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Google publishes new guide for iPhone users who want to switch to Android

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

When Apple finally released devices with 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens, it thought that it should publish a guide for Android users who were tempted to eat the fruit of Cupertino. In a reciprocal move, Google has now published a guide for iPhone users who want to migrate over to Android.

The new guide, called “Get going on Android”, covers transferring your photo stored on an iPad or iPhone, how to move from iTunes to Google Play Music, copying your contacts from iCloud, and how to set up email and messaging.

Google lets you transfer up to 20,000 of your songs from your iTunes library to Google Play Music for free.

To transfer your photos you just need to install the Google+ app on your iPhone or iPad and then set up the “Auto Backup” option. This will ensure that all your photos are copied to the cloud. To see your photos you just need to open the Photos app on your Android device and voilà.

Migrating away from iTunes is also quite simple. Google lets you transfer up to 20,000 of your songs from your iTunes library to Google Play Music for free. Once in Google Play Music you can access your collection from any web browser, on any of your Android devices, or even from your iPhone or iPad.


Copying over your contacts isn’t as seamless as the transfer of photos and music, however it isn’t hard. Basically you need to export your contacts in vCard format and then import them into your Google contacts.

To get access to your emails you just need to install the relevant app on your Android device. If you are using Gmail then there is not much to do as the Gmail app should come installed by default. If you are using a service like Yahoo! then you just install the Yahoo! app on your device. For iCloud email, install an email app that supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange accounts.

Google’s final recommendation is to switch off iMessage before you move the SIM card from your iPhone to your new Android device. To do that go to “Settings”, then “Messages”, and set iMessage to “off”.

For full step-by-step instructions read Google’s Get going on Android guide. Have you made the switch? Please let us know in the comment section below.

Via: Droid Life;

Google has a Guide to Help You Move From Your iPhone to Android

Posted by Kellex October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Shortly after Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company opened an official set of instructions through their support site that was focused on helping Android users migrate over to iOS. Apple news outlets (and heavily Apple-influenced general tech sites) thought this was huge news, for whatever reason. It was embarrassing. Forget the fact that Apple probably should have created this years ago as Android began stomping all over its market share, the Apple media shills (some random Android sites as well) decided that Apple had finally created this how-to guide because they were now expecting Android users to flock to the new bigger iPhones. Silly, I know. Anything for a good headline!  

Well, Apple fan sites and soon-to-be-leavers of that painfully closed ecosystem, Google created a guide as well! Yessir, shortly after announcing Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Google put up an entire guide on how you can easily switch over from iOS to Android. You won’t see this make headlines for two days like Apple’s guide did, but that’s fine by us. And so you know, we purposefully skipped the dirty clickbait headline that was tempting us as this post was being put together.

So what does Google suggest you do as you make your way over to the promised land of smartphone operating systems? It’s all pretty simple, actually.

Google targeted four categories to help make the transition easy enough:  Photos and music, contacts, setting up email and messaging, and finding your favorite apps. There are instructions for uploading photos through the Google+ Photos app and transferring over your iTunes library through Google Play Music. They provide step-by-step instructions for dealing with your contacts in iCloud as well. Google even mentions that you should have no problem finding all of your favorite apps on Google Play, as well as some new ones. Oh, and don’t forget to turn off iMessage!

The full guide can be found at the source link below, sans clickbait.

Via:  Android

Google has a Guide to Help You Move From Your iPhone to Android is a post from: Droid Life

The Missing App Gap Between Android and iOS

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

After reading Kellen’s iPhone 6 review and discussing the lack of an app gap on the Droid Life Show, I thought I should revisit my conviction that there were still some apps that could not be found or matched on Android.

It had been about a year since I last checked for certain kinds of apps and my tastes have changed some, so I figured I should take a look.

To my delight, I discovered that eight of the apps that I love to use that I thought were iOS only are now either available on Android or have comparable counterparts from another developer. 


1. Tweetbot – Talon and Fenix
Tweetbot is my favorite Twitter app that I’ve ever used (and I’ve used a lot of Twitter apps). Tweetbot has timeline sync, user and keyword muting (way before the official app even conceived of the idea), drafts, translation, streaming, etc. It’s a fantastic app that values the little touches. For example, Tweetbot has featured a “Use last photo taken” option for years and inlcudes swipe gestures to quickly favorite or retweet a tweet.

There have been Twitter apps on Android that have had some of these features in the past, but it wasn’t until recently that developers stepped up their game with features and design. Falcon Pro was the first app to really feel native to Android and include a plethora of features, but it wasn’t long for this world.

Talon and Fenix have been my favorite Twitter apps to use on Android. Both have extremely similar UIs and feature sets. I prefer reading Twitter in Talon because it has the option to jump to the top of your timeline towards the bottom of the screen whereas Fenix jumps to the top by tapping the top of a column, which is far less usable on 4.x” devices. Talon also features pull to refresh while Fenix uses the older refresh interval model. While both have streaming, I find pull to refresh to feel like a more responsive UI response to reaching the top of a list. For composition, however, Fenix has the edge between a swipe gesture to compose and faster access to quoting tweets with a comment. Talon also supports themes, which means you can customize the look of the app (although I ended up sticking with a stock view).

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2. Fantastical – Today Calendar
There have always been plenty of third party calendar options on iOS, but Fantastical has always been my default. While it isn’t quite as flashy as Calendars 5 or Sunrise or x, it has the full month view with events underneath view that I loved about iOS 6’s calendar app. In my opinion, any calendar app that doesn’t have that view as a default option just doesn’t work for me. Fantastical not only has that view as its default (it also has a week view for you monsters out there that prefer that view), but it has Reminders integration (which would be more helpful if Reminders actually, you know, reminded you about things consistently) and, most importantly, it parses text as you type (so ‘Lunch from 1pm to 2pm at Corky’s” creates an event titled ‘Lunch’ with those start and ending times as well as Corky’s as the location).

Today Calendar doesn’t have integration with a reminder app or text parsing, but it does have a month view with details below and a gorgeous Material design. The app has beautiful animations, a translucent widget, and color options. With a text parser it would be perfect, but for my usage it’s functional and beautiful.

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3. Mailbox (iOS)
I still use the stock Mail app for my work email, but when I want to feel like I’m getting things done (Copyright DavidCo, 2001) I use Mailbox. There are plenty of other competitors out there now with their swiping gestures and their cutesie Inbox Zero euphemisms, but Mailbox has always felt right to me. It’s the first email app on iOS that made archiving fast and easy (although the lack of archive actions from the lockscreen and notifications is taxing) and that made me ask a really important question: when should I deal with this email? By treating my email as a to do list I’ve been able to reach Inbox Zero (the original version that Merlin aspired to) every day and shoot emails into the future. Do I sometimes just delay the inevitable when I do that? Of course, but I also often shoot an email into a time and date when I want to deal with something, and when that happens I feel like I was able to get something… accomplished.

Mailbox works great on Android. I especially love when something comes in that I can archive straight from the notification shade. If you’re still using the Gmail app and haven’t given Mailbox a try, I’d encourage you to take a look. Gmail has swipe to archive, but you haven’t really lived until you schedule to see your Verizon bill the day after pay day.

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4. Safari – Firefox
I love Safari on iOS. There, I said it. Sure, I could use Chrome and sync my tabs and favorites, but I really don’t use those on my phone. Most importantly, Chrome has never performed well for me (on iOS or Android). Firefox, on the other hand, works well. I’m not a huge fan on Firefox’s open tab view, but I do love that it renders pages quickly, scrolls responsively, and most importantly, knows how to double tap to zoom over text properly. If you haven’t tried Firefox in a while, give it a shot (I wrote up a lengthier review of its last major overhall here).

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5. Vesper – Evernote
There are a million text editing apps for iOS (No, I’m not exaggerating. Just do a search on the App Store so you can see all the apps that are tangentially related to text input.), but my favorite is Vesper. It doesn’t have a Mac, iPad, or web app (yet, at least in the case of the Mac), but it does let me type out my notes, write article, scribble down band names, append images to my notes, and organize notes by tags with Emoji. There are text editing apps out there that do more, but Vesper works for me and my taste.

Android has seen an increase in text editing apps as well. This was one category that seemed to be ignored by developers even a year ago. That being said, the only app I would consider recommending is Evernote. Not only does Evernote have pretty much every feature that someone could want in a notetaking app, but it has a beautiful design. There are cleaner, simpler note taking apps out there, but Evernote takes the cake for features and design in my opinion.

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6. Over (iOS)
There are plenty of image editing apps that are still iOS-only, but my favorite app, Over, is cross-platform. Over lets you add text in a multiplicity of fonts over an image (get it?). I love the font choices and the app is as easy to use as it is beautiful. If you ever have a need to add text over an image, take a serious look at Over.

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7. Day One – Flava (iOS)
Day One is one of my absolute favorite apps for iOS and OS X. It’s a journaling app from Bloom. The app features Dropbox and iCloud sync, photo integration, reminders, calendar views, weather detils, Markdown support, passcode lock, location details, inspirational quotes, and the option to publish journal entires (which require a link for privacy).

Journey, an app made by 2appstudio, is a complete rip off of Day One. Don’t believe me? View both websites. Day One was originally released in 2011 on iOS and OS X, while Journey was only released in July of this year. Journey not only ripped off the features of Day One, it copied the design of the app and even the website. DayJournal, an app by The Apps Pod is an equally shameful ripoff, although the developer was lazy enough to not copy Day One’s website.

If you’re looking for a full featured journaling app on Android (and iOS and Chrome) that isn’t from a developer with blatantly compromised morals, consider Flava by Greenmonster. Flava identifies itself as a journaling/note taking app, but it feels more like a social network for yourself (Path specifically). Entries can be something as simple as text, a picture, a location, what you’re listening to, how you’re feeling, or all of the above. It has a modern, clean design and it’s free to try. If you hit the 250 MB cap, want to add multiple photos, or x then you’ll need to pay through an in app purchase.


8. Overcast – Pocket Casts (iOS)
I listen to a lot of podcasts, so it’s important to me that my podcast player looks nice and works well. I used Downcast for a couple years because it was a flawed best, but Marco Arment’s Overcast blew Downcast out of the water for me. The app has a creamsicle color palette, smart playlists, podcast recommendations (powered by Twitter), sync, a web app, background downloads, and most importantly, Smart Speed and Voice Boost. Voice Boost equalizes the EQ and maximizes the volume, which is especially helpful on low-quality shows. Smart speed reduces the length of silences, making shows run faster without sacrificing voice quality.

While there isn’t an app with all of those features on Android, Pocket Casts comes close with a beautiful design and plenty of controls to ensure you’re able to listen to podcasts the way you want to. Pocket Casts also has an iOS app, so if you’re one of the many Android phone/iPad people out there, you can keep up with your shows on both devices. Pocket Casts supports Chromecast on the Android app and AirPlay on the iOS app so you can shoot your shows to a TV if you’re so inclined. My favorite thing about Pocket Casts, though, is definitely the clean, album-art-centered design. It reminds me of a wall of LPs that I always wanted.

Are there still apps that release first on iOS or stay exclusive to iOS? Yes, but that is becoming more and more rare every year. While I don’t expect Android first development to become a thing any time soon for mainstream apps, I also don’t expect iOS-only to continue outside of niche apps and developers.

The Missing App Gap Between Android and iOS is a post from: Droid Life

Apple Lightning connector compliant Onkyo Deff Sound headphone amp

Posted by Tom October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Onkyo’s Deff Sound is to release a portable headphone amplifier that supports Apple’s new Lightning Connector sound setup.

The DDA-LA20RC has a multitude of options – in addition to the Lightning connector option, there’s also 3.5mm jack and microUSB.

It weighs 24g and plays back high-resolution audio up to 96kHz/24bit or 192kHz/16bit.

It’ll be out in November in Japan for 16,000 yen (US $149).

Via akihabaranews

Nexus 9 vs the new iPads: specs comparison

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Nexus 9 vs iPad

Consumers looking for a new tablet in time for Christmas are going to be spoiled for choice this year. In the space of just two days we’ve seen the launch of the new high-end Nexus 9, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Air 2. So let’s break down exactly what each tablet has to offer.

For starters, let’s take a peek at the hardware that each tablet is packing and if it’s a good deal for the price.

Nexus 9
iPad Mini 3
iPad Air 2
Price $399 – $599 $399 – $728 $499 – $829
Display 8.9″ 7.9″ 9.7″
Resolution 2048×1536 (281ppi) 2048×1536 (326ppi) 2048×1536 (264ppi)
SoC 2.3GHz Tegra K1 1.3GHz A7 unspecified A8X
Memory 16GB / 32GB 16 / 64 / 128GB 16 / 64 / 128GB
Battery 6700 mAh (9.5 hours WiFi browsing) 23.8 watt/h (10 hours WiFi browsing) 27.3 watt/h (10 hours WiFi browsing)

The Nexus 9 sits right in between the two new iPad tablets, in terms of size, and the bump up in resolution for the Nexus 9 means that display clarity will be pretty evenly matched across all three tablets. Given the iPad Mini 3’s slightly smaller size, and therefore higher PPI, it will probably look ever so slightly sharper, but the same applies when you look at the Nexus 9 compared with the Air 2.

On the processing side of things, it’s a little tough to compare Apple’s SoCs directly to the Nexus 9. We’re yet to see how the new Nvidia Denver CPU cores in the Nexus 9’s Tegra K1 perform in the real world, but early benchmarks have shown that the new Tegra K1 outpaces the iPhone 6’s Apple A8 in single and multi-core performance. The 1GB RAM amount is also an interesting choice for the Apple tablets, as more demanding applications and environments that make use of the SoC’s horsepower could end up strangled by the limited amount of memory.

Nexus 9 Keyboard

Graphical power is another area where the Nexus 9 should compete well in. Nvidia’s Kepler architecture has already proven formidable in the mobile space. Similarly, Apple’s A8 chip offers up impressive graphics performance and the A8X apparently offers up more horsepower still, but it could be a much closer call between the Nexus and Air tablets this time around. The older A7 chip in the smaller Mini 3 is perhaps a little disappointing by comparison, given that’s its the same chip that powered that last generation Mini 2.

Performance looks to be a close run race, so we’ll turn to some of the tablets’ other features.

Nexus 9
iPad Mini 3
iPad Air 2
Rear camera 8MP, f/2.4 5MP, f/2.4 8MP, f/2.4
Front camera 1.6MP, f/2.4 1.2MP 1.2MP, f/2.2
Data WiFi / LTE WiFi / LTE WiFi / LTE
Speakers Dual Front Stereo Stereo
MicroSD No No No
Fingerprint Scanner No Yes Yes
Weight 425g 341g 444g

The Nexus 9, iPad Mini 3, and Air 2 all come in both WiFi and LTE options, with the latter feature adding to the price tags quite significantly. The 32GB LTE Nexus 9 will set you back $599, while a comparable LTE iPad Mini 3 costs $529 or $629, depending on storage, and $629 or $729 for the Air 2.

As for cameras, again it’s a very close call on paper.  The Nexus 9 looks to compete with the more expensive iPad Air’s 8MP rear and front camera options, and will offer higher resolution snaps than the Mini 3. The f/2.4 aperture should result in similar levels of performance in low light conditions between all of the tablet cameras. Although we’ll have to do some hands on tests for a more definitive answer here.


The iPad range has a wider selection of storage options, which helps offset the lack of microSD card support across all the tablets. Although you will pay a hefty fee for the 128GB options. 32GB should see people through a large enough collection of music and films for your trips out, but a 64GB Nexus option would have been nice.

As for some unique features, the Nexus 9’s dual facing front speakers will provide a better stereo sound when watching moves, whereas the iPad’s two speakers are both located at the bottom end. Apple’s TouchID fingerprint security system is embedded into its new tablets, which is a nice feature for the security conscious.

Time to choose

The Nexus 9’s hardware appears to go toe-to-toe with the much more expensive iPad Air 2, but is aggressively priced against the smaller and slightly cut-down iPad Mini 3. The smaller range of memory choices might be a problem for some, but other than that there’s very little to fault with the Nexus 9.

Your preference for Android or iOS has probably already made up your mind for you. Even so, there’s no denying that the Nexus 9 is a really high-end piece of kit that easily justifies its price tag. Of course, there are other high-end Android tablets which might suite your needs too.

A day after the Nexus 9, Apple announces latest iPads

Posted by wicked October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


Yesterday Google unveiled its latest Nexus tablet, the HTC Nexus 9, bringing killer specs and a slightly more premium design when compared to Nexus tablets past. Now it’s Apple’s turn to bring the world its next-gen tablet offerings as well, with the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.

iPad Mini 3

The third-generation iPad Mini keeps the 7.9-inch form factor of old, and at first look it’s really hard to tell it apart from the last-gen model. About the only major aesthetic difference is the addition of a Touch ID home button, oh and the addition of a new gold color option.

It’s not just the looks of the tablet that stay about the same, the internals don’t see much of a jump either. While the 2nd generation iPad Mini brought significantly improved specs to the mini form factor that evened it up with the ‘larger’ iPad range, the latest model actually keeps last year’s A7 chipset and M7 co-processor. There’s also just a 5MP iSight camera, and really nothing that we can see that screams “major update”.

So why not do much with the iPad Mini line this time around? Our best guess is that Apple was certain that the iPhone 6 Plus would cannibalize a good portion of the Mini’s sales so they decided not to bother with pushing the Mini line forward this time around.

The tablet will start at $399 for the 16GB model, or as high as $728 for the 128GB LTE model. You can find even more details by checking out Apple’s website.


iPad Air 2

The Apple iPad Air 2 sees a much more significant update than its little brother, bringing a new A8 processor and M8 coprocessor, a 8MP iSight camera, Touch ID, and a thickness of just 6.1mm. Apple says it is “18 percent thinner than the first iPad Air” and is “the world’s thinnest tablet”.

We don’t have exact specs just yet, but basically Apple takes the same overall design as the original iPad Air and has upgraded the internals with more 2014-worthy specs. As for the pricing? The Apple iPad Air 2 begins at $499 for the 16GB model and $699 for the wi-fi 128GB version. Add $130 for LTE.

You can find even more details by checking out Apple’s website.

Apple takes a more aggressive stance on pricing


Part of the success of Android is that there is a wide range of options, in all sorts of price points. This is something Apple has seemingly been attempting to emulate to some degree with the creation of more product lines in both their phone (5S, 5C and more recently iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) and tablet (old and new Minis, old and new Airs) offerings.

With Microsoft pushing low pricing and Android offering great options at all price points, it seems Apple wants to get a bit more aggressive on pricing this time around. The base pricing for the iPad family now begins at just $249.

Granted that’s for a 16GB version of the three-generation-old original iPad Mini, but for price conscientious non-techie folks that associate the Apple name with high quality, this could be a low enough price to win them over and away from budget-oriented Android offerings — even if the Android options might be newer and likely technologically superior.

What’s your take?

Obviously we are going to be admittedly have some bias against Apple, as Android fans. That said, I think the Apple iPad Air 2 is a reasonably decent update for those that prefer Apple over Android. Unfortunately I can’t say the same about the Mini 3. Basically it’s just a refresh for refresh’s sake.

For those that are platform agnostic and simply go with what looks like the best deal, I’d say the Nexus 9 is certainly very real competition for both the Mini 3 and the Air 2, as its size fits between the two Apple offerings and its specs are nothing short of bleeding edge. We’ll be taking a closer look at the on-paper specs of the Nexus 9 vs Apple’s latest in the near future.

Meanwhile, what do you think, with more aggressive pricing and newly upgraded specs for at least the iPad Air 2 — how does Apple’s latest compare to the current and upcoming Android tablets on the market?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Via: Apple, ArsTechnica;

Special Beats Music offer from AT&T comes to an end

Posted by wicked October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


When Beats Music finally launched their own streaming music service, playing off the name recognition of their line of headphones, AT&T managed to strike a special deal for their customers. AT&T subscribers were able to get the Beats Music service for a 90-day free trial, much longer than the standard 2-week trial period. In addition, AT&T subscribers could buy a Beats Music subscription for $14.99 per month, $5 more than the normal price, but could share their subscription with other users and devices. This special package is no longer available to AT&T customers although they can still order the standard $9.99 per month Beats Music service.

According to AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel, “There haven’t been any changes for AT&T customers who currently have the Beats Music family plan or who are within the free trial period. New subscribers can still get Beats Music through their app store or at”

Since the original launch of Beats Music and the special deal with AT&T, the service was acquired by Apple for $3 billion. Apple has still not provided any indication as to what their plans are for the service and whether it will continue as a standalone offering available to platforms outside the Apple ecosystem. When the deal closed, Beats Music had about 250,000 subscribers.

source: FierceWireless

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Apple iPad Event Live Blog!

Posted by Kellex October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

I know that you all have a hangover from yesterday’s wave of Nexus and Lollipop announcements, but our work is not done. There will be more Nexus and Lollipop news today, guaranteed. However, before we get back on that train, we first have a live blog of another Apple event to get through! That’s right, one of our favorite collaborations in the world is happening once again – live commentary between the DL staff and readers during an Apple product unveiling. Few things are as entertaining as this. 

So, here is the deal. Apple is likely going to announce new iPads, new Macs (iMacs and Mac minis?), and hopefully, a stable release of Yosemite. That certainly doesn’t sound all that interesting to Android enthusiasts, but trust me, we always make it a good time in our chat (which is embedded below). Unintentionally hilarious things will be said (and mocked). There will be misleading slides galore. Invention will arrive. Reinvention too. Magical-ness. Yes.

The event kicks off at 10AM Pacific (1PM Eastern). Apple will stream the happenings live at their site, which you need Safari or an Apple device to watch.

Join us!

Apple iPad Event Live Blog! is a post from: Droid Life

Comparison: Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 (and Plus), Moto X, Galaxy Note 4, and More

Posted by Kellex October - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Yesterday, during the madness that was Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Lollipop day, we put together a quick comparison of the new Google phone to its predecessors. The point was to show how far we have come over the years, both in terms of specs, price, and size. But what about the rest of the smartphone world? How does the Nexus 6 stack up to the new iPhones (6 and 6 Plus), Galaxy Note 4, Moto X, LG G3, Galaxy S5, and HTC One (M8)? Well, we have that info for you below in one of our classic charts. 

On paper, the Nexus 6 is truly a beast. It tops the charts in almost every category, thanks to its next-gen specs like the Quad HD display being used, Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB RAM, camera with OIS, big ol’ 3,220mAh battery, and use of premium materials in the build. Again, that’s just on paper – we will have to wait until we get the phone in hand to decide if it is a better overall device that you should consider.

As you run through each column, comparing the Nexus 6 to the others, be sure to focus on the dimensions and weight categories, another area that this phone (maybe unfortunately) tops the charts in.

nexus 6 vs competition

Here is the full list of official Nexus 6 specs.

Comparison: Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 (and Plus), Moto X, Galaxy Note 4, and More is a post from: Droid Life

Apple iPad Air 2 looks certain to have 2GB of RAM and an A8X processor

Posted by Tom October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Ahead of the Twitter-flooding Apple press conference, it seems pretty certain that the new iPad Air 2 will have 2GB of RAM and an Apple A8X processor, thanks to this leaked photo.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both run on an A8 chip – the A8X is the modified – and likely more powerful – version for the tablet.

It’s expected it will again slim down the bulk of tablets and will also offer NFC connectivity.

Find out tomorrow – place your bets now.

Via tablet-news

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