It would seem that many of us are quite familiar with the mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, considering it has just reached the milestone of 900 million monthly users. The achievement was announced by WhatsApp founder, Jan Koum, via a Facebook post. Coincidentally, Facebook purchased WhatsApp last year for around $19 billion.
Remember Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets? They didn’t fare so well against cheaper Android tablets and Amazon’s Kindle lineup, but the bookstore attempted to keep the family going with a co-branded Galaxy Tab 4 from Samsung. It didn’t do too well either, partly due to performance issues and partly because most people aren’t buying dedicated e-readers when their normal tablets can handle that job without any problems. Read more
Nvidia issued a voluntary, worldwide recall for its SHIELD tablet at the tail-end of July that applied to devices with the ‘Y01‘ battery installed. The recall was issued because the ‘Y01′ battery had been found to overheat, thus posing a potential fire hazard. The way that Nvidia immediately issued a worldwide recall, along with a definitive strategy of making it right by collecting and replacing the affected devices, garnered the company some well-deserved compliments. As is often the case, though, even the best-laid plans can suffer from snags and glitches when exposed to real-world conditions, as shown by the email that is being sent to customers.
We previously reported that the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 would be heading to Sprint this month and now the slate is available to purchase from the carrier. The device is up for grabs in either Black or White colorways and has a price tag of $648 off-contract or for 24 equal monthly payments of $27 on the operator’s Easy Pay Plan.
Lenovo today at IFA 2015 announced three new tablets, the YOGA Tab 3 Pro, the YOGA Tab 3 8, and the YOGA Tab 3 10, engineered to be the “best-in-class” multimedia experience.
Lenovo believes that the line between smartphones and tablets are slowly blurring, and the just announced PHAB Plus is the company’s answer to that market, at least in some countries.
Acer’s anticipated Predator 8 gaming tablet finally has an official release date and pricing, and it’s pretty reasonable for something that’s designed primarily to play games.
The Predator 8 sports an 8-inch 1080p display with an Intel Atom CPU and 2 GB of RAM, plus options for 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The screen is touted as being incredibly precise with a 100% NTSC color gamut rating, too. Acer has included four front-facing speakers on the aluminum frame of the device, plus enhanced tactile feedback for gaming. Read more
Sprint has announced they will start selling their 4G LTE capable version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 on Thursday, September 3rd. The tablet will be available online, through Telesales, or in Sprint retail locations. Buyers can opt for one of three payment methods for the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 including the Sprint Easy Pay program with payments as low as $27 per month with zero down, on a two-year service agreement for $548, or full-retail with no contract for $648. Along with the up-front cost of the device, buyers will have to select a Sprint data plan starting at $10 per month for 100MB of data and going up or add the device to a Sprint Family Share Pack for a $10 per month access charge.
This Friday, AT&T will be adding another tablet to its deep lineup of devices. The LG G Pad X 10.1 will be available to customers online on September 4 before reaching retail stores a week later.
Archos has announced a new high-end tablet set to be shown off at IFA this year, titled the Diamond Tab. The tablet boasts some relatively powerful specs and an aggressive price tag, so it might be something to keep on your radar if you’re in the market. Read more