If you saw our report on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 announcement — What? It’s Samsung, of course there’s going to be a third one — then you might have been among the many people who thought to themselves that Samsung really ought to introduce some improvements if they want people to buy a third iteration of what it essentially the same old product. Well, as it turns out, Samsung did put in some improvements after all, and the result is that the Galaxy Tab 3 is really looking like a much improved version of its predecessor. And that’s a good thing, of course. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, which uses a Vivantec GC1000 core GPU, is seen to be able to offer up to twice the performance of the old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 which uses a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. This is based on benchmark results that first appeared online at the GFXBench web site. Though it hasn’t been tested fully yet — so a full comparison with the Galaxy Tab 2 performance-wise is still off the table — the Galaxy Tab 3 has shown that it has some notable improvements over its predecessor so far, and when you add in the fact that it comes with an updated design, it just might be the perfect excuse to switch up from the aging, years-old Galaxy Tab 2 that it’s supposed to replace. Take a look at some of the current benchmarks results right here: For now, this is all the information on Galaxy Tab 3 performance that we have. But still, it looks to be pretty definitive evidence that yes, it is indeed an improvement over the Galaxy Tab 2. Although the biggest change here lies in the use of the new Vivantec GPU, it probably won’t be […]

Click for bigger image. A series of Google Nexus devices apparently running an unannounced version of Jelly Bean have been spotted in Android Authority’s server logs. Android 4.3 (and various versions of it including Android 4.3.3 and Android 4.3.1) can be seen in the screenshot above. Naturally, user agent profiles can always be faked, but why would anyone go through all that trouble just to try to fool a few tech websites and their readers. Similarly, we have spotted Android 4.2.2 and Android 4.2 builds in our server logs ahead of their respective launches, so it would make sense to see traces of Google’s next Android versions appear with just a few weeks to go until Google I/O kicks off. On that note, we’ll remind you that Android Police also spotted the same Android version a few days ago, but its logs showed build JWR23B running on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. As you can see in the screenshot above, we can easily spot a bunch of Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 running a variety of Android 4.3 versions including JWR25C, JWR24B, and JWR29/JWR29B. We also notice a Nexus 4 running build JDQ39 (Android 4.2.2) which is identified for some reason as Android 4.3. Of the build versions mentioned above, we spotted JWR25C on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, while JWR24B was seen on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. Build number JWR29/JWR29B has been seen on the Nexus 4. After digging through the virtual dirt, we found out that visits from these Nexus devices running these Android 4.3 variants were registered in the last week of April, hitting as early as April 29 and coming from a variety of locations, including Google’s Mountain View home in California, […]

So you’re looking for a tablet, you say? But you find a Nexus 7 to be too small and a Nexus 10 to be large? Looking for a device in the middle? Except, there aren’t many choices in this segment of the tablet market, with the iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 the first tablets that come to mind. However, these devices are still out of the price range of many people. Enter Acer, the prominent PC vendor has been making a name for itself, releasing cheap, yet still very capable Android tablets to the market. The company will apparently soon release the recently rumored Acer Iconia A1, a 7.9 inch-iPad mini competitor, with a rumored price that’s sure to woo some people. The Iconia A1 is said to come with a 7.9-inch IPS display, a quad-core chip and costs half of what the iPad mini does. Oh, and did we mention it’s running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean? According to a first hands-on preview of the device, the Iconia A1 has a few software tricks up its sleeves as well. Acer has fitted the tablet with an application it has dubbed “Acer Life Image,” a mashup of Story Album and Zoe, found on the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, respectively. It allows you create a blog of photo albums and to search through keywords or event names, as well as share photos and the ability to edit your photos. Another addition, is “Acer Touch WakeApp,” allowing you to wake the device by tapping the screen, or by placing two thumbs on the screen, or by placing five fingers simultaneously on the display. This one is a similar to a feature found in the Nokia N9 a few years back, but what is different here is the ability to […]

We’ve got about 50 different reasons why, if you’re in the U.K., you should be looking to buy yourself a brand new Nook HD+ Android tablet — if not one of several other Nook tablets and e-book readers — right now. If you’re in the U.K. and live in or around London, then you’ve probably already heard of a little something called “Get London Reading.” If you haven’t, well all you need to know is that thanks to this currently ongoing literacy initiative, the Nook range of e-readers and tablets are now being sold for up to £50 off. For starters, the 7-inch Nook HD is currently available for only £129 instead of the usual £159. And as for the Nook HD+, it can be bought for only £179 instead of £229. The absolute cheapest item on the Nook menu, however, is the Nook Simple Touch which can be bought for only £29 a piece. This reduction in Nook e-reader and tablet prices is part of a bigger effort that involves donating 1,000 total Simple Touch e-readers. For now, the above-mentioned Nook devices will be available with discounted prices throughout the U.K. in stores such as Argos, ASDA, Blackwell’s, Foyles, Currys and PC World, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s and Very. Also, they can be purchased online at Nook.co.uk. If you would like to learn more about the details of this price cut — along with information on the “Get London Reading” literacy initiative, then check out the official press release right below. NOOK® Celebrates Partnership with London Evening Standard and Beanstalk in the “Get London Reading” Initiative By Making Reading More Affordable Across the UK NOOK® Simple Touch eReaders Are Now Available for £29 For a Limited Time Only NOOK to Donate 1,000 eReaders to National Literacy Charity “Beanstalk” For Use […]

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. No one seems to take this old adage to heart more than HP, at least when it comes to tablets and smartphones. The HP TouchPad might have been brilliant for its time, but the tablet never really lived to its full potential. HP has also had limited success with Windows tablets, and even the HP Slate 7 is receiving modest levels of interest. So what’s next? Take the “bigger is better” attitude and apply it to the tablet, apparently. A new AnTuTu benchmark score has shown up for the HP Slate 21 AIO, a previously unknown device running on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and powered by a 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor. First thought: This is crazy. Second thought: Maybe they are on to something? HP has long been the master of the PC world and knows what it takes to do well there. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Windows 8 only seems to be driving more folks away from HP’s main money maker, desktops and laptops. Could this actually prove to be a good move? With the HP Slate 21, Hewlett Packard could be trying to pull a tiger out of a hat, an impossible trick but a stunning one if they can pull it off right. Microsoft has seemingly dropped the ball a bit with Windows 8, and Android could be ready to move in to Microsoft territory. Perhaps the HP Slate 21 could be the perfect catalyst for that change. An All-in-one that doubles as a massive tablet is nothing new, and something we’ve seen both with the Asus Transformer AiO P1801 (seen above) and the Sony Tap 20. The difference for the Slate 21 is that it will hopefully be Android-only, and that would also mean that its pricing could be much more aggressive […]

A new rumor has hit the streets, indicating that Samsung will launch an 11-inch Nexus 11 tablet in 2013, potentially at Google I/O 2013, and it will pack a modest spec boost over the Nexus 10 Read more…

Samsung has announced its latest attempt to launch a successful tablet with the Galaxy Tab 3, a seven inch tablet due in May that has some underwhelming hardware specs. Read more…

Smartphone owners have no shortage of cloud-based safety nets, whether it’s Google’s services, iCloud or any number of file sync providers. Few of these come from the carrier, however, and Verizon is gambling that its now-deploying Verizon Cloud service will serve as a crutch for anyone replacing a phone on its network. The currently Android- and web-only release offers daily backups of the usual media libraries as well as call logs, contacts and messages. While that isn’t special in itself, Verizon is also promising cross-platform safeguards: both an iOS app (available “soon”) and future OS support should let customers fetch some of their data if they switch platforms. Just don’t count on Verizon Cloud as an alternative to established rivals unless you’re both loyal to Verizon and willing to spend. Users get a thin 500MB of space for free, and meaningful storage ranges from $3 per month for 25GB through to $10 for 125GB. Should there be little danger of leaving Big Red, though, Verizon’s service and a matching Android app update are available today. Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Internet, Mobile, Verizon Via: Verizon Source: Verizon Cloud, Google Play

Google on Monday announced that its Google Now search feature, previously available only on Android devices running Jelly Bean, will now also be available on the iPhone and iPad. Google Now for iOS doesn’t come as a standalone application, instead it is included in the Google Search application for iPhone and iPad, which needs to be updated in order to show Google Now functionality. A variety of reports suggested that Google Now was indeed heading to the App Store culminating in mid-March Google’s with Eric Schmidt sort-of acknowledgement of the app. Back then, he said that it’s up to Apple to approve it, with Apple promptly responding that a Google Now app was not in the app approval process. Now, the fact that Google Now is a feature of Google Search for iOS seems to clear up that particular opinion exchange. In their own ways, both Schmidt and Apple were right. Getting back to Google Now for iOS, iPhone and iPad users should know that not all Google Now features for Android will be included in this first iOS version. As Engadget points out, some cards are missing including “boarding passes, activity summary, events, concerts, Fandango and Zillow,” although they may be offered down the road. Also missing from the app are notifications and alerts, but at least Google Search users on iOS will still get to perform voice-based searches on their handset and/or tablet. Google Now may have been a reason to choose Android over iOS for some smartphone and tablet buyers, but keeping it an Android exclusive would not make much sense for Google, which is making most off its money off of Search and ads. Google Now is basically an advanced Search feature which the company will surely want to push to multiple platforms, including iOS. Recent […]

Following on from the plethora of Samsung tablet rumours served up this morning, the Galaxy Tab 3 has been officially announced. Although it may not quite be the tablet that some people were expecting. Rather than the 8-inch tablet that some were anticipating, the Galaxy Tab 3 will be a more familiarly sized 7-inch device. So it looks likes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 could be an entirely different mid/high end tablet, if the earlier rumours are true. As well as being the same size as the previous generation, the Galaxy Tab 3 also looks virtually identical as well. This will no doubt cause a bit of a stir amongst Samsung’s critics. Hardware wise the 7-inch LCD display remains unchanged with a passable resolution of 1024 x 600, which works out at 169 pixels per inch, but there are certainly crisper displays to choose from on the market already. The dual-core processor has been sped up a tad to 1.2Ghz, up from 1Ghz in the Galaxy Tab 2, and is accompanied by 1GB RAM. The cameras also remain unchanged, with a 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel one on the front. But there have been a few decent upgrades made to this device. Firstly the tablet’s storage capacity has doubled up, allowing for up to 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card expansion slot for an additional 64GB if you need it. The tablet also comes with a 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery, which should keep it running for quite a while. The Galaxy Tab 3 will ship with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and will also come in a 3G variety for those wishing to use their Tab3 on the move. But sadly the tablet won’t support LTE networks. We’re still waiting on a price range, but the Galaxy Tab 3 is expected […]

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