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Nexus Tablet: Why It is Different from a Nexus Phone

Google Nexus Phone

In the past few days, the rumors of Google making and selling their own tablet have gained steam. The rumors also point to a Kindle Fire-like price point of $199. The instant reaction is to look at Google’s earlier attempt to sell hardware directly to consumers, the Nexus One phone. We know it was a failed experiment which Google acknowledged, by shutting down the operations.

Nexus tablet, on the other hand, is a completely different story. I have firmly believed that tablets should not be sold by the carriers. Yes, there are some options with tablets where you can get cellular broadband service, but first and foremost, a tablet should be sold like a PC. I mean, a computer store or a consumer electronics store. Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics and the like. The carriers can also hop in and sell the 3G/4G versions of the tablets like they tried selling the 3G-enabled netbooks. So, taking the sales point away from the carrier stores is a good sign. Compare this with the phone where, at least in the US, it is extremely hard to sell a phone without subsidies. Nokia tried it long time ago and failed. Even Apple briefly tried the unsubsidized route but realized people are much more sensitive to upfront price than you would think. Given that the sale of the phone is tied so much to a carrier, it does not make much sense to conduct the sale away from the carrier. Apple is clearly an exception here, like in many business processes today.

Secondly, the price. If the rumors are true and the tablet is in fact around $199, it will be a huge win. A stock Android tablet with no “skins” installed, for $199 could be an interesting device. Kindle Fire has its ecosystem to rely upon but out of the box, it does limit which Android apps can run on the device. If a Nexus tablet can run all Android apps, and additionally support Amazon media consumption (either via Amazon apps like Kindle app or via the browser for Amazon Video), it becomes a superset of the Fire, for the same price as the Fire. Yes, the current Android tablets already do all of that, I understand. However, none of them have gained any traction yet, and if Google can get behind the marketing and sales, and create a Nexus phone-style clean and crisp user experience, I think users may get interested.

In fact, if this strategy does not work, you can presumably call it the end of the road for Android tablets.

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi Available For Orders

Wi-Fi, the 10.1 inch tablet from Motorola has finally gone on sale today at various stores including Best Buy, Costco and Staples.

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi

Motorola XOOM features a 10.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1280×800 and is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor which includes a dual-core Cortex processor. The device runs the 3.0 Honeycomb OS which is designed for tablets and has a 2MP camera at the front and a 5MP camera with 720p HD video capture at the back.

Motorola XOOM 32GB Wi-Fi version will retail at $599 which is on par with the 32GB version of the . However, XOOM has a better hardware configuration than the 2.

You can order the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi version by visiting this page.

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi Version Coming On March 27th For $599

Motorola launched the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet the XOOM on February 24th.

Today, the company announced the Wi-Fi version of the XOOM which will be available beginning from March 27th. The XOOM sports a 10.1-inch XGA (1280×800) display and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset. It is also the first tablet in the world to be powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb which was tailor made for tablets.

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The handset packs in 1GB of RAM and a bunch of sensors including accelerometer, barometer and an ambient light sensor. There is also a 5MP camera at the back, and a VGA camera in the front for video calling.

The base model of the Wi-Fi version of the XOOM with 32GB of internal memory will cost $599. The tablet will be available at all major retailers in the United States including Best Buy, Costco, Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Staples.

Motorola has not announced anything about bringing the XOOM to other regions of the world as well.

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Only Hits FCC?

When the Motorola Xoom was officially unveiled at CES 2011, earlier in January. It is probably the best Android tablet yet, and the first one to run the latest version of the Android OS – Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It has some really impressive hardware specs but is priced a bit high, at $800 for the 32 GB version which comes with both 3G + Wi-Fi connectivity.

Today, another tablet by Motorola has passed FCC testing. It seems to the Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola Xoom, about which we had reported earlier.

It will have the exact same specifications as the Motorola Xoom 3G version. It will come with a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with 1 GB RAM. It also has a 5 MP camera with dual LED flash as well as a secondary 2 MP camera. It comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and has 32 GB internal storage. It will likely be priced much lower than the 3G version, which is great for buyers who want the Xoom, but can’t afford the 3G version at $800. Motorola will also be launching a 4G version of the Xoom soon.

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Check out more details about the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi version at WirelessGoodness

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Version Coming Soon

The Motorola Xoom was definitely the best tablet announced during the CES 2011. The Xoom is expected to hit the stores sometime in May as a 3G+WiFi tablet, with an upgrade to 4G LTE sometime later in 2011 in the States. However, now it looks like Motorola will ship a Wi-Fi only version of the Xoom as well.

Motorola’s Latin America General Manager, Maurizio Angelone has told Infobae that Motorola will ship the WiFi only version of the Xoom a whole month before the 3G+WiFi version of the device hit the stores.

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The Motorola Xoom features a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280×800. The tablet is based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform which includes a dual-core Cortex A9 based 1 GHz processor. The back of the tablet sports a 5MP camera with dual-LED flash while there is a 2MP camera in the front for video calling. The Xoom runs on the tablet version of Android Honeycomb. Readers can find out the whole specs of Motorola Xoom here.

In other Xoom related news, Motorola expects the Xoom to set the sales chart on fire. According to DigiTimes, the company has ordered 800,000-900,000 units of the Xoom with four varying colors. The company expects the order of the Xoom to reach as high as a million in the first quarter of 2011.

Optimistic or modest? Only time will tell!

Enable Wi-Fi Tethering On Sony Xperia X10

The Android 2.1 update for Xperia X10 has been released a few weeks ago and brought some joy to users. However, a very important feature, Wi-Fi tethering, didn’t come with the update. However, since Android 2.1 on X10 can be rooted, Wi-Fi tethering can be enabled using a third party app. Here are the two steps to enable Wi-Fi tethering on your X10 and other Android device.

First thing to do is root your Android device. The easiest way to do it is by installing z4root from Android Market on your phone. This app will root your phone in one click. I rooted my X10 using this app. However, it took three tries to root my phone, so try again if it didn’t work for the first time.

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To enable Wi-Fi tethering on the Xperia X10, install Barnacle Wi-Fi Tether from Android market after rooting your phone. After the installation, run Barnacle Wi-Fi Tether and click Start. Now your phone is ready to share its internet connection with other Wi-Fi capable devices. Enjoy!

Wi-Fi Only Samsung Galaxy Tab Priced At $499

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be launched in the US in November, with all major carriers – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Most of them are pricing the Galaxy Tab at $599 without a contract and $399 with one.

However, that is not your only option. Earlier, Samsung announced that it will be launching a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab, and details of that have now started leaking out.

Pocketables has come across some fliers which say that the Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab will be launched in November itself, and will be priced at $499. It will be launched at Best Buy and will be available at the same time when the carriers start shipping out the preorders.

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The Wi-Fi only version is exactly the same as the 3G version except that it doesn’t pack in a CDMA/3G radio. $499 seems to be the right price point for the Galaxy Tab considering that the base version of the Wi-Fi iPad is priced at $499 too, and has much less to offer than the Galaxy Tab.

HTC Gratia Announced; European Version Of HTC Aria

Remember the HTC Aria? The handset was an AT&T exclusive until now. Today, HTC announced the European version of the Aria the HTC Gratia. The Gratia has a 3.2-inch screen with a HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone will be powered by a 600 MHz processor from Qualcomm and will pack 384MB of RAM along with 512MB of ROM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with auto-focus. HTC_Gratia

“HTC’s mantra is to provide a unique mix of experience and choice to people using our phones,” said Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe, Middle East and Africa. “HTC Gratia offers something completely different. Its compact size, beautiful design and power with Android 2.2, combined with its personalised experience through HTC Sense, is uniquely compelling. We can’t wait to bring HTC Gratia to our customers in Europe.”

The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack, microSD card slot, microUSB port, an accelerometer, GPS with A-GPS and a digital compass. The Gratia will be running on Android 2.2 with the HTC Sense UI on top of it. The device will be available in some wacky colors like Forest Green and Pristine White etcetera.

The handset will hit the major European markets by November 2010.

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Apple iPad Wi-Fi Models Finally Hit China

Today, Apple in a press release has officially announced the release of the iPad in China. The Apple iPad has been an astounding success for Apple.Apple iPad The tablet device has been breaking all sorts of sales record for the Cupertino Company. Even after five months of its launch, Apple is still struggling to meet the demand for the iPad. Apple however has launched only the Wi-Fi sporting models of iPad in China.

It was earlier this summer that Apple had launched its flagship store in Shanghai. The iPad will be available at all the Apple retail stores and authorized Apple resellers from September 17. Users who will be buying the iPad from the Apple retail stores will be getting a free Personal setup service so as to customize their iPad. The 16GB model of the iPad will cost CNY3988 which roughly equals to around $600 while the 32GB version will be available for CNY4788. The top of the line 64GB version will cost CNY5588.

All these prices when converted to U.S dollars are roughly 20% higher than retail price of the iPad in the U.S.

Sony Xperia X10 Running Android 2.1

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was among the first Android phones to hit the market with a 4-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera and a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. However, the biggest problem with the Xperia X10 in fact with all the Xperia Android based handsets –   is that they run on Android 1.6 (Donut). Sony Ericsson had promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update sometime in Q3. With already a week and half in to September, it won’t be long before Sony Ericsson starts rolling out the Éclair update across various regions of the world.

Until that X10 owners should suffice their 2.1 desire with this new video of X10 running Android 2.1 :

As it can be seen from the video above, Sony Ericsson has replaced their older lock skin with a themed version of the original Android lock screen. The Android 2.1 update will also bring with it 720p HD recording to the X10.

Hopefully, the Android 2.1 update will also fix the nasty Wi-Fi bug which currently plagues the X10.

Motorola Droid 2 Rooted

The folks over at Xda Developers have done it again. They have managed to root the Motorola Droid 2, only after two weeks of its launch. Users who are interested in rooting their Droid 2, need to have adb and the required Droid 2 drivers from Motorola installed. Users need to key in lots of command from adb to root their Droid 2. Rooting a phone allows users to remove all the crapware which an operator loads on the phone. It also provides the users with Wi-Fi and USB tethering for free.

Hopefully, the Motorola Droid 2 will now soon get the Clockwork Mod recovery and Custom ROMs. However, the locked down bootloader on the device is surely going to give the developers some sleepless night. The Motorola Droid 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid. The original Droid was and still is a popular phone among the modding community due to its unlocked bootloader.

Here is the link on how to root your Droid 2.

iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Supports FaceTime Using Email IDs

The Apple iPhone 4 allows its users to make video calls over Wi-Fi to any iPhone 4 owner. At the time of the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple dubbed this technology as FaceTime and called it revolutionary. The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone from Apple to featureclip_image001 video calling. Sadly, the ability to make video calls only over Wi-Fi was a huge disappointment for many. Currently, users can make a FaceTime video call only using the phone number of the other user.

However, in iOS 4.1 Beta 3 Apple has added an option to call users using their email id as well. The inclusion of this feature suggests that the next generation iPod Touch from Apple will feature a front-facing camera for video calling.

Hopefully, this also means that the next generation iPad will feature a camera for FaceTime as well.

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Tata Teleservices Launches Photon Wi-Fi Pocket Router

Tata Photon Wi-Fi RouterTata Teleservices Limited has announced the launch of the new Tata Photon Wi-Fi Router. It allows you to connect multiple devices to a single device and connect to the internet using Wi-Fi through a single internet connection. It offers broadband Internet access speeds up to 3.1 MBps.

The Tata Photon Wi-Fi Router also comes with a RJ45 Ethernet port which allows you to connect the device to your PC. You can instantly access your internet connection on your Wi-Fi enabled smartphone, laptop or tablet.

It will be available in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore at an introductory price of Rs. 4999.

TTSL has always believed in introducing innovative products and solutions in the telecom industry, with the objective continually upgrading the telecom experience of our subscribers. Our latest offering – Tata Photon Wi-Fi Pocket Router -reaffirms that commitment, making connectivity easy and relevant for a cross-section of user categories. This portable device marks a breakthrough in the Wi-Fi space and is yet another first-of-its-kind product in the country,he added.” said Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Limited.

Source: TTSL Press release

Motorola Droid Does Not Support Wi-Fi And USB Tethering

Most of the Motorola Droid owners must be happy with their phone getting the Android 2.2 update soon. Android 2.2 brings with it tons of speed improvements, and some new notable features including native tethering,Motorola Droid and mobile hotspot. Users who were hoping to enjoy these 2 new features on their Droid are sadly out of luck.

Verizon has confirmed that the Motorola Droid lacks the hardware to support mobile hotspot, and tethering. The official Verizon spokesperson said that :

The Droid by Motorola doesn’t have [the] hardware to support a Mobile Hotspot. With tethering there is no Connection on the PC side that will allow you to tether the device so the answer is that option isn’t part of this update.

The Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Motorola Droid will begin in the upcoming few weeks. Motorola and Verizon have already released the software update for a small test group. However, users should keep in mind that many users are already using Wi-Fi tethering and USB tethering on their Droid by hacking it.

RIM Unveils The BlackBerry 6 OS

Along with the BlackBerry Torch 9800, RIM also announced the BlackBerry 6. Yes, the name of the operating system has changed from BlackBerry OS 6 to just BlackBerry 6. The new OS from RIM is more touch-friendly and features moreBlackBerry eye-candy than any of its previous iterations. The new OS includes universal search, an all-new web-kit based HTML5 web browser, and social networking integration.

The new OS also integrates Wi-Fi music syncing. Users can view and sync their entire iTunes or Windows Media Player library right from their smartphone. There is also a brand new Podcast, and a YouTube application. RIM also promised that the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Bold 9650, and the Pearl 3G will get the BlackBerry 6 update in the coming months.

The BlackBerry 6 will make its debut on the Torch 9800, which is scheduled to release on 12 August.