Saturday, 27 July 2013

Google confirms new 10-inch tablet coming soon

During the launch of its latest 7-inch tablet, the second generation Nexus 7, Google let slip that a new larger Nexus tablet, built by Samsung, is also on the horizon.

The fact that a new Nexus 10 tablet will be hitting the shelves roughly one year since the last one shouldn't
come as a surprise to consumers -- most people by now are aware that tech companies operate in a 12-month product cycle. However, until Sundar Pichai, Google's head of both Android and Chrome, let the news slip, there was no indication as to who Google would be working with to create the next generation of its flagship slate.
The fact that the company is continuing its partnership with Samsung will therefore be greeted as good news as it is essentially a guarantee that internally at least, the next Nexus will have the best possible specifications.
The original Nexus 10 was a strange device. It came with a wonderfully high resolution screen, albeit one with color balance issues and a Samsung in-house chip that made it one of the fastest devices on the market. Reviewers loved it and called it the Android iPad. However, consumers' reviews were less hyperbolic, noting that it didn't charge very quickly or at all if it was being used for gaming while plugged in.
It was also a bit on the heavy side and some of the connectors, were in strange places. But the biggest problem was that when it launched there were next-to-no apps available for it that were optimized for its screen size, resolution or speed.

Twelve months on, the app situation has improved, but so has the marketplace. Although the Nexus 10 is still a very good device, currently, in terms of speed, performance and elegance, the best Android tablet on the market is the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. However, at $500 it also comes with a premium pricetag. Expect the Nexus 10 to sell for $100 less when it launches in October.

New Nexus 7 review: The Asus Google tablet is worth the price increase.

When it comes to technology, we've been trained to expect more for less. Devices get more powerful each year, as prices stay the same or drop. With the new Nexus 7 tablet, Google hopes we're willing to pay more for more.
The new tablet comes with a $30 price increase over last year's model. At $229 for the base model, it is still a bargain - and 30 per cent cheaper than Apple's $329 iPad Mini. The display is sharper and the sound is richer than the old model. There's now a rear camera for taking snapshots. The new Nexus 7 is the first device to ship with Android 4.3, which lets you create profiles to limit what your curious and nosy kids can do on your tablet when you're not around.'s $199 Kindle Fire HD is cheaper, but it doesn't give you full access to the growing library of Android apps for playing games, checking the weather, tracking flights, reading the news, getting coupons from your favourite stores and more. The Nexus 7 does.
It's a fine complement to your smartphone if it's running Google's Android, the dominant operating system on phones these days - even as Apple commands the market for tablet computers with its full-size iPad and iPad Mini. Unless you tell it not to, apps you use on the phone will automatically appear on the Nexus 7, so you can switch from device to device seamlessly. When you are signed in, bookmarks will also transfer over Google's Chrome Web browser, as will favourite places on Google Maps.
If you were already eyeing last year's Nexus 7 model, then go ahead and pay $30 more for the latest.
Although screen dimensions are identical, the new Nexus 7 has a higher pixel density, at 323 pixels per inch compared with 216 on the old model. Trees and other objects in the movie Life of Pi look sharper, as do the movie title and credits on the screen.
Sound is much better with speakers on the left and the right side of the tablet, held horizontally. Although they are technically back facing, the speakers are placed along a curved edge in such a way that sound seems to project outward and not away from you. On the old Nexus 7, I can't even tell where the speakers are.
The new Nexus 7 also feels more comfortable in my hands. It's 17 per cent thinner and 5 per cent narrower when held like a portrait. The old model was a tad too wide to grip comfortably in the palm of my hands. The new device is also 15 per cent lighter, at 10.2 ounces (290 grams). And the rubbery back feels smoother on the new tablet.
The new Nexus ships with a camera app, something last year's model didn't really need because it had only a front-facing camera, for videoconferencing. With the new rear, 5-megapixel camera, you can take photos and video of what's in front of you. Expect to be ridiculed, though, if I see you doing that. Still, it's not as bad as blocking someone's view with a full-size tablet.
As for the restricted profiles that come with Android 4.3, it's a good idea, though it still has kinks. When you set up a profile for your kid, you pick which apps to enable. Don't want your kid to be surfing the Web unrestricted? Then keep the Chrome browser disabled. Don't want him or her on Facebook? Keep that app disabled, too. The app store is also disabled, so Junior can't go on a download spree. If you do allow access to a particular app, though, then it's full access. There's no filtering to block porn and other questionable material, for instance.
I found that some apps won't work with restricted profiles at all, including those for Gmail and other email accounts. If you want your kids to have access to email, then you have to give them full access or enable the browser to check email over the Web. You can't turn on just the email app.
And although the new tablet is the first to ship with Android 4.3, it's available to download on other devices, including last year's Nexus 7.
What the new tablet does offer is the promise of a longer battery life - up to 10 hours for Web surfing and nine hours for video streaming. Last year's model was rated at eight hours.
There's no question the new model is better and worth the price increase.
Choosing between the new Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini is tougher.
If you already have an iPhone, the iPad Mini will be a nice complement. You won't have to buy music, video and apps twice, for instance. You might want to wait until this fall, though, to see whether Apple comes out with a new model.
It's a tougher call if you have an Android phone.
By volume, the two systems have a comparable number of apps. But I've found that many larger app developers have made versions only for the iPhone and the iPad. The American Museum of Natural History in New York has six that work on iPads but only one on Android devices. An app to watch full episodes of CBS television shows is for Apple and Windows devices only, not Android. Meanwhile, the iDonatedIt app for tracking tax deductions has more features for Apple devices, while features that are supposed to work on Android often don't.
Android is good in that many apps designed for a phone's smaller screen are automatically adapted to take advantage of a tablet's larger screen. On the iPad, apps that aren't optimised for it are squeezed into a smaller window the size of an iPhone. Blow it up to full screen, and it looks distorted. But that's not as glaring on the Mini as it is on the full-size iPad. And having apps automatically change their layout isn't the same as designing them for the tablet from scratch, as is the case with the hundreds of thousands of apps optimised for the iPad.
The Nexus 7's screen is much sharper than that on the iPad Mini, which has the non-HD display technology of the iPad 2 from 2011 - ancient in the world of mobile gadgets. The Nexus 7 is also a tad lighter, by 6 per cent.
That said, the iPad Mini has a larger screen, measuring 7.9 inches diagonally compared with 7 inches on the Nexus. And the iPad Mini has had a rear camera from the start. The iPad Mini also has Siri, a voice assistant that is feistier than Google Now on the Nexus. If you prefer Google Now for its ability to give you information you need to know without even asking, you can download it on the Mini. You can't get Siri on the Nexus.
If you do get the Nexus 7, it supports wireless charging, so you can get rid of the messy wiring. The device comes only with a standard microUSB charger to plug in, so you'll have to buy a Qi-compatible wireless charger yourself.
The $229 base model comes with 16 gigabytes of storage. For $40 more, or $269, you get twice the storage. Both will go on sale in the US next Tuesday. A 32-gigabyte model with 4G cellular capability will cost $349. By contrast, the iPad Mini starts at $329. A 32-gigabyte version with 4G costs $559.
Even with the price increase, Google has Apple beaten on price. The Nexus 7 may lack the cachet and many of the apps that the iPad Mini has, but you'll be able to do a lot with it. I hope technology companies won't make price hikes a habit, but this one is made palatable by the device's richer display, sound and camera.
About the Nexus 7:
The updated Nexus 7 sports a sharper, 7-inch screen and better sound through dual speakers. It now has a rear, 5-megapixel camera to complement a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with an Android update that features the ability to create restricted accounts for kids.
It also comes with a higher price tag. The base model with 16 gigabytes costs $229, or $30 more than last year's model. A 32-gigabyte model costs $269, or $20 more. A 32-gigabyte model with 4G cellular capability will cost $349, $50 more than before.
The Wi-Fi-only models go on sale in the US on Tuesday, with other countries to come. Google says it will be available at its online Play store and the following retailers: Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Amazon, Home Shopping Network, Radio Shack, J&R and B&H Photo. Google hasn't announced a release date for the cellular version.
The device is made by AsusTek Computer, working from Google's design.

Samsung galaxy Note 2 ScreenDisplay is a Real Wonder.!

Following the release of Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung announced another next generation phone for its users – the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It is another super size mobile device from Samsung that is expected to create the same overhaul like the previous release. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a much more modernized phone than Samsung Galaxy Note having pixel density, dimension, size, camera, memory, processor, etc.

Different Specs of Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The display screen of this smartphone is what attracts the users most. Besides, this Samsung smartphone operates on Android OS 4.1. This smartphone is expected to come equipped with 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity, 1.5 GB RAM and S Pen feature that enables you to write or draw. The 8 megapixel front camera having LED flash facilitates you to have the privilege of video calling.
This is not the end, there are many other such tempting features. Note 2 supports two connection options – HSPA+ and LTE. Crop picture of all size without any hazard with Samsung Note 2. The Pen of this mobile device provides you this facility.
Awesome Screen Display Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Tweak in Samsung Galaxy Note 2

A tweak in this new Samsung mobile device is its screen. The screen of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is bigger than the previous version. This phone will give you 5.5” Super AMOLED display. The real excitement of this phone is the flexibility of its screen. Hold on; don’t think that you can literally bend the display screen. Samsung does not allow you to fold the screen altogether, it has only adapted the technology half way.   ‘Flexible screen’ means the display of this Samsung phone is made of flexible materials which have the ability to withstand greater stress than the glass smartphone screen displays.
No more fear of cracking your mobile display even if you drop it accidentally. Such flexible is Samsung Galaxy Note 2 display! Will it really be so? The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 display is so flexible that in case you drop this new Samsung smartphone on some rock, there is a chance of it to bounce back. Yes, this is true although it may sound unbelievable. Try the same with a glass display smartphone and you will surely fall into trouble. Hence, never try this with normal phones.
You may be wondering what makes the screen so flexible. The Note 2 5.5” display is constituted of a plastic substrate and UBP or unbreakable plane that has reduced the thickness of the screen by 0.4mm. As a result, the battery life of this mobile device is enhanced by reduction in power consumption. Other specs of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 include quad-core 1.6GHz processor and a slightly improved screen resolution.
Are you excited to use this new Samsung Note? Wait for a few days more and check whether this screen display is really fascinating. This mobile phone cum tablet is about to launch this month only. A new revolution is about to take place in the gadget world very soon! The surprise is not too far from you!

Saturday, 28 January 2012