AT&T will launch five new devices during the first half of 2010 based on the Android platform from Dell, HTC and Motorola. According Slashgear the Motorola device is the MB300 Backflip).

The much anticipated Apple Tablet, the iPad has been unveiled. It is almost certain that tablets will cause the obsolescence of netbook computers. In the future, they take the place of laptops; but at this time and because of their size, it is not clear if they will bring down smartphones. The iPad and other tablets will more than likely bridge the gap between printed media --magazines, books and newspapers--, online, voice and video, and television content programming. We are living in exciting times. Just add 3D to the mix for an out of this world experience.

The iPad is certainly portable and it will feel great to send email, browse the net, and watch HDTV anywhere, even while walking. iPad provides the same operating system as the iPhone and is powered by the new Apple A4 chip which provides exceptional processor and graphics performance along with claims of long battery life of up to 10 hours. It includes 12 apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store.

Cox, who will launch an ambitious wireless service in March, is the latest operator to dip its toe into Long Term Evolution (LTE), the last step toward the 4th generation (4G) of radio technologies designed to increase the capacity and speed of mobile networks. Verizon Wireless this year plans to launch 25-30 commercial LTE markets, covering 100 million POPs. Additionally, MetroPCS will launch its LTE network this year, while AT&T Mobility will be conducting LTE trials with wider deployments expected in 2011.

4G LTE would open the door for consumers to use their portable devices to participate in live video conferences or access bandwidth-intensive applications similar to the ones they have come to expect from other business-grade IP services. LTE would also deliver bandwidth for a full on-the-go HD web experience whether through tablet PC's or mobile phones.

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In Google’s (GOOG) Android mobile operating system was first introduced more than a year ago, and hardly made a ripple in the smart phone market – until now.

ChangeWave’s December 9-14 survey of 4,068 consumers shows the Android operating system roiling the smart phone market, with Motorola’s new Droid smart phone the biggest and most immediate beneficiary.

Among respondents who currently own a smart phone, 4% say they’re using Google’s Android operating system – a 3-pt jump since our survey in September.

But more importantly, 21% of those planning to buy a smart phone in the next 90 days say they’d prefer to have the Android OS on their new phone – a monstrous 15-pt jump in just three months.

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The prospect of watching live, local TV shows on mobile phones and other portable devices is getting closer. Manufacturers this week are showing off gadgets can receive a new type of digital TV transmissions.


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