Phandroid » Tablets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:15:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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:

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Nexus 6

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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.

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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.

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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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Best Android tablets rankings see slight shift as we await first major releases of 2015 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:07:37 +0000 best-tablets-april-2014

What is the best Android tablet? We’ve once again put the Phandroid staff to a vote to determine the answer to that very question, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the rankings have changed only slightly. There has been little to get us truly excited in terms of tablets since the Nexus 9 launched during last year’s holiday season, but as our list demonstrates there are no shortage of great options already on the market.

See the full Best Android Tablet rankings now!

We also rundown a few upcoming and rumored devices that might be worth the wait. What does Samsung have up their sleeve? Will a newcomer be behind the next big Android slate? We anticipate Mobile World Congress will bring a few revelations that could inform our opinions in the coming months, but if you absolutely are looking to buy now, you won’t want to do so without consulting our list first.

Want to find out where your favorite tablet ranked? Well, you are just going to have to click through to our dedicated Best Tablets page to find out. Feel free to disagree in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out our similarly helpful Best Phones page.

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Project Tango officially graduates out of Google ATAP and to an official Google project Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:45:32 +0000 Project Tango Google featured large

After learning that Google Glass had officially moved out of Google X labs (and, as we later learned, being reboot), another experimental project at Google is moving on up. This time, graduating out of Google’s Advanced Technologies and Project group (a more mobile focused counterpart to Google X) is Project Tango, Google’s 3D mapping project we saw introduced last year and more recently, via the the Project Tango tablet.

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The boys at Google ATAP announced the news on their Google+ page where they mention the project has officially made its way out of ATAP and into a new home within Google. The ATAP team — which strives for innovation by setting up temporary project teams with ambitious goals and short 2 year deadlines — wasn’t revealing exactly where Project Tango will go from here, or how we’ll see it implemented in future devices, but it’s clear this isn’t the last we’ve seen out of the technology.

As a refresher, Project Tango looks to give mobile devices (and possibly robots?) a “human-scale understanding” of space and motion using a combination of cameras and sensors and was one of 11 projects the Google ATAP team was working on (the Project Ara modular smartphone being another). We’re extremely excited and hopeful at what Google has in store for 2015. Should be a real interesting year.


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Android 5.0.2 factory images now available for the Nexus 7 LTE (2012 and 2013) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:39:48 +0000 Nexus 7 2013

It’s been a long time coming, but those of you with the cellular equipped Nexus 7 (both models) can expect Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to soon hit your devices. Earlier today, Google posted the system images and binaries for both the original Nexus 7 LTE , and the Nexus 7 2013 LTE as shown in the screen shot down below.

Nexus 7 2013 LTE Android 5.0.2 image

The Android 5.0.2 update (build LRX22G) is the same build number that already rolled out to the Nexus 10 and WiFi equipped Nexus 7 models. We’re not sure what took Google so long, but hopefully it gave them enough time to patch up all those bugs we’ve been hearing about. From here, you can either manually apply the update yourself (providing you have an unlocked bootloader and knowledge of ADB), or wait for the official rollout to commence.

Still no word on when Google plans on pushing out this update over-the-air, but it shouldn’t be much longer now. Those of you with the 4G LTE equipped Nexus 7 or Nexus 2013 can rest assured the update is, in fact, coming.

[Google Developers]

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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA links for Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 go live (and here’s how to flash them) Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:40:07 +0000 New Nexus 7 wm

Late last week we saw Google upload a couple of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 7 2013 and the Nexus 10, and now it seems they’re readying the big rollout for at least one of those devices. OTA links to downloads for the Nexus 7 2012 and 2013 have been uncovered, which means Google is essentially ready to flip a switch, turn on the green light and sent it out to everyone’s devices.

The only issue is we’re still not exactly sure what’s going to be new, though the list of stuff we’ll see on the surface is sure to be very short. Small updates like these tend to do more under the hood in terms of bug fixes and performance improvements so we won’t be expecting anything very exciting.

That said, if you still want the upgrade just to be on the latest and greatest then you can find the files at the links below. You can use ADB to flash the files onto your device. Not familiar? This handy AndroidForums thread will do you some good, so be sure to take a look at it for a complete rundown on how to manually flash OTA update files on your Nexus device.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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You can now buy the Nexus 9 in Sand color option on Google Play Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:34:01 +0000 nexus 9 sand

When Google first announced the Nexus 9, they revealed a Sand color option alongside the current Lunar White and Indigo Black SKUs available now. The problem is that the Sand color option wasn’t immediately available, and we’ve gone a couple of months thus far without hearing anything about its arrival.

But in typical Google fashion it’s just popped up on Google Play without a word this morning. It’s the same Nexus 9 we’ve come to know and love, but now it looks like something that could blend into a pile of desert sand.

There is one catch — you can only get it if you opt for the 32GB WiFi configuration, though it’s possible Google will offer up more variants in the moments, days or weeks to come. If you don’t mind that and you’ve been holding out for this option then head to Google Play to get your order in (Google says it leaves warehouses in 1-2 business days).

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Archos 50 Diamond smartphone and 80b Helium tablet revealed at CES 2015 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:37:41 +0000 Discuss the Archos 50 Diamond at!


Archos has a couple of new products with them at CES 2015, both of which probably won’t get nearly as much attention as stuff from the likes of LG or HTC. Regardless, they’re here — a smartphone by the name of Archos Diamond 50, and the Archos 80b Helium tablet.

The former is a 5-inch smartphone boasting 1080p resolution and a Snapdragon 615 octa-core chipset, silicon that features a set of 4 1.7GHz cores and a set of 4 1GHz cores in ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration.

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It’ll also come with 2GB of RAM, a 16 megapixel rear camera, a whopping 8 megapixels on the front and 16GB of internal storage with support for expanding it via microSD by 128GB. The device will have 4G LTE and launch with Android 4.4 KitKat, and is powered with a 2,700mAh battery. The best part, if we know anything about Archos, is that this should all be relatively affordable for anyone who seeks a high-end smartphone experience without a high-end wallet.


Archos also had a new tablet to introduce, a 4G LTE-equipped 80b Helium line that features size options of 7-inches, 8-inches and 10.1-inches, all with 1280 x 800 resolution. They’ll look to use MediaTek’s 1.7GHz quad-core chipset and 1GB of RAM to get the job done processing wise, as well as 8GB of internal storage, a 3,600mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Not the most impressive sounding of the lot of tablets available right now, though considering they’re expected to be ultra affordable we’re not sure there’s ample room to complain. Stay tuned as we look to bring you a closer look at both at CES 2015 this week.

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