Google’s going global today. Following Chromecast’s release in 11 new countries, the Nexus 5 and 7 are also available in a plethora of new countries. The Nexus 5 is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20, while the Nexus 7 is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, also bringing the number of countries to 20.
The LTE-enabled Nexus 7 is still available in just 12 of the 20 total countries. Prices for the devices obviously range from country to country, but in European countries, we’re seeing 349€ for the 16GB and 399€ for the 32GB Nexus 5, while the Nexus 7 is going for 269€ for 16GB and 299€ for 32GB.
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New indications from Asian news source DigiTimes suggest Google is working on a 2014 Nexus device, the rumored Nexus 8, that will come with an 8.9-inch screen. The last two versions of the Nexus tablet from Google, in 2012 and 2013, have both been 7-inch devices. They have proven to be very popular, albeit sales of the 2013 version have been a bit disappointing, and helped drive the tablet market to the 7-inch class size. Meanwhile, larger tablets have lagged a bit, accounting for only 30% of the tablet market. Apparently Google thinks this move will help entice manufacturers to move to larger devices, even at the lower end of the range, as opposed to extremely large tablets. This move could also help differentiate tablets from phones as the line between them, at least based on size, continues to blur as phones get larger.
Earlier this year Samsung released several tablets in the large tablet category, including the recently released 12.2-inch Note Pro and Tab Pro devices. However, other manufacturers who had been looking at the extremely large tablet market have started to back off. Supposedly Apple was considering a 12.85-inch tablet, but that has now been scrapped. Meanwhile, Asus has delayed a 13.3-inch tablet. All these signs point to interest in extremely large tablets not being as large as expected.
Do you think 8.9-inches is a good choice for Google for their next Nexus tablet or should they have gone for some other size?
Wikipad 7, a 7-inch Android gaming tablet, received a price discount of $50 in the U.S bringing the cost from $249 down to $199. The gaming tablet comes pre-installed with popular titles such as Shadowgun: Deadzone and Dead Trigger 2. Other territories will soon announce a similar discount later.
In addition, the company has also unveiled a new game control mapping tool that will boost your gaming experience. The tool will allow you to map the touchscreen game controls to the controller. The 7-inch Android 4.2 tablet can also be detached from the controller making it suitable for non-gaming purposes as well.
Read the full press release after the break.
Verizon is making the Nexus 7 tablet from Google available for only $49.99 to users willing to sign-up for a 2-year agreement. That may be a good deal for users short on cash, although it is unclear just how much savings, if any, the deal represents. Verizon is also offering the Nexus 7 for $349.99 off contract, the same price that the device can be purchased from Google Play.
If you really want to go through Verizon or want to take advantage of purchasing a Nexus 7 over time via a 2-year contract, hit the source link.
Samsung is working on a new tablet to add to their lineup with a Super AMOLED display as a followup to its first and only AMOLED tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from 2011. The tablet is going to come in WiFi, 3G, and LTE versions, with all having a display resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The screen size is still a mystery, but we can expect anywhere between an 8-inch or 10-inch display.
The tablet will be powered by a processor in the Exynos 5 series, and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with the Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay including the Magazine UX. There are some new features being tested for the device, like the Ultra Power Saving Mode function, which saves battery life by disabling things like background data and color output of the display. From the specs, it looks like this device could become Samsung’s new flagship tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 has been rumored for quite a while now, but we haven’t had any formidable evidence of its existence until now. Today, the 10.1 inch LTE tablet has passed through the FCC certification process, hinting at a launch soon. Benchmarking site GFX Bench has information that suggests a 10.6 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a 3 megapixel camera on the back and a quad core Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz. The 10.6 inch display may be a typo, as Samsung tablets usually feature a 10.1 inch display.
In addition, the device will have Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat and other hardware features like 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The features suggest a tablet that won’t be nearly as expensive as we initially thought.
Via: Cult of Android
With Google’s Nexus 8 tablet rumored to be released this July alongside Google I/O, several other rumors about the device has surfaced. One glaring rumor is that Google is opting for Intel’s Moorefield CPU rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, which is currently being used in their Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 devices. The Moorefield chip clocks in at a max of 2.33 GHz and is powered by a PowerVR G6430 graphics engine, so either way, there’s no doubt that the rumored Nexus 8 will be a powerhouse whichever direction Google decides to take.
Of course, these are just rumors so take all of this with a grain of salt. Either way, we’ll all know for sure this coming Google I/O 2014! On a side note, do you guys think Google will unveil a new OS, or next iteration of Android (4.5, 5.0)? Or will they still stick with KitKat and just bump it up a notch to 4.4.3?
With nary an announcement, HP has launched a new 8 inch tablet. Known as the HP 8 the tablet isn’t much to look at. The 7.85 inch display offers a 1024×768 resolution and comes with 1GB of RAM. It comes with Android 4.2.2 onboard and comes with a quad-core ARM chip made by Allwinner, a Chinese company. It has stereo speakers and comes with 16GB internal storage. As far as battery is concerned it offers about 7 hours of battery life from a 3800 mAh battery.
Unlike the new VoiceTabs tablets that HP debuted at MWC this year, the tablet is somewhat a plain Jane slate from a visual aspect as you can see from the picture above. It’s priced to move at $170. Comparatively, the tablet has a worse display than that of the Slate 7 or Venue 8, and the price point aside, you’d probably be better off going in a different direction.
The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 has arrived on Verizon. It’s priced at an enormous $849 outright, or $749 for a two-year contract. Considering its big price tag, it might just make sense to buy the device outright without a contract. Still, Verizon has made the LTE-capable device an option.
The NotePRO 12.2 is powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, and packs a 12.2-inch display with a 2560×1600 resolution. Other specs include 32GB storage, microSD, S-Pen support, a 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera and a 9500 mAh battery. The device is available straight from Verizon’s website, via the source link below.
A couple of new Asus Transformer Pads have been leaked, the TF 303 and TF103. Both will look identical to each other except the 103 will be the lower-spec’d version of the 303. The 303 is expected to don Intel’s new Bay Trail processor paired with Android 4.4 KitKat. Both devices will also have a 10.1″ screen with speakers on the front. Not much else is known about these two devices, but you can expect more to come out as time goes by!