Google posts Android Design guidelines for Ice Cream Sandwich

Google has made a rock-solid rule: future Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices will be uniform in software design. Things like the typography, color palettes, and other stylistic advice, as well as a breakdown of the components making up the Android UI will all be posted to the new Android Design website, available for app developers and manufacturers. Over time, the site will become even more featured, so there will always be new ideas for design, all originating from Google.

Via: Android Developers, Android Design

Dell announces their own ultrabook for $999 — the XPS 13

This is the Dell XPS 13 ultrabook. It sports a weight of 2.9 pounds, the laptop is .71 inches at its thickest point and .24 inches at its thinnest, with room for USB 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone, and MiniDisplay ports (sadly excluding an SD card slot, however). Other core specifications include a base Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD storage, a standard backlit keyboard and the  slightly disappointing 1366 x 768-resolution 13.3-inch display, which has been covered in Gorilla Glass for added protection. And yet, there are still more technical terminologies I must speak of: the XPS 13 also has Intel HD 3000 graphics, a 47Wh battery rated for up to eight hours, Bluetooth 3.0, and finally Intel’s SmartConnect, which automatically finds the right network for you to connect to and updates your email and calender, alongside the usual Rapid Start tech.

The XPS 13 ultrabook launches in February starting at $999.

Razer Naga Hex gaming mouse revealed at CES 2012

This is Razer’s new gaming mouse, based off of the Naga, this version is called the Naga Hex. It has six mechanical thumb buttons that are fully-programmable, instead of the previous 12 seen on the original Razer Naga. All the buttons are high performance, according to Razer, and can perform 250 clicks per minute. You can pre-order the Naga Hex now for $79.99 and it will ship on January 18th. Personally, I am certain I’ll commit to pre-ordering a Naga Hex. Via: Razer

Razer Fiona Gaming Tablet Concept is spectacular, will cost around $1000

This is the Razer Fiona Windows 8 gaming tablet. It’s a concept with probably a year left for release, but it still has actual specs to back it up: a Core i7 processor and Windows 8, is designed to play “most popular PC games of today,” and THX audio. There are analog sticks, shoulder buttons, and numerous gamepad-related buttons on each side, and presumably there’s also a touchscreen. Razer does plan on releasing it, for around $1000 during Q4 of 2012. Via: Razer

HP Envy Spectre 14: NFC, Gorilla Glass Radiance Display, 3.9 Pounds, $1400, All On February 8

This is HP’s awesome 3.9 pound and 20mm thick ultraportable with a scratch-proof design: the Envy Spectre 14. Base specs include a 14-inch, 1600 x 900 Gorilla Glass Radiance Display (huzzah!), Core i5-2467M CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 9-hour battery, backlit keyboard, carrying case and — hold it for a second — an NFC chip built into the palm rest for transferring URLs from your phone’s browser, which HP says will work first with Android phones. Not only does the $1,400 get you all that, but an Intel Wireless Display chip, HP’s CoolSense technology, Beats, HP Wireless Audio, full copies of Photoshop and Premiere Elements and a two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security. That’s epic. Upgrade options include 256GB SSD and an extra 4GB of RAM, but that’s not even really important considering how awesome this hardware is already.

The Spectre goes sale in the United State starting on February 8, continuing towards Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Chile and Mexico in March. Full PR after the break.

Sony announces the Xperia S at CES 2012

This is another Sony Xperia device. The Xperia S packs in a large 1280 x 720 4.3-inch display, a quick 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 2.3 (with Ice Cream Sandwich coming soon), and will be available in both 16GB and 32GB versions. There’s also a 12 megapixel camera featuring Sony’s Exmor R backlit sensor, NFC support, PlayStation certification, and a useable 1.3 megapixel cam up front for video chats. The Xperis S will launch sometimes in Q1 of this year in “select markets”.

Nokia Lumia 900 With 4G LTE Exclusive On AT&T Enters The US Market


This is the Nokia Lumia 900. It’s a 4G LTE smartphone exclusive on AT&T, runs on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, comes in black or cyan, 1.4GHz CPU, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Clear Black display, 512MB of RAM, has an 1830mAh battery, a main 8 megapixel camera that is Carl Zeiss with a wide 28mm f2.2/28 aperture, front-facing f/2.4 wide-angle camera for video chat, Nokia Drive for turn-by-turn navigation, and according to Nokia is “the first real Windows Phone designed for the American market.” According to Nokia, it is made out of a svelte polycarbonate and has a sleek profile. There are also app partnerships with ESPN, CNN, and EA for upcoming game titles. It will be available “in the coming months” with an “aggressive pricing scheme”. Interesting.

Via: Nokia Conversations