This is the official pricing for the first Android 3.0 tablet set to hit the shelves. By settings you back by about $800 for 32GB of storage, you’ll get a Motorola Xoom with 3G (which later this year will get upgraded for you to 4G LTE via a visit to a local VZW store), and for $600 a WiFi-only version. No solid release dates or time frames were given, so that’s a bummer, unless you’re listening to the many leaks and rumors, which pinpoint a release sometimes next week. Via: Reuters
This is so beautiful. You could cry (an exaggeration). It looks like in a little advert Intel may have spilled the beans on the new Macbook Pros, something of which they have a fantastic reputation for. Even the Mac OS X UI looks better even though it hasn’t changed a bit. Via: 9to5Mac
This, we weren’t expecting, now were we? Verizon CTO Tony (or Anthony) Melone stated that the three major mobile operating systems worth noting of are iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. In blunt wording, he doesn’t give a Nokia about Windows Phone 7. His mentioning of this was in a recent interview with CNET:
“I do want a strong third OS out there,” Melone said. “It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties. But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7… I don’t think Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship,” he said. “Right now the three OS players we see for our network are Android, Apple, and RIM. “
Why so sad, Melone? Windows Phone 7 is adding CDMA support in an upcoming update to debut on Sprint, but in the meantime, a Verizon WP7 device doesn’t seem so possible. Perhaps that will change with time? Via: CNET
In other words, this probably is bad news. Sony’s Next-Generation Portable (NGP or PSP2) was so awesome with specs like 3G, twin analog sticks, and such that the price would be too high (which for portable gaming machines, is anything above $300). Thus, Sony had to make some cuts.
According to Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida (while speaking to Edge): “There were elements that we found pretty cool, but had to set aside to remain on target,. “It’s a big lesson we learnt from the PS3. There’s no point putting everything you want into a device and doing the math later.”
So essentially, there were some cuts, but we don’t know what they are (or were). So this only makes the situation worse. On the other hand, it’s nice to know Sony is thinking of your wallet (or theirs). Via: CVG
This is HTC’s first tablet — the Flyer. It runs a very tablet-optimized UI, but on Android 2.4. That’s right. Not much has been detailed on the 2.4 release, but that’s what it runs. There’s a 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip, 4,000mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro-SD card slot, HDMI-out, DLNA support, and 7-inch screen. It will launch globally in Q2 of 2011 for an unknown price. The press release is where it always is, which is after the line-break. Via: HTC
The old HTC Incredible that was extremely successful has been rehashes and turned into the Incredible S. It uses the same 800×480 WVGA resolution, but on a larger 4-inch screen, a 1GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 1.1GB of internal storage (but microSD card storage), an 8 megapixel camera that records 720p HD, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and finally a bigger 1,450mAh battery.
The Desire S is the successor to the Desire, obviously. It still uses a 1GHz processor with 768MB RAM, 1.1GB of internal storage, weighs 130 grams, and the same 3.7-inch touchscreen with 480 x 800 resolution. So in terms of high-end phones, that’s all HTC has to offer, except the new Wildfire S, seen in the press release with a shot of the Desire S after the break. Via: HTC
The time hath cometh. Netflix is on the Boxee Box now, and the only thing stopping you from enjoying it is not having a Boxee Box or a Netflix subscription. The user interface is exactly that of the PlayStation 3 and Google TV versions, and allows you to search, watch instantly, and (perhaps?) manage your queue.
In order to have access to the long-awaited and frequently delayed software update for the Boxee Box, just manually update it from the interface (or wait for the automatic update due in a few days).
This is news for Windows Phone 7, for once. Twitter integration (and into the People Hub), copy-and-paste, Internet Explorer 9 with hardware acceleration and graphical improvements, heavy performance improvements, and finally CDMA support. The copy/paste, Twitter integration, and speed improvements come as part of an update in early March, while the rest of the features come later this year. Also: a form of multitasking, including apps that support it.
Hey, don’t fret dudes, March is only a few weeks away (a long time in Gadget Land).
Inside of the almighty Optimus 3D is a Texas Instruments 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor, with 4GB LG DDR2, 8GB of memory, while twin 5MP lenses on the back can take photos and video in 3D (with a 3D YouTube app for video sharing in 3D as well), which can either be viewed on the 4.3-inch WVGA 3D screen (without the need of goofy glasses), or spat out to a 3DTV or computer monitor via HDMI or DLNA. And if 3D isn’t your fancy, the Optimus 3D can work in 2D, too. Oh, and when it’s released, it will include Android 2.2 Froyo instead of Gingerbread (it will require an update), so that’s really the only major con here, at the moment.
Press release that sadly isn’t in 3D is after the break for your lousy 2D viewing.