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Rumor mill: Samsung, Android 4.3, and the Nexus 7

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Rumor alert! Rumor alert! The latest and the greatest that we’ve been hearing about the past few days is here in one post. Samsung shows up twice with possible news about a new tablet and the not-so-waterproof Galaxy S4 Active. Plus, we’ve got extra features for Android 4.3, LTE capability of the new Nexus 7 and news about the third iteration of the Nexus 7 (yes…already).

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Samsung brings two new tablets to the table

We’ve received some more leaked specs (thanks to @evleaks) about two new possible tablets that Samsung has planned. The tablets bear the product name SM P900 and SM P600. The P900 has some similarities to the Note series with an S-Pen, a 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels and equipped with a Exynos 5 Octa chipset. The P600 will be equipped with a 10-inch screen with the same resolution with a Snapdragon 800 chipset. Given the nomenclature around the new devices, it may be possible that the P900 is the next device in the Note series and that P600 will be the latest in the Galaxy Tab,

Our thoughts: Well, it’s been pretty quiet on the news front when it comes to Samsung and their tablet division. Plus, @evleaks has been a pretty reputable source when it comes to leaks. One of the biggest issues we may have with this is the naming convention associated with the new tablets; all the touch devices in the Samsung product line have been characterized with an N instead of a SM.

Android 4.3: Authorization manager for apps?

Gradually more features are being discovered about Android 4.3 that weren’t mentioned last Wednesday. Among these features is an authorization manager that would allow the monitoring of app permissions and allow the user to change them. This would be similar to what we’ve seen in the Emotion UI for the Huawei Ascend series. According to Android Police, it would be called “App Ops” but has yet to be enabled. In addition to improvements of the Photo Sphere feature, this could be another really useful feature of the latest Android update.

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Our thoughts:  The feature is already integrated into Android 4.3, but has yet to be enabled, so we’re pretty confident in this one. It’s just a matter of time before someone figures out how to enable it (…or Google enables it themselves). Right now, an unofficial app called “Permission Manager” is available in the Play Store, but as always, the installation and use of this is done at your own risk.

Galaxy S4 Active: Not so waterproof

Well, tons of reports are piling up that the Galaxy S4 Active is not as waterproof as Samsung is marketing it to be. Many complaints have surrounded the device saying that water has entered the device and damaged their device. Is Samsung hyping up the ruggedness of the device or are people just using the S4 Active improperly?

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Waterproof vs. Water Resistant. / © AndroidPIT

Our thoughts: Well, Samsung didn’t really lie with the requirements and limits of the S4 Active, but it seems that their marketing is coming to bite them in the ass. Many users seem to be under the impression that the device is completely waterproof. However, the IP67 certification that it received labels it as protected only against “temporary immersion” and only for a depth up to 1 meter. Also, you need to make sure that all the ports have been closed and sealed properly. Once we get a hand on the device and can perform our own tests, we’ll report back with our findings.

Nexus 7: Available in Europe without LTE?

Well, it seems that the Nexus 7 is available in certain locations across Europe, but right now we’ve been unable to find LTE versions available (particularly in Germany).  On the official Google product page, the Nexus 7 in Europe is listed only as HSPA+, and no mention of LTE. A statement from Google or Asus has yet to be received in regards to this.

Our thoughts:  Well, until something official is presented there’s not much we can gather.  Whether this means that a LTE compatible Nexus 7 is slated later on for Europe or whether this means that Google will not be rolling one out for that area is still up in the air. We’ll be keeping tabs and hopefully an official announcement will be forthcoming in the next few days.

Nexus 7: Next iteration coming in 2014 and made by LG?

Yup. The second Nexus 7 has just been announced and already we’re talking about the next generation in the line. Supposedly LG is being wooed by Google to produce the next Nexus 7 instead of Asus. The main reason behind this change is the screen technology that LG possesses.

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Old vs. New. / © Google/AndroidPIT

Our thoughts: LG has already successfully produced one device in the Google Nexus series. The Korean manufacturer definitely has an in already with Google and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they were rumored to be helping out with a new product for Google. Of course, this is WAY ahead of anything official, so while I wouldn’t discount this completely this definitely should be taken with a grain of salt.