Things are about to heat up in a big way in the handheld mobile space, a sector that's currently dominated by ARM. Intel has long said it plans to push its platforms into smartphones and tablets, and the Santa Clara chip maker took a gigantic step towards that goal by getting Google to agree to optimize future versions of Android for Atom processors. Should ARM be worried?
Android is one of the favorite mobile platforms for geeks and power users for a reason: it's much more customizable than the competition, and provides the tools to really make the device yours. Widget support is a customization feature that can provide a huge amount of functionality, and Widgets HD was designed specifically for the large screen of your Android Tablet.
Used game vendor GameStop is raring to go with its own-brand gaming tablet the company will refer to as a "GameStop certified gaming platform." GameStop president Tony Bartel told GamesIndustry.biz it has already chosen a specific model of tablet, and that it will run Google's Android operating system, the odds-on favorite if you were to venture a guess beforehand.
Acer and AT&T are wearing their 'Best Friends' t-shirts as the two jointly debut the new Acer Iconia Tab A501 tablet with AT&T 4G HSPA+ connectivity in the U.S. Armed with a 4G radio, this latest addition to the Iconia Tab family offers up to 4x faster data transmissions, the two companies claim.
Once upon a time, Velocity Micro made a living building only high end custom PCs, notebooks, and workstations. That type of singular (or triangular, if you will) focus is behind them, and the company now dabbles in eReaders and tablets as well. These mobile devices fall under Velocity Micro's Cruz line, and they've just been updated in preparation for an upcoming relaunch later this month.
When the going gets tough, most technology throws up its hands in defeat and wilts like a flower. The majority of gadgets on the market just aren’t built to face the drop-down, submerged-in-liquid realities of everyday life – just ask anybody who ever had to replace his smartphone after spilling just a few drips of soda on it.
You won’t find any of that wussy gear in this gallery.
HTC's Jetstream tablet is now available through AT&T, but with friends like AT&T, who needs enemies? Straight to the point, at $700 on contract, AT&T went and priced the Jetstream out of contention. That's too bad when you consider HTC nearly single-handedly turned Android into a runaway success in the smartphone sector by blitzing the market, and at this point, HTC knows the open source OS as well as anyone. But if wireless carriers insist on smoking dope when pricing HTC tablets, why should HTC stick around?
For those who go back to school the day after Labor Day, Sony managed to make its Tablet S available via pre-order on the final day of summer break, though don't expect any back-to-school discounts. The 16GB Wi-Fi model carries the now traditional $500 price tag, and you can add another C-note if you want the 32GB model.
The past several weeks have seen some interesting developments in the tablet space. Hewlett Packard's discontinuation of its TouchPad and subsequent $99 firesale continues to be the big story, but it's not the only one. It appears Amazon is getting ready to launch an affordable 7-inch tablet, and perhaps in anticipation, Best Buy just dropped the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs went on the record several years ago describing the modern day desktop as “a truck”, suitable for some, but not practical for the mass market. He went on to define the iPad as the first “post PC device”, and has trumpeted his tablet and iOS platforms as flagship products for this ideology ever since. Microsoft and its partners have listened to mainstream media run with his comments as gospel ever since, but some have finally had enough.