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3 months ago

How to fix poor audio on your Nexus 9

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Surrounded by sound

Not all audio tracks are created equal, turning off the emulated 'surround sound' may help

Ever fire up a movie (even one you've downloaded) in the Google Play Movies and TV app on your Nexus 9, and noticed the sound was just horribad? That underwater warbly sound likely isn't an issue with your new tablet, or with the movie you just rented or bought — it's probably an incorrect setting.

There's not much we hate more than bad audio around these parts, so lets have a look at how you might be able to fix it.

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3 months ago

Nexus 9 now available in sand color, but only as 32 GB model

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Anybody holding out for the beige version of the Nexus 9 can now pick one up directly from the Google Play Store. You'll have to pony up for the 32 GB model, and your geography may limit availability (no love for us Canadians). If you're in the U.S., you should be good to go.

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3 months ago

First look at the Remix Ultra Tablet

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Jide Remix Ultra Tablet

An Android tablet to get work done on

Jide, a company founded by three ex-Googlers, showed off its first device at CES 2015 — the Remix Ultra Tablet. The tablet — which strongly resembles the Microsoft Surface Pro line — has a magnetically connected keyboard and a kickstand what can be extended to 40 and 80 degrees.

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3 months ago

Nokia N1 Android tablet goes up for pre-order in China for $250

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After an official unveil in November 2014, the Nokia N1 is now up for pre-order in China. The tablet is listed for 1599 Yuan ($256), and will be available in the country from January 29.

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3 months ago

Hands-on with Dell's crazy thin Venue 8 7000 tablet

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Dell Venue 8 7000

Dell's latest Android device is one handsome looking thing

This is the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet. While the name doesn't exactly inspire, the device itself certainly does. To coincide with CES 2015 it's finally going on sale and what we've got is the thinnest tablet currently on the market at just 6mm. But that's not all it has to boast about. It's also got a stunning QHD resolution OLED display, a 3D RealSense camera, front facing speakers and ridiculously skinny bezels. And it's a handsome looking thing, for sure.

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3 months ago

Alcatel revamps the Pop family with a new tablet, phones (hands-on)

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Alcal Pop 2

2015 is all about affordable LTE devices for the low-cost manufactuer

Alcatel today announced new additions to its affordable Pop family in the form of the Pop 10 tablet and a trio of Pop 2 phones ranging from 4 to 5 inches.

This year is going to be all about LTE for the low-cost manufacturer, and the Pop 10 tablet brings it with Cat. 4 speeds. The tablet's powered by a quad-core MediaTex CPU, has 8GB of storage and sports a 5MP camera 'round back and 2MP out front. It's standout feature, however, is the removable Bluetooth keyboard. It's done in the manner we've become accustomed to over the years, with a little bit of thickness added at the hinge. But the whole smash manages to retain a pretty thin profile. The keys have decent (not great) travel, and the trackpad is clicky enough.

The Pop 2 phones start at 4 inches with a 480x800 resolution, move on to a 4.5-incher at 854x480, and finally to a 5-incher at full HD. All three will sport LTE data, and price points will reflect their various standings in the family. The high end Pop 2 (5) has a plastic textured back which we actually liked a little less than the soft-touch 4.5 model, but to each his own on that one. All three phones will have options for color backs and flip covers.

We've got more on the Pop 8 tablet and Pop 2 phones on down below.

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3 months ago

Dell Venue 8 7840 with QHD display and Intel RealSense goes up for sale on Best Buy for $399

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Last year, Dell announced that it was working on a tablet in collaboration with Intel that aims to pack high-end hardware in a chassis that is only 6.4mm thick. The tablet, dubbed the Dell Venue 8 7840, is now available on Best Buy for $399.

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3 months ago

HTC apparently has 'some huge surprises' coming in 2015

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According to HTC's Jeff Gordon (he's their Senior Global Online Communications Manager), 2015 is going to be a big year for HTC. Of course, as their head online PR guy he's not going to say that 2015 will be a ho-hum year for the Taiwanese manufacturer of some of our favorite smartphones and the latest Nexus tablet, but we can't help but be interested in what HTC is planning on bringing to bear in the coming year.

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3 months ago

Jerry's favorite Android devices of 2014

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The best of 2014

The Android devices of 2014 that I can't put down

2014 was a really good year for an Android fan. We saw great phones, tablets and watches from plenty of manufacturers, and chances are no matter what you were looking for, you were able to find it.

I'm lucky (mostly) because I get to play with many of these phones, tablets and watches. They are the tools we here at AC need to do our jobs. They're like a fancy socket set that can play Candy Crush.

But of course, we all like some more than others. And that's what this is all about — my favorites from the past year. It wasn't easy to pick just a few, because I've found that just about every Android device has a thing or two going for it that makes it great. There really are no wrong choices, and your list will probably be different from mine. That's a good thing.

Here's my list of favorite Android devices.

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4 months ago

NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting Android 5.0.1 — here's the changelog

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NVIDIA Shield

NVIDIA has posted the changelog for the Android 5.0.1 update to the Shield Tablet. Nothing earth-shattering here with the point increase — "improvements in general UI and app responsiveness" is always a good thing to see, and also not surprising given the state of Lollipop.

Also: The Camera Awesome app gets some new effects with this update as well, the Shield Power Control Menu has returned, and there have been some memory optimization improvements as well.

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4 months ago

Bullitt Group to license Kodak brand for a new line of Android devices

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The Bullitt Group will launch a lineup of Android-based smartphones and tablets using the Kodak brand next year, with plans to launch their first device at CES 2015 in early January.

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4 months ago

Android 4.4.4 KitKat update rolling out to T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 3

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T-Mobile's Galaxy Tab 3 is finally making the switch to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The tablet has been on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean since it made its debut last year, which makes the update welcome news for owners of the tablet.

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4 months ago

All of Amazon's Fire HDX 8.9 tablets are 30 percent off for today only

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Amazon apparently wants to sell a bunch of its Fire HDX 8.9 tablets a few days before Christmas. The retailer has cut the price of all of the models for the 8.9-inch Android tablet down by 30% for today only.

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4 months ago

LG launches LTE variant of G Pad 8.0 in South Korea

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LG may have launched the LTE version of its G Pad 8.0 tablet earlier this year, but it looks like it's taken the Korean giant until now to roll it out in its domestic market. LG has announced today that the G Pad 8.0 LTE is now available for purchase in South Korea at a price of ₩ 330,000.

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4 months ago

Verizon's LG G Pad 8.3 tablet gets a minor software update

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Verizon Wireless is currently rolling out a small software update for its version of the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. It won't update the device to Android 5.0 Lollipop but it does address a few minor issues with the tablet.

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