Does anyone actually cable up to a printer anymore? Not if they're kitted out with Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint, or Sammy's new alternative: Samsung Cloud Print. The service will launch with an Android app in June, followed by an iOS version in the second half of the year and possibly a Smart TV app at some point too, and all the apps will come with a number of promises about security. Users will have their data encrypted between their device and their inkjet, and those who also use Samsung's freshly updated Knox service are promised "enhanced security" through a level integration between Knox and Cloud Print. Finally, the Android app will also support NFC pairing, allowing a compatible mobile device to be connected to "as many as 20 printers with just a few simple taps" -- although that currently only applies to Samsung's small range of NFC-enabled Xpress-branded printers.
While HP might not be the first company to pop in your head when the subject of Android tablets is mentioned, it’s been known to bring a decent offering to market. The company has just released a new 8 inch Android tablet at the incredibly affordable price of $170. That said, you’re going to want to take a look at the spec list before you pull the trigger.
Dubbed the HP 8, the tablet ships with a decent set of specs for the price:
- 7.85 inch IPS Display (1024 x768)
- Allwinner Quad-Core A31s Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 2 megapixel fix-focused rear camera
- VGA front-facing camera
- 16GB internal storage
- Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
- Stereo speakers
- 3800 mAh battery
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
While there’s a few specs in the list above that are certainly adequate enough for a mid-ranged tablet, there’s nothing that is going to wow anyone. Still, at a price of $170, it might be easy enough to overlook the lack of great specs, as the HP 8 will fit the bill for web browsing and some light gaming. Offered up in a silver finish, the HP 8 certainly looks sleek and the thin profile will ensure that it will feel nice when in your hands.
If you’re looking for an affordable tablet that provides some decent power and modest specs, then the HP 8 may be a good fit. (grab it here!) If you’re looking for an iPad Mini alternative, then move along. There’s nothing to see here.
HP continues its silent assault on the Android market with a new device the company isn't really making any fuss about. Simply called the HP 8, the new 7.85-inch Android tablet is an affordable device that’s already available for purchase on the company’s website – the HP 8 costs just $169.99 and ships immediately. For an additional $29.99, interested buyers can also purchase an HP 8 Blue Tablet Case that’s similar to an iPad Smart Case.
Hewlett Packard is trying to pull off a flanking maneuver on the Android market, through low-profile launches of low-cost devices. We recently came across the company's VoiceTab phablets during a side-show at Mobile World Congress, and now we're looking at a more traditional 7.85-inch tablet called the HP 8. In return for $170, you'll get a plain-looking device that, aesthetically, has more in common with last year's Slate 7 than with the faux-metal VoiceTabs. However, since we're making comparisons, we should also point out that the HP 8 has a worse display than both the Slate 7 and Dell's rival Venue 8, with fewer pixels (1,024 x 768) spread out over a larger area. The software and internals seem functional enough, though: Android 4.2.2 running on a quad-core ARM chip made by the Chinese company Allwinner, with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, stereo speakers, and a just-about-okay 3,800mAh battery that promises up to seven hours of use.
According to a report from Italy, Asus is looking to add two new devices to its Transformer Pad series. This year we may see the TF103 and TF303 joining the line-up, the latter of which is a better product.
The story goes on suggesting that the Taiwanese company will rely on Intel Bay Trail chip rather than NVIDIA Tegra 4 it used in its last flagship “transforming tablet.” Moreover, we should see the familiar 10.1-inch screen and QWERTY keyboard dock.
Both the TF103 and TF303 will look the same, with former likely to have a slightly slower processor, less RAM or something of that sort. We would like to see the smaller Transformer Pad (8-inch, perhaps?) but I guess that’s not something Asus is looking to make at the moment.
No word when these two will launch, but we’ll make sure you don’t miss a beat. Stay tuned…
Given Google's Chrome dominance, it's easy to forget that there are other Android browsers. Opera is one of the also-rans, and it's just brought a new version with a nice round number, 20, for your consideration. It's touting WebRTC as the main hook, which lets you do video calls straight from Opera to any recipient with another WebRTC browser. That includes Opera, Chrome or Firefox, since the latter two apps have actually supported WebRTC on Android for quite awhile. Other additions include a new UI layout that you can customize for tablets or phones, an update to the Chromium 33 core (yes, Opera now uses WebKit), search improvements and a new download manager. It still claims to use less data than other browsers thanks to its off-road function, so if you're pushing that hard carrier limit, check the source.
Google Play Games just became much, much more useful for avid Android gamers. A newly released update to Google's entertainment hub lets you see all your invitations; it's now much clearer that someone wants to play. The upgrade also shows you a not-quite-live view of who's playing, and a new Find Games area (shown here) suggests titles you can try. Play Games still won't compare with advanced gaming frameworks like PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, but it's likely worth a download if your smartphone regularly doubles as a handheld console.
Via: Android Central
Source: Google Play
No matter how great your Android keyboard is, sometimes good old handwriting is the best way to take notes in a meeting or jot down your next big idea. If carrying a notebook with you everywhere isn't your style, starting today you can create digital handwritten notebooks using Evernote's Android app. To use the feature, just tap the pen icon at the top right of any new note. A spotted canvas will appear, and you're free to write with your finger or stylus to your heart's content. There are four color and three thickness options if you're feeling creative, and audio and text files can be added to the same page to spice things up. Like everything else in Evernote, your handwritten notes are searchable, so you'll be able to find what you're looking for later on. In addition to handwriting, Evernote dropped a few other updates for Android users: an improved note editor and a faster camera. You can get everything now by downloading the latest version of the app by heading over to Google Play.
Via: The Next Web
A new entry at the GFXbench database indicates that Xiaomi is still working on this project, suggesting this will be a rather mediocre device with a 9.2-inch 1280×820 pixels screen and Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz. In addition, it will have 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a pair of cameras – 8-megapixel on the back, and 1.5-megapixel front-facing one.
Again, we’re not sure when this tablet will be out, but chances are it will debut in China with some other countries in Asia getting it soon afterwards. We’re not sure why Xiaomi has waited so much and can only imagine they’re working to make their MIUI software compatible with bigger screens. Hopefully, we’ll get all answers soon. Stay tuned…
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Although the Galaxy Tab 4 did not make its debut at Mobile World Congress, the next-generation tablet seems to have been confirmed by Samsung unintentionally in a recent advertisement. Planete Galaxy came across an ad (seen above) which lists all 20 devices that will be compatible with the upcoming Gear Fit, and at the end of the list is the unannounced Galaxy Tab 4. The tablet listing highlights three different sized models: 10.1-inch, 8-inch and 7-inch (the same lineup as the current Galaxy Tab 3). The Galaxy Tab 4 is rumored to feature a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 64GB of total storage and Android 4.4 KitKat. Be on the lookout for an official reveal in the near future.