Huawei may have suffered a setback at CES 2018, but they’re not going to let that put a damper on their MWC 2018 plans. They’ve announced a handful of new tablets in the MediaPad M5 family, and we’ll show you what they’re all about.
Considering the timing – only a couple weeks before MWC 2018 opens – we may have a good idea of a few devices Huawei is planning to announce at the conference. Unlike CES 2018 which saw the company focus on their latest smartphone offerings, a new tip from Roland Quandt on Twitter suggests new tablets and their own version of a smart speaker will be on tap. In the case of the tablets, the new devices are believed to be the successors to the Huawei M2 tablets released in 2016.
It’s no secret that the tablet market is stagnant to the point of being comatose, with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 being the most recent high-end tablet available to purchase, and that launched all the way back at MWC 2017. Perhaps there is hope for the tablet segment though in the form of Google’s increasingly capable Chrome OS, which has been spotted running on an unspecified Acer branded tablet at the annual BETT show in London, UK.
To say that the tablet market is as flat as a pancake could be an understatement. Since the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 back at MWC 2017 in February, well, there hasn’t been a whole lot for tablet lovers to get excited about in the Android world. And yes, I include Amazon’s Fire tablets with that statement. Is it too much to hope that 2018 will see a resurgent tablet market? It’s uncertain territory, for sure, but perhaps Chinese handset maker, Huawei, will breathe new life in the segment with its Mediapad M5 that has been spotted getting Bluetooth certification.
Facebook is launching a preview of its new messaging app for kids today, Messenger Kids. It provides a safe environment for kids to video chat and send messages to pre-approved contacts, while parents maintain control from their own Facebook accounts. The app is the culmination of thousands of interviews with parents, work with associations like National PTA and Blue Star Families, and advice from over a dozen parenting experts in the US. For now, the preview is only available for iOS devices in the US, but will expand to both the Amazon Appstore and Google Play Store in the coming months.
Gone are the days when Black Friday used to span a single day of discounted goodies. These days, it’s a whole week affair, with deals often appearing the week before, we even have Cyber Monday to contend with the week after. However long it lasts, though, it’s a great time of the year for tech enthusiasts to make the absolute most of their hard-earned cash. If last week’s Holiday Gift Guide didn’t quite scratch the itch, we’ve cherry-picked some great deals from Amazon’s offerings for you after the break, consisting of everything from phones and earphones to battery packs and home automation.
A few years ago tablets were all the rage but fell out of favor as their usefulness came into question as smartphone screens got larger. More recently we see a move to 2-in-1 devices that combine the tablet form factor with a thin laptop design. So it is a bit unusual to see a new tablet device hit the market, but that is what Lenovo is partnering with AT&T to do this holiday season. Starting this Friday, November 17th, the new Lenovo Moto Tab will be available for purchase from the carrier.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer to call it soccer or football; if you are a fan of the sport you can lose hours of your life either playing the game in real-life or following your favorite team. You can also lose entire days playing the game online, which means that the release of Football Manager Mobile 2018 to the Play Store might not be good news for your productivity levels.
For a long time we watched smartphone manufacturers work towards the goal of devices with no bezels or minimal bezels at most. It seemed to be one of those goals that was always right around the corner. During 2017 the barriers to bezel-less designs finally fell with several devices and manufacturers hitting the market with smartphones that seem to meet the consumer’s definition of no bezels. Now we look at what is next and that could very well be foldable devices. A new patent from Samsung for a foldable tablet is the latest sign of what may be coming to the market in the near future.
You could almost always count on running out of characters when attempting to type out your most profound thoughts on Twitter, the 140 limit was always just a couple of characters short. Twitter ran a limited trial back in September giving selected users double the characters, giving a total of 280 in all. After flicking a server switch yesterday, Twitter has bestowed just about everyone the ability to send out tweets with 280 characters. For better or worse.
The recently leaked Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now official, replacing the aging Galaxy Tab Active from three years ago and again targeting business customers. It’s a ruggedized tablet with an 8-inch screen (1280 x 800) providing glove and wet-touch capabilities, IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and major shock protection with a MIL-STD-810G certification. It’s far from having flagship specs, but its purpose is to provide business users with a versatile tool that can take a beating.
Chrome OS has come a long way since its humble beginnings. It initially started as a cheap way to get online and have basic office suite functionality on a device resembling a laptop. They even started replacing netbooks for kids and students, although netbooks could still do more. Chrome OS has come a long way, however, with high-end models, Android app support and convertible hardware that rivals expensive Windows machines. They’re more common now than Android tablets, although tablets are arguably still more functional. Something as simple as taking a screenshot is still an awkward task on Chromebooks.
Three years ago, Samsung launched its first ruggedized tablet, the 8-inch Galaxy Tab Active. It featured an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance and a shock resistant shell. Similar in concept to the Galaxy S Active series of phones, the aging tablet is about to get a successor with the Galaxy Tab Active 2. Two variants of the tablet, Wi-Fi and LTE + Wi-Fi, will launch with model numbers SM-T390 (Wi-Fi) and SM-T395 (LTE). Both models will have a removable battery like the original, but Bixby will now be part of the show.
Verizon is no stranger to snagging exclusive deals with tablets for their customers, and it seems like they’re going to pad out their portfolio in 2017 with the ASUS ZenPad Z8, according to a leaked press image from Evan Blass.