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There are a lot of Android devices, seriously

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


If I told you there were a lot of Android devices in the wild, that wouldn’t shock you. Just about every day there is a new device launched, but just how many are in existence?

According to OpenSignal, a company that gathers crowdsourced data for mobile phone networks, there are 18,796 distinct Android devices this year, up from 11,868 last year. I would never had guessed that high.

However, if I asked you which manufacturer represents the majority of these, I am 100% positive you would get that right. Yuppers, it’s Samsung with 43% of all devices, but that is actually down from 47.5% last year. Interestingly enough 2nd place went to Sony, but only at 4%. Also, 12 out of the 13 most common devices happen to be Samsung.


The other side of the story has to be Android versions. According to OpenSignal, 20.9% of Android devices are running Android 4.4 KitKat, and 14 % are still running Gingerbread. In contrary Apple’s iOS paints a different picture in that 91% of devices are at iOS 7.


source: OpenSignal
via: TheNextWeb

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off



Samsung and Barnes & Noble launched the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook earlier today at a New York City event. As expected, it is a Galaxy Tab 4 repackaged with Nook-only software in addition to what Samsung traditionally offers. There are no hardware differences between this device and the original.

The software is the difference maker here as Barnes & Noble has included what it calls the Nook Advantage to create a better value. The specific Galaxy Tab 4 Nook features that are exclusive include Nook Today, Nook Shop, and a quick access button on the bottom left of the home screen to jump right into whatever reading content — books, magazines, newspapers — you left off with. There are also traditional hubs for newspaper/magazine and video content. If you are not satisfied, breathe easy as the Play Store is pre-loaded on the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (unlike Amazon’s devices).

Hit the break for images of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook’s flip cover and our hands on video with the tablet.

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Toyota Connecting Car with a Nexus 7 Dock

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Toyota_Intelligence_System_ConnectedNexus7Connected cars have been on everyone’s minds of late, but one problem keeps arising when considering merging mobile tech with your vehicle: upgrading. You may get a new tablet or phone every year or so, but a car? Maybe once or twice a decade. However, fear not, for Unimax has an answer.

Unimax, a subsidiary of Asus has teamed up with Toyota to create the Toyota Intelligent System (TIS). Using a Nexus 7 2013 mounted on the dashoard loaded with specific software, the TIS has everything you need to navigate. The navigation system connects to 4G and offers multimedia control, cloud computing, and voice recognition. Traffic reports, emergency services, Google maps, voice search, calendar, and more will be right at your fingertips. For added convenience, you can point at a location on the tablet and be directed there. On top of all of these features, the dock also wirelessly charges your tablet and pairs up with it using NFC for seamless connection.

The best thing about this project is its future-proofing. The Nexus 7 2013  just passed its first birthday recently, and while that’s hardly ancient in the world of vehicles and humans, it makes the Nexus 7 old news. With the next Nexus tablet’s release rapidly approaching, the fact that replacing the tablet with a new one with the same software is what will keep this idea alive.

As of right now, Toyota has not announced which models will feature TIS or if it will even be available in the U.S., but if you’re hoping your next Camry or Prius comes with a fresh dose of the future, leave a comment below and let us know!

Source: Mobile Geeks

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Nabi’s Big Tabs are computer-sized, kid-friendly Android tablets

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Nabi has been making portable tablets for kids for a while now, but if you were looking for something larger than about 7″, you’ve been out of luck–until now. The Big Tab HD is a new line of tablets from Fuhu that are both at least 20 inches. There are two models available: the $450 20-inch version with a HD+ display, and a $550 two foot version with a Full HD display. The purpose of these tablets is to educate and entertain children and give the opportunity for interactive learning, all while under the parental control settings native to the Android-based Blue Morpho interface.

In case you’re planning on carting around this monster tablet for fun on the go, think again. The device weighs in at 13 lbs and is almost an inch thick. However, it gets worse. The enormous screen is meant to run off of a 1,650 mAh battery, which will leave you searching frantically for an outlet about as soon as you turn it on.

But it’s not all bad news. The large screen allows for collaborative work amongst family members, 16 GB of storage will be enough to house all the apps from the curated App Zone, and an NVIDIA Tegra 4 chipset to power all of your fun.

Are you interested in purchasing a Big Tab HD? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Source: Engadget

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Project Tango tablet gets torn down, shows some custom parts

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


The folks over at iFixit have given the Project Tango tablet a teardown. With a device capable of 3D mapping, it is no surprise that the internal specifications are impressive. And by internal specifications being impressive, something like the processor being NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 clocked at 2.3GHz is not important. The amount of sensors to make the vital features possible is.

The infrared projector, built by Mantis Vision, was built specifically for the Project Tango tablet and many are saying it resembles Microsoft’s Kinect from the Xbox One. The infrared camera for the projector is 4MP and have 170-degree motion tracking. The front camera has 120-degree viewing. And the massive dual-cell battery is sized at 2480mAh is custom, too, because it allows developers to draw as much power as needed.

Source: iFixit

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LG plans to bring G3′s UX to future entry-level and midrange phones and tablets

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


The UX design and features found on LG’s G3 flagship will reportedly be brought to future LG entry-level and midrange smartphones and tablets, a company release said today.

The standardization of the UX features from the G3 is part of an effort to make its less-premium hardware feel more high-end compared to competing devices from other OEMs.

Some specific features brought over to other devices include Touch and Shoot, Gesture Shot, Clean View, Smart Keyboard and more. Hit the break for LG’s full release.

SEOUL, Aug. 19, 2014 ― From entry-level to premium, LG has been actively working to provide a consistent and uniform user experience (UX) across its entire mobile product lineup. Toward that end, LG Electronics (LG) will begin standardizing its proprietary UX features, first introduced in the new LG G3, across most of the company’s mid- to entry-level smartphones and tablets launched in the second half of this year.

Since its worldwide unveiling in May, the LG G3′s UX features have been positively received by both customers and industry experts with many bestowing high praise for its user-friendly enhancements. The 2014 Red Dot Communication Design Award judges also applauded the LG G3, with a total of three “Best of the Best” awards for its intuitive UX features.

“With the basic principles of the G3′s UX features rooted in making complex technologies simple and convenient, our goal was to provide consumers with a user experience they genuinely need and want,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Standardizing these features across our entry- and mid-tier mobile products is just a natural extension of our desire to make every LG device feel premium and unique.”

A simplified camera displaying only the most frequently used menus is one of the UX features that will be standardized across mid- and entry-level LG smartphones. One of the key camera features is Touch & Shoot, which helps capture special moments quickly and intuitively by letting users tap anywhere on the display to focus and trigger the shutter in one single step, eliminating a time-consuming two-step process. Gesture Shot makes taking selfies simple and fun. Opening and closing one’s hand in front of the lens starts a three-second countdown before triggering the shutter for brilliant, blur-free selfies. Clean View offers a full, clutter-free preview interface by removing all camera menu icons from the screen.

Another UX feature to be standardized is Smart Keyboard, which reduces input error by up to 75 percent by tracking and analyzing typing habits and intuitively “knowing” what words the user intended to type. The keyboard can be re-sized to better fit the user’s hands and thumbs. Suggested words, which appear above the keyboard, can be entered with just an upward flick of the thumb. Individual keys can be customized with frequently used symbols for even faster input. Long-pressing the space bar and sliding the thumb or finger left and right repositions the cursor for faster editing.

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Sony may be working on Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact version

Posted by wicked August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


While reviewing the user guide for a Bluetooth speaker with a charging dock, the Sony BSC10, readers noted an unusual entry. Amongst the compatible devices listing is an entry for an “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” which seems to imply Sony is working on a tablet device smaller than the typical 10-inch plus devices they produce. Sony is not really a big player in the tablet market to begin with and their limited selection tends toward the larger devices.

Of course a lone listing gives us no clues about what the size or specs of a compact tablet from Sony may be, but odds are it will be in the 7- or 8-inch range. In the past, Sony has produced an Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone which turned out to be similar to the regular Xperia Z1 smartphone in a smaller size. So an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could end up being similar to the regular size Xperia Z3 Tablet with Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM and a 1080p capable screen.

source: Techtastic
via: phoneArena

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Virgin America crew members now equipped with Nexus 7s

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


If you’re planning on flying Virgin America anytime soon you may notice some shiny new tablets in the hands of the crew. For a while now passengers have been able to order meals using a dedicated “food” button and an in-flight entertainment system. Once the order is placed it is relayed to the staff’s tablets. Apparently those tablets were starting to feel dated because after a successful 30-day test drive, Virgin has swapped all of them out for shiny new Nexus 7s (which the company have dubbed CrewPads). Unfortunately those tablets are for staff only, but since each seat is furnished with an entertainment center, passengers shouldn’t be too jealous.

Source: Virgin America

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser video

Posted by wicked August - 16 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Samsung and Nook have released a teaser for their upcoming  partnership in the tablet realm, and it seems like everyone has nothing but good things to say after final edits. The new device is that child of a relationship announced back in June, and it will be revealed at an event on the 20th of this month. According to all of our info, the Tab 4 Nook should feature Nook software, and Samsung hardware. Expect to see a 7″ TFT display with WXGA resolution, along with 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB storage, and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. All this will be supported by a Li-Po 4,000 mAh battery.

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Sony’s Xperia Z2 receives European tablet of the year award

Posted by wicked August - 16 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off


Yesterday the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) awarded Sony’s Xperia Z2 tablet >8″ tablet of the year. The judges commended the slim, lightweight device for its sleek design (6.4 mm thick and 426 g) and its waterproofed security. 

Sony went on to win five more awards for Professional Compact System Camera, Compact Camera, Camcorder, 4K Ultra HD TV, and Digital Source of the year.

Have any of you used the Z2 tablet? Does it deserve its mighty award? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Sony Blog

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