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The OLPC XO-3 tablet renderings were deemed as the “Apple tablet killer fantasy”. It was extremely thin, possibly had multitouch, was durable, has a camera, and was a full-fledged super tablet (I won’t say the word super tablet again, I promise). Now Nicholas Negroponte, the inventor of the One Laptop Per Child project, has announced a ton of new details at an MIT Media Lab Event.
The upcoming OLPC XO-3 will run Android at first, then might use OLPC’s own custom OS later on, will appear at CES 2011, and OLPC is working with Marvell and Pixel Qi to create a “dual-mode” screen, which in theory (and hope) will make the entire tablet cost only $75. The hardest part of developing the OLPC XO-3 will be to make it completely out of plastic, as early models will use a glass screen, and will use an ARM processor coupled with Android. While it may never look like those dreamy renders, it will look (or at least be), unique and fit for 3rd world children.
Source: OLPC Blog
The LG Ally was delayed for a full week, and that’s an eternity if you pre-ordered your phone and expected it a week earlier. Fear no more! Now the LG Ally is available on Verizon Wireless for $99 on a 2-year contract that will slowly suck the life out your wallet, and pre-orders will now ship out. Just saying. Source: Verizon
An analyst named Trip Chowdhry at Global Equities Research set off a fireball of rumors. That rumor was that Steve Ballmer would be speaking for exactly 7 minutes at the WWDC 2010 conference, which Steve Jobs can proudly label “iPhone Country”. An appearance by the CEO of Microsoft wouldn’t be so shocking, if it didn’t actually happen. And that’s what Microsoft just explained in a tweet: good ‘ol Ballmer isn’t showing up at WWDC. That settles that, uh?
The Acer Liquid Stream is as close to a Nexus One you can get without getting a Nexus One. With oa 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, 3G+ HSDPA @ 7.2Mb/s, 3.7″ WVGA touch-screen display, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), HDMI-out, and a microSD card slot which supports all the way up to a 32 GB card, the Liquid Stream comes with Android 2.1 “Eclair” . Unfortunately, there are no prices or carriers announced yet, so it’s time to play — the waiting game. PR after the loop.
Source: Android Community
Well this is interesting. HTC, maker of all perfect Android handsets, has a new leak coming out of their faucet. The HTC PC70110 (left) is running Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI and a full QWERTY keyboard, purportedly. A tipster from PhoneDog seems to have confirmed that the handset will launch sometimes in June, and will be called the HTC “Aria”.
Now what remains to be seen is if the rumored June 7th release date is spot on, and if this will be Android’s first proper handset on AT&T, since the Backflip has clearly failed as AT&T’s first Android handset (and it runs Android 1.5, for Android’s sake!).
Remember that dude who published the first user guide picture of the Motorola Shadow? No? Well he’s back, in black. Actually what he’s really done is publish another pic, this time of the side. But along with his new leak, the specs have been altered. Instead of a 4.3-inch WVGA screen, it’s a 4.1 inch. And the 8GB of internal storage is coupled with an 8GB microSD card. Then comes the processor, which could either be a 1Ghz Snapdragon, or a 720MHz TI OMAP3630 (the more possible CPU to show up in the final model). Then comes the 8 megapixel camera, which should stay the same. Whatever specs the Shadow has, it’s still going to be a major rocker.
The first prepaid Android phone using Android (1.5 Cupcake, sigh), is a MOTOBLUR sulking, military grade busting, push-to-talk talking Motorola i1 that will be on Boost Mobile’s everything $50 plan. Meaning that data, voice, and text comes down to a sweet $50 a month. The downside is that the handset itself will retail for $349.99, and will only be sold at BestBuy. No word on a launch date, but that will have to be marked as “soon”, right?
Put this in the awesome category of USB drives. The designer, Shu-Chun, has created a concept. Specifically, that is USB drives that are made out of concrete. For example, a 128 gram USB drive will hold 128 GB of storage, then of course there’s the 256 gram version, which indeed holds 256GB of space. That’s just awesome people. And yet it’s a concept. Darn!
Source: Yanko Design
This Motorola Droid Shadow (you can embiggen the photo by clicking on it) was found at a gym. Like, heck yeah it was. Really? Putting the extremely doubtful backstory and all of its poor imagination aside, this really is a photo of the Droid Shadow, complete with an HDMI jack, 8 megapixel camera, Snapdragon processor, and 16GB of storage. Since the handset was left at a Verizon corporate gym, the handset was later locked and returned to the owner, and the latter was the only specs identified by the person who found it. Also suspicious but equally interesting: the only picture taken of it was exactly the same angle as the getting started guide leaked not too long ago, and along comes the new MOTOBLUR UI as well. So far, I’m liking this.