Phandroid » Tablets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:23:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RECALL: NVIDIA SHIELD 8-inch tablets sold in 2014-15 due to battery fire hazard Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:11:45 +0000 nvidia shield tablet lollipop tease

NVIDIA today issued a recall notice for the 8-inch NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. The company has discovered that batteries for units which were sold between July 2014 and July 2015 are faulty, so much so that they could overheat to the point where a fire may be caused.

NVIDIA is calling this a voluntary recall, which is par for the course for consumer electronics. You’ll be hooked up with a newer unit which has a new version of the battery. Although this recall is “voluntary,” you really should get your tablet replaced if you want to be absolutely sure you’re safe. So how do you go about doing that?

For starters, NVIDIA wants you to make sure you’re updated to the latest firmware you can be on. Go to Settings > About Tablet and check the date on your Kernel Version. If it’s July 1st or later, you have a recent enough update. If not, go ahead and pull it down at Settings > About Tablet > System Updates.

Once you’re updated, you should now see a “battery” listing under Settings > About Tablets > Status. If you have Y01 as your battery, your system is affected by the recall, and tapping on the button will take you through a device recall app. You’ll need to go here to submit all of the necessary information to NVIDIA, and they’ll spit out a claim number which you’ll use in that app to verify your recall. Once done, NVIDIA recommends you cease to use the tablet.

Those with B01 batteries are not affected by this recall, so no action needs to be taken. Many people might be inclined to brush a recall off, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, and we’d hate to see anyone’s homes go up in flames because they didn’t want to be detached from their tablet. And hey, you’re getting a brand new one in its place, so why the heck not? Go take care of it ASAP.

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DEAL: 50% off during HTC Summer Sale Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:50:57 +0000 Summer is starting to wind down, back-to-school is starting to gear up, and to help lighten the pain of those cold/hard facts, HTC is giving us a reason to celebrate: deals. They’ve just launched the HTC Summer Sale that features deep discounts on three of their best products: the HTC RE Camera (50% OFF), Nexus 9 (40% OFF), and HTC One M9 (25% OFF).

HTC Summer Sale

The company is also offering 50% off on what seems to be a wide range (if not all) of their accessories, so if you’ve already got an HTC Android device, you’ll likely want to head to their accessories page, enter your device, and browse the goods.

Which deal do you think is the best? Do you plan on picking up a new HTC device during this sale? Or perhaps accessories for your current device? Let us know in the comments! And for more, check out the HTC One M9 Forum, HTC RE Camera Forum, and Nexus 9 Forum.

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Sony is rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop to their Xperia line, here’s what’s new [VIDEO] Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:08:45 +0000 Sony Xperia Z2 Lollipop edit

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop — the most publicly available up-to-date version of Android — has begun making its way to Sony’s Xperia devices starting today. The first few Xperias to receive the update include the Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Sony Xperia Z2, and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. Sony was even nice enough to detail all the changes not only Android 5.1 will bring to these devices, but new features in the custom UI.

  • Increased customization options – so you have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function
  • Brand new LinkedIn integration – be more productive with intuitive contact synchronization in your Calendar
  • Camera improvements – with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions
  • Enhanced enterprise support – with our latest Xperia in Business features for work
  • SmartWear integration – selfie snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button
  • Instant calendar events – create & share smart events directly from any email
  • Calendar agenda in Email – no need to switch apps to check upcoming events
  • Richer Xperia themes
  • New Settings menu icons
  • Additional options for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in notification menu

Up next will be the Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra followed then by the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, and Sony Xperia C3. After all of those have receive the update, Sony says they have plans to roll out Android 5.1 to the original Xperia Z series, with Sony Xperia M2 and Sony Xperia M2 Aqua after that. That is a whole lot of Xperias, hot damn.

They may not have been first out the gate with Lollipop, but it’s refreshing to see Sony’s commitment to delivering the latest firmware updates to even their mid-range to lower end devices. Other Android OEMs can learn a thing or two. For more on the update, check out Sony Mobile’s quick video down below.

[Sony Mobile]

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Deal: Get the 32GB LTE Nexus 9 for $339 at Expansys Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:34:52 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07276

Quick, if you want a Nexus 9 at a discount Expansys currently has the best one. The 9-inch tablet is going for just $339, and that’s for the 32GB option with 4G LTE.

This is probably the lowest price tag the tablet has seen to date, and it comes with the added bonus of being a brand new unit instead of pre-owned or refurbished. Shipping is free, too, so there won’t be many more added charges aside from the tax they’ll tack on.

Even better is that you can get the tablet with a shell portfolio case if you pay just $5 more. The Nexus 9 had a bumpy start due to the bugs that came with early versions of Android 5.0 Lollipop, but there have been many updates since then and those bugs have been mostly cleaned up. Head here to order one if you’re interested.

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Samsung’s new 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 takes a swing at the iPad Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:52:52 +0000 05

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 is officially here, folks. The goods were announced this morning in two different size variants — 9.7 inches and 8 inches — and a whole new 4:3-esque aspect ratio. These things are no doubt taking aim at Apple’s iPad lineup, though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

They stack up quite well under the hood, with common specs featuring an Octa-Core chipset (1.9GHz + 1.3GHz), 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera that shoots at up to 2560 x 1440 resolution, a 2.1 megapixel front camera and 2048 x 1536 display resolution. They’ll also enjoy full WiFi a/c MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS w/ GLONASS, 4G LTE, a fingerprint scanner and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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Battery naturally differs between the two, though, with the bigger device sporting 5,870mAh of juice as opposed to 4,000mAh in the 8-inch variant. Both devices’ storage can also be expanded by up to 128GB thanks to a microSD slot, something we’re glad to see after its absence in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

They’re also rather thin with a profile of just 5.6mm, which should make for a comfortable time. Samsung says they’ll launch globally starting this August, though price and exact availability will certainly vary from market to market (we’d say it’s safe to assume these things will cost between $400 and $500 if you need a starting point for how much to save). Will you be snagging one?

[via Samsung]

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Prison has Android tablets, and this is what they look like Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:43:10 +0000 jpay mini5

Contrary to popular belief, prison isn’t just a massive row of concrete, steel, criminals and guards — learning goes on there, too. Library books only get you so far, though, and a lot of prisons are starting to incorporate technology into their reformation program.

One prison servicing firm called JPay has developed low cost tablets fit for inmates. These $70 slabs don’t look great, but they have a touch screen (a tiny phone-like 4.3-inch touch screen, mind you), 32GB of storage and even some recreational features such as music, games and email. Yes, prison has internet in this day and age.

The tablets are built with care to ensure they can’t be used as weapons, with JPay going as far as using transparent polycarbonate plastic to make sure someone can’t stick a shiv up there without the guards noticing.

JPay’s technological reach expands beyond simple tiny slabs of glass and plastic. The company helps prisoners’ family send commissary money, make video visits and more.

The hope is that the access to all this will help incarcerated individuals keep up with modern technology so they won’t be lost when they’ve been released and start the inevitably tough job hunt. The access to potential learning tools without having to visit the library should also help contribute to a more blissful education experience.

At the same time, it’s probably a nice distraction for inmates that could help them wind down and get through their prison sentence without dying of boredom and resorting to doing, well, stupid stuff. Whether they deserve it is up to your own individual belief, but if it’s helping to cut down on repeat offenders then we can’t see any huge downside.

[via TechCrunch]

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Kick off your Amazon Prime Day shopping spree with $60 off the Kindle Fire HD 7 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:21:09 +0000 amazon logo

Amazon’s Prime Day sale is here! The online retailer has been unleashing a smorgasbord of deals since midnight, and they’ll be going all throughout the day with limited time lightning deals and Prime-exclusive gold box prices.

To kick things off this morning Amazon has a pretty steep discount on their Kindle Fire HD 7 Android tablet. Its price was cut by $60, so you could get one shipped to you — with free 2-day shipping thanks to having an Amazon Prime, mind you (get a free 30-day trial here) — starting at just $79 (8GB) or $99 (16GB).

And that’s only the beginning. Amazon is already knee deep in deals on electronics, accessories and a whole ton of other products, and they’ll be adding more as soon as every 10 minutes throughout the day so be sure to check back often.

We already know they’ll have some insane deals on televisions, Chromebooks and more so there’s a lot more to look forward to. We’ll also be highlighting some of the best deals coming through the pipeline later on so you’ll want to stay tuned for that. Happy shopping!

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ASUS ZenPad 8.0 S now available in the United States for $199 at Best Buy Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:04:46 +0000 asus zenpad 8

ASUS has an 8-inch tablet going up for sale in the United States today. It’s the ZenPad 8.0 S, and it’ll be available for those who don’t mid doing business with Best Buy.

This 8-inch $200 Android tablet comes with 2048 x 1536 resolution, 32GB of RAM, Intel’s quad-core 1.33GHz Atom Z3530 chipset, 32GB of RAM with microSD, 2GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera on the rear, a 2 megapixel camera on the front + more. It’ll come with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, too, so you’ll be on the latest version of Android.

You can get it shipped to you for free, or use pickup in-store if you want to head in and grab it today. Note that some Best Buy stores may not be receiving units until later this week, so be sure to check inventory before you head through checkout.

ASUS ZenPad 8.0 S at Best Buy

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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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