Lenovo is back again with another addition to the Yoga tablet line. It’s safe to say that Lenovo’s top-of-the-line Android tablet is better than ever. As we mentioned with our review of the Yoga Tablet 10, Lenovo is pushing the envelope of design, which could be good or bad depending on which way you look at it. The new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ has some nice upgrades from the previous model, but still falls short in some of the same places.
As with the previous 10-inch Yoga tablet, the build quality in the HD+ is excellent. The device features a 10-inch 1920×1080 display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera and 1.6 MP front-facing camera. The display is pretty sharp and bright, but one thing that could be annoying to some is its glossiness. I didn’t find it a problem when using it inside or in shaded area. It also has some decent viewing angles, which is always a plus. One of the best features, which also could be considered its worst, is the tablet’s design and like the previous model, it’s extremely thin at its thinnest point and up to about 3/4-inches at its thickest. The thickest part of the device is sort of a cylinder with the power button on one end and the 3.5 mm headphone jack at the other, which it’s also a handle for the device. This is a good idea theoretically in my opinion and great comes in handy when holding the device or transporting it, but it’s a slightly awkward feeling if you’re holding the device and using it in portrait mode. The thick side also houses the built in kickstand that is still a bit hard to engage, as with the previous model. If you are using the device on a table or to have it sit up on your lap, it’s perfect, but if you wanted to have it in a position that you could type on it, it’s a bit too tall in my opinion with the kickstand out. If you were using it the same way but without the kickstand engaged, it’s seems to be too small of an angle. To give you an idea of how these angles differ, think of an iPad with its Smart Cover as a happy medium just about in-between both of these angles which seem either slightly too large or small for completely comfortable typing. The tablet comes with 32 GB of built-in storage that is more than enough, plus hidden behind the stand is a compartment where you can add additional storage with up to a 64 GB MicroSD card. I mentioned above that the HD+ has a Snapdragon 400 processor and 2 GB RAM, which is more than enough to satisfy the standard user. Just about any app I used on the device ran with no issues, including games like The Dark Knight Rises. Comparing TDKR running on this with it running on my OnePlus One with a Snapdragon 801 processor, it’s clear which is the winner, so as you can imagine, the graphics on high-end games are reduced and it’s just slightly choppy. Games that aren’t as graphics intense like Leo’s Fortune and even Horn ran beautifully. The cameras on the device are fairly decent for a tablet cameras. I didn’t test them extensively, but the photos I took turned out pretty clear and were decent in lower light. You should have no problems video chatting with the front-facing camera either. Two of the last things I want to mention about the device is that the 9,000 mAh battery is fantastic as well as the fact that it has front-facing speakers. In use, the tablet gets about 18 hours of battery life, but I’ve seen the tablet display that it had about 38 hours of battery life when I didn’t use it a lot. There were times when I didn’t use it for a week or more and barely any power was lost, so it works great in standby mode. The speakers on the device are loud and were great for tablet speakers, especially when I tested it out watching Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.
On the software side of things, the device is running Android 4.4.2. For most of the review, it was running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean then right when I was finishing writing this up, it got updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Lenovo had mentioned that the device would be receiving the KitKat update at the end July, which was about an 866 MB update One nice thing about the software on the tablet, although not the absolute latest version of Android KitKat, is that it’s pretty close to a stock experience, Before the update, it had tablet style menus in Settings but the upgrade brought a Nexus experience to the Settings, only with a slightly different color scheme .The desktop and even on-screen navigation buttons are also Nexus-style as well, so you’ll be right at home. The only downfall with the launcher is that it’s not great if you have a ton of apps or aren’t very good at organizing them since there is no app drawer, much like on the iPad or MIUI. Don’t forget, you can always install a third-party launcher so it’s not the end of the world. The notification drawer and Quick Settings are stock as well, with slightly different icons. Some nice additions that Lenovo added to the software is the Smart Side Bar that can be accessed by swiping from the bezel onto the screen on either side as well as the Dolby app that allows you to adjust sound settings for numerous modes such as for movies, music, games and voice, plus you can make custom configurations as well. The Smart Side Bar gives quick access to your videos, photos and books, recently used apps and sound and visual modes. The KitKat update appears to have made the sidebar work much better than previously as there were times when I couldn’t get it to come out when it was running Jelly Bean. Also, before the update you could double tap while on your homescreen and recent apps would appear, but that appears to have been taken out of the software, unless there is a setting somewhere that I couldn’t find to turn it back on. Another thing that Lenovo added to the software is the ability to run multiple apps at once by having one open then opening the recent apps and sliding it to the window.pane. I had no trouble watching a movie and surfing a webpage a the same time.
Along with the tablet for review, I also received a green and grey sleeve. While it won’t really protect the tablet from huge falls, it will protect it from scratches. The HD+ fits in the sleeve nicely, even with its “unique” design. It also closes magnetically so you don’t have to worry about the flap opening.
Looking at both the hardware and software together, it’s not a bad tablet for $369. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is a worthy upgrade from the previous model, but still has some of the same shortcomings with the stand and software. As we said with the Yoga Tablet review, if you favor battery life over raw power, then this is worth considering. There also aren’t many tablets with an included stand, front-facing speakers and Android 4.4 KitKat.
I can remember a time when we all talked about and wanted an Asus Transformer Pad. It was an Android tablet, with a detachable keyboard, that made its self into a laptop. It was pretty amazing when Asus first put them out. Now the line has come down a notch and other OEM’s have started to do even bigger things. Nvidia and the newly announced Shield Tablet comes to mind. Asus was always fairly good about keeping the Transformer line updated and squashing bugs though. The higher-end Transformer Pad, the TF701T, is picking up an update that owners will be happy to see.
In a typical staged roll-out owners should all start to see a pop up to let them update the wonder tab to Android 4.4.2. You can head into the device settings and hit that software update button if you want to. If you happen to be impatient, you can also visit the Asus website and look for your devices SKU and side load it. Although they don’t offer any documentation on how to install it. AndroidPolice recollects that you tossed the file on an external SD card and popped it into the tablet to trigger the update process. You may want to do some research on the matter before hand and be sure you get the right file as well.
Any Transformer TF701T owners out there seeing the update on their devices today?
Source: Android Police
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There are currently only a handful of devices that can be updated to Android 4.4.4, including Nexus, Motorola and Sony devices. Of those devices, it’s the ones that are most closely related to Google that have apparently suffered severe teething issues. One particular issue that has been brought to our attention is the fact some Nexus 4 owners have been reporting that their soft keys have stopped functioning after updating to Android 4.4.4. With all of these issues with Android KitKat, Nexus owners have had varied experiences, even with seemingly identical devices, so we’d thought we’d ask: is your Nexus 4 having soft key issues on Android 4.4.4?
Perhaps the most unusual thing about this particular issue is that it appears to manifest as a hardware issue where the bottom of the panel stops operating, and there are pages and pages of users making note of the issue, though it seems entirely up for debate whether the real cause is the Android 4.4.4 update or a deeper hardware issue. There has been no official word on what the root cause of the issue is, and users are reporting very mixed experiences with lodging RMA’s with Google or requesting digitizer replacement from LG. By now, most Nexus 4′s will already be out of warranty, which has created a rather harrowing situation for some users whose device has essentially been rendered useless.
Have you been experiencing any issues on your Nexus 4 on Android 4.4.4? Anything to the degree that is described above? Let us know your story in the comments.
Thanks @Dibang69 for the tip!
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Motorola has provided a bit of insight into the Android 4.4.4 KitKat software update and how it pertains to its line of smartphones.
This latest update includes all of the goodies of 4.4.3—such a new dialer, the ability to pause during video recording, and enhanced camera image quality—and includes enhanced security for OpenSSL.
A blog post on the hardware maker’s website tells us that the update has commenced for the Moto G in Brazil and India while the Moto E is getting the same treatment in Brazil, France, Canada, and Asia Pacific. As for the United States, the Droid Ultra is the only one thus far to see 4.4.4.
Looking ahead, Motorola will be holding a Google+ Ask Me Anything event on July 17 where product manager Mark Rose will field your questions over 30 minutes.
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The defining characteristic of the Gionee Elife S5.5 is that it is thin. Really thin. At 5.5mm, it remains the thinnest smartphone available on the market right now, and you get the sense that other manufacturers will struggle to get any thinner than the wafer-thin Elife S5.5. While not the absolute bleeding edge in mobile technology, it holds its own in the mid-range, and now has another feather in its cap as the Gionee Elife S5.5 gets Android 4.4.2. The Elife S5.5 makes the jump from Android 4.2, skipping 4.3, resulting in a rather hefty update of 865MB.
The changes include homescreen changes, thanks to all the additions in Android KitKat, as well as UI changes which have allegedly improved the responsiveness of the devices. The full list of changes includes (as per GSM Arena):
- Android upgrade to KitKat
- New Desktop layout
- Removed the world cricket championship
- Added Du speed booster for faster operations
- Updated Amigo Paper with a brand new UI interface design
- Updated Game Zone with a new UI interface design
- Updated GioneeXender for optimized performance and further improved the linking success rate
If you have a Gionee Elife S5.5, we’d love to find out what the phone is like to own; let us know what you think in the comments below.
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I hope your Saturday is going well my Android friends. ManDroid Show is a little late this week but it is here. Android 4.4.4 is already out in the ild, sadly it is not a remedy for those bugs in Android 4.4.3. T-Mobile shocked the carrier world once again, by announcing Uncarrier 5 and 6, Don;t know what else they can do to change the game. Enjoy the show!
How is your Tuesday going my Android friends? Hopefully it is going well, and hopefully you aren’t one of those suffering from the issues that Android 4.4.3 is having. Only issue I’ve seen is that Google Now force closes every now and then, but nothing like others are seeing. The Moto X+1 boot animation has apparently leaked online, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, hit the link below. Enjoy the video.
Monday is over my friends. Time to see if some Android 4.4.3 is in your future. Yes, some of you already have the update, but a lot of us are still waiting. Any of you rocking a Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E should have it, or you’re pretty close to getting it. Motorola said they will be rolling out the update, so keep your eyes peeled.
The next version of CyanogenMod version 11.0 M7 has hit the download servers, which has been based off Android 4.4.2. The changes are shown below:
* Common: Theme Chooser UI Overhaul * Common: Calculator app redesign (courtesy Xlythe) * Common: Performance Profiles * Common: Improved theming performance on low memory devices (~512MB RAM or less) * Trebuchet: Move settings to new slide-out panel * Trebuchet: Consolidate settings for home and drawer options * Media: Add FFMPEG support (expanded media format support) * Bluetooth: Improved support for new car audio systems and docks * Various small bugfixes, global and device-specific
Despite Android 4.4.3 being available, this release is still based off the earlier version, with the changes introduced in the 4.4.3 update being merged into CyanogenMod for nightly releases, which are now being distributed. It will be the M8 version of CM next month which incorporates the changes introduced in Android 4.4.3 in the next stable release.
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Motorola has announced via their official blog that they will begin rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the Moto X, Moto G and Moto E this week. The breakdown is a bit more interesting though, here is what Motorola had to say in regards to which version of the devices will be getting it.
- Moto X T-Mobile users
- Moto G users who bought online in the U.S. (includes Moto G 4G LTE) and at retail in Brazil
- Moto E users who bought online in the U.S. For Moto E users, you are still up for the next major Android update as well. Consider this the cherry on top.
Not as cut and dry as you would think. The update will include the fancy new dialer that has been talked about to death already in the last 24 hours. Not to mention several stability, framework, security fixes and enhancements to the power profile capabilities. All that means is it should be faster with less issues and stay charged longer.
In addition to the boost to 4.4.3, there are a number of little changes that will be made to each device during the update process as well. The Moto X will see better image quality, more realistic flash coloring and improved photos in low light conditions with the front camera. Both the Moto X and Moto G will gain a “pause/resume” button while taking videos and motorola Alert.