Google IO 2015 Coverage

Start ’em young: Polaroid releases a tablet for tots

Everyone is trying to get in on the tablet phenomenon. The craze has everyone and their mom salivating after a slate of glass and plastic, so manufacturers are capitalizing on the demand. Today, Polaroid even released a tablet for your kids. The durable, 7-inch tablet seems to be nameless at this time, but boasts some decent specs: a 1gHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 gigabytes of internal storage, an SD card slot for additional space, and of course wifi, so your kids can browse the web and download new content. Amazingly the device is running Android 4.0 but does not have access to the Google Play store, so that your kids can’t get their hands on the wrong content. In place of the Google Play store, Polaroid has created a kid-safe app store, and has even loaded the tablet up with some kid-friendly apps and books to get you started. All of this comes at a fairly low $150 price tag, so if you messed up with the Christmas gifts, you might be able to make it up to your kids with one of these. You can pick one up at the source link below.

Source: Polaroid Store

Archos outs multi-touch TV Connect with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google TV may still be lacking behind the rest of the smart TV pack, but Archos believes it has solved the apparent issue with its new TV Connect. The Android-powered computer box plugs into any existing HDTV to offer a seamless connected experience.

Along with the box itself, customers will be treated to a massive remote with more controls than you could ever imagine necessary, featuring a full QWERTY kerboard, a D-pad and a slew of gaming buttons..To differentiate itself from the rest of the ill-fated Google TV crowd, Archos has also included a pair of pointer sticks to “control your TV just like you would your tablet with a tapping and/or swiping motion.”¬†If that’s not enough, the box has a built-in HD webcam, making video calls a breeze. Read more

Facebook Messenger update lets you send voice messages via app

Facebook Messenger got a nifty little update today. The popular messaging app now includes a “voice record” feature. If you’re feeling too lazy to type out a message, you can simply touch “voice record”, hold down the red record button and speak what you want your friend to know. When you’re done recording your message, just let go of the record button and the app will automatically upload your message and send it across the airwaves to your friend’s phone, where they can give it a listen. For now, voice messaging is limited to one minute, so if you’re gonna talk longer than that, you should probably just make a normal phone call (do people even still make those?). If you want to grab the app, use the QR code or download link below.

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A handful of Nexus devices get AOKP build MR1

AOKP, one of the more popular aftermarket Android ROMs available, finally released a few stable builds for Nexus devices, labeled MR1. And, despite having to start over from scratch with the 4.2 code, most older features have ported forward. There’s a ton of stability improvements and¬†customization options on top of Google’s feature-filled flavor of Jelly Bean.

If you’ve got a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, or Nexus 7, hit the source below to get your hands on the ROM. The Galaxy S III and Note II are expected to be in the next release, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Nexus 10 show up as well. Flash away!

source: AOKP

HTC One SV now available on Clove UK

HTC announced that it would bring the One SV to the UK, and they’ve made good on that promise. Clove UK is now carrying the LTE-equipped, 4.3 inch, Snapdragon-wielding device, sim-unlocked and available in white and blue. It unfortunately is still running Ice Cream Sandwich, but we’ve seen some leaks that say it’ll get the Jelly Bean update, hopefully sooner rather than later. Now cross your fingers and hope it makes its way to the US.

source: Clove UK

EFun Announces Its Nextbook 7GP Budget Tablet, Crams 7-Inch Display And Jelly Bean Into A $130 Package

 

There’s more than a few of us out there who can appreciate the various inexpensive tablets out there and can look forward to yet another newly launched tablet out for the masses. While EFun is a relative unknown to most consumers, it has recently announced its brand-new Nextbook 7GP which is a 7-inch tablet that comes with some fairly modest features: a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of expandable storage, built-in WiFi and an acceptable 1,024 x 600 display. While those features are nothing too noteworthy— the Nextbook 7GP will operate on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) and come in at a stunning price of only $130, which may or may not put a little pressure on the folks at Google.

The tablet is expected to be at CES next week, so you’ll be able to get additional information and shots of the device then. In the meantime, why not hit past the break to check out the presser and tease yourself a little?

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Verizon-LTE equipped Galaxy Note 10.1 passes through FCC

Samsung’s multi-talented tablet device, the Galaxy Note 10.1, has been pretty quiet lately, save for a few updates in certain regions here and there. Well, after spending a few months in the shadow of its little brother, the Note 2, the tablet peeked out of the FCC with Verizon LTE bands and support for 3G connectivity. Neither Samsung or Verizon has said anything about this little surprise, but I’m sure they won’t keep too quiet about it for very long. Hopefully we’ll see another carrier or two pick up a data-enabled version of this device, too.

source: Engadget

Huawei to offer Ascend P1 through Amazon for US customers

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on a Huawei Ascend P1 in the States, you’ll now be able to get one directly through Amazon without jumping through hoops to get one imported. Huawei will be offering the phone unlocked for $450 on Amazon, although without LTE. At that price point, the dual-core, 4.3 inch phone may have a hard time competing with the Nexus 4, but for those of you that can’t seem to buy a Nexus 4 no matter how hard you try, this may be a good second option. Anyone going to pick one of these up? Read more

Sprint to begin offering prepaid service on January 25th

Sprint tries their hardest to offer the most value for their customers’ dollar, and for the most part they do a great job, especially with their unlimited data plans. Now Sprint looks to be getting into a pay-as-you-go service to offer more flexibility for consumers who don’t want to sign a contract. According to some leaked documents for Sprint employees, customers will be able to get on a prepaid plan with their choice of four phones. Read more

LG bringing the “kitchen sink” to CES 2013

When you think of CES 2013, you are probably thinking of the latest electronic gizmos and gadgets, from smartphones, to tablets, to computers, to gaming systems, and so on. You may not be thinking so much about your kitchen appliances. LG wants to change that and is planning to bring some equipment to CES 2013 to give you a little mental nudge in that direction. They may not be bringing the kitchen sink, but they are planning to bring the refrigerator, the stove, the washer/dryer, and even a remote-controlled robotic vacuum cleaner to demonstrate their “Smart Household” concept. Read more