Archive for February 21st, 2012

PlayBook OS 2.0: A Lesson in tech humility

Say you are building a mobile operating system. What are the major applications you build into that OS? Email, calendar, and contacts apps right? Not Research in Motion. The company that built its business on business productivity failed to include that in the original PlayBook OS. Fast forward to today. RIM attempts to right the sinking ship and fix the disastrous initial release of Playbook OS 1.0 with the second version of that mobile operating system. You guessed it: the signature additions to the operating system are those native email, calendar, and contacts apps missing from RIM’s first try. “Building… [Continue Reading]

Nvidia’s first ‘complete’ smartphone: ZTE Mimosa X

Nvidia’s Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip architecture has thus far been used in a handful of high-end Android “superphones”: Motorola Atrix 4G, Photon 4G, LG Optimus G2X, and the Samsung Captivate Glide, to name a few. Today, Nvidia and Chinese smartphone maker ZTE announced the Mimosa X, the first Android smartphone to use Nvidia’s products for both applications processing and wireless communications since the company acquired wireless modem maker Icera last June. The Mimosa X is powered by the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, GeForce GPU, and Icera 450 HSPA+ (21Mbps) modem, it will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), feature… [Continue Reading]

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