At an event in New York City, Motorola just unveiled their newest, fastest, thinnest phone, with a name you might remember fondly, or not so fondly: the Droid RAZR. It'll be the thinnest phone in the world, running on the country's fastest network, with a huge battery and waterproof coating and all kinds of other goodies that'll probably make it seem so tough you'll forget about its extreme thinness.
In an effort to gain firmer control over the quality of Android smartphones, Google announced this morning that it has agreed to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Google would also gain a nice fat portfolio of technology patents in the deal.
We've been anxiously awaiting the Motorola Xoom's arrival ever since we groped it at CES. The first dual-core tablet! The first tablet to use Android's tablet-only Honeycomb OS! The first Android tablet that doesn't immediately make us think "look at that giant phone"! And, yeah, the first legitimate iPad competitor, period. What we found was a great tablet--not a "promising" product, but a tablet that is seriously fast, fun to use, well-designed, and very pretty (when was the last time you heard "pretty" applied to an Android device?).
Today, Google fully demonstrated the next version of Android, version 3.0--also known as Honeycomb--to the press, finally showing off the completely redesigned interface, the new app strategy, and the first tablet to use Honeycomb: the Motorola Xoom. This is the first tablet to really offer a challenge to Apple's iPad, and one of our favorite gadgets from this year's CES, so it's really exciting to see both hardware and software in action.
Pop Motorola's new Atrix 4G smartphone into its laptop-shell docking station, and like a lifeless corpse jolted with lightning, the laptop comes to life, giving you Motorola's Webtop. It's a desktop experience, powered by Android, including a file browser, HD media playback, and a full install of Firefox 4. All powered by the phone.
The legions of CES tablet wannabes can give up now: Motorola just killed it with their much-rumored Xoom tablet, an iPad-sized black slab whose beauty is within, in its Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. Designed by Google from the ground-up with touchscreen tablets in mind, it's the first software experience that looks like it can go toe-to-toe with Apple's iOS.
CES has barely started, and already the smartphones are coming fast and furious. It's tough to keep track, especially when so many share similar specs, but there are some that you should know about. So far, we've got the LG Optimus Black (world's thinnest), the Samsung Infuse 4G (with a massive 4.5-inch screen), and the Motorola Atrix 4G (which can turn into a laptop).
At first glance the just-announced Verizon Droid X by Motorola looks a ton like Sprint's HTC EVO 4G, and at second glance the two handsets are more or less comparable (save for the EVO's 4G connectivity, which doesn't do most of the country any good, anyway).
By Andrew Rosenblum
Posted 04.02.2010 at 2:00 pm 4 Comments
A veteran of costume contests, attorney Greg Adler outdid himself with the eight-foot costume of Bumblebee from the movie Transformers that he built to win the $7,500 prize in a contest in Las Vegas last Halloween. Adler constructed a wooden skeleton over a hiking backpack frame to support the torso, and used mailing and carpet tubes on wooden frames for the arms. The head rests on a bike helmet that sits on Adler’s head. To replicate the cinematic Transformer’s blue eyes, he placed the gems from novelty rings and lights wired to a battery pack inside clear spherical Christmas ornaments.
The selling point of Google Android is its customizability, the ability to create a unique-looking interface that's compatible with a steady stream of apps. The trouble is, most of the Android-based handsets we've seen -- starting with T-Mobile's G1 -- have all pretty much felt the same. The just-announced Motorola CLIQ, though, is the best example (so far) of what Android is capable of.
A lot of people wonder what the cellphone of tomorrow will look like. We decided to design it
By Michael Myser
Posted 06.01.2005 at 2:20 pm 1 Comment
We all expect the cellphone to get smaller while packing in an ever broadening array of functions. The real question is what it’ll look like—inside and outin several years. To find the answer, we investigated dozens of on-the-brink technologies, picking the brains of cellphone product engineers, industry analysts and lab researchers. They told us of cameras that zoom, screens that play Star Wars, and micro fuel cells that deliver days of continuous operation.
Cellphones make calls. Smartphones do whatever you want them to, with PDA functions, Internet access and the ability to run hundreds of applications. Here´s your Four-Step Guide to the smartest phone you´ve ever owned
By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner
Posted 04.14.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
For years, the phrase â€PDAâ€phone comboâ€ brought to mind clunky bricks that appealed to only the most connectivity-crazed early adopters. But the latest incarnations of these devices, now known by the more marketing-friendly tag â€smartphone,â€ are finally fit for the rest of us. So why do you want one?Beyond the obvious calling capabilities, smartphones keep your calendar and address book close at hand (and ever more easily synced with your PC), provide access to e-mail and the Web,
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.