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by dgstorm at Mar 31, 2015
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It's interesting to take note of just how few Android tablet stories there are in the current mobile landscape. In 2012 and 2013, we couldn't go a day without a new story about some cheap Android tablet hitting the market. Obviously those times have passed as only a few standouts remain. We rarely see an Android tablet story anymore, unless its something from NVIDIA, Asus or Samsung.

Still, there are smaller OEMs out there who are still working hard to find success with Android tablets. This latest one breaks the drought with a solid value. It's called the Ares 11 from Nextbook, and it actually offers up a 2-in-1 device, similar to the Asus Transformer. The Ares 11 is an Android Tablet/Laptop convertible hybrid that includes Lollipop and an Intel CPU. It's most standout characteristic is its great price and availability. You can grab this tablet at Walmart for only $197 bucks.

Here's a list of specs:
  • Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display
  • A microSD slot
  • A mini HDMI port & microUSB port
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n & Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2MP front and rear cams
  • Detachable keyboard dock with two full USB ports
  • Preloaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop
While these specs aren't going to blow anyone's doors off, it still could be a decent value for the average user. What do you guys think?

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by dgstorm at Mar 31, 2015
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NVIDIA sent out a press release on a bundle they are offering for their NVIDIA Shield Android Gaming Tablet. The bundle will basically give you a bunch of freebies for just purchasing the 32GB or LTE Version of the tablet at the regular price of $399.99.

The fee stuff includes the SHIELD controller, SHIELD tablet cover, and 3 great games; Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2, and Portal. This offer is for a very limited time only as it ends tonight (3/31/2015) at 11:59PM PST.

...talk about a flash sale!

Here's the NVIDIA link for more details: Store Tablet SHIELD
by pc747 at Mar 31, 2015
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Samsung have done a lot of things right over the years but one area that they needed to improve was with Touchwiz, it just come across as 'cartoony'. Apparently someone in Samsung agreed and actually revamped Touchwiz to a more visual appealing skin. Unfortunately it never made it to production but I for one would love to see Samsung bring this revamped Touchwiz to future devices, the Note 5 in particular.
by dgstorm at Mar 31, 2015
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Some new renders for the upcoming HTC One M9+ have hit the web. As you can see from the images, (one is above and both are in the thread below), it looks like the new phablet style device from HTC will take queues from their previous generation and the newer M9. It has the same Duo Camera setup in the back as the HTC One M8, yet includes the two-tone paint-job of the One M9.

It's still unclear whether the HTC One M9+ will debut in any region other than Asia, but the current scuttlebutt suggests it will. More than likely, the HTC One E Series will remain exclusive to China and perhaps other Asian markets, but the M9+ might spread into Europe and perhaps even North America.

Of course, nothing's official until it's official, so don't hold us to that! :)

Source: Twitter - @upleaks (1) & (2)
by dgstorm at Mar 31, 2015
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Although no official numbers have been released, the rumint floating through supply chain sources in Asia suggests that the initial pre-order numbers for the Samsung Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge combined) may be double the initial pre-order numbers of the Galaxy S5 from last year.

On top of this rumor, industry intel indicates that Samsung themselves are trying to triple the production of the Galaxy S6 Edge to accommodate the increased pre-sales numbers for that device. Ultimately, if these estimates are even close to accurate, Samsung will likely have its most successful year ever, at least in the mobile markets.

Source: GforGames

Here's our Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge dedicated section: Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge General Discussions Android Forum at DroidForums.net
by dgstorm at Mar 31, 2015
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LG has made it official. They shared the date and time of their next big flagship smartphone unveiling. It's obvious at least one of the devices they will reveal will be the G4. As you can see from the teaser image above, the G of their G Series is featured prominently in the promo materials. It says, “See the Great. Feel the Great,” and the “G” uses the same font as LG’s G series logo. It may also be worth paying attention to the leather-like design in the image. Perhaps the G series will move to some leather-like materials on their device?

They are going big with this one. It looks like they will be holding several different satellite press events in different parts of the world simultaneously. The event will kick off on April 28th in New York, London, Paris, and on April 29th in Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul. We won't physically be at any of these locations on April 28th, but we will be bringing you the reports in real-time, so set your calendar!
by dgstorm at Mar 31, 2015
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This isn't Android related news, but it's probably going to be one of the biggest tech announcements for this mild Tuesday morning, so we felt it worth sharing here. (Plus, we know that some of you probably use Microsoft products in your daily lives.)

Check out what Microsoft announced this morning. A new Surface 3 product will be hitting store shelves in May starting at a price of just $499. This new entry in the mobile computing arena is meant to be a complete laptop replacement. It includes full Windows 8.1, along with the usual desktop applications, and has a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor powering its core.

There are two versions of the new Surface 3. The first one has 64GB storage and 2GB of RAM for $499, and the second includes 128GB and 4GB of RAM for $599. Both tablets also include the following specs:
  • 10.8" Full HD display at 1,920×1,280 pixels resolution
  • Full-size USB 3.0 port
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • A microSD card reader
  • Headphone jack & cover port
  • A micro USB charging port
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Three-position kickstand
  • Available WiFi Only and/or 4G LTE models
Either tablet will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available. They also include a one-year Office 365 subscription. You can pre-order any of these devices now. The WiFi only models will ship the first week of May, while the 4G LTE versions will ship June 26th.

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by DroidModderX at Mar 30, 2015
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Super Mario 64 has been around for nearly 20 years. I can remember playing this one as a kid! Back then the "3D" graphics were amazing, and the fact that I could explore the levels the way I wanted to too was a revolutionary thing. This has to be one of my all time favorite games along with just about any other title from the Nintendo 64. There have been many emulators which allow you to play these games from your Android device, but they take up precious storage space. Erik Roysten Ross has recently created a version of the games first level using Unity which can be played from your browser! Head to the link below to give it a try.

via Mario64HD
by DroidModderX at Mar 30, 2015
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Cyanogen has been working on prepping their own build of Android 5.1 for supported devices. Some devices already have unofficial builds of CM12.1. The nightlies may be ready for release as soon as next week. The builds have already come a long way and are nearly ready. There are just a few issues with a few devices that need to be cleaned up prior to nightly releases. There will be some significant changes to CM in 12.1 including some UI changes to apps, the browser will also be updated with a new icon and vector support, there will be changes to ambient display and live display, and a few other changes will be coming as well.

The biggest change may be that CM has announced they will be doing away with unified builds for handsets. While device variants have similar hardware builds are still prone to failure especially when implementing sensors and NFC. They will now use common projects to help speed along the process of builds.

via CyanogenMod
by DroidModderX at Mar 30, 2015
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HandyGames is celebrating their 15 year anniversary by discounting 15 of their most popular games ever! These 15 games will be $.15 each for a short period of time. These games are normally provided in both ad free and ad supported versions. If you have been palying any of these games with the ads, now is the perfect time to upgrade for the ad free version.

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