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We continue to report on the Nexus 7 release, since the device is currently the hottest Android device out there, but we can’t produce an actual launch date yet. Google promised at Google I/O a mid-July launch for its Jelly Bean device – its first tablet ever – and has been taking pre-orders ever since announcing the device. We have no idea how many units the company sold thus far, although Google did reveal that pre-order numbers for the first day were “big.” The device is still available for pre-order directly from Google Play, but also from various other third-party retailers…

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Instead of fighting it out with other brands for the most strategic in-store placement in generic retail channels, one way that a company can go to make sure that its products stand out the most is by opening an independent retail store. This is one of the avenues Samsung is exploring to improve its retail presence in North America. After months of hunting, the South Korean company has chosen Vancouver as the location for its first branded store. Located in Burnaby’s Metropolis at Metrotown, the store opened its doors for customers for the first time on Wednesday. A throng of…

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App development for Android isn’t the easiest thing to do, with multiple devices, OS versions, display sizes, and processors to take into consideration. A good way to pull in the developer crowd is to offer some kind of incentive, most preferable being the possibility of a future payout. That is exactly what Amazon hopes to do with the launch of GameCircle for its Kindle Fire tablet. Similar to Apple’s Game Center, the Amazon GameCircle will introduce in-game features such as achievements and leaderboards, along with an additional sync feature. Here’s a quick round-up: Achievements – This will allow players to…

ASUS Nexus 7 Covers

The Google Nexus 7 has been one of the most talked about devices in recent times. And with good reason! The Nexus 7 is the first device to introduce the possibility of high-speced devices at comparatively very low costs. If that isn’t enough, the Google slate will also be the first tablet running the highly-anticipated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Following its announcement at this year’s recently concluded Google I/O, we thought we knew everything we could possibly learn about this device. Apparently we didn’t. The Nexus 7 also houses a magnetic sensor at the bottom left corner of the device (in…

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Well, this is a strange twist of events! The Nexus 7 has been called by many reviewers already the “Kindle Fire killer”, because there’s no reason why anyone would want the Kindle Fire over a much higher quality and much higher performance Nexus 7. That’s even more true if you’re an Android user, who is best served by having the latest software straight from Google, instead of a heavily customized older version of Android. And yet, an Amazon spokesperson told TechRadar: “People higher up in Amazon are talking to Google regarding the Nexus 7.” This move may seem even stranger…

Now you see it online, now you don’t. And after a series of back and forth, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is back on sale once again. If you have been waiting to unleash your Picasso side – with the help of the S Pen – on a bigger and more powerful slate, you’d be pleased to know that you can now pre-order the Galaxy Note 10.1 from J&R. The retailer has the 16GB Galaxy Note 10.1 model listed on its website for $499 – after a generous $50 discount. As for the 32GB model, it is currently offered for $549.99. While the…

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A battle between two extra-sized phones is about to commence, courtesy of Samsung and LG. The former, of course, is the undisputed leader in the phablet category, with the Galaxy Note. While LG hasn’t been too successful with the Optimus Vu, partly due to the fact that it has yet to cross over to another country, LG is betting on the Optimus Vu 2 to knock the champion down. As recently reported, Samsung is planning to reveal the Galaxy Note 2 during IFA 2012, which will be held from August 31 – September 5 in Berlin, Germany. But according to the…

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Kindle Fire owners should know by now that Amazon has customized the Android version running on its tablet in such a way that updating the device to the latest Google-approved Android OS version out there is impossible – at least not if you’re not ready to put in some elbow grease. In case you’d like to taste Jelly Bean on your Kindle Fire, you should know that an Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean port is already available for the Kindle Fire, courtesy of the smart folks at xda-developers. We’re looking at a beta port so far, which means not everything will…

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Yesterday we heard that the Google Nexus 7 tablet may be available from Office Depot starting today, but it turns out that’s not the case anymore. In fact, we have a new screenshot that reveals that the first Jelly Bean tablet in the world has been delayed. The device is still available for pre-order from the retailer, but we don’t have any official release date for you at this time. Apparently Office Depot has received Nexus 7 stock, but they came with strict instructions not to be displayed and not to be sold at this time. Any Nexus 7 shipments…

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A few days ago we had an initial prediction of how much it costs to build the Nexus 7 from iFixit, which said that the components alone should cost around $184. IHS iSuppli did an actual Nexus 7 teardown and evaluated the cost of the components to be around $152, for the 8 GB Nexus 7, and only $7.5 more for the 16 GB version. Andrew Rassweiler, who leads the teardown team at IHS iSuppli thinks Google will indeed break even on the 8 GB $199 version, just like Google said they would, but they will get a nice profit…