A number of new products featuring Intel Bay Trail processors are hitting the streets this summer, including Chromebooks, Windows tablets, Android tablets, and 2-in-1 systems. Thanks to some devices Asus and Acer loaned me, I’ll be testing some of each in the coming weeks.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- A Chromebook, a Windows tablet, and 2 Android tablets walk into my office
All four devices feature Intel Bay Trail processors which balance long battery life with modest-to-decent performance. I’m typing this roundup on the Chromebook, and while it’s not the fastest laptop on the market, it’s reasonably responsive and should get at least 10 hours of battery life. [Facebook]
- Google hopes to inflate its Balloon-delivered internet with more balloons, more users by next year
Project Loon is Google’s project to deliver wireless internet access to hard-to-reach areas using balloons that stay aloft for hundreds of days. The project is celebrating its first anniversary, and the hope is that a year from now it’ll be operational for real users and not just testers… or at least ready for a pilot program. [Wired]
- These are 300+ patents Microsoft wants Android device makers to license
Microsoft makes money off of many of the Android smartphones that are sold even though the company has its own mobile operating system. That’s because Microsoft has a large collection of patents, many of which the company says Android infringes upon. Up until now, the full list of those patents has been kept from the public. [Ars Technica]
- Take a trip down memory lane with a 40k word history of Android from version 0.5 to 4.4
Speaking of Android, Google’s smartphone OS has come a long way since it was basically an alternative to BlackBerry. [Ars Technica]
- Micromax introduces first two Windows Phone devices from an Indian manufacturer
And speaking of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, it’s expanding into new areas with the first Windows Phone handest manufactured by an Indian company. The 4 inch Canvas Win W092 nd 5 inch Canvas Win W121 are entry-level phones for customers in India. [Windows Phone Blog]
- Next-gen “New MarsBoard A20” is a dev board with Allwinner A20, 1GB to 2GB RAM, and 8GB storage
Meet the new MarsBoard. It’s a lot like the old MarsBoard… but with more storage space and a modular design that brings more ports to the the table. [CNX Software]
- Google announces first Glass at Work partners
Google’s been having a tough time convincing the general public that its wearable computer isn’t a privacy-invading piece of cyborg technology for people too lazy to look at their phone when they hear a text message notification ping. But the idea behind Glass has always been that it can help you spend less time interacting with technology, not more. That might be an easier point to prove in the workplace, as the video below suggests. [TechCrunch]