Amazon’s Kindle Fire was a break away success. During the fourth quarter of 2011 analysts have estimated that Amazon sold between 4 and 6 million Kindle Fire tablets. The Kind Fire, of course, runs on a customized version of Android.
Amazon has filed a new patent that looks like they may be getting into the digital pen market ala the Samsung S-Pen or the HTC Scribe.
The patents, uncovered today by Engadget, are actually rather extensive. The first patent pertains to a stylus or digital pen. It covers the input device and then execute code based on interaction with the content displayed on device. Think signing e-documents or marking up text and identifying by writer.
The other patent is rather broad and involves a method to store and transmit “annotations”
While many thought the stylus was dead, both HTC and Samsung have released devices this year, not with styli but with digital pens that allow apps to interact with the digital pen whereas a stylus, for the most part, is just a pointing device.
There’s no guarantee that Amazon will actually implement this technology, but knowing they’ve patented the technology we can only wonder if we’ll see an Amazon Pen on the next round of Kindle Fires.
Although you can’t find it on the T-Mobile USA website, HTC is now selling the HTC Flyer for T-Mobile on their website.
The HTC Flyer is HTC’s flagship Android tablet. The 7″ tablet came out last spring and features the HTC Scribe, digital pen technology and HTC Sense for tablets. The downside is that it’s running Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than Honeycomb like the Acer A100 and the T-Mobile Springboard (in the 7″ variety).
HTC has a 10″ tablet available on AT&T dubbed the HTC JetStream. That tablet is equipped to speed along on AT&T’s 4G/LTE network. The JetStream also features HTC’s pen technology. Samsung is hoping to challenge the Scribe with their Samsung Galaxy note and S-Pen with Wacom technology in the digital pen portion.
As for the HTC Flyer on T-Mobile, it will set you back $299.99 on a brand new two year agreement or $454.99 on an extension. HTC’s digital pen, the Scribe, will set you back $80
The HTC version will work on T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network.
If you’ve had a hankering to go pick up a 7″, digital pen active, HTC Flyer tablet than now may be the time to do that. Best Buy is reportedly dropping the price of the HTC Flyer, permanently, to $299 starting Saturday. This is $200 off the original price, and we’re hearing that this is the “new” price.
Although there have been no official figures released, it looks like HTC may not have sold as many HTC Flyer tablets as they wanted. The HTC Flyer takes advantage of HTC Scribe technology which is a digital pen optimized to work with some of the tablets feature rich applications. The Scribe is supposed to give the user a real pen feel when doing things like drawing or taking notes. The HTC Flyer also makes it a breeze to mark up a webpage with the HTC Scribe and share that page with friends.
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US Cellular isn’t being the least bit shy about their aggressive Android strategy. It shows this week as they’ve announced the addition of 3 new HTC devices to their Android portfolio.
The HTC Hero S, Wildfire S and HTC Flyer are all headed to US Cellular. According to a US Cellular press release all three devices will start to arrive in US Cellular stores next month (October).
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AT&T has officially announced the 10″ HTC Jet Stream tablet. This is AT&T’s first 4G/LTE capable tablet. It will be available at AT&T Core stores on September 4th (that’s Sunday) for just $850 off contract and $700 on a new 2 year agreement. That can be compared to the tried and proven, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G/LTE on Verizon that’s just $530 for 16gb and $630 for 32gb. HTC has confirmed that the Jetstream comes in one version with 32gb of internal memory.
The HTC JetStream features a 1.5ghz dual core Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, 8 mega pixel rear facing camera, and 1.3 mega-pixel front facing camera and memory up to 32gb.
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The widely rumored 10″ HTC Puccini tablet was shown up in a full picture thanks to the folks at Engadget. The Engadget photo clearly shows a 10″, Honeycomb Android tablet by HTC.
As we’ve already heard the HTC tablet, code named “Puccini” is headed to AT&T and will be the first tablet for AT&T’s 4G/LTE network. It was reported earlier this month that when the Puccini gets to AT&T it will take on the name “Jet Stream”. The name Jetstream expands upon HTC’s “Flyer” name and could have also been chosen because of it’s 4G/LTE capability. AT&T is rolling out 4G/LTE to 5 cities before the end of 2011.
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Pocketnow has gotten their hands on a fresh set of images for HTC’s new 10″ tablet codenamed “Puccini”. First things first though, we can drop Puccini because the images show that the 10″ tablet will be called the “Jetstream” on AT&T. This actually makes sense because the 7″ HTC Android tablet was dubbed “The Flyer”. Of course as far as names go, they can be changed right up until the official announcement.
Pocketnow also reveals that a European trademark filing from HTC for “SkyRocket” may mean that the wifi version of this tablet or the Euro version for this tablet may be called the SkyRocket.
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When HTC released the HTC Flyer Wi-Fi version exclusively through Best Buy last month people were in an uproar to find out that the HTC Scribe (digital pen) was an accessory sold separately and for upwards of $70.
Some Best Buy locations reacted by giving away the HTC Scribe free with the purchase of the Wi-Fi Flyer. This was on a store by store basis and it was the manager’s decision whether or not they wanted to “eat” the cost of the Scribe for the sale. In fact Best Buy stores in D25 and D90 (Washington and Baltimore) all gave the Scribe away with purchase the week after launch.
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During this mornings HTC Press conference we learned about the HTC Desire S, The HTC Wildfire S, The HTC Incredible S, The HTC Cha-Cha and The HTC Salsa. Those were their phone announcements. Impressive!
Then at the end of the presentation Peter Chou announced the HTC Flyer officially.
The HTC Flyer is the first tablet that HTC is bringing to market. According to the video we watched during the presentation they wanted to start from scratch. They didn’t scale up their HTC Sense experience they re-designed it specifically for tablets from scratch.
The HTC Flyer is a 7″ lightweight tablet that will fit right in your pocket. It comes with a stylus which you can use to navigate through the tablet experience and use HTC Scribe technology for marking things and taking notes. In a demo at the event they showed how you can write a note and record audio simultaneously so when you reference the note later you can hear an audio recording of what was happening when you took that note. That technology is being billed as “HTC Time Warp”.
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HTC filed a European trademark on January 19th for the term “HTC Sensation” the extrapolation for the trademark reads:
“Mobile phones, smartphones, wireless phones, wireless devices, portable computers and personal digital assistants, computer hardware and software for mobile, portable and wireless devices; user interface software; computer hardware and software for user interfacing, telecommunications and telecommunications services; computer hardware and software for transmitting and receiving voice, image, data, audio, video and multimedia content; wireless modems; headsets, headsets with wireless transmission function, connection cables, cradles, mounts, face plates, batteries, power adaptors, chargers, cases, in-vehicle chargers, in-vehicle holders, remote controls, keyboards, microphones, loudspeakers, leather pouches for mobile phones.”
The trademark is loose and could be used for a variety of things but we know that HTC Sense is their custom UI for both windows and Android phones. HTC has released their Sense 2.0 version on it’s newer phones. They are also offering a Sense online for users to store their most important information in the cloud.
As far as custom UI’s go many sites, us included and our friends over at Droidlife seem to agree that Sense is the least painful of any of the custom UIs. I actually like the widgets and friendstream in Sense on the HTC Evo Shift 4G.
Its not a far cry to think that “Sensation” is the name of the Sense version for tablets and we already know that HTC has three tablets coming out this spring.
Source: Droid Life
HTC has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office for the HTC Scribe.
The patent was filed on December 26th by HTC’s patent law firm in Seattle, WA home to HTC’s United States’ offices. HTC has filed the patent for the name Scribe as “handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer.” So really there is no doubt that this is a tablet device.
We can’t really say whether it will run Android or Windows Phone 7 as Peter Chou said earlier this month that HTC was committed to both OS. In addition, you may remember that T-Mobile has filed some tablet related patents earlier this month.
If we were to see this HTC Scribe at CES it would be a very, very, rough first draft version. It is more likely that we would see a working prototype in Barcelona at MWC.
The entire contents of the patent application is after the break and can also be found here