Saturday, 20 October 2012

Android Community

Android Community

Nexus 7 poised to take on the iPad Mini

Posted: 19 Oct 2012 04:47 PM PDT

It’s no secret that the folks from Apple are likely set to announce their new iPad Mini next week, then release it in the following days. The battle is really going to heat up in the tablet wars once this happens, but Google doesn’t need to worry. With the info leaked all week on the Nexus 7‘s imminent future, even with a 3G capable iPad Mini on Apple’s side, Google will have all their bases covered for this holiday season.

For starters, Google will be hosting an Android event where they’ll open the playground on October 29th. It’s at this event we expect a slew of announcements. Most likely the LG Nexus 4 will make a big appearance, but sources are now stating Google will be dropping plenty of news about their tablet lineup. Yes, we said lineup.

The 16GB Nexus 7 will replace the 8GB model, and the often-rumored (and now confirmed) 32GB Nexus 7 will hit the street. We’re hearing the 32GB Nexus 7 will be available for purchase right from Google on October 29th. It also appears to be on shelves now at some retailers like Staples here in the US — but they shouldn’t be out yet.

Here’s where things get interesting. The pricing and lineup is going to change, and it is for the better. According to a few sources, rumors, as well as tips we have received (as well as others) Google will also be releasing a GSM/WCDMA 3G and HSPA+ capable tablet. Now add that into the mix of an iPad Mini 3G — we now have all the bases covered for a full rivalry. For full details on the iPad Mini and all its rumors head to our sister site SlashGear.

Given recent reports, rumors, and even sightings at retailers here’s what we expect from Google come October 29th regarding tablets. The 8GB Nexus 7 will be discontinued and the lineup will look like this for the holiday season: Nexus 7 16GB at $199, 32GB for $249, and Nexus 7 32GB HSPA+ for $349. That last one being the best deal of course, and available right from the Google Play Store. We could even see Google offer the 32GB HSPA+ model for $299 — but that’s a bit of a stretch.

Let’s not forget that Nexus 10 could make a surprise cameo. Let us know what you think of the new rumored Nexus 7 lineup in the comments below.

Motorola details what devices won’t see Jelly Bean – wants you to trade up

Posted: 19 Oct 2012 03:45 PM PDT

Back in September when Motorola announced their new lineup of RAZR smartphones, they also mentioned that not all devices would see updates to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That isn’t all either. Motorola also confirmed that they’ll be offering a “trade up” promotion where select users can get $100 back while upgrading to a new phone at the same time. Today we have the details.

Today Motorola has posted a list of what devices won’t be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean — and essentially what devices will. Showing that the DROID 4, Bionic and a few others will see the update but that’s about it. The image below is what’s being posted over at the Motorola Blog.

So what exactly does it mean? If you own one of the devices in that left column, it won’t be getting upgraded past Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — if it even has it to begin with. Those devices will not see Jelly Bean and since Motorola is committed to supplying the latest and greatest to their customers if you happen to own one, if you purchase a new RAZR HD or anything from the right column they’ll give you $100.

Motorola states that their new trade up offer is currently only available in the US, but they plan to roll this out to other counties “over time” but doesn’t state any other details. Obviously this won’t help for users still in contract with Verizon or whoever else. This is only for those that are ready to update. If you’d like to trade up and get that cash back head to Motorola’s Trade Up site. Check out reviews of all those new devices available for trade up from the links below.


[via Droid-Life]

Angry Birds Star Wars teaser shows you’re never too short to be a Stormtrooper

Posted: 19 Oct 2012 03:35 PM PDT

We have another Angry Birds Star Wars teaser to share with you today, and this one is a bit funnier than the last one we showed you. Again, this latest teaser doesn’t show any gameplay footage, instead giving us another clip from the classic films. Last time, it was the scene from A New Hope where Han tells Luke and Obi-Wan about his famous Kessel run, whereas this time, we have Princess Leia asking about the stature of a curious-looking Stormtrooper.

Normally, after Leia asks “Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper,” we’d expect the camera to cut to Luke, who pulls off his helmet and declares that he is the mighty Skywalker come to rescue her. Instead of that, this time we’re treated to a shot of one of the titular Angry Birds dressed in Stormtrooper armor. The bird attempts to take off his helmet to deliver the famous line, but instead discovers that the helmet is stuck and proceeds to bounce away, defeated and fuming.

We have to say, this is one of the more hilarious trailers Rovio has released for Angry Birds Star Wars. It’s sad that we don’t get to see any gameplay footage, but then again, we already know how Angry Birds plays – fling the birds at the pigs to win. Since every installment of Angry Birds has followed this basic principle, there’s no real reason to think that Angry Birds Star Wars will be any different.

Of course, that could be what Rovio wants us to think. Maybe the developer has some special gameplay changes in mind for Angry Birds Star Wars? It’s fun to consider, but it probably isn’t the best idea to get your hopes up for some major gameplay changes. In any case, we’ll have more details on Angry Birds Star Wars as we continue to barrel toward the game’s November 8 release date, so keep it tuned here to Android Community!

[via SlashGear]

Nexus 10 taking photos – image appears on Picasa

Posted: 19 Oct 2012 02:51 PM PDT

It looks like some new evidence has appeared that could confirm the existence of Google’s rumored Nexus 10 tablet made by Samsung. A new photo has surfaced on Picasa and a quick look at the EXIF data has our interested piqued to say the least. The photo was snapped with a device being listed as the Nexus 10. More details can be found below.

What we have here could very well be an early prototype of the device. It’s rumored that the image was uploaded to Picasa by a Samsung employee testing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 10. Looking at the EXIF data (below) you can clearly see “Nexus 10″ listed as the device, then the camera simply states “Google” which certainly is interesting.

The device also appears to be running a new and previously unheard of version of Android, listed as Android version JVP12C. Then just like previous reports, the tablet data is reporting an impressively high resolution for the 10-inch device. We’ve been talking about a rumored Samsung tablet with insanely high resolution since last year — and it might finally be coming soon. The screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 was confirmed in the data as well.

So far rumors and reports are stating this Nexus 10 will arrive sometime next year running Samsung’s brand new Cortex-A15 based Exynos 5 dual processor. We can’t imagine Samsung having access to that early of an Android build unless this is in fact an upcoming Nexus tablet. Add that to all the previous rumors and we might want to chalk this one up as confirmed. We could possibly see a guest appearance of this tablet at Google’s Android event on October 29th. For now we’ll just have to wait and see.

[via SamMobile]

Nexus 7 32GB appears at Staples for $249

Posted: 19 Oct 2012 12:36 PM PDT

So we basically know a 32GB Nexus 7 is coming, we just don’t quite know when. Most clues point to the October 29th event that Google will be hosting in NYC. Today it appears that ASUS and Google’s new 32GB Nexus 7 is already shipping to retailers in the US — they just cant sell them yet. What is even better is they are priced at $249.

According to a lucky Staples employee over at Android Central they just received shipment and stock of the 32GB tablet. After ringing the item up it came out priced at just $249. It’s safe to say the 32GB model is replacing the 16GB version. Here’s to hoping the 16GB Nexus 7 becomes $199 and they drop the 8GB option all together.

As you can see from the image provided above, it clearly is marked 32GB in multiple places across the box. We’ve gone ahead and highlighted the multiple areas that the new label clearly outs this is in fact a 32GB Nexus 7 retail box. Then just for fun we’ve posted our own 8GB box information below (in black) for a quick comparison.

So far things are looking right on track for Google to release a 32GB Nexus 7 tablet along side the LG Nexus 4 at their event later this month in NYC. I’m still hopeful for that 3G capable Nexus 7 we mentioned this morning. The leakster also mentions that the 32GB Nexus 7 will be available in stores come October 29th. Looks like they’ll be available nationwide and online soon enough. Feel free to run down to your nearest Staples and try to buy one early as it appears they have stock right this minute. Product number is #100604. Good luck!

Screen Shot 2012-10-19 at 12.21.21 PM nexus-32-box Screen Shot 2012-10-19 at 12.22.11 PM
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
  • 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
    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
  • IM
    CPU : Tegra 3
    CPU Clock Speed : 1300 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 8 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : NA
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • A2DP
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

No comments:

Post a Comment