Battery life estimates are notoriously hard to predict, which is why we regularly see computer makers promising up to 14 hours and delivering only 7. So I’m going to suggest you take this news with a grain of salt, but Notion Ink’s Rohan Shravan says the upcoming Adam Tablet can run for 15 hours or longer on a charge. The tablet has a 24Whr battery and a low power NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It uses very little energy, even when displaying 3D graphics using OpenGL. And some models of the tablet will be available with a low power Pixel Qi transflective display, which should reduce power consumption even further when you use the device with the backlight turned off. Of course, the kind of battery life you get will depend on what you use the tablet for. Looping high definition videos with the screen set at full brightness will likely run down the battery a lot faster than surfing the web over WiFi, or listening to music with the screen shut off. Shravan says he may eventually offer an interactive chart that will let you select the activities you’re likely to run on the Adam tablet and give a prediction for how long the battery will last. In the same blog post, Shravan also says he believes the Adm tablet has some of the best speakers around, and he points out that the USB ports will allow you to do things such as watch video from a USB flash drive without copying it first, as well as plugging in a mouse and keyboard. I’m still trying to withhold final judgment until the Adam actually starts shipping, but if this Android tablet lives up to half its promise, it might be one of the most exciting things to hit the tablet space since… well, […]

Google is developing its next Android iteration, Gingerbread, and it is expected that the new OS would have many visual upgrades, and it is likely that Google would also add video chat and VoIP to Android’s list of features. Google’s Android keeps on changing very quickly as Google keeps on updating its OS pretty frequently. The company has launched Android 2.2, codenamed “Froyo,” over the summer and now details are leaking that Google is gearing up to release OS’s next iteration, codenamed “Gingerbread.” Phandroid has posted some rumored features for Gingerbread and it has also posted a very blurry picture of the OS. According to Phandroid the new OS will support video chat which used same technology that is used to run Google Chat on PCs. This suggests that the new generation of the Android-powered devices will have more front-facing cameras. The video chat was introduced by Apple on its devices with the iPhone 4. Android phones like the HTC EVO 4G also support video chat and they do so using the apps. The Gingerbread will also have SIP support, which will allow its users to receive Voice calls over Wi-Fi and cellphone data plans. It is expected that the main app icons of the new OS will redesigned to look and feel more consistent. Phandroid reported that Google has also added some visual effects in the new OS, like a glowing rubber-banding effect and some more. The color of the Android multitasking bar has been changed from grey to black. Gingerbread is scheduled for release later this year or early next year. Trackback: USANewsweek

Okay ASUS, you win. We can’t keep all your leaked Eee Pad prototypes straight anymore. We’re guessing this is some sort of counter-intelligence move you’re making, leaking report after conflicting report of various sizes and operating systems for the things, and now we have word of yet another model joining the hypothetical fray. This one’s supposedly called the EP90, an 8.9-inch tablet with a 1024 x 600 display, storage of 16 or 32GB, a dual-core 1GHz processor paired with Tegra graphics and, apparently, some flavor of Microsoft Windows if reports of it running Office are to be believed. Beyond that, Ynet is also saying there’s a 12-inch tablet model on the way, which either proves the company’s disinformation plot or confirms that the Eee Pad lineup is about to get as confusing as the Eee PC series is today. More Pictures after the break. Trackback: Engadget / Source: Ynet (translated)

BlackBerry OS? Dead! iOS? Dead! Symbian? Never stood a chance. Android’s exponential growth has today been illustrated by Nielsen‘s statisticians who present us with the above chart of recent US smartphone purchases. It shows that over the six months leading up to August 2010, 32 percent of American new phone buyers had grabbed themselves a device with Google’s OS on board, which is comfortably ahead of RIM at 26 percent and Apple at 25 percent. These results corroborate NPD’s figures on the matter — which peg Android at 33 percent of new US purchases — and reiterate the idea that Android is headed to a place whose name starts with D and ends with omination. One more chart showing total market share can be found after the break (hint: BlackBerry still reigns supreme overall). Trackback: Engadget

We didn’t think competition in the cheapo calls market was quite so intense, but here we are, with Fring and Skype gunning for each other with near-simultaneous launches. After Skype finally released its long-awaited Android app, Fring is countering with an Android rollout of its own FringOut service — an additional option to the chat and video calling client which lets you call phone numbers for as little as one American cent per minute. You’ll recall this addition started its life on Symbian initially, has now landed on Android, and will soon be making the transition to the iPhone. To experience it for yourself, update your Fring app to the latest version and enjoy the benefits of a competitive marketplace. Trackback: Engadget

Finally, at long last, after so much waiting, Skype has made its debut as a full-fledged Android app. There are no Verizon-related limitations anymore, but Android Police reports that calling through the app is only available via WiFi, you can’t use your mobile’s data connection — not yet, anyway. Another note they make is that Skype is using quite a few processing cycles to do its job, so much so that it introduced crackling on a call carried out with the EVO. You’ll need to have Android 2.1 installed to run this thing, but if you do, why aren’t you downloading it already? Let us know how your own ‘droid fares in the comments below. Trackback: Engadget P.S. — Skype’s press release and video after the break have confirmed that 3G Skype calls will be available to all outside the US (meaning all of us Canadians are in luck!). Also, Skype’s acknowledged there are some incompatibilities with Samsung Galaxy S phones and is working to iron those out.

It might not share the Galaxy S’ vibrant Super AMOLED display, but there is one way in which the Galaxy Tab’s visage is identical to its elder smartphone sibling: both are protected by Gorilla Glass. Corning has just dropped a quickie press release to announce that Samsung’s upcoming 7-inch tablet will benefit from its scratch- and impact-resistant alkali-aluminosilicate goodness. Guess now Samsung’s ad advising us to stuff this slate into our pants pockets makes a lot more sense. Trackback: Engadget

If you needed any further proof that Android in its present form isn’t mature enough to perform tablet duties, here it is. Reuters is citing an unnamed LG official who has categorically written off the possibility of his company producing an Android 2.2 tablet. The LG informer has said that his company wants “the most suitable version [of Android] for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2.” This mirrors Motorola’s strategy of holding out until at least the next iteration of Google’s mobile OS before diving into the tablet pool. Still, it’ll be disappointing to those who took LG’s words at face value when it promised its tablet will be an iPad killer — that may still happen, mind you, just not this year. Trackback: Engadget

Dell recently released their five inch tablet/phone hybrid device, the Dell Streak. Now they are gearing up to release a seven inch tablet computer “within weeks” according to Dell Greater China President Amit Midha. They also have plans to release a ten inch version in six to twelve months. Midha claims Dell are planning to release a three inch and four inch device in the very near future as well. During an Oracle conference last week Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, briefly showed off the device but didn’t provide a release date for the device. According to Midha Dell will also be launching a three inch device around the same time the seven inch tablet is released. Midha confirmed the seven inch tablet will run on Google’s Android operating system but said that Dell has been testing Google’s Chrome OS on its devices. He also said that some of the devices they are working on will run Windows. While talking with the Wall Street Journal Midha said, “China will overtake the U.S. as the company’s biggest PC market by 2012, reiterating that Dell expects the PC market in China to grow by 18%-20%, with Dell increasing its market share.” With so many tablet devices coming out Dell will have a tough time competing for home users and with RIM’s Playbook on the horizon the business market will be a tough sell as well. Trackback: Neowin

Need some hot new hardware to offset the onset of another miserly winter? Samsung wants the Galaxy Tab to be the thing that keeps you warm and fuzzy over the holidays and has just announced a November 1 launch date for its tablet in the United Kingdom. All major carriers are signed up to offer the Android 2.2 device and usual suspect Carphone Warehouse will also be dishing it out if you have the cash to snap one up. How much cash, you ask? That’s the one important piece of information that Samsung is still leaving to hang in the air, proffering only the contention that it “will be available on a range of attractive price packages.” Never mind, we’ll just let our imaginations do the accounting. Trackback: Engadget

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