E FUN to introduce first quad-core Nextbook Android tablets at CES 2014

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E FUN is ready to bring some new tablets to the market during 2014 and at least two of them will be on display next week at CES 2014. The new devices are both quad-core powered tablets running Android 4.2 and will come in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes. The Nextbook 8 and Nextbook 10 will be on display during the event and E FUN indicates they will be available during the first quarter of 2014 for $129.99 and $149.99 respectively. Although not ready to make the journey to the event, E FUN also indicates they will be coming out with a 7-inch Nextbook 7 which will sell for $99.99 when it is released during Q1. » Read the rest

Samsung hits 40 million tablet mark for 2013

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After indicating a desire to focus more on the tablet market in 2014, Korean sources are reporting that Samsung did reach an internal goal of selling 40 million tablet devices during 2013. This sets them up for 2014 when they hope to sell 100 million tablets. If Samsung succeeds in selling that many devices, it may help make their name synonymous with tablets instead of Apple. » Read the rest

Samsung could launch four tablets during first quarter of 2014

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Samsung appears to be ready to release at least four new tablets during the first quarter of 2014 as it continues its march toward mobile device domination. One of these devices is anticipated to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T11) potentially being released the second week of January. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is expected to be a low-end tablet which a price tag to match, although we do not have any specs yet to gauge where Samsung things the low-end of the market is. Another tablet that may be close to release is the possible Galaxy Tab 4 with a model number SM-T331. Whatever this mystery tablet is, it is expected to come with an AMOLED display instead of LCD as part of Samsung’s initiative to switch over to AMOLED.

Rumors are also floating around that Samsung is interested in producing a Note series device with a 12.2-inch screen that could possibly trigger the merger of tablets and laptops as a viable category for most buyers. There is also some rumbling about a possible Android/Windows dual-boot device with a more traditional laptop size screen of 13.3-inches.

source: SamMobile

[Deal] 20% off tablet, smartphone accessories on Best Buy’s site

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Just pick up a Nexus 7 in white? The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3? Or how about just any smartphone or tablet? Well, Best Buy is currently holding a sale on select accessories for smartphones and tablets. The 20% off sale covers cases, screen protectors, Bluetooth keyboards, bags, chargers, and more. There are some great deals going on and many of the items would make a great gift.. for yourself! The sale is only online and runs through Christmas day. Head on over to the source link below to view what items are on sale.

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Roughly 40% of iPads sold on Black Friday were to Android users

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Android users sure want to take a bite out of that Apple. According to more than 90,000 Black Friday receipts from Android and iOS users collected by InfoScout, about 40% of them were Android smartphone owners that bought an iPad. This means that about 36,000 Android users bought an iPad. This is an interesting figure because it shows that although Android is an excellent experience on a smartphone, those consumers aren’t feeling the same way about it on tablets. And with the launch of the new iPad Air, consumers are certainly going to be driven to buy something new with excellent specifications.

Google, on the other hand, has yet to announce their plans for a new Nexus 10 or even a Nexus 8. While some would say it is really up to OEMs to produce great tablets, I would argue that Google needs to shape the tablet experience into something fresh with their Nexus devices. The Nexus line is nowhere near as popular as Samsung’s Galaxy brand, but it certainly is evolving into something mainstream.

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Google modifies Play store to help tablet users find tablet-optimized apps

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Google rolled out some minor changes to Google Play today in hopes they will have a big impact for tablet users looking for apps that have been designed to take advantage of the larger format available with a tablet device. First, they have changed the default view to put the “Designed for tablets” list at the top of the page when a user visits the store from their tablet device. The setting can be changed back to all apps or games if a user would prefer that look. » Read the rest

Verizon launches the Daily Plan, a prepaid plan at $5 for 300MB a day

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Verizon has announced today their new prepaid plan called the Daily Plan. If you have a tablet or even a camera like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Daily Plan will allow you to get 300MB for the day for just $5. Verizon says that “the Daily Plan lasts 24 hours or until the most recent 300 MB is exhausted, whichever comes first. If a customer runs out of data, they can purchase another 300 MB for an additional $5.” In my opinion, this is great for people that just need their tablet to be connected for a short period of time. And since the plan works with the Galaxy Camera, you can share photos without having to find a WiFi hotspot.

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T-Mobile takes step back from free data plan for tablets bought with no money down

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Since announcing plans to offer consumers up to 200MB of free data if they buy a tablet device as part of their “Uncarrier” campaign, the company has had to address a few problems with the strategy. The latest is an admission that new customers will actually have to sign-up for at least a $20 per month plan if they want to buy their new tablet device with no money down. If there is any silver lining to this clarification it is the fact that the $20 per month plan includes 500MB of data in addition to the base 200MB of data T-Mobile is providing for tablet devices. » Read the rest

Is Google hinting at a Nexus 8? If so, they aren’t very shy about it

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Google may be hinting at the release of a brand new device. Found by a member of The Verge Forums, it seems that Google could be launching a new tablet with an 8-inch screen. We know Google has a very interesting way of leading up to an announcement, just look at KitKat. In the image above (with the full size after the break), you can see that this tablet is not the usual Nexus 7. This has smaller bezels on the top and bottom with wider sides. Also, it is running KitKat. Could this launch alongside the new Nexus 10? That seems to be how this will play out if the Nexus 8 is indeed real. Google could be launching both this new device with the Nexus 10 to give consumers a wide variety of choice this holiday season. » Read the rest

T-Mobile announces 200 MB of monthly free data for all tablets

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Here’s a bold move for the “Uncarrier.” T-Mobile will be offering 200 MB of data access free of charge to any and all T-Mobile tablets. No strings, no commitments, just free data. CEO John Legere talked up the free data packages that will be available starting November 1st, all while taking a few potshots at other carriers. He considers the fact that most tablets are WiFi-only and tethered to smartphones “silliness” that needs to stop, and he thinks T-Mobile will be the first step in moving tablets in that direction. Of course, 200 MB isn’t a whole lot of data, so T-Mobile will also be offering a $5 plan that gives you 500 MB for a day and a $10 plan that gives you 1 GB for a week. It’s not unlimited data, but hey, it’s convenient and cheap.

On top of the new data packages, T-Mobile will also offer their selection of tablets for $0 down, with monthly payments working similarly to their smartphone payment plans. They hinted that the $0 down may not be permanent, so if you’re in the market for a new tablet, you may want to check out T-Mobile pretty soon.

If T-Mobile had better coverage in my area, I would jump at the chance for something like this. Are any of you planning on taking up their free data offer? Let us know in the comments.

source: The Verge