Category: Tablets


ASUS has unveiled a new docking station for the Nexus 7 on their Japanese website and is expected to go on sale some time this month for 3,480 yen ($42).

The docking station uses the golden connectors on the side of the Nexus 7 to interface with it. It has a microUSB port on the back along with a 3.5mm audio jack, which lets you charge or connect the Nexus 7 to a computer as well as output audio from it.

There are a couple of provisos, though. The docking station only works if you have Android 4.2 installed on the Nexus 7 and if you want to output just audio from the 3.5mm jack on the back you will have to plug the docking station to a power outlet.

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Roughly a month after its Windows RT sibling made it to the market, Microsoft announced pricing and availability of its Surface Pro slate. The tablet will be available in January, priced at $899 for a model with 64GB of memory, and $999 for a version with 128GB built-in.

The Microsoft Surface Pro will not come bundled with a Touch or Type cover. You will have to spend some extra cash to have one of the handy covers at your service. The tablet will however, come with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology in the box.

Despite looking exactly like the Surface RT, the Pro version will offer significantly beefier hardware than its ARM relative. The upcoming slate will feature Intel’s latest generation Core i5 CPU, Mini DisplayPort, full-size USB 3.0, as well as a copy of Windows 8 Pro, which is able to run desktop software.

The display of the Surface Pro is much sweeter too. It keeps the 10.6″ diagonal and 16:9 ratio, but boasts full HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution. If 1080p doesn’t cut it for you, the Mini DisplayPort supports external unit with a resolution up to 2560×1440 pixels.

Overall, despite being far from cheap, the Microsoft Surface Pro seems to offer a decent amount of hardware for the money. What do you think?

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The CyanogenMod team has been teasing version 10.1 (that’s based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean) for various devices with just screenshots, but Nexus 4 users can now actually grab a nightly release of the ROM and take it for a spin.

The Nexus 10 tablet will be getting CM10.1 soon as well, but the team doesn’t give any hard deadlines.

You can grab the CM10.1 nightly for the Nexus 4 over here. You should keep in mind that nightlies are built from the latest changes in the code and might have bugs. Casual users might want to wait at least until there’s a release candidate.

The CyanogenMod team is working on bringing version 10.1 to other devices (previous Nexus devices, Galaxy S III, Motorola XOOM, Galaxy Vibrant, you name it). Those will have to wait until the team is done merging the code from AOSP 4.2 into CyanogenMod.

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The new iPad and iPad mini, announced in Q3 of this year, haven’t even launched in China but Apple is still dominating the tablet market there. According to the statistics every 3 out of 4 tablets sold there as being made by Apple.

This bodes well for Apple in China – particularly for its tablet division – where year-on-year sales of tablets have increased by more than 60%.

This is coupled with the fact that since Q2, the quarterly growth of the tablet market has gone up by 11%.

Second place is occupied by China’s own Lenovo at just over 10%, with no other manufacturer grabbing more than 4% of the pie.

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Adobe’s Photoshop Touch may not be quite in the same league as its desktop counterpart but compared to other image editing applications available on mobile it does allow you to do a heck of a lot more.

The app was so far only available on tablets on both the platforms and was optimized for the bigger 10-inch displays. In the latest v1.4 release, however, Adobe has optimized it for smaller tablet displays. The UI is now optimized for the iPad mini and 7-inch Android tablets, such as the Nexus 7, up to a minimum resolution of 1024 x 600.

Along with that the latest version also adds support for pressure sensitive stylus on iOS and Adobe has optimized it for the Pogo Connect, Jot Touch and Jaja devices.

Lastly, there are two new effects (Lens Flare and Stamp Pattern), improved grid layout, smoother brush strokes, quick access to last five colors, support for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, etc., and various bug fixes.

The app is available for download for $9.99 on the App Store and Google Play.

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The Apple iPad share in the tablet market in Q3 has remained flat at 55%. That’s more than half of the entire segment, which is a pretty great achievement.

However Android now covers 44% of the tablet shipments in Q3, which means the open-source OS is gaining speed faster than previously projected.

Some analysts, like Gartner, expect the iPad to hold a 47% market share in 2015, meaning it will likely be overtaken by Android in 2016. But others, like Sameer Singh – analyst with Finvista Advisors, thinks the iPad could lose its dominance as early as next year.

The fast increase is helped by devices like the Nexus 7, which alone has been selling about a million units a month, amounting to an expectation of about 5 million until the end of the year. The Kindle Fire HD is also a huge success with its super attractive pricing.

But perhaps the iPad mini could retain precious market share for Apple’s team at least next for year. Time will tell, we guess.

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NetAplications has made a chart comparing browser hits by platform covering the last two years shows that Android has caught on with the iPhone but that the iPad is still dominating the mobile traffic.

Also, according to IBM, iOS devices accounted for 18.5% of all online transactions this Black Friday, compared to just 5.5% for Android.

The analyzed data also revealed some interesting results about the Android version distribution in the past two years. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still dominating, ICS is catching up, while older versions of the OS are noticeably fading away.

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Amazon has slashed the prices of its updated Kindle Fire tablets both in the UK and now in the US to celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While Black Friday is mostly an American thing, UK customers got to buy the revamped 7″ tablet for just £99 (with ads), which led to a record number of units sold.

US customers shouldn’t feel left out – they can get the Fire tablet at just $129 ($30 off, again with ads).Make sure to enter the FIREDEAL promotional code at checkout (only one discount per customer). This deal is valid for today only.

The UK deal expires today too, but Amazon has already hit a record – “Customers purchased more than three times as many Kindle devices on Black Friday than on any other day in its history on Amazon.co.uk, and our previous record was impressive,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Kindle EU.

The UK deal works without a promotional code and is available for the version without ads too – it costs £109 at the moment.

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The Android 4.2 (still Jelly Bean) was released for the (ASUS-made) Nexus 7 slate back-to-back with the new LG Nexus 4 smartphone and Samsung Nexus 10 tablet two weeks ago. Soon after the users noticed December was missing from the Contacts app.

Well, the Google developers have finally squashed this bug (among others) with the Android 4.2.1 release. Available for all three devices, the update is already seeding globally.

The new 4.2.1 OTA update weighs just 1.1MB and makes December reappear in the Contacts app and fixes the Bluetooth issues lots of users were experiencing.

If you didn’t get the notification yet, you should just go and check for updates manually – it should be there waiting for you.

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On the lookout for a new Android tablet to add to your collection? If you are, you might be pleased to know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 launched at Verizon today, complete with 4G LTEcapabilities. 4G LTE is going to be the major selling point of the Verizon Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, since everything else about the slate will be mostly the same.

Of course, it will also come with a few Verizon apps pre-installed, but other than those and 4G LTE capabilities, you’re getting the same tablet we reviewed earlier this year. That means you get a 1280×800 10.1-inch screen, a dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor clocked at 1.0GHz, 1GB of RAM, and Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. You’ve also got 16GB of internal storage at your disposal, but that can be expanded through the use of the microSD slot the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 comes equipped with.

So no, you’re not getting the most powerful tablet in the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, but it should still be able to get the job done. That being said, don’t expect it to be all that cheap – Verizon is offering it at $499. That price, when coupled with the less-than-stellar hardware, might prove to be a deterrent for some folks, but we have a feeling that there are some out there who have had their eye on a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 nonetheless.

You can also opt to sign up for Verizon’s Share Everything plan when you buy a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and you’ll need to sign up for some kind of data plan if you want to take advantage of that 4G LTE functionality. Verizon opened up pre-orders for the device today, and said that it will begin shipping the devices on November 26 (next Monday). Are you planning to pick up a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 from Verizon?