HTC Desire owners, rejoice! Android 2.2 (Froyo) is set to arrive this weekend with all its Sense goodness. There’s a slight catch though. This timeline is applicable only to folks who purchased unlocked handsets. Carriers, who are notorious for taking their own sweet time, will determine the fate of locked (branded) handsets.
This update will also introduce some tweaks to HTC’s proprietary Sense UI. “As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense,” said an HTC spokesperson to CNET.
While Desire owners across Europe will begin receiving Froyo tomorrow, HTC Evo owners in the US will have to wait slightly longer. Don’t worry though, Sprint phones will still be the first to get Froyo in the US. Sprint has announced that it will begin rolling out the update on Tuesday. However, not all users will be getting it immediately. Thanks to the phased deployment, you might have to wait til mid-August to feast in the Froyo goodness.
Today, Apple unveiled a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display, New Mac Pros and also updated their iMac line-up. The new 27-inch LED Cinema Display from Apple features a resolution of 2560*1440, and also features an integrated camera, microphone and speakers. The new display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, and has 60% more real screen estate than the previous generation 24-inch Cinema Display. The LED display uses an IPS (In Plane Switching) panel to offer outstanding contrast ratio and color reproduction.
The new Mac Pro line-up from Apple features the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors, and the latest generation of ATI video cards. Users can also install up to four 512GB SSDs on their Mac Pro. Users can also install either the ATI HD5770 or the HD5870 with 1 GB of memory on their Mac Pro. The new updated iMac line from Apple features the latest Core i3, i5 and i7 processors from Intel. Along with this, users can also upgrade the graphics card of the iMac to the ATI HD5750.
The new iMac also features a Magic Trackpad. The Magic Trackpad is made of smooth glass and aluminium and allows iMac users to enjoy multi-touch gestures which other Mac owners have been enjoying. The 27-inch LED Display from Apple costs $999, while the Mac Pros prices will be listed from 1st August onwards. The iMac line-up cost varies from $1,199 for the base model to $1,999 for the fully loaded one.
The antenna issue with the latest iPhone 4 has become a major headache for Apple. When Apple announced free cases for all iPhone 4 owners, many thought that the issue is behind us but interestingly Apple doesn’t want to leave it at that. Apple recently created an Antenna performance page on its website that compares iPhone 4’s antenna issues with other major smart phones in an effort to prove Apple’s point that iPhone 4 is not any different when it comes to antenna issues.
Apple does that by posting pictures and videos that show the drop in signal for other smart phones when held in a way that attenuated the signal. Up til now, Apple had targeted Blackberry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, Samsung Omnia and Nokia N97 Mini. However, now Apple has also added Droid X to the list and in addition to posting pictures and video about the antenna test with Droid X, Apple has also post the video to its YouTube page. Apple’s targeting Droid X is a little bit different than other smart phones since Droid X has been called a “serious iPhone competitor”. The strategy Apple has adopted to tackle this issue is not winning Apple any friends in the mobile phone industry. In fact, by calling out names and forcing people to see how other smart phones also have issues, Apple is giving its competitors another chance to come together against Apple’s growing share of the mobile phone market.
Asus had announced two new tablets, the EEE Pad EP101TC and the EP121 a couple of months back in Cumputex 2010. Both the tablets were supposed to run on Windows CE (Embedded Compact) which had inspired a few groans from those who had tried them out. Though attractive, the Windows CE interface was a bit buggy and unresponsive.
Asus seems to have ditched its Windows CE plans and will now ship the EEE Pad EP101TC with Android on board. They are currently working on a version of the EP101TC with Android 2.2 Froyo and may even switch to Android 3.0 Gingerbread by the time shipping commences in Q1 2011. They plan to showcase the tablet in CES 2011.
In other news, even Lenovo seems to be readying its Android tablet, the LePad for a launch by the end of 2010. The tablet wars are just beginning.
Apple today announced in a press release that they will be launching the iPad in nine more countries this coming Friday. The nine countries include Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore. People residing in the above said countries can purchase the Apple iPad from July 23rd onwards at an Apple retail store.
As of now, the Apple iPad is available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K, and the U.S. The retail price of the iPad at the said countries varies from $499 for the 16 GB non-3G model to $829 for the 64 GB WI-Fi + 3G model. Apple intends to launch the iPad in many more countries in the upcoming months. Apple will announce the availability of the iPad and the suggested retail price for these additional countries sometime in the future.
Here is the link to the full press release.
NVIDIA has announced a DirectX 11 GeForce GTX Graphic card which will sell for $199. The DX11 GeForce GTX 460 card comes in two versions, one with 768MB memory and the second one with 1GB memory.
NVIDIA today announced the latest addition to its Fermi-class of graphics processing units (GPUs), the NVIDIA ® GeForce GTX 460 — which delivers a great DX11 gaming experience and is priced right at the market’s $199 sweet spot.
The new GeForce GTX card is built from ground up and deliver up to 4x tessellation performance(i) over competing GPUs. The GTX 460 bring the ultimate gaming experience with DX11 bundled with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. GeForce GTX 460 also supports NVIDIA 3D Vision technology.
Epic Games, Tim Sweeney who is the Chairman, CEO and Technical Director commented: "With the GeForce GTX 460, NVIDIA is really upping the ante with an amazingly fast DirectX 11 GPU available at a great, mainstream-friendly price. Its new hardware tessellation support will enable games to reach an entirely new caliber of graphics."
GeForce GTX 460 Specifications and Pricing
Both the GTX 460 cards will have 336 CUDA Cores and 675 MHz Graphics Clock. GTX 460 will also have a 1350 MHz processor and a texture fill rate of 37.8 billion per second. The 768MB version will have a 192-bit memory interface and Memory Bandwidth of 86.4 GB per second.
On the other hand, the 1GB card will have a 256-bit Memory Interface Width and a Memory Bandwidth of 115.2 GB per second. The 768MB GeForce GTX 460 GPU will sell for $199, whereas the 1GB GPU will sell for $229.
The GeForce GTX 460 768MB version will be available starting today from NVIDIA add-in card partners. Wider availability of the GeForce GTX 460 1GB is expected by July 26, 2010. For more information and specifications visit the product page for GeForce GTX 360.
Long live Intel Celeron! Intel had first launched the Celeron brand in April 1998. The Celeron brand mainly consisted of budget CPUs. The first Celeron CPU was based on the Pentium II architecture. Even today, Intel sells quite a few budget oriented dual-core processors under the Celeron brand.
Now, Intel is going to pull the plug on the Celeron brand starting next year. DigiTimes reports that Intel has informed various notebook and PC manufacturers that they will replace the Celeron series with the Pentium and Atom N series processors. Intel is expected to launch new dual-core Atom N series processors by the third quarter of this year. The price point of these new Atom N series processors will be similar to the Celeron processors.
Intel is also expected to release new Celeron CPUs in September. Intel has not yet confirmed whether they intend to phase out the Celeron brand by 2011 or not.
Last year before the Apple’s Rock n’ Roll event occurred there was a rumor that Apple will be releasing the next generation iPod Touch sporting a 2MP camera at its back. Instead, Apple released the new iPod Nano(s) with a camera. Now rumors have again cropped up that the next generation iPod Touch will be sporting a 5MP camera at its back. The next generation of the device will also be able to recording videos in 720p HD resolution.
The device will also feature an accelerometer and a gyroscope which will help in taking gaming to the next level on the iPod Touch. According to the slides of a presentation from John Lewis, it is also expected that the next generation iPod Touch will feature FaceTime. This also indicates that the device will have a front facing camera. FaceTime allows users to make video calls over Wi-Fi.
Apple is expected to release the next generation of iPods, and iPod Touch in the month of September. The source of this news is John Lewis, who is one of the biggest retailers in Britain.
Amazon today in a press announcement released an updated version of the Kindle Application for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch. The updated Kindle application now supports embedding audio and video clips in Kindle books.
“We are excited to add this functionality to Kindle for iPad and Kindle for iPhone and iPod touch,” said Dorothy Nicholls, director, Amazon Kindle. “Readers will already find some Kindle Editions with audio/video clips in the Kindle Store today–from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes with video tips on preparing the perfect cake to Bird Songs with audio clips that relate the songs and calls to the birds’ appearances. This is just the beginning–we look forward to seeing what authors and publishers create for Kindle customers using the new functionality of the Kindle apps.”
Among the first books to take advantage of this new feature, include Rick Steves’ London, and Together We Cannot Fail. The Kindle application provides its users to access with the Kindle bookstore, which has more than 600,000 eBooks. The Kindle application is available for the iOS platform from Apple, Mac OS X, and Windows.
An Android version of the Kindle application is also expected to be released soon.
The iTouch devices from Apple have been setting the sales chart on fire. Apple has already received more than 600,000 pre-orders for the iPhone in just a single day. The huge number of pre-orders forced Apple to push back the shipping date of the pre-orders to July, instead of June.
Now Apple has announced in a press release that they have managed to sell 3 million iPads in 80 days from its U.S. launch date. Currently, there are more than 11,000 applications available for the iPad in the App Store.
“People are loving iPad as it becomes a part of their daily lives,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more people around the world, including those in nine more countries next month.”
Apple will launch the iPad in nine more countries in the upcoming month. I wonder how Apple will meet the demand for the device in these nine countries, with demand already exceeding supply by a huge margin.
More at the Apple blog here.