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Google Nexus 10 tablet coming soon :)

Google finally took the wraps off the Nexus 7 tablet this week — and put it up for sale at just $199. Now, it looks like they’re getting ready to release a second model: the Nexus 10. As you probably guessed, it’ll feature a 10-inch display. Like its 7-inch sibling, the Nexus 10 is going to feature an extremely tempting price tag: $299.

Once again, it’s a report from DigiTimes that has the tech world buzzing. According to DigiTimes’ contacts, Wintek, who has already provided half a million OGS touchpanels for the Nexus 7, will be supplying 10-inch panels for use in a Nexus tablet. They’ll have help from AU Optronics, who will also pitch in with panel parts.

Normally, a Digitimes report needs to be taken with a spoonful of skepticism. This time, however, their information lines up nicely with information that a source shared. Google is indeed getting ready to release the Nexus 10.

What’s even more interesting is that they may have been planning to launch it on day two of Google I/O 2012. That didn’t happen, of course, and it’s believed that manufacturing difficulties may have been to blame.

As for when we’ll finally see the Nexus 10 go on sale, that’s anyone’s guess. With the Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro set to hit retail shelves in October, however, Google would be smart to move quickly. Even if the Nexus 10 turns out to be nothing more than the Nexus 7 with a larger display and battery, the $299 price tag would not doubt help Google capture a significant chunk of tablet sales between now and the end of the year.

More at DigiTimes


Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 7 Plus with HSPA and Android 3.2

Samsung has pretty much all screen sizes covered when it comes to Android devices, from 4-inch phones to its 5-inch phoneblet, right up to the 7.7,  8.9, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab models. Not wanting the world to think it had given up on the original Galaxy Tab’s 7-inch design, Samsung has officially outed a successor to the first carrier-bound Android tablet that enjoyed appreciable consumer success.

Meet the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. It has matured quite a bit, now featuring a 1.2GHz Samsung Exynosdual-core processor and a full gigabyte of RAM. Unlike the Galaxy Tab 7.7, 8.9, and 10.1, the 7.0 Plus uses a PLS LCD touchscreen that offers 768×1024 pixel resolution. There’s a more pedestrian 3 megapixel rear-facing camera (with LED flash), though the front-facing camera still packs a 2 megapixel sensor. The 7.0 Plus will come in 16GB and 32GB flavors (both with microSD expansion). 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built in, and it’s ready for use on GSM and HSPA networks. Android 3.2 and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UX are also on board. Continue reading

HTC to offer 5GB free Dropbox storage with Android smartphones

HTC is clearly on the lookout for ways to add extra value and features to its Android smartphones. Only last month the mobile manufacturer took a controlling stake in Beats Electronics ensuring all future handsets have the option of superior Beats by Dr. Dre audio solutions.

Now HTC has found a way to compete with both Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage services. A new partnership with Dropbox, a company focused entirely on cloud storage solutions, will see future HTC Android smartphones ship with access to a 5GB Dropbox account completely free of charge. At the moment, Dropbox only offers users 2GB of free storage.

The first smartphone to ship with the free storage looks likely to be the HTC Rhyme, and should then be available with all future handsets that ship with Android and Sense 3.5.

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Samsung Bada OS to go open source in 2012?

That Samsung was a little nervous about Android after Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility is no secret. The company also made it clear that it had no interest in purchasing another mobile operating system from anyone else — not even webOS in the wake of all the HP firesale consumer interest. Continue reading

Nokia N900 app performs brain scan in the comfort of your home

An electroencephalogram, otherwise known as an EEG, is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain by using sensors attached to your head and hooked up by wires to a computer. The computer then records your brain’s electrical activity on a PC screen. Normally, to take EEG measurements the patient would have to visit a lab with a big, expensive scanner set-up. However, researcher Jakob Eg Larsen and his colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark in Kongens Lyngby, have come up with a way to make this system much more portable using an app specially designed for the Nokia N900. Continue reading

Tested: Windows 8 on the EXOPC Slate

Microsoft did a pretty good job at their Build conference to put their best foot forward when unveilingWindows 8. They demonstrated the upcoming OS on everything from ultrathin laptops (I refuse to call them ultrabooks), massive watercooled desktops, and the amazing Samsung developer tablet. Now that the developer preview is out, many users are downloading Windows 8 and installing it on familiar systems. Virtual boxes, laptops they seldom use, maybe even their personal computers are all testing the mettle of Windows 8 this morning. With that in mind, I decided to install Windows 8 on a less familiar device, the EXOPC Slate. This Windows 7 tablet did not get a whole lot of love when it came out, and with good reason, but I think Windows 8 might change that some.

The EXOPC Slate is a 1.66Ghz Atom processor with 1GB of RAM. It’s not nearly as powerful as the Samsung developer preview device, but still exceeds the minimum system requirements. Take a look at the brief walkthrough of the UI.

Many aspects of this early Windows 8 build work well. The keyboard is nice and the primary animations are smooth even on the EXOPC’s hardware, though background ones (see 2:39) do need work. Many of the UI components are in place and are quite functional when using the slate’s touch/gesture-friendly screen. While the boot up is quick and many operations are snappy, some are slow, clearly missing the Samsung developer tablet’s Core i5 processor. Almost all drivers worked well with the EXOPC though, though the front-facing camera did not and the touch-response was very slow in the drawing program.

As you can see, the road to Windows 8 being completely ready is a long one. Over the next few weeks, we’ll start to see more and more third party additions to the MetroUI system and Microsoft will undoubtedly be offering updates very soon. Windows 8 needs to succeed where Windows Phone has decidedly failed up to this point, in being able to allow the MetroUI to be a complete experience.  Once the Microsoft store is available on Windows 8, the OS will begin to take shape.

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