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Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

Samsung is reportedly planning on equipping two new tablets with their new AMOLED displays  that are currently available on the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3. The following article from BGR explains that one tablet is going to have an 8 inch screen and the other will be 10 inches. It is no surprise that Samsung is working on making brighter, clearer and lighter displays in order to compete with Apple and their coined “Retina” screens.

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Samsung reportedly prepping two tablets with AMOLED displays

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Android disruptive technology mobile development mobile news

HP Quietly Launches New Android Tablets

With millions of people world-wide looking for great deals on electronics and other items on Cyber Monday, HP quietly released four new devices to the market and made them available for purchase. The four devices that were released include the HP Slate7 Plus, the HP Slate7 Extreme, the HP Slate8 Pro, and the HP Slate10 HD. All four of the tablets come equipped with the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and very nice features such as the 1280×800 display and 8GB of internal storage featured in the HP Slate7 Plus for $150. Tablets are growing in popularity as time goes on and they don’t seem to be slowing down at all. This is great news for mobile application developers and users alike as there is a huge market for fresh applications. To read more about each tablet and their release, check out the article link below.

Source: HP Quietly Launches New Android Tablets

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Android mobile news usability

Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

Google Play now interacts better with tablets. The Android maker on Thursday announced that the Google Play store now includes a category called “Designed for tablets.” Tablet users will see the category as their default view in top lists but can still switch the view to all apps and games.

 

Google Play warms up to tablet-friendly apps

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iOS iPad mobile development

Electronic Arts launches Battlefield 4 Tablet Commander companion app

If you’re a fan of Battlefield 4 you’ll be excited to hear about the new app Electronic Arts released for tablets. An article on idownloadblog states “the Battlefield 4 Tablet Commander app provides a no-compromise second-screen experience letting you command the battlefield and compete with the opposing teams commander directly from your iPad, using easy touch gestures and drag-and-drop interface.” Also, “other features include the ability to jam the enemy’s radar using EMP, call in UAVs to scan the area, send reinforcement, supplies and vehicles to your troops on the ground, all via the nicely done drag and drop controls.”

Check out the full article below.

 

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/15/electronic-arts-launches-battlefield-4-tablet-commander-companion-app/

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mobile development

Ultra-Light Nook GlowLight E-Reader Debuts

Nook has not done well amongst it’s competition with iPads and Kindles. The Nook Glowlight takes the feedback given by its customers and is a device that will hopefully give consumers what they are looking for in an e-reader. Kindles are tied to Amazon’s store, whereas Nook allows people to get their books from a wide range of providers. This paired with the new design will hopefully help them compete better in the marketplace.

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Android

Google Nexus 7 2 vs Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs HDX 8.9

This is a comparison between the Nexus 7 2, the Kindle Fire HDX 7, and the HDX8.9.  As far as design goes, the tablets are pretty evenly matched, for screen type, there have been reports that the HDX tablets have imperfect color reproduction. The HDX tablets have a faster processor than the nexus, the nexus at 1.5GHz and the HDX’s at 2.2GHz.  However with the HDX tablets you only have access to amazons app store, whereas the nexus 7 2 has access to google play, and the Nexus is running a vanilla version of android, while the Kindle has a laggy custom UI. But which one is right for you, click the link to learn more.

Google Nexus 7 2 vs Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs HDX 8.9

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Android mobile development

Introducing the Three In One Sunflex Unu

The Sunflex Unu is a pretty interesting tablet, starting at $200 for the media edition and at $250 for the gaming edition,  i’d say its in the right price range. As far as tablets go, the Unu has a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, and comes with Android 4.2. However it is more than just a tablet; it comes with a dock that transforms it into an Android game console and a smart TV box, also comes with the TV remote, and the gaming controller. Read more about the Sunflex Unu here.

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iOS

Amazon’s Kindle app for iOS 7 lets users group books into ‘Collections’

With the new look of iOS 7, many companies are updating their apps. Companies are updating their apps in order to give a look similar to the flat interface of the iOS 7. Since they are already spending time to update, many are adding new features. Kindle has released a way to group books into collections. This is something that will help users organize their varying reading interests on their iPads.

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usability

Indoor cycling becoming increasingly tech-savvy

This week, the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas introduced a lot of new technologies, including some geared toward indoor stationary bikes. Kinetic Technology is now using dongles to make indoor cycling easier. Just put a bike on the mount, and the tablet will display your speed, distance, calories burned, and more. It can also give rider’s a simulated course, to make indoor biking more fun.

Also introduced was Saris’s stationary bike that is connected to a large HDTV screen to give the rider a sense of biking on the open road. Previously filmed routes and two-way communication causing the speed of the route to change based on the rider’s efforts make it more fun to bike anywhere in the world while being inside.

Many other technologies were introduced, including an exercise bike that has spin classes streamed live or on demand on the attached tablet.

 

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/78988.html

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mobile news

The Cintiq Companion, a tablet for artists

The company Wacom has come out with a Windows tablet (Cintiq Companion), that has the functionality and software of a normal Windows tablet, but also a sketch/drawing program and accessories.  The tablet is very artist friendly, providing users with the ability to draw based on the pressure applied to the screen with the stylus/pen.  It also is multitouch compatible, meaning it is simple for users to rotate and zoom in on their drawing.   One downside, is that the tablet is heavier than just carrying paper and pen, but has a stable stand, that allows it to be propped up and drawn on, or just held in one hand.  All in all, this is a big step towards improving, customizing, and providing different needs for people through the use of tablets.  Showing just how ideal it is to take a tablet on the go, especially for artists who use digital media.  This can change how many artists view technology and can open up a new market of tablets, that target a different and more specific audience.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/wacom-cintiq-companion-tablet-hands-on

 

 

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Dell Backs Out Of Mobile Phone Business

Dell states that they are done trying to compete in the mobile phone business. They will keep moving forward with PC and tablet production to provide an “improved customer experience”

Read their story here:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/13/4726518/dell-not-getting-in-mobile-phone-business-says-michael-dell

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mobile development mobile news Windows 8

Microsoft Surface 2, coming to you September 23

At Microsoft’s invitation-only unveiling in New York on September 23, Microsoft plans to show off the new Surface 2, running NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor.  Also making a debut is the Surface Pro 2, running on Intel’s Haswell processor (think i5).  The Pro is expected to release with a whopping 8GB of RAM, which for a tablet is something to brag about.  It should also be expected for Microsoft to wait until the full release of Windows 8.1 until the new line of Surface tablets go up for sale.

Source: Microsoft to launch new Surfaces on September 23 | ZDNet

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Android disruptive technology iOS mobile news usability

Send Links From Chrome Desktop to Chrome Mobile

Google has long offered an awesome way for Android users to share links from the desktop to a mobile device. Just recently iOS has been given the same privileged.

With this new Google offering, both Android and iOS users will be able to send web pages from Chrome on their computer to Chrome on their Android phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad.  

You’ll find the extension in Chrome under a new name… Chrome to Mobile.

Send Links From Chrome Desktop to Chrome Mobile (iOS and Android).