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You may have seen the news and pictures floating around the internet the past few days of the LG 55 inch OLED TV that they plan to show at CES. Now some more information has been released about this ultra-thin beauty. Before you get too excited and start pulling out your wallet, the TV is only a prototype and it will be unveiled at a private, media-only event.
This is the largest OLED TV yet produced. In a blog post to their UK website yesterday LG claimed that, “By incorporating the company’s 4-Color Pixels and Color Refiner features with LG Display’s advanced OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels, LG OLED TV generates the most natural colors of any TV set at a much lower price point than could have been achieved using the standard manufacturing process.”
LG claims that this TV has been produced at a significantly lower cost than past OLED TV’s. They are also claiming an infinite contrast ratio, the utmost clarity and sharpness, and color capabilities that are “technically impossible with LED and LCD display panels”. They also claim the display is 1,000 times faster than traditional LED and LCD displays. The TV will be unveiled at CES on January 9th at 8pm.
The upcoming iPhone5 in October might have a new twist to it. Sprint-Nextell might be joining the ranks as a phone carrier. This would be in addition to AT&T and Verizon to carrying the phone in the US.
I say “may” because it’s unconfirmed just yet. The Wall Street Journal reported that it will be happening. They got their information from “people familiar with the matter”. Yet, news leaks sometimes can be misleading.
Other iPhone5 Rumors
- iPhone4 will get an 8GB model, replace 3GS as low-end device
- dual-mode iPhone will let you switch from CDMA to GSM networks.
- 4G LTE - No word if dual-mode LTE – WiMax
- 8 Megapixel camera, Front facing VGA camera with no light.
- A5 processor running dual 1 GHz.
- Thinner and lighter phone
- Longer and wider screen – Same size phone
- Turns into Bumble Bee, everyone’s favorite Transformer (OK, maybe not. But wouldn’t that be cool?)
LTE vs WiMax
If Sprint does get the iPhone5, we could see a full iPhone war come October. There is one problem to this – Sprint is primarily a WiMax 4G service and iPhone is rumored to be LTE.
Sprint had put in measures to try and buy out Clearwire and add LTE into their service. Even if that happens, Sprint will have to do some fast work to make the iPhone 4G usable in the US.
We then have to ask the question: is T-Mobile also getting the iPhone? Not to mention the underdog carriers (US Cellular is one of the top underdogs in the Midwest, an iPhone 5 would mean local competition, too).
How iPhone5 Could Affect Android
Android has done a good job in clouding the market. Whereas iPhone only has 1 model with 3 memory size options (16, 32, 64 GB) and 2 color options (Black or White), Android comes in many sizes and shapes. HTC, LG, Motorola (obviously) and Sony- Ericsson all make different types of Android smartphones.
Still, with an iPhone 5 in all four US carriers could put a new dent into Android sales. A lot of people may make the switch because it’s an iPhone.
Once again, this is a rumor, but if true, could give Apple a bigger market share. Sprint users might have a bad experience for the first year simply because the carrier has to adapt to the phone, instead of vise-versa. If it does happen, I might finally switch off to another carrier for the first time in 13 years…
Google announced this morning that it will be acquiring Motorola Mobility for $40 a share – $12.5 billion total. With it, come 24000 patents on mobile devices, in which 70-80% will most likely move right into Android technologies. Is this a major win for Google and their partners?
Motorola Mobility started in 1928[Wiki]. They pioneered mobile devices starting with the StarTAC in 1996. Motorola Mobility also invented the flip phone and their most successful handset – the RAZR - was the most popular phone from 2004 to 2008 (when the iPhone surpassed it).
“This transaction offers significant value for Motorola Mobility’s stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers, and partners around the world” said Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility. “We have shared a productive partnership with Google to advance the Android platform, and now through this combination we will be able to do even more to innovate and deliver outstanding mobility solutions across our mobile devices and home businesses.”
24,000 patents, ranging from initial cellular connections all the way to current technologies, are also a part of that purchase. This means that Android has a better chance of warding off most other patent lawsuit disputes, which seems to be a key to a smartphone or tablet.
“The combination of Google and Motorola will not only supercharge Android, but will also enhance competition and offer consumers accelerating innovation, greater choice, and wonderful user experiences.”Says Larry Page. “I am confident that these great experiences will create huge value for shareholders. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”
With this news, the mobile eco-system might take a major turn. Google has some major firepower behind their Android system now. While not all technologies they purchased might not be viable in today’s tech market, they could be a basis for modified technology based on original patents.
Have you switched to an Android phone yet? Do you have a Droid3? What are your thoughts on this acquisition?
- first, premium content providers and LG has over 20 including NetFlix, Vudu, Hulu, Amazon, NHL, NBA;
- second, apps and LG will be launching its online apps store with over 200 apps from the likes of CNN and Comedy Central (and Tech Podcast);
- third, include a fully functioning web-browser with Flash, just like LG’s;
- and finally, make sure it’s DLNA-certified so that existing local content can be played, as LG’s TVs will.
Existing owners will be able to upgrade their TVs using LG’s new SmartTV Upgrader that brings all the features of LG’s 2011 TVs to a dumb TV. The SmartTV will work with any TV with an HDMI output, not just LG’s and of course, it’s wireless. Although it comes with a remote control, to make typing easier, apps for iOS and Android devices will control the SmartTV unit as well. That’s cool.
Jeffrey gets a demo of the user interface in the video so check it out if you are interested. Looks to be a smooth implementation.
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The LG G-Slate, which was unveiled last week at CES 2011, didn’t generate much attention, but that may change now. Today T-Mobile posted a Promo Page for the tablet that included no new details, but should still serve to get T-Mobile customers more excited than they have been since EVO was announced.
The G-Slate biggest selling points are 4G, Honeycomb, and Google Apps. There’s no pricing or release dated posted as of yet, and no pictures of the device itself, but posting this page suggests that these things probably are not very far off. As of now you can sign up to receive news and updates to keep you abreast of the roll-out progress. In the meantime you can check out the CES teaser video from January 5th, which I have posted below.