The Nexus 7 has met with roaring response. The ASUS-manufactured-Google-branded tablet is without a doubt the most successful Android tablet ever. Ever since its announcement and release, the 16GB variant of the tablet has been hard to get hands on. Thanks to its form-factor and dirt cheap price of $199, the Nexus 7 (16GB variant) sold out pretty soon after it went live on the Play Store. Keeping in mind that the Nexus 7 does not have a microSD card slot, it is not surprising to see a higher demand for the 16GB variant of the tablet.
The tablet recently went out of stock on the Google Play Store with no mention from the big-G as to when it will be back in stock. Earlier today, Google silently updated the Nexus 7 listing to show that the tablet is back in stock. Potential customers who had signed up for email updates, have also got a mail from Google saying that the tablet is back in stock.
If you have been patiently waiting to get your hands on the Nexus 7, now is the time to do so before the tablet again goes out of stock. Do check your local Best Buy before ordering to see if they have any physical stock though. Google is known to ship the product after 1-2 weeks.
After pushing Jelly Bean to AOSP, and releasing the OTA updates for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S, Google has started rolling out the update for the first ever ‘true’ Android tablet, the Motorola XOOM. Before Verizon owners of the XOOM, if any, get excited please note that the update is only for the Wi-Fi variant of the tablet.
Apart from the Nexus 7, the Motorola XOOM is now the only tablet that runs on Jelly Bean. The new version of Android should bring with it a nice performance boost, all thanks to ‘Project Butter’. Other notable changes in Jelly Bean include an enhanced keyboard with next-word prediction, a new search experience, Google Now, some UI tweaks, improved notification bar with the ability to expand them, updated camera and gallery app with ‘film-roll’, off-line voice typing and much more.
Google has already start rolling out the update since late-Wednesday/early-Thursday, so chances are the OTA update should already be available for your XOOM. If not, sit tight and keep pressing that ‘Check for update’ option under ‘About Device’.
Earlier this year, Samsung announced a bigger variant of the Galaxy Note, the Note 10.1. As its name suggests, the Note 10.1 packs a 10.1-inch screen, and was powered by a dual-core processor. Compared to the new iPad or even the Nexus 7, the Note 10.1 seemed downright weak and over-priced.
As days and weeks passed by, Samsung realized its mistake and silently started working on a better and updated version of the Note 10.1. While the Korean company has not announced anything officially, rumors and leaks provide more than enough evidence that the company should soon be releasing a more powerful Note 10.1.
Now, it looks like The Brave Post has managed to get his hands on the updated Note 10.1 that packs in a much more powerful 1.4GHz Quad-Core SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP snapper, and the S-Pen, along with HSPA+ support. The updated Note also seems to have the ability to act as a speakerphone to your existing smartphone.
It looks like Samsung is all set to unveil the new and updated Galaxy Note 10.1 at its upcoming August 15th event.
Back in 2010, Research-In-Motion (RIM) unveiled the company’s first tablet device, the BlackBerry Playbook. It packs a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and much more. Sadly, the BlackBerry PlayBook sales were below the expectations of the company. RIM finally went ahead and slashed the price of of BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by almost half in Canada, India, UK and US.
The company has also announced the 4G LTE variant of BlackBerry Playbook at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. However, it got delayed due to the failure of the original Playbook. The guys at Mobile Syrup have recently got their hands on the leaked document purportedly showing the specs and launch date of the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook.
The latest variant of Playbook will feature a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, QNX 2.0 OS, 5 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 3 megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE with HSPA+, 1 GB RAM, 4800mAh battery and so on. This tablet will be available only in 32 GB version.
According to the leaked document, the 4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook will go on sale from Tuesday, July 31. This tablet will be exclusively available for the Bell subscribers in Canada. The 32 GB version will come with a price tag of $550. Are you willing to but this tablet or you will go for the powerful Android tablets? Let us know your views in the comments section below.
Last week, the High Court of England & Wales ruled that Samsung Tabs were distinctive enough not to be confused with the iPad. The High Court dismissed Apple’s arguments by referring to approximately 50 examples of prior art, and identified distinctive differences between Samsung’s products and Apple’s iPad. In fact, somewhat embarrassingly for Samsung, Judge Colin Birss stated that the Tabs don’t infringe on Apple’s designs because they are “not as cool”. “They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design”, he noted in his ruling.
Now the same judge has struck another blow to Apple, which had stuck to its original stance even after the previous ruling. Birss has instructed Apple to publish a notice on its U.K. website and run advertisements in prominent British newspapers and magazines notifying consumers that Samsung didn’t plagiarize its designs. However, he declined to grant Samsung’s bid for an injunction blocking Apple from making public statements that the Galaxy infringed its design rights.
Essentially, Apple is being forced to advertise its competitor’s products out of its own pocket. The Cupertino based giant, which was initially looking to block the sale of the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9, will undoubtedly be disappointed with the ruling. However, even though Samsung might have cause to celebrate now, it must ask itself how it is going to lure the gadget enthusiasts if even a judge finds its products unappealing. If I were Apple, I would certainly rub it in by highlighting the “not as cool” remark in the advertisements.
While majority of OEM makers have failed to capture the market with their Android tablets, Asus has had a runaway success with its Transformer series of Android tablets. The company had the most popular Android tablet in 2011 with the original Transformer, and this year looks no different with the Transformer Prime, Infinity and the recently released Nexus 7. One key reason behind Asus being successful in the tablet market is because of its ability to roll-out Android OS updates quickly for its devices, apart from regular software updates that the company rolls out.
However, rumors srtared rolling out over the last couple of days that Asus will not be upgrading the original Transformer to Jelly Bean. Rightfully so, this angered a lot of Transformer users since the TF101 has more than enough horsepower to run Jelly Bean smoothly. In a bid to keep its consumers happy and clear things up, Asus has gone ahead and confirmed via a comment on its Facebook page that its Transformer line-up of tablets will be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. This includes the original Transformer, the Transformer Infinity, Eee Pad Slider and the Transformer Prime.
Looking at Asus past software update record, expect the Transformer tablets to be among the first Android devices to taste Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
It looks like Google has started rolling out a minor software update for the Nexus 7. The update is barely an MB in size, 859KB to be precise, and does not bring any noticeable changes. The update does however bump the Android build number to JRO03D.
The update does not remove the universal search feature, so at this point it really remains a mystery as to what this update brings. Possibly, Google rolled out this update to either fix some serious security issues or to circumvent any patent.
If you own a Nexus 7, and have not already got the update, head over to Settings -> About Device and select the System Update buttons. The update will then automatically show up and start downloading.
Samsung has already updated its flagship 2011 handsets, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note to Ice Cream Sandwich. The company however seems to have forgotten the ICS update for its tablets, with only the Galaxy Tab 7.7 (P6800) receiving the update until now.
Joining the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with some Ice Cream Sandwich love is the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The Tab 7.0 Plus is a budget oriented Android tablet from Sammy, and packs in a dual core 1.2GHz OMAP processor and a GB of RAM. It is quite surprising that Samsung has updated the Tab Plus before the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and 8.9, which were the company’s flagship tablet for quite sometime.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Tab 7.0 Plus brings with a nice speed boost and stability improvements, along with improved keyboard and copy & paste system. There is also Face Unlock, inbuilt data monitoring, H/W acceleration and more. The update is already live in certain regions of the world and is available via OTA as well by using Samsung’s KIES software.
Hopefully, Samsung will be rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Tab 8.9 soon as well.
Belkin India has launched YourType Bluetooth keyboard, a sleek and stylish keyboard available for Android tablets and Apple iPads.
The keyboard is designed with comfortable well-spaced keys and facilitates a convenient typing experience. A spring mechanism underneath each key ensures a tactile response with every stroke, ensuring faster and error free typing. Belkin claims that the keyboard allows 6o hours of active usage and comes with a 2,000 hour standby battery life. The device comes with an integrated stand to place the tablet at your preferred viewing angle. It also offers function-specific keys for copying and pasting text, volume and music control. Belkin’s YourType™ Bluetooth keyboard is priced at Rs. 3699 and comes with one year limited warranty.
“It gives us immense joy to innovate products that are inspired by the needs of our consumers. Belkin strongly believes in creating technology solutions that add great value without altering the technology lifestyle of its users.”
– Mohit Anand, Managing Director, Belkin India Sub-Continent
Belkin has taken rapid strides establishing itself as a leading tech and digital lifestyle brand since 2009, and has become one of the fastest-growing tech brands in the Indian subcontinent.
Intrestingly, several companies have released Bluetooth keyboards in the recent past (I wrote about Microsoft’s Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 couple of months ago). While a lot of users have given up on desktops and laptops for tablets, typing long documents on a touchscreen isn’t very convenient as yet. A lot of my blogger friends use tablets mainly as a consumption device but use keyboards or alternate devices to research and author articles. Taking a cue, Microsoft’s upcoming tablet device – Surface – includes a physical keyboard as part of the cover panel.
As expected, Google finally unveiled its first tablet device, the Nexus 7 at the Google’s I/O event in San Francisco. As the name suggest, this tablet comes with a 7 inch display. The Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus and it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android Operating System. It is the first device that ships with Chrome as the standard browser. This budget tablet comes with an incredible specs. Check out the complete features after the break.
Nexus 7 features a 7 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 1.2 megapixel camera for video calls, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, MicroUSB and much more. This device is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 12-core GPU and 1GB RAM. Apart from these amazing specs, it comes with a 4325 mAh battery, which offers up to 300 hours of stand-by time and allows you to watch videos for up to 9 hours.
The Nexus 7 will be available in 8 GB and 16 GB variants. Some important features missing from this device are a rear-facing camera, microSD card slot and 3G/4G connectivity. However, it features NFC (Near Field Connectivity) along with the Android Beam. This device measures 198.5 mm x 120 mm x 10.45 mm and weighs just 340g.
Now, its your turn to guess the price of this incredible device. $499? You are absolutely wrong. The Nexus 7 comes with a price-tag of just $199. You heard it right! The Nexus 7 is not just powerful, but it is also budget-friendly. You can get the 8GB variant for $199 and the 16 GB variant for $249. The UK pricing is £159 and £199 respectively. The Nexus 7 is currently up for pre-order. This device will ship during mid-July. Google also offer $25 credit, which lets you purchase your favorite apps and games from the Google Play Store. Check out the pre-order links below.