Verizon announces XLTE with 2X data speeds

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As expected, Verizon took the wraps off of their new and improved faster 4G LTE network, dubbed XLTE. In a nutshell, it should provide more capacity along with 2X the speed than traditional LTE. The best news out of all this is that it’s not a soft launch in a couple of cities. It’s actually going to be available to many customers thanks to the AWS spectrum purchase from 2012. All Verizon is doing is flipping the AWS switch on in the cities that offer it, and compatible phones will now access both the 700 MHz spectrum along with the AWS spectrum for super fast XLTE.

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Updated LG home screen leaks, could be used for G Pad Series tablets

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An image of an updated LG user interface, specifically the home screen, leaked yesterday. Originally, it was deemed as belonging to the upcoming LG G3; however, the image was shortly pulled after. The questionable part comes in because QPair’s presence. That is an application that allows calls from an LG phone to be taken with an LG tablet. So this could actually be a leaked screenshot from the upcoming LG G Pad Series tablets. That is merely an assumption. Or it could all be a mistake and this belongs to nothing.

If this does indeed belong to an LG device, we are looking at the addition of a dedicated multitasking button. To the right of that is a button for pulling down the notification bar. You know, in case that 5.5-inch display is a little too large. Regardless, we will have some answers on May 27.

Source: @evleaks

Nexus devices to receive Android 4.4.3 on May 23

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Next Friday, a slew of Nexus devices could be getting a software update. The next version of KitKat, Android 4.4.3, will allegedly be pushed to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 on May 23. While this update will likely bring minor changes, Google is bound to be cooking something for I/O next month. So we will just have to wait and see.

Be sure to let us know next week if you get the update.

Source: Android Geeks

Samsung announces durable Galaxy Tab 4 Education built just for schools

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galaxy_tab_4_education_2Another tablet from Samsung has emerged, but this one is not for everyone. This one is just for educational purposed. The Galaxy Tab 4 Education is a 10.1-inch tablet that is powered by Google Play for Education, so it is bundled with a ton of features to help students and teachers. This tablet is special, though, because it has a rugged construction since students are not exactly the most reliable people when it comes to handling electronic devices. Samsung is also using this tablet to launch Samsung School, a service that will let teachers monitor students’ usage and share their display on a larger one. » Read the rest

Samsung “Tab Into Color” event scheduled for June 12th

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Yesterday we reported on some news that came out of comments by Samsung’s JK Shin indicating Samsung was ready to launch some new tablets in June. Those plans became more explicit today as Samsung has sent out invitations for a “Tab Into Color” event scheduled for June 12th in New York City at Madison Square Garden or live streamed via YouTube.

The expectation is that Samsung will unveil a new line of tablets dubbed the Galaxy Tab S series. The new tablets are expected to come equipped with AMOLED displays running a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Two different sizes are expected, one 8.4-inch tablet and one 10.5-inch tablet. Besides the massive improvements to the screen, it is unclear whether there will be any other enhancements.

Xiaomi’s high-res MiPad unveiled, features first-ever Nvidia Tegra K1 chip

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Xiaomi now has a really nice tablet on the market, and it’s not just because of its awesome price.

Designed (and named) similarly to the iPad, the MiPad has a 7.9-inch display with 2048 x 1536 pixels (324 ppi). But the really nice news here is that it’s the first device to feature Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip, clocked at 2.2 GHz, along with a 192-core Kepler GPU. RAM is set at 2GB, and you’ll have two internal storage options, 16 or 64 GB respectively, with a microSD slot that can handle up to 128 GB of expanded storage.

The rear camera is an 8MP Sony camera, and a 5MP camera in the front. The battery is pretty big — it’s a 6700 mAh LG battery. Stereo speakers are on the back of the device. Dimensions are 202.1 x 135.4 x 8.5 and weighs 360 grams.

Six color options will be available, and the price is CN¥1,499 ($240) for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, and CN¥1,699 ($270) for the 64GB Wi-Fi model.

A 3G or 4G model could be coming, but nothing has been announced yet. Release date is also unknown, but an open testing phase for developers will begin in June.

Via: Phone Arena
Source: Xiaomi Singapore 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S series could be unveiled next month

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Earlier today the Wall Street Journal reported that according to JK Shin, the Galaxy S 5 is doing quite well. Samsung has sold 11 million units to date. However, that bigger news might be the fact that the Galaxy Tab S could be announced next month.

At the very end of the article, it was reported that Samsung is “planning to launch a new line of tablets for the first time in New York on June 12 at Madison Square Garden.” Madison Square Garden does seem like an interesting location since it holds nearly 20,000 people. 

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Specs for LG’s G Pad 7 tablet revealed in benchmark test

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LG’s new G Pad line of three tablets (7, 8 and 10.1 inches respectively) have officially been outed, but individual specs have not yet been released — until now, at least for the G Pad 7, that is.

According to a recent AnTuTu benchmark for the device, it’ll come with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU at 1.2GHz, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, a 1.3 MP front shooter and a 3.2 MP main camera. The screen, of course, measures at 7-inches and display resolution is 1280 x 800.

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Leaked photos of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 show up online

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The SM-T800, Samsung’s upcoming tablet, which will most likely be released as the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, has been unveiled again online in some photos, this time by the FCC.

Lucky for you, we have them right here.

The tablet will have an AMOLED display with a diagonal of 10.5 inches and a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution, and is WiFi only. (A LTE variant, SM-T805 exists as well, as well as a 3G model, SM-T801.)

The CPU is an octa-core Exynos 5420, and there will be a 2MP front shooter, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, and it’ll ship with Android KitKat and Samsung’s Magazine UX.

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Intel-powered Asus MeMo Pad 7 leaks

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A new 7 inch Asus tablet has leaked, and no, it’s not a new Nexus 7. Sorry.

It is, however, one of the first tablets Asus is offering that will be powered by one of Intel’s Bay Trail x86 processors, instead of an ARM processor like 95% of other devices on the market. The processor is reportedly the Atom Z3745, a quad-core chip clocked at 1.3 GHz with a 1.8 GHz turbo boost. It won’t knock off a Snapdragon 805, but it sounds decent enough. The other specs are pretty mid-range, too. with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera with a 2 megapixel front camera and either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage.

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