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HTC's first love affair is with Android, but that doesn't mean the mobile handset and tablet maker isn't willing to flirt with Windows. That much was obvious when the company launched its Windows Phone 8X and 8S devices. Looking ahead, HTC also plans to a pair of Windows RT tablets. One of those will be a 12-inch tablet, according to Bloomberg. That would make it one of the bigger tablets on the market, and though details are sparse, we wouldn't be shocked if it included (or supported as an add-on) a keyboard dock with ports and other amenities that would allow it to act as a notebook. Like the Flyer (pictured above), HTC plans to unveil a 7-inch Windows RT tablet. A little more interesting is... Read more...
Nokia, arguably the biggest champion of Microsoft's Windows Phone strategy, is apparently fond of Windows RT as well. Or perhaps Nokia believes it can build a better Surface than Microsoft. Either way, Nokia has reportedly resumed development of its own Windows RT tablet, which it will likely unveil at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC). Microsoft made its hardware partners nervous when it first revealed plans to launch its own brand tablet, and it's the reason why Nokia backed out of developing a 10-inch Windows RT slate, choosing instead to focus on smartphones. Perhaps the lukewarm reception to Surface is encouraging companies to reconsider on the basis that they could build a better tablet... Read more...
Hot on the heels of news that Microsoft's Surface tablets haven't been selling too well thanks to "channel problems", we now have a developer speaking freely about its lack of success with selling its established game through the Windows RT Store. Rubicon's Great Big War Game has been available for Android and iOS for quite some time, and it's proven successful on both platforms, having achieved a 4.5 rating on Google's Play store based on 2,500 ratings. Naturally, then, the developer expected that its efforts to port the game over to Windows RT would pay off. After a report of earning £52 in the first week, however, earning back the £10,000 that it cost to port over would take two... Read more...
We've always known that Microsoft's Surface had an uphill fight ahead of it. Launching a new version of Windows based on an entirely different CPU architecture was a dicey move, as was the decision to push Redmond's own vision for the hardware. In some ways, Microsoft's bets have paid off; the $499 Surface tablet looks and feels like a much more expensive device and the Touch Cover works remarkably well. Other factors, however, are reportedly dragging sales downwards. Last week, DigiTimes reported that Microsoft had slashed its Surface orders to two million, down from 4M for Q4. Other analysts predicted sales in the two million range. Today, brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton broke ranks, claiming... Read more...
Dell is looking to make its Wyse PocketCloud app even more useful by expanding the ways people can access their cloud-based files. Today, Dell announced the new PocketCloud Explore for iPad and Windows RT. The new releases of these apps will complement the existing versions of PocketCloud apps for iOS and Android devices. PocketCloud Explore for iPad and Window RT are currently available as free downloads from the Apple AppStore and Windows Store respectively. Dell also announced the release of its PocketCloud Web service which lets you access all of your files using any Web browser. PocketCloud Web supports uploading and downloading of multimedia content between devices and remote computers... Read more...
They say hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, it’s now obvious that Microsoft had dropped a number of hints that the company would eventually offer its own tablet, which should have made their Surface announcement last summer much less of a surprise. It was way back in 2008 that Microsoft began showing off its similarly named Surface tabletop, hinting at the immense resources Microsoft was pouring into touch interfaces. And it was at CES 2011 that Microsoft announced that Windows 8 would support system on a chip (SoC) architectures from ARM. Then NVIDIA announced that Microsoft’s demo at CES, which showed Excel and IE10 running on an ARM-based chip, was performed using a Tegra SoC. All... Read more...
They say hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, it’s now obvious that Microsoft had dropped a number of hints that the company would eventually offer its own tablet, which should have made their Surface announcement last summer much less of a surprise to industry insiders. It was way back in 2008 that Microsoft began showing off its similarly named Surface tabletop (now renamed PixelSense), hinting at the immense resources Microsoft was pouring into touch interfaces, gestures, and multi-touch input. It was at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011 that Microsoft announced that Windows 8 would support system on a chip (SoC) architectures from ARM and over the next few months revealed... Read more...
Windows RT or Windows 8 for ARM devices launched a couple weeks ago and today we have the very first Intel-driven Windows 8 tablet device to hit our labs, powered by Intel's latest low power Clover Trail Atom Z2760 SoC (System on Chip).  The Atom Z2760 is a new dual core chip from Intel with integrated engines for graphics, HD video encode and decode and a low power DDR2 DRAM controller.  Clover Trail, like Medfield for smartphones, marks Intel's latest effort to break into the exploding tablet market.  With Windows 8 finally launched, does Intel's new Atom architecture have what it takes to compete and offer consumers a full X86 compatible solution to complement existing desktop... Read more...
When you consider Intel's competitive position in the desktop and notebook PC markets, one simple word comes to mind, "dominance."  Conversely, when it comes to tablets and smartphones, the landscape couldn't be more different. Intel's chief competitor on the desktop and PC side of the equation is AMD and it's obvious Intel is killing it there.  Intel's nemesis in tablets and smartphones? ARM, and ARM is killing it.  NVIDIA, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Google, Lenovo, Toshiba are all building devices or silicon based on ARM technology and the list goes on... and on.  Recently, AMD even stepped up to the plate with ARM and rumors are that Apple is looking to possibly differentiate... Read more...
One of the questions that's been kicked around since Microsoft debuted Surface last summer is how much Redmond would charge for the systems. Rumors have ranged from the ridiculously low ($299) to $1200 or more. Microsoft briefly posted prices on its own store, and while the numbers and listings have been pulled, the price targets were extremely reasonable. They've also been confirmed by a handful of journalists who attended a Microsoft early briefing. The tablet version of Surface will debut at $499 for a 32GB tablet running Windows RT (that's the second-class ARM flavor). The Touch Cover keyboard Microsoft invented for the system will go for $599; with a premium 64GB configuration for $699.... Read more...
The backlash against Windows 8 from various developers continues, but this time the creator in question isn't just expressing discontent. Notch, the developer behind smash hit Minecraft, a game that's torn up sales charts on both the Xbox and PC, has declared that he won't be working with Microsoft to certify Mincraft for Windows 8. Yesterday, Notch sent the following tweets: Note that this doesn't mean Minecraft won't run on Windows 8. The certification process in question is Microsoft's mandatory rules for submitting content to the Windows game store. In order to be listed there, an application must be Metro-compatible and conform to a laundry list of other conditions. Notch's refusal means... Read more...
Talk about a game changer. There's a rumor running rampant that Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablet will carry a consumer friendly price tag of just $199, at least for the Windows RT version. Quick, someone ready the electric shock paddles for Acer, which is sure to go into cardiac arrest if Microsoft forges ahead with its aggressive pricing strategy. A supposed "inside source" tipped the fact that Microsoft held a strategic session at the company's recent TechReady 15 conference to hammer out details of the Surface tablet's launch. It was there that Microsoft finalized plans to launch Surface at the $199 price point, at which point the company would probably be taking a loss on each tablet sold.... Read more...
Despite plans to the contrary, Toshiba won't be releasing computers and tablets built around Microsoft's upcoming Windows RT platform, after all. The OEM blamed the sudden 180 in strategy on a delay in getting parts. "Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible," Eric Paulsen, a U.S-based spokesman, said in the statement. "For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market. We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions." Toshiba originally planned to launch Windows RT products using ARM-based processors from Texas... Read more...
At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) today, Steve Ballmer formally announced the launch date for Windows 8 -- the OS will be RTM'd (Released To Manufacturing) the first week of August, with an estimated ship date in October. Microsoft's own ARM-flavored Windows 8 Surface will supposedly go on sale "around" that time frame; the company mostly showed off demo units and ultrabooks from the likes of HP, Lenovo, and Acer. Microsoft is forecasting a sales target of 375 million new Windows devices in the next twelve months and took paints at the conference to tell everyone that Surface -- the company's own tablet/ultrabook hybrid -- will only account for a "few million" of those devices.... Read more...
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