TalkTalk is getting into the giving spirit by offering a free Nexus 7 with the purchase of select Android smartphones. This deal goes into effect on November 20, so if you were planning on purchasing a smartphone, you may want to hold off for a few days, as scooping up a free tablet certainly seems like something worth waiting for. Three of the phones offered are not exactly high-end, but one of the devices will certainly have people taking notice.
Author: Dave LeClair
Amazon has just started shipping the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch today. If you've been waiting to get yours, you shall not have to wait much longer, as it should be in your hands within the next couple of days. If you haven't ordered one, you can do so on Amazon. However, if you are waiting for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch with 4G, you are going to have to wait until next week.
Toshiba has announced a new tablet for the UK market. The new AT300SE comes equipped with a 10.1-inch screen featuring a 1280 x 800 resolution. Toshiba says that this tablet is positioned for the everyday tablet user, although it's not quite clear what the so-called "everyday tablet user" is.
HTC is going to bring its 5-inch monster phablet to China. With China's massive population, it seems like the perfect place for HTC to bring it's incredibly powerful smartphone. China has long been considered a market where entry-level phones rule the roost, but there is a growing segment of the market seeking high-end devices, and HTC is looking to capitalize on that growing demand with the HTC DLX.
Galaxy S III owners on T-Mobile are finally getting the coveted Jelly Bean update. Android 4.1.1 is coming to device owners OTA and through Samsung Kies desktop software. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of the upcoming Jelly Bean updates as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and US Cellular have to yet to issue updates to device owners.
Google has announced some awesome improvements to its Android-based Google TV service. The service has been out for around two years now, and while it hasn't quite taken off the way Google may have hoped, it is slowly gaining traction, and nice updates like this should attract more people to it. The new update adds voice search and a rebrand of the movies & TV shows section now called “PrimeTime.”
HTC and Apple just came to a settlement agreement for patent claims, but Samsung has no intervention of following HTC's lead. When asked if Samsung would be interesting in pursuing a settlement, Samsung Mobile head J.K. Shin told press that “we have no such intention.” He went on to predict Q4 2012 sales at least as strong as those in Q3, which seems to be saying that Samsung is doing just fine, and has no need to settle.
Gartner has broken down the sales of smartphones from Q3 2012, and the numbers are rather interesting. As you would expect, Android was the best-selling OS by a sizable margin. Along with that, it also had the highest percentage of market share for Q3, and the competition was not even close.
Google's Project Glass that gets everyone excited again. Well, move over Google, because Vuzix has just shown off its own Project Glass competitor that's expected hit the market in 2013. Even cooler, the M100 device is based on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The best way to describe the look of the device is to compare it to an oversized Bluetooth headset.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to Nexus owners via an over-the-air update, but if you are impatient, there are ways to get it sooner. The firmware for the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus (so not Verizon's LTE-equipped version) is available for download on Google's servers. The v4.2 ROM for the Nexus 7 is also available.