We’ve been keeping an eye out for the official Nexus 7 cover to become available in the Google Play store and today they finally landed. Only available in dark grey, a new case for your N7 is going to set you back just over $30 depending on your local tax. This includes $19.99 for the unit, $9.99 for 2-day shipping, and a few bucks for uncle Sam. It seems a little pricey after all is said and done but it could very well be worth it to have some custom fitting protection. We will get ours in a few days so stay tuned for some feedback. Heck, if a few of you are interested, I could even throw a quick video together showing you how it looks/works on the tablet. In the meantime, if you already know you want one, hit up the source link below.
source: Google Play
ASUS has updated their Padfone to software version 184.108.40.206. While it doesn’t bring the device to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it does bring it to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. The update brings several bug fixes and optimizations in the power consumption and camera department. Support for 64GB SD cards will also implemented along with a new Super Note function with handwriting recognition.
ASUS will be pushing the update via OTA, although you can also pull the update directly from the ASUS’ website. If you own a Padfone and wish to update it yourself, then head over to the source link!
Is the Google Nexus 7 not your cup of tea? Prefer your tablet bigger, bolder and brighter? If so then my fellow Brits have cause for celebration as Asus has today announced that the top-of-the-range Transformer Infinity is inbound. From August 31st you’ll be able to pick up the 64GB model complete with official keyboard dock for a fairly hefty £599.99.
Let’s not forget that it’s the quality of Asus’ Transformer range of tablets that prompted Google to partner with them for the uber-successful Nexus 7. As far as high end tablets go, you could do a lot worse. The real question is just how many people will be willing to part with £600 when you can pick up an astounding tablet for as little as £160 these days. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
ASUS said today that the Transformer Pad, Transformer Prime and Infinity will be the lucky tablet winners to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s it so far. ASUS says they’re still deciding on other devices though. The other day they said on their German Facebook page that the Eee Pad Slider and Transformer would be getting Jelly Bean too. Does that mean it’s not final? As to when the updates will roll, no time frame was given. Hit the break for the full statement.
Need more reasons to love your Google Nexus 7 tablet? Perhaps yet another reason to convince you to go out and purchase one? It turns out the Nexus 7 is one tough cookie compared to that other fruit bearing tablet. The guys over at Squaretrade performed several tests on the Google Nexus 7 and the new Apple iPad to test its durability. Needless to say, the Nexus 7 won in a landslide.
First off they dropped both tablets numerous times at several different angles, and while the Nexus 7 stayed fully intact (minus minor scuff marks on the back-plate) with no cracks on the screen, the iPad suffered from a cracked screen and the corners were essentially smashed and bent. Their next test was dropping both tablets in a tub filled with water. Both tablets still worked after taking them out, the the iPad’s audio speakers were nonfunctional while the Nexus 7′s were perfectly working.
There you have it folks, looks like even for a tablet starting at $199, ASUS and Google made a quality tablet that can endure drops and water damage. Hit the break to watch the video of the demonstration and let us know what you think!
The other day we received the CyanogenMod 10 preview builds for both the international and U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III and now there’s more! The CM 10 preview builds are now available for the ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime (tf101 and 201) and with Motorola’s Xoom. With all the excitement around Jelly Bean and CyanogenMod 10, a working build for tablets is wonderful news to hear.
These are only preview builds though, so they may not be very stable. Unofficial builds also carry no guarantee on support, assistance or updates.
The Transformer builds are currently functional with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sounds, camera, video acceleration, minor dock functionality and most sensors. The GPS and light sensor functionality isn’t in there just yet, but the device’s core functionality is stable and working.
Here’s a quick video of the Transformer Prime running CM10 on its current build in action:
We certainly expect Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to make its way to ASUS Transformer devices sooner rather than later. Let’s face it, ASUS has one of the best track records for updates as the Transformer Prime received the Ice Cream Sandwich update in January, and the original Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) received it February. We fully expect Jelly Bean to land on the higher end devices, but there was a rumor floating around that the Eee Pad Transformer and the Eee Pad Slider might not be so fortunate. Supposedly an ASUS rep at a press conference in the Netherlands said that it’s unlikely that either device would receive the update. Of course the rest of the lineup was good to go.
Today, ASUS Germany denied the comment and said that the Jelly Bean update is confirmed for the Transformer Prime (TF201), Transformer Pad (TF300), and Transformer Infinity (TF700), but also confirmed that the Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Eee Pad Slider (SL101) will also get the update.
The last few weeks has been quite a nail-biter for owners of various ASUS-branded tablets. While ASUS manufactures the mouthwatering Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 tablet, immediate speculation came regarding ASUS’ existing tablets and whether or not they too would get some Android 4.1 lovin’ too. Apparently, ASUS reps at a conference in the Netherlands stated not all of their tablets would get Jelly Bean, which understandably caused major concern for specifically owners of the older legacy tablets like the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets. In addition, the same source highlighted the Jelly Bean rollout for select devices is unclear, but could perhaps begin in October.
However, in some expected damage control— ASUS Germany then denied their colleagues from the Netherlands have made such a statement about TF101/SL101. In fact— ASUS Germany believes that the idea ASUS reps in the Netherlands only confirmed Android 4.1 upgrade for TF201/TF300/TF700 tablets is just pure speculation. According to ASUS Germany’s current information, the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets will also enjoy Android 4.1 upgrade too.
We’re not sure who we can believe, but we’ll wait for an official statement from ASUS headquarters regarding this. Nevertheless, if you’re an owner of one of the premium model ASUS tablets out there, you’ll want to keep your fingers crossed and hope that you’ll get the Jelly Bean update. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to keep you posted if we hear of any news folks.
With the exception of those lucky Google I/O attendees, the rest of the world is waiting to get their hands on Google and Asus’ 7″ wonder-tablet. Today brings great news straight from the horses mouth as Google has announced that the Nexus 7 is winging it’s way to a doormat near you. The tablet is scheduled to arrive within 3 business days however you’ll know if your order is on the way as you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail as well as a tracker number, just try not to flood the couriers website by hitting that refresh button too many times!
Here’s the full message from Big G :
“We’re now shipping Nexus 7 pre-orders. The first wave of orders are going out today and all pre-orders are scheduled to ship within the next 3 business days. Once your order has shipped you will receive a confirmation email and tracking number. Though our agents are unable to provide a specific delivery date for individual pre-orders, please rest assured that our shipping team is working to fulfill all orders as quickly as possible.”
The Nexus 7 tablet was the talk of Google I/O, and for good reason. For $199 you get a device with high-end specs that even today’s top tablets have a hard time competing with. With a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, and a 7-inch HD screen, it’s amazing Google and ASUS were able to manufacture this device for so little money. But specs are just specs… does the Nexus 7 live up to the hype? Hit the break for the full review.