Acer Announces the Iconia A1 Tablet

Acer as an OEM has gained a lot of traction in the past few months. After the run away success of the Nexus 7, a tablet that pretty much became the favorite choice of people in the mid range tablet section, apart from the iPad Mini no other device has provided any sort of competition. However, in the past few days there have been rumors that Asus could well be planning to refresh the Nexus 7 line up of devices at the coming Google I/O on May 22nd. But before that, Acer have announced the Iconia A1 tablet, a close competitor to the Google branded Nexus 7.

Acer Iconia A1 tab

The Acer Iconia A1 tablet features the same 7.9 inch screen as the Nexus 7 with a resolution of 1024×768. The process powering the device is clocked at 1.2 Ghz with four cores on board. The feel of the Iconia A1 tablet is very much like the Nexus 7 and the device will set you back by about $169 which is exactly the segment the Nexus 7 is dominating. Apart from a few cool gestures like five finger wake up, we find it hard to find the entire point of the A1 especially given the fact that Nexus 7 is all set to be refreshed.

It would be impossible to find someone who will ditch the Nexus 7 for the Iconia A1 given that the former runs stock Android and is one of the first device to get the latest OS update from Android. Do let us know if you like the look of the Acer Iconia A1 tablet.

Image and News Source: The Verge

Is iPad’s Dominance of Tablet Market finally under Threat?

When Steve Jobs released the first iPad, lot of people in the know of technology laughed as he claimed that Tablets would be the next big thing and we would gradually shift to a Post PC era. Years down the line, we realize how right he was and how little the ordinary men knew. According to IDC, more tablets were sold in the period of January to March than the whole of 2012 and that is a pretty exponential rise. When it comes to tablets, the iPad has always enjoyed a monopoly as the stand out player.

Tablet Market

However, it looks, just like the smart phone market, Android is closing in on Apple in this market too. Put it down to the fact that Android is ruling the roost in the low budget segment where Apple does not operate or simply down to the open nature of OS,  Android is on a hot pursuit. Although Apple recorded the highest sales in terms of products sold per OEM at a staggering 19.5 Million units in the last quarter,  the most sold OS was Android mainly down to a growth seen by tablets manufactured by Samsung, Asus and Amazon, all of which run Android.

This does sound warning bells, as despite selling the highest number of units, the most sold OS on tablets is Android. Not sure, Apple would be losing much sleep at these numbers since they have always been a premium brand and not one to simply look and boost their sales figures.

What is your OS of choice when it comes to Tablets? Do let us know in the section below.

Via: Gigaom

Nexus 7 Successor already a Work in Progress for a Potential July Launch

Nexus 7 alongside the iPad mini has been the most successful sub ten inch tablet in the market. Coupled with amazing specs, a very tempting price and true Vanilla Android experience out of the box are just some of the broad reasons why the Nexus 7 has seen the sort of success not any other Nexus device has seen. And if this report by Reuters is to be believed then things are only going to go upwards from here on.

nexus 7

The nexus 7 successor is said to be ditching the existing tegra 3 chipsets on the Nexus 7 for the more power friendly Qualcomm chips. Although Google did consider both the processors, but has reportedly gone ahead with the Qualcomm ones. The Nexus 7 successor is set to be manufactured by Asus once again so if you hoped for an OEM change, then that is not happening. Also, Google has apparently made it clear that it wants the tablet to be priced even more aggressively than the existing Nexus 7 to popularize it’s Nexus brand.

The latest Nexus 7 is set to have a higher screen resolution, perhaps a full HD one as well as a thinner bezel as compared to the existing Nexus 7 model. The name of the model is yet to be known though some mummers in the market place are saying that the tablet could cost as little as $149. Fubon Securities analyst Arthur Liao said this about the low pricing strategy of Google:

This is the ‘zero margin strategy. Ninety-seven percent of Google’s revenue comes from advertisement, so it needs to sell more mobile devices in order to reach more consumers.

We are indeed excited about the new Nexus 7 since we were really impressed with the original one. What are your views on this story Let us know in the section below.

Via: Reuters

Nexus 7 (16 GB) Now Available Officially via Google Play Store in India

In what can be considered a real positive move forward in commercializing the Nexus brand by Google, it’s flagship tablet the Nexus 7 can now be ordered directly from the Google Play Store if you are in India. The tablet will set you back Rs. 15,999 and having used the tablet for the past four or so months, we can assure you it is worth every penny. Even in the cluttered market of tablets, not many tablets apart from maybe the iPad Mini come close to the performance of the Nexus 7 in the sub ten inch category. Although, the device is pretty old now if you consider global market, having launched in the US last year, we still are all for the deal and finally the fact the device is officially available in India.

Nexus 7 available in India

India has definitely become a fairly big hub of the developers in the Android community and this is a small victory for all those who are looking at the Nexus devices to get the Vanilla experience of Android. Google recently added India as one of the countries where it would sell it’s devices directly from the Play Store and we can only hope that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 become available shortly too.

If you happen to order the tablet right now, it would be shipped by April 5th and there is no option of  picking the older 8 GB model. Also, you cannot opt for the LTE model yet and this is a pure Wi-Fi version. Do check out the Play Store here to order this mini beast

What Is The Difference Between Rooting, Jailbreaking and Unlocking

Anybody who has been using smart phones in the past couple of years can not have missed the terms, jailbreaking, rooting or unlocking. They have become synonymous with the mobile today and people tend to throw these words around without really understanding the real meaning of them. The other day we overheard to people talking about rooting an iPhone and we could not restrain our laughter. Being people from the field of consumer electronics, we know what these things are, yet in the common man knowledge these are nothing but some complex processes that void the warranty of your device and something they usually want to stay away from. This should not be the case, they probably have no idea what all are they missing out by ignoring to root or jailbreak or unlock their phones. So what exactly is the fuss? Let us try and understand one at a time.


If you have used an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad, you must have heard about the term jailbreaking. Strictly speaking jailbreaking is performed on closed source devices and is most famous for Apple products. Jailbreaking means removing the restrictions placed on a device by its manufacturers. Apple is notorious for wanting to control the entire environment and experience of the user on its products, but what if you want to go beyond. What if you want to change a few files of your iPhone to change how the lock screen looks like or change how the menu bar functions, basically doing anything that Apple does not want you to do. That is jailbreaking your device. Jailbreaking is a common thing today and with present day tools from the likes of Red snow and Green poison even Absinthe a fairly simple process of just a couple of button presses after connecting your device to the computer. Detailed guides of how to perform jailbreak are available on the internet but they all may differ based on the device you are using and the software version of your device. Depending on that only would it be possible to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad. Don let people tell you that Jailbreaking your device voids the warranty. Yes, technically it does but you can always restore your device to factory settings and jailbreak goes away, as good as it never existed.


However, not only Apple products you could jailbreak a Lumia device or a Surface RT tablet to change how the device looks or to flash some other firmware on the device. This however, is not a very common thing since the community support is not very active. Another useful feature of jailbreaking is the fact you can install third party applications which Apple and Windows does not allow on surface tablets, this is not required on Android since Android allows installing of third party applications out of the box. Jailbreaking does have potential to permanently bricking your device if you flash a wrong firmware version or delete some system files. So we advice you to not do anything unless you know well what you are doing. It would be better to get it done from somebody who has jailbroken their devices in the past.


Rooting is generally performed on Linux or Unix Based devices. The two most common platforms that could be rooted are Android and the now retired Symbian from Nokia. Rooting the device means nothing but getting the root permission for the device to access system files. This is very similar to being in the Administrator account on the Windows. Rooting has potential to do some crazy things such as revoking access to applications, changing the CPU speeds of your device or even tweaking the binary files on board. If done wrongly, these can be potentially be harmful to your phones and as a result no Android phones come with Root access and you have to root the device yourself.


It is also possible to remove the Android skins that devices ship with today such as HTC Sense on HTC devices and Touchwiz on Samsung phones and have the device in a Vanilla state. This again depends on the availability of the ROM which in turn is base don how active is the community support for your device. But rooting an Android phone can give you a completely new experience on your device making the device take advantage of the hardware on board. We highly recommend rooting your Android device. Rooting is different for every Android smart phone and you have to follow step by step guide of the specific phone model to be able to carry out the procedure. Rooting does void your warranty on the device and it is very easy to know if the device is rooted or not, so be careful with it in case you plan to take it back to the seller.


Unlocking is another term you hear very often these days. More now than ever because unlocking your devices has become an illegal process now. There are two kinds of unlocking of devices. The first being unlocking the boot loader while the second is carrier unlocking. So lets look in to both of them individually.

Carrier Unlocking: Most of the phones in the US or Europe come locked to a carrier with contract meaning that you can use the device with only the SIM card issued with the device. If you pop in the SIM of any other carrier then the device would not work and display an error that the phone is locked. Carriers usually allow you to unlock the device once you have served your stated contract when you outright own the device. However, if you can gather unlock code of the device you can do that and use the phone with any SIM. However, like we stated earlier that unlocking a phone on contract is illegal and can get you into trouble so beware if you do it. It is again a very common practice with iPhone users, who purchase locked devices from US and unlock it to use it anywhere globally.


Boot Loader Unlocking: Most of Android devices on the market come with locked boot loaders, this simply means that your phone would not boot any other OS than the version that the device has shipped with. If you want to create or change the ROM of your device which broadly is the OS version of the device, then you have to unlock the boot loader. Cyanogen Mods are the most common ROMs that people want to flash on to their devices, and as a result the community has requested lots of manufacturers to ship devices with unlocked boot loaders. Few OEMs have actually given into it an shipped phones with unlocked boot loaders. Even though a security exploit maybe important to unlock boot loaders, but Motorola and HTC both allow the devs to unlock the boot loader of their devices legally and easily by obtaining a code from their dev sites.


So that is everything you should know about rooting, jailbreaking and unlocking your smart phones. This is obviously a very basic guide and there is so much potential in these processes that it is mind blowing. Once you know what these processes are like we explained to you, you can look through step by step procedures of various devices. We at Blogtechnika also cover them from time to time. So stay tuned and write in to us in the section below or tweet in to us at @Blogtechnika or @Techverarp.

Via: HTG

Apple Announces the 128GB iPad 4

iPad was the first device that ushered us into the post PC Era. Since the launch of the iPad, it has been the one device setting a benchmark for other devices in its class. Every tablet wants to be the iPad, and there is no shame cause it is a brilliant product. It seems like Apple is set to raise the bar once again as it announces the 4th gen iPad would now be available in a massive 128 GB capacity. Such a large volume of storage so far has never been heard of in any tablet before, so the iPad has yet again raised the bar for others to try and pull up to.


The iPad 128 GB is the same as the iPad 4th gen but just with extra space on board making sure it is the true hub for all your multimedia and applications. Here is the entire press release from Apple for those who want all the intricate details about the latest iPad:

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today announced a 128GB* version of the fourth generation iPad® with Retina® display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.

“Our AutoCAD WS app for iOS was designed to give customers seamless access to their designs anywhere, anytime”

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.

“Our AutoCAD WS app for iOS was designed to give customers seamless access to their designs anywhere, anytime,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products for Autodesk. “These files are often large and highly detailed so having the thin and light iPad with its Multitouch display, integrated camera and all-day battery life, is a real advantage for iPad users to view, edit and share their AutoCAD data.”

“The features and capabilities of iPad give us the ability to set a new standard for multitrack recording and editing on a mobile device,” said Rim Buntinas, WaveMachine Labs’ CEO. “Users of the Auria app can play 48 mono or stereo 24bit/96 kHz tracks simultaneously, record up to 24 of those tracks simultaneously, and also edit and mix with familiar tools. With its portability and all-day battery life, iPad has revolutionized recording for audio professionals allowing artists to record anywhere.”

“The bottom line for our customers is winning football games, and iPad running our GamePlan solution unquestionably helps players be as prepared as possible,” said Randall Fusee, Global Apptitude Co-Founder. “The iPad’s unbeatable combination of security, being thin and light, having an incredible Retina display and also being powerful enough to handle large amounts of data enables us to deliver a product that takes film study to a new level and ultimately gives our users the best opportunity to prepare, execute and win.”

The fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime® HD camera, iOS 6.1 and ultrafast wireless performance**. iOS 6.1 includes support for additional LTE networks around the world***, and iTunes Match? subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud®.

iPad runs over 800,000 apps available on the App Store?, including more than 300,000 apps designed specifically for iPad, from a wide range of categories including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. iPad also supports the more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, and the more than 1.5 million books available on the iBookstore?.

Pricing & Availability

The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available starting Tuesday, February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model. All versions of the 128GB iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (, Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Via: BGR

Acer Announces Iconia B1 7 Inch Tablet At CES 2013

Unless you have been living on somee other planet, you would well know that CES kicked off few hours ago at Vegas. CES is the mother of all the electronics shows where plenty of devices which do not get to reach main stream audience are showcased. It the single biggest fare  for showing of various innovative products starting from phones to tablets, cameras TV’s etc. One of the biggest announcements coming so far from CES 2012 apart from the Project Shield by Nvidia is the fact that Acer has finally moved into Tablet market.


Acer have announced Iconia B1, a 7 inch tablet aimed primarily at competing with the likes of Google Nexus and other low budget tablets. The tablet would set you back by only $149 which is a very effective price on the device. There have also been reports that the tablet could be available at a promotional rate of only $99 which is absolutely gob smacking. The tablet has fairly low end specs too as per the price of the device. It features a dual core processor 1.2 GHz processor. The 7 inch display has a resolution of 1024 x 768 and has 512 MB of RAM on board. The tablet will run Jelly Bean out of the box.  The tablet is said to have not really performed too well, and is said to have poor viewing angles and lots of performance lags. The device is said to be coming to South Asia first and follow up with Europe later on. The price in India is said to be around Rs. 7,999 which would put it right against the  likes of Micromax Funbook.

What are your views regarding this tablet? Are you looking forward to it? Do let us know in the section below or tweet in to me at @techverarp.

Via: BGR

Amazon Posts An Interesting Comparison Between iPad Mini And Amazon Fire HD

It is no secret that if one tablet that has really gained most from a not so awesome launch of iPad Mini is the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. The market for a portable table in the 7 inch region is certainly heating up. So far, the Nexus 7 seems to have the market in it’s favor but a lot of experts were actually expecting that to change with the launch of the iPad Mini. However, the iPad Mini did disappoint in terms of specs it bought on the table and the price too seemed rather steep. The Kindle fire almost tripled it’s sale after the announcement of iPad Mini, which affirms the belief that a lot of people were actually waiting for the announcement from Apple before diving into the tablet market, and seemingly were no too impressed with what the massively successful Mobile computing company had to offer.

Apple made loads of efforts to show off on stage how their device was ahead of the Nexus 7. Which is never the way Apple do things. If they were so confident of their product being ahead of others then they would leave that opinion to come from the users without having to show that off to the public. And picking up right from there Amazon have put up a very interesting post on their Kindle Fire Page highlighting how far ahead the Kindle Fire HD is from the iPad Mini. We do agree with most of the points, but what they fail to highlight is the entire Apple eco-system that the iPad Mini would be a part of, due to which it automatically becomes a very sound choice for at least those who will be using a tablet for the very first time.

What are your views on the two tablets? Do let us know in the section below.

Via: TIP

What To Expect From iPad Mini?

It has been long time coming and seems like that iPad mini could well be making it’s mark in a day’s time. There may be some mummers about Apple delaying the launch but we do not really believe that. especially after reading what is written on the invite that Apple sent out to the world media. They have something small to show us and it definitely is the scaled down version of the iPad which has been hands down the success story of the last 5 years as far as consumer electronics is concerned.

There are also rumors that we may see Apple tell us more about iBooks and take it to a new level in the upcoming event but the iPad mini shall definitely stay as the focus of the event. So what can we expect from the iPad mini, let’s roll the list down.

  • A smaller scaled down, 7-7.5 inch retina display.
  • An A5 processor powered device.
  • Legendary 10 hour battery back up.
  • A rear and front facing camera.
  • The all new Lightening Dock for high speed data transfer.
  • iOS 6 at the heart of it (Expect some sort of announcement on improvements of Maps)
  • Ultra thin and portable device, probably thinner than the new iPad.
  • A 512 Mb of RAM powering the device.
  • A starting price of about $250 to take on the competitors such as Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD etc.
  • A new name such as iPad Lite or iPad Air instead of iPad Mini.

Those are pretty much what we believe and can guess would be the specifications and configurations of the iPad Mini, how accurate we are, well you do not really have to wait too long now to find that out.

iPad Mini Coming On October 23rd?

iPad is without a doubt the single device which has ushered us perfectly in the post PC era. Various tablets followed the lead of the iPad and try and eclipse the master but the device stood there strong and still is the king of any tablet market you see globally. The popularity of iPad is so much that today people would much rather own an iPad than a full fledged laptop, and if your work is just to surf the net there is not much wrong you are doing by just using the iPad. However, with the 10.1 inch screen that iPad runs, it is facing a tough competition against much smaller and more portable 7 inch devices such as Nexus 7. So it would make sense that Apple too has decided to throw it’s own candidate into the ring now. And it is coming soon.

If the rumor mills are to be believed then we should be hearing an official announcement of the iPad Mini measuring 7 inch screen size, sometime in the third week of October. The date most probably being given out is 23rd of October which would be when the device would see the light of the day. There are plenty of reports also saying that a large number of iPad Mini accessories are already out and ready to be shipped. The device would also most probably ship with the new mini dock connector. The screen is expected to remain the popular Retina display. The processor is expected to be the same A5 processor used in the iPad 2 which would make it one of the best gaming devices.

We certainly can not wait for the iPad mini to come out as the rumor mill is in full force and given the popularity Apple is enjoying you can bet your money that it would be hugely popular. Not the best news for other 7 inch devices though.

Via: Techaholika