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HTC Holiday Revealed

A series of photos have just been posted on XDA Developers forums showing some of the features on HTC’s upcoming phone, the HTC Holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As seen in the picture above, the HTC Holiday seems to be rather thin.  The device is running off of a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and has a 4.5 inch display.  Because of a leak earlier this year, we also know that the Holiday will also have 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear facing camera, and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.

The phone also appears to have a conductive charge port which means that you will be able to plug the charger in your wall and the device can be placed on the charger. (wireless charging).

The HTC Holiday looks like it will be impressive.  Perhaps a big competition to the latest iPhone 5?

Check out the full report here.

 

Nintendo Backed Into Corner

Not too long ago, Nintendo’s newest product, the Nintendo 3DS, came out with many people expecting it to be the “next thing”.  After its launch, Nintendo realized that sales had dropped and not even been nearly as high as expected.  Ever since then, sales for Nintendo have slowly decreased due to competition in the gaming world with Facebook and smartphones leading the battle.

Although Nintendo’s sales have been down, there is a chance for “revival”.  Many Nintendo investors are now strongly suggesting to partner the company with Apple in order to boost sales and be back in competition once again.  The company’s president, Satoru Iwata, however is not too happy about teaming up with Apple.

An article on Bloomberg.com on Iwata says, “Nintendo should either try to buy its way into this platform (smartphones), or develop something totally new.”

President Satoru Iwata might want to reconsider this partnership with Apple.  Nintendo reduced its profit forecast by an outstanding 82% and now will continue to reduce prices on their products in order to make their way back to the top.

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.

Have We Found the Samsung Galaxy S II?

New images from South Korea listing specs of a new LTE phone named “Celox”, have just surfaced.  No word has been said when the handset will hit the market but it is expected soon.

The “Celox” has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal memory (expandable to 32GB), and runs on Android’s Gingerbread operating system.  The phone also has a 4.5 inch touch screen display, a 8 megapixel rear facing camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.

This is all that we know of so far but hopefully more information will be leaked soon.

Speech to Text in iOS 5

According to a recent report by 9to5Mac, it seems that iOS 5 will be bringing voice controls to a whole new level.  This feature for iOS 5 will be available for the iPhone and iPod touch but reports say that the iPad will not be able to right away.

9to5Mac says that the text-to-speech feature is pretty simple.  While messaging, the microphone icon will be placed directly next to the space bar.  Press the mic button and start to speak and obviously, words will start to appear on the screen.

Obviously, lots of smartphone’s already have this feature so why should we be excited about this?  Well this can be exciting because iOS 5 can make the voice recognition feature work a LOT better than other phones have in the past.  The new iOS will have full-integrated voice control through a app called Assistant.  Through Assistant, you can control your entire phone without even touching it and Assistant can even talk back to you!  So far, Assistant has not “popped up” in the iOS beta released this weekend so we most likely won’t be seeing in until the release of the iPhone 5.

Download iOS 5 beta

Quick post here.  Just heard that the upcoming iOS 5 for the iPhone 5 is now available for download.  This is just the beta version though so obviously, not everything is going to be perfect in it.  It will be interesting to see what this new software brings to the table

iPhone 5 Competition

A recent document that has been leaked online suggests that Verizon will be coming out with a new phone that in the future (September) will give the upcoming iPhone 5 competition.

The phone is rumored to be called the HTC Vigor and in a post I made earlier this week, it says that the launch date will be on September 29th.  It is said that the Vigor will be the replacement of the HTC Thunderbolt jam packed with features to bring in more customers to the LTE market.

Verizon Wireless has not admitted to the existence of the Vigor so not many specs are known right now.  One of the main features about the phone to get excited about is the brand new 1.5GHz dual-core processor (most, if not all, smartphones right now have a 1GHz processor or less).   Also people have speculation that the camera on this phone will be somewhere at 8 or above megapixels.  Reason being is that since the Vigor is going to be a second generation Thunderbolt, the camera must be a little bit upgraded.  On top of this, the phone will be running on Android’s latest operating system, Android 2.3 commonly known as Gingerbread.

Samsung’s iPod Competition

It has been announced that Samsung will be revealing their own mp3 player based on their Galaxy S phones in order to compete with Apple’s iPod touch at CES next week. The mp3 player looks very similar to the Galaxy S phone but of course will not actually have the phone capabilities. However, it will be running on Android 2.2.

Not much is known about the device yet but reports say that it will be 9.9mm wide with a 4 inch LCD touch screen display.  Besides running on Android 2.2, the device will have a 1GHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with HD video playback.  It of course will have         Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS capabilities and an expandable MicroSD card slot.  And like all Android devices, you will be able to purchase and download apps from the market.

So not much is know yet, but from what is, it looks to be a great competitor to the iPod Touch and the Zune HD.  In my mind, it looks like Samsung is catching on to Apple’s selling techniques with a competitor to the iPhone, iPad, and now iPod.  What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

New Google Nexus S is here!

Earlier today, the new Google phone, the Nexus S,  was launched.  It seems as though many people were surprised that it was announced in only a simple blog post. Many, including me, thought the phone would be announced on December 7th when Google releases its first operating system, ChromeOS. Never the less, the phone is here and will be available for purchase at your local BestBuy store for $529 or $199 with a new T-Mobile two-year contract.

The phone itself will have a 4 inch Super AMOLED touch screen.  With a 800×400 screen resolution. This itself is a difference as that many of today’s smartphones have only a 3.5 inch screen.  But anyways, the phone will also include a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash. There will also be a 3.5mm headphone jack for all of your music listening needs.

As for inside the phone, the Nexus S will run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a 1GHz processor making this the first phone to have/run on Android 2.3.   Besides this, the Nexus S will come with 16GB of flash memory and will come installed with Adobe Flash.  The phone, like other smartphones, will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS on it as well as all of the apps your heart could possibly desire.

Overall the Nexus S looks to be a good phone.  I think that people were expecting a lot more but none the less, it looks pretty good.

What are your thoughts? Comment below.

December 7th…get ready

Earlier this week, Engadget announced that on December 7th, Google will be announcing a bunch of their new products.  The main one being ChromeOS, Google’s first operating system.

Rumor has it that there will only be about 65,000 units  with ChromsOS installed on them as it is only in beta stage.  This meaning that there unfortunatly will not be any devices ready for holiday shopping.  It seems as though this will be a great operating system.  One spokesperson said that ChromeOS could potentially replace 60% of Windows PCs in the workplace.

But anyways, besides ChromeOS, Google is also coming out with their newest version of Android. It is likely that Gingerbread will be included in this Android update and this will mean that there will most likely be a launch of the Samsung Nexus S.

And finally, Google will also be launching their first social network.  No one is too sure on what it will be called although some rumors are that it will be either GoogeME, or Google+1.  Will this be a successful social network? Who knows, but I can’t wait to find out!

What are your thoughts on Google’s newest product(s)?

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