Waiting for the iPad 3G? It’s your lucky day,because it’s shipping now. Actually, I meant it’s “ready to ship”, so you’ll still have to wait till the 30th of April. Anyone still very happy right now after that tease?
And if you’re guessing, yes, it’s a “light” news day.
Coming straight from thehot test labs at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the guys at Unwired View is a new HTC-branded handset clearly sporting a full QWERTY keyboard, those familiar notification lights from the Sprint Hero, AT&T 3G bands (850 / 1900 MHz), the same navigational “buttons” seen on the Droid Incredible, and the codename HTC PC70110. For quite a bit now HTC has been polling users on Facebook regarding a new name for an upcoming handset, Wildfire being one of them. More pics at the end of the post.
It’s been 10 months since Flash was demoed on a shady T-Mobile G1 handset. 10 months is 10 lifetimes in the mobile gadget world. But now, Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google has brought us all hope in an interview with theNew York Times. In the upcoming Android “FroYo” launch (it stands for frozen yogurt, sir) Andy revealed that Flash will be built-in into the OS, meaning that you’d get to see the Internet it was made to be seen, unlike your Apple counterpart (don’t call us Android fanboys, we’re not!). Although as usual on Earth, with great news comes bad news, and the bad news is that Rubin didn’t say when Android 2.2 was coming. But if you’re tech savvy your “sources” should tell you sometimes in May. Gadget bloggers FTW.
The Quirky Switch is one of those gadgets that are in need of your attention, even if you don’t really need it. What the Switch does is make the Swiss Army knife look like a child’s toy, and has 13 tools, one of which is a 1GB USB stick. By using a quarter you can “Switch” between:
A Standard Knife, Pliers, Scissors, Nail File, Tweezers, Thin Flathead Screwdriver, Phillips-Head Screwdriver, Eyeglass Phillips-Head Screwdriver, Eyeglass Flathead Screwdriver, Wood Saw, Serrated Blade, Corkscrew, Combination Bottle Opener/Flathead Screwdriver, Combination Can Opener/Wire Stripper, Pen, Magnifying Glass, LED Flashlight, 1GB USB Memory Stick.
It costs $68 and there’s only 1250 that will be made, and 149 that are officially sold. Awesome.
So while BlackBerry makers fly with new handsets and a new OS, Nokia, the world’s largest and most popular handset maker couldn’t just stand by, could they? That’s right. They’ve officially debuted the N8, which packs in a 3.5 OLED capacitive touchscreen, HDMI output (yay!), 16GB of internal storage, a microSD expansion slot, 720p HD video recording (yay!), and of course the new Symbian^3. But the cost of all of this seems to be unsubsidized, and only in Europe; US availability hasn’t been confirmed yet. But anyways, this shiny newphone should set you back at about €370 ($494 USD) and should launch in Q3 2010. And did we mention early Russian reviews for it are not in the green right now? Something has to turn up for Nokia…
While the WES 2010 conference is still going on, RIM has taken the event to its top and unveiled Blackberry 6, and posted video of it on YouTube for the masses to convey their goggle eyes on. But for you guys, since you’re here, are going to find that video, at the end of this post.
In the midst of new BlackBerries and gadgets flying around like unicorns, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has announced at WES 2010 that the new Blackberry operating system, named BlackBerry 6, will make a debut this third quarter of 2010. There isn’t a single image or video demoing the new OS, but there is the good word of Mike, and of course the confirmed features that will be included in the new OS: a new Webkit-based browser, but also stated that current OS 5.0 devices are not all going to be upgradeable, but they’ll “do [their] best”. Bring it on Research In Motion!
Oh, Nokia. As much as I have respect for your name, which is heard so much throughout the world, I can only laugh at the phones you create, which you expect the tech savvy to buy. Geez Nokia, at least you tried with a decent spec sheet: a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen OLED, a 680MHz CPU, 256MB of RAM, swappable microSD capacity up to 32GB, and a 12 megapixel cam, along with the new Symbian^3.
Oh, how nice! The WePad, another (nothing wrong with that!)tablet with an official release timeframe of July, just got demoed to the German press, which is why I will say “Achtung!” and warn you that the two videos embedded here (one above and another after the break) are in full German, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeing the slick Linux-based WePad, despite us not knowing what really makes this thing so fast. Clickthrough for both videos.