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Palm gets official with webOS 2.0 and Pre 2: hitting France on Friday, Verizon 'in the coming months'

And just like that, the rumor mill smirks. HP has just come clean with a device that we’ve been hearing more and more about over the past few weeks, and with it will come the next generation of webOS that we’ve been hearing about for even longer. The Palm Pre 2 will be the first device to ship with HP webOS 2.0, with the revamped and renamed (presumably to use on more than just Palm smartphones) mobile OS promising “true multitasking,” Stacks (for organizing apps) Just Type, HP Synergy (links your email and social networking accounts), Exhibition (enabling users to run apps designed specifically for the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock) and support for Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 Beta. It’s also bringing along a new Favorites tagging option, Skype Mobile (on the Verizon version only), text assist, integrated Quickoffice, VPN support, a redesigned launcher and full support for Bluetooth keyboards and SPP peripherals. Read more »


HTC Android tablets delayed as Google puts support behind LG and Motorola

LG announced not too long ago that it would be delaying its tablets running Android in order to wait for a more tablet friendly version of the OS to run the tablets. Google says that current Android versions are not tablet friendly, despite other makers using the OS in tablets expected soon. A report from DigiTimes has surfaced that claims HTC’s Android tablets are delayed significantly.

According to the source, an analyst from JPMorgan, the delay in the HTC tablets will see them slip from the expected Q4 2010 time frame to Q2 2011. That means that the tablets will miss the important holiday shopping season. The change in launch of the tablets comes amid reports that Google is throwing it support for tablets on Android 3.0 behind Motorola.

After Android 3.0, LG will get Google’s attention for tablets on Android 3.5. Presumably, after that release HTC will get its turn for tablet love. There is no word on why HTC was shunned in favor of the other two firms for tablets running Android.


T-Mobile myTouch 4G Video

When T-Mobile officially announced the existence of the next-gen myTouch handset, it simply referred to it as the new myTouch.
Not the myTouch 4G due to its HSPA+ powered networking, or the myTouch HD because of the 720p shooting. Nope, simply the new myTouch.
However, the tech industry seems to be calling this device the myTouch 4G so we’ll go with that. You can’t keep calling something new you see, because eventually, well, it gets old.
So, enjoy this video of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G that reveals pre-Gingerbread video calling, some HD shooting and a nice AV streaming service.
The phone should be out, in the US, “in time for the holidays”. UK myTouch fans are unlikely to see an official launch – so it could be a case of scouring eBay if you’re desperate for one.


Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) features leaked

And the big news is that the rumours about video calling coming to the Google-backed open source OS look likely to come true, with Phandroid’s source confirming that it won’t just be fanboys having all the video calling fun.

The other notable features all centre around the tweaking and improving of Android’s UI, which will certainly be welcomed by critics of Android’s, shall we say, mismatched look.

Most of the graphics-related changes mentioned by the source are relatively minor, but Android fans will be pleased to know that the notification bar has been reworked, icons will appear more uniform, scroll effects (similar to iOS’ bounce) have been added, and there’s gonna be more green – a whole lot more green.

A final noteworthy addition is the addition of VoIP features to the Google Voice app. The report suggests that this may not work straight out of the box – but via an early update – but does state that it will be a Gingerbread exclusive. So bad news, Froyo-fans.

An announcement of Gingerbread’s arrival was due before the end of the year, but this could now come in early 2011.


Japan gets 3 new Android phones on KDDI

Japan is used to having some of the coolest phones, and to make sure they stay that way is KDDI with a trio of new handsets to offer its customers.   Without further ado, I introduce the Toshiba REGZA Phone IS04, the Sharp IS05 and the Pantech SIRIUSα IS06.  They all are running Android 2.x and are scheduled to hit Japan around December or January.  One of these new contenders is even housed in waterproof casing!  Hit the jump to see more pics and specs.

Toshiba REGZA IS04:

  • 854×480 resolution 4″ screen
  • 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
  • 1Seg TV Tuner
  • microSDHC slot
  • 12.19Mpix Camera
  • Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • Waterproof Casing
  • KDDI’s new WIN HIGH SPEED data connection (9.2Mbps down, 5.5Mbps up)
  • Android 2.1 Read more »

Steve Jobs: 7-inch Tablets DOA, Android is fragmented, not open

Apple’s solid financial performance for the past quarter got them headlines enough, but it’s CEO Steve Jobs’ no-holds-barred attack on rival “open” platforms and tablets trying to colonise the middle-ground between iPhone and iPad that will likely stick in most memories.  Making an unusual appearance on the financial results call, Jobs dismissed 7-inch slates – like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and including the ongoing rumors of a smaller iPad version – as “tweeners” falling in-between smartphone and iPad and likely to be dead on arrival, while also saving a few obituary words for RIM.

Jobs pointed out that a 7-inch screen is actually a little under half of what the iPad offers – 45-percent in fact – and said that “this size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps, in our opinion.” Although a higher resolution could help, “it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size.”  Android, Jobs reckons, isn’t ready for tablets, and he pointed to Google’s own suggestions that manufacturers should wait for 3.0 Gingerbread as evidence that he’s not the only one. Read more »


Next Apple iPhone (Verizon model) hits “AP” field test stage, iPhone 5 hits “EVT” stage?

One of our solid Apple sources has just let us know some pretty interesting (and exciting) information surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone devices. For starters, we have been told that iPhone model 3,2 — what everyone is assuming to be the Verizon (or at least CDMA-compatible) phone — just hit the “AP” testing stage. This is the very last stage before retail release; final hardware, almost final software. Here is the odd thing, though… the iPhone 3,2 unit, we have been exclusively told, contains a SIM card slot. This is interesting for a multitude of reasons, and presents several different scenarios:

  • The iPhone 3,2 could be the mythical CDMA + GSM/HSPA device that would support Verizon, AT&T, and the other current worldwide iPhone 4 carriers frequencies. The mid-cycle refresh would bring an updated antenna design for the current iPhone 4 and bring CDMA-compatibility; essentially, Verizon Wireless subscribers would have the same device as AT&T subscribers.
  • The iPhone 3,2 could be a CDMA-capable iPhone that houses a SIM card for global roaming capabilities; though that certainly seems more complicated than just having one single glove that would fit both hands.
  • One last possibility that the iPhone model 3,2 would simply be a slightly different design that doesn’t suffer from the same antenna attenuation as the current model; though that would be a little disappointing.

As far as the next generation iPhone 5, our source has also indicated to us that device has hit the “EVT” stage in the development cycle. The “EVT” stage is the engineering verification test phase, before the “DVT” phase.

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