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7 months ago

New Nexus 7 getting update with fix for touchscreen issues

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Build JSS15Q has begun rolling out for Google's latest tablet

Following yesterday's updates for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, which are still in the process of reaching all users, Google is today pushing out its first post-release update for the 2013 Nexus 7.

Google's Paul Wilcox confirmed on the company's product forums that new firmware is indeed rolling out to fix touchscreen sensitivity issues reported by some Nexus 7 owners —

"As a couple of you have mentioned, there's a new system update that's started rolling out for your Nexus 7s. This update does address the touchscreen issues discussed in this thread. If you're one of the people experiencing touchscreen issues, please let us know how it's going after you've received and installed the update."

There's no word as to whether the patch includes any other changes, but it's possible it might also include whatever security fixes were rolled out to Nexus phones yesterday.

If you're not seeing anything on your Nexus 7 just yet, you're not alone — our devices aren't showing any updates available just yet either. As is always the case with Google updates, you might need to wait a few days before it's rolled out to your tablet.

Source: Google Product forums; via: ​XDA

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8 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now available on Three UK

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After an announcement just a week ago, Three UK has today launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The stylus-toting tablet is available on a wide range of (data-only) contracts, starting as low as £5 per month for 250MB, with a £369 up-front charge for the device. If you're after a subsidized Note 8, Three's 24-month contracts start at £19 per month for 5GB and £69 up-front. Data-hungry buyers can go as high as 15GB for £29 per month, or £25 per month and £99 up-front.

The Note 8 packs a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8-inch 1280x800 display and DC-HSDPA/4G LTE connectivity, meaning it'll support Three's 4G network when it launches during the fourth quarter.

Source: Three

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8 months ago

UK supermarket Tesco reportedly working on cheap tablet

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British supermarket chain Tesco is reportedly reportedly working on its own-branded tablet computer, which will compete with the likes of the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire. The news comes from UK-based newspaper The Sunday Times, which says the tablet will retail around the £100 mark -- significantly cheaper than most Android tablets -- and come with built-in support for Blinkbox, the streaming service acquired by Tesco in 2011.

Though not specifically mentioned in the report, the low retail price and streaming focus suggests that the tablet will likely run Android in some form or other.

The move could be seen as way for Tesco to claw back revenue lost through declining physical media sales, while also expanding into a potentially lucrative market. The supermarket's prominence in the UK would present it with ample opportunity to get its new tablet in front of shoppers.

Source: The Times (Paywall); via: The Independent; Thanks for the tip, John!

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8 months ago

Toshiba Excite Pro review

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A Tegra 4 powerhouse, sure, but don't get too excited about the Excite Pro

Finally, a readily available Tegra 4-powered Android tablet — the Toshiba Excite Pro — is up for sale in the United States. Complete with a super high-res (2560x1600; 299 ppi) display, premium sound system and Android Jelly Bean, this is one worth taking a close look at if you're in the market for a 10-inch tablet.

Toshiba's been at the Android tablet game for a while, and their track record is a mixed bag. They get a lot right, especially in the looks and style department, but we've just not seen a must-have tablet from the Japanese electronic giant. They aim to change this with the Excite Pro, but is there anything there to get excited about?

That's the question we aim to answer, as I've been using this one for a bit and have a few things to say. Head past the break to find out more.

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8 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 LTE coming to Three UK

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Three UK has confirmed that it'll be offering Samsung's latest stylus-equipped Android tablet, the Galaxy Note 8, in the near future. Announced back at Mobile World Congress in February, the Note 8 features an 8-inch, 1280x800-resolution display, a quad-core Exynos CPU and a 5-megapixel rear camera. In today's video preview, Three's Brendan Arndt reveals that the operator will be offering the LTE-capable version of the Note 8, meaning it'll support Three's 4G services when they go live towards the end of the year.

There's no specific release date for the Note 8 on Three, but the network says it's "coming soon."

More: Galaxy Note 8 review

Source: Three (YouTube)

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8 months ago

New Nexus 7 now available in Canada

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Prices start at C$229, shipping in 1-2 days from the Google Play Store

A few weeks after the new Nexus 7 went on sale in the U.S., Canadians can now get their hands on Google and ASUS' new tablet through the Google Play Store. The Wifi-only 16GB version of the tablet goes for C$229, while the 32GB model will set you back C$269. The tablets are listed as in stock and shipping within 1-2 business days.

If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our full review of the 2013 Nexus 7.

Canadians, hit the comments and let us know if you're picking up a Nexus 7 today. Next stop for the tablet will likely be the UK on Aug. 28.

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8 months ago

New Nexus 7 factory images posted

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Use the restore images to return your new Nexus 7 to a factory state

The factory restore images of Android 4.3 for the new 2013 Nexus 7 have been posted up at Google, allowing folks a path of safe return if they decide to modify the firmware on their device. The images contain a complete backup of the "stock" Android system, and are easily flashed using a computer.

Some hullabaloo has been made, with folks saying we might not ever see these, or starting petitions against parts vendors. It would seem a little patience would have been a wiser choice. 

In any event, if you have a new Nexus 7 and like to tinker, grab them at the link below.

Source: Google. Thanks, Kyle!

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8 months ago

Is GPS broken on your new Nexus 7?

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Word is definitely spreading about GPS problems that a number of folk are having with the new Nexus 7 — mainly that you'll be locked on for a while, only to see the signal drop and not return until a reset, and sometimes not even then. Supposed causes are all over the place, from Google Play Services to Google Maps, Wifi on, Wifi off, to too many apps calling in a GPS signal at one time, to aliens and Area 51.(OK, maybe not that last one.)

A good seven pages (and counting) in our forums point to this being more than a localized problem at this point. We've got an e-mail in to Google to see what's what. 

In the meantime, hit up the poll after the break and let us know what you're seeing.

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8 months ago

ASUS-made Nexus 10 refresh reportedly arriving this year

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ASUS is to manufacture this year's 10-inch Nexus tablet, according to reports from Geek.com

In addition to being behind the highly-praised second-generation Nexus 7, ASUS might be about to replace Samsung as the manufacturer of a refreshed Nexus 10. That's according to Geek.com's Russell Holly, who has a pretty reliable track record in pinning down unannounced Google hardware.

Holly reports that "multiple sources" have confirmed the arrival of an ASUS-built Nexus 10 before the end of the year. Like the current Nexus 7, the new device is to be available on the Google Play Store and brick-and-mortar retailers "in time for the holiday season," according to the report. Given the success Google and ASUS have had with the Nexus 7 line, an ASUS Nexus 10 makes a lot of sense, and shows that the relationship between the two is in good health.

There's no word on what's to come in terms of internal hardware, but we'd expect an equally dazzling high-resolution display in the upcoming tablet, along with a suitably beefy CPU. It'll also be interesting to see whether ASUS is able to offer a 10-inch Nexus tablet at a lower price point than Samsung's 2012 Nexus 10.

So would you be in the market for a larger ASUS-made Nexus tablet? Be sure to shout out in the comments!

Source: Geek.com

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8 months ago

New Nexus 7 hitting the UK from August 28

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We've been seeing UK Nexus 7 pre-order dates for a while, but today we have confirmation that Google and ASUS' latest 7-inch tablet will be arriving on British shores around the end of August. The Taiwanese manufacturer has confirmed to Android Central that the official UK launch date is Aug. 28, which ties in with what some retailers have been saying. (Though curiously, PC World and Currys are still listing a Sep. 13 release date.)

Retail prices for the new Nexus 7 are set to be £199.99 for the 16GB model and £239.99 for 32GB.

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