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18 Dec 12 CyanogenMod 10.1 nightlies spread to more Nexus models, ASUS and …

CyanogenMod 10.1 on a Nexus 4

There was a certain degree of irony to the first CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly reaching a lone device that already runs Android 4.2. What about the rest of us? Thankfully, logic is getting the upper hand with the arrival of regular test builds for a much wider hardware selection. All versions of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 get their expected turn at the code. However, the mix also includes devices that weren’t predestined to receive an official update to the latest instance of Jelly Bean, such as ASUS’ Transformer Pad Infinity and Samsung devices ranging from the original Galaxy S through to both Galaxy Tab 2 slates. It’s still throwing caution to the wind by running an unfinished version of unofficial firmware, but we’re sure CyanogenMod’s target audience is comfortable enough with the risks to visit the source link.

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04 Jun 12 ASUS to preinstall Bluestacks on PCs: Android on Windows

James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James’ writing has appeared in many print publications: Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine, Information Week and Laptop Magazine to name a few. James’ coverage of the mobile technology sector has regularly appeared in the New York Times, and CNN/ Fortune online. Not just a writer, James has filmed numerous video reviews and how-tos that have garnered well over a million viewers. He has appeared on local news segments and been interviewed by the Associated Press on mobile technology topics. Additionally, James has been podcasting about mobile technology for years.

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12 May 12 Android Community’s NVIDIA TegraZone Anniversary Tegra Pack Giveaway!

We’re back with another awesome giveaway for all the gamers out there. Android Community has partnered with NVIDIA and ASUS to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone. Just like our previous giveaways this isn’t just a free tablet. We’ll be offering the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 quad-core tablet, the TF300 keyboard dock, a Logitech Wireless game controller, and even a Jawbone Jambox portable speaker. Add all that up and you get a top quality mobile gaming system that could rival consoles. We will be giving away 3 of these “Tegra Packs” so you have multiple chances to win. Read on for all the details.

Over the next few weeks Android Community will be giving away 3 of these ultimate gaming packs to some of our loyal and lucky readers, as will our sister site SlashGear. Along with our giveaway, NVIDIA is also doing the same and will be giving away 7 packs so you essentially have tons and tons of chances to win some Android tablet goodness right here. Our rules are below, as well as what you’ll need to do to win from NVIDIA. They want your input on what the best Tegra game is, and we do too. From ShadowGun to Riptide GP. Tell them for your chance to win.

First have a look at the rules to enter and win from Android Community, then below will be the links for NVIDIA’s side of things.

Circle us on Google+ at: +Android Community
- Leave a comment in [this G+ thread] telling us why you think you should win, what your favorite Tegra game is, or what game you’ll play when you win.
Winners will be selected like so: we’ll pick a set of our favorites and put them in a hat to pick at random. We’ll select one a week for 3 weeks.

It’s just that simple folks. A few clicks and you could be the lucky and proud owner of an awesome quad-core Android tablet ultimate gaming bundle thanks to NVIDIA. Next, you can get even more chances to win by voting on your favorite game (as mentioned above) over at NVIDIA’s TegraZone site itself. NVIDIA is calling this the Players Choice Awards and you can get in on the action by clicking here or by scanning the QR code below with your smartphone or tablet.

If you’ve never experienced the awesomeness that is an NVIDIA Tegra-optimized game you’ll want to check out all of our links and reviews below of multiple impressive games, as well as our full review of the Transformer Pad TF300 and Prime tablets. ASUS also explains it well with this little comment: “Running latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ASUS Transformer Pad is a value packed tablet that with multi-color style, and productivity with expandability when connected to the mobile dock. With a 1.2MP front and 8MP rear auto-focus camera with large F/2.2 aperture and exclusive office software, staying connected and productive has never been easier.”

Giveaway begins May 10th and ends May 31st, 12:01AM PST barring any complications finding the winners. All winner will be announced once we’ve contacted and confirmed them here in the main news feed and at our official Facebook/Google+ pages.

Giveaway is open to residents of the US only, over the age of 18. One entry per person. Family members of NVIDIA, ASUS, or Android Community/SlashGear are not permitted to enter. Competition entries are only accepted via the specified Google+ thread; entries left in the comments section of this or any other post will not be recognized.

The winner will be contacted by an Android Community/SlashGear staff member upon being selected and will be expected to respond to that staff member; they will be expected to respond within 24 hours else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected. Editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners agree that their name and details of their entry may be used for promotional purposes by, but not limited to Android Community, SlashGear, and NVIDIA.

Prize consists of a pack including one ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 tablet, one TF300 mobile keyboard dock, one Logitech game controller, and one Jawbone Jambox Speaker. There is no other alternative for prize winners unless this prize should become unavailable, in which case SlashGear reserves the right to substitute another prize of equal or greater value.

Good Luck!

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11 May 12 Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade Now for ASUS Eee Pad Slider in US


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ASUS recently took to its Twitter account to announce that it would be rolling out the Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade to the ASUS Eee Pad Slider in the U.S. soon.

The company confirmed that the OTA update to Android 4.0 should be available for the device in the very near future, so all who own the Slider should be checking their update button on a regular basis.

ASUS’s complete line of tablets are already running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. All four of them, that is.

The Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade should be coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note in the U.S. quite soon.

At a recent media event, ATT displayed the device running the new software.

“ATT is currently holding a little shindig at CTIA in New Orleans,” said 9to5 Google. “During the event, the company put a Galaxy Note on display running Ice Cream Sandwich.”

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Android Central was in attendance and filmed a short video of the Galaxy Note running the new software.

“The only real difference seems to be in the menus,” added 9to5 Google. “At any rate, if you have held off for ICS on your Galaxy Note, it looks like the update is in the pipeline.”

Rumors of the Android software coming to the tablet-smartphone hybrid have been surfacing on the internet since December of last year, and now it seems like it is finally time for the major U.S. carriers to begin rolling it out.

Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades have begun to roll out for many of Samsung’s devices overseas, including the Galaxy S2. However, the U.S. seems to be last on the company’s priority list.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 will launch at the end of this month in Europe and will come with Android 4.0 pre-installed.

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07 Apr 12 iPad Mini: 6 Reasons Apple Must Do It

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Later this year, Google and its Android partners are expected to try yet again to produce a tablet that surpasses Apple’s iPad.

Digitimes reported last month that Google and Asus will introduce a 7-inch co-branded tablet that will be priced in the $199 to $249 range. Though the Taiwan-based publication says the device–let’s call it the Google Tab (Goosus Tab just doesn’t work)–could be ready as soon as May, subsequent reports indicate a June release is more likely.

Google’s annual developer conference starts on June 27. And during previous developer conferences, Google has given attendees Android phones and tablets. History appears to be poised to repeat itself.

The odds that Google and friends will succeed are slim, but at least someone is trying. Apple’s dominance in the mobile device market is such that you almost have to root for the underdog, if only to keep Apple from resting on its laurels.

[ Read Google CEO Larry Page Touts First-Year Accomplishments. ]

As Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber noted in November, there’s no contest yet. Taking issue with the way research firm NPD framed its tablet sales statistics, he suggested that another way to interpret the numbers “is that 92% of U.S. tablet buyers considered an iPad, and 89% bought an iPad, which means 97% of tablet buyers who merely considered an iPad bought an iPad, and if not for the 8% of tablet buyers who for whatever reason did not consider an iPad, none of these companies [HP, Samsung, ASUS, Motorola, Acer] would have sold even 100,000 tablets over the first nine months of 2011.”

As it turns out, there is a way to beat Apple: Compete in a market where Apple isn’t present. The most successful tablet not named iPad appears to be Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire, which sold about 4.7 million units in Q4 2011, according to IDC.

But it’s doubtful that Apple will remain absent from this market for long. Gruber in a recent podcast said he’d heard from several sources that Apple has been testing a 7.85″ iPad internally. Digitimes said as much last December.

A smaller iPad is coming and it will be huge. Here are six reasons why we’ll see an iPad Mini, or whatever Apple finally decides to call it.

The 9.7-inch iPad Is Too Heavy

At 1.44 pounds, or 652 grams, the new iPad (Wi-Fi version) weighs a bit too much for prolonged reading. Matching the weight of a slender magazine–about 3.3 ounces–is probably too much to ask. But something in the 14 ounce range would make the iPad Mini better suited for reading e-books.

A 7.85-inch iPad Fits In More Bags

For men, fitting an iPad into one’s bag–a backpack, messenger bag, or briefcase–generally isn’t a problem. Many women also carry bags large enough to accommodate an iPad, though quite a few favor handbags that are smaller. A scaled-down iPad would fit more comfortably into a larger selection of bags, making it a more appealing form factor for use outside the home.

A 7.85-inch iPad Would Cost Less

The new iPad starts at $499. That’s about $400 from the ideal consumer price point for truly mass-market consumer electronics. With the iPad 2 priced at $399, the iPad Mini might be offered for as little as $299–it would have to be under $300 to woo customers away from Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire.

It remains to be seen whether Apple wants to go that low in its pricing. The iPhone 4S is estimated to cost $188 to manufacture. The iPad Mini would presumably cost more, giving Apple a relatively low profit margin–and Apple doesn’t like selling goods with low profit margins. But perhaps it can make the math work given its economies of scale.

Kids Could Handle A 7-inch iPad Better

Kids love the iPad. They love the touchscreen. But the iPad is a bit large and a bit heavy for smaller tykes. The iPad Mini would be just right.

A 7.85-inch iPad Fits Many Work Scenarios Better

Sometimes, a 9.7-inch iPad is well-suited for business use. It’s perfect for placing self-service orders at sandwich shops, a use-case that’s becoming surprisingly common in San Francisco. But it’s a bit bulky for those waiting tables or engaged in other business activities where data entry doesn’t have to be made consumer-friendly with a big screen and stupid-proof UI.

Apple Can’t Afford To Ignore A Proven Market

The late Steve Jobs have dismissed 7-inch tablets as unworkable for adult fingers. “Apple’s done extensive user-testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff,” he said during an investor conference call in October, 2010. “There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them. This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.”

However, Jobs was not infallible. The market has spoken and sub-10-inch tablets are selling. Kindle Fires and Nook tablets are in demand. Samsung last month said it had sold some 5 million of its 5.3-inch Galaxy Note devices–dubbed “phablets” by some for being neither phones nor tablet.

The iPad Mini must be. The question is only when.

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