When Android tablets first launched, we clamored for versions that did not require us to tie into expensive data plans. Most of us ended up choosing WiFi-only tablets because of the premium price tag attached to 4G or LTE-ready slates. Doug Chartier, senior VP at T-Mobile, says this has lead us to become trapped in the “WiFi zone” and is looking to give more people the affordable option of picking up a data-enabled tablet. He and T-Mobile are turning to Walmart for help. (more…)
Qualcomm announced this afternoon that it has acquired a patent portfolio from HP that includes patents from Palm, IPAQ, and Bitfone. As you can imagine, they are indeed mobile-related, with Qualcomm saying that this acquisition “further enhances strength and diversity” of the companies patented mobile technologies. There are approximately 1,400 patents in the portfolio from the U.S. and approximately 1,000 from other countries.
Details outside of that are unknown, including how much Qualcomm paid. They did note that this “will enable the company to offer even more value to current and future licensees.”
Patents, so much fun. (more…)
In partnership with HP, Google released a new Chromebook this morning called the Chromebook 11. The laptop is now on sale through Google Play for just $279.99, featuring some good specs and a unique design that many might find quite appealing. It features an 11.6″ IPS display, finely-tuned speakers, is completely noiseless, weighs in at an extra-light 2.3lbs., comes in a variety of colors, and features up to 6 hours of battery life. Not a bad little package. (more…)
This morning, HP and NVIDIA announced two Tegra 4-powered devices, the HP Slate Pro and the HP Slate Extreme. Both are mid-sized tablets, the Pro sporting an 8″ HD display, while the Extreme features a 7″ HD display much like the old Nexus 7. For those keeping track of NVIDIA’s work, it is somewhat clear that HP used NVIDIA’s Tegra Note platform to build the Slate Extreme, as it is said to feature NVIDIA’s DirectStylus technology, 16GB of storage, and dual front-facing speakers. (more…)
HP recently dropped the price for both of the Slate 7 devices in the Android-powered Slate lineup, bringing the total prices to a low $140 for the 8GB model and $170 for the 16GB variant. $30 across the board. Whether this move is to spark some movement in inventory or to make room on something else, it’s a buyer’s market out there in terms of tablet. (more…)
This afternoon, HP announced the Slate 21 all-in-one desktop computer. This isn’t some usual desktop PC though. What makes the Slate 21 unique is that it is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, as well as featuring Android 4.2.2 as its operating system. Based on Google’s app services, users have access to all of Android’s apps, as well as a few specially designed apps from HP that make it more of a “computer” in that sense. (more…)