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3 weeks ago

Huawei MediaPad M3 review: Excellent hardware meets frustrating software

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Huawei MediaPad M3

Huawei brings its top specs to a new, smaller MediaPad — and the result is basically an 8.4-inch phone.

Android tablets are in a weird place right now, with slow sales and relatively few compelling devices on the market. Huawei is one of the rising brands in Android phones right now, particularly in Europe, and thus the company has cash to plow into making high-end tablets where others might shy away.

The Huawei MediaPad M3 is the latest creation of the Chinese firm, with significantly upgraded specs from the previous-gen M2 — let's just forget about that thing, okay? — as well as refreshed software and refined build quality. Huawei's latest fits neatly into its portfolio between devices like the MateBook and P9 series, with an 8.4-inch display size that hits the same sweet spot as the iPad mini.

But can a company still struggling to find its way in smartphone software step up and create a worthy Android tablet experience? Read on to find out.

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3 weeks ago

Lenovo's Yoga Book aims to be the tablet-laptop convertible the Pixel C never was

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Lenovo Yoga Book

Lenovo's not new to tablets or convertibles — but the Yoga Book is something fresh and exciting.

The end game for any sort of tablet is, really, for it to transcend its status as merely being a tablet. And this is the stuff of legend, folks. We're talking about the likes of the aborted Microsoft Courier. We're talking about what ASUS tried to do with its Transformer line. Or, really, what Microsoft has managed to accomplish with its Surface devices. And we're also talking about what Google generally failed to do with the Pixel C.

And now we have the Lenovo Yoga Book. Two, really. One running Android, the other Windows 10. (With the latter named "Yoga Book with Windows.") Two huge swaths of glass, but only one is a display — the other moves between a touch-only keyboard and giant stylus tablet. And it's a really neat idea — let's take a look.

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3 weeks ago

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus hands-on: A 10-inch tablet for entertainment

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Lenovo rolled out the Yoga Tab 3 series last year at IFA, and this time around we're being treated to the latest addition to the lineup, the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. The big change from last year's Yoga Tab 3 Pro is the shift in hardware from Intel's Atom x5-Z8500 to the Snapdragon 652.

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1 month ago

Nougat changes Android's emoji to look like people

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Android Nougat is here, and it comes with one of the system's biggest updates to emoji, based on the new Unicode 9.0 release.

As part of the Nougat update, Google announced that it will support the Emoji Unicode 9 standard, which includes a number of new pictorials. Also included are skin tone variations, a feature that iOS users have been enjoying for some time.

But perhaps the most interesting change is that Google has moved away from its often-reviled cartoon emoji in favor of a "more human-looking design," according to the Nougat webpage.

New glyphs include "Face Palm," "Bacon," and "Mother Christmas," most of which are available in Android 7.0.

Google already added a host of new emojj with Android 6.0.1 back in December, but as with any new Android release, only a small percentage of users have received it. Of course, some manufacturers override Google's own emoji design. Samsung in particular has its own unique set of emoji, and it's unclear whether Google's changes in Nougat will have any impact on how the company approaches its pictorials in the future.

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1 month ago

Acer Predator 8 review: Gaming, flawed

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Acer Predator 8

Acer's gaming brand has an Android tablet that shouts a big game, but doesn't quite hit the mark.

Acer has made Android tablets for years, but it is getting into a more niche space with its first Predator-branded product for the ecosystem, the Predator 8. How does it stack up? Read on.

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1 month ago

AT&T starts selling the 8-inch Trek 2 HD tablet on August 5

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AT&T has announced it will begin selling the 8-inch Trek 2 HD tablet on August 5, in its stores and online. The tablet will have Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed.

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2 months ago

LG K10 and G Pad X 8.0 heading to AT&T on July 22

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AT&T is adding a new phone and tablet from LG to its lineup of more affordable devices. The carrier will sell the LG K10 smartphone and LG G Pad X 8.0 tablet beginning Friday, July 22.

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2 months ago

Seeing a Spanish update message on the Nexus 7 (2013)? Don't install it just yet

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Several users are receiving an update message in Spanish on the Nexus 7 (2013) configured for English. The update includes the July security patch and comes in at 12.1MB, but the description is in Spanish and it looks like there isn't a way to clear the update notification. According to Google's issue tracker, the update is being received by users across regions.

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2 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet update brings professional audio enhancements and more

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An update is rolling out to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, bringing along several enhancements across the board, along with the June Android security patches.

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2 months ago

Verizon's Galaxy Tab E 8.0 picks up the Marshmallow update

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Verizon has started rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to the Galaxy Tab E 8.0. The update increments the firmware version to T377VVRU1BPD6, bringing the latest security patch to the tablet.

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2 months ago

Dell discontinues Android-based Venue tablet line; ends OS upgrades for current products

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Dell has confirmed it will not be launching any new tablets in its Android-based Venue family. It also won't be pushing out any OS updates to the Venue tablets that are already sold to customers, although it will continue to honor any currently active warranties and service contracts.

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3 months ago

Honor decides it's okay to launch a tablet with KitKat in 2016

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At a media event in New Delhi, Honor rolled out the 5C, a budget phone with a metal-backed design and impressive hardware. The vendor also launched the T1 7.0, a 7-inch affordable tablet with a WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600), a 1.2GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731G processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal memory, microSD slot, 3G, and a 4100mAh battery. The pièce de résistance? The T1 7.0 runs EMUI 3.0 out of the box, which is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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3 months ago

Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 in South Korea

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 in its home market, with the tablet available in Wi-Fi and LTE-enabled variants. The Wi-Fi-only model will retail for 359,000 won ($310), whereas the LTE version will debut at 399,000 won ($345). The tablet will make its way to Europe, where the Wi-Fi model will sell for €289 and the LTE variant for €349.

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3 months ago

Best cases for Pixel C

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Best cases for Pixel C

Looking for an awesome case or sleeve for your Pixel C? We can help.

Google's Pixel C is a versatile and powerful tablet with a large, amazing display. And as such, you'll want to protect your investment by slipping it into some kind of case or sleeve. Here are the ones we like.

IVSO Ultra-Slim Pixel C Case

IVSO Pixel C Case

If you're looking for a case for your Pixel C backed by a lifetime warranty, the IVSO Ultra-Slim case may be for you.

Made with a synthetic leather exterior and a soft microfiber interior, this case is perfect for protecting your Pixel C from scratches, dust, and light drops.

It's also slim and lightweight — it won't bulk up your device — and it comes in five colors: black, blue, green, red, and white. You're sure to find one that you like.

Its magnetic closure is easy to open and close and keeps your tablet securely in place. It also has a stand so that you can prop it up to watch videos or, if you purchased the keyboard, type in comfort.

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Pixel C Folio Keyboard

Pixel C Folio Keyboard

OK, this technically isn't a case. It's a keyboard. OK, it's a keyboard case. It's a keyboard case that can protect your Pixel C while not in use. The case itself is made of full-grain leather. And while it's closed, the keyboard will charge itself, so you don't have to worry about it ever dying on you.

If you're also interested in getting a keyboard for your tablet, the Pixel C Folio Keyboard provides a good value.

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Amzer Universal Portfolio Case

Amzer Universal Case

The Amzer Universal Portfolio Case offers solid protection for your Pixel C.

It has protective padding that's wrapped in a vegan leather exterior and soft microfiber interior for a rich-looking style that doesn't skimp on protection. More importantly, its corners are reinforced, so your tablet is protected around its most vulnerable points.

Offering multiple positions for finding the most comfortable viewing or typing positions, this case becomes an easel so that you can watch movies or type to your heart's content without getting a crick in your neck or carpal tunnel.

If you want a vegan-friendly case that's versatile and looks amazing, this may be the case for you.

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Vostrostone KuGi Pixel C Case

Vostrostone KuGi Pixel C Case

Vostrostone's KuGi Pixel C Case is as protective as it is nice to look at.

It's made with a synthetic leather exterior and a microfiber interior, so that your Pixel C is protected from scratches inside and out. Additionally, it comes in five colors — black, blue, green, red, and white — pick the one that you like best.

The front cover folds in an Origami style so that it can double as a stand. Be aware, however, that the Pixel C keyboard will not fit in this case together with the Pixel C itself.

If you don't use the Pixel C keyboard and you want an attractive, yet protective case, the KuGi Pixel C case may be for you.

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Waterfield Designs Pixel C Sleeve Case

Waterfield Designs Pixel C Case

There are no cases for tech quite as beautiful and well-made as those by Waterfield Designs. Its iteration for the Pixel C is no exception.

Protecting your Pixel C from drops, dust, and scratches, this case is composed of neoprene padding sheathed in either ballistic nylon with perforated nylon trim or tan waxed canvas with grizzly leather trim. It can be used alone as a sleeve or placed inside another bag.

It comes with either a simple or a suspension strap and can be worn vertically or horizontally — the choice is yours.

In addition, it features an angled back pocket where you can store papers, pens, or even your phone.

If you're looking for an attractive, well-made case for your Pixel C, you can't go wrong with this one.

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ProCase Google Pixel C Sleeve Case

ProCase Pixel C Sleeve

Available in black, brown, and red, the ProCase Pixel C Sleeve is made of a synthetic leather outer and a microfiber interior. It's slim and lightweight, yet offers good protection from scratches and dust.

Fitted with a magnetic closure, you won't have to fumble around trying to open or close it, yet your tablet will remain safely inside once it's locked in. There's also an opening for the charging port, so you don't have to take your Pixel C out to charge it.

It has a back pocket, too, for storing other things, such as paper, business cards, or other tech. More importantly, it has enough space inside to fit the Pixel C Keyboard.

If you're looking for a cheaper, elegant option for protecting your Pixel C and accessories, look no further than ProCase.

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3 months ago

LG G Pad X 10.1 on AT&T now receiving the Marshmallow update

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AT&T's LG G Pad X 10.1 has started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The OTA update — coming in at 869MB — increments the kernel version to 3.4.0, the build number to MRA58K, and the software version to V93020f.

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