Acer Unveils The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Powered Iconia Tab A110

The Android powered tablets were not much popular due to the high cost and poor user experience. However, Amazon completely changed the scenario with the launch of its powerful yet budget friendly Kindle Fire tablet, which retailed for just $200 in the US. This year, Google and Acer launched the first Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7 which took the sales of Android tablets to another level. If these were not enough, Amazon recently announced the successor of the original Kindle Fire to compete with the Google’s popular tablet.

In this highly competitive market, Acer is the newest player to join the bandwagon. The company recently announced a new 7 inch tablet, the Acer Iconia Tab A110. This device was earlier showcased at Computex in June. It runs on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. The specs of this device is almost similar to the Google Nexus 7.

Acer Iconia Tab A110 features a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 1.2 GHz NVIDIA quad-core processor, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, micro HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3420 mAh battery. This device measures 196 x 126.5 x 11.4 mm and weighs 370 grams.

Nexus 7 does not features a MicroSD card slot, while the new Kindle Fire still runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. On the other hand, Acer Iconia Tab A110 is one step ahead of these devices, thanks to the MicroSD card slot and the latest version of the Android OS. Acer has not announced the price of this device, but it is expected to be around $200.

Micromax Funbook Alpha Launched In India For Rs.5,999

Back in April, Micromax launched the company’s first tablet device, the Micromax Funbook. This 7 inch tablet was powered by the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and it runs on the 1.2 Ghz Cortex A8 processor. After the huge success of this device, Micromax launched another Android 4.0 powered tablet in August. The Micromax Funbook Pro packed a large 10.1 inch display and a 1.2 GHz processor.

Now, Micromax went ahead and launched the third tablet in the Funbook family, the Micromax Funbook Alpha. This device is touted to be the stripped down version of the original Funbook. It runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update seems unlikely for this device. Check out the complete specs below.

The Micromax Funbook Alpha features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor with dual Mali-400 GPU, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 0.3MP VGA front-facing camera for video calling, HD video playback, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 3G Dongle support via USB, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, USB 2.0, HDMI out, up to 5 hours of browsing time, up to 9 hours of stand-by time and a 2800 mAh battery.

It comes with the usual E-learning app which offers reading materials, videos, multimedia, tests, assessment, references from leading content brands. Micromax Funbook Alpha comes with a price-tag of Rs.6,499. However, you can easily get this device from nCarry for just Rs.5,999.

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 (Note 10.1) Launched In India For Rs.39,990

Do you still remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? Yes, we are talking about the same Android powered tablet, which was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This tablet was not released in any of the markets, since the manufacturer wanted to make some changes before launching it globally. Earlier this month, Samsung re-announced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with updated features and specs.

This tablet is already available for purchase in the US. Samsung recently went ahead and launched this device as the Galaxy Tab 800 in India. The company is already known for changing the name of its tablets before selling it in India. Previously, Samsung released the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 in India as the Galaxy Tab 730 and 750 respectively.

Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile and IT, said:
“India is one of the first 10 markets in the world where the Galaxy Note 800 is being launched. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 800, Samsung provides a unique user experience that goes beyond passive content consumption to a new world of productivity, active creation and personalized communications. While the S pen offers both active content creation and passive content creation, the Multi screen capability finally enables true multitasking. I expect this device to in many ways to fuel the growth of the tablet market in India and help us further strengthen our market leadership in the tablet market here in India.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 features a 10.1 inch TFT display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Samsung TouchWiz Nature UX, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen stylus, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, S Note, S Planner, Adobe Photoshop Touch, Samsung Kies, Samsung Hub, Samsung ChatOn, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, IR LED and a 7,000 mAh Li-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 comes preloaded with the Adobe Photoshop Touch, which allows you to control the brush size and opacity by just adjusting the pressure of the pen on the screen. This device also offers the Pop up Play feature which was first seen on the Galaxy S III smartphone along with the added functionality of resizing the video window. Samsung Galaxy Note 800 comes with a price-tag of Rs.39,990 (approx. $720).

Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi Gets The Android 4.0.4 ICS Update

Last year, Motorola launched the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi tablet in the US. It is nothing but the Verizon’s variant of the Motorola Xoom 2 tablet. This device was shipped with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Back in March, Verizon announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for 14 Android powered devices, including the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi.

After waiting for nearly 5 months, Verizon finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Droid Xyboard 10.1 Wi-Fi. The latest update is numbered 11.11.27.MZ61 and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including the new data usage monitor, face unlock, direct access lock screen, redesigned gallery app with photo editor, new system font for improved readability, resizable widgets and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

  • Direct Access Lock Screen: The direct access lock screen takes you directly to Camera, Browser, Gallery or Unlock
  • Create Folders: Easily create folders by dropping one app on top of another. You can also add a name to specify the folder contents.
  • All Apps Screen: Add Widgets and Apps to your homescreen panels via the All Apps Screen and the Widget Screen.
  • Notification Bar: Enhanced notifications window includes access to settings menu, and the new swipe feature to dismiss individual notifications.
  • Data Usage Monitor: Monitor your data usage all in one place. Set warning levels, check individual app usage or turn off data completely.
  • Includes the latest Motorola USB driver to allow Xyboard to connect to a computer to transfer files.
  • Securely refresh your Corporate Email account with the native email client.
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  • Improved network connectivity.

The size of the update is 336.4 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Zync Launches The Z-909 Plus Android Tablet In India For Just Rs.3,699

Earlier this month, Zync launched the entry-level Zync Z-999 tablet in India for just Rs.11,990. Now, the company went a step ahead and announced its entry into the sub 4K segment with the launch its newest tablet, the Zync Z-909 plus. Unlike the Zync Z-999, this handset does not runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. The Zync Z-909 plus is powered by the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, thanks to its low-end specs. This tablet comes pre-loaded with Angry Birds, Ibibo and BigFlix apps.

Ashish Garg, Director, Zync Global Private Limited, said:
“Owing to the fierce competition in the tablet market with many players entering this category, we felt the need to introduce a product which does not burn a hole in the consumers pocket, yet possesses the latest technologies at an affordable cost. After having launched our earlier products in the range of 8000-1200K, we felt the sub 4K segment was fairly untouched and hence we saw the opportunity to introduce a product in the price bracket of 4K.”

Zync Z-909 plus features a 7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera with video recording capabilities, Word/Excel/PDF support via third party apps, 256 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSd card slot, 16 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity via USB Dongle and a 3000 mAh battery.

Zync Z-909 plus comes with a price-tag of just Rs.3,699 (approx. $65). Zync also offers a one year warranty along with a pick up and drop facility. This tablet will be available across 22 states through its distributor network Balaji Solutions. You can also get this device from popular online retailers such as Snapdeal, HomeShop18, Futurebazaar and Naaptol.

Intex Launches The Android 4.0 Powered i-Buddy Tablet For Rs.6,490

Intex recently launched its second tablet device, the Intex i-Buddy. The company’s first tablet was Intex i-Tab, which had a 8 inch touchscreen display, while the new Intex i-Buddy comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display. Thankfully, this device runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Intex i-Buddy is specially targeted at the youth and urban professionals. This device is touted to be the slimmest 7 inch tablet in India.

Sanjay Kumar, General Manager – Mobile Business, Intex Technologies, said:
“Being India’s most literate and evolved region, the southern states hold a very important position in our growth strategy especially for the mobility business. It is definitely a potential market for Intex as well. We aim to grow multifold in the southern states. The brisk economic growth in these states, contemporary lifestyles and buying behavior amongst the youth makes it an appropriate destination for offering Intex’ latest Android tablet.”

Intex i-Buddy features a 7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, front-facing camera for video video, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity via USB Dongle, Adobe Flash 11.1 and a 2350 mAh battery. This device measures 9mm thick and weighs just 316 grams. Sadly, the battery is reported to last for just 3 hrs.

Intex i-Buddy comes with a price tag of just Rs.6,490. This tablet will compete with other entry-level Android tablets such as IRA Thing 2, Karbonn Smart Tab 1 and Micromax Funbook in the Indian market. Intex i-Buddy is currently available for purchase only in South India through its network of 7 branch offices, 20 superstockists, 50 distributors and 2,500 retailers. The company is planning launch this device in other parts of India in the coming months.

WishTel Launches IRA Thing 2 Android 4.0 Tablet In India For Rs.6,500

WishTel is an Indian brand known for manufacturing low-cost Android tablets. Previously, the company has launched entry level tablets such as IRA and IRA Thing. WishTel recently launched the Android powered IRA Thing 2. It is the world’s first tablet to support 23 native Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, etc. This device runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

WishTel IRA Thing 2 is designed and manufactured in India. This device comes with the TV app which allows you to watch more than 120 TV channels across various genres of entertainment, sports, kids, news, music, regional and much more. On the other hand, The E-News app allows you to access latest news from over 55 multi-liguistic newspapers from across India. Sadly, the battery is reported to last only 4 hrs.

Mr. Milind Shah, Chief Executive Officer, WishTel, said:
“We have been persistent in delivering the best of technology with our earlier two products – IRA & IRA Thing and are overwhelmed with the responses received from our customers. With the launch of IRA Thing 2, we wish to offer the youth of today, a device that is fun, trendy and offers access to the best of entertainment and education applications at an affordable price.”

WishTel IRA Thing 2 features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.5 GHz processor, Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video playback, full HD (1080p) video playback, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, HDMI, Google Play Store and a 3000 mAh battery.

WishTel IRA Thing 2 is available in black, red, yellow, pink, blue and white colors. The retail package is bundled with HDMI cable, wireless headphone and WLAN to USB port cable. WishTel IRA Thing 2 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.6,500 (approx. $115). This device will complete with other entry-level Android tablets such as Karbonn Smart Tab 1 and Micromax Funbook in the Indian market.

Karbonn Launches The Smart Tab 1 Tablet For Rs.6,990

Karbonn is already known for launching low cost handsets in the Indian market. Now, the company went ahead and launched an entry-level Android tablet, the Karbonn Smart Tab 1. This device runs on the latest Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Karbonn Smart Tab 1 will compete with the recently launched Micromax Funbook. Flipkart, the popular online retailer in India is already selling this tablet in India. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs after the break.

Shashin Devsare, Executive Director, Karbonn Mobiles, said:
“After creating an unprecedented buzz in the national and international market by bringing in technologically advanced and feature rich product range for the masses, we at Karbonn Mobiles intend to engage the audience with our latest offering of the ‘Karbonn Smart’ ecosystem. Through this ecosystem, we wish to bring to our informed and enlightened consumers, technologically advanced networked devices encapsulating an avant-garde tablet and smartphone range which bring to the consumers products which are amongst the best in the world in terms of battery backup, internet surfing, audio-video playback and engaged user interface.”

The Karbonn Smart Tab 1 features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz X-Burst processor, Android OS 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 2 megapixel camera, full HD (1080p) video playback, 1 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HDMI, 3G support through USB dongle, 3D gravity sensor and a 3700 mAh battery.

The Karbonn Smart Tab 1 comes with a price-tag of Rs.6,990. This device comes pre-loaded with useful apps such as Karbonn Smart Browser, Karbonn Smart games, Times of India, Economic Times, Facebook and much more. Karbonn is also planning to launch Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) powered tablet in September. To get this device, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Announced; Coming Next Month For $199

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.

Pre-order Google Nexus 7 tablet (8 GB)

Pre-order Google Nexus 7 tablet (16 GB)

Google Nexus 7 Leaked Specs And Pic Emerge

The Google Nexus 7 tablet is not a mystery anymore! We already know that Google is planning to launch the Asus manufactured 7 inch Nexus tablet at the upcoming Google’s I/O event in San Francisco. The guys at Gizmodo Australia have recently got their hands on the training material of the Nexus tablet. According to the leaked document, the tablet will be called as the “Nexus 7″ and it will be the first device to run Jelly Bean, the new version of Android OS. Check out the leaked design and specs after the break.

Google Nexus 7 Specifications:

  • 7 inch IPS display
  • 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • NVIDIA GPU
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB / 16GB Internal Storage
  • 1.2MP front facing camera
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • 9 hours battery life

The Nexus tablet will also feature NFC along with the Android Beam and Google Wallet service. The leaked document suggest that the device will go on sale in Australia starting next month. The Nexus tablet will be available in 8 GB and 16 GB variants. Sadly, there won’t be a MircoSD card slot in this device. The battery is reported to last for up to 9 hrs.

The Google Nexus 7 will come with a price tag of $199.99 for the 8 GB variant and $249.99 for the 16 GB variant. This tablet will compete with the highly-popular Kindle Fire in the US market. Are you excited for the Google’s upcoming tablet? Let us know your views in the comments section below.