Acer isn’t toying around the tablet market. And to make sure it will be taken seriously by other manufacturers, the Taiwanese company officially released the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W3.
First rumored in April of this year, the Iconia W3-810 was recently spotted on the company’s Finnish site boasting its 8.1-inch WXGA screen, Windows 8 Pro OS and promises 8 hours of battery life while running 720p quality videos. Other specs techies around shouldn’t miss are its Intel Atom Z2760 (Clover Trail platform) with embedded Intel GMA 3650 graphics, 1280 x 768 WXGA resolution, multitouch panel, 2GB onboard memory, up to 64GB internal storage, WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 port, micro HDMI and 2MP webcam.
Although users could avail a separate bluetooth keyboard, it isn’t necessary since Acer offers a detachable dock keyboard. It is wider than the tablet to accommodate full QWERTY keys. No other information were given about its snap-on keyboard but we’re pretty sure everything will be divulged in the upcoming Computex event in Taipei.
Reportedly, Acer will offer the Iconia W3 slate in several configurations including the W3-810-27602G03nsw with 32GB internal storage and the W3-810-27602G06nsw packs 64GB flash storage space. Price details are still a mystery so everyone should wait for Computex next month.
Do you wish you could use multiple operating systems on your tablet PC? Ekoore’s latest triple-boot Python S3 could be the solution you’ve been dreaming of.
The Italian tech company unveiled its latest slate that is capable to boot triple OS including Windows 8, Ubuntu and Android. We’ve seen several Ubuntu-based tablets in the past, but having other operating systems is certainly a first.
The specs for this beast can be customized according to your preference but the basic build includes an 11.6-inch touch screen display, 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, Intel Celeron processor, 8GB onboard RAM, 128 GB SSD storage, WiFi and 3G connectivity. For the specific OS versions you’ll get Windows 8, Android 4.2 and the latest Ubuntu 13.04 that supports touchscreen interface. Unfortunately, the Windows 8 license isn’t included in the package so you have to shell out a few bucks for it.
Ekoore has carefully chosen the individual specifications for the Phyton S3 to give seamless experience to users on all operating systems. Users may avail the keyboard dock which comes as a separate purchase. It includes a full QWERTY layout, secondary battery, USB ports and Ethernet port.
Interested buyers can place their order right now. The Python S3 tablet costs a whopping 599 Euros ($ 770) while the keyboard add-on costs an extra $ 179.
A report by IDC as of May, 2013 shows that Windows Phone has surpassed BlackBerry as the third most popular mobile OS with volume shipments reaching 7 million units compared to BlackBerry’s 6.3 million at end of 1st quarter 2013. Android phones continue to dominate the market with close to 200 million units followed by iOS at 37.4 million units.
The Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker also gives a total shipment volume for the quarter at 216.2 million units, which is a 41.6% year over year change. It’s a two-spot jump for Redmond from last quarter after capturing 3.2% market share compared to 2.9% for BlackBerry. The combined share of both Android and iOS is 92.3% which is still high, but Windows Phone’s big leap indicates a new direction taken by Microsoft even as BlackBerry struggles to keep the momentum with its transition to BlackBerry 10 (BB10) with a bulk of its handset portfolio still running the older OS.
As far as the dated BlackBerry OS is concerned, IDC thought that it has affected BlackBerry’s sales and smartphone ranking. Microsoft’s latest offer is Windows Phone 8 and pairing with BlackBerry 10 in market share seems to be impossible for now. However and the reality is, Redmond is doing everything it can to dislodge rival OS other than Android and iOS.
Apple’s iOS lost marketshare to Google’s Android platform in Q1 of 2013, according to a report released today by IDC. The report also shows Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform overtaking BlackBerry for third place.
The latest market data released on Thursday by IDC shows that Apple’s iOS accounted for 17.3 percent of smartphones shipped in the first quarter of the year, down from 23 percent a year ago. Still, Apple saw its strongest first quarter ever in terms of shipment volumes, as the company already announced last month it shipped a record 37.4 million iPhones.
The iOS platform, found only on one brand of smartphone, the iPhone, couldn’t keep pace with Google’s Android, available on a plethora of devices, available from a multitude of manufacturers.
Apple and Google combined to take 92% of the smartphone market, leaving competitors to pick up the scraps.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform grew from 3 million in Q1 2012 to 7 million in the same period this year. That was good for third place, the first time the operating system has ranked that high.
The Redmond firm’s gains were at the expense of BlackBerry, as the Canadian smartphone company saw it’s share fall in the quarter, shipping just 6.3 million BlackBerry devices.
Google is not happy with the idea that the full-fledged YouTube app continue to be used by owners of Windows Phone 8 devices. And so it asked Microsoft to remove the app or deny its installation to its latest Windows Phone OS.
It contented that that the video playing app didn’t follow the normal approval procedures and the app apparently refused to show the regular ads. On top of it, YouTube users can stream contents and download videos that are denied to other devices despite the fact that they are not in accord with its (YouTube) Terms of Service. For one, the ad removal will completely block the revenue stream to the phone manufacturer and owner of third party apps, and this is the major issue that’s been troubling Google for the time being as the rest are just side-issues.
To show its determination to push through with the plan, Google is giving Redmond until May 22 to comply with the request in a move to let the world know that YouTube is under its control, being a subsidiary company since 2006. Microsoft responded with optimism that it can resolve the issue by taking appropriate steps to collaborate with Google regarding the ads and other concerns.
The updated YouTube version seems to caught Google by surprise after more than a week of joining Windows Phone resulting in a cease and desist letter being sent to Microsoft. Google’s previous refusal to deny YouTube metadata to Windows Phone has caused Microsoft to file a complaint with the EU and this time it has gone too far as to threaten Microsoft with infringing property rights after featuring the updated video playing app without its consent.
Although the response from Microsoft seems to imply that it is complying with the request of returning the ads back, the latest quarrel indicates a continuing strained relation between the two giants over property rights or issues connected therewith. Until Microsoft shows sincerity in complying with Google’s demands, it will be forced to remove the YouTube app and Windows Phone users will have to settle with third-party apps or a mobile web version, also from Google.