The LG G Pad 8.3 is probably among the best Google Play Edition tablets available, but owners were feeling let down when the Android 4.4.3 update failed to show up. We are now finding out this is because Google and LG had bigger plans in mind. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition (LG-V510) is getting updated straight to Android 4.4.4. These are both small updates, so in a way it makes sense that they would jump straight to the what could be the last update before Android “L”. Both Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 come with very simple additions and the usual collection of bug fixes. The update should be rolling out within the next few days, but we know some of you are not patient enough. Many of you simply can’t wait around for the update to finally show up on its own, so we are providing you with a handy leak to the update files, right below. Download LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition Android 4.4.4 update from XDA Developers It’s simple to install this update manually. You can go ahead and do this by following a tutorial we previously wrote for you. It’s for the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2.2, but just replace the devices and the files – that should have you set and ready to go. Do remember tinkering with your device and its software can be a bit dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. This process happens to be fairly simple, but do your research and follow steps to the line. If you are not comfortable with this, we advice you simply wait for the update to be pushed out.

When we first saw Project Tango we couldn’t help but be both impressed and excited. There’s no denying that the implications of the 3D-sensing technology are huge, not only advancing projects like NASA’s SPHERES robotic program but also for mainstream consumer use like gaming. So there lies a big question, when will Tango move beyond its currently developer-oriented focus? During a Google I/O session with ATAP, it was revealed that the first consumer-targeted product will be released in early 2015. Interestingly enough, the Tango-powered device will be a tablet made by LG. Google didn’t go into any details about when this tablet will arrive, how much it will cost or what kind of hardware it will offer. That said, the first Tango tablet (for developers) was powered by a Tegra K1, so perhaps we’ll see something similar though hopefully at a lower price? It’s really too early to tell, one way or another. This news follows on the heels of Limbic’s announcement that it will utilize Tango sensors in its upcoming Zombie Gunship Reality game, which you can see in the demo below. What do you think, excited about the idea of getting your hands on an LG Tango tablet? How much would you be willing to pay?  

At Google’s IO conference today, the company broke down some of its usage statistics, which included the announcement that there are now 1 billion “30-day active users” on the Android platform. Read more…

Google has announced its new unified design language, with flatter visual elements, bolder use of colour and a greater focus on typography, and an interface that changes in response to touch. Read more…

Costco has a rough history with Apple products; the big-box chain sold Apple goods for a while, but pulled them in a huff after it was denied a chance to sell the original iPad. Time must have healed those wounds, then, since the retailer is now selling iPads and iPhones. There are some solid bargains, depending on what you’re looking for. The iPhone 5s for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon is selling for $78 on contract, a full $120 lower than the regular sticker; you can also lop $100 off the price of Verizon-ready editions of the iPad Air (now $520) and iPad mini with Retina display ($420). Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Mobile, Apple Via: 9to5 Mac Source: Costco (iPhones), (iPads)

Samsung has such a fondness for tablets it’s sometimes hard to keep up. The recently announced Galaxy Tab S, 8.4- and 10.5-inch Android slates stand out from the crowd as Samsung’s newest flagship line, and the company said today they’ll arrive in the UK on July 4th (aka next Friday). Both models, which marry high-end internals with WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) displays, will be available online and through several retails stores (including Samsung’s own) from £319 for the WiFi-only, 8.4-inch version and £399 for the full-sized slate. Filed under: Tablets, Samsung

Earlier in the month, the Android 4.4.3 factory images appeared for various Nexus devices, followed quickly by the latest Android 4.4.4 files. All except the Nexus 7 LTE that is, which has traditionally been slightly behind the curve when it comes to Android updates. Finally though, the LTE version of the Nexus 7 has had its Android 4.4.3 factory image file made available by Google, bringing the tablet one step closer to the latest version of Android. Unfortunately, there’s no indication when the most recent Android 4.4.4 files will finally make their way to the Nexus 7 LTE. If history is anything to go by, customers could have to wait a few more weeks, at least. If you need the file for a factory reset or a DIY update, you can grab the download from here. You can also check out the full collection of Nexus factory images right here.

Google IO is almost upon us, making tomorrow one of the most noteworthy days of the year for Android/Google fans across the world. The Search Giant’s yearly developer conference will last two days, but we will mostly have our eyes on the keynote, taking place this June 25th at 9 AM Pacific (tomorrow). Google IO is the home of some of Google’s biggest announcements. It is where Google tells developers where the company is headed, along with its products and services. There will be no lack of news and freebies to show you all about. The keynote’s announcements are still uncertain, but we can assume some of the latest rumors and related news will make it to stage. Wearables Wearables, wearables, wearables. It seems the tech world revolves around them, as they continue to crowd the internet with so many devices, operating systems and form factors. It’s a bit of a mess, but we have hopes that Android Wear will come to unify smartwatches and other types of wearable devices. Android Wear could be the answer, announced last march as an operating system designed for the minute screen wearables will tout. We will likely be hearing a lot about Android Wear tomorrow, as well as the LG G Watch and Moto 360. In fact, we recently reported that the LG G Watch may be one of this year’s Google IO freebies for attendees. LG and Motorola may not find themselves alone at Google’s Android Wear announcements, though. Rumors say Samsung could be releasing an Android Wear device at the developer conference, as well as HTC and ASUS. Nexus tablet and new Android version Rumors of a Nexus 9 have recently emerged. To make matters more interesting, the tablet would be made by the mighty Taiwanese manufacturer. The HTC Volantis is […]

The Bottom Line One of the best compact tablets on the market PROS High res, AMOLED display Super thin and light Thin bezels Solid battery life CONS Design language similar to Galaxy S5 Price Software still not ‘there’ 8.7 Without a doubt, the finest tablet Samsung has ever created, and arguably one of the best compact tablets yet. Buy Now on Samsung is known for flooding the smartphone market with a slew of devices, covering the entire range of screen sizes, specifications, and the price spectrum. Following this policy, that basically means that there a device out there that meets the preferences of every individual, has certainly worked to some extent. After all, Samsung boasts the largest smartphone market share in various markets around the world. Hoping to replicate that success with their larger offerings, Samsung is using a similar strategy in the tablet market as well. A case in point is the fact that only a few months after the release of the TabPRO line of tablets, expected to be the company’s premier offering, we now have a new flagship lineup in the picture, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series. With the tablets featuring different screen sizes, today, we’ll be taking a closer look at the smallest of the lot. Here’s our comprehensive review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4! Design At first glance, the design of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will definitely look familiar, sharing a similar design language to its previous tablet counterparts. Samsung has, of course, had a lot of tries at getting things right, and it has to be said that the latest edition is the best yet. Looking a lot like a blown up Samsung Galaxy S5, the portrait orientation seems to be the default with this particular tablet, indicated […]

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S series came busting through the doors with some of the best-specced tablets we have seen in a long time. Even more impressive are the displays the devices carry, marking the epic return of Samsung’s OLED tablet screens. These looked amazing during our hands-on tests with the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4, but we never imagined they would take on the whole industry. The 2560×1600 display resolution will no doubt keep your images and text as sharp as a scalpel, but there is much more to look at when aiming for a great screen. Color accuracy, viewing angles, brightness and saturation are but a few factors in the list. Screen professionals from Display Mate go through most popular devices, testing them to their limits and sharing their results with the world. It turns out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 don’t only have gorgeous display panels, they happen to have the “best performing tablet displays that they have ever tested”. In fact, Samsung’s new tablet displays go right in line with their Galaxy S5 OLED display, which offers nearly identical experiences. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S displays beat every other tablet in everything! It has the highest color accuracy, infinite contrast ratio, the lowest screen reflectance and the smallest brightness variation with viewing angles. Nokia did take the Samsung tablets’ crown in one department. The Nokia Lumia beat the Samsung Galaxy Tab S displays in brightness, emitting 684 nits. Samsung’s devices can only reach 546 nits of brightness. Otherwise, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S displays stand as the best all-around displays. These are simply numbers and performance tests, though. Just like with any other products or devices, only you can decide which screen is best for you. While I prefer the […]

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