Wednesday, 10 October 2012

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Firefox 16 for Android adds Reader Mode, Share features and more

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 11:15 AM PDT

Firefox is keeping their word on offering rapid releases for both their desktop, and mobile browser client. Even though it seems like they released version 15 just last week, yesterday Firefox 16 for Android was released to the wild. They’ve added a few new features, enhanced performance, and even added tons of security features to protect mobile users from malicious activities.

Yup, Firefox 16 for Android is available right now in the Google Play Store. One of the nice new features is a Safari-like “Reader Mode” where users can simply tap the book icon next to any URL for distraction free, easy reading. This isn’t anything new, but is a nice addition to Firefox for Mobile.

Then they’ve improved their Share menu with enhanced options and usability. You can now send entire tabs to and from mobile devices using Firefox Sync. Then regarding security, Mozilla has also beefed up that area. There’s been a lot of discussion in the mobile world about malicious links and URLs that can potentially wipe out and erase your smartphone — but not with Firefox 16. They’ve added levels of protection for URLs crafted to maliciously wipe your phone, and they can no longer be opened.

As usual the update lists performance enhancements and tons of improvements around JavaScript’s garbage collection, which should really improve performance. Mozilla even fixed Kyocera Echo stability problems — as if anyone even uses that phone still. So, do you prefer the stock Android browser, Firefox, Chrome, or Dolphin? Let us know in the comments below.

[via SlashGear]


Open webOS Galaxy Nexus port adds gesture area

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 11:06 AM PDT

Slowly but surely, the Open webOS port to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is beginning to get fleshed out a bit. It wasn’t too long ago that Open webOS was first ported to the Galaxy Nexus, and today we’re seeing the addition of a new gesture area. In other words, things are moving along pretty quickly.


At this point in time, the gesture area that’s been added to the port isn’t near finished. The video below shows us that there’s still plenty of work to be done, since right now, the gesture area only adds swipe-up functionality like we see on the TouchPad. Still, the fact that it’s there in the first place is definitely something to get excited about.

The Galaxy Nexus isn’t the only device to receive an early webOS port, with the Transporter Prime getting a port of its own not long after the Galaxy Nexus. Things should begin moving along quickly with the Galaxy Nexus port in particular, as the developers recently released the source code for the port. This means that any developer can get their hands on the code and see what they can do, so we should see the addition of new features and functionality begin to ramp up.

Indeed, this gesture area, no matter how bare-bones it may seem at the moment, is a product of the source code being shared. As stated above, there should be more updates coming soon, and we’re excited to hear about them. Keep it tuned to Android Community for more information!

[via Android Central]


HTC drops out of US tablet market – for now

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 10:45 AM PDT

News today has confirmed that HTC will be throwing up the white flag and dropping out of the tablet market — at least here in the US. The fierce competition from Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and ASUS has made the tablet market a tight one here in the US, and today HTC has decided to pull out and aim their efforts elsewhere.

HTC didn’t have too great of a track record with tablets to start. With their HTC Jetstream being awesome but severely overpriced, then their smaller Flyer being a 7-inch device running on Gingerbread at the time. It’s safe to say they just didn’t get nearly the traction they were expecting — but at the same time they didn’t roll with the punches as Samsung has.

HTC’s online communication manager Jeff Gordon confirmed the news today. Stating that while they are exiting the tablet game here stateside, they won’t be gone for good. Gordon mentions that while things are stiff now with competition, if they see an opening where they can be competitive they’ll surely be jumping back in with both feet. This is what Jeff had to say:

"It was a great learning experience," and that they are "watching that market very, very closely."

So for now it appears that HTC will no longer be releasing any tablets, but in the future we could see another appear. This also makes us wonder if they’ll be focusing all their previous tablet efforts on the phablet market instead. We’ve heard multiple rumors of a 5-inch 1080p smartphone/tablet hybrid coming soon as the HTC DROID Incredible X — so this could be the final result of that. We love HTC’s hardware and hopefully they can get things back on track despite poor sales.

[via SlashGear]


Microsoft Office for Android reportedly coming in March

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 10:15 AM PDT

Microsoft is hard at work with their Windows 8 system at the moment, but that also includes Microsoft Office for all their devices. We’ve been hearing leaks and rumors regarding Microsoft’s popular Office suite of apps also coming to Android for months now, but today their product manager confirmed we won’t see it until early next year.

Original leaks and rumors were stating Microsoft Office for Android and iOS would arrive sometime in late November, a month after Windows 8 launches. Today that date has clearly changed and now we’re hearing mid March of 2013 — quite a big difference.

According to The Verge, Microsoft Product Manager Petr Bobek confirmed we’ll be seeing a native Microsoft Office for Android in March of next year — but that was about all the details he gave. It looks like the full desktop and Windows version of Office 2013 is expected in December, then a few months later for mobile devices.

“Office 365 services and other Office products for mobile (phones and tablets) will be released from March 2013.”

The quote above was the specific comment that sources picked out, among others. Clearly that states phones and tablets will be seeing Office. Earlier comments mentioned Windows 8, iOS, Android, and a few others so everything is lining up quite nicely. So does Google Docs work for you? Or something for excel, spreadsheets, presentations and more like Office 2013 sound like a better option? Sound off in the comments.

[via SlashGear]


Motorola RAZR HD Verizon launch imminent at Canada launch

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 09:07 AM PDT

The Motorola RAZR HD LTE just launched on Rogers for $100 with a three-year contract or $599.99 outright. The device is also coming to Verizon Wireless soon after. Rumors are making the rounds that the device could hit US shores through Verizon as soon as later this month. We are thinking the device is going to go for $199 with a two-year contract. Rogers requires three-years, which equates to a lower price.

The device comes with Android 4.0 ICS installed, and it will be upgraded to Jelly Bean shortly thereafter. It has a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD Display with a 1280 X 720 resolution. It also has an eight megapixel camera that is capable of grabbing 1080p video.

SMARTACTIONS, already appearing on several recent devices from the manufacturer, improving the battery life with features based on time, GPS location, and more. It is designed to conserve energy and allow users to enjoy their phone for a full day, instead of having to stop in the middle of the day to plug their device in. Who doesn’t like a longer lasting battery?

The MAXX HD could launch at the same time. It is almost identical to the RAZR HD, but it features a massive 3,300 mAh battery. This extra large battery promises 21 hours of talk time. Because of the extra large battery, it is about one millimeter thicker than the RAZR HD. As always, we will keep you posted on all things RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX as they develop.

[via Mobilesyrup]


Maluuba, the Android-based Siri alternative, goes international

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 08:15 AM PDT

Up until today, Maluuba was only available in the US, UK, Australia and Ireland. In fact, it was only a couple of weeks ago that it launched. Now, they have rolled out an international version on the Google Play Store. Just like the other versions of the app, the international version is free.

Maluuba launched a special international version of the app instead of just updating its other version because the app depends on a large number of local partners. Some of these partners are region specific, so it forced them to launch a different version for the international audience. Yelp is a prime example of a partner that is only supported in certain regions.

For the time being, Maluuba still only supports English. So even though it is supported all around the world, only English speakers will be able to enjoy the Siri-like features that the app offers. The team behind Maluuba plans to add other languages in the near future. This means users where English is not spoken can use Maluuba to find out about restaurants, movie showtimes and all the other cool features it offers.

Maluuba also plans to release an API that allows developers to tap into its natural language processing capabilities. This could open up a wide range of possibilities that will help it compete with Apple’s Siri on a much higher level. As it stands, it already offers access to programs such as Wolfram Alpha, Yelp, Facebook, Twitter, Eventful, Foursquare, Google Calendar and YouTube.

[via TechCrunch]


Rigonauts announced as Snapdragon exclusive with Verizon

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 07:40 AM PDT

Verizon and Snapdragon just announced that Android phones on Verizon will be the first to get access to Rigonauts. The new game, developed by Engient, will be exclusive to Verizon customers for a two-week period from 10/9 through 10/23. After that, the game will be available on the Google Play app store for everyone. The game is Snapdragon optimized, so it will only work on devices with these types of processors installed.

The game is a strategy game where players build ships outfitted with armor and all kinds of weapons. The game features over 30 levels, and it requires players to optimize their ships in order to make it through the game. According to Qualcomm, “The game will show off the best in class technologies driving capabilities of inside Snapdragon processors.”

Some devices that can play this new game include the Motorola Droid Razr M, the Samsung Galaxy S III, and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. Snapdragon has a device finder that will show you all Verizon devices with Snapdragon processors. If your device is not compatible, two-weeks is a short time to wait.

The game looks promising, so even if you don’t own a Verizon device, it looks worth checking out when it hits other devices in two-weeks. It sells for $2.99 and looks like it has enough gameplay to keep hardcore and casual gamers happy.

Google Play Link

[via Qualcomm]


LG Nexus 4 revealed by Carphone Warehouse inventory screen

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 06:50 AM PDT

Lately, rumors about LG and its Nexus device have been all over the place. Well it seems that the LG Nexus 4 does, in fact, exist. A Carphone Warehouse inventory screen confirms that LG Nexus 4 exists in white and black. Sadly, that’s about all the inventory screen confirms about the device. Leaks like this from retailers are not overly uncommon, as they tend to know about devices before the general public, and they are not nearly as tight-lipped as the device makers.

The photo of the inventory screen does not break down any more information about the device. One thing we can deduce about it is that the screen is probably in the 4-inch range, at least if the naming convention from the Nexus 7 is followed. While simply knowing for sure that device exists and what colors it comes in isn’t a ton of info, it’s still more than we knew previously.

The general consensus is that the Nexus 4 will be based on the Optimus G. If this is the case, it should have a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768. It is also reported to have a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and Android Jelly Bean as the OS.

We are sure rumors on the Nexus 7 will continue to flow in over the next few days and weeks. At this point, we are confident that the device does exist and that it will be called Nexus 4. As more rumors surface, we will keep you posted.

[via SlashGear]


CoPilot Live announces navigation app for over 250 devices

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 06:08 AM PDT

Last week we reported that TomTom’s latest GPS app only worked with a very select list of Android devices. Many of the newer, more powerful devices were not on that list, and that certainly shocked most of us. CoPilot Live has announced that their offline GPS app works with over 250 Android certified devices, including many of the ones that TomTom is not compatible with.

The company specifically calls out some devices that were known not to work with TomTom in its press release. CoPilot notably point to the Samsung Galaxy SIII and HTC One X as being fully compatible with its app. These newer devices were some of the ones we were most shocked not to see working with TomTom’s app.

Besides supporting the latest devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Google Nexus 7, it also supports older devices all the way back to Froyo. This means devices like the T Mobile G2 and HTC Desire can get offline navigation with CoPilot as well.

CoPilot comes in a free version and premium version. The free app has trip planning and offline maps, with turn by turn navigation available through an in app purchase. The paid version, which is the one taking aim at TomTom, features voice-guided GPS navigation with advanced 3D map views and live traffic. With this competition in the market, TomTom needs to rethink their device strategy, or they will be left behind on Android.

[via Android Central]


Details emerge on Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

Posted: 10 Oct 2012 05:39 AM PDT

New details have emerged on the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, and while it is not quite as powerful as we hoped, it still packs a pretty serious punch. The phone comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed, and according to MobileGeeks, the 4-inch device will feature a WVGA 800 x 480 Super AMOLED display and a 1.0GHz dualcore STE U8420 processor.

Surprisingly, the camera on the back is only five megapixels, which seems low. The report also says that the S III mini will have 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a MicroSD slot compatible with up to 32GB card. For connectivity, the new phone has WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB, along with triband HSPA (900/1900/2100) and quadband GSM/EDGE.

The reports indicate that the phone is going to be 121.55 x 62.95 x 9.85 mm, which makes it quite a bit smaller than the full-sized S III. The device will be NFC and Android Beam compatible. It will have a 3.5mm jack, a VGA front-facing camera, a 1,500 mAh battery, and will feature a change to touch button design.

The website, which claims their predictions may not be 100% right, says that the device will retail for €399 ($513) unlocked and SIM-free. If these predicted specs are true, it won’t be the most powerful device on the market, but it certainly won’t be the weakest either. We will find out for certain tomorrow when Samsung officially announces the S III Mini.

[via SlashGear]


Google launches subscription trial feature for Play Store

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 05:55 PM PDT

Earlier today, Android Developers sent out a tweet announcing the Google Play store’s newest feature: try-and-buy for in-app subscriptions. This follows the in-app subscription feature – which was announced in May – to give developers more control over their apps and how they potentially gain new customers. Try-and-buy will only be available on apps where the developer has elected to offer a free trial period.

How does it work? If a developer elects to add the try-and-buy feature to their subscriptions, they can set up a trial period that lasts as long as they like, such as 30 days. Once this feature is added, users will have access to the subscription for the duration of the free trial. Customers are required to provide billing information and will be “charged” $0.00 when making the purchase. At the end of the trial period, the billing information they provided will automatically be charged and the subscription renewed unless they cancel before the trial runs out.

For developers concerned about users attempting to take advantage of the free trial period by signing up, then immediately cancelling, fear not: the subscription will be “marked as expired” when the subscription is cancelled. The minimum trial period that can be offered is 7-days. Developers can change the trial period’s duration whenever they’d like, but it will not be retroactively applied to those who have already bought the try-and-buy subscription.

Read up on in-app subscriptions in general first if you’re unfamiliar, then check out the newly-added “Free Trial Period” section on Google’s Android developers website for more info. There’s no word on whether a trial subscription is available more than once per app, although that’s likely not the case, due to how the service would be abused. Also not mentioned is whether simply uninstalling the app will end the subscription, or if users will have to specifically request cancellation, so be sure to read the fine print when signing up for your first trial subscription.

[via Android Police]


LG Nexus pops up again – confirms 8GB storage and no SD

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 05:11 PM PDT

Another LG Nexus has appeared over on XDA this evening, making the rumors sound more and more true by the hour. We now have what looks to be two different models hanging out in the wild. The reports of Google handing them out to staff last week seems legit. This is another LG-E960 — some are calling the LG Optimus G Nexus — but for now we’re going with the LG Nexus. More details below.

While everything is still just rumors at this stage, we’ve heard multiple reports suggesting Google will take the same approach as all Nexus devices. That being no micro-SD slot and offer different storage options. You’d think they learned after the Nexus 7 having 8GB being not enough — because now they are set to launch a 32GB model. The leakster with the LG Nexus has confirmed the specs, and sadly also confirmed the device only has 8GB of internal storage and no micro-SD slot. Get out the pitchforks guys!

Just like the Optimus G, the Nexus device pictured here rocks the 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and has a 4.7-inch 1280×768 resolution. He lists it as 768×1184 (for the on-screen keys) and has also confirmed the camera is 8 megapixels. The back is not removable, we have no micro-SD support, and sadly only 8GB of internal storage. Recent rumors have slated Google will be offering both 8 and 16GB versions in the Play Store — so that makes sense. I’m hopeful for a 32GB option too, and I’m sure I’m not alone with that thought. This is probably to cut costs and bring as low of a price as possible to market.

Lastly the leak confirms Android Jelly Bean MR1 for the OS, and that the device is HSPA+ only, no 4G LTE. It works with both AT&T and T-Mobile just like the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus available today in the Google Play Store. At this moment we aren’t sure if Google will be offering 4G LTE models, but so far it looks like they won’t be unless carriers get involved. Tomorrow we’ll hopefully learn more from this trusty leakster so stay tuned for more details, or hit the via below.

[via XDA]


Verizon to Launch 400th 4G LTE Market Two Months Early on Oct. 18th

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 04:54 PM PDT

Earlier this year, Verizon said its goal was to launch 400 4G LTE markets by the end of 2012. Due to a sizeable rollout over the last several months, the company will hit its goal two months early on October 18th, when it rolls out another 21 markets, bringing the grand total up to 417. The 4G LTE network was launched just 22 months ago.

Who gets the honor of being #400? Marquette, Michigan, home of Northern Michigan University. In addition to rolling out the new markets, Verizon will also be expanding 37 current markets. The company plans to have 4G LTE coverage for its entire 3G network coverage area by the end of 2013.

As of the end of September, over 35% of Verizon’s data was being carried via its 4G LTE network. Once the rollout happens, 245+ million people will have access to the super fast broadband network across the US. Presently, Verizon offers 37 devices that are 4G LTE-enabled. Are you in the market for upgrading to a 4G-enabled device? Check out our reviews of the Droid RAZR M and the yet-to-be-released Galaxy Note II.

What’s next? Large cities aside, Verizon is spreading the gift of fast mobile broadband to smaller cities via its LTE Rural America Program. So far, 17 carriers have joined the program, and five of them have launched service. In addition, Verizon plans to rollout its VoLTE (voice over LTE) in the end of 2013.

[via Verizon]


Lenovo IdeaTab A2109 Review

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 04:44 PM PDT

Lenovo is back in the Android tablet market with a slew of new devices, and today we’ll be taking a look at their budget offering. Lenovo recently announced their A2109 as an option for those that love the Nexus 7 specs, but want a bigger display. With a 9-inch HD screen, the NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 and more can the A2109 compete with Google’s own Nexus 7? Find out below in our full review.

Lenovo has released a few odd Android tablets in their short period in the Android game, and this time around they’ve aimed for something more mid-range and budget friendly that will hopefully appeal to the mass market. Can this quad-core powerful device earn your dollar? Here’s what we think.

Hardware
As soon as you pull the IdeaTab A2109 out of the box you’ll feel good about the initial hardware. The device is somewhat heavy because Lenovo opted to wrap the entire thing in a lightweight aluminum. Their past tablets looked aluminum, but were in fact cheap plastic. Here we have a full aluminum metal design, which adds to the weight, makes it pretty slippery in hand, but also gives it a very durable feel.

I was really hoping to love this tablet. It offers nearly everything the Nexus 7 does and then some — only for $50 more. Sadly just like recent attempts from Lenovo, the hardware is a failure. They’ve equipped this slate with a 9-inch 1280 x 800 HD resolution display, but unlike the IPS quality of the Nexus 7 we have an extremely cheap TN panel. This is by far one of the worst “HD” screens I’ve seen on a tablet to date, but more on that below. As far as the full spec sheet we have the 9-inch HD display, NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 under the hood for plenty of power, 1GB of RAM, a 3 megapixel rear and 1.3 front camera setup, and the tablet is running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sounds similar to the Nexus 7 right? The IdeaTab A2109 comes standard with 16GB of internal storage, the larger screen, a rear facing camera, and even HDMI-out all for just $50 more — costing users $299. On the upper right side we have micro-HDMI, micro-USB, and a noise cancellation mic. With nothing on bottom, the left side estate is covered with the volume up/down rocker, screen orientation lock (which is tough to switch) and the 3.5mm headphone jack. Then up top we have the power and wake button. The back of the device houses the rear 3 megapixel camera, micro-SD slot, as well as the top mounted SRS stereo speakers.

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While we love the placement of the speakers and the fact that we have SRS surround sound stereo speakers, they sounded quite rough. We love the idea of top mounted speakers so they don’t get covered by your hands, and they even added little metal feet to keep them off any surfaces to stop muffling. Sadly the quality just wasn’t there, but certainly better than some. We like the idea and effort.

The back has an almost purple hue to the aluminum design while the sides has a nice shiny brushed aluminum finish that looks and feels quite nice. Overall I’m extremely impressed with the build quality for a Lenovo device, as their past products have left us wanting more. Sadly the screen here kills all hope since that’s one of the most important parts of a tablet.

Display
As if we didn’t make it clear above, the 9-inch 1280 x 800 HD display on the A2109 is by far its biggest con. The colors are horrid, and the viewing angles are some of the worst I’ve experienced from a tablet of this caliber. The pictures won’t do justice, but I’m extremely worried about this display. Everything has a strong blue tint, and there’s no fresh whites or quality blacks to speak of. Everything is grainy considering the resolution, and any IPS or AMOLED display will have this beat with ease. The Nexus 7 has a gorgeous display, and is still not the best around — it’s safe to say this is bottom of the barrel.

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Those images might not do justice but barely any angle you lose absolutely all color quality (the little it had) and any forward angle you’ll almost completely lose sight of what’s on the screen as shown above. Tilting either direction (even a few degrees) colors get distorted, making it hard to make out what’s on the screen. Typing was extremely hard if angled at all — to the point I couldn’t even see the letters on the keyboard. Can you see the spacebar in my image above? Nope! Lenovo certainly kept the price down with the screen, and sadly that makes this experience very hard to recommend.

Software
As far as software is concerned we have a somewhat stock version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For the most part it is completely untouched aside from the home launcher. Lenovo altered the launcher by basically adding a few custom widgets, and changing the swipe from screen to screen animation effect. That aside this is basically vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich which we love.

Lenovo is one of the better MFG’s in terms of bloatware. We only have two minor pages mostly of useful apps. Some of the pre-installed apps include GO keyboard, AccuWeather, Kindle Reader, Cut The Rope, DocsToGo, Norton Security, some news feeds, and the Zinio reader. They’ve kept things rather simple here, which we like. Then as usual we have all the popular Google apps to keep things fun.

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Overall Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich runs just fine thanks to the Tegra 3 quad-core processor under the hood. Performance was decent but we noticed significant lag at times while typing. The on-screen keyboard would lag at times and occasionally be unresponsive. This could be in part due to the screen they’ve used, and not the actual software. Lenovo’s custom widgets are a nice touch, and the small animation changes are a welcomed edition as they don’t slow down or hinder the user experience. Chrome Browser comes pre-installed, which is nice although doesn’t support flash. Overall the software runs great, is smooth, and operates as expected once get use to the display quality.

Benchmarks
Being powered by NVIDIA’s popular Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2 GHz processor we had to benchmark this little thing. Just as we expected performance was stellar. The quad-core scored quite high, being on par with the Transformer Prime’s faster version of the Tegra 3. We scored well over 4000 in Quadrant. Here’s the results

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Camera & Battery
Lenovo’s added a 3.1 megapixel camera to the rear, and a 1.3 front for a quick self portrait or two. Being just 3.1 megapixels on the rear video recording isn’t anything special, and image quality varies with lighting conditions. Indoors we rarely were able to get a decent photo, and auto focus was certainly not included. Outside images were decent enough for a quick photo or two, but you’ll need a smartphone or actual camera handy. Here’s a few samples:

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Battery life was rather impressive here with the A2109. Running on NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 you know you’ll have optimal battery performance thanks to the 5th ninja core doing all those daily tasks, and conserving battery for when the tablet needs all 4 cores. The 6,000 mAh battery lasted about 3 days with a casual use here and there over the weekend, but on continued use battery life was closer to the 7 hour mark. Battery life is one of the few strong points with this tablet.

Wrap-Up
In the end we had a hard time wrapping our head around this tablet. Overall the hardware design and build quality was decent — if not a little thick — the performance was great, but the screen was just dreadful. Why Lenovo went the cheapest route possible has us completely confused. With a budget device a few compromises will need to be made — but with a tablet the display can’t be one of them. This is something both Google with their Nexus 7, and Amazon with their Kindle Fire HD understand.

The quad-core Tegra 3 keeps this device moving along with ease and offers great performance with daily tasks, videos, browsing the web, playing all those awesome TegraZone Tegra 3 optimized games and more. Sadly the screen here makes this a tough sell and hard to recommend. The Nexus 7 for $50 less is certainly a better choice, and if you’d like the larger screen I’d wait another month and snag the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. In the end we wanted to like this tablet, and in a way we did, but the compromises far outweighed the low price. For the average user or first time tablet buyer this could be a good choice, but we’d still recommend the ASUS Nexus 7. Enjoy the rest of the photos below.

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : IdeaTad A2109
    Manufactuer : Lenovo
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : August 27, 2012
    Release Date : August 27, 2012
    Also Known As :
Display
  • Screen Size : 9 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x800
  • Screen Type : TFT
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 7.6 Inch
  • Width : 4.8 Inch
  • Depth : 0.5 Inch
  • Weight : 400 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 6000 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : Tegra 3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 3 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


32GB Nexus 7 could launch as replacement for 16GB model

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 02:09 PM PDT

We’ve been hearing a lot about a 32GB variant of the incredibly popular Google Nexus 7 tablet, and we have to admit that such talk has us quite excited. Just yesterday, one lucky Japanese customer was sent a 32GB Nexus 7 instead of the 16GB variant he actually ordered, which more or less confirms that Google has this new model hiding up its sleeve. However, the arrival of the 32GB Nexus 7 may mean that the 16GB version is going bye-bye, at least according to a new image sent to Phandroid by an industry insider.


That insider works for a reseller, and that reseller’s listing claims that the 32GB Nexus 7 is replacing the 16GB model. Pair this image with the fact that yesterday’s customer received a 32GB model instead of the 16GB tablet he ordered, and we’ve got a story on our hands. Of course, it’s important to remember that Google has yet to even confirm the 32GB Nexus 7, so jumping to conclusions like this can be dangerous.

Still, it does make some bit of sense. We don’t know what price Google will launch the 32GB model at, but we can guess that it will want to keep it on the inexpensive side. If Google phases out the 16GB model with the release of the 32GB one, it could be that the company will offer the new 32GB version for the same price as the 16GB model. If it does, that could push a bunch consumers toward picking up the more expensive 32GB model – after all, the difference between 8GB and 16GB isn’t all that big, whereas the difference between 8GB and 32GB is a little more substantial.

In any case, we won’t know for sure until Google confirms that the 32GB Nexus 7 acually exists. Naturally, it’s a good idea to stay on the skeptical side of things until that happens, but it doesn’t seem too crazy to think that the 16GB Nexus 7 model could soon be going to way of the dinosaurs. We’ll be keeping our eyes open for more details, so keep it tuned here to Android Community for additional information.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Nexus 7
    Manufactuer : Asus
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : June 27, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Google Nexus 7, MeMo 370T
Display
  • Screen Size : 7 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x800
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 7.81 Inch
  • Width : 4.72 Inch
  • Depth : 0.41 Inch
  • Weight : 340 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 4325 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.1.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : Tegra 3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1300 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 8 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : NA
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • A2DP
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


T-Mobile makes their Galaxy Note II official – gives no new details

Posted: 09 Oct 2012 12:34 PM PDT

Today the folks from T-Mobile have finally released an official “announcement” for the impressive Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet. While we knew it was coming to T-Mobile (and other major US carriers) T-Mobile hasn’t yet made an official comment. Today however they’ve announced their version of the Note II will indeed be arriving “this fall.”

Just like the international Galaxy Note II that will be available from the other major US carriers, T-Mobile’s Note II rocks a vivid and bright 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720) HD display, Samsung’s Exynos 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a quality 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 MP front, and of course Android 4.1 Jelly Bean under the hood.

We’ve known all these details for just over a month, but it’s nice for T-Mobile to officially confirm the device is coming soon. Late last week T-Mobile’s Note II leaked in the wild complete with their carrier branding — so we know it’s in testing and will be coming soon. However, when is still up in the air.

Samsung announced all carriers will have the device available by mid November. Leading us to believe late October releases or early November for most carriers. While T-Mobile is only stating “coming this fall” like the rest, yesterday some leaks apparently confirmed we’ll see their version become available in stores on October 24th. T-Mobile was the first to have the Galaxy S III on store shelves, and could do the same with the Note II. Over the next few weeks we’ll surely be hearing tons of Galaxy Note II news from all major US carriers so stay tuned.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy Note II
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : August 29, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : GT-N7100
Display
  • Screen Size : 5.5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x720
  • Screen Type : HD Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.95 Inch
  • Width : 3.17 Inch
  • Depth : 0.37 Inch
  • Weight : 180 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 3100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.1.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM
Hardware
    CPU : Exynos 4412
    CPU Clock Speed : 1600 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


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