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Report: Apple® Controls 60% of Touchscreen Supply

Apple aims to sell over 40 million units of iPads and over 100 million units of iPhones. The company’s financial strength, phenomenal liquidity availability, control of supplies of key components required by tablets and smartphones, makes it very competitive. Call it operations management skills or monopolistic trends, the fact remains that other tablet and smartphone manufacturers are going to face a component resource crunch. The two known largest manufacturers of LCD screens touch screens and display components namely Wintech and TPK seem to be under control by Apple for touch screen supplies. With Apple’s financial strength and operations management skills we rest assured that Apple would have booked both these manufacturers to the hilt, putting massive pressure and component resource crunch on all other smartphone manufacturers.

Apple’s long term agreement with vendors and announcement of billions of dollars in pre-payments as well as capital expenditure, has put its competitors on a back foot. This situation has made competitors move away from these two major suppliers Wintech and TPK, turning their focus to other smaller manufacturers and suppliers. In the situation of supply and demand anomaly, touch screen panel prices are bound to go up. Not only this, with Apple’s being already the most competitively priced product in the market, there are rumors that Apple may decide to drop prices even further and try to kill the competition totally. To augment this information was the announcement by Wintech announcing their new Vietnam initiative, setting up a new manufacturing plant for the manufacture of touch screens, mainly for the high-end products of iPhone and iPad. There have also been reports of Apple partnering up with Sharp Electronics to build a $1.2 billion liquid crystal display production line in Japan, and even news of Apple and Toshiba partnering in building of LCD production plants and many such other speculations.

With the LCD display and touch screen display being the single-most expensive component in smartphones and tablets, it is but natural that Apple would have planned well in advance their component resource provider, to prevent the eventuality of short supply of inputs.

Samsung® Star II S5260 Smartphone

The new Samsung Star II S5260 smart phone has been officially announced by Samsung. This smartphone is an upgraded version of Samsung Star which had become popular, selling over 30 million handsets all over the world. The specifications and features of the Samsung Star II include a 3-inch TFT capacitive touch screen display, Bluetooth, a 1,000mAh battery, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a micro SD card slot to increase the storage capacity. The display of Samsung Star II S5260 smart phone is very much similar to GT-S5230 Star. The WQVGA touch screen display of Samsung Star II S5260 smartphone has the same Touch Wiz UI 3.0 as in Samsung Star. You can simply add various widgets directly as per your choice and personalize the home screen of your mobile.

The Samsung Star II has a 3.2 MP camera with which you can take pictures and even videos of good quality. The wireless connectivity is an added feature of this smartphone. No matter where you are, you will be always connected with your friends and relatives on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter with Samsung Star II Smartphone as it supports all the popular social networks. The multi-IM 2.0 in Samsung Star II S5260 smartphone allows you to login into many IM accounts at a single time. So you can easily access your accounts on Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, AIM and Facebook simultaneously. The Samsung Star II S5260 smart phone has a QuickType T9 Keyboard which is going to be a great help for chatting or typing text messages at a very high speed on the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets priced by O2 Germany

The Samsung Galaxy tab is a compact tablet computer that was launched on 2nd September at the 2010 IFA in Berlin. It features Wi-Fi capability, a 7 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen, a 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, and the Swype input system. It is also equipped with a 3.2 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera for the purpose of video calls.

Ever since it was launched, the early impressions on the product were positive by technology reviewers. There have been lots of speculations going on in the market regarding its final price. In the early stages after its launch, people were more concerned about its performance and how its tablets would work together with its other products.

More than a couple of days back, few details have become known regarding future Android tablet prices in Germany. One of the German barriers that are going to sell the Galaxy tab is O2, and the official price is 759 Euros. Although there is no subsidy for the Galaxy tab, you do not have to pay all the cash at once. O2 would let you pay the amount in monthly installments, for a 24 month long period. What you need to do here is pay a 99 Euro deposit, followed by 24 monthly installments of 27.50 Euros each.

However, there is no indication from O2 that they would lower the price anytime soon, especially in the case of bundling the price with new data plans. With the new price, you would not get any 3G data plan from O2; therefore, if you wish to get the facility of any such new products, you would be required to pay over and above what you are already paying.

It has started to become clear why Samsung hadn’t come up with the official price of the tablet at the time of its release. Many experts are of the opinion that it was because the device is more expensive that it’s direct competitor, the iPad. Even though the device is a 7 inch tablet and smaller than the iPad, packing in some of the features that are not present in the latter, they do not exactly justify the huge price.

What would make the clash between the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy tab even more interesting is Apple’s launch of a new iPad tablet in the first quarter of next year. People would wait for its launch with baited breath and would be most curious to know about its price, as the upgraded tablet would bring in some of the additional features not present in the current versions. If prices of the new tablets are same as their previous models, then it would be a serious blow to the Galaxy tab by Samsung.

There may be a unanimous opinion about the wonderful features of the Samsung Galaxy tab. No one seems to question them but the product’s high price and its direct competition with the Apple iPad may make things slightly difficult for it.

Ready to Go MeeGo?

Gone are the days when a laptop looked and weighed like a attaché case and a mobile phone had no other purpose than to make and receive calls. These days, ultra-portable netbooks are all the rage; as mobile phones can do everything from taking home videos, managing your calendar and finances, and even hook up to your TV for a home theater experience. That’s not even counting the tablets that have become part of everybody’s must-have list with the release of the Apple Ipad.

Just as these portable gadgets become more complex and multifunctional, so do the demands of a strong, fast, connective yet non-demanding operating platform become more pressing. With Android steadily dominating the mobile market, and Apple still fiercely secretive of its own, a new mobile platform has just rolled into the block. Meet MeeGo.

Power-Packed Portable Linux in a Pretty Package

MeeGo was first introduced in February 2010 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Intel and Nokia wowed the techno world by revealing that they’re joining forces to create the brand-new, Linux-based mobile operating platform. This new portable platform is a mixture of Intel’s mobile Linux system, Moblin, and Nokia’s Maemo platform, also based on Linux. The open source project promises to deliver cross-platform flexibility and availability because of its mini-architecture. This means that it can run on Intel and ARM chips, or as an API between Windows, Mac, or Symbian platforms. It also has potential to deliver in terms of computing power and speed, blending Moblin’s core software platform with the impeccable graphics delivered by Maemo’s Qt UI toolkit. Based on developers’ statements, the MeeGo is geared for use not just on mobile phones and netbooks but also in other handhelds like tablets PCs, mediaphones, and even in-vehicle screens.

MeeGo for Netbooks

MeeGo v.1.0 for Atom-based netbooks first rolled out in May 25. The operating platform, available for download at the project site (http://meego.com), was a visual tasty treat that came built-in with a synchronized calendar, social networking aggregator, Google Chrome/Chromium, email app, multimedia-playing music player, and full integration with the Intel apps store. All these are centered on the Myzone, which was MeeGo’s launchpad which reveals at a glance appointments, tasks, social networking updates and thumbnails of recently opened files and/or applications. Programs are organized into tabs for convenience. Under the hood, the system runs on kernel 2.6.33 of Linux, relies on DeviceKit and udev for interacting with hardware devices, has a modern 2D / 3D graphics stack including Kernel Mode Setting and non-root X, voice and data connectivity with Connman connection manager, Ofono telephony stack, BlueZ Bluetooth, and Universal Plug and Play. The stunning visuals were courtesy of the Qt 4.6, an upgrade from Maemo’s UI toolkit. Another brand-new development to this netbook OS is the use of the next-generation Linux BTRFS file system. To date, MeeGo 1.0 has been tested on a variety of netbooks, namely the Asus EeePC 901/1000H/1005HA/1008HA, EeePC 1005PE, Eeetop ET1602, Dell mini10v, Inspiron Mini 1012, Acer Aspire One D250/AO532-21S, Revo GN40, Aspire 5740-6025, Lenovo S10, MSI U130 /AE1900,HP mini 210-1044, and Toshiba NB302.

The First MeeGo Tablets Roll Out

This June at the widely anticipated Computex expo in Taiwan, MeeGo made waves again with the debut of the first MeeGo-based tablets. Running on a prototype of the MeeGo v.1.1, the platform was seen on a Qanta RedVale Tablet and the Wistron W1 and CZC P10T tablets. The Qanta Redvale and Wistron W1 both run on the new 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Moorestown, one of the fastest mobile processors to date. Although both Wistron tablets were kept behind glass displays, hands-on tests with the 10-inch resistive touchscreen Qanta Redvale held much promise. The interface was responsive, the layout customizable to grid or panel views, and comes with a variety of core applications that can be upgraded or updated through the built-in connection with the Intel app store. The Redvale tablet was able to play up to 720p video impressively, and can support five-finger multitouch and multi-touch pinch zooming of images. The tablet is not due for release until mid-2011, though, so there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

Verdict

Although pretty impressive, the MeeGo still has a long way to go before it topples Android or makes serious inroads in the mobile device market. With version 1.1 for handsets, netbooks and tablets set for release in October, though, we’ll just have to wait with bated breath for the new features and improvements the platform has in store.

Samsung u820: Set To Hit Verizon

At the CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas, Samsung has revealed its touchscreen-QWERTY-slider Samsung u820. The stylish Samsung u820 has 3-inch WQVGA display, 3.2-megapixel camera that can take both photos and videos, side-sliding QWERTY keyboard, standard 3.5mm headset jack, full HTML browser, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Exchange support and a microSD memory card slot. The Samsung u820 will hit Verizon’s offering on 30thApril.

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