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HTC Nexus tablet’s keyboard folio details emerge

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.

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The dimensions for the entire case are 228x320x5mm with the individual chiclets being 3mm in height. Along with a standard QWERTY keyboard setup, Android-specific keys will be included. The 4:3 aspect ratio of the tablet’s display is good for productivity, but the keyboard may wind up being a little tight for some users. The design, though, will definitely allow for excellent portability. The tablet will sit atop the keyboard when covered by the cover flap.

Source: Android Police

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It is only a matter of time before HTC announces its upcoming T1 tablet that will have beastly specifications. Being that all signs point the T1 as the Nexus 8, an October launch seems likely as Android L is expected to arrive then. From Google itself, accessories for Nexus devices have remained scarce. With this tablet, however, Google and HTC are making sure they offer plenty of accessories. Leaked information reveals that a Magic Cover will be available in either leather or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The leather material will come in Natural or Black choices. The TPU Magic Cover will be offered in Coral Amethyst, Mint Indigo, Lime Stone, Indigo Black. In addition to this, a folio keyboard will be made specifically for the tablet.

Like the Nexus 7, the T1 tablet will have both WiFi and LTE-enabled variants. The source, @upleaks, claims that a ton of countries will be getting the WiFi variant including Japan and Korea. That part is expected. For the LTE variant, it will be “coming to Europe, Russia, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Australia(include NZ), Korea, HK.” Of course, the market also dictates what kind of internet connection the tablet can have. So not all of the aforementioned places will have a device capable of LTE speeds. It will work on GSM and WCDMA networks.

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ipad vs tab s

We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.

The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.

Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting software update with a slew of improvements

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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An update is currently rolling out to the Shield Tablet, sized at 84.1MB, and it gives the device improvements, fixes, and new features. Unlike other hardware manufacturers, NVIDIA rolls out its software updates in one giant wave rather than making some device owners wait around a bit. The most notable piece of the update is the NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle. It adjusts the display based upon the content a user is viewing.

Here is what the update includes:

  • Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
  • Improved camera performance
  • NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
  • Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
  • ShadowPlay performance optimizations
  • Localization improvements
  • Audio optimizations
  • Misc. stability improvements

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Sony teases the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Next week Sony will likely announce the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet. We have a good idea about each device, but to hype things up, Sony released a teaser video with some clues. You will notice a “3″ theme towards the beginning, which probably indicates that three devices will be announced. Towards the end, 7 mm, Cu, and H20 flash across the screen, along with the date of September 3rd. 7 mm is the obvious thickness of at least one of the devices, possibly all three.  H2O is an obvious reference that all devices will be waterproof or water resistant. As to Cu, that signifies copper, but we aren’t sure what they are trying to tell us. As to the date, I think that’s self explanatory.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for what Sony will unveil? Hit the break for the short teaser video.

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Nexus 9 confirmed to sport a 64-bit Tegra K1

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.

NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.

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The big question, other than when this tablet will get released, has to be how much this bad boy is going to cost?

source: TKTechNews

 

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Archos announces new phones and tablets just days before IFA

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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With a strategy that seems to be the opposite of Huawei’s, Archos have unveiled some upcoming devices less than two weeks before the hotly anticipated IFA 2014 event. In a press release sent out today, Archos revealed the 50b Platinum phone, complete with an unnamed quad-core processor, and an IPS display with “HD video encoding capability”. No word on RAM or internal storage but the 50b Platinum will come with three back covers in blue, black and pink and an 8GB microSD card.

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The media-focused company also revealed a new Android-powered tablet that they’re calling the Archos 101 Oxygen which has an ARM Cortex–A17 quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The display features a full 1080p resolution and as the name implies, 10.1-inches of real estate. Based on specs, neither device can really claim to be high-end, but they both seem to be competitively priced for the mid-range market at £119 (roughly $199) for the 50b Platinum and £199 (roughly $329) for the 101 Oxygen.

 

Archos has a reputation for making great media-centric devices and its safe to bet these new devices will follow suit. To round things out, Archos announced a couple of universal accessories including the Archos Music Light (a bluetooth speaker/lamp) and the Archos Music Beany which is exactly what you’d expect, a beany with headphones built in. As usual, discuss in the comments below.

Source: Archos

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T-Mobile to double your data when you add a tablet

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

T-Mobile_Double_Data_Tablet_Plan_ComparisonAnother day, another T-Mobile deal. Starting September 3, you will be able to add a tablet (any tablet) to a postpaid Simple Choice phone plan for only $10 per month, and T-Mobile will match your LTE data plan (up to 5 GB per month) specifically for the tablet. So if you happen to have a 5 GB plan for your phone, you will also get an additional 5 GB for your tablet. It doesn’t matter which plan, whether it be a 1 GB plan, 3 GB plan or whatever else, you will get that same matching data reserved for your tablet. This is on top of the 200 MB that you already get for free, not that it’s a big deal.

Does this offer make you want to switch to T-Mobile? Full presser after the break.

T-Mobile Doubles Your Data When You Add a Tablet

Double your data when you add a tablet to your Simple Choice smartphone plan 

−on America’s fastest nationwide LTE network

BELLEVUE, Washington – August 26, 2014 – Last year, T-Mobile’s (NYSE: TMUS) free-data-for-life program changed the way American’s think about connected tablets by serving up 200 MB of free LTE data per month for the life of their T-Mobile tablet.  Now, the Un-carrier’s making it easier and more affordable than ever for customers to experience life with a connected tablet−with a new offer to double your data when you add a tablet to your Simple Choice smartphone plan on the fastest LTE network in the nation. 
 
Starting September 3rd, adding a tablet – any tablet – to a postpaid Simple Choice phone plan costs just $10 per month. And right on top of that, the Un-carrier will match your smartphone’s LTE data plan – up to 5 GB a month – reserved for use on your tablet.  For example, a customer with a Simple Choice smartphone plan with 5 GB of LTE data can add a tablet with another 5 GB of data set aside for use on that tablet, for just $10 per month. That’s a total of up to 10 GB of LTE data. And that’s all on top of the 200 MB of free LTE data every single month for the life of your tablet.
 
“The old school carriers make you pay for the privilege of connecting your tablet to their network−just to tap into the same limited pool of data you already bought for your smartphone,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile.  “With the Un-carrier, you can now get double the data on a network designed for data for one simple price.  It couldn’t be simpler or more straightforward.”
 
Today at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, you can add a tablet to your account for a monthly $10 access fee that gets you exactly zero additional data. That $10 at the old guard carriers gives you nothing more than ‘access’ to your existing shared data pool.  And, what’s worse anyone on the account can use all your data – leaving you stranded and racking up more fees. Who wants to run out of data on their tablet and be charged overages all because Dad streamed Netflix for 3 hours on his smartphone?
 
At T-Mobile, if you have 1 GB of LTE data on your Simple Choice smartphone plan, you can get up to 1 GB of LTE data on your tablet. 3 GB on your phone? Get 3 GB on your tablet. 5 GB? Get 5 GB on your tablet – for just $80 per month. Pay nearly the same amount at Verizon, AT&T or Sprint and get less than half the value – or worse. 

 “Our tablets are the most data-hungry devices we have, and yet most people live in fear of using their tablet outside of the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot because of those crazy overage fees the big telecoms hold over their customers’ heads,” said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile.  “T-Mobile customers live in a different reality. T-Mobile customers can use their tablets worry free – on a network designed data strong – without the fear of bill shock or those ridiculous overage fees.”
 
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Sony teases what is likely the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and new smartwatch

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Everyone is teasing soon to be released products in the run up to IFA 2014. Sony is getting in on the action and the image above, obtained by Xperia Blog, is showcasing two devices that have yet to be announced by the company. If the location of this image is any indication, Sony will stay true to its design language and keep everything water resistant.

The main device here is what is expected to be the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. This is a version of Sony’s flagship tablet that has an 8-inch display, the smallest size the company has ever done for a tablet. Sony has typically stuck with larger tablets and has never offered more than one at any given time. Of course, this promotional image has the tablet showing Spiderman, a film produced by one of Sony Pictures’ studios.

The other device shown is a smartwatch. It is not expected to run Android Wear and so it will likely mean that this is the Smartwatch 3, but the watch face does seem like something found on Google’s wearables platform. Either way, the hardware looks drastically better than what Sony has released in the past.

Source: Xperia Blog

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There are a lot of Android devices, seriously

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

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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.

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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.

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source: OpenSignal
via: TheNextWeb

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