Is it a Google TV? Well, yes and no. Lenovo's just trotted out a spankin' new 55-inch flat panel at CES Unveiled and while it's got that special Mountain View magic within, it's of the Ice Cream Sandwich variety. That's right, the company's powered this set up with Android 4.0, slapped on its own skin and is prepping it for a Chinese launch later this spring.
It's pretty clear that Lenovo made a mistake with itsoriginal Yoga laptop. Don't get us wrong, we liked -- no, loved -- it, but we could never get over how awkward it was to use in tablet mode: Every time you folded the screen over, you had your fingers pressed against the loose keys on the back.
Motion controlhasn't outmoded the mouse and keyboard yet, but it is finding its way into more and more consumer products. Take Lenovo's upcoming A540 all-in-one desktop, for instance: its one of a handful of the company's products to feature Lenovo Motion Control, a 12-gesture collection of hands-free (well, hand waving) media controls. The $1,279.
AOC might not be at the top when it comes to Android devices, but its budget prices and brand give it a bit of edge over other low-cost options. Now it is trying to bring that combination into a new device segment with the A2272PW4T and A2472PW4T all-in-one Android PCs. All-In-One or AIO PCs are nothing new, even in the Android market.
The HD news heap has reached a toppling point, so Ben and Richard get to work sifting through all the insanity from the past week. One of the major talking points is thestreaming bottleneckof Netflix's content on various service providers. This prompts Ben to provide an overview of the labyrinthine inner workings of the internet, a tall task for anyone to attempt.
For a couple of years now, Uber's been delivering ice cream on demand for one day to anyone who calls up its ice cream truck through its apps. Well, this once-a-year event is back, and it's now reaching more people across the globe, even in places where Uber's services aren't usually available.
Toshiba is no stranger to Windows tablets, but what we've seen to date has typically been targeted atbusinessesor has otherwise been...limited. In that sense, theEncoreis something special. It's not just the company's first 8-inch Windows tablet -- it's the first aimed at a truly broad audience. That said, it faces stiff odds.
When Lenovo gets into something, itreallygets into it. Exhibit A: the company's recent Chrome OS kick: it just announced two more Chromebooks, after having released twokid's versionslast month. Today's new additions include the N20 and N20p, two 11.6-inch machines with basically the same specs.
If you care about the latest smartphones, you need to pay attention toMobile World Congress. The annual show will be held in Barcelona next week, and it's going to be filled to the brim with handsets, tablets and wearables of every shape, size and color. We've compiled all of the major rumors, teasers and official company announcements to give you a glimpse at what's to come.
It seems fair to say that many Android users want to be running Kit Kat. But the truth of the matter here, not all that many are actually getting that wish. In fact, according to the latest Android 'platform versions' report released by Google -- only 2.5 percent of users are on Kit Kat.
CeBIT 2014is done, and it's high time that we say goodbye to the Hannover Messe. Of course, much of CeBIT's thunder has been stolen byMobile World CongressandIFA, but given the interesting products that we've stumbled upon here, there's clearly still some life in the show.
Updates, apps and mergers are piling up as we head deeper into 2014, leaving little room for idle chatter as Ben and Richard get down to business. The Comcast and Time Warner Cable deal is stillreverberating through the newsand it's dovetailing with yet another Apple TV rumor.
Acer'sIconia W3wasn'tquitethe best introduction to 8-inch Windows tablets; we liked it, but its subpar display and modest performance kept it from being stellar. Give credit to the company for quickly learning from its mistakes, though. Less than a year later, the company has released theIconia W4, and it fixes those earlier gripes even as the price has dropped below $300 as of this writing.
When it comes to ASUS, buying a full-size Android tablet has usually meant venturing past the $300 mark; even theTransformer Book T100set you back $349 when it first came out, and that was considered a steal. That's no longer a problem in 2014. ASUS' newTransformer Pad TF103Ccosts $299 with the company's signature keyboard dock included, or as much as some smaller mid-range slates.
Don't let its DevCon facade fool you:Google I/Ohas plenty of interesting stuff foreveryone. Most of the company's big announcements come during the day one keynote, which we'll be liveblogging tomorrow morning.
BBM for Android has been installed millions of times since its (bumpy) launch, but that's not enough for the folks in Waterloo. Today BlackBerry has confirmed what many already suspected: it's planning to launch a version of BBM forphones still running Android 2.3in February.
Samsung loves its flagship devices, it really does. So much that it tries to make use of their names years after the devices themselves have gone out of fashion. This looks like the case with this new Galaxy S III Neo+, a refurbished smartphone from 2012, just with an added extra SIM card slot.
Not that the Galaxy S III is exactly dated.
Lenovo may be the world'sbiggest PC maker, but it's clearer than ever that much of the company's growth now comes from mobile. The Chinese tech giant hasreporteda 30 percent year-over-year jump in its calendar fourth quarter profit ($265 million) that's owed partly to massive spikes in non-PC shipments. Its smartphone deliveries grew by 47 percent to 13.