Well, look who’s getting bullish about its Android prospects. It’s Acer, which seems to have gotten fed up with living in the shadows and might look to bathe in the spotlight come next week’s IFA.
Founded in 2009 in Canada and acquired in 2011 by Japanese tech giant Rakuten, Kobo has been a fairly shy presence in the gadget world so far. Their e-readers are sizzling hot up North, where they’ve been outselling Kindles for more than a year, but worldwide they’re a mere blip on Amazon’s radar.
September 5 is shaping up to be a great day for Chinese mobile technology, as Xiaomi is rumored to be prepping not one, but two gadgets with mind-blowing specs. You have your Mi3 phone, which some say could pack an octa-core SoC, and your budget-conscious “Zimi” tablet.
Though hated and contested by many (I’m looking at you, Apple fanboys), Samsung’s Android-powered gadgets have one virtue that probably no one can deny – they’re diverse and can essentially fit every taste, need and style.
Oh noes, it seems LG will not go all in with its first tablet effort in two years after all. The G Pad, as it’ll likely be called, has been floating around the interweb for a few weeks now, being initially tipped to run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU.
Whoa, is LG on a roll or what? Not only are the Koreans believed to be back in the mix for the next-gen Nexus handheld, but they’ve also revealed a magical and record-breaking 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution smartphone display a few hours ago.
Remember that crazy-sounding rumor about Apple working on a 13-inch iPad? Yeah, I didn’t buy it either at first, but now there are whispers about Samsung also prepping a larger than 10-inch slate, which indirectly adds credence to last month’s report.
Showcased at Computex in June for the first time, Intel’s record-breaking new Bay Trail chips are reportedly to get a second unveiling next month and should find their way inside commercial products by November.
After the colossal flop of the Optimus Pad back in 2011, LG made the radical decision to indefinitely pull the plug on Android tablets. Still, it always seemed like a matter of time until the Koreans were to make a comeback, with rumors of a new slate gaining traction the last month or so.
Abandoned by virtually every old Tegra 3 partner, including big names of the mobile industry such as Google, Asus, HTC or Sony, Nvidia has only a couple of cards left to play with the new, zippy but pricey and power-demanding Tegra 4 chips.
Big day today for Asus as far as media attention goes, with a large chunk of the company’s near future plans revealed courtesy of two subsequent leaks. The Taiwanese are reportedly working on a follow-up to Samsung’s Nexus 10, plus an array of 100% self-branded phones and tabs.
So the Nexus 5 is to be co-manufactured by Motorola (or shall we say manufactured by Google alone?), the next-gen N7… is a long way down the road and the follow-up to the first ever Nexus 10 will be built by Asus.
You know how there’s a rumor going around that Google’s next Nexus 7 might be co-branded by LG? That sounded pretty ridiculous at first, with LG being absent from the tablet world since 2011, but now it’s a little less preposterous.
Given the gushing enthusiasm that seemed to accompany each and every second-gen Nexus 7 leak in the past six months, you’d think now that it’s out and about, no one could shut up about it. And yet I have to say things are unusually quiet on the N7-2 front.
Remember that report starring Amazon’s next line of Kindle Fire tablets which claimed at least two of these were to be powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip? Though unconfirmed, it had a distinct whiff of credibility and to this day it’s yet to be debunked.
The using of laptops and tablets as multi-purpose educational devices hasn’t really spread like the wildfire we hoped for, but at least we’re seeing more and more big names of the PC and mobile industry offering solutions for forward-thinking schools.
The so-called hybrid devices that combine the portability of a tablet with the functionality of a laptop have never taken off as pundits predicted, mostly because… well, they’ve been painfully pricey. But not the HP SlateBook x2.
So you think the new Nexus 7 is impressive, huh? After all, it sports a super-crisp display, runs the latest Android version, packs 2 GB RAM and weighs an incredible 290 grams. Plus, it’s dirt-cheap. But how about you hold off for a couple months before deciding to buy or skip it?
Quick, what’s the freshest, coolest, baddest Android gadget around? The second-gen Google Nexus 7 (aka Nexus 7 2013), you say? You’re probably right.
Third time still hasn’t really been the charm for the Asus PadFone hybrid, which continues to be viewed as a tech oddity rather than an innovation. And yet that doesn’t appear to stop the evolution of the family.