Basically all of Blu's phones as of the last year or so have been released with Android 4.2.2, leaving users waiting for any sign of an update to put them past Jelly Bean. We've known that the company planned on pushing KitKat to a number of devices towards the end of June, and it has now released the initial devices that will be the first to get 4.4, along with a statement on Facebook.
Samsung Galaxy Mega owners have probably felt a little bit ignored while they've watched one Samsung phone after another getting updates. After all, they only made it to Android 4.2.2 at the end of November, a month after KitKat was announced. They can finally say that they're running the latest version of Android (if we pretend that 4.4.3 didn't just come out). Starting today, an update to Android 4.4.2 will begin rolling out to the Galaxy Mega on AT&T.
Once upon a time, Blu was pushing out low- to mid-range phones once every couple of weeks. Then a shift happened – the company stepped up its game and started putting out higher quality handsets, leading up to last month's release of the Life Pure XL – a Snapdragon 800-packing monster.
Fast-forward to now, with the launch of two new Blu handsets: the Vivo IV and Life 8. While the Life 8 is more of a "mid-range" octa-core device (1GB RAM, 1280x720 display, 8GB storage), the Vivo IV is another beast entirely.
Most places love to hold sales over Memorial Day weekend, as it's sort of the unofficial start of summer. Those deals aren't exclusive to brick-and-mortar retail stores, of course, and some really nice bargains readily pop up online.
NewEgg is one such retailer offering some good deals on a few Android tablets – one you've heard of, and a couple you probably haven't. Here's the skinny:
- Refurbished 2012 Nexus 7 32GB – $90 after $50 rebate card
- Refurbished Hisense Sero 7 PRO – $75 after $10 rebate card
- Refurbished Hisense Sero 7 – $35 after $15 rebate card
While most of you are likely familiar with the 2012 Nexus 7, there's less of a chance the specs of the other two are fresh on your mind.
It's no secret that Bluetooth has been a problem child for Android, plagued with poor audio quality and connectivity issues. I've already covered a handful of common problems in a previous post, but another issue has been emerging in the last few months that threatens to virtually kill all Bluetooth operation on a device in the right conditions. The culprit is a nasty little oversight in the Bluetooth Low-Energy code added with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
If you're dead set on getting a tablet but not dropping a penny over $100 on it...then you can't really expect to get a top-of-the-line gadget. If you're aware of what a Benny will get, however, then this deal may be one for you. For today only, you can get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite from eBay Daily Deals for one, single, solitary hundred dollar bill (free shipping, too). Well, you can't actually send them a bill, but you get the idea.
Hey, you! Insanely rich person with poor impulse control! Don't you wish the irresponsibly gigantic television in your palatial living room had a touchscreen, so you could walk half an acre across your designer carpet to play 2048? Well now you can, as long as you're willing to throw a few monetary scraps to Viewsonic. The CDE8451-TL is an 84" 4K TV with a touchscreen and Android. For $18,999. For some reason.
In the past, Blu has offered budget-friendly phones with mid to mid-high end specs. The biggest issue that most power users have had with the company's handsets is a simple one: MediaTek processors. While these particular chips offer good bang for the buck, they are still mostly underpowered for heavy multi-taskers or anyone looking for lightning quickness from their handset.
It looks like we may be getting into a new era for Blu if the new Life Pure XL is any indicator of what to expect moving forward.
Point-of-sale systems are about as dull as computers can get. With the ability to figure out sums and print out receipts, they're little more than the digivolved versions of calculators (and not the cool, graphing kind either). This drab sector of the tech industry could benefit from something interesting, so Casio is doing its part by announcing upgraded versions of its Android-powered cash register.
The new V-R7000 and V-R7100 terminals improve on the old where it matters.