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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Barnes & Noble, Samsung unveil the Galaxy Tab 4 nook tablet

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Barnes & Noble had limited success with the nook tablets so they decided to outsource them with Samsung. Today marks the first tablet from their partnership, the Galaxy Tab 4 nook.

You guessed it…..it’s essentially a Galaxy Tab 4 with Barnes & Noble’s software instead of TouchWiz. However, it will include some of the features found on Samsung devices such as Multi Window for running two apps at the same time. Customers will find over 3 million books (including the best children’s books), an expansive newsstand, and many TV shows and movies. Users will also get daily recommendations based on their habits.


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Nabi’s Big Tabs are computer-sized, kid-friendly Android tablets

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Nabi has been making portable tablets for kids for a while now, but if you were looking for something larger than about 7″, you’ve been out of luck–until now. The Big Tab HD is a new line of tablets from Fuhu that are both at least 20 inches. There are two models available: the $450 20-inch version with a HD+ display, and a $550 two foot version with a Full HD display. The purpose of these tablets is to educate and entertain children and give the opportunity for interactive learning, all while under the parental control settings native to the Android-based Blue Morpho interface.
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Project Tango tablet gets torn down, shows some custom parts

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The folks over at iFixit have given the Project Tango tablet a teardown. With a device capable of 3D mapping, it is no surprise that the internal specifications are impressive. And by internal specifications being impressive, something like the processor being NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 clocked at 2.3GHz is not important. The amount of sensors to make the vital features possible is.


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LG plans to bring G3′s UX to future entry-level and midrange phones and tablets

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The UX design and features found on LG’s G3 flagship will reportedly be brought to future LG entry-level and midrange smartphones and tablets, a company release said today.

The standardization of the UX features from the G3 is part of an effort to make its less-premium hardware feel more high-end compared to competing devices from other OEMs.

Some specific features brought over to other devices include Touch and Shoot, Gesture Shot, Clean View, Smart Keyboard and more. Hit the break for LG’s full release.


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Sony may be working on Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact version

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While reviewing the user guide for a Bluetooth speaker with a charging dock, the Sony BSC10, readers noted an unusual entry. Amongst the compatible devices listing is an entry for an “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” which seems to imply Sony is working on a tablet device smaller than the typical 10-inch plus devices they produce. Sony is not really a big player in the tablet market to begin with and their limited selection tends toward the larger devices.

Of course a lone listing gives us no clues about what the size or specs of a compact tablet from Sony may be, but odds are it will be in the 7- or 8-inch range. In the past, Sony has produced an Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone which turned out to be similar to the regular Xperia Z1 smartphone in a smaller size. So an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could end up being similar to the regular size Xperia Z3 Tablet with Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM and a 1080p capable screen.

source: Techtastic
via: phoneArena

Virgin America crew members now equipped with Nexus 7s

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If you’re planning on flying Virgin America anytime soon you may notice some shiny new tablets in the hands of the crew. For a while now passengers have been able to order meals using a dedicated “food” button and an in-flight entertainment system. Once the order is placed it is relayed to the staff’s tablets. Apparently those tablets were starting to feel dated because after a successful 30-day test drive, Virgin has swapped all of them out for shiny new Nexus 7s (which the company have dubbed CrewPads). Unfortunately those tablets are for staff only, but since each seat is furnished with an entertainment center, passengers shouldn’t be too jealous.

Source: Virgin America

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser video

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Samsung and Nook have released a teaser for their upcoming  partnership in the tablet realm, and it seems like everyone has nothing but good things to say after final edits. The new device is that child of a relationship announced back in June, and it will be revealed at an event on the 20th of this month. According to all of our info, the Tab 4 Nook should feature Nook software, and Samsung hardware. Expect to see a 7″ TFT display with WXGA resolution, along with 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB storage, and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. All this will be supported by a Li-Po 4,000 mAh battery.

Hit the break for the video.


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