Windows Phone 8’s Room functionality is exclusive to WP8 phones, right? Wrong, it seems, because the company has explained how the technology can be used on other smartphones you might own and love. Read more…

An update for Xbox SmartGlass on Android has just landed, bringing with it support for 7-inch tablets as well as numerous bug fixes. Disappointingly, 10-inch tablets still aren’t supported Read more…

In case you happen to have purchased a new Nexus 4 smartphone or a new Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablet, you should know that you’re entitled to some free content for your shiny new devices. We’re not talking about the $25 Google Play credit that was offered with initial Nexus 7 purchases. That ended a few months ago, so now it’s time for a new promo for Nexus buyers. Depending on what device you purchased and where you’re located you’ll get different content, but it’s all still free of charge. Nexus 4 owners get to download and/or stream Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the series premiere of Falling Skies (2-hour episode) and an episode of Planet Earth. Nexus 7/10 buyers will get Ice Age and Planet Earth only, while all devices have access to some free music and magazines from Play Music and Play Magazines, respectively. Naturally, if you purchased a mix of devices, namely Nexus 4 and a Nexus tablet, you’ll get access to all of the above. We’ll add that this offer is available in the U.S. and may change depending on where you get your Nexus from. In fact, if you’re reading this from other countries, let us know what free content you’re able to download from your local Google Play Store on your Nexus gadgets! Related Posts 16GB Nexus 7 buyers getting $50 refund from Google, certain conditions apply Free trials on Google Play subscription content now available Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 arriving on Google Play in France, Germany, UK, and Spain

Before we begin, a quick look back. There’s something about working with a new kind of device that helps you learn something about yourself. Android, as an operating system, is growing at a rapid pace and will mature from Jelly Bean and soon become a delicious Key Lime Pie; and there’s no doubt that with it, Google will be hoping to show us horizons of everyday tech that we didn’t even realize existed. With each release comes new features, and with new features come new experiences. But the operating systems aren’t the only things that are growing – no, Google wants to make it clear to us that even though the Android market does seem a bit spread way too far, they are here to point us in the right direction of their ultimate plans. Thus came the Nexus line, a group of devices that not only show the versatility of the Android platform, but also showcase its growth from simple phone interface into something much more. And the devices themselves are testaments to that. The Google Galaxy Nexus was the first phone to be widely accepted not only as the Google phone, sporting the newest operating system not available on any other device (at the time), but as a device that brought with it a great deal of freedom – with a little guidance, tinkering with the phone’s operating system proved easy for even the common consumer. Those without such zeal could still rest assured that their devices’ updates would be ahead of the rest. But growth needed to continue. Then came the Nexus 7. While there were already tablet offerings from the likes of Samsung and Amazon, none had the spirit Google instilled in the Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus 7 changed the game, bringing a very affordable price […]

The Asus Transformer range really set the bar for convertible Android tablets, but their high prices have kept them out of reach of many gadget lovers. If you can’t justify spending the money on an Asus, take a look at the Aocos PX102 at just $208! At slightly over $200 (1299 Yuan) you would expect the PX102 to have some major drawbacks, but when looking through the specs and having a good gander at the design all seems surprisingly good! Like the Asus Transformer tablets, the Aocos PX102 has a 10.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800, dual cameras and a detachable keyboard. The CPU is a 1.6Ghz dual-core Rockchip unit, which is noted for handling 1080 video very well, and there is 1GB RAM plus 16GB of internal memory. The tablet half of the PX102 measures just 9.6mm and features a single 2.0 USB , Micro USB, HDMI out and a micro SD card reader. The detachable keyboard is rechargeable and connects via Bluetooth. At $200 there are some obvious cost cutting measures such as the low resolution cameras (front 0.3MP, rear 2MP), lack of built-in 3G and uncertain future support, but if you’re in the market for a bargain this Christmas it could be worth a look. Related Posts Buy Asus Transformer Pad TF300T and get free keyboard dock from Sears Asus Transformer Pad TF300 Jelly Bean update already available? Asus Eee Pad Transformer Gets First Unboxing Video

WebOS has been ported to the Nexus S just months after we saw it appear on the Galaxy Nexus. The mobile operating system is executed from Android’s application grid, allowing it to dual-boot. Read more…

There’s probably no greater rivalry in the mobile space right now than the one between Apple and Samsung, although one could argue that the Apple vs Google battle is also quite important for the mobile market. In addition to competing for market share and profits in probably every smartphone and tablet market out there, the two companies are also fighting it out in a plethora of patent-based lawsuits around the globe. But at the end of the day they’re also business partners, with Samsung providing a variety of components to Apple, some of which are used by the latter’s iOS mobile devices. We have recently heard speculation that Samsung will increase the processor prices for Apple, but also that the former will not supply batteries to the iPhone maker anymore. Now, a new rumor coming from Taiwan tells us that Apple is getting ready to replace the CPU used in iOS devices that were produced by Samsung so far with processors made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company, TSMC in short, a giant in the CPU-making business. According to “industry observers,” TSMC is getting ready to start CPU production for Apple in 2013, but we can’t confirm anything just yet. According to these first rumors, Apple appears to be interested to move its entire CPU business to TSMC, but will it be a smooth move? Apple requires some 200 million processors every year, which means that TSMC “will need at least more than 200,000 12-inch wafers ready to satisfy the huge demand from Apple.” It appears that the Taiwanese company has a tough decision to make. From one point of view, adding Apple to its clients list would surely be a great move, as it would bring in lots of cash, cash that Samsung will also surely miss despite the tense […]

With the Aakash 2, Datawind and the Indian government hope to put a capable yet highly affordable tablet into the hands of Indian students. The big question is whether or not a $21 tablet will be powerful and practical enough for student use in India. In order to find out if the Aakash 2 is good enough for student use, Engadget has now taken the tablet for a spin. The tablet in the video below is actually the Ubuslate 7Ci, a commercial variant of the Aakash 2 with the exact same hardware. Engadget shows the tablet off and makes a few basic observations about the Aakash 2′s hardware. So what’s the verdict? The Aakash 2 might not be perfect, but it seems more than capable of offering Indian students a reasonable tablet experience for education and even some light entertainment. The Aakash 2 features a single-core 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of Ram and a 7-inch capacitive 800 x 480 display. Other specs include microSD, USB 2.0, 4GB storage, Wi-Fi, VGA front cam and a 2,100 mAh battery. The Aakash 2 also runs on Android 4.0 ICS. Notably, the low-end display is considered one of the biggest weaknesses for the tablet. Keep in mind that the tablet will initially only be available to select students, primarily in engineering colleges around India. The goal is to gradually roll the Aakash 2 out to more students across India over the next five years. The Aakash 2 actually costs $40 for the Indian government and is sold at a subsidized price of $21 to students. What do you think of the Aakash 2, is it more than capable for basic student use in your opinion? Related Posts India’s Aakash 2 tablet now costs $40, receives hardware upgrade in version 2.0 Aakash 2 tablet […]

We’re back with more news from the Apple vs Samsunt front, with the iPhone maker scoring another win in a court of law against the South Korean company. This time around it’s the Netherlands, where a court found several Galaxy-branded devices running Android 2.2.1 or later to be infringing a certain Apple patent, EP 2059868, and it’s apparently upholding the sales ban in the region. The patent, also known as the rubber banding patent, describes a way to handle pictures scrolling via a touch interface, giving iOS devices a specific “bounce-back” effect when pulling them around. That kind of effect can be observed when handling documents or websites past the edges of the display on an iOS device as well. The same court in Hague ruled against Samusng last year in a preliminary hearing on the same matter when it banned several of its devices in the region, including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Ace. Meanwhile, Samsung came up with a software solution of its own to circumvent the problem, which is used on the devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. However, older devices that have not been updated and still use Apple’s bounce-back effect, will continue to be banned in the country until Samsung can prove they aren’t infringing anymore. ComputerWorld writes: During the plea hearing in September, Samsung said that, since the last verdict, it uses its own technology in all its products in the Netherlands. Samsung, however failed to provide the court with evidence of the change, annoying the panel of judges. “The argument raised by Samsung at the hearing that Samsung Benelux does not sell the infringing products any more, cannot lead to a rejection of the ban,” wrote judge Peter Blok, who presided over the panel of three judges in the verdict. […]

Back when Google unveiled the Nexus 7, plenty have argued that by aggressively pricing a mid-range tablet, the search engine giant had strangled every other Android tablet manufacturer out there. After all, Android OEMs have literally nothing to gain if they sell their products at cost, or even at a loss, like Google can. Sales numbers confirm this! But then out comes the Acer Iconia Tab A110, proving that the Nexus 7 did not crush the budget Android tablet market, but made it more competitive. By leading by example, Google managed to set a new standard for the entire market, at a time when a quality boost was needed in order to make Android an attractive tablet platform for both consumers and developers (two equally essential groups). How does the Acer Iconia Tab A110 fair against the Nexus 7? Like with most devices, it depends. But it’s surprisingly interesting to see that the lowkey Iconia Tab A110 is a worthy competitor to the most successful Android tablet ever. Display The display on the Nexus 7 is considered by many reviewers the best thing about the reference Android tablet. Seven inches of LED-backlit IPS LCD goodness, running at a 800 x 1280 pixel resolution, amount for an awesome viewing experience, especially at this price point. With a 16:10 aspect ratio, the PPI ratio rests at 216, a bit behind Retina territory and right on par with the 2012 Kindle Fire HD. The Acer Iconia Tab features a 7-inch display that powers up 1024 by 600 pixels, a resolution that translates into an odd aspect ratio of 128:75 (somewhere in between 16:9 and 16:10). Its PPI ratio of 170 means puts it right above the iPad Mini (although, in all fairness, the iPad Mini has an overall better display) and right on par […]

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