It would appear that Verizon is looking to claim its small stake in the affordable tablet market with its new announcement of the “Ellipsis 7“. The Ellipsis 7 tab is the company’s new device hoping to compete with popular small tabs such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX. Specs include a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8 gig’s of on-board storage and a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU from an unknown manufacturer. The device will be sold as the company’s very own tablet and first in the line of “Ellipsis” devices. It will also sport LTE connectivity and a front facing camera for video chats. It’s been also said the device will be running an OS version close to stock Jelly Bean and confirmed to hit stores on November 7th for $249.99 with no contract.
Only time will tell whether or not the tab can quickly gain ground over Apple and Samsung products, though it’s highly unlikely. Big Red will also include its RedBox Instant streaming service with the package to sweeten the pot a little. We’re sure, being the “first in the Ellipsis family…’ we’ll see another device between 8-10-inches assuming the 7-inch device does well. Do you think this device has what it takes to compete in the already crowded tablet market? Check out Verizon’s page via the source link for more details on the product and if you happen to snatch one up on opening day let us know what you think in the comments below. Read more
It seems that the heavily talked about Google Nexus 5 is not only an incredibly nice phone for its price, but it is extremely repairable as well, as shown in iFixit’s latest teardown of the device. The Nexus 5 received a repairability score of 8/10 from iFixit, mostly because of the fact that it uses minimal adhesive and uses a lot of modular components that are easily replaceable.
In fact, it seems that almost everything about the Nexus 5 is easy to replace except for the screen assembly, which is all glued together in a rather secure yet hard to replace manner. In other words, don’t drop your phone, or if you think you might, then get a screen protector.
You can see the video of the teardown after the break. Read more
It was back in August that we found out about Google Helpouts. It’s a new way for people to get help via Hangouts on a variety of topics such as repairs, cooking, photography, technology, and so on. We are talking real people helping real people over video. Well Helpouts was officially launched by Google today.
You have the power of choosing from whom you want to get help from based on their qualifications, availability, price, ratings, reviews. This isn’t like calling technical support at HP and getting any random person. You have the power to choose and it’s over video. You will even be able to record your session or share your desktop if necessary. And if you are unsatisfied, there is a full money back guarantee.
For now, you will only find a few categories, but over time they will increase, as well as the amount of “helpers.” You will even find top brands like Sephora, One Medical, Weight Watchers, Redbeacon, and Rosetta Stone.
Helpouts seems more suited for desktop use, but Google did release an app in the Play Store. We have download links along with a quick demo video after the break.
Yesterday we heard that Samsung is going to put a bigger focus in the tablet market since it’s becoming more difficult to grow in the smartphone sector. In a followup story, it appears Samsung wants to sell 42 million tablets in 2014.
This means you can expect a healthy dose of offerings next year, which will probably include just about every screen size imaginable. They are already offering 7, 8, and 10.1-inches, and we know a 12.2-inch Galaxy Note is on the way. Today we are hearing that a 13.3-incher is also in the works. This size screams at a Windows / Android dual boot setup, but that’s just a guess.
I am sure Samsung will unveil some goodies at CES in January, but I am also sure we will see a leak or two by then.
Last week when Android 4.4 KitKat was announced, a lot of people rejoiced, but one select group of people didn’t. Those who own a Galaxy Nexus got the shocking news that they wouldn’t be getting the new chocolate treat, at least officially. Google’s reasoning is their policy to support devices for only 18 months. That policy is really meant for manufacturers, this is a Google product folks. Some say it really isn’t about the 18 month window and it’s more about drivers from Texas Instruments not getting updated.
Whatever the real reason is, Galaxy Nexus owners aren’t happy and I don’t blame them. The phone more than meets the specs and you would think Google would want to “show other manufacturers” how it’s done. Max Duckwitz isn’t sitting back and started a petition. He has well over 13,500 signatures and nearly 3,500 comments. He isn’t wasting anytime as he already sent all the signatures, comments, a quick letter, and petition text to Sundar Pichai at Google.
One of the reasons why nobody seems excited for the new flexible display phones from Samsung and LG is because they really aren’t flexible, they are just curved. Well guess what? The LG G Flex actually does flex. Problem is that it really isn’t the kind of “flexible” you are thinking because you can’t fold it up like the future concepts we saw yesterday, but this video shows us that it’s not as rigid as we thought. I’m not sure I would try this one at home though. Hit the break for the very quick 15-second video.
For many people, Android 4.4 KitKat will be an ease to use being a system that is very similar to its predecessors. For some however, Android 4.4 will be the first Android operating system that they use. In case that’s you, or you just want to know a little more about the new operating system, Google has recently released a quick start guide for Android 4.4, with information on all you need to know to get the most out of your Android experience.
The Android 4.4 quick start guide is free, and any Android user can download it provided they have Google Play Books installed on their system. The guide is a rather comprehensive volume, and features 53 pages of KitKat goodness. In fact, even if you’re a seasoned Android professional you might still discover something new because it details everything from Google Now to using notifications and everything in between.
Hit the break for download links.
Since announcing plans to offer consumers up to 200MB of free data if they buy a tablet device as part of their “Uncarrier” campaign, the company has had to address a few problems with the strategy. The latest is an admission that new customers will actually have to sign-up for at least a $20 per month plan if they want to buy their new tablet device with no money down. If there is any silver lining to this clarification it is the fact that the $20 per month plan includes 500MB of data in addition to the base 200MB of data T-Mobile is providing for tablet devices. Read more
HTC has released some information regarding their plans to provide an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat for the HTC One throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but defers on any details regarding the upgrade schedule for the HTC One Max and HTC One Mini. According the HTC’s press release:
“Across EMEA, HTC will work with local carriers to begin the roll-out of Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5 for the HTC One from the end of January. The Google Play edition will start to receive the update earlier, starting from the end of November. Details regarding the HTC One Max and HTC One Mini will follow.”
As you may note, specific dates for the HTC One Max and HTC One Mini are not mentioned, but we would anticipate the update for those devices should follow shortly after the HTC One.