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Deal: get a refurb Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 for $240 on Woot (US only)

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Remember the TabPRO series that Samsung announced at CES in January?  The AMOLED Tab S stole the spotlight as Samsung’s flagship tablet, but the TabPRO series remains a great choice, especially if you can get it for a great price.

Woot is offering a good deal on the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 today: for $239.99, you can get a factory refurbished TabPRO 8.4 WiFi with 16GB of storage and a three-month warranty from Samsung.

The deal is valid for today only (17 hours left at the time of this writing) or until supplies last. Even if it’s a refurbished unit, we think this is a great deal for what the TabPRO 8.4 offers, including a Quad HD LCD display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, expandable storage, and a 4,800 mAh battery.

Get the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 16GB WiFi (refurbished) on Woot

Our Josh reviewed the TabPRO 8.4 back in March and he loved its stunning display, lightweight build, and snappy performance. Here are his video impressions:

Let us know if you went for the deal!

HTC Nexus 9 likely coming during Q3 2014 with a Tegra K1 processor

Posted by wicked September - 13 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Rumors of the upcoming HTC Nexus 9 tablet have been spreading like a harsh virus, but today we are getting what could be the most legit details about the mythical tablet. A legal document coming from NVIDIA has confirmed that the HTC Nexus 9 (as they called it) is to be released during the third quarter of 2014. Of course, it’s also mentioned it will carry a powerful NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

This legal document is related to a case in which NVIDIA claims Qualcomm and Samsung are infringing on their GPU patents. Such a document would normally go unnoticed, but you can be sure an Android fan or two will notice NVIDIA talking about the HTC Nexus 9.

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The document reads:

“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”

But of course, it didn’t take long for one of the affected companies to notice. The document has now been edited and has no mention of the HTC Nexus 9. Thankfully, tech journalist Chris Chavez captured a screenshot of the PDF file before the evidence disappeared.

Chris is a close friend of mine and has told me that he read the PDF document and took the screenshot below, himself.


With that said, we can assume this was a quick slip. It happens to be a legal document, so we doubt it would be incorrect information. With that said, Q3 2014 is nearing its end. We may very well hear more about it soon!

Just keep in mind, the evidence is now gone, officially turning this into a rumor. Take it with a grain of salt and don’t hold your breath on this information just yet.

Via: Phandroid, Bright Side of News;
Source: NVIDIA;

Dell’s new tablet is world’s thinnest, but that’s not its coolest feature

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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At the Intel Developer Forum yesterday, Intel and Dell announced an intriguing new tablet that combines a super slim design, powerful specs, and a 3D camera capable of some cool tricks.

As you might’ve guessed already, the Dell Venue 8 7000 packs some key Intel components, including a new Moorefield processor and a RealSense camera that is able to measure the depth of a scene and use the information for various applications.

To give you the basics first, the Venue 8 7000 features a beautiful Quad HD (2560 x 1600) AMOLED display of 8.4-inch, a quad-core Moorefield chip that’s presumably clocked between 1.6 and 2 GHz, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

Dell CEO Michael Dell claimed that the Venue 8 7000 is the thinnest tablet in the world, and at just 6 millimeters (less than a quarter of an inch), only Sony’s new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact comes even close.

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Besides its amazing thinness, what’s striking about the design of the Venue 8 7000 is the asymmetrical build – there’s a wide black band on one side of the device, that houses the cameras and a large speaker. The feature could be nice for holding the tablet without hiding the screen, but you will probably need a while to adjust to this unusual design.

What’s truly interesting about Dell’s new tablet is the RealSense camera, which takes the form of a stripe on the back of the device. Here’s how Intel describes the technology:

Redefining how you control your devices, the Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera enables new ways to interact in gaming, entertainment, and content creation. Featuring full 1080p color and a best-in-class depth sensor, the camera gives PCs and tablets 3D vision for new, immersive experiences. Interact more intuitively with facial recognition, emotion tracking, 3D scanning, and background extraction, or use 10-finger gesture recognition for agile device control.

Essentially, RealSense is a 3D mapping technology in the vein of Microsoft Kinect and Google’s Project Tango. Intel said the tech will come to multiple Ultrabooks, PCs, and tablets this year, and the Venue 8 7000 is one of the first.

Here are Michael Dell and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on stage at the IDF keynote yesterday demonstrating how the tech works:

For now, not all details are available on this interesting new tablet from Dell. We figure that the RealSense integration can’t come cheap, but Dell hasn’t yet revealed any pricing information. What we do know is that you may be able to put the Dell Venue 8 7000 under the Christmas tree this year, as the device is set to become available in November.

Via: Laptop Magazine;

Best of IFA 2014 Awards!

Posted by wicked September - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

After a slow summer, things in the Android world picked up at a whirlwind pace over the past week, right before and during IFA 2014. As we reflect on some of the fantastic devices we got our first look at, consumers certainly have a lot to be excited about. From highly-anticipated flagships from Samsung, Sony, and Motorola, another great “premium mid-range” smartphone from HTC, to a slew of smartwatches that really got our mouths watering, and a lot more, IFA 2014 had it all.

If you’ve followed our coverage of CES 2014 and MWC 2014, you’ll know that we here at Android Authority recognize and acknowledge the best of the best at these tech shows. That continues here as well, with the Android Authority Best of IFA 2014 Awards! Let’s get started!

Best Flagship – Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung does what it does best, taking everything we loved about the Galaxy Note 3, and kicking things up a notch. It may not be the most innovative strategy, but that’s what the Note Edge is for. What you do get with the Galaxy Note 4 is one of the few devices to boast a Quad HD display, and one of the first to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processing package.


Apart from the fact that Samsung packs all kinds of hardware and software features imaginable into their device, the marquee feature of the Note series, the S Pen, has also been enhanced to offer the best stylus experience, bar none. Very deservedly so, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is Android Authority’s choice for best flagship release at IFA 2014!



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Best Small Factor Flagship – Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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At a time when a small form factor was also indicative of mid-range specifications, Sony decided to shake things up with the Xperia Z1 Compact, a smartphone with a small 4.3-inch display, but featuring other specifications identical to its high-end namesake. That continues with Sony’s latest mini offering, the Xperia Z3 Compact.


The Xperia Z3 Compact is identical to its bigger sibling in almost every way, save for a 4.6-inch display, with a 720p resolution. Pretty much the only option you have if you’re looking for a high-end device in this size range is the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, which is why it receives our award for the Best small factor flagship smartphone!



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Best Flagship – Lenovo Vibe X2

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There are a couple of factors that make the Lenovo Vibe X2 quite unique. For starters, it features a “multi-layered” design, resulting in a multi-tone look that is really good. Secondly, it is the first device to use the new octa-core MediaTEK MT6595 4G LTE processor. It comes with other high-end specifications as well, including a Full HD 5-inch display. A 13 MP rear camera is coupled with a 5 MP front-facing unit, that allows you to take selfies using gestures, or by blinking at the camera.


If the regular multi-tone look doesn’t do it for you, a special bamboo edition of the device will also be available. You get great hardware and a beautiful design, at what should be an affordable price tag, and that is why, the Lenovo Vibe X2 is the winner of the Best flagship smartphone! 



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best Flagship – Huawei Ascend Mate 7

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Huawei’s latest flagship offering boasts an attractive metal construction design, with clean lines and a sleek profile. The angular design makes it very easy to grip, despite its large size. Speaking of its large size, you get a 6-inch Full HD display here, along with high-end specifications, including Huawei’s in-house octa-core Kirin 925 processing package.


One of the marquee features of this phone is its fingerprint scanner, placed on the back below the camera unit, allowing for a quick and simple way to get into the device. Also great is its huge 4,100 mAh battery, that should easily give you full day of use, if not more. This device gives you a really good and affordable option in the phablet category, and that is why the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is one of our choices for the Best Flagship at IFA 2014!



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Best Mid-range smartphone – HTC Desire 820


The HTC Desire 820 is another wonderful addition to the ever-growing Desire series, and falls in a category that HTC calls “premium mid-range.” HTC’s signature BoomSounds speakers are available here, and the colourful elements of the design, along the focus on the selfie, means that the Desire 820 will appeal to an younger audience. The inclusion of a 64-bit processor is great, the full benefits of which we’ll get to see with the upcoming release of Android L. Its predecessor, the Desire 816 was the winner in this category at MWC 2014, and HTC has another winner on their hands with the current iteration. Which is why, we are extremely pleased to recognize the HTC Desire 820 as the Best Mid-range Smarphone at IFA 2014!



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Best Tablet – Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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Sony took the wraps off of its latest tablet offering earlier this week, called the Xperia Z3 Tablet CompactIt’s all in the name for this latest tablet offering, with the device bringing the best features of the Xperia Z3 to an 8-inch tablet form factor, different from the 10-inch display size that previous high-end Sony tablets have come with. 


This tablet packs high-end specifications is a light and compact body with the attractive signature Sony design elements bringing it all together. It is one of the best tablets in the size range, and that is why, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is our recipient for the Best Tablet award at IFA 2014! 



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Best Premium Smartwatch – LG G Watch R

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While the LG G Watch served as a reference point for Android Wear, the follow up is anything but. The LG G Watch R stands out with its unique design, being one of the first smartwatches, along with the Moto 360, to boast a circular design. LG has made a conscious effort to make its latest offering as “watch-like” as possible, complete with a chronograph.


You get premium build materials all around, with a durable stainless steel frame, and a leather strap, that can also be replaced to your preference. This quality and style comes at a price though, and that is why the LG G Watch R is our winner of the Best Premium Smartwatch at IFA 2014!



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Best Affordable Smartwatch – Asus ZenWatch


The Asus ZenWatch is without a doubt one of the most attractive Android Wear devices to date, even if it sticks to a “regular” rectangular design. The watch is made primarily from stainless steel, and boasts a slightly curved AMOLED display. Staying with its premium nature, you also get a genuine leather strap. There’s even some pretty cool special features here like the ability to trigger a camera shot from your watch, and a built-in heart rate monitor. The best part? You get all of that at a very attractive price point, and that is why, the Asus ZenWatch is our choice for the Best Affordable Smartwatch award!



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Special Mention – The New Moto X


The new Moto X was launched at an event in Chicago, and not at IFA 2014, but because of the timing, and the fact that it’s really good, we felt that it deserved a special mention at the very least. Motorola took everything we loved about the original Moto X to a whole other level. Almost every aspect of the device has seen a bump, from the larger, higher-resolution display, upgraded processing package, front-facing speakers, and some new software features, all packed in a premium metal construction design. Add to it a near stock software experience and the promise of timely software updates, the new Moto X is certainly a great device to have. Which is why, the new Moto X is also a special mention for Android Authority’s Best Flagship Award!



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Wrap Up

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We work hard in our quest to deliver to you the very best in all things Android and mobile technology. Do let us know what you think of our awards, our choices, and how we’re doing! Comprehensive reviews of all the devices above, and a lot more, are on their way soon, so stay tuned with Android Authority because we are your source for all things Android! 

Smaller Tablets Have a Clear Size Advantage

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

When it comes to portability, tablets are the best thing to happen to the technology market yet. With their relatively small size and ever-growing range of apps, tablets have a clear advantage for people on the go. Whether for business or pleasure, tablets can improve your multitasking capabilities and streamline your life, all while giving… View Article

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Lenovo Unveils the Tab S8, an Intel-Powered $199 Mid-range Tablet

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

While Sony and Samsung managed to dominate this morning’s headlines, that doesn’t mean other electronics behemoths have come to IFA without new gadgets to show. For its part, Lenovo unveiled the Tab S8, an Intel-powered tablet that runs Android.

The S8 is, in a phrase, respectable for a $199 device. Kept chugging by an Intel Atom Z3745 processor in lieu of the usual ARM silicon, a first for Lenovo, the tablet sports an 8-inch (1920×1200) display and 2GB of RAM. A 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera should satisfy selfie addicts, while silly people who snap photos with tablets will appreciate the f2.2 8-megapixel rear shooter.

Storage is a non-expandable 16GB, and the tablet measures a thin 0.31 inches and weighs 0.65 pounds. Battery capacity is an impressive 4390mAh, which Lenovo said should translate to 7 hours with Wi-Fi and cellular usage.

The S8 will initially launch in black, white, blue, and yellow. A variant with cellular connectivity is expected to debut globally, but Lenovo made no mention of partnerships with US carriers.

Bet on seeing the WiFi model at your local electronics retailer sometime soon.

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Via: Lenovo

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: Snapdragon 801, all-day battery life

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

On the heels of its smartphone counterparts comes the Xperia Z3 tablet, an Android offering bringing with it all the trimmings and Sony‘s promise that it’s the “world’s slimmest and lightest compact tablet”. As with the Z3 smartphones, the tablet counterpart comes with PlayStation 4 Remote Play, the same waterproof/dustproof construction, and a just-the-right-size 8-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS display with Live Color LED tech.

Under the hood lies a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad-core processor alongside Adreno 330, 3GB of RAM, and up to 16GB of storage, depending on model. As with the smartphones, there’s a microSD expansion slot that supports SDXC cards up to 128GB. This is joined by a nano SIM and 8.1-megapixel camera with 1080p and 8x digital zoom.

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Both the SGP621 and SGP641 models will be available in white and black, bringing with them a 4500mAh battery that promises up to 1100 hours of standby time (GSM and LTE). Video playback time is rated at up to 15 hours, and music listening time is up to 170 hours.

The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact brings with it PlayStation 4 Remote Play, a thickness of 6.4mm, stainless steel corners, tempered glass on the front, DSEE HX technology to upscale MP3 and AAC audio and music through Music Unlimited, and Xperia Transfer for migrating data from an old device to the tablet.

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HTC’s Nexus tablet said to get official keyboard case

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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HTC’s rumored Nexus tablet has gotten all kinds of leaks and rumors. We know the general specs, but today’s new leak brings forth an accessory (among multiple) we had never heard of before. It seems Google and HTC are putting together a keyboard case to make the HTC Volantis/Flounder a much more productive gadget.

A couple images of the product have emerged, showing only the general outline of the keyboard folio. The source gave enough details to get a general idea behind this accessory, though. The foldable area will turn into a triangular shape, making it a stand for your tablet to lay on.


When the keyboard is not in use, the tablet is meant to lay on top of the keyboard area, making it look like a more traditional case/folio. The unit will reportedly run on Bluetooth 4.0 and a 450 mAh battery, also featuring an NFC chip for easy pairing.

The device’s measurements are 228 x 320 x 5 mm, with keys only raising 3 mm high. These numbers seem reasonable for a 9-inch tablet, which is the size we are expecting the HTC Nexus device to measure in at.


This is looking to be a great keyboard for those who want to take full advantage of the rumored tablet. The device will be very productive at 9-inches (3:4 ratio), and the accessory can work both as a regular cover and a keyboard dock. Not to mention the battery and other useful features.

If even half of these features are true, this case will make for a must-have accessory for any HTC Volantis user. I would certainly sign up for one, but we just have to wonder how the price tag will look. It definitely doesn’t look like a cheap product, guys.

Via: The Verge;

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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Aereo-like programming service coming for Android devices

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


Even though Aereo was killed off by the Supreme Court, a new Aereo-like company is moving forward with a cord-cutting TV service.

Tablet TV is a service that allows for customers to receive free over-the-air TV on their tablets, smartphones and computers. All the customer needs is an iPad/Android tablet and an antenna device costing less than $100. A customer does not need a Wi-Fi or cellular connection and there is no subscription fee.

At the moment, Tablet TV is being deployed in San Francisco although they expect to expand the service to other cities in the near future.

Of course, if this service becomes popular, there will likely be legal challenges.

If Tablet TV can prove that the technology is reliable, easy to use and cheaper than subscription TV, it could lead to “a little bit of a renaissance in over-the-air television,” said analyst Brett Sappington of the Dallas research firm Parks Associates. - SFGate

Tablet TV uses a device called a T-Pod, which is a palm-size digital TV antenna, tuner and digital recorder. The T-Pod will be rechargeable and have the ability to capture over-the-air digital TV signals and re-transmit them to tablets if within 100 feet of the tablet. The app includes a program guide and chat service, and users change channels with a simple swipe.

Source: FierceCable, SFGate;

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