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As reported last week, Sony is planning to hold an event (now dubbed “PlaysStation Meeting”) in Tokyo this Thursday, probably to unveil the PSP2. Today, Japan’s biggest business daily, The Nikkei, is reporting that Sony will indeed unveil the device on that day, and they also have some information on what features it will come with.
According to The Nikkei, a usually very reliable source, you can expect:
- an OLED touchscreen that will be larger than the 4.3 inches the PSP screen has
- 3G support (in partnership with NTT Docomo – in Japan), as the first game system ever
- no voice communication but support of game and movie downloads
- a new processor “powerful enough to display HD images”
The paper also says that the PSP2 will be more expensive than the $ 203 the PSP currently goes for in Japan (not really surprising) and that Sony plans to roll it out by year-end (in Japan, at least).
Android Will Be Number 2 Mobile Operating System Worldwide by Year-End
Research analysts at Gartner have forecasted that Google’s Android mobile operating system (OS) will become the second largest platform in terms of market share by year-end 2010. Symbian, however, will remain number one. Garner also notes that by 2014, the end of the forecast period for this latest market research report, Android will vie for the top spot against Nokia’s Symbian OS. Yes, Android …
3D TVs that don’t require glasses and thus eliminate the incompatibility problem between glasses offered by different makers: that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Rumors about such TVs coming from Toshiba emerged today in various media [JP] in Japan, and according to those reports, the devices are expected to arrive in Japan by year-end.
And if the rumors are to be believed, potential buyers will be able to choose between three different models, which could be sized at about 21 inches. The displays are reportedly offering a relatively wide viewing angle, which makes it possible to view 3D images for more than one person and from more than just one position (unlike in the case of the Nintendo 3DS, for example, which requires users to look straight at the device at all times).
This sounds like the glasses-free 3D display Toshiba showed back in April (pictured above) and which features WXGA (1,280Ã—800) resolution, 480 cd/m2 brightness, and Â±15 degrees (horizontal) 3D viewing angle.
Toshiba is apparently planning to price the 3D TVs at “several hundred thousand yen”, whatever that may mean (100,000 Yen currently translate to $1,180).
Japanese IT news site Impress just posted an official statement [JP] from Toshiba. The company says it can’t confirm the reports and that it’s not able to go into details such as technical specs at this point. Toshiba also says it’s currently investigating how future 3D TVs can look like and when it’s the best time for commercialization.
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Adept Technology to Announce Fiscal 2010 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results
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The company’s not committing to any US carriers just yet (ahem), but LG is already puffing up its chest and talking big about its impending Windows Phone 7 release plans. To date, all we’ve had to go on was Microsoft’s vow of seeing WP7 devices on store shelves before this holiday season, but now Ken Hong, an LG representative in Seoul, has offered a wee bit more insight regarding his company in particular. To quote: “We have a deep relationship with Microsoft so expect to have a couple [of Windows Phone 7 handsets] by the end of this year.” That aligns rather nicely with what we heard ourselves back in Feburary, and given that LG’s mobile division has seen some rather unsightly losses in its most recent quarterly earnings, we’re guessing the company’s more than eager to push out the next big thing.
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Motorola Prepping a 2GHz Android Phone for Year-End
Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha gave a speech at Chicago’s Executive Club on Wednesday in which he revealed the company plans to release an Android-based smartphone running at an unheard of 2GHz, twice the speed of the current top of the line Android phones.
A smattering of pay-TV providers have already announced their intentions to start piping out 3D programming to their users (starting next week with The Masters), but up until now, neither of America’s (two) major fiber operators had bit the three-dee bullet. Verizon’s own Shawn Strickland, vice president of FiOS product management, has come forward today with a bit of news on the matter, and it’s the kind of stuff you want to hear if you’re a) lucky enough to already be in a FiOS TV market and b) one who cares about the third dimension. He notes that his company is “monitoring the early sales of 3D TVs and expects to announce a 3D offering well in advance of the holiday TV-shopping season,” further saying that Verizon is already in “active discussions with a number of companies in the emerging 3D value chain.” He makes no bones about the hurdles along the way, suggesting that “technological challenges remain, as technology that enables TVs and set-top boxes to adjust the set to display 3D content has not been perfected or distributed, causing a major viewing hassle for consumers.” That said, we’re pretty stoked about having a 3D FiOS TV offering “in the market in time for the holiday,” with the company aiming for a product that has “fully automated HDMI format-switching capability that switches between 2D and 3D, not via ponderous access to the TV’s setup menu.” Now, let’s see how many of these wishes come true, cool?
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