The first Asus PadFone was certainly an innovative product. While it had great battery life thanks to its combination of the PadFone Station & PadFone Station Dock, it was a bulky combination that felt heavy in our hands and bags. Things have changed, however, with the PadFone 2. For a start, the PadFone Station Dock is gone. The combined weight of the PadFone Station and PadFone 2 is just 649g.
Amazon Kindle Tablet With Android OS
Amazon Kindle tablet could be just what’s required to make Apple loosen the stronghold it has on third party content distributors. Amazon has a large selection of digital content that it can and will deliver via its device and cloud services for users to enjoy videos, music and movies at a lower cost. Easy payment options, social media integration, offers and discounts that are typical of Amazon could garner a lot of attention towards Amazon Kindle and take away from Apple iPad. With a price tag of $250, Kindle Tablet is all set to meet Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color and Apple’s iPad 2 head-on.
Google Ready to Put Android at Home
Google officially wants to be everywhere, or at least it wants Android to be everywhere. In the first keynote session at Google I/O 2011, Google outlined a vision for global platform domination, which includes a new cloud-based music service, a new movie rental service, Android for the home, reference designs for new Android hardware, and even, Android light bulbs. Prepare to get Google Android bombed.
RIM Could Bring BlackBerry Messenger to Android and iPhone
Rumour has it that Research In Motion (RIM) is developing an Android and iPhone version of its instant messenger app. BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is a proprietary instant messenger app that ships on all BlackBerry devices. It was developed by BlackBerry maker, Research In Motion, and allows messages to be sent over the BlackBerry PIN system.
BlackBerry’s most popular application, its messenger services, might be soon available on operating system other than BlackBerry, sources reported.
The BBM will now be available on Android and iOS, sources informed. In fact, this service will be available across all 3 major platforms.
The Motorola Xoom Review
Motorola Xoom is the first great Android tablet. Though there have been plenty of others introduced in the last year, it’s the first to strike a balance between design, performance, and utility with its powerful NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, impressive 10.1-inch display, and Google’s new tablet-specific mobile OS, Android 3.0. But despite its strengths, it has some sizable obstacles to overcome; namely its premium price tag and the rapidly expanding range of other competitors.
“The Street will think it’s a negative, that there is probably some issue going on. Google is trying to get more efficient and trying to get a tech guy in the seat to compete with Facebook,” said UBS analyst Brian Pitz.
“I don’t think it changes anything strategically where the company is headed.”
Eric Schmidt is stepping down as CEO of Google and cofounder Larry Page is taking over. The company just announced in its earnings release.