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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet gets support for Chromecast Mirroring [Update LG G Pad 8.3 GPE too]

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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The number of devices that can cast screens via Chromecast continue to grow. We recently saw the Galaxy Note 4 added, and now the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet has been added to the list.

You can cast your screen by opening the Chromecast app, and selecting “Cast Screen” from the menu. If you have a Shield, try it out. It works great with Google Earth.

Update: As one reader pointed out, The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition was also recently added. Thanks Josh.

source: Google Support

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Verizon adds two LG tablets to portfolio for the holiday shopping season

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Verizon announced today that they are adding two LG tablets to the portfolio of devices that customers can choose from this holiday season. Joining the 8.3-inch LG G Pad will be the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and the LG G Pad 10.1 LTE. These new tablets will give buyers a good choice of sizes to meet their needs.

Both of the new LG G Pad models come with HD IPS displays running at 1280 x 800 resolution. They will be running Android KitKat using 1.2 GHz quad-core processors and 1GB of RAM. Other than size, the biggest difference is in the battery with the 10.1-inch version getting an 8,000mAh battery while the smaller 7-inch version gets a 4,000mAh battery.

The tablets are not going to win any spec battles with some of the newer tablets on the market. If you are willing to forego top-tier specs, Verizon is offering the tablets with some special pricing. The LG G Pad 7.0 LTE can be purchased for $49.99 with a two-year contract or $249.99 full retail. Meanwhile, the LG G Pad 10.1 LTE will sell for $299.99 retail or $199.99 with a two-year contract. The LTE capable tablets can be added to a MORE Everything account for an extra $10 per month fee.

Verizon indicates they will be holding a special “Connection Day” on Wednesday, Nov. 26th. If buyers are on a MORE Everything plan and register for the event, they will get an extra 1GB of data on both their current billing cycle and the next billing cycle. Verizon is also providing special offers from Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo, JetBlue and Pandora.

source: Verizon

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Wireless Nexus 7 tablets to get Android Lollipop starting in December

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The list of devices already getting Android Lollipop or about to get the update increased a little bit today when an ASUS spokesperson confirmed the “update will roll out for Nexus 7 LTE/3G models around the beginning of December 2014.” Of course we knew the update was coming to the Nexus 7 tablets, especially with the roll out for the WiFi-only versions getting underway last week. Now we know users of the tablets that carry the wireless chip in them will not have much longer to wait. According to ASUS, both the 2012 and 2013 models will get Lollipop.

The Nexus 7 tablets join the WiFi-only versions along with the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 10 tablets in getting an update. We still wait for word on an update for the Nexus 4. Meanwhile, Motorola is rolling out Lollipop to several of their devices and LG is on an aggressive schedule for the LG G3.

source: The Inquirer

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Sony giving three free films to Xperia Z3 device owners

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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There is no better time for Sony to be in a giving mood. Owners of the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact can pickup three films from Sony’s Columbia Pictures. The three films are The Amazing Spider-Man 2Captain Phillips, and Ghostbusters. The freebies are region-locked unfortunately. Xperia Z3 device owners in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Spain are eligible. The Xperia Lounge app will supply the code required to redeem the offer.

The offer vanishes on January 31, 2015. Don’t wait too long!

Via: Xperia Blog

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LTE enabled Nexus 9 coming to T-Mobile in early December

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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With the launch of the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile today, the Uncarrier took the opportunity to announce that the LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 9 will be available through T-Mobile in “early December.” No specific date was given, but December is only a couple weeks away, so the wait should not be much longer for those not content with a WiFi-only version of the latest Nexus tablet.

When it is finally available, T-Mobile will offer the 32GB version of the Nexus 9 for $0 down and 24 payments of $24.99 to well-qualified buyers. According to T-Mobile’s announcement, buyers will have to access the T-Mobile “Underground” which they describe as their “online ‘backroom’ for hard-to-find, limited quantity devices” to place their order.

source: T-Mobile

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Google adds Nexus 9 factory image for LRX21R update

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Nexus 9 is getting another update (LRX21R), which should clean up some bugs. As usual, it will take at least a week to hit all devices, so the impatient types can download and install the factory image, which Google posted earlier today.

If you need help flashing it, you can check out our full instructions here. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the over-the-air (OTA) update, which will keep your data, assuming your Nexus 9 isn’t unlocked. Click here for those very extensive instructions.

source: Google Factory Images

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Your dreams of a Nokia Android tablet have come true

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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History in the making today folks. The first ever Nokia-branded Android tablet has been announced. The N1 features a one piece all aluminum body, a 7.9-inch 4:3 laminated display (2048×1536), a 2.4 GHz quad-core Atom 64-bit processor (Z3580), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 5,300 mAh battery, and it’s only 6.9 mm thick.

It even runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it won’t be stock. Nokia has installed its own Z launcher, but promises other changes will be kept to a minimum.

It won’t be available until the 1st quarter 2015, and it will only be available in China at the beginning. They do plan on expanding to other markets, but nothing specific was mentioned. Pricing is expected to be $249 and you will have your choice of either Lava Grey or Natural Aluminum for the color.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Full Press Release:

Nokia Announces N1 Android Tablet

18 November, 2014

Simplicity and design at the heart of Nokia’s first brand-licensed product

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the N1, the first Nokia-branded Android tablet. The N1 offers the innovative, predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface, and a carefully crafted industrial design by Nokia with a focus on simplicity. The N1 will be brought to market in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.

“We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple,” said Sebastian Nyström, Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, who announced the N1 at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki. “The N1 has a delightfully intuitive interface and an industrial design to match it. This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet.”

Consumers use and manage a large set of applications in their digital lives. The N1 makes that easy with the Z Launcher, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time the Z Launcher learns what applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location.

The industrial design of the N1 is deliberately developed to match the elegant simplicity of the interface. It has a unique one-piece aluminum design with a soft finish in both Lava Grey and Natural Aluminum colors that make it stand out from other tablets. The 7.9″ laminated display sits in a 6.9mm thin and light design that makes the device comfortable to hold even with one hand. A 2.4Ghz Intel© Atom quad-core processor provides great performance for the Android Lollipop operating system on the N1.

The N1 is planned to be available for purchase in China in Q1 2015 for an estimated USD 249 before taxes, with the anticipation of expanding sales to other markets.

In addition to the Nokia brand, Nokia is licensing the industrial design, Z Launcher software layer and IP on a running royalty basis to the OEM partner. The OEM partner is responsible for full business execution, from engineering and sales to customer care, including liabilities and warranty costs, inbound IP and software licensing and contractual agreements with 3rd parties.

The N1′s industrial design and Z Launcher application originate within the Nokia Technologies business, which is focused on strengthening Nokia’s industry-leading innovation portfolio through patent, technology and brand licensing.

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A few second generation Nexus 7 devices having video playback issues

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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It appears that Google’s latest OS update may not be so sweet for some users, after all. Some users are reporting video playback issues on their second generation Nexus 7. The bad news is that there isn’t a permanent fix just yet, but there are workarounds that will allow for temporary video playback.

The bug happens in YouTube and other video apps or when local files are accessed in Android’s default player. According to the folks at Android Police the issue appears to be that the video players periodically lose track of the Video Player location. The logcat appears as this.

1-15 22:20:46.600: E/YouTube(21781): apps.youtube.app.fragments.VideoInfoFragment.handleSequencerStageEvent:465 Missing presenter for eyc

If you absolutely have to have video playback on your Android 5.0 wielding Nexus 7 – 2013 you can power cycle the device (power off, power on) and it may work. Other options include going into Developer Options in settings then disabling or enabling the “Use NuPlayer (experimental)” option then rebooting. Or in a last ditch effort you can try wiping the cache in recovery.

Again, it should be noted that these are temporary fixes and your mileage may vary. A permanent solution will probably have to come in the form of an OTA update down the road. I’m not having issues with my Nexus 7. Are you?

source: Android Police

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Amazon has Temporary $50 Nexus 9 Discount

Posted by wicked November - 15 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

N9-grid1-1600For anyone waiting to get the Nexus 9 for the Holidays, it might be best to strike now. Amazon is offering the black 16 GB Nexus 9 for a $50 discount, dropping the price to $350 from $400. There are limited supplies, so it would be best to hit the sale quickly. At the time of this writing, there were 55% of the discounted tablets claimed. So hurry up, and go get your Nexus!

Amazon Nexus 9 link

The deal is on Amazon, but just in case you don’t know much about the Nexus 9, here’s a link to Google’s page on the device:

Google Play Nexus 9

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CF-Auto Root updated for Android Lollipop on Nexus devices

Posted by wicked November - 15 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Want a quick way to root your Nexus device?

In the past, one such option has been CF-Auto Root — until now, that option hasn’t been available for Lollipop users.

But with a recent update by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, Nexus devices running Android 5.0 can join in on the fun. Hit the break for details:

The included devices are as follows:

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2012)
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus 10

Here’s an official changelog of sorts:

  • The new variants of CFAR have the SuperSU ZIP embedded
  • A second included ZIP (if on Lollipop or newer) patches the current kernel to run SuperSU at boot
  • Current CFARs have SuperSU v2.20 which is not currently available elsewhere and only has CFAR compatibility

For more, hit the source link.

Source: XDA Developers

 

 

 

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