If you’d like to give your iPad the same cosseting your posterior receives when you slot into the sport buckets in your Continental GT then you, good chap, are in luck. Bentley’s “luxury leather partner” Ettinger, which ensures no surface of the vehicles is bereft of animal hide, is releasing a line of gadget cases to cover your iPad, iPhone, or BlackBerry — though it’s unclear exactly which model for the latter. Prices? You’re looking at
European dual-core aficionados were promised their fix way back in January from LG, however the Korean company’s delivery schedule evidently slipped a tiny bit as we’re today bidding adieu to the month of February. Good news is that LG will definitely, totally, honestly be releasing its Optimus 2X in “key European markets” this March. It’ll ship with Froyo on board, however a Gingerbread update is expressly promised, which should allay fears of being left with a very powerful but outdated piece of hardware. Last time we looked, Amazon’s German branch had priced this handset, to be known as the Optimus Speed in Deutschland, at just under €500, which sounds about right for its eventual unlocked price.
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LG Optimus 2X coming to Europe in March, a little later than planned originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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At this point, the only thing keeping Microsoft in the tablet conversation are rumors of its Windows 8
or Windows Next
, and lo and behold we’ve got another one to add to the pile. While we heard last week that Microsoft could release the beta of Windows 8 for tablets at PDC in September
, “sources at Microsoft” have now told Business Insider
, that the company is hoping to show a public “design demo” of the operating system’s tablet UI as early as June. The timing is
interesting — and it actually lines up very well with Computex
, where the company does have a big presence — but we’re also intrigued by the part that says Microsoft’s taking “a more Apple-like approach to interface design” and that it will use Metro UI
pieces. That’s obviously similar to what Microsoft showed us at last year’s Computex
(picture of that above) — except it was using Windows Embedded Compact 7 underneath. The article also mentions that it will draw on some Media Center-like styling, which also syncs up with some other whispers we’ve heard
. Yep, there’s a lot of rumors, and well, with this talk of summer / fall it looks like we’ll be dealing with plenty more before we hear anything official.
Microsoft to demo Windows 8 tablet interface in June? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Apple announced Mac OS X Lion with considerable fanfare at its Back to the Mac event last October, and now it’s dropped the first developer preview on the world — giving us a chance to sample some of the big cat’s new features and UI concepts. We installed the dev build on one of our MacBook Pros and used it over the weekend, and while we won’t be able to see any huge changes in day-to-day workflow until our favorite apps are updated to take advantage of Lion, we did see plenty of interesting system-level features and additions — and yes, iOS’s influence is all over the place. Read on for a full breakdown of what’s new!
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Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple’s been working hard to chip away at RIM’s lead in the enterprise over the last couple years by beefing up iOS’ IT policy management chops in ways that traditionally only BlackBerry (and the now-marginalized Windows Phone 6.5 / Windows Embedded Handheld platform) have excelled at, but Motorola — a company that’s got virtually 100 percent of its skin in the Android game — would obviously like to see that change. To that end, it acquired a little company called 3LM (that’s “Three Laws of Mobility”) last year that’s been working on an enterprise management platform for Android, and it appears they’ve pulled off a bit of a coup — not only will its parent company be supporting it on devices starting in the second quarter of the year, but devices from competitors like HTC, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, and Pantech are on board, too. A standard software package for this sort of thing is just what IT bosses like to see — and it could be Android’s most dangerous strike yet on the enterprise side of the market. Follow the break for Moto’s press release.
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Motorola subsidiary 3LM to offer enterprise-class device management for Android; HTC, Sony Ericsson, others on board originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Not every Galaxy S user around the globe even has Froyo yet — but Samsung’s ready to move on, it seems, crafting a ROM based on Android 2.3.2 (in other words, quite recently) for the i9000 model that just leaked across the giant faucet better known as the internet. The darned thing is nearly a quarter gigabyte in size, so Samsung’s not playing here, but users haven’t fleshed out everything that’s changed just yet. Of course, if you’re using one of the millions of Galaxy S devices that aren’t an i9000, you’ve got more waiting to do… but we’re certain hackers are already well underway tearing this bad boy apart and crafting custom ROMs for various SKUs. Hang tight!
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread leaks for Samsung Galaxy S originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Torn between the 7-inch
and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab
? Well, it looks like Samsung is about to solve that problem for you come March 22nd. According to an invite making the rounds, the Samsung Mobile team is planning to hold a Mobile Unpacked event at CTIA in Orlando, and as the graphic suggests, the focus will be a new sized Tab. We’re assuming it will be an 8.9-inch version, since the invite shows an 8 and 9 flanked by a 7 and 10. That sure lines up with what we’ve heard
before, but we have to admit, it does seems like a lot of tablet offerings for one company. For some odd reason, we haven’t received this invitation yet, but we’re assuming we’re invited (obviously, it’s not a party without Engadget!) and thus will be there covering all the action live. Stay tuned.
Samsung’s 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab likely to launch at CTIA originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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If you’ve been following the seemingly-massive Gmail outage, you’ll know that it’s actually not as massive as it sounds. Google’s revised its estimate again to say that only “0.02% of Google Mail users” — roughly about 38,000 by our calculations — were affected by the issue in total, claims that a full third of them have already had access restored, and expects the issue “to be resolved for everyone within 12 hours.” As to the fate of years worth of email, Google reps wouldn’t say, but promised us that engineers are working “as quickly as possible” to see the data restored as well. Keep hanging on, folks.
Google restores Gmail access to one-third of affected users originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Complementing the integrated projector concept introduced at CES last month, MSI brought a new not-for-sale hottie to its CeBIT booth this week in the form of the Dual Pad, which is… well, literally two WindPads placed on top of one another. The idea is that the pads can be taken apart and used as two completely independent Windows 7 tablets when necessary — “you and your girlfriend on a trip” was the example given to us during the press conference — but when you piece them together, they become one mega-tablet capable of operating essentially as a single dual-screen netbook (a hingeless, permanently-open one). Again, it’s a pure concept; there are no plans for commercialization that we could eke out, but we can’t imagine it’d be cheap since you’d effectively be buying two complete tablets. Follow the break for video!
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MSI Dual Pad concept eyes-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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You know how Motorola’s Atrix is unique in having all these docking stations and a Webtop app that collectively turn it into a far more versatile computer than your average superpowered smartphone? Well, Sanjay Jha has just told investors at a Morgan Stanley shindig that the Atrix won’t be unique for long — the Webtop app will be making an appearance on all of Moto’s “high performance” smartphones in the second half of this year, and we’re told that the only reason the Droid Bionic won’t be shipping with it was the simple constraint of time. What that implies, but something Jha didn’t say, is that the Bionic and Moto’s other forthcoming devices are likely to have laptop docks of their own — hopefully with a connector that makes the docking accessory interchangeable between models.
Motorola: all our high-end smartphones will have Webtop from June onwards originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 13:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.