Archive for January 6th, 2011

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Acer annouces Liquidmini at CES

liquid_mini_BLUE More news from CES, this time from our old friends Acer. Hoping to capitalise on the budget popularity of the Acer Liquid, which we loved by the way, and have announced their new baby; the Acer Liquidmini.

Full details can be found in Acer’s full press release below and as always we’ll be doing out best to get our hands on one to review!

 

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Skype to acquire Qik

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Skype today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services that enable individuals to capture, instantly share and preserve great moments on video from anywhere.  Qik has 60 employees, and is headquartered in Redwood City, California and has an office in Moscow, Russia.  The transaction is expected to close in January 2011.  Terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed.

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Introducing Motorola XOOM

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Motorola are joining the tablet invasion with the Xoom. The 10.1 inch Honeycomb device was announced at CES yesterday and although it was partnered with Verizon Wireless in the States we are expecting a EU version here at some point in the future.

Looking at the specs below I kind of wish I had this now instead of my iPad although we still have to see what Apple will do with the iPad2 later in the year.

Key Features:

  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) (More information HERE)
  • 10.1″ (1280×800) Touch Screen
  • 1GHZ Dual core Tegra 2 Processor
  • 3G, but upgradable to 4G
  • Front facing 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera  with dual LED flash and 720p video capture capability
  • 1080p video playback
  • 32GB on board user memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • 730g
  • 249.1mm x 167.8mm x 12.9mm

After the break you can see the video that Motorola showed at the launch and the official the press release.

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Motorola Mobility and Orange UK Announce Motorola ATRIX, the Future of Mobile Computing

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Motorola Mobility and Orange UK today announced Motorola ATRIXT, which unleashes the power of the smartphone like never before.  Motorola’s revolutionary webtop application makes Motorola ATRIX the only smartphone to carry the power of mobile computing inside your pocket. Designed to bring unprecedented computing capabilities to your smartphone, Motorola’s webtop application runs a full Mozilla Firefox 3.6 browser and supports Adobe® Flash® Player to open up all the rich graphics, animations and video on the web. Motorola ATRIX includes a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to two GHz of processing power, and 1 GB of RAM. Put simply, Motorola ATRIX is the world’s most powerful smartphone.

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Huawei launches the IDEOS X5 smartphone

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Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today unveiled the Huawei IDEOST X5, the most recent addition to the IDEOST family of smart devices. Featuring the latest email, document, and calendar management tools and the powerful AndroidT 2.2 operating system, the X5 is an ultra-sleek touchscreen device that redefines convenience and productivity for today’s busy professionals. From hardware, software to product design, each detail of the Huawei IDEOS X5 is specifically chosen to bring consumers a smart mobile experience that is easy to enjoy.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Demo

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Kevin from crackberry.com was lucky enough to get a demo of the new BlackBerry PlayBook yesterday from Ryan Bidan, who is the Sr. Product Manager on the BlackBerry PlayBook team for RIM.

The video gives us another insight into the wonderful world of the PlayBook and as Ryan confirms this beauty is still going to be available in Quarter one this year – Hooray!

See the video and also a reminder of the PlayBooks specs after the break:

 

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc official

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We gave you our predictions on the Sony Ericsson Arc yesterday and as promised here is the official press release from Sony Ericsson.

It looks pretty sweet if you ask me.

Sony Ericsson today unveils the new XperiaT arc smartphone with cutting edge Sony technology and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the AndroidT platform – 2.3. XperiaT arc is the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones to be announced in 2011.

Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson said, “We’re starting strong in 2011 by introducing our most exciting XperiaT product yet. XperiaT arc combines state-of-the-art Sony technology with breathtaking design to entertain and wow consumers. All on the latest AndroidT release.”

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Google Android Honeycomb revealed, tablets only

honeycomb-android-illustrationThis week it’s CES, and Google have finally come out after endless rumours about the next Android release, Honeycomb 3.0. The major bite of news is that it will only be for tablets – there won’t be a phone, even the Nexus series, that will run 3.0. Phones will stick with Gingerbread and skip to the next release.

Honeycomb’s UI has been reworked for larger screen and higher resolution tablet devices which is good considering that previous versions of Android haven’t really been the most intuitive for use on tablets. Only the browser and Gmail app remain somewhat familiar, with the UI getting a needed overhaul. Hopefully this will mean there will be less compatibility issues that have shown with the same operating system on both phones and tablets, making the overall experience (as well as the UI) much more tablet friendly. Now I’m sure I’m not the only one expecting awesome iPad competitors!

Check out the video of Honeycomb in action after the break.

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Motorola Atrix – World’s Fastest Smartphone

motorolaatrixleftvertical Motorola has just walked of the stage in CES where they announced their latest products for release. And literally first of the blocks was the Motorola Atrix 4G. The Atrix has supports a Tegra duel-core 1Ghz processor, 1Gb of RAM, a 4-inch qHD screen(960 x 540), Android 2.2 with Motoblur, 16GB on-board storage with support for MicroSD cards upto 32GB, 1930mAh battery, 5MP camera, a front facing camera, fingerprint login, 4G and it can be put in a dock so you can use the phone much like a laptop or desktop. Tempted yet?

The Atrix will be available on AT&T in the states  but it is also coming to the UK on Orange. Yay! I can’t wait to get my hands on this handset  because of all the awesomesauce mentioned above!

Check out the press release and more images below.

 

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