Surprise, surprise: HTC to develop an Android-based 7-inch tablet, drops support for full-sized Windows-based tablets in the process

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HTC is certainly going through a pretty sweet period right now thanks to the massively successful One smartphone, so it’s only natural that the Taiwanese manufacturer turns its attention to the development of other types of devices out there. According to a report by Bloomberg, HTC is looking squarely at the emerging mini tablet market and is in the midst of working on a soon-to-be released an Android-based 7-inch tablet that will be unveiled to consumers sometime in September or October. This is exciting news because HTC previously turned its attention to the development of Windows RT-based tablets for a while now, but fortunately realized what some of us already knew— that full-sized Windows RT-based tablets probably aren’t as profitable or worthwhile compared to tablets based off other platforms. So now, HTC will place all of its resources and energy into developing smaller tablets instead— as it will launch both a Windows-based and Android-based 7-incher instead.

Here’s hoping that HTC makes a huge splash with the introduction of its latest device because after all— there’s certainly no more room for error for the brand.

source: Bloomberg

Oppo shows off the Ulike 2S smartphone, still comes with a sweet 5MP front-facing camera— but now with a bigger battery and 720p display

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Oppo isn’t content on just having one decked out smartphone with a decked-out front-facing camera, so it’s gone ahead and released a successor called the Ulike 2S. while we don’t know most of the specs including what processor is going to be used or what version of Android it will utilize, this new device is similar in appearance to the original Ulike 2, but this time Oppo is tossing in a 5.5-inch 720p display and a 3,000mAh battery to give you power users out there better battery life. Additionally, prospective customers that operate on more than one wireless network will be excited to hear that the Ulike 2S will also arrive with dual-SIM capabilities, giving users much more flexibility with the device.

That’s all the info we have for now kids, but expect to hear additional Ulike 2S details to surface as we get closer to the device’s imminent release.

source: CNMO
via: Unwired View

At least one variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will be powered by an Intel processor

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We certainly know that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is very much real and on the way, but it appears that Samsung seems intent on going in a different direction with the tablet by using an Intel-based processor. According to Reuters, Samsung has gone ahead and selected Intel’s Clover Trail+ processor for at least one version of its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, instead of using an ARM-based chip as we’ve previously come to expect. The use of an Intel chip in the upcoming tablet is seen as a major achievement for both companies since Samsung will get to employ the use of a more energy-efficient infrastructure, while Intel secures business from the largest mobile manufacturer in the world— which kinda sorta helps to offset all those losses it has dealt with lately thanks to the tablet business and all.

There is no word on how fast the Intel-based chip will be clocked at, but we’ll find out soon enough once Sammy gives up all the details at its June 20th launch event.

source: Reuters

Leaked image of upcoming LG Optimus L9 II appears, will feature an HD display and 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor

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Earlier today we showed you another leaked photo of LG’s upcoming flagship the Optimus G2, and now we have another LG device to show off. The LG Optimus L9 II is making the rounds and its posed to make waves in the upper midrange tier of Android devices coming out. The L9 II will feature a 4.7″ 720×1280 pixels HD IPS display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and will run Android 4.1.2 Jellybean. Other than that, not much is known about the device but as usual, check back with us for updates as we get them.

Via: Phone Arena
Source: Techtastic

Acer to unveil all-in-one PC running Android, priced around $400

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In a move that is sure to become a trend, Acer is due to announce a new all-in-one computer running Android (presumably 4.2 Jellybean) sometime next week.

The computer will house a 3GHz Core i5 4430 “Haswell” processor and 1GB of RAM, with storage options as small as 8GB. We can expect to see more similar outings from other PC manufacturers soon as they announce systems based on Intel’s Haswell and Bay Trail chips. Intel has also hinted at low-priced Android laptops running these chips later in the year.  Read more

Another photo of upcoming LG Optimus G2 leaks confirming shape

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Yet another image of the upcoming LG Optimus G2 has been making the rounds on the internet, resembling leaked images from before. While the photo doesn’t tell us anything new about LG’s next flagship, it does provide another look at the extremely thin bezel and it’s almost edge to edge screen. Curiously, the device has no buttons on the front, but it is rumored to have touch areas on the back for navigation, and will presumably have onscreen buttons as well.

The G2 is also expected to feature a full HD display and a Snapdragon 800 processor and is set for release sometime in the third quarter of 2013.

 

Source: Techtastic

All-in-One Root plus recovery installer made available for Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4

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If you’re an avid root/modder in the Android community then rooting tool-kits should be nothing new to you. Today an all-in-one root plus recovery installer has been made available for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4. The instructions seems relatively easy (if you’re familiar with this kind of stuff), so just make sure you follow the directions thoroughly.

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After Earth movie game hits the Play Store

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After Earth, the latest Will Smith summer sci-fi action movie, has gotten its game tie-in in the form of an endless running-esque game. It’s a visually appealing game filled with 20 missions with unlockable secrets, and even an “infinite mode,” so there’s enough meat on the bone to keep you busy on more than a few lunch breaks. The game also features a bit of customizability and multiplayer, by giving you different suits to collect and leaderboards to challenge your friends. And best of all, there’s achievements!

The game only costs a buck, so if you’re looking for something to hold yourself over until you can get to see After Earth in theaters, hit the links below to grab the game.

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The full D11 interview with Google’s Sundar Pichai

sundar_pichai_d11These days, Sundar Pichai is a very important man. He’s Google’s senior vice president for Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, so he’s probably one of the most equipped people to talk about what’s going on in Mountainview. Earlier today at the D11 conference, Pichai talked about everything from Google as a company in general to today’s news of a stock Android version of HTC One.He explained that he isn’t disappointed that third parties like Samsung and Facebook have so much power in reshaping Android, because Google has services like Google Now and Play Music All Access that others simply cannot match.

You can view the entire interview with Walt Mossberg after the break.

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HTC may give current One owners a chance at having AOSP too

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Earlier today the rumors that HTC was working on a Google Edition of its current flagship, the HTC One, were put to a rest with an official announcement of the actual device. It looks like HTC isn’t done there though as it also mentioned that the company was looking for a way to bring AOSP software to those early adopters of the device that are wanting the Vanilla flavor. How they’re going to do it is up in the air.

As they put it they are, “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One.” Could this mean software that gets rid of Sense or could they provide an AOSP ROM to install? All questions that we’re unsure of right now and ones that we’re hoping get answered soon. This should be good news for those of you who bought the device and feel somewhat slighted by today’s announcement. We’ll update you with what HTC decides. Stay tuned.

 

source: The Verge