Holiday Contest: Win one of two Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 tablets courtesy of NVIDIA and TalkAndroid [Updated With Winners]

For those of you that think a 7-inch tablet is too small and a 10-incher is too big, the Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 might be just right for you. It sports a 9-inch display, but also packs a lot of power thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Speaking of NVIDIA, they were nice enough to provide us with a couple of units to give to our awesome readers. All you have to do is comment below with what gift you want most this Holiday Season. You have until Friday, January 21 at 11:59pm EST. We will pick two random winners on Saturday, January 22 and announce them here. Make sure you are using a real email address for your account because that’s how we will contact you. Good luck!!

UPDATE

Congratulations to our winners

Darrell
Erik P.

Both of you will receive emails with instructions!! Thank you everyone for playing and look for another contest soon.

A Rumor Revisited: Will Google release several Nexus phones from multiple manufacturers? I hope not.

A few months ago, before Google released its most recent Nexus phone, the LG Nexus 4, there were several substantial rumors floating around that Google was planning on opening its Nexus line to multiple manufacturing partners. It all started with a report from the very credible Wall Street Journal and the rumors went something like this: Google will offer its “Nexus” name and early access to the latest stock Android builds to any OEM who is willing to play by Google’s rules and build their phones with a minimum set of specs set by Google’s team. There was said to be five new Nexus phones from five different manufacturers (LG, HTC, Sony, Samsung, and Motorola) all released on November 5th (Android’s 5th birthday) and they’d each be sold in Google’s new Play Store. Sounds pretty plausible, right? Android had finally grown up as an operating system, and now it was time to get the pure Google experience on as many powerful flagship phones as possible, while bypassing the manufacturers ugly and unconventional skins. To be honest, when I first read this rumor I was beyond excited. I absolutely love stock Android (post Ice Cream Sandwich) and was salivating about the fact that I’d get to choose from several top of the line hardware variations for my next Nexus.

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Win one of five AndyTags NFC Sticker combo packs courtesy of AndyTags and TalkAndroid [Updated With Winners]

A couple of days ago we told you about AndyTags NFC Stickers. If you already own an Android phone with NFC, and you haven’t gotten into NFC stickers or tags yet, then you’re missing out on a lot of fun. Speaking of fun, the folks over at AndyTags were gracious enough to hit us up with 5 combo packs to give to our awesome readers.

We are going to keep this contest simple. All you have to do is head over to our forum post and reply to it with what you want most this Holiday season. You have until Friday, December 14 at 11:59pm EST to enter. On Saturday, December 15, we will pick five random winners and announce them. Each pack is a little different so we are going to reward them in the following order:

  • 10-Pack multi-color
  • 10-Pack multi-color
  • 5-pack multi-color & 5-pack ICS Blue
  • Combo pack – 8 regular, 2 anti-metal
  • Combo pack – 8 regular, 2 anti-metal

**Note: Only Mifare Classic stickers are included in these packs, which won’t be fully compatible with the Nexus 4 or Nexus 10. AndyTags does offer stickers that are more suited for those devices, so check their site for more information.

Click here to enter

Good Luck!!!

UPDATE – Congratulations to the following winners

10-Pack multi-color

ejtsang
estebanjv

5-Pack multi-color & 5-Pack ICS Blue

Ilysespieces

Combo Pack – 8 regular, 2 anti-metal

DVDBob
bertberlic1

Stocking Stuffer Idea: AndyTags NFC Stickers for automating and simplifying tasks

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or gift idea, then take a look at AndyTags NFC Stickers. Since most of the newer phones are sporting Near Field Communications (NFC), they make a great gift. What can you do with NFC tags? Well we did a review of NFC Tag Launcher earlier in the year so check that out, but essentially you can use them to automate tasks like to quickly turn settings on or off or open apps. For example, lets say you’re heading to bed, you can program a sticker to switch your phone to silent mode. Just put the sticker on your nightstand and touch your NFC-enabled phone to the sticker and bingo, your phone is now in silent mode. You can also use them to open certain apps as well. Let’s say you like to listen to Slacker in your car. You can program a sticker to tell your phone to open Slacker. Just keep the sticker in your car and when you get in, you can touch the sticker with your phone and Slacker will be opened. You can even program the same sticker to turn on Bluetooth at the same time. If you find that you always text your spouse when you’re on the way home, you can even automate that. The possibilities are endless.

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Three flaws Google needs to fix to make stock Android even better

Our favorite little green robot has made a lot of progress over the last four years. From humble (and ugly) beginnings with Android 1.0 to the smooth and sleek styles of Jelly Bean 4.2, we have seen some tremendous growth and progress of our favorite mobile operating system. Google has worked hard at ironing out the kinks and improving the user interface with some exciting new features. The result has been a much smoother, better, faster, prettier operating system, but it has surprisingly left some simple yet important features out in the cold. Here are three features (or lack thereof) that I believe are major oversights in Google’s current OS.

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UX Corner: Apple’s Simplicity Is Not Enough – Elegant Design Requires Ingenuity

If you know anything about User Experience (UX) Design, you’ve read Steve Krug’s popular book “Don’t Make Me Think”, now an industry manual on how best to approach Web usability. The basic premise of good UX, according to Krug, is to reduce the amount of thinking a user is required to do to successfully use a Web site. This is also known as the K.I.S.S. method (“Keep It Simple, Stupid”), and is today being applied not only to Web sites, but to all software, including mobile operating systems.

Hit the break to find out why this may not be the most elegant approach to mobile OS design.

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Does your Nexus 7 lag after the 4.2 update? There’s a fix for that

Users are reporting severe performance issues after updating their Nexus 7 to Android 4.2. General lag, choppiness, and stuttering performance seem to be plaguing nearly every aspect of the device, from swiping across the home screens, opening the app drawer, typing on the keyboard, scrolling in the browser or even simply unlocking the device. Even getting the screen to turn on takes several seconds after pressing the power button! Needless to say, this is causing quite a frustrating experience for many users, especially since we’ve grown accustomed to the buttery smoothness of Android 4.1.

I personally experienced all of these issues and more, so I decided to do some research on how to fix it. Turns out the fix is a very simple one. Read on after the break to get the scoop.

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Thinking of nabbing an Android phone this Black Friday? Here’s a list of the best deals you can take advantage of!

With Black Friday just around the corner, knowing about the best deals that are available to you is key. If you’re planning on grabbing an Android powered device this Black Friday season, there’s some awesome choices for you to look at. TalkAndroid has your back with a list of some of the best deals out there that you can take advantage of on or around Friday!

Keep in mind that these are just some of what you can find this Black Friday. If you guys have any other info on some great deals, feel free to use the comments section. As more info comes to us this page will be updated. There’s also other stores worth mentioning such as Target and Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart will be offering $100 gift cards if you purchase a device such as the Samsung Galaxy S III (on contract), so keep your eye out for those kind of deals! Or you can also grab the Black Friday app to help you find the best deals possible.

If you’re looking for a tablet this Black Friday, you can check out our round up of great Android tablet deals!

Hope you all get what you want this Black Friday and shop safely. And of course, have a Happy Thanksgiving from the TalkAndroid crew!

 

Why Missing Out On The Nexus 4 May Have Been A Good Thing

The Nexus 4 packs pure unadulterated Android into a quad-core powered black slab of sexy. It’s a great device at an unbelievable price. Problem? It’s gone mainstream. Not in the way hipsters refer to any semi-successful musician either. Google’s deliberate attempts to make the Nexus brand much more grandma-friendly has, in some respects, been a message to its most ardent “root first and ask questions later” fans. I can almost hear Andy Rubin say, we’re going mainstream now, you tech-heads can come along for the ride if you want but you’re not riding shotgun anymore. The “pure Android experience” is no longer being designed or marketed for the  power user.

I really wanted the Nexus 4 but after much deliberation I’ve had to conclude that I am not entirely drunk on Nexus Kool-Aid. The lure of a $299 (8GB version) price for a top tier unlocked phone was certainly tempting. So too was the appeal of receiving timely and undiluted updates. For many, the updates alone may be reason enough to buy this phone. When I examined the compromises Google made to court the mainstream customer I realized the Nexus 4 can not fulfill my needs. I suspect this may be the case for other tech-savvy Android users.

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