In a month from the time of the release of this article - that's October 17th - the folks at Ubuntu will be releasing the newest desktop OS version 13.10, and along with it an image of Ubuntu Touch. This mobile software will be available "ready to install" on devices we've seen running early versions since January of 2013. This means the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets (2012 editions, at least), and the LG Nexus 4 will be ready to roll by Halloween with full smartphone-optimized Ubuntu.
Appearing in the most classic of phone leak locations, the Nexus 5 appears to have popped up in a bar, complete with LG branding on its back. This device rings true as a device we've seen a couple of times before in early testing and/or Google public dogfooding. The specifications of this smartphone are as-yet unknown, but have been tipped to replicate those of the LG G2 rather closely.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 isn't the only pen-enabled announcement the company has today: there's also an update on its tablet-scale model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Fronted by a 2560 x 1600 LCD and packing 3GB of RAM, Android 4.3, and optional LTE, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition also gets all of Samsung's new S Pen functionality. We caught up with Samsung for an early play with the new slate; read on for our first impressions.
We've had our fair share of looks at child-friendly tablets in the past: they've never really found their way to the main showroom over the past several years. Something must have struck a note for Samsung, on the other hand, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids has appeared this week complete with yellow coloring and a bright orange bumper. This device works with essentially the same hardware as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, only here coming with a series of accessories, unique software, and that lovely eye-searing tone.
There's a bit of a split appearing this week in a set of leaked distribution lists for the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy Note III. This set of lists tipped by SamMobile has the device split into two major categories, the first of which is headed for the UK and a variety of European markets with a Samsung Exynos OCTA processor - an updated model, at that. Inside the USA, on the other hand, there'll be a Galaxy Note III with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor - just as expected.
This week there's been suggestion that the next Google Nexus device would be made in collaboration with Motorola - a team-up that's been expected since the two companies became one last year. In the completion of the Motorola Mobility acquisition by Google, the latter company was pressed on whether they'd give the former special treatment in the form of Nexus device preference - they quickly suggested that the ASUS-made Nexus 7 was proof of non-preferential treatment. Fast-forward to August of 2013 (the month in which this article is posted) and Motorola's first release as "a Google company" is the Moto X.
Wearables are set to be big business, and smartwatches perhaps biggest of all, so it comes as no surprise that Samsung has been doing its homework with a new flexible multi-function timepiece design. The concept filings, submitted to the Korean design office earlier this year, show a long, slender screen-centric design that can bend to fit around the wrist, with Samsung's familiar "back" and "menu" buttons from its Galaxy range of Android smartphones. There's also a filing - though no clear connection between the flexible design and the name - for a "Samsung Gear" trademark said to be for wearable technology.
Now that we've seen the boosts in the change-over from Nexus 7's original iteration to its reboot, and have heard Google confirm that Samsung will be taking command on a second Nexus 10, it's high time we went hunting for the build on this next-generation companion to the smaller tablet. While virtual ink on the announcement for the Nexus 7 isn't even really dry yet, it having been announced less than 24 hours ago (if you don't count the leaks), a new version of this tablet's 10.1-inch tablet companion can be given a run-down based on what we've seen from ASUS, the maker of the smaller slate.
This week Google reveals the next generation in their Nexus 7 tablet line, keeping the name and amping up the display resolution to nearly double that of Samsung's newest effort. While this device takes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to the cleaners with its display alone, the most important comparison we can make at this moment is between the Nexus 7 and its biggest competitor - its predecessor!