A week has blown by and the delivery of Android Marshmallow is increasingly imminent; at least for these listed devices – Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. Knowing that this is a roll-out, you can expect the OTA’s to eventually come in but be ready to wait up to a month or so, until the actual notification update comes in.
Problems regarding open-sourced software is the potential for its code to be exploited by anyone familiar with the computing language necessary to program it. This is very true for Android and its OEM’s due to the difficulty to standardise and maintain its OS. A new kink in the armour of Android is labelled as Stagefright, and it’ll bug-out 2.2 Froyo and all newer version of the OS
Google’s Nexus devices will be receiving its Lollipop treat starting today. The Android 5.0 update covers the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. This came shortly after the Lollipop update announcements were made for non-nexus smart phones like the Moto G (2014) and LG G3.
If you’re using one of these devices, it should be arriving shortly via OTA (Over the air) update. Alternative if you can’t wait, you could flash it manually with the official images which can be downloaded from Google’s Developer site. Take note that this requires some technical know-how and it is recommended to backup all your files before proceeding with the update.
Android updates are coming fast, for Nexus users at least. Just a couple of weeks after Android 4.4.3 was released to Nexus owners, the Android 4.4.4 is now available for them to download. Nexus 5 users get the update first but if you’re not a Nexus 5 user, don’t worry too much about the update as it’s a small one (just 2.5MB) so expect minor changes or improvements.
The Galaxy Tab S is Samsung’s latest pride and joy boasting a high resolution tablet display and top-of-the-line internals. So how does it compare with today’s flagship tablets? We compare its vital specs and dimensions against the likes of the iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, Microsoft Surface 2, Nokia Lumia 2520, ASUS Memo Pad 8, Huawei MediaPad X1, Nexus 7 and even Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Pad. You can click on the image above for the full picture.
For display resolution, the Galaxy Tab S and its NotePRO line up has the highest screen resolution at 2560×1600 which is higher than the Quad HD smart phones that’s coming up. In terms of pixel density, the Tab S 8.4 win hands down with a high 359 pixels per inch, which packs more pixels than the iPad mini with Retina display. On the plus side, the AMOLED display on the Tab S promises better colours and power efficiency as each pixels are lit individually compared to conventional LCD panels.
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Looking for a tablet that’s not a hefty 10-incher but not too small that you can’t enjoy your favourite TV shows and movies on? Then a mid-sized tablet (anything below 10-inches and above 6-inches) is just the thing you’re looking for.
We compare the Xiaomi Mi Pad along with 9 other mid-sized tablets such as the Nexus 7, Huawei MediaPad X1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, iPad mini with Retina Display, ASUS Memo Pad 8, FonePad 8 and Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 so you can find the best one for you.
With a 8.4-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is the largest in this comparison. It packs the highest resolution (2560×1800 pixels) and also the highest pixel density (359ppi versus 326ppi on the iPad mini Retina Display and the Xiaomi Mi Pad) which should give you a great viewing experience especially when watching high resolution movies.
In terms of processing power, all of the tablets in the comparison run on quad-core processors except for the iPad mini which is running a dual-core A7 chip. Notable in this lot is the Xiaomi Mi Pad being the first tablet to use Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 processor. Announced at CES 2014 in January, the Tegra K1 features a completely revamp design architecture that promises better graphic performance on top of improved processing and power management. The recently announced ASUS Memo Pad 8 for 2014 also packs quite a punch with the latest Intel Atom Z3580 “MooreField” Quad-Core processor that’s running at 2.3GHz.
In terms of storage, all the tablets in our comparison supports microSD expansion except the iPad Mini, Nexus 7 and the latest Memo Pad 8 for 2014. The best of the bunch is the Xiaomi Mi Pad which supports cards up to 128GB where the others only go up to 64GB.
In terms of camera, Huawei leads the way (on paper at least) with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture. You also get a large 5MP front facing camera in case you want to take selfies with the Media Pad X1 — but for the love of all that is good, please don’t.
If its a large battery that you’re looking for than the Xiaomi Mi Pad is something you want to look at (if it becomes available in Malaysia). The device packs a 6,700mAh battery, the largest in this group.
So in terms of specs, the Xiaomi is looking pretty good. You get the latest processor, a high resolution screen and a large battery. Combine that with Xiaomi’s very attractive pricing strategy, you end up with a really, really good buy.
For those looking for something really compact and would like to make phone calls and SMS while on the go, the Huawei MediaPad X1 is the lightest and compact tablet here. Thanks to its thin bezels, it is only 107.9mm in width making it bearable to hold in a single hand. It is only 7.2mm thick and weighs and also incredibly light at just 239 grams. That’s lighter than the mammoth sized 7″ Galaxy W smart phone.
What do you think of the mid-sized tablet we’ve compared here? Which one is your favourite? You can click on the image above for a larger view.
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The latest Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is rolling out now to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and other Google Play Edition devices that’s sold in selected markets. If you still haven’t gotten the update yet, here’s how you can force update manually.
Before you proceed, make sure you are using the official Android 4.4.2 version which was obtained over the air (OTA). Also make sure that the firmware version below matches your current device accordingly. You can download the Android 4.4.3 update from the links below.
Nexus 4 (Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) to 4.4.3 (KTU48L)
Nexus 5 Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) to 4.4.3 (KTU84M)
Nexus 7 (2013 WiFi) Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) to 4.4.3 (KTU84L)
Nexus 10 Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) to 4.4.3 (KTU84L)
To flash your Nexus device, you would need to install the Android SDK on your computer and run a few command lines to start the update. The folks at Android Central have published a comprehensive step by step guide over here. Good luck and please proceed only if you are absolutely sure on what you’re doing.
The latest Android 4.4 KitKat which debut on the Nexus 5 is now rolling out to earlier Nexus tablets starting from today. This includes the Nexus 7 in both first and 2013 editions as well as its larger Nexus 10 tablet. For now the update is only available for WiFi models. For those having the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 with 3G/4G, the update will be rolled out sometime later.
To update, keep an eye out for update notification or you can check manually under Settings > About > System Updates. If you are not getting it, there’s a way to get KitKat manually. Android Central has provided a step-by-step guide which involves downloading the Android SDK and loading it up manually through a computer. Do note that this only works on stock Nexus 7 or 10 tablets running on its official Android 4.3 OS. If you can’t wait, head over here but proceed with caution.
Nestle is obviously not taking the Android 4.4 KitKat collaboration lightly. To celebrate the next release of Android OS named after their chocolate wafer biscuit bars, they placed several seats at random locations offering a brand new Nexus 7 to those who are willing to take a break.
If they hold on to their seats until the specified time, a KitKat man on a motorbike will arrive to hand over the reward. This is a nice outdoor marketing stunt which is less stressful than the Galaxy S4 Stare Down challenge.
Watch the video after the break.
The newly refreshed Nexus 7 for 2013 has finally listed by ASUS Malaysia in their September/October product catalog. The 7″ tablet with pure Android experience is priced at RM999 for the 16GB WiFi version and RM1,299 for the 32GB 3G/LTE/WiFi version.
While retaining the similar 7″ design, the new Nexus 7 2013 version comes with a higher resolution 7″ IPS display that does 1920×1200 pixels, giving a high pixel density of 323ppi. As comparison, the previous Nexus 7 had a modest display resolution of 1280×800. Underneath, the processor has been replaced from a Quad-Core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor to a Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro while the on-board RAM has been doubled to 2GB.
A new addition which was lacking before is a 5MP rear camera and it does 1080p HD videos. For storage, you have a choice of either 16GB (WiFi) or 32GB (3G/LTE) but there’s no microSD slot to increase your storage capacity. In terms of dimensions, the new Nexus 7 is much more compact as well with a 8.7mm thickness and weighs less than 300grams (290g for WiFi, 299g for 3G/LTE). The original Nexus 7 was 10.5mm thick and weighs 340grams. Comparing the 2 models, surprisingly the 2013 Nexus has a lower battery capacity of 3,950mAh which is 375mAh less than the outgoing model.
Priced similar to the current iPad mini, the Nexus 7 is alternative tablet to consider if you have a budget of just RM1,000 to spend. It’s no secret that Apple is working on a new upgraded iPad mini that’s expected to be announced soon.