Introductions of Droid RAZR, Ice Cream Sandwich and BBX
The last few hours have been a roller coaster of a ride for tech enthusiasts. From short term to long term, we saw the introduction of the Motorola’s Droid RAZR, Google’s release of Ice Cream Sandwich and BlackBerry’s vision of moving forward with BBX. Lets talk about each one of these announcements.
Let’s start with Motorola. the Droid RAZR is one sexy device. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that it’s the best looking Android Smartphone that I have seen (virtually) to date. From the pictures and videos, the device just looks phenomenal. It is super thin at 7.1mm with a 4.3″ qHD SUPER AMOLED screen, a dual core 1.2GHz CPU, an 8MP camera with 1080p recording along with a front-facing camera and an 1780mAH battery.
Best of all, it has support for LTE 4G and you hopefully already saw the speeds we can get on the Etisalat network over 4G. I have no idea how Motorola managed to cramp all that technology into such a slim handset but I’m not complaining. This would be handset I would recommend in a heartbeat, had Google not showcased Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Galaxy Nexus- which brings us to our second announcement.
Google showcased their update to their Android OS at an event held in Hong Kong earlier today. The device that managed to showcase the latest/greatest that Google has to offer was once again built by Samsung. Resembling the Nexus S, the Galaxy Nexus takes the screen to a whole new level with a 4.65″ 1280×720 pixel Super AMOLED display- the highest resolution ever seen on a Smartphone.
Along with that, you get all the goodness that Ice Cream Sandwich brings such as Beam which is NFC, swipes all over, Face unlock that unlocks the phone when the owner looks at it, voice typing, resizable gadgets, a new camera app and updated applications like GMail and Contacts. Ice Cream Sandwich will also do away with buttons on the Smartphone- much like it did for Tablets. Honestly speaking, I’d be a lot more interested looking at Ice Cream Sandwich on a tablet than a Smartphone.
Last and certainly not the least, RIM announced their strategy moving forward though BBX- the future of all BlackBerry devices that will power tablets and Smartphones. RIM also announced a the gold release of their native SDK to develop applications and like Apple, they see either an HTML5 experience to run across their older Samrtphones as well as newer tablets and phones for compatibility or native apps for performance.
We got to see some pretty impressive demos for games on the BlackBerry tablet such as Tomb Raider and Dead Space as well as BlackBerry Cascades- an interface layer created by TAT to help developers create stunning visuals for their apps. All of this, along with the Android Player which will let you run Android applications on the PlayBook will be a part of the IS2.0 upgrade for the tablet.
Last and certainly not the least, Apple had an earnings call, once again exceeding expectations set by them- mainly because of the rise of sales in iOS devices but Macs also contributed with better than expected sales.
All in all, it has been a pretty awesome day for the tech industry.