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  • Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

    08/18/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | By Simon Sharwood,
    Windows Phone cracks, Blackberry's out of juice and even Apple's squeezed The Google spawn's market share is up a third compared to the same quarter in 2013. Every other mobile operating system is not even eating Android's dust – they're so far back on the road they can see the plume of dust Android throws up are falling behind and don't even look to have a chance of choking. We offer that analysis because, as the chart below shows, Android's nearest rival – Apple's iOS – now has just 11.7 per cent market share.Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Worldwide Shipments,...
  • AMD Readies 64-Bit ARM Application Processor for Consumer Devices – Report.

    10/04/2013 11:38:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 10/02/2013 11:20 PM | Anton Shilov
    Earlier this year Advanced Micro Devices generally confirmed plans to apply ARM architecture not only to special low-power microprocessors for servers, but also to consumer chips. According to a new rumour, the company is indeed preparing a chip designed mostly for tablets with ARMv8 general-purpose cores as well as AMD Radeon HD graphics engine. In order to be more successful on the market of media tablets, AMD is rumoured to be designing a system-on-chip with unknown number of ARM Cortex-A57 or A53 general-purpose cores as well as Radeon HD graphics engine based on GCN [graphics core next] architecture, reports SweClockers...
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat Coming In October According To Nestle ( A candy company is doing this one?)

    09/21/2013 9:14:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    goandroid ^ | September, 20th 2013 | By Simran Singh -
    Everyone is waiting for the Android 4.4 Kitkat after its statue gets established in the Google Premises last week. Today Nestle has confirmed that the Android 4.4 “KitKat” is coming our way in October. Currently nothing is said by Google on the launch of Kitkat.
  • Panasonic makes a 10 micron thick carbon phone heatsink--PGS is the new wonder material for devices

    08/15/2013 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | Aug 15, 2013 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Panasonic was showing off one of the most incredible heatsinks on the market, 10µm ‘thick’ carbon sheets with 95% the conductivity of diamond. If you think that is impressive, the sandwiches they make with it were even more interesting.At first the Pyrolitic (Highly Oriented) Graphite Sheet or PGS looks like a bit of dull grey cloth with no more sheen than an average cheap suit. If you pick it up it feels more like a lint-free screen cleaning cloth, quite soft, a bit slippery, but with none of the weight found in a screen cleaning mat. It really weighs nothing...
  • AMD Changes Attitude Towards Android: Set to Support the Platform.

    06/07/2013 8:33:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 06/05/2013 08:00 PM | Anton Shilov
    AMD Fusion Chips for Tablets Set to Support Android OSAfter a long time of supporting only Microsoft Corp.’s Widows operating system, Advanced Micro Devices is changing its stance towards Google Android and Google Chrome platforms. In a bid to become successful on the market of tablets, ultra low-cost personal computers and, perhaps, even smartphones, the company will support Google’s OSes."We are very committed to Windows 8; we think it is a great operating system, but we also see a market for Android and Chrome developing as well. […] I think Android and Chrome tend to be in the entry form...
  • Android, iOS Power Over 92% Of All Smartphones Shipped In Q1 2013; ..... IDC

    05/18/2013 10:19:43 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies ^ | May 17 2013 4:29 AM | Kukil Bora
    There is little doubt that the smartphone world is dominated by two operating systems — Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.The latest market data released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), which showed that both these platforms accounted for 92.3 percent of all smartphone OS shipments during the first quarter of 2013, proves this dominance in numbers.IDC says Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 199.5 million devices worldwide during Q1 2013, which was up 59.1 percent from the 125.4 million units shipped during the same quarter in 2012.Android remained the market leader with a 75 percent share of the...
  • Intel’s silver bullet - Silvermont takes aim at ARM

    05/09/2013 6:33:54 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Hexus ^ | 8 May 2013, 21:30 | Mark Tyson
    Intel has unveiled its brand new Silvermont microarchitecture. The new Atom chips based upon 22nm Silvermont designs will yet again be pitted against ARM processors in the target market of mobile processors. Silvermont designs will power the Merrifield (smartphone) and Bay Trail (tablet) SoCs. However this time Chipzilla might have more of a chance against the ARM artillery supplied Qualcomm, Nvidia, Apple, and Samsung. According to Intel, the Silvermont architecture can deliver a choice of “approximately 3x more peak performance or the same performance at approximately 5x lower power over the current-generation Intel® Atom™ processor core”. That is indeed a...
  • Intel launches the 22nm Silvermont Atom core --Tablets and smartphones

    05/06/2013 2:13:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | May 6, 2013 | Charlie Demerjian
    Intel is introducing a new 22nm Atom core, and for the first time in the history of the line it is a new microarchitecture. Lets take a look at what we can expect from this new device, and why.
  • Samsung to Install "Experience Shops" in 1,400 Best Buy Locations

    04/04/2013 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies ^ | Posted 04/04/2013 at 9:55am | b | Paul Lilly
    Move over Apple and make room for Samsung. In what could be a win-win-lose situation for Samsung, Best Buy, and Apple, the Korean electronics maker announced today that it will open up Samsung Experience Shops in 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores across the U.S. These shops within a shop will allow customers to explore, purchase, activate, and receive service on a wide range of Samsung mobile products and accessories.Samsung says it will stock its shops with a full range of mobile products, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras, and accessories, all available in a single location...
  • Texas Instruments Battery Management Chip Cuts Charge Time in Half. ( Mobile Devices IC )

    04/02/2013 11:54:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 03/27/2013 11:35 PM | Anton Shilov
    Single-Cell Battery Charger ICs with I2C and USB OTG Achieve Highest Efficiency and Cut Charge Time in Half Texas Instruments has introduced lithium-ion battery charger integrated circuits (ICs) that reduce charge time by 50% in smartphones and tablets compared to other charger solutions.The TI bq2419x family of 4.5A output, 20V input-rated switch-mode chargers with I2C interface and USB on-the-go (OTG) support delivers faster and cooler charging to a wide array of applications ranging from power banks and packs to 4G LTE routers, Wi-Fi speakers, portable medical and industrial designs.  Consumers continue to want faster battery charging in portable electronics. New...
  • T-Mobile USA kills traditional cell contracts in subscriber boost bid

    03/26/2013 10:30:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 26, 2013 -- 16:23 GMT (09:23 PDT) | By Zack Whittaker
    Summary: By killing traditional cell phone contracts, the fourth largest US cellular network hopes to undercut its rivals who have taken on most of its defecting customers. NEW YORK — T-Mobile has suffered a rough ride by losing close to a half-million postpaid contract customers during its recent third quarter results. But today, the fourth largest US cellular network formally announced  that it is killing the traditional two-year cell contract in favor of a different pricing structure."We're changing the rules," said T-Mobile president John Legere at the press event in New York. 
  • Samsung Reveals Its Latest Mobile Processor Chip, The Exynos 5 Octa

    03/14/2013 10:31:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | January 10, 2013 7:01 PST | by Filipon
    Samsung became the third major ARM SoC maker to launch an extreme-performance product, for high-end smartphones and tablets, this CES. Hot on the heels of NVIDIA Tegra 4 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, the Korean silicon giant launched the Exynos 5 Octa, which stakes claim as being the industry's first eight-core ARM SoC. While it's true that the chip packs eight CPU cores, it is based on ARM's big.LITTLE micro-architecture, in which two sets of four cores each take turns at either handling heavy processing loads, or light/stand-by loads. One of the two sets consists of high-performance Cortex-A15 cores, while the...
  • Mozilla's Firefox OS unlikely to reach the U.S. market until 2014

    02/25/2013 11:37:55 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies ^ | February 24, 2013 | Phil Goldstein
    Emerging markets will be the first to get the devices *********************************************EXCERPT************************************** BARCELONA, Spain--Mozilla formally launched its Firefox OS here ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress. However, the smartphone platform is focusing its attention on emerging markets and will likely not launch in the U.S. market until 2014.Mozilla, best known for its Firefox browser, said the first Firefox OS devices will be available to consumers in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela, and that additional markets will be announced soon. The platform seems clearly aimed at emerging markets, and Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said the platform...
  • BlackBerry 10 arrives Feb 5th in Canada, tomorrow in the UK, US carriers revealed (New OS)

    01/30/2013 10:06:01 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    engadget ^ | Jan 30th, 2013 at 11:23 AM | James Trew
    If you like what you've seen so far from RIM BlackBerry's big launch event today, then you might want to know when you can get it? Those in the US might have hoped the rumors weren't true, but indeed, you will have to wait until March before you can get your hands on BlackBerry 10. Though when it does land, customers of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint (only Q10 confirmed) and T-Mobile (Z10 confirmed) will all be able to get onboard. BlackBerry's giving its home turf a little bit of a head start with a February 5th release date and Bell,...
  • How the Lytro Camera Works

    12/31/2012 12:14:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies ^ | by Jonathan Strickland
    1 Introduction to How the Lytro Works 2 Focusing on the Problem 3 Fields of Light 4 Faking Depth Lytro cameras have a simple touch-screen interface and LCD display. Courtesy LytroTaking the perfect photograph is part art and part science. In the old days, when film was the only medium you could use, you had to make sure you had the right lens, lighting and type of film for the shot. As digital cameras took center stage, lens choice and lighting remained important. Equally as important was a familiarity with editing software. The right tools can help you adjust...
  • Sources Claim Sprint, Clearwire Are Close to a Buyout Deal

    12/12/2012 10:28:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | December 12, 2012 8:30 AM | Shane McGlaun (Blog)
    Sprint hopes to complete the deal in the same timeframe the Softbank deal is wrapped up The department that handles acquisitions and mergers at Sprint has been very busy lately. Sprint announced that it would be selling a majority stake to Softbank for $20 billion in October. Sprint has also long coveted the wireless spectrum that partner Clearwire holds and uses for wireless internet service. Sprint has made no secret of the fact that it wants to own all of Clearwire. CNBC reports that that Sprint and Clearwire are moving closer to a deal that would see Sprint acquire the reamaining 49%...
  • Intel Spills Details on 3D Transistor Port to Smartphone Chips

    12/12/2012 9:51:18 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Dailytech ^ | December 11, 2012 5:18 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Processors can be up to 65 percent faster thanks to novel new design Intel Corp. (INTC) has a long way to go to be a strong competitor to the coalition of ARM Holdings Plc (LON:ARM) licensees who today dominate the smartphone and tablet industries.  The company, long the dominant force in the personal computer CPU market, is working diligently to catch up.  Its first smartphone effort -- Medfield was surprisingly capable, although not giving Intel a clear win over rival ARM-based offerings. I. Tri-Gate is Crucial to Intel's Mobile Ambition But Intel has a trick up its sleeve for the next round...
  • Digitimes Research: Android phones to account for 70% of global smartphone market in 2013

    12/07/2012 11:21:45 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Digitimes ^ | Thursday 6 December 2012] | Luke Lin
    Android will further solidify its market leadership in the smartphone operating system race in 2013, thanks to a broad support from smartphone vendors and the rollout of a wide range of low-priced models for sale in emerging markets. Shipments of Android phones are expected to top 600 million units or over 70% of global smartphone shipments in 2013, Digitimes Research estimates.
  • Nokia seeks Linux engineer, Android crowd goes wild

    12/03/2012 10:25:55 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies ^ | Nov 30th 2012 | Chris Burns
    A Nokia job listing [since taken down] has been discovered seeking a Senior Engineer with Linux expertise, rather than Windows Phone experience, this leading the Android masses to have a freak-out-festival about the possibilities of a Google OS Nokia device. At the moment it’s a nearly all-Microsoft party at Nokia with the latter shaking hands heavily with the former for the launch of Windows Phone 8 with devices like the Nokia Lumia 920, a hero for the operating system. With a Linux expert on their team, (not that Nokia doesn’t already have engineers with such expertise), it would appear...
  • MIT researchers double battery life ( Aplicable to Smartphones )

    11/05/2012 1:11:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Monday, 05 November 2012 10:56 | Nick Farrell
    Sorting out the amp in a mobile phone Two MIT researchers claimed that they have doubled the life of a mobile phone battery by tweaking an efficiency problem related to the power amplifier. The professors Joel Dawson and David Perreault claim that power amplifiers are to blame for much of the draining of a mobile phone and the amp chips waste as much as 65 per cent of their energy. They have formed a startup called Eta Devices which will flog gear that they claim to have solved this problem. The technology is currently being tested in labs. They think...
  • AMD's Hondo Z-Series APU To Challenge Intel's Atom In Windows 8 Tablet Market

    10/09/2012 12:38:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies ^ | Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | Joel Hruska
    AMD is launching its first tablet-optimized APU today, in a bid to challenge Intel's de facto dominance of the Windows 8 tablet market. Dubbed Hondo, the new Z-60 draws less power than any Brazos-based part AMD has launched before. Some of you may remember that AMD launched a tablet processor last year, but the Z-01 -- codenamed Desna -- was an ordinary Brazos core that binned well enough to run within a lower power envelope. It was more a proof-of-concept chip, meant to demonstrate that AMD could, and would, compete in the tablet market. Hondo, in contrast, is a new...
  • Chip strip reveals 'handmade' Apple A6--Dual-core CPU, three GPUs exposed

    09/29/2012 7:59:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Reghardware ^ | 25th September 2012 16:09 GMT | Tony Smith
    Electron microscope photos of an Apple A6 processor lifted out of an iPhone 5 confirm the presence of a dual-core ARM CPU within the system-on-a-chip plus a trio of Imagination Technologues PowerVR graphics cores. The SoC was pulled from the handset by the team at, and the die extracted from its ceramic package and then photographed by Chipworks. Source: Close-up snaps of the transistors show the part to be fabbed - by Samsung - on a 32nm process using high-K metal gate technology. The SoC 9.70 x 9.97mm die is labelled 'APL0589B01'. The CPU element's dual-core design is...
  • Intel Haswell - Big Hope for Intel, Says Analyst.

    09/23/2012 8:36:15 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies ^ | 09/07/2012 04:49 PM | Anton Shilov
    Intel Haswell Set to Benefit Significantly from 22nm Tri-Gate It is indisputable that Intel Corp.'s latest microprocessors are very competitive in terms of performance, power consumption and other qualities. But no matter how good code-named Ivy Bridge chips are, the next-generation Haswell have to be better. Analysts believe that Intel pins a lot of hopes on Haswell as the chips will be in many ways revolutionary. "Haswell will be the first processor to be designed from the ground up to fully optimize the power savings and performance benefits from the move to 3D or tri-gate transistors on the 22nm process...
  • FireFox OS Gains Traction and Major Carrier Support with Sprint

    09/14/2012 8:12:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hothardware ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | Paul Lilly
    Ready or not, yet another mobile operating system is about to join the fray. Perhaps you've heard of Firefox OS, otherwise known as Boot to Gecko (B2G). Firefox OS is Mozilla's attempt to approach the mobile scene in a different way, one in which apps run in HTML5 and nothing else. Short and sweet, Mozilla wants to shake up the mobile OS scene the same way it did the browser market many years ago, and it's well on its way to doing that. Sprint is reportedly on board to support Firefox OS, and so is Deutsche Telekom, parent company of...
  • Half of Microprocessors Sold in 2011 are Hybrid Chips with Integrated Graphics - Report.

    08/22/2012 10:31:48 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies ^ | 05/17/2012 | Anton Shilov
    Hybrid Microprocessors Gain Market Share as Systems Become More CompactHalf of the $111 billion microprocessor market was generated by hybrid processors that included graphics cores or other kinds of processing engines, according to a report by IMS Research. Hybrid microprocessors will not only continue to gain market share, but will also let companies like Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. onto new markets, such as media tablets and smartphones. “Through the last decade the mobile and media consumption device markets have been pivotal for this hybridization trend; Apple, Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, ST Ericsson, Texas Instruments and many...
  • Synaptics brings force to touch ( New Techn for tablets and smartphones )

    08/22/2012 8:11:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    SemiAccurate ^ | Aug 20, 2012 | Charlie Demerjian
    Synaptics brings force to touch" width="63" height="14" />Synaptics has three new technologies to talk about, ClearPad, ForcePad, and ThinTouch. All bring a bunch of new tech to bear, resulting in thinner, better, and possibly cheaper touch interactivity, all with more features than the ‘old way’. First up is ClearPad, this is basically Synaptics’ name for a touchscreen with the sensor integrated in to the display itself, not glued on as a separate layer between the display and the glass cover. To make matters better, they also combine the transmit and receive layers to save yet more height over and above...
  • Apple Retains Top Spot on Media Tablet Market, But Asus and Samsung Are Closing In.

    Apple Controlled Nearly 70% of Media Tablet Market in Q2 Total available market of media tablets in the second quarter 2012 increased significantly from 18.7 million units in Q1 to nearly 25 million units in Q2. Thanks to the launch of the third-generation iPad, Apple managed to sustain its leadership position with 68.2% market share. Meanwhile, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are closing in and shipments of their tablets are increasing faster than sales of Apple iPad. Total worldwide tablet shipments for the second quarter of 2012 are estimated at 25 million units; up from 18.7 in the first quarter...
  • Nexus 7 to become the fastest selling Android tablet ever

    07/30/2012 10:49:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 26 July 2012 10:21 | Fudzilla staff
    Google massively underestimated demand This won’t come as a surprise to most of you, but according to our sources close to the matter, Google’s Nexus 7 tablets are selling beyond Google’s wildest dreams. This makes Google, Asus and even Nvidia happy as they are all part of the project and share the profits. Many investors in all three companies will like what they see. There is a big chance that Nexus 7 will outrun the Kindle Fire’s initial success with a big chance or being more than a one-quarter miracle. We can see many people wanting to buy Nexus...
  • Live coverage: Microsoft announces Surface tablet

    06/18/2012 5:51:35 PM PDT · by bigtoona · 21 replies
    MSNBC Gadgetbox ^ | 6/18/2012 | Wilson Rothman
    From the mouse to Xbox, the best experience has been when software, hardware and peripherals work together, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer when he took the stage Monday in Hollywood, Calif. for a mystery announcement. He quickly introduced the Surface tablet. Not Xbox Surface, just Microsoft Surface. It is not a giant table, but rather a tablet meant, in many ways, to compete with the iPad. But the Surface won't just be on the Nvidia ARM processor, like the iPad. There will also be a Surface that runs on Intel-based processors, to run a full-blown version of Windows 8 Pro....
  • Mobile App: Stitcher gets political, lets users follow presidential candidates

    05/02/2012 10:42:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies ^ | May. 2, 2012, 9:00am PT | Ryan Kim
    News and talk radio app Stitcher, is gearing up for the presidential elections with a dedicated election service that allows users to follow their favorite candidate and get elections news from select sources. The Mobile Election Center tab inside the Stitcher app will give users a chance to get information directly from the different campaigns and also gather election-related news from outlets like Slate, CBS News, Marketplace, Bloomberg, PRI and MSNBC and others.The update to the Stitcher app, available on iOS and Android, is sort of a no-brainer for Stitcher, whose users spend 70 percent of their time listening to news...
  • Intel Raises Bar on Smartphones, Tablets and Ultrabook Devices (CES 2012 - Vegas)

    01/11/2012 12:01:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Intel ^ | Jan 10, 2012 4:50:57 PM | IntelPR
    Strikes Multi-year, Multi-Device Strategic Partnership with Motorola Mobility*, Including Smartphones that Motorola Will Begin to Ship in 2H 2012 Lenovo K800 Smartphone Based on Intel® Technology Available in Second Quarter 2012 in China   INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 10, 2012 – Intel Corporation today announced a number of advancements across its smartphone business, including a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Motorola Mobility*, Inc. and a handset by Lenovo* based on the company’s new Intel® Atom™ processor platform. Several smartphones based on the new Atom processor are expected to come to market in 2012. 
  • Apple’s claims against Samsung's Galaxy Tab are rejected

    12/22/2011 2:16:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    The Inquirer ^ | Thu Dec 22 2011, 15:52 | Dave Neal
    FLOGGER OF SHINY TOYS Apple has lost in an early court decision over the future of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany. The two firms have been battling over patents and designs for some time now, and last month Samsung said it was going to change the design of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet to get Apple off its back."The newly modified device will be renamed the Galaxy Tab 10.1N and we've made two changes to the design," said Samsung spokesman Jason Kim. "The design of the bezel has been changed and the speaker has also been relocated."Apple was...
  • HTC testing new models after patent case; shares jump (Apple disappointed)

    12/21/2011 9:07:13 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:11am EST | Clare Jim
    Reuters) - HTC Corp has begun testing new phone models that work around technology cited in a patent lawsuit won by arch-rival Apple Inc, and HTC's chief executive voiced optimism over the company's ability to meet challenging market conditions. Speaking to media at the company's Taiwan headquarters on Wednesday alongside Google Inc's senior vice president of mobile, Andy Rubin, CEO Peter Chou said that the company would be working with Google to protect itself from "unfair" means to stop innovation."This industry should not allow one company use its powerful weapon to stop other innovation and take it all...this is not...
  • 128GB NAND flash smartphones are incoming

    12/07/2011 8:23:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Wed Dec 07 2011, 13:01 | Chris Martin
    Courtesy of Intel and Micron SEMICONDUCTOR FIRMS Intel and Micron have teamed up to produce the world's first 128Gb NAND flash device. The die will be fabbed on a 20nm process and grouping eight together will equal 1Tb, or 128GB of data storage in a small package about the size of a fingertip. The firms said the device will be going into mass production in the first half of next year and will be ideal for smartphones and tablets.Glen Hawk, VP of NAND solutions at Micron said, "As portable devices get smaller and sleeker, and server demands increase, our customers...
  • HP to Discontinue webOS Hardware, Discussing the Future of webOS

    08/18/2011 4:03:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 8/18/2011 4:11:00 PM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    HP just announced its plans to discontinue operations on webOS devices, specifically the recently announced TouchPad and webOS phones. The future of webOS is uncertain as HP simply added that it would "continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward". This likely means that HP is looking to either license out the software or dump it in an outright sale.  At this point I don't know that HP needs to be at the helm of the webOS project. Licensing it out could generate short term revenue from companies looking to hedge their bets against Google/Motorola,...
  • Google Android vs. Apple iOS: Handicapping the 2011 death match (Jan 2011 )

    08/05/2011 6:31:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Techrepublic ^ | January 14, 2011, 2:23 PM PST | Jason Hiner
    Takeaway: If you thought Google Android and Apple iOS butted heads in 2010, wait until you see what they do in 2011. And, see where both have weaknesses that could be exploited. Throughout 2010 there were escalating tensions between Google Android and Apple iOS, as the two platforms emerged as the rising superpowers in the mobile world. But, if you thought things were heated between them last year, then as the saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet. These two ecosystems are on course for a massive collision in 2011 and the stakes are about to get a lot higher....
  • Is Marvell going to change the ARM game?

    08/03/2011 1:50:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach ^ | Jul 28, 2011 | Charlie Demerjian
    A dark horse to watch out forIt looks like a dark horse is going to be the one to watch for the next round of ARM CPUs, Marvell. Yes, not Qualcomm, not Nvidia, not even TI, a fourth player is now in the game.
  • Toshiba shows off 10.1 inch tablet in Japan

    04/21/2011 9:08:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:52 | Nick Farrell
    Android Honeycomb on board Toshiba's 10.1-inch has released a media tablet with Android Honeycomb. The gear has been released in Japan under the handle “Regza AT300”. The Regza AT300 has an Nvidia dual-core Tegra 2 chip under the bonnet and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting and a 5-megapixel rear camera that takes pictures and records video. The 1280-by-800, 720p multi-touch screen features "Toshiba Adaptive Display," which adjusts the colour and brightness of the screen depending on lighting conditions. The tablet includes USB 2.0, mini USB and SD card ports, as well as an HDMI output for watching video...
  • Toshiba reveals 19nm NAND flash ( Aims for 128 Gbytes for Smartphones?)

    04/21/2011 9:00:03 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:23 | Nick Farrell
    Aims to deliver 128Gb devices for smartphoness Toshiba has unveiled new fabricated NAND flash memories using 19nm process technology. According to a press release the new technology has been applied to 2-bit-per-cell 64GB chips that offer the highest density on an 8GB single chip. Tosh said that it will also add 3-bit-per-cell products fabricated with the 19nm process technology to its product line-up. The 2-bit-per-cell 64Gb will be available from the end of April with mass production scheduled for the third quarter of the year. The memory maker claims that the 19nm generation process technology will shrink chip size,...
  • Google’s Android Bear-Hug Comes To LG: New LG/Nexus Tablets Coming Soon?

    04/02/2011 11:44:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | March 28, 2011 | John Biggs
    Every few months Google embraces another CE company. It began with HTC and G1, giving that manufacturer resources and manpower enough to produce a powerful entrant in the smartphone race. It continued with Motorola for the Droid and has cycled through to Samsung for a brief period. This bear hug essentially gives the manufacturer access to Google’s engineers and pre-release code and leaves everyone else out in the street, waiting for a software update. Now Google has set its sights on LG and, if rumor is correct, it means a Nexus S tablet is on its way from LG...
  • Acer Iconia W500 Fusion tablet previewed

    03/28/2011 10:03:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 25 March 2011 12:34 | Peter Scott
    x86 all the way Acer is gearing up to introduce the Iconia W500 tablet, the world’s first slate based on AMD’s Fusion platform. Unlike most tablets, the W500 is based on AMD’s C-50 APU. This is a proper x86 dual-core with on-die HD 6250 graphics. Thanks to this, the W500 runs Windows 7 rather than Android, which should come in handy for a wide variety of users who rely on the Windows environment and cannot transition to Android for practical reasons.The W500 packs a 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen, but crucially it also ships with a full-sized chiclet keyboard, which doubles as...
  • Watch Out iPad, Honeycomb Has 16 Tablet Apps!

    02/25/2011 4:55:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Giga OM ^ | Feb. 25, 2011, 8:33am | By Kevin C. Tofel
    The tablet war between Apple and Google is only just getting warmed up, but it’s going to take time before it becomes a full-scale conflict. Apple’s iPad has a good 10-month head-start over Google Honeycomb tablets, the first of which became available only yesterday. Motorola’s Xoom is the initial soldier in the Android army, and other Honeycomb tablets from LG, Samsung, Acer and others will soon enlist. So we’re sure to see a regiment or two join up with Android, but you can’t win a war solely with infantrymen. You need supporting personnel as well, and in this case, that...
  • HTC launches 1.5GHz, 7-inch Android 2.4 Flyer into the tablet wars (update: hands-on video!)

    02/21/2011 8:26:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    engadget ^ | Feb 15th 2011 5:31AM | Vlad Savov
    Boy oh boy, HTC is entering the tablet arena with quite a bang. The company has just taken the wraps off its brand new 7-inch Flyer Android tablet, which touts a 1.5GHz single-core CPU, 1GB of RAM plus 32GB of flash storage, an aluminum unibody construction, 1024 x 600 resolution, a tablet-optimized version of Sense, and... what's this, a pressure-sensitive stylus! The HTC Scribe trademark we saw floating around in legal waters turned out not to be the branding for a tablet, it's actually the name HTC gives to the technology enabling what it calls a "groundbreaking pen experience." Other...
  • Google Android 3.0 - Honeycomb Preview

    02/21/2011 8:02:25 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 2/21/2011 7:07:00 AM | Saumitra Bhagwat
    Note to Readers: Saumitra is one of the newest members of our smartphone team. He has contributed to articles in the past but we'd like to formally welcome him to the AnandTech team. Saumitra will be focusing on everything Android and iOS. Welcome Saumitra! The tablet market today is a far more interesting place than it was just over a year ago. Since the launch of the iPad, there hasn’t been a real competitor to iOS in the tablet space. We’ve seen customized versions of Android for larger devices like the Galaxy Tab, but they’ve all had their fair share...
  • Microsoft Is "Closer To Competitive" On Tablets "Than Some Realize" : Morgan Stanley analyst

    02/18/2011 7:48:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/18/2011 | Jay Yarrow
    Microsoft is a lot closer than people think to delivering a viable tablet, says Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt in a research note this morning. After speaking with Microsoft executives, Holt says Windows 8 running on ARM chip designs could be ready as soon as the end of 2011, or early 2012. While we've hammered Microsoft repeatedly over missing the tablet boom, we were recently informed by a source at Microsoft that the company has around 1,000 engineers working on making Windows run smoothly on ARM chip designs. And it is in fact taking the tablet market very seriously. Yes,...
  • Windows 8 tablet sooner than we expect? (Next Microsoft OS will embrace tablets better)

    02/17/2011 1:00:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 02/17/2011 | James Kendrick
    Microsoft is scrambling to get some traction in the slippery tablet space, even though it invented the genre back in 2002. The next version of Windows, called Windows 8 for now, is supposed to embrace the tablet form better than anything produced to date. That should be a long way out, but information leaked by Dell implies it will release a Windows 8 tablet in Q1 of 2012. Can that timetable be met? ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley isn’t betting the farm, but offers an interesting scenario that would allow such aggressive timing on Dell’s part. Her conjecture, and she makes...
  • Verizon exec: We don’t need Windows Phone 7 – or Nokia

    02/17/2011 11:45:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Seattlepi ^ | February 17, 2011 at 9:49 am
    Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest mobile carrier, is satisfied with its three smart-phone platforms and doesn’t need Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, the company’s chief technology officer said Wednesday.Tony Melone told CNET News that the mobile industry could use a third major operating system to join Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. But, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, he said he wasn’t sure Microsoft’s platform is the right one.“I do want a strong third OS out there,” Melone told CNET. “It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties. But I still have doubts whether...
  • Dell's tablet lineup detailed

    02/17/2011 11:34:38 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 17 February 2011 11:56 | Slobodan Simic
    Roadmap 'till Q1 2012 In addition to the Dell smartphone roadmap, Android Central managed to get their hands on the tablet roadmap as well. The roadmap features a bunch of new models including the Gallo, Rosemount, Sterling and Opus One, Silver Oak and Peju. The Streak 10, also known as the Gallo, should be coming in April, running on Honeycomb. In addition to Gallo, Dell is apparently preparing an update for Streak 7 as well. The next one is Rosemount, a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet with a 1366x768 screen and a release date set for June. The Sterling is the...
  • Nokia Simplifies the Mobile Landscape ( A view from a Developer )

    02/17/2011 8:04:22 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | 14 Feb 2011 | Miguel de Icaza
    On Friday, Nokia announced that they were adopting WP7 as their operating system. Although some open source advocates might see this as a set-back for Linux, Android is already the best-selling Linux OS of all times. Meanwhile, as a Ben Zander student, all I see is possibility and the the world of opportunities that this opens to developers. Although they will continue shipping Symbian for a while, they are effectively sun-setting it. Just like you can still purchase Itanium systems from HP, nobody really develops for those anymore. Nokia had this chart to offer on Friday: This is fascinating turn...
  • NVIDIA's Project Kal-El: Quad-Core A9s Coming to Smartphones/Tablets This Year

    02/16/2011 2:03:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 2/15/2011 9:05:00 PM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    If there's any one takeaway from both CES and Mobile World Congress this year it's that NVIDIA is unequivocally a player in the SoC space. With design wins from LG, Motorola and Samsung, NVIDIA may not have the entire market but it has enough of it to be taken seriously. In our Optimus 2X Review I mentioned that it looked like NVIDIA was going to be moving to a 6-month product cycle in the SoC space. The intention is to out execute its competitors frequently enough that they are either forced out of the market or into making a mistake...