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4 years ago

ASUS MeMO Pad HD7 review


A tablet stuck between a price point and a hard place.

ASUS is a huge name in the Android tablet space, and while it may be best known for its "Transformer" tablet line and Google's Nexus 7, it also produces a more budget-centric line of tablets under the "MeMO Pad" brand. Targeted directly at the lower end, the MeMO Pad line doesn't focus on specs and instead tries to offer acceptable performance with a few useful features wrapped up in a solid case at an undercutting price.

We reviewed the original MeMO Pad 7 and came away with mixed feelings about the value proposition of a 7-inch tablet with shaky internal hardware hitting the $150 price point. This time around ASUS has bumped up some of the sorely low specs and even dropped the entry price as well, but is it enough to make you consider it as a budget tablet choice?

Hang with us after the break where we find out if the MeMO Pad HD7 has what it takes.

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4 years ago

Android 4.1.2 rolling out for the Verizon Motorola Xoom


Long-suffering Motorola Xoom LTE owners, your Android 4.1.2 update has finally arrived. A few days after the initial soak test, the first 10-inch Android tablet is getting its update to the slightly newer version of Jelly Bean. (And given that the Xoom is no longer supported as of Android 4.2, that's probably where it'll stay.)

If you're still rocking a Motorola Xoom on Verizon, head to "Settings > About > System Updates" to see if your 4.1.2 update is ready.

Source: Android Central forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Vector 4: Brian Klug compares Apples to Androids


Vector is a new Mobile Nations podcast that takes the most important topics in technology today, focuses on them from interesting angles, and then discusses the hell out of them. On today's episode, Brian Klug of AnandTech talks to Rene about the relative strengths and weaknesses of iOS and Android, including specs, battery life, interface, and more, including the new Nexus 7 and Moto X (with wood veneer!). Warning: Brian is super nerdy, and super critical, so take a deep breath, open Wikipedia, and hit play!


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4 years ago

Inside the Moto X Active Display


Easy on the eyes and easy on battery life, Active Display is a great addition to the Moto X

It's easy to overthink Active Display on the Moto X. It's also easy to underestimate its impact. What we've got here is a quick and easy way to get information onto your display without having to hit the power button and firing up the whole screen. From there you can decide whether the notification is important enough to act on — Oh, no! Timmy's stuck in a well! — or or whether it can wait till later — Yes, I'll take out the trash. Later.

Think about that for a minute. How many times a day do you pull your phone out of your pocket to check the time? Or to check for a notification? Each time you're hitting the power button. On LCD displays, that's what you're stuck with. AMOLED displays let you fire up individual pixels, and that's what Motorola's doing here. And it's done it pretty well. 

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4 years ago

LG G2 could land in Korea on Aug. 8, all four major U.S. carriers tipped


Fast-tracked release in Korea and a launch on the big four in the U.S., according to Korean press reports

We're gearing up for tomorrow's big LG G2 unveiling in New York City, but it seems the first country to see a retail release for the phone could be South Korea. According to reports from Korea's MK News, the device will launch in the Korean market this Thursday, Aug. 8, the day after the NYC launch event.

In the United States, the publication adds, the G2 will launch on all four major carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint — while Japan's NTT Docomo will also get the new LG flagship.

Fortunately we won't have to wait too long to learn whether these reports pan out, as we'll be live from NYC tomorrow to bring you full coverage of the LG G2 launch.

Source: MK News (Korean); via: UnwiredView

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4 years ago

Hot-tub Tickling Champion


... Is just one of the many things HTC could stand for.

As HTC continues to hint at "big things ahead" — which may or may not involve a collaboration with Robert Downey Jr — plays host what you might call a Humorous Text Combinator.

Hit the source link to try it out, and share your favorites down in the comments.

More: 'HTC' Generator

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4 years ago

HTC One Max gets sized up in new leaked photo


Large phone is large

We got our first look at what's probably HTC's big-screened One Max over the weekend, and now the source of that leak, Taiwanese site ePrice, is back with another comparative photo. In the latest image, the 5.9-inch HTC phone is pitted against the Motorola XT882, a device with a humble 4-inch display. As you can see, the difference in size is pretty ridiculous — the Motorola phone doesn't even cover the enormous screen of the One Max.

The image also gives us a closer look at the Max's hardware, and it seems HTC may have opted for a One Mini-style plastic trim rather than the chamfered metal edges of the regular HTC One. We can also see what might be a SIM tray on the left edge, and an off-center microUSB port is revealed by the presence of a charging cable.

Purported specs for the One Max point to it being the most powerful HTC phone we've seen so far, with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 800 chip running the show. Android Central understands that the Max is targeted for a September release, so we're still around a month out from actually being able to buy HTC's largest handset yet.

Source: ePrice

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4 years ago

New Nexus 7 up for pre-order in Australia


Prices start at A$299, tablet 'due to arrive late August'

Australia is to be in the first wave of countries to get the new Nexus 7 following the U.S. launch, and now we have some more firm details as to when we can expect the tablet Down Under. Ausdroid has spotted the first Australian pre-order listing for the device at PLE Computers, where it's "due to arrive late August."

Prices start at A$299 for the 16GB Wifi model, A$339 for 32GB and A$439 for 32GB + LTE. It's interesting to see that the LTE version is listed with the same arrival date as the Wifi-only tablets, as this model has yet to go on sale anywhere else, including the U.S.

While there's no official Australian pricing from Google or ASUS yet, PLE's prices loosely track what you'll pay in the U.S. — with the addition of sales tax and a small mark-up.

Meanwhile in the UK, it's possible the Nexus 7 could make an appearance from late August to mid-September, depending on where you order.

Source: PLE Computers; via: Ausdroid

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4 years ago

Samsung now mass producing 3D vertical NAND flash chips


New 3D chips offer at least twice the reliability and speed over 10nm chips.

Following the logical progression along flash storage development, Samsung has just announced that it will begin mass producing 3D "vertical NAND" (V-NAND) flash chips. Although we know Samsung as a massive consumer electronics company, the Korean manufacturer also has a lucrative business making the internal components — such as processors, flash storage and displays — for many different device manufacturers.

We've talked before about the move by Samsung (and other manufacturers) to smaller technology for fitting a denser amount of storage on the same physical area with the move to a 10nm-class manufacturing process, but as the name would lead you to expect this new 3D NAND system goes a step further. Rather than sticking to a traditional "planar" (flat) structure, Samsung is now building chips that stack components vertically — up to 24 cell layers high.

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4 years ago

Calling all gamers — your Talk Mobile survey responses, infographic style


See what you and gamers like you had to say in our Talk Mobile gaming survey

The point of Talk Mobile is that the conversation can carry on right through 2013, so even though we moved on from mobile gaming as an active conversation, which is how we kicked things off, doesn't mean it's time for things to stop. We covered all of the hot topics: mobile gaming vs. consoles, the dark side of mobile gaming, multiplayer mobile gaming, and we finished talking off about how mobile gaming could get better and what the future of mobile gaming looks like.

Now we can look back at both the expert opinion, as well as your replies and responses. That's what were doing now, and what better way to do it than infographic style. 

We surveyed all the hard playing gamers, as well as the more casual types with a handful of questions about how, when and where you game. The results are pretty cool to dig through. Did you know that 30-percent of you play games on your phone at work? Or that playing games in bed (62-percent) comes in second place to playing in the bathroom with a whopping 73-percent? 

There are more cool stats in the infographic our design team whipped up, so be sure to have a look at it. You'll find the full version right here, and a smaller version for a quick preview after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC teases 'big things ahead' (update: longer video)


Update: HTC has also posted a longer-form version of the same video on Youtube, which you can see after the break.

Original story: HTC has taken to Vine and Instagram to tease an upcoming thing.

The company isn't giving much away — a guy, who may or may not be Robert Downey Jr, hops out of a chopper and high-fives someone else who is probably not Robert Downey Jr. The six-second trailer also fires the slogans "Here's To Change" and "Happy Telephone Company" at us. The video's description simply says "big things ahead," along with the hashtag #HTChange.

Could it be a hint at HTC's purported $12 million ad deal with RDJ? Or might "big things" refer to the rumored HTC One Max?

Whatever HTC's got up its sleeve, we look forward to finding out, six seconds at a time.

Source: Vine, Instagram

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4 years ago

Samsung's latest flip phone shows up in clear pictures


Samsung to continue their tradition of alternate form-factor Android for the far east.

We all remember the Jackie Chan-endorsed $3,000 quad-core flip phone from Samsung from last year, or the more affordable W899 from the year before, right? Samsung is at it again, releasing another version of their Android folder which is likely headed to the Asian market. 

While we're not exactly sure why so many folks in the west are interested this time around, we know that Samsung is loving the attention. It has received a little more yesterday, as the first photos of it in the wild have appeared on the Korean forum. According to a Korean language user manual found for the phone, we expect to see a 3.7-inch AMOLED panel at 800 x 480, a Snapdragon 400 dual-core chip, 2GB of RAM and LTE support.  

Like the rest of the Android flip-phones, chances are we'll never see this one in the west. We'll have to be satisfied with just pictures, and there are two more after the break.

Source:; Via: Engadget

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4 years ago

NFL redesigns mobile app, inexplicably blocks rooted users


A whole bunch of good changes, and one bad one.

Just as the NFL preseason kicks off, the NFL Mobile app for Android has received a serious facelift and also an unexpected issue for rooted users. On the design front the app looks and seems to perform much better than previous iterations, which is a big deal for the hardcore fans out there. The app now also offers even more video content including game highlights right from the app.

The last item in the changelog is puzzling to us however: "NFL Mobile not supported on rooted devices." Now we can't say that we're surprised a content producer is "afraid" of rooted devices, but it's hard to be okay with a blanket blocking of root users. Just because a phone is rooted doesn't mean that its owner is trying to do anything wrong or illegal with your content — and while it may be a small market in the scheme of things it's still a group of customers that shouldn't be blocked.

In the end its your choice whether or not to support the NFL, and by the looks of some of the recent comments on the app after its update many people are choosing not to. Grab a download of the update and check it out for yourself at the Play Store link above.

Via: @Eks193

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4 years ago

The basics: How Google TV differs from Chromecast


A Chromecast may be exactly what you need in your living room, but it's not a Google TV replacement

While many of us have our Chromecast dongle, and are happily playing with them and sending content to our televisions, there are plenty of folks who have some very valid questions about what the device is, what it can do, and especially what makes it different than a Google TV box. We can help, and we'll start with the last question. A Chromecast and a Google TV unit are very different devices.

Join the discussion in the Chromecast forums

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4 years ago

Sony open sources Xperia Z Ultra software


Sony continues its commitment to open-source device software

Taking to its developer portal, Sony has posted a download for the complete open-sourced software for its newest giant device the Xperia Z Ultra. Even though it hasn't been broadly released yet — currently slated for a September 12th launch — Sony is releasing a full archive of the software (version 14.1.B.0.461) for the C6802 HSPA+ model for download. Sony has a pretty good track record when it comes to open-sourcing its device software, and we're glad they're doing it again here.

Enterprising developers and tinkerers alike that are trying to get a head start on development for the device can grab a download of the full archive at the source link below. The download clocks in at a hefty 228MB for the whole deal, and will give you access to all the bits you'll want to have your hands on.

Source: Sony

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