March 14, 2012, 11:02 AM —
Not a lot of hardware rumors this week, but then again, the tech world is a little obsessed with the apps and software happenings (and expensive non-happenings) at South By Southwest Interactive. Still, some interesting stuff has bubbled up, including an Intel rumor that makes no sense! Please to enjoy this week’s mobile-ish rumor roundup.
Google Play Store to get audiobooks, periodical subscriptions
Source: Google Operating System.
Details: Code and genres created in the margins of Google Play (a.k.a. the former Market, a.k.a. the Android Market) and recent domain purchases suggest a number of items Google will be adding soon to their media offerings: audiobooks, magazines, and newspaper subscriptions.
Likelihood: About as close to a sure thing as you can get.
Get excited?: Audiobooks are pretty useful and easy to enjoy on just about any device with a headphone jack. Newspapers and magazines require a class of tablets that people enjoy toting around, which is exactly the kind of Nexus Tab project Google’s rumored to launch in the summer.
Galaxy SIII finalized with a ceramic body, impressive specs
Details: One definite drawback of the otherwise generally well-liked Galaxy S models was their plastic case. But the Galaxy SIII, supposedly finalized for production, sports a ceramic case, a 7 millimeter thickness, and a quad-core processor. It’s also likely to be about 4.8 inches diagonal and sporting some kind of higher-than-normal resolution.
Likelihood: High on the ceramic body, as Samsung knows plastic won’t carry the Galaxy S line much longer. As for the other specs, they’re always fluid, depending on which component makers can produce which pieces at certain scales.
Get excited?: 7 millimeters thick and ceramic? Weigh it in your hand before you buy it, but, sure, if you’re a fan of Samsung’s particular Android style.
Lenovo prepping a 9.7-inch, 4:3 Android tablet
Source: AndroidGuys, presumably through FCC filings.