These few fixes may help you fight those Lollipop bugs
The rush to update Android phones and tablets to Lollipop has just begun. The obvious players — Google's Nexus devices and Motorola — are getting Lollipop updates to all eligible devices now, and we've already seen LG and Samsung dip their toes into the update waters.
This is a good thing. (Most of the time.) Android and the people who use it in their smart devices have a reputation for poor update practices and procedures to overcome, and pushing new software in a timely manner is what it will take to do that. We'll leave discussion about why we expect or need an OS update on our small computers for another time.
Of course, with any and all system updates come bugs. Some are universal and affect everyone. Some are device-specific, and some seem to be bad luck — the kind of bad luck that comes with every major system software update.
Luckily, there are some things you can try to alleviate some issues should you be having them. None of these are fool-proof, and they may or may not work for you, but they need to be discussed because they have worked for others.
$39 gets you a capable, easy-to-use cover for your Nexus 9
Here we have a quick look at the retail version of the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9 tablet. And fortunately a quick look is all we need to tell you that this is a capable, easy-to-use cover. We've had origami-type covers leave us frustrated in the past, but that fear quickly subsided with the Magic Cover.
One side is polyurethane and is meant to face outward, with the inward-facing side a softer suede-like material. Don't be surprised if you find yourself forgetting which is which though. (Hint: the "nexus HTC" logo goes on the inside.) Magnets keep everything in place when the cover's flat on the front or back of the tablet, though we are a little curious how it holds up to be jostled around inside a gear bag. They're strong, but they're not that strong.
Acer and Best Buy are spreading some holiday cheer starting today with a great deal on the Iconia Tab 8. The current promotion takes the already inexpensive Tab 8 at $139 and throws in a $40 Best Buy gift card when you purchase, effectively bringing the price of the tablet down to just $100. For that price you're of course not getting barn-burning specs, but the Intel Atom-based Android 4.4 tablet with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage is pretty capable.
Both official accessories for the Nexus 9 — that'd be the Magic Cover, that foldable magnetic save-your-screen-from-sure-destruction cover, and the Keyboard Folio — are finally available. And you've got a few choices from which to purchase, though price is pretty much the same for all three right now.
Here are direct links to everywhere you can buy the Nexus 9 Magic Cover and keyboard folio:
T-Mobile this morning announced that the Nexus 9 is available for $24.99 a month, or $599.76 outright, making the LTE version of the 8.9-inch tablet finally available. (Google is still only selling the Wifi-capable model directly.)
For the most part this is the same Nexus 9 we crawled all over in our review, only with LTE data tucked in there. But that itself raises some technical questions, as the Tegra K1-powered tablet is using an off-die modem. That's not to say there's anything inherently evil about that, but it's different than what we're used to, and previous generations of devices (and to be fair we're talking several generations of hardware ago) that used that scheme suffered from less-than-stellar battery life. And throw in the fact that Nexus 9 battery life tends to vary quite a bit already depending on what you're doing with the tablet, and we're actually quite curious as to how this will shake out.
The Nexus 9 has made its much-awaited debut in the Indian market today for Rs. 28,900 ($465). That price is for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version on Amazon India. The Play Store, meanwhile, still has the tablet listed as "Coming Soon."
AT&T is bringing shoppers a new bundle deal if they purchase any LG smartphone with the wireless carrier. If that happens, AT&T offer them a 99-cent price on a new LG G Pad 7.0 LTE tablet if both are purchased at the same time.
If you (or someone on your gift list) are looking for a new tablet this holiday season — and we're not just talking Android, but any tablet, really — we've got just the place for you to start. We've compiled a list of the best tablets on the market across all platforms, so you can be informed before you even head out the door. The guide covers all of the best tablets that are available right now — so even if you're a hardcore Android fan — you can see how the competition stacks up.
We'll keep the post up to date as new devices hit the market, so you can always check back to see where the new players stack up against the old favorites. Swing on over to our sister site iMore where you can check out our full guide of the best tablets.
Phil gave us a nice introduction to the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio when a weary UPS delivery person dropped it off the day before Thanksgiving, but we wanted to revisit it after using it for a few days. It's the first accessory available for the Nexus 9, and with a hefty $130 price tag, we know that it's important to learn all you can learn before you plunk any money down.
T-Mobile is the latest wireless carrier in the US to announce it will sell the LTE 10.5-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet. It will go on sale December 10 both online and in T-Mobile's retail stores for $649.92.
This week, a new OEM revealed its presence on the Internet. The Germany-based company Linshof says it will release a line of high-end Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphones and tablets for very low prices starting sometime in the first quarter of 2015.
It's Black Friday, which means lots of you are looking deals on Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. Keep in mind that price changes and expirations will happen throughout the day.
If you're in the market, we've got a bunch of other great Black Friday deals here. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.
In late 2013, Lenovo recruited Ashton Kutcher – yes, that Ashton Kutcher – as its celebrity "product engineer" to collaborate on the original Yoga Android tablet. In all fairness, wasn't like other Android tablets around at the time, and that hasn't changed much to this day. With an unusual design and claims of killer battery life, there were certainly things to help it stand out from the crowd.
But inferior hardware and less than ideal software performance let it down. Lenovo tried again earlier this year with the Yoga 10HD+ with improved hardware, but now its back again – as is Kutcher – with an all-out sequel. The Yoga Tablet 2 is a family of devices that covers both Android and Windows and boasts a 13-inch 'Pro' edition complete with a Pico Projector.
And so it comes time to review. We've got the 10-inch Android version in – because the Windows 8 tablet wouldn't belong here, would it? – to put through its paces. Is it a winner this time around? Read on to find out.
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