Lenovo is the latest company to plan a smart TV push, with the Chinese firm announcing it plans to unveil the first "LeTV" - along with a cloud service for shared multimedia - in Q1 2012. The company declined to detail the LeTV technically, the WSJ reports, leaving questions around whether it will be another win for Google TV or instead run a home-grown OS.
Sonos has pushed out a new version of its Sonos Controller app, now catering for Android tablets with a custom UI and new features like social networking integration. The updated app dynamically adjusts to suit the bigger display scale - whether you're running a 7-incher or a 10.1-incher - and can show a user's zones, music menu, now playing pane and volume controls at the same time.
Samsung has announced its latest mobile chipset, the Samsung Exynos 5250, a 2GHz dual-core intended for next-gen smartphones and tablets. Based around a pair of ARM Cortex-A15 cores, the Exynos 5250 follows Samsung's wildly successful 4210, the chip at the heart of the best-selling Galaxy S II series of handsets. Raising the game, the new Exynos boosts 3D graphics performance by four times.
We knew that Adobe was on track to roll out Adobe Flash support for Android 4.0 (and in particular, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus) before the end of this year but, at that time, we didn't know the exact month, whether it'd be either November or December. Now, fast forwarding to today, Adobe has just tied up a couple loose ends and confirmed that Adobe Flash Player 11.1 and Adobe AIR 3.1 will both be heading to the Galaxy Nexus (and thus Android 4.0) at some point next month in December.
In just the last twelve months, Linux Mint has surpassed Ubuntu as the most popular open source operating system on open source ranking website DistroWatch. Why, you ask? Perhaps because the latter has been looking with a new perspective on the user interface, and begun aiming at mobile platforms instead. However, note that Linux Mint is actually built on Ubuntu, so it has quite a few of Ubuntu's advantages while doing away with some of its shortcomings, and serving up a plethora of multimedia codecs.
Search giant Google's just announced a completely redesigned navigation bar that aligns with the redesigns we've already seen for Google Search, Maps, News, Reader, and Gmail. The dark gray on top has finally been removed, the redesigned bar opting for a light gray tone across all Google products for a more consistent user experience. Hovering your mouse pointer over the Google logo drops down a menu with links to Google+, Image Search, Maps, and other products, gone are the static links for Google Calendar or Docs. The Google+ push clearly continues here with a share button integrated across all Google properties (something that Google is seemingly trying to do with every Google product they've introduced).
The aging Xbox 360 just recorded the biggest sales week in its not-quite-venerable history, moving nearly one million units over the seven day period, specifically selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday. For a console that's entering the seventh year of its product lifestyle, that's one very impressive statistic. Of course, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the pivotal factors here, but the numbers themselves are still stellar, to say the very least.
Rumors have surfaced that Acer and Lenovo are launching their quad-core Tegra 3 tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the first quarter of 2012. While the companies haven't specified what models they're going to launch, Digitimes suggested that Acer's Iconia Tabs, the upcoming Lenovo tablet, and a future Samsung Galaxy Tab would all be unveiled at CES, or Mobile World Congress next year. The tablets are expected to be priced between $459 and $599, which would put them essentially in direct competition with the iPad.
What very well could have been the next generation of rating content on a scale that disallows kids from playing the most violent and inappropriate games by their parents has essentially been shot dead before it was active by none other than the two largest mobile app providers on the planet, Apple and Google. While there certainly are other holders of the keys to the kingdom when it comes to application stores for smartphones, tablets, and everything in-between, the CTIA Mobile Application Rating System developed by the ESRB and announced this week will find a hard time holding sway when it only appears on a small cross-section of apps in the wild.
When it comes to tablets and operating systems we'd like to see hacked open for greater access, the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook and its custom PlayBook OS aren't exactly at the top of the list of must-haves - but regardless of this, it has in fact happened. WIth a tool that's sure to capture both your heart and your giggles, one that's called DingleBerry, of all things, a team of three developers have found their way to true device freedom inside this recently deeply discounted tablet. Now with a root method out there and Best Buy sold out of the device, can we commence with the popularity?