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Nook Color & Nook Tablet Price Cut

Barns & Noble just posted new lower prices for their Nook Color and Nook Tablet. These 7-inch tablets are built using Android OS and have a good amount of power for reading books, watching streaming video and playing music. This lower price is most likely a response to slowing sales of the now lower powered tablet and the introduction of new tablets such as the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. This also follows reports of Amazon Kindle Fire sales dropping off.

If you’re looking for a cheaper reading tablet the prices are now $159 for the Nook Color, $199 for the 16GB and $179 for the 8GB version of the Nook Color. But I would say you may just want to spend the extra or the same amount on a Nexus 7 and get more power and the full and new Android 4.1.

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE on Sprint with Keyboard

Good news for fans of smartphones with keyboards the Motorola PHOTON G 4G LTE that runs on Sprint will be available August 19th for a price of $199.99. This phone is running Android 4.0.4 ICS 1.5GHz dual-core processer, 4.3″ display, and all the wireless goodies such as LTE, NFC and WiFi. It does have extra Smartactons applications that are Motorola’s extra add-on applications for Android.

But if you like having a keyboard, want the new Android 4.0.4, 4G LTE, and the updated new hardware this phone looks like it would be good for a good upgrade.

Name: Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE
Carrier:
Sprint
Price:
$199.99 at launch with 2-year contract.
Available:
August 19 2012 (Pre-Order August 13 2012)

Specs and Features

  • PC-like 5-row keyboard
  • 4.3″ ColorBoost™ Display with scratch-resistant glass
  • SMARTACTIONS™ extend battery life, automate tasks and suggest ways to improve and personalize your smartphone
  • 4G LTE Speed
  • Splash Guard coating protects against spills and splashes
  • 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Business Ready Worldphone
  • Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 8MP Camera with HD Video Capture
  • 1.3MP Front-Facing Camera for Video Chat
  • NFC for sharing content and pairing with accessories

Google Nexus 7 Hands On

Got my Nexus 7 a few hours ago and after spending some time with it I am very impressed with the performance and how nice of a device it is. First thinking after getting it out of the box, and no I didn’t have the hard time that every unboxing video seemed to show about how the box was a hard thing to open, I turned it on and it was saying I had only 6% battery. That is kind of a bummer because you will spend a long time waiting for it to charge up, after about 2 hours charging on my old Nexus One charger I am only at 32%, and it will charge my Galaxy Nexus in about 1 ½ hours. It may be faster now that I’m using the supplied charger.

As for the software you will have to update a lot of the stock apps right away, and there is an Android 4.1.1 update that you will need to do, but will have to wait until you get your device to above 25% battery. If you are an Android user already you will probably have a set of apps to install this takes time because you end up scrolling through a list of every app you have installed on any device using the Play Store to get the ones you want. I got a lot of news and reading apps loaded along with some video apps such as Netflix and Hulu along with my music apps like DI.FM and SKY.FM.

Because I got it from the Play Store I got a $25 credit that showed up in my email after I logged into the Nexus 7. It also came with Transformers: Dark of the Moon as a free movie to show how it works, and it streamed easy and fast over my Cable Internet connection. It also came with some magazines that you can look at. The Popular Science that they give you was nice, you can go to a page and then zoom in on a piece of text and it makes it look good, or you can just read the text in a different layout without the images though.

I did open the Kindle book app and look it over, it was nice on the bigger screen I have used it on a phone but didn’t seem to want to read much because it was a lot of page scrolling and not much reading, and on my big ASUS EP121 Windows Tablet it was nice but too big and heavy, but I did like it on the Nexus 7. As for Google Books I loaded the manual but it was spending a lot of time loading the next page trying to scroll though the book, that problem went away after letting it finish downloading the book.

Using apps like Flipboard and Currents was nice to read news and articles. Also using Chrome as a web browser was nice because it displayed content like a desktop but easily zoomed in when the text was too small to read easy. Google+ is also optimized for a tablet experience but Facebook was just an expanded mobile version.
The sound from the speaker was ok for watching YouTube and having some music playing but wasn’t that good that you wouldn’t want to have some headphones for longer listening sessions. The microphone was able to pick up my speech to text input easy enough using the Google Now cards and search. As for the camera you don’t get a full Camera app, but you can install other camera apps or use one called “Camera Launcher for Nexus 7” that will add an icon to use the Jelly Bean camera. Also some camera apps such as Camera ZOOM FX won’t install. The quality of the camera was ok and only good enough for video chat and things like that any ways.

As an update to the battery charging make sure you use the supplied charger it took me 45 minutes to work through this article and I went from 32% to 51% in the time I started to getting to this point, so the charge time isn’t that bad with the right charger.

Overall I like the Nexus 7 and expect to have lots of fun with it, I think I’ll get a case for it, Amazon.com had a few that have the magnets to make it wakeup and sleep depending on if the cover is open or closed like the iPad “not so” magic cover that only cost $20. So if you were thinking of getting a Nexus 7 go ahead and get it, the price is right at $199 and the hardware is good!

Google Translate for Android Updates Add Image Translation

The Android Translate app made by Google was updated today; the most notable update was the addition of image translation. What that dose is you use the camera in your device to take a temporary photo of some text you want to translate then it will have you mark with your finger what parts have text you want changed, then it will put the original text and the translation to whatever language you want in the main window.

Of the 64 languages that they support most were showing the image option, but some such as the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese don’t let you do this yet and those symbol based languages would be nice to have this for people such as me that don’t speak and can’t write them ether. But they did update the Japanese handwriting to understand more than one character at once.

Other improvements include translate as you type, dialect preference for speech input and checks to see what type of network you are on for better speed.

You can get the update on your phone by opening the Play Store or by going to the Play Website and installing or updating it there.

Also expect more Android News and Tablet info coming soon as I gear up for more articles to build out this site!

Google Nexus 7

Nexus 7 TabletBack at Google IO12 the Nexus 7 was introduced as the reference tablet for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The price was set at $199 for 8GB and $249 for 16GB model. It has a 7 inch screen, Android 4.1 and a quad-core processer all top of the line but in an inexpensive package. This was made to show other device makers what type of device Google wants to see made.

After seeing the power of the device and that I have wanted an Android based tablet I ordered one as a gift to myself for getting though school. It arrives tomorrow but I thought to give an overview of the specs and my thoughts on the device. I will add an update when I get mine up and running.

So what are the details?

7″ IPS back lit HD screen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, 1 GB RAM, Quad-core Tegra 3 processor, ~8 hours battery life, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and Micro USB.

Ok that was a lot of stuff, but what really matters is that it has a fast processer on a good looking screen with lots of internal goodies. At this point there is no 3G/4G networking option, and the only camera is a 1.2 MP on the front, but from reports there is space in the device for a rear camera and 3G antennas already built in.

So if you’re looking to get a tablet for a nice price with good specifications and the latest software this is a good device to look into. Even iPad fans that love there Apple devices think that this is a good tablet to have.

YouTube Not Native in iOS 6

For those of you iOS users out there, the new version 6 is reported to not have YouTube as a built in application (and Google Maps) this is due to the end of the license agreement and the understated fact that Apple hates Google and Android so talks wouldn’t go good anyway. But it isn’t the end of the world; Google says it is working on a standalone application and that you can always use the website.

In the end all this dose is inconvenience people who just want to watch YouTube videos on their iPhone and makes Apple look dumb for not having it when it was something they had before. And I helps Google sell more Android phones by giving them more ways to say that they have something easy and what you want from a smart phone.

Google IO 2012 Live!

Check out the Google IO 2012 Live Video and my G+ stream.

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