Android tablets have finally joined their phone counterpart up top. According to ABI Research, tablets running Android outsold Apple’s iPad in Q2 of 2013. Revenue for the entire tablet market hit $12.7 billion in that quarter. Since the same quarter of 2012, there was a 23% surge year-over-year.
While there isn’t much information on the Android manufacturers, it is easy to understand why Apple has been overthrown (for now). The research firm explains that smaller tablets around the 7 or 8-inch mark have been selling the most. Across the board, many companies have been aiming at this size. Amazon’s Kindle Fire line ranges from 7 to 8.9-inches while Samsung has been pumping out tablets endlessly. Also, Google refreshed their Nexus 7 with the latest specs. Even NVIDIA is in pursuit of some market share. Clearly consumers have taken to the smaller form-factor and lower prices.
Source: ABI Research
While Verizon’s LTE Nexus 7 is still awaiting certification, AT&T’s may be on its way. Retailer Best Buy has posted a listing on their website for the device and much like the LTE edition on Google Play, the Nexus 7 is priced at $349.99 for 32GB. Where things become interesting is under the device’s description. It reads “Tablet sold inactivated. Activation done in-store. Carriers Offered: AT&T.” As to when this LTE Nexus 7 could become available is unknown, but we’ll be sure to let you know.
Source: Best Buy
KitKat recently released a video showing a contest they held which involved winners sitting on a KitKat-branded bench at a certain time in order to win a Nexus 7. Great idea by the company, as they continue to do their part to market the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat OS. It’s a pretty simple concept, although the video may have overdone it a bit. Check it out for yourself below.
A minor update is rolling out to Nexus 7 (2013) owners. The build is JSS15R and it’s 8MB in size. We don’t have a changelog, but we are assuming it is for a few bug fixes and/or security updates. We are also hopeful that this update will finally fix the touchscreen issues that many of you are having, including myself. As usual, the update is rolling out gradually, so it might take a couple of days until you get it. Let us know if your touchscreen issues are gone for good.
source: Android Authority
AT&T announced today that 4G LTE will be available for Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet. Unlike the 32GB models from Google, this version comes with an AT&T 4G LTE SIM card. Besides that, all specs are identical to other versions – it has a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging support and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The Nexus 7 with AT&T 4G LTE is currently available via the Google Play Store for $349. If you decide to sign a two year contract before the end of the year, however, AT&T will give you “a $100 AT&T bill credit,” bringing the final price down to $249.
Source: AT&T Consumer Blog
The Nexus 7 LTE is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, but unfortunately Verizon is looking the other way because it’s not part of their current device lineup. News of this broke quickly once Jeff Jarvis, co-host of This Week in Google, was denied an activation. He took to Twitter and said, “Knock, knock, @VZWSupport, is anybody there? I’m trying to give you money. You’re making it hard. No, impossible.” Verizon’s response was, “I’m excited you got your Nexus 7 but not all LTE tablets are created equal. It’s not part of our lineup and can’t be activated ^JH.”
In a Google+ post today, Google announced on their +Nexus page that the new Nexus 7 (LTE model) is now available in eight new markets from the Play Store. These locations include Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan and Korea.
Pricing is expected to be similar to the US pricing structure, and the device comes with a 1080p 7-inch LCD display, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 3,950mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities, NFC connectivity, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
If you’re from one of the above markets, will you be getting your hands on a new Nexus 7 anytime soon?
Source: Google Play
Those of you who were waiting for the Nexus 7 with LTE are in luck. As of today, you can purchase Google’s 7-inch tablet for $349 via the Google Play Store. It’s compatible with all the major U.S. carriers, but T-Mobile is offering 2GB of free data for the first month as a promotion for their LTE network. The LTE Nexus 7 will also hit T-Mobile stores soon. As a reminder, the new Nexus features a 7″ Full HD display featuring 323ppi, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB of storage all seamlessly connected to LTE.
You can order from the source link below. T-Mobile’s presser after the break
Google Play Store
Remember the touch screen issues the Nexus 7 was having? And remember the JSS15Q update that Google pushed out that supposedly solved those problems? Well, some new buyers of the hyped tablet are complaining that the update in fact did not fix the touchscreen problems. Some are saying that the problems could be due to incorrect calibration, or even a worst case scenario being a grounding problem that cannot be fixed with a software update.
If you have a Nexus 7 with touchscreen issues, Consumer Report recommends that you return the tablet for another unit. We recommend the same. You can check out what the problem looks like in the video after the break.
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Normally when it comes to Google products, the U.S. usually gets them first while everyone else screams. Well this time the tables are turned as the new Nexus 7 with LTE is available in Germany and Italy. It’s not in the Google Play Store, but it’s available at select retailers such as Media Markt, Saturn, Redcoon, and the ASUS store. The price is €349 ($466). Let us know if you pick one up.
source: Android Authority