Nothing gets the rumour mill turning quite as much as good, solid Nexus rumour. The build up to the Galaxy Nexus was quite incredible with numerous leaks and rumours surfacing daily, all citing “credible” sources. More recently, we’ve been hearing stories of a mystical Google branded, Nexus Tablet despite the fact Google has never actually confirmed the project directly.
Pocketnow managed to get its hands on a set of images supposedly giving us a glimpse of what the tablet might look like. My first observation is that for a leaked image, the quality is sharp and the details are clear unlike the regular ‘blurrycam’ leaks we enjoy so much. If this is a hoax then it’s a pretty good one as the originator has spent some time on some of the finer details. You’ll notice that there are only Google application icons on the homepage, the soft-keys and launcher seem to be of the Android 4.0 ICS variety and the 4:00am time matches that of the Galaxy Nexus render.
There are a couple of facts that do point towards this being a fairly convincing mock-up. Note the presence of the Android Market icon as opposed to the Google Play Store. The dimensions of the tablet and the icon layout also suggest that this is 10 inch tablet and not the 7 inch size that is expected if the rumoured sub $200 price point is correct.
We’ll be filing this story under ‘rumour’ for the time being however we are certainly excited to see what the Nexus tablet does bring to the table, if and when if finally does surface. Check out the image below and let us know your thoughts on the authenticity in the comments below.
source : pocketnow
I have some news for you Transformer Prime owners who are eagerly awaiting that “awesome” update ASUS Italy was talking about earlier. We got to see some interesting details about the update yesterday and today the update is actually rolling out. The bad news about the update is that this appears to be missing the “awesome” Face Unlock feature we were reading about, but the update is still good nonetheless.
If you own a Transformer Prime you should hopefully have an OTA update waiting for you right now. This update will bring you to software version 18.104.22.168 and includes a few new features. The biggest advancement in the update is the support for Ethernet connectivity via an upcoming USB accessory allowing for a wired network connection – No word on when that accessory will be available. Also to be expected is a new lockscreen option that displays incoming notifications directly on the lockscreen, a fix for the annoying screen flicker, improved HDMI support, and updates to the ASUS apps. I also noticed tethering and portable hotspot options (presumably to share via new Ethernet capability), Wi-Fi direct, device encryption and status bar locking.
If you have yet to receive the update notification you can try and force the update by looking under Settings > About Tablet and check for updates. If you successfully pull the update let us know in the comments what you think! Oh, and be sure to tell us if you find any other features I missed!
Yesterday we told you how ASUS touted that the upcoming update for the Transformer Prime will have some “awesome new features.” Well I am not sure how awesome they are, but ASUS Italy just shared the details. First of all, the update (22.214.171.124) should hit Prime owners in Italy by tomorrow, which means everyone else should see it by the weekend. It will include the Ice Cream Sandwich face unlock feature, Ethernet networking through an optional Ethernet to USB converter, the ability to select HDMI output to either landscape or portrait mode, and support for ad-hoc wireless networks.
So what do you guys think? Awesome or boring?
ASUS sure seems excited about an upcoming update to their flagship tablet, the Transformer Prime. So much so that they posted the following teaser on their Facebook:
“Awesome new features coming in the next Transformer Prime firmware update. Stay tuned!”
Yeah, not much to go on, so we can only speculate that it will be awesome. No clue on timing or anything else, but stay tuned!
source: asus facebook page
In what seems like a never ending onslaught of legal battle after legal battle for the mobile industry, a recent court ruling regarding the lawsuit between Hasbro and Asus has been finalized. Hasbro has pushed for a ban on Transformer Prime tablet sales due to what it states could cause confusion for customers who may mistake the tablet to be a Hasbro product. The company used existing merchandise and noted the fact that Asus’s logo has been plastered on quite a number of other items such as USB drives and other related computer hardware. In a statement from the ruling judge, it seems like the argument was anything but convincing:
“There is nothing gimmicky about the Eee Pad Transformer or the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, nor can it be said that there is any similarity in the use or function between Hasbro and Asus’s products.”
The judge took it one step further to state how he thought it actually strengthened Asus’s argument in that using the word Transformer couldn’t have been a more accurate description, as it obviously “transforms” into a laptop computer once docked into the qwerty keyboard. In addition to the debacle, Asus revealed stats on the sales as far as pre-orders and actual fulfillment goes.
“…as of February 24, 2012, it had received over 2,000 pre-orders … and that retailer fulfillment orders for the next two months total approximately 80,000 tablet computers.”
If you are among the many Android users who are patiently holding off on buying a tablet now, yet anxiously waiting for the latest on the Google “Nexus Tablet”, then here is a juicy piece of rumor. An anonymous source has come forward and stated that the “Nexus Tablet” is indeed on its way and that there have been some modifications to the previously purported spec sheet. According to the undercover source, not only is Asus manufacturing the “Nexus Tablet”, but they have decided to scrap their plans for the upcoming Asus MeMo 370T that was previewed at CES 2012, in place for the shiny new Nexus. If you remember from our previous article on the MeMo 370T, it was reported to have Ice Cream Sandwich, the new Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, to sell at an incredible price point of $250, and to be the first 7-inch tab with an IPS display. The source goes on to say that the price will now drop to $149, the Tegra 3 is no longer in the picture and only the 7 inch display is a definite go at this point in time. Perhaps Asus and Google decided to use the basic blueprints of the MeMo 370T and install cheaper hardware to allow for lower, more competitive pricing. With the Kindle Fire still selling well at $199, I can understand the motivation. Of course this is still a big fat rumor, but perhaps we will see this new tablet revealed at the CTIA Wireless show in mid-May.
source: Android and Me
Well it looks like ASUS is right on cue as always. After previously releasing the coveted ICS update for the original Transformer tablet, the manufacturer realized the update was prematurely released, encountered numerous bugs like random reboots and had since promised it was working on a fix that would be released soon. Well soon is here folks and they have begun rolling out software build IML74K.US_epad-9.21.17-20120312 which will hopefully alleviate some of the bugs that were plaguing the device since the original ICS software update.
If you’ve received the update, let us know how it works out for you and tell us if you see any improvements in the Comments section below or better yet– our Forums. Happy updating!
It seems some tech sites had an itchy trigger finger this morning and prematurely released the speculated price of the upcoming Asus Padfone. The rumour doing the rounds was that the phone, tablet and keyboard docking station combo would retail without a contract at £700 ($1,090). Interestingly, most websites were spinning £700 as a ludicrously high price for the package however I challenge you to pick up a high spec phone, tablet and notebook separately for significantly less. It’s a moot point for the time being as Asus was quick to come forward and set the record straight by releasing the following statement :
“ASUS is yet to announce pricing and availability of the ground-breaking and shape-shifting PadFone – anything to the contrary is merely rumours and speculation. We will be announcing details with our carrier partners in due course, so keep an eye out for updates on the official ASUS website and social media pages for more information as and when it is available.”
There we have it, those of you keen to get your hands on Asus innovative, new 3-in-1 combo will just have to wait a little longer to find out just how big a dent it will make on their credit card!
You can’t be a good deal. Well you can when you make it one hell of a deal. The folks at Newegg are doing so by having a sale right now where you can get a refurbished Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Keyboard dock for the steal of a price of $329.99. Normally you’re looking at getting this combination for around $500+ brand new. As you all know when you get the device you’ll get a chance to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and depending on when you get it Asus should have the kinks worked out. I recommend jumping on this deal for this amazing tablet and dock as it’s surely to sell out quickly. Hit the source below to get in on this amazing deal.
We reported earlier this week that ASUS was selected to manufacture the first Google Nexus tablet. Now Digitimes posted news confirming this and adding that HTC and Acer were in the mix. The difference in their report versus what we posted earlier in the week is that a release could happen in May and they gave a price range of $199 to $249, whereas we heard June for the release and a firm price of $199. We did hear that production would start in April and Digitimes confirms that.
Unfortunately Digitimes is never the best source to get information, so thankfully there’s another source confirming some of these details. When Digitimes makes statements like, “The co-branded tablet PC is expected to be the first using Google Play Store, the sources noted,” you really have to question their validity. Of course, a broken clock is right twice a day right?
I do feel confident that ASUS is indeed the manufacturer due to the fact that they already have the MeMo 370T (pictured above) coming soon with a Tegra 3 priced similarly, but I’m still banking on June with a Google I/O announcement.