Microsoft introduced the original Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets about a year ago when the company launched Windows 8. With Windows 8.1 coming in October, and with most consumer electronics companies habitually releasing new models every year, it seems likely that new models are on the way.
Reports from multiple sources (including Neowin, TabletGuide.nl, and WinSuperSite) seem to suggest that Microsoft is planning on refreshing more than just the hardware. At least one model is expected to get a new name… sort of.
The Surface RT is expected to be replaced with the Surface 2.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web… largely including news that doesn’t have much to do with this week’s IFA show in Berlin.
- Next-gen Surface tablet details leaked (maybe)
If the rumors are true, the next Surface RT tablet will be called the Surface 2, the new Surface Pro 2 will have an Intel Haswell processor and up to 7 hours of battery life, and the kickstand on both tablets will support two positions instead of one. [WinSuperSite]
- First look at Google’s Chromoting (remote desktop) app for Android
Google’s Chromoting app lets you remotely control any computer running the Chrome browser or Chrome OS. An app that lets you do that from an Android device is under construction. Here’s an early look at the work in progress. [Chrome Story]
- Have a 4K TV, but nothign to watch on it? Sony’s just launched a 4K video store
Screen resolutions keep getting higher and higher, but content stays the same size… until now. [The Verge]
- OS X-like expose feature provides window previews in Chrome OS
Tap a button to see all of your currently running windows at a glance. They’ll probably just look like browser tabs though, cause that’s kind of what they are. [OMG Chrome]
- Google Glass app store is coming in 2014
Surprising nobody, Google has confirmed that there will be an app store for Google Glass. It’ll be available sometime in 2014. [Marketing Land]
- Intel introduces Atom C2000 “Avaton” chips for microservers, roters, etc
It’s faster and more efficient than the Centerton chips that preceded it. Atom’s not just for phones, tablets, and notebooks anymore. (OK, it hasn’t been for a while, but now it’s really not). [ZDNet]