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Google Nexus 7 2 promo video out now

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The second-generation Google Nexus 7 is now official and the company has launched a promo trailer to go with it and try to convince you to buy one, if the specs of the device didn’t already do that job.

Entitled “Fear Less”, the new Nexus 7 promo video is not only inspirational, but also quite smart and nicely made, showing a young boy’s fight with anxiety of public speaking. Read more »

Android tablet sales reach 70 million

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At today’s “breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event, Google announced that its mobile operating platform – Android now powers 70 million tablets across the globe.

Google also claims that the market share of Android tablets is close to 50%, with “almost one in two tablets sold worldwide” in the first half of this year running on its mobile platform. Read more »

Compact tablets battle: Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7

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Google announced a second-generation Nexus 7, which retains the screen size, but increases the resolution tremendously to 1920 x 1200 pixels. This continues the affordable slate’s role as yardstick for other portable Android tablets to be measured against. But how does it stack up against Apple’s portable tablet warrior – the iPad mini? Should you rush to the Google Play Store to get one to replace your first-gen Nexus 7?

We’ve prepared a quick comparison table that’ll bring you another step closer to making the decision. Read more »

Next generation Nexus 7 goes up for pre-order on Best Buy

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It just seems like yesterday when we were looking at its leaked press images (then again, it probably was). Now the next generation Nexus 7 tablet, which still hasn’t been formally announced, is already up for pre-order.

As you can see from the image above, Best Buy has decided to jump the gun and put up the tablet for pre-order even before Google officially announces it. As we had heard before, there are two models in 16GB and 32GB capacities respectively. Oddly missing is a 3G model, for now at least, but since we definitely saw a SIM slot on one of the press images we can only assume it would be arriving later. Read more »

Next generation Nexus 7 gets hands-on treatment

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Google’s next generation Nexus 7 tablet has been steadily leaking for the past few weeks. First we saw some leaked specifications, followed by some press images. Now, some hands-on images and even a video of the device have surfaced on the internet.

The images above show more of what we have already seen in the press images. The front of the device is more or less similar to the current generation Nexus 7, with the only addition being the LED notification light below the display. Read more »

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition in the US, priced at $350

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Samsung officially announced its Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition. The special edition tablet comes bundled with a desktop dock and a Bluetooth keyboard.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 can be docked and, with the help of the Bluetooth keyboard, it can be used to perform notebook duties. The desktop dock also allows you to charge the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 while using it. Read more »

Second generation Google Nexus 7 leaks out in a press photo

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The highly anticipated second generation of the Google Nexus 7 made a couple of unofficial appearances. The upcoming ASUS-made slate showed up in a press photo, as well as a BestBuy print catalogue.

Both alleged images of the upcoming Nexus 7 fall right in line with previous leaks. The BestBuy ad points at a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. It also confirms the $229 price tag for the 16GB version of the slate. Read more »

Specs of second-generation Nexus 7 leaked, will feature Android 4.3 and wireless charging

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The alleged images of next-generation affordable tablet from Google have already been leaked and we even saw a video of the upcoming Nexus 7. Now, the specifications of the second-gen of the slate have been revealed in a new leak.

As expected, the second-generation Nexus 7 will sport a 7-inch FullHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display and will feature a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. It will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which will be the latest version at the time of its release. Read more »

Microsoft still posts a profit despite $900 million in quarterly loses due to poor Surface RT sales

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It’s clear by now to everyone that the Surface RT has been a failure. The first Windows tablet to run on the ARM platform was doomed to obscurity when people realized they could not run legacy Windows applications on the device and had to rely on their lackluster ARM counterparts from the Windows Store.

The latest earnings report has revealed that the tablet has cost Microsoft some $900 million in loses, but the company was still able to post a revenue just shy of $20 billion – a 10% increase over the same quarter last year. Read more »

Purported second generation Nexus 7 leaks out in photos and video

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Hot on the heels of the pricing details from yesterday, the second generation Nexus 7 made yet another appearance. This time around the highly anticipated tablet allegedly showed up in photos and video footage.

The images unsurprisingly reveal an ASUS-made tablet with a 7″ LCD display and a duo of cameras which include a 1.2MP and a 5MP unit, located on its front and back respectively. The listed SoC of the leaked device is reportedly a Qualcomm’s APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro – right in line with past reports. Read more »

Pricing details of second generation Nexus 7 leaked

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The Google Nexus 7 has been one of the most desirable tablets in the market and the next generation slates from Google is expected to bring even more fire power at an affordable price tag.

While, we are waiting to hear more about the second-generation Nexus 7, the pricing details of the upcoming tablet have been leaked. A leaked inventory screen reveals that the next-gen Nexus 7 will be available in 16 GB and 32 GB variant for a price tag of $229 and $269 respectively. Read more »

Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth goes official, a 7-inch 1080p display in tow

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Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth is the latest slate to join the MediaPad lineup. It’s a 7-inch device capable of GSM communications and 3G connectivity.

The MediaPad 7 Youth features an impressively sounding 7-inch 1080p display, having a Retina-grade density of about 315ppi. The touchscreen with multi-touch support allows simultaneous input from up to 10 fingers. The slate is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz processor and comes with a 4100 mAh battery. Read more »

Leaked Android 4.2.2 ROM for Samsung N5110 Galaxy Note 8.0 improves speed and battery life

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 launched with Android 4.1 instead of 4.2 like the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 did, but if you want you can flash a leaked version of the official 4.2.2 update. While the update is not rich with new features it reportedly makes the tablet smoother and improves battery life.

The bigger Note 10.1 (which launched with ICS) is still on Android 4.1, so the newer tablet will actually get ahead. Read more »

Microsoft drops base Surface RT price to $349

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The Surface RT tablet, which was announced last year, met with lukewarm response from customers and reviewers alike. Burdened with a fairly outdated processor and an OS with few apps, not to mention priced the same as the iPad which has neither of those issues, the Surface RT was never going to set the sales charts on fire.

Microsoft seems to have realized their mistake and intend to solve at least one of those problems, by dropping the price by a cool $150 across the board. The base 32GB Surface RT now costs $349.99 whereas the 64GB model costs $449.99. If you want to get the Touch Keyboard, you’ll have to add $100 to these prices. Read more »

Tizen 2.0-powered Systena tablet gets a quick hands-on

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Samsung integrated its Bada OS into the Tizen OS project earlier this year and we even saw few screenshots of the brand new mobile operating system that was developed by the global market leaders. Now, the hands-images and the video of what seems to be the first Tizen powered tablet has been leaked.

The Tizen 2.0 powered tablet goes by the name Systena and sports a 10.1-inch full HD display. Systena is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex A9 processor along with 2 GB of RAM. Read more »