Although Notion Ink Adam has impressed quite a lot of its target base, one of the oft-quoted reasons for people to not go ahead with their purchase is the lack of Android market access on the pretty tablet. Of course, applications may be sideloaded even now. However, given the fact that a majority of customers would prefer the availability of the Android market application out-of-the-box, this has remained a very pertinent point so far.
That could change soon though. In a new update to the Notion Ink blog, CEO Rohan Shravan has stated that the company is already working on a Honeycomb update that could be released soon. Shravan notes,
“We have started working on the Honeycomb and looking into how soon can we offer the update to you all! For this to be achieved faster and smoother, we would need a lot of support from NVidia, and we are looking forward to it!”
We look forward to the release as well, Rohan.
If you are in the United States, you might be glad to know that Google has recently announced a number porting facility for Google Voice users. What this means is that you will now be able to access all features of Google Voice with you existing mobile phone number. That’s an easy way to let friends and family contact you on Google Voice without having to change from your existing contact number. In a recent blog post on their official Google Voice blog, the company has noted,
“Today, we’re excited to announce that Number Porting is available for all existing Google Voice users. This means you can make the mobile number you’ve always used your Google Voice number, so it can ring any phone you want—or even your computer.”
Google has also released an official video demo of how the process will work. Do note that you may have to pay an early termination fee to your carrier if you are still in a contract period. So this facility may not be entirely free technically. Check out the demo below.
This has been a season of discounts for those looking for a Galaxy Tab. Afte Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular dropped the price of the Galaxy Tab on their network, T-Mobile has now announced a massive price drop of the Galaxy Tab on their cellular network. Starting today, the Galaxy Tab on T-Mobile will cost $249.99. While this is just $50 lower than the most recent price of the tablet on their network, this is still a massive drop from the originally retailing price.
It will be worth noting that Sprint had announced earlier this month their decision to slash the price of the Galaxy Tab on their carrier to $299 – with a two year contract. Also, Verizon had announced a $100 price drop at the beginning of the year. With a barrage of Android tablets including Xoom launching in the market, carriers are clearly looking at clearing their Galaxy Tab stocks to prepare themselves for these new launches. It will be interesting to see what Samsung comes up with in order to keep their momentum going.
Apple unveiled the white iPhone 4 back in June last year. Although this variant of the iPhone found terrific popularity among customers even before launch, the device never made it to the stores due to, what Apple calls, a manufacturing glitch. However, it looks like the company may have finally fixed the issues and a white iPhone 4 may soon be on its way. Just days after details about a white iPhone 4 was revealed from the back-end databases of Vodafone Germany and Best Buy in the United States, comes one more report – this time from AT&T.
The AT&T Online Account Management system now appears to include two entries that read, “iPhone 4 – 16GB White” and “iPhone 4 – 32GB White”. While the entries do not contain details about the launch date, we do expect it to happen in the next few weeks considering that Apple may want to have this new iPhone variant in the market for at least a couple of months before the next generation iPhone launches – presumably in June of this year.
If you are in the United States and are experiencing poor network coverage at home or at office over your AT&T network, there is likely to be a fix for that soon. An internal memo circulated by AT&T talks about a new offer starting January 23 that will offer free MicroCells – with no monthly fee attached – to customers pre-selected by AT&T who have been known to suffer from poor coverage.
The MicroCell shall be free to use with only the monthly cellular service charges to account for. However customers who cancel their account inside a year are liable to pay the equipment fee of $199.99 after deducting the monthly fee of $16.67 on a pro-rata basis.
AT&T’s new plan appears to target customers who are most likely to defect to another carrier. By offering free MicroCells for a year, not only will AT&T manage to retain these customers for an additional year, but will also be able to buy more time to improve infrastructure in these regions.
Having said that, this is still a rumor. So take this with a pinch of salt.
George Hotz, the famous iPhone jailbreaker who is more commonly called GeoHot has released a new website called Ra1nb0wra1n that serves to showcase all of GeoHot’s iOS exploits from one place. Visiting the website will let users check through iOS exploits like Purplera1n, Blackra1n, Limera1n besides linking to Apple TV app emulator, console reboot, tethered reboot, etc.
Most interestingly, GeoHot’s new website also has a ‘Coming Soon‘ link that links to ‘Rubyra1n‘. If you have been following this space, you will know that Rubyra1n is the name of the next iOS exploit from GeoHot. Hotz is learned to have purchased the domain name back in March of last year along with Limera1n.
While the latter turned out to be the exploit that has now been used to jailbreak the recent versions of iOS, GeoHot has not revealed much information on Rubyra1n. We expect this exploit to be released soon after iOS 4.3 is released. What do you think?
China has been one of Apple’s important markets outside North America. However, stringent government regulations had meant the company was not allowed to sell the 3G variant of the iPad in the country – until now. An Apple spokesperson has confirmed that his company has managed to seek Chinese government approval to sell iPad 3G in the country. Like with the iPhone, China Unicom will be in charge of distributing and marketing the iPad 3G in the country. Chinese customers already have access to the WLAN variant of the iPad which is simply the domestic Wi-Fi equivalent.
Although clearances have been given, Apple has not given us an exact date when the device will actually become available on the stores. We will update you about that when we get to hear more about this.
We earlier heard that HTC could be launching a new tablet computer named HTC Scribe soon. This speculation came by way of a trademark application for ‘Scribe’ filed by the company where the product was explicitly described as a “tablet computer“. Now, if the latest rumors are anything to go by, HTC could be launching another tablet before Scribe reaches the market.
According to sources, HTC Flyer – an Android 2.3-based tablet should be launching in March of this year. The sources describe this tablet as simply a larger version of HTC Desire. Also, this device is expected to upgrade to Android 3.0 by June of this year. What’s interesting is that HTC is also expected to launch two other tablets during the same period. These tablets – possibly one of them could be Scribe – will launch directly over Android 3.0.
This could mean HTC is prepping at least three tablet computers that can launch by the summer of 2011. This is definitely an interesting rumor and something we will keep a tab on.
Ever since it was unveiled back in September last year, the Nokia E7 has impressed us. The device comes with a 4″ touchscreen ClearBack display, a full QWERTY keyboard, an 8-Megapixel camera with HD capture and 16GB mass memory. However, Espoo has failed to bring the device to the market on time. After initially announcing a Q4 launch, it was pushed to ‘early 2011‘. There were some speculations that the device could launch by January 10th, but that was not to be.
Despite these roadblocks, Nokia has finally managed to put the device up for launch- although it appears to be only in Finland for the moment. Starting now, Finland customers may place a pre-order for the Nokia E7 at the company website for a price of €599. The device is available at the moment in just two colors – Silver white and Dark gray – although alternate offerings in green, blue and orange are expected soon. All pre-ordered units are expected to be shipped by February.
Interested? Hit this link to order a device for yourself.
A new report by market research firm, IDC, has thrown some interesting numbers with respect to the worldwide tablet and eReader market. According to their latest study, the Apple iPad currently constitutes over 87.4% of all “media tablets” shipped during the third quarter of 2010. That is 4.2 million units sold out of the total 4.8 million tablets sold worldwide during this period.
IDC however points out that it has set some criteria to differentiate tablet computers from eReaders which means Windows tablets and Amazon bestsellers like Kindle were not considered “tablets” and hence were not part of the study. IDC says, only electronic devices that measured between 5-14 inches and were equipped with color displays and lightweight operating systems were included in the study.
Despite this, iPad still owns a major share of the market. IDC notes that putting the tablets and eReaders under one umbrella will still keep the iPad on top at 79.5% market share.
Although 2010 was considered the year of the tablets, it is in 2011 that we will be seeing most of the competition. With devices like Motorola Xoom and Blackberry PlayBook on the pipeline, it will be interesting to see how the iPad market share stands one year down the line.