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Next-gen Amazon Kindle Fire HD appears in GFX Bench, Snapdragon 800 chipset confirmed

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An Amazon tablet has been spotted in a GFX Bench database. The entry reveals the specifications of what will be the second-generation Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet.

The unnamed Amazon tablet with codename Apollo will sport a 2560 x 1600 resolution display and the upcoming slate will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with Adreno 330 GPU. Read more »

Nokia Windows RT tablet spotted with Verizon branding, said to launch in September

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A Nokia Windows RT tablet has been spotted in the wild. The device has the familiar Verizon and 4G LTE logos on the back and the red color to go with the branding. The tablet will also be available on AT&T at launch.

In terms of specifications, the Nokia tablet is said to have a 10.1-inch display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and obvious LTE support. Read more »

Samsung and Sony bag 5 EISA awards each, HTC One voted best smartphone

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Samsung and Sony have dominated this year’s prestigious European Imaging and Sound Association awards getting five winners each. It was HTC that won in the arguably most important category, though – Advanced smartphone. The EISA awards recognize the best equipment across a range of technology categories and the winners are picked based on the judgement from 50 specialized magazines, which are based across 20 countries in Europe.

Samsung has managed to bag the Smart TV, Photo Innovation, Compact System Camera, Social Media Phone and Green Phone awards. Sony on the other hand grabbed TV, Advanced camera , Compact camera, HT Receiver and Tablet awards. Read more »

For the first time ever Lenovo sells more phones and slates than computers

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Lenovo has recently became the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world with a 4.7% market share, just 0.3% less than LG in third. Lenovo’s success doesn’t end with its newly earned fourth place though.

According to the latest earnings report the Chinese company has sold more phones and tablets than personal computers for the first time in its history. If you think the achievement is not that impressive, you should note the fact Lenovo is currently world’s biggest PC manufacturer with 12+ million PCs shipped globally in the last quarter alone. Read more »

Canalys: Android tablet app selection inferior to iOS’s

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The latest report from independent analyst company Canalys indicates that some 30% of the top 50 tablet apps found on iOS do not have an Android equivalent in the Google Play Store.

A further 18% were not optimized for tablet use, offering smartphone interfaces blown up to tablet screen size. Read more »

Samsung tablet with Intel Bay Trail chipset is in testing

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Intel is making big promises with its next-generation Atom chips from the Bay Trail platform like $200 Windows 8 tablets. So, the “Samsung with Bay Trail SoC” that appeared in some shipping manifests is a cause for some excitement.

Bay Trail chips will be built on a 22nm process, hit 2.1GHz and along with the CPU core redesign, the chips will use Intel’s own GPU architecture from Ivy Bridge. Read more »

New Nexus 7 suffers from multi-touch display issues

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After recently having being diagnosed with GPS connectivity issues, owners of the new Nexus 7 tablet are now complaining about the erratic performance of multi-touch functionality on the display.

According to reports, the display often registers phantom touches on the screen when you try to use more than one finger. This is most easily observed while typing as the device presses wrong keys on the keyboard. Read more »

New Nexus 7 facing GPS connectivity issues

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Being an early adopter is not all fun and games. Although you get to use the latest and greatest technology before everybody else, you are also often the first one to face issues that someone who may buy later won’t have to deal with.

A similar situation has arisen for the owners of the new Nexus 7 tablet, which despite its excellent specs and price, isn’t free from glitches. According to the users, the tablet is facing GPS connectivity issues, where often loses connection to the satellite after a few minutes and fails to get a lock on afterwards. Read more »

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 »