Whoa. Like, whoaaa. Opera Mini for the iPhone has the blessings of Steve Jobs and Co. and should be up on the App Store within 24 hours, while some UK and Australian iPhone owners are already browsing the web on their new, speedy Opera Mini. The app will be so cheap that it’s free, and it’s amazing to see that Apple might just be opening up the the submission of apps, as well as not being such a dictator about them. Press release and promo video after the break. Consider this a win for the iPhone Nation.
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It’s been a feature for months now. The HP Slate; a tablet (ahem, slate) with the brains of a conventional laptop, but the qualities of a true “iPad-killer” (or so it seems). Rumored for a launch early this summer, there’s a major question raised on how the HP Slate could redefine that “gap” between your laptop and smartphone. And here’s how.
The HP Slate will come in two configurations, that is in 32GB and 64GB versions, priced at $549 and $599 respectively (according to the numerous leaks). But space isn’t what’s important. In fact on any of the coming slates, whether it be the ExoPC, HP Slate, Notion Ink Adam, or even the Google Tablet. What will turn the consumer industry inside-out is software and simple but capable, good looking hardware. Take this short (or long if you understand it) example into perspective:
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There they are. The Kin One and Kin Two. Both aimed at young whipper-snappers (like myself). But this is a news report article, so let’s talk about the Kin series first. The Kin 1 (rumored as the “Turtle”), sports a QVGA screen, 5 megapixel camera, 4GB of built-in storage, a Zune music player, and a “one-handed” slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Kin 2 (rumored as the “Pure”) contains an 8 megapixel camera for HD recording, HVGA screen, 8GB of memory (which cannot be expanded on either of the devices), two-handed QWERTY, and the KIN operating system which borrows many elements from Windows Phone 7, except all more social oriented, and supposedly fitted for use on the tiny screens.
Microsoft KIN Announcement Gallery
The main homescreen, called “The Loop” will make you go loopy at how all over the place it is, which raises some questions on to how usable these phones really are. The first things that you see are contacts, Twitter feeds, Facebook, etc. where you can easily tap on them for access to them. The Zune music player works exactly like a Zune music player, that is to say large fonts and lots of slow-motion but cool scrolling. Both phones will also work with the Zune Pass, so technically this is as close as a Zune Phone you’re going to get. Both phones launch in May on Verizon for an undisclosed price. These phones aren’t what you would call smartphone per se, but they are nice little feature phones which trick you into thinking they are. For example, both Kin phones don’t have a calendar app or an app store. You can check out the rest at Kin.com
Still I wouldn’t have any problems with reviewing them. Press release after the break, kiddies!
Oh, and I’d like to make it clear: “Kin” is not a cool name for a phone. But it’s very interesting.
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The above is a shot of the successor to the T-Mobile G1, aka the myTouch Slide. This little sport has a 4-row QWERTY slide-out, 1300mAHr battery, optical trackpad, camera with LED flash, a not-so-cool ARM11 processor, 3.5mm headset jack, microSD expansion slot, and a 320×480 screen resolution, which is almost considered blurry compared to newer Android phones which contain 800×480 AMOLED screens. Besides that sorry list of specs, there’s not much to desire here besides slightly updated touch-sensitive buttons, including a hippy-like Google search logo. Ah, good times.
It was an unfortunate and inevitable fate for Palm, makers of the Palm Pre and Pixi, as well as the graphically pleasing webOS platform. Bloomberg has reported that Palm has partnered with Goldman Sachs and Qatalyst Partners to find partners, and interestingly HTC and Lenovo are interested — Dell said “meh”. But if HTC rally does buy Palm, could they nearly jump over the lawsuit they have with patent Apple? Palm was the maker of the “original smartphone”. That is to say they practically made the idea of a “do-everything” phone popular. Because of that, they have more patents than HTC could possibly imagine, or at least important software and hardware-related ones that could allow HTC to slip past by any of Apple’s offensives.
The Bloomberg also says that Lenovo might want to buy Palm, too, however most dibs are on HTC right now. As for the webOS platform, I have several reasons to think that it will not survive this buyout, and many features of it might simply get incorporated into Sense UI Android phones like the EVO 4G. In the meantime, only time can tell who buys Palm, Inc.
We’ve ended up with the new multitasking-happy iPhone OS 4.0, Microsoft’s “Project Pink” phones tomorrow, Apple is told to “go screw themselves” by an Adobe employee, the HTC Incredible coming out supposedly on April 29th, and a new review is up. Not a bad week altogether actually. Besides, are new rumored gadgets and smartphones really ever boring (the good ones anyway)?
Looks like the Samsung Galaxy S didn’t have such a bad time at the FCC, and passed their unnumbered amount of tests. Above is a nice little outline complete with the FCC’s label. Since the FCC is American, that means only one thing: it’s gotta be coming Stateside. Sporting AT&T-friendly bands, 850MHz and 1900MHz, that would mean that in the coming months you could expect it to baffle the Motorola BACKFLIP, AT&T’s first (questionable) Android handset. Now if only AT&T made this real…
Source: FCC, BGR
This mysterious case of what I’m going to call the “Motorola Mediocre Square” is one of these cases that only official photos and press releases can relieve. Basically, the above shot is from a tipster at DroidDog; the tipster said that the source of the phone was a “buddy’s dad [who] works for Motorola and let his son take the phone to school, who, in turn, lent the phone to [a friend] to be used as a calculator on a math test.” OK, I believe that. Otherwise there’s nothing to report on here other than it has MOTOLUR running on Android 2.1 and looks a lot like the Motorola MOTOSPLIT. Anyone want to tell me what this is?
I’m not a person to say no to some code found in the new iPhone OS 4.0 SDK, but is this really going to prove that video chat comes to the iPhone? If you take this from the always-needy gadget blogger perspective that most of us have, yes. 9to5Mac claims that some of the code above seems to be related to the Game Center, so you could have video chats with a friend, and possible video chats with several people at once? So then technically a better iChat would make its way to the iPhone? That’s another yes.
But where things actually start to make you think it’s possible is when you figure out that iChat on the iPhone wouldn’t be a convenience. It would be necessary. If Cupertino finally has the guts to add multitasking to their operating system, they can also add video chat and conferencing, right?
Recently in a George Hotz (geohot) blog post, a picture of an iPad was posted without any words accompanying it. Can you tell why? Well, look closely, because something is very peculiar on this iPad, sir. See, Geohot (and @Comex) have officially jailbroken it. It has not been officially released as of yet, but a release should be approaching soon. Anyone out there now more excited than ever for their iPad to get jailbroken?