Category Archives: operating system

A Quick Sneak Peak at Windows 8 (CES 2012)

Earlier today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Intel showed off its new Windows 8 operating system.  In addition to some new form factors, Intel showed some interesting new Windows 8 interface ideas. Keep in mind that these are proofs-of-concept rather than working devices, so they may or may not actually appear on the market.

The most interesting new UI demo was the Nikishki notebook, a clamshell with a big transparent trackpad below the keyboard. The trackpad works as a traditional trackpad and then “disables” when you press your palms on it to type. Then, when you close the laptop, some of the screen is visible and you are able to see and use the Windows 8 tiles available through the transparent portion.

Another concept was a Kinect-like gesture control for laptops that lets you make gestures in the air to control the system.

Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich To Galaxy S Devices After All

It appears that Samsung is rethinking its decision to not bring Android 4.0 to all Galaxy S devices (Phone and tablet).  The company started to rethink its decision right after announcing it due to “strong customer demand”.

When Samsung announced its list of devices that would receive Android 4 by March 2012, the popular Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablet were missing from the list.  Samsung stated that the Galaxy S devices did not have enough RAM and ROM for the company’s custom TouchWiz and the new OS.  By contrast, the Samsung Nexus S, which has the same hardware profile as the Galaxy S, can and will be upgraded to Android 4, since it doesn’t have to support the TouchWiz interface and other services like video calling or widgets.

A Korean news site quoted an industry official saying that the company is currently reviewing whether or not the Galaxy S devices can support Ice Cream Sandwich.

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2011 Top 10 Downloaded Apps

To many, this was the year of Angry Birds.  But to others, other apps were on their minds.  Here is a quick list of the top 10 downloaded apps for mobile phones and tablets. Don’t forget to vote in the poll at the bottom!

1. Angry Birds

2. Facebook

3. Skype

4. Angry Birds Rio

5. Google Maps

6. iBooks

7. Angry Birds Seasons

8. Fruit Ninja

9. Talking Tom

10. Twitter

Consumer Electronics Show 2012: Trends To Watch Out For

All across the globe, electronic/technology companies are preparing themselves for CES (Comsumer Electronics Show) 2012, which takes place during the second week of January at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Although Microsoft disclosed its plans to end its participation in CES starting next year, this year’s show should hold some promising insights to what’s ahead in the world of electronics.

During an interview with FORBES Wednesday, Accenture‘s Kumu Puri, a senior executive with the consulting firm’s consumer electronics practice in San Francisco, laid out what she thinks will be the five big themes from the 2012 edition of the show.  Microsoft will of course hold a big role this year.  Apple will be casting a big shadow over the event although it will not be participating this year.

So here they are, Puri’s 5 trends to keep a look out for at this year’s CES show:

  1. Ultrabooks: PC makers are expected to role out 20-40 new versions of the incredibly thin notebooks.  Puri thinks pricing will start in the $800 to $1,000 range, but quickly scale down from there.
  2. Tablets/Smartphones: As everyone could have guessed, we will be seeing a lot more mobile devices this year, including new Android based tablets and smartphones.  We should be expecting to see more support for mobile payments and location-based services on these devices.
  3. Connected Devices: Puri expects to see innovation in connected cars, for instance, with new features for Internet radio, and in-car apps targeting safety issues. There will be more Internet-enabled kitchen appliances. Also big again this year will be connected televisions. She thinks some of those services are maturing, and should improve over previous attempts at TV-based Web offerings that received an indifferent consumer reception.
  4. Windows 8: Coming back to Microsoft, the company is expected to launch its new operating system at some point in 2012.  Everyone is just asking how much of it they will be showing off at CES.  Also likely to show up at CES: a variety of new Windows Phone-based mobile devices.
  5. Digital Health: Puri thinks there will be an increased focus on health care at the show, with developments in three areas. One of those is the increased adoption of tablets in hospitals and doctors offices for recording data and other purposes. A second focus will be cloud-based solutions for storing, archiving, accessing and retrieving medical records. And the third will be an increased number of consumer medical devices, some apps running on tablets and phones, others dedicated gizmos for monitoring things like glucose levels and blood pressure.

Ice Cream Sandwich Rumors

Only 48 more hours to go and new rumors about the new Android upgrade are still coming up.  The newest of these rumors shows that Ice Cream Sandwich will feature some photo-editing tools.

If a number of uncovered camera icons are to be believed, the next build of Android could make it much easier to touch up photos.  AndroidPolice,  indicates that users will have the ability to perform standard editing techniques and apply effects to pictures without the need to download additional software.

Currently, Android users must rely on applications such as Picplz, Photoshop, or Color Touch Effects if they wish to enhance photos. Many of Android’s apps then allow the user to share the images across social networking sites, e-mail, and other avenues once finished editing.

No one is sure how effective or useful these new features will be, but it is to be expected that Android users will continue to stick to their favorite photo-editing apps.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Delayed

Earlier today, Google announced the delay of the expected launch of Android’s latest upgrade, Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest in a series of operating systems named after sweets, was anticipated to combine previous smartphone and tablet versions, known as Gingerbread and Honeycomb, into a cohesive whole.

Recent plans for the Samsung event on October 11, where the Ice Cream Sandwich and a new Samsung phone running on the operating system were expected to be unveiled, has been canceled.

The reason? A Google spokesperson said it was out of respect for the loss of Steve Jobs.

“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall,” the companies said in a joint statement. “We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”

Nokia Announcing Symbian Belle Update

Due to a recent leak on Nokia’s Facebook page, it has been just about confirmed that Nokia will be releasing their new update for Symbian known as Belle.

Although it hasn’t officially been confirmed,  there was a countdown timer (picture above) on Nokia’s Facebook page and the file that set it up was named “belle_fb_TeaserMain” so it’s pretty safe to say that this was a countdown to the release of the new update.

Belle is the upgrade of Symbian Anna and with all of the leaked videos, screenshots, and beta version of the update, there isn’t really too much more to tell. That said, it would still be nice to see some new features that haven’t been leaked yet.

New Acer Tablet Hits U.S. Shelves

Acer’s Iconia tablet has just hit shelves for many US retailers with a price tag of $329.99 (8GB) and $349.99 (16GB).  The tablet will be running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb.  Although it hit US shelves, consumers in Canda will unfortunatly have to wait until next month.  Sorry guys.

The new tablet from Acer packs a punch with a 1GHz Nvidia dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and a 7 inch touch screen display (1024×600 resolution).  The Iconia also has a 2 megapixel front facing camera along with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera with an LED flash and support for video calls.  The cameras also support 720p HD video recording. Other features on the device include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microHDMI, and even a port for a docking station.  Physical features include the standard 3.5mm headphone jack,  a microUSB 2.0 port, and an auto rotate sensor.

The device will be available in two different sizes (8GB and 16GB) but it will be expandable to 32GB with use of a microSD card.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Images Leaked

Android users pay attention because the new Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich, looks to be near its launch date.

Earlier this morning, images from multiple websites appeared showing off what looked to be the new Android Ice Cream sandwich.

One of those sites, Rootzwiki.com, showed Ice Cream Sandwich running on Google’s Nexus S phone (image on right).  The images shown show a new updated notification bar with some updated icons along with a blue theme.  A new customization control panel is also shown.  Many people have said that it looks like the panel that you would see on Android Honeycomb powered tablets.

The other site, AndroidPolice.com, have also uploaded a couple images (image to left).  These images show that the phone is in fact running on Ice Cream Sandwich.  The other image shows what looks to be the notification bar pulled down and has a new black theme to it.

So it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich might come out sooner than expected.  It will most likely be available for Nexus S phones first and then for other phones as the year goes on.

Android over iOS

Quick update

Another state has just been added to the long list of Android dominance over iOS and Blackberry.  The state is both Apple’s and Android’s home state of California that Android recently “took over”.

As seen in a map here, Android has become the “go to” smartphone operating system in the south and southwest part of the United States while iOS is preferred in the Midwestern part.

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