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.
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 pumped up Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage and 3G connectivity will soon be available in Malaysia. Priced at RM1,099, you can pre-order yours at SenQ & Senheng outlets. If you’re eyeing for one, you might want to act fast as stocks are limited and will be available in the next couple of days. As usual, they are also giving additional one year warranty for PlusOne members.
The Nexus 7 is one of our top picks if you’re in the market for a 7″ Android tablet and it runs on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It goes head on with the latest iPad mini in terms of dimensions. If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out the tablet comparison here.
When it comes to destruction, no one does it like Tom Dickson with his Blendtec Blender. In yet another episode of Will it Blend, he does a 3 way blend out of the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD and the recently released iPad mini.
If you haven’t seen it yet, watch iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S III Will it Blend episode.
Which will survive? The aluminium clad iPad mini or the plastic build Nexus 7? Android Authority does it again with another round of drop test in Hong Kong. One of them didn’t even work at all after the second drop test while the other survived despite some minor dents and cracked glass.
Head after the break for another drop test by Square Trade which even include dipping into water.
Apart from the introduction of Nexus 4 smart phone and Nexus 10 tablet, Google has also refreshed its Nexus 7 line up. Initially launched as a WiFi only device with 8GB and 16GB storage options, the Nexus 7 is now available in a larger 32GB model as well. Probably seen as a response to the newly announced iPad mini, the new 32GB model is priced at US$249 which is the old price of the 16GB version. Meanwhile, the 16GB option is now sold at a lower price point of US$199.
For those that need connectivity everywhere, Google has also announced a 3G version that supports HSPA+ connectivity at US$299 with 32GB storage. The new Nexus 7s will be available for order in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada beginning 13th November. Just like its latest Nexus siblings, the Nexus 7 runs on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
For more information, head over to Nexus 7 product page.
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Even hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop Google releasing its new line of Nexus devices but this post isn’t about that, it’s about this charming promo video Google just released. The 1 minute video talks about the new Nexus 7, the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 but just fleetingly. The video doesn’t bore you with specs and tech. It tells you much more important things than that.
Google’s “Ask Me Anything” paints a complete picture as to where each Nexus device sits in Google’s lineup and how it can make your life better. The video also serves as a very usable guide for manufacturers to clean up their product line.
You tell wonderful stories with your videos Google, we get it. Now please fix that tablet app issue that’s been bugging you for so long, we’d all be very, very happy.