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    It was a bit confusing to read about reports talking about a certain eight-inch Google Nexus 8, to be allegedly manufactured by ASUS, and then to read the reports that claimed HTC to be an upcoming OEM for a Google Nexus slate. However, today's reports are shedding just a tad more light on the events: the Nexus 8 is still, according to hear-say, going to be produced by ASUS. HTC, however, will be the one behind the Samsung-made Nexus 10 successor, claim "industry sources". Said sources also indicate that HTC has purportedly turned down Google's offer back in 2012, to be the OEM behind the ...

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    Verizon sure has been taking its sweet time in getting its act together with the 2013 Nexus 7. While the hardware has physically supported Verizon's LTE network this whole time, the carrier has been dragging its feet in officially welcoming the tablet, making it a real pain for anyone to activate – it's not like there weren't work-arounds, but we craved something more formal. Last fall, we heard that software issues might have been delaying Verizon's certification, and that the arrival of KitKat would finally start changing things – but even after Android 4.4 arrived, Verizon still ...

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    The Nexus "8", reportedly the next slate built by ASUS for Google, popped up in reports not so long ago. One such report claimed that it should land around mid-2014, and, based on these rumors, fan-made renders started to pop-up, like the one you see above. A similar report now claims that the Google Nexus 8 should avoid price competition in the seven-inch slate market. "Taiwan-based supply chain makers" claim that the Nexus 8 will be launched at the end of April, which is less than three months from now. Initial shipments should be around two million, said the same sources quoted in the ...

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    Nikolai Prettner was the creator of the HTC M8 concept we showed you two weeks ago. In the light of the recent rumors talking about a future possible ASUS-made Google Nexus 8 for this year, he has put together the Nexus 8 concept render above. This is how he imagines Google's 2014 smaller-slate, still one-inch larger than the 2013 model. Judging by the reduced size of the bezels, we'd be inclined to believe that the physical dimensions of the entire build would be similar, or very close to the 2013 model and the original Nexus 7. These slates packed a seven-inch display. We're seeing a ...

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    Pebble, Samsung, and Sony, to name a few, already have a jump-start in the wearables sector, specifically in the smartwatch business, but there are still key players that are yet to join the fight. While there are only rumors about an upcoming Apple smartwatch, and Samsung smart glasses, Acer and ASUS are two Taiwanese giants that already made their plans public. An Acer company executive admitted that wearables were demoed to key customers at CES, and that "the company is still developing certain types of wearable devices. We certainly aim to play a role in the new market", said ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Beats Music service, and how it competes in today's market. Then we talk about Sony as we get the first leaked photos of the Sony Xperia Z2 being compared to the Xperia Z1, aside from new rumors of a Wi-Fi only Xperia Z Ultra. Apple is next as we get the first leaked screenshots of iOS 7 beta 4 and its possible vehicle mode. Then we move the spotlight over to Samsung and a possible launch of the Galaxy S 5 at MWC. We end today's show talking about a possible ASUS-made Google Nexus 8 after all. All this and more after the break. ...

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    The seven-inch Nexus tablet is in its second incarnation but according to recent reports, demand for Google's smaller pure Android slate has been suffering due to low-price offerings from competitors. An eight-inch Nexus tablet has been rumored for quite some time, ever since the Android-maker ran a render of a tablet which appeared to be larger than seven inches -- which turned out to be nothing else but maybe a Photoshop mistake. However, according to the ever-present "sources from the upstream supply chain", Google might turn its attention to the eight-inch tablet market, with plans for ...

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    For all the months we spend looking forward to the CES, thinking about which devices we might see, and planning whose booth we're going to hit first, it sure can go by in a flash. Sure, it doesn't seem like it when you're in the thick of things, but looking back on it now, just a week later, it's already starting to seem like a distant memory. Part of that has to be due to just how close we are to MWC, and how quickly we have to transition back into that building-up role as we field the mountains of new rumors for what we'll see there, but before we put CES 2014 to bed, we're bringing you ...

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    You just saw us go hands-on with Samsung's latest tablets, checking out the company's spread as part of our ongoing CES 2014 coverage. If you've followed any of our trade show coverage before, that should clue you in to what's coming next: after the hands-on, it's time for some comparisons! That means putting these new Samsung slates up against some of our favorite existing tablets, and we start things off with the winner of our 2013 Readers' Choice poll, the Nexus 7, as well as the smallest iOS tablet available, the iPad mini. With no seven-incher among Samsung's new lineup, we'll go with ...

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    Considering all the teasers it had been dropping, we sure had some pretty high expectations for today's ASUS CES announcement. The company had been hinting at a dual-boot Android/Windows tablet, and a later video sure seemed to imply we'd be seeing new smartphones in 4, 5, and 6-inch screen sizes. Now that's all been confirmed, as well as some surprises. The Transformer Book Duet is ASUS's new dual-boot, hybrid, all-sorts-of-convertible tablet. It goes from Android to Windows 8.1 at the touch of a button, and from tablet to notebook with its keyboard dock. There's a beefy Intel Core i7 ...

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    Technology trade shows are often a breeding ground for plague and disease, so here at Pocketnow we opted to inoculate ourselves early … by picking up some crazy wintertime head colds just days before flying to Vegas for the 2014 International CES. That's right: on the first podcast of the year, all three of your humble hosts are suffering from respiratory distress and an overabundance of mucus, all of it glazed over with enough combined medication to drop a Snapdragon dead in its tracks. Or something. On the brighter side, in addition to being bastions of bacteria, trade shows like ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Our apology for the late upload. Sadly we've experienced some bad technical difficulties that just got fixed. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new Exynos S processor, and what this could mean for their smartphones in 2014. We then talk about Samsung's new mobile RAM chips to power 64-bit processors as well. Then we talk about Asus as the company has already begun teasing its smartphone line-up for CES. Windows Phone 8 returns to the news as we've seen a Jailbreak for the Lumia 920 being teased. We end today's show by talking about the possible joint venture between ...

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    What do you think of when it comes to ASUS devices? The Nexus 7? Maybe the PadFone/FonePad? While the company has been experimenting with smaller devices (like last month's PadFone Mini), ASUS is still largely seen as a tablet manufacturer. It may be interested in changing that perception, as the company releases a new teaser video for its CES event, one that sure could be hinting at a new range of ASUS smartphones. The “What's your number?” spot embedded below shows a whole lot of bouncing balls, giving us quick close-ups on three labeled 4, 5, and 6. That's generating a lot of ...

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    Six weeks ago, we came to you with a simple request: tell us what you think were the best smartphones and best tablets of 2013. In the time that's followed we've seen you vote... and vote, and vote, and vote. This past Friday, we finally closed the polls and got to the business of declaring some winners. With no further ado, let's start checking out what you chose, beginning with smartphones: With twenty-three choices, voters had a lot of options to consider. Everybody got some votes (though we have to tip a special last-place hat to the BlackBerry Q10, which managed to get an embarrassing ...

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    Over the weekend we've seen press renders leaked of the ASUS PadFone Mini and we were expecting the company to unveil the smaller version of the PadFone Infinity (which we've seen at MWC 2013) today, as they just did. The principle is the same: a phone that docks into a tablet (a smaller one, this time, both for the phone, and for its docking slate). In terms of specs we're looking at a phone with a 4.3-inch screen with 540 x 960 resolution, and a tablet with a seven-inch display of 1280 x 800 resolution. Powering everything is a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, helped by ...

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    As we told you a little earlier today, the mysterious LG V510 no longer seemed much like the rumored Nexus 8 we talked about on Monday, and the tablet instead was looking to be a Google Play Edition of the G Pad 8.3, the first-such tablet to take the honor. While the evidence was very strong, we still expected this one to remain unofficial for a little while longer, prior to going up for sale. As it turns out, however, this tablet has some serious momentum to it, and just a day after popping up on our radar, and hours after the picture becoming clear, the GPE LG G Pad 8.3 has landed in the ...

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    Asus is expected to unveil the Padfone Mini sometime next week, according to the latest reports, to complements its line-up of current and past models, consisting of the original Padfone, Padfone 2, and Padfone Infinity. The Padfone Mini is expected to have a smaller phone counterpart, at 4.3-inches, compared to the current five-incher on the Infinity. @evleaks has posted the press renders above and below for the Padfone Mini, and, if our eyes can judge sizes correctly, we're probably looking at a seven-inch-ish (up to eight) tablet counterpart in which the 4.3-inch phone docks. There are ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Asus PadFone Mini launch, and why you shouldn't really care about it. We then talk bout CyanogenMod 11.0 M1, and what this means for the current Nexus line-up. Oppo is next as their future Find 7 plans to be the first smartphone to run the Snapdragon 805 processor, aside from a great display. Then we talk about Samsung's plans to bring us a 1080p Windows Phone early next year, even if Samsung Windows Phones have never been hot. We end today's show talking about Apple's iBeacon service for Apple Stores. All this and more after the ...

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    The PadFone series from ASUS represents some of the most unusual mobile hardware we've seen come out of a major manufacturer. From the PadFone, to PadFone 2, and now the PadFone Infinity, ASUS has been offering users an alternative to using two separate devices for their phone and tablet needs, instead delivering a smartphone that docks into a custom tablet – all the size and usability benefits a larger screen affords, while keeping all your apps and data available for you to access. Now there's one new addition ready to join the PadFone lineup, as ASUS prepares to launch the PadFone ...

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    Most of us in this industry get asked a lot of questions from people in the market to buy new mobile products. "Which smartphone is the best current deal?" "Should I get this phone or that one?" "Which is the best tablet to buy?" But of all the questions I've been asked in my four years of service to the mobile tech media, there is one question that is inherently more difficult to answer than others: "Should I buy a small or full-sized tablet?" The question is difficult to answer to begin with because … who actually needs a tablet? Should anyone buy a tablet to begin with? Of course, ...

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    The 2013 edition of Google's Nexus 7 is easily one of our favorite tablets around. It doesn't seem like we're able to look at any other tablet out there right now without our thoughts shooting to a Nexus 7 comparison. And why not? It's a big improvement over the already great 2012 model, and makes those changes without a big bump it price – but still, we did get a bump. Last year's Nexus 7 started at about $200, while this year's base model goes to $230. Not a big, big deal, but there was just something so magical about that $200 price point. Google's still charging full price for this ...

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    Two of the biggest mobile rivals have now released compelling and intriguing miniature tablet hardware for 2013. Google first launched the new Nexus 7 back in July. Price may have been its big selling feature, but that wasn't the only wallop it packed. It sports great specifications, a gorgeous display, and a quaint yet beautiful design. The iPad mini with Retina Display, which we unboxed earlier this week, is just about its polar opposite. It boasts premium hardware, the absolute best specifications Apple could muster, and calls for premium prices. Which mobile giant's small tablet ...

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    Last week, Google delivered the Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat... and that's it. What happened to the Nexus 10? After all, last year we saw Google's ten-inch tablet debut alongside the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2, and while we didn't really have any evidence going into the launch this time that made the debut of a refreshed Nexus 10 2013 seem like a certainty – well... it just would have made a lot of sense for it to show up then, wouldn't it? So where does that leave us? There have been enough leaks and rumors pointing to work on a new Nexus 10, but details have been exceedingly light. Early ...

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    Google's ASUS-made Nexus 7 is one of the hottest tablets out there, and for users in the United States, Verizon offers some of the best LTE coverage around. With this year's Nexus 7 launching with an LTE option, the two seemed like a perfect match – until you try to go an activate the Nexus 7 with Verizon. Users attempting such feats have been met with frustration, with Verizon appearing either unwilling or unable to set up new service – on the other hand, moving an existing Verizon LTE SIM over to the Nexus 7 worked like a charm. We've been waiting for the carrier to get around to ...

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