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3 months ago

AT&T announces its first self-branded tablet, the Trek HD 4G LTE

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AT&T is taking the next step in the tablet market, releasing its own branded tablet, the Trek HD 4G LTE.

While AT&T carries a variety of tablets already, but the Trek HD 4G LTE is different in one major way. This is the carrier's first company-branded tablet. With sales of the Trek HD 4G LTE starting on May 12, and an in-store release date of May 15, the company has not released a whole lot about the tablet.

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3 months ago

Leaked press render of the Galaxy Tab S2 offers a first look at Samsung's upcoming tablet

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The leaked render reveals a design that is similar to that of the Galaxy Tab A, with a metal frame running around the sides of the tablet.

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3 months ago

Lollipop now hitting Dell Venue 8 tablets, forcing encryption during update

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Dell Venue 8

We're no strangers to Lollipop updates around here, but Dell adding encryption during the update is something new.

One of the big topics to come up during the launch of Android 5.0, especially after using the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, was the inclusion of full disk encryption to the platform. Nexus users quickly discovered they had little say in the matter, but most manufacturers have left encryption as a choice in both updates and new device releases. During the update to Android 5.0.2 today, Dell Venue 8 users will notice a step in between agreeing to reboot and start the update and the "Android is upgrading" screen. This sleek little Intel tablet is encrypting the device during the update process, and it's happening without user consent.

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3 months ago

What to do if the Android 5.0.2 update sends your Nexus 9 into a bootloop tizzy

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Nexus 9 factory reset

The Android 5.0.2 update apparently is breaking some Nexus 9s. But it's possible to reset your way out of it.

Strange things are afoot with the Nexus 9. The Android 5.0.2 update that started rolling out a couple days ago — that's the one ahead of the Android 5.1.1 update that'll drop any time now — has been sending some tablets into a bootloop tailspin. That's absolutely not the sort of thing anyone wants to see happen with an update, and it's sure not something you expect from what's supposed to be the most unadulterated Android experiences.

There have been a number of reports of "bricked" Nexus 9 tablets in Google's support forums, our own forums and other online watering holes. (In fact, my Nexus 9 went into bootloop limbo as well.)

The good news is that there are options should your tablet be soft-bricked (that's as opposed to actually dead) after taking this update.

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4 months ago

Vodafone UK launches the Tab prime 6, a 9.6-inch tablet for just £150

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£150 gets you a 9.6-inch tablet running Lollipop, along with 6GB of data included.

Vodafone UK has announced the Tab prime 6, a £150 tablet with a large 9.6-inch display. Running Android 5.0 Lollipop with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM internally, the Tab prime 6 also has a 5MP camera on the back as well as a 2MP front facing camera.

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4 months ago

Google releases Android 5.0.2 factory images for the Nexus 9

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Google has posted the latest factory images for the Nexus 9, bumping the device up to Android 5.0.2.

Following the (somewhat disappointing) OTA update to Android 5.0.2 earlier today, Google has posted factory images for both the LTE and Wi-Fi versions of the Nexus 9.

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4 months ago

Nexus 9 gets a long-awaited update ...

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... to Android 5.0.2.

There are a couple ways to react to the Nexus 9 receiving an over-the-air update to Android 5.0.2 today while other Nexus devices — watches and TV boxes and older tablets — are hitting Android 5.1.1.

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4 months ago

Acer's new Iconia 8 brings Intel's Atom to the U.S. this summer for $149

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Acer's latest entry into the mid-sized market is the Iconia 8 (B1-820). It's got an 8-inch IPS display (1280x800), comes in either 16- or 32-gigabyte configurations, weighs 335 grams and is 9.5 mm thin.

The Iconia 8 is powered by an Intel Atom processor and is pushing Android 5.0. It'll be available in the U.S. in July for $149 and in this month in Europe starting at €179.

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4 months ago

Acer has plans to launch a gaming-focused Android tablet late in 2015

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Acer will launch an 8-inch Android tablet in the fourth quarter of 2015 that will focus on gaming, but only a few details about the device have been revealed so far.

Acer introduced the Predator tablet during its New York City press event today, alongside its Iconia Tab 10 tablet and its new Chromebook.

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4 months ago

Acer's Iconia Tab 10 brings Android 5.0 to schools

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Acer today in New York announced the Iconia Tab 10 for Education. As the name implies, it's a 10.1-inch tablet running Android 5.0 Lollipop that's part of the Google for Education scheme, "bringing accessible technology and richer resources to classrooms."

The tablet's got a reinforced body (because you know kids these days, right?) and anti-slip textured coating. The display has a 1920x1200 resolution, the hole thing weighs a little more than 1 pound and is powered by an Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM and either 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of on-board storage. It's also fitted with Acer's Precision Plus sensors for better use with a stylus or even just a finger.

The Tab 10 for Eduction will run $299 in the U.S. and €299 in parts of Europe starting in May.

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4 months ago

Samsung's Galaxy Tab A to be available in the US starting May 1

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Samsung has announced that both sizes of its Galaxy Tab A can be pre-ordered starting today, and will be available in US stores starting May 1.

Starting today you can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Tab A from Samsung's site, and it will be making its way into several retailers on May 1. Running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, the Galaxy Tab A features 16GB of on-board memory along with a front and rear facing camera.

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4 months ago

Get the Fire HD 7 for $79 from Amazon today only

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Amazon is selling the Fire HD 7 for $79.99 as part of a one-day only sale.

Today only, Amazon is offering the Fire HD 7 tablet for a $60 discount, bringing the price down to only $79.99. Today's deal is good for the 8GB variant of the 7-inch tablet, which is powered by a 1.5 GHz processor as well as a front and rear facing camera.

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4 months ago

Lollipop update for LG E Series tablets starts on April 12

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Starting April 12, LG will be making the Lollipop update available for their E Series tablets.

LG is set to push the Lollipop update for the LG G Pad 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 beginning on April 12. Lollipop brings many great new features to the device, like Google's new Material Design, enhanced notifications, additional languages and more.

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4 months ago

Dell announces its latest Android tablet, the 10.5-inch Venue 10 7000

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Dell has announced its latest Android tablet today, the Venue 10 7000, a business-focused bigger sibling to the Venue 8 7000 series.

Apart from the cylindrical battery at the bottom of the device, the Venue 10 7000 is essentially a blown up version of its smaller Venue 8 7000 series sibling, featuring specs that are largely the same aside from the bump up to a 10.5-inch screen.

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4 months ago

Lollipop 5.1 brings updated sweetness to the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition

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Android Lollipop 5.1 is now rolling out to the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe. LG's first major tablet from 2013 is to receive the latest version of the OS, but should you be impatient and simply cannot wait much longer, we've also got the update URL for you.

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