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White iPhone 4 arriving by end of April

While the wait persists for an iPhone 5, a new report says the much-delayed white version of the current-generation iPhone 4 will go on sale by the end of the month.

Citing three sources familiar with Apple’s plans, Bloomberg reports that the company intends to put the white version of the popular handset up for sale “in the next few weeks” for both AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers.

Bloomberg also said that Apple does not plan to announce a follow-up to the iPhone 4 at the Worldwide Developers Conference slated for early June, adding additional fuel to rumors that Apple is behind on its usual handset release schedule.

Apple promised a white version of the iPhone 4 when it first announced the phone, though the company failed to ship it alongside the black version that’s been on sale for the past 10 months. At the time, the company said the alternate color was proving more “challenging to manufacture than we originally expected.”

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the sizable delay had been attributed, in part, to the white model’s paint peeling when it got hot. An analyst report published last month said Apple had changed the film material being used to keep the device laminated, putting the company back on track to ship the phone in April.

When introducing the iPad 2 early last month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made it a point that the iPad 2 would ship in both black and white from day one. The company delivered on that promise. Days later, Phil Schiller, Apple’s vice president of worldwide product marketing, posted a note on Twitter saying the white iPhone 4 would be available this spring.

Apple broke its own record in its last fiscal quarter, selling 16.2 million iPhones. The company announces its second fiscal quarter earnings next Wednesday, with some analysts predicting it’s sold an even higher number during that time.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Bloomberg report.

Update at 12:37 p.m. PT on 4/14: Apple has told The Wall Street Journal that the white iPhone 4 is still on track to be released “in the spring,” though did not go into detail about what carriers the device would be offered on or if that deadline falls within Bloomberg’s April timeframe.

Could The iPad 3 Use The Third Dimension Of Pressure?

When we talk about 3D when it comes to displays, the third dimension we’re talking about is a z-axis popping out at you, a la the Nintendo 3DS. But when we talk about the possibility of a 3D iPad, or a 3D iPhone, or any other 3D touchscreen device, why are we talking about Apple adding a superfluous visual dimension when we can be talking about adding a very real tactile dimension to the same device?

In other words, when you poke an icon on iOS, what’s more important: for it to float off the screen, or for it to feel like you pressed something physical, and not ephemeral. That’s just the problem that Peratech is working on, and with its QTC (Quantum Tunneling Composite) Clear, it’s come up with an invention that any Apple fan can excited about: a force-sensitive touchscreen that allows users to apply the third-dimension of pressure.

What does that mean? Think of painters being able to apply pressure to the strokes of their virtual brushes, or on-screen game controls that were truly analogue.

Best of all, Peratech’s tech can be used not only to replace resistive touchscreens (think: stylys-based) but also to supplement capacitive ones, like the iPad’s. And since the touchscreen is only between 6-8 microns thick and the panels draws almost no current, it ‘s a good fit for iOS’s line-up.

[via Gadget Lab]

Sony Honeycomb tablet to hit US by end of summer 2011

Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer has apparently confirmed that the company will launch an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet later in 2011. Bloomberg quotes Japan’s Nikkei as saying Stringer confirmed the slate would drop at the end of the summer, with the US targeted first.

Last we heard, Sony was readying an S1 PlayStation tablet with a 9.4-inch display, Tegra 2 processor and a distinctive curved “wrap” chassis. Gaming, ereader, computing and media streaming is all expected to be included; we’d also expect Sony to do some UI work on top of Android 3.0, too.

We’re having trouble finding the exact Nikkei report, though back in January the paper claimed Stringer was aiming to take the number two spot in tablets, after Apple, by the end of 2012. The CEO suggested Sony’s lengthy development period was so that the slate could be sufficiently differentiated from other Android tablets, and hinted that 3D was a possibility.

“I” version of Android will combine features of Gingerbread and Honeycomb

Honeycomb and gingerbread

Live here at Mobile World Congress, we just got word from Eric Schmidt that the next version of Android will combine the feature set of Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Schmidt didn’t give any details on naming (we’ve heard both Ice Cream and Ice Cream Sandwhich), but it’ll definitely be the “I” version of Android. Looks like some of our favorite Honeycomb features will be making their way to phones.

Masks: A new revolutionary way of theming your iOS device (video)

Masks is a new handy tweak available in Cydia that allows you to change the look of Springboard in a new and revolutionary way! Using this tweak, you can apply many effects to the icons and background of your Springboard. You can use a Mask and apply it to all the icons and backgrounds.

There are over 40 masks in the tweak which can be applied once you install the tweak. Below is the main features of this tweak:

– Choose from 43 premade high-resolution masks
– Create and use your own, custom-made masks
– Icon masks
– Wallpaper masks
– Launch Screen Masks
– Use the same mask, inverted, for a different effect
– Option to colorize your icons
– Pre-made collections with several masks of the same theme
– Works on iPhone, iPod and iPad

Here’s a quick video demo of the tweak shown in action:

The tweak is available in Cydia store for $1.99 under BigBoss repository!

Nearly 90% of All Android Devices Run 2.1 or 2.2

“Fragmentation” is a very common buzzword in the Android world, especially among its critics. But how big of a problem is it, really? Granted, different carriers and different manufacturers like to put their own spin on the OS, but most of that is cosmetic. At the core, most Android devices are running either the 2.1 or 2.2 version of the OS. The Android developer blog has released numbers, compiled of all the devices that have checked into the market over the last 2 weeks. As it turns out, 57.6% of all devices are running Android 2.2 right now, and 31.4% are running 2.1 – bringing the total between the two up to 89%. With nearly 90% running the same version of the OS, and Google saying that they’re at a point that major updates will be coming out about once a year, that should go a long way to addressing the perception of fragmentation.

[via Android Developer Blog]

 

WHY APPLE FEARS HONEYCOMB !!

Unless you miraculously found a way to live under a rock on the moon for the past 25 years, you’ve had a pretty good chance of seeing the Apple Macintosh 1984 commercial [below], the one directed by Ridley Scott, the one with the woman running through hallways of automatons ultimately to toss a hammer through a screen, smashing an image of Big Brother. This commercial was made to announce the release of the Macintosh personal computer. Today we’ve been treated to an ad spot made by Motorola to promote their upcoming tablet computer XOOM, featuring the new Google Android mobile operating system Android 3.0 Honeycomb, made specifically for tablets – this commercial directly targets the 1984 commercial for Apple Macintosh. Yesterday a massive article by creative director Steve Hayden detailed his work on and knowledge of the 1984 commercial, celebrating its excellence.

 

There are a bunch of fun facts inside the article by Hayden, and I have no qualms with saying that I too think it’s the best TV commercial ever. In Hayden’s notes he writes that the brief for the commercial was simply a message from Jobs: “I want to stop the world in its tracks.” The commercial was originally a 60 second ad that ran during 1984 Superbowl, then running in 10 US markets as well as Boca Raton, Fla., headquarters for IBM’s PC division. This 30 second spot was also run in movie theaters across the US via ScreenVision advertising, one theater owner running the ad for a month after the buy was over because he loved it so much.

Copywriter Gary Gussick penned the line “Why 1984 won’t be like 1984,” Ridley Scott was brought on board to direct, Hayden and his brother wrote a speech for Big Brother using every dictator from Mussolini to Mao, and the ad spot told the world that owning and using a personal computer meant you were free of the oppression that held you. This was against more than just an operating system, it was against the then-modern fear of technology, the looming “Communist threat,” and the status quo in so very many ways.

What does Motorola do here in 2011? They make an ad spot with the globe floating in space with a couple of earbuds in, visually identifying it as what some people call a “Podling,” essentially someone who has their iPod plugged into their ears 24 hours a day. This commercial blasts

2011 LOOKS A LOT LIKE 1984

ONE AUTHORITY

ONE DESIGN

ONE WAY TO WORK

IT’S TIME FOR MORE CHOICES

Meanwhile the commercial has slowly faded to black and white, now BLASTING into color, jamming into your face

MORE SPEED
DUAL-CORE 1GHZ PROCESSOR, 1080P HD VIDEO PLAYBACK, 3G UPGRADABLE TO 4G,

MORE FLEXIBILITY
ANDROID 3.0 HONEYCOMB AND ADOBE FLASH PLAYER, 5 MP REAR-FACING CAMERA AND 2 MP FRONT-FACING CAMERA

MORE FREEDOM

IT’S TIME TO EXPLORE

IT’S TIME TO LIVE A FREE LIFE.

Then switching back from the giant red planet that’s appeared (making us think we’re now on Mars, perhaps,) to the “Life. M Powered” Motorola logo, then also revealing Motorola XOOM, Super Bowl XLV, and facebook.com/motorola logos below.

Will Apple fear this ad? Not as much as they’ll be scraping their fingernails into their kneecaps over it. Surely this is a spit in their face, and also a spit in the faces of the original commercial, but then again it’s also a compliment that they’d target Apple only in such a direct way.

What do you think?

 

 

Download Android 3.0 Honeycomb ROM for NookColor

Few days back we had reported about Android 3.0 Honeycomb ported to NookColor to enhance its beauty and make it first tablet to have honeycomb running (unofficially). Now here is good news for those Nook color owner eagerly waiting for instructions & honeycomb image file for Nook Color.

The developer behind Android 3.0 port for Nook Color has released his work for wider audience. The complete Honeycomb Android 3.0 image file along with instructions on how to flash on Nook Color is available at XDA forum and here is list of what works and what doesn’t.

What works:

-Graphics accelration

-Accelerometer

-Wireless!

-Touchscreen

-Buttons

-Sleep/Wakeup stuff

Doesn’t work:

-Sound

-DSP e.g. no hardware video decoding

The whole thing is based on the honeycomb emulator images, the B&N V1.1 kernel+modules+driver, pieces from the upcoming CM7. As usual do it as your own risk.

Download Nook Color Android 3.0 Honeycomb Image.

(Via Engadget)

Update: Honeycomb running on Nookcolor

Honeycomb on NookColor

(Credits: Thanks to Steve Troughton)

GSLO gets first shipment of Volt solar iPhone cases for testing

We have talked a couple times now about the GSLO Volt solar charger case for the iPhone that will be offered by GSLO in the US. The company has announced that it has received its first shipment of demo cases from the manufacturer for testing.

According to GSLO this is the last step before it can start marketing the cases and selling them in the US. GSLO is going to “thoroughly test” Volt units to ensure that the cases are manufactured well before selling them.

The Volt is a case with a battery packs that has a small solar panel on the back. The idea is that the solar panel will trickle charge the cases internal battery and help keep it charged up longer. The Volt is also the only battery pack I have heard of that will work with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. You can reserve your own Volt case here.

 

78% Of All Web Videos Encoded For iOS

But iPhone doesn’t play Flash based videos”, has been a statement I’ve heard for quite some time now when friends and family ask for advice choosing a new smartphone. What I advise them is always based on the individual and their needs. Sometimes I will steer them towards iOS, other times Android. The thing I always tell them is, don’t eliminate iOS simply because it lacks Flash support, as most web content is encoded to play on Apple Devices.

According to Encoding.com, a company that encodes approximately a million videos a month from all sorts of media conglomerates like MTV and PBS, nearly 78 percent of it’s customers encode their mobile video content to play on iOS devices. Only four percent specifically select Android encoding, while the last 18 percent being gobbled up by the 3GP format.

This is not to say that 78 percent of the video only works on iOS and not other platforms, what Encoding.com states is their customers specifically select iOS encoding, but don’t select Android. Videos will still play on the Android platform, but if a content provider specifically selects Android it will be optimized for that operating system. This is not a huge surprise as iOS is still default, but Encoding CEO Jeff Malkin predicts Android numbers will increase as it continues to gain market share.

The 1400 clients that Encoding.com is working for are pretty representative of the industry as a whole, ranging from individual websites, public relations and advertising firms to retailers and broadcast networks. Content providers like to see huge gains before they encode specifically for a device or platform, and as of right now, iOS is on top, but as noted Android is making quick gains.

An interesting side note, encoding on the web as whole, H.264 format is continually growing, while Windows Media has slipped to 1.2 percent of total encodes and is on the verge of extinction.

Based on these trends content providers are making a huge effort to optimize content for mobile devices, which should make the tech savvy readers of TechnoBuffalo extremely happy as more content will be optimized for your mobile lifestyle.

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