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20
Jan

Triple-display Flip phone powers our dreams with Android (video)


This one’s only a concept so don’t get your hopes up, but we’re loving the design here, called the Flip from designer Kristian Ulrich Larsen. It’s a triple-display handset running stock Android that pops out like a tent, collapses into a standard (if curved) slate, and even folds out like a little book. Each screen is said to be Super AMOLED hiding behind Gorilla Glass, with steel mesh acting as hinges — and there’s a full QWERTY keyboard somewhere in there too. Is it magic? No, it’s just a render, but we’re hoping that something like this becomes rather more physical in the not too distant future. Until then, enjoy the dreamy video after the break.

20
Jan

Apple iPad 2 camera icons appear in iOS 4.3 Beta 2


The expected dual-camera inclusion on the upcoming second generation iPad is now all but a given with further icon-based evidence fuelling the iPad 2 features fire.

Spotted in the recently released Beta 2 model of iOS 4.3, iPad-bound application icons for Apple’s video calling FaceTime technology, the familiar Camera application and the currently Mac only PhotoBooth software all point strongly in the direction of the predicted rear-facing camera and video recorder joining a second, lower-res front-facing offering.

Whilst the iPad 2 inclusion of dual-cameras and FaceTime capabilities will allow second generation Apple tablet adopters to hold video conversations with iPhone 4, latest generation iPod Touch and certain Mac owners, the arrival of the current Mac OS X-based PhotoBooth App will enable the morphing and adaptation of images caught by the device’s pair of snappers

20
Jan

Froyo is now on more than half of all Android devices, Gingerbread makes an appearance on the charts


A recently updated version of the Android Platform Versions pie chart is showing that Android 2.2, aka Froyo, has now made its way to a little over half of all Android handsets. Android 2.1 still takes up a large chunk of the chart at 35.2%, which is expected considering all of the Galaxy S devices still running Eclair.

So what’s the most noteworthy thing about this chart? Well, Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, has finally appeared. As of now, Gingerbread is only on .4% of Android handsets.

Being that only one phone, the Nexus S, has Gingerbread right now, we can expect that .4% figure to rise steadily as the year goes on and more updates are released. To me, it seems pretty likely that we will all soon be hearing about Gingerbread for our respective devices, since Android is already talking about an OS to be named Ice Cream Sandwich.

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