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1 month ago

Amazon launches Lollipop-based Fire OS 5 Developer Preview

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Amazon is giving app makers an early look at the company's next operating system update with the Fire OS 5 Developer Preview.

Amazon will likely launch some new versions of its Fire HD tablets later this year, and it's already preparing for that day with the release of the Fire OS 5 Developer Preview.

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1 month ago

Samsung launches LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab A in India, Galaxy Tab E coming later this month

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Samsung controls a lion's share of the tablet market in India, and is looking to continue its strong showing with the launch of the Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab E in the country.

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1 month ago

T-Mobile celebrates Father's Day with free LG G Pad F 8.0

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T-Mobile's latest promotion offers a free LG G Pad F 8.0 to customers, as long as they pay for a qualifying data plan.

For Father's Day, T-Mobile is giving away the LG G Pad F 8.0 to customers as long as they purchase a qualifying data plan for the tablet. That's right, for $0 down, and $0 a month on top of the data plan, you can get a brand new LG G Pad F 8.0 tablet.

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1 month ago

Dell's Venue 10 7000 Series keyboard is what every Android keyboard should be

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Dell Venue 10 7000 Series

Dell's tablet experience feels like a laptop experience, and it's something more companies should emulate immediately.

With few exceptions, mobile keyboards are terrible. The keys often are too close together with next to no travel, and when you do pay extra for a feature like backlit keys it's usually not a great experience. In a world where we are surrounded by folks trying to claim tablets can be productivity machines, the dearth of quality keyboards for those devices is a little confusing. Software is an important part of the productivity experience, but when your web browser soaks up most of the productivity apps in your average workflow, a quality keyboard is the difference between banging out half a paragraph on a cramped rubbery piece of junk in a coffee shop and actually getting work done.

Dell seems to be the only company that gets this right now, and to demonstrate this they built a tablet and keyboard that feels more like a laptop than most of the mid-range "ultraportables" you'll see in your local electronics store.

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1 month ago

Meet the Harrier Tab, EE's new 4G-enabled tablet

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The Harrier Tab is EE's latest piece of kit expanding the company's own brand product range. Available today, the new tablet comes packing Android 5.1 Lollipop, and 4G connectivity.

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1 month ago

In pictures: Nexus 9 versus Dell Venue 10 7000 Series

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Google and Dell both want you to use their Android tablets for productivity and entertainment, but the approach is what sets them apart.

Android tablets with large screens are mostly though to be no-compromise consumption devices. These are the computers that replaced inexpensive netbooks as a buying option for a lot of folks, especially with the volume of streaming video apps and games in the Google Play Store today. Google released the Nexus 9 to act as a sort of blueprint for large format devices, showing how quality front facing speakers and a high resolution display can make all the difference in the world. You can also use the Nexus 9 as a productivity device by sliding the magnetic keyboard folio into place and typing away on the mini keyboard.

Dell has approached things a little differently. The keyboard for this tablet is the star of the show, offering a quality typing and navigation experience without needing to worry about another battery or toggling a Bluetooth connection. Should you decide to play a game or something, the keyboard detaches and you've got an entertainment device with decent front facing speakers.

Here's a quick look at these machines side by side.

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1 month ago

Dell Venue 10 7000 hands-on

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Dell Venue 10

Following on from the Venue 8, Dell's new 10-inch Android slate boasts high-end specs, depth-sensing cameras and a unique form factor.

One of the biggest Android tablet surprises of 2015 has been the Venue 8 7000 series, the super-thin tablet with a depth-sensing camera and a gorgeous display, which gets even better with Lollipop. Now the manufacturer's back with a second Android 5.0 slate, the 10.5-inch Venue 10 7000 series. Like its predecessor it eschews the traditional tablet form factor in favor of an unconventional handle/hinge design, while also running a high-end Intel processor with the chipmaker's RealSense 3D camera tech.

Sure, Dell's still terrible at naming most of its products, but we can't deny that the veteran PC maker is coming out with some interesting Android tablets this year. Head past the break for a closer look at Dell's latest 10-incher.

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1 month ago

Dell's ultra-thin Venue 8 7000 tablet heads to India for ₹34,999

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Unveiled earlier this year, Dell's Venue 8 7000 Series tablet — specifically the Venue 8 7480 — has made its way to India for ₹34,999 ($549), with availability commencing from July.

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1 month ago

More shots of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 appear online

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More photos of what are claimed to be of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 have surfaced online, matching those spotted as the device passed through certification.

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2 months ago

First look: Acer's crazy Predator 8 gaming tablet

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Acer Predator 8

Four speakers, a beastly Intel CPU and an otherworldly design make up one of the most unique Android tablets of Computex.

Gaming is a big deal for Acer. The Taiwanese firm's booth at Computex 2015 prominently displays its line of "Predator" gaming gear — including full-sized PC cases, monitors and other components. And now Acer's gaming focus extends into the mobile world, with the emergence of the Predator 8 tablet — a ferocious 8-inch tablet running Android and targeted at gamers, and coming to market in late 2015.

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2 months ago

Hands-on with ASUS' new ZenPad tablets

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ASUS ZenPad 8.0

ASUS' new tablet range includes three entry-level models and an intriguing Intel-powered high-ender.

This morning at its "Zensation" event in Taipei, ASUS unveiled a new line of 8-inch Android tablets under the ZenPad brand — the ZenPad 8.0 and ZenPad S 8.0. Then after that presentation, the company showed off a further two low-end ZenPad models — the ZenPad 7 and 10, at 7 and 10 inches respectively. While most of these devices won't appeal to spec-happy tablet buyers, the new flagship ZenPad S 8.0 delivers an impressive combination of hardware power in a slim, sleek form factor. And even the budget offerings have some unique accessories going for them. We'll take a closer look after the break.

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2 months ago

ASUS ZenPad 8.0 Z380C tablet lowers the specs, adds functional backs

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ZenPad 8.0

Being able to swap out the back of a device for a different color or maybe to add a little functionality isn't exactly a new phenomenon — phones have been doing it for years. But tablets never really got into that game. That changes today with the ASUS ZenPad 8.0 Z380C, unveiled at the Computex conference in Taiwan,

The 8-inch tablet sports an Atom X3 (SoFIA) quad-core processor and Mali 450MP4 GPU. The display is a rather unimpressive 1280x800 resolution (at a 16:10 aspect ratio), and you'll get either 1 or 2 gigabytes of RAM along with either 8 or 16 gigabytes of storage, depending on the model.

The real talking points, however, are the back covers. There's the Zen Case back covers, available in leather black, pearl white and aurora metallic. Or you can opt for the Zen Clutch folio. If the 4,000 mAh battery isn't enough for your use, you can snag the Power Case batter back that gives you up to 14 hours of total use, ASUS says. (That includes the internal batter.) There's an Audio Cover that adds six speakers and five hours of battery life, with 5.1 DTS-HD sound.

So while the specs might not wow you, there's definitely a lot here to take a look at.

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2 months ago

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA combines Intel's Moorefield with USB-C

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ZenPad S 8.0

The first of two new Android tablets ASUS has unveiled at the Computex conference here in Taiwan is a bit of a beast. It's got the usual beast of a name to go with it as well — the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA. (So ZenPad S it shall be.)

This is an Android 5.0 tablet with ZenUI and ZenMotion, as you'd expect. And as the name implies it's got an 8-inch IPS panel, at a 2048x1536 resolution and 324 pixels per inch for a 4:3 aspect ratio. It's got ASUS's TruVivid deal for directly bonded glass and sports a 73.75 percent screen-to-body ratio, ASUS says.

The Intel Atom 3580 Moorefield processor (quad-core at 2.3 GHz will attract attention as well, of course, as Intel continues to make inroads in the consumer space. But so, too, does the inclusion of the newer USB Type-C connector for charging and any sort of data syncing. (Same as what's used in the new MacBook and the ChromeBook Pixel refresh.)

No word on any North American availability just yet, but stay tuned.

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2 months ago

Google's 3D-scanning Project Tango developer tablet is now available without an invite for $512

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Google's 3D-scanning Project Tango developer tablet can be yours, without an invite, for the price of $512.

Google didn't even mention its long-in-development "Project Tango" efforts today during the Google I/O keynote. However, the company is now allowing anyone to purchase its development tablet for the 3D-sensing hardware from the Google Store without an invite for the first time.

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2 months ago

Microsoft Office apps to be pre-installed on LG, Sony and other Android tablets

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If you buy a new Android tablet, the chances are getting better that it might have Office apps from Microsoft pre-installed out of the box.

After announcing that Samsung, Dell and 10 more OEMs would pre-install Microsoft apps and services on their Android tablets earlier this year, Microsoft is announcing similar agreements with 20 more Android tablet makers, including LG and Sony.

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