Eagerly waiting for new phones to come out before your next purchase? We take a look at what we know will be coming out in April, and it could be a very good month for releases Read more…

Sony has revealed its plans to offer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) updates for a variety of its Xperia branded smartphones, with the first phones getting the upgrade in April. Read more…

A developer has created a way to bring a version of Windows 8’s Metro user interface over to Android as a custom theme for the mobile OS that so far works on a couple of tablets. Read more…

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Own a Kindle Fire? Can’t find an audio dock made specifically for your gizmo, and not an iThing or Android device? Say hello to Grace Digital’s FireDock, the $130 solution to your quandary. While we’ve seen Kindle-compatible docks before, this stereo system is actually made to seamlessly connect with the Fire’s bottom ports and power button, allowing it to charge while docked. What’s more, there’s a turn-and-tilt feature that’ll let you switch between landscape and portrait orientations — perfect for going from books to movies. If that wasn’t enough, an optional rechargeable battery can also be attached to the mini-rig for listening sans cords while you’re out and about (though, this route disables the ability to charge the Kindle itself). If you’re burning with desire for the FireDock, the bad news is that it won’t be available for purchase until July. In the meantime, you’ll find more info in the press release after the break to help you cool down. Continue reading Grace Digital’s FireDock is a speaker dock for your Kindle Fire Grace Digital’s FireDock is a speaker dock for your Kindle Fire originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:18:00 EST.

Always talkative NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is in the news yet again, this time telling the New York Times that his company’s Tegra 3 hardware is incorporating enough cost saving that it could be in $199 Android tablets by this summer. Beyond the tantalizing thought of value-priced tablets with the horsepower of the Transformer Prime (perfect for that rumored price subsidized, ASUS-built and Google-branded slate, right?) there’s also a shout out Tegra-powered Windows 8 slates and Sony’s unannounced VAIO Chromebook that popped through the FCC. The NYT suggests its T25 chip could stand for Tegra 2.5 with a debut planned for Google I/O in June — we’ll find out then if this is misguided line drawing or a very educated guess. NVIDIA CEO suggests $199 Tegra 3 tablets in the summer originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:57:00 EST.

A new study from IDC reports that, by 2016, Windows-based PCs will have lost considerable market share to Android and iOS devices in the smart connected device industry. Read more…

That’s pretty darn cheap. On today’s Gold Box deal, Amazon has chopped an extra 30 bucks from its refurbished Kindle Fire stock The retailer promises that all the tablets are certified to “look and work like new.” At the time of writing, tablet hunters had an extra 18 hours to stake their claim, but the sale will stop once it’s sold its stock. There’s also a limit to five per customer — a warning to all those auction-based-get-rich-quick schemers. Amazon offers up refurbed Kindle Fires on sale, cuts price to $139 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:59:00 EST.

It was only last month that Asus rolled out an update for the Transformer Prime tablet, and now the company  is readying a new firmware update for the same tablet. As reported by The Verge, the update was confirmed by the company’s Italian Facebook page and is due to arrive tomorrow, March 29 (at least in Italy). What improvements can you expect for the Asus Transformer Prime tomorrow? According to the announcement, the 9.4.2.21 build update will bring the long-awaited Face Unlock feature. Aside from that, you will get to control notifications directly from the screen lock. If Asus Vibe is your preferred online entertainment store, that app will receive a bump to version 2.0, with an improved layout and more content promised. Speaking of entertainment, the HDMI function of the tablet will also receive some improvement. Once you’ve applied the update, you can choose between landscape and portrait mode when connecting to an HD TV. You’ll also have the option to scale and crop the video. That’s not all. The update will bring Ad-hoc network support and the ability to use a LAN connection on your Transformer Prime. The latter, naturally, requires an Ethernet to USB adapter. Like a jolly Santa that keeps on giving, Asus hasn’t forgotten the rest of the Transformer tablets. The company also promises that an update for TF101 is in the cards. Still not good enough for you? How about an ICS update for the TF101G? That’s apparently coming soon as well. Way to go, Asus. Now, how about some confirmation for that Google Nexus tablet delish that’s supposedly coming out in the next couple of months? NEXT: Canadian Online Store Lists ASUS Transformer Prime as ‘Coming Soon’ Is your ASUS Transformer Prime Rebooting after ICS Update? Update Your Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime […]

Know that gadget you’re currently using to read this article? It may be one of 916 million “smart connected devices” that shipped in 2011, with global revenue totaling some $489 billion last year. But the IDC expects that figure to jump to 1.1 billion for 2012, with a total of 1.84 billion new web-connected gadgets hitting the market in 2016. Those numbers include most devices that connect to the internet, such as tablets, smartphones and x86-compatible PCs — the latter of which now represent 36.9 percent of the market, but will slip to a 25.1-percent share in 2016. Android’s piece of the pie will grow from 29.4 percent to 31.1 percent by 2016, while iOS will make the jump from 14.6 to 17.3 percent in the same timeframe. IDC reps say that Asia will be partially responsible for increased smartphone sales, where mobile operators in China are subsidizing purchases to make devices more accessible to consumers. Do you plan to take possession of one of the 1.1 billion gadgets that IDC expects will ship this year? Jump past the break and let us know in the comments. Continue reading IDC: nearly 1 billion ‘smart connected devices’ shipped last year IDC: nearly 1 billion ‘smart connected devices’ shipped last year originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:02:00 EST.

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