HTC confirms it has stopped production of Nexus 9

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During Google I/O 2016, one notable subject that the company was silent on was the future of smartphones and tablets in its Nexus line. That was not unexpected despite the Nexus 9 tablet being pulled from the Google Store in late April. With a new report from HTC confirming they have ceased production of the tablet, that means Google currently has no tablet device available for purchase or ostensibly in the pipeline for a future release. Read more

Lenovo is working on an 18.4-inch tablet to compete with the ridiculous Galaxy View

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Remember the Galaxy View? Samsung announced the behemoth of a tablet late last year, then pretty much forgot about it and stopped reminding anyone that it existed. It was definitely a niche product, considering it had an 18.4-inch 1080p display that was too big to comfortably use as a tablet but still kind of small to use as a replacement TV.

Despite the relative lack of success of the Galaxy View, Lenovo is ready to throw their hat in the ring with their own massive tablet. According to a benchmark for a PB2-690N, it looks like Lenovo’s implementation will be better in some ways, but worse in others. Read more

Google makes Full OTA Images available for Nexus devices, allows you to keep bootloaders locked

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Being able to flash the latest version of Android to your Nexus device is one of the most appealing benefits of owning a Nexus handset or tablet. The only real downside was having to unlock your bootloader to do so. That’s no longer the case, though, as you can now access full OTA images for all supported devices, allowing you to sideload the image via adb in recovery, even if your Nexus device has a locked bootloader. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 passes through TENNA

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Although the tablet market has cooled off considerably compared to just a couple years ago, that is not stopping Samsung from working on updates to their current top of the line tablets. Earlier this year a pair of devices believed to be the Galaxy Tab S3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 were spotted making their way through the FCC. Now the 8-inch version has surfaced again, this time passing through China’s TENNA certification. The benefit of this is that the TENNA database includes some images of the device. Read more