Efforts to get Android running properly on the HP TouchPad continue, with both cores of the tablet’s 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor now usable and hardware graphics acceleration supported. The handiwork of the Cyanogenmod team, the new video demo – which you can see after the cut – shows a modified TouchPad running various 3D games as well as playing 720p HD local video and HQ YouTube clips.
Meanwhile there have also been improvements on sound support, with the TouchPad’s Beats Audio blessed speakers now functional. Multitouch touchscreen support was added earlier in the month, and there’s working WiFi and accelerometer. Unfortunately there’s still a list of components not yet playing nicely with Android: the front-facing camera and Bluetooth for a start, as well as accurate reporting on battery status. Some of the sensors aren’t working either, like the digital compass and gyroscope.
As always, the Cyanogenmod team’s plan is to only release a ROM when it’s ready for public consumption, so TouchPad owners wanting a taste of Android will have to hold off for a while until that’s the case. The eventual goal is a dual-boot option, giving a choice of Android or webOS.
Incoming January 2012
Online retailer Clove has priced up the eagerly anticipated Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime – a tablet will not only serve up a slice of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but also Nvidia’s five-core Tegra 3 chip.
Clove wants 551 for the 10in tablet, which incorporates 64GB of solid-state storage, 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, an 8Mp camera, (mini) HDMI out and a Micro SD card slot.
That’s without the Transformer series’ hallmark clip-on keyboard and battery combo, which has a hinged dock, turning the gadget into a laptop. If you want the Qwerty deck, you can pay the same price, but you’ll only get 32GB of storage.
Clove said it expects to receive stock in January 2012.
Korea’s finest have been very coy on the dual-core and Honeycomb update to the Galaxy Tab 7, the 7 Plus. We knew that Austria and Indonesia would get it by the end of October but didn’t know when it was likely to land in the States, or how much it would cost when it got here. Fortunately, it has now been spotted at J&R.com, where you will be happy to know that the 16GB version will cost $400, while the 32GB costs a bit more at $500. Now they just need to tell us when the thing will actually arrive.
Amazon has been investing a lot on its tablets (including the Kindle Fire), and this shows on its quarterly earnings: the profits for the giant online retailer are down 73%, and the stock is taking a dive in after-hours and the losses stand at 14% for now. We’ll see what it really looks like tomorrow.
But even if the quarter’s net income of $63M falls short of last year’s $231M, Amazon is hardly in any danger, and the game here is to sell tablets at cost (or at a loss) in order to make profits from sales of digital goods in the future. This is a business model that has been successfully used by game consoles, although I would stop the comparison there because the tablet market is very different in both variety and eco-system.
Still, Amazon is not there to “fight” against Apple, Samsung and other tablet makers. What Amazon really wants to do is to enable more people to shop for Amazon’s digital content, and if that means giving them a tablet for cheap, then so be it. The question is whether or not Amazon can sell enough digital good to make up for the hardware cost/losses? In theory, they could, and if that’s indeed true, they may come back stronger than ever.
Who’s ready for a little gadget pr0n? ASUS head honcho Jonney Shih gave AsiaD attendees a first peek at the Transformer’s successor just last week. Apart from that distant, dais-based reveal, we now have in the wild shots of the tab to focus our tech lust on. The leaked images, which have since been pulled from the Chinese site that hosted them, show off several angles of the quad-core Prime, its Zenbook-like aluminum finish and accompanying dock. Unfortunately, the lone lockscreen shot on offer’s not giving us any taste of the potential Ice Cream Sandwich OS lurking beneath.
You will come to that it is unexplainable, last-minute touch occurrence throughout Los Angeles, Microsof company only validated it’s going to offer their own Microsoft-branded Windows 8 RT device beneath the Floor banner. Measuring just simply 9.3mm dense, the finish pertaining to Windows RT is made all around an skew, all-magnesium VaporMg case that will weighs in at just below A single.Three excess fat, with the NVIDIA-made ARM nick powering the complete occasion. Microsoftâs appliance associate has also eliminated all-out on added splashes, for instance a built-in have, dual 2Ã2 MIMO antennas pertaining to Wifi enabled, plus a Twelve.6-inch optically-bonded, Gorilla Wine glass 2-covered Harley-davidson display. Not unlike Appleâs last two a long time, thereâs a new magnetically attached handle, however itâs not just a defender: here, it offers an entire multi-touch key pad in addition to track pad. For expansion, youâll have one both of High-definition multimedia, microSD as well as USB A couple of.3 (i’m sorry people, not any Several.4) along with both 16gb or 64GB associated with hard drive, although software features the common Windows 8 purchases and also a newly Metrofied version involving Netflix. The outer lining for Windows RT really should arrive approximately consistent with Windows 8, nevertheless Microsoft is appealing prices âcompetitiveâ sticking with the same ARM drugs * as well as youâre buying tablet with more grunt, you’ll be able to spring season for your Intel-packing Surface for Windows 8 Pro.