NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim shared with CNET this evening that Google and Samsung are working on a co-branded 10-inch tablet to be a part of Google’s Nexus program. The tablet is said to have a better screen than the iPad’s Retina display, featuring a 2,560-by-1,600 display with a PPI (pixels per inch) of 299. Past the screen specifications, the analyst’s report is scant on details. However, he added that Google is working on a $99 tablet that will go into production in December.
We got a first look at the new 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II sporting a redesigned S-Pen and upgraded internals when it was unveiled at IFA in Berlin last month. Today, a new internal memo leaked by TmoNews may show the launch date of the device on T-Mobile. According to the memo, seen after the break, T-Mobile currently plans to launch the Galaxy Note II on Oct. 24 in “Titanium Gray” and White. It is also worth noting that the Galaxy Note II will be the first Jelly Bean device in T-Mobile’s lineup.
Google launched a new page this afternoon, titled the “Tablet App Quality Checklist”, that aims to help developers build apps specifically for tablets. The checklist shows various ways developers can better their apps such as” getting rid of stretched UIs” to better fit a tablet’s larger screen.
Over the years, many have complained about the lack of applications on the Play Store that are developed for tablets. Most apps look to be built for handsets and stretch to fit the larger 7-inch to 10-inch screen instead. To be frank, those usually do not look too good. Amazon took note of this when its store launched; it also hosts Android apps. Like Apple, Amazon is able to approve or deny applications and weed out the applications that do not function as well. As we all know, the Play Store is a free-for-all. However, in Google’s defense, the good apps do seem to shine.
Furthermore in its attempt to help developers, the Android team also launched its new “Developer Stories” section this afternoon that hopes to showcase the benefit of making a tablet-optimized application. The page tells stories of Mint, Instapaper, and TinyCo’s entrance into the larger landscape.
“Whereas our app for phones is used throughout the day for quick sessions, we’ve seen a larger percentage of our tablet usage happen in the evening, for much longer sessions. People are doing a lot more than just checking their spending. They’re looking at historical trends, re-categorizing transactions, analyzing the data and setting financial goals for the future — digging much deeper and being more thoughtful,” said Mint, certainly portraying the time to make an application for a tablet well spent.
As the holiday season ramps up, it may be a great time for developers to make their apps available on tablets. Google said, “With the release of Nexus 7 earlier this year, we shared some tips on how you can get your apps ready for a new wave of Android tablets. With the holiday season now approaching, we’re creating even more ways for great tablet apps to be featured in Google Play – including a series of new app collections that highlight great apps specifically for tablet users.” For developers looking for an extra-bit of guidance, Google added it will hold a tablet development workshop via its Android Developers Google Hangout throughout the week. Read more
Following rumors that a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 may launch Oct. 24, the 32GB Nexus 7 and its upgraded storage glory have appeared in a photo from Japan. Twitter user @oppese said he was accidentally sent a 32GB Nexus 7 instead of a 16GB version that he ordered. This is the first time we have seen a working version. Interestingly, it was sent in a package labeled as 16GB.
Motorola Mobility apparently yanked all tablets and most smartphones from its German store.
According to the company’s online German store (translated), just three devices are available for purchase: the Motorola Razr I, the Motorola Razr HD, the Motorola Gleam+. Meanwhile, there are absolutely no Motorola tablets for sale through the website (translated).
Tech news website ZDNet first noticed the lacking selection of Android-powered devices from Google-owned Motorola, and it blamed the insufficient stock on “aggressive and successful litigation” against the company in recent months:
The mobile hardware maker has suffered a series of defeats in German courts after the firm was accused of patent infringement by software giant Microsoft. However, Motorola recently batted one victory to the back of the cage proving that Microsoft’s litigious advances were not fool-proof.
A German regional court ruled earlier this week that a patent belonging to the Redmond, WA.-based company was not infringed by Motorola. In spite of Motorola’s recent victory against Microsoft’s claims, the previous injunctions remain in place.
Apple also had a hand to play in the ongoing playbook against Motorola after the phone maker infringed a European patents belonging to Apple, a software feature described as a ‘rubber-banding’ patent.
At CES 2011, Motorola showed off a concept for its new Webtop platform. The Webtop software allowed supported Motorola devices, such as the Motorola Atrix 4G, to connect to a supported accessory, like the Laptop dock or HD multimedia dock, and launch an Ubuntu-based environment that synced nicely with the phone. Many called it the biggest innovation of the trade show for that year.
Perhaps saddening Webtop loyals, rumors began popping up a few weeks ago about Motorola’s plans to kill-off the platform. Putting rest to the rumors this weekend, Motorola subsequently confirmed the news to CNET. Google-owned Motorola issued the following statement: