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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 will be available in the U.S. starting May 1

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 4 series earlier in the month, but didn’t specify specific availability for pricing until now. Starting May 1st, you will be able to buy either the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, or 10.1 at major retailers. If you’re really anxious, pre-orders start tomorrow at Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct.

For now, only the Wi-Fi models will be available for $199.99 (7.0), $269.99 (8.0) and $349.99 (10.1). There will be LTE versions offered this summer at AT&T (7.0, 8.0, and 10.1), Sprint (7.0 only), T-Mobile (8.0 only), and Verizon Wireless (8.0 and 10.1 only).

Hit the break for the full press release, and click here for the specs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Available in U.S. Beginning May 1

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. — April 23, 2014 — Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today introduced three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab line. The 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablets offer a variety of screen-size options, providing various form factors to meet the needs of consumers and businesses alike. The Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tab 4 portfolio, featuring a lightweight profile with thin bezels and a textured backing, will be available in the U.S. beginning May 1, with pre-orders starting tomorrow.

“This latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family combines versatility with value,” said Michael Abary, senior vice president of mobile computing, Samsung Electronics America. “The HD display, multitasking capabilities and easy sharing features make the Galaxy Tab 4 a great fit for both consumers and businesses.”

With its HD display, the Galaxy Tab 4 makes a great entertainment companion for the whole family. Multi User Mode lets each member of the family make the Tab 4 their own with private, customizable profiles. Kids Mode allows parents to set limits for their children, restricting accessible apps and managing length of play.

Content You Want

Samsung continues to partner with leading news, productivity and entertainment sources to provide premium content for the Galaxy Tab 4. With Galaxy Perks, consumers have access to popular and best-selling news, social media, and cloud storage applications including: Google Play, Dropbox, Sirius XM and Audible.com. For more information, visitwww.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks.

Preloaded apps like Netflix and WatchOn instantly make the Galaxy Tab 4 perfect for viewing content and managing your entertainment.

Ready to Work

Whether in-the-field, at home or at the office, the Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 keep users connected securely, with built-in features that support enterprise-grade VPN, corporate email, on-device encryption and scalable mobile device management. The Galaxy Tab 4 lineup gives users the portability and performance they need to work on the go. Powerful quad-core processors and Samsung’s innovative Multi Window functionality provide multitasking capabilities, enabling users to simultaneously view two apps at once and drag and drop content with ease.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 line will be offered in a choice of black or white. The new tablets will be available for purchase from major retailers nationwide on May 1 with pre-sales beginning April 24 at Samsung.comAmazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct. AT&T will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 this summer. Sprint will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 this summer. T-Mobile will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 this summer. Verizon Wireless will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and 10.1 this summer.

The Wi-Fi enabled Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 will be, respectively.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet goes up for pre-order starting at $499 for 16GB

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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In the market for a new tablet? Listen up. Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet has finally been made available for pre-order through the company’s online store. The price tag reads $499 for 16GB of storage or $599 when opting for 32GB.

While it may seem expensive, the Xperia Z2 Tablet does pack some punch. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM sits inside and the display, which is 10-1 inches, features Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology. Also, it is water and dust resistant and ships with Android 4.4 right out of the box. Not bad when you are getting all of that.

Do you plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 tablet? If not, what tablet do you have your eyes on?

Source: Sony

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HTC reportedly tapped for 8-inch Google Nexus tablet

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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A new report from DigiTimes appears to strengthen the rumors that Google has turned to HTC as a partner in development of their next tablet device in the Nexus line. Previous reports suggested Google was working on a successor to the 10-inch Nexus tablet to be released some time in the third quarter of 2014. This latest report suggests that changes in the manufacturing partner are only the tip of the iceberg with Google possibly scaling down the size of the device which could be their last tablet.

The latest report suggests Google has partnered with HTC to produce an 8-inch tablet slated for released in the third quarter. The choice of HTC is a bit odd given HTC’s lack of presence in the tablet market, although it would not be the first time Google and HTC have partnered on a Nexus device. The last two versions of the Nexus 7 were produced by Asustek. However, sales have not been as robust as either company would have hoped and it appears Asustek is ready to tackle the market on their own without restrictions from Google.

In an interesting twist to the story, it is also suggested that whatever tablet is released by Google later this year, it will be the company’s last foray into the tablet market. This could make an HTC produced Nexus tablet a rarity, much like the only other tablet HTC ever produced, the HTC Flyer. Sources indicate Google’s Nexus tablets have not had a significant influence on the market which is the basis for Google’s decision to not pursue future models beyond this one. Considering the work Google is doing on other form factors like Google Glass, the Android Wear platform, and even Project Ara, it may not be a bad move to get out of a tablet market that is hotly contested by other large manufacturers.

source: DigiTimes

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Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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An update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) has started to roll out to owners of the devices. The update that is rolling out is for the WiFi-only version although updates for the 3G and 4G LTE models should be following soon. Like other devices, the update primarily brings the improvements that are part of Android 4.4.2 to the devices and is light on Samsung specific updates. One item we are waiting to get reports about is whether Samsung included their Magazine UX. The Magazine UX was introduced this year when Samsung rolled out some newer tablet devices, although Samsung has since backed off that UX and indicated it will work more closely with Google on being more consistent with Android design concepts.

If you have the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), you can check for the update by going to Settings -> General -> About phone -> Software updates. It may be a few days before it shows up for your device though.

source: SamMobile

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Samsung clarifies 20 devices that are compatible with new Gear devices

Posted by wicked April - 16 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If you want a Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, or Gear Fit, you might not need to upgrade your smartphone for it. Samsung has clarified 20 devices that are compatible with their new Gear line, and although the list is mostly newer phones and tablets, a few older models made the cut, like the Galaxy S III and Note 2.

There will be 12 compatible smartphones with the Gear line:

  • Galaxy S5
  • Galaxy Note 3 Neo
  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy Grand 2
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 mini
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Galaxy S3
  • Galaxy Mega 5.8
  • Galaxy Mega 6.3

If you own any of Samsung’s higher end devices released in the past year or so, you should be fine. Going forward, most high end devices from Samsung will likely sport Gear 2 compatibility, too.

If you don’t want to use a phone with the Gear, you’ve also got a few options when it comes to Samsung tablets.

  • Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab 4 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 4 7.0
  • Galaxy TabPRO 12.2
  • Galaxy TabPRO 10.1
  • Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
  • Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Again, you’re basically going to have to have a brand new or high end tablet for compatibility. The Galaxy Tab 3 didn’t make the cut, and neither did the original Galaxy Note 10.1. Although, I’m not sure how many people buy a smartwatch to pair with their tablet, so this might not be such a big deal.

If you’re planning on buying a Gear 2 or Gear Fit, what device are you pairing it with?

source: Samsung Tomorrow

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T-Mobile reduces LTE tablet pricing with Operation Tablet Freedom, free data too

Posted by wicked April - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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T-Mobile is in the middle of a three day onslaught of big announcements that are likely to stir the pot. They are so good at it. Yesterday brought the Simple Starter Plan, which is perfect for those new to smartphones. Today, day 2, brings something entirely different….Operation Tablet Freedom. This program aims at getting you a tablet that goes “beyond the Wi-Fi zone.”

Traditionally, tablets with cellular connectivity are a lot more money than Wi-Fi-only versions, plus you have the added monthly cost for data. T-Mobile is eliminating both with Operation Tablet Freedom.

The first thing they are doing is reducing the cost of cellular enabled (specifically LTE) tablets to Wi-Fi-only price levels. For example, you can now grab the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for $199, instead of $312. To top things off, you can add your tablet to your postpaid voice plan for free and get up to 1.2GB of monthly data for free. Starting April 12, The Un-carrier is reducing data plans by $10 for the rest of the year. So by paying the same price you were paying before, you can grab an extra 1GB of monthly data, and you can also add in their ongoing 200mb of free tablet data, to make it a total of 1.2GB per month.

This deal will last till at least the end of the year and you won’t have any contracts. Speaking of contracts, if you have a tablet that is under contract with another carrier, T-Mobile will pay your ETF to leave them and join the Un-carrier revolution.

Full press release:

Day 2 of 3: T-Mobile Unleashes You to Experience Tablets Beyond the Wi-Fi Zone-For Free

T-Mobile becomes the only major national carrier or retailer offering LTE tablets for the price of Wi-Fi-only models. And now get free data through 2014 when you add tablets to your voice plans.

BELLEVUE, Wash. – April 10, 2014 -T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) has revealed the second in a series of rapid-fire initiatives designed to advance the Un-carrier consumer revolution on multiple fronts. The company today launched Operation Tablet Freedom, a program that lets you add a tablet to your postpaid voice plan for free. Beginning April 12th, customers can get nearly 1.2 GB of free 4G LTE data every month through 2014 on America’s fastest nationwide LTE network.

With the announcement, T-Mobile said the company is launching a full-on assault against the restrictions and pain points that keep tablet owners from experiencing life beyond the Wi-Fi zone. First, cellular-enabled 4G LTE tablets are more expensive than Wi-Fi-only models. Second, even if you’ve put down the extra money for that cellular-enabled tablet, committing to a long-term data plan for it can be pretty intimidating. And, finally, most people with tablets are stuck with their old Wi-Fi only model, and those who do have cellular models are often stuck in overpriced carrier contracts.

“With this announcement, T-Mobile’s launching a full-on assault against the restrictions and pain points that keep tablet owners from experiencing life beyond the Wi-Fi zone,” Said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “The Un-carrier is all about solving pain points, and today we’re eliminating every reason to be stuck on an unconnected Wi-Fi-only tablet. There’s no longer any need to limit the use of your tablet because you’re intimidated by Big Blue, Bad Red or Bumbling Yellow. ”

“Starting right now, you can live life beyond the Wi-Fi zone and stay connected. Use your tablet virtually anywhere, anytime you want without fear,” said Mike Sievert, Chief Marketing Officer for T-Mobile. “In an era when tablets are outselling PC’s, this new 4G LTE tablet offer at Wi-Fi only prices, coupled with nearly 1.2GB data for the rest of this year, we’re removing every reason that would keep you from getting your first tablet or trading in your old one right now at T-Mobile.”

Today the vast majority of American tablet owners are stuck on Wi-Fi or stuck in carrier contracts. That’s about to change.

If you’re stuck on Wi-Fi, you can now come to T-Mobile and upgrade to a 4G LTE-enabled model for nothing down and pay no more than you’d pay for the cheaper Wi-Fi-only model, with any postpaid activation on a 1GB or more mobile internet plan with no annual service contract. For example, pay the Wi-Fi price of $499 instead of $630 for the 4G LTE-enabled 16GB iPad Air. Or pay the Wi-Fi price of $200 instead of $312 for the 4G LTE Samsung Tab 3. Voice customers adding the 1GB tablet plan for free for the rest of 2014 also fully qualify for these reduced prices.

If you’re stuck in a contract with your old carrier, the Un-carrier will pay every penny of your early termination fees (ETFs) when you make the switch to T-Mobile. Just bring in your tablets to receive an instant credit based on their value. Then purchase any tablet at the new lower same-as-Wi-Fi prices. Customers may even qualify for zero down financing with 24 monthly payments. After receiving the final bill from your old carrier showing your ETFs, just mail it in or upload it to www.switch2tmobile.com. T-Mobile then sends an additional payment covering every last penny of those fees.

And, for both new and existing customers, T-Mobile is offering $10 off its most popular internet data plans starting April 12th through the end of 2014. For voice customers, what that means is you can get up to 1GB of 4G LTE data free every month through the end of the year. Combined with the 200 MB of free data you already automatically get every month with T-Mobile’s previously announced “Free Data for Life” offer that comes to nearly 1.2GB of free 4G LTE data every month through the end of 2014. If you love living beyond the Wi-Fi zone – and want to keep enjoying that tablet freedom beyond 2014 – you can get it starting at just $10 a month with voice service next year.

And whether you are an individual or small business customer, you can take advantage of all of the above plus enjoy all the benefits of our Simple Choice plan with no annual service contracts, no overage charges while on T-Mobile’s lightning fast network, no upgrade hassles with T-Mobile’s revolutionary JUMP!(TM) program, and with “the world as your network at no extra charge”.

For more information on what the Un-carrier has been up to lately, check out President and CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere’s recent blog posted today.

Limited time offer. Taxes & fees addit’l. Fastest LTE network based on download speeds. Wi-Fi tablet comparison based on manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Up to 3 tablets per account. Qualifying service & device purchase with port-in required for ETF payment. 200 MB free data avail. every 30 days for as long as you own and use registered device with T-Mobile. No roaming. Qualifying postpaid voice and mobile Internet service required for free 1GB of data. See T-Mobile.com for specific offer and service details

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Specs confirmed for upcoming Samsung (SM-T800) AMOLED tablet

Posted by wicked April - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Once believed to be part of the Galaxy Tab4 series, the SM-T800 will stand on it’s own as one of Samsung’s first AMOLED tablets since the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

We already had an idea of the specs from a GFXBench of the SM-T805, but Sam Mobile is confirming specs for another variant, the SM-T800. The SM-T800 is a Wi-Fi-only version, while the SM-T805 could be an international version since it sports an Exynos octa-core. Although it’s also believed to sport LTE, which makes no sense since those models usually have the Qualcomm chipset.

The SM-T800 is confirmed to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, likely to be the 801, and 2GB of RAM. Differing from the GFXBench of the T805, the T800 will have an 8MP (vs 7MP) rear camera, but the front-facing lens is in agreement at 2MP. The display is in complete agreement….10.5-inches of 2560×1600 AMOLED glory. As far as other specs, it will sport a 7900mAh battery, USB 2.0 port, and a microSD slot.

We still don’t know when this tablet will be announced, but I am starting to think we won’t see it until the Galaxy Note 4 is announced. Securing these high quality panels are probably no easy task for Samsung.

source: SamMobile

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 developer tablet will be available later this month

Posted by wicked April - 4 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Qualcomm has unveiled their Snapdragon 805 developer tablet, and it’s probably some of the most advanced hardware ever put in an Android tablet. The tablet, which runs Android 4.4 KitKat, has Qualcomm’s unreleased Snapdragon 805 processor on board, which looks to be a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz. You’ll also get 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 2560 x 1440 display, a 13 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera, and a slew of standard radios and ports, including 802.11ac WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, a microSD card slot, an HDMI port, and a USB port. 

Of course, this wouldn’t be a developer tablet if it didn’t have every other piece of hardware imaginable, so you’ll also get a ton of really high tech stuff with the tablet. Qualcomm has included a front facing 3D infrared gesture camera alongside its 4k-shooting 13 megapixel camera, and there are 7 microphones on the device for recording full surround sound audio. Those mics can also record sound from an ultrasound stylus. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the backside, too. This stuff is more useless for most customers than the latest features in TouchWiz, but hey, it’s cool nonetheless.

The tablet clearly isn’t designed with the mainstream market in mind, but it does give us a really good look at what the Snapdragon 805 will be able to support when it inevitably hits the market. The gesture camera support will probably be big in next year’s crop of flagship phones, and fingerprint scanners are becoming increasingly common. That’s where the market seems to be heading, and Qualcomm agrees.

If you do want to place an order for one of these tablets, Qualcomm will be selling them later this month through the manufacturer, Intrinsyc. It’ll only cost you $800, which is actually pretty comparable to some of Samsung’s extremely high end stuff, believe it or not.

source: Reddit

via: Android Authority

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Amazon has updated their tablet-specific app with a few useful new features. Users will now be able to access Amazon’s Fresh grocery delivery service through the app, which is awesome if you live in an area where that’s supported. Unfortunately, a vast majority of users won’t be affected by that addition, but Amazon has added enough other new features to make the update worthwhile.

You’ll now be able to pin items in search results to the bottom of the app, done by dragging and dropping an item in the search view, which makes comparison shopping extremely easy. Think something similar to YouTube’s pinned video functionality. There’s also a new pop-up filter in the search results, which makes narrowing down items much easier than it was before.

If you’ve got a tablet, hit the link below for the update.

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Verizon now offering 1GB of extra data for tablet customers on More Everything

Posted by wicked April - 3 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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After yesterday’s move to match AT&T’s 10GB family plan, Verizon has one more trick up its sleeve. Customers who activate a tablet on the “More Everything” plan will get an additional 1GB of data. The 1GB of data is shareable across all your devices and the monthly fee of $10 per tablet will remain the same. This doesn’t appear to be a short term offer since no end date is listed.

“We’re always looking at the market and our customers and creating compelling offers we think they will appreciate,” Verizon spokeswoman Debi Lewis told FierceWireless. “In this case, more and more people are using tablets (of all shapes and sizes) and adding 1 GB of shareable data to the plan helps them get even more value and enjoyment from that device (and others…).”

source: Fierce Wireless

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