After the rather vague teaser from three days ago, ASUS is back with two new videos to highlight its surprises at Computex next week. The first one comes with the tag line “All-in-one is no longer in one,” with the money shot being the Windows 8 logo and the Android mascot showing up on two water droplets after they separated. This dual-OS and possibly dual-body concept reminds us of the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid that never really materialized on the market (at the time of publishing this article, Lenovo’s product page still embarrassingly says “This laptop is not available to purchase yet”), so we certainly hope ASUS won’t fall into the same pit with its upcoming mysterious product. The second teaser, titled “When two sides unite,” features a suspended cardboard with “Tai” printed on the left of the white side, and “Chi” on the right of the black side. After a finger smears a dot of paint on the “i” on both sides, the cardboard starts spinning to show a flickering image of “Tai Chi.” Our money’s on a laptop with a dual-side touchscreen on the lid (the smearing being the hint for touch input), thus saving the need of extra mechanical parts to make a convertible device (and out goes the Eee Pad Slider). Ultimately it depends on whether the cost of such double-sided displays like LG’s would be feasible for ASUS to realize this idea; or worse yet, this could be just a matter of slapping two display panels back to back à la Samsung SCH-W999, which might not make sense when you take both weight and cost into consideration. Well, we shall find out the truth in a few days. Check out the video clips after the break. Continue reading ASUS throws up two more Computex teasers, […]

Google is expected to launch its first ever Nexus-branded tablet at its annual Google I/O developers conference this summer, but the search giant will not create a similar device running the company’s desktop operating system, Chrome OS. According to Linus Upson, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, the two ecosystems will coexist although they are expected to converge at some point in the future. While introducing the new Samsung Chrome OS machines, Upson told TechRadar: We are not working on a Chrome OS tablet. We have our hands full in delivering a wonderful experience on dektop and laptop and the Android team have their hands full bringing a great experience on phone and tablet. But the two teams are working together even more closely.” […] Everyone likes to call a horse race [between Android and Chrome OS] but we don’t look at it like that at all. We look at what’s the right thing to do for the user and how you build the right experience. The same convergence Upson talked about in his interview with the publication is seen from other companies present in the mobile business. The competition Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems, OS X and iOS, while independent ecosystems, already share some features that help users enjoy a seamless experience when moving between Macs and mobile devices. Once OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 will be launched later this year, Mac, iPhone and iPad users will notice an even further integration of iOS apps into OS X. Similarly, Microsoft will launch Windows 8 later this year, a totally redesigned desktop OS which will have a Metro-based tablet-ready user interface that will bring Windows Phone 7.x devices and future Windows 8 tablets/smartphones closer together. Users that choose to buy smartphones, tablets, and desktops powered by Microsoft’s operating […]

One of the difficulties Android has been facing over the years, especially when compared to the competition, is OS fragmentation. It’s no secret that Android device makers and especially mobile operators are rather slow at updating some of yesterday’s high-end devices to the latest Android OS version available from Google. Such is the case with the Motorola Xoom – one of the first Android tablets that tried to challenge the iPad last year – which is yet to receive its proper Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich update. However, we have good news for Verizon Xoom owners, as the ICS update may be closer than you think, although an actual release date is not available at this time. Droid-Life reports that Motorola Feedback Members that purchased the tablet have now received invitations to test a firmware update. While neither Verizon nor Motorola would confirm this, the most logical conclusion that can be drawn at this time is that we’re looking at the ICS soak test for the Verizon Xoom. Nevertheless, we should warn you that test invitations are not always followed by a fast Android update for the devices in question. In fact, we’ve seen other Android devices pass through the same ritual long before Verizon released the Android roll out expected by users. At the same time we’ll point out to the fact the Xoom (Wi-Fi and LTE) has been confirmed to receive the ICS update since late 2011, alongside with other important Motorola Android devices including the RAZR family of handsets (RAZR and RAZR Maxx), the Xyboard tablets (both 8.2 and 10.1 models), the Bionic, the Droid 4, and the Atrix family (Atrix 4G and Atrix 2). We’ll be back with more details on the Xoom Ice Cream Sandwich roll out as soon as we have them. NEXT: Verizon […]

Gadgets that are specifically designed for children have never been very popular, as they usually are either too modestly equipped or too expensive. Also, many parents avoid getting their kids tablets or smartphones, to protect them from the dangers that lurk on the web and within mobile apps. The Archos ChildPad is the latest tablet designed with children’s needs in mind, and it might actually be the most competitive such gadget ever released. The aptly named ChildPad comes with a pretty good quality to price ratio, and a bunch of security features that parents can use to turn it into a kids-safe device. Available for sale from childpad.us and pegged to be offered by some US retailers in the near future, the tablet goes for just $130. Packing a single-core 1 GHz Arm Cortex A8 processor and featuring 1 GB of RAM, the ChildPad is not exactly a powerhouse machine, but it should provide enough oomph for some fun games and educational apps for your children. The 7-inch resistive TFT LCD (800 x 480 resolution) display is far from ideal, however. The resolution is not that bad, it’s true, but we all know that capacitive touchscreens are far better than resistive ones, so that’s a big minus for the Archos ChildPad. On the flip side, in terms of software things are much better. The Archos Childpad runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but doesn’t offer full Google Play access for security reasons. The slate does come with a bunch of pre-loaded apps that will surely keep your kid busy for a while. You’ve got Angry Birds, dozens of other fun games, some learning, drawing, and coloring apps, but also some “exclusive Alvin & the Chipmunks 3” content, including behind the scene clips, wallpapers, and an online game. If that’s not enough and you […]

While it didn’t make a great impression back in April, when it was officially announced as “coming soon”, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 looked like a decent-enough tablet. We thought that Lenovo’s slate might appeal to people looking for a good balance between power, looks, and affordability. Lenovo kept us guessing about the gadget’s release date and pricing, but now we know (almost) everything there is to know about the IdeaTab S2109 and… we’re not very impressed. Slated for “an early June” release, the S2109 will start selling at $329, which is not an extravagant price tag, but it’s not what you would call cheap either. Sporting a 9.7-inch HD IPS display with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution, Lenovo’s new tablet will come packing a 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor. That’s not the slowest chipset out there, but it’s definitely more modest than Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core proc that we thought was going to power the S2109. The dual-core chip will be coupled with 1 GB of RAM to offer some mid-range power, while other features include a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, microUSB, HDMI, a microSD card slot, and a battery reportedly capable of running for up to ten hours between charges. In terms of software, the tablet will be running what looks like a pretty “clean” version (as in not heavily customized) of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is very good news, but there are still a couple of details and tech specs to be officially announced. We don’t know what rear-facing camera will the tablet feature and we also don’t know for sure how many different versions of the slate will be released. Lenovo has announced the S2109 as coming with “up to 32 GB storage”, but it hasn’t been yet confirmed if the […]

A leak we have received here at Neowin indicates that new SkyDrive features will be coming later in the year, namely a mystery “recycle bin” feature and a long-awaited Android app. Read more…

Though already available through Amazon and SkyMall, the Vinci Tab II — who we met in a previous life — has found its way to WalMart.com and is moseying to other e-tailers such as ToysRUs.com, Diapers.com and YoYo.com next month. The Vinci carries a 7-inch (800×480) display, a 3-megapixel camera, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, 8GB of intenral storage, a microSD card slot, runs Android (flavor unspecified) and is touted as the only tablet certified for child safety. The tab also supports three levels of premium educational apps and includes a few samples, interactive storybooks and animated music videos for your rug rats to work their noggins.While the slab’s first incarnation lacked WiFi to minimize radiation exposure to little tykes, the latest iteration can pack WiFi for those who’d rather not update apps via microUSB. Interested in keeping your young’un busy? You’ll be set back $249 for a WiFi model or $199 if you forgo wireless connectivity — a hefty drop from its predecessor’s $389 starting point. Toddler-friendly Vinci Tab II makes its way to online retailers originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 07:34:00 EST.

OmniVision has been on a bit of a tear introducing new mobile camera sensors this week, and its newest could well have the biggest impact on smartphones in the next year. The OV12830’s 12.7 megapixels don’t make it as dense as the 16-megapixel sensors we’ve seen, but it makes up for that with some mighty fast still photography. As long as the attached phone can handle it, the CMOS sensor can snap full-resolution photos at 24 frames per second, or the kind of relentless shooting speed that would make One X and Galaxy S III fans happy. The same briskness musters 1080p video at 60 fps, even with stabilization thrown in. Production won’t start until the fall and likely rules out a flood of 12.7-megapixel phones and tablets until 2013, but the OV12830’s dead-on match for the size of current 8-megapixel sensors gives it a good shot at becoming ubiquitous — and guarantees that phones won’t need a giant hump on the back for a higher resolution. Continue reading OmniVision’s 12.7-megapixel OV12830 can shoot 24 fps photo bursts from your smartphone OmniVision’s 12.7-megapixel OV12830 can shoot 24 fps photo bursts from your smartphone originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 May 2012 01:51:00 EST.

Asus showed a prototype of the MeMo 370T tablet back at the CES in January, but ever since then, the company’s officials left us guessing about their plans with the 7-incher. There were rumors that the gadget’s production has been cancelled, while other “sources” told us that we will see the tablet hit the market as the MeMo 370T during the summer. The most trustworthy speculations, however, pointed towards Asus and Google working together on a Nexus Tablet, set to cost under $250 and to be based on the MeMo 370T prototype. The most recent development on the matter sees Asus’ 7-incher get the FCC’s blessing, which means that the tablet will in fact be released very soon. On the other hand, we still don’t know how it will be marketed and whether it will in fact be Google’s Nexus Tablet or just another Asus gadget. The FCC filings don’t help us one bit in this matter. The official model number is, as you would expect, ME370T, so everything and anything is still possible. Moreover, could the MeMo 370T be the Nexus 7 tablet that was outed in a benchmark earlier today? As for features and tech specs, we only have one little detail to report. According to the FCC internal documents, the 7-incher from Asus will be coming with WiFi connectivity, but no cellular connection, be it 3G or 4G. The MeMo 370T prototype shown back in January was powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and featured an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, as well as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While this FCC approval doesn’t come with many clarifications on the Asus MeMo 370T and the supposed Nexus 7 tablet, there is something we have to be grateful for. We know for sure that Asus is getting a new 7-inch Android-based […]

We’re only a few weeks away from the grand unveiling of Google’s Nexus tablet, which will supposedly cost somewhere around $150-$250. The device it should help Google’s Android get a higher percentage of the tablet market share. So far, Google hasn’t been very aggressive in making Android tablets a real threat to the iPad, in part because they got the pricing wrong from the very beginning, and also because they never really pushed to form a rich ecosystem of applications. That was a big mistake – instead of tackling the problem head-on and going after developers to make tablet-optimized apps, they kind of threw the towel and said “we already have hundreds of thousands of phone applications and they will scale well!”. While many of them do scale pretty well, there are some apps that really need a tablet optimized version that can take full advantage of the screen real estate to look good. I think Google is awfully late at trying to be aggressive about the tablet market, but better late than never, right? Today, we’ve got word about an entry in Rightware’s Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji benchmark. Here’s the entry, and below, what we can make of it. “os”:  { “android”:  { “model”:  “Nexus  7″, “hardware”:  “grouper”, “manufacturer”:  “asus”, “device”:  “grouper”, “brand”:  “google”, “display”:  “XXXXXX-userdebug  4.1  JRN51B  3XXXXX  dev-keys”, “version_sdk”:  “4.1″, “board”:  “grouper”, “version_code”:  “1″ } } New resolution The upcoming Nexus 7 tablet, according to the latest rumors, will feature a 1280×768 resolution and a quad core 1.3 Ghz Tegra 3 processor (probably the very same one as in the Transformer Prime). First of all, I’m glad that this tablet will have an “HD” resolution, because unless the tablet costs $100 or less and is aimed at the very bottom of the market, there’s absolutely no reason why […]

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