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FCC certifies strange new 7-inch Google tablet with an Nvidia Tegra CPU

This is rather intriguing: we love a good mystery just about as much as the next guy does, and this one seems to take the cake. We’ve received word that a rather strange 7-inch tablet has received FCC certification in the States – and has done so under Google’s aegis. We really think you should head on down to find out more about this mysterious Google tablet!

Curiouser and curiouser

The FCC listing is for a 7-inch device that’s powered by an NVIDIA Tegra chip. It also boasts global roaming with LTE – according to our source, it supports bands 2, 4, 5, 7 and 17.

Plus – and here’s quite probably the strangest part – it apparently has a battery that’s made by LG and which is quite a bit less powerful than can be expected for a tablet in this day and age. How weak is this battery? According to the listing, it’s all of 2,480 mAh. Sort of wimpy, especially considering that the current generation Nexus 7 has a battery that’s only a hair under 4,000 mAh.

As our source reveals, it falls under FCC ID A4R-NX74751, so those of you who might be inclined to take a look for yourselves (and we feel certain there are many of you), this is your cue to take a peek at this Google tablet!

The next Nexus 7?

While reading the report we couldn’t help but think whether this could be the next-generation Nexus 7. There’s more than one indication that this could be the new Nexus 7: the applicant listed is Google and this is going to be a 7-inch tablet – what else could it be?

 

Additionally, this device needs to be seen against the backdrop of the other Nexus tablet-focused leaks we told you about previously – the Nexus 9, the “Nexus Foo”, and the “Volantis”, “Nexus 8.9” or “Flounder”. The last one in particular sounds quite mouthwatering – in a nutshell, if it’s for real, it’s going to be a powerhouse with a bright, beautiful screen – just the device for the Android fan who doesn’t want a Samsung Galaxy Tab. (No surprise if you believe the related rumor that this will be the launch device for Android L when it drops – purportedly – in Q4 2014.)

So where does that leave us? We’re not sure exactly. Let’s wait and see what else surfaces about this mysterious Google tablet – we’ll get back to you, yes?

via [Droid-Life]

source [FCC]

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Nvidia outs HTC Nexus 9

OK, so we’ve been filling you in on all of the online buzz regarding the purported Nexus 9, a supposed next-generation ‘reference tablet’ from Google by way of its partner HTC. Up to this point, though, despite the fact that many of the rumors were rather convincing, we hadn’t had any formal confirmation from anyone regarding the unit. Well, today’s the day! Head down to learn more about Nvidia little ‘slip of the tongue’.

Way to go, Nvidia

You folks may have heard that Nvidia is squabbling with Qualcomm and Samsung over its GPU technology patents. In a nutshell, NVIDIA’s alleging that an array of Samsung devices – the Note 4 and 3, S5 and S4, Note Pro, Tab S and Note Edge among them – all of which use certain of Samsung’s Exynos processors or some of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, violate seven different patents of Nvidia’s.

In the course of the case, a document was generated by Nvidia and/or its legal team that confirms the existence of the Nexus 9. The leak is all of one sentence, but it really does seem to confirm the device’s existence. But not only that, it also confirms rumors that the Nexus 9 will come with the Tegra K1 mobile processor. Here’s the sentence of interest:

Nvidia's legal document reveals Google and HTC's Nexus 9
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“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”

Even more interestingly, we also hear that the initial reference to the Nexus 9 has been edited out from the paperwork itself. But the damage has been done, and the cat’s out of the bag: a range of technology media outlets has saved the original file and posted screenshots for visitors to see and enjoy.

What else can we expect?

The Nexus 9 is expected to showcase the best Google and HTC can muster – the competition, after all, is formidable. As such, the Nexus 9’s screen will have to be a killer, and we hear that it’s going to come with a 2560 x 1600 display. In a nod to the whole metal-is-better thing, we also hear that it’ll be made of aluminum. Last (but most assuredly not the least) the Nexus 9 will most probably ship with “Android L”, the upcoming version of Google’s ultra-popular mobile OS.

Plenty of stuff to look forward to – and it’s great that we now know that the HTC Nexus 9 really is on the way! (And if you’re wondering when it might drop, remember last year, when KitKat and the Nexus 5 were revealed on Halloween? If Google runs true to form, we may only have a couple more weeks to wait before this year’s big reveal.)

source [Bright Side of News]

via [Droid Life]

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Supposed AnTuTu benchmark listing for the Google Nexus 9 surfaces

So here we are on the cusp of September – and you good folks know what the so-called “’Ber months” signify – the year-end retail season is nearly upon us. It should come as little surprise, therefore, that the tech manufacturers are revving up to introduce their new products for this most crucial of seasons. Google is just one of them – we’ve just heard that an alleged AnTuTu benchmark listing for the rumored Nexus 9 tablet, pointing to an LTE version, has just appeared. Read on to uncover this latest rumor!

Google Nexus 9 Android tablet PC at AnTuTu benchmark
image via tktechnews.com

This thing could be super speedy

If you’re not in the know, AnTuTu is one of the most popular benchmark tools – an app that users can run to test their devices’ CPUs, GPUs and other key hardware components. (It’s considered one of the better tools because it allows users to customize the tests that can be run.)

According to our source, the purported Nexus 9 excelled at the AnTuTu benchmark, its tester having posted a score of 45,923 – according to AnTuTu’s rating system, this level of performance ranks as “Amazing”.

Further, this supposed Nexus 9 is supposedly packing heat. Our source also says that the tablet is running on an Nvidia Tegra K1 Denver processor, a 64-bit chip (and thus optimized for the next generation of Android, “Android L”, which will feature 64-bit support). The screen will most probably have a display resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (“Quad HD”).

Other interesting stuff – the benchmark results also include an IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) number, which accompanies devices that connect to cellular networks. Also, the device is speculated to have LTE – not a surprise there given that its existing Nexus tablets have LTE connectivity.

When does it drop?

Rumor has it that the Google Nexus 9 will be available for purchase on October 31. If so, this could make for a quite a cool Halloween for those of you interested in picking up a new tablet for the holiday season. We can’t offer you folks any details about pricing just yet, but we’re sure that we’ll get updates in that department soon enough – it’s nearly September, after all.

source [TK Tech News]

via [NDTV Gadgets]

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Google Nexus Foo appears on GFXBench

So a couple of months back, we heard rumors about the Volantis, the rumored HTC-made Google Nexus 8.9 tablet. Well, another device from the search engine giant has appeared on the benchmarking site GFXBench, under the name Google Nexus Foo. Curious? Let’s check it out, shall we?

Google Nexus Foo listing at GFXBench
image via BGR

The Curious Case of the Google Nexus Foo

From what we can gather, the codename (or that could very well be its real name) is probably a play on “Google-fu”, a slang term for one’s Google skills.

The eagle-eyed folks down at PhoneArena broke this bit of curious Google related news first, but just how curious is this case? First off, the device is said to have a 10.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display – but no touchscreen! And this has led many a tech reporter to assume that the Nexus Foo may be a laptop. It will reportedly have a 1.9 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor with a matching Tegra GPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. It doesn’t have a rear camera, but it does have WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity listed as features. No GPS, gyroscope, NFC, or proximity sensors and radios either. So yeah, those are all indicative of a laptop instead of your typical Android slate.

The other curious thing about the Google Nexus Foo is its operating system. GFXBench lists Android KKWT, otherwise known as Android Wear, as the device’s OS. Yep, Android Wear on a 10.3-inch device, ladies and gentlemen.

So what is it and when can we expect it?

Some have speculated that the Google Nexus Foo may be another form of Android Wear. Imagine where you’d need a 10.3-inch screen. If you said, “My dashboard,” then you may be onto something there. Or perhaps this is a developer’s device. This could very well be a giant Android wall clock and we won’t know for sure until we get a hold of more details about it.

In the meantime, what do you think? Could this be a giant Android wall clock? Tell us in the comments below. If you want to know more about it, or see its page on the aforementioned benchmarking site, then simply click on the links below.

via [BGR]

source [GFXBench]

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New Google Now launcher available for Android 4.1+ devices

The good folks at Google have just made a new Google Now launcher available for all phablets, tablets, smartphones and what have you that run Android versions 4.1 and up. Not sure if this is something you should be taking advantage of (or not clear what an application launcher is)? This article’s right up your alley then.

Google Now Launcher at Google Play
Say it with me, “OK Google.”

The 4-1-1

The Google Now Launcher replaces the home screen and application drawer of devices it’s installed on, with the same home screen and drawer that Google debuted on the Nexus 5 in 2013. You get unique wallpapers as well as voice controls that can easily and quickly be activated when you say “OK, Google” when you’ve got your home screen activated.

Like many tech experts have mentioned, the new Google Now Launcher isn’t really an application launcher per se. It’s only a replacement for your home screen and application drawer. Any modifications that your phone’s manufacturer or that your carrier have made – to the notification center, the settings menus or the quick settings panel, for instance – aren’t going to change. The Launcher merely ties in to code that’s already been shipping with the Google Search app.

Why does it exist?

So why is Google releasing this new app? Well, given the vast array of Android devices available and how different one can be from another – even within the range of devices sold by one brand, such as Samsung – Google wants to try and ensure a consistent experience across devices, at least as far as launchers are concerned. By having folks with compatible devices install this new Launcher, Google wants to try and make sure their devices feel closer to the stock Android that ships on the Nexus devices.

Of course not everything will feel stock, given that – at this point at least – Google can’t make everything look and feel the same; it’s just a launcher after all. But this is an interesting start.

So, are you going to download and install the new Launcher? Search for it on the Play Store and install as you like, and then see if the stock Google experience – as far as launchers and application trays go, at least – is for you.

source [Ars Technica]

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iFixit tears down Android Wear

The folks at iFixit, if you remember them, are quite known for tearing down devices to know just how repairable said devices are (see them in action here, here, and here). This time around, they got their hands on two Android Wear devices, the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch.

Android Wear – The iFixit teardown review

The first two devices to feature Google’s new OS on wearable devices have just shipped to, well, early adopters, but just what is Android Wear? It’s basically an Android operating system built to work on smaller devices like smartwatches.

Anyway, so how did the two devices shape up in the iFixit repairability scale? Pretty high. The Gear Live got an 8, while the LG G (try saying that 5 times, really fast) got a more than respectable 9 out of the possible 10. Interestingly, the watches sport nearly the same specs, save for a few differences.

The Gear Live sports a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a 320 x 320 pixel resolution, which translates to 278 ppi. It features Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a heart rate monitor, a digital compass, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope. Its 300 mAh battery can reportedly last an entire day of use on a single full charge. The LG G watch, on the other hand, packs an ever-so-slightly bigger 1.65-inch IPS LCD display, a 400 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and the sensor trio (accelerometer, gyro, and compass).

Both Android Wear watches have a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026 quad-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage. Both have an IP67 rating, which means that they can survive immersed into a meter of water for 30 minutes. Still though, it’s not recommended.

How much are these again?

If you’re interested in getting one of these Android Wear devices, then be sure to set aside a fair bit of cash. The LG G Watch retails for US $229, while the Samsung Gear Live will set you back US $199.99.

Remember: Kids, do not try this at home. Not only are the iFixit people professionals (which means they can put things back together again), but they are also in possession a budget for tearing down perfectly working US $200+ watches. So if you ever feel the need to see what the makes the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch tick, then head on over to the link below.

source [iFixit (Samsung Gear Live) and (LG G Watch)]

via [Liliputing]

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Google and LG to sell a Project Tango tablet in 2015

Hold on to your beanies, tech boys and girls. At the recently concluded Google I/O, Google announced that it and LG are partnering to bring a tablet running the pioneering Project Tango 3D mapping and modeling device to the market as soon as next year!

Google Project Tango

Cool, but what’s Project Tango?

OK, for those of you not in the know, Project Tango is an initiative of Google’s Advanced Tech and Projects (ATAP), which was formerly part of Motorola and was retained after Google sold Motorola to Lenovo. ATAP is tasked to craft and roll out next-gen, cutting-edge tech and devices. For its part, Project Tango focuses on combining purpose-built hardware and custom-created software (built using Android as a foundation) to generate real-time 3D maps of the world.  Advanced stuff, but only available at the eye-opening price of US $1,000 and change.

Why LG? Those of you who’ve been following the tech and gadget press know that LG is a trusted partner of Google – it’s been tapped to craft two Nexus devices, among others. Working with a partner such as LG will help Google leverage its hardware creation expertise and, we think, will also help ensure that the price of the tablet will be somewhat more palatable than the current one.

As for what you can do with such a device, well… Imagine being able to scan a room precisely and exactly just by standing in the center and activating your tablet, and then, say, switching décor and furniture to see exactly how it might look without even needing to lift your head – or doing the same with a garden or a commercial space. Imagine playing games that seamlessly incorporate both people and things around you – even those that are in motion. And so on, and so forth.

When and how much?

Well, we’re as excited as you all are to find out when this super-tablet will drop and how much it’ll go for, but no details are available just yet. We feel certain that Google and LG are working hard to bring it to market as soon as possible, though, and at a price that’s far more palatable to the public.

via [ Tablet-News ]

source [ Android and Me ]

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Google rolls out Android 4.4.4 KitKat security-focused update for Nexus tablets, smartphones

If you’re the proud owner of an Android device, listen up. Google’s begun to make available a new over the air (OTA) update for your devices, starting with the Nexus tablets and phones – just a couple of weeks after the last one, 4.4.3, was released to great fanfare. Beginning yesterday, Android 4.4.4 KitKat (KTU84P) updates have been released, in the form of factory images, for a slew of Android devices including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

And no, this isn’t the Android 5.0 update we’ve all been hankering for and wondering about – far from it. This is a new and unheralded update to Kitkat, one that has to do with security.

Android KitKat
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The dirty deets on Android 4.4.4 KitKat

Various sources around the web say that 4.4.4 repairs recently uncovered vulnerabilities in OpenSSL, which is of course one of the most popular libraries that supports the secure communications protocols known as SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and TLS (Transport Layer Security).

More specifically, 4.4.4 was crafted especially to deal with the bug known as CVE-2014-0224. This is a bug that allows for what’s known as a “man in the middle attack” – yes, that kind of attack in which attackers set up independent linkages with two parties (or a server and a client) trying to communicate with one another and relays messages between them, with them believing they are communicating directly, whereas that is not at all the case.

So, yes, Android 4.4.4 KitKat is important – we’d say, vital, even. (Funny how some sites are saying that this is a minor update when it was created to deal with a dangerous bug.)

What to do now?

We should have more information on Android 4.4.4 soon – we hear that more information will be released very soon. Stay stuck!

Or, of course, if your device/s is/are already supported you can flash the factory image if you’d like to enjoy 4.4.4 now; conversely, just wait for the OTA update to be released. Either way, keep an ear to the ground and make sure you upgrade to 4.4.4 when you can; this sort of vulnerability can really prove problematic if you don’t do your due diligence to ensure that your beloved device/s is/are safe.

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Is Google going for a Nexus 8.9?

According to a report from CNET, Google is gearing up on its plans to make a Goldilocks-sized Nexus 8.9. Let’s check it out, shall we?

Google new Nexus 7 Tablet PC (2013)
Will the Nexus 7 have a slightly bigger brother this year?

Nexus 8.9 in the works?

In an email to CNET, Rhoda Alexander, Director, Tablet and Monitor Research at IHS Technology, said that Google is planning an 8.9-inch tablet PC slated for release later this year. The interview covered a few important things about this rumored slate, so let’s break it down.

Production is going to start in July or August. This means that we will probably see this tablet PC – if the statements hold water, that is – in time for the holidays. Alexander indicated that HTC may be the manufacturer behind this upcoming Nexus tablet.

The Google Nexus 8.9 is going to be a premium, “high performance” device. According to Alexander, this baby is expected to have high end specs. She also indicated that production will be limited, and as a “lower volume product” the Nexus 8.9 will have a higher “price tag to support the specifications.” She did not have any information about the pricing, but she did say that the slate may become available upwards of US $299.

The new Google Nexus 7 is in the works too. Alexander said that they “still expect to see a 3rd generation of the Nexus 7 product at some point in 2014 but do not have any confirmation of actual contracts for such a product at present.”

Other Notes

Unfortunately, juicy details like specs and features were not discussed. Judging from the current market though, the Google Nexus 8.9 would have a number of strong competitors – and it’s not even out of the gates yet. There’s the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 on one end, and of course, the Apple iPad mini with Retina Display on the other. Samsung also has the upcoming Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

All three have premium specs, including the most blindingly crisp displays anywhere, and premium price tags as well. Will Google go down this route? Right now, it looks like it. This 8.9-incher may be what most people have been praying for, so we’re not complaining. We’re interested to know more about this baby, but we will have to wait for further confirmation. Until then, we will have to file this bit in the rumor bin.

source [ CNET ]

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19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

The year’s almost up and we’re taking a look at 19 of the best tablets 2013 had to offer. It depends on who you ask, but many will tell you that 2013 is the year of the tablet. The best models of last year were upgraded to have sharper screens and zippier processors – a trend that is bound to continue in years to come. Of course, this hardware arms race benefits consumers, though we have to admit, the sheer numbers can be overwhelming at times. So we’ve sifted through the sea of slates to bring you the 25 most memorable tablets of 2013.

They’re incredible in their own little ways, be it hardware superiority, bargain basement price, or simply, bang for the buck. (They are in no particular order, because let’s face it, we’re not here to argue about which is better, etcetera, etcetera.) Continue reading 19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

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