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HTC One X, S, and V to start selling in Europe on April 2, US availability is still kept under wraps

by: AdrianMarch 30, 2012

After weeks of seemingly endless waiting for some official news from HTC regarding the One series smartphones, we have finally been put to ease. Well, at least some of us have, because the One-branded smartphone trio has an official release date next to its name, but, so far, it’s only for “some” European countries.

The HTC One X, S, and V will be made available for sale starting April 2nd (that’s right, next Monday) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In other European countries, including the UK, carriers and retailers have announced that the handhelds are coming on April 5. Meanwhile, the United States technology enthusiasts are still waiting for an [...]

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WSJ: Google to sell co-branded tablets on its own in 2012

by: AdrianMarch 30, 2012

It’s no longer a secret that Google is planning to seriously get in the tablet business this year, by releasing at least one co-branded device in collaboration with Asus. However, recent reports indicate that Google is actually thinking bigger than that and will most likely launch its own online store.

After trying something similar for a short while in 2010, when Google sold the Nexus One smartphone through its own online portal, the US-based technology giant will try to make a push in a market niche where things aren’t going very well for anybody other than Apple.

Before getting to Apple, though, Google will most likely set its sights on Amazon, the biggest [...]

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Apple’s war on Android gets major blow in the form of 1994 “future tablet” video

by: AdrianMarch 30, 2012

It’s hard to believe that someone envisioned tablet PCs 18 years ago, but a dusty video clip from 1994 shows us that there were, in fact, technology visionaries before Steve Jobs (insert “ironic grin” here).

The video shows how newspaper company Knight Ridder saw the news of the future and, darn it, I must say that those guys were spot on with their assumptions. However, what they probably didn’t think their little video would do is seriously hurt Apple’s chances of winning the design patent war against Samsung and other Android tablet manufacturers, a war that is heading towards a conclusion these days.

How did something like this happen? Well, it’s [...]

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$199 Tegra 3 Android tablets? It could happen this summer, says Nvidia’s CEO

by: AdrianMarch 30, 2012

One of the most important hurdles that tablet PCs have had to overcome during the past couple of years, in order to become popular, has been the extravagant pricing. In a ultra competitive technology world, where the sky is no longer the limit, everybody is looking for the best, the most powerful, but also the cheapest gadget, Android manufacturers have faced problems with pricing their devices.

While, a year back, you couldn’t even hope to pay less than $400 for a decent Android-based tablet, Amazon has shocked everybody by launching the $200 Kindle Fire, changing in the process, the world’s perception on what an Android tablet should be (and [...]

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Flexible LCD’s get closer to production, TRADIM develops flexible LCD display

by: AdrianMarch 29, 2012

Flexible displays have been a kind of ‘’what if’’ concepts for a while now and, even though companies such as Samsung have teased us with gadgets sporting such a cool feature, we haven’t yet seen one in action, intended for actual hands of consumers. As a matter of fact, I’m sure that there are still a lot of you who think of flexible displays as something out of a sci-fi novel or movie, right?

And even though we are still unable to report on developments regarding actual products featuring flexible screens, we are happy today to bring to your attention a very interesting and juicy prototype.

The unnamed ‘’Curved LCD Display’’ concept is the result [...]

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Android 4.0.4 OTA coming to (some) Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S models, plus the Xoom

by: AdrianMarch 29, 2012

Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and Motorola Xoom users have all been waiting for Android 4.0.4 updates for a while, but now they can finally (prepare to) rejoice. Yes, I said prepare to rejoice, because, for the time being, only a handful of these devices have receive the update to the latest flavor of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

The OTA (0ver-the-air) updates reportedly started yesterday, but for some reason, they have only hit select models until now, as far as we know. The UMTS/GSM Nexus S and the HSPA+ variant of the Galaxy Nexus should have been all updated by now, so if you haven’t checked your handheld lately, it might have a very pleasant surprise in store for [...]

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Tablet bonanza from Amazon in 2012: two (or four?) new models rumored

by: AdrianMarch 29, 2012

While, about a year ago, it was hard to conceive that anyone could threaten iPad’s dominance over the tablet market anytime soon, we are now faced with what could be called the “Amazon offensive”.

The Kindle Fire has been by far the most surprising gadget of 2011, and is currently the second most popular tablet in the world, closing in on iPad’s leading spot as we speak. However, if you thought that Amazon would rest on their laurels and live off the Kindle Fire’s success for as long as possible, you thought wrong. Jeff Bezos’ company is looking set to build upon its hit and come up with not one, but several cool tablets in 2012.

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Touch me, tease me, think me – How will you control your future smartphone?

by: AdrianMarch 29, 2012

Touchscreen interaction with electronic devices is something that I, for one, could only dream about back in the day (yeah, I’m so old that I remember the time when “dumbphones” were cool). Yet soon enough, touchscreens might become obsolete, as more and more companies are competing to come up with new, innovative ways to capture the public’s attention.

Gesture and voice UIs have already been implemented in a bunch of devices, and we’re just a small step away from seeing mind controlled gadgets. Well, not exactly a small step, but it’s pretty clear now that some of the things we saw in movies a decade ago are close to becoming reality.

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