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3 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet Marshmallow update now available to download

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As promised, NVIDIA has begun pushing the Marshmallow update out for its original Shield Tablet. NVIDIA recently update the Shield Tablet K1 to Marshmallow, which brought many of the same fixes to the newer tablet.

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3 months ago

Fewer than 700 Jolla Tablets will ever ship; 21,000 backers will eventually maybe get a refund

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Just 540 additional Jolla Tablets will be shipped out to backers of the original Indiegogo crowdsourced campaign, according to the Finnish manufacturer. All of the other backers will be offered refunds, but those users may not see their entire amount paid out for a year.

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3 months ago

Vodafone's Tab speed 6 Android-powered tablet is now available

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Vodafone has announced that the company's newest Android-powered tablet, the Tab speed 6, is now available for purchase. This affordable tablet offers a 4G experience at a low price point, enabling you to pick one up for free on a £16 a month plan with 2GB of data, or just £125 on Pay As You Go if you do not wish to be locked into a contract.

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3 months ago

7-inch Fire tablet is now available for just £40 at Amazon

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Amazon is currently offering the Fire tablet for just £40 in the UK, which is an absolute steal of a deal for those looking for a new tablet. Knocking £10 off the original listing price, Amazon has made the 7-inch Android (Fire OS) device even more affordable. 8GB of expandable internal storage will allow you to store all your Kindle books, as well as games and movies.

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3 months ago

Haier launches a 9.7-inch tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat

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At CES 2016, Haier announced the HaierPad 971. Featuring a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536) IPS display and a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU, the tablet looks like a decent budget offering, even offering what Haier calls the "latest Android OS version," which according to them is Android 4.4 KitKat.

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4 months ago

Hands-on with Huawei's new MediaPad M2 10.0 tablet and its 4 speakers

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Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0

The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 brings 4 speakers to the tablet game.

CES 2016

In addition to announcing the Huawei Mate 8 and new female-oriented versions of the Huawei Watch, Huawei also rolled out the MediaPad M2 10.0. This Android tablet is essentially a larger version of the earlier MediaPad M2 8.0, offering a slim aluminum body (7.35mm, to be specific) with polished chamfers and a 10.1-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. Don't ask us why the tablet's named the 10.0 when the screen's 10.1.

The big highlight here, though, is the quartet of speakers, which Huawei describes as having been "positioned to deliver premium sound quality." Huawei's partnered with audio house Harman/Kardon on the speaker system, building in an "Intelligent Power Amplifier" and Harman/Kardon's Clari-fi tech that restores details lost in compression.

The tablet will be available in multiple configurations, including different colors, radios, storage, RAM, and stylus support:

  • Silver with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM: $349
  • Silver with 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, and LTE: $399
  • Gold with 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, and M-Pen active stylus: $419
  • Gold with 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, LTE, and M-Pen active stylus: $499

Every variant runs a Huawei EMUI-skinned version of Android 5.1 and has a fingerprint sensor built into the bottom bezel. The M-Pen stylus that comes with the 64GB version of the tablet offers 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity for whatever artistic applications you have in mind.

The Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2016, with numerous launch countries including the United States.

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4 months ago

Huawei's MediaPad M2 10 will start at $349

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Huawei has announced the pricing for its upcoming MediaPad M2 10 tablet. Both the 16GB and 64GB models will come in both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + cellular varieties.

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4 months ago

Huawei's MediaPad M2 10 is a new stylus-toting tablet

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New Huawei tablet includes stylus input and Harman/Kardon audio.

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is getting back into the large form factor tablet game, with the announcement of the MediaPad M2 10 at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. It's a new Android 5.1 Lollipop tablet with optional pen input through Huawei's Active Stylus, which boasts 2048-level pressure sensitivity. And the manufacturer has also partnered with Harman/Kardon to bring high-res audio to the tablet — the audio firm's Clari-Fi tech is designed to compensate for lost audio fidelity.

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4 months ago

Alcatel OneTouch officially announces the Pixi 4 family, consisting of 3 phones and a tablet

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As expected, Alcatel OneTouch has officially announced its new Pixi 4 family of devices at CES 2016, which consists of three smartphones and a tablet. This revamped lineup from Alcatel OneTouch is meant to be a premium style entry-level device, meaning you won't find top of the line specs, but you'll find great value in each of these devices.

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4 months ago

Alcatel OneTouch moves the 17-inch Xess to the kitchen, gives it a new launcher

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When we last saw the Xess — the massive 17-inch Android tablet from Alcatel — it was doing its best impression of a possible one-device-to-rule-your-home sort of thing. It's grown a little bit in purpose since then, though it's still a ways from actually going on sale. (Sometime in the first half of the year, for around $499, we're told.)

What's really new is the launcher you see before you. You're essentially looking at three (and then some) dedicated quadrants for things like recipes, Amazon shopping, YouTube or Hulu, and news and social media. The space on the left is meant for things like home video monitoring, which can live there for constant viewing. And, in fact, Alcatel is looking at bundling an IP camera with the Xess.

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4 months ago

The Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet is made for families and priced at just $100

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Acer wants to sell an Android tablet to the family crowd with the introduction of the Iconia One 8. Revealed as part of its CES 2016 product announcements, the 8-inch tablet will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box

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4 months ago

Factory images with January security patch now available for Nexus devices

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If you own a Nexus phone or tablet, and don't like to wait for the OTA release, you can now download the latest factory image from Google and flash it yourself. The update is still Android 6.0.1, but carries a different version number depending which phone or tablet you are using.

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4 months ago

Some of the Jolla Tablet's original backers won't get one after all

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If you were one of the people who backed the Jolla Tablet back in late 2014 with funds, via Indiegogo, thinking you would be getting one, you might be disappointed. The upstart Finnish manufacturer has now revealed that an unnamed number of those original backers won't be getting the tablet after all.

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4 months ago

Nextbook Ares 11a Android 2-in-1 tablet set to ring in at just $220

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Nextbook, the manufacturer of various budget Android and Windows tablets, will be expanding its lineup at CES 2016 with the Ares 11a. This will be a 2-in-1 tablet, featuring a full-size detachable keyboard. The tablet itself features an 11.6-inch display, and will run Android 5.1 out of the box. Inside, you'll find a quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8300 processor that is paired with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage.

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4 months ago

Why the Pixel C isn't yet a 'productivity' device

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Pixel C and Macbook Pro

The inclusion of a keyboard doesn't automatically make an Android tablet more productive. The software still has a long way to go.

We've chatted a bit of late over whether "productivity" is a thing — and especially whether it's a thing companies should be using to market their products. And I'm inclined to agree with Russell — whether I'm productive with a thing depends more on me than it does the thing I'm using.

But this much is clear when it comes to the new Pixel C: It's not any more of a productive device than the Nexus 9 is. Never mind the 3 billion (plus or minus) extra processing cores. Never mind magnets. Never mind keyboards. And never mind the awesome Googley LED on the back, which might be solely responsible for 50 percent of my lost work-hours the past several weeks.

I'm not any more productive with the Pixel C for a single reason, and it's one that has absolutely nothing to with any of the hardware.

It has to do with multitasking.

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