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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
image via droid-life.com

“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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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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Viva “Volantis”! Here’s the Rumored HTC 8.9” Nexus Tablet

All the uncertainty about the Nexus lineup notwithstanding, HTC seems to be continuing to work on the next-generation midsize Nexus tablet for Google. Android Police has just posted information regarding the HTC’s rumored 8.9-inch Nexus tablet, the “Volantis” (its other name appears to be “Flounder” – perhaps not the best name for the latest member of a lineup whose future might be on the rocks, but we digress.)

HTC Volantis Nexus Android Tablet PC
image via androidpolice.com

Some hot “Volantis” (rumored) stats right here

The specs are really quite appealing – Android Police claims that the Volantis’ 8.9 inch screen will possess a 2048 x 1440 pixel resolution and will be powered by the NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor, making it something of a powerhouse. What’s more, the tablet’s body is also said to be noteworthy; it’s supposedly made of aluminum and will boast zero-gap construction.

The Volantis will supposedly be just 0.79 cm thick and will weigh 418 grams. That’s for the Wi-Fi version; the LTE version is said to weigh only a tiny bit more, 427 grams. Stereo front-facing speakers make the Volantis a gaming and multimedia lover’s delight. The cameras don’t seem particularly powerful, however, at just 8 MP (main) and 3 MP (front-facing), if you’re the kind of person for whom megapixel count matters. Neither does the 2 GB RAM nor the 16 GB/32 GB of internal storage impress, although, again, this isn’t too far off from what you get with similar tablets.

Shut up and take my money!

If you’re sold, you may want to set aside US $399 for the 16 GB or US $499 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi versions of the Volantis. Further, LTE connectivity will supposedly cost quite a bit more (possibly as much as $600 and up). Of course, as Android Police notes, the pricing may very well change between now and the launch date.

Android Police adds that the Volantis’ will be no mere product launch when it happens; it’s rumored to be the launch device for the next version of Android (“Android L”) when it’s purported to drop in Q4 2014. (It seems a bit unrealistic to expect the Volantis to be introduced at Google I/O, which is only a few days away.) Further, Android Silver, as many experts have already said, may well be the death knell of the Nexus program, but given that the Silver products may not be introduced until 2015, a couple more Nexus devices to keep the lineup fresh may be in the offing.

Then again, who knows? Everything here could be correct, only some of it, or none of it at all. Only time will tell – and come visit us again for more on the HTC Volantis!

source [ Android Police ]

via [ Tablet-News ]

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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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Google fixes Nexus 7 2013 issues with update

When the Google Nexus 7 2013 edition was first introduced back in July, we were all impressed. It was better than the original in every possible way, hardware-, software-, and features-wise. However, a few problems began to crop up, as there were reports of GPS and multitouch problems.

Google new Nexus 7 Tablet PC (2013)

Nexus 7 2013 update: Fixes for GPS and touchscreen issues

A number of users reported glitchy or faulty touchscreens, which left a lot frustrated since multitouch commands didn’t quite register correctly. The problem seemed to only happen when the Nexus 7 2013 was operating solely under battery power. The other problem, involving the GPS, caused disconnection problems. Thankfully, Google was quite to respond to these issues. They’ve released an OTA (over-the-air) update, specifically version JSS15Q of Android 4.3 to solve both issues.

Paul Wilcox, from the Google Mobile Help Forum, said this of the update, “This update does address issues discussed in this thread [about the keyboard and touchscreen issues]. If you’re one of the people experiencing touchscreen issues, please let us know how it’s going after you’ve received and installed the update.”

Problems solved

The Google Nexus 7 2013 model, despite its previous shortcomings, is still considered by many as one of the best tablet PCs this year. It has upgraded specs, with its 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16/32 GB of internal storage. It also has a better, higher resolution IPS LCD screen which can provide a super sharp 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution at 323 ppi. It even comes out of the box with Google’s latest Android version, 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Users on the Google forum have announced that the fix does remedy the problems. Would you still want to buy a new Nexus 7 after these minor, albeit frustrating, speed bumps? Why not? It’s still one of the more competitively priced tablets out there. Anyway, have you had problems with your Nexus other than the ones recently hotfixed? Sound off in the comments below.

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to purchase Google’s recently released tablet, then we suggest you read on about it below.

Tablet PC Comparison: iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7

Nexus 7 2013 version: UK release and pricing

Comparison: Galaxy Note 8.0 vs. Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7: Out with the Old, In with the New

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Nexus 7 2013 version: UK release and pricing

Google’s latest offering, the Nexus 7 2013 version, was released last July in North America, but hasn’t made an appearance on the other side of the Atlantic. Well, according to Pocket-Lint, the wait is almost over as Asus has confirmed the release date and pricing. Mark your calendars, it’ll land in the UK on August 28 and it’ll start with a £199 price tag.

Google new Nexus 7 Tablet PC (2013)

UK release – Nexus 7 2013

According to reports, the new 7 will have a midnight launch and the basic 16 GB version will be available for £199, while the 32 GB version will go for £239. The 4G LTE version will be available once network operators pick up the 2013 version, and that will set you back £299. For reference, the US version is priced at US $229 for the most basic model, while the other two models are $269 and $349, respectively.

What do you get out of the new version of the Nexus 7? It’s basically a level up from the original, being better in every way possible. It packs a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU with an Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. It has 2 cameras (1.2 MP front and 5 MP rear), and its 7 inch screen can output a whopping 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution at 323 ppi density. It comes out of the box loaded with Google’s latest operating system, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Should you get this tablet PC?

If you’re in the market for an Android tablet, the Nexus 7 2013 is probably your best choice. It features the best hardware for its price point and it won’t hurt the bank either. Considering the value it offers, it’s really worth taking a closer look at. Anyway, those in the UK can get it from Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, Asda, Sainbury’s, Tesco, and Currys as soon as the clock strikes 12 on August 28.

Is the Nexus 7 2013 the best “budget” tablet PC at the moment? See for yourself and check out the links below to read more about it.

Tablet PC Comparison: iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7
Google Nexus 7: Out with the Old, In with the New
Comparison: Galaxy Note 8.0 vs. Google Nexus 7
New Nexus 7: Finally Official!

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Tablet PC Comparison: iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7

We know you were thinking it as soon as Google released its second gen entry (and we have to admit, we were thinking it too): Who would win the iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7 comparison? These two have been bitter rivals from the get-go, and of course, the question on everyone’s mind is which one comes out on top?

Apple iPad Mini Tablet PC   Google new Nexus 7 Tablet PC (2013)

Faceoff: iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7

The Apple iPad Mini is just a couple of months from turning one year old, but it’s still one of the better selling tablets out there. We may be seeing a refresh soon, but so far, we haven’t heard anything official – as is usual for Apple. The Google Nexus 7, on the hand, is still manufactured by Asus and offers so much in terms of upgrades on every possible front.

iPad Mini

Nexus 7 2013

Screen Size 7.9 inches, LED-backlit IPS 7.02 inches, IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels (163 ppi) 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi)
Processor 1 GHz Apple A5 2nd Generation Cortex-A9 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
Cores 2 4
RAM 512 MB DDR2 2 GB
Hard Drive 16, 32, 64 GB 16 GB or 32 GB
Graphics PowerVR SGX543MP2 Adreno 320
Camera/s 1.2 MP front-facing
5 MP rear camera
1.2 MP front-facing
5 MP rear camera
Weight 312 g (0.69 lbs) 290 g (0.64 lbs)
Dimensions 200×134.7×7.2 mm 114x200x8.65
OS iOS 6.0 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Pricing 16 GB WiFi-only $329
32 GB WiFi-only $429
64 GB WiFi-only $549
16 GB WiFi-only $229
32 GB WiFi-only $269
32 GB LTE model $349
Release 2012, November 2013, July

Who wins this tablet comparison?

We’ll say this: That second generation iPad Mini should get here quick. As it stands, the current gen iPad Mini vs. Nexus 7 seems hardly fair. The Mini’s Achilles’ heel – that is, its lack of Retina display – sticks out like a sore thumb beside the 7’s brand spanking new HD display, and it seems to exist on a whole other price level. We’re expecting more of a fight from the iPad Mini 2, whenever that happens to hit the shelves. The 7, on the other hand, hit the ground running, with its improved display, better CPU, and larger RAM.

At least for now though, the new Nexus 7 wins this round. Once the new Mini hits, we’ll be here to watch the bout and tally the scorecards, so stay tuned.

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iPad Competitors: Transformer Infinity vs. Nexus 10 vs. Xperia Z

Among today’s iPad competitors, three tablet PCs rise from the others: Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z, Samsung and Google’s Nexus 10, and Asus’ Transformer Pad Infinity. These three are pretty much the cream of the crop of Android contenders, and if you’re looking for a premium tablet that isn’t an Apple product, then you’d do good to check out the chart below.

Google Nexus 10 Tablet PC

iPad Competitors: Top Three

These three are not even from the same time zone, so to speak. The Nexus 10 has been around since last year, and though we’ve seen a refresh for its smaller brother, the Nexus 7, we’ve yet to hear news about the 10’s second gen. Though that may be the case, it still manages to muscle its way into this chart through brute force. The Xperia Tablet Z, on the other hand, was first seen last May, where it debuted as a thin, light, and waterproof slate. The Transformer Pad Infinity is up for a refresh, and according to reports, we’d likely see it in the third quarter of this year.

Xperia Tablet Z

Nexus 10

Transformer Pad Infinity

Screen Size 10.1 inches, LED-LCD 10.1 inches, Super PLS TFT 10.1 Super IPS+ LCL
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels (224 ppi) 2560 x 1600 (299 ppi) 2560 x 1600 (299 ppi)
Processor 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait APQ8064 Cortex-A9 1.7 GHz Exynos 5250 Cortex-A15 1.9 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 Cortex-A15
Cores 4 2 4
RAM 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Hard Drive 16 GB or 32 GB 16 GB or 32 GB 32 GB
Graphics Adreno 320 Mali-T604 ULP GeForce
Camera/s 2.2 MP front-facing camera
8.1 MP rear camera (auto focus)
1.9 MP front-facing camera
5 MP rear camera (auto focus)
1.2 MP front-facing camera
5 MP rear camera (auto focus)
Weight 495 g (1.09 lbs) 603 g (0.64 lbs)  
Dimensions 266 x 172 x 6.9 mm 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 mm  
OS Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (customized) Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (upgradable to 4.3) Android
Battery 9 hours 9 hours  
Pricing 16 GB version $499
32 GB version $599
16 GB version $399
32 GB version $499
 
Release 2013, May 2012, November 2013, Q3

Who wins this tablet PC comparison?

The Sony Xperia Tab Z suffers from a steep price tag, though it does make up for it in terms of features. If you have the extra cash and you need a tablet that can take more abuse than others, then we suggest you get this one.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Android Tablet

Judging from the information we have, it may be worth your while to wait for the new Transformer Pad Infinity. From the specs sheet alone, we could tell that this is going to be a beast of a tablet. According to reports, this might be available for $400 to $500, but that’s still up in the air. Should this debut in that price range, it would definitely be a steal.

The Google Nexus 10, on the other hand, still is one of the best iPad competitors. Its razor sharp display, powerful specs, and relative affordability give it an edge over the others. We’re pretty sure we’ll be seeing a product refresh with the year, and we can’t wait to see just how much power the new Nexus 10 will have.

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Comparison: Galaxy Note 8.0 vs. Google Nexus 7

Samsung likes having a tablet PC for almost everybody, and the Galaxy Note 8.0 is one of their specialty slates. The Note line has become the South Korean company’s higher-end line, and for good reason. How does this tablet measure up against Google’s new Nexus 7? Check it out below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet PC  Google new Nexus 7 Tablet PC (2013)

Tablet Comparison: Galaxy Note 8.0 vs. New Nexus 7

On paper, each tablet has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Galaxy Note 8.0

Nexus 7

Screen Size 8 inches TFT 7.02 inches IPS LCD
Screen Resolution 1280×800 (189 ppi) 1920×1200 (323 ppi)
Processor 1.6 GHz Exynos 4400 Cortex A-9 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
Cores 4 4
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Hard Drive 16 GB or 32 GB 16 GB or 32 GB
Graphics Mali-400 MP 400 MHz Adreno 320
Camera/s 1.3 MP front-facing camera
5 MP rear camera (auto focus)
1.2 MP front-facing camera (fixed focus)
5 MP rear camera (auto focus)
Weight 340 g (0.75 lbs) 290 g (0.64 lbs)
Dimensions 210.8×135.0x7.95 mm 114x200x8.65 mm
Optional 3G and 4G LTE 4G LTE
Pricing 16 GB WiFi-only $399 (current price is at $379) 16 GB WiFi-only $229
32 GB WiFi-only $269
32 GB LTE model $349
Release 2013, April 2013, July

Which is better?

Looking at the specs, the Nexus 7 wins with its higher pixel density, 1080p HD resolution, while the slightly older Note still crosses the finish line first with its CPU clock speed. The former is lighter and slimmer around the waist, but the latter features a microSD card slot that can support 64 GB of extra storage. We all know that that can be a deal breaker in today’s tablet race, but so is pricing. The Nexus 7’s most basic model retails for US $229, which is cheap compared to the US $379 you have to part with to get a Note 8.0.

Software-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features a skinned version of Android 4.1.2, with pre-loaded apps designed to maximize the use of the S Pen. The new Google Nexus 7, on the other hand, ships with a stock version of Android 4.3. We’re not sure when Samsung will get around to updating the Note 8.0, but we’re sure they’re cooking something up. You’ll just have to wait for the update though.

Still can’t decide? Well, the choice depends on what your budget is and what you need. If you want a reasonably priced stock Android device you can play around with, with HD visuals so sharp you can probably cut butter with it, then the Nexus 7 is the way to go. If you’re always taking notes or doodling, and you want something that can keep up with you and you have the extra cash to burn, then go for the Galaxy Note 8.0.

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Rumor: 2nd Gen Nexus 7 tablet PC due in July

Hold on to your hats Android fans: According to some whispers on the Internet, we may be seeing the second generation of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet PC in July. Yes, Google’s popular 7-inch tablet will be getting an upgrade… according to rumors. Before anything else, we’re going to take a moment to remind you that Google hasn’t confirmed or denied anything on the subject and therefore we should all take this news with a grain of salt. Okay? Let’s check it out shall we?

Google Nexus 7 tablet PC

Speculation and Rumors

First off, tablet maker Asus may still be manufacturing the said Nexus 7 with Google. This may be obvious to some (this writer included), but Google does tend to pick different manufacturers for its Nexus lines. Also, the word on the street is that the new tablet PC will be packing a Qualcomm processor instead of an Nvidia Tegra chip like its predecessor. Changes to the design (slimmer bezel) and display (higher resolution) have also been reported.

Apparently, the second generation Google Nexus 7 will also be cheaper. According to the rumors, Google plans to set the price tag for as low as US $150. As usual, the search engine giant plans to compensate the profit loss with ad sales. It’s indicated that the target is to sell eight million devices before the year ends, and if the specs are indeed better and the price much lower, we’re sure Google can hit that mark – or at least, hit something close to that.

Will you buy this tablet PC?

We can probably answer that with another question: “Why not?” The original Nexus 7 tablet PC has been widely praised by the tech community and has been one of the better received Android tablets on the market. If Google plays its cards right, it may have another winner on its hands. We’ll have to wait for official announcements to know more about the device’s specs, pricing, and availability. In the meantime, what would you like to see on the next Nexus 7? MicroSD slot? Rear camera? HDMI? 1080p HD? Sound off in the comments below. We’ll keep you posted once something comes up, so stay tuned.

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