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By Stuart Miles | Monday January 31 2022
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Is Google plotting a return to Android tablets? New clues suggest so

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What's happened?

Android co-founder Rich Miner is working on Android tablets, according to ComputerWorld. It looked into Google’s tablet history and noticed Miner’s LinkedIn page lists his current title as "CTO Android Tablets" at Google. 

Why does it matter?

Google recently announced Android 12L - the first indication it still cares about tablets. It positions it as a "special feature drop that makes Android 12 even better on large screens".

What's my take?

Given Apple's huge success and dominance of the tablet space with the iPad, it's about time Google returned to compete, rather than leave it to Amazon, Samsung and Microsoft to dominate when it comes to alternatives.

I believe it will be some time before the company can offer a viable option, but you've got to start somewhere. And, with the Pixel smartphone range enjoying critical and commercial success, now is the time to capitalise.

Tesla starts selling a TeslaMic microphone for in-car karaoke

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What's happened?

Tesla has launched an in-car karaoke microphone called TeslaMic. It’s only available in China for now.

Why does it matter?

This is an expansion of Tesla's in-car "Caraoke" feature, which released via the V10 software update in 2019. It introduced the ability to play a limited list of songs with lyrics appearing on the centre display. The new 2022.2.1 software update in China offers a more complete karaoke system though, as it leverages the Leishi KTV’s interface and catalogue. According to Tesla, the TeslaMic pairs automatically with the system and features sound modes to help singers.

What's my take?

This brings a whole new meaning to in-car entertainment doesn't it?

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HP's superb weekly deals offer up some great savings

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Sony Xperia Pro-I review: King of the phone cameras?

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What's happened?

With the Xperia Pro-I, the phone-maker set out to offer a photography and videography tool for those with professional experience.

Our quick verdict

Sony isn't hiding the fact it's going niche with the Xperia Pro-I. If you want a phone with professional-grade tools for videography and photography then it's certainly worth considering. It's one of the nicest looking and best-equipped phones on the market, but it's still not perfect - and is undeniably expensive. Read our review.

In Case You Missed it

Garmin Forerunner 955 has leaked in a listing on the official Garmin site.
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The Lenovo Legion Y90 gaming phone has been certified by TENAA, so a launch is imminent.
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Fitbit's Luxe has over a third off today at $99.95 (was $149.95). This $50 saving is on the black, white or orchid colour versions of the fitness tracker, with a five day battery life and six months of Fitbit Premium, too.

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