Google rolled out some minor changes to Google Play today in hopes they will have a big impact for tablet users looking for apps that have been designed to take advantage of the larger format available with a tablet device. First, they have changed the default view to put the “Designed for tablets” list at the top of the page when a user visits the store from their tablet device. The setting can be changed back to all apps or games if a user would prefer that look. » Read the rest
Just in time for the holiday season, Amazon is offering Google’s Nexus 7 tablet for $30 less than its usual price. The 16GB model costs $199 while the 32GB is $239, an excellent price for an excellent tablet. Usually you’d be paying $229 and $269, respectively. And if you have Amazon Prime, you can pick one up with free two-day shipping. We’re not quite sure there will be a Nexus 7 deal better than this. If you’re interested, hit the source link to order now.
A lot of times you can buy a tablet and return it within a specified time period. It varies from store to store, but Amazon has a 30-day money back return policy on the Kindle Fire tablets. However, Amazon is trying something a little different. They are inviting certain VIP customers to try out the Kindle Fire HDX for 30 days with no money up front. If you don’t like it, you can send it back, but if you keep it, Amazon will go ahead and charge your account. Amazon knows that a lot of people will just keep the damn thing out of sheer laziness, so it’s a smart tactic for sure.
We’re not sure if there is a way to “force” yourself into this program as it seems like Amazon is just picking people based on their own criteria. So if the Kindle Fire HDX is something you’re on the fence about, keep an eye on your email inbox because you could easily mistaken it for spam.
Toshiba has unveiled a new tablet that will put them back into the 7-inch market. The Excite 7 joins Toshiba’s Excite Pure, Excite Pro and Excite Write as their smaller sibling. Weighing in at 12.4 ounces, the Excite 7 packs a quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 0.3MP front facing camera, and 3MP rear camera while Android 4.2.2 runs the show. Toshiba touts enhanced stereo speakers, 12 hours of general use / 7.5 hours of video playback, and microSD support. Toshiba’s Excite 7 is priced at $169.99 and is available today through Amazon and Toshiba’s website. But be aware that Toshiba has not made the device’s storage known just yet.
Amazon has updated their Fire OS to 3.1, and it’s now available via over-the-air for Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets. This update brings deeper integration with Goodreads such as capturing and sharing favorite quotes with your Goodreads friends, seeing what your friends are reading, sharing your ratings and reviews, and the ability to import all of the book you have purchased from Amazon.
There is also a second screen option which lets you fling TV shows and movies from your Kindle to your TV. You will need a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or a Samsung TV in order to use this feature.
Next up is support for the enterprise and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD). You can now connect to secure enterprise Wi-Fi networks and access corporate apps, documents, a VPN client, and a native SCEP client.
Hit the break for the rest of the added features along with the press release.
Remember when Samsung faced a possible U.S.-ban on 26 of its products last year? U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request for a court injunction against Samsung. It was good news for the Korean manufacturer, but it still had to pay $1 billion in damages.
However, Samsung may again be in danger. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit gave Apple a partial victory which will give the company another chance to argue that Samsung should have its products banned from the U.S. market.
Apparently Koh had not considered Apple’s evidence well enough to make her decision in the case, according to the Court of Appeals.
If something new comes out of this new trial, we’ll certainly keep you updated.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Just as the competition to manufacture the best television display was booming just a few years ago, the same is now happening with smartphones. Samsung is reportedly planning to release phones next year that have a pixel density as high as 560 ppi on screen sizes as low as 5-inches. That’s 2560 x 1440 resolution.
The AMOLED panels may first show up on the Galaxy S5. Samsung Display CEO Kinam Kim confirmed the rumors, and it wouldn’t be wild to guess that this resolution will come to tablets soon enough as well.
Sure, you might argue that that’s way too small for the human eye to tell the difference, but the numbers will be where it’s all at.
Do you want a new Nexus 7 for free? Well, Google is offering just that, as part of a new promotional contest they are running. All you have to do is create your own portrait of the things that matter to you alongside your favorite Android device, just like you see above, and you’ll have the chance to win a new Nexus 7 tablet, or a $50 Google Play gift card.
Sounds easy enough, right? Head to the source link for more information on how to submit your portrait.
It has been fairly quiet on the Nexus 10 front. We haven’t heard a single thing since last month when the current Nexus 10 with 16GB went out of stock and a press render of the next one leaked. Now over on Reddit a frustrated Telefonica employee has unleashed what could be the upcoming Nexus 10 (2013). As you can see in the image, Android 4.4 KitKat is running the show. But interestingly it seems that the Google Experience Launcher is utilized, unlike other Nexus devices that received the KitKat update. Also, this device has a rather thin bezel and it looks like the speaker grill has been shifted to the top rather than two on the sides. And notice the price tag. That translates to $482 over here in the U.S.; however, this is presumably for the model with cellular connectivity. Attached to the Telefonica leak is even a possible release date — November 22.
The second image (after the break) has LG’s watermark smacked on top. This is interesting as Samsung makes the current model. LG also makes the Nexus 5 for Google. LG manufacturing the new Nexus 10 would make sense because it could be the device that received Bluetooth certification two weeks ago. The model number “LG-V510″ appears on both this new image and the certified device. So unfortunately there may not be a Nexus 8 in the works, although Google may want us to believe there is. » Read the rest
Google’s good in the marketing department. Really good.
officially the holiday season, and Google wants to remind you that now’s the time to buy, buy, buy.
The company is opening up a series of tent-like pop-up shops for the upcoming season to display some of its latest products, including the Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Chromecast, and the newest Chromebooks.
They will be called “Winter Wonderlabs,” and will be located in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, Washington D.C., and Paramus, NJ.