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May 2, 2015

Deal: Purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab A at Best Buy, save $100 or more

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a brand new tablet, especially in North America, where it has only been on sale in the U.S. for a day now. The new Android tablet starts at $229.99 for the 8-inch version, $299.99 for the 9.7-inch device.

If those prices are just a little steep for your tastes, Best Buy has a deal that might work in your favor, if you’ve got an old tablet to trade in. You hand in a working tablet and Best Buy will give you a minimum of $100 towards the purchase of the new Samsung tablet. That $100 comes in form of a $50 coupon toward your Galaxy Tab A purchase, and a $50 Best Buy gift card.

There is a long list of fine print here that you should [...]

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May 1, 2015

Google Nexus 10 is receiving Android 5.1.1 via OTA update

We only just announced that Google has made available the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop factory images for you to flash to your 2012 or 2013 Nexus 7 tablet and for your Nexus 10 Android tablet, but some Nexus 10 users are already receiving the OTA update on their devices.

The OTA, or Over The Air, update is a small one, with users reporting a small 13.9 MB download.

The update, which should bring your device to build# LMY47V, is slowly rolling out for all users, but our Nexus 10 has not seen it yet, at least at the time of writing. We are still awaiting the full changelog of updates in Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, for now we are expecting little more than performance and [...]

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May 1, 2015

Android 5.1.1 factory images arrive for 2012 and 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7s and Nexus 10

Google has just published Android 5.1.1 factory images for the 2012 and 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7s and Nexus 10, all bearing build number LMY47V. This news comes after the new factory image release for the Nexus Player, which we just saw a little over a week ago.

So what’s new in Android 5.1.1? Well, Google released a ton of bugs with the original build of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Android 5.1 fixed many of the noticeable ones. We’re not exactly sure what we’re going to see in this new update, but odds are, it’s filled with mostly bug fixes and performance improvements.

We’ll be sure to let you know as more factory images begin to roll out to more Nexus [...]

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April 29, 2015

Now available, Dell Venue 10 7000 starts at $499

We recently took a look at Dell’s newest line of Android tablets, including the Venue 10 7000 and the Venue 8 7000. We even took the 8-inch tablet for a test spin, which we found to be a solid offering from a company we do not usually associate with tablets.

Starting today, the 10-inch version, the Dell Venue 10 7000, is up for sale starting at $499.

Taking the approach that the Venue 8 is for play, the Venue 10 7000 is being promoted as the Android tablet you need for your work place. It even has an optional attachable keyboard dock, not unlike what you would find in the ASUS Transformer line of tablets.

Equipped with a 10.5-inch display at [...]

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April 27, 2015

Google says Nexus 7 pulled from Google Store, buy the Nexus 9 instead

Now that Google has come official with this news, it is time to announce that Google is no longer going to be selling the Nexus 7. That’s right, for all intents, the 7-inch Android tablet that has been the benchmark of Google’s vision for Android in a tablet, is no more.

Over the weekend, Google rather silently pulled the Nexus 7 from the online store, leaving just the Nexus 9 when searching for a tablet in the Google Store. Official word, as reported by Engadget, is that there is still some inventory around the stores and carriers, but their emphasis is now on the Nexus 9, built by HTC.

If you are still considering this tablet, which we recently put [...]

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April 23, 2015

Acer unveils a new 15-inch Chromebook, Iconia One 8 tablet and gaming-centric Predator tablet

At a press event held in New York earlier today, Acer announced a slew of new products that will all be available sometime this year. The company announced a very budget-friendly Chromebook and tablet, another tablet meant for the education market and has plans to bring a higher-end gaming-centric tablet to market as well. Let’s take a look at Acer’s new offerings:

Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-531)

First up is the Intel Celeron-powered 15.6-inch Chromebook. Dubbed the CB3-531, this Chromebook has an N2830 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and expandable memory up to 128GB. It has a 1366 x 768 resolution, boasts up to 11 hours of battery life on a [...]

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April 22, 2015

Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA updates coming soon to the Nvidia Shield Tablet and Shield Portable

If you’re the owner of a NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable, odds are you’ve been wondering when your device will receive Android 5.1 Lollipop. According to a few posts in the NVIDIA forums, owners of these devices won’t have to wait much longer.

NVIDIA has been very attentive thus far with OS updates for its SHIELD Tablet, but up until now, there’s been no word as to when the device would receive the newest version of Android. In a post by a customer care representative, the Tablet’s 5.1 OTA update will start rolling out shortly, bringing along with it a few performance improvements.

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April 22, 2015

Microsoft Office Preview apps released for Android tablets on Lollipop, and x86 systems

Microsoft truly has been on a tear bringing their apps and services to tablet users, and not just users of their own Windows operating system. In this latest release, a new Preview of their Office apps is available for Android 5.0+ Lollipop tablets, or any tablet 10.1-inches and smaller running x86 architecture.

It was not long ago we announced that these Office apps, being Word, Excel and PowerPoint, were made available, for free, to Android tablet users. This new Preview release is, for lack of a better word, a beta program, allowing you a glimpse of what is to come for all Microsoft Office users.

Getting in on the fun requires you to apply through the [...]

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April 20, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Tab A making its way to the U.S. on May 1st for $230

This post originally appeared on our sister site Android Authority.

Samsung has just unveiled some additional availability information for the budget-friendly Galaxy Tab A series tablets. Starting Friday, May 1st, the 8.0-inch Galaxy Tab A Android tablet will be available in the U.S. for $229.99 and the 9.7-inch variant will be available for $299.99. Both sizes are available for pre-order from Samsung’s website starting today, and come May 1st, you’ll be able to order both tablet sizes from other retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and HH Gregg. The tablets will be available in Smoky Titanium, White and Smoky Blue. There will also be a 9.7-inch Smoky [...]

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April 18, 2015

Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Mini 3

We’ve spent some time recently looking at the Nexus 7, Nexus 9, iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. As we’ve been putting these tablets side-by-side to help you determine which is best for your computing needs, it is time we pit the 8-inch iPad Mini 3 against Google’s 9-inch Nexus 9.

Welcome to the Apple iPad Mini 3 vs Google Nexus 9 shootout.

Overview

The overall approach to these two tablets is perhaps similar in that they attempt to offer an excellent overall user experience, and package it up in a fairly mobile device. Neither the iPad Mini 3, nor the Nexus 9 rock the best of specs available, but they are still well equipped and ready [...]

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