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Ice Screen 26 inch Android screen

 Ok I have to admit I’m in a bit of a muddle over the latest offering from the combined efforts of Tencent and TCL Multimedia…. A 26 Inch portable TV running Android. Yes I did type  and you did read “portable”. Who would have ever thought a 26 inch device would be categorized as portable! Either way I think I want one….?

It has a 1366 x 768 display with a dual core Cortex 1 GHz processor. Bung in a Mali 400 GPU, 4GB of RAM and Version 2.2 of Android and you have a TV (not a tablet, as the screen is not touch sensitive) capable of surfing the web, listening to music, watching videos and playing games. You control the 26 inch beast with a infrared remote control and keyboard. For connectivity you have the standard options including Wi-Fi, USB ports HDMI port and 3.5mm headphone jack.

The iCE SCREEN looks like a cool piece of kit, as for it being portable, I’m not too sure (and I do like my big phones!) Maybe if it was actually touchscreen it may have a chance! Also from reports I read it looks like it has an external battery…? plus it doesn’t have a tv tuner so is it actually a TV? This post is asking more questions than it answering!

 

 

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The wait is over and the first Google TV was finally announced by Sony, presenting their 46-inch GT1 Sony Internet TV. This is the first TV ever in the world, that is capable of playing HDTV, install and run applications on it and browse the web, thus making it not just a TV but something between a TV and a computer. The device will be selling for a price of 1399$, which is about 500$ cheaper than it was initially reported.

The Sony Google TV will be available in four sizes – 24”, 32”, 40” and 46”, prices respectively at 599$, 799$, 999$ and 1399$. The main features of the first Google TV are:

  • Built in Google TV
  • Four HDMI and four USB input ports
  • Intel Atom processor
  • Access to the Android Market in the early 2011
  • Full HD 1080p LED display, with an exception of the smallest 24” display which will feature a regular CCFL backlit LCD panel.
  • Picture-in-picture style system, called by Sony Dual View, making it possible to browse the web and watch TV at the same time

An interesting addition is the RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse. It’s like a small computer keyboard, mouse and a remote control all in one, making the browsing in internet and Android market much easier. All the four TVs will be available in the Sony Style store this weekend and they are expected to show up at Best Buy stores starting from October 24.

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Everyone knows the old myTouch 3G and its specifications, putting it in the mid class. So hearing that a new device with the same name will come up, being announced as the new T-Mobile’s flagman sounds a bit strange and surprising to everyone. But if the leaked specifications are true, the new myTouch may be really worth it.

The sheet confirms the already known specifications – 3.8-inch WVGA display, front-facing camera for video calling, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and support of Quad-band GMS networks and Dual-band UMTS/HSPA+. Other interesting features include the last-week announced Wi-Fi calling and preinstalled applications like Monopoly, Rock Band, Asphalt 5, Google voice search, Google Maps, Youtube, Picasa.  MyTouch will be able to capture, share and broadcast 720p HD video and pre-installed Swype for faster and easier text input.

But the most interesting and unexpected feature that will be available on myTouch is the T-Mobile TV. There is not much information about this service on the net, but the leaked sheet tells us that myTouch users will be able to watch live TV as well as on-demand video, watch for free ABC News Now, Fox Sports, PBS Kids, Disney, and Univision, family holiday movie favorites (it’s not clear if this will be free or paid service) and even more. Let’s wait for myTouch to hit the markets and see what is this T-Mobile TV all about.

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