While Motorola’s tablets have had some success, they didn’t exactly live up to the hype that they were given before release. They didn’t introduce anything truly groundbreaking, and they were pretty much run-of-the-mill devices with semi-sleek designs.
Maybe that’s the reason the Xoom 3 was never released.
You heard me right, the Xoom 3.
Never heard of it? That’s because the project was thrown away in its infancy — but there seems to be some pictures of the unreleased tablet. We have them for you after the break, as well as a few of the rumored specs.
Yesterday Google finally started to roll out the Android 4.4.3 update for the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet. However, the update is only available for the WiFi-only version of the tablet. The update is being rolled out as an over-the-air update. This comes after yesterday’s release of the images and binaries for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.
We expect it should be a short wait for owners of other versions of the Nexus 7 to start receiving an update. In the meantime, owners of the WiFi version will have to wait for the update to become available for them via Google’s phased rollout. If you just cannot stand to wait and want to give sideloading a try, you can hit the source link for more information from XDA.
source: XDA Developers
Lately, carriers have been very much more open to having a wide tablet lineup. AT&T is the latest carrier to announce some new additions, both of which are coming from Samsung. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are the two tablets heading to AT&T. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will cost $379.99 with a new two-year contract through AT&T, but their Next program will change that to $24 per month. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, on the other hand, is much more costly any way you look at it. With the Next program, this tablet is $45 per month and $799.99 if you forgo that and sign a contract.
AT&T is running some deals to coincide with the arrival of both tablets. Purchasing the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will take $30 off the price of Samsung’s Bluetooth keyboard, something that you essentially need. This deal closes all the way in mid-September. And starting on June 6, purchasing either tablet with the Galaxy S 5 or AT&T’s new Galaxy S 5 Active will save $50 as a bundle. This offer ends on July 24.
Hit the break for a pair of introduction videos.
Back at CES, The DreamTab was announced as a new tablet from Fuhu and Dreamworks. Fuhu is the creator of the award-winning nabi tablet, but this is the first time they have teamed up with DreamWorks. The 8-inch version, called the DreamTab HD8, is now available at Wal-Mart and Target for $269. It will also be available at other select retailers in the U.S. soon.
The DreamTab includes their own UI, called Blue Morpho, but it will also include many DreamWorks animation integrations. For example, when it’s time for your child to turn off their tablet, they will see a special animation from a popular DreamWorks movie such as Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon, or Kung Fu Panda.
Back at CES, ASUS showed off the Transformer Book Duet (TD300), which was later cancelled. Since it was a Windows and Android device, it was believed the reason was because of pressure from Google. Apparently that wasn’t the case as today at Computex, ASUS unveiled something very similar in the Transformer Book V.
The Transformer Book Duet was a 4-in-1 device, but the Transformer Book V takes it one step further making it a 5-in-1 device. Just like the Duet, it’s a Windows laptop, Windows tablet, Android laptop, and Android tablet, but the V adds PadFone capabilities by adding a standalone phone that can be docked.
We have been anticipating Android 4.4.3 for a while now, but today could finally be the day that it starts rolling. We have no idea if it’s premature or not, but T-Mobile says the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) are going to get the update starting today. The builds are KTU84M (Nexus 5) and KTU84L (Nexus 7 2013) and include many bug fixes. The changelog isn’t posted, but we suspect that it will include fixes to the camera, Wi-Fi issues, and numerous other annoying bugs.
Stuck between getting a new laptop and an Android tablet? Why not get both in one?
HP just unveiled its new Slatebook, a super-sleek notebook running Android. That’s right, Android. Not Chrome OS.
Just one day after seeing what the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will look like, we have a press render of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 from Samsung. Like the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, this 8.4-inch tablet borrows the design language of the Galaxy S 5.
This leak offers us all sorts of angles, too. The button layout is identical to the GS5 as Samsung is pushing this tablet in portrait mode compared to the landscape mode found on the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. And don’t forget, Samsung will be implementing its fingerprint sensor here as well.
Source: @evleaks (Official site)
Computex 2014 isn’t until next week, but Acer has decided to make moves before the madness begins.
The company announced its upcoming tablet (for Q3), the Iconia Tab 8, which features a full-HD (1920×1200 pixels) IPS display, Android 4.4 KitKat, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 processor, 2GB RAM, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and will come in 16GB and 32GB variants. Both variants have a microSD card slot for expandable storage as well. The tablet is 8.5mm thick and weighs in at 360 grams.
On the UI front, Acer packed in its “Touch WakeApp” feature, which allows users to wake up their device with a touch feature, much like the “Knock On” feature on LG devices.
Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Micro-USB. Pricing and availability were not mentioned, but expect to hear more soon.
Here is a pretty clear look at the upcoming Galaxy Tab S 10.5 from Samsung. It seems like the Galaxy Tab S line with closely resemble the design language of the Galaxy S 5. Even the software looks the same, albeit scaled for a 10.5-inch tablet.
On the front is the same button layout and fingerprint sensor. And for the back panel, Samsung is using an identical material. On the right side we have a charging port, microSD card slot, and a speaker. The left side has nothing but a speaker. While the bottom is bare, the top has the power and volume buttons.
Source: @evleaks (Official site)