Lenovo

Usually, when we first hear about an unreleased smartphone or tablet that is “set to come soon”, it happens through leaks that unveil at least part of the gadget’s spec sheet, while leaving its official branding and ETA to mystery. Lenovo has decided to break this “tradition”, however, and has made three of its future gadgets official, way ahead of their public release, without letting much slip about their spec sheets. The IdeaTab A2105, A2107 and A2109 form an intriguing tablet trio that will hit the market sometime in September. Let’s see what we know about each of these gadgets…

android-vs-apple

Whether we like it or not (and we don’t), Apple’s iPad has dominated the global tablet market with ease, making Android eat its dust since… well, ever. The much awaited and anticipated iPad killer hasn’t come, and all the latest reports and surveys, be it official or unofficial, have shown Apple selling more of their tablets than all Android manufacturers together. Meanwhile, Samsung has admitted “we’re not doing very well in the tablet market” some six months ago, making even the most optimistic of us lose hope for Android to ever challenge Apple’s iPads for their crown. And when everything…

samsung-vs-apple-lawsuit

The U.S. Apple vs Samsung legal odyssey continues today with new developments in one of the most important patent-based cases in the world right now. It’s not just a fight between titans, between business partners, between closed and open ecosystems, but also a battle that could have decisive consequences on the future of the mobile ecosystem. The trial started on Monday with jury selection, and we saw yesterday the opening arguments from both Apple and Samsung. Each party is accusing the other of violating its patents, with Apple claiming Samsung has copied the look and feel of its iPhone and…

samsung leaked evidence

Earlier today we showed you a few images that came directly from the U.S. Apple vs Samsung trial. Only they’re not allowed in court as evidence for Samsung, and since Samsung’s counsel can’t use them to defend against Apple claims, it decided to leak them to the media. The decision angered Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the case and who wanted to know exactly how this happened. And when a judge asks, you can only answer, which is what John Quinn, Samsung’s lead counsel did. The attorney filled a personal declaration today in which he explained that he…

Nexus-7-bluetooth-keyboard

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…

3projectbutter_1

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…

Nexus 7

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

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…

karbonn_smart_tab_mips_tablet

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…

Iconia A210

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…