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Surfaced Nokia rimmed, Jellybean anyone?

posted Jun 27, 2012, 5:35 AM by Tom Otomanski

So unless you were in a self-induced coma, you should have heard by now that Microsoft are launching their own tablet. There are going to be 2 versions of the tab released, one ARM based tablet most likely running a nVidia Tegra 3 chip and one x86 based tablet running an Intel Ivy Bridge chip (And we all know which one will be better). With the ARM based tab being a hair’s width thinner than the “New iPad” and one sheet of paper heavier, all eyes will be on it to bring a challenge from Redmond.

Then came the announcements at Windows Phone Developer Summit regarding Windows Phone 8, oh how the mighty have fallen. While I’m sure that Nokia are quite happy to be building WP-only smartphones, one can only guess how Stephen Elop felt when MS told them that Windows Phone 8 will not run on any current Windows Phone 7.5 device. Sure Windows Phone 7.8 will bring some of the features across onto existing 7.5 devices, but you’d think that the Microkia partnership would’ve been more solid to realise that the next major release of WP won’t work on their hardware. With Nokia’s Drive tech being the driving force behind it’s integrated turn-by-turn navigation solution I’m sure conehead fan Steve Ballmer is brimming from ear to ear like Emperor Palpatine after using the first death star for the first time.

And finally, it’s Google I/O time again! Massive rumours about Android 4.1 Jellybean getting a reveal and a Nexus branded $199 ASUS tablet making it’s debut. Can’t wait? Check out The Verge I/O Liveblog to see your local time for a live viewing.