Archive for May, 2012
If you were underwhelmed by the middling specs of Sony’s past toughphones, you might want to take a look at the latest pair to join the 2012 Xperia family. First up, the Xperia go houses a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display with a dual-core 1GHz processor, powering the (unfortunately still) Gingerbread interface. Sony has reiterated that Android 4.0 will find its way to both new devices. The Xperia go also throws in a 5-megapixel camera and the same wet finger tracking seen on the Xperia Active, which will mean the phone can be steered during underwater adventures. You be able to pick from white, black and yellow color options when the phone arrives in Q3 this year.
The Xperia acro S bumps the screen resolution up to 720p, slathered across a 4.3-inch surface, alongside a 12-megapixel camera and dedicated shutter button. It appears to be the global version of the Japan-only Xperia acro HD and arrives PlayStation-certified. Like the Xperia go, it totes IP55 and IP57 ratings for dust and water resistance, plus NFC capability of Sony’s SmartTags. The Xperia acro S will land in black, white and pink color options — but we’re still waiting to hear more precise availability details. Video tours for both handsets are right after the break.
ASUS’s seven-inch MeMo tablet has just ducked under the FCC’s gates, but some benchmark results for a purported Google and ASUS team-up could tally with the same device. According to the listing, the Google Asus Nexus 7 will arrive with NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, clocked at 1.3 GHz, while that (presumably) 7-inch screen packs a 768 x 1280 resolution. The hardware specs end there, but thanks to some investigation by Android Police and Rightware, it appears that this mystery tablet is running Android 4.1 — possibly the version number for Android’s next iteration, Jelly Bean. There are several more hints adding credence to these benchmark results, including the fish-based “grouper” codename, which follows the Stingray moniker that was handed to the Motorola Xoom ahead of its reveal. We’re just itching to know whether it’ll still manage a sub-$300 price-tag.
SOURCE via Android Police
Ytai Ben-Tsvi’s IOIO board is quite the hit with the Android-hacking DIY crowd. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement on the $50 dev board. A second-gen version is in the works that adds the ability to connect to a computer as a USB device (not just as a host) or via Bluetooth, without the need for an intermediary controller like an Arduino. Perhaps most exciting for those interested in tinkering with DIY Android phone accessories, is the plan to cut the price of the new IOIO. How much less the next version will cost isn’t clear yet, but even just $5 could make a major difference. For more details check out Ytai’s blog post at the source link.
SOURCE via Ytai Ben-Tsvi
Google might be in trouble for how it handled an earlier raid by South Korean officials over antitrust concerns. Insiders claimed to AllThingsD that the country’s Fair Trade Commission stormed Google’s Seoul offices again on May 28th after the company allegedly stonewalled the investigation in suspicious ways. Among the accusations, Google supposedly deleted files and asked staff to work from home rather than face inquiries. The FTC’s goal was still to answer complaints from local search firms Daum and NHN that Google was unfairly making it difficult to use a non-Google search engine in Android. Google still says it’s cooperating with regulators, but the assertions if they’re accurate would paint a different picture. They certainly don’t alleviate pressure in the US over similar subjects.
SOURCE via All Things D
Details on Google’s Project Glass haven’t been the easiest thing to come by since the wearable computing effort was announced earlier this year, but Google execs have been getting a bit more talkative and eager to give demonstrations as of late. You can now add product lead Steve Lee to that list, who’s given a fairly wide-ranging interview to Fast Company on the project’s origins and its future. Not surprisingly, he confirmed that the early prototypes were a fair bit bulkier — starting a laptop in a backpack — and that even the current prototypes are still “very early,” although they do handle more than just photos (he gives Maps as one example). Lee does see photo-taking as a “key aspect” to the device, though.
He also cast some doubt on initial reports that the devices would be available this year for between $250 and $600, saying that would be “pretty aggressive timing,” but he also noted that he “wouldn’t be on this project if it was like a five-year endeavor.” As for the future, he says that contact lenses with the technology is a natural evolution but a definite “long-term thing,” and that a nearer term goal is to “serve everyone and make this is a universal device,” adding that they’ve “prototyped lots of different form factors to accommodate all those folks.” All of that comes just from the first part of a two-part interview, though — the rest is promised later this week.
SOURCE via Fast Company
Apple’s current iPad is already cleared for China in WiFi trim, but those of us who’ve wanted to roam through Kunming on care-free 3G haven’t had any officially approved choices. That’s ending soon, as the Chinese government just gave the cellular version (A1430) the all-clear. Like in most parts of the world, Apple’s slate won’t use LTE given the lack of any established network in the area; HSPA’s as good as it will get. The clearance is slightly odd given that the State Administration for Industry and Commerce is leaning in Proview’s direction when it comes to iPad trademark ownership. With the iPad still legally available in the country, though, it’s safe to say that official 3G iPad carrier China Unicom is happy to prepare for a rush of customers who want to buy a cellular iPad without using the zipline delivery method.
SOURCE via Wall Street Journal
Oh, we know you’ve been waiting for this one. Earlier today, Archos announced its kid-friendly Child Pad tablet is finally up for grabs — which was bound to happen after having passed the FCC’s meticulous inspection. In case your brain needs a quick refresh, those $129.99 get your little ones a 7-inch, 800 x 480 screen, Android 4.0, an unpretentious 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage (expandable by way of microSD). Obviously, kids are unlikely to focus on the specs side of things, so Archos has done a decent job of including pre-loaded tidbits such as apps, games and “exclusive” Alvin and the Chipmunk 3 content in order to keep them entertained. If you’re feeling like this is the one for your child, then hit the source link below to get your order in.
SOURCE via ChildPad