Android

Mozilla Announces Two Firefox OS Phones

However, they are not for consumers. These Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) phones are being made by a Spanish company GeekPhone for the purpose of allowing developers to create apps for the new platform. Currently there are two phones the Keon and Peak which both house 4 GB of ROM, 512 MB of RAM, a MicroSD slot, 802.11n wireless networking, light and proximity sensors, GPS, an accelerometer, as well as a camera flash. The lower end Keon has a 1GHz Qualcom Snapdragon S1 processor, 3.5-inch screen, 1,580mAh battery and a 3-megapixel camera. While the higher end Peak has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon…

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Tablet News Week of January 13th

Not as much Tablet news this week around now that CES has wrapped up. All external links go to Tom’s Hardware unless otherwise stated. Tablet Announcements: Gigabyte Announces Two Windows 8 Tablets – The 11.6-inch S1185 and the 10.1-inch S1082. Both seem to have decent specs and both will use Windows 8 Pro. Pricing not yet announced and likely won’t be until we get closer to the February 2013 and March 2013 releases for the S1082 and S1185 respectfully. Archos 80 Titanium tablet has same resolution as iPad Mini for $169 [C|Net] – Mentioned this new product line from the French…

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Tablet News Week of January 6th

Looks like 2013 is going to be the year tablets really start taking off. There has been a lot of tablet news this week which is likely because of The Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) this week in Las Vegas. All links are to Tom’s Hardware unless otherwise noted. Tablet Announcements: Archos Shows New Titanium, Platinum Android Tablets – French company – tablets will feature white finish instead of the typical black/aluminum finish and some will support a 2048 x 1536 resolution (for about half the price of the iPad). Panasonic Announces Android, Windows 8 Tablets – Panasonic might be taking a bit of risk here doing both Android and Windows 8…

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Samsung Announces ‘8-core’ Mobile Processor

I think we have come to the point that our smartphones and tablets are more powerful than our traditional desktop/laptop computer. At their keynote address on  Thursday, January 10th at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung’s Stephen Woo announced the world’s first eight-core processor for smartphones and tablets, the Exynos5 Octa. However, it is not a true 8-core (or octa-core) as it is really 2 quad-core processors. My HTC Sensation phone only as a dual-core processor and the new (for 2012) Samsung Galaxy Note II phone/tablet as a quad-processor. The Asus Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface tablets also have a quad-core processor….

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