Monthly Archives: June 2012

Google Announces Nexus 7 Tablet & Nexus Q At Google I/O

At Google’s annual developer conference today, the company announced two new pieces of hardware, each competing directly with an Apple product.

The first one is the widely rumored $199 Nexus tablet, which Google calls Nexus 7 and the second is a $299 media streamer called the Nexus Q.

Google built Nexus 7 in partnership with Asus. It has a 7″ inch display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, and for just $199 manages to pack in impressive hardware. From Google’s blog:

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The Tegra-3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, makes everything, including games, extremely fast. And best of all, it’s only 340 grams, lighter than most tablets out there.

Google has also expanded the offerings on the Play Store to include magazines and the option to purchase movies in addition to renting them. The company’s playing the content card as well, by offering preloaded movies, books, magazines, songs and if that wasn’t enough, a $25 credit for spending on the Google Play store.

The Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.1, code named Jelly Bean, which was also announced at today’s keynote.

Google also announced Nexus Q – the spherical device is essentially an Apple TV competitor. Google touts it as the “world’s first social streaming media player,” that  accesses content off the Play store and YouTube. It also connects with other Android devices, and enables a party mode very similar to iTunes DJ. Nexus Q will be available for $299.

What’s most interesting though is, unlike the Nexus 7, the Nexus Q was built completely by Google. Google now joins Microsoft, Amazon and Apple as major tech companies that do their own software and hardware.

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iPad mini and New iPhone 5 Will be Released in September

It is reported by previous news that the next iPhone might feature a unibody aluminium casing. As per component leaks, the next gen iPhone would have a two-tone back panel with a major portion made of metal, presumably aluminium, and the rest made of glass.

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According to Brian White, an analyst with Topeka Capital Markets, Apple is gearing up for an “exciting” September with not one, but two major product launches lined up, the new iPhone and an iPad mini.

White bases his assertions on conversations he’s had with his supply chain sources in Taiwan, where he is currently attending the 2012 Computex trade show.

He believes that Apple would launch the sixth generation iPhone in September this year, rather than October.

Regarding the widely anticipated iPhone 5, we believe a September launch is more likely than October, while we also believe this will be coupled with the ‘iPad Mini’ unveiling that we were the first to uncover last Autumn.

The iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 were all debuted at WWDC in June. Apple broke the tradition in 2011 by releasing iPhone 4S in October, and it seems that the company is planning to do that again with a September launch of the new iPhone this year.

Apart from a possible launch timeframe, White didn’t give any other details about the iPad mini. Rumors suggest that the device would have a 7.85 inches screen with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. (If that figures rings a bell, it should, first and second gen iPads have the same resolution.)

An iPad mini, priced competitively, would sell like hot cakes during the holiday season, which is probably why Apple is looking at a September launch, assuming of course that the information White picked up is accurate.

Seems like Apple has a lot to show this year, apart from everything they’ve got scheduled for WWDC.

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New iPhone 5 Back Cover Video Leaked

– Smaller dock port
– Bottom headphone jack
– SIM card slot smaller
– iPhone 5 is thinner than iPhone 4S (though no screen on the iPhone 5)
– New home button
– and more

We’ve seen photos and a video of the purported next generation iPhone front panel, which have corroborated rumors that the sixth generation iPhone will come with a taller 4-inch display.

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Now, folks at parts reseller – ETradeSupply have published a hands-on video with the purported next generation iPhone back panel, as well as few iPhone 5  replacement parts are availale. A large portion of the back panel is made out of metal and the remaining part seems to be made of glass, which gives it a two-tone effect.

The next generation iPhone will get a metal antenna band like iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but in case of the sixth generation iPhone, it seems to be moulded with the metal back panel. The position of the headphone jack has moved from the top to the bottom, next to the speakers
It has the rumored smaller dock connector and the speakers grills have been redesigned

If these leaked parts turn out to be the real deal, then the design of the next generation iPhone would be incremental rather than an all-new design that we’re expecting.

What do you think of the possibility of the next generation iPhone with a metal back panel?

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