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German Linshof Android Performance Tablet cuts corners and packs top specs

Posted by Tom November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

With its tapered corners, the Android Performance Tablet from Linshof stands out.

Its specs help it to make its mark too: it has a 10-inch AMOLED QXGA display at 2048 x 1536 pixels and runs on an octacore processor clocked at 2.1GHz.

It also has an impressive 80GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

There’s no skimping on the camera either – there’s a 13MP Sony wide lens camera on the back and an 8MP front-facer.

It’ll run Android 5.0 Lollipop out the box and runs on a 9000mAh battery that’ll offer nine hours of use.

It’ll be out next year at the reasonable debut price of $360.

 

Via tablet-news

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet LTE Lollipop upgrade lands on devices

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

NVIDIA is giving its SHIELD Tablet users a holiday gift. The promised Android 5.0 update, and all the other goodies that it will bring, is now available for the taking for the LTE models of the device, claimed to be the first LTE tablet in the US to get the update. Simply head to your device’s Settings app to get to the System Update option. Don’t be surprised if it isn’t available yet immediately, as it does take some time for updates to completely roll out to everyone.

A quick recap of what NVIDIA is bringing to the table in this update. Of course, there’s Android Lollipop, with its Material Design, ART runtime, hardened SELinux, improved battery performance, multi-user support, and a whole lot more. The update also brings in a new version of Dabbler, NVIDIA’s physics-powered painting app, now sporting a new interface as well as new features like support for layers. The SHIELD Hub will also be getting a refresh, but more than just a visual update, the new app will also add support for GRID, NVIDIA’s game streaming service, free to SHIELD Tablet and Portable owners until June 30, 2015.

On the one hand, this is the perfect gift to give tablet owners this holiday. On the other hand, the holiday rush is probably the worst time to get stuck with a half-updated or, worse, broken device. So be sure to make a backup of your device before you start the update process, as this is quite a big one.

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For those who don’t own one yet, now might be the opportune time to invest in this gaming tablet. On November 28, Black Friday, from 12:01 AM to 11:59 Pm PST, NVIDIA will be offering the 32 GB LTE model of the SHIELD Tablet at a discounted price of $399. That price already includes a SHIELD Controller, the “green box” games including Half-Life 2, Portal, and Half-Life 2: Episode One, and the GRID on-demand gaming subscription, a value of $488 in total.

SOURCE: @NVIDIA

Black Friday and Cyber Monday: here’s what’s going down

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be overflowing with sales, discounts, and promos that will try to relieve you of the holiday tension. But what to get and where to get it? If you haven’t made up your mind what to buy this holiday yet, here are some of the options available to you. Welcome to Android Community’s mini shopping guide.

NVIDIA SHIELD

The holidays are usually gaming season as well, so why not try to hit two birds with one stone? NVIDIA will be offering the 32 GB LTE version of its SHIELD Tablet, together with some goodies, at a discounted price. These include a free SHIELD Controller, a virtual box of Valve’s games, and free use of GRID on-demand gaming until June 30, 2015. All for only $399. This deal is good only for one day, on November 28 from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PST, so better get a move on if you want this gaming tablet to be yours.

HTC RE Camera

If you have more of a photographic bent, or at the very least a sports-action calling, then HTC’s odd camera might be for you instead. The periscope-like RE action camera, which might go nicely with your HTC smartphone, will be available for only $99 instead of the usual $199. The discount applies Black Friday to Cyber Monday but only while supplies last. And you know during these days, supplies never last.

The New Moto X

Motorola will be staying a bit clear of the weekend madness and will instead be doling out discounts on Cyber Monday. Starting 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. CST in the US on December 1, those interested to get their hands on the 2nd generation Moto X can register for the promo and receive a coupon. For that, they will be able to get the smartphone, the 16 GB model to be exact, for only $359 instead of the usual $499. Again, the offer stands only while supplies last.

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Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon is also getting into the spirit, knocking down the price of their Fire Phone to help keep your hands warm (get it?). For the first time ever, the retailer is offering the smartphone in an unlocked, contract-free version. And the price for it? Only $199. Quite a deal considering the full price of the device goes for $449. This one runs from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, but better keep on your toes lest inventories dry up quickly.

OnePlus One Accessories

Although half a world away, Chinese startup OnePlus is also game, but if you’re expecting the OnePlus One itself to be on sale, you’d be dead wrong. Instead, only the accessories are up for grabs with price cuts. But there’s an even bigger catch. The amount of savings the items will get depends on how much social media shares it gets. There’s still around 24 hours to push those meters to the full. OnePlus really knows how to exploit social media and word of mouth advertising to its advantage.

Carriers

Naturally, US carriers won’t be left behind in the holiday rush (and monies). To here are a few too follow if you’re interested in getting new devices from your favorite network:

T-Mobile will be offering some of Sammy’s latest. The Galaxy S5‘s full price will temporarily be $509.52, a $150 savings from the original $660. The Galaxy Note 3, yes the older one, goes for $416.88, $100 down from $517.

Verizon has a few schemes running this Black Friday, so best check their website for updates. For example, the Galaxy Note 4, yes finally the latest, will be only $199 with a contract, instead of $299. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, will be free, but only after rebates. The rather odd Sony Xperia Z3v, the variant exclusive to the carrier, will also be free after a $200 cut from the previous $199.

AT&T, sadly, only has smartwatches up for grabs for Black Friday, but that shouldn’t be a downer for those interested in wearables. the LG G Watch will get a $129 discount from $229 to just $99. Pebble, on the other hand, goes down by $50, from $150 to $99 also.

Apps

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Of course, apps and games will see some action this weekend as well, and you can expect app stores to offer bundles of joy for free or for discounted prices. Google Play Store will be offering a Black Friday special, so be sure to check that out when it lands. Verizon, through Amazon, is already flaunting some wares ahead of the holiday for its “Connection Day” promo.

Needless to say, like any other year, there will be a lot of stuff to go around for the holiday season. But with mobile devices and wearables steadily growing in both number and adoption, do expect more and more of these things to come our away this year and in the years ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving from your Android Community!

Development devices for Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 emerge

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Intrinsyc Technologies has just revealed a couple of developer devices, including a smartphone, a tablet, and a development board, all of which are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. This will let application developers as well as device makers test and play around with Qualcomm‘s multi-talented system-on-chip even before the first commercial devices hit the market, probably next year.

The Snapdragon 810 is notable in many regards. For one, it is one of the first mobile chips to employ a 20nm manufacturing process and all the energy savings that it brings, a feature that Samsung has been singing since it revealed the Exynos 7 Octa last month. The Snapdragon 810 is also the company’s first to combine two increasingly popular SoC features: a 64-bit architecture and an octa-core configuration. Unveiled way back in April, Qualcomm has been positioning this chip as the ultimate multimedia driver, partly because of its native support for Ultra HD or 4K video resolution, both in recording and in playback.

Intrinsyc’s Mobile Development Platforms or MDPs come in a smartphone form factor and a tablet one. The smartphone, or phablet rather, has a large 6.2-inch display but with an equally large 2560×1600 QHD resolution. Taking advantage of the 64-bit processor, it has 4 GB of LP-DDR4 RAM. It also has 32 GB of internal memory. The cameras aren’t exactly the highest, but the 13 megapixel rear shooter with OIS and dual LED flash and the front 4 megapixel camera would suffice for development needs.

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The tablet, on the other hand, is a 10.1-inch beast with a monster resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, meaning Ultra HD. The RAM is the same 4 GB LP-DDR4 but storage is doubled at 64 GB. In addition the same camera setup, this tablet adds dual 3D Infrared (IR) gesture cameras, similar to the Project Tango tablet and possibly similar in purpose as well.

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Both devices run on Android 5.0 Lollipop and has a bunch of Qualcomm’s performance monitoring apps.

As these two references devices are targeted at developers instead of end users, do not expect consumer-friendly prices and availability. The smartphone MDP, for example, goes for $799 while the tablet has a price tag of $999. Both are expected to ship by mid December.

SOURCE: Intrinsyc

Google’s Project Tango starts shipping to developers

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

If you’re a consumer, it may be hard to figure out what to do with Google’s Project Tango – which is really a high-powered tablet manufactured by LG with very special cameras and sensors that will be able to scan, map, and render real-world environments to 3D images. The tablet is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip and costs USD$1,024. But the device is specifically targeted for developers — to whom Google has started shipping the device — so you wouldn’t have to answer that question yet.

So what exactly do you get for your USD$1K? The Tango tablet itself has a 7-inch screen with a 1920×1200 resolution. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat (yep, no Lollipop yet), with a range of highly specialized cameras on the front and back. The end goal is to be able to map and render environments and objects in 3D.

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Aside from that, it includes a mini-dock for charging (and doubles as a stand for the tablet as well), and the pin for releasing the 4G nano SIM slot, confirming the fact that yes, the tablet will have LTE connectivity. The issue really is that Google wants this high-end piece of developer gadgetry in the hands of people who will be able to contribute and help design useful programs and apps for the device.

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The tablet is not out in the market, but LG has promised that it will make a consumer-targeted counterpart of the Tango in 2015. That is just a few months away, so we will await what LG has in store for us.

VIA: SlashGear

New Xiaomi tablet leaded: $100 price tag and LTE connectivity

Posted by Tom November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The follow-up to the popular Xiaomi Mi Pad has been spotted on TENNA.

The Chinese company’s next tablet will reportedly cost $100 and will come with LTE support for a fast on the go connection.

First reports suggest it’ll have a 9.2-inch 720p display, run on a Snapdragon 410 processor, and have 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage.

More news as it’s announced.

Via tablet-news

Qualcomm MDP/T adds tablet to Snapdragon 810 development device family

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Earlier today we learned that Qualcomm was making available a new smartphone for developers to use as a reference platform based on the forthcoming Snapdragon 810 processor. It turns out the smartphone is not the only form factor getting this treatment from Qualcomm. The company is also making available the MDP/T which is a 10.1-inch tablet powered by the Snapdragon 810.

Qualcomm not only put in their next top of the line processor in this new tablet, they loaded it up with some other nice hardware. The 10.1-inch display is a 4K display running at 3840 x 2160 resolution and supports 10-finger multi-touch. The tablet also has 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The rear camera is a 13 MP sensor with optical image stabilization and the front-facing camera is a 4 MP sensor. The tablet has front-facing speakers, ultrasound emitters for gesture support, and a 7560 mAh battery. According to Qualcomm, the device will come with the “latest available Android OS.”

Qualcomm is making the MDP/T available for $999.00 with shipping expected by mid-December. If you are willing to drop some serious money for a cutting edge tablet, hit the source link for more information on how to place your order.

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source: Intrinsyc

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Mophie introduces portable battery for smartphones, tablets

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

One major priority of all gadget owners these days is to extend the battery life of their devices as much as they can, particularly if they are frequently mobile. Mophie has been one of the brands that constantly bring out battery solution products to help us to avoid hugging walls with power sockets or constantly look for restaurants and coffee shops that have charging stations or power outlets. Their latest product line called Powerstation plus will enable your smartphone and tablet to have longer mobile life.

Powerstation plus brings a compact solutions to your battery problems, as well as integrated charging and compatibility to all devices in one battery extender housed in an aerospace aluminum casing and soft-housed casing. It claims that it has a big advantage over other external batteries and is even 2-4 times quicker than some wall chargers. And since it comes with both integrated lighting and micro USB cables and ports, then it can accommodate all kinds of mobile devices, including power hogging tablets.

All models come with 2.4amps of power but have different battery sizes that will determine the number of hours you need to charge a device. It has a 3000mAh model that can charge your device up to 2x, the 5000mAh gives up to 3x, the 7000mAh up to 4x and the 12,000mAh model can bring you up to 8x of charging. Another great thing with this charger is that while you’re charging your gadget when the powerstation plus is plugged in the wall (which is weird, but go with us here), it distributes power accordingly, with priority given to your device and the charging of the powerbank itself is only secondary.

The prices of the different powerstation plus models are: $79.95 for the 3000mAh; $99.95 for the 5000mAh, $119.95 for the 7000mAh and $149.95 for the biggest one, the 12,000mAh. All of the models come with a one year warranty and if you’re interested in purchasing any of them, you can visit the Mophie site and order through their online store.

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SOURCE: Mophie

Room for another OS? Top-spec Jolla tablet runs Sailfish 2.0

Posted by Tom November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

The Jolla Tablet has a top-notch spec sheet and comes at a nice price. It runs the open source Sailfish 2.0 OS, which may put off some buyers but will be the icing on the cake for adventurous tech users.

The tablet resembles the Apple iPad mini 3 and Nokia N1 with its 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 resolution display and quad-core Intel processor.

It also comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, all for $189.

The Sailfish OS is all about simplicity in its usage MO and as a bonus, it runs Android apps.

It’s available on Indiegogo.

Via pocket-lint

Verizon brings two new tablets: LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and 10.0 LTE

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

People are always looking towards to the holiday season not just to receive gifts from loved ones but to also buy new gadgets for themselves (or in younger people’s case, to ask their parents for new gadgets). Verizon has just announced two new products that will vie for your wallet’s attention: the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and its slightly bigger cousin, the LG G Pad 10.0 LTE.

If you prefer to have a bigger version of your smartphone where you can read books and magazines easily, can also be used on one hand and will fit easily into any bag you bring, then go for theLG G Pad 7.0 LTE. It has an HD IPS display, runs on a 1.2GHz quad core processor and has a main camera with 5-megapixels and a front-facing camera with 1.3 megapixels. The LG G Pad 10.0 LTE has basically the same features, but of course with a bigger 10.1 HD IPS display, making it a great companion for watching videos, playing games, or just writing down stuff you need to do.

Both tablets also come with LG apps and features that make it different from other tablets in the market. The Q Pair app receives notifications on your tablet from your paired LG G3 or actually, any other Android smartphone running on 4.1 or higher. Meanwhile, if you forgot your paired phone at home, your tablet can still receive and send text messages from that number through your tablet when you use Verizon Messages. Both tablets also have a smart keyboard that learns your keystrokes and patterns and can be adjusted to your specifications (height, key arrangement).

The LG G Pad 7.0 LTE is already available on the Verizon store for $249.99, which you can also get for just $49.99 when you activate a new line for two years. The LG G Pad 10.0 LTE meanwhile can be had for $299.99 but you can also get it for as low as $199.99 with a new two-year plan. Verizon has also announced November 26 as Connection Day, where you can get special offers from other partners like Amazon, Boingo Wireless, Conde Nast, JetBlue and Pandora.

SOURCE: Verizon