Asus seems to have two low-cost Android tablets in the works, carrying the model codes ME371MG and ME172V. Their specs were dug up by an Italian website and promise two 7″ tablets with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at a low price. The duo should make an appearance at CES.
The lower-end tablet, the Asus ME172V, will have a 7″ screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, built with TN tech rather than IPS (so viewing angles probably won’t be great). Read more »
Earlier this year we heard that Microsoft allegedly denied HTC early access to Windows RT, the reason being that HTC does not have enough expertise in the matter and does not sell enough devices.
Now, Bloomberg is reporting that HTC is in fact working on Windows RT tablets, two of them to be precise. One of them is said to have a 12(!)-inch display and the other one will have a 7-inch display, along with the ability to make calls like several small Android tablets out there. Read more »
Flipboard has been available on both Android smartphones and iOS devices but it’s just now that it comes to Android tablets.
The app has been tailored specifically for the various Android screen sizes and display resolutions. Read more »
According to DigiTime’s often reliable undisclosed Taiwan supply chain sources Nokia could be close to release a 10″ slate running on Qualcomm hardware and Windows RT software.
Nokia allegedly has had talks with chip-maker Qualcomm and manufacturer Compal Electronics to start production of the said tablet and could announce it in late February at the Mobile World Congress. Read more »
Samsung seems to be preparing new colors for its latest slates – the Tabs 2 7.0 and 10.1 as well as for the Note 10.1.
The new colors is called Garnet Red – if it sounds familiar it’s because the Galaxy S III is already available in it. Read more »
Samsung released the Jelly Bean firmware update for the 3G Galaxy Note 10.1 back in November, but owners of the Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet (GT-N8010) weren’t invited to the party. This just changed, though as the company has finally started pushing Android 4.1 for the Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Note 10.1.
The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean software update is 441 MB in size and is available only in Germany for now. Delivered in the usual over-the-air manner, the firmware update should hit rest of Europe soon. Read more »
The Sony Xperia Tablet S recently went back on sale after Sony fixed the issues that caused its IPX-4 certified splash-proof tablet to leak. Now they’re issuing a small software update that adds SDXC support.
The update means that 64GB and 128GB SDXC cards will work. Keep in mind that we’re talking full size SD cards here, not microSD cards like on most other tablets. Read more »
If you’re a U.S. customer and want to get some of the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD versions, today might be the best time to do it. Amazon’s deal of the deal lets you save $50 if you purchase one of the two slates today.
The $250/$450 prices are valid with a promo code, which you enter at checkout . Read more »
The downloads in the Amazon Appstore are up 500% from last year, which makes it the fastest growing app repository around.
Of course, Amazon mostly has its aggressively priced Kindle Fire and Fire HDs to thank for that but we shouldn’t underestimate the other Android smartphones that use it daily. That free app per day promotion has certainly helped the growth, too. Read more »
Archos has released its latest Android tablet, called the GamePad. As you can tell, the device has been optimized for gaming and as such comes with a full set of physical controls besides the display.
Of course, simply having the controls isn’t going to help. The games need to be able to use these controls, without which the whole thing would be pointless. This is where Archos’ mapping tool comes into play. Read more »
The Google Nexus 10 has finally graced our office with its presence. Not only is this Google’s first swing at a 10-inch slate, but it’s also the tablet with the highest resolution screen on the market. It’s got a 2560×1600-pixel LCD with a pixel density of 300 ppi, which can put even the Retina iPad to shame.
The Google Nexus 10 is also the first tablet to be powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 5250 chipset, featuring a couple of Cortex-A15 cores. And all Google is asking for this impressive package is $400. Read more »
Toshiba has unveiled a new 10 inch tablet, called the Excite 10 SE, aimed at the mid-range tablet market.
In terms of size and weight, the Excite 10 SE is almost identical to the Google Nexus 10 – and runs Android 4.1 to boot. Read more »
ASUS has unveiled a new docking station for the Nexus 7 on their Japanese website and is expected to go on sale some time this month for 3,480 yen ($42).
The docking station uses the golden connectors on the side of the Nexus 7 to interface with it. It has a microUSB port on the back along with a 3.5mm audio jack, which lets you charge or connect the Nexus 7 to a computer as well as output audio from it. Read more »
The new iPad and iPad mini, announced in Q3 of this year, haven’t even launched in China but Apple is still dominating the tablet market there. According to the statistics every 3 out of 4 tablets sold there as being made by Apple.
This bodes well for Apple in China – particularly for its tablet division – where year-on-year sales of tablets have increased by more than 60%. Read more »
The Apple iPad share in the tablet market in Q3 has remained flat at 55%. That’s more than half of the entire segment, which is a pretty great achievement.
However Android now covers 44% of the tablet shipments in Q3, which means the open-source OS is gaining speed faster than previously projected. Read more »