sell both the 16 GB model as well as the 32 GB model in the US. If you are planning to buy this amazing tablet device, then check out the complete specs below.

Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division, said,

“Excite 10 LE embodies what a luxury tablet should be. We have engineered this tablet with premium materials and components, given it elegant yet durable styling and more connectivity options than any other tablet in its class, while fitting everything into an astonishingly thin and light design.”

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Toshiba Excite X10 features 10.1 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of with 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.2 Ghz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor, Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, DLNA capability and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Toshiba Media Player, Think Free Office, Evernote, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, Micro-HDMI, Micro-USB 2.0, Android Market and Toshiba’s SRS sound enhancement technology.

The 16 GB model of Toshiba Excite 10 LE comes with a price-tag of just $529.99. On the other hand, you can get the 32 GB model for $599.99. The Toshiba Excite 10 LE will be available for purchase from March 6, 2012.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Coming To Verizon On March 1 For $499

Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at the IFA 2011. It is the company’s fourth tablet device after the original Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. As the name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will come with a 7.7 inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Verizon recently announced that the much-awaited Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be finally available for its subscribers from the next month.

verizon galaxy tab 7.7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a 7.7 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3.2 megapixel rear camera with HD (720p) video recording and full HD (1080p) video playback capabilities, 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with the usual Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, Video Hub, Samsung S Suggest, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Samsung ChatON, Music Player with SoundAlive, DivX/Xvid support, GPS with A-GPS, AllShare Play, Polaris Office, 16 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 and 5100 mAh Li-Po battery. This device allows you to access more than 400,000 apps from the Android Market.

Verizon subscribers can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from March 1, 2012. This device will be available for $499.99 with a two-year service agreement and a minimum of $30 monthly 4G LTE data plan.

Sony PS Vita Sells 1.2 Million Units Worldwide

Considering that the earlier Japan release’s response was lukewarm at best and that the device was fully released to Western buyers last week, Sony’s latest handheld – the PlayStation Vita – is doing extremely well. The large brick filled to the brim with sensors and input devices and a gorgeous screen was taken to by gamers – the dual analog sticks and the release of Uncharted: Golden Abyss definitely pushing the sales of the device.

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SCEI President Andy House stated that Sony will be doing whatever it can to keep this momentum up and running.

PS Vita was designed to deliver the ultimate portable entertainment experience, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the reaction we’re seeing from consumers and the pace at which PS Vita is selling .

The market has responded and there is clear demand for a mobile device capable of providing a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.

To sustain momentum, we’re working closely with 3rd party developers and publishers to ensure the best games and franchises possible will be available on PS Vita, and our software line up for the remainder of 2012 will have something for everyone across the globe.

The software sales (digital distribution and retail chain) crossed the 2 million mark as well.

Samsung Announces The Android Powered Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 Media Player

Samsung has already announced some amazing devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 at the MWC 2012. After unveiling the smartphone and tablets, Samsung went ahead and announced the Android powered Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 media player at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This device is the successor of the not-so-popular Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 media player. According to the company, the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 is not just a media player, but it is also a powerful gaming device.

samsung galaxy s wifi 4.2

The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 features a 4.2 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz C210 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, Music Player with SoundAlive, Front Stereo Speaker, and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Samsung Apps, Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, Android Market, 8 GB/ 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Kies, Samsung AllShare, Samsung SmartView, and a 1500 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 comes pre-loaded with EA’s popular game, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. This device features the SoundAlive audio system which offers great sound through a front stereo speaker or headphones. The price and release date of this device is still unknown.

Fujitsu Unveils The Android Powered Fujitsu Stylistic M532 Tablet

Fujitsu is not popular for manufacturing tablet devices. However, the company just announced a new multimedia tablet, the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. It comes with a large 10.1 inch display as well as a 1.4 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Android fans won’t be disappointed, since the powerful Fujitsu Stylistic M532 tablet runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This tablet is specially designed for business professionals. It comes with pre-installed, licensed, and ready–to-use business software apps including Office suite, file viewer, and file editor.

Craig Parker, Head of Product Marketing, Fujitsu Technology Product Group, said,

“Thanks to the Stylistic M532, ultra-mobile professional users no longer need to compromise on their choice of tablet device – or indeed carry separate devices for business and leisure. The Stylistic M532 is the first tablet to truly deliver hybrid tablet computing, where during the working day both device and business data are secured within corporate networks, while after hours multimedia content can be safely accessed.”

fujitsu stylistic m532

The Fujitsu Stylistic M532 features a 10.1 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel, 1.4 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, Micro USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, memory card slot, built-in speakers, Docking connector for Port Replicator, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, GPS, Symantec Norton Tablet Security, 4 hours of charging time, up to 9.5 hours of video playback, and a 3.170 mAh Lithium polymer battery.

This device measures 262.6 x 175.4 x 8.6 mm and weighs 560 g. The Fujitsu Stylistic M532 tablet will be available in the UK from early summer. The price of this device will be announced shortly.

Asus Pad 300 Unveiled; Low-End Version Of The Transformer Prime

Along with a higher-end version of the Transformer Prime, the Infinity Pad, Asus also unveiled a lower-end version known as the Transformer Pad 300. The Pad 300 is similar to the original Transformer Prime, but with a few minor yet important changes. First and foremost, the Pad 300 has a normal IPS display with a resolution of 1280×800, instead of the Super IPS+ display found on the Prime and the Pad.

Internally, the Pad 300 is same as the Transformer Prime and comes with a Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage space. Other key features include a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and the usual bunch of sensors. There is also a 8MP snapper at the back, and a 1.3MP camera in the front of the tablet, which is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The tablet will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out-of-the-box.

The Pad 300 can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, while the optional keyboard dock can extend the battery life to 15 hours. The company did not mention anything about the pricing or the availability of the Pad 300 so its anyone guess at the moment.