Phandroid » Tablets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 30 May 2015 02:05:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Official: Nexus 9 gets Android 5.1 Lollipop update today Thu, 07 May 2015 16:21:52 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07273

Google’s been trolling Nexus 9 owners for quite some time by bringing out maintenance upgrades while others were long enjoying Android 5.1. Well, the trolling stops here — Google has announced that the upgrade is officially rolling out to the big tablet from today onward.

Android 5.1 didn’t bring any amazing changes, though it did squash a great deal of bugs that fell under Google’s radar when Android 5.0 Lollipop was first released. These changes should contribute to better battery life and an overall smoother device.

We’re not sure when the rollout will begin or if it’ll be staggered, but we’re sure there will be flashable OTA files to get you going on the latest and greatest before too long. For now, keep smashing that update button in the Settings menu!

[via Twitter]

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While waiting for Android 5.1.1, the Nexus 9 receives over-the-air update to 5.0.2 Lollipop Tue, 05 May 2015 20:20:28 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07273

It’s not the software update Nexus 9 owners were expecting, but Google’s 9-inch tablet is now receiving a small (23.3MB) update to 5.0.2. It’s definitely surprising. A few days ago the Nexus 9 was the only Nexus Tablet that didn’t have Android 5.1.1 factory images posted by Google. This seemed to hint at something dire, but later a Googler mentioned on Google+ that Android 5.1.1 was, in fact, soon headed to the tablet, only delayed because of a few last minute bugs.

Buggy software isn’t fun and Lollipop has been plagued with them since the initial 5.0 rollout. So, waiting a little longer for a bug-free update was definitely in everyone’s best interest, no matter how frustrating. We know the Nexus 9 feels like the black sheep of the Nexus family and before you get too upset, it’s entirely possible 5.0.2 is simply a necessary pit stop on the road to to 5.1.1. If nothing else, this could mean that Android 5.1 update is even closer than ever.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A in 8 or 9.7-inches now available in the US Fri, 01 May 2015 23:20:01 +0000 Samsung Galaxy Tab A Smoky Blue

We told you guys about Samsung’s newest line of affordable tablets — the Samsung Galaxy Tab A — back when they went up for pre-order last week. Available in either 8 or 9.7 inch varieties, these tablets wont blow you away with their spec sheet, but then again they wont break the bank either.

Officially available today in the US, both models come with 1024×768 resolution displays in a user friendly 4:3 aspect ratio. The 8-inch version (16GB) retails for $230 and only features a single speaker, while the 9.7-inch (16GB) is available for $300 and comes with 2 speakers.

The rest of the 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 of this running on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.

Buy from Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch | Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-inch with S Pen

Buy on Amazon: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch | Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-inch with S Pen

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Googler says Android 5.1.1 rollout for the Nexus 9 is around the corner, blames last minute bugs for delay Fri, 01 May 2015 18:54:39 +0000 Nexus 9 DSC07282

Last night we saw Android 5.1.1 Lollipop factory images made available for the Nexus 7 WiFi (2013 and 2012) as well as Nexus 10. But strangely missing from that group was the more recently launched Nexus 9 which, as it turns out, has yet to receive even the initial 5.1 update.

While the factory image for the Nexus 9 still isn’t available quite yet, a Googler on Google+ chimed in on the holdup. Although he admits not working directly on the Nexus 9, he did say that the team found some last minute bugs and once dealt with, a rollout should commence and isn’t far out.

We know, it’s not much, but it should help give at least a little peace of mind to those of you wondering where Android 5.1.1 was for the Nexus 9. Hang in there. We’re still waiting on cellular equipped Nexus smartphones and tablets.


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Android 5.1.1 factory images arrive for Nexus 7 WiFi (2013 and 2012), Nexus 10 Fri, 01 May 2015 00:52:27 +0000 New Nexus 7 wm

Heads up, Nexus Tablet owners. It appears Android 5.1.1 is already gearing up for an official rollout. Factory images for 5.1.1 (build number LMY47V) on WiFi versions of the original Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 10 tablets have already been uploaded to Google’s factory images page. We’re also seeing reports that 5.1.1 has already begun rolling out to the Nexus 10.

As always, you can either get a jump by flashing the factory images linked below (and erasing all your data in the process), or wait for the official update to hit your device over-the-air in the coming minutes/days/weeks. Hopefully with all the bugs squashed in these updates, a new batch isn’t unleashed onto our devices. Stay tuned for more.

[Nexus Factory Images]

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