Although promises were made and prototypes were shown, we’re yet to see an Android-based tablet capable of getting near the iPad’s Retina Display even with seven months gone after the new Apple slate’s release.
Another phone is joining the select club of cloned devices, but in a surprising twist it’s not one that has been very well received by either critics or the public. That’s right, it’s the is-it-a-phone-or-a-camera Nokia 808 PureView.
Ladies and gentlemen, the mobile OS war is getting into high gear, and apart from iOS, Android and Windows Phone, we have yet another contender intent to take the smartphone world by storm. This time, it’s Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. And with the Chinese smartphone market set to become the biggest in the world, it’s no wonder platform-makers and manufacturers want a big slice of this pie.
The Motorola CloudBB (model number HMC3260) is an Android-powered “home entertainment terminal” featuring an 18.5-inch touchscreen display, wireless keyboard and likewise wireless mouse. The device will be distributed and marketed by China Digital TV Media Group, mostly for home-entertainment purposes.
Google’s “Don’t be evil” is weaker and weaker every time the search giant does something against its own motto. How many times did we see Google somehow managing to infringe on the customer’s privacy? How many times did we see Google investigated in various regions of the world including the U.S. and Europe for alleged actions that deserve being looked into? How many times did we see the company forced to pay a fine or settle a legal matter?
It seems the Chinese Government never forgets. As payback for wanting to leave the country in 2010, it is denying Google the right to sell the Nexus 7 in China.
China has the biggest mobile market today, with about 1 billion users. Since smartphones currently constitute a small minority of this industry, there is much room for growth. But with Google mostly absent from China, who will fill in the supposed void? Local e-commerce company Alibaba wants to eventually dominate the market with its own Aliyun OS.
We’ve seen Samsung releasing many dual-SIM phones before, but the next one, if accurate, should take the cake as the most high-profile device to ship with one. It appears Samsung is readying a special version of the recently announced Galaxy Note 2 for the Chinese market.
We have three new HTC phones popping up out of thin air over in China, and, although they don’t look very special, they could be part of the company’s new rebound strategy and therefore on show come September 19.
Both the Xperia TX and SL are up for grabs on Sony’s Chinese official online store, and they are both kind of pricey. The TX, also known in the past as the LT29i or the “Hayabusa”, is very similar to the “T” flagship unveiled in Berlin and expected to come to the US soon via AT&T.