Ice cream sandwich, the next big thing in the droid world after “Honeycomb” is set to arrive in October or November, according to Google’s ex-CEO Eric Schmidt.
Apparently, during a Salesforce conference, at which the ex-CEO of el goog was present, mentioned to Marc Benioff ( CEO, Salesforce ) :
We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone’s really excited about.
According to Google, the ICS version of Android is THE version that will integrate the user experience of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Apart from the UI, there are many changes under the hood too, nothing unveiled yet.
The first device that will run the latest version of Android is of course, the next Nexus, which is rumored to be called as Nexus Prime, made by Samsung.
With that said, head on past the break to see the actual video of the conference, which spans more than an hour. You can see Eric making that statement at the 30th minute of that video.
Source Salesforce via TIMN
Oh, here we go. The next version of the *flagship* pure Google phone has been rumored as manufactured by Samsung, but never had any concrete proof. Well, talking about proof, see this image below.
The above email you see is a cease and desist letter sent to a developer to stop using the “Nexus Prime” firmware. Yup, the Nexus Prime is made by Samsung, you can now shut down the LG/HTC rumors and start guessing whether if it will be a SGS2 clone like the Nexus was a NFC clone of the galaxy S.
I guess the Samsung legal time will have a hard time explaining this to their bosses.
Fancy a bigger and better live view display for your Canon EOS DSLR ? Well, there’s an app for that ! ( P.S : Currently available only for SGS 2 [KG1 or newer FW] and Honeycomb tablets )
Called DSLR controller, this Android app allows you to output the live view mode from your DSLR to your Android phone through a USB otg adapter.
Video demo :
DSLR Controller is the first and only app that will allow you to control your Canon EOS DSLR from a compatible Android device over USB. You need a Honeycomb tablet or an SGS2 (with KG1 or newer firmware) and a USB host (OTG, On-The-Go) cable / adapter for this.
It is now available from Market (desktop link):
Also see the discussion thread on XDA-Developers.com:
Cool, right ?
Priced at 8.5 $ on the Android market, this app is quite an experiment for all DSLR lovers out there.
Great news for all you tablet crazy people out there. The much coveted Android honeycomb sporting ASUS EeePad transformer tablet has arrived on Indian shores, with a price tag of Rs.32,999/-.
What makes this tablet special ? Well, it’s the form factor !
Absolutely innovative stuff from ASUS. Clip on full size keyboard transforms the touchscreen tablet into a portable workhorse. Remove the keyboard and it transforms into a more portable tablet-y form factor. And it has a slew of ports that supports many interfaces like mini HDMI, USB with OTG capabilities ( Not supported in software yet ).
Other specs are like almost similar to other Honeycomb tablets with reference hardware such as : Dual core Tegra 2, 10.1 inch screen with 1280×800 resolution, 16/32 GB of mass memory, 1 GB of RAM..etc
Coming to the price, i think it’s a bit high considering the biggest competitor “iPad2” is priced much lesser at 29k. But the form factor is an attractive one, people looking for tablets as laptop replacements may find it worthy.
Another Microsoft news, and a big one ! Microsoft’s search solution “Bing” has inked a deal with the Chinese government run search giant Baidu.
Take that GOOGLE !!
The deal states that Baidu will incorporate Bing’s english results in it’s search engine, and of course MS will get paid for that, by naturally gaining/sharing nearly 3/4th of the chinese market share. You know why this is huge ? Because it’s China ! We all know how it went for Google, with great backlash from the government regarding strict rules for content. But it still holds 19.6 % mkt. share while Bing is no where to be seen. So, good thing for Microsoft that it could ink a deal with the government . Seems it’s a deal week at Redmond.
See more about the Android patent license deals
Here we go again ! Like we saw earlier how MS makes more money off Android than Windows Phone thanks to HTC, now it’s Samsung’s turn.
" Selling Droids ? Pay me a cut first "
This is right after a series of patent license deals with Onkyo, Velocity micro and Itronix (all Android device manufacturers). Samsung on the other hand, was till now, out of this attack. Now, they seek to lower the price per device to 10 $ and also, most importantly seek a deeper relationship with MS on the windows platform (More phones perhaps ? May be the rumored SGS2 hardware running WP mango ?). While MS should be happy whatever happens, the licensing deals are a boon till Android sales soar.
I still remember what Ballmer said once ” Android does not come free “.
After the pretty good sales of the Eee pad transformer, ASUS is back with another innovative product, well not yet, but it is a product-to-be. It has been announced at the computex today. It is called the PadFone.
It’s a simple innovative concept that takes advantage of the hardware’s interfacing capabilities. The 4.3 inch smartphone is docked into the 10.1′ tablet like device on the back like the picture shown above. Basically , you get two form factors in one. Much like the Motorola tablet dock ,but without keyboard. Overall the 10.1 ” device is merely a touchscreen display with battery and extended ports. Pitched to run Ice cream sandwich which aims to unify both the smartphone and tablet UI in Android. ASUS has currently shown off the mockups alone, It will probably launch after Google officially announces Ice cream Sandwich.
Hope atleast this doesn’t get supply issues like how the Transformer got. So, are you interested in saving up for a device like this ?
Hit the break for the videos.
Nvidia, a leader in PC graphics made a splash in the smartphone arena with the SoC called Tegra. Then, Tegra 2 came and conquered the Tablet space , atleast by OEM volumes. Having done a silent transition from the PC market to the smartphone market, Nvidia have carved out a name for themselves by delivering performance in small packages. They need to maintain a legacy right ? So, here they are , educating the world of their awesomeness. Have a look at the video demo of the tablet gaming future.
This , my friends is what Nvidia is known for, and i am glad that they are carrying forward the legacy. This demo tell us that , the computing power of portable devices are actually increasing manifold.I am dumb founded by how fast the technology has leaped forward. Driven mainly by Apple in the gaming section.
The quad core next generation Tegra SoC codenamed Kal-El is right now on pre production stage and is expected to hit retail units by August, if the rumor is right.
The demo game called “Glow ball” is going to be released to the Android market when the tablets powered by Kal-eL hit the market as promised. You may be wowed by these kind of stunts, however it’s solely upto the third party developers to take advantage of the hardware. Honestly, Android devices have one of the most powerful hardware on the planet but i don’t see developers pating much attention to it, considering that almost all the new devices launched in 2011 are dual core, and i am yet to be blown away by some insanely rich games. Whereas Apple on the other hand, had incredibly detailed titles with previous generation processor and graphics. With the iPad 2 , the exploit has really started .
I would like to see the same thing happening to Kal-El . I want devs to take it seriously and produce some insane games that i might play on my future device that can support extreme gaming too.
Here’s some startling information . According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC device sold, which is a patent dispute settlement over an IP infrigement. So, if we calculate how much MS earned from HTC’s androids alone, 5$ for 30 million HTC androids, thats 150 million , more than what MS gets for windows phone ( 2 million licenses, each 15 $ = 30 million ).
Also, supposedly, MS earns from other Android manufacturers too, nearly 7.50 $ to 8 $ per device. Now, we know why MS bought skype , right ? Just kidding. Point is, it earns more from Android than Windows Phone.
Another interesting claim is that, Android OEMs barely get 10 – 15 % margin for smartphones and 2 – 3 % for Tablets.All those numbers just make partnering with Microsoft just better, eh ? No wonder, Ballmer famously proclaimed ” Android is not free “. Numbers look sad for the OEMs but i am wondering how they manage to cook so many devices with such low margins, arguably.
However, all these numbers are from a single analyst, so let us not judge immediately , wait for others’ take on this matter. Am sure this will spread like wildfire.