Another day, another Nexus 7 commercial from Google. Today’s Nexus 7 commercial centers around the Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 popular features and a few useful tips and tricks. In Jelly Bean, you’ll have a hard time circumventing the face unlock feature after you enable ‘blink check’ which asks the user to blink, determining if a human is being used to unlock the phone instead of a photograph. Next, they highlight Google Now, arguably one of the best features of Jelly Bean. Google Now gives you just the right information to you when you need it, automatically. Next, they demo Voice Search, also known as the “Siri competitor” which just happens to blow that iOS gal out of the water. Lastly, the commercial demonstrates beautiful new home screen widgets and the revamped notification system. What’s your favorite Jelly Bean feature? NEXT: Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean factory images for Nexus 7, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus available Google Nexus 7 “Getting Started” video available – how to perform the initial setup on the Jelly Bean tablet Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update brings unexpected, but fixable, GPS bug This article, Nexus 7 Commercial Series: Jelly Bean Tips , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

The MIPS-based Ainovo Novo 7 was the first tablet to run Android 4.0 and now another MIPS-based tablet will be among the very first to come out with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board. That tablet is called the Smart Tab 1 and it’s made by Karbonn Mobiles. We’ve recently received news that MIPS is working hard to bring Jelly Bean to all the tablets based on MIPS processors, and it seems we’re already seeing the results with the Smart Tab 1. Google’s recently announced PDK tool for OEMs may also have something do with this, although I imagine it’s mostly possible thanks to MIPS own work. MIPS processors are not made by different companies, which can lead to innovation but also some incompatibilities, so the company has a lot less to worry about when porting a new version of Android to devices that use its own chips. The Smart Tab 1 is a 7 incher like the Nexus 7, but costs almost half as much – $125. The processor on the Smart Tab 1 is a MIPS JZ4770 SoC, running at 1.2Ghz – so it’s not as fast as the Tegra 3 CPU in the Nexus 7, but it should run well enough, especially with Jelly Bean. Other specs include a 2 MP camera, 3G support via USB dongle, HDMI connectivity and microSD expansion up to 32GB. There’s no word on internal storage, so I assume the Smart Tab 1 doesn’t offer that much built-in memory. The device actually came out in July running ICS, but it’s already being upgraded to Jelly Bean, and all the new models will be sold directly with Jelly Bean on board. However, the Smart Tab 1 is only available in India right now. NEXT: MIPS is porting Android 4.1 to MIPS-based tablets Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update brings unexpected, […]

Earlier today, the U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial was officially kicked off by Apple’s opening statement, in which the counsel of the iPhone maker started showing the nine jurors – one member of the jury was dismissed just before Apple’s opening statement – how Samsung copied the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad mobile products. After one hour and a half, it was time for Samsung’s legal team to step up to the plate with its opening statement. From the get-go, Samsung clearly specified that it didn’t copy the iPhone or the iPad. Instead, the company is simply competing against Apple in a market where touchscreen-based devices are currently in demand. Hence, that’s what Samsung is producing. The Verge reports: Samsung counsel Charles Verhoeven stressed numerous times to the jury that Apple had not told the entire story, and that Samsung was a company that prided itself on providing consumers the products that they want — and if consumers want touchscreen devices, that’s what the company would provide. “Samsung is a major technology company that develops its own innovations,” he told the 9 jurors, stressing that Samsung is a company that competes — and not copies — in the marketplace. CNET offers a few more quotes from Samsung’s opening statement: “We’re not standing here telling you ladies and gentleman of the jury that the iPhone wasn’t commercially successful. It was an inspiring product to everyone, including the competition,” Samsung’s lawyer Charlie Verhoeven said. “But being inspired by a product and seeking to make better products is competition.” “It’s not copying,” he said. […] “Evidence is going to show that Apple didn’t invent the rectangular shaped form factor. Apple didn’t invent having a touch screen,” Verhoeven said. Samsung went on further to show how its mobile products are different […]

Image Credit: CNET The U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial started yesterday with jury selection and was supposed to continue today with the opening statements for both giants. But before Apple opened up the proceedings with its initial arguments, a female juror asked to be dismissed, as her employer would not pay her salary over the period that she would be serving. The juror in question was dismissed, and now the jury is made up from nine members, seven men and two women. After the jury debacle, Apple’s counsel – led by Harold McElhinny, a partner at Morrison Foerster – explained the jurors why Apple brought suit against Samsung. Using a series of slides containing images and videos to demonstrate how allegedly infringing post-iPhone and iPad Samsung Android-based products look like, Apple’s lawyers basically said that Samsung smartphones and tablets have copied the look and feel of their client’s iOS devices. Samsung chose to copy the design of Apple’s iconic mobile products and elements of iOS. Apple basically argues that the iPhone was a “bet the farm” move for the company, an underdog in the smartphone universe at the time it came out with the iPhone, and Samsung simply chose to copy the device. Image Credit: TodayILearned The slides included quotes from Samsung execs that seem to show that copying the iPhone was the best move for the company at the time. The Verge notes: He showed the jury several slides of internal Samsung documents — including an internal review of the iPhone’s impact from September of 2007 — which stated that competing with the iPhone “one way or the other is inevitable,” and that the iPhone hardware was “easy to copy.” Here are some interesting quotes from McElhinny, as pointed out by CNET: “Apple had absolutely no name in the […]

A MIPS-based tablet was the first slate to officially run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and the processor technology will also beat the crowds to running the new Jelly Bean OS. It might be second to the Nexus 7, but Karbonn Mobiles’ new Smart Tab 1, available to the Indian market only, runs Google’s latest software — and its MIPS-based JZ4770 SoC, clocked at 1.2GHz, allows for the low price of $125. The 7-inch Smart Tab 1 itself isn’t new — it debuted with ICS in July — but current owners will receive an update, and new units will ship with Jelly Bean. Other specs include a 2-megapixel front shooter, HDMI support, 3G support through a USB dongle and up to 32GB of expandable storage via the microSD card slot. Head to the press release past the break for more info. Continue reading $125 MIPS-based Smart Tab 1 brings Jelly Bean on a budget to India Filed under: Tablet PCs $125 MIPS-based Smart Tab 1 brings Jelly Bean on a budget to India originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:17:00 EST.

Low-cost tablets are a dime a dozen in the Android world, what with no name offerings from Ainovo to budget stalwarts like Archos. But there’s always room for more competition and Energy Sistem seems intent on elbowing its way to a prominent place at the bottom. A mild update to its existing slate lineup, the Energy Tablet i8 keeps the same 8-inch LCD display and 1,024 x 768 resolution (in 4:3 aspect ratio) of its Gingerbread-baked predecessors, but this time packages it with Ice Cream Sandwich onboard. The tab also comes equipped with an Arm Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1GHz, VGA front-facing / 2-megapixel rear camera setup, 8GB of storage (expandable to 64GB via microSD), 1GB RAM, HDMI-out, a 3,800mAh battery and support for WiFi b/g/n. It’s up for pre-order now on the company’s site, with an official release slated for this August 23rd. But at €185 (about $227), you might be better off saving up a few extra bills and shelling out for the more premium Nexus 7. Official PR after the break. Continue reading Energy Sistem beefs up its budget i8 slate with Ice Cream Sandwich inside Filed under: Tablet PCs Energy Sistem beefs up its budget i8 slate with Ice Cream Sandwich inside originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:57:00 EST.

An internal slideshow containing details about Sony’s new Xperia Tablet, the long-rumoured Tablet S successor has appeared online, including details on a broad range of accessories. Read more…

After a successful CES in January, Wikipad have detailed the specifications surrounding their identically named gaming tablet adding that it will come bundled with console inspired controller add-on. Read more…

Galaxy Tab 10.1 users will be happy to hear that the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade they have been waiting for is nearer than ever, with some models reportedly getting Android 4.0.4 as we speak. Sam Mobile says that the firmware update is available for Italian users of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 GT-P7500 model. In case you own such a device, then you’ll be able to update it via Samsung Kies or over-the-air (OTA). According to the same publication, various other Galaxy Tab models will receive their Android 4.0.x update including: GT-P6210 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI + 3G GT-P6810 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI GT-P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI + 3G GT-P7310 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI GT-P7300 Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI + 3G GT-P7510 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI GT-P7500 Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI + 3G As for the Italian version available today, here are more details about it: This firmware is specially for Italy (Android 4.0.4) Build date July 10th Changelist: PDA: P7500XXLQ8 CSC: P7500OXALQ8 Let us know whether your Galaxy Tab 10.1 is running Android Ice Cream Sandwich already. In case it does, then a new tedious waiting period begins for the Jelly Bean update. After all, Samsung is yet to reveal its Android 4.1 rollout plans. NEXT: Galaxy Tab Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade scheduled for July and August, Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, 7.7 and 7.0 Plus getting it Upgrade Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi/3G P7500 to Ice Cream Sandwich via CyanogenMod 9 Rogers Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade now available This article, Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade available for GT-P7500 model , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

We reported back in June that the Asus Padfone was already available to purchase in Australia from Mobicity. Evidently, only now does Asus seems comfortable enough to share its plan of officially bringing the combo device to ‘Down Under’. The launch date of the Padfone in Australia has been officially set for August 14. You can get the smartphone and tablet combo at Harvey Norman for AU$999. Just to make it clear, the price covers both the Padfone and the Padstation. Compared with what they’re selling for in the US, the price tag  seems rather steep, but think of it as getting two great devices for the price of one. When talking about USP, one can’t get more unique than the Asus Padfone. On its own, the PadFone is a very capable smartphone sporting a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display and dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. Combined with the Padstation, which will only function when you place the Padfone inside, you get a full-fledged 10.1-inch tablet with 1280 x 800 resolution that packs an extra 6,600mAh battery. The fun doesn’t end there because you can also add a keyboard dock for that laptop-like experience. If you’re looking for the best deal on the Asus Padfone, the online retailer mentioned earlier is selling the 16GB model of the same combo for AU$889. So, will you give the Asus Padfone and Padstation a go? NEXT: Asus Padfone goes for sale in Australia, no sight of keyboard dock yet ASUS Padfone and Transformer Pad TF700 available July in Australia! Unlocked Asus Padfone now available in the US, goes for $860 with included Padfone Station This article, Asus makes the Padfone official in Australia , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

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