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Today at the Florida Educational Technology Conference Brainchild, a maker of hand-held learning devices, introduced their Android tablet Kineo – the first educational Android tablet in the world. Brainchild say that the tablet is specifically created for use of teachers and their students for use in the teaching process, without having the teachers to check constantly whether the students are doing the tasks or texting. The modified Android OS lets you open only websites, pre-programmed by the administrator or the teacher. The messaging capabilities have also been disabled.

Kineo features a 7-inch super heavy-duty touch screen rated to handle 500,000 impressions, running at resolution of 800×480 pixels display, 800MHz processor, 2GB internal memory (no word if SD card slot will be available or not), Wi-Fi, HDMI out (a good idea so the teacher could show the content of their device to everyone via a projector) and last but not least – 4500mAh battery, that promises  to keep Kineo running for up to 10-12 hours. Unfortunally, there is no word on OS version and the third party software, preinstalled on the tablet.

“Learning devices need to enhance instruction, not be a distraction. With over 15 years of experience in developing handhelds and software for schools, we know how to make a tablet device suited to a teacher’s needs for individualized instruction.” says Jeff Cameron, president of Brainchild.

The orders will be taken from starting today for the first shipment in March. The price of Kineo is 299.99$

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For quite some time Dell Streak was the only serious and attractive device in the middle segment between the mobile phones and internet tablets. Acer has just announced their new Android based … device. It is expected to be available in April 2011 and will have a 4.8-inch display, running at 1024×480 pixels resolution. An interesting thing is that the device still doesn’t have model name.

But the screen is not the only impressive thing in that sweet “little” boy. It hides many good things inside – 1GHz Snapdragon processor (it could have been a double core as in the newly announced tablets, but it’s still good), HSDPA support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n networks support, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI output, 8MP back camera with LED flash, capable of recording 720p video (it could have been 1080p as it is rumored for the rest upcoming handsets for 2011), a whole 2MP front facing camera for video calls, six-axis gyroscope and accelerometer package, together with all the standard sensors.

The phone itself looks pretty amazing, having a full metal body with wavy patterns and LED edge lighting really make it look classy and stylish. It seems that Asus have decided to jump into the deep waters with this handset – it really looks amazing outside and inside, but it all depends on the price tag and the handsets that the rest of manufacturers will present.

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Oct/10

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Huawei presents 2 new Androids

The not-so-famous manufacturer of mobile phones Huawei has presented 2 new mobile phones, running Android. Many of their devices are sold around the world rebranded by different mobile carriers. Usually their devices are ranged in the low or mid-low segment, but these new handsets break the trend.

The first of the two – Ideos X6 looks very similar to Motorola Droid X. It features a large 4.1-inch WVGA display running at resolution of 800x480px, made by Toshiba, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB ROM, 512MB RAM, HSPA+ data connectivity, a HDMI output, 5MP camera capable of recording 720p HD video and last but not least – the usual sensors and connectivity hardware like WiFi, GPS, FM radio and orientation sensors. All this will be under the control of Android 2.2 FroYo OS.

The other device – Ideos X5 is targeted in the middle class handsets. It is also running Android 2.2 and has HSPA+ connectivity,  5MP camera, and all the sensors and connectivity abilities. A difference between X5 and X6 is that X5 has a bit smaller display – 3.8 inches, but it is still quite big, having in mind that HTC Desire has a 3.7-inch one.

Both devices will run the stock version of Android, without any makeover with skins like Motoblur or HTC Sense. The handsets are expected to show on the shelves in the first quarter of the next year in Hong Kong, but still no word if they will be available to the rest of the world.

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