Browse Month: April 2011

Predicting Apple’s Future Devices with Its Patents

Aside from protecting a company’s rights, patents are an effective way to predict what a company has in store for us in the future. This is exactly what we are trying to find out from Apple.

In 2006, a patent application described a device as a, “portable computing device capable of wireless communications.” At first we weren’t sure on what this all meant, but several months later, the iPhone was revealed.

In 2004 and 2005, patents filed described a device that could, “detect multiple touches or near touches that occur at the same time and at distinct locations.” Another was describes as a, “virtual input device placement on a touch screen user interface.” Another device could, “activate virtual keys of a touch screen virtual keyboard.” Not long, we soon saw the iPad in the market.

With this information, can we say that patents are accurate enough to predict what Apple has planned for the future? Well, not always. At times, they are ideas that never happen. Sometimes, they are used to confuse the competition. However, there are a few patents that caught our attention.

One of these exciting patents is the iPad Air. No, it doesn’t look like the current iPad or iPad 2. Instead of a glass touch screen, it will make use of a unique material that can actually form physical buttons and interface elements. It will also feature a stylus that will be ideal for imaging apps.

Another exciting patent is a patent for the iPhone Nano. The smartphone will be extremely different from the iPhone 4. Not only will the smartphone be extremely small; it will be opaque enough for you to see your fingers on the other side. This will allow you to better work your fingers like a cursor. Furthermore, the smartphone will have a universal SIM. This has implications of Apple’s plans of becoming a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). This will allow Apple to act as a server, which will result in networks bidding for business. This means that you will have the best network services according to the area.

Among the patents, these two caught our attention. They have the ability to redefine we look at smartphone and tablet technology.

Source: Techradar

HTC’s 1st Quarter Earnings on an Astronomical Rise

If there is any manufacturer that can claim that it has had success in Android–based devices, it is HTC. Other than the fact that they were given international acclaim for the Desire in March of 2010, they are currently enjoying an astronomical rise in profits and popularity.

The first quarter of 2011 is testament to the world’s attraction to smartphones manufactured by the Taiwanese phone manufacturer. With smartphones such as the Desire S and the Inspire 4G, 9.7 million units were sold across the world in this initial quarter alone. Due to this, the company’s revenues have increased by 174.5% year-on-year.

How did HTC achieve this? The company was able to accomplish this feat by diversifying its line of products and made them available on a global scale. By doing this, its popularity in different regions around the world has increased exponentially. Travel around the four corners of the world and you are most likely to see someone using their handsets.

To prove this, let’s again take a look at the numbers. With 9.7 million units sold all over the world in the 1st quarter of 2011, they enjoyed a 192% increase compared to the number of units sold in the 1st quarter of 2010. This is impressive since it was in 2010 when they created the smartphone of the year, the Desire. Compared to the 4th Quarter of last year, they sold 6% more. Since the 1st Quarter of 2010, HTC reported growth after growth. It also reported net earnings worth $104.16 billion in this year’s 1st quarter.

With smartphones such as the Sensation and the EVO 3D and tablets such as the Flyer scheduled for release for the succeeding quarters of this year, we are sure to see more astronomical numbers. With this much success displayed by HTC, there is no telling how far the numbers will go in the months to come.

Source: Electricpig

Pink Samsung Galaxy S Joins the White & Black i9000 Galaxy S

The best selling Samsung Galaxy S has now been launched in a new pink colour scheme, joining the original black edition and more recent white model the new pink Samsung i9000 Galaxy S looks to aimed straight at a more female audience looking for top end pink gadgets.

Samsung Galaxy S Pink
Samsung Galaxy S Pink

The Pink Samsung Galaxy S now has deals as a SIM free phone with no network locks or branding to spoil its good looks, as with the white edition the pink Galaxy S simply swaps the colour of the rear casing keeping the front facing black panel plus all of those high end Android and Samsung features in tact.

As a SIM free phone the Samsung Galaxy S Pink does not require the customer to pass any of the network credit checks as with pay monthly contract deals, this means that those that might usually struggle to get a contract phone can easily get their hands on this latest link edition Galaxy S.

Pink Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
Pink Samsung i9000 Galaxy S

Sporting a 5.0 mega pixel camera capable of capturing HD video, Android 2.1 and an amazing 4 inch Super AMOLED touch screen the Pink Samsung Galaxy S is one high specification device, featuring Samsung’s Social Hub users can get a continuous stream of social network updates, emails and text all in one place to keep up with their friends antics and with access to over 150,000 new applications from the Android Market boredom is most definitely a thing of the past!

Pink Samsung Galaxy S deals

Samsung Galaxy S deals

White Samsung Galaxy S

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Qualcomm Intensifies Chip Wars with Its Processors Set For 2012

Currently, the most powerful processors under the hood of smartphones are 1.2 GHz dual-core processors that are currently being used by the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S II. The S II comes with the dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, Mali-400MP GPU, Orion chipset. The Sensation comes with the 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm MSM 8260 Snapdragon. You could say that ARM and Qualcomm are at war in providing the most powerful processors in the smartphone and tablet world. Qualcomm plans to intensify this chip war with its up and coming processors for 2012.

Did you ever think that processors could get any better? Well, according to leaked Qualcomm presentation slides, 2012 processors will come with processing power we never thought possible on smartphones and tablets. The slides reveal the MSM8270, the MSM8930, the MSM8960, and the APQ8064 processors.

What’s so special about these chipsets? These new additions to the Snapdragon series offer single-core, dual-core, and quad-core variations. Each core is clocked at as much as 2.5 GHz. Their chipsets offer 5 times the performance at the same time consumes 75% less power. Furthermore, their Adreno GPUs offer 4 times the performance.

How do these enhanced processors affect the smartphone and tablet industry? If you enjoy mobile console gaming on smartphones just like on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, these processors offer to make your gaming experience more hardcore. Currently, the Play can only run PS1 games. The Next generation processors will allow smartphones and tablets to run Xbox 360 and PS3-quality games.

When it comes to multi-tasking and video playback, these functions have always been a problem for they can easily drain the batteries. It is normal for users to charge their devices at least twice a day. This is normal on single core smartphones; what more on dual-core smartphones such as the Motorola Atrix? By only consuming 75% less energy, you may not need to charge as much.

Energy efficiency and an astronomical rise in performance is the emphasis of Qualcomm’s processors set for 2012. This makes us wonder what ARM has in its top secret arsenal.

Source: Crave

Google OCR Technology Allows Taking Pictures of Text and Embed Them on Docs

There are times when we encounter text that we would like to keep note of. So how do we keep note of these texts? Do we simply try to remember them? What if it was an entire paragraph? Do we take out our laptops and type them in? What if we didn’t have the time? Do we take pictures of them with our Android smartphones? You could do that, but imagine the time consuming task of looking though the pictures while typing them in with your laptop. Is it really worth the trouble? Now, android smartphones will save you an enormous amount of time with the Google OCR app.

OCR stands for optical character recognition. This allows you to take pictures of text and convert them to documents. All you will need is your Android smartphone to take a picture of text, log on to your Google account, access Google Docs, and the picture is converted in to document form. This will allow you to view or edit the text when needed.

The app definitely saves you a lot of time and effort when it comes to converting text in images to document form. However, you do need to log on to the internet to use it. Furthermore, results are greatly dependant on the megapixel count of your Android phone. If currently have the Samsung Galaxy S II and its 8 MP camera, there will be no problems embedding images to document form. If you currently have the HTC Wildfire or the LG Optimus Black with their 5 MP camera, it will still work, but converting images to text can sometimes be slow.

Despite the few problems, this is definitely a powerful tool. No longer do you have to transcribe the text you see. All you have to do is take a picture, save it as a Google Doc, and either email it or save it for later.

Source: Recombu