Just when you thought display technology could hardly get any better, along come quantum dots, making screens more colorful while consuming less power
This is not just some pie-in-the-sky dream of scientists and geeks. Nanosys and 3M have put this Star Trek-like tech to work, and it's gone way beyond the experimental stage, to where it's now almost ready to be built into smartphones, tablets and TVs.
The two companies said in a press release they'll have samples available to manufacturers by the "late second quarter of this year," which means companies interested in using this technology in their screens might be getting their hands on it within five weeks or so. Read more...
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The Google I/O developer conference is less than 48 hours away and everyone is wondering if this will be another year of major product launches and skydiving Google Glass wearers. The short answer? Probably notNew Google Android head Sundar Pichai promised that this Google I/O will be different, so don't expect many new products or a new OS.
In a wide-ranging pre-I/O interview with Wired, Pichai revealed little about the upcoming developer event, which kicks off on May 15, but did offer a few hints about what the future of Android and Chrome OS might look like.
Pichai, who now leads the development of both operating systems, reiterated that Google is not combining Android and Chrome OS. At least for now. "So in the short run, nothing changes. In the long run, computing itself will dictate the changes," Pichai told Wired. It's an interesting and nuanced response. In fact, Pichai repeatedly said that things could look different in the future ("a year or two from now.") That's the clearest indication we have yet that somewhere down the road, Android and Chrome could become one. "On the browser layer, we share a lot of stuff. We will increasingly do more things like that. Read more...
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For more than a year, there have been rumors that Amazon is working on a smartphone. Now, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is actually working on two.
The Journal reported Thursday that Amazon is "developing a wide-ranging line-up of gadgets," including two smartphones, one of which will have a 3D screen. Citing multiple anonymous sources, the Journal says the 3D-capable smartphone will not require special glasses and may even let users navigate just by moving their eyes.
In addition to the two smartphone models, Amazon is also said to be working on a device for streaming music and a set-top box, the latter of which was also reported by Bloomberg BusinessWeek last month. Read more...
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NASA recently launched a trio of satellites that could possibly be the cheapest satellites ever flown in space. The satellites were something you probably carry or are holding right now: smartphones.
The NASA mission, dubbed "PhoneSat," launched three beefed up Google-HTC Nexus One smartphones (nicknamed "Alexander," "Graham" and "Bell") into space on April 21. The idea was to figure out whether consumer-grade smartphones like these can be used as the main flight avionics for a satellite in space, as explained in the video above.
The phones snapped photos hundreds of miles above the Earth's surface. That photo information was then sent in "packets" via a ham radio frequency. Back on Earth, hundreds of amateur ham radio operators helped with decoding the information from the satellites. With that assistance, NASA was able to reconstruct images of the Earth (see below image from PhoneSat-2, "Graham"). Read more...
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The No. 3 spot for global shipments of smartphones changed hands once again as LG narrowly wrested control from China's Huawei, according to a report.
Strategy Analytics pegged LG's first-quarter shipments at 10.3 million (4.9% market share) vs. 10.0 (4.8%) for Huawei. Samsung and Apple, respectively, took the top spots at 69.4 million (33.1%) and 37.4 million (17.9%). ZTE took fifth place with 9.1 million (4.3%).
LG, which, like Samsung, is based on South Korea, covers a wide range of the market with its Optimus line. The company's most recent overture to the high-end market in the U.S. is the release of its LG Optimus G Pro, which retails for $199 with a two-year contract via AT&T. LG began taking orders for that phone on May 3 and intends to start shipping on May 10. The company also plans to release a smartphone with a flexible OLED display sometime this year Read more...
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