We’ve seen numerous announcements of tablet computers in recent weeks, as the R&D labs of the world push out their hastily assembled attempts at competing with Apple’s game-changing iPad. But are any of them up to the job?
Last week alone saw ViewSonic, Toshiba and Samsung all officially unveil new models of keyboard-less computer, with a mish-mash of operating systems and screen sizes hoping to somehow build themselves a market in the wake of Apple’s market-leading device.
So here’s a summary of five of the best tablets out there and on the way this year. Or, to put it another way, the iPad +4. (more…)
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Google’s out with Android 2.2—codename: Froyo—and so far I am impressed and excited. But what is it, exactly?
Froyo (following Google’s adorable alphabetized dessert naming convention) is the latest iteration of Android, Google’s mobile operating system. Simple enough! If you bought an Android phone recently, Froyo’s what it will eventually be running.
The Droid Incredible follows HTC’s standard remix formula: Two parts existing phoneware—Android 2.1 with Sense, speedy processor—one part fresh spice—Verizon’s network.
You may have already watched a blurry clip of Nexus One on a2ztech, but this 10 minute video will blow you away. This guy has gone through more or less every major feature of the phone. And I must say, this phone rocks. The response is lightning fast thanks to the 1 Ghz Snapdragon CPU inside. Somebody please gift me this on my b’day.
We’ve seen its startup before, and those brave souls who’ve installed 2.1 on the Droid have shown us what the next Android version looks like, but this video shows the Nexus One‘s interface in more detail than we’ve seen yet.
Sure, it’s very much the same as most Android 2.0 devices like Droid. But there are some changes—I like the replacement of the app tray with that home icon. Check it out for some French Nexus Un action (it’s gratuit).
The Internet is swimming in a sea of Google Phone leaks (started off by Google employees themselves) and it’s getting hard to sort out which are true and which are false. And we gotta be honest with you – some are quite controversial. Google as a company is pretty much silent on the matter except for the fact that they’ve admitted giving some employees an Android handset meant to be used only as a software testing lab. And that’s that.
As current conspiracy theory goes however, Google is indeed working on its own Google phone and they will be selling it themselves. As photos and first-hand reports of the mythic phone fly in it became clear that the phone seems an HTC Dragon (or HTC Passion) and it’s codenamed Google Nexus One.
Appears that Sony Ericsson have made inroads optimizing the X10 Android phone for its 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The pre-pro handset shown earlier this month ran the Rachael interface in slow-motion, but this new prototype looks much more responsive.