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4 years ago

Hisense Sero 7 Pro gets maintenance update

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Software update P756.6.02.11.00 is 52.2 MB in size, contains under-the-hood changes

The Hisense Sero 7 Pro is receiving an over-the-air update, with a widespread rollout in full effect. The Android version stays the same in what appears to be a small maintenance update, 52.2 MB in size. While there doesn't appear to be an official change log just yet, Google Currents was added to the stock apps, and some more advanced users are reporting changes to a few drivers and the kernel.

It's good to see Hisense's support behind this tablet, as the company is relatively new to the Android market in the United States. Good, frequent updates are sure to build the product brand and keep customers coming back for more.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the Sero 7 Pro full review. A screen shot of the "About tablet" screen can be found after the break.

Thanks, George, for the tip!

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4 years ago

In pictures: Two generations of Nexus 7

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See what Google has changed since its first attempt at a 7-inch tablet

The original Nexus 7 was a serious improvement to Android tablets when it was announced last year, and Google is trying hard to build on its success with the newest iteration of the device. Dubbed the "New Nexus 7", it packs a new set of internals -- Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, rear camera and stereo speakers. We also have the pleasure of seeing a full 1920x1200 display around the front, showing off Android 4.3 in all its glory.

These internal updates are all wrapped in a new casing that adds a few things -- such as a soft touch back and thinner profile -- but drops the charging pins and relocates the headphone jack and microphone. All together we find this to be a leaner and better looking Nexus 7 that is worthy of the name. Hang with us after the break for a full side-by-side comparison of two generations of Nexus 7 hardware from ASUS and Google.

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4 years ago

Android 4.3 improves Photosphere alignment and exposure

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The Photo Sphere team has been hard at work correcting errors and fixing inconsistent colors

With yesterday's event came the official announcement of Android 4.3, and the incredibly fast push to get this latest OS version out to devices everywhere. There were many changes included in the newest incarnation of Jelly Bean, among those being improvements to the camera and its Photosphere feature.

Googler Evan Rapoport has detailed some of the changes that went into Android's 3D panoramic image capturing, the photo sphere. Those who have taken photo spheres in the past have probably noticed errors in the image, where portions were not aligned or missing. Alignment and stitching have been improved in Android 4.3, minimizing errors and making images much more consistent.

Consistency was also improved for colors, eliminating much of the past problems with gray areas and areas of high contrast. Exposure compensation now gives beautifully exposed photos, says Rapoport.

Be sure to check out the Photo Sphere forum for great examples of photo spheres or to post your own. And that Photosphere above? That's shot with the new improvements.

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4 years ago

We're answering your Nexus 7 questions in the forums!

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You have questions, we have the new Nexus 7

This is the device so many of us have been waiting for -- the successor to the original Nexus 7. With a new design, improved internals and a serious bump in screen resolution, the new Nexus 7 seems to check all of the boxes on paper. Now that things have settled down a bit following a whirlwind of news out of Google in San Francisco yesterday, we're back home with our very own Nexus 7 and we want to answer those burning questions you all have about the device.

While a lot of digital ink has already been spilled over the specs and availability, there are some things you can only know by holding the tablet in your hands. Hop into the forums below and ask those questions that just haven't been answered yet.

Ask me about the new Nexus 7!

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4 years ago

Get 30 extra lives in Google Play Games (or at least an achivement)

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The Konami Code lives on as a hidden Easter egg in the new Play Games

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start -- old school and hardcore gamers will recognize this code as the "Konami Code" or the "Contra Code," as noted by Ron Amadeo and demoed (after the break) by Renaud Lepage. This sequence of buttons dates all the way back to the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), most popularly know for its power to bestow 30 lives to players of the game Contra, and has been in multiple games since.

The developers of the new Google Play Games have decided to pay homage to these games of old, by adding a special achievement for anyone who puts this O.G. (original gamer) code to use. While it's not as good as 30 lives, an achievement is an ​achievement. Check out the video after the break for the code in action.

If you missed the Google Play Games announcement, now would be the perfect time to watch yesterday's event.

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4 years ago

OUYA retail system review

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Android software meets game console hardware in a quest to revolutionize gaming

Last year, a project for the Android-powered video game console "OUYA" (pronounced OOO-yah) was founded, using Kickstarter to raise funds for development costs. Originally asking for $950,000 from Kickstarter backers, the project raised over $8.5 million -- making it one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history. The people had spoken: this was a niche in the gaming market that needed to be filled.

After getting initial units into the hands of developers, the library of OUYA games began to grow. User feedback was taken from those with pre-release units, and hardware changes were made based on that feedback, showing thoughtfulness and desire by the OUYA team to do everything possible to make their console succeed.

Last month, OUYA launched at retail locations -- becoming available to the general public. With a price tag of only $99 and a library of downloadable games that are free or at least free to try, the self-proclaimed "OUYA Revolution" has begun. Does OUYA make good on its promises of revolution? Can it -- and should it -- be compared to consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo? How well does it function as an actual Android device? We have the full review.

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4 years ago

Ubuntu Edge questions? Ask the founder of Ubuntu anything today

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Founder Mark Shuttleworth to discuss the Ubuntu Edge and its fundraising campaign

A few days ago Canonical announced a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo for a future super-phone, the Ubuntu Edge. The phone will dual-boot, being powered by both the Ubuntu operating system and Android. The Ubuntu Edge will have specifications powerful enough to make it a full-fledged Ubuntu desktop PC. To make this dream a reality, Canonical is asking for $32 million in 30 days.

To help ensure this goal is reached, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth will be answering questions today live via a Reddit AMA (ask me anything). If you've been on the fence about donating to this Indiegogo campaign, now is the time to get those burning questions in by visiting the link below. The AMA is underway now.

Reddit AMA; Thanks trickedoutdavid!

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4 years ago

Samsung said to make the next Nexus 10, coming in 'the near future'

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Google's Sundar Pichai tells the Wall Street Journal there will be a new Samsung Nexus 10

Sundar Pichai, the same Googler we had breakfast with yesterday in San Francisco, has reportedly given the Wall Street Journal's Amir Efrati a couple tidbits about the next generation Nexus 10 -- the who and the when.

Samsung apparently will continue to be the manufacturer of the Nexus 10. Much like how Google decided to stick with Asus through two versions of their Nexus 7, it appears the same will be true with their 10-inch tablet.

Efrati tweeted that we will see the new Nexus 10 "in the near future." If Google decides to follow the same release strategy with their 10-inch tablet as they have with their 7-inch tablet (which had a product cycle of about a year), it would mean a release date around November.

Perhaps they will invite us to lunch this time?

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4 years ago

Watch the Nexus 7, Chromecast and Android 4.3 event all over again

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And, if you're cool like that, you could even watch it on your new Chromecast. (Or in the all-new Android Central app!)

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4 years ago

Goodnight, sweet sphere ...

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Today, your slightly creepy (but ever-awesome) light goes out for the last time.

If you need us, we'll be in the Chromecast forums.

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4 years ago

SD card showdown: Testing the SanDisk Extreme

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Earlier in the month we told you about a new SanDisk SDcard that offered the fastest speeds available. Those were some big words, and anytime we hear claims like that we have to try it for ourselves.

It just so happens that I'm the perfect test subject for this. I don't use SD cards in my phones, so I have no bias or preconceived notions about any brand or products. I do use SD cards in my cameras, so I understand how important fast read, and more importantly fast write, speeds are for users.

So I pitted two pricey models and one budget model against each other, to see how things measured up in the real world. Armed with my trusty Nikon and a Samsung Galaxy S4, I put things to the test. Read through, and see how things worked out.

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4 years ago

Chromecast setup and first impressions

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It only takes a few simple steps and you'll be up and running with Chromecast and your favorite content

Google caught more than a few people off guard Wednesday when it revealed Chromecast, a Chrome-powered HDMI dongle designed to bring the best content from any device to your TV. It doesn't seem that a single person was pessimistic about the idea though, as just a few demos of what Chromecast was capable of had the whole audience ecstatic about the idea.

Delivering precisely what was promised by the Nexus Q and more, at just one-tenth the price, the Chromecast has some serious potential behind it. We've got our hands on one, and having gone through the process of setting up and using the device we're downright giddy with excitement about this thing.

So what is it like to set up and use a Chromecast connected to your TV, controlled by your Android device? It's actually quite an enjoyable experience.

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4 years ago

Latest LG G2 leak shows 2610 mAh battery

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We're still a couple of weeks out from LG's New York launch event for its new G2 smartphone, but we already know quite a bit about the device, thanks to LG's teasing and a number of recent leaks. And the latest G2 leak, which came to light through a (now deleted) post on a Korean forum, shows us the the front face and back of the device.

The front is a familiar sight — all screen, with virtual home, back and menu keys. But the back shot reveals a 2610mAh battery tucked behind the phone's back cover, above the trademark rear volume rocker. How do we know its capacity? Well, like most LG batteries, it's printed right on the front.

Battery aside, the LG G2 is said to pack a massive 5.2-inch 1080p display, and run Qualcomm's speedy new Snapdragon 800 CPU, putting it clearly at the high end of the smartphone spectrum. We'll be live from NYC on Aug. 7 for the launch event, so stay tuned for more G2 news.

Source: Duam; via: PocketNow

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4 years ago

Sony confirms Android 4.3 upgrade plans

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Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, SP and Z Ultra to get 4.3 upgrade; some 4.1 devices could jump straight to 4.3

Sony is the first Android OEM to commit to device updates to Android 4.3, less than a day after Google unveiled the new version of Android in San Francisco. The Japanese company says it can confirm that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra will all get upgrades to Android 4.3, though no specific update timetable is offered.

In addition, Sony says it's looking at upgrading some of its Android 4.1 devices directly to 4.3, leapfrogging 4.2 entirely. (It wouldn't be the first we've heard of a manufacturer possibly jumping straight from 4.1 to 4.3.) Again, Sony's not committing to any timeframes, but says it'll share more details when it's able.

Meanwhile, the Android 4.2 updates will continue rolling out for existing Sony devices. The manufacturer says the Xperia ZR and Tablet Z will start seeing 4.2 push out from early August.

Source: Sony Mobile

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4 years ago

New Nexus 7 listed for pre-order in the UK, release slated for September [Updated]

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Prices to start at £199.99 for 16GB, £239.99 for 32GB

Update: Ebuyer is now listing the new Nexus 7 for pre-order too, with availability expected for Aug. 29. That's a couple weeks before Dixons' stock date, but still a good month beyond the U.S. launch window.

Original story: The new Nexus 7 tablet might be hitting the U.S. before the end of July, but consumers in the UK could be in for a substantially longer wait if a couple of major retailers are to be believed. Currys and PC World, both parts of the Dixons group, are listing the 16 and 32-gigabyte versions of the tablet for pre-order, priced at £199.99 and £239.99 respectively. But the tablets are listed with an availability date of Sep. 13, some six weeks after the U.S. launch.

While pre-order dates are subject to change, Currys and PC World were retail launch partners for the 2012 Nexus 7, so there's a good chance they aren't just pulling this date out of thin air. There's also no sign of the European 4G Nexus 7, so UK buyers wanting to take advantage of LTE data on the new tablet could be in for an even longer wait.

We've heard nothing specific about international availability from Google, and at yesterday's launch event the company told attendees that other countries would be getting the tablet "in the coming weeks." The UK was named as one of the first wave of countries to get the new tablet following the U.S. launch, along with Germany, South Korea, Japan, Spain, Canada, France and Australia.

Meanwhile the UK Google Play Store continues to list last year's Nexus 7, with prices starting at £159 for 16GB + Wifi.

Source: Currys, PC World

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