Leak of Ice Cream Sandwich

An anonymous shopper got his Nexus S shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android version to be release around the end of 2011).

He was nice enough to send out this video on Engadget.

also from YouTube:

This also makes me wonder if we’ll just go ahead and skip the honeycomb update to the Google TV and go right to ice cream Sandwich as per Eric Schmidt’s announcement last week.

Three Layers of Mobile User Experience

An interesting way to break down the user experience with mobile devices based on elements of the device and how the user interacts with each.

Three Layers of Mobile User Experience :: UXmatters.

iPad 2 Presented by Steve Jobs

Some content from Reuters

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Sigh. I doubt I will be picking this up anytime soon but it gives me another toy to go play with at the stores. I have posted previously about this device.

At today’s Apple iPad 2 event, Steve Jobs was there to present it.  Jobs recently took a medical leave of absence to rejoin his battle with pancreatic cancer or possible other ailments, and he said they had been working on the iPad and he “… didn’t want to miss it.”

The iPad 2 is very much a video device. The resolution is the same, the price is the same and the battery life is the same. The new features are  a front and back facing camera (not on the original), 1/3 thinner and with a faster processor.

One of the most exciting features based on the fact we just picked up an Apple TV, the new device can also wirelessly stream video from any app to the device (and vice versa), which makes the iPad an even more powerful home entertainment addition.

Additionally, iMovie is now available on the iPad 2, and is specially designed to make it easy to edit videos on a tablet format. Facetime, which has been available since the launch of the iPhone 4, is now available on the iPad 2, too, and can perform videoconferencing between both iPhone and iPad 4 devices. Garageband for the new iPad will allow you to plug in instruments, add effects and record up to 8 tracks.

The device itself is available in white  — they promise white will be available on day one (remember when the promised white iPhone never surfaced?). Apple claims the CPU is twice as fast and graphics are nine times faster and with all of that the battery life is still miraculously the same.

Apple also unveiled a new cover that snaps onto the device using built-in magnets on the iPad2. The cover rolls back and acts as a stand for watching video and to allow for easier tapping. The cover also has a microfiber surface on the inside that helps keep the iPad 2 surface cleaner.

The iPad 2 will be available on March 11th, the same day South by Southwest, spring break for tech geeks, begins so expect the Apple store in Austin to be a mob scene.

 

New Web Based Android Market

The New Web-Based Android Market Is Up

In the midst of their Honeycomb announcements today, Google announced the brand new Android Market web site, which allows you to browse, search for, purchase, and manage Android apps for your phones (and tablets) right from your computer.

It also allwos you to manage your phone, though only simple things for now (changing device names).

I’m sure they will add additional functionality later, but you can check the site out right now by heading to market.android.com. You can browse the Market just fine, and whatever issue they had previously with signing in appears to be fixed, since I was able to log in and manage my apps.

Android 3.0 Optimized for Tablets

Android Honeycomb 3.0 is being featured at CES 2011. Looking at the videos makes me think that the iPad may not be the only game in town. The fact that 7 million iPads have already been sold does give Apple a head start, but the mobile market is just entering its adolescence.

There should be plenty of market share available for the Android tablets, especially if the OS and 4G play nice together for a truly mobile experience.

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