It looks like the Nexus 4 will be available pretty quickly following Google’s presentation this Monday. It could literally be available for order in the Play Store the same day, but we also know that Carphone Warehouse will have it the following day, October 30. The image is the same one that leaked yesterday and they list the full specs. They match up with what we have already heard, which include a 4.7-inch (1280 x 768) display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 8GB of storage (no microSD), and 9.1mm thick. They also mention Android 4.2 and refer to it as Jelly Bean, but deeper in the specs it’s mentioned as 4.1.2 and even 4.0, so it’s obvious they don’t have all the facts. One other noteworthy item is that it has an “Amazing 360-degree camera”.
You can pre-order it right now. The phone is free with a contract at £31 per month. So who’s buying?
source: carphone warehouse
Amazon has just announced that its brand-new Kindle Fire HD has become its best selling product since launch. No specific number of sales was mentioned, but the company did reveal that a fresh OTA update would be arriving soon, bringing with it a new feature called “FreeTime”. The new FreeTime service will allow parents to restrict their child’s access to specific applications, inevitably allowing for complete control over their children’s tablet use. Parents can create a list of restricted applications and set a time limit on those that aren’t. We suspect this will be a huge benefit for families that share their Kindles.
The Kindle Fire HD has undoubtedly proven itself to be a major competitor in the inexpensive tablet game. Although, with the impending release of a 10-inch Nexus tablet, it’s hard to recommend that anybody purchase one. Additionally, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will be making its way to market on November 20th, so if your mind is set on a Kindle Fire you may want to wait until then. For more information you can read the full PR after the jump.
In news that I’m sure many of you will be excited to hear (or read in this case); it looks like the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile’s network is imminent – as in Wednesday, October 24th. We caught wind of this possibility two weeks ago via an internal T-Mobile screenshot, however, as always, we tempered that enthusiasm and had to file it under “rumor status.” However, the good news is now confirmed as T-Mobile stores have begun to receive shipments for the October 24th release.
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few days, you’re probably well-aware of the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet. Dubbed as one of the saviors for Microsoft’s rapidly degrading brand, the Surface tablet has already been identified as the true iPad and Android tablet challenger. With its thin profile and abundant storage space (comes in 32GB or 64GB configurations with an expandable storage slot), the Surface tablet will have at least the physical features to make it an interesting product. However, the hardware is just one aspect of the tablet— the real kicker is Microsoft’s brand-new OS: Surface for Windows RT technology. The OS will essentially mirror its upcoming Windows 8 OS, while having exclusive offerings like Microsoft Office 2013 and a special version of Netflix included with the tablet. So in essence, upcoming Surface tablet seems to be a true productivity workhorse— at least on the surface (no pun intended folks).
Now while the upcoming Surface tablet certainly looks to be an interesting and perhaps attractive product, Microsoft is treading into dangerous territory. As RIM and certainly HP can attest, Google’s Android platform has a clear stranglehold of the tablet market share— something that both the Blackberry Playbook and HP’s TouchPad certainly couldn’t achieve during their brief lives. Consumers love seeing a new product, but expect reasonable value of what a product offers. The Surface tablet is going to debut at $499 for the 32GB entry-level model– which doesn’t even include the $130 Touch Cover keyboard/cover combo that’s necessary helpful for doing all that increased productivity like using Microsoft Office 2013, as Microsoft is hyping. As indicated by numerous studies, the number of iPad and Android tablets are growing at an astronomical pace. Oh and don’t forget– newer Android tablets are being released on a seemingly daily basis and the prices of the those tablets (and subsequent accessories) are becoming much more reasonable— if not lower overall. So considering Microsoft is certainly unproven, while Apple and more importantly— Android have a clear understanding of not just what consumers want, but what consumers actually need in a tablet— Microsoft doesn’t offer any compelling reason for why consumers should give their product a try. Microsoft’s Surface tablet is a painfully basic product that has a premium price won’t even put a dent in Android sales or overall market share.
As Google continues to be mum on its all but confirmed 32GB Nexus 7 tablet, we continue to see additional specs and info leaked out for our viewing pleasure. Just like we had reported earlier in the week, the gang at Android Central managed to get a tip that famed UK retailer Argos has created its Christmas guide and lo and behold— the 32GB Nexus 7 is listed at a cool £199.99 ($323.00 USD). The significance of this is the pricing point pretty much confirms the upcoming tablet will indeed replace the existing 16GB tablet— while also adding that Google has
finally listened to its customers (like yours’ truly) and will offer up more storage space.
So now that we know it’s very much real and on the way, all we need now is for Google to just finally stop holding out on the inevitable and give up the details on when we can grab one of the tablets for ourselves.
source: Android Central
Last weekend we reported that Best Buy was gearing up to launch its in-house Insignia Flex Tablet with a 1GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. New information suggests that the world’s biggest retailer plans to launch the device for $239 to $259, slating the 9.7-inch tablet in between competitors like Amazon’s line of Kindle Fires, Google’s own Nexus 7 and Apple’s upcoming iPad mini.
Best Buy has used its Insignia brand to provide cheaper alternatives to customers looking for HDTVs, Blu-Ray players, speakers, as well as various other consumer electronics. Having been an owner of an Insignia television, I can’t necessarily vouch for its build quality, as it only lasted for a few months before completely self-destructing. However, that’s not to say that Best Buy hasn’t upped its efforts with the new tablet, but we won’t know until the device makes its debut on November 11th.
In an announcement made earlier today, Best Buy has revealed plans to launch its first in-house tablet. The company unveiled the Insignia Flex Tablet in a photo on its Facebook page, noting that the slate would launch with a a 9.7-inch display, a dual-core 1GHz processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next month.
Unfortunately, the big-box retailer failed to mention any specifics, including pricing or storage capacity. Although, considering it’s being branded as an Insignia product, it will most likely be marketed at the lower-budget tablet market. The device is set to launch November 11th in brick and mortar Best Buy stores across the globe.
Source: Insignia (Facebook)
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the hottest Android phone right now, and I know a lot you are looking to pick one up before the holidays. Well here’s your chance to grab a Black Friday like deal without dealing with the crowds. For one day, this Sunday, Best Buy will have the Galaxy S III on sale for $99. That’s this Sunday, October 14 and only that day. We actually could have posted this yesterday, but I was awaiting information from Best Buy PR as to which carriers and if upgrades were accepted. They told me that only the Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint version will be on sale and the good news is that upgrades are allowed as long as your are eligible and willing to sign the new 2-year agreement. I’m not sure why T-Mobile is left out of this one, but you can certainly head to your local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store this Sunday to see if this information is wrong. You will have your choice of Pebble Blue or Marble White. Unfortunately the AT&T Garnett Red is not included. Let us know if you pick one up.
For those Samsung Galaxy S III owners residing in Italy that think 32GB just isn’t enough internal storage, you’re in luck. We can’t exactly say that we’re surprised at this finding. After all, we got wind of the 64GB Galaxy S III back in July and August, but the details were a little vague. However, now the 64GB Galaxy S III behemoth has popped up on the Italian retail site, ePrice. True to the Samsung spokesperson’s word back in July, the “market availability” will indeed be limited – at least initially. Obviously available in Italy via ePrice, there’s still no word on UK or US availability. As for the price of the device in Italy, you’re looking at an eye-popping, wallet-crushing €800 ($1,040). Samsung may be testing the waters in Italy so to speak, or they may have a well laid out worldwide release. We shall see in the coming weeks.
As if there was any more fuel to the 32GB Nexus 7 fire, more fuel emerges. To his delight, a lucky Japanese customer recently received a 32GB Nexus 7 model which is great and all— except for the fact he ordered the 16GB model. That’s right folks, a customer ordered the 16GB model and ‘accidentally’ received the 32GB model instead. Oh and for those who are non-believers, he added some photos of the shipping box and order confirmation for good measure.
This now means that the 32GB model is all but confirmed for an imminent release folks. Hopefully Google doesn’t wait too long to announce this puppy.