Everybody has seen how well the tablet market is doing, and it’s no surprise that this is coming at some expense to traditional PCs and laptops. Nvidia Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang talked about how the versatility of tablets plays an important role in tablet sales. He noted that most people realize that a “great tablet is better than a cheap PC,” and it’s true. There are very few things a high-end tablet can’t do that a laptop can, especially with Microsoft Office right around the corner for mobile devices. He also stated that Microsoft’s Surface tablet is erasing the lines between the cheap notebook and tablet market.
Great news for any AT&T Captivate Glide owners! According to AT&T’s consumer blog, users will be able to download Android 4.0 onto their devices starting on November 10th. From the wording on the blog, it doesn’t seem to be an OTA update, though. More than likely, the update will have to be done through Samsug Kies, since AT&T linked to a Samsung support page for instructions on the update.
Sure, it’s a pretty delayed update, but anything is better than being stuck on 2.2 or 2.3 like many other devices, right? Hit the source to read the full blog post from AT&T.
source: AT&T Consumer Blog
The rugged Xperia Go has made its way to the US as the Xperia Advance. The 1 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM isn’t going to break any benchmark records but the $249 contract-free price might make it an attractive option for some. It’s designed to be dust & water resistant and its 3.5-inch display will even support wet finger tracking. The Xperia Advance looks like an excellent choice for the
cheap frugal and/or clumsy. Our friends to the North should get their chance at the Xperia Go this month as well.
While EE has recently begun rolling out its blazing-fast 4G LTE network, it might have encountered a minor snafu for potential customers as it recently announced it’s behind schedule to launch SIM-only tariffs. For many customers in the UK, there was the expectation that the SIM-only tariffs would be available starting today, but EE at the last-minute highlighted the specialized plans won’t be ready for up to a few weeks from now– likely because the 4G LTE spectrum is a bit more complicated than the traditional 3G spectrum. While the difference in wireless spectrum is likely the culprit for the delay, here’s EE’s exact statement regarding the matter:
“The launch of SIM only plans (due Nov 9) will be delayed by a few days as a result of our comprehensive testing process over-running slightly. We know many customers are anticipating these plans and apologise for this short hold up. However they will be reassured that we are determined to offer the very best service possible.
EE then later came out an highlighted the following statement below:
Our 4GEE SIM only plans will now be launching within the next two weeks. We know many customers are keen to get their hands on our SIM only plans and we are looking forward to offering them as soon as our testing process is complete. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Hopefully this delay won’t cause too much of an inconvenience for prospective EE 4G LTE customers. We know most of you are itching to take advantage of those Samsung Galaxy S III phones, so just be patient for just a smidge longer
source: Tech Crunch
It’s no secret that Pulse News holds an incredibly special place in my heart, so you’ll have to excuse me if I can’t contain my excitement for its latest major update not just for me, but for all Android users. The latest update which brings Pulse to version 3.0, brings not only a new app logo, but improved navigation, a more comprehensive search and infinite scrolling of stories within the app. While there are a ton of improvements– the app continues to be straightforward simple and easily the best way for all Android users to keep up with all their favorite stories from their favorite sites.
The latest update is available now in the Play Store, so be sure to hit the link or scan the QR code in order to grab it today.
It’s only a matter of days before customers and Android fanatics alike can order what will be the most coveted reference tablet in the game, but it appears that some lucky customers at an unspecified Walmart may be able to grab the tablet sooner than the rest of us. As seen in the screenshot above, a customer stumbled upon what appeared to be a placeholder tag for the Nexus 10 32GB tablet and more importantly— it actually appeared to be in stock! Sadly though, the photo was taken late in the evening and there were no store associates to verify if the in-stock listing was accurate or not. Still, you can’t help but be excited at the prospect of owning the coolest tablet available before all your friends do.
We’ll be sure to stay on top of this story and confirm its accuracy, but in the meantime— if you live near a Walmart and have some extra time and/or money, feel free to check out the store and see if they too have the tablet in stock. Oh and be sure to let us know of your findings if you do hear of anything.
source: Brief Mobile
AT&T is making a bold and somewhat unexpected move in the tablet market. They are offering a $100 dollar discount on any tablet device when a buyer signs up for a 2-year agreement. This seems to be a bit of a change in direction for AT&T which had previously decided to no longer offer discounts for on-contract tablet devices.
Like all such subsidy deals, one does have to do their math and take some time to decide whether the discount is really worth the additional cost down the road. This particular deal may be attractive to someone already on AT&T who just needs to add an extra data plan and was going to pick up a tablet any way.
The sale appears to be good while supplies last, so don’t delay if this is something that interests you.
source: NBC News
As many of you are aware, Sony’s Xperia S was recently made a target device in AOSP, which essentially turned it into a pseudo-Nexus device. It wasn’t an official target, but it was a decent option for those willing to tinker around. It was a big move for Sony and Google, and a step in the right direction for Android and manufacturers. It was great while it lasted, but unfortunately, today the plug was pulled and the Xperia S is no longer in AOSP.
Google’s Vice President for Android Product Management, Hugo Barra, shared some Photo Spheres from some of his friends today. The images come from Barra himself along with Evan Rapoport, Sascha Haeberling, Sacha Arnoud, and Lockey McGrath, all taken with the new LG Nexus 4. Locations are from around the world and include both inside and outside shots.
In what may no doubt be the best deal of the season, our friends over at TmoNews have come across a screenshot of an upcoming T-Mobile Samsung event going down on November 16th and 17th. Based on the screenshot, it looks like most major 4G Samsung devices will be free on a new two-year contract agreement – yes including the Galaxy S III. While the picture doesn’t specifically show the Note II, we’re holding out hope that it’ll be included, although at the same time, we’re not holding our breath.
A Galaxy S III for free is obviously a pretty sweet deal though. The only choice for those with visions of the Galaxy S III dancing in their heads will come down to network and coverage. Remember, there are a few other retailers offering the Galaxy S III for $50 on contract on other carriers. So what will it be – the Galaxy S III on T-Mobile for free, or on AT&T or Sprint for $50? Or will you go a totally different route? Let us know your plans this holiday season.