Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it’s already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must include 64-bit support from February 1st onward. While the company won’t kick out existing titles, both new apps and updated releases will have to make the switch. Theoretically, this is easy — developers just have to build apps using the most recent tools and standard settings.
The switch could have a meaningful impact on the apps you use. At the least, it should reduce the need for iOS to juggle both 32- and 64-bit code. That’s good for performance, whether or not there are meaningful upgrades to the apps themselves. The move may also spur more developers to fine-tune their apps for the A7 and A8 chips in recent iOS gear — even if they don’t need to use higher-precision 64-bit math, that could still lead to faster games, media players and other demanding titles. It’ll likely take much longer for Apple to drop 32-bit support altogether, but the ball is clearly rolling on that transition.
Source: Apple Developer
The official Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade for your phone may be weeks away, but Google has delivered all the ingredients for you to make Lollipop-ready apps. The search firm has released both the finished Lollipop developer kit and a fresh batch of stripped-down Android test releases for Nexus 5 and 7 devices. There’s also a new round of Material Design guidelines and assets to make sure apps look at home in Google’s flatter aesthetic. This won’t help much if you just want to try all the whiz-bang features, but you’ll definitely want to hit the source links if you’re a software creator.
Source: Android Developers Blog
If you’re a die-hard Android fan, you’re probably champing at the bit waiting for that Lollipop upgrade — when will you get it? Are you going to get it? Thankfully for you, a number of companies have already promised to upgrade some of their devices to this candy-flavored OS. Google’s Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 models are naturally first in line, as are Android One and Google Play Edition hardware; its outgoing Motorola brand is equally on top of things with plans to patch the Moto E, G and X alongside Verizon’s Droid Mini, Maxx and Ultra. HTC and OnePlus don’t have full details, but they’re both pledging to give their recent flagships a taste of Lollipop within 90 days of receiving finished code. NVIDIA and Sony, meanwhile, are being vague. While they’re respectively teasing plans to update the Shield Tablet and the Xperia Z series, they won’t say when just yet.
As for other manufacturers? Well, don’t hold your breath. LG tells TechRadar that it has nothing to say on “if / when” Lollipop will reach the G3, let alone older gear. The upgrade is likely coming, but the statement is far from reassuring. Mum’s the word from Samsung as well, although leaks show that a Lollipopped version of TouchWiz is in the works. It’s also reasonable to expect that relatively large brands like Acer, ASUS, Huawei and Xiaomi are on deck — just don’t be shocked if their older devices don’t make the cut.
Apple has chosen to focus on the iPad’s camera abilities with the upcoming Air 2 (we wish they wouldn’t) and apparently, finally snagged Flickr’s attention. Yahoo’s photo sharing service somehow managed to beat Instagram to the punch so perhaps the introduction of its first iPad-ready app (four years after Apple’s slate arrived) isn’t that late. So what’s in the (now universal) Flickr iOS app? iPad-optimized layouts for members to browse pictures whether their own or others that “cascade in a lovely waterfall format.” If you must take a picture with your tablet, the app can record photos or videos with live filters and a full suite of editing tools. It requires iOS 8 to work, and some of the upgrades that stretch across devices include support for the new sharing extensions, photo detail editing and a new unified search. The update is live in the app store now, and of course there’s no time like 3AM ET on a Saturday to give it a try.
– Flickr (@Flickr) October 18, 2014
There was a time when it was hard to find someone who would argue with Apple’s claim that the iPad was heavyweight tablet champ. But now Android slates like the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, the Xperia Tablet Z2 and the recently-announced Nexus 9 are making a run at the title. Sure, the iPad still has some great apps, but how does the latest iPad Air compare to the competition under the hood? Check out the tale of the tape below, and decide for yourself if the iPad Air 2 has what it takes to stay on top.
|iPad Air 2||Nexus 9||Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1||Xperia Tablet Z2|
|Price||$499 and up (WiFi), $629 and up (Cellular)||$399 and up||$499||$499 or $549|
|Thickness||6.1mm (0.24 inches)||7.95mm (0.31 inches)||7.37mm (0.29 inches)||6.4mm (0.25 inches)|
|Weight||437g or 444g (0.96 or 0.98 pounds)||425g or 436g (0.93 or 0.96 pounds)||469g (1.03 pounds)||439g (0.96 pounds)|
|OS||iOS 8||Android 5.0||Android 4.4||Android 4.4|
|Display||9.7-inch IPS LCD Retina display||8.9-inch IPS LCD||10.1-inch WQXGA scLCD||10.1 inch TFT LCD|
|Resolution||2,048 x 1,536 (264 ppi)||2,048 x 1,536 (288 ppi)||2,560 x 1,600 (299 ppi)||1,920 x 1,200 (224 ppi)|
|Processor||64-bit Apple A8X||64-bit, 2.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1||32-bit Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz + 1.3 GHz quad-core)||32-bit, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB quad-core)|
|Storage||16 / 64 / 128GB||16 / 32GB||16GB||16 / 32GB|
|Ports||Lightning||micro USB 2.0||microSD, HDMI||microSD, MHL 3.0|
|Front camera||1.2MP FaceTime, f/2.2||1.6MP, f/2.4||2MP||2.2MP, 1080p|
|Rear camera||8MP iSight, f/2.4, 1.5µm pixel size, 1080p||8MP, f/2.4||8MP||8.1MP|
|WiFi||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Dual band 802.11 a/c/g/n/ac||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Battery||10 hours||6,700mAh||8,220mAh Li-ion||6,000mAh Li-ion|
When Vodafone announced its first own-brand LTE tablet, the £125 Smart Tab 4G, earlier this week, it suddenly made EE’s £209 Eagle look a little pricey. Knowing that cost is key in the lead-up to Christmas, the UK’s biggest carrier isn’t resting on its laurels and has shot back a its rival by pricing its latest 4G tablet even lower. Priced at £99, the vibrant Alcatel ONE TOUCH Pop 7S is the UK’s most affordable pay-as-you-go 4G slate, according to EE, and comes with a 7-inch WSVGA 1024 x 600 display, Android 4.3 (Android 4.4 KitKat available via an OTA update), a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8926 processor, 1GB of RAM, 3-megapixel rear and 0.3 front facing cameras, 8GB storage (with microSD support) and a 3240 mAh battery. The operator will also throw in 100MB of free data every month with every 4G tablet bought between now and January 31st, sweetening the deal for parents or bargain hunters looking for a cheap connected tablet.
The new Nexus family is out, and the HTC Nexus 9 brings the latest iteration of Android 5.0 Lollipop, to a beautiful tablet.
The Nexus 9 comes with the typical Nexus matte back finishing, and a metal frame, which seems to be the trend with Android devices nowadays. It has a 8.9 inch IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels, which gives it a pixel density of 288 ppi. It has a huge 6700 mAh battery, front-facing HTC Boomsound speakers, 8MP back-facing camera, 1.6MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, LTE antenna, the new 64-bit dual-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which clocks in at 2.3 GHz, and the Kepler DX1 GPU.
Of course, it comes with all the perks and upgrades that one can expect from Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, this tablet seems to have taken a leaf out of LG’s book, as it comes with a feature called ‘double tap to wake’. It also has an accessory keyboard which is almost identical to the HTC Volantis keyboard patent leaks previously.
Pricing is currently unknown, and preorders will start on the 13th of October. It will be available from the Google Play Store and respective carriers will also soon announce pricing. The Nexus 9 will come in 16GB and 32GB variants, and in 3 different colours; Indigo black, Lunar white, and sand.
With the acquisition of Motorola due to be complete by the end of 2014, Lenovo plans to re-brand some of its products with the Motorola name. Sources say this will include smartphones and tablets. Depending on region and/or brand awareness, Lenovo could conceivably take any of its tablet/smartphone offerings and slap a Motorola badge on them.
Hopefully, Lenovo is wise enough to notice that Motorola’s brand identity has changed, drastically, over the last two years. Motorola has gone from a mobile phone mill, churning out model after model of basically the same phone to a company that makes much more intentional decisions based on design and function. A Lenovo tablet with a Motorola tag on it seems counterproductive.
If this is the overall strategy, all of the momentum Motorola has built will be lost. The Moto X, G, and E, along with the Moto 360, will be lost in a sea of mass produced plastic garbage built to flood the market and make a few bucks.
Excuse me for being overly critical of Lenovo, but I’ve become a big Motorola supporter in the last 18 months and want to see where their current thinking will take them.
A Motorola designed Motorola Tablet could be pretty awesome. A Lenovo designed Motorola Tablet will end up on the bargain shelf in your local electronics store.
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If you liked ASUS’ PadFone X but weren’t willing to pay that much for the combination of an Android smartphone with a tablet shell, AT&T might soon have what you’re looking for. The carrier is bringing the PadFone X mini to the US on October 24th, when it will sell for $200 to GoPhone’s prepaid customers. There’s a lot of hardware here for the money, although it won’t surprise you to hear that ASUS makes sacrifices to give you two devices for the price of one. The smartphone half is a bit better than the regular PadFone mini thanks to its larger 4.5-inch screen, but you’re still looking at a dual-core Atom processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. You’re also docking into a 7-inch tablet which houses little more than a front camera and an extra battery, so don’t expect a night-and-day difference when you use the bigger screen. With that said, the PadFone X mini beats getting a budget smartphone by itself — give it a look if you’d rather not buy a separate tablet.
When Vodafone announced its first own-brand 4G smartphones back in July, we figured it would only be a matter of time until we saw an similarly-equipped tablet emerge. Today, the carrier confirmed our suspicions by unveiling the 8-inch Smart Tab 4G, a slightly modernised version of the 3G-only Smart Tab 4 we saw go on sale back in June. So what’s different? For starters, the Smart Tab 4G sports an HD display and has swapped MediaTek’s 1.2 GHz quad-core processor for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410. It also features a 5-megapixel camera, up from the 2-megapixel shooter found on its predecessor. Everything else remains the same, right down to its size, weight, OS (Android 4.4 KitKat) and 4060 mAh battery.
With its 4G connectivity, you’d expect the Smart Tab 4G to command a higher price. Not so. For a 1GB 4G plan, you’re looking at £17 per month with a £29 upfront payment, which actually matches the price of its 3G counterpart. However, If you want to use it on one of Vodafone’s new 4G pay-as-you-go tariffs, you can get it for just £125 all-in — significantly undercutting EE’s Eagle tablet at £209.99 and even edging out Tesco’s £129 WiFi-only Hudl2.
Via: Vodafone Blog
Source: Smart Tab 4G