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Samsung to Launch Two Tizen Smartphones, Android Wear Smartwatch

April 16th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Samsung, Smartphone, Smartwatch, Tizen → No Comments

When SamsungSamsung-Galaxy-Gear-smart-watch[1] was absent from the Android Wear launch earlier this year it looked like the electronics giant would follow Sony and to pass on the Android Wear platform and stick with its own Tizen OS, but it turns out that’s not the case.

Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, revealed in a recent interview that Samsung plans to introduce Android-based smartwatch later this year, as well as a couple smartphones running Tizen.
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Asus to Launch 3 New Budget Android Tablets

April 15th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Asus, hardware news, Tablet → No Comments

Asus asus logohas a trio of budget Android tablets on the way. There’s been no announcement from the gadget maker, but earlier this week details concerning the tablets were discovered on the Bluetooth and WiFi certification websites.

The listings don’t include many details, so at this point we don’t know the CPU, price, release date, or other specs, but the sites did reveal the model numbers, screen resolutions:
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Hisense Launches the Sero 8 Android Tablet in the UK

April 15th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, hardware news, Hisense, Tablet → 4 Comments

Hisense 611392-629644-800stunned and thrilled tablet owners everywhere with the launch of a pair of budget Android tablets last Summer. Now the Chinese gadget maker is turning their attention to the slightly less crowded 8″ tablet space with the Hisense Sero 8.

The new tablet has not yet been announced, but it is up for pre-order in the UK. Retail price is £90, or about $151, and it is expected to arrive by the end of the month.
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Samsung Unveils the Entry-level Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Smartphone

April 8th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, hardware news, Samsung, Smartphone → No Comments

samsung galaxy ace 4In the smartphone world Samsung is best known for the Galaxy Note and their other premium models, but every so often they have shown an interest in budget models.

The South Korean gadget maker has just announced the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, a truly bottom of the barrel smartphone – for Samsung, at least.
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Marvell Showed Off Android TV at CES 2014 (video)

April 7th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Google, hardware news, video → 2 Comments

Whenandroid tv marvell 2014 ces details about Android TV leaked this weekend, little was known about Google’s second venture into the living room aside from the name and what it would look like.

The Android TV effort, which had been in the works for quite a while, had been kept a close secret at Google. Or maybe it wasn’t.
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North Korea’s Smartphone Revealed as a Chinese Clone

April 7th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, North Korea, Smartphone → No Comments

When Arirang-AS120-vs-Uniscope-U1201-image-1North Korea unveiled the Arirang smartphone last August, many experts questioned whether the device was truly a Korean invention or whether it was more like North Korea’s Samjiyon tablet, which turned out to be a clone of a Chinese tablet.

It turns out those doubts were justified, because new information has revealed that the Arirang AS1201 smartphone is in fact either a copy of or simply a rebranded version of the U1201 smartphone from Uniscope.
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New Video Demos Smartphone to Fire TV Mirroring

April 6th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, Android, video → No Comments

Onekoush-fire-tv-mirror[1] question I had when the Fire TV launched last week was how well it worked streaming content from paired, and yesterday that question was answered.

Koushik Dutta, a leading Android developer whose work can be seen in Cyanogen (the open source Android firmware), ClockworkMod (the Android rooting tool), and Helium (a 3rd-party tool for backing up apps), took some time this weekend to see how well the Fire TV worked with Allcast.
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Google is Getting Ready to Inspire a Dozen Fire TV Competitors

April 5th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Google → 7 Comments

It’s only Android-TV[1]been days since Amazon unveiled their living room gadget, the Fire TV, and now new leaks suggest that Google is working on a similar product.

The Verge got their hands on documents concerning something called Android TV. Almost no hardware details are known about it, but it looks to me like Android TV is intended to do for TVs what Android Wear did for smartwatches:
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Nook for Android Updated

April 5th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Barnes & Noble, Nook → No Comments

Barnes & Noblenook itunes answered one of my open questions earlier this week with a new update for their Android app.

According to my sources, the app now enables readers to browse and sample ebooks without an account. It will also now ping you with notifications about deals in the Nook Store, reading recommendations and more.
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Inkling Releases a Digital Textbook App for Android

April 3rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, digital textbooks, Inkling → No Comments

Inkling inklinghas been selling digital textbooks for so long that it is often easy to forget that this ebook company only offer apps for iPad and iPhone, so I was surprised today to read about Inkling’s new Android app.
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