Wondering when Google is going to jump into the tablet fray? It may happen later this year, a DisplaySearch analyst told CNET.
The Google-branded tablet will have a 1280x800 resolution 7-inch display, according to Richard Shim, an analyst with DisplaySearch. Production is slated for April. The initial production run is between 1.5 million to 2 million units, according to Shim.
By comparison, the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire has a 1024x600 display.
Shim's comments follow a January Asia-based report that said the Google tablet will run Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" and be priced around $199 … Read more
Samsung's prolific output of Android tablets can be confusing to navigate. Honestly, I have a hard time keeping them straight myself, and it's my job.
Samsung has no fewer than seven tablets that are either available now, or on their way. And that's not even counting Wi-Fi-only and cellular models separately.
You can make the argument that this abundance of Samsung tablets offers consumers more choice, but it's all really the same stuff. It's like congratulating Taco Bell for figuring out a dozen ways to organize beef, cheese, and tortillas into separate menu items.
By contrast, Samsung's biggest competitor (Apple) releases just one tablet each year, like clockwork. Sure, you can supersize it with more storage, or add a side of 3G data--but the choices are minimal, and they don't change with the seasons.
Still, in spite of Samsung's spastic hemorrhage of tablets over the past year, the company's managed to put out some great products. Hopefully, this post will serve to highlight these accomplishments and give you a sense of where things are heading.… Read more
If you think 802.11n Wi-Fi is the bee's knees, check out this new ultra-powerful wireless setup jointly developed by Sony and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
The two chips in this advancement push a staggering data rate of 6.3Gbps, which is 14 times the transfer speed in commercially available routers (450Mbps).
According to the press release, "implementation of this technology will enable users to transmit and receive data at much higher speeds between mobile devices without the need for cable connections. This technology will also enable users to enjoy uncompressed high-quality video streaming from a mobile device to a display." … Read more
Google is getting ready to replace with Dennis Woodside, Google's former head of ad sales in the Americas and overseer of the Google-Motorola merger, according to a report.
Woodside would run the Motorola unit of Google once the deal closes, Bloomberg reported, citing several unnamed sources. Woodside was on a short list that included Motorola Senior Vice President Christy Wyatt and Chief Strategy Officer John Bucher, Bloomberg reported.
Woodside became president of the Americas region for ad sales in 2009, when Tim Armstrong left to head AOL. In overseeing the Motorola merger, Woodside has reported to Google CEO Larry … Read more
A pair of upcoming handsets have appeared in a Verizon Wireless document, offering clues of two new Android handsets that could debut in the coming months.
Droid Life has obtained a screenshot of the document, which shows a Droid Fighter and LG Cayman listed for release later this spring. Which particular handsets we'll actually get, however, remains to be seen. … Read more
T-Mobile USA faces a daunting uphill climb as it looks to turn itself around.
The nation's fourth-largest wireless provider, two months removed from a failed attempt to merge with AT&T, today laid out its comeback plan, which includes improving its existing network and deploying 4G LTE by 2013. Parent Deutsche Telekom has committed to investing $4 billion in the business, and signaled a willingness to explore other options, which could include an initial public offering or the sale of assets.
That T-Mobile is investing in its network and getting serious again about winning back customers is positive … Read more
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will take home $18.7 million in compensation for 2011. But he could've earned a cool $20 million or more had the deal for T-Mobile gone through.
Following the T-Mobile debacle, AT&T's board elected to cut Stephenson's pay for last year by $2.08 million from the $20.2 million he earned in 2010, according to a regulatory filing yesterday.
"For the most recent short- and long- term payouts, the Committee considered the T-Mobile transaction costs in determining compensation payouts for Mr. Stephenson and the other Named Executive … Read more
Rugged phones have been around forever, but melding extreme survivability into a true Android smartphone that's not laughably large or looks like an off-road tire is a challenge. Samsung feels it has created a tough device that has beaten the odds.
The $99.99 Samsung Rugby Smart certainly has a rough and tumble name. The company claims it's built to meet both the U.S. military Mil-spec 810f and the IP67 international standards for ruggedness. In a nutshell, that means the phone should be able to withstand submersion in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, plus prolonged exposure to blowing dust, driving rain, extreme temperatures, and the odd drop onto hard surfaces. … Read more
T-Mobile is looking to ramp up its rollout of 4G LTE service in the U.K. this year.
Operating under the umbrella of Everything Everywhere, a company jointly owned by Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom, T-Mobile and Orange will kick off the first trials of 4G over the 1800MHz band across Bristol in the U.K. this April.
The new trial follows a live customer test of 4G over the 800MHz band that took place in the rural area of Cornwall in September. That initial test was a success. However, running 4G over the 1800MHz band can provide better coverage at a lower cost, … Read more
Chinese phone company ZTE plans to make a big splash at Mobile World Congress with a Windows device and a slew of Android handsets.
ZTE isn't exactly a household name, at least in the U.S. The smartphone maker aims to change that by dropping an as-of-yet unannounced handset running Microsoft's Windows Phone software along with eight advanced Android devices described as "multi-core." … Read more