Here we go again — iPad Pro rumors! This time, we’re hearing the biggest iPad will be called an iPad Air Pro, keeping with a naming scheme Apple introduced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. As you might have guessed, it’s still rumored to sport a 12-inch screen, basically making it a screen pinched from your MacBook Air (just, you know, hopefully with a better resolution). We’re also seeing some leaked schematics that claim to show a product in the works.
The back of your smartphone or tablet probably has a series of symbols meant to inform you about what not to do with your device as well as who’s approved it for your pocket. Now, new legislation has been signed into law to move those etched or printed symbols into the software. The E-Label Act, signed into law today by President Obama, was only introduced this Summer. Manufacturers will now have to find a new way to entertain you while you stare at the rear of your device.
Ever since Microsoft lowered the entry barrier for putting Windows on small form devices, there has been quite a rush of budget-friendly Windows tablets in the market. Archos, long known for that category especially with Android, is taking another stab at that same market with the Archos 80 Cesium, an Intel-powered Windows 8.1 tablet that tries to deliver your choice of finger-friendliness or productivity, either in your pocket, bag, or desk.
It appears Ematic has some new budget tablets inbound, with the folks at Liliputing spotting three Windows 8.1 slates on Amazon where they're currently listed as unavailable. These will serve as the company's first batch of Windows tablets, and though they're no longer listed as available for pre-order, galleries for each model -- 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch -- are still up, as well as all the details on what they offer. These slates will join the growing roster of budget-centric Windows devices, of which some big-name companies like HP have introduced their own offerings.
NVIDIA is rolling out an Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update for its Shield Tablet, the company has announced. The update is heading out for the US 32GB LTE model, making Shield the first LTE tablet in the United States to score Lollipop. Those who don't want to wait for the over-the-air update to make it their way can update the device now by heading into the system settings. Not up-to-date with NVIDIA Shield Tablet or Lollipop news? We've got all the details after the jump.
With the Nexus 6, one thing remains clear: a big smartphone screen has value. In just about every review you come across (ours included, of course), the same narrative carried itself; the screen was a bit large for day-to-day use, but everyone saw the value, and could likely get used to it. Smartphone screens are getting larger all over the place, and seem to be causing fits for tablet sales. Now, the IDC says tablet sales growth will slow dramatically, and the iPad may experience its first decline ever.
Google's Project Tango has begun shipping, with the 3D tracking tablet arriving on developers' desks this week as they get started on new ways to blend the real-world with its digital counterpart. Pre-orders of the NVIDIA-powered Android slate began midway through this month, at a not-inconsiderable $1,024, though the sales window wasn't kept open for long. Still, Isobar developer Mike DiGiovanni got in fast, and his Tango tablet has now arrived.
It was only a few days ago that Jolla, a startup from Finland, launched its Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund a new tablet powered by their open source OS Sailfish. Well, it only took them a few hours to meet their funding goal of $380,000, but with two full days now passed, they've raised over $1.18 million from almost 7,400 backers, and they still have 17 days to go.
Your smartphone screen has come a long way since the feature phone days. Nearly scratch-proof, and highly resistant to shattering, it doesn’t seem as though it could get much better at times. Corning, makers of Gorilla Glass (I can almost guarantee that’s what your smartphone has covering its pixels), don’t rely on ‘good enough’. The company today announces Gorilla Glass 4, the lineal successor in their product line, and almost assuredly the covering you’ll find on your next flagship phone purchase.