New Nexus 7 shown off again in a new gallery

If you´re a Nexus fan like me then this last couple of days has been pretty exciting, the invitation to press to a Google event on Wednesday - Thursday AEST - the retail information, specs leaking and finally the Press shots released this morning by @evleaks, but there´s more. Android Police has just posted a gallery of lightly water-marked pics of the new Asus built Nexus 7, which shows it off from just about every angle you could possibly want, you can see the cameras - front and rear, speakers and of course that oddly horizontal Nexus... Continue reading

Updated Nexus 7 to launch July 31st with Android 4.3 and wireless charging

A new leak has appeared overnight for specs of the upcoming Asus built Nexus 7 Mk II which most people anticipate will be announced at a breakfast event at Google next Wednesday - Thursday 2am AEST - there has also been a second leak which gives a retail launch date of the 31st of July. The leaked specs confirm and add details to a video which was leaked to AndroidCentral on Thursday. Engadget received the screenshot from an anonymous source but it confirms the earlier leak adding that the device will support Slimport video out - the same... Continue reading

Breathe New Life Into Your Nexus 7

The Nexus 7, when first released, was an amazing device.  It was perfect in size (for me), running stock Android and blazingly fast.  While the first two are still true, the last one not so much in many cases.  What was once a quick, lag-free tablet has for many users become a tablet with near unbearable lag making many put it aside for a different tablet.  If you are like me and treading water waiting for the Nexus 7 MkII to be released you will have tried all types of different custom ROMs and an arrangement of other... Continue reading

Samsung looking to take on the Asus PadFone?

A report from ZD Net Korea on the weekend showed that a new Samsung Patent (D685, 774 - Volt 9) had received acceptance through the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. The patent that was approved was for a "wireless communication terminal". Looking at the figures, it seems to be a close match for the design of the Asus PadFone, although the Samsung device appears to use a more a "T-shaped" design which allows the phone to be easily docked within the tablet. It also seems the tablet will be standalone, and only the user will know that the tablet... Continue reading

Rumour:The Nexus 7 MkII Should Be Here….Today?

It's now been a full year since the Nexus 7 was announced and Google began taking orders via Google Play.  While it has served many of us admirably some feel that it has become apparent that with the release of other 7 and 8" tablets a successor is required for it to maintain the top of the heap of the compact Android tablet pile. We have reported on various leaks and hints of a new version being available soon but there is still no definite word of a release from either Google or Asus, nor any other tablet manufacturer. An expected announcement at... Continue reading

Asus Fonepad – first impressions

Since the debut of the iPhone in 2007, phones have been steadily larger, with phones like Samsung's Galaxy Note blurring the line between phones and tablets. Asus are a manufacturer who excel in building devices that serve multiple purposes, like their phone-tablet hybrid, the PadFone. Asus' most successful mobile device to date, however, has been its most conventional - the Nexus 7, built to Google's specifications. The Fonepad is very similar to the Nexus 7, but differs in some key ways - rather than the NVidia Tegra 3 that powers the Nexus 7, the Fonepad runs... Continue reading

Next Generation Nexus 7 hits the FCC (Update: Bluetooth SIG too)

With the one year anniversary of the debut of probably the most successful Android tablet to date - the Nexus 7 - fast approaching, apart from a possible appearance in a recent Google promo video there really hasn't been much heard about the Nexus 7 Mk II - until today. An Asus tablet has just been spotted listed in the FCC online repository with a brand designation of 'Nexus'. The Asus built tablet, model #:K009 is listed in the FCC certification documentation with a slew of hardware details which share a similarity with another recent arrival at the FCC the ME571K(K008)... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 72 – June 4, 2013

This is the 72rd episode of the Ausdroid podcast. This week, we spent a while discussing the surprising amount of news from HTC, looked at some new LG announcements and looked at Asus and Toshiba's Computex tablet announcements. Production Note: We had some issues with our audio recording this week and have had to use the Hangout audio recording instead - sorry! Featuring: Jason Murray, Buzz Moody and Geoff Fieldew. Topics: HTC Rumour Mill: M4 / One Mini, and T6 HTC One with Nexus User Experience HTC's unaudited financial figures Editorial: What I'd do if I ran HTC LG L... Continue reading

ASUS at Computex 2013: Transformer Pad Infinity, NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2560×1600 IPS display

Perhaps the most impressive product to have come from ASUS's event at Computex 2013 is this; the Transformer Pad Infinity. This device is an absolute stunner. Powered by a 1.9GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 Cortex-A15 quad-core CPU -- which has a 72 core GPU -- and features a stunning 10.1-inch WQXGA 2560x1600 IPS display which will undoubtedly look amazing in the flesh. Other specifications include 2GB of RAM, 5MP and 1.2MP cameras, USB 3.0 port and SD card slot, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with Miracast support, Bluetooth 3.0, and 32GB of internal storage. Again, there's no official press release for this product yet.... Continue reading

ASUS at Computex 2013: MemoPad HD 7 — A Nexus 7 with a rear camera, vibrant colours

Next up from ASUS at Computex 2013 is the MemoPad HD 7. This is basically a Nexus 7-ish device that adds a 5MP rear facing camera and replaces the NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU with an unnamed Cortex-A7 quad-core CPU. The display is a similar 1280x800 7-inch HD IPS panel that's found in the Nexus 7. Another inclusion is stereo speakers. There is a confirmed US launch of the device with pricing sitting at $149 for 16GB and $129 for 8GB. Both are Wi-Fi only. So while details are sparse at the moment, an official press release should give us more information... Continue reading

ASUS at Computex 2013: 6-inch 1080p FonePad Note — Galaxy Note competitor

ASUS is currently unveiling their new products at Computex 2013 and we're going to give you the good on what exactly we're seeing from the Taiwanese manufacturer. First up is the 6-inch FonePad Note which features a Full HD (1920x1080) Super IPS+ display, and is undoubtedly a Samsung Galaxy Note II competitor. The FonePad Note is powered by Intel's ATOM Z2560 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz running Android 4.X (no specific version confirmed). While ASUS did say it was a tablet, the inclusion of 3G voice makes this a completely oversized phone, but hey, you can't say there's not a market... Continue reading