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1 month ago

The Alcatel POP 7 LTE tablet makes its debut at T-Mobile for $130

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Alcatel has launched its latest Android tablet, the POP 7 LTE, exclusively at T-Mobile. It's being sold for the budget price of $129.99, or you can get it for $5.42 a month for 24 months.

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1 month ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 gets Vulkan support with Android 6.0.1 update

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NVIDIA is now pushing out a fresh update to the Shield Tablet K1 that includes a move up to Android 6.0.1, along with a number of fixes.

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1 month ago

Android is finally making its emoji look like people

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We still don't know Android N's eventual food-related name, but we are slowly learning more about its extensive feature set.

In the second Developer Preview issued to a variety of Nexus devices today, Google announced that with N it will support Emoji Unicode 9 standard, which includes a number of new pictorials. Google also plans support for skin tone variations, a feature that iOS users have been enjoying for some time.

But perhaps the most interesting change is that Google is moving away from its often-reviled cartoon emoji in favor of a "more human-looking design," according to a post on the company's developer blog.

The Unicode Consortium, the organization that decides on which emoji will be added to each release, plans to make Unicode 9.0 available sometime in June 2016, well before Android N becomes publicly available. New glyphs include "Face Palm," "Bacon," and "Mother Christmas," though not every character will likely be included in the Android N update.

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 N will have any impact on how the company approaches its pictorials in the future.

Android N Developer Preview

The Android N Developer Preview is just that — a developer preview. While it's now "release candidate beta" quality we still have to issue a word of caution. Tread lightly.

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1 month ago

Alcatel's 17-inch Xess tablet will be available online starting April 22 for $499

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Alcatel's 17-inch Xess tablet will finally be available to purchase online starting April 22 for $499. The tablet is aimed at being a kitchen accessory, with partnerships that pre-load it with recipe apps, Nickelodeon content and more. Xess tablets that are sold in the U.S. will include a free IP camera that can be placed in a nursery or kids room so you can keep tabs on them while not in the same area of the house.

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1 month ago

Google expands 25% developer discount on the Pixel C to Canada, China, and more

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Google has expanded its offer of a 25% discount on its Pixel C tablet to more countries. The new territories include Canada, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and China.

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2 months ago

Quick comparison: iPad Pro 9.7-inch versus Android's best

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Apple today took the wraps off its 9.7-inch iPad Pro, beefing up the mid-sized version of its tablet. As expected, it's got more power under the hood than the previous iPad Air 2, along with support for the Apple Pencil stylus — in essence, shrinking the features of the old iPad Pro down to a more manageable form factor.

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2 months ago

Google offering developers 25% off a Pixel C tablet

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Google's Pixel C tablet wasn't exactly the second coming of Android computing we'd all been hoping for. But it just got a little better — first with the release of the N Developer Preview, and now with Google offering developers 25 percent off its latest tablet.

Technically you're supposed to be a developer to take advantage of this one — and Google says it's one redemption per person, and it doesn't apply to the keyboard.

In any event, this is gonna be one folks are going to want to take advantage of.

Discount codes are good for 25 percent off of either the 32- or 64-gigabyte models and must be redeemed by July 15.

Get the discounted Pixel C here

Pixel C

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2 months ago

Amazon will bring encryption back to Fire tablets in upcoming update

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Amazon recently removed the encryption of its tablets with the Fire OS 5 update, and now the company has announced that they will be bringing it back. Initially when the encryption was removed, Amazon said that the communications through its server were secure enough, but the move still had people upset.

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2 months ago

Why you should try the $49 Amazon Fire tablet

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In the past we've steered people clear of really cheap Android tablets. Not this time.

The Amazon Fire Tablet is both really cheap and Android, though perhaps not the Android you're used to. There's no Google to be found, which means no Play Store or Google Apps of any kind.

But if you go for the 7-inch Fire you're only going to be asked to part with $49 of your hard-earned cash. I've been using one personally for a few months now, and I keep getting asked whether it's worth a go.

The answer is yes.

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3 months ago

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 updated with February Android security patch

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 on Verizon is now receiving an update containing the latest Android security patches.

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3 months ago

Lenovo Tab 3 7, 8 and 10 hands-on: Another set of tablets with great value

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Lenovo has consistently brought a solid slate of inexpensive tablets that offer a good value, and the latest three additions with the Tab 3 7,8 and 10 are no exception. With three available sizes — two being consumer facing and the third focused on business — and prices all landing under $299, these tablets focus on a budget-conscious buyer.

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3 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Marshmallow OTA updates are available once again

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NVIDIA has once again begun pushing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates for its original Shield Tablet and the Shield tablet K1. The updates were first released at the beginning of February, but was later halted after some reports came in that it caused Wi-Fi connectivity issues.

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3 months ago

Verizon is selling the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablet for $250

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Verizon Wireless has added the 8-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab E to its lineup of tablets. The carrier previously started selling the 9.6-inch version of the Galaxy Tab E in September.

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3 months ago

NVIDIA Shield owners get access to Tomb Raider and other Square Enix games

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Owners of NVIDIA's Shield Android TV, tablet and portable gaming devices will be able to play a bunch of games from publisher Square Enix soon. It begins with the 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, which members of the GeForce Now streaming game service can access on their Shield device for free.

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3 months ago

Amazon is offering a limited time $30 discount on the Fire HD 6

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If you've been eyeing the Fire HD 6 tablet from Amazon, you will want to check out today's deal that saves you $30 on the purchase. That's right, this limited time deal is good for one day, Feb. 17, and drops the starting price of the tablet down to just $70. The Fire HD 6 is a 6-inch tablet that comes equipped with either 8GB or 16GB of storage depending on your preference.

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