Amazon has just sent out the invites we’ve all been waiting for. Wednesday September 28, Amazon will be holding a press conference in New York for an undisclosed reason. Almost certainly this is going to be the announcement of the Amazon tablet.
Everyone’s been buzzing with anticipation as they wait for news on a potential Hulu acquisition. Over the weekend Yahoo, Amazon, and Dish Network are said to have put in bids of $1.5-2 billion. As for the other rumored suitor, Google may be going for all the marbles on this one, according to All Things D.
Intel's pumped about its Ultrabook concept. How pumped? So pumped that earlier this week, the company created a $300 million fund to help spur on the development of the powerful, low weight, long lasting laptops. The companies that are actually making the Ultrabooks, though, are apparently a little less enthused. You see, Intel wants companies to sell Ultrabooks for less than $1,000 – probably to make them competitive with the MacBook Air. That number's making a few manufacturers shift uneasily in their seats.
Pocket-Lint claims to have the scoop on just when we can expect to see the mysterious PlayStation phone. According to the site, the gaming phone will be launched at MWC in February, and will be available to consumers a few months later in April. Sony Ericsson is scheduled for a Sunday evening press conference at MWC where the phone will be revealed.
The PlayStation phone's specs are not confirmed, but sources have called out a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB internal storage, and a screen in the 4-inch neighborhood. The big selling point of the PlayStation phone will obviously be the gaming aspect, with a large slide out game pad. The controls in the leaked photos appear to consist of the standard PlayStation buttons, a d-pad, and a long trackpad with dual virtual analog stick capability.
If this time line is accurate, will you be waiting for this handset to drop?
Take this with a grain of salt, folks. But Unwired View is reporting that Nokia may be in talks with Microsoft about making Windows Phone 7 devices. The news comes via mobile reporter Eldar Murtazin, who has a track record of being right about these things. Te be clear, the rumored talks are not regarding an exchange of technology, but rather Nokia hardware with Microsoft Software.
Nokia has been pulling back on Symbian in recent months, and their efforts with Meego still seem a long way from producing a viable product. Perhaps a sweet deal from Microsoft could coax the Finnish company out of their software safe-zone. There is no guarantee the Nokia-Intel Meego project would go away if this deal happened. In fact, WP7 devices could just be more of a stopgap measure.
We've always liked Nokia's hardware, but the software is usually lacking. Would you be interested in a Nokia-built Windows Phone 7 device?
It seems like just yesterday that Google rolled out Android 2.2 Froyo to consumers, and some have yet to receive it on their handsets, but The Big G isn't stopping now. Details appear to have leaked regarding the next iteration of the Android operating system, codenamed Gingerbread. Phandroid has gotten the information, along with a blurry cam shot, and it's all about refining the UI.
The source is reporting that all the system and notification icons have been redesigned to look more processional and clean. This includes everything from the notification icons, to the home screen shortcuts. The notification bar now appears to be a slate grey, as opposed to the off-white it is now. Beyond that, there is a more unifying influence in the UI. Most of the system apps are getting a redesign in order to make them more cohesive. Many of the warm orange UI elements have been replaced with green, and this is evident throughout the system.
Rumors also indicate some refinements to scrolling and other animations. Finally, Google may be building in full SIP and video calling support to the OS. This would make sense given the recent revamping of the Gmail-based Google Talk client. Do you think these predictions will come to pass?
By analyzing the movement of supply chains, Digitimes claims to have sussed out some details of an upcoming Android tablet from Motorola. The device, which they believe will run Android 3.0, will be packing some serious hardware. The internals would be different from previous Android devices with an Nvidia Tegra 2 at its core. The touchscreen will be made by Sharp. This display will not have the brightness of the iPad display, but it is thinner and lighter.
Digitimes researchers believe this device will enter mass production in late 2010. The development of the G1 was cited as an example of this type of Google/manufacturer cooperation, and we would also point out a similar scenario with the Motorola Droid. The analysis also claimed this tablet could sell up to 2 million units by the end of the year. If that's going to happen, they'll want to announce it sooner rather than later.
What do you think? Plausible series of conclusions, or questionable genuineness?
Many in the tech community have long been anticipating the day that Apple's popular iPhone would be available on a carrier other than AT&T. As far as anyone knew, the exclusivity arrangement was set to expire this summer, paving the way for an iPhone on Verizon Wireless. But BroadPoint analyst Brian Marshall is now indicating that the great deal Apple got on 3G iPad data plans came at a cost; the extension of iPhone exclusivity.
According to Marshall, AT&T will get another 6 months of exclusivity with the new iPhone. He expects the phone to land on Verizon in the first quarter of 2011. The iPad plans are contract free, and in addition to the unlimited $30 plan, there is a cheaper 250MB $15 plan. Marshall believes AT&T was willing to agree to this in exchange for first crack at the new iPhone.
We will have to wait and see if Marshall's hunch is right, as none of the involved parties are talking. If the iPhone was available on Verizon instead of AT&T, would you jump on it?
It’s almost surreal, the experience surrounding reporting on Apple’s rumored tablet. Firstly, because there is no such device. Apple, in fact, denies it exists. And there is no credible third-party evidence to suggest otherwise. But that doesn’t stop supposed smart guys in technology reporting to maintain otherwise. And, to top it off, conclude it is (not will be) the coolest thing ever.
David Goldman, of CNNMoney.com, summarizes analysts as viewing Apple’s tablet as “channelling their inner-Frodo. [It will] be the one gadget to rule them all.” A fictional ring of power seems to match up well with a fictional computing device.
For example, Laura DiDio, an analyst for Information Technology Intelligence Corp. (ITIC), says “This will be the next big thing. Apple is going to wow everybody with the tablet.” Apple’s phantom tablet, according to DiDio, will have a 10-inch or 12-inch screen, high-end graphics process, Wi-Fi or 3G, a web cam, and will be able to do everything: ebook, Internet, games, movies, and music. There’ll be dozens of third-party apps available for it. Why, heck, it might even clean out the cat box and take out the trash. That’s how wonderful this device will be.
Also on the Apple tablet bandwagon is Dan Ackerman, a senior editor at CNET. According to Ackerman: “Apple will come out with the tablet and blow everyone away. Instead of taking along a Kindle and an iPod, [it] could become the device you carry with you.”
Not everyone is impressed, however. Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with Yankee Group, says such devices are only good “for ad-hoc purposes, like quick and dirty tasks. There’re not for any prolonged, high-performance use.” It’s not only praise but damnation for a product that doesn’t yet, or may ever, exist.
Reports are surfacing that indicate a certain Redmond software company could be giving OEMs access to a certain mobile OS in just a few short months. After the lackluster reception of Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft is looking for a hit. Anything to keep Microsoft’s mobile head above water as the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android continue to move in for the kill.
The new software is reportedly code named “Maldives”, and should be in OEMs' hot little hands in the first quarter of 2010. The final release to consumers isn’t expected until later in the third quarter. This jives nicely with earlier rumors indicating a release to manufacturing in Spring 2010. It may be a while yet before you can get a WinMo 7 device, but you can certainly expect leaked ROMs to make the scene before too long.