From Htcyou: Speaking with Bloomberg, HTC chief financial officer Cheng Hui-ming states that under the right conditions, his company could run its own operating system for its smartphones. Throughout HTC’s history, it has relied on Windows Mobile and Google Android. Were HTC to use a proprietary OS, there are many significant factors to consider. More »
Nokia announced a trio of messaging cell phones yesterday, each of which prioritizes social networking (Twitter, FaceBook), texting, and e-mailing activities. The Finnish company’s C3, C6, and E5 models are regular phones with smartphone capabilities. Microsoft’s KIN promotes the exact same things, but with touchscreens and more powerful multimedia applications, although the KIN should be pricier. More »
“Better late than never,” Apple has finally wrestled enough Core i processors from Intel to put into the 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro models, which feature a 2010 CPU (at long last!) and a host of other upgrades and options. Sadly, the 13″ was left behind with Core 2 Duo speed bumps, but it does come with the NVIDIA 320M, 4Gb RAM, and much longer battery life. More »
The WePad was not the only tablet announcement yesterday. Archos outlined its Android generation 8 Internet Tablets consisting of models that range from 3″ to 10″ and prices starting at $100 to $350. ARM Cortex 800MHz and 1GHz processors with OpenGL 3D acceleration are going to power these handhelds. More »
From Ningin: Ever felt like hugging a fellow Ninginer but couldn’t because of the physical contact restriction of the Internet? Well that might change in the near future. Japanese scientists were able to create a robotic device that simulates many human sensations such as heart beats, hugging, stomach butterflies and spine tingles to the wearer. More »
After much controversy, the Opera Mini mobile web browser has been approved and will be released on the App Store. In the past, apps have been rejected for sharing the same functionality as Apple-built apps.
In this case, Opera Mini is a direct competitor to Safari, the default web browser on the iPhone. Many users thought that it would never be approved but 19 days after it was submitted, it was finally authorised. More »
Two new Sharp manufactured phones were announced today by Microsoft. The KIN ONE and KIN TWO smartphones are differentiated from Windows Phone 7 by their simplicity and completely closed system. The KIN series combines smartphone advancements like multi-touch, Silverlight web-browsing, and eye-popping visuals from Zune HD’s interface with a simplified operating system that has no third-party apps, much like standard cell phones. Both CDMA phones are arriving on Verizon’s network in May, with Vodafone getting them in the fall. There is also a GSM version of the KIN ONE that will make the rounds in Europe and Asia. More »