For those that have followed the state of camera software in AOSP and Google Camera in general, it’s been quite clear that this portion of the experience has been a major stumbling block for Android. Third party camera applications are almost always worse for options and camera experience than first party ones. Manual controls effectively didn’t exist because the underlying camera API simply didn’t support any of this. Until recently, the official Android camera API has only supported three distinct modes. These modes were preview, still image capture, and video recording. Within these modes, capabilities were similarly limited. It wasn’t possible to do burst image capture in photo mode or take photos while in video mode. Manual controls were effectively nonexistent as well. Even...

Intel's Functional Nikiski Concept PC: Transparent Touchpad Doubles as a Screen Window

Intel talked about the Nikiski concept PC at Computex last year. The concept is simple: replace the palm rest and touchpad on a notebook with a transparent strip with...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

ASUS' Transformer Prime TF700T: Improves Wireless, Adds 1920 x 1200 Panel, Available in Q2

ASUS just announced an updated version of the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the TF700T. The new tablet keeps the same form factor, dimensions, screen size and weight of the...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

Lenovo At CES: Android TV and First Krait Tablet

In 2011, Lenovo made a cursory effort to grab some of the consumer Android tablet space with the 7" K1, and a slightly more concerted effort to grab the...

3 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/9/2012

Acer Unveils the Thinnest Ultrabook, a 15" Ultrabook, a 1080p Tablet and AcerCloud

It technically doesn't start for another day, but CES is in full swing in Las Vegas. As part of the fun, Acer is bringing us the thinnest Ultrabook yet...

7 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/8/2012

Nook Tablet Beats Expectations, B&N Considers Nook Spin-off

Barnes & Noble announced via a press release today that sales of its Nook lineup, including the new Nook Tablet, the older Nook Color, and the Nook Simple Touch...

15 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/5/2012

Acer Iconia Tab A200 On Sale January 15 Priced At $329

Acer has formally announced the US pricing and launch date details for the Iconia A200, the follow up to the Iconia A500 tablet it launched mid-last year. The A200...

6 by Vivek Gowri on 1/5/2012

Scaling to 802.11ac Speeds in Smartphones and Tablets

I promise this is the last thing I'll write about 802.11ac today, but it is very relevant to our smartphone and tablet coverage. If you've followed any of our...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

Broadcom Announces Family of 802.11ac Chipsets & 5G WiFi Brand

If you've read our 802.11ac primer you already know that the fifth generation of WiFi is something to be excited about. At 433Mbps of bandwidth per stream with expected...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

5th Generation WiFi: 802.11ac, "Gigabit" WiFi Primer

Five years have passed since the first 802.11n devices implementing a draft of the now-finalized specification hit the market. Over the years 802.11n support has become ubiquitous in the...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

Archos 70b IT Arrives with Honeycomb for $200

In our review of the Kindle Fire, we called it the best $199 tablet on the market, but Archos has given us a reason to reconsider that statement with...

12 by Vivek Gowri on 1/4/2012

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Teardown

In researching for my piece on the Transformer Prime's GPS issue I needed to know the location of the GPS antenna inside the Transformer Prime. Given the limited supply...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2012

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime GPS Issue Explained

An Apology Over the past couple of weeks I've received emails and tweets asking me to look into GPS performance issues with ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime. By the...

67 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2012

All BlackBerry PlayBook Models On Sale for $299

Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet (read our review) is now on sale for $299 in the BlackBerry Store, a price which applies to the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 1/3/2012

Apple Acquires Anobit: Bringing NAND Endurance Technology In-House

I'd seen speculation that Apple was going to drop $500M on Anobit over the past few weeks. Ars Technica also published a piece believing the acquisition to be true...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/21/2011

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Review Part II: Battery Life & More

In our original review of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime I did the best I could do given limited testing opportunity with the platform before the NDA lifted...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/15/2011

ARM & GlobalFoundries Demo 2.5GHz+ 28nm Cortex A9 & 20nm Test Vehicle

GlobalFoundries sent over a PR showcasing two significant milestones in its march towards being a major foundry player in the mobile space. The first is the announcement of a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

The New Intel Mobile Division

Intel's haphazard ultra mobile strategy is finally getting some much needed consolidation. We got the first hints of this at IDF where Intel announced a restructuring that would combine...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/14/2011

Performance-Fixing Kindle Fire Update Due in Less Than Two Weeks

Amazon will be releasing an over-the-air software update for its Kindle Fire tablet in less than two weeks, company spokesman Drew Herdener revealed to the New York Times yesterday...

11 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/12/2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Previewed on the Archos G9

When we posted about the launch of the Archos G9 Turbo, we mentioned that Archos was aiming for a Q1 2012 release date for the G9's Ice Cream Sandwich...

5 by Vivek Gowri on 12/12/2011

Toshiba Thrive: Honeycomb Hits $300

It appears that this is the season of inexpensive Android tablets, and with Christmas less than two weeks away, a well-discounted Honeycomb tablet is an interesting gift idea. When...

33 by Vivek Gowri on 12/12/2011

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