Samsung’s flagship tablet to have an incredible screen and slimline body
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab S2 as its latest high-spec tablet. The Tab S2 will launch worldwide in August and come with either an 8-inch or 9.7-inch screen. Both screens will run an incredible 2048×1536 Super AMOLED screen that will allow 94 per cent of natural colour tones to be seen. Its predecessor, the Tab S, had a glorious screen as well so we are expecting big things in terms of visuals from the Tab S2.
It is thinner than its bigger brother at just 5.6mm and the 9.7-inch option will weigh a mere 389g, making it both thinner and lighter than the iPad Air 2.
The 9.7-incher is powered by a 5,870mAh battery, the 8-incher uses a 4,000mAh battery and both run an octa-core Exynos 7 processor that combines a quad-core A57 1.9GHz processor and a quad-core A53 1.3GHz processor, so it should have some power behind it.
Can Sony deliver another winning tablet in the unpopular 10” category and finally put the Snapdragon 810 to good use?
The 10” tablet category is the unloved class of Android devices. While 7” and 8” tablets sell well, larger devices have typically been less popular than rival devices such as the iPad. There could be several reasons for this – an underwhelming tablet software library, the 16:10 form factor or perhaps just a lack of desirable tablets. For a while now, Sony have been trying to resolve the latter with their Z range of devices.
Sony’s approach to both phone and tablet devices has long been one of evolution not revolution. The Z4, Sony’s latest Android tablet, continues this trend. It retains the ‘Omnibalance’ design, but improves on it’s predecessor, the Z2 Tablet in almost every way. The newcomer is incredibly thin at 6.1mm, extremely light at only 389g and with considerably shrunken bezels it is an impressive 12mm narrower than the Z2. This trimming in every dimension results in what could reasonably be considered the first 10” screened tablet that is comfortable to hold for extended periods. The Z4 tablet is IP65 + IP68 rated to protect against dust or water ingress.
While the body of the tablet has shrunk, as you’d expect, the internals have been upgraded to the very latest specifications. The centrepiece of the Z4 is the much maligned Snapdragon 810 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. In this device however, the processor may have finally found its natural home. The tablet is extremely fast in use, running Sony’s lightly tweaked version of Android Lollipop. While the device can get warm, it never gets uncomfortably so, even under the most demanding of tasks. The screen on the Z4 Tablet is a 10.1″, 2560×1600 pixels IPS panel which is extremely bright and sharp. Although the screen is bright enough to be used outside, as with most tablets the reflective nature of the screen means glare can be an issue.
Nintendo’s partner DeNA sheds new light on mobile gaming plans ahead of first launch later this year
Gaming giant Nintendo expects to make over 3 billion yen ($25.02 million) a month from bringing classic console characters to smartphone and tablet, says its mobile development partner DeNA Co.
Talking to Reuters, DeNA’s Chief Executive Isao Moriyasu said the companies would release their first game later this year, but wouldn’t say which beloved Nintendo series – which includes Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon – will be the first to make the leap to mobile.
“We want to create games that will be played by hundreds of millions of people,” Moriyasu told Reuters in an interview. “We want to create multiple hit games rather than aiming to succeed with just one powerful IP [Intellectual Property] element.”
Get a better viewing experience by tweaking how apps display on your screen using an Xposed Module
One thing that a lot of people count against Android is the almost limitless number of screen sizes that support the OS. It’s a by-product of the open source nature of Google’s operating system and means some apps look better on your tablet than they do on your phone.
However, if you’ve got a rooted device and you’re not averse to a little bit of tinkering, you can fool apps into thinking that they’re running on a tablet rather than a phone. It takes a bit of faffing around to actually get it to work, but if you’re willing to persevere, you can set any app you’d like to run in its native tablet version on your phone. You’ll need a rooted device and you will need to download and install the Xposed Framework Installer too.
Other than that, you’ll just need ten or so minutes to get things up and running, as there are a few reboots and other tweaks that you need to perform to set up the required module. Essentially, you’re playing around with the inner workings of the apps on your phone to tell them to run at a different DPI, conning them into revealing all the info they show on a tablet on your smaller screened device. It’s not too tricky and once you’ve figured it out, you’ll be able to alter apps in a few taps.
It’s a good bet that if you’re reading this magazine you’ve got more than one Android device.
You might have a phone and a tablet, a work phone and a play phone, or any number of combinations, but sometimes it can be a bit of a faff keeping track of the battery levels of those devices.
That’s where Potential comes in. Not only does it keep you abreast of the power levels of multiple devices, it also lets you toggle the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections on and off with a simple tap. It doesn’t run through your Google account either, so you’re not sharing your sign-in information.
Best of all, you don’t need a rooted device to make it work – you simply download the standard Potential app from the Google Play Store to your devices. All you’ll need to get it up and running are your Android devices and an internet connection. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, either.
Reports are suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be much more streamlined than its predecessors.
One of the major gripes consumers have had with Samsung phones in the past is that the sheer volume of pre-loaded apps eats up the available memory and slows the phone down. However, an article from www.sammobile.com says that Samsung is going to change their approach to the amount of bloatware they put on their phones.
The article says Samsung is going to remove a number of apps that can be downloaded from the Play Store or Samsung’s app store in order to make the S6 as fast and streamlined as Nexus devices.
Not all will be removed and it is expected that S Health will be one of the ones to stay as it is one of Samsung’s biggest successes in recent years, but lesser used apps much as S Translator and S Voice might become download only.