While Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) owners have been enjoying the Android L Developer Preview for a couple of weeks, owners of other Nexus devices have been wondering when they will get in on the action. Well if you own a Nexus 4 (mako) or a Nexus 7 2012 (grouper), you can thanks to ported ROMs.
Samsung thinks the Galaxy Tab S has the most vibrant display in the business, and they set out to prove it. They recently customized a New York City taxi cab with 4 tablets and asked random riders which one had the best display.
17 out of 20 passengers picked the Tab S as the clear winner. Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t tell you what display brightness each tablet was set at, nor do they tell us the competing brands. However, Samsung shouldn’t need too much trickery since the Tab S has one fo the best displays we have ever seen.
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We know that Google is likely to launch a Nexus tablet this fall alongside the release of Android L. The sizing for Volantis’ display is allegedly 8.9 inches, which would put into question whether or not it would be titled Nexus 8 or Nexus 9. A new entry in the Indian shipping site Zauba may have tipped off what the name will be. On June 30, a “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE” appeared, claiming it is similar to the Nexus 7.
A Nexus 8 tablet has been rumored for a very long time, and this prototype does not confirm anything. Being that it is indeed a prototype, Google may have scrapped this specific device and is now focusing on something else. Either way, we are expecting a new Nexus device this fall considering the program is not dead.
Yesterday Twitter tipster @evleaks had a couple leads on some tablet devices supposedly in the works. Unfortunately, as he says, it “was not a good day” in admitting that the two images and info that surfaced were actually hoaxes. One of the stories had to do with a tablet device that OnePlus was supposedly working on. The “tip” came in the form of a screen capture for the device. OnePlus reached out to @evleaks with an official statement indicating the photo had been photoshopped and there were no plans for a tablet device.
The other hoaxed image was for the HTC Volantis, supposedly the next Nexus device to be released by Google. @evleaks says the source of that image has been revealed as a Google poser.
Perhaps you should consider a OnePlus tablet if the company fails to ship its smartphone to you. It is very much a possibility. An alpha version of the company’s website, dated from Sunday, shows that OnePlus is working on a tablet. The name OnePlus Tab appears beside other links at the top of the page. There are not any images or specifications available.. yet.
One of the very few companies big and brave enough to fight Apple directly is Samsung. And by fighting directly, I mean calling out Apple and its products by name publicly. Not many others are willing to do the same. The latest head-to-head duel comes courtesy of a new commercial Samsung has released to promote the Galaxy Tab S.
The selling point for the Galaxy Tab S is its display. The new commercial takes us through a few different scenes and asks if the iPad’s display is of the same caliber. Clearly, some editing magic can make that happen. Though, many have been quick to point out that the display on Samsung’s new tablet is actually quite stunning.
Recently, Samsung has released other commercials to promote the Galaxy Tab S. One covers the product and its design, focusing primarily on specifications. The other is about the history of a display, taking us to the current screen found on the Galaxy Tab S. Hit the break to watch each video. » Read the rest
T-Mobile has announced that they will be joining the ranks of carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 to their customers. The LTE enabled version of the tablet can be added to a T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan for no additional cost. T-Mobile will give customers an additional 1.2GB of data per month through the end of 2014, but that will drop back to only 200MB free per month after that for the life of the tablet.
T-Mobile will start accepting online orders on July 16th and retail locations will start selling the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 on July 23rd. The device will be priced at $16 per month for 24 months, or $384. This announcement comes about one week after Verizon announced the device would be coming to their network. Hit the break to read the full press release. » Read the rest
It is not much, but the Samsung Scandinavia site has leaked some information indicating they may be getting ready to start selling a couple new tablet devices. What is unclear is whether these are new models or just models already available elsewhere and they are just getting new model numbers for the Scandinavian market. » Read the rest
More details have surfaced about HTC’s rumored upcoming Nexus tablet. The rumors confirm a few things we’ve already heard, but don’t match up with others. According to @evleaks, we should expect the Volantis to launch with an all-aluminum body and Boomsound speakers, both of which are HTC’s biggest marketing features right now. The screen resolution is also pegged at 2560 x 1600, which is a much more common aspect ratio than what we previously heard. » Read the rest
Last month we saw what appeared to be the NVIDIA Shield successor (or Shield 2) clear the FCC, but now we are seeing a device hit the Global Certification Forum (GCF) that is being referred to as a notebook / tablet. The speculation is that the Shield 2 would be a combination of a tablet and a controller.
The FCC filing we reported on last month only mentioned the wireless controller, and sported a model number of P2570 (original Shield is P2450). There is also another FCC filing that reveals a tablet with a model number of P1761W, and it appears that this is same tablet that has crossed the GCF. The GCF certification refers to it as the Shield Tablet.