Jul 06, 2011 - 5:26 PM - by Malvado
Just earlier, we were wondering if Motorola were dropping prices on their XOOM tablet in order to make room for another, and if this FCC approval says anything, we just might be looking at that type of scenario. This tablet device was spotted on the FCC's website with the dimensions of 259mm x 166mm. In contrast, the original XOOM was 249.1mm x 167.mm – in short, this is probably the Motorola XOOM 2. It’ll have LTE radios inside, something that will make current XOOM owners’ blood boil. We’re not sure what sort of package we could be looking at here. The possibilities are endless. NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor is said to be in tablets by the end of this year. It may still launch with Tegra 2, though, or any other dual-core chipset. For now, this is just an FCC listing so let’s hope for some concrete details soon enough.
SOURCE: New Motorola LTE tablet hits the FCC…is this the XOOM 2? |
Jul 06, 2011 - 5:22 PM - by Malvado
We’ve seen just about everything we need to see regarding the Motorola DROID 3 but date and pricing are still up in the air. Our friends at Droid-Life have heard that the device will be attractively affordable with it going for $200 after a two-year agreement or $460 outright. I must say, considering the technology we expect to be inside of it, that doesn’t sound bad at all. Can we make things a little bit more official,Verizon? Please?
Facebook made a name for itself by starting as a closed network available only to Harvard students initially and then branched out from there to other college campuses. It gave an air of exclusivity to the network and gained critical mass through that approach. After they had reached a stage where they could no longer be ignored they opened the floodgates and allowed anyone onto the network.
Many Facebook users have already grown tired of the network, and having Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa view every update of your drinking binge or dirty joke certainly hasn't helped the feeling of being overwhelmed with your information being shared with everyone and no easy way to fix it.
Google+ is banking on a totally new way of sharing information and giving you an easy way to decide who get's to see exactly what... without making you jump through hoops to do so. Facebook would have to turn their entire culture upside down to accomplish this and it goes against everything they've said they stand for in the past... the open sharing of ALL information.
Early adopters can make or break a social network, and Google+ seems to have attracted and won over a huge percentage of very valued early adopters. I'm talking about Hacker News users and their near total preference of Google+ over Facebook.
As seen in this poll: Hacker News | Poll: Google+: Like it/prefer it to FaceBook, Google+ has over 1023 votes that like it and prefer it to Facebook, vs 160 votes that prefer Facebook over it.
That's a huge margin of victory for a beta product that is still very tough to get into and does not yet fully support profiles for Google Apps. If I'm a Facebook stock holder at this point, I would be very worried. We all know how fast a large social network can fall from grace. Take a look at Myspace - from $580 million to $35 million over a course of less then 6 years. And in reality, they were pretty much in the coffin after only 2 years.
Now I don't believe that Google+ will kill Facebook but I do believe that it will steal a large amount of market share and prevent Facebook from taking over. It will make Facebook honest with how it treats app developers and users, much like Android has done to keep Apple honest and more open.
This is good for consumers and good for the Internet as a whole.
As an aside note, we have put up an entire site dedicated to Google+, you can visit it at this URL: Google+ / Google Plus Forum
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Jul 06, 2011 - 12:15 PM - by dgstorm
The enticing new Sony Android/Honeycomb Tablets, the S1 and S2 recently got some video attention from two different sources. You can check out these videos above and below. There is still no confirmation on specs yet, but the tablets look gorgeous. You can even see the S1 running the PlayStation Suite. Let's intend that these are more *cough* secure than other Sony products.
Source: AndroidTablets.net via Engadget; Notebook Italia; Niccolo from HDblog.it (per Engadget Source)
Redesigned Motorola Droid Bionic looks confirmed in Best Buy leak
A new Verizon Photo has been leaked of The Bionic Coming Soon...With the Verizon 4G LTE, ad from Best Buy... The opening line in the promo says "Control It and You Control everything!!! The Droid Bionic is an all-powerful, unstoppable machine.” Powerful language, Lets hope it lives up to the hype!!! After Motorola went back to the drawing board to make this a better phone, I am looking forward to the specs and future leaks on this one.
Jul 06, 2011 - 11:45 AM - by dgstorm
Previously we reported that in a strange kind of irony, Microsoft was actually making more from Android patents than from its own Windows Phone 7 mobile OS. We listed several companies, including HTC, Velocity Micro, Onkyo and others that are now having to pay Microsoft a patent fee for every single Android device they make. This is based upon a number of patents that Microsoft holds that are used in Androids.
Apparently, Microsoft is gunning for the "big boys" now. They are now going after the 2nd largest cellphone manufacturer in the world, Samsung, for these same patent fees. And, they aren't asking paltry amounts either... Microsoft reportedly wants $15 bucks per Android device that Samsung makes. Further intel suggests that Samsung may try and negotiate that down to a $10 dollar per device fee in exchange for some other concessions, perhaps even Samsung adopting WP7 for more of their phones. It'll be interesting to see how this deal pans out.
It almost makes you feel sorry for Sammy. It's like they are getting picked on from all sides now.
Source: BGR and Reuters
Jul 06, 2011 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like today is a day for charts and marketing data news. A new Nielsen marketing report has come forth, and it reveals that smartphone users really like to use them more as toys than tools. The most downloaded apps in Quarter 2 were games, followed by the weather and then social networking. Interestingly, the marketing data further indicates that 93% of users that download games are actually more willing to pay for them than other apps. Another interesting tidbit to come out of the survey was that iPhone users play games more often and for longer periods of time than Android users. That is a bit of a surprise. So... Android users are potentially more productive than iPhone users? Who woulda thunkit?
Source: BGR and Nielsen
Jul 06, 2011 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm
Google seems to be taking a mildly draconian tact regarding private profiles on its Google+ Social Networking Service. Apparently, if you leave your profile "private", Google will be deleting that profile starting August 1st. The pic above is the word "straight from the horse's mouth." You will still be able to keep much of your personal details secret if you need to. You can do this by limiting access to specific elements like your Circles, extended Circles, or anyone on the web. Google simply requires that your full name and gender be available to everyone.
This forced socializing reminds me of a scenario where a kid's mom has guests over with their own kids. The kid's mom keeps saying, "go play with them.", and the kid replies, "but I don't wanna!" The mom replies, "You'll play with them, or you'll be grounded!" I can see Google's point of view in this. What good is a social network if you don't actually use it to be social? It still makes you scratch your head a bit though...
Source: Android.net via Engadget and Google+
Jul 06, 2011 - 10:40 AM - by dgstorm
There is some new comScore marketing research data online now, showing the continued dominance of Android. Apple is still growing a bit too, and both are doing so at the expense of RIM, Microsoft and everyone else. From February to May of this year, Android gained another 5 percentage points to top out at 38.1% of U.S. Smartphone subscribers. Apple follows that up with a paltry 1.4 percentage point gain to hold on to 26.6%, but at least they are still gaining. RIM dropped another -4.2% points, from 28.9% to 24.7%... ouch! Microsoft and Palm round out the bottom. It's almost sad to see Microsoft actually lose ground since they only recently jumped into the smartphone OS game, and you practically can't really count Palm in the game anymore with a measly 2.4% market share, down from 2.8%. In every game, whether it is "just for fun" or "real life", there will be winners and losers. Obviously the real winners in this game are consumers, at least as long as good competition continues to make the technological advancements thrive. If the Android continues to dominate in the growth category, that may change, but it will be an interesting show to see how it plays out.
Source: AndroidPolice and comScore
Jul 06, 2011 - 9:58 AM - by dgstorm
If you thought that NFC technology was just going to become your mobile wallet of the future, you would be mistaken. Apparently, as the video above demonstrates, Google has quietly slipped some social networking NFC features into their new Google+ Service. Here's a quote from the Engadget article with some of the details,
It looks like these features are simply the "baby stages" of something bigger. I predict that this social networking aspect of NFC tech will really accelerate the use of NFC into the mainstream, beyond just the mobile payment services. What do you guys think?
Software developer Ridzuan Ashim discovered that, when used on an NFC-enabled device, you can read tags and share them through the new social networking service. After scanning, the OS asks you if you want to share the associated text with Google+ or another relevant program. Though the abilities seem somewhat limited for now, we'll likely see more developer support tossed in as the service matures.
Jul 06, 2011 - 9:49 AM - by dgstorm
A couple of days ago we shared with you that the Droid Incredible 2 would soon get CyanogenMod 7, and now it has. Along with that, you can also "hook it up" with MIUI, if you prefer. Crafty modders have pushed past its locked bootloader and now the Dinc2 joins a list of "classic" Android smartphones in modders' heaven. Below are some links to both mods, but make sure you pay careful attention to the instructions on rooting and flashing the new ROMs. No bricking your phone!
Mod Sources: CM7 Wiki and MIUI
Source: IncredibleForum.com via Droid-Life
Behold the Droid 3! Yes, I know it's just a dummy unit however it's also a sign we are one step closer to the actual Droid 3. Today select Verizon stores are receiving dummy units to put on display. We are expecting the official Droid 3 announcement any day so stay tuned!
Jul 05, 2011 - 12:48 PM - by dgstorm
It hasn't been a very well kept secret that Verizon was planning to change their Data Plans to a new tiered platform. Not only have we had hints of it for several months, but also, over the last couple of weeks we knew all the dirty details already. Now, Verizon has come forward themselves to confirm practically everything we already know, although their "official" plans come online on the 7th of July as previously reported.
This sure seems like a backwards step for the industry, and this kind of pricing will only get worse if the AT&T/T-Mobile merger goes through. At any rate, there's only a couple days left to jump on an unlimited data plan now.
Source: Engadget and FierceWireless
Jul 05, 2011 - 11:33 AM - by dgstorm
The mobile chipset maker ARM, is working hard to advance mobile gaming as quickly as possible, and they claim that within 18 months their mobile GPUs (Graphical Processing Units) will have the same graphical power as a PlayStation 3 or Xbox360. They further explained that although the graphical prowess of their chips may reach those lofty heights that soon, there are other factors to consider with mobile gaming that they are working on also. They elaborated that although Moore's Law has allowed them to advance their hardware to that level so quickly, unfortunately, battery technology doesn't follow Moore's Law. They explained that although shrinking the process node helps, to further combat the problem of massive battery consumption, they are also working on advanced battery management techniques, and a multi-GPU design that only powers up GPUs when they are needed. ARM shared that their newest tech is the Mali T604 chip, which is being sampled now with products set to appear in 2012, and will be the first chip to enable GPGPU capability and will also support OpenCL.
That's pretty amazing to think that within a couple years, we will have smartphones and tablets that rival our home gaming consoles. The inevitable evolution of technology marches on...
Source: Android.net via SlashGear
Picture Source: GizmoFusion.com
Jul 05, 2011 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm
The newest version of CyanogenMod 7 has a few interesting new features. The first is "Native Screenshots", and probably should have been a feature implemented in the Android OS itself. This feature basically allows you to take screenshots without downloading any additional programs or tools. This new item shows up in the Power Menu when you long-press the power button. Screenshot support was added by RC (Ricardo Cerqueira or @CM_arcee on Twitter), and should be showing up in the nightly builds soon. The other new feature is "Touch-To-Focus for HTC Cameras". Originally, CM 7 eliminated this feature, but now it is being added back in a limited form for HTC phones. It will allow still-shots, but no video yet, and should be available in the nightlies soon.
Also, the Droid Incredible 2 is now supported by CyanogenMod 7, but the S-OFF from AlphaRevX isn't available just yet for the device. As soon as it comes online, we should be able to punch and go with CM 7 for the Dinc2. The first build of CM 7.1, can be found here, and should be coming to the official CM download mirror soon.
Source: Android.net via AndroidPolice
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