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ASUS to manufacture the second generation Nexus 10 slate?

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According to a report by our colleagues over at Geek.com, Google has chosen ASUS to manufacture the refreshed Nexus 10 slate instead of sticking with Samsung. The information comes from an unknown retailer listing which ties ASUS to the second-gen Nexus 10 slate.

The filling has placeholder dimensions, weight and release date for the tablet, making its authenticity quite questionable. However, it wouldn’t be such a stretch for ASUS to be responsible for the Nexus-line of tablets, considering it’s been producing the original Nexus 7 as well as the 2013 version of the 7″ tablet and both of those are shaping to be quite successful. Read more »

ASUS waves goodbye to the Windows RT platform due to poor sales

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Poor sales performance of the Windows RT platform, which Microsoft hoped would making a dent in the tablet market, has made ASUS announce it’s ceasing making slates running it.

The company is currently only offering the VivoTab RT tablet, powered by the Tegra 3 SoC. Read more »

Live images of Tegra 4-powered Nvidia Tegra Tab surface

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Rumors of Nvidia wanting to build its own tablet have been doing the rounds for a couple of months now, but they will probably gain even more traction now that we got leaked photos of an Tegra-4 powered Tegra Tab slate.

Manufactured by the Chinese company Shenzhen Homecare Technology, the Nvidia Tegra Tab is a 7″ slate powered by the company’s latest Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip that’s shuold offer blazing fast performance. Read more »

New Nexus 7 arriving in UK on August 28

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ASUS has announced that the European version of the second generation Nexus 7 tablet will go on sale in the UK on August 28. Although the tablet was announced couple of weeks ago and went on sale in the US last week, the European launch dates weren’t revealed until now.

In terms of pricing, the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model will cost £199.99 and the 32GB variant will be priced at £239.99 and will be available through multiple retailers along with the Play Store. Read more »

Office Max offers 20% discount on the Google Nexus 7 2

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Google officially announced its second-generation Nexus 7 last month and the slate is already on sale starting at $229. Now, the new Nexus 7 is available at a discounted price from Office Max for a limited period.

Office Max is currently offering a 20% discount on the 16 GB and the 32 GB variant of the new Nexus 7 tablet. The 16 GB variant now costs you $183.20 and the 32 GB version is up for grabs with a price tag of $216, which saves you $54 as compared to the official pricing. The offer requires the usage of a coupon code that is available in the source link below. Read more »

IDC: Apple tablet share in Q2 falls to 32% as Android sales explode

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Market analysts IDC has released its report on tablet shipment numbers for the second quarter of this year. Although Apple retains top tablet spot and shipped more tablets than Samsung, ASUS, Lenovo and Acer combined it controls only 32% market share of the entire quarter.

Compared to Q2 of 2012 when Apple saw 60.3% market share of tablet shipments it saw a 14.1% drop in shipments year over year. Samsung saw an increase of 277%, Lenovo had its sales explode by 313.9% and ASUS extended its shipments by 120.3% with Apple the only one seeing a negative trend. Read more »

11 new devices now have CyanogenMod support, get in line for Android 4.3

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The CyanogenMod team nonchalantly added a total of 11 new devices to the CyanogenMod 10.1 whitelist. The latest batch of devices to support the most popular custom ROM out there have also entered testing phase for the next version of CyanogenMod ROM, 10.2, which is based on Android 4.3.

As for the devices, the majority of them are Motorolas and include the Motorola Atrix HD (mb886), Motorola Photon Q GSM (xt897) and CDMA (xt897c), Motorola Droid Razr M (xt907), Motorola Razr HD GSM (xt925) and the Motorola Droid Razr HD CDMA (xt926). Read more »

Google Nexus 7 2 subjected to a drop test

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The guys from Android Authority have developed a habit of sending various shiny gadgets crashing against the pavement and seeing how much damage they sustain. The latest piece of tech to be subjected to their frightening tests is the just launched second-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet.

If you are into that stuff (and let’s face it – we all are, unless it’s happening to us), you can check out the video with the drops below. Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z gets Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, refreshed UI

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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z SGP321, which is the European LTE version, has started receiving its Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update from Sony. The update brings centered soft buttons, a notification area on top instead of at the bottom and with quick settings in it.

The status bar is semi-transparent in the lockscreen and there are a number of optimizations and improvements under the hood. Read more »

Microsoft drops Surface Pro price by $100

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After recently dropping the Surface RT prices by a cool $150, Microsoft has now announced that the Surface Pro will be receiving a $100 price drop, which means prices for the 64GB model now start at $799.

The offer is only for a limited time between August 4 and August 29 and is only available to customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the US. Read more »

Android 4.2.2 for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 now seeding

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Samsung is pushing hard with the Android updates this week. First we saw the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version rolling out for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, then it hit the Galaxy S II Plus, and now the Galaxy Note 8.0 is following suit.

The update is no surprise since we already knew Samsung has scheduled the update process of its slates to complete by the end of September. Read more »

Google launches Android Device Manager, lets you locate your misplaced droid

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Google is about to launch its own service that lets you locate your misplaced Android device or protect your data and privacy in case it gets stolen. The service is dubbed Android Device Manager and will let you ring your phone at maximum volume so you can locate it, even if silent mode has been enabled.

In case the smartphone/tablet is not in your immediate vicinity, you will be able to locate it on a map in real time. Read more »

Apple iPad Mini 2 back housing leaks, suggests no major design changes

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We saw the leaked back panel of the Apple iPad 4 a while ago and now, the aluminum body of the upcoming iPad Mini successor has been spotted. Unsurprisingly, the back housing of the iPad Mini 2 does not suggest any major changes in the design and it looks like Apple is going to stick with the proven formula for its second-gen compact tablet.

If the leaked images are to be trusted, it is fairly easy to assume that Apple will be focusing improvements on the internals of the tablet, its software and hopefully an improved screen. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 now getting Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is part of the long list of Samsung devices that were destined to get the Android 4.2 according to an earlier leak. The wait for the owners of the slate is now over as Samsung has just started seeding the Android 4.2.2 update for it.

Unfortunately, according to the previous info, this Android 4.2.2 update will be the last major one for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Other Galaxy Tab 2 tablets will be soon getting the same update and the process is scheduled to complete by the end of September. Read more »

Canalys: Small tablets help Android to tablet market dominance

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Following the research of Strategy Analytics from a couple of days ago now comes a report from Canalys who confirms Android’s lead in the tablet market.

Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo and Acer combined have sold nearly 12 million tablets. Add to that number the smaller companies and the white-box tablet manufacturers, and the overall Android tablets sold for the quarter reached 19.5 million units. Read more »