Canonical’s installer easily loads Ubuntu onto your Nexus 7

Have you ever imagined having access to a full fledged desktop experience on your tablet? Well, today the geniuses at Canonical have released the first version of their Ubuntu installer for the Nexus 7, effectively bringing the Debian-derived Linux desktop to your fingertips.

The whole process has been stuffed into a one-click installation tool, so users can easily install the special build (based on version 12.04) on their devices. Keep in mind that in order to properly install the software, you’ll need to have fastboot already set up and functioning, enter a few commands and, of course, have an unlocked bootloader. None of these things should be a problem though, considering it’s a Nexus device after all. In fact, you can find our in-depth directions on how to root and unlock your Nexus 7 here.

Unfortunately, the tool is currently only available as a developer preview for users with machines running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Later. However, it is expected that the service will expand with compatibility for other operating systems in the future. For full instructions and more information regarding the installation process, hit the source link below.

Source: Ubuntu (Instructions), Ubuntu (FAQ)
Via: Android Central

32GB Nexus 7 3G Officially Outed On Latvian Website


While we know the 3G Nexus 7 is very much real and on the way, there have been no real details of the pricing and possibly what size the device will come in. Our friends at MoDaCo may finally have the answer as one of its readers got a tip that a Latvian store called 1a has pricing and availability for the 3G Nexus 7 32GB— which should make more than a few readers happy. The 32GB 3G model priced at 219 Lat, which comes to around £249 or $400 USD. More importantly— 1a has the device listed as shipping on November 12th, meaning it’s only a matter of weeks from now.

Try to contain your excitement and enthusiasm there folks.

source: MoDaCo

FCC clears 3G version of Nexus 7; Perhaps just in time for Google’s October 29th event?

Looks like the FCC has cleared the 3G version of Google’s ASUS made tablet in the Nexus 7. Most likely just in time for its official outing during next weeks October 29th event held by Google. The Asus-made tablet will don the model number of ME370TG.

Rumors of a proposed 3G version of the Nexus 7 has been circulating around the net for about 2 months now, so this isn’t much of a surprise that it has finally passed through the FCC. For those that haven’t gotten themselves a Nexus 7 yet, will this finally push you to get one?

source: FCC

8GB Nexus 7 no longer availble in the Play Store, listed as ‘coming soon’

Surprise, surprise. The official Play Store listing for the ASUS-manufactured 8GB Nexus 7 has been updated, effectively showing the item as “coming soon”. This move follows several strong rumors pointing to the idea that Google could potentially phase out the 8GB version of its Android tablet to shift the 16GB version downward and replace it with a 32GB version.

Users who have purchased the 8GB version have undoubtedly witnessed the limits of its minimal storage space. A trio of Tegra 3 games and an HD movie will almost certainly fill up that space by themselves. For this sole reason it would make sense for Google to up the storage capacity of the base model to fix storage dilemmas  And, with the launch of Apple’s new iPad mini approaching, next week’s event would be a perfect moment to do just that.

Regardless, if you were planning on picking up a Nexus 7 in the near future, I would suggest holding off–at least for now. With Google’s Nexus event upon us, who knows what could lie ahead. Perhaps even a 3G-enabled version of the tablet? Keep it tuned to TalkAndroid to find out.

Source: Play Store

Google may unveil three new Nexus devices at Playground event

Several sources are now reporting that Google will introduce three new Nexus devices at their October 29th event in New York City. To go with the new devices, it also appears an updated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be unveiled. The sources have received information claiming Google provides info on the devices to be introduced via a “TGIF” video they sent out internally to their employees this past Friday. Read more

The Microsoft Surface Tablet: Average Features In An Average Package That Doesn’t Even Come Close To Challenging Android Tablets


If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few days, you’re probably well-aware of the upcoming Microsoft Surface tablet. Dubbed as one of the saviors for Microsoft’s rapidly degrading brand, the Surface tablet has already been identified as the true iPad and Android tablet challenger. With its thin profile and abundant storage space (comes in 32GB or 64GB configurations with an expandable storage slot), the Surface tablet will have at least the physical features to make it an interesting product. However, the hardware is just one aspect of the tablet— the real kicker is Microsoft’s brand-new OS: Surface for Windows RT technology. The OS will essentially mirror its upcoming Windows 8 OS, while having exclusive offerings like Microsoft Office 2013 and a special version of Netflix included with the tablet. So in essence, upcoming Surface tablet seems to be a true productivity workhorse— at least on the surface (no pun intended folks).

Now while the upcoming Surface tablet certainly looks to be an interesting and perhaps attractive product, Microsoft is treading into dangerous territory. As RIM and certainly HP can attest, Google’s Android platform has a clear stranglehold of the tablet market share— something that both the Blackberry Playbook and HP’s TouchPad certainly couldn’t achieve during their brief lives. Consumers love seeing a new product, but expect reasonable value of what a product offers. The Surface tablet is going to debut at $499 for the 32GB entry-level model– which doesn’t even include the $130 Touch Cover keyboard/cover combo that’s necessary helpful for doing all that increased productivity like using Microsoft Office 2013, as Microsoft is hyping. As indicated by numerous studies, the number of iPad and Android tablets are growing at an astronomical pace. Oh and don’t forget– newer Android tablets are being released on a seemingly daily basis and the prices of the those tablets (and subsequent accessories) are becoming much more reasonable— if not lower overall. So considering Microsoft is certainly unproven, while Apple and more importantly— Android have a clear understanding of not just what consumers want, but what consumers actually need in a tablet— Microsoft doesn’t offer any compelling reason for why consumers should give their product a try. Microsoft’s Surface tablet is a painfully basic product that has a premium price won’t even put a dent in Android sales or overall market share.

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NCC listing gives further confirmation that a 3G Nexus 7 exists

Last month we heard rumblings of a 3G Nexus 7 as it was originally rumored to launch about now. A good indication on any device is commission filings like the FCC here in the U.S. Well there is a similar organization called the National Communications Commission  (NCC) in Taiwan and it looks like a Nexus 7 with UMTS / HSDPA was just certified. I noticed some sites thought this was a retailer listing and could be fake, but no, this is a government listing.

The model number is ME370TG and is made by ASUS. It’s not referred to as a Nexus 7, but since the original Nexus 7 was ME370T, it’s safe to assume this is a Nexus 7 variant. The listing does reveal that it will have 32GB and will support GSM, WCDMA, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. German’s Tabletblog is speculating that it could be priced at 299 Euros, which translates to $399. Again, this is an opinion, but doesn’t seem all that far fetched. I would expect to see this baby announced at the October 29 event in New York City.

source: tabletblog

UK Confirmed To See ASUS PadFone 2 “Early Next Year”, Says ASUS PR Rep

As the world patiently awaits the arrival of the ASUS PadFone 2, consumers living in their respective countries are itching to know when exactly the device will be launched in their home market. Well those of you living in the UK are officially in luck as Asus UK technical PR rep Adam King has confirmed the UK “will definitely be getting it early next year“. When “early next year” is exactly is anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to know that UK residents won’t have to wait too long for the mouthwatering new tablet.

Still, it’s good to know that prospective owners will at least have a rough idea of when they can grab the tablet. All that’s left now is to wait and see the exact pricing of each variation of the phone/tablet hybrid. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see the exact pricing.

source: Tech Radar



Another Day, Another $99 Nexus Tablet Rumor: Sources Say $99 Nexus Tablet Will Arrive In Q4, ASUS Says Don’t Believe The Hype


And while we’re on the topic of Google Nexus tablets, there’s now more uncertainty about whether or not the Mountain View giant will or will not bring a $99 tablet. The not-so-credible DigiTimes highlights that Taiwanese supply-chain makers claims that consumers will indeed see a $99 version of the Nexus tablet sometime this quarter, despite certain folks who think the claim is full of crap. The problem with this claim: DigiTimes also reports that ASUS has come out and clearly stated that “it has no plans to launch US$99 Nexus”. So basically you have supply-chain makers saying it’s very much real and ASUS saying it’s not real.

Boy oh boy who to believe here. Personally– I’d hold my breath on a $99 Nexus tablet, unless you know— we see it on a wireless carrier or something.


source: DigiTimes


ASUS Announces The PadFone 2, Keeps The Phone/Tablet Party Rolling Along


After countless leaks and much speculation, the next great phablet phone/tablet hybrid is here. ASUS has formally announced the PadFone 2 and it will come jam-packed with lots of sweet features. Packed inside, the PadFone will have a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor matched with 2GB of RAM, a stunning 4.7-inch Super IPS display for the smartphone (10.1-inches for the tablet add-on), a beefy 2,140mAh battery and of course, Ice Cream Sandwich. Oh and least we forget the device will have up to 64GB of on-board storage.

Naturally, the successor has to look even more appealing visually than the original, and the PadFone 2 does just that. For starters, the smartphone itself will weigh just 135 grams and come in at 9mm thickness. In addition, despite the larger display and hefty internals, the combination of the tablet and station comes in at just 649 grams in total weight. In fact– what’s even more stunning is the fact the the PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station can actually combine together and still weigh less than most tablets available in the market today.

For those of you abroad, the PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of 2012 in Europe and Asia. While the PadFone 2 won’t be available in the States (for now), fear not— because availability in other countries will be announced at a later date. Hit the break for the full presser.

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