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The Chromebook is turning into the success that some thought Netbooks would achieve
Remember a few years ago when tablets hadn’t yet come onto the scene, and all the tech pundits were talking about massive growth in the Netbook market? These mostly Windows-powered computers were more portable and less expensive than traditional laptops, so there were lots of predictions for huge growth in the sector.
I was never a big believer in the idea, but that’s just because I couldn’t see the benefit of small, underpowered hardware running an OS that I felt was bloated and inefficient. My view had nothing to do with tablets, because they weren’t on the scene yet.
We all know what happened next. Apple introduced the iPad, Android started to optimize its OS for tablets, and now we have a pretty good variety of light, cheap, efficient and net-connected mobile computers. Tablets win. Netbooks lose.
The days of the netbooks are slowly coming to an end as the last two manufacturers have already announced that they will no longer be making this line of computing devices this 2013. Asus and Acer are the two remaining manufacturers still making netbooks as Samsung, HP and Dell have already dropped this line and concentrated on tablets.
Asus said that they will no longer be producing the EeePC line starting January 1 ending the 5 year existence of this line. The very first netbook was an EeePC 701 which had a 7 inch display at 800×480 resolutions, 4 GB of SSD storage space and used a 900 MHz Celeron processor. The company has in fact already dropped the EeePC brand since middle of 2012.
Acer on the other hand has not released any new models for quite some time now.
Netbooks however will still be sold continuously by both companies until the existing inventory is consumed. Sales are still strong in emerging markets such as Southeast Asia and South America where its low price is its main selling point.
Due to the portability and cheap price of this device it became popular back in 2007 that other manufacturers began making their own versions. From 7 inches the screen size was bumped up to 10 inches on other models. One common feature among these various models is that they are using an Intel Atom processor.
Intel has no plans of ceasing production of their Atom processors despite the fact that netbooks are about to become extinct. The company has plans to introduce this energy efficient processor in mobile devices and set top boxes. Currently, there are Atom processor models that are used in servers.
The demise of netbooks is primarily caused by the popularity of tablets nowadays. These touch based devices have longer battery life, are portable and are even more powerful compared to netbooks.
If you are a gadget lover like most of us, it is for sure that you will have more than 3 mobile devices, including your laptop, tablet, netbook, smart phone, gaming consoles, and others. The problem that comes with this is that you will have to carry a lot of cables and adapters. I usually have a small and a separate backpack to carry all the cables and adapters of my mobile devices. Even though I have a high end Samsung smart phone and a high end Samsung tablet, which use identical adapters, I cannot charge both the same devices with the same adapters. This is one of the biggest issues faced by mobile gadgetiers.
Apple, the company with solutions to all problems, has come up with a solution that focuses on minimizing the number of adapters that you need to carry. A recent patent filing by the Cupertino tech giant explains the story. The patent is for a “Universal connector,” which I guess is aptly named. The filing talks about the problems of the current adapters on the market.
Customer confusion may also result as users try to sort through a bewildering array of acronyms. Design complexity may also be increased. For example, to avoid damage, each new connector may be constructed such that a connector insert from a cable that supports one interface cannot be improperly inserted into a connector receptacle for another interface.
Also, as these standards and interfaces evolve, devices with newer connectors may not be compatible with a user’s legacy components. For example, a new computer may have an HDMI connector, while a monitor may have a DVI connector. An adapter to convert signals from HDMI to DVI may be used, but such necessity invokes further customer dissatisfaction.
Apple’s universal connector will contain “a number of relatively small pads or contacts arranged in an array or other pattern.” These pads can be individually configured according to the programmer’s or the product’s needs.
For example, each insert may have a unique pad arrangement which identifies the connector insert as being a connection for a specific interface, such as a USB, HDMI, DVI, power, Ethernet, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, or other type of interface. In a specific embodiment of the present invention, each of a number of connector inserts may have a similar pad pattern, with one or more pads omitted, where the omissions indicate the type of connector insert.
The connector will determine which pads need to be activated for the particular receptacle once the cable has been inserted. Fiber optics can also be used here, indicating that these can act as an internet data packet channel. But it is not yet sure if the Cupertino tech giant will be using this technology in any of its upcoming products. But the invention is cool for sure.
Source: Apple Insider
Microsoft is releasing its new line of tablet, the Surface tablets, next week. The tablets will be running the company’s new Windows 8 operating system, one that is designed and developed to give the users the same experience on a tablet, a netbook, a laptop, a desktop computer, and a smart phone as well. The new operating system has integrated the Metro user interface first seen on the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system from the company.
The Redmond based operating system giant has already unveiled the Surface tablets long back, and to be frank, they have got what it takes to survive in the market which is now filled with hundreds of Android based tablets and lead by Apple’s legendary tablet, the iPad.
But until now, there has been one concern among potential buyers and those who have been eagerly waiting for the tablet from a long time, how much will the company charge for these tablets?
Well, it looks like we now have an idea about that. Microsoft seems to have accidentally published a page on its own online market place which detailed the pricing of the line of Surface tablets. But the page has been taken down now. The gist is, if you want to get the lower end version which features the 32 GB internal memory specification, you will have to shell out $499. A lot of people would call it too steep.
And that price tag is without the showcased Touch Cover. If you want the touch cover as well along with the 32 GB Surface tablet, you will have to lighten your wallet by another $100, bumping the price to $599. That is definitely high.
And the 32 GB internal memory would just not be enough for a lot of people, and if you are one among such people (me included), you can get the 64 GB version. The 64 GB version of the Surface tablet along with the Touch Cover will set you back a $699.
Sony Vaio Duo 11, a Windows 8-powered tablet-laptop hybrid, is now starting to build up popularity as it nears its release date this month. While the Japanese manufacturer didn’t provide specific date as to when the shipment starts, it is expected to be in the last week of October as Windows 8 is slated for October 26th debut.
The company’s Viao series of ultrabooks received positive ratings when it started releasing them a couple of years ago. It is obvious Sony is using such popularity for its new devices and it is apparently working in its favor. This time, however, Sony Viao devices will never be the same; Vaio Duo 11 will offer features, design and performance that we haven’t seen before.
Unlike Asus’ Transformer devices with detachable keyboard dock, Sony Vaio Duo 11 is a full-blown tablet and laptop at the same time; its keyboard is fixed to its screen. Users can easily convert it from being a tablet to a netbook and vice versa by simply sliding in or out its keyboard.
It may neither be the lightest and thinnest tablet on the planet (it weighs 1.3kg and measures 0.7mm thick), its design is revolutionary. Sony is targeting the corporate market with it but it seems like tech enthusiasts are more attracted to it than business people. The device comes with Intel Core i3 chipset with dual-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. Its base RAM is 4GB but it can really accommodate up to 8GB.
If there is one thing Sony is so proud about this device, it would the 11.6-inch display that features full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). While its keyboard does not have a trackpad, Sony has given it a digitizer stylus pen with changeable tips in lieu of a mouse when it’s used as a netbook. But the thing is that this device doesn’t really need any pointing device because it has a touch screen.
The official pricing of the device has yet to be revealed but it was confirmed that Sony will also release Vaio Duo 11 showcasing Windows 8 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. Furthermore, the device is most likely to debut in the US and UK than in its homeland.
Those of you not tempted by that bizarre unbranded £99 10″ Android 4.0 netbook the other day might instead prefer this slightly more impressive model, with the Ergo Electronics GoNote GNT10 now available through online tech retailer Clove for £149.
The GoNote GNT10 offers a 10″ touchscreen coupled with a proper netbook style chassis complete with keyboard, touchpad and dual clickable mouse buttons, plus SD card support, HDMI output, four USB sockets, a VGA chat camera and 1GB of RAM. It really is just like a proper netbook…
…but with Android on it. There’s also an Ethernet connection on the GoNote, should your house be configured in a manner that means using a wire for going on the internet is a viable choice. Bizarre thing. Buy one for yourself via Clove if you like the look of it.
Despite the fact that many electronics manufacturers like Lenovo, HP, and Asus are announcing new Windows 8 tablets in preparation for the official release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, ViewSonic opts to differentiate itself by announcing a tablet that runs on Windows 7. Nonetheless, it may run on Windows 8, as well. The Liliputing blog notes that the device is basically a netbook sans a keyboard.
The tablet is called the ViewPad97i Pro, and it measures 190 x 246 x 15.3 mm and tips the scale at 998 grams grams. Its IPS capacitive touchscreen display spans 9.7 inches diagonally, with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
The device is driven by an Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor running at 1.5GHz, and comes with a 32GB solid state disk for storage and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. It still allows for expansion through a built-in microSD card slot.
ViewSonic is selling the device for the starting bid of $488 on eBay, which may be paid through PayPal. The tablet may also be purchased from other e-commerce websites like Aliexpress.
Connectivity-wise, it offers Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth. Furthermore, it is packed with a 4900mAh battery. Other features on its interface include two USB 2.0 ports and a mini HDMI port for connecting the device to peripherals. For instance, they may use the HDMI port to attach the tablet to a larger display that would allow its users to enjoy some of the features of Windows 8 should they opt for said operating system. The USB port is likewise useful for those who prefer using a mouse and a keyboard in working.
This tablet was just recently launched in China, but back then ViewSonic had not announced whether the device would be making its way to the international market. Through eBay, however, ViewSonic can extend its reach outside of its home country for users interested in picking up a tablet based on Windows 7, or an alternative to the Windows 8 tablets that will be released.
Asus recently announced its decision to discontinue the production of its Eee PC netbook line. According to Digitimes, the Taiwanes electronics giant had two reasons behind this pronouncement. One is an increased demand for tablets and notebooks. Another is a decline in demand for netbooks in emerging market. In place of the Eee PC netbooks, Asustek will focus on its Transformer tablets to cater to consumers who want a 10-inch mobile device.
Micro-Star International (MSI), a company also making netbooks, has made a similar announcement. MSI likewise cited the popularity of the growing popularity of tablet PCs in regions such as the Middle East, Latin America, and Southeast Asia as opposed to 10-inch netbook.
Meanwhile, Acer has not announced any new netbook plans for the near future, possibly implying that it will likewise stop making netbooks as well.
It may be recalled that it was Asus which pioneered the netbook category in 2007 through the Eee PC netbook series. The netbook attracted consumers for its combination of portability and an inexpensive price tag as compared to the notebook. Apart from Asus, companies like Dell, HP, Acer, Sony, and Samsung, among others, have released their own netbooks. Netbooks, however, have been criticized for having low-powered processors which could not satisfy the needs of some consumers. In contrast, cosumers today may enjoy fast performance speeds and portability not only from the tablet but also from the Ultrabook.
Apart from the low demand for netbooks, Digitimes reports that licensing fees for Windows 8 operating system as well as improvements like the addition of touchscreens or displays with higher resolutions are likewise factors that encourage electronics companies to terminate netbook production.
Apart from companies like Asus and MSI, Intel, as well as ODMs such as Pegatron Technology and Compal Electronics, will feel the impact of the decreased demand for netbooks.
One of the most appealing aspects of owning a tablet from ASUS’ Transformer line is the optional keyboard dock. It turns the tablet into an Android-powered netbook of sorts, making note taking, replying to emails, and other general productivity-based things much easier. The included battery also boosts usable time by up to four+ hours on most models, making the dock even more useful.
The main problem with the keyboard accessory, however, is the price tag; after spending $400+ on a new tablet, many users don’t want to shell out the extra $150 to add the dock. After all, for $550, you can get a [somewhat] decent low-end laptop.
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If you liked the idea of ASUS Transformer, but don’t want to spend for it, how about installing Android on a netbook that is lying around? The idea is great and it is actually possible.
The things that you require to get going are a USB Flash Drive with at least 256MB of free space on it and a compatible netbook. Below are few steps that are easy to follow:
Step 1: First of all, you are required to download the file for Android. Go to http://www.android-x86.org/download and you will see a list of files over there. The files are categorized based on the Android version. There’s Android version 2.2, 2.3, 3.2 and the latest 4.0 available for download. If your netbook name is associated with file’s name, hit the download button with your eyes closed, however, if you netbook model name isn’t found in any of the file names, try your luck with any one of them.
For example, if your netbook is ASUS Eee PC, you should download android-x86-2.2-r2-eeepc.iso.
Step 2: While the operating system is being downloaded, you can go ahead and download UNetbootin by visiting http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/. It will help you create a bootable live USB drive from the file you downloaded in step 1.
Step 3: Once you finish downloading the file from step 1, go ahead and launch UNetbootin that you downloaded in step 2. Click the ‘…’ button next to ‘DiskImage’ radio button, and navigate to where the Android-x86 file that you had downloaded. Select the USB drive letter which corresponds to your USB drive and press ‘OK’. UNetbootin will take few minutes to process the image and the result should be a bootable live USB drive.
Step 4: Keep the pen drive plugged to the USB drive and restart your netbook. At BIOS prompt, go to the ‘boot from device’ menu. Most of the netbooks take you to this menu by pressing ESC key, however, it may be different for your device. Choose to boot from the USB flash drive.
If you’re not able to get there, you can also change the boot priority by entering the BIOS settings. Re arrange the boot priority so that USB flash drive is given the highest priority while booting.
That’s about it. Once you have chosen USB drive as the boot device, Android should boot in a minute or two. There is no installation of any sort as it is a live image. Also, make sure that your pen drive does not contain any important files as it may be lost in the process.
The Android version 2.2 is very stable. The x86 website only offers up to 4.0, but some features may not work in it. The distributions do have access the Play Store, and you may be able to access the store if you have manage to have the wi-fi working on your device.
Since your netbook isn’t a touchscreen device, you have to navigate around with a mouse and keyboard. The x86 version of Android gets you a cursor to navigate. Yes! A cursor on Android, and you may find it a bit odd to start with, however you will get used to it. You can type with your netbook’s keyboard and it works just fine.
Connecting to Wi-Fi is a bit tricky. Some have managed to get it working right away on their devices. Also it depends on the release, and you can also try restarting the device if it isn’t working. The internet browser included supports Flash. Since these releases also support Ethernet port, you can try plugging in your LAN cable if Wi-Fi isn’t working.
A camera application is also included with Android-x86 and it works fine in both Camera and Video mode.
The operating system is able to boot from a USB stick within 20 seconds, which is very quick, and you may be able to shrink that time to may be 10 seconds by installing it on your HDD, which makes having Android on your netbook an attractive option. Most of the netbooks have 1.6 Ghz hyperthreaded processor, which makes it more powerful than most of the android devices out there in the market.
Installation of Android X86 is possible by choosing the “Installation – Install Android-x86 to harddisk” option in the Unetbootin screen before booting into the live version. If you have a touchscreen netbook that Android-X86 supports, it will work great. Intel and Google were in news previously that they are planning to team up to bring Android to x86 as Intel hardware isn’t being used in ever growing smartphone and tablet market.
Allview is adding to the growing niche of convertible devices that can switch from tablet to notebook mode. Its new product offering, called the AllDro 3 Speed T combines the two gadgets for budget-conscious consumers. Its selling price will only be around 300 Euro.
The device may be viewed as a cheaper alternative to the popular Asus Eee Pad Slider, which the device somewhat resembles. Unlike the Asus Eee Pad Slider, however, users can detach the tablet from the keyboard to which it connects by means of a dock. This was one of the cons of the Asus device, which was released back in 2011.
This device from the Romania-based firm, features an IPS capacitive multitouch HD display with a measurement of 9.7 inches diagonally and an aspect ratio of 4:3. This screen has a pixel display resolution of 1024 x 768. Inside, it runs on a single core processor running at 1.2 GHz, a full gigabyte of RAM, and a Mali 400 MP graphics processor. Its storage capacity, meanwhile is 16 GB, but users can still choose to expand this for using a built-in micro SD card slot. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the operating system of choice for this device.
Cameras, which are now a standard in tablets, are moreover present on this device. The one at the rear offers images with 2 megapixels, while the one at the front offers 0.3 megapixel.
Allview furthermore provides WiFi b/g/n connectivity as well as 3G, the latter through a USB modem. There is likewise a headphones jack and a mini USB port for connecting the hybrid device to other peripherals. Flash and HTML 5 are both supported.
The AllDro 3 Speed T is powered by an 8000 mAh power source as well as a 1.600 mAh battery. To sweeten the deal, Allview is throwing in Bitdefender Mobile Security for free in the package.
The device has a measurement of 9.8mm. Meanwhile, the keyboard is 10.5 mm thick.
Currently, the Allview AllDro 3 Speed T is exclusively available in Eastern Europe.
Samsung and Acer have been among the first companies to release a Chrome operating system netbook and laptops, when it was first released. The operating from Google was aimed at eradicating the need to have high end hardware for simple tasks on a laptop, and enabled the user to do almost everything on a browser. The only thing required for this was is that the user needs to be connected to the internet to do almost anything. This is because all the files of the user are saved on the internet, on different services such as the Google Cloud Drive, Drop Box, Box.net and many others, depending on the users’ choices.
This architecture did not work our for a lot of people, because finding an internet connection or Wi Fi everywhere you go is not really practical. And you need really high speed internet for such tasks. Now, however, the two companies along with the developer, Google, have come together for some new action. Samsung has released a desktop version of the Chrome system as well. The Register writes:
Samsung and Acer have both got ChromeOS laptops on sale, and Samsung has updated its offering with the 12.1 inch Series 5 550, running an Intel Celeron 867 1.3GHz processor with a 16GB solid state drive and 4GB of RAM. At $449 the 550 isn’t cheap and users will have to choose between a 3G version arranged the customary two years of free monthly data rations or one using Wi-Fi to augment its Ethernet connectivity.
The Series 3 Chromebox is Samsung’s first desktop ChromeOS system, in a tiny 19 x 19 x 3.3cm package. The Chromebox has a slightly nippier Celeron B840 processor, 4Gb of RAM, a DisplayPort and six USB sockets. It’s a cheaper option at $329, but you’ve got to factor in the cost of the peripherals needed to make it more than a doorstop.
Todd Bouman, vice president of marketing at Samsung Enterprise business division said:
As the world’s first Chromebox, the Series 3 provides users with the Chromebook’s ease-of-use in a compact desktop product, which easily integrates with their existing accessories. The second generation Chromebook features powerful components housed in a slim, lightweight body, thanks to Samsung’s advanced hardware engineering.
As you can see, there is a lot to look forward to in this technology and the kind of a new architecture. Let us see how well this works out for the companies in the market.
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If you are in Australia and are waiting to buy the awesome Asus Padfone or the Asus Transformer Infinity, you will have to wait a bit more longer than your European and North American counterparts as the company has announced that it will be launching the said smart phone and the tablet in Australia in the month of July.
The company turned to Facebook to announced this news, which I am sure has not made a lot of people in Australia happy. And if you are not sure what the Asus Padfone is, it is an awesome smart phone from Asus which has the potential to replace your netbook easily. This is because the smart phone comes with a 10.1 inch screen tablet shell which will convert your smart phone into a full fledged tablet. This tablet shell not only increases the screen size of your smart phone there by increasing the real estate, but also increases the battery life of your smart phone as it comes with a built in battery. And if this is not enough, you can get yourself a keyboard dock for this tablet shell by shelling out a few more bucks and dock the tablet to the dock. This will turn the tablet into a netbook running on Android and a full sized hardware keyboard. So that was turning your smart phone into a tablet and then turning it into a netbook.
The Asus Transformer Infinity, on the other hand, is the best tablet that the company has ever come out with. The tablet has got a very powerful quad core processor running inside it and a full HD 10.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. That is too awesome. And it goes without saying that this tablet also has an accompanying keyboard dock that is sold separately. So you will be able to convert it into a netbook as well. So if you are techie of this sort, wait for it till July.
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The ASUS Padfone is arguably the most innovative device of CES (it even got a price for it). Just how far will it get, though? ASUS has definitely managed to build a great reputation for itself, in the Android community. But if you aren’t already anticipating this release, ASUS is hoping to change that with the latest demo video, which displays all the awesome features the smartphone/tablet/netbook provides.
All in all, the device seems to offer some great functionality and unified ecosystem. The fact that is is manufactured by ASUS also means that it will probably be getting updates in a very timely fashion. Something that has become a huge deciding factor when picking an Android device.
We still do not know if/when this device will hit the US, but it is nearing its International launch. If you would like us to send you a notification when it goes live, don’t forget to sign up for it in our Phone Guide. But tell us, are you hoping to get your hands all over one of these?
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We have known about the Transformer Pad TF300 since Mobile World Congress, but ASUS did not say exactly when we could get it or for how much. All of that has changed however, as ASUS has officially announced the pricing and availability for it. Online sales of the NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered slate start on April 23rd, while retail locations begin on April 30th. The 16GB model will set you back $379, while the 32GB adds $20 to the price. The optional docking station is an extra $149, but unfortunately it is not backwards compatible with the Transformer TF101 or Transformer Prime TF201. The only color available at launch will be royal blue, with torch red and iceberg white appearing in June. Overall, those prices are not too bad considering you are getting an Android 4.0.3 tablet with a quad-core processor that can pull double-duty as a netbook if you opt for the docking station.
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Belgian wireless outfit Option has produced a 4G modem that takes up the same space inside a netbook or tablet as the company’s previous 3G-enabled model. The GTM801 is based around Qualcomm’s universal-standard Gobi MDM9215 and, even better, is already designed to support Windows 8 — so we can at least hope that the first or second wave of tablets for Microsoft’s new OS will be able to access 4G natively, for when we need to
work Facebook on the go. Given that all of Option’s tech is Gobi-based, you’ll also have backwards compatibility with pretty much every standard ever invented, which is good if you don’t live in the middle of an LTE zone.
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The world of consumer electronics is not for the faint of heart. A company comes up with a brilliant new product that suddenly gets enormously popular but then before you know it, the next big thing arrives and the previous market demand evaporates. Exhibit A – just a few years ago, netbook computers were all the rage right up until the moment Apple launched the iPad in early 2010.
Closer to the garage, Apple also triggered disruption in how we find our way to our driving destinations. Earlier in the last decade a new generation of smaller, cheaper GPS receiver chips made low cost personal navigation devices (PND) a very popular replacement for old school paper maps. When the first iPhone came to market in mid-2007, it ushered in an era of new smartphones with built in GPS. One of the first apps on those iPhones was Google Maps.
At first Google Maps was limited to showing your current location on the map helping users to find their way around in unfamiliar places. It wasn’t until November 2009 when Google launched version of 2.0 of its own Android mobile operating system on the Motorola Droid that the end-times arrived for the makers of PNDs. For the first time, the new version of Maps included full turn-by-turn directions capability just like a PND and it was free of charge.
Since then, a wide array of free and low cost navigation apps have appeared for both the Android and Apple iOS platforms with Waze being one of the more interesting examples. Google creates its own map database from a variety of sources including its fleet of Street View cars that are driving around the world recording and photographing the world’s roads.
Waze on the other hand relies primarily on its community of users to produce maps and provide real-time traffic data that is shared with the entire community.
Warning: Tin-foil hat types that worry about being tracked everywhere they go probably should not use Waze. Actually, if you are that concerned about being followed, you shouldn’t even be carrying a mobile phone but that’s a whole different story. Follow the break to see more about Waze, and to get a download link for the application.
Mobile World Congress means different things to different people. To marketers, it means reaching new audiences, to company execs, its their chance to make us of those public speaking lessons. For us gadget nerds, it means one thing: shiny new toys! What are you most looking forward to adding to your personal arsenal of gadgets? A shiny new HTC One device? Do you have a need for a projector phone that’s gone unfulfilled until now? Or are you eager to get your hands on a phone/tablet/netbook with 14,000 mAh worth of battery?
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The not-so-new ASUS PadFone has just been announced at MWC, and we know some of you may be dying to get your hands all over it. So are we. But ASUS has given us a bit of a tease while we wait, with a new commercial called “Expand Your World.”
The video displays 2:38 minutes of full PadFone glory, and we have to say it is not such a bad commercial. It revolves around the functionality that such device(s) can bring to your daily life. A couple has it, as well as a bunch of their friends. And it shows all the cool features that this new smartphone/tablet/netbook has to offer.
It gets a bit emotional, so get ready for that single tear to drop. But regardless of your occupation, the PadFone will make your day a bit funner and more productive. Take a look at the video below, and let us know what you think. Anyone planning to sign up for this bad boy?
Well while everyone is still waiting to get their official taste of Ice Cream Sandwich it appears that news about the new iteration of Android, possibly 5.0, Jelly Bean is surfacing. If a rumor from Taiwan suppliers to DIGITIMES can be believed Jelly Bean would be “further optimized” for tablets by adding some elements of the Chrome OS. This would allow users to have a live dual-boot. This means users could switch between Windows or Android without having to shut the other down first.
The new OS looks to be an opportunity for Google to push back into the netbook/notebook frontier. Considering that their Chrome OS hasn’t taken off as Google first thought it would it makes sense. The Chrome OS does lack the abilities of a full notebook, what with it being an in-the-cloud device, and the portability of a lighter instant-on tablet. It’s also speculated that Google may unveil the new OS in the spring making a point for dual-booting systems simultaneously.
This update would be big much like Android 4.0. While the OS has seen lackluster results in the tablet market compared to the iPad, Jelly Bean would change that. Given that Honeycomb had little impact to slow the momentum of the iPad and Android 4.0 added minor changes Android needs a tablet wow factor to push them ahead. According to the sources of this rumor, several Android partners are a bit skeptical if not afraid that the Android OS is no longer a contender in the tablet game.
While Google’s I/O Conference is where we normally see announcements about new Android flavors we have until the end of April to see if any of this is true. If this speculation holds wait let’s hope we see something big because I would love to see the iPad be blown out of the water. What do you think out there in Talk Android Land? Do these rumors hold water?
What does a tablet mean to you? To most, it’s something that lets you have productivity on the go— emails, social communication, reading articles and e-books, etc. Of course consumers realize it’s possible to do all that with a notebook computer or netbook. However, it’s no secret that notebooks are losing in popularity because people understand in this day and age, “less is truly more”. You could have a netbook as well, but then some individuals would be graced with keys far too small for big hands like yours truly, a small screen that’s sometimes just slightly bigger than that of a smartphone or the fact netbooks just aren’t powerful enough even to do the bare minimum like check emails, do some online chatting, etc. Manufacturers have realized consumers want something that can bring the best of both worlds and that’s why tablets have been developed now.
While Apple’s iPad is leading the revolution, it’s obvious there are many other successful tablets. There are many of you who own a tablet now and then there are many of you who will be looking to purchase a tablet in the near-future. The great thing about Android tablets is that they are a direct reflection of the Android platform in general. The Android platform allows for a variety of manufacturers to make unique and “customized” versions of the Android devices which are best suited for each user’s tastes. While there are popular options such as the ASUS Transformer Prime, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and of course the record-selling Amazon Kindle Fire, there’s one tablet that has won my heart and will continue to win my heart for the next year or two (or three or four). That tablet is the Motorola Xoom Wifi tablet. Introduced at last year’s CES, the tablet is still literally the model for which other Android tablets are developed and shaped. I will share with you all my thoughts and experience of owning this tablet. Of course many of you will disagree and want to throw in your two cents, but I just want to give you all some insights as to what the device means to me and how it fits in my lifestyle.
Let’s start with the Xoom Wifi’s internal specs. The tablet features an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and of course was the first tablet to feature pure, unmolested Honeycomb 3.0 (and now Android 4.0). You may laugh at the specs especially considering the Transformer Prime has a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, but the Xoom Wifi can still hold its own. As a person who’s not focused on benchmark scores, but rather a fluid and smooth-running tablet, the dual-core processor is more than sufficient for me. I can play my games such as Dead Space or Shine Runner and experience not a single hint of lag or delay. Furthermore, the device transitions between screens is smooth and switching between apps is almost instant. All this is achieved by a sweet-running, optimized and pure Android OS because it’s got Google’s direct backing in addition to Motorola’s quality hardware.
In fact, one of the more important draws and distinctions is the Xoom Wifi tablet being a developer device, placing it in the same category as Google’s Nexus line of phones. In case you didn’t hear or read before, the Xoom Wifi was the first tablet to feature Honeycomb 3.0— which was Google’s first tablet-optimized OS. That means the tablet plays a major role in not only how software for Android tablets should be modeled and developed, but it plays a huge role in the direction of the Android platform in general.
And that’s important because the Xoom Wifi features things that most tablets don’t such as an unlocked bootloader and software updates directly from Google instead of the OEMs. While I am not big on ROMing such as my colleagues here at Talk Android, I found I was able to easily flash a custom ROM or tweak my device as freely as possible, because of no resistance or opposition from an unnecessary bootloader. Moreover, I am one of a lucky few who not only has an official Ice Cream Sandwich build on my tablet, but on any Android device, period. Other premium tablets such as the Transformer Prime has a locked bootloader and of course a notorious number of tablets with major issues out there. And of course devices such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are cursed with custom “enhancements” such as TouchWiz. My Xoom Wifi has had no known issues or unnecessary customizations.
Finally there are the accessories. Motorola has a great assortment of accessories such as the wireless Bluetooth keyboard that can pair with my tablet. And that’s important too because I can position my tablet to stand upright using my custom portfolio leather case and act as if I am working on a basic computer (save for a few missing features of course). Moreover, I can connect my device to a speaker dock which not only allows me to hear my music in high quality, but I also have the ability to view content whether it’s Hulu or YouTube in full HD on my TV screen. Other tablets like the Transformer Prime can be converted into an attractive notebook-style setup with a custom dock which is a big draw for most— but not me. I’m not looking for another notebook; If I wanted a notebook, I’d buy one. I just want a device that fits me and my needs, and the Xoom Wifi tablet does just that. Heck, I’d argue that consumers should buy something they need— whether there’s “hotter” devices out there or not.
And that’s the bigger picture I’m trying to get at with this brief rant folks. Sure my tablet is so last year. Sure my tablet is a bit of a chubby lumpkins. Sure my device is incredibly expensive. Despite all the drawbacks, I love my Xoom Wifi because it has features which will keep me from needing to upgrade anytime soon: great internals, it’s a developer-friendly device featuring direct updates and support from Google and specific accessories tailored to my needs. Some of you all may like custom UIs, a thinner or smaller form factor or something that’s as inexpensive as possible. Keep in mind that whatever you have or will end up getting, it’s got its own drawbacks and appeals. It’s just for me the positives of the device far outweigh the negatives.
MoDaCo’s esteemed founder Paul O’Brien has apparently heard it from ASUS that they will be showing off the Padfone at Mobile World Congress. To be exact, February 27th is the date we should be circling.
The Padfone, as you might have guessed, is a combination of a smartphone and a tablet dock. The dock would just house things such as speakers, the display, an extra battery and your standard set of buttons, but the power comes from the phone.
The phone is said to be running Android 4.0 for both the phone and tablet side of things and will have a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Another great feature is its ability to use the original Transformer’s keyboard dock. You pretty much have yourself a smartphone, a tablet and a netbook, all in one – is there some sort of award for ASUS having the first three-way hybrid?
We know we’re excited to see what the final results will be so circle back to Phandroid throughout Mobile World Congress as we’ll be covering it all live. [via Android and Me]
Intel is combining its netbook and tablets, ultra-mobility, mobile communications and mobile wireless divisions into a “Mobile and Communications” super-unit. It’s aiming to catch up with the portable chip big boys like Qualcomm and NVIDIA. Santa Clara’s chips may power 80 percent of the world’s desktops and laptops, but in the mobile space the energy efficient ARM (and its multiple licensees) is king. The new unit will be headed by Mike Bell and Hermann Eul and will be in charge of speeding up the development of future blockbuster mobile chips, as well as ensuring a good launch for the 32nm Medfield when it arrives early next year — it’s got some
massive dainty smartphone shoes to fill.
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Asus has offered up a glimpse of what it wants to do in 2012 at its global sales meeting held this week. Part of the goings on at the meeting was to set the shipment goals for the four major product lines next year. The company has announced that it expects to ship more than 22 million notebooks and netbooks next year reports DigiTimes. The specific number Asus is shooting for internally is 23.8 million units.
When it comes to tablet PCs Asus is a bit more specific. It wants to ship at least three million tablets shipped with an internal goal reportedly set at 6 million tablets. That would put Asus ahead of rival Samsung in the tablet market. Asus may well do that with the Transformer Prime looking like one of the best Android tablets to land so far.
The big number of notebook shipments that Asus expects next year would put it ahead of Dell and put it in the running for the third largest notebook vendor globally. The bulk of the shipments will be notebooks at 19.3 to 19.8 million units, netbook shipments are expected to continue to decline.
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[Video] First Hands-On With Asus’ Transformer Prime Surfaces – Just As Sleek And Fast As We Expected
It seems like Asus’ Transformer Prime has been constantly making headlines since before it was announced. Giving those looking forward to the tablet/netbook hybrid another bit of news to drool over, the first hands-on video of the Prime has surfaced on YouTube.
It’s worth noting that the tablet featured in this video is pre-production – it’s running Android 3.2.1., and using hardware that may not be finalized for production or sale. That being said, it looks just as sleek, fast, and powerful as we expected, and did you notice the benchmark? It seems the Transformer…
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