Phandroid » Tablets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Get a LG G Pad F 8.0 for free from T-Mobile for Father’s Day Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:37:25 +0000 lg g pad 7

Father’s Day is this weekend. If that’s news to you there is still time to get your dad something great. T-Mobile is doing their part to celebrate fathers with a great deal on the LG G Pad F 8.0. You could get your dad a tablet for free if you qualify for this promotion.

T-Mobile is giving away the G Pad 5 for free if you purchase a data plan for the tablet. To qualify you need a 1GB or higher postpaid Simple Choice Mobile plan. Essentially you’re paying $10 a month for a tablet with data. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you’re looking for a capable device with connectivity outside your home.

By the way, the G Pad F is no slouch. It has a 8-inch display. 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 5MP camera, stylus, and it runs Android 5.0. It also has a microSD card slot if you’re into that sort of thing. Check the link below to snag this deal while supplies last.

[via T-Mobile]

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 leaks again, this time in the wild Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:44:59 +0000 Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S2-8.0-1 Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S2-8.0

The Galaxy Tab S2 is Samsung’s next in a long line of Android tablets. Last month we saw leaked renders of the 9.7-inch tablet, but today we’re seeing it in the flesh. It looks like…a Samsung tablet. There’s nothing terribly special about the device until you turn on the display. That’s where Samsung has distanced themselves from other tablet makers.

The Galaxy Tab S2 will come in two sizes: 8-inch and 9.7-inch. They will both be in 4:3 aspect ration with 2048×1536 resolution, and of course the beautiful Super AMOLED colors you’ve come to expect from Samsung. Other specs include an Exynos 5433 processor, 3GB of RAM, 8MP camera, LTE, and Android Lollipop. Expect an official announcement later this month.

[via SamMobile]

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Grab a Nexus 6 for $150 off on the Google Store, Nexus 9 comes with $50 Google Play credit Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:02:20 +0000 Nexus 6 $150 off Google Store promo

After discounting the Nexus Player last week by a mere $20 (that’s actually not a bad percentage), the Nexus 6 is now following suit. Google is firing up another sale by dropping the price of the Nexus 6 by $150 on the Google Store where it now sits at $500 for the 32GB version, or $550 for the 64GB.

What’s more, Google is also offering a special promotion for the Nexus 9 where you can get $50 in Google Play credit. It’s not a discount on the tablet, all that free software is definitely a nice bonus. The Nexus 9 promo ends June 23rd and although there’s no “limited time” tag on the Nexus 6, but it seems to be part of a Father’s Day promo, so hop on it.

Buy on Google Store: Nexus 6 | Nexus 9

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What will Huawei announce tomorrow? Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:15:12 +0000 huawei announcement teaser

Huawei has an announcement set to be made tomorrow, June 3rd, and we’re wondering what, exactly, it is. Our initial suspicion is that the rumors of a Huawei P8 Lite launch for the United States will turn out true. While there’s no concrete evidence of that, the teaser they have on their website shows parts of a phone that resembles the design of the P8 Lite in near identical fashion.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Huawei can’t borrow design languages for use on other phones, so we’ll always have to keep open the possibility that it’s something else. We’re also hoping to hear some info about the launch of the Huawei Watch in the United States. The watch was previously revealed at CES and actually grabbed a great deal of attention (see our Huawei Watch hands-on), but Huawei has been hush-hush on availability details.

What else? Well, we know the Huawei MediaPad T1 8.0 is still set to launch soon. The listing on their website has had a fat “Coming Soon” label on it for a few months now, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they’re getting ready to roll that one out, as well.

Our hope is that we also hear something about a launch of the flagship Huawei P8 for a US launch. It’s the company’s top-line device and it would be a great way to make an impression for the US consumer base (which is decidedly behind the Samsungs, HTCs and LGs of the world). The announcement happens tomorrow so be sure to circle back to see what exactly the company has in store!

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ASUS reveals an 8-inch ZenPad tablet with 4GB of RAM, Quad HD display and USB Type-C Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:05:56 +0000 asus zenpad 8

ASUS has had quite the day at Computex. we got a new smart watch and a selfie phone, and you can bet they have a good crop of tablets on the way, as well. This is the ASUS ZenPad 8.0, an 8-inch tablet that can either be very affordable or pack a whole lot of punch (depending on which you fancy).

There’s the base model — simply dubbed the ASUS ZenPad 8.0 — that has a 1280 x 800 display, 16GB of internal storage, an Intel Atom X3 chipset, a 5 megapixel rear camera and more. Not bad for those on a modest budget.

What really gets us excited is the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0, which is a whole different beast. This thing packs Intel’s Atom Z3580 chipset (top-line stuff for their mobile line), 4GB of RAM, 2,048 x 1536 resolution, your choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera and USB Type-C. We’re sure it’s going to be more of a wallet buster than its weaker brother, but with these specs (and ASUS’s history for quality) we’d argue it’ll be worth it.

ASUS also has 7-inch and 10-inch models planned, but the company hasn’t yet released any details about them. We’ll expect the 7-inch variant to be on the affordable side, while they’re bound to go balls to the walls for the biggest option. Unfortunately all we can do is speculate until they unleash some details or we stumble upon some juicy leaks. Either way, the 8-inch tablets are enough to satisfy our undying need for new tech for the time being.

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ASUS ZenPad leaked ahead of Computex 2015 reveal, 4:3 aspect ratio confirmed Wed, 27 May 2015 17:24:38 +0000 asus zenpad

ASUS is going to be waving their Taiwanese flag proudly at Computex next week, and the company is expected to introduce a new good-looking tablet to add to their ZenPad line. It’ll simply be called “ASUS ZenPad,” and the one thing you’ll notice from this newly-leaked render of it is that it’s sporting a screen ratio of 4:3.

Such a ratio was seen as odd at one point, but the prominence of Apple’s iPad seems to have gotten us used to it. In fact, perhaps we even prefer it.

ASUS is said to be going with Intel processors again as part of their new partnership. We still don’t know how we feel about that just yet as we have yet to put an Intel devices through its proper paces, but we’ll keep an open mind for sure.

One other detail suggests the company will introduce a 7-inch affordable model with 1024 x 600 resolution, while an 8-inch model will take things up a few notches with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. If ASUS can get these bad boys at or near that sweet spot of $200 we’d say there’s reason to take notice. We’ll have to wait until next week to find out more.

[via AUSDroid]

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A 7-inch mid-range HTC tablet has been spotted at an online export database Thu, 21 May 2015 16:58:02 +0000 HTC logo angled

HTC has taken their time to reenter the tablet market (not counting the Nexus 9, of course), but recent murmurings have suggested the company would look to test the waters of the mid-range sector of the still-iffy product category. And now we have our first indication that those rumors were true.

A mid-range 7-inch HTC tablet has been spotted at online import/export database Zauba. The database surprisingly lists a few detailed specs, such as the fact that it has 16GB of internal storage and sports a 1.2GHz quad-core chipset. It will also support dual-SIM cellular connectivity and has 1GB of RAM inside.

Those aren’t the makings of an iPad or Galaxy Tab killer, but if HTC can get this thing onto the market at a respectable price point (around $200 is our guess) then they might have something compelling on their hands. Of course, the company has more important things to worry about in the meantime so we’ll have to see if this device ever sees the light of day.

[via PhoneArena]

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Verizon updates Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Wed, 20 May 2015 23:59:33 +0000 samsung-galaxy-tab-s-10.5

After watching as both AT&T and T-Mobile pushed out Lollipop to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, today we finally have Verizon following suit. The update, which rolled out only a few days ago on other carriers, officially brings the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop (software build T807VVRU1BOD2). It’s not the latest version of Android, but it’ll do.

Samsung updated WiFi-only versions of the tablet to 5.0.2 back in March and as we all know, it always takes sometime before it reaches LTE-equipped carrier models. The real question is whether or not the tablet will see a future update to newer versions of Lollipop, like recently launched Android 5.1.


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Samsung Flow beta launches in the US, but only for 7 of their Galaxy phones and tablets Tue, 19 May 2015 15:00:22 +0000 samsung flow

Remember Samsung Flow? It was their response to Apple’s Continuity, a feature that allows you to take what you’re doing on one Samsung device and pick up where you left off on another. Whether you’re working on a document in an office app or in a video call with friends and family, you can seamlessly move what you’re doing from one device to another with little interruption.

The good news today is that Samsung Flow is now in open beta, though there are a couple of catches. For starters, the service is only available to folks in the US at the moment. Samsung also only opened up initial support for just 7 of their devices:

  • Galaxy S5, S6, and S6 Edge
  • Galaxy Alpha
  • Note 4 and Note Edge
  • Galaxy Tab S (we’re assuming it’ll work for all sizes)

It’s that reason that the app is getting a large quantity of one-star reviews over at Google Play. It’s important to remember that this is only a beta, and as such Samsung expects to be able to add more of their devices over time (including support for Flow on Samsung’s Smart TVs, Gear smart watches and computers).

Beyond that, Flow should seemingly provide a pretty robust experience to start. Samsung built the service based on Android’s pre-existing intent-based share API, so many apps in Google Play already support the use of Flow at a basic level. More advanced functionality can be added by developers if they so choose, and Samsung’s development page has all the details on how to do that.

samsung flow beta apps

If you have more than one of the supported devices be sure to give it a try. Otherwise you’ll have to wait for Samsung’s beta program to expand before you’ll be able to take advantage.

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T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop Mon, 18 May 2015 19:00:05 +0000 galaxy-tab-s-10.5-quick-briefing

Another Samsung tablet is receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop today, only this one is specific to a T-Mobile variant. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, and there isn’t much to look forward to that you aren’t already expecting. It’s Lollipop, and you’ll be treated to everything that shiny new bit of software offers.

T-Mobile didn’t list any other improvements in their changelog so your experience should remain relatively familiar otherwise. Thankfully you won’t have to wait for it to reach you over-the-air if you’re impatient as it can be pulled on demand using Samsung Kies (the download for which you can grab right here).

You’re looking for version T807TUVU1BOE1, and you can come from either T807TUVU1ANK1 or T807TUVU1ANJ3. It’ll require about 1.1GB of bandwidth and space to download so be sure to hop on WiFi to ensure things go smoothly.

[via T-Mobile]

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You can now download Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 WiFi Mon, 18 May 2015 15:48:13 +0000 Samsung Galaxy Note Pro DSC05107

Samsung is now updating their largest Galaxy Note Pro tablet to Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and it’s headed out to folks in Switzerland first as firmware version P905XXUABOD7.

The upgrade shouldn’t bring forth many unexpected surprises. Samsung has mostly tweaked their user interface to match the look, feel and features of Lollipop such as a Material Design user interface and improved notifications.

It shan’t be long before most owners in other regions will be able to load this thing up through Kies or over-the-air. If you absolutely can’t wait and you know how to manually flash update files, SamMobile has the goods right now. Otherwise, be sure to check for the update periodically over the course of the next month or two as Samsung greenlights the upgrade for more people.

[via SamMobile]

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LG G Pad X 8.3 is a sleek new tablet headed for Verizon [LEAK] Wed, 13 May 2015 14:41:46 +0000 lg g pad x

Verizon is getting themselves a new tablet from their South Korean friends known as LG. This is the LG G Pad X as leaked by Evan Blass, the retired holder of the famed @evleaks Twitter account. We first heard word of the tablet yesterday, though the gracious leakster didn’t have a render to offer up at that time.

Not much is known about the tablet at this time, though Blass did earlier mention that the tablet would have an “8.3” moniker attached to it, which no doubt refers to its screen size in inches. We can also see  stylings of Android 5.0 Lollipop throughout the render’s user interface.

We can also see there will be both rear and front-facing cameras, as well as rear-facing stereo speakers. Oh, and two nice Verizon logos do well to remind you which carrier this device is for. The device appears to have some sort of brushed metal finish on its rear, though it’s possible this could just be some other type of material with a brushed metal look.

One last thing of note: the widget on the home-screen of the LG G Pad X curiously shows May 28th, which is a Thursday. Is that the day Verizon will look to make this thing available? Could be, though it’s been a long time since a company has released a device on the date shown on its calendar. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

[via @evleaks]

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Nexus 9 (WiFi) Android 5.1.1 factory images and OTA zip now available for download Mon, 11 May 2015 21:28:09 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07280

It’s been a long time coming, Nexus 9 owners. Starting today, you should be seeing an update to Android 5.1.1 hitting your tablets. Because you may not feel like waiting around for the update to roll out in stages — and quite frankly, it’s been long enough — you have a few other options at your disposal.

Those looking to do things the manual way, the official factory images (build LMY47X) have been posted on Google’s developer page where they’re available for the flashing. What’s more is someone was even able to capture the OTA link directly from Google’s servers if you’re proficient in ADB. Just make sure you’re coming from LRX22L before you update. Cheers!

[Nexus 9 Factory Image | Nexus 9 update zip via XDA]

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AT&T Trek HD tablet announced, and GoPhone plans get Rollover Data Mon, 11 May 2015 19:10:50 +0000 att trek hd

AT&T today announced their very first own-branded Android tablet. It’s called the AT&T Trek HD, a 4G LTE tablet with an 8-inch HD display. It’s positioned as an affordable option for those who require a tablet but don’t have the funds for something on the high-end. Here’s a quick highlight of some of the other specs you’ll care about:

  • Camera: 5 megapixel auto focus rear facing camera and 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon 400
  • Battery: 4060 mAh Lithium Ion battery for up to 8 hours3 of power
  • Storage: 16 GB (microSD up to 32 GB sold separately)
  • Weight: 12 ounces

The tablet is just $50 on-contract, or $10 per month for 20 months if you grab it through AT&T’s tablet installment program. That figures to be about $200 if you were to buy this thing with no commitments.

Not a bad deal, though for $200 we’d just as soon use something like the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with your AT&T phone’s hotspot feature. The tablet will be available tomorrow online, and will head to store shelves starting May 15th.

To add to that news, AT&T has announced that folks on their $45 and $60 GoPhone plans will now get Rollover Data at no extra cost. Rollover Data works as Rollover Minutes did years ago — the data you don’t use is available for you to use next month. It’s not quite as good as T-Mobile’s Data Stash as the rollover data expires after 1 month, but at no added cost it’s better than nothing.

[via AT&T 1, 2]

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This is the 9.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 [LEAK] Mon, 11 May 2015 12:20:17 +0000 samsung-galaxy-tab-s2-leak

Samsung has a new tablet on the horizon, though we wouldn’t expect anything less from the world’s leading Android manufacturer. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, which stands to be the direct sequel to yesteryear’s flagship slate. As such, we’d expect the device to have top-line specs.

Unfortunately we don’t have much of an idea of what will be under the hood at this point, as @onleaks only provides a screen size of 9.7 inches, a width of somewhere between 5.5 and 5.9 inches, and a rather dull render.

He did note that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2’s design was inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S6, but we were already expecting as much. The device is sure to be prepped for a summer launch as its predecessor was so it shouldn’t be long before more details come to light.

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