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Nexus 10, iPad Killer?

November 12th, 2012

Nexus 10

A lot says that the Nexus 10 tablet by Google and Samsung be the fastest and strongest tablet today. Agree? It has the world’s highest resolution tablet display, 2560-by-1600 @ 300ppi compare to the 2048-by-1536 @ 264ppi new released iPad with retina display. Featuring multi-user support, immersive HD content and the best Google app. Measuring the thinnest of 8.9 mm and weighing just 603 grams, this tablet is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5 chipset with a two Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.7GHz, a quad-core Mali T-604 GPU and 2GB of RAM and running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The Nexus 10 will be available on the Google Play store in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan starting November 13. Currently only Wifi-based Nexus 10 announced, not sure they will be announcing the 3G version in the future. The 16GB and 32GB will be priced $399 and $499 respectively. So what do you think of the Nexus 10? Better? or iPad?

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Android 4.1.2 goes live, gives Nexus 7 owners landscape home screen

October 15th, 2012

Android 4.1.2 goes live, gives Nexus 7 owners landscape home screen

We’ve been seeing a mysterious Android 4.1.2 update mentioned in conjunction with a few unreleased devices in the past few hours, so it’s only fitting that we’re seeing the official release today. Google’s Android Open Source Project lead Jean-Baptiste Queru has posted word that the 4.1.2 release should be available on Tuesday for at least those relying on pure AOSP builds of the mobile OS. While we haven’t seen the update reach our own devices yet, some Nexus 7 owners already report getting 4.1.2 on their tablets with a pleasant surprise in store: in addition to the expected bug fixes and performance boosts, the software lets the home screen rotate to landscape mode on the smaller Jelly Bean slate. We’re keeping an eye out for when other hardware gets the patch, although it’s expected that the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Xoom will follow quickly enough.

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Samsung rolling Jelly Bean out across most of its smartphone, tablet lineup ‘soon’

September 25th, 2012

Samsung rolling Jelly Bean out across most of its smartphone, tablet lineup 'soon'

Now that Samsung has commenced beaming Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OTA toward deserving Galaxy S III customers, it’s announced a raft of other devices set to receive the buttery OS in the near future. On the list are the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Music, Galaxy Chat, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Ace Plus, Galaxy mini II and Galaxy S Duos. That should bring a bit of extra speed and smoothness to those devices, along with Google Now for search and Samsung’s own flourishes from the latest TouchWiz UX. As for the rest of us, there’s more than one way to skin a Smartphone — or avoid skinning one, as the case may be.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD torn down, proves an easy fix

September 19th, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire HD torn down, proves an easy fix

Interested in what makes your new Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tick? The crew at iFixit certainly is. As is the repair shop’s custom, it just tore down Amazon’s new reader tablet to gauge its repairability as well as look for any surprises. In the case of the revamped Kindle Fire, the fixable design is the main surprise — despite being skinnier than its ancestor, the tablet is easy to open and its components (usually) easy to replace. We’re not as shocked by the choice of hardware makers, which include an LG Display LCD, the expected 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor and Samsung flash memory. Head on over to the source if you’d like to see the nitty gritty of Amazon’s Android slab and possibly save the trouble of a replacement unit down the road.

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD arriving in the UK October 25th, starting at £129

September 10th, 2012

Amazon's Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD arriving in the UK October 25th, starting at £129

In case you haven’t heard, Amazon happily took the wraps off of its new Kindle Fire lineup during last week’s event in Santa Monica, California. And, for those living in the UK, you, too, can have the online retail giant take your money for one of these slates pretty soon — well, at least for a couple of the fresh models. As far as pricing goes, the entry-level Kindle Fire will cost a mere £129 (around $205), while the 7-inch Fire HD takes on the slightly heftier price of £159 and £199 for the 16 and 32GB, respectively. Obviously, this leaves out that 8.9-incher Fire HD, though it looks like Amazon’s only bringing the smaller Fires to the United Kingdom, as there’s no mention of the company’s larger tablet anywhere on the site. Still, folks looking to pre-order can do so now at the source link below, but better hurry, since Amazon does note they’re all being fulfilled on a “first come, first served” basis.

SOURCE via Amazon UK

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Amazon unveils new Kindle Fire with doubled RAM, 44 percent better performance and $159 price

September 10th, 2012

Amazon unveils new Kindle Fire with doubled RAM, 44 percent better performance and $159 price

Amazon has officially unveiled the 2012 vintage of the Kindle Fire, which is reportedly 44 percent more powerful than its predecessor. The service-orientated slate (as opposed to a gadget, which CEO Jeff Bezos claims nobody wants) comes with a bigger battery, a new processor and 1GB RAM — double that of the 2011 model. The only other change comes in the form of a front-facing camera, unlike its closest rival.

Internally, the device is called the Kindle SD as it now plays second-fiddle to a pair of Kindle Fire HD devices with 1,920 x 1,200 displays, but will be called the “new” Kindle Fire in public. Amazon has also slashed the price of the hardware, which at $159 is $40 cheaper than Google’s Nexus 7 — as well as competing with e-book tablet adversaries Kobo Arc and the forthcoming Nook Tablet replacement with an “incredible” 243ppi display, unless Barnes & Noble are also producing SD and HD hardware. It’ll begin shipping on September 14th, with pre-orders expected to begin very soon.

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Amazon announces 7 and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDs, pricing starts at $199

September 10th, 2012

Amazon announces 7 and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDs, pricing starts at $199

Amazon has made the jump from small to big screens with its e-readers in the past, and its now done so again with its tablets. The company has just announced a new Kindle Fire HD with an 8.9-inch, 1920 x 1200 display (or 254 ppi). The device itself measures 8.8mm thick and weighs in at 20 ounces, and that high-res screen has a polarizing filter on it that promises to cut down on glare — the touch sensor is also laminated, which Amazon says offers better sharpness and contrast.

As for internals, the Fire HD 8.9 (as Amazon has distinguished it) has a TI OMAP 4470 processor, dual speakers, a front-facing HD camera, and HDMI out. As the company is happy to point out, it’s also the first tablet with dual-band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) MIMO technology, which Amazon says makes the device’s WiFi 41 percent faster than the latest iPad. Look for it to run you $299 for the 16GB version when it starts shipping on November 20th. Those looking for some added connectivity will also be able to opt for a Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE for $499 (also shipping November 20th). That buys you 32GB of storage instead of the standard 16GB (a 64GB option is also available), and you’ll get 250MB of data per month from AT&T if you shell out an extra $50 a year.

But that’s not all, Amazon has also announced a smaller, 7-inch Kindle Fire HD that will run you just $199 (also for 16GB). It boasts most of the same specs as its larger counterpart, the big exception being the screen resolution — you’ll get 1280 x 800 here, which puts it on par with the Nexus 7. According to Amazon, you can expect 11 hours of battery life from the 7-inch model, but it’s curiously not offering battery details on the Fire HD 8.9. Pre-orders for all three options start today.

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Every new Kindle Fire model is ad-subsidized with lock screen ‘Special Offers’

September 10th, 2012

Every new Kindle Fire model is ad-subsidized with lock screen 'Special Offers'

Amazon’s roster of fresh Kindle Fire slates won’t just be delivering content for your entertainment, they’ll also be serving up ads. That’s right, each of the new tablets will greet users with “Special Offers” on their lock screens like some of the firm’s other e-readers, which matches previous rumors nicely. While the low-end Kindle and Paperwhite devices come in both subsidized and ad-free flavors, its tablet brethren aren’t getting the same treatment. Also, there’s no word if you’ll be able to avoid gracing the advertisements with your eyeballs in exchange for some additional cash once you have the hardware in hand. Alongside messages from other companies, the folks in Seattle promise to offer a $5 credit for both the Amazon MP3 and Instant Video Stores.

SOURCE via Corporate-IR

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Sony Xperia Tablet S gets the full teardown, shows its NVIDIA heart

September 10th, 2012

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets the full teardown, shows its NVIDIA heart

So, you probably didn’t even get the cellophane off your Xperia Tablet S yet (for those in the UK at least), but Sony has already beaten the likes of iFixit to the strip-down post. It’s one of the firm’s own engineers, Takuya Inaba, who takes a knife to the minty-fresh tablet — revealing its NVIDIA innards for all to see. Of course, we could tell you all about how he opened up the tablet, removing 10 screws, and breaking the splash-proof internal seal, but we gather you’d probably rather see the deed for yourselves. Full gory video after the break, but just remember, don’t try this at home or you might as well tear up that warranty, too.

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CyanogenMod tops up CM10 Jelly Bean jar with SMS pop-up, quick reply features

September 5th, 2012

CyanogenMod tops up CM10 Jelly Bean jar with SMS pop-up, quick reply features

On top of bringing Android flavors to devices that would otherwise never get them, CyanogenMod has added SMS options to its latest CM10 Jelly Bean ROM — features the stock version lacks. First, the team introduced QuickMessage, which displays a pop-up when you get an IM, allowing you to view or reply to it on the spot. Then, after hearing feedback from users, a “quick reply” option was appended as well, letting you disable the pop-up and reply from the notification bar instead. We took a quick whirl with the latest nightly and saw that it works as advertised, giving you the speedy options while appearing as a regular setting in the stock messaging app. So, if you’re like most of us and drop everything when you get a text, check the source link for more details.

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