Have you ever wondered what a Meizu-branded tablet with the latest version of the Flyme OS would look like? Well, you’re not the first person. There have been many others who have already thought up the same thing before you, and in fact, there is a guy out there right now who actually cooked up a full concept video to try and bring this seemingly mythical idea to life. And what does this one guy have to show for it? A really cool concept video that shows off a very interesting device, that’s what. The concept video introduces a Flyme 3.0 OS-powered tablet that is mind-bendingly thin and features a 13-megapixel camera as well as a 10-inch 2560×1600 pixel resolution touchscreen display. The design, which might present problems with ergonomics and heat dissipation, could be described as daring; the user-interface, compared with iOS and Android, certainly looks new and refreshing. Being the mere product of a devoted fan’s imagination, there’s no guarantee that this particular Meizu tablet will see the light of day at some point in the future. But at least it offers a glimpse at what’s in store for those who believe that Meizu should take a shot at the rapidly expanding world tablet market, and introduce stuff that aren’t smartphones like the Meizu MX2. If you’re curious to find out what all of this is about, then check out the Meizu tablet concept video below. Related Posts Meizu M9 and MX to receive Android 4.0-based Flyme OS 1.0 update in June Meizu MX2 will start at just $417 for a 16GB version? Meizu MX2 goes official: 4.4-inch gapless display, 1.6 GHz quad-core chip and Jelly Bean for just $400

Earlier today we told you that Samsung faces a fine of up to $15 billion in Europe where the European Commission is investigating its standard essential patent use against Apple in several lawsuits in the region, and now we hear there’s even more bad news for the South Korean Android maker. This time around we’re looking at an Apple vs Samsung case before the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is won by Apple so far, at least in preliminary rulings – a judge recently found Samsung devices to infringe on Apple’s iPhone design patents and three software feature patents. But what’s interesting is that a “partially censored version of the presiding judge’s initial determination” has been made public, with the recommended sanctions for Samsung being published. According to the document, Samsung faces “the following draconian combination of sanctions,” as FOSS Patents puts it: a U.S. import ban that would enter into effect after the 60-day Presidential review period following a final ITC decision, a simultaneous cease-and-desist order that would prohibit the sale of any commercially significant quantities of the imported infringing accused products in the United States (this remedy was denied against HTC), and the requirement to post a bond of 88% of the value of all mobile phones, 32.5% of the value of all media players, and 37.6% of the value of all tablet computers found to infringe Apple’s patents-in-suit during the Presidential review period. As CNET explains, this particular case concerns “older Samsung phones and tablets,” not 2012 devices such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 best-sellers, although these ones are part of a second ITC case between the two tech giants. And while the initial determination and sanctions recommendation sounds pretty bad for Samsung, the company can still use “designarounds” to prevent any patent infringements […]

A few days ago we learned that Samsung has withdrawn its FRAND patent-based cases against Apple in Europe, but also that the European commission will still investigate the company’s use of standard essential 3G patents in such lawsuits against competitors. Meanwhile, The Guardian has learned that Samsung faces a hefty fine following this investigation, which would be quite a price to pay for attacking Apple in several European markets using such patents. Apparently the commission can ask Samsung to pay fines up to 10% of the company’s worldwide turnover for 2011. That translates into almost $15 billion, as Samsung’s 2011 revenues amounted to $148.9 billion. That would be a huge blow for the South Korean giant, significantly more important than Apple’s $1.05 billion win from late August, which was recently upheld by a U.S. court. That doesn’t mean Samsung will necessarily pay a maximum fine, not to mention that we don’t know exactly what the status of the investigation is. But it certainly sounds like a serious thing and it does explain why Samsung decided its best not to follow on its European injunction requests targeting Apple iOS products. Moreover, we will remind you that Google’s Motorola faces similar fines following a similar approach to suing the competition – in this case both Apple and Microsoft – for infringing its own set of FRAND patents. We’re already looking forward to see various interesting mobile gadgets next year, but unfortunately the patent wars won’t disappear from our radar. In fact, Android device makers have begun fighting among themselves as well, with Samsung and LG attacking each other’s Android devices via display-related patents. Related Posts Samsung to still face EU antitrust complaint despite withdrawing injunction requests against Apple Google patent practices against iPhone, iPad or Xbox 360 worthy of FTC lawsuit Samsung […]

There have been doubts that Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix would ever arrive in the US, with even the past FCC appearance of a WiFi-only version offering no guarantees. An American launch now seems considerably more likely in the wake of a follow-up FCC approval. The dockable, 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet has popped up carrying LTE both on an AT&T-specific 700MHz band and AT&T-friendly AWS (1,700MHz and 2,100MHz) bands — with such explicit network support, we’ll be surprised if it doesn’t reach US shores. Little else is available in the filing that we don’t already know, although it’s clear that there’s no real cellular access for Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. We’d just like to know if and when Lenovo is ready to make the ThinkPad Helix official for this side of the world and give the upcoming IdeaTab Lynx some company. Filed under: Tablets, Lenovo Source: FCC

We have a breadth of low cost Android tablets available to us, but let’s be honest in that some of them are just worthless. Android, being open source, is sometimes a curse. We obviously get some wonderful things from it, but we also get some stuff that makes us scratch our heads. More than most other consumers, we as Android fans need to be educated about what’s out there. We love our variety, but we hate being ripped off. Let’s first define what “cheap” or “low cost” means. Every person has their own definition, so what i’m going to do is let the market decide. The Nexus lineup seems to have set the bar in terms of cost, so we’ll use that as our guideline. As the market settles into the seven-inch and ten-inch form factors, we have a better idea of which tablets are worth the cash. Don’t buy a tablet… Just hear me out on this one. The Chromebook may actually be a great option for some people. I know, I know…we’re talking Android tablets here, but tablets are still a foreign concept to some. Some people can’t really grasp life without a keyboard, and apps just confuse them. It really is a newer way of thinking for some, this world of apps and mobility. If you know someone like that, the Chromebook may just be a great option. While it isn’t Android, it has the same basic function in so much that you can get it in WiFi or 3G, and it runs many of the same services. Sure, you don’t have them in app form, but Chrome apps are coming along nicely. If gaming is your thing, the Chromebook is definitely not for you. Playing games on a keyboard is just not a good idea, and […]

While the special deals and discounts on apps and games don’t seem to lose traction even with Christmas officially over, the price cuts on Android devices have been rather slim and stingy this holiday season. But the holiday season is not completely over yet, so we’re glad to see Sprint holding a very original and lucrative sale. The number three carrier in the States is taking $100 off any 4G LTE enabled tablet for all new customers who choose to buy an on-contract smartphone until January 10. I know that some of you might see this deal as an attempt from Sprint to shove up people’s throats products that they don’t really need, but the fact of the matter is that if there’s anyone who fancies getting both a phone and a tab right now this is definitely the best way to do it. On the other hand, if you don’t need or want an LTE slate really badly you should probably forget about it, because you’ll still pay big bucks through this promotion. How big? Well, let’s see. And we’ll start with the smartphones eligible for the promo. Which are basically all of the handhelds currently being sold by Sprint with two-year contracts, starting with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 or LG Optimus G and including any device available for free. So, you can get off without paying a dime for the phone, but the tablet is a whole different thing. The cheapest LTE slate on Sprint is the OG Motorola Xoom, going for $499.99 (after the discount). An extra 50 bucks will get you the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, another slightly dated, but still far snappier gadget than the Xoom (though it still runs Android 4.0 ICS). The only other devices part of the promo […]

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) used to be the go-to place for manufacturers to showcase the latest and greatest Android phones and tablets, but in the past year or so, the likes of Samsung and HTC have taken their main spectacles elsewhere. Nevertheless, the upcoming CES 2013 still has some worthy gadgets to look forward to, particularly if you’re keen on taking part in the 1080p display revolution. Here’s what LG plans to bring to the event. Although the world hasn’t exactly warmed to LG’s first 5-inch offering, the Optimus Vu, the Korean is reportedly set to debut a 5.5-inch phone in January. All we know of the device so far is that it’ll sport a full HD screen (1,920 x 1,200 resolution) with 403 ppi. The yet-to-be-named device will be duking it out with other monster-sized phones, such as the 5.5-inch ZTE Grand S and the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate. At CES, LG is likely to show off the 5.5-inch display, and possibly even launch the rumored phone. Finally getting the hint that some of the best-selling Android tablets in the market come in a 7-inch form factor, LG will introduce  at CES a 7-inch display that will boast a 1080p resolution with 324 ppi, besting Nook HD’s screen with its 1,440 x 900 resolution and 243 ppi density. Lastly, we also hear that LG is prepping a new 4.7-inch display that’ll come with a 1mm thin bezel. A phone equipped with such a display would look like the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G, but most likely has a narrower body. Any of the devices above pique your interest? Related Posts ZTE set to debut the 5-inch Grand S with full HD display at CES 2013 Sources say Samsung will show off a 4.99 inch 1080p AMOLED screen at […]

Earlier today, we reported that Toshiba has already started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade to users of the Excite 7.7 tablet. But what about the Toshiba Excite 10? Is Toshiba really just going to leave users of this 10-inch tablet in the dust? Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Users of the Excite 10 have also reported receiving the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade on their own tablets as part of an ongoing software upgrade rollout that started earlier this week. Apparently, Toshiba first released Jelly Bean for the Excite 10 in some parts of the U.S. over the weekend, with availability coming to other regions as the days went by. And the upgrade rollout is still ongoing. It is expected to go on for about 3-4 weeks. The Jelly Bean upgrade brings a number of new features, UI enhancements, and speed improvements that are bound to make the Excite 10 a much better tablet all around. If you own and use this particular Toshiba tablet yourself, simply check your device’s Settings menu for information on the availability of the upgrade software in your area. That shouldn’t really be necessary though, as Toshiba is continuously rolling out the new software to users automatically. Related Posts Toshiba AT200 Excite 10 LE and AT300 Excite 10 to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update now rolling out for Toshiba Excite 7.7 Toshiba aims to “excite” us again with FCC approved 10SE/AT300SE Jelly Bean tablet

An online ad network claims that a new record was set on Christmas Day earlier this week for the number of new iOS and Android device that were activated by users. Read more…

The idea of low-cost Android tablets is not new in the slightest. Many affordable models have already been made available in the past, and there will surely be many others introduced in the future. Indeed, an entire market filled with low-cost models exists outside of the mainstream, where the big players play. It’s called the “white-box” market and it is where lesser known electronics manufacturers set to conquer the hearts — and wallets — of those who are working on a tight budget. The white-box tablet market has been chugging along quite nicely, with unit sales expected to hit the 40 million mark by the end of 2012. And there is still absolutely no involvement from big-name companies at all. However, all of this is about to change if a new report from the Taiwanese at DigiTimes is to be believed. Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Samsung are all reportedly going to compete in a new tablet war. The white-box tablet war, if you will. And for actual white-box players, 2013 could be the beginning of one very rough ride. The rumored Acer Iconia B1 should trigger another price cut in the 7-inch tablet market According to the above-mentioned report, the impending introduction of low-cost tablets ($99-$149) from both Acer and Asus will spark a new competition that is inevitably going to drive many of today’s low-cost tablet makers out of business. Sources cited in the report say that they expect about one-third of all existing white-box players to exit the market before the first half of 2013 is even over. And that’s not the worst part. The same sources paint an even grimmer picture for the second half of 2013, saying that by then, only one-third of current white-box players will remain. What exactly is going to cause all of this? […]

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