Amazon may launch three more Kindle Fires in 2012

By on March 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM.

Amazon may launch three more Kindle Fires in 2012

Amazon may bring three new versions of its Kindle Fire tablet to market in 2012, according to a report from Taiwan Economic News. Matching up with earlier rumors that have suggested the retail giant would introduce a larger device, the site reports that Amazon is readying an 8.9-inch model with a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. The publication also suggested that Amazon will introduce a low-end 7-inch model with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, as well as a medium to high-end 7-inch model that will include a 1,280 x 800-pixel display. While Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Amazon’s tablet had no impact on iPad sales, the Kindle Fire managed to capture 14% of the tablet market in its debut quarter. More →

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Sprint rumored to be prepping an LTE-equipped Windows Phone for fall launch

By on March 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

Sprint rumored to be prepping an LTE-equipped Windows Phone for fall launch

Sprint is currently in the process of building out its 4G LTE network, which is slated to launch in the second quarter of 2012. Citing anonymous sources, SprintFeed reports that the carrier is looking to launch a new LTE-enabled Windows Phone later this year. Earlier reports claimed that Sprint had shared its LTE specifications with Nokia and was looking to introduce a handset running Windows Phone 8 with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. SprintFeed‘s sources have reportedly confirmed that the MSM8960 Snapdragon chip will indeed be used in the handset, however the vendor behind the device remains a mystery. The new Windows Phone is said to be in testing and is slated for a fall release. More →

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Leaked image may reveal Motorola’s upcoming DROID Fighter

By on March 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM.

Leaked image may reveal Motorola’s upcoming DROID Fighter

The first image of what is believed to be the unannounced DROID Fighter has surfaced on Chinese forum PhoneHK. The handset is said to be equipped with the same massive 3,300 mAh battery that is found in the RAZR MAXX and a 4.6-inch high-definition display. The image of the phone also shows that the Android navigation buttons common to earlier RAZR models is absent, leading us to believe that the Fighter will use the on-screen buttons found in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Details surrounding the smartphone are limited and it isn’t clear if this will be a completely new device or another RAZR variant — though the latter seems more likely. The Fighter is rumored to land on Verizon’s 4G LTE network on April 12th. More →

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Samsung exec reportedly confirms quad-core Exynos, 4G LTE in Galaxy S III

By on March 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM.

Samsung exec reportedly confirms quad-core Exynos, 4G LTE in Galaxy S III

An unnamed Samsung executive reportedly confirmed that the company’s highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone will be equipped with a quad-core Samsung Exynos chip featuring on-board LTE and WCDMA radios, the Korea Times reported on Monday. BGR exclusively reported last month that the Galaxy S III would feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 4.8-inch full HD 1080p display, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a ceramic case, 4G LTE connectivity and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. According to the executive, Samsung is attempting to distance itself from Qualcomm, which has previously provided the manufacturer with single-chip solutions. “It was believed that Qualcomm chips had greater stability and suited easy upgrades. But, that’s the old story,” the executive said. Samsung still has a cross-licensing deal with Qualcomm to use its firm’s single-chip solutions through 2024. More →

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Apple to launch 15-inch MacBook Air in April, report claims

By on March 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

Apple to launch 15-inch MacBook Air in April, report claims

Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new 15-inch MacBook Air notebook PC in April. The report from Electricpig cites a “premium Mac accessory maker,” who claims a new 15-inch model will feature ports on both sides, with no optical drive or Ethernet port. A 15-inch Air model has been rumored before — DigiTimes previously reported that a 15-inch model was slated to launch in the first quarter of 2012 alongside a new 11-inch and 13-inch model. The Taiwanese publication, however, has also reported that an ultra-thin 15-inch MacBook with Air-like features would launch in the second quarter this year. More →

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Nokia’s rumored 10-inch Windows 8 tablet reportedly coming in Q4

By on March 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM.

Nokia’s rumored 10-inch Windows 8 tablet reportedly coming in Q4

Nokia and Microsoft plan to continue their mobile partnership by entering into the tablet race, DigiTimes reported on Monday. According to the publication, Nokia will release a 10-inch Windows 8-powered tablet with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in the fourth quarter of 2012. “Nokia is expected to outsource production of the 10-inch tablets to Compal Electronics with the first batch of shipments to top 200,000 units,” noted the site’s sources. A Nokia spokesperson previously denied the Finnish vendor’s intentions to enter the tablet market. “We haven’t announced any plans anywhere in the world at this point regarding a potential tablet strategy,” the company representative said. More →

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T-Mobile may introduce ‘Unlimited Any Mobile’ calling on April 4th

By on March 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

T-Mobile may introduce ‘Unlimited Any Mobile’ calling on April 4th

According to a purported leaked T-Mobile document obtained by TmoNews, the carrier will offer an unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling add-on for $10 a month starting April 4th. “Beginning April 4th, T-Mobile will offer Unlimited Any Mobile, a $10 per month subscriber-level feature that includes unlimited calling to any domestic mobile number, including Puerto Rico, regardless of carrier,” the document reads. The carrier claims that 80% of calls made on its network are to mobile numbers, making such an add-on appealing to subscribers looking to save money.  The feature will be available as an add-on for existing customers, and it will not require a new contract. Unlimited out-of-network mobile calling is nothing new; Sprint bundles a similar offering with its unlimited everything plans and AT&T has an add-on as well. A screen capture of the purported T-Mobile document follows below. More →

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Android ‘Key Lime Pie’ to come after ‘Jelly Bean’, keep bringing the sweets

By on March 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM.

Android ‘Key Lime Pie’ to come after ‘Jelly Bean’, keep bringing the sweets

Google plans to continue the trend of naming Android builds — in alphabetical order — after deserts, according to a report from The Verge. First there was Cupcake, then Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread and finally Ice Cream Sandwich. The next major Android build will be named Jelly Bean. Even though Google has not officially acknowledged the next version of Android, it is believed that “Jelly Bean” could be released as soon as this summer, even though Ice Cream Sandwich is on only 1% of all devices. The Verge claims that “Key Lime Pie” will come after Jelly Bean, however no details surrounding the OS were provided and no launch time frame was supplied beyond speculation that Google will launch Key Lime Pie in 2013. More →

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Leaked Windows Phone ‘Tango’ images reveal new details

By on February 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

Leaked Windows Phone ‘Tango’ images reveal new details

Images of Microsoft’s next mobile operating system, Windows Phone “Tango,” were published on Wednesday, showing off a number of new features. Tango will reportedly feature the ability to export contacts to a SIM card, handle multiple attachments in a single MMS message and manage roaming both domestically and internationally, according to WP7forum. It is also rumored that Microsoft is building a native voice recording application for MMS messaging. The images suggest that the company will be dropping the minimum hardware requirements of Windows Phone handsets down to 256MB of RAM and the camera requirements down to just 3 megapixels. The OS will warn users with a message in the Marketplace if they attempt to download an application that requires additional memory. Earlier reports have indicated that Tango may only be released for lower-end devices, but official details are expected to be revealed at Mobile World Congress later this month. Purported screenshots from Windows Phone Tango follow after the break. More →

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Samsung may unveil a 10-inch Galaxy Note later this month

By on February 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM.

Samsung may unveil a 10-inch Galaxy Note later this month

Although Samsung confirmed that it will not be holding a press conference at this month’s Mobile World Congress, the vendor is still expected to unveil new devices at the show. New evidence suggests that the Galaxy Note 10.1, which appears alongside the original Galaxy Note in a MWC Developer Day invitation, could be among Samsung’s announcements according to The Verge. To throw fuel on the fire, a casting call for a Samsung commercial was also discovered that invited a “teen student” to audition for the role of a Galaxy Note 10.1 user. The casting call — which is no longer active on the site — mentioned an early February shoot, which supports the idea of a MWC debut. BGR exclusively reported in December that Samsung will also unveil an 11.6-inch tablet in Barcelona this month. The device would be equipped with an 11.6-inch 2,560 x 1,600-pixel display and a dual-core Exynos 5250 CPU clocked at 2GHz. Screenshots of the developer invitation and casting call that mention the Galaxy Note 10.1 can be found after the break. More →

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Apple prepping updated Mac Pro with NVIDIA graphics, report claims

By on February 14, 2012 at 8:05 PM.

Apple prepping updated Mac Pro with NVIDIA graphics, report claims

Apple may be switching back to NVIDIA for the upcoming Mac Pro’s primary GPU, according to an anonymous source speaking with MIC Gadget. The new Mac Pros will reportedly feature Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge chipset, which features 22 nanometer transistor technology and is more efficient than the previous Sandy Bridge processors. The site also suggests that the Cupertino-based company has been testing new processors with 8 cores and 20MB of cache. The overheating issues that have plagued previous models have been solved thanks to the 30% increase in heat dissipation efficiency afforded by Intel’s new chips. For graphics in the new Mac Pro, Apple has reportedly chosen NVIDIA’s “Kepler” platform, which is set to be released around the same time as Intel’s new CPUs. Apple is expected to launch its refreshed Mac Pro line in the third quarter this year, MIC Gadget stated. More →

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 said to launch on February 21st

By on February 14, 2012 at 5:45 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 said to launch on February 21st

When Research In Motion released its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the device had its fair share of problems. RIM promised an operating system update that would address these problems but the launch was delayed by several months. A new report from N4BB claims the official release of the PlayBook 2.0 update is set for February 21st, just over a week later than the company initially planned. The PlayBook OS 2.0 update will include native email, calendar and contacts apps, but unfortunately native BBM will remain absent from the tablet and can only be accessed through BlackBerry Bridge. More →

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Microsoft’s Xbox 720 may have touchscreen controllers

By on February 14, 2012 at 2:00 AM.

Microsoft’s Xbox 720 may have touchscreen controllers

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox will use controllers that have “an HD screen surrounded by the traditional 360 buttons and sticks,” according to Xbox World Magazine. The magazine claims Microsoft’s tablet-like controller will have shape closer to Sony’s PS Vita than Wii U’s “bulky unit”. The next Xbox “will be a matte-black media hub with a mission to bring games to life in your living room with augmented reality, directional sound, and a four-player, finger-tracking Kinect.” The new controller will apparently also be used as a remote control when watching TV, a browser for the Internet or for extra buttons while playing a game. Earlier rumors suggest that the next generation console may be six times more powerful than the current Xbox, however it is not expected to launch this year. The publication speculates that the console could be priced over $600. “Microsoft are playing it safe with the CPU and GPU but running wild with the functions that will change how you play, but it won’t be cheap,” the site claimed.

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