In case you weren’t interested in the upcoming follow-up to the Amazon Kindle Fire before, this will certainly catch your attention. Hot off the success of the original Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon is planning on making a bigger splash by also introducing a bigger version of the tablet. Amazon is reportedly eyeing a move from e-readers to tablet PCs due to the strong sales of the original Kindle Fire, so it will introduce a 7-inch version for the first half of the year followed by a 10-inch version for the second half of the year. Moreover, as previously highlighted by us— Amazon will outsource production of the 10-inch model to Quanta Computer and Foxconn Electronics. We just keep seeing more and more indications for the follow-up of the Kindle Fire to be unveiled within the next few months, so make sure you stay tuned with us for any further developments or news.
Another obstacle has been overcome— this time the Nook Tablet is CM9’s latest victim. In what can be described as nothing short of remarkable, CM9 Alpha has been ported to the device and while a few features are currently non-functional, the ICS-powered tablet is otherwise running smooth like butter. Here’s a quick rundown of what is non-functional at this time:
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The ROM is again in alpha status, so it’s expected that some items wouldn’t be working. Moreover, the developers won’t be providing any type of support for those who are brave enough to try it out. This means you’ll have to use the forums as your resource and try to develop solutions with other amateur developers and forum members. You’ve read enough about this, so why don’t you check out CM9 Alpha 0 on the Nook Tablet in action before slapping it onto your own Nook Tablet? You’re going to be mighty impressed.
Google is adding yet again another possible patent for its up and coming patent portfolio. The “snap a landmark, find your location” application could possibly join other crazy patents like voice actions for your Google TV. And while it’s possible we could never even see this technology hit devices, it’s still pretty cool to see what Google is trying to do here. Innovation is the name of the game and there’s no better innovator than the search giant themselves.
Imagine, for some unknown reason you’re unable to use your GPS while traveling. Well, in this instance, all one would have to do is take a snap shot of the nearest landmark around and upload it to Google’s servers for analyses. The o’l Goog would search its millions of images from their geographical database returning your location coordinates and other pertinent information. This could certainly prove to be an adequate tool for travelers alike. However, I can’t help but wonder why one’s GPS wouldn’t be working for other than the fact you have no data connection where you’re at. In that case, if you have no data connection you won’t be able to upload that pic to Google’s servers either, but I digress :)
In case you missed it, or didn’t care enough to watch it, the new iPad was announced today. “The New iPad,” as it’s being called, is the successor to the iPad 2 and comes with a 2048×1536 Retina Display as well as LTE capabilities. Given that most of the other specs for the device are out as well it’s time to see how they stack up to the upcoming announced Transformer Pad Infinity. The folks from AnandTech also compared it to the iPad 2 to give you an idea of what’s changed exactly. So without further ado I present to you the Asus vs. Apple tablet showdown. Hit the break below to check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Is The New iPad that exciting? Let us know! Read more
I am always a fan of trying new apps out. I am especially a fan of trying apps out that make the most used apps on my Nexus even better. Over the past few months I’ve come to rely on using my device as my daily driver for music listening and media viewing. As this continues to be the case I am finding that the various apps I’ve been using to be somewhat sluggish and clunky. I don’t know why but I feel like I stumble through them in a hap-hazard like manner. Well thanks to the n7player I no longer feel that way as it brings us a polished user interface and some decent features. They include:
– Innovative, fully multi-touch music albums plane
– Intuitive music catalog showing: albums, artists, genres etc
– 5 band graphic equalizer with presets, reverb effects, bass boost and sound virtualization (SRS/Dolby Surround, requires system version 2.3+)
– Automatic and manual album art download
– ID3 tags editor
– Filtered file browser
– Music widget
– Lockscreen widget with direct unlock option
While it may not boast all of the features as PowerAmp it still offers some impressive features. As of right now it’s in limited public beta so if you’re interested in trying it out and giving feedback then hit the break to find the Google Play link or QR code below. In my opinion, you won’t be sorry if you do. We also have for you a video that showcases some of these awesome features so check that out too. Enjoy! Read more
Cheap tablets seem to be all the craze lately as we have yet again another device making its way into the clutches of the budget friendly mind. Remember the Rhyme? A handset from HTC that attempted to get in with the ladies? Well, meet the Rhyme of the tablet market, the F8 series device was made by L-Y and aims to look like a woman’s purse or handbag. The device has a 5-inch 800 X 480 res display sporting a 1.5 GHz Allwinner A 10 CPU. Also under the hood you’ll find 512 MB’s of DDR3 RAM and a Mali 400 GPU. All of your standards are there as well such as Bluetooth, Wifi and even 3G connectivity. The tab comes equipped with a 3500 mAh battery to keep you going all day long and will come running with everyone’s favorite OS version, ICS 4.0. Wrap that up in a $94 package and you just might make a few sales. Stay tuned to see just how well the device does. Unfortunately, if you want one, you’ll either need to smuggle one out of China or move there yourself. Choose wisely. Feel free to let us know what you think of the devices in the comments below.
Toshiba’s first entry into the tablet market was the chunky Thrive 10-incher, followed by the slightly more svelte but still big-boned 7-inch Thrive. Then they turned things around at CES by showing off the Excite X10 (launched in the UK as the AT200), probably the thinnest tablet around. So what does Toshiba have in store for us next?
How about a monster 13.3-inch concept slab? The fine folks over at Pocket-Lint got a hands-on session during the Toshiba 2012 conference in the UK and posted pictures of this beast. The device in the photos didn’t actually power on, so it was more of a form factor showcase than a fully working device. Still, it is said to be packing a Tegra 3 quad core processor… and we’d expect nothing less from any new tablets coming out now.
If you bank with Bank of America, and have an Android 3.0+ tablet, this app is for you. The first banking app that is optimized for tablets, this app lets you check your account balances, pay bills, transfer funds and find nearby banking locations using GPS. Bank of America assures us that the app is secure, and it uses the same SiteKey technology to log in that the normal online banking website uses. All of this will be easy on the eyes with the larger displays of tablets. At least paying bills will be a little more fun with the new Bank of America app. Download it for free with the Google Play Store link below.
While you folks already know, thanks to various announcements, that certain devices would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, Big Red has decided to reiterate and solidify these announcements with a list of their own. While yes, we’ve known for some time that ICS would be coming to most of these devices, it’s nice that Verizon has gone and made it official. There isn’t a time table from in regards to when these devices will see the official update but it’s safe to say that we can assume it will be roughly around the announced times from the respective manufacturers.
If you haven’t been keeping up you can hit the break to see if your device will be getting its own taste of the very sweet OS and while you’re at it, check out the original announcements so you can get an idea of what kind of time line you’re looking at. Enjoy! Read more