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  • 28nm Snapdragon will add LTE support, faster graphics

    01/26/2011 10:46:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies ^ | 2010-11-18 | Jonathan Angel
    Qualcomm has shown off a new version of its Snapdragon chipset that will let handsets work with LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks as well as current 3G networks. Set to sample in 2011, the MSM8960 will also integrate Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and an FM receiver, according to a variety of reports. The only reference we could find to the MSM8960 on Qualcomm's website is the obviously dated slide reproduced below. According to a variety of sources, however, the chipmaker detailed its new Snapdragon offering at a meeting held for analysts yesterday in New York. This slide suggests the MSM8960 was...
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3, equipped with 1.5GHz quad-core madness, teased by a familiar slide

    01/25/2011 8:22:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    engadget ^ | Jan 24th 2011 7:06AM | Vlad Savov
    How aggressive can NVIDIA get? That's the question puzzling our brainboxes right now as we gaze upon the complete version of the slide that let us know about a potential Tegra 2 3D chip over the weekend. It's not every day you hear of a 1.5GHz quad-core mobile SOC,
  • Leak shows NVIDIA Tegra 3 first with quad-core in tablets

    01/24/2011 9:57:58 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Electronista ^ | Mon January 24, 2011 updated 10:15 am EST, | By Electronista Staff
    updated 10:15 am EST, Mon January 24, 2011 NVIDIA Tegra 3 leaks with late 2011 ship date NVIDIA may be first to have a shipping quad-core processor in a tablet. A new copy of the same slide that showed the Tegra 2 3D has listed the Tegra 3. The design would closely follow Qualcomm's own ambitions and see a 1.5GHz, quad-core design that would be more than twice as fast as any Tegra 2. BSON heard that triple the graphics power would be onboard to decode Blu-ray video and to power a 1920x1200 main display.To keep the power draw reasonable,...
  • Verizon unveils Xoom tablet running Android 3.0 at CES

    01/22/2011 11:00:44 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 70 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 | 12:32 p.m. | Amanda Finnegan
    Verizon, Google and Motorola executives kicked off the official start of the Consumer Electronics Show and this year’s tablet craze with a product and partnership of their own to compete with Apple’s iPad. The first tablet running Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb, will be on the market in February, executives announced at Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg’s keynote Thursday. The Motorola Xoom tablet will be available exclusively on the Verizon network. Mike Maclaren, a Google engineer, joined Verizon and Motorola executives on stage to give the audience a sneak peek at the features of the Xoom and some of...
  • Intel And Microsoft Start Blaming Each Other For Completely Whiffing On Tablets

    01/21/2011 6:29:20 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 7, 2011, 10:49 AM | Matt Rosoff
    Here's more evidence of a rift between Microsoft and Intel over tablets: last night an Intel exec told CNET that Intel and PC makers like Dell have been trying to get Microsoft to tailor Windows for touch-screen tablets for years, with no luck.
  • Intel Confident it Can Beat ARM in the Mobile Space

    01/21/2011 6:22:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | January 21, 2011 8:48 AM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Who, us worried? Naww... In newly released comments, an Intel spokesperson denies that Microsoft took such a stand and insists that not only is Intel at no risk, but that it will actually be able to beat ARM at power efficiency. Intel's spokesperson delivered these comments to the SF Gate. States the spokesperson, "With over 30 years of compatibility, we will easily scale down to a lower power Windows to match our Atom processor family, or any x86-based Intel chip." The company's executive leadership made similar claims during its recent earnings call.
  • Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual core ARM demonstrated

    01/14/2011 2:00:32 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 14 January 2011 09:51 | Fuad Abazovic
    Big GHz fight in 2011 Qualcomm has decided to show its dual Scorpion based MSM8x60 mobile CPU and it also told the world that this CPU can hit 1.2GHz, per core that is. The chip has an Adreno 220 GPU that we know little about and of course its a 45nm chip since 28nm should be only ready in the latter part of 2011. The chip should be able to do high definition stereoscopic 3D video, and multi-party video conferencing as well as some nice gaming. It is intended for tablets and phones and you can bet that you will...
  • TI OMAP 4440 1.5GHz in 2H 2011

    01/14/2011 1:52:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 14 January 2011 10:08 | Fuad Abazovic
    Heating up clock wars Whether you like it or not, the ARM revolution is happening today and these small chips are starting to matter to the world just as much as Intel and AMD chips do. They will get to many tablets and mobile phones in 2011 and onward and most of the 2011 models are dual-core. We just mentioned the 1.5GHz OMAP 4440 chip yesterday and we got confirmation from a source close to Texas Instruments that this fancy fast chip can ship in the second half of 2011. Texas (non-chainsaw) chaps do believe that that have a good...
  • AMD’s lack of vision extends beyond CEO’s office ( Apple's Tablet impacting )

    01/13/2011 12:56:31 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Jan. 13, 2011, 12:01 a.m. EST | Therese Poletti, MarketWatch
    Commentary: Board just as culpable for chip maker’s current fateSAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s board of directors may have booted CEO Dirk Meyer over a lack of strategic vision for the mobile market, but the chip maker’s problems are not going to be solved by a little house cleaning in the top suite. In fact, the board is just as responsible for signing off on decisions that distracted the company and perhaps factored into why AMD missed out on major growth areas. Earlier this week, AMD stunned both Wall Street and Silicon Valley with the news that...
  • Nokia N8 Review: Nokia's New Flagship ( Camera with phone attached??)

    01/13/2011 11:29:59 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 1/12/2011 1:00:00 AM | Mithun Chandrasekhar
    I remember one of the first mobile phones I ever used being a Nokia 5110i. It was among Nokia’s earliest of devices that packed an easy to use and straightforward interface in a supremely well-built package. Since we didn’t have as many phone launches each month back then as there are stars in the sky, the 5110i served me very well for more than 3 years without showing any signs of aging. That was in the mid to late 90’s. Fast forward to the end of this decade and we see Nokia’s current flagship, the N8-00, continuing to hold on...
  • Tesla Motors’ new sedan to feature Nvidia chips

    01/13/2011 9:28:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:55 | Peter Scott
    Call Tegra for infotainment Nvidia’s Tegra chips have managed to find their way to a somewhat unlikely customer, California-based car maker Tesla Motors. Tesla’s new Model S, the company’s first sedan, will feature an infotainment system based on Nvidia’s SoC. The system will feature a 17-inch touchscreen in the center console and it will incorporate infotainment, navigation. It appears that a secondary 12.3-inch screen will serve as an-all digital instrument cluster and it will deliver vehicle info. The smug will love it. Nikola Tesla would have probably been proud to see his name on such a geeky car, but we...
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia arc leaked in photos, video ( Smartphone hands on HDMI Output)

    01/10/2011 8:20:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies ^ | Wednesday January 05, 2011. | Michael Oryl
    Video of images :Youtube version --Sony Ericsson XPERIA arc ******************************************And Handson:Sony Ericsson's beautiful Xperia arc - photos and video preview************************************EXCERPTS**********************************Gallery by Michael Oryl on Saturday January 08, 2011.We got the chance to spend a few minutes with Sony Ericsson's latest smartphone, the Xperia arc. The extremely sexy arc features a curved rear cover, as the name suggest, that measures only 8.7mm thick in its middle. The arc is powered by Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone OS, which shines through on a 4.2-inch touchscreen display that Sony Ericsson says is powered by Sony's Bravia engine, the same technology used on Sony's...
  • Motorola Atrix 4G: Most Powerful Android Phone Ever?

    01/06/2011 11:02:18 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    CallingAllGeeks ^ | January 6, 2011 | Siddie
    Motorola always come up with out-of-the-world advertisements and tag lines for most of their products, one of them being the newly unveiled Motorola Atrix 4G Android phone. Motorola are calling it the world’s most powerful smartphone, though I’d like to add an ‘yet’ to that statement.The phone was released earlier today at CES, and our buddies at Engadget gave out a nice sneak-peak on the phone and what all the hype is all about. < Image Credit > Here below is the specifications of the Motorola Atrix and the “worlds most powerful smartphone” statement will now make sense; Comes packed...
  • NVIDIA's Tegra 2 Take Two: More Architectural Details and Design Wins

    01/06/2011 10:22:01 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 1/5/2011 2:51:00 PM | Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug
    *********************************EXCERPT********************************************In the time since NVIDIA’s CES 2010 announcement, the company has shifted resources and focused its entire Tegra team on a single OS: Android. Choosing Android isn’t a hard decision to understand, of all of the available smartphone OS options it has the most momentum behind it. NVIDIA views the smartphone space like a condensed evolution of what happened in the PC industry. In fact, NVIDIA believes that within the next decade, mainstream PCs will actually be smartphones. You’ll simply connect your smartphone to a wireless display and keyboard/mouse when you’re at your desk, and just take it with you...
  • Motorola's XOOM tablet officially announced

    01/06/2011 9:15:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 06 January 2011 14:54 | Slobodan Simic
    From Verizon in Q1 Since Andy Rubin showed the prototype of Motorola's tablet running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, it has been filling the news posts and now it is finally officially announced. The Motorola XOOM is a 10.1-inch slate tablet powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip. The official announcement includes the specifications as well as the fact that this one will be heading to Verizon and will be available in Q1. The 4G connectivity will also be available as an update in Q2 2011. The full specification list includes a 10.1-inch capacitive screen with 1280x800 resolution, a 5 megapixel...
  • Ballmer confirms Windows for ARM

    01/06/2011 9:07:03 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 06 January 2011 11:25 | Peter Scott
    New desktop OS in the making Delightfully understated Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed that Redmond will include ARM support in its upcoming operating systems. Mind you, Microsoft has already introduced several mobile operating systems geared towards ARM devices, but this time around it appears that the outfit's next proper desktop OS will support ARM. Over the past few weeks we reported about the development on several occasions and we heard the first rumours of a ARM support in the summer of 2010. According to our sources, Microsoft developers are already developing optimized versions of Office and other popular MS...
  • Tegra 2 can play all the HD you can imagine ( Some details )

    12/23/2010 8:32:06 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 23 December 2010 14:05 | Fuad Abazovic
    H.264,WMV9 VC1, DivX and more We told you that we managed to see some cool Tegra 2 documentation and we can tell you that when it comes to HD video decoding, Tegra 2 can cope with numerous standards. First of them is H.264 with sub standards Baseline Profile (B frames) — 1080p/20Mbps, Main Profile (B Frames, CAVLC) — 1080p, Main Profile (B Frames, CABAC, no weighted prediction) — 720p/6Mbps and High Profile (B Frames, CABAC, no weighted prediction).
  • Microsoft to Reveal New Version of Windows ( for ARM Chips )

    12/21/2010 2:36:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 21, 2010, 5:09 P.M. ET | BY DON CLARK AND NICK WINGFIELD
    Microsoft Corp. next month plans to discuss a new version of its widely used Windows operating system that targets low-power devices and adds support for a second strain of chip technology, according to people briefed on Microsoft company's plans.
  • LG Optimus 2X: first dual-core smartphone launches with Android, 4-inch display, 1080p recording

    12/17/2010 8:16:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 1+ views
    engadget ^ | Dec 15th 2010 9:00PM | Chris Ziegler
    That's right, it's official. Needless to say, that LG Star we recently got our paws on is very real, though it won't go by that name at retail -- just as LG's own release materials had suggested, this monster has picked up the Optimus 2X name as it morphs from a prototype into brutally fast, overpowered reality. At the phone's heart beats a dual-core Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz, the first such configuration to be officially announced by any smartphone manufacturer (though we're expecting others any day now). In case you're wondering how such power might be used, well,...
  • First Look: Viewsonic G Tablet and Tegra 2 Performance Preview

    12/09/2010 12:55:49 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    anandtech ^ | 12/9/2010 3:04:00 AM | Vivek Gowri
    The slate computing market is about to explode, with a literal flood of new tablets releasing over the coming months. Many of them will be Android based, running Nvidia’s Tegra 2 SoC. Nvidia made a big deal about Tegra 2 back at CES 2010, but for some reason, it’s taken quite a bit of time for anything running the platform to hit the market. Finally, we have one - the Viewsonic G Tablet. The Tegra 2-based Viewsonic G Tablet showing the Tap UI homescreen The specs are pretty straightforward; we’ve got a 10” WSVGA display with LED backlighting, Android 2.2...
  • TI Reveals OMAP4440 Specs: Dual 1.5GHz Cortex A9, 25% Faster GPU, HDMI 1.4 3D, 1080p60 (Tablets?)

    12/08/2010 1:00:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 12/8/2010 9:00:00 AM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Next year is looking to be a very important year for smartphone and tablet performance. Just as we saw widespread migration to the ARM Cortex A8 and Qualcomm Scorpion CPU cores in smartphones in 2010, in the next 12 months we will see the first tablets and smartphones based on dual-core SoCs from TI, Qualcomm and NVIDIA. The long awaited Tegra 2 will start shipping in smartphones and tablets in early 2011, and Qualcomm will have its own 45nm dual-core Snapdragon SoCs featured in devices as well. Today TI is announcing more details on its OMAP 4440, a high performance...
  • Nexus S available Dec. 16 at Best Buy, ....with new Gingerbread OS

    12/06/2010 2:48:53 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Android Central ^ | Monday, Dec 6, 2010 | Phil Nickinson
    The Samsung Nexus S will be available on T-Mobile USA starting Dec. 16. In the UK, you can get it at Carphone warehouse starting Dec. 20. Pricing still has not been announced.Samsung's full press release is after the break.Update: Best Buy has announced pricing:  Customers can purchase Nexus S for $529 as an unlocked phone without a contract. Nexus S optimized for T-Mobile’s network is available for $199 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan.And so has CW: From £35 on contract to £549 SIM-free SAMSUNG AND GOOGLE TO DELIVER NEXUS S, THE FIRST MOBILE PHONE IN THE WORLD POWERED...
  • Consumers Weigh in on Their New Smart Phones – iPhone v. Motorola v. BlackBerry v. Samsung v. HTC

    11/19/2010 5:43:22 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    The Investor Place ^ | November 19, 2010 | By Paul Carton, Vice President of Research, ChangeWave
    ChangeWave survey looks at reactions and impressions of new smart phone owners An onslaught of new smart phones have hit the market recently as manufacturers battle one another to meet the sharply escalating demand for new features and leading-edge technologies. To find out which manufacturers are currently winning and losing this battle, we asked 1,212 consumers who had purchased smart phones within the past six months to rate their new models. The ChangeWave survey was completed November 2, 2010. Customer Satisfaction Ratings First off, we looked at customer satisfaction with the new smart phones that respondents had purchased during the...
  • Steve Wozniak: Android will be the dominant smartphone platform

    11/18/2010 10:58:49 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 18 replies
    Engadget ^ | 11/18/10 | Thomas Ricker
    Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, has never been one to mince words. Today's no different as demonstrated in an interview with the Dutch-language De Telegraaf newspaper in The Netherlands. The first revelation is an admission that Apple had collaborated with a well-known Japanese consumer electronics company in 2004 to develop a phone that was ahead of its time. Woz is quoted as saying that while Apple was content with the quality, it "wanted something that could amaze the world." Obviously, the phone was shelved followed by Apple's announcement of the iPhone in January 2007. Woz then moved on to the topic...
  • Previewing AMD's Brazos, Part 1: More Details on Zacate/Ontario and Fusion

    11/10/2010 12:38:53 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 11/9/2010 1:09:00 AM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    I hate to keep things from you all, but last week I was diligently working in a room at AMD’s new campus in Austin, Texas. You see, AMD wanted to give us more time with the Brazos/Zacate platform we tested at IDF ahead of its official launch. It’s too early for production worthy OEM systems and AMD wasn’t too keen on these reference platforms leaving its offices so it did the next best thing: fly us out to test the systems on AMD’s campus. The rules were simple. We couldn’t run anything that would harm the system, but other than...
  • MeeGo 1.1 Has Arrived For Intel Atom & ARMv7

    10/28/2010 12:46:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Phoronix ^ | October 28, 2010 | Michael Larabel
    The developers behind the MeeGo operating system, the Linux-based distribution that married Moblin and Maemo, have just released version 1.1. MeeGo 1.1 is available for Intel Atom and ARMv7 architectures and comes in the netbook, IVI (in-vehicle information/entertainment systems), and handset editions. Besides the core MeeGo OS hitting 1.1, the MeeGo SDK 1.1 has reached beta and will be released before the MeeGo Summit next month in Dublin. The MeeGo 1.1 software stack is comprised of the Linux 2.6.35 kernel, X.Org Server 1.9.0, Qt 4.7, and Qt Mobility 1.0.2, among other updated packages since the MeeGo 1.0 release earlier this...
  • Apple Has Already Won the Flash-HTML5 War

    10/27/2010 11:50:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    gigaom ^ | Oct. 27, 2010, 8:10am | Ryan Lawler
    A majority of web video is now HTML5-ready, according to new research from MeFeedia, showing that web standards — and Apple — are winning the day when it comes to how video is delivered and viewed online. The research shows that the amount of video viewable in an HTML5 video player has doubled in the last five months and now accounts for 54 percent of all video content online. It’s important to note that HTML5 video is not replacing Flash video on the web, but augmenting it; most HTML5 videos today are available through a universal embed code that autodetects...
  • Nvidia's Tegra May Finally Power a Smartphone, Thanks to LG

    10/27/2010 11:44:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach ^ | Aug. 19, 2010 | Kevin C. Tofel
    LG Electronics will reportedly use an Nvidia dual-core mobile Tegra applications processor in a number of smartphones this year, marking the first real step for Nvidia in the handset market, according to the Wall Street Journal. The chip company has previously shown impressive demos of the Tegra 2 processor, but few handset makers have officially announced the use of Nvidia chips, instead opting for those by Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Samsung.
  • Barnes and Noble Announces NOOKcolor E-Reader/Tablet

    10/27/2010 8:47:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | - October 26, 2010 6:00 PM | Brandon Hill (Blog)
    Barnes and Noble expands its use of colorWhen it comes to the e-reader market, Amazon's Kindle lineup of devices get the bulk of the attention (and sales in the marketplace). However, there are other strong competitors in this field including an entry from Barnes and Noble. The Nook was announced just over a year ago and has gone on to take roughly 20 percent of the e-reader market according to Engadget.  The first generation Nook made use of a main e-ink display for books and a smaller color panel directly below for navigation. The new NOOKcolor, however, does away with...
  • Phone 7: Another Vista or another XP? -- We scratch beneath the surface and find a bit of both

    10/21/2010 8:20:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 21st October 2010 10:11 GMT | Bill Ray
    Review We've been playing with a Windows Phone 7 device for a week or so now, and have been surprisingly impressed with the detail, though sadly disappointed with the bigger picture. Microsoft has put a lot into Windows Phone 7, and plans to spend a fortune developing it, but while the interface and functionality has a host of beautiful touches - from the dots that fly around the place showing activity, to the elegant animations bringing a minimalist interface to life - the whole fails to satisfy entirely and one can't help feeling there's still a lot of work to...
  • The Windows Phone 7 Review

    10/20/2010 6:05:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 10/20/2010 7:00:00 | Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug
    Introduction This isn’t going to be a story about Microsoft’s return to dominance. Nor is it going to be the story of Microsoft’s failure to compete in the smartphone space. These mobile wars have only just begun and despite the advantage enjoyed by Apple and Google, there is no end in sight. In another twelve months we will see fierce competition from HP, Microsoft and Nokia. There’s a lot at stake, and no company is willing to give up the opportunity to own the next-PC market without a hell of a fight. Today is the beginning of Microsoft’s fight. In...
  • iPad functionality just what doctor ordered—Ultra-portable tablet becoming hospital fixture

    10/19/2010 1:06:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 19, 2010 | BY MONIFA THOMAS
    Emergency room doctors are using them to order lab tests and medication. Plastic surgeons are using them to show patients what they might look like after surgery. And medical residents are using them as a quick reference to look up drug interactions and medical conditions. Dr. Richard Watson shows Gustavo Pinor an X-ray of his sprained ankle on an iPad. Since Apple's iPad hit the market in April, doctors at Chicago area hospitals are increasingly using the hot-selling tablet as a clinical tool. Not only does the iPad allow doctors to view electronic medical records, wherever they are, it also...
  • Android Avalanche: A Complete List Of The Android Phones So Far

    10/18/2010 7:01:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | Oct 19, 2009 | David Diaz
    Google CEO Eric Schmidt stated emphatically during Google’s most recent earnings call that “Android adoption is about to explode.” We agree – despite developer hiccups, Android is about to have its moment in the sun. An avalanche of new devices are hitting worldwide markets, and some of them are serious contenders. Our bet is that the upcoming Motorola Droid will be the breakout winner from this batch of phones. But here’s the complete list of officially announced Android phones, as well as stuff that’s just rumored at this point. Bookmark this post, and keep a lookout for updates. Here are...
  • Intel CEO praises iPad, throws down gauntlet

    10/12/2010 9:27:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    CNET ^ | October 12, 2010 3:42 PM PDT | Brooke Crothers
    Intel's chief executive Paul Otellini took a minute at the start of today's earnings conference call to praise Apple's iPad, but said Intel has every intention of ultimately winning the category. Intel executives have made many statements about the tablet category in past conference calls. But these were typically about the category being new and only "additive" to the much larger PC market. This time Otellini made a uncharacteristically strong statement, seemingly in response to investor worries that Intel is not addressing the category aggressively enough. "I know the big question on everyone's mind is how Intel will respond to...
  • Amazon to Create Its Own App Store for Android - The app market waters are about to get very deep

    10/11/2010 9:06:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | October 8, 2010 8:17 AM | Mark Kurlyandchik
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is making a deeper foray into the smartphone world by creating its own independent app market for Android devices. Amazon already competes with iTunes with Amazon MP3, but is seemingly stepping up against Apple and Google with the latest announcement. According to the report, Amazon would charge developers 30% of an apps' profits, mirroring the same 30/70 split employed by both Apple and Google in their respective app stores. There is also a stipulation that apps sold on Amazon would not be allowed to be sold for a lower price anywhere else. The one...
  • Microsoft Sues Motorola Over Android Smartphones

    10/04/2010 7:59:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 28 replies
    EnterpriseMobileToday ^ | 1 October 2010 | Stuart J. Johnston
    Microsoft has been talking smack to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) of late, charging the search giant's Android operating system isn't as "free" as the company says it is and hinting that Android could end up entangled in a patent infringement lawsuit. But talk is cheap. On Friday, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) took a much bolder step, suing Motorola (NYSE: MOT) for allegedly infringing nine of the software titan's patents in its Droid mobile handsets, which are powered by Android. "Microsoft filed an action today in the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against...
  • Samsung ships 5 million Galaxy S smartphones

    10/08/2010 11:02:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Tuesday, 05 October 2010 12:54 | Peter Scott
    Samsung has announced that it has managed to ship 5 million Galaxy S smartphones over the past three and a half months. Although Apple managed to ship three million iPhone 4 units in the first month of sales, the success of the Galaxy S is still impressive and perhaps even a bit surprising. The Galaxy S is Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone. It packs a 4-inch Super AMOLED 800x480 display, 1GHz processor and it bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s first generation iPhone, although it’s a bit thinner. It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S has just launched in Japan,...
  • Microsoft, AT&T to Unveil New Smartphones

    10/01/2010 9:54:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 1, 2010 | ROGER CHENG
    Microsoft Corp. will formally unveil a lineup of smartphones using the revamped version of its mobile operating system on Oct. 11, and AT&T Inc. will begin offering them four weeks later, according to people familiar with the launch plans. The launch—centered in New York with satellite events elsewhere—is crucial for Microsoft, which has been battered by Apple Inc.'s iPhone and a wave of flashier consumer friendly devices using Google Inc.'s Android mobile software. "This is critical to Microsoft's overall business," said Avi Greengart, who follows consumer electronic devices for research firm Current Analysis. "They are being badly outflanked right now...
  • Marvell launches tri-core ARM chip

    09/29/2010 10:05:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 23 September 2010 11:17 | Peter Scott
    Armada overkill Marvell has announced the world’s first ARM tri-core processor, the Armada 628. The 1.5GHz part should deliver excellent performance for high end smartphones and tablets, but there is a twist. Only two of its cores are clocked at 1.5GHz, while the third one runs at 624MHz. Marvell claims the third, low power core handles routine tasks and takes some of the load off the 1.5GHz cores. So basically it’s something like an intern or an office temp. The Armada 628 supports 1080p playback, which isn’t surprising considering the specs. Marvell also claims the new chip will allow vendors...
  • RIM debuts tablet called BlackBerry PlayBook

    09/28/2010 8:21:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Sept. 27, 2010, 9:34 p.m. EDT | Dan Gallagher, MarketWatch
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Research In Motion Ltd. lifted the wraps Monday off a touch-screen tablet device called the BlackBerry PlayBook, making it the latest wireless-device maker to step into the new market. At the company’s annual DevCon conference in San Francisco, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis billed the PlayBook as “the first enterprise-ready tablet.” He said the tablet is designed to “amplify” the experience of the company’s BlackBerry smart phones, which can pair with the tablet through a Bluetooth connection. “This will enable a new world of computing that you can hold in the palm of your hand,” Lazaridis said...
  • Tegra is year later than Nvidia hoped ( Waiting for Android 3.0 - Gingerbread )

    09/28/2010 8:12:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Tuesday, 28 September 2010 09:28 | Fuad Abazovic
    OS to blame Back in may Nvidia showed its investors a slide that featured 50 design win for Tegra 2. Compare that to just two design wins for Tegra, one of which was the ill-fated Kin smartphone. Not a single Tegra 2 tablet or any sort of device has shipped, and the blame is on the operating system. We’ve seen some tablets showcased at CES and later at Cebit but these, mostly Taiwanese companies have postponed all of them. The word is that they got delayed as they dropped Windows 7 tablet edition in favour of Google’s Android. Today...
  • Context-aware Computing, Intel Paints the Future of Devices ( Must Read )

    09/16/2010 11:43:57 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 9/15/2010 12:51:00 PM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Traditionally a large focus of IDF is looking at future computing trends. For the longest time the name of the game was convergence. The shift to mobility highlighted many IDF keynotes in years past. Today, in Intel's final keynote of the show, Justin Rattner began by talking about context-aware computing. The first demo was the most compelling - an application called the personal vacation assistant. The personal vacation assistant takes information your device already knows about you. Things like your calendar, current GPS location as well as personal preferences for things like food.
  • Why Linux Is Poised for Domination (in Mobile Devices )

    09/14/2010 11:53:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Technews World ^ | 09/14/10 5:00 AM PT | By Mark Lee -- Linux Insider
    Could 2010 be Linux' breakout year? Linux is already making huge waves in mobile computing, with the rise of the Android operating system, the momentum behind Meego, a bevy of Linux-powered netbooks, and an army of Linux-toting tablets on the horizon. With Web-based computing becoming the norm, flexible and robust Linux could finally become the OS of choice for device manufacturers. For over a decade, Linux watchers have predicted that one day the open source operating system will become the dominant player -- and yet that day never seems to arrive. Already, of course, Linux has a very healthy share...
  • ARM Aims at Intel, Cortex A15 Headed for Smartphones, Notebooks and Servers

    09/09/2010 10:27:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 9/9/2010 12:01:00 AM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Last month TI announced it was the first to license ARM’s next-generation Eagle core. Today, ARM is announcing the official name of that core: it’s the ARM Cortex A15. Architectural details are light, and ARM is stating that first silicon will ship in 2012 at 32/28nm. Here’s what we do know. The Cortex A15 will be a multi-core CPU, designs can have as few as a single core but most will have 2 - 4 cores depending on their target market. The cores will all be superscalar out-of-order designs and support Long Physical Address Extensions (greater than 32-bit memory addressing)....
  • Huawei Goes Populist with Android, Launches "First Affordable Smartphone"

    09/06/2010 9:35:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | September 3, 2010 8:12 AM | Mark Kurlyandchik
    Handset will run between $100 and $200 without a contract Huawei, most recently in the news because of a group of Senator's opposition to the Chinese telecommunications company's dealings with Sprint, is hoping to garner public support by launching an affordable Android smartphone, dubbed the Ideos. The Ideos was announced yesterday at the IFA conference in Berlin. Specs include: Android 2.22.8-inch capacitive QVGA touchscreen display 320 x 240 resolution528 MHz processor3.2 megapixel autofocus camera HSDPA 3G Wi-Fi3G hotspot capabilities for up to eight devicesmicro-SD card slot The Ideos was developed with plenty of input from Google itself, Nexus One style, which should be a...
  • Intel looks to expand beyond PCs with McAfee buy ( Some possible rationale for the move)

    08/20/2010 10:41:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Thu Aug 19, 7:31 pm ET | Alexei Oreskovic and Sinead Carew Alexei Oreskovic And Sinead Carew
    SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Intel Corp (INTC.O) will pay $7.7 billion for security software maker McAfee Inc (MFE.N), making its largest-ever acquisition to bolster the appeal of its chips as it tries to expand from PCs into the burgeoning market for Web-connected gadgets. Analysts say the deal, the latest in a flurry of high-premium acquisitions, could give the world's largest chip maker a leg up as it competes against a growing field of rivals designing technology to power smartphones, tablet PCs and newfangled televisions. It underscores how security has become a concern in a world of Web-enabled devices. Swallowing...
  • Trade groups oppose proposal to require FM in mobile devices

    08/20/2010 3:28:23 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 August 2010 | Grant Gross
    Trade groups representing consumer electronics makers and mobile carriers have voiced opposition to a recent proposal by the radio and recording industries to require all mobile devices in the U.S. to include FM receivers.
  • The clock is ticking for iPad competitors

    08/17/2010 10:23:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    CNET ^ | August 17, 2010 4:00 AM PDT | Erica Ogg
    Some of the world's biggest electronics companies are readying an assault on the tablet market. But before they even begin, they find themselves at an early disadvantage. Though Samsung, LG Electronics, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Asus, Research In Motion, and Dell have announced or hinted at touchscreen tablets that will arrive between now and March 2011, they're way late to the party. Since the iPad's debut in April, Apple has built a huge lead in this category--in terms of actual devices sold but also in many consumers' minds. Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab tablet.(Credit: CNET TV) The category is new--a large touch-screen device...
  • Motorola Droid Getting Android Froyo Update Next Week

    07/30/2010 5:30:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Maximumpc ^ | 07/30/10 at 04:57:06 PM | Ryan Whitwam
    Until now, only users of Google's tragically short lived Nexus One had access to Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo), but according to a communiqué from Verizon, the original Droid will be getting the update next week. This is big news for a large segment of the Android user base as the Droid was a very popular phone.  Android 2.2 brings some useful new features to the platform. For instance, Google's new Jun-in-time compiler speeds up applications dramatically, and the browsers new JavaScript V8 engine makes web pages render much faster. We're going to be very interested to see how Motorola handles...
  • Motorola Droid X: Thoroughly Reviewed ( AnandTech goes deep under the cover for the details )

    07/21/2010 12:22:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies · 3+ views
    Anandtech ^ | 7/20/2010 4:27:00 PM | Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi
    You have to hand it to Motorola; as little as a year ago their future looked bleak. Android was still in its infancy and lacking polish, mainstream devices running it were few, and there weren’t public or visible signs of any forthcoming devices which would challenge the dominance of BlackBerry or iOS, especially from Motorola. A few months later, they launched the Motorola Droid, and a few months after the floodgates opened up - out has poured a steady stream of relatively polished devices running Android 2.x. It’s been breakneck almost, with new flagships every 3 months on average -...