Second-gen Nexus 7 being developed by Asus; will keep the pricing

Given the success of Nexus 7 tablet, Google is most likely to announce the second-generation of this tablet at the Google I/O 2013. The first rumours of this upcoming successor to Nexus 7 are in and they suggest Google is keeping Asus on-board as the manufacturer of this tablet.It was Asus only, which developed original Nexus 7 in partnership with Google, so keeping Asus on-board for next-generation 7-inch Nexus tablet isn’t so surprising.

Digitimes notes that engineering samples of second-generation Nexus 7 are already doing rounds and according to sources, who have seen them, the Nexus 7 II will have same pricing as predecessor.The full set of second-gen Nexus 7 specifications are not clear right now, but it will come with full HD display, an industrial design with thinner bezel, added Digitimes.The site states that the tablet will come with an enhanced version of Jelly Bean on-board, which sounds highly unlikely as Google will most probably introduce Key Lime Pie at the event.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 releasing at Mobile World Congress: Report

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Samsung seems to be readying an 8-inch version of its S-Pen sporting Note tablet. Set to be announced at next month’s Mobile World Congress, the tablet will come in two versions –GT-N5100 3G and GT-N5101 Wi-Fi only.

Sammobile reports that Galaxy Note 8.0 (seems like the final name) will come with a 8.0-inch 1280×800p Super Clear LCD, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The Korean manufacturer seems to be planning to take on the Apple’s upcoming (rumoured for March launch) and existing iPad Mini devices with Note 8.0.

Other specs of Note 8.0 include 4600 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. There is no word on the processor, but it is likely to be a quad-core one.

While, these specs look decent, it would be interesting to see how Samsung prices Note 8.0, because that will decide if the tablet sells.

Flipboard App updated

After months of wait, Flipboard has announced that it is updating its Android app to bring support for tablets. Until available only for Android smartphones, Flipboard now supports varied screen sizes of the Android tablets like Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Note 10.1.

The tablet layout is similar to the smartphone app layout, but now you will get the real usage of the extra screen space, not the zoomed version of smartphone optimised content.

“For this tablet edition of Flipboard, page layouts have been optimized for a variety of screen sizes and aspect ratios. Taking advantage of the wider screen of the larger Android devices, readers can save more of their favorite sections as tiles and can see larger story excerpts as they flip through their magazine. And having worked with Samsung over the last year, Flipboard is optimized for Samsung’s tablet devices,” company noted in a press release.

The version 1.9.13 is live now on Google Play and includes bug fixes.

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Apple ipad mini vs Google nexus 7 vs Amazon kindle fire hd vs b&n nook hd

Tablets ipad mini Apple iPad mini vs Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Nook HDApple iPad mini nexus 7 Apple iPad mini vs Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Nook HDGoogle Nexus 7 kindle fire hd small Apple iPad mini vs Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Nook HDAmazon Kindle Fire HD nook hd Apple iPad mini vs Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, Nook HDB&N Nook HD
Display 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS display with 1024x768p resolution & Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating 7-inch IPS display with 1280x800p resolution & Scratch resistant Corning Glass 7-inch IPS display with 1280x800p resolution & advanced polarizing filter and anti-glare technology 7-inch display with 1440x900p resolution & Fully laminated screen with no air gaps reduces glare and provides extra-wide viewing angles
Processor Dual-core A5 1.4GHz quad-core Tegra 3 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 1.3GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470
RAM 512MB (unconfirmed) 1GB 1GB 1GB
Connectivity Dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Lightning port Single band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro USB 2.0, NFC Dual band, dual Antenna Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro USB 2.0, Micro HDMI Wi-Fi, 30 Pin Port (HDMI)
Cameras 5MP rear, 1.2MP front 1.2MP front Front HD camera No
3G Support Yes (Optional) No (but rumoured to arrive on Oct 29) No No
Internal storage 16/32/64GB 8/16GB 16/32GB 8/16GB
microSD card support No No No Yes
Battery Unknown, 10 hours battery life 4,325 mAh 4,400 mAh 4050 mAh
OS iOS 6 Android 4.1.2 Custom Android Custom Android
Price Wi-Fi: 16GB ($329), 32GB ($429), 64GB ($529)
Wi-Fi + Cellular: 16GB ($459), 32GB ($559), 64GB ($659)
8GB: $199, 16GB: $249 16GB: $199, 32GB: $249 8GB: $199, 16GB: $229

MEEP: AN ANDROID 4.0 TABLET FOR KIDS

 

Oregon Scientific has announced the launch of Meep tablet today in the United States. Powered by Ice Cream Sandwich, the tablet comes with7-inch display, rugged silicone sleeve and extensive parental controls.

 

According to the company, the Meep tablet is available starting today at major US retailers including Toys “R” Us, Target, Best Buy, RadioShack, Kmart, Meijer, Boscov’s, BJ’s, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart.com, Kohls.com and QVC for USD 149.99.

 

  • The tablet also features host of pre-loaded content including Angry Birds, UNO, Toon Goggles, art and learning apps, parents will also be able to download more games, books, videos and apps for kids available in the MEEP! Store.  It also provides Google Play access. MEET MEEP HERE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GhNU3I3f7g&feature=player_embedded