NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting software update with a slew of improvements

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An update is currently rolling out to the Shield Tablet, sized at 84.1MB, and it gives the device improvements, fixes, and new features. Unlike other hardware manufacturers, NVIDIA rolls out its software updates in one giant wave rather than making some device owners wait around a bit. The most notable piece of the update is the NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle. It adjusts the display based upon the content a user is viewing.

Here is what the update includes:

  • Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
  • Improved camera performance
  • NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
  • Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
  • ShadowPlay performance optimizations
  • Localization improvements
  • Audio optimizations
  • Misc. stability improvements

Sony teases the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet

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Next week Sony will likely announce the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet. We have a good idea about each device, but to hype things up, Sony released a teaser video with some clues. You will notice a “3″ theme towards the beginning, which probably indicates that three devices will be announced. Towards the end, 7 mm, Cu, and H20 flash across the screen, along with the date of September 3rd. 7 mm is the obvious thickness of at least one of the devices, possibly all three.  H2O is an obvious reference that all devices will be waterproof or water resistant. As to Cu, that signifies copper, but we aren’t sure what they are trying to tell us. As to the date, I think that’s self explanatory.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for what Sony will unveil? Hit the break for the short teaser video.


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Nexus 9 confirmed to sport a 64-bit Tegra K1

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Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.

NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.


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Archos announces new phones and tablets just days before IFA

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With a strategy that seems to be the opposite of Huawei’s, Archos have unveiled some upcoming devices less than two weeks before the hotly anticipated IFA 2014 event. In a press release sent out today, Archos revealed the 50b Platinum phone, complete with an unnamed quad-core processor, and an IPS display with “HD video encoding capability”. No word on RAM or internal storage but the 50b Platinum will come with three back covers in blue, black and pink and an 8GB microSD card.


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T-Mobile to double your data when you add a tablet

T-Mobile_Double_Data_Tablet_Plan_ComparisonAnother day, another T-Mobile deal. Starting September 3, you will be able to add a tablet (any tablet) to a postpaid Simple Choice phone plan for only $10 per month, and T-Mobile will match your LTE data plan (up to 5 GB per month) specifically for the tablet. So if you happen to have a 5 GB plan for your phone, you will also get an additional 5 GB for your tablet. It doesn’t matter which plan, whether it be a 1 GB plan, 3 GB plan or whatever else, you will get that same matching data reserved for your tablet. This is on top of the 200 MB that you already get for free, not that it’s a big deal.

Does this offer make you want to switch to T-Mobile? Full presser after the break.


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Promo picture, specs revealed for upcoming Sony Z3 Tablet Compact

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We fully expect the Sony Z3 Tablet Compact to be unveiled at IFA 2014 next week in Berlin, but it looks like we have some more information for you earlier than launch, as usual.

In addition to a leaked photo (above) of the tablet paired with Sony’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, we have some specs for you. (Also of note: the devices above are next to a pool. This could be hinting at water-proofing on both of the devices.)


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Sony teases what is likely the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and new smartwatch

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Everyone is teasing soon to be released products in the run up to IFA 2014. Sony is getting in on the action and the image above, obtained by Xperia Blog, is showcasing two devices that have yet to be announced by the company. If the location of this image is any indication, Sony will stay true to its design language and keep everything water resistant.


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There are a lot of Android devices, seriously

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If I told you there were a lot of Android devices in the wild, that wouldn’t shock you. Just about every day there is a new device launched, but just how many are in existence?

According to OpenSignal, a company that gathers crowdsourced data for mobile phone networks, there are 18,796 distinct Android devices this year, up from 11,868 last year. I would never had guessed that high.


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Motorola rumored to be getting back in the tablet game

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It looks like Motorola is toying with the idea of getting back into the tablet game. For those who are newer to the Android scene, the Xoom by Motorola was the very first tablet to feature everyone’s favorite OS and the first to also sport Honeycomb. Moto then released the Xyboard and after lackluster sales of the ridiculously named tablet, got out of the tablet game. 
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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

 

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble launched the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook earlier today at a New York City event. As expected, it is a Galaxy Tab 4 repackaged with Nook-only software in addition to what Samsung traditionally offers. There are no hardware differences between this device and the original.

The software is the difference maker here as Barnes & Noble has included what it calls the Nook Advantage to create a better value. The specific Galaxy Tab 4 Nook features that are exclusive include Nook Today, Nook Shop, and a quick access button on the bottom left of the home screen to jump right into whatever reading content — books, magazines, newspapers — you left off with. There are also traditional hubs for newspaper/magazine and video content. If you are not satisfied, breathe easy as the Play Store is pre-loaded on the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (unlike Amazon’s devices).

Hit the break for images of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook’s flip cover and our hands on video with the tablet.


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