Phandroid » Tablets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:37:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Samsung Galaxy Tab A now available for pre-order in the US, comes in 8 or 9.7-inch varieties Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:34:34 +0000 Samsung Galaxy Tab A Smoky Blue

It must be a great day to announce product launches. After Sony announced both Google Cast ready soundbars, A/V receivers, and their upcoming Android TV powered 4K Ultra HDTVs, we now have Samsung chiming in with pricing and availability of their latest Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A.

Specs probably wont blow your socks off, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab A will be available in 2 different sizes — 8-inch and 9.7-inch models — both with a 1024×768 resolution display in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The 8-inch version will retail for $230, while the 9.7-inch (which comes with an S Pen digital stylus) will be available for $300.

The rest of the hardware specs include a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, micro SD card slot (up to 128GB), 5MP rear/2MP front facing cameras, and a 4,200mAh battery — all running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Also worth noting, the larger 9.7-inch Tab A features two speakers on the bottom, while the smaller version only has one.

You can pre-order the tablets right now in the US via the link below in either white, blue, or titanium color options, with the official launch kicking off May 1st from retailers like Amazon or Best Buy. Let’s not all rush out at once.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-inch with S Pen

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Deal: Amazon has the Kindle Fire HD 7 for $79 today only Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:33:05 +0000 Kindle Fire HD - 7

Quick heads-up on an Amazon deal that might delight those in the market for a tablet. The company is putting their own Kindle Fire HD 7 on sale for $79.

That’s down from its usual price of $139, and it’ll get you a 7-inch 1280 x 800 tablet with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, front and rear cameras with 1080p video recording, and quick and easy access to Amazon’s ecosystem of movies, books, music, apps, games and more.

It won’t run circles around many tablets, but for $79 it should prove capable enough for whatever you need it to do. Go ahead and order one from Amazon right here if you’re interested.

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Download: Android 5.1 for Nexus 7 2013 LTE arrives, get factory images and OTA files here Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:22:07 +0000 New Nexus 7 wm

The Nexus 7 2013 LTE has finally gotten its shot at receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop, folks. The OTA is rolling out, but if it hasn’t hit your device yet you can get going a couple of different ways. The first is by downloading the OTA file here, renaming it “”, dropping it onto the root of your device’s storage and jumping into recovery to flash.

You can also grab the factory image right here, which can be flashed through ADB (you’ll also find instructions for doing so if you aren’t already familiar with the process).

Android 5.1 doesn’t add much to Lollipop on the surface, though it does address many lingering bugs and adds a few tweaks to tighten up the blissful Lollipop experience. Go ahead and get it loaded onto your LTE Nexus 7 2013 as soon as possible!

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Download: LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition getting Android 5.1 Lollipop, here’s the OTA file Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:53:41 +0000 lg-g-pad-8.3-3

Android 5.1 is finally headed to the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition, as many of you have reported being able to grab the upgrade over-the-air. Android 5.1 doesn’t house a significant bundle of new features on the surface, though the extent of the bugs fixed (read: a metric crap-ton) is likely incentive enough to grab this one as soon as you can.

Can’t grab the upgrade OTA for whatever reason? Thankfully the OTA download file is already available right here. Simply download it, rename it to, and either use ADB to flash it or drop it onto the root of your device’s storage as “” and flash it through recovery.

This file is meant to take you from LRX21P.L004 to LMY47O.L002, so be sure you’re on the right firmware before attempting to flash it. Not comfortable doing it yourself? Be patient as the OTA is likely to be on its way before this batch of Lollipop gets too stale.

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You can find the Nexus 9 for $75 off at Best Buy [DEALS] Sat, 04 Apr 2015 01:28:26 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07280

The Nexus 9 — although not perfect in any sense — is still the only 9-inch Nexus Tablet out there. Love it or hate it. For those that aren’t turned off by some of its shortcomings (we’ve seen varying reports of bugginess and questionable build quality), the tablet can be found at Best Buy this weekend for a cool $75 off.

That brings the price down to $325 for the 16GB version, and $405 for the 32GB model in either Indigo black, or Lunar white. Normally priced at $400/$480, that’s still $75 cheaper than you’ll find the Nexus 9 on the Google Store.

The tablet has received mostly favorably reviews on Best and Amazon, where we’re seeing a solid 4-star rating. That’s gotta say something, right? Link to the Nexus 9 at Best Buy provided below.

Buy at Best Buy: Nexus 9 16GB $325 | Nexus 9 32GB $405

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Last Chance Offers at Organize your keys or win a Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:51:25 +0000 galaxy-tab-s-8.4

A few last-chance offers are currently ticking away their final hours at You won’t want to miss your chance to win the excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, especially when the cost of entry is nothing more than a few minutes of your time.

Submit your email address at and you will have a chance to take home the super slim, ultra hi-res, blazing fast Galaxy Tab S. You are limited to one entry, but you can increase your odd of winning by sharing the contest to your Twitter followers. The cutoff for entry is a little over 24 hours away, so get them in before 11:59PM on April 1st (and that’s not a joke).

As a consolation for those that don’t win we can offer up the KeySmart 2.0 Compact Key Organizer. Don’t be fooled by its name; there is absolutely nothing high-tech about it. It won’t interface with your smartphone, it won’t alert you if you lose it or track your keys via GPS. Nope, it’s just a simple keyring crafted from high quality aluminum and designed to keep you smartly organized. You have 6 more hours to get it for only $16.99.


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Motorola president says company has no plans to make tablets Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:26:44 +0000 motorola-xoom-gold-02-22-2011

It’s no secret Motorola’s first tablet — the late Motorola XOOM — wasn’t the most successful venture ever. It came to market with an outrageously high price tag, lack of LTE (it was later offered for those who didn’t mind shipping their device back in) and a whole gang of bugs. But it was important in that it was the first tablet to champion Android for the big screen. They then followed up with the DROID Xyboard family that was exclusive to Verizon.

We’ve always wondered whether the company would look to introduce another one in more modern times, especially with Verizon having dropped hints of a new Motorola tablet in the past, but it looks like those plans were taken out back and lit on fire. Rick Osterloh, Motorola Mobility’s president, confirmed on Twitter that the company has no plans to create Android tablets (and opted to name drop his parent company Lenovo as a fine source for Android tablets).

A rumor back in 2013 suggested Motorola was going to take what they’ve learned from the successful launch of Moto Maker and the Moto X to provide a tablet with similar qualities (that is, one that is simple, clean and can be made-to-order depending on your style). A lot can change in two years in the tech space, though, and it seems those exciting plans were lost throughout all the hubbub of being bought by Google, then subsequently sold to Lenovo.

That said, it’s worth remembering that “no plans” doesn’t mean plans can’t change. We’re still holding out hope for Motorola to make a comeback in the tablet space, but if you’re somehow still waiting for a new slate from the company after four long years then it’s safe to say you should look to move on. We hear that Nexus 9 is pretty darn good.

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HURRY: Get $100 off the Nexus 9, but only until 4PM Eastern Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:33:46 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07276

Quick: Best Buy has a deal going on right now that will net you a Nexus 9 for $100 less. The right now isn’t a joke: it will literally only last a couple of more hours as it’s their latest 4-hour flash sale.

You can also get a few bucks off some cases and accessories for it, $5 off a Chromecast, and $50 off a couple of Acer Chromebooks. You have until 4PM Eastern to take advantage. Why are you still here? GO!

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Download: OTA update links for Android 5.1 on the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 10 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:10:26 +0000 Google_Lollipop

In case you haven’t heard, several Nexus devices have started receiving the upgrade to Android 5.1 over-the-air. You should check to make sure it is available on your phone or tablet (we know it to be hitting the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2012 WiFi and Nexus 10 right now) and see if you can pull it down the natural way.

But if you can’t wait and you don’t like to go the factory image route, you’ll be happy to know that OTA links for each of those devices are now available to flash atop your existing installation. Note that these should only be flashed on top of the appropriate firmware (listed next to each file) and that you might need to be on stock firmware (meaning no root or custom ROMs) for the best result.

Without further ado:

Nexus 5

Nexus 6

Nexus 7 2012 WiFi

Nexus 10

We’ll be looking to update this post with more links for different devices if they become available. As always, be sure to make a backup of your important data before flashing, and if you’re not comfortable applying the update on your own then you should simply wait for the OTA to hit your device.

Need help? The folks at are always willing to lend a hand to anyone not familiar with the manual flashing process:

Let us know how your device is feeling after you’ve gotten it loaded up!

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The Nokia N1 might be the best-looking Android tablet ever made [VIDEO] Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:32:03 +0000 Nokia N1 DSC08993

It wasn’t that long ago that Mobile World Congress was flooded with Android tablets. Everyone from Alcatel to ZTE had to get in on the post-iPad tablet boom. Nowadays tablet releases are few and far between. We haven’t seen many new tablets at MWC this year, but one from an unlikely source really grabbed our attention.

Back in November you may remember hearing about the Nokia N1. It came out of nowhere, but looked really nice. Nokia is showing off the N1 at Mobile World Congress, and we couldn’t pass up the chance to check it out. The first thing you’ll notice about the N1 is the design that mimics the iPad more than a Lumia device. Nokia says the design is made to fade away and not distract from the contents of the display.

Nokia N1

iPad-esque or not, the Nokia N1 is a very attractive device, and that’s not the only thing to love about it. The N1 runs stock Android Lollipop out of the box. Nokia only pre-loads one app, which happens to be the app you use the most. Z-Launcher is Nokia’s own home launcher replacement that uses contextual information to show apps you might need at the moment. It also has a handy handwriting search for apps, contacts, and bookmarks. The good news is you can simply use a different launcher if you don’t like it.

The display is 7.9-inches at 2048×1536 resolution. It’s powered by an 2.3GHz Intel 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5300mAh battery. On the back is a 8MP camera, with a 5MP camera on the front. One really cool spec is the USB Type-C reversible charging cable. This is the newest standard that allows the USB cable to be plugged in at any orientation.

The Nokia N1 has one big flaw: availability. If you live in China you can buy one for the equivalent of $250, but here in North America it’s nearly impossible to get. That’s a real shame because we like the N1 a lot. It has a great design, excellent build quality, top-notch specs, and stock Lollipop. If it ever does come to the U.S. for $250 it should be an easy sell.

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Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet [VIDEO] Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:07:01 +0000 Sony-Xperia-Z4-Tablet3

Sony took their time bringing us an updated 10-inch slate, but the wait seems well worth it based on our initial impressions of the Xperia Z4 Tablet. The slate continues to showcase Sony’s dedication to design, and the first thing immediately noticeable is how light it is. Add to this the fact that the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet measures in at an amazing 6.1mm thin and we have the beginnings of another gorgeous Android device from the Japanese manufacturer.

The Xperia Z4 Tablet runs Android Lollipop on top of an impressive hardware package that includes an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset at its core. A 2K (2560 x 1600) display is a marked improvement over its 10-inch predecessor, the Z2 Tablet. A holdover from the earlier slate is a 6000mAh battery, but Sony promises improved battery life nonetheless.


A nifty addition to the Z4 Tablet is the inclusion of a Bluetooth keyboard, a response to the growing popularity of the Microsoft Surface and tablets that serve as full notebook replacements. The Z4 Tablet docks firmly in place and connects via Bluetooth, supporting mouse input with multi-finger gestures for scrolling and more. Sony does modify the slate’s Lollipop OS to provide an environment more friendly to productivity, including the ability to add an abundance of items to the shortcut bar.

Other goodies include waterproof construction for added durability and options for LTE connectivity. The Xperia Z4 Tablet will launch in Europe this June at a price of 550 euro.

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The Huawei Watch and MediaPad X2 get officially unvieled Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:11:39 +0000 Huawei-Watch-Timeless-Design-Android-Wear

Yesterday news broke about the Huawei Watch, a beautiful Android Wear device from an unlikely manufacturer. Today it has been officially unveiled at MWC, along with a new tablet. The Watch is aluminum, has thin bezels, and no “flat tire.” These things alone would make most Android fans happy, but it gets better.

The Huawei Watch has a 1.4-inch 400×400 AMOLED sapphire crystal display that is scratch-resistant and can be used with gloves or wet hands. It’s 316L corrosive-resistent, and has a beautiful cold-forged stainless steel body. The watch also has a heart-rate montior, barometer, and 6-axis sensor to track fitness activities. It will launch “mid-2014″ in gold, stainless, and black.


The Huawei MediaPad X2 is a 7-inch tablet with cellular data connectivity. It looks like a stretched out version of something from HTC. The 7-inch display is 1080p, and it has a 2GHz Kirin ultra-octa chipset, 13MP camera, 5,000 mAh battery, and Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. It will be available in 2GB and 3GB of RAM versions later this year.

What do you think of these great devices by Huawei? Do they have enough to compete with the likes of Samsung, HTC, and LG here in the U.S.?

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In-the-wild image of Sony Xperia Z4 tablet leak along with mid-range handset Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:01:35 +0000 Xperia-Z4-Tablet1-640x480

Sony might be in the midst of spinning off its mobile business, but that doesn’t mean the company is pressing pause on bringing us new gear in 2015. After a quiet showing at CES, the company looks to have at least a couple of devices in tap for MWC, including what might be considered the official followup to the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

While last year brought us the Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is the company’s first full-sized offering since the Z2. It looks to feature the same sleek Sony design we have come to expect, and this includes an ultra-thin profile. We see it in-the-wild for the first time thanks to a leak presented by XperiaBlog.

Sony-Xperia-M4-Aqua2-640x320Not a flagship smartphone but still intriguing is the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, another device leaked ahead of Mobile World Congress and likely on tap for the show floor. Rumored specs include a 5.2-inch 720p display, 13MP camera, Snapdragon 610 SoC, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. As the Aqua name implies, Sony’s penchant for waterproofing their devices will carry over to this mid-range smartphone.

We’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of these devices come next week. Stay tuned for hands-on coverage and more.

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Sony Xperia Z4 tablet leaked ahead of Mobile World Congress with 2K display, ‘ultra fast processor’ Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:23:56 +0000 Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LEAK

It was around this same time last year we got our hands on the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony’s full-sized 10-inch tablet for 2014. Later on in the year, they formally introduced the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller sized offering with top-notch specs. For this year’s Mobile World Congress, you can expect Sony to show off the next iteration of their larger 10-inch offering with the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. The tab was leaked via Sony’s own Xperia Lounge application that comes preloaded on their device line, but was quickly pulled.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet leak Xperia Lounge app

The listing doesn’t reveal much in terms of hardware, only a 2K display, “the latest ultra fast processor,” and “industry leading battery performance.” Pretty much standard. It does provide a March 3rd, 2015 date. This all but guarantees we’ll be getting a closer look at this during Mobile World Congress next week. It also makes us wonder if Sony doesn’t have any other Z4 mobile devices up their sleeves (we wouldn’t mind seeing a Sony Xperia Z4 Compact with 1080p display). We can always daydream.

[Xperia Blog]

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CyanogenMod 12 nightlies head to the Nexus 9 with a box full of Lollipops Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:57:06 +0000 cyanogenmod logo 5

CyanogenMod fans with the Nexus 9 have been deprived of their Lollipop goodness to this point, but no longer — the Nexus 9 is the latest device to receive CyanogenMod 12 nightlies. In case you don’t know, a nightly is a daily snapshot ROM of the latest changes.

It’s to be considered an alpha ROM as it often contains bleeding edge features, fixes and changes that might not stable. That said it’s a good way to get a taste of what’s to come if you absolutely can’t wait for the release candidates or stable releases to reach your device.

You flash it like you would any other ROM (here’s a handy collection of resource links if you’re not sure where to begin), of course, and you do so knowing that you’re responsible for anything that happens as a result. Take heed to that, and should you decide to go through with it the the download links will be waiting right here.

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