How Will Google Evolve Android’s UI With Rumored Viewdle Purchase?

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Google is rumored to be acquiring artificial reality and facial recognition company Viewdle in a deal that is set to close this week for about $30 to $45 million. Google and its hardware business, Motorola Mobility, declined to comment about the deal and Viedle CEO told ZDNet to contact Motorola Mobility for comment, suggesting that the […]

Touchless Phones to Become the Future for Huawei

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When Apple had announced the iPhone in 2007, it brought with it the disruptive technology known as capacitive touchscreen, and since then we’ve seen this employed on a number of handsets using various platforms such as Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, HP/Palm’s webOS, Nokia’s Symbian, and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS. Now, it seems that […]

Google Trackpad Patent Hints at Lapdock Accessory for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean?

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Google had recently filed a patent for multitouch trackpad gestures, potentially bringing new functionality to Chrome OS and the company’s Android OS. However, another potential, rather than the merely using Android on a laptop or desktop system, would be the trackpad as an application for Google’s scalability feature that comes with the next-generation Android 5.0 […]

Sony UXP NXT Interface Leaked on XPERIA S Promo Video

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Two new promotional videos for the Sony XPERIA S were leaked showing new changes to Sony’s smartphone user interface on top of Android. Called the Sony UXP NXT, the new Sony UI reveals changes to the gallery, music player, and TimeScape. Additionally, there’s a new setup guide, a new lock screen interface, an FM Radio […]

Cornerstone Hack Brings ‘Windows’ to CM9 ROMs for Android Tablets

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Cornerstone is a new hack that brings a more efficient multitasking experience to Android tablets running on CyanogenMod 9 ROMs. While both Google and Apple have made strides with the tablet experience on Android and iOS slates respectively, neither consumer mobile tablet operating systems go far enough to bring true desktop-like multitasking. On Google’s Honeycomb […]

Fragmentation Coming to an End Under Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Not only is Ice Cream Sandwich ushering in an era of a more refined Android experience for Google, but the latest mobile OS designed to unify smartphones and tablets will also unify the Android ecosystem. With the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich, we may begin to see the end of fragmentation when it comes to […]

Research: Got Fat Fingers? Avoid Amazon’s Kindle Fire

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While Amazon’s entry into the Android tablet market in the form of the Kindle Fire is garnering a lot of attention and sales, a new research study from Nielsen Norman Group doesn’t put the tablet in favorable light. Highlighting usability issues, a poor user experience, and problems with touch on the device’s seven-inch screen, Nielsen […]

TouchWiz UI Update Coming to Galaxy Tab 10.1 August 5th

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Though Samsung had stated earlier that it would release a special softare update to its Android 3.1 Honeycomb Galaxy Tab 10.1 slates to New York City patrons first, the company is only now announcing that the same update will be coming this Friday, August 5th, to owners of the company’s WiFi-only slates. Targeting the WiFi-only […]

Motorola Blurring Out MOTO BLUR in the Future

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After receiving consumer feedback, Motorola has announced that it will phase out the MOTO BLUR name, the trademarked name of its custom Android user interface. Though elements of MOTO BLUR will remain and ship on devices, Motorola will not be referring to its devices as having the MOTO BLUR experience. It’s unclear how the company […]

Windows 8 Tablets: Microsoft Hosts a Game of Musical Chairs, But Will Taiwan Be Left Standing Alone?

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As part of the company’s strategy to not only accelerate development of its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, but also to ensure that everything works according to plan, Microsoft had implemented an Integrated Development Program consisting of PC and tablet-makers as well as chip companies. The Apple-like approach to restrictions to ensure a better, tightly […]

How Microsoft is Trying to Enhance the Windows Tablet User Experience

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Microsoft has found itself struggling to remain competitive in the tablet PC market that it helped to usher in with limited success and is now being dominated by market-leading Apple iPad. The Redmond, Washington software giant is trying to change course, and perhaps take an Apple approach into trying to control the hardware and software […]

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Confirmed for June 8th Arrival

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Samsung had promoted the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with its sleek, slim form factor and the company’s new Samsung experience (similar to TouchWiz but not quite as dominating and for tablets) on top of Android 3.0 Honeycomb at CTIA, and now Samsung Mobile has confirmed via Twitter that the slim 10.1-inch tablet will be headed to […]

Verizon Droid Charge Review (Video)

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The Samsung Droid Charge is released as the second 4G LTE Android smartphone on Verizon Wireless and has many similar features to the HTC Thunderbolt, and is in many ways a direct competitor to large 4.3-inch smartphones with blazing fast 4G data speeds. And while there are many similarities between the Droid Charge and the […]

Intel Gives MeeGo Tablet UI a Facelift

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At the Intel Developer Forum, a reference hardware tablet running the MeeGo operating system, which was originally intended as a joint effort between Nokia and Intel until the former pulled out in favor of Windows Phone 7. In China, as part of the Intel Developer Forum, Intel and partner Tencents are looking to position MeeGo […]

Spaces for Tablet Patent Further Hints at Mac OS X Tablet?

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A recent Apple patent filing for a Spaces-like feature for a tablet device, though it’s unclear if the feature may make it to a future iPad or iOS revision. In fact, by nature of Spaces, the feature may be more suited to a Mac OS X tablet rather than an iOS-powered iPad.  Spaces is a […]

Ribbons to Make Windows 8 More Tablet-Ready

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While the debate over how ready Microsoft will make its next iteration of Windows–Windows 8–tablet-ready is continuing, Microsoft is continuing to experiment with the ribbons user interface that was present on Windows 7 and its Office suite and extend the paradigm into Windows 8. Gone will be the menu-driven toolbars in favor of the ribbon, […]

Ixonos Brings Windows to Android UI

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Ixonos is looking to bring windows–not Microsoft Windows–to the Android user interface, with the aim of bringing better multi- and parallel-tasking support inside the mobile operating system. The innovation brought by Ixonos would allow users to manipulate a second app inside a windows on top of the main Android app window, so for instance a […]