There are many things to look forward to when the annual Google I/O rolls around and new Android hardware is one of them. According to a “trusted source” close to Techno Buffalo we have at least one piece of hardware we can look forward to at this this years conference and it may even go home with each attendee. TB is reporting that the previously rumored ASUS branded Nexus tablet will finally rear it’s head. Sure, nothing new here except for the fact that this tablet is suggested to be powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. How can this be you ask? Wasn’t the Nexus tablet supposed to be around the $200 price point? Yes it was, and it still can be. Don’t forget about Project Kai that we just heard about. That’s the NVIDA Tegra 3 chip designed to be reasonably priced while still providing the power we have come accustomed to when it comes to Tegra 3 performance. See, everything is starting to fall into place… sort of. Conflicting reports are also saying that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean may or may not come pre-loaded on the developer giveaway tablet but it kind of seems a bit early for that. Good thing June 27th is just a month away, we will be on scene to report the full scoop.
source: Techno Buffalo
We’ve already handed out two Transformer Pad Prize Packs so it’s now time for our final and third giveaway. As a refresher, the prize pack consists of an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. For this week all you have to do is comment below with your favorite TegraZone game in terms of gameplay. You have until next Wednesday, May 30th at 11:59pm EST. We will pick a random winner and make the announcement on Thursday, May 31st.
As you know NVIDIA is celebrating the first anniversary of the TegraZone, and with it came the Players Choice Awards and these Transformer Pad Prize Packs. NVIDIA is giving away seven of these prize packs so we encourage you to head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site and cast your votes for your favorites games in the TegraZone in terms of best graphics, best gameplay, and overall fun. Once you vote, you’re automatically entered. Both contests are separate so definitely comment here and vote at NVIDIA’s site for more chances to win one of these awesome prize packs.
For a listing of all eligible games, hit our previous post or head over to the TegraZone.
As you know, we have three ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Packs to hand out. We’ve already given out our 1st pack, we just finished week two. Congratulations goes out to Andrew Kuczkowski who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Andrew voted Zen Pinball THD for best graphics.
Don’t forget we still have one more prize pack to hand out. We will get that one started later today, but please make sure to head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site to get more votes in. They are giving away seven of these same prize packs so by voting there as well, it gives you more opportunities to win one of these awesome prizes. Voting ends on May 31st.
Thanks to everyone for playing and good luck on Week 3!!
We heard a lot of talk about a Google (possibly) Nexus Tablet, but things cooled off. All talk seemed to point towards ASUS manufacturing it with a June release. Well DigiTimes is reporting that 600,000 tablets will be made available in June and ASUS continues to be the manufacturer of choice. Projected sales for 2012 seem to be 2 to 2.5 million units, which seems low if they are going after Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
We know there will be a Google tablet of some sort, but the real question is what’s the name? If you look at the latest Nexus phones, the naming scheme seems to go along with the manufacturer. The Nexus S was made by Samsung and was named after the Galaxy S. Last year the Galaxy Nexus was also made by Samsung and they used “Galaxy” instead of opting for the Nexus S II. In both cases the full name included something related to the manufacturer. Now this tablet is being made by ASUS and we all know they make the Transformer Prime. Granted that’s a 10.1-inch device and this is a 7-inch, but it seems to add up since the “Nexus Prime” name came up last year when we thought that was the name of the now Galaxy Nexus. It’s obvious ASUS and Google were working together back then, but at the time no one knew that ASUS was the chosen one for a tablet. They could opt for the Nexus Transformer as well, but I’m banking on Nexus Prime.
Oh ASUS, how we love you so. Not only are you giving us cutting edge hardware and lightly bloated software, you also give us the ability to unlock your devices so that we can do as we please. Sure it comes at the price of voiding our warranties, but that is a risk and a responsibility us crack-flashers are willing to deal with.
Like they did shortly after the Transformer Prime was released, ASUS today released the Unlock Tool for the Transformer Pad 300 and allows users the ability to unlock the device’s bootlader. Not only does this make a growing population of the Android community happy, it hopefully sets a precedent for other manufacturers to do the same. The process is rather easy and is only a matter of installing a third party app and pressing a couple of buttons. One thing is for certain, though. If you don’t know what you are getting into, it is highly recommended that you educate yourself on the risks of altering your device’s software. This process WILL void your warranty and ASUS actually keeps tabs on the serial numbers that have been unlocked. So if you are the owner of a new Transformer Pad 300 and want to gain full control over your device, hit up the source link below for details on how to unlock your tablet’s bootloader. Kuddos ASUS, kuddos.
If you are anything like us, you are looking forward to the release of the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T), the 10.1-inch Android tablet boasting an astounding 1920×1200 (1080p) resolution. It has been said that the device would see a European launch on July 10th and the recent FCC approval would put us right on track for a timely release. Sporting the Tegra 3 chipset, the TF700T that was just approved by the FCC is the Wi-Fi only version, the LTE equipped version is still nowhere to be seen. For those of you that are hoping to get your hands on the cellular version of the device, it looks like you will have to wait a bit longer but we imagine it will also be stopping by the FCC in the near future. Let’s just hope it’s sooner rather than later. We will keep you posted.
If you own an ASUS Transformer TF300, you might want to check for an update since one has taken place over the weekend. It’s software version 184.108.40.206 and it’s still based on Android 4.0.3. This is a minor update that brings stability improvements and some sort of enhancements or bug fixes to the camera and WiFi. Most users are reporting a better and smoother experience.
You’re probably going to have to check for this one manually. Hit the Settings / About Tablet / Software Updates and see if you can grab it. Let us know if you received it and if you’ve noticed any particular improvements or fixes.
If you don’t own a TF300, don’t forget to enter Week 2 of our Transformer Pad Prize Pack giveaway for a chance to win the TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker.
We handed out our first of three Transformer Pad Prize Packs earlier today so it’s now time to start week two. We will be giving away the same prize pack which consists of an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. For this week all you have to do is comment below with your favorite TegraZone game in terms of graphics. You have until next Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the winner on Thursday, May 24th and start up the third week as well.
As you know, we have ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Packs to give away. We’re giving away three of them, and we just finished week one. Congratulations goes out to Jason Keilholz who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Jason voted for Shadowgun for best graphics, which I think was an excellent choice.
These prize packs are for the celebration of the one year anniversary of the NVIDIA TegraZone, which now has around 40 games all optimized for the Tegra 2 and/or the Tegra 3 processor. If you haven’t already, please head over to NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site and cast your votes for the best TegraZone games of the year. They are giving away seven, yes that’s seven, of these same prize packs. All you have to do is vote and your automatically entered for a chance to win.
Talk Android still has two more prize packs to hand out so look for our next contest post shortly.
On the coattails of the yet to be released worldwide ASUS Padfone, comes the Padfone 2 (4G). Yes, although the original Padfone hasn’t released, possibly due to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 shortage, somehow we can still get a look at the future and see what ASUS has planned for an encore. The ASUS Padfone 2 is somewhere around the corner. This Padfone is a one-of-a-kind with it’s device-ception (Get it? A device with-in a device with-in a device). I will now apologize for the Inception movie reference. Hit the break for more on this and a couple leaked slided for your enjoyment.