04. October 2011

Google opening Retail Stores in the UK

Google hase just opened its first store within another store in the UK. The store is located inside a PC World store. Google is going to be leasing small parts of PC World’s stores to promote Chromebooks and ChromeOS.

These spaces are called “Chromezone”. Similar to the Apple spaces you find at Best Buy. This space gives potential customers a chance to see what a Chromebook looks like.

Google’s sales stats support this step, since 90% of sales from the Chromezone are to people who bought in store and not online.

17. May 2011

Amazon is about to unveil whole tablet family

It is no longer a secret – Amazon is working on a Kindle Tablet. You can find solid evidence throughout the whole blogosphere. Still Amazon has not officially confirmed anything, not to mention giving any details on what we can expect.

Most rumors refer to the allegedly order of touch screens by Amazon. New rumors say, we can expect multiple tablet sizes and possibly a smartphone or iPod Touch-like pocketable device.

Also recent news indicates that Android 3.0 will be the OS in favor for these possible devices. It might even be possible, that Amazon is working directly with Google to some extent.

The display type is still in question. Some say it might be a Mirasol display or a Pixel Qi display, since Amazon is eager to bring the experience of outdoor reading to a new level.

But there is no doubt about it, if Amazon throws some decent devices at a reasonable price on the market, there will be a hard time for Apple :)

15. January 2011

Apple forbids free iPad magazine subscriptions

The great control freak strikes again: Apple allegedly has told European newspaper and magazine publishers that they will not be allowed to offer free iPad magazine e-subscriptions to print subscribers through Apple’s e-newsstand app.

The reason is obvious: Apple can not earn a 30% fee from money that is not collected through their store. This is also the reason why iBooks is the only e-book app that is allowed to offer in-app purchases. This shows again, if you want to do anything on Apple’s devices you are caught in their walled garden. The price you have to pay to get in it, is that Apple will tell you, what to do and what not.

So with the rapidly growing number of Android devices this might be another point for the open system from Google, and Apple could soon be forced to be much less restrictive.

29. October 2010

Next2 Android tablet

And here you go, just another Android tablet. The Next2, will sell for $200 and you can find all the details at their www.nextbookusa.com.

“If you like reading books, browse Internet, listen to music, view your favorite photo albums or videos, Next2 is your new best friend. Its sleek design, touch screen feature, 7 inches color display, WiFi, is just amazing. Next2 comes with a free, preloaded 25 books. [...]When fully charged, you can read up to 10 hours. Nextbook now partnered with Borders.com. [...] Its high resolution screen gives you sharp images especially when playing HD video. You can also find more fun with third party Apps available.”
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