The simplest updates are sometimes the best. See the latest update to Google Calendar for Android as an example: the release adds notification syncing between Android devices, saving the trouble of clearing multiple alerts while hopping from tablet to phone and back. That’s the only major addition, but it could represent a big time saver for anyone with a busy schedule. If you’re in that camp, you can grab the new Calendar now through Google Play. Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Mobile, Google Source: Google Play

The DockPort standard is only just getting off the ground with support in AMD’s Elite Performance processors. TI could soon make the technology fly, however: its new (if awkwardly named) HD3SS2521 controller handles all the tasks of DockPort on a single chip. The hardware is both simpler and cheaper than past multi-chip designs, and makes it easier for laptops and tablets to deliver DisplayPort video, USB 3.0 and power through a single cable. Whether or not we see more DockPort-equipped mobile gadgets is another matter. While the TI chip is available today, device builders still have to choose DockPort over a more established standard like Intel’s Thunderbolt. Filed under: Laptops, Tablets Source: Texas Instruments

To some extent, ASUS is a victim of its own success: it gave the budget tablet category a boost with the original Nexus 7, and it now faces a legion of competitors in that space. The company is taking a two-step approach to maintaining its relevance. The new Nexus 7 tackles the higher end, with top-tier specs that include a 1080p display and wireless charging. Right now, though, we’re more interested in ASUS’ low-end solution, the MeMo Pad HD 7. While it’s one of the cheaper name-brand tablets at $150, it promises some of the quality we typically expect from more expensive products. But is the HD 7 good enough to fend off other entry-level tablets? And can it attract customers who’d be willing to pay the premium for a new Nexus 7′? Let’s find out. Gallery: ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 review Filed under: Tablets, ASUS

The specs of Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire HD tablets have leaked on the internet. It seems the company is looking to launch some very powerful devices for very competitive prices. Read more…

Recently we reported that the Nexus 7 (2013) would arrive in Canada via Staples on July 31st. It seems we were a day off, as the 16GB version of the tablet has now arrived to Future Shop, Best Buy, Staples and several other Canadian retailers for the price of $249! Now for the bad news: it seems that initial stock is quite low. The device is already pretty much sold out online, so your best chance of getting the tablet is to trek on over to your nearest retailer. Additionally, retailers like Best Buy and Future Shop offer the option to reserve your device for in-store pickup through their website. While you probably already know what to expect with the new Nexus 7, we’ll give you a brief recap just in case. The next-gen Nexus 7 is powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro and has 2GB of RAM. The display resolution is 1920 x 1200. Other features include a 1.3MP front cam, 5MP rear cam, dual back-facing speakers, wireless charging and a battery capable of delivering roughly 10 hours of use. If you still aren’t sure whether the Nexus 7 (2013) is right for you, you also might want to check out our post detailing how Google’s latest tablet compares to the competition. So how about it – anyone out there lucky enough to already snatch one up? If so, from what retailer?

We already know that Android is, and has been for a while, the most dominant force in the smartphone market, but the tablet market is an area which has typically been a bit harder to crack. However, the latest research put together by Strategy Analytics shows that Android is also breaking away from the rest of the pack in the tablet market too. The research found that global tablet shipments grew again over the previous year, with 51.7 million units shipped in the second quarter of the year. Last year, 36.1 million units shipped during the same quarter, so the global tablet market has grown by 43 percent over the past 12 months. Looking specifically at each operating system, Android tablets accounted for 34.6 million of global tablet shipments, whereas Google’s largest rival, Apple, only accounted for 14.6 million. Percentage wise, Android tablets have grown by 87 percent over the year, whilst Apple experienced a 14 percent decline. In terms of market share, Android now commands a massive 67 percent of the global tablet market, more than doubling Apple’s 28 percent share. Microsoft is still languishing in third, and is clearly struggling with a mediocre growth of just 4 percent over the year. This marks one of the biggest yearly market shifts in the history of the tablet market, which some analysts have put down to a lack of new Apple products, whilst Android manufacturers have continued to pump out a variety of new tablets. However, it should be noted that the iPad Mini was launched at the end of last year, which was supposed to compete with smaller Android tablets. The iPad Mini clearly hasn’t gained enough traction to offset the lack of other new Apple products, leaving consumers with a clear choice when it comes to newer, high […]

The Nexus 7 (2013) not only brings quite a few impressive improvements over the original, but also will be the first Nexus tablet to feature LTE support. While Google never officially stated if the LTE variant would launch outside of North America, it was assumed by many that it would end up arriving at the very least in Europe. This was further ‘confirmed’ by the new Nexus 7’s specifications page, which originally listed LTE bands for the upcoming European version of the Nexus 7 (2013). Unfortunately the listing has now been updated, and now it appears that European consumers will only be getting HSPA+ support after all. It’s very possible that Google NEVER had plans to release the Nexus 7 with LTE in Europe, and that this latest specs update could simply be correcting a prior typo/error. There’s also the chance that something changed in Google’s plans that is preventing them from releasing an LTE model right away. Regardless, this is more than a little disappointing for those that were impatiently waiting for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE model. Here’s to hoping that a European LTE model is still on its way, even if it ends up launching sometime after the HSPA+ only version. For those in Europe, does this at all affect your plans to buy the Nexus 7 (2013)? Update: Apparently Google has updated the specs page once again. This time LTE is listed for the European version once again, this time for 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/720).

Strategy Analytics claims that 2.3 million tablets with a Windows operating system shipped worldwide in the second quarter of 2013, well behind tablets with Android and IOS. Read more…

New research from Kantar WorldPanel claims Windows Phone smartphones gained market share in the US and parts of Europe in the second quarter of 2012, with the UK showing the biggest boost. Read more…

The Nexus 7 (2013) not only brings quite a few impressive improvements over the original, but also will be the first Nexus tablet to feature LTE support. While Google never officially stated if the LTE variant would launch outside of North America, it was assumed by many that it would end up arriving at the very least in Europe. This was further ‘confirmed’ by the new Nexus 7’s specifications page, which originally listed LTE bands for the upcoming European version of the Nexus 7 (2013). Unfortunately the listing has now been updated, and now it appears that European consumers will only be getting HSPA+ support after all. It’s very possible that Google NEVER had plans to release the Nexus 7 with LTE in Europe, and that this latest specs update could simply be correcting a prior typo/error. There’s also the chance that something changed in Google’s plans that is preventing them from releasing an LTE model right away. Regardless, this is more than a little disappointing for those that were impatiently waiting for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE model. Here’s to hoping that a European LTE model is still on its way, even if it ends up launching sometime after the HSPA+ only version. For those in Europe, does this at all affect your plans to buy the Nexus 7 (2013)?

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