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Android devices could soon run Windows applications thanks to CodeWeavers

Posted by wicked October - 8 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


It looks like Android devices will soon be able to run software built for Windows, largely due to CodeWeavers’ CrossOver for Android, which is a compatibility layer that, well, let’s you run Windows apps on Android!

Originally, CodeWeavers’ was a company that was just building Windows compatibility layers for Linux and Mac, but the developer began working on doing the same for Android a couple of years ago. Under this CrossOver for Android initiative is the Wine open source project, which CodeWeavers has helped fund for years now.

CodeWeavers announced that a tech demo of CrossOver for Android will be available at the end of this year. While it won’t be even near perfection, CrossOver should let you play things like World of Warcraft or League of Legends on your Android device. Crazy, huh? Those interested can sign up to be notified when it’s available here.


There’s a small caveat, though. CrossOver for Android won’t work on every device. In fact, it’ll only function with a Android x86-based system. In other words, you’ll need a smartphone or tablet with an Intel or AMD chipset. CrossOver just won’t function with ARM-based processors, largely because Windows binaries are x86 or x64 applications.

To work on an ARM-based system, CrossOver or Wine, as PC World points out, would need to contain some sort of virtual machine. And even then, you’d need a massive battery and some better cooling for that to function properly.

There’s also another small thing. Software on Windows isn’t generally built for touchscreens, making playing something like World of Warcraft or League of Legends on your Android system a difficult thing. That said, those interested in CrossOver would have to not only buy an Intel-based tablet, but also look into some keyboard and mouse accessories. In other words, you’re going to need to meet a lot of requirements for this to work.

Either way, it’s still a cool idea and will give those who meet those requirements some cool possibilities. Compatibility layers have always intrigued me personally, and it often makes you wonder who will provide the first operating system that offers this sort of universal cross compatibility?

Definitely a technology for the future, but it’s not a far-fetched thought.

source: PC World

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Barnes & Noble announces new Galaxy Tab E NOOK with special trade-in program

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Barnes & Noble announced today that they are expanding their lineup of NOOK devices with a new 9.6-inch device from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab E NOOK. The new tablet reader will sell for $249.99 retail. As part of the launch, Barnes & Noble is conducting a special Trade-In/Trade-Up promotion that offers a credit of up to $200 towards the purchase of a new NOOK device for customers who trade in certain NOOK, iPad, Kindle or Samsung devices.

Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer for Barnes & Noble, says:

“We’re excited to give our customers even more ways to experience reading and entertainment with the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK and its spacious large display. We’re proud to partner with Samsung to give Barnes & Noble customers a comfortable, convenient way to enjoy their favorite reading, movies and TV shows on a number of devices and sizes to fit their needs. We invite customers to visit their local Barnes & Noble store to learn more and take advantage of the limited-time promotion to trade in an earlier NOOK device to trade up to one of our wonderful new NOOK by Samsung tablets.”

The Galaxy Tab E NOOK features a 9.6-inch display running at 1280 x 800 resolution, 16GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD, comes with a 5MP rear facing camera and 2MP front facing camera, and with Samsung’s overlay, provides multi-window capabilities for multi-tasking purposes and runs a full version of Android. The Galaxy Tab E NOOK falls in the middle of the product line in between the high end Galaxy Tab S2 Nook and the lower end Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0.

The special Trade-In/Trade-Up program runs through November 7th. Credits received for devices that are traded in can be used toward the purchase of any NOOK device, not just the Galaxy Tab E NOOK. Previous versions of NOOK devices will garner a $50 credit. Other devices from Samsung, Kindle and Apple may result in a credit of $25 up to $200 depending on the device. Customers do have to visit a Barnes & Noble retail location to take advantage of the program.

To place an order for the new Galaxy Tab E NOOK, hit the source link below.


source: Barnes & Noble (Galaxy Tab E NOOK product page) (press release)

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Tablet demand is weak and shipments are falling, sources say

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Tablets have never been a strong point when it comes to Android, and it seems that manufactures agree with intentions to begin phasing out various tablet-IC businesses, according to Taiwanese industry sources.

Shipments of tablets running Android could be less than 160 million units in 2015, according to sources. These same sources predict that numbers could fall to as low as 120 million in 2016. While 120 million is a staggering number for a years worth of sales, it’s really nothing to write home over. After all, Android tablets are created by many different companies, all pricing their tablets at different levels, mostly at very low prices.

Many vendors are leaving the tablet-IC market due to these low prices simply because they’re seeing low profits and low demand. Interestingly, despite these findings, competition between tablet chip makers remains high, according to the report from Digitimes. There’s no official confirmation, but this could largely be due to some of the more popular Android names out there–Google’s Nexus 9, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2, and so on.

Either way, Android tablets are seeing a rather hefty decline, and there doesn’t seem to be a plan for recovering these numbers.

source: Digitimes

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Samsung’s 18.5-inch Galaxy View tablet hits the FCC sporting AT&T branding

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung’s mammoth 18.5-inch Galaxy View tablet has been spotted being put through its paces on GFXBench recently, and now a possible LTE variant has cleared the FCC sporting AT&T branding. This variant goes under the model number SM-T677A.

Samsung_Galaxy_View_AT&T_FCC (1)From the FCC listing, we can see that the Galaxy View could be sporting dual speakers on its rear,  the AT&T logo, along with the FCC certification. It’s anyone’s guess about what the two square items are between the speaks, or what the item is to the left of the FCC certification, although with a tablet this size, perhaps a kickstand of sorts? The Galaxy View is definitely not going to be the most portable tablet you’ve ever held.

Hardware-wise, the Galaxy View is believed to sport a mid-range level of hardware, which includes:

  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 18.5-Inch display with 1980 x 1080 resolution
  • Exynos 7 octa-core processor @ 1.6GHz
  • Mali-T720 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal storage
  • 2MP front camera
  • 5,700mAh battery

What do you think of the Galaxy View tablet? Does anyone else think the battery seems a little on the small side for such a monstrous tablet? Is the Galaxy View too big for normal people to use? Or is there a market for massive tablets like this? Personally, I could maybe see a use for the Galaxy View if there was an S Pen present. Maybe. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


Source: FCC
Via: PhoneArena

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Get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images for Nexus devices!

Posted by wicked October - 5 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Today, Google posted the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images for various Nexus devices. You can now manually install Marshmallow on your Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. The exact version here is MRA58K.

Get ’em while they’re hot!

Source: Google Developers

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[Video] Catch on yesterday’s Google event right here

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Yesterday’s Nexus event saw a whole bunch of new devices and services announced by Google, it was engrossing stuff. Google didn’t waste any time at all, moving from one device launch to another, bada-bing-bada-boom. But wait, did you miss the proceedings? Don’t sweat it, you can watch the Nexus announcement in its entirety because Google has uploaded the event to YouTube. And, because we are nice like that, we’ve handily embedded the video after the break.

In the video you can watch Google announce the following devices, apps, and services:


Click here to view the embedded video.

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AT&T starts rolling out Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


It would appear that AT&T is attempting to steal the spotlight from Google today as it has now started rolling out the long-awaited and very much-anticipated Lollipop update for all its carrier-branded models of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 located in the United States.

The full changelog can be seen below:

  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Data Performance Improvements
  • Battery Life Enhancements
  • Temperature Management
  • Camera Enhancements

If you live in the United States and have not yet received the OTA update, you can head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification informing you that an update is ready for your handset.

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Google’s Pixel C tablet is like a Chromebook that runs Android

Posted by wicked September - 29 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Pixel CGoogle’s conference just finished with a ton of new products and announcements being unveiled. One of them is the brand new Pixel C, which is a high-end tablet with optional Bluetooth keyboard attachment.

Up until now, the Pixel name has always been for Chromebooks running Chrome OS. This will be the first Android based system to be a part of the Pixel line up. It looks like Google is making the name Pixel similar to their Nexus line. Where Nexus is for phones and fun, Pixel products will be designed more for work and productivity.

What makes the Pixel C different from other tablets or Chromebooks is it combines the best of both worlds. It has a 10.2″ 308PPI touch display, a brightness level of 500nits, is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with Maxwell GPU, and has 3GB of RAM. Their are two different storage options, 32GB or 64GB. Of course, being the latest from Google, it will be running Android Marshmallow.

What makes this more than just your average tablet is the detachable keyboard. Very similar to the Microsoft Surface or the newly unveiled Apple iPad Pro, the Pixel C is ideally used with an optional $149 Bluetooth keyboard. The keyboard is attached to the back of the Pixel C when it’s not in use and can be quickly magnetically docked for when you need to do a lot of typing. It also charges when it’s attached to the back and not in use. The Pixel C also features a new USB Type-C connector. Unlike most other cables, this one is reversible and can be used to charge the Pixel C or your new Nexus phone which uses the same cable.

Google says the Pixel C will be out in the coming months with a cost of $499 for the 32GB and $599 for the 64GB version. The keyboard needs to be purchased separately and is priced at $149.

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Watch Google’s San Francisco event live stream right here!

Posted by wicked September - 29 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for all day, the live-stream coverage of Google’s Nexus announcement. This is where we will see the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P handsets revealed, the second-generation Chromecast devices and app, and, if that isn’t enough, the new Pixel tablet. And who knows, maybe Google has a surprise up its sleeve that didn’t leak yesterday. You can check out the live stream coverage of the Google announcement right here.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Let us know which Device you are more excited about in the comments below.

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According to a new rumor, Google is planning on launching an Android-powered tablet variant of its Pixel Chromebooks. The new device will be called the Pixel C, currently codenamed Ryu, and will sport a 10.2-inch display at 308ppi, and will be powered by the NVIDIA X1 quad-core processor and Maxwell GPU with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. 

The tablet will also come with two attachable keyboard accessories to chose from, one made out of leather and one aluminum. The tablet will have the same aluminum frame that current Pixel Chromebooks have to keep that premium feel, and will keep the glowing lightbar on the back to show remaining battery life. Finally, the Pixel C will come with a USB Type-C charger, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed.

Although this is just a rumor, it seems like a very smart move for Google to be developing a new Android-powered premium tablet with an attachable keyboard. This will definitely be a great competitor to other tablets, such as the recently released iPad Pro that focus on productivity. As discussed in a previous post, the iPad has a big price tag, while you can get the same productivity for less elsewhere. In fact, the Pencil and Smart Keyboard cost $99 and $169, and there isn’t a point of getting the iPad Pro if you’re not getting those heavily priced accessories. (You might as well get the iPad Air 2 if you’re not planning on getting these accessories.) Anyhow, the point is if you’re thinking of getting a tablet to increase productivity, the Pixel C is just an example of what you could get alternatively.

Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, and more details will come as the end of the year approaches.

Source: Android Police

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