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We’ve already seen LG G-Slate tablet at CES but hardly any additional information was available. In the past week there were numerous rumors, leaked videos and pictures about LG’s first tablet, but LG kept it all secret, neither confirming nor denying them, until now. The day when Google will present Android 3.0 Honeycomb is probably the best time to present this little piece of beauty. Probably the most interesting, unusual and exciting things about it – its ability to record and play 3D video. It seems like LG are on 3D wave, presenting the first 3D mobile phone for 14th February.

LG G-Slate will most likely be one of the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets out on the market, as it is expected to be available starting from March this year. The tablet will also support (as already mentioned) playback and recording of 3D video, 4G connectivity, a 8.9-inch screen, support for 1080p HD video playback, one 5MP camera at the back with LED flash and a 2MP one in the front, a whole 32GB internal storage (pretty enough for a lot of music and pictures and some videos) and last but not least – the gaining popularity NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

Additional features like WiFi, HDMI, light and orientation sensors are also available. But unfortunately, one of the most important things was not announced by LG – the expected price of G-Slate. But with all those powerful tablets that are about to hit the markets in the upcoming several months, I’m pretty sure that the prices won’t be that much high.

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Some days ago Google presented their new mobile phone – Nexus S, and the new version of Android – 2.3 Gingerbread. At the same time, the technological giant presented a new version of Google Maps, but that was somehow neglected by most people as the noise was about Gingerbread and Nexus S. There are many changes and the most important and significant one is the lack of the annoying tiles.

Google Maps 5 offers a completely new approach in the way it represents the data to the end user. Instead of using the tile images, which caused sometimes a frustrating delay in loading and displaying them, Google has decided to use vectors. Everything is represented by vectors, thus the load time is almost equal to 0 and the user can browse around the maps quickly and easily. With the use of the vectors, some pretty good features have been added. Multitouch control is now present – rotate or tilt the map, sliding 2 fingers up and down the screen and the well-known 3D buildings will emerge from the flat image, giving you more clear image of the region.

Google Maps 5 was presented by Andy Rubin some days ago on a prototype tablet from Motorola and he said that we can expect Google Maps 5 in the market in a couple of days. So far so good, but here comes the bad news – the new version of Google Maps will be supported only by several mobile phones so far:

  • Galaxy S
  • Droid
  • Droid X
  • Droid 2
  • Droid Incredible
  • Evo
  • Nexus S
  • G2

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It seems that Archos love Android, because they don’t stop producing new and new devices running on Android OS. Yesterday they’ve just released their 4.3-inches Android powered internet tablet Archos 43 and today they surprise us with another more-like-tablet device – Archos 70. With its 7-inch display it looks more like a tablet, compared to Archos 43, letting you browse the web or watch videos more comfortably and easily.

Among the rest features of Archos 70 are whole 8GB internal memory (pretty enough for some videos, your favourite audio tracks and photos), 1GHz processor (it could have been Tegra 2, but it is still good enough),  802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support,  as already mentioned – 7-inch display running at resolution of 800×480 pixels, 3D graphic acceleration, USB connectivity, TV output and last but not least – UpnP and Samba support for streaming video content. This sounds pretty cool as you can stream your videos to a projector, which supports these protocols and enjoy them on even bigger screen.

All of this sounds very good, but there is one big drawback – it doesn’t support Android Market. However, if you still want to get some applications, you can do it via AppsLib Store. If you want to buy Archos 70, you can do it for 279.99$, but if you could wait a bit, Archos said that they will release a 250GB model really soon for 350$.

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Oct/10

28

Android on a … 3D photo frame!

Yes, you’ve read the title correctly. We’ve seen Android on a various devices – mobile phones, tablets, personal media players, TV sets and now we will see it on a digital photo frame. Nikon has recently presented the new NF300i 2D/3D digital photo frame, which will be running on Android 2.1 OS out of the box. The most interesting features of the photo frame include:

  • 7.2-inch display
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g network support
  • LAN input – great if you still don’t have a wireless router
  • 4GB internal memory
  • Support for JPEG, MPO p, MPEG4 (H.264), AAC and MP3 file formats

NF300i also lets you enjoy a glasses-free 3D experience on its screen and offers many interesting things that any other Android-based device could offer – live weather forecast, built-in RSS reader, alarm clock, e-mail support and many other. However still there is no information whether there will be Android Market support or not, but let’s hope that Nikon won’t disappoint us.

If you become a member of Nikon’s online service “My Picturetown” you will be able to convert your 2D pictures into 3D! Yes, you will be able to convert your photos into 3D format by simply uploading your 2D pictures and Nikon’s team of engineers and software developers will work on it and convert it to 3D. The monthly fee is about 25$, but this is not much compared to the enjoyment seeing your favourite shots in 3D.

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