In a latest rumor, Google might be releaseing the new version of Nexus 7 tablet in July 2013. In the new tablet a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor might be used instead of NVIDIA’s Tegra in current generation Nexus 7.
To compete with iPad and other 7-inch tablet, the entry level Google’s tablet will be aggressively priced as low as $149. There are skeptic on the low price as the current price at $199 is still competitive and the device is selling like a hot cake.
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To find out which of the tablets available in market has the longest battery life, ‘Which?‘ from UK, conducted a test on a number of tablets. The tests were conducted for browsing web at 200 nits brightness. They divided tablets in two categories based on the size of the screen:
- Small-screen tablet (screen size of 7.9-inches and smaller)
- 10-inch tablets (screen size 9.4-inches and larger)
Surprisingly, Apple wins in both categories in terms of battery life – that too with a large margin. In 10-inch category Apple’s iPad with Retina display topped with a battery life of 811 minutes. The second was Apple’s iPad 2 with 590 minutes battery life. The third was Sony’s Xperia Tablet S with 534 minutes of battery life. The average of all 16 tablets was found to be 451 minutes.
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To accelerate the growth of tablets in Indian market, the Indian Government has subsidized a 7" tablet running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS to cost only Rs 1,130 (equivalent to US$ 20). On the occasion of National Education Day of India, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and the HRD minister, MM Pallam Raju launched the Aakash 2 tablet.
Technical Details of the tablet include:
- OS – Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
- Processor – ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz with 512 MB of DDR3 RAM.
- Storage – 4 GB internal storage, 32 GB microSD support.
- Screen – 7″, 4-point capacitive multi-touch display with pixel dimensions of 800×480.
- camera – 0.3 megapixel front camera.
- network – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Mini-USB port with OTG, 3.5 mm audio jack, G-sensor.
- battery – 3200 mA Li-ion battery with up to 3 hours of backup.
- Included in package – Wall charger, USB adapter, USB cable, 4-port USB hub.
HTC to pay Apple $6 to $8 patent licensing fee
Apple and rival smartphone maker have settled out-of-course and signed-in a 10-year agreement of licensing fee. All the lawsuits between Apple and HTC were withdrawn following the agreement. HTC will reportedly pay Apple a fee ranging from $6 to $8 per phone.
After the agreement, Apple will benefit from 30-35 million projected sales of HTC Android phones to be shipped in 2013. The patent licensing deal between the two smartphone makers extends to next 10 years, but further details of the agreement is kept secret.
HTC is told to be paying licensing fee of $5 per phone to Microsoft too. This licensing deal is expected to help Apple in bringing other smartphone makers like Samsung and Motorola in the negotiation table. It can also serve as the blueprint for Apple in the ongoing patent litigations.
Google announced a thinner and lighter Chromebook, manufactured by Samsung, retailing at $249. The laptop with 11.6-inch screen, weighs 2.5 pounds and is a mere 0.8 inches thick. The manufacturer has rated it to run 6.5 hours on battery under typical usage.
Google has targeted the device to serve as a "second device" in people’s home to complement a desktop computer or another laptop. The Google developed cloud-centric Chrome OS can’t run without internet and it’s only strength is in integration with Google services like Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube, and Google Hangouts. Using it for any other purposes is not possible as it starts with the Google log-in and only has 16 gigabytes of flash memory for storage. Google however offers 100 gigabytes of free Google Drive storage for the next two years.
Google’s OS dilemma, who needs a second device?
With the popularity of smartphones and tablet computers, one can easily guess that every household that need a second device has already have one.
HTC’s new Windows Phone 8X looks like the Nokia Lumia 920, unveiled some time ago.
Apart from the Windows OS, they both look similar and have similar specifications:
- Nokia Lumia 920 features a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 with 1,280×720 pixels at 342 ppi and 8X has a slightly larger screen at 4.5-inch PureMotion HD Plus display and the same 1,280×768 pixels at 332 ppi.
- Both the phones have LTE, NFC and they both have the same 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
- HTC’s X8 is lighter at 4.6 ounces and 0.39 inch thick whereas, Nokia Lumia is 6.5 ounces in weight and 0.42 inch thick.
- Both models have similar rear cameras 8-mp (HTC) and 8.7-mp (Nokia). On the front side, HTC has a 2.1mp camera and Nokia features a 1mp camera.
- Both the models have same memory – 1GB RAM. Space in HTC is less at 16MB when compared to 32GB space in Nokia model.
- Both have embedded batteries – Nokia has a bigger battery (2,000mAh) when compared to HTC’s 1,800mAh.
- HTC features a Bluetooth 2.1 whereas Nokia features Bluetooth 3.1.
- Both models use the same Micro-SIM.
With similar looks and designs, do you smell law-suits in making?
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This week, on September 6, Amazon released updates to it’s Kindle ebook readers and the line of Kindle Fire tablets. In case you missed, here are the details:
3 new Kindle tablets: Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch, and the Next-Gen Kindle Fire.
The new Kindle Fire HD now features HD graphics, two different screen sizes and bigger storage. The 7-inch model starts at $199 and the 8.9-inch model starts at $299. The 4G LTE Wireless version however costs a hefty $599.
Next-Gen Kindle Fire now only costs $159 while retaining all the features of it predecessor and an additional faster processor speed and longer battery life. These attractive price point on Kindle tablets are very competitive and attractive for consumers.
The Kindle Paperwhite — The new Kindle Paperwhite is a back-lit touch screen ereader. The WiFi model costing $119, and the 3G version without requiring data contract or plan is priced at $179.
The entry-level Kindle e-reader, named Next-Gen Kindle is cheaper now ($69) and features faster page-turn speed, new fonts, and crisper text.
Amazon has choosen to feature Bing as it’s default search engine in it’s Kindle Fire tablets.
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Apple has reportedly redesigned it’s iPhone on it’s fifth edition. In a latest leak rumor, the iPod maker might also release a redesigned earbuds.
A Vietnamese site released photos of so-called redesigned Apple earbuds to accompany the new iPhone. If true, new earbuds will be a bit smaller and different in appearance.
In a latest report, AllThingsG, confirmed the released of iPad Mini to release sometime in October. The regular iPhone event will go on on September.
iPhone is expected to be released on the event to held on September 12, 2012.
With a new iPhone and a new, diminutive iPad in the pipeline, Apple has two opportunities to commandeer the tech news cycle ahead of the annual holiday shopping binge and it’s going to take them both.
Amazon has called a press conference on Sept. 6 in Santa Monica, California. The company is expected to announce upgrades to its e-readers line, Kindle or the tablet Kindle Fire.
There were rumors of Amazon preparing a 10-inch upgrade to Kindle Fire. Amazon will most likely price the device aggressively as the device will most likely be the most trusted vehicle for the sale of it’s online products.
In the invitation sent to selected journalists, Amazon didn’t give much information about what the press meet was about. This event is being held after a year when Kindle Fire was released and other Kindles were upgraded on on Sept. 28, 2011.
The sale of Kindle Fire is told to be in declining trend in the recent time because of competition from similar devices and the anticipation of a newer version of the device.