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Google Nexus 7 to get even more official accessories: rotating case, Bluetooth keyboard case and more

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You can’t buy them yet, but word on the street (in UK) is that there will be several new official accessories coming for the Google Nexus 7 slate. Sure, the dark grey cover that the Nexus 7 sports right now does its job in protecting the tablet and giving it a handsome look, but the more options you have the better, right? The slew of new Asus-made accessories that will be available for the Nexus 7 include a leather rotating stand case, a leather stand case, a folio case, a Bluetooth keyboard case, and a screen protector. UK retailer Mobile…

Jelly Bean vs ICS “smoothness” tested in glorious slow motion

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While hardware acceleration has improved how fast the UI is moving in ICS, and made the experience considerably better because, there was still the issue of “jankiness” or in other words how, consistent those fluid animations happened in ICS. Apparently, those animations were not very consistent at all, and that’s why Google worked on “Project Butter” for Jelly Bean, so they make sure everything runs at 60 FPS all the time, and is in sync with the display’s refresh rate of 60 Hz. Another feature they implemented that is part of Project Butter is triple buffering, which prepares the display…

Google Nexus 7 an iPad killer? Not really, says Consumer Reports!

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Almost every flagship Android tablet that major manufacturers came out with has been branded a potential “iPad killer.” But as much as we love our Android devices, the fact is that the iPad is still the leading tablet in both consumer and enterprise markets today. With Google having launched its Nexus 7 tablet, demand was seen as unprecedented, and Google even had to temporarily pull out the 16GB model off the shelves due to lack of supply. As such, perhaps the 7-incher does have potential to challenge the iPad at its own game. Consumer Reports has reviewed the Nexus 7 and…

Nexus 7 Commercial Series: Jelly Bean Tips

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Another day, another Nexus 7 commercial from Google. Today’s Nexus 7 commercial centers around the Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 popular features and a few useful tips and tricks. In Jelly Bean, you’ll have a hard time circumventing the face unlock feature after you enable ‘blink check’ which asks the user to blink, determining if a human is being used to unlock the phone instead of a photograph. Next, they highlight Google Now, arguably one of the best features of Jelly Bean. Google Now gives you just the right information to you when you need it, automatically. Next, they demo Voice Search, also…

MIPS-based Smart Tab 1 brings $125 Jelly Bean tablet to India

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The MIPS-based Ainovo Novo 7 was the first tablet to run Android 4.0 and now another MIPS-based tablet will be among the very first to come out with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board. That tablet is called the Smart Tab 1 and it’s made by Karbonn Mobiles. We’ve recently received news that MIPS is working hard to bring Jelly Bean to all the tablets based on MIPS processors, and it seems we’re already seeing the results with the Smart Tab 1. Google’s recently announced PDK tool for OEMs may also have something do with this, although I imagine it’s mostly possible…

First Acer Iconia Tab A210 commercial insists on the tablet’s software (video)

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Acer has been a very busy bee in the Android tablet world this year, and the company’s most recent additions to its tab lineup can’t go unnoticed by any self-respecting tech lover. The Iconia Tab A210 has been shown off for the first time back in June without much fuss, but the 10-incher seems to be gaining some momentum. Although it doesn’t yet have an official release date or pricing details attached to its name, the new A210 might be the subject of an exciting marketing campaign, kicked off with a YouTube promotional video. The commercial, posted on Acer’s official…

Sony Xperia Tablet leaks, to hit the market in September starting at $450

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When Sony announced it will organize a special “unveiling event” in Berlin at the end of August, we knew that the company was preparing to launch at least a couple of new and exciting products. However, it will be hard for the Japanese to surprise us in any way, as their future devices have been almost certainly revealed. The Hayabusa phone has been known for a while to be the global version of the already unveiled Xperia GX, the Mint has leaked not long ago, and now an “Xperia Tablet” has been revealed online. The leak seems very trustworthy, not due…

Archos 97 Carbon tablet with Android 4.0 is now up for sale for $250

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Archos seems to have realized that there is a huge group of people that want affordable tablets that look good and work well. This is how the Archos 97 Carbon seems to have been born. It’s a 10-inch tablet, so it’s not really a competitor to the Nexus 7. It has the same aspect ratio as the iPad (4:3), same resolution as the iPad 2, 1024×768, it runs Android 4.0, and it costs only $250. Not everything about it is perfect, though. The processor is only a single-core 1 GHz CPU, which means browsing performance and overall performance will not…

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade available for GT-P7500 model

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 users will be happy to hear that the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade they have been waiting for is nearer than ever, with some models reportedly getting Android 4.0.4 as we speak. Sam Mobile says that the firmware update is available for Italian users of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 GT-P7500 model. In case you own such a device, then you’ll be able to update it via Samsung Kies or over-the-air (OTA). According to the same publication, various other Galaxy Tab models will receive their Android 4.0.x update including: GT-P6210 Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab Plus…

Asus makes the Padfone official in Australia

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We reported back in June that the Asus Padfone was already available to purchase in Australia from Mobicity. Evidently, only now does Asus seems comfortable enough to share its plan of officially bringing the combo device to ‘Down Under’. The launch date of the Padfone in Australia has been officially set for August 14. You can get the smartphone and tablet combo at Harvey Norman for AU$999. Just to make it clear, the price covers both the Padfone and the Padstation. Compared with what they’re selling for in the US, the price tag  seems rather steep, but think of it as getting two…