Android devices typically never get the kind of manufacturer support that we all want, and that’s the case with the original Transformer. The TF101 and its close cousin, the TF101G (which includes radios for 3G connectivity) have gotten ports of multiple, fully functional Jelly Bean ROMs. Unfortunately for the TF101G, the 3G radios aren’t functional in the ROMs developed for the TF101, and so anyone using those newer ROMs lose 3G functionality. And of course it’s not fair to give users the choice between losing features they paid for or staying on older software.
XDA, like always, to the rescue. One dev has figured out a way to get those 3G radios working on the TF101G. It’s still only an experimental build of Cyanogenmod 10, and it’s appropriately labeled a WIP, but if you’re the owner of a Transformer and you’re really missing 3G functionality on Jelly Bean, this is a great breakthrough for you. The dev is also planning on releasing source later for anyone to help out.
So if you’re feeling adventurous today, give the build a shot. The dev is asking for feedback, since it is still an experimental build that may have some bugs. But sometimes that’s the fun part of flashing, isn’t it?
A set of images has emerged, revealing Google’s upcoming Nexus 10 tablet. The Samsung-built device is running Android 4.2 which still flies under the Jelly Bean moniker. Interestingly, the new software does bring some enhancements like a pull-down settings menu, though other significant features remain unknown.
As previous rumors suggested, the device sports a 10.1-inch Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1600 resolution), a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos processor with a Mali-T604 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual stereo speakers.
We had previously heard several rumors of a Samsung-manufactured Nexus 10, which leads us to believe that this bad boy is all but official. It looks like we’ll have to wait until Monday for the full scoop, though.
According to the latest studies from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 25 million this year. The bigger news behind that? Apple’s tablet share fell from 64% in Q3 2011 to 57% now, leaving Android tablets room to take 41% of the market share. That’s the highest Android tablets have ever achieved.
Now, the tablet shipment growth was considered slow, only rising 47% from a year ago. (The year before, it grew by a whopping 289% in Q2) Some of the slow growth can likely be attributed to consumers waiting for the new tablets to be announced for the holiday season, like the iPad Mini and the upcoming Nexus 10. With many new Android tablets popping up every few months, and Google’s apparent support to build up a competitive tablet ecosystem, I fully expect that market share to continue to keep growing for the next few years.
What do you all think? Will Android’s tablet presence continue growing like the phone counterparts, or do you think the next generation of iPads and the Microsoft Surface will keep Android’s market share low? Leave your comments and let us know.
Source: Strategy Analytics
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
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.
All of the buzz last summer about the Google Nexus 7 brought a double-edged sword with it. On the plus side, it helped generate interest in tablet apps for the Android ecosystem. On the down side, it made apparent the softness of the tablet-optimized app market. In a post on the Android Developers Blog, Reto Meier, Android Developer Relations Tech Lead, reveals Google has taken notice and wants to help address the issue. In today’s blog posting, Meier announced the availability of a Tablet App Quality Checklist to help guide developers in building better tablet apps for Android devices.
According to Meier, developers who use the new checklist can expect to reap benefits like increased user engagement, better monetization of apps, and more downloads of apps by tablet owners. These benefits can be achieved by working on focus areas included in the checklist, like optimizing layouts for larger screens, taking advantage of the additional screen real estate, improving resources like icons that are used in tablet apps, and adjusting font sizes and touch targets for tablet screens, among others.
Despite, most major Android manufacturers losing users, Android continues to grow as a platform. comScore recently released its May through August market share numbers and it shows Android’s overall gain. The most recent data highlights the percent of Android smartphone users jumped from 50.9% in May to 52.6% in August, so its safe to say that Android is still the most popular mobile platform. Among Android manufacturers, Samsung is steady as 25.7%, LG is down to 18.2% from 19.1% and Motorola is down to 11.2%, a 0.8% change from May. It seems that the only manufacturer reporting any real gain is Apple, which not only boosted their hardware from 15% to 17.1%, but their software a whopping 2.4% from 31.9% to 34.3%.
While it appears that Android the platform continues to grow at a steady pace, Apple crossing the one-third share mark may indicate Android isn’t so safe after all. The one bright light shining through these hazy reports is actually HTC, who is extremely popular in the US. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has boosted themselves a subtle .2% to 6.3% total share. One major thing to keep in mind about these numbers is that they don’t account for September’s iPhone 5 release, so Apple’s current share may be even higher than their current status. If you’d like a closer look at the numbers just click through the source link.
It looks as if Judge Lucy Koh isn’t quite finished yet in regards to the Apple vs. Samsung saga. If you recall, we mentioned that Samsung confirmed its intentions to appeal notable items such as the injunctions of its tablets— and it now appears that it has gotten its wish thanks to the U.S. courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently granted Samsung’s request to have the injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 remanded in order for the trial court to re-consider Samsung’s motion to terminate the injunction. So what does all this mean? Well— while nothing is for sure, but this decision will allow Samsung to have additional time and present an effective argument highlighting why the injunction should be lifted since the jury did not find any type of tablet design patent infringement.
In essence, the Appeals Court is forcing Judge Koh to sit down for yet another day and hear why Samsung is right and Apple is wrong. Of course there’s a slim (or major) chance that Judge Koh probably won’t lift the injunction, but hey— anything can happen in this wacky world.
source: FOSS Patents
Following the lead of the newly launched Kindle Fire HD tablets, Barnes & Noble has just announced two new additions to the Nook family: the 7-inch and 9-inch Nook HD+ tablets. The 7-inch Nook HD will be known as the world’s lightest and highest-resolution HD tablet, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ will be identified as the world’s lightest full HD tablet. The 7-inch Nook HD tablet will start at $199 and feature a 1.3GHz dual-core chip, 1GB of RAM, a 1440×900 243 ppi laminated display and will weigh only 11.1 ounces. The 9-inch Nook HD+ on the other hand will start at $269 and feature a zippy 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1920×1280 256 ppi laminated display and will come in at a mere 18.2 ounces in heft. The best thing is that the owners of either tablet will have the ability to access three million books, a large selection of magazines and apps with the newly launched NOOK Video and NOOK Catalog content.
Each tablet will be available for pre-order starting today in the States, while pre-orders will be available in the UK starting next month. You’ll find additional details once you jump past the break.