Keeping in mind the Japanese love for vending machines, Google Japan has just announced that it is launching dedicated Google Play machines to sell various types of games to Android users conveniently. Read more…

A look inside the code for the 4.6 version of Google’s Gmail app for Android shows that the company may be getting ready to put in ads inside the mobile email app for the first time. Read more…

Looks like Lenovo and its executives are taking a page out of Huawei’s book to start leaking its own products, with the victim this time being an oddly named Yoga Tablet. Our source told us that unlike the Yoga laptop series, this mysterious device isn’t a transformable device. Instead, the main selling points here are the product will have a “leg” that can somehow stand itself up, plus it has some sort of mechanism that can shift its center of gravity, in order to give you the illusion that it’s lighter in hand. As a bonus, the Yoga Tablet claims to be the world’s slimmest slate with the longest standby battery life, according to Lenovo’s own “spy shot” above. If all goes well, we can expect this intriguing device to launch a month from now, as confirmed by Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo. Filed under: Tablets, Lenovo Via: Ubergizmo Source: Sina Weibo (1), (2)

There have been rumors that TSMC would handle some of Apple’s future chip production, but details of the purported arrangement have been vague. The Korea Economic Daily may have just filled us in, however. It claims that Samsung will make 30 to 40 percent of Apple’s A8 processors next year, with TSMC presumably assembling the lion’s share. Apple wanted TSMC to be the sole manufacturer, but the challenge of building 20 nanometer-class chips led to a supplementary agreement with Samsung, according to the Daily‘s tipsters. Neither side has commented on the report, so take it with a large grain of salt. If the story is accurate, though, it suggests that Apple will have only modest success in excluding its arch-rival’s technology from next-generation iOS devices. [Thanks, Byungjin] Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Mobile, Apple, Samsung Source: The Korea Economic Daily (translated)

There have been persistent rumors of an upgraded Acer Iconia W3 tablet with an IPS display and, quite possibly, a faster Bay Trail-based processor. Those rumors are now reality, as Bouweenpc.nl has just tried an unannounced Iconia W4 at an Intel event. True to expectations, the 8-inch device was carrying both the new 1.33GHz Atom Z3740 processor and a much improved “wide view angle” (read: IPS) screen. Not much else may change, however — the pre-release slate still carried the W3’s 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Given that the W4 is running Windows 8.1, we wouldn’t be surprised if it reaches the market sometime around the Windows update’s launch in October. Check out Bouweenpc.nl‘s hands-on video after the break. Filed under: Tablets, Acer Source: Bouweenpc.nl (translated)

We have to hand it to Nokia: the company faces an acquisition by Microsoft in the very near future, but it’s still got a few tricks up its sleeves. The FCC just approved a mystery device known as the RX-114, and Nokia’s team did an incredible job of dressing up the paperwork so as to hide all clues of what it really was — that is, right up until the last page of a 167-page document full of bland measurements and technical graphs. What you see above is official confirmation that Nokia is indeed working on a tablet, complete with diagrams of the device along with specific references to its slate-like state. (Forgive the fuzzy print; the diagrams are pretty small, so we enlarged them.) What else do we know? The docs confirm that the tablet features LTE with support for bands 2, 4, 5, 13 and 17, along with a full suite of HSPA+ and GSM / EDGE. This means that regardless of which carrier actually picks up this particular device (if any), it technically will work on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Of course, we’ve already seen purported leaks that show the Windows RT device with Big Red branding, so it’s not a far stretch to believe this is still in the works. We’ll continue to parse through the paperwork for other cleverly hidden clues, but this at least confirms what we already suspected — and if we had to guess, we have a strong suspicion that we’ll be seeing this beaut in the flesh at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on October 22nd. Filed under: Tablets, Wireless, Microsoft, Nokia, Verizon Source: FCC

In an unexpected turn, Delta has informed employees that it will be issuing a Surface 2 running Windows 8.1 RT to every pilot over the next two years. The airline ran an Electronic Flight Bag pilot program with iPads back in 2011, but for reasons unknown, that popular slate has since been scrapped. According to WindowsITPro, Delta had since planned to move forward with Nokia’s rumored tablet, but has opted for the Surface 2 instead. The decision follows a move to equip flight attendants with Lumia 820 handsets, which will be used for processing payments and tracking passenger information. Considering the importance of a reliable cockpit device, however, this Surface 2 news is arguably far more significant. Filed under: Tablets, Microsoft Via: GeekWire Source: WindowsITPro

That ultra-bulky monstrosity that you see above is Oracle’s first attempt at a tablet, known as the DukePad. Before you start criticizing the design and bulk, it’s important to know exactly what the DukePad is all about. Instead of a standard consumer device, the DukePad is completely open-source, and Oracle currently only provides the “blueprints” necessary to get the device up and running. That means you have to find all your own parts. Interested in the idea, but looking for a “simpler” route? Oracle is working with suppliers to eventually offer a “kit” that includes everything you need to built a DukePad, all in one place. Who would want a self-assembled tablet? Joe Average obviously doesn’t want a DukePad, so who’s this thing aimed at exactly? Essentially, the DukePad is for the same crowd that puts together custom PC rigs or messes around with custom electronic boards (raises hand). At the heart of the tablet is a Raspberry Pi, the tiny ARM-powered computer that seems to have an infinite number of unique uses. As for the OS, Oracle is promoting Raspbian Linux, with a special interface built using Java SE 8. In its current Raspberry Pi-powered form, Oracle’s DukePad design will help you put together a 10-inch touchscreen tablet with 16GB storage, 512MB RAM, Wi-Fi and an embedded camera. The total cost involved here is said to be about $350. A tablet that is truly yours at every level. The DukePad isn’t going to compete with Android tablets, or even Windows tablets or the iPad. It is a decisively niche device, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. While Oracle is promoting Raspbian Linux with its own Java SE 8 interface, the Raspberry Pi board underneath is very flexible. Flexible enough for Android? While technically yes, the only available build […]

Samsung has begun to region-lock its smartphones, with the company confirming that it is preventing new devices bought in one region using SIM cards bought in another, starting with the Galaxy Note 3. Read more…

Samsung on Thursday announced U.S. availability details for its most recent tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition that was unveiled only a few weeks ago at IFA 2013. The new Note tablet will be launched on October 10 in the USA, with pricing starting at $549.99 for the 16GB version. The 32GB model will retail for $599.99, in case you need more storage. The device will be available for pre-order starting with September 27 with some retailers. Both devices are slightly more expensive than users would like them to be, but then again the Galaxy Note 8.0 is also pricier than buyers expected, so we can’t say we’re that surprised. What will that money buy? You’re looking at a 10.1-inch tablet that’s just 7.9mm thin and features a 2560 x 1600 resolution display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (LTE version) or 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa CPU (3G/Wi-Fi version), 3GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, microSD support, 8-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 8220mAh battery, S Pen Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and plenty of TouchWiz features for Note devices. As you can see, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition is Samsung’s newest flagship tablet, which is probably why the asking price for the base Wi-Fi model is so high. Video Speaking of prices, we have no idea when the 3G and LTE versions of the tablet will launch and how much they’ll cost. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to purchase the Wi-Fi versions in either Classic White or Jet Black from Samsung (in Best Buy stores), Best Buy Mobile, Amazon, PC Richards, Fry’s, Tiger Direct, Walmart and online from Samsung.com and BestBuy.com. Finally, we’ll note that the name of the device seems to have changed to “Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition” from […]

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