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Should Samsung or Google Buy webOS?

by: LucianAugust 29, 2011

According to a report from Digitimes, Samsung is considering buying webOS from HP. Some people think that this is because of Google buying Motorola, and while this may be true to some extent, Samsung have been weighing their options for a while now.

They made the Bada OS as a back-up to Android, which is not doing too bad right now, out-selling WP7, but I’m sure they’d like it to be a lot more successful than it is. However, it’s very hard to beat Android’s momentum right now. Even Microsoft is having a hard time doing that with WP7.

And speaking of which, Samsung thought that WP7 would be their real alternative to Android, and even [...]

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Fujitsu Makes Rugged Tablet for Rainy Days

by: LucianAugust 29, 2011

I was just saying a few days ago that rugged mobile devices should be the future, and now we see one more upcoming “rugged” device that will make its debut in September, except this time it’s not a phone, but a Honeycomb tablet, made by Fujitsu, that will be water-resistant. But why is Fujitsu making a rugged tablet, anyway?

Real benefit to users

Taking your tablet to the beach, using it in the kitchen when cooking, getting caught outside in the rain, or drinking coffee next to it, are all very real risks of damaging your $400-$500 tablet beyond repair. Having a tablet (or smartphone) that we don’t have to treat with extreme care every single [...]

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Forrester: A year from now, “Amazon” will be synonymous with “Android” on tablets

by: LucianAugust 29, 2011

According to Forrester, a research company, Amazon tablets will dominate the Android tablet market by selling up to 5 million units by the end of this year alone, and a year from now people should recognize Android tablets as Amazon tablets. Forrester doesn’t have a perfect prediction record, with their last year’s prediction that the sales of the iPad will plummet soon after launch, but could they be right this time? Could Amazon tablets become so popular that they will endanger not only the iPad’s market share, but also the tablets of the other Android manufacturers?

Huge potential

Although, no one has seen the Amazon tablet(s), it clearly has a lot [...]

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5 Ways for Google TV to Become Very Popular

by: LucianAugust 28, 2011

Google TV didn’t start very well last year. There are several reasons for that, and probably 2 of the biggest ones are the pricing and lack of content. The Logitech Revue set top box was priced at $299, which was %50 higher than the popular Boxee Box, and 300% higher than Roku. The fact that the networks started blocking their content on Google TV didn’t help matters, either. But that’s all in the past now, and Google TV is about to re-launch soon, with an improved interface based on Honeycomb. However, it will need more than to become a success this time. So let’s see 5 ways for Google to turn Google TV into a huge market success.

$99 [...]
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Battle of the Rugged Android Smartphones: Motorola DEFY+ VS. Samsung Galaxy Xcover VS. Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

by: LucianAugust 28, 2011

I have a dream, and that dream is that a few years from now, most smartphones will be “rugged”,  which means being water resistant, dust-proof, scratch-proof, and last but not least, shock resistant. If the phone still looks good, it’s not much more expensive than without those features, then who wouldn’t want their phones to be like that?

Smartphones are becoming such important tools in our lives that we can’t live without, even more so than we can live without our PC’s or notebooks. We have them everywhere with us, and they keep us connected wherever we go. But because of that and because we keep these phones on average about 2 [...]

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Another 4.5″ Android Phone: HTC Holiday Pictures Leaked

by: LucianAugust 27, 2011

AT&T is planning on launching their LTE network later this year, and they want to do it in a big way – as big as HTC’s upcoming 4.5″ qHD phone called Holiday. The phone will also have a dual core 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon CPU, just like the one in HTC Sensation. It will also come with 1GB of memory, an 8 MP rear camera (with LED flash), a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0. It will run Android 2.3.4 and the Sense 3.0 UI on top.

The HTC Holiday does seem to be a little different than what HTC has released so far, without so many rounded corners, but more like a slab, that looks like a piece of chocolate on the back. [...]

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Amazon Tablet to be “Hundreds Less” than iPad. Become Instant Success?

by: LucianAugust 27, 2011

The New York Post has reported that the Amazon Android-based tablet will be “hundreds less” than an iPad 2. As the HP TouchPad showed us, consumers are interested if the price is right, even about a device they didn’t even know they want until that point. With a strategy that takes those people into account, Amazon might boost the Android tablet market share overnight.

Like iPad, for half the price

If they are able to say this about their tablet (meaning the price will be $250 or less), then the word will quickly spread out that Amazon (a brand many people know and like) now has a tablet that is “like iPad, for half the price. Obviously, even at [...]

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Preview of the New HTC Sense 3.5 UI

by: LucianAugust 26, 2011

HTC was the first manufacturer to put a skin on Android, and arguably they did a pretty good job at it. While everyone else has been scrambling to catch-up to their first version of the Sense UI, they continued improving it and making it more visually appealing with the 3.0 version, and this fall they are going to launch new handsets with their seemingly overhauled Sense 3.5 UI.

Gingerbread or Icecream Sandwich?

Since ICS is supposedly coming in October, I doubt this new Sense 3.5 UI is going to be for ICS phones, so it’s most likely coming to their new Android 2.3 phones. Another hint about this is that their version number is 3.5, not 4.0, even though the skin [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S II Is Not Coming to Verizon

by: LucianAugust 25, 2011

Brace yourselves Verizon customers. I’ve got some bad news for you. Apparently, the Samsung Galaxy S II isn’t coming to Verizon – at all. If this news won’t make any of you happy, I’m sure it will at least make someone happy – and that’s Motorola. With Samsung Galaxy S II out of the way, Motorola will be free to market their upcoming Droid Bionic.

Why there’s no Galaxy S2 on Verizon

I think these days Verizon can actually afford to choose between 2 or more new handsets that could launch on a particular month. Since the Galaxy S II is arriving in USA at the end of this month, and the Droid Bionic is supposed to launch very [...]

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Rumor: ARM Selling Out? For Everyone’s Sake, I Hope Not

by: LucianAugust 23, 2011

Now that HP is buying Autonomy, a UK company, rumors also abound with ARM being acquired as well. ARM selling out would be a catastrophic decision not only for Android, but also in general for everyone else, especially when it comes to selling out to these 3 companies: Intel, Oracle, or Apple.

Intel

They would end up jacking up the prices in the short term, and killing ARM slowly in the long term to maintain the much higher margins of the x86 chips. It would be a huge conflict of interest internally between the x86 division and the ARM division, and the x86 side would win – just like it did last time when Intel owned an ARM company (Xscale).

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