Samsung to merge Bada into the Tizen project

Forbes are reporting that Bada, Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz-skinned and Linux-based OS, is now effectively dead and will be merged into the Tizen project. Tizen is the evolution of MeeGo, itself a successor to Maemo, and its development as an open source OS is being spearheaded by Intel and Samsung. Tae-Jin King of Samsung confirmed at CES that the company are set to launch devices with the platform by the end of the year As part of the merger, full backwards compatibility will be on offer, with Tizen set to support Bada apps and the SDK. It has however been confirmed that Android and Windows Phone handsets will remain at the top of Samsung’s priority list, meaning that Badzen or whatever it becomes might not have such a bright future after all.

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Motorola (re)build on the RAZR line with MAXX, Droid 4 and purpleness

Sorry for the lack of posts but the start of a term doesn’t mix well with CES for a teenage blogger. We will get through the big stuff this week but it may take time!

At CES, Motorola announced 3 new devices based on the RAZR, a phone that is officially as old as Digixav. While it seems unlikely that they will ever hit the UK as none are featured on the Motorola website, it gives us an excuse to look at the phone that narrowly lost out on our Best Design Award. Despite it’s godawful screen that somehow manages to look bad in adverts.

On the left, we have the RAZR MAXX. As the name suggests, this is a RAZR that is fatter and equipped with a bigger and better battery of 3300mAh. This gives you (supposedly) 21 hours of talk-time and 6 hours of LTE video streaming. It is 8.99mm thick and is otherwise a bog-standard RAZR. This is coming soon for $299 with a 2 year plan.

In the middle, we have the purple RAZR. It is a RAZR. It’s purple. Along with the cut-price white and black models, this will be $199 on contract.

On the right, we have the Droid 4. It’s like a 4 inch RAZR with a sliding QWERTY keyboard and 4.6mm thicker. It’s what the Droid 3 should have been. Like how the heavily delayed and redesigned Bionic is a fat RAZR. The Bionic is like the RAZR MAXX, but with a worse battery. Pricing is currently unannounced but it’ll probably be $249.

All of these phones are Verizon exclusives in the USA and have ‘4G’ LTE, the same internals as each other, splash-resistant nanocoating and Motoblur as a skin. If you are in America and feel the need for Android, forget these and get a Galaxy Nexus. Or get a Windows Phone on AT&T. Made by Nokia.

Victorinox announce 1TB USB 3.0 Swiss army knife, flash drives just became awesome

Just before CES, Victorinox Swiss Army, makers of world famous Swiss army knives, announced a new device in their range of USB flash drives. The Victorinox SSD has the first ever USB 2.0/3.0 and eSATA II/III combination port which results in maximum read speeds of 220MB/s and write speeds of 150MB/s. The SSD comes with a built-in nail file, scissors, blade, 96 x 48 monochrome LCD display and a weaponless flight case so you can keep your 256-bit encrypted data with you on the plane. Did I mention the fact that it comes with up to 1TB of storage? The 1TB model may cost up to $3000 but that is the price you have to pay for pure awesome. A 64GB version will be as little as $400 though…

What do you think? Cool or stupid? Let us know below while we hunt for every penny we can find.

CES time!

The annual Consumer Electronics show, or CES, takes place this week in Las Vegas and we will have daily roundups of the new products announced at the show. We sadly won’t be there this year but we will still get you all the news. Expect to see:

  • Nokia Lumia 900
  • Victorinox 1TB USB flash drive
  • HP Envy 14 Spectre
  • Ultrabooks
  • Tablets
  • Smartphones
  • Stupid high-resolution TVs
  • More…

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Enjoy the articles coming up,

Xavier