Google Play Books Updated – Pinch To Zoom, New Note Editing Features

What’s in this version:

You can now listen to most flowing text books using the “Read aloud” feature.
You can now pinch-zoom or double-tap-zoom in all books.
All text editing features are available for notes.
Personalized recommendations are shown at the end of your library and at the end of the books.
Numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements are included.



Nexus 7 TVC


The first two are: Camping and Curious. There is another japanese ad, Waiting.

100 Nexus 7 in Art Exhibit

An exhibit at Art Basel in Miami, called CNNCTD+100, shows off 100 works from New York-based artists, which combine video and audio to make a unique statement about New York culture. chipchick

Samsung is Now the Largest Handset Maker

This year will be the first time in 14 years Nokia’s name is not top of the list, according to analyst IHS iSuppli. That honour will go to 2011′s runner up: Samsung.

IHS predicts global smartphone shipments will rise by 35.5 percent this year, while overall cellphone shipments are expected to rise by only around 1 percent. This rapid smartphone growth will push 2012 smartphone penetration to 47 percent, up from 35 percent in 2011, it predicts.

via techcrunch


Games with Ambient Soundtrack

Few games are currently designed from ground up for touch screen. Almost all are adaptation from console or desktop PC where action are controlled via joystick or keyboard, not very touch screen friendly. But interesting touchscreen games start to emerge. Popular are finger action puzzle, such as Angry Bird/Bejeweled, and the other are tower defense and point defense RTS. Simple RTS is worth checking. From games point of view, they aren’t as deep as desktop games yet, but soundtracks are great. Much more enjoyable than desktop or console because tablet has much better sound system and closer to ear.

Few noteable are: Osmos HD, Eufloria HD, Petri (more here)

What The Rest are Up to

Amazon once again rumored to be building their own smartphone

Making the rounds today on the Internet is news that Amazon has partnered with Foxconn and the new Amazon phone is already being built. Supposedly coming in the middle of 2013, it would bring yet another player to the mobile OS race, one with deep pockets and who likes to win. androidcentral

RIM is readying January launch.

Leaks, rumors, come on, buzz all over the net. RIM is prepping their BB 10, their last great hope. They won’t have another chance, not many big customers and major market left.

RIM just sent out invites to the event where the new BlackBerry 10 OS will be unveiled and screenshots of the software already have leaked. christianpost

Microsoft Surface is a tough sell.

Microsoft’s new tablet, the Surface, seems to be struggling as well, with some analysts predicting it may not even sell 1 million units this quarter, which is well below the 3 to 5 million Microsoft ordered for production. If the device does sell poorly, cancellation may be considered, but because of a growing trend in computing from traditional machines to tablets, that decision won’t be as easy for Microsoft to make with the Surface as it was with the Kin. minyanville

Windows 8/RT tablets hard to sell, say Taiwan makers

Based on sales performance since Windows 8 was launched in late October, Windows 8/RT tablets are difficult to sell due to higher prices than those for Android tablets and insufficient available applications, according to Taiwan-based notebook supply chain makers.

With the weak performance of Windows 8 tablets, the sources believe that Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro, which will be priced around NT$26,000 in January 2013, is unlikely to achieve its anticipated shipments. digitimes

HTC to Halt Larger Windows Phone on Display Resolution

Windows phone can’t support 1080p. HTC canned their 5″ winPhone. businessweek

Nokia is almost out from Germany.

business magazine ‘Focus’ citing GfK research. Nokia is understood to have accounted for 12 percent of all mobile phones and smartphones sold in Germany between April and October, down from 18 percent at start-2012. Apple has overtaken Nokia to account for 15 percent of all handset and smartphone sales, boosted by the success of the iPhone 5. Samsung leads the German market with a 48 percent share. telecompaper

HTC M7, 4.7-inch 1080p

One X upgrade:

– Second generation Qualcomm quadcores
– Full HD, 4.7″, 461 ppi, SoLux Display
– 32GB storage
– 13MP CCD, larger lens, better video capture

via unwiredview

Next-Generation Tegra Ready for CES

Nvidia next Tegra has taped out, ready for CES 2013 and probably will be in product by February.

““We think we will announce our [next-generation Tegra] products at CES and our customers will announced their products at MWC,” said Chris Evenden, director of investor relations of Nvidia at Raymond James IT supply chain conference.

Nvidia Tegra “Grey” system-on-chip features built-in 3G and 4G/LTE communication technologies, the developer pins a lot of hopes on it as it should help it to penetrate the market of mass smartphones (that can be sold at a discount price), which will boost its market share considerably. Tegra “Wayne” is the next-generation multi-core application processor, which is presumably based on ARM Cortex-A15 general-purpose cores as well as a new GeForce-class graphics engine.” xbitlabs



Sharp Aquos Full HD 1080p

Second 5 inch screen in the market

” Sharp has launched the Aquos Phone SH930W, which sports a 5-inch Sharp IGZO display with a Full HD resolution, in Russia, for a price of RUB21,900 or about €540.

The Aquos Phone SH930W was expected to launch in the country last month but was apparently delayed, and has instead made it to the market just in time for Christmas. It is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with Adreno 225 GPU (1.5GHz Qualcomm 8260A), making it the first 1080p device to not sport a quad-core Snapdragon chipset inside, which does make me think how well that full HD resolution will be handled.” theandroidsoul

Very curvy. I wish they put better back plate.

Tablet PC OEMs

“With 2013 business planning well underway, product portfolios, sales strategies, and sourcing plans for mobile PC brands will certainly impact the supply chain,” Lin noted. Top PC brands will see only 2% annual growth in 2012 for notebook PCs, and a -28% plunge in mini-notebook PCs — but tablet PC growth chugs on at 75%. In 2013, however, these PC companies are setting their sights higher, planning 16% Y/Y shipment increases on average for notebook PCs, while tablet PC growth “may be less impressive than in 2012,” he says.

LG Display was the top supplier of mobile PC panels, with more than a third of its shipments going to Apple. Still the clear leader in mobile PCs (defined as notebooks, tablets, and ultraslim PCs), Apple accounted for more than 84% of total tablet PC shipments in 2Q12 (primarily made by Foxconn). HP was second, with Quanta covering about 33% of its production. Foxconn led in all PC OEM production in 2Q12 with >85% of its volume from Apple’s new 9.7-in. iPad and iPad 2. (Quanta started making Google’s Nexus 7-in. tablet PC in 2Q12.) electroiq

Tablet market share and IDC wild prediction

According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), iPad market share is expected to slip to 53.8% by the end of this year, from 56.3% in 2011. Android tablets, on the other hand, will increase their market share from 39.8% to 42.7%. However, predictions four years from now tell an interesting story.

In 2016, That 53.8% of Apple’s tablet market share is predicted to dip even further to 49.7%, while Android’s market share will take a hit as well, down to 39.7%. However, Microsoft‘s tablet market share, thanks to their new Surface tablet running Windows RT, will go from 2.9% market share in 2012 to 10.3% in 2016. slashgear