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Episode 445

Tech News Today 445: The Needs Of The (HTC) One

Nokia's huge camera sensor, Intel assaults the cheap hone market, Andy Rubin says fun stuff about Android things, and more.

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  • Galaxy Note 10.1
    • Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with the S-Pen, Runs ICS, but with Samsung's Touchwiz interface
    • Specs: 1.4GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, 1280×800 res display, HSPA+, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and Glonass [the Russian gov't operated satellite navigation system], 16, 32 and 64GB Models, Cameras: 2MP on the front, 3MP cam on the back
    • Unlike 5-inch version the Note 10.1 is not a phone. Comes pre-installed with Photoshop Touch and Ideas
    • No pen holder in the Note 10.1
    • Price and availability not given
  • Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
    • Galaxy Tab 2 Series with two models: Galaxy Tab 7 (introduced on the 13th of Feb) and 10-inch models (Tab= no S-Pen) coming to UK in March, ICS installed w/TouchWiz, HSPA+ and WiFi version (no LTE), no US pricing or release dates given
    • 10.1 Tab 2: 1Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, front and rear cameras (VGA and 3-megapixels, respectively) and 21Mbps HSPA+ connectivity if you opt for the 3G model instead of WiFi.
    • The 7 has the same specs but with a lower res screen at 1024 x 600.
    • "Honestly, we're not doing very well in the tablet market," Hankil Yoon, a product strategy executive for Samsung, said today during a media roundtable here. "The best thing to survive in the market is to kill your products," Yoon said. "We want to stay competitive in the market."
  • Phones:
    • Galaxy Beam smartphone has a built-in projector that can go up to 50 inches (allegedly) Android 2.3.It has 1GHz dual-core processor and 8GB memory.
    • BGR reports LEAK (not an MWC announcement) on Galaxy S III quad-core processor, 1080p screen, and a ceramic case. LTE capable."

Discussion Stories

  • Android Activations Hit 850,000 Per Day
  • Google to 'double down' on Android tablets in 2012, says Andy Rubin
  • Google coyly hints at Jelly Bean Android codename with... jelly beans
  • Home in the clouds: Google's home automation platform to have major services integration
  • Google building 'firewall' between Android and Motorola after acquisition
    • "At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Enjoying watching the ecosystem at work. 850k activations a day now!" Andy Rubin tweeted Clarified to reporters later that Google only counts activations once per device ID, bringing 300 million device activations to date.
    • meeting with reporters: "12 million Android tablets sold thus far" not insignificant, but less than I'd expect it to be if you really want to win," and said that "2012 is going to be the year that we double down and make sure we're winning in that space." - He thinks consumers now think in terms of Apple, Microsoft, or Google ecosystems. Says devs have to do the work to write apps for Android tablets, they already do for iOS
    • On Motorola: he "sponsored" the acquisition but now has "nothing to do with it.... I don't even know who's running it." Google has "literally built a firewall" between the Android team and Motorola. "I don't even know anything about their products, I haven't seen anything," he said. "They're going to continue building Motorola branded devices and it's going to be the same team doing it."
    • "Even if I was completely insane, it wouldn't make any sense for me to think that we could get Motorola to be 90 plus percent marketshare," and compete with the huge field of Android vendors, he said. "It just isn't gonna happen."
    • Home automation announced last May, not much since: "Google's been studying what consumers want from home automation and working up use cases." All devices connected in the cloud as single ecosystem.
    • Google's now has a big bowl of jelly beans in the middle of its private meeting area.
  • iOS 5.1 code hints at simultaneous A5X and A6 processor development
  • iPad 3 report suggests pricier models on the way
  • Why You Shouldn't Buy iPad Right Now
    • rumours have indicated a quad-core "A6" or an improved dual-core "A5X"
    • iOS 5.1 are references to two unreleased mobile processors, suggesting Apple is actually working on both at the same time.
    • 9to5 Mac has the explanation: Apple's A4 S5L8930X, A5 S5L8940X. differ by a value of 10. iOS 5.1 model numbers S5L8945X and S5L8950X.
    • MacRumors points to a pricing sheet (registration required) that made its way to popular Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo
    • Apple would keep the iPad 2 around at its existing prices, while offering the iPad 3 at a beginning price of $579.
    • Joanna Stern rounds up the rumours at

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MWC Fuse




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See: To Toggle, or not to Toggle: The End of Torbutton

Milton Scritsmier Boulder, CO"

"Hey TNT panel

Thought the caller who thought Microsoft office would be showcased at the iPad 3 was fascinating. However what would this mean for apple's iWork suite of apps on the iPad ? Currently they're among the top 10 grossing app on the app store. Would apple want to risk cannibalizing their own productivity apps?

Keep up the great work Thanks guys




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