Monthly Archive: December 2013
Woow Digital has surfaced and the thing may be one of the better tablets running Android to break cover so far.
Cloud Communicator tablet has jumped over to the company's consumer division, rebranded as the NEC Smartia and set to go on sale in Japan from December 6. The specifications for the 7-inch slate are unchanged, so you get an 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen, 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor and Android 2.1, all for 42,800 yen ($510) from NEC's comically-named BIGLOBE ISP. There's also GPS, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 3-megapixel webcam. NEC also thrown on their own app store, Andronavi. NEC apparently has a 1GHz update in the works, complete with Android 2.2 and 3.0 updates, but there's no timescale for their release. [youtube VWbSLfTrV_U] [via NetbookNews]
custom ROM for the Advent Vega Tegra 2 tablet has been released, adding in Android Market support along with Car Home, Calendar, Contacts, Genie (News and Weather), Gmail, Maps with Street View, Market, Talk, Voice Search and YouTube. The handiwork of MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien, there's also an optional "performance pack" which promises to speed up the tablet. PC World has said that they expect more Vega stock by the end of this week, though the tablet is still currently unavailable.
approval listing [pdf link] does confirm that it has a 4.3-inch WVGA AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera. There's also WiFi b/g/n and a microSD card slot. Verizon's Galaxy S handset, the Fascinate, is the SCH-i500, so it's not too great a leap to presume that this is the successor to that device. [via GSMArena]
IS03 has reportedly set new pre-order records for Android devices in Japan, with over 250,000 bought online ahead of the smartphone's launch on KDDI. Meanwhile, in-store pre-orders are believed to be in the region of 200,000. The online pre-orders alone make the IS03 five times more popular than the Samsung Galaxy S or Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 in Japan. The figures come courtesy of market research analyst Kei Shimada. The IS03 is notable for its Retina Display-matching 960 x 640 resolution display and a 9.6-megapixel camera. [via Twitter]
Nexus S and Android 2.3 Gingerbread have leaked, this time over at xda-developers. The shots are pretty blurry and heavily cropped, but there's also a list of tentative specifications including 720p HD video capture and a 4-inch screen that they suggest might be Super AMOLED 2. Recent speculation has tipped a December 6 reveal for Gingerbread, though it's unclear when the Samsung-made Nexus S might arrive.
- ArmV7 CPU – Could be Dual Core
- Open GL ES Supported
- 512 or 328MB Ram (Not 100% known)
- 1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (Not 100% known)
- 800×480 Screen Resolution
- 4″ Screen Size
- SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
- 720P HD Video