Barnes and Noble Working on Nook Color Successor

Barnes and Noble, the surprise entrant in the tablet space in 2010, which had a spectacular hit on its hands with the Nook Color is apparently working on a successor to the Android powered Nook Color. The Nook Color was launched as an ereader to compete with the Amazon Kindle, but since it offered powerful hardware, it was soon hacked and modified into a full blown tablet. It is currently the cheapest usable Android tablet, not counting the many cheap Chinese knockoffs. Seeing the success of the Nook Color, even Amazon has started working on a cheap Android Kindle tablet.

Today, it was revealed in an SEC filing that Barnes and Noble plans to announce a new electronic book reader on May 24. Following the news, B&N shares closed up 17% on Wednesday, which indicates how positive the expectations for B&N on the street are, should it manage to pull off another success like the Nook Color. The new Nook Color should come with even more powerful hardware and should support Android 3.0 Honeycomb. No other details have been disclosed yet. The timing is quite good, as it may mean that the Nook Color 2 will be available before Amazon’s Kindle tablet.

Watch out for more details and specifications of the Nook Color 2 on May 24.

Nook Color

Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro Officially Unveiled

Today, Sony Ericsson unveiled three new Android phones at their event in London – the Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro and the Xperia Acro. While they sport similar specifications, the Xperia Mini and the Xperia Mini Pro will likely be priced in the budget category, while the Xperia Acro will be a high end smartphone.

The Xperia Acro was leaked exactly a month back. Most of the leaked specifications we reported back then have turned out to be true. It will be a fatter, improved version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for Japanese users.

“We are delighted to be introducing this flagship model to Japan. In this sophisticated market, we are listening to consumers and are happy to adapt our products to fit in with requirements which they believe to be an essential part of the mobile experience. We expect that they will be pleased to have such a uniquely adept premium smartphone and look forward to a new wave of consumers experiencing the world of Xperia.” said Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson.

The Xperia Acro comes with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and an Adreno 205 GPU with 512 MB RAM. It will sport a 4.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display powered by the Mobile Bravia Engine, and an 8.1 MP Exmor R camera which can record 720p HD video. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will offer Mobile TV functionality.

It will be available in Japan from June. It will be available in two colors – black and white.

Sprint Unveils The Motorola Titanium Rugged Android Smartphone

motorola titaniumSprint recently announced another Android powered smartphone, the Motorola Titanium. This handset runs on the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) Operating System. We are still not sure, if the handset will get the Android Froyo or Gingerbread update. It comes with a 3.1 inch touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

Motorola Titanium is the successor of the popular Motorola i1 smartphone. This handset allows you to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market. Motorola Titanium is designed to meet Military Specification 810G for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature.

We are pleased to extend our portfolio of products directed at business-users with these two powerful and versatile Android devices,said Paget L. Alves, president Sprint Business. Motorola XPRT delivers the security features enterprise customers demand without scrimping on the latest in technology, while Motorola Titanium is a rugged Android smartphone with Nextel Direct Connect’s sub-second Push-to-Talk.

Motorola Titanium comes with a 3.1 inch HVGA TFT touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 5 megapixel camera with camcorder, 4x zoom and flash, microSD slot, 2 GB memory card included, 32 GB expandable memory, Integrated GPS, Corporate email, Quickoffice, Android Market, up to 275 minutes talk-time and a 1820 mAh Lithium-ion battery. This handset measures 62.2mm x 119.7mm x 13.5mm and weighs 147.2 grams.

Motorola Titanium comes with support for Nextel Direct Connect Services including Direct Connect, Group Connect, International Direct Connect, DirectSendSM, Group Messaging and NextMail. The price and release date of this handset is not announced yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

Acer Launches the Iconia Tab A500 and W500 Tablets in India

Yesterday, Acer launched the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and the Iconia Tab W500 in India. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is an Android tablet which runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset and comes with 16 GB internal storage. It has a dual core 1 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM, and sports a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It also has a 5 MP camera as well as a secondary 2 MP camera.

It is the first Honeycomb tablet which has been officially launched in India. It has excellent hardware specs, and is priced slightly lower than the iPad 2, at Rs 27,990 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi version. A 3G/LTE version is expected soon.

Acer Iconia Tab A500

It also launched the Acer Iconia Tab W500 yesterday. It is a Windows 7 tablet with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display and a display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a AMD C-50 dual core processor clocked at 1 GHz and comes with 2 GB DDR3 RAM. It also offers 32 GB internal storage, and doubles up as a laptop, when used with the keyboard dock. It has been priced at Rs 32,499.

Acer Iconia Tab W500

Along with the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and W500, Acer also launched the Iconia Smart A300 Android smartphone, Iconia Tab A100 7 inch Android tablet and the dual screen Iconia notebook. The pricing details of these three haven’t been announced yet.

Vodafone U.K. Rolling Out Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update For Desire HD

It was just yesterday that we reported about HTC rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD and the Incredible S.

However, the update was being rolled out only for the unbranded Desire HD and Incredible S handsets, in Europe.


Today, Vodafone U.K. has announced that they have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Vodafone branded Desire HD, in the U.K.

Here is the update change-log via Android Community :

  • Enhancements to the user interface (simpler and slicker)
  • New Android Keyboard,   with easy copy/paste feature
  • Improved Power Management
  • Internet Calling support
  • Multiple Camera Management (front and back)

Ironically, the Desire HD lacks a front camera, so I wonder what the Multiple Camera Management’ feature will do.

The update is an OTA one, and users are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The update will be rolled out to all Desire HD owners within the next few weeks.

Hopefully, other carries will follow Vodafone U.K. steps, and release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD.

Motorola Atrix Now Available At Orange UK

motorola atrix

Earlier this year, Motorola announced the powerful Motorola Atrix smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset currently runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System, but it will be later updated to the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Motorola Atrix was expected to launch before the end of Q1 2011 in the UK, but it got delayed due to some unknown reasons.

The powerful Motorola Atrix is finally available in the UK, exclusively on the airwaves of Orange UK. This handset will also be available on the T-Mobile UK’s network, but it will take at least a month. If you can’t wait for a month, then you can go ahead and purchase this amazing smartphone from Orange UK for free on contract.

Motorola Atrix features a 4 inch touchscreen display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, Gorilla Glass display, MOTOBLUR UI, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, VGA front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Biometric fingerprint reader, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, HDMI port, up to 400 hours stand-by time, up to 8 hours 50 mins talk-time and a 1930 mAh battery.

You can get the powerful Motorola Atrix smartphone for free with a 24 months contract and a £35 per month plan, which includes 600 minutes, 750 MB data allowance, unlimited texts, 50 MMS and unlimited Wi-Fi per month. To learn more, just head over to this page.

HTC Desire HD And Incredible S Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now!

HTC has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for two of their handsets – the Desire HD and the Incredible S.

The company has kept its promise of rolling out the Android 2.3 update within the first few weeks of its release for the Incredible S, and in early Q2 for the Desire HD.


The software update for the Desire HD carries the version number 2.36.405.5, while the Incredible S software update has the version number 2.12.405.7. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for both the handsets sis being rolled out as an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Desire HD and Incredible S owners can manually check for the software update by going to Menu-> Settings-> About Phone and selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option.

The latest version of Android OS will bring with it a new keyboard, better copy-paste method, speed improvements and a new black theme. Sadly, the Gingerbread version being rolled out by HTC is Android 2.3.3. This means that Incredible S owners won’t be able to use the front-facing camera to make video calls via GTalk.

The Desire Z and the original Desire are the next in line to receive their Gingerbread love. The Android 2.3 updates for these handsets are expected to be rolled out by early June.

Android 2.3.4 Rolling Out To Nexus One Owners

Recently, we posted that the Android 2.3.4 update is scheduled to roll out over the next few weeks. Nexus S is the first smartphone to receive the update, followed by the original Google phone, the Nexus One. The new Android 2.3.4 update brings the much awaited voice and video chat to the Google Talk, along with some bug fixes and optimizations. This update was expected to roll out after few weeks, but the lucky Nexus One owners have already started receiving this update.

nexus one update

The image posted above, clearly shows the Android version 2.3.4 on the Nexus One smartphone. Even though, the new update brings the much awaited voice and video chat to the Google Talk, Nexus One owners will not be able to enjoy the video chat with their friends, since this device does not have a front-facing camera. On the other hand, the Nexus S owners have already started using the video chat on their Nexus S smartphone.

Some of the Nexus One owners have complained about the loss of accuracy while using the phone’s GPS application after Android 2.3.3 was installed. But the new Android 2.3.4 update improve the battery life of the device along with improved accuracy for the phone’s location tracking services.

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Samsung Launching Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in India Next Month

Though the Apple iPad completely dominated the tablet space in 2010, there was one other tablet which is definitely worth a mention – the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It was the only Android tablet that was able to compete (barely, though) with the iPad. It was the most popular Android tablet, with sales of over 2 million units worldwide.

Samsung has already announced two new tablets – the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – which will take over from the Galaxy Tab and compete with the new Apple iPad 2. Both tablets come with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, dual core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB RAM etc.

Now that India is too big a market to ignore (as evidenced by Apple finally launching the iPad 2 here), Samsung seems to be planning to launch the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in India as soon as June 2011. Even the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 is slated to launch either this month, or the next.

“We will launch the 10-inch tablet PC at around Rs 35,000 and the 8-inch device will be priced around Rs 28,000. While the tablet PC market today stands at around 25,000 units a quarter, we expect it to grow exponentially here on.” said Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile and IT, Samsung India, as reported by the Business Standard.

So the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be priced starting at Rs 28,000 while the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be priced starting at Rs 35,000. We don’t know which versions – Wi-Fi or 3G, 16 GB or 32 GB yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Amazon’s Android Tablet to be Launched Soon

A new report by Digitimes has given rise to heightened speculation that Amazon is working on an Android tablet, to replace its Kindle ebook reader. According to the report, Amazon has already placed orders with its OEM partner, Quanta Computer, for its upcoming Android tablet. The touch panels for the tablet will be provided by E Ink Holdings, and will support Fringe Field Switching technology.

Amazon expects the sales to touch 700,000 to 800,000 units during the peak season. The Amazon Kindle has been a very popular device, but since the launch of the iPad and the new Android tablets, sales might have been slowing, as more and more users prefer a multi-functional device like a tablet, over an ebook reader. The Nook Color, an Android powered ebook reader has seen huge sales, thanks to its low pricing and its ability to double up as an Android tablet.

With the launch of the new Amazon Android tablet, Amazon can probably capture a large share of the Android tablet space and also sell more ebooks. Amazon recently launched an Android app store. It may also start offering music and videos, leveraging its new cloud locker service. It might be priced around the $200 range, and may be an ad-supported version, like the new $114 Kindle it launched recently.