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by dgstorm at May 9, 2016
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Samsung is apparently working on a new version of their Galaxy Tab Android tablet. This one is called the Galaxy Tab 4 Advanced and its specs just leaked:
  • 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 1.6GHz octa-core
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB Storage with support for microSD cards up to 128GB
  • Rear camera is a 5MP unit and the front is 1.3MP
  • 6,800 mAh internal battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
From the specs of this new tablet, it sounds fairly mid-range. We will keep an eye out for pricing and release date info.

Source: Twitter
by dgstorm at May 6, 2016
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It looks like Google is looking to pack the house at Google I/O 2016. They are sending out the last minute invites so folks within the mobile industry can attend the press and developer conference. Students wishing to attend will be able to pay the $300 discounted fee for the event, while everyone else must shell out $900. The Google I/O 2016 conference will be held May 18-20th.

Here's a link to the Google I/O 2016 mobile app: Google I/O 2016 - Android Apps on Google Play
by dgstorm at May 5, 2016
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Owners of the Verizon version of the LG G Pad X8.3 might be pleasantly surprised by their latest update notification. This isn't some minor security or bug fix, but is the full Android 6 Marshmallow software version to VK81522A. Here's a recap of the usual Marshmallow features highlighted with this update:
  • Now on Tap
  • Runtime permissions
  • Do not disturb and silent mode
  • Direct Share
  • Screenshot deleting
  • Control over peeking notifications
Don't panic if you haven't received the update just yet. It will likely roll out in batches, so you will just need to wait patiently for your turn.

Source: Verizon
by dgstorm at May 3, 2016
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This was a bit of a shock from out of left field late yesterday. Intel announced they will be cancelling their SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips. That basically means they have effectively killed the Atom processor, which has been struggling to make any headway in the mobile world.

Intel did not clarify if this means they are exiting the mobile market altogether or if they are simply planning to move in a different direction with some unknown future tech. The principal reason for Intel's lack of success in the mobile chipset market isn't even just the heavy competition from Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek in the space. The fact of the matter is that the Atom chipset never lived up to Intel's media hype in performance or battery efficiency.

Now we are left wondering about future and current tech that utilizes the Atom processor. What does this mean for various mid-range smartphones and the upcoming Microsoft HoloLens? Apparently, they will need...
by dgstorm at May 3, 2016
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Here's a decent deal alert for a Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 16 GB Wifi Android tablet. Amazon knocked $50 off the normal price, bringing this solid tablet down to a very affordable $199.99. Here's a recap of specs for this Sammy tab:
  • Qualcomm Tablet Processor 1.2 GHz
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Spacious and bright 9.6-inch screen
  • Long battery life; stream video for up to 12 hours before recharging(2)
  • Sleek, portable design
  • 16 GB(3) internal storage with up to 128 GB expandable storage(1)
  • Front and rear cameras for photos and video chat
  • Kids Mode offers a safe and secure experience for children
  • Premium, complimentary apps from Samsung Galaxy Essentials
  • Fresh and innovative audio from Milk Music
  • Samsung+ app for an optimized tablet experience
If you compare this to the NVIDIA Shield tablet at the same price, this deal obviously falters. It has less RAM and a slower CPU & GPU combo. Still, some folks might prefer a Samsung device for...