The Indian import-export web site Zauba, which displays a database of goods shipped into the country, is showing some Samsung tablet devices that have been delivered for “testing & evaluation” purposes. Samsung is very active in the tablet market and much like their smartphone portfolio, they produce a wide variety of models. Currently Samsung seems to favor a couple different iterations of their tablet devices, regular tablets and stylus-enabled tablets, the latter being part of their Note line of devices. For their regular tablet devices, Samsung produces different sizes and combinations of wireless connectivity. The devices most recently spotted in the Zauba database are all 7-inch devices believed to be Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 tablets and join some units that were spotted back in December. Read more
The HTC Nexus 9 tablet has a very unique 4:3 ratio display, which makes it suitable for media and productivity based tasks. It seems like Samsung could take a cue from the Nexus 9 and use the same aspect ratio with its future tablets. Read more
Google is shutting down both Chrome to Mobile and “Print to my Phone” early next month. Chrome to Mobile was that browser extension that allowed you to easily send whatever web page you were viewing on your desktop, right to your mobile device. I often found it useful, but Google started Tab Sync a couple of year’s ago that might not be as quick, but is a lot more useful.
Tab Sync shows you every Chrome page that is open on every single device that you have so it’s a lot more versatile. All you need to do is tap on any of those open web pages from your mobile device, and it will open. I stopped using Chrome to Mobile ever since Tab Sync was introduced.
On February 1, people around the world will be watching the events taking place in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX. While plenty will watch for the game played between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, halftime is where the spike in ratings lie. This year’s Super Bowl halftime show will be led by Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz. It is a continuation in the trend of the Super Bowl halftime show being targeted at a younger demographic. Gone are the years of Bruce Springsteen or Prince performing at halftime. Katy Perry will get the youngsters and Lenny Kravitz will nab the stragglers. Online, YouTube has a plan of its own to compete with NBC during the broadcast for millennials.
Last week Google released factory images for the Android 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and the Nexus 10. The OTA update is now available for the Nexus 7, so you can manually update your device yourself.
We have the download link below, but if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing or you just need a refresher, be sure to check out our very extensive guide on how to do it. The Nexus 10 OTA is still not available, but I would expect a link to become available within the next day so stay tuned if you’re rocking a Nexus 10.
Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LRX22C from LRX22G (5.0.2)
Our how to guide on installing Lollipop OTA updates to Nexus devices
The next handset from Huawei will presumably be the successor to the Ascend P7. This time around, however, the naming will be slightly different. The company is apparently dropping the word “Ascend” when naming future phones. This means that the next handset will simply be known as the Huawei P8.
If you were waiting for Boost Mobile’s no-contract Galaxy Prevail LTE to go on sale, the wait is over. The carrier announced the device earlier this month and you’ll now be able to pick up the LTE-capable Samsung smartphone for $129.99 outright. Read more
Sharp has taken the wraps off of their first two devices for 2015, one of which is a high-end compact device, and the other is, surprisingly, a flagship flip phone.
The Aquos Mini is one of Sharp’s most impressive devices, featuring the razor thin bezels that their Aquos phones have come to be known for. The phone sports a 4.5-inch, 1080p screen with an extremely narrow body, and the display features Sharp’s IGZO technology which will supposedly let the device last for a full two to three days on its 2120 mAh battery. Read more
There’s been a bit of a delay for the much-awaited Android 5.0 update for the HTC One M7, but if you’re tired of waiting, you can grab the update on the XDA Forums, courtesy of LlabTooFeR. Read more
While T-Mobile and Sprint have been engaged in a heated battle to change the market for cellular service in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon have been slower to adopt any of the changes their smaller rivals are pushing. In particular, Verizon appears to be content for now to rely on a strategy of offering quality for the additional expense and trouble their subscribers deal with to stay with them. To help justify their value, Verizon is back with a new video this month, following up a video released in December showing the Verizon device testing lab at work, that shows a little bit about how they test the connectivity of their devices. Read more