Recently, a forum member from XDA posted the purported press images of Sony’s newest Xperia Tablet. We were pleasantly surprised to see that Sony decided to abandon the wedge-like design seen in the Xperia S. Of course, that is if these images are actual proof. These images do show that Sony opted for a newer, thinner, and sleeker design for their latest tablet that we find makes the device rather fresh and unique look.
After being subjected to many hardware changes, the long-awaited Galaxy Note 10.1 is ready to be deployed. At a press conference Samsung announced the global availability of its flagship Android tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1. According to the announcement, the release is to start immediately. United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Korea are to receive the Galaxy Note now and soon to be followed by rest of the world “in August”. The first batch of the device will be Wi-Fi and 3G/HSPA+- enabled only but LTE version will come sometime later this year. (more…)
The Transformer Pad Infinity, the new flagship tablet from ASUS is a great successor to the Transformer Prime. Although it is a remarkable device, it isn’t without issues. A small group of users were complaining of minor issues with performance and SD card incompatibilities.
The Taiwanese company is looking to rectify the situation by releasing a new over the air (OTA) update. As mentioned, the update is intended to address any SD card issues and give it a general boost in performance. The update will be available for both U.S. and international tablets but has yet to appear on ASUS’ site. Users who have already received the update are also claiming of better touch screen responsiveness.
In order to check whether the update is available for your tablet:
Go to Settings
then about tablet
from there Software Updates
Now hit the Check For Update button
The version number will be updated to 22.214.171.124 and if you have yet to receive it, we encourage you to either keep checking back or wait until your device prompts you for the update. Rest assure though that the update will definitely reach you within the next few days.
Last we publically saw of the Samsung’s GALAXY Note 10.1, it was during the Mobile World Congress event held in Barcelona, at the start of 2012. And unfortunately we left largely unimpressed by the specs the device housed. So suffice to say we were glad that Samsung decided to delay the device from the original spring/summer release date to ramp up its internals. (more…)
Qualcomm is joining the quad core party a bit late then most of the competition but boy oh boy they are bringing their A game. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 pro is one hell of a beast, both in specs and in price. Originally it’s being hailed as a mobile development platform but we all know that we have a bit of a “developer” in all of us. (more…)
The above benchmark image displays the scores of a tablet that isn’t known to exist. The supposed tablet is manufactured by HTC and called the Vertex, although this could be an internal code name and not the name of the device that will hit the market. Powered by a Tegra 3 processor, the “Vertex” would then pack the same punch as the popular HTC One X smartphone (international version). It’s been a while since HTC has had a proper tablet on the market and their only two attempts to grab a piece of the lucrative market, the HTC Flyer and the HTC Jetstream, were met with a resounding lack of success for a variety of reasons. (more…)
Its been a long time coming but it’s finally here. Google’s own tablet, the Nexus 7. If you weren’t glued to the Google I/O YouTube stream like we were then you probably missed the announcement for the device along with the announcement of Android 4.1 Jellybean. So for those who have been reading our posts about the rumored 7″ slate from Google, here is what it’s all about. (more…)
Today the folks over at Phone Arena received an alleged press images of the rumored Asus-Google Nexus tablet. As we discussed many times, the device will be a 7in tablet and, judging from the images, will sport a two tone black and grey backing. It was also rumored that Samsung would be the one making the Google Nexus tablet but if these images are real, then we can throw that rumor out. (more…)
Remember the $199 budget friendly, quad-core Tegra 3 tablet-packing (ASUS Memo anyone?) that NVIDIA announced would arrive this upcoming summer? Me neither. While the Transformer line of Tegra 3 tablets (Prime and TF300) have been grabbing the media spotlight, it’s easy to forget that a number of new NVIDIA quad-core powered chips will be hitting store shelves soon. Today, NVIDIA’s CEO, Jen-Hsung Huang, revealed details of the first cheap, but powerful tablet that will be making its way to consumers this summer.
As much as I would love to root for Acer’s success in the Android space, it’s yet to hit its own strides when compared to manufactures like Samsung or ASUS. Recently releasing their second line of Iconia tablets to the masses this past April, the Taiwanese company has now been forced to delay shipments for both the Iconia A510 and A511.1. (more…)
According to BGR, Microsoft is working a version of their Office suite for Android tablets as well as iOS. It is set to be released in November and should include all the popular programs like Word and PowerPoint. There even has been a photo leaked of the upcoming software running on the iPad but was quickly dismissed by Microsoft. If true, however, we presume that the Android version should look very similar, if not identical. (more…)
When the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was announced, a part of me thought that this could be the perfect device for me. Being a student, the inclusion of the S-Pen would allow me to jot down notes a lot more effectively than with a typical stylus. After I realized it would be running TouchWiz, all desire for the device quickly faded away. One thing that did boggle my mind was that this S-Pen peripheral didn’t actually have its own slot on the device. We’re use to seeing these Windows 7 tablets (which are usually 3x as thick as a standard Android tablet) with dedicated slots for the pen. If Samsung wants to play in that market, then I think this was a much needed feature. Well, Samsung heard our cries and has redesigned the Galaxy Note 10.1 to accomodate the S-Pen. (more…)
Those with the new Transformer Pad T300 looking for some custom ROM action, we’ve got some good news for you. The big Taiwanese company has made available its boot loader unlocking tool. Why is this important? Well, an unlocked boot loader is usually needed as a prerequisite to flashing ROMs. Just like the previous unlocking tool for the Transformer Prime, it comes in the form of an APK that you download directly to your device.
A minor update for the ASUS Transformer Pad T300 has been slowly being pushed out to devices since Friday morning. As of today, the update is in full force and is now hitting all Pads; it will being updating the software version to 126.96.36.199. The Wi-Fi and Camera software will also be receiving a minor boost in performance. The ASUS Pad will still remain on Android 4.0.3 and so we can call this update more of a patch than anything else. ASUS stated that the update will not be available via their online firmware page just yet. You’ll have to manually check for the update from your device’s setting menu. If you’ve received the update, did you notice any other significant fixes or performance boosts? Let us know in the comments below.
via Android Central
The poor folks in Canada seem to have been neglected by Motorola. While everyone in the US has been enjoying Android 4.0.4 for a while now, the Canadians are just now getting the Android 4.0.3 OTA. (more…)
Quick! Popular daily deal site, Daily Steals, has two models of the first Android tablet, Motorola Xoom, up for grabs for a handsome price. For those looking to purchase an Android tablet without a data contract, the site has marked down the 3G version for a measly $269.99. That’s a saving of 61% ($430 USD) off the retail price ($699). Traveling abroad? This version is GSM unlocked so sticking a native country’s sim card should work.
Oh Ice Cream Sandwich, as much as stunning you may look or how much features you bring, you just don’t perform well on my ASUS Transformer. Ice Cream Sandwich was supposed to end the beta OS that was Honeycomb. This was not to be so. Random reboots, sleep of death and just plain ol’ sluggish performance crippled a number of users’ tablets including sincerely yours. As we previously posted, ASUS at least attempted to address the issue with the April 188.8.131.52. Unfortunately users found themselves with the same odd reboots and a select few users have reported excessive freezing. Today, ASUS hopes to solve the myriad of problems with a new firmware. Will it finally bring some stability to this rocky relationship?
Remember that post where we reported Sony’s wedge shaped tablet was finally getting the some Ice Cream Sandwich? Well if you’re a Canadian owner you may have woken up to the sweet smell of the Android 4.0 update.While it has been a long time coming, the oddly shaped slate will finally join the ranks of ASUS, Acer, and Samsung.
Just when you thought the dust was finally settling in the patent war between super giants Samsung and Apple, the Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit has decided to resurrect one of Cupertinos claims against the South Korean manufacturer Samsung. While we’re still a few days away from the May 21st Apple and Samsung settlement, it remains to be seen how this will affect talks between the two super giants. (more…)
The rumor mill sure has been spinning regarding Google’s Nexus tablet. We reported a while back that July is supposedly the release date for this mythical tablet. There have been reports that the 7-inch ASUS Memo tablet was going to be the new Google Nexus tablet. But alas, new rumors have surfaced that ASUS will not be the manufacturer or choice. Instead, we hear that Samsung has been picked to lead the Android tablet revolution. (more…)
We reported earlier that the ASUS PadFone is now available in Taiwan and in other countries but we haven’t really heard ASUS make too much noise about the release. It seems like today the Taiwanese manufacuturer has taken one step towards shedding some light on the unique tablet/phone duo. (more…)
Despite the delayed global-release of the highly anticipated hybrid phone-tablet-netbook device, ASUS has actually made a number of Padfones available since the original April 20 release date. It is currently available in their home country, Taiwan, as well as Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany. So even though the Padfone was delayed due to thelack of Snapdragon S4 processors it seems as if some countries were lucky enough to get it. (more…)
Remember the slew of Toshiba slates we announced back in April? Well the first of its series is now available for purchase. The new line of tablets, dubbed “Excite” is Toshiba’s second push in making a dent in the Android tablet scene. Taking a page from fellow PC manufacturer Samsung, the Japanese based company is releasing various screen sized tablets from 7.7 inches to the startling 13.3 inches. However if you’re looking for a more reasonable sized screen, starting this week, you can finally grab the industry standard of 10.1 inch (well in terms of Android) with the Toshiba Excite 10.
This might be a bit ‘far-reaching’, but according to patents acquired by Forbes, the South Korean manufacturer may trace the steps of Sony and Nintendo and introduce a uniquely designed tablet. Featuring a clam shell like design, the tablet will sport a dual 7 inch dual screens, a la Nintendo DS. While Nintendo’s portable gaming console was a hit, Sony’s own similar hardware designed slate, Tablet P, was hit with harsh criticisms. Samsung may have proved successful with their multi sized (10.1, 8.9, 7.7, 7.0 5.0) Galaxy Tab series, but it’s a wonder how consumers will react to this design, even coming from a popular manufacturer.