After disassembling the iPhone 4, the folks at iFixit have now done the same with the 2nd generation Apple TV revealing the specifications of Apple’s latest device.
Apple TV is powered by the Apple A4 processor which is also powering the iPhone 4. It also has a Samsung K9LCG08U1M 8GB NAND Flash chip, Panasonic Wi-Fi board, Broadcom 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM chip and 256 MB Ram.
It was surprising to see that Apple TV had 8GB of memory and also an empty slot for another possible flash memory, considering that consumers will only use the device to watch streaming shows.
Interested to see more of what’s inside the Apple TV device? Head over to the iFixit blog for the complete picture.
If you are not fond of the iOS running on the iPad, here is some good news. The folks from Hexxeh have been able to port the Chromium OS to the iPad.
The above screenshot was posted on Hexxeh’s blog. Excited? Hang on for more on this topic, we can wait to see a video of the Chromium OS in action on the iPad and post it as soon as we get to see it ourselves.
Looks like the Internet Tablet wars is heating up and iPad will have a lot of competition in the coming months. Just within a week of RIM announcing the BlackberryTablet PlayBook, WSJ is reporting that Dell might also launch their own 7" Tablet shortly.
According to WSJ, Dell CEO Michael Dell had flashed a 7" tablet at the Oracle conference a week ago, however, there was no release date specified for the tablet.
Dell China President Amit Midha confirmed to WSJ that the tablet would be running Android, which is becoming a norm for most of the tablets which are going to be released in the holiday season. However, a Dell tablet might be unlikely this holiday season and may be released within the next 6-12 months.
A few weeks ago, bookies were betting that HTC would be the first to release a tablet in 2010, however, announcements like these might boot that odds at risk. Other than that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is also making quite a few waves in the industry, and it would be interesting to see who wins in this new and open market of Internet tablets.
Apple does have a strong foothold right now because iPad is the only device selling right now, but with introduction of more devices, iPad might lose that initial glory. Also most of the tablet devices that are announced pack in more features than iPad has and might also be lower priced than it.
So which one of you saw the strikingly built-for-a-watch-strap iPod nano and exclaimed I WANT!before realizing that it’s not all that great an accessory in real life? How about something similar that is actually a great accessory and works with your Android phone?
Enter Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ a Bluetooth enabled 128×128 OLED mini-display that does a host of things such as announcing the number of unread messages, RSS items and other such notification while managing to look sleek and tidy. It also has four touch-enabled areas:-
The Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ uses Bluetoothâ„¢ connectivity to wirelessly pair up to a compatible handset. The LiveViewâ„¢ features a 128×128 pixel, 1.3 inch organic LED (OLED) display with four touch areas. LiveViewâ„¢ also has two additional keys for on/off and select. By default, it can function as a remote control for the music player, display messages and feeds from the phone and social networking services, and also display call information and calendar reminders
The size of the Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ is 3.5 cm x 3.5cm x 1.1 cm, and the battery will last up to four days during normal usage. The LiveViewâ„¢ will work with most phones running Androidâ„¢ 2.0 and above. A list of compatible phones will later be available on www.sonyericsson.com/liveview. LiveViewâ„¢ is compatible with Bluetoothâ„¢ 2.1 technology. The Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ will be available in selected markets from Q4, 2010.
Made specifically for Android phones, Sony Ericsson will also release the SDK to make the device work with many applications that can be accessed by any phone running Android 2.0 or up.
Considering that the XPERIA Android line of SE phones are to update to 2.1 in October, it is safe to assume that the device will be released after October, perhaps in the Christmas season. Keep a look out!
RIM announced their new iPad competitor, the Blackberry PlayBook today. The new BlackberryInternet Tablet packs in a lot of power in a 7″ device. If you haven’t got your fill of the Blackberry Tablet yet, here are some pictures and a sneak peek video of the Blackberry PlayBook.
Hit the gallery below to view more pictures of the Blackberry Playbook.
Research In Motion, the creators of the popular Blackberry phone, have just made their foray into the Internet Tablet market with the introduction of the 7" Blackberry Tablet called PlayBook.
Blackberry PlayBook is built on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture and will have a 7" Multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with screen resolution of 1024×600 pixels. Playbook runs on a 1 GHz dual-core processor and packs in 1GB RAM. It also has Dual HD Cameras (3 MP front facing and 5MP rear facing) and supports 1080p HD video recording.
PlayBook can play most of the newer video formats and also has a HDMI video output so that you can connect it to your HDTV to watch movies on it. For connectivity, PlayBook has support for Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1.
PlayBook also has a microUSB connection which will allow you to connect external devices or hard drives. PlayBook enhances browsing experience with a WebKit/HTML5 compliant browser, Adobe Flash 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL and Java.
PlayBook is is lightweight and weights only 0.9lbs (400g) making it easier to carry around, unlike the Apple iPad which is bulky. The Blackberry Playbook will run on the Blackberry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing.
The device will be launched in the United States in early 2011 and in other international market in Q2 2011. The Blackberry Tablet OS SDK will be released to developers in coming weeks. Pricing details of the device has not been unveiled and should be known in the next few months.
Since the success of the Apple iPad, every other company is trying to get its own tablet in the market. Samsung is launching the Galaxy Tab, an Android tablet soon and will be followed by a slew of hardware manufacturers.
The Japanese, it seems, are not far behind. Today Sharp announced two new tablets which will be powered by Android. It will soon launch a 5.5 inch and a 10.8 inch Galapagos tablet.
They will be marketed primarily as e-readers, but offer much more functionality. The 5.5 inch Galapagos tablet with have a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels while the 10.8 inch tablet will have a display resolution of 1366 x 800.
Both will run a customized version of Android and offer 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi. They also offer web browsing capabilities and you can also install apps and games (we don’t know if it will support Android Market).
They will be integrated with the Galapagos online ebook store which will offer about 30,000 newspapers, magazines and books at launch.
Since the iPhone launched, there have been talks about an iPhone killer. Though there have been no real iPhone killers, several mobiles have come close to being competitive enough to it.
Earlier this year, Apple launched their tablet device, the iPad. Though there haven’t been any tablet competitors to rival it, there will be a slew of them in near future. So who will be an iPad killer? Well none yet, but Bookies from Bookmaker.com have calculated the odds on which company will release a tablet to compete with Apple’s iPad in 2010, and that company is none other than HTC.
Samsung officially launched its Android tablet, the 7 inch Galaxy Tab at IFA 2010, Berlin, just a few weeks back. It sports some really good hardware specifications and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
However, Android 2.2 Froyo is, by Google’s own admission, not meant for the tablet form factor. Android 3.0 Gingerbread, the next version of Android will be specially tailored for higher resolution displays in tablets.
Gary Twohig, Samsung’s Country Manager in Ireland, let it slip in an interview today, that Samsung plans to launch a 10 inch version of the Galaxy Tab in 2011. They are likely waiting for Google to launch Android 3.0 Gingerbread. Android Market support will be an issue on a 10 inch tablet, we are waiting to see how Samsung and Google work that out.
Marvell today announced the world’s First 1.5 GHz Tri-Core Processor which delivers Dual Stream 1080p 3D Video for Smartphones and Tablets, the Marvell ARMADA 628. The ARMADA three-core processor offers ultra-high performance on mobile devices. It incorporates a number of advanced processing and power management features. The tri-core processor provides superior performance and lower power over dual-core designs and ensures a richer, faster and smoother experience as compared to any other ARM-based processor.
Marvell has once again set the benchmark for the rest of the industry with the world’s first 1.5 GHz tri-core processor, delivering dual stream 1080p 3D video and 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second delivered on ultra-low-power, long battery life smartphones and tablets,said Weili Dai, Marvell Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of Marvell Semiconductor’s Consumer and Computing Business Unit.
This is important because today’s consumers expect robust enterprise and consumer applications delivered to the palm of their hands. Marvell is uniquely equipped to lead this mobile revolution as the semiconductor industry’s one-stop shop solution provider. This is an example of Marvell’s unique ability to take a diverse cutting edge technology portfolio and integrate into differentiated solutions to give our customers game-changing advantage,said Weili Dai.
Key Features of Marvell ARMADA 628:
World’s first “tri-core” application processor
Up to 1.5 GHz for the two main cores and 624 MHz for the third low power core
“Heterogeneous multiprocessing” with “hardware-based Cache Coherence”
1 MB System Level 2 Cache
Platform leading multimedia capabilities, including support for both WMMX2 and NEON acceleration
Member of the ARMADA family of processors for easy software porting
1080p dual stream 3D video applications (30 FPS, multi-format)
Ultimate 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second (MT/s)
High performance, integrated image signal processor (ISP)
Ability to project images on multiple simultaneous displays
2 LCDs, 1 HDMI, 1 advanced EPD controller
Peripherals support: USB 3.0 Superspeed Client, MIPI CSI, MIPI DSI, HDMI with integrated PHY, UniPro, Slimbus, SPMI
Marvell Armada 628 is already available for available for sampling to potential customers. To learn more, head over to this page.