Tidbit Tuesday: Google Fast Flip launches; Palm Pixi specs leaked

Aaron Baker
Writer from  Dallas, TX
| September 15, 2009

Since we can’t actively cover every news article that breaks (as much as we would love to), PhoneDog compiles various news announcements and press releases that have been published throughout the week and places them in one easy to read article known as "Tidbit Tuesday."  Enjoy!

Palm Pixi specifications leaked
Since the announcement of the second Palm device to offer the webOS platform, many have wondered what was running under the hood.

  • Two ARM cores integrated into a single chip – a dedicated CPU core and a dedicated modem processor – for an unparalleled level of integration:
    • A 600MHz applications processor with floating point unit and L2 cache
    • A 400MHz modem processor
  • In addition to the two ARM cores, features 320MHz application DSP for multimedia supporting full 30 fps WVGA encode/decode, 200MHz hardware-accelerated 3D graphics core supporting OPEN GL 2.0, high-resolution camera, integrated GPS
  • Supports both CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A and UMTS HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps, and GSM
  • 12mm x 12mm footprint
  • Optimized power consumption

To clarify, the Palm Pixi recently announced for Sprint is CDMA-only, though the above specifications mean that the chipset will easily support a GSM version of the device (which we're pretty sure will arrive at some point).  Via PreCentral

Google introduces "Fast Flip" service
"One problem with reading news online today is that browsing can be really slow. A media-rich page loads dozens of files and can take as much as 10 seconds to load over broadband, which can be frustrating."  Sadly, Google's comment is true, as we're all so used to obtaining information as quickly as possible.  Enter "Fast Flip," a new service by Google Labs that allows iPhone and Android users to quickly browse the most popular news feeds on the internet.  According to Google, three dozen news organizations have collaborated in the project, including popular publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.  The project can be found at fastflip.googlelabs.comVia The Official Google Blog

Motorola's prerogative: Bring Android to everyone (or at least the national carriers)
Everybody's talkin' all this stuff about Motorola and the CLIQ, set to launch on T-Mobile later in the year - why don't they just let them live?  Corny Bobby Brown references aside, we didn't expect Motorola to contain their Android pursuit to just one carrier, and at an analyst conference, CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed our suspicions.  Stating that Motorola was "in talks with all large operators in the US," we'd be willing to guess that Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint are all entertaining discussions with Motorola representatives.  Considering that true Android availability is still limited to a small set of manufacturers, we're happy to hear the news.  Via Engadget Mobile

Sony Ericsson to change the way you listen to music?
Complete with a strange graphic of a kid chugging soda while rockin' his tunes, Sony Ericsson is set to announce a product designed to "see how the way you listen to music changes forever."  Depending on where you look, speculation centers around either a new wireless device or a pair of headphones - but at any rate, we'll know for sure when the company's webcast goes live at 11:00 AM GMT+1 on Monday, September 21st.

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