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7 months ago

Amazon introduces Kindle Fire HDX tablets, refreshed Kindle Fire HD

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Extending the Kindle Fire brand to a third generation with impressive new specs and features

Amazon has just announced its third generation of Kindle Fire tablets, going by the "Kindle Fire HDX" branding, along with a refreshed version of the older Kindle Fire HD at a new low price. Starting with the new devices, the Kindle Fire HDX comes in a familiar 7-inch and 8.9-inch varieties, both with upgraded specs all around.

Both HDX models feature quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processors, 2GB of RAM, 16, 32 or 64GB of storage and new higher-resolution displays. Those displays clock in at 1920x1200 (323 ppi) on the 7-inch model and 2560x1600 (339 ppi) on the 8.9-inch — which also has a new 8MP rear camera. Amazon says that the overall weight of the HDX has improved dramatically as well. The HDX 8.9-inch is 34 percent lighter than the previous model (just 13.2 ounces).

On the software side, the new HDX tablets are running Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito," which brings several new features like X-Ray for Music, Prime Instant Video downloads and updates to all of the pre-installed apps. Amazon is also introducing a new service it calls a "Mayday button," which delivers 24x7x365 tech support for your tablet for free.

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7 months ago

Retailer leak reveals Archos Gamepad 2

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We weren't overly impressed by Archos Gamepad tablet when we reviewed it back in April, but it seems there's a re-vamped successor in the works. Revealed in a leak by Hong Kong-based outlet HKTDC, the Archos Gamepad 2 sports a new, curvier design and re-worked internals too. There's an improved 1280x800 7-inch display, an unnamed 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. Storage, too has been upgraded, with an optional 16GB model to be offered alongside the 8GB original, while the microSD slot has also made it across to the new model.

The retailer listing has since been removed, but in any case, we're guessing it won't be too long before we see an official announcement.

Source: Engadget

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7 months ago

Hisense Sero 7 Pro gets another maintenance update

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Both the small maintenance update and larger cumulative update are rolling out OTA

For a company that is largely untested when it comes to providing updates to Android devices, Hisense seems to be looking after its Sero 7 Pro pretty well. Another update, albeit an extremely small one, should be rolling out to nearly all users by now. For those that missed past updates, a cumulative update of 330.6 MB will be available for you to download. For those already on Build number P756.6.02.11.00, the update comes in at a scant 1.7 MB. The latest Build number is now P756.6.02.11.00, with no other obvious software differences in sight.

This update does not change the Android version number, which is still the same one that the Sero 7 Pro had out of the box — Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. With Android 4.4 just around the corner, one has to wonder what Hisense's plans are for the future of this tablet's software.

Thanks, Joshua!

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7 months ago

Hudl: Hands-on with Tesco's budget tablet

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How much Android tablet does £119 get you?

We've just got done with Tesco's Hudl event in London, where the retail giant announced a 7-inch Android tablet with a quad-core CPU that'll sell for just £119. With such a competitive price, the Hudl is probably among the best tablets around this price point. The 1440x900-resolution display beats most entry-level Android slates, and the back panel is furnished in soft-touch plastic, similar to that of the new Nexus 7. As you'll see in our hands-on video above, we're looking at a relatively barebones Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience, with some additions from Tesco. These include apps to take advantage of video through the company's BlinkBox and Clubcard TV, as well as apps for groceries and online shopping (natch).

Check past the break for more photos, and share your thoughts down in the comments.

More: Tesco unveils the £199 Hudl tablet

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7 months ago

Tesco unveils the £119 Hudl tablet

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Quad-core CPU, 7-inch screen, sold online and in stores from Sept. 30

We're live in London, where UK supermarket chain Tesco is taking the wraps off its new budget tablet running Android, the 7-inch Hudl (pronounced "huddle.") The Hudl will sell for a fraction of the price of Google's Nexus 7, though with somewhat cut-down specs. The tablet features an 1440x900-resolution screen, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band Wifi and 16GB of storage, expandable up to 48GB via microSD. There's also a microHDMI port for TV connectivity.

On the software side, the Hudl is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the full suite of Google apps, as well as access to entertainment through Tesco's BlinkBox and Clubcard TV platforms. From what we're seeing, the software appears to be mostly stock Android, save for some customizations to hook it into the retail giant's digital services. The most noticeable addition is a dedicated "T" launcher button alongside back, home and task-switching.

The Hudl will come in black, blue, purple and red color options and sell for £119 through Tesco's online and brick-and-mortar stores starting next Monday, Sept. 30. Tesco Clubcard holders will be able to get the tablet through Tesco's "Clubcard Boost" program, which doubles the value of vouchers — meaning it could cost as little as £60 for holders of the loyalty card.

We've got today's press release, full specs and some official images after the break.

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7 months ago

More evidence that the next Nexus 10 may be ASUS-made

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16GB model may sell for £350 in the UK, fresh retail leak suggests

It's been a little over a month since we first caught wind that Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS might be making the next 10-inch Nexus tablet, and now a fresh flurry of retail leaks brings some corroborating evidence. Yesterday a PC World employee tweeted a screenshot showing the tablet's name in the UK chain's systems; today we've received some more details from an anonymous tipster at Currys, a UK retailer owned by the same company.

The images given to us corroborate the £349.99 price point for the device, and suggest that this could be the price for the 16GB model. (By comparison, the current 16GB Samsung Nexus 10 sells for £319 on Google Play.) It's still far from official, but the buzz around the purported tablet certainly seems to be growing. While we wait on an official announcement, hit the comments and let us know what you'd like to see in an ASUS Nexus 10.

Thanks, Anon!

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7 months ago

Samsung releases open-source bits for new Galaxy Note 10.1

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Code for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 '2014 edition' published ahead of October launch

Samsung has released the kernel source code and other open-source bits for its latest high-end tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. A retail release for the tablet isn't expected until next month, but developers can now get their hands on code for the Wifi-only, Exynos 5 Octa-powered version, which carries the model number SM-P600. (There'll also be a Snapdragon 800-powered LTE version, SM-P605.)

The new Note 10.1 is the highest-specced Samsung tablet we've seen so far. Aside from the high-end CPU, it packs 3GB of RAM and a 2560x1600-resolution display, as well as the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a new version of Samsung's TouchWiz software. For more on the Note 10.1 2014 edition, check out our hands-on feature from IFA 2013. Developers can find the source code at the link below.

Source: Samsung Open-Source Release Center; via: SamMobile

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7 months ago

HP announces four new Android-powered tablets

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Four new tablets in three different sizes to fill out HP's Android lineup

Along with a whole grouping of other laptops, tablets and convertibles, HP announced four new Android tablet offerings today covering multiple screen sizes and feature sets. First up are the HP Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD, which are your standard run of the mill 7-inch and 10-inch tablets, both with 1280x800 displays, dual-core processors, 9 hours of quoted battery life, Beats Audio and 200MB per month of free mobile data from T-Mobile for 2 years.

Next up is the Slate 7 Extreme, which packs a Tegra 4 quad-core processor but the same 1280x800 7-inch display as HP's other same-sized offerings. You do get a stylus in the box as well, but no special digitizer with the screen to take advantage of features like pressure sensitivity.

Then we come to the Slate 8 Pro, which is a slightly larger device, also with a Tegra 4 quad-core processor inside. The tablet is in a 4:3 aspect ratio with a 7.98-inch display at 1600x1200 resolution, and also packs 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras. The Slate 8 Pro also has an SDcard slot and HDMI out.

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7 months ago

Verizon clarifies LTE Nexus 7 certification process

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Verizon expects the device to be certified "shortly"

Verizon has opened the curtain a bit and explained the LTE device certification procedures a little, especially in regards to the LTE-ready Nexus 7 (2013). If you recall, users are having mixed experiences trying to get the new device registered and activated on Verizon's LTE network, leading to a bit of understandable outrage.

Verizon sent a statement late yesterday noting that the Nexus 7 was not yet certified for their network, and as such could not be activated. Today they expand on that.

The Google Nexus 7 is not yet a Verizon 4G LTE certified device, though it entered our process in August and we expect it will be certified shortly. Once the device is certified, we will work with Google to enable the device to be activated on our 4G LTE network.  

They go on to explain that they have one of the most rigorous testing procedures of any carrier, and that certified third-parties, who are actively selected by both Verizon and the device manufacturer, are hard at work.

While this answer doesn't address any issues about the C block auction rules and how they may be in violation of them, at least it's something. Like you, we're waiting to hear word from Verizon that they will be happy to take your money every month while using the new Nexus 7.

Source: Verizon

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7 months ago

NVIDIA announces the Tegra Note

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The Tegra Note will serve as the new reference tablet for the Tegra 4 platform

NVIDIA has taken the wraps off the Tegra Note this morning, making the device that's been slinking around various wireless certification sites official. Complete with a special processor supported stylus, the Note serves to be the reference platform for NVIDIA's partners to use and showcase the features that are built into NVIDIA's latest Tegra 4 SoC.

Manufactured by NVIDIA but sold through trusted partners around the world, the 7-inch, 1280x800 Tegra Note will retail for $199. It certainly look like you'll be getting your money's worth, and the list of features is impressive, even if the display resolution is a little disappointing. The note name implies stylus support, and NVIDIA is promising an uncompromised experience from their DirectStylus support. Other features include a powerful camera that will be capable of 100 fps recording for slow-motion playback.

In addition, the Tegra Note, which sports a 5MP rear camera, will launch with the Android version of SmugMug's Camera Awesome, one of the top camera apps from iOS. Accessory makers are also on-board, and NVIDIA suggest that we will see "accessories galore" including smart covers, special tips for the DirectStylus, and Bluetooth capabilities that turn the tablet into a game controller.

Maybe the best news, at least for people reading Android Central, is that NVIDIA will directly handle any and all updates for the tablet. Experience from having the Shield let's us know this is a good thing, as they have been quick to respond to issues and aren't afraid to roll out the OTAs.

For more, see the link below. The full press release and another press image is after the break.

More: NVIDIA

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