Galaxy Tab S tablets now available for pre-order

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Want to get your hands on a Galaxy Tab S as soon as possible?

Pre-orders start today — reserve the WiFi only Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for $399.99 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 for $499.99. Although there isn’t a shipping date yet, the devices are expected to ship in July

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2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA

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Yesterday Google finally started to roll out the Android 4.4.3 update for the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet. However, the update is only available for the WiFi-only version of the tablet. The update is being rolled out as an over-the-air update. This comes after yesterday’s release of the images and binaries for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.

We expect it should be a short wait for owners of other versions of the Nexus 7 to start receiving an update. In the meantime, owners of the WiFi version will have to wait for the update to become available for them via Google’s phased rollout. If you just cannot stand to wait and want to give sideloading a try, you can hit the source link for more information from XDA.

source: XDA Developers

Google looking into WiFi app that automatically logs users into Google WiFi hotspots

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Google’s latest attempt at giving you free WiFi is coming in the form of Starbucks’ WiFi hotspots. Starbucks currently uses AT&T’s wireless service to give customers internet access, but Google is internally considering moving to put their own high-speed access into the 7000 Starbucks stores across the US. Google also wants to shorten up the tedious process of finding a hotspot, opening a browser, and accepting terms and conditions before finally being able to actually use the internet.

To accomplish this, Google is testing out an app that cuts that process down. The app would handle all of the encryption and authentication of a Google hotspot, so just by having it installed on your Android or iOS device, you could automatically connect to wireless internet whenever you were in range.  » Read the rest

Sony possibly making a Xperia Z Ultra with only WiFi connectivity

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According to new documents, Sony may be working on a WiFi-only model of their Xperia Z Ultra. Sliding through the FCC is a device that is listed as a “mini-tablet”  and a “portable handset.” This mystery device has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and even a GPS; however, there is no cellular radio. With a screen that is sized at more than 6-inches, is Sony trying to aim for a new market with a small-screened tablet? We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more info on the possibility of this interestingly unique device.

Source: FCC
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Successor to Archos GamePad in the works, filings for device appear at FCC

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It’s only been about five months since Archos launched their “GamePad” Android-powered gaming tablet, and it looks as though the company is already working on a follow-up device, according to a recent filing that showed up at the FCC. Surprisingly, we don’t have any valuable information from the filing, as it has a confidentiality letter with it which essentially keeps the FCC from publicly releasing any of the hardware information, user manuals or any related details regarding the GamePad 2 for 180 days.

What we do know, however, is that the tablet comes with 802.11 b/g/n single-band WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. We wouldn’t expect to see anything ground-breaking in the new device considering that its predecessor was “so-so,” but who know? Maybe Archos took the time to really step up their game with this one…

Source: Droid Gamers

Best Android apps for transferring files over WiFi [June 2013]

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Recently, we did a guide on how to move files onto your Android device without using cables. We had quite a bit of feedback on what apps you thought were best suited to file transferring, so in this guide, we’re going to narrow down the topic and talk about the best apps for moving files from your PC to your Android device (and vice versa) through a WiFi network. » Read the rest

How to transfer files to your Android device via WiFi or mobile networks

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Connecting your Android device to your computer with a USB cable can be annoying and almost prehistoric. Most people have WiFi networks set up in their home and anyone using a smartphone is going to have a data connection, so why not use those to transfer files to and from your computer with your device? It’s easier and you’re not chained to a USB cable when you want to move some music around. There’s several different ways to get the job down, and this guide is going to go through some of those options.

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Unofficial Samsung Galaxy S III WiFi roaming fix now available

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Owners of some Android devices, in particular the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus, may have noticed a bug that causes their device to have trouble transitioning between different WiFi access points when access points overlap. XDA Forum member felixchris has put together a hack that addresses one of three possible ways the bug manifests itself. According to felixchris, the three ways that users may experience the bug include: » Read the rest