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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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Dec/10

22

NEC to join the Android world

There is not much time until CES and there are rumors from numerous companies about the and interesting products. Surely, the most interesting part of CES would be the tablets, but I’m pretty sure that we will all be surprised by some interesting handset as well. And talking about Android, the Japanese manufacturer NEC, most famous with its consumer electronics, will present several new Android-based devices – Dual-screen Cloud Communicator Tablet, Single-screen Cloud Communicator Tablet, and a Personal Products’ Mobile Notebook.

The company promise to show on their booth the following products:

NEC Dual Screen Cloud Communicator Tablet:

  • Android powered tablet with two 7-inch touch screens
  • Wifi/3G/Bluetooth enabled
  • Multi-tasking, with the ability to run different programs on each LCD screen – an industry first
  • Stylus pen for easy input

NEC Single Screen Cloud Communicator Tablet:

  • Android powered, single touch screen
  • Wifi/3G/Bluetooth enabled
  • Camera and SD-card equipped
  • Slim, lightweight design
  • Stylus pen for easy input

NEC Personal Products’ Mobile Notebook, which will be Android powered, no additional information is present so far.

NEC Home Gateway Solution:

  • ADSL2+/802.11n/USB2.0/DECT enabled
  • IGMPv2 Proxy & Snooping/VoIP
  • Media Control & Serving/Printer & File Sharing
  • TR069 and OSGi enable services & configurations to be carried out remotely

NEC BIGLOBE’s “andronavi”:

  • Android application marketplace
  • Japanese content including Manga, Japan related photography, etc.

All of the products will be exhibited at both Pepcom Digital Experience on Jan. 5 and CES 2011 from Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas.

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We’ve seen many Android smartphones with different hardware specifications – processors, display kind and/or size, RAM, ROM, hardware keyboard and so on. But all the phones have one and the same form factors – either a chocolate bar or a slider with hardware keyboard underneath. The Korean manufacturer Samsung has decided to break the ice and bring us back in time when the clamshell factor was trendy, introducing their newest Android device – W899, targeted at the Asian market.

W899 has a stylish rectangular form, similar to an ordinary chocolate bar and at first glance you will think that this is the form factor of the handset – but you are wrong. The most interesting and never seen before thing in W899 is that it has two 3.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen displays. One of them is positioned like the ordinary display of a clam-shell handset and the second one is placed on the back side of the lid. So you will have a display at your disposal when the phone is opened and when it is closed. It’s an interesting concept but whether it will be success or not – the sells will show. The rest features of W899 include multitouch support, Android 2.2 FroYo OS, 5MP rear camera and a VGA front-facing one for video calling, 1GHz processor, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and only 512MB internal memory.

It’s not clear yet if Samsung will release W899 to the rest of the world, but if they do, it will surely be part of the Galaxy family. As for the Asian market – still no info about price and availability.

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Nov/10

21

ViewSonic 10” G tablet for 399$

The Black Friday is close and we are tempted by many interesting hot deals by almost every corner and website. Mobile phones, TVs, computers, tablets are offered a lot cheaper and this makes the Black Friday the perfect day for some shopping. If you are about to buy an Android-based tablet and you are not keen on Samsung Galaxy Tab or it is too expensive for your taste, then you might like ViewSonic 10-inch G tablet.

If you look at the hardware specifications of this tablet, you will be nicely surprised by the things it offers, considering the low price. As already said, it has a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display, running at resolution of 1024×600 pixels, 512MB RAM, internal memory of whole 16GB, USB and HDMI ports, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi networks support, Bluetooth 2.1 and 1.3MP web camera. A good surprise is the core of the ViewSonic’s tablet – Tegra 2 chip. The operating system is Android 2.2 FroYo, so everything in this tablet is really up to date – hardware and software.

ViewSonic 10” G tablet will be available in almost every consumer electronics store, but if you are not keen on queuing in the stores or you’re too busy to go there, you can order it online. Whatever option you choose, the price is one and the same – 399$

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We are used to see or hear that Android has been integrated in various kinds of devices. Today, there is news that Android has been integrated in … a landline phone – iDECT iHomePhone 2000. But don’t get annoyed or confused by the “i” in at the beginning of the name, this is not an Apple product and I’m sure no one could even think of an Apple product running on Android. The “i” is just part of the name of the product.

iDECT iHomePhone is an ordinary cordless landline phone, running on Android, featuring a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen display running at resolution of 320×240 pixels. It will also have 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi support and microSD card slot. All the standard Android functions are present, too – Internet Browser, mp3 player, picture gallery, video/YouTube player, alarm clock, radio, e-mail and so on. The only think that iDECK iHomePhone will not support is Android Market, but after all, this is an ordinary landline phone.

Using the DECT technology, the phone guarantees that wherever in the house you are, you will be able to make and receive phone calls. Moreover, iDECT has a 14-minute digital answering machine, hands-free speakerphone and is capable to store up to 300 contacts in its memory.  iDECT iHomePhone will be sold in Europe for 99 Euroes.

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The famous display manufacturer, which has been on the display market for more than 20 years, has decided to go further and enter the market of tablets with a whole series, called ViewPad. It was often neglected in the news around the web because of the buzz around Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, but now it is time to pay some attention to ViewPad as well.

These days ViewSonic has announced the prices and release dates of their ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 Android-based tablets. The smaller of the two – ViewPad 7 features a 7-inch touchscreen display running at resolution of 800×480 pixels, support for 3.5G band connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g – unfortunately no “n” support, a 3MP camera at the back and a 0.3MP one on the front for video calls and last but not least – Bluetooth support. The integrated memory is 512MB but it can be expanded up to 32GB using the microSD card slot, and the promised battery life is 10 hours. On top of all this there will be Android 2.2 FroYo. ViewPad 7 is expected to hit the markets in late Q4 of 2010 for a price of about 479$.

The bigger brother – ViewPad 10, as the name suggests, has a 10.1-inch display running at 1024×600 pixels resolution, but that’s not all the differs it from ViewPad 7. It has 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB integrated memory, 16GB SSD hard drive and microSD card slot. It also features a G-sensor and multitouch support and 1.3MP front-facing camera with integrated microphone. The interesting thing about ViewPad 10 is that it is dual-boot – you can run either Windows 7 Home Premium or Android (unfortunately) 1.6. The tablet will be available in Q1 2011 for a price of 629$.

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The new mobile phone under the brandname of T-Mobile is Comet. Formerly it was known as Huawei Ideos. The device will be available on the markets very soon – from 3. November but the price is still unknown.  It is an entry level Android phone targeted in the low-class devices and taking in mind its technical specifications, it can’t go higher than this.

T-Mobile Comet features a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen TFT display running at resolution of 320×280 pixels, a 3MP video camera, support of 802.11 b/g/n networks, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP connectivity, 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM where 200MB of the ROM are available to the user, a microSD card slot supporting cards with maximum capacity of only 16GB. In addition to this, the device has all the usual orientation sensors, ambient light sensor and the common package of Google application like Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search (including the voice search), Documents and so on.

One good thing about T-Mobile Comet is that it will be running on Android 2.2 FroYo – something surprising, considering the rest of the hardware specifications. Another good thing, especially for the messaging and social communication lovers is that there is Swype preinstalled that will help you in typing faster than ever.

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After numerous rumors and leaks around the web about the upcoming Acer’s Android powered handset Liquid Metal (it’s a pretty cool name, it’s a pity the hardware is not as cool). But now Acer have officially presented the phone, announcing that it will hit the market shelves in November for a price of 299 pounds in the UK.

The device itself has a 3.6-inch (a bit unusual size) capacitive touchscreen, an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, support for WiFi 802.11 b/g/n networks, a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, capable of recording a 720p HD video. The user interface on top of Android is Breeze UI. It offers applications like SocialJogger, which combines your Facebook and Twitter profiles together, which has become something common nowadays. A good thing for music lovers is that you have the ability to play your songs with EQ profiles and Dynamic Bass Boost.

An interesting thing is that the Applications’ drawer and notification bar are combined into one item at the bottom part of the screen. An interesting solution, making us wonder how the notifications would be handled, but let’s hope that soon there will be hands-on video from Acer.

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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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Oct/10

22

Winamp for Android is here

There are few people that like the built-in music player of Android OS and many of us are constantly looking for the perfect one. But one has some of the features we have desired, others have some other of the wanted features and the choice is hard. Now the best player for the computers – Winamp has its own beta version for Android, available for free on the Market.

Some of the most interesting features of Winamp for Android are:

  • Lockscreen widgetwhen playing, the player integrates with the lock screen, similar to the built-in media player.
  • Headset button controls – the player can be controlled by the buttons on your headset, showing pretty good behavior. A problem may arise if you receive an incoming call, but let’s not forget it is still a beta.
  • Wi-Fi and USB music sync – installing the latest version of Winamp on your computer will let you synchronize the music between your computer and Android device wirelessly or via a USB connection.
  • WiFi streaming from your Android to your desktop player – it works again with the latest beta version of Winamp for your computer. Pretty cool, going to a party and stream the music directly from your device.
  • Play queue support – this is one of the distinct features of the desktop Winamp. The android version let’s you pick the tracks’ order in which you want your music played and then you can even save it to a separate playlist.

Other features that need mentioning are the widget support, media control buttons on every screen of the application, nice and sleek interface,  ability to set a song as a ringtone via Winamp (just like in the built-in player) and ability to permanently delete a music file from your device. Of course there are some bugs like strange “SD Card error” while scanning the contents of the SD card, or interruption of the playback when a background sound occurs, but Nullsoft will surely fix this issues. And I’m anxious to see what else would surprise us in the next releases – probably a Shoutcast streaming support?

Scan the QR code bellow and test Winamp for Android beta.

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