Dell is apparently planning to showcase a new 7 inch Android tablet at CES 2011. It will be called the Dell Streak 7. It will be a bigger, better version of the Dell Streak and will compete with the Galaxy Tab by Samsung and the Motorola Android tablet which will be launched at CES too.
It will run Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with the Stage UI, the same as the original Streak, but with some improvements.
The guys at Engadget have gotten their hands at some promotional material for the Dell Streak, the treatment of its television commercial, which seems to quite interesting.
Head over to Engadget for the full scoop.
The Samsung Galaxy S is undoubtedly the most popular Android smartphone yet. It is available worldwide and has had record sales since its launch, eclipsing any other Android phone. In fact, the Galaxy S was such a huge hit that Google launched the next phone in the Nexus series – the Nexus S, with Samsung as a partner, and not HTC which has been the most staunch Android supporter since years.
The Galaxy S is now reaching the 10 million milestone. Earlier this week, Samsung announced that the Samsung Galaxy S and its variants have already sold 9.3 million units since launch. With about 10 more days since the announcements, and the Christmas shopping season in full swing, Galaxy S may end this year with 10 million sales. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab may sell 2 million units by the end of 2010, making it a very good year, for both Samsung and Android.
Intel leads the processor market in terms of sales by a huge margin. With the success of the Core 2 Duo, and then the Core i7, Core i3 and Core i5 line of processors, AMD has been completely relegated to the sidelines.
However, when it comes to mobile, Intel is still trying to get a foothold in the processor market. The majority of mobile processors are based on the ARM platform, mainly because its architecture is much more power efficient, which is a very important requirement in smartphones. ARM based platforms are also being increasingly used in tablets, a relatively new market which Intel is desperately trying to corner.
With Microsoft’s latest move though, the fight may get even tougher for Intel. Microsoft may be planning to launch an ARM based version of Windows at CES 2011, according to a report by Bloomberg. Such a move would be very beneficial for Microsoft which is trying to make a dent in the tablet market, as well as ARM which will cement its position in the mobile processor segment.
It is a very well-known fact that many companies will be unveiling a tablet at the upcoming CES 2011 including Motorola. Andy Rubin had even used the Motorola tablet prototype running Honeycomb at the D: Dive Mobile event. Yesterday, Motorola had uploaded a teaser video on YouTube about their upcoming tablet. The video shows how the tablet evolved right from B.C to A.D and even took potshots at the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Here is the video I am talking about :
Today, the company has put up a countdown on their website until they announce their upcoming highly anticipated tablet at the CES 2011. As of now, the countdown says that 15 days 4 hours and 46 minutes are still left until Motorola announces its next-generation tablet. Users can have a look at the countdown here.
From the leaked information, we already know that the upcoming tablet from Motorola will be sporting an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and will also be a DROID branded device. The tablet will also be running on the next version of Android OS Honeycomb which is targeted towards tablet.
With CES 2011 right around the corner in January, it should come as no surprise that HP/Palm are gearing up to release a slew of new devices; included in that list should be the PalmPad. Detailed to have a 9.7screen, USB 3.0 port and an HDMI-out port, the PalmPad is one of many new tablet-style devices running WebOS. The sketch image shows off an optional docking station can that be attached to the device, as well as what looks to be an SD card slot, volume toggles and a multi-function switch.
Everybody is jumping on the bandwagon for tablet devices, and WebOS is sure to be a big hit with better hardware. Let’s hope that HP/Palm really do make this official for CES.
More images of the Motorola Android tablet have surfaced on the interwebs. The Motorola Android tablet was first revealed by Andy Rubin last week at the D: Dive into Mobile event. It is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a new version of the Android OS optimized for the tablet form factor.
We have a few screenshots of Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the Motorola tablet. The tablet will have a 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor, 512 MB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It will sport two cameras – a 5 MP primary camera and a 2 MP secondary one.
The tablet will probably be launched in Q1 2011. If we are in luck, it might even be unveiled at CES 2011.
Sources: HowardForums, Engadget
Notion Ink’s Adam was expected by many to be the dream tablet – a tablet that will successfully marry iPad’s elegance and usability with Android’s flexibility. Critiques questioned the ability of a startup with little experience to pull off such grand plans, while others, including me, hoped that Notion Ink might just have what it takes to succeed.
After a long delay, Notion Ink finally opened pre-orders for Adam yesterday. However, things have gone rapidly downhill since then. It’s been one disaster after another. Keith discussed some of the issues raised by Android Police and others. However, that’s not all that bothers me. Some of the other factors raising eyebrows and causing suspicion are:
- As pointed out by PhanDroid, NI takes your money even without asking for a shipping address. This has now been fixed, and was possibly an oversight. However, how many oversights can one ignore from a company that is launching an international product that costs around about half a thousand bucks (depends on the model).
- We had earlier pointed out the lack of any real pictures or videos of Adam. Once again, it’s possible that this is just a marketing strategy gone wrong. Notion Ink had been building up hype by slowly unveiling the product, and Rohan probably thought that holding back the hands-on videos will probably help sustain the air of mystery. The trouble is that you can’t just expect people to shell out money in blind-faith, especially when you are the new kid in town.
Notion Ink has now stated that an in-depth video will be released on December 18. The justification being offered is that NI wanted to hold back videos and photos of the actual product, as they intended to demo it at CES 2011. That is a pretty flimsy logic, and also brings me to the third caveat.
- Although Notion Ink claims that they will be demoing Adam at the CES, as pointed out by Android Police, they aren’t anywhere to be found in the official CES exhibitors list.
It’s also worth mentioning that, Adam is yet to receive a formal approval from the FCC. Without that, Notion Ink can’t even ship it to the US. Obviously, NI is confident that Adam will soon be approved. However, this only adds another element of uncertainty to the entire equation.
Even if all of this is just a series of massive but honest mistakes by Notion Ink, and Adam is not an elaborate scam, I don’t think I can recommend Adam any longer. The main culprit being the refund and return policy.
- There is a lot that can go wrong with electronic gadgets, and that is why warranty and return policies are extremely important. Unlike its competition (Apple and Samsung), Notion Ink doesn’t have established retail presence or support centers spread across the globe. Hence, if something goes wrong, you will have to simply ship your device to Notion Ink. This is not an ideal scenario, but could have been acceptable. The trouble is that Notion Ink wants you to bear most of the charges, as a result of which, you will end up paying a hefty amount, even during the warranty period. Here are the relevant sections from the ToS.
In case your products needs a physical inspection or repair, you need to ship the product with return shipping paid to Notion Ink’s International Service Centre’s along with an transaction number of 9USD payment made on Notion Ink Website as International Service Assistance Fees.
I hope that I am wrong and Notion Ink succeeds. I really do. However, at this moment things are looking bleak. I still believe that the device is real. However, we have to remember that Notion Ink is a new startup without any proven track record. There is uncertainty regarding how they are sourcing the hardware for the device and its quality. There are simply too many unknowns at this moment. It’s obvious that a lot of people are willing to give Notion Ink a chance – the Pixel Qi editions were sold out within hours. Unfortunately, I can no longer be among those recommending Adam.
According to the latest report by Digitimes, Toshiba is planning to launch 3 new tablets in 2011. What’s even more exciting, is the fact that each of the tablets will be running a different OS. Toshiba plans to launch one with the Android OS, possible Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 3.0 Honeycomb, one with the Google Chrome OS which is slated to launch today, and one with Windows 7.
This move should probably cover the entire potential tablet market, except for iPad fans.
Two of the tablets will have 10.1 inch displays while the third will sport a 11.6 inch panel. If I had to bet my money on it, I would say that the 11.6 inch tablet will probably be the one running Windows 7.
Toshiba will be showcasing the three tablets at CES 2011, which Techie-Buzz will be covering live.
Adam, the highly anticipated and heavily delayed Android based tablet from India’s Notion Ink, has cleared FCC testing, confirmed Notion Ink’s CEO, Rohan Shravan. He also revealed on the official blog that all the applications being developed for Adam are now in beta, and the payment gateway for the website has been setup. Pre-orders are expected to begin soon.
Additionally, tucked away in Shravan’s post, is a curious teaser about December 6 being a big day for Android.
6th December is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work. (Eden is extremely compatible with 2.3)
To us, this seems to be a clear hint that Android 2.3 or Gingerbread will be launched in a couple of days. Although Google hasn’t been forthcoming about the improvements introduced in Gingerbread, we do know for a fact that the user interface has been tweaked and refined. The teaser also indicates that the Adam will be getting Gingerbread at some point in the future (probably pretty soon), which should endear it to Android enthusiasts.
At an Intel press event held in Moscow on December 2, for launching MeeGo based netbooks powered by the Intel Atom processor, Intel executives also showcased a MeeGo powered phone and tablet.
Both the tablet, and the phone are powered by Intel Atom. The HI/LO Vibrant phone sports a 5 MP camera and a secondary videocall camera. The tablet looks quite good, but no detailed specifications have been released.
We should probably see the onslaught of MeeGo devices in Q1 2011, but I wonder if it isn’t too late already.