Xiaomi has made its presence felt this year by putting a considerable thorn into the side of Samsung by taking a chunk of its Android sales in Asia. The Chinese company is going to go after Samsung again in 2015 and the first product to do that will be a new tablet. Of course, Xiaomi already makes a slate, but this device will chart a course for Samsung's market share once again.
Dual-SIM handsets that allow the user to have two networks loaded onto one device are pretty common, especially in emerging markets. However, dual SIM tablets have yet to really make their presence felt, with not many device springing to mind that have the feature (The Asus Fonepad 7). Chinese brand ZTE is changing that with a slate that it is developing with dual-SIM functionality.
We previewed Nokia's new N1 tablet earlier in the week and like everybody else in the tech press were instantly drawn to how much the device looks like Apple's iPad Mini, a slate that it is a direct competitor to.
Just a few days ago Nokia said it would no longer make smartphones in an era of the company post Microsoft buyout of the company's devices division. However, the Finnish company did say it would license the Nokia name for other companies to use on products, and the first of those devices arrives today in the surprising form of the Nokia N1 tablet.
The guys over at NVIDIA had got to work fast on the Android 5.0 Lollipop and said last week that the new software was easily portable to the Shield Tablet and that it would be ready for this month. The chip maker has now confirmed that the device will be getting the new build of Google's mobile platform on November 18th, making it the first third party device not tied to Google to get the bump.
After building and launching the Nexus 9 with Google it seems that HTC has the taste for making tablets as the company has said there will be more slates on the way. The Taiwanese company has made tablets before, but never really took the niche seriously until the Nexus 9 and has never been a major player in the tablet market.
NVIDIA has confirmed that its new Shield Tablet will be among the first third party devices to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. The company confirmed when the device launched that it would be getting Lollipop, but it is certainly a surprise for the company to now say the Shield Tablet will get the bump this month. NVIDIA says it is a simple software update, so this will probably be the first slate on the market aside from Google's own Nexus 9 to have the latest version of the Android platform.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is the company?s flagship slate, a tablet that the Korean giant would want you to use for productivity, almost as a laptop replacement. With 2015 just around the corner it is inevitable that Samsung is working on an updated version, and PhoneArena uncovered some key details about the device.
ASUS has unveiled a brand new budget Android tablet called the MeMO Pad 10 ME103K, a slate that seems to maintain the company?s position as a brand that delivers affordable quality.
Google and HTC's new Nexus 9 tablet was not built to be an iPad Air 2 killer the company says, according to Engadget. Announced two weeks ago, the Nexus 9 certainly does a good job of at least being an alternative to Apple's all-conquering slate, but Google says the tablet is more of a guide device for other Android OEM's to take inspiration from.