ASUS Teases Nexus 7 Launch in Malaysia, event on September 21



Tons of Malaysians have been anxiously waiting for the much hyped Jelly Bean tablet, the ASUS and Google Nexus 7 . We ourselves coudn’t stand the wait and imported a unit from the US. ASUS have sent us a media invite to attend the launch event of the Nexus 7 , happening on the September 21st , 3PM. The event will be liveblogged on the new CrackTech website here, so please remember to tune in to the new website. So, mark those calendars folks. Of course, CrackTech will be there liveblogging the event live, and livetweeting it so be sure to tune in on time! Our very own Chief Editor Vishnuu Panickar and Co-Chief Editor Kumaran Ganesh will on liveblog duty. Just a recap of the specs, the Nexus 7 runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 7 – inch IPS HD display – hence the name. We expect the tablet to do exceptionally well here, penetrating the below RM1000 price of a tablet, especially with no Kindle to compete with here.

Remember guys, the event will be live on the new website here.



How to Buy a Nexus 7 in Malaysia



Ever since Google launched the Nexus 7 in Google I/O 2012, every Malaysian has been searching high and low for a way to purchase the Nexus 7 , and for a reasonable price at that. Because of that I’ve tried my best to search through the internet and all the online stores to try and find possible ways for us to get our hands on Google’s latest and greatest.


IPMart has been one of the fastest local resellers to offer the Nexus 7 , priced at RM949 for the 8GB version and RM1149 for the 16GB version. Yes , this might be RM300 more than the RRP price from the Play Store, but its the only option that ships fast and the only store locally selling it. I have gotten confirmation from Google Malaysia that they have no immediate plans to release the Nexus 7 here yet, so this may be a viable option. You have an option to pay either by Bank In, Credit Card , PayPal or even Cash On Delivery ( select States). Click here for more details.

Negri Electronics

Negri Electronics is well known for offering all the latest devices the fastest and they ship internationally – including Malaysia! The 8Gb version is RM780 and the 16GB model is RM1000 . It is slightly cheaper than IPMart, but when you take into account the shipping costs and delivery time, it comes up to the same. More info here.

Google Play Store

This is the cheapest but hardest option, as it requires you to ship to a US address, and have your friend ship it to you. You have the advantage of buying it with the RRP price of $199 / @249 but it’s quite troublesome to find a friend who is willing to go through the trouble to ship it to you. You will also have to get your friend in the US to purhase it for you, as the Play Store website isn’t accessible from Malaysia.

I hope these options certainly help you to get your hands on the much coveted Nexus 7 . We ourselves are working on purchasing one and we’ll definitely review the device when we get it. Stay tuned.


Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code added to AOSP, OEM’s and devs get cracking

Finally the moment all devs at XDA and OEMS alike have been waiting for, Android 4.1 Source Code. Android Open Source Project ( AOSP ) lead Jean – Baptiste Queru has announced that Google have dropped the code today. The initial release covers the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, with the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom sources to be released soon. As always, renowned custom rom makers like CyanogenMOD can finally get started on Cyanogenmod 10. Hit the link to find out more about the details and find out how you can get started on your very own AOSP project.

Android Jelly Bean : Download the Wallpapers for your device now

After every new Android version is out, devs always meet the one day deadline to leak parts of the new OS, as well as whole ports. Today , we have already gotten the whole set of wallpapers from Jelly Bean , available for download and use straight on your device. I’m using it myself, and I have to say , I’m really liking the new wallpapers. The direct download is available here and is a 2.2 MB file , which gives you 12 stunning wallpapers. If you cant wait for the update to arrive, here’s something that can get you that Jellyfied feeling.

Nexus 7 Tablet : Specs, Price and Availability in Malaysia

Google’s day one conference at I/O was arguably the best conference from the search giant. There were a ton of announcements, all giving glimpses of Android’s future and where it’s headed to. Android 4.1 , the Nexus 7 and Q , and Project Glass were highlights of the show. But what stole the show was definitely the Nexus 7. The fruit of Google’s partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Asus was unveiled, an certainly whetted many appetites. Google was in the tablet market, and with the best slate for the job. A sub-$200 pricing and flagship specs make this purchase a no brainer. You woudn’t even consider Amazon’s Kindle Fire, with the Nexus beating the Fire in every way possible , except one – content. So what exactly is so great about the Nexus 7? When is it going to be available in Malaysia ,and for how much? Read on to find out.

Specifications and Hardware

As you can see from the pic above, the Nexus 7 has some very eye catching features, some only available to flagship tablets like the Transformer Prime, which also costs RM1000 more. It’s a miracle how Google and Asus managed to keep costs down in spite of the specs. The Nexus 7 is a buttonless tablet has a 7″ 1280 x 800 HD display , that’s strengthened by Gorilla Glass. It runs on a quad – core Tegra 3 CPU , clocked at 1.2Ghz but it can upscale to 1.3Ghz anytime paired with its 12 – core GPU which proved to boost this tablet’s gaming performance dramatically in the demo. There’s no back- facing camera, but there’s a front facing 1.2 MP one. The Nexus also comes with the standard slew of sensors and of course NFC. The highlight of this tablet that sets it apart from every Android device available, is that it comes with Android’s latest version, Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean brings a lot of new and much wanted features to the table. Among the new features is a new search , Google Now, new Maps features , auto resizing widgets and finally , Android is going to be silky smooth with the introduction of Project Butter. The tablet is also being branded a Google Play tablet, with all Play’s services integrated very well with the OS. Magazines, Books, Games, Apps, Music and Chrome are all readily accessible and offer robust features.

Pricing and Availabilty

After looking at the specs, you’d sure to be looking at a RM1500 – 1800 ( $400-500) pricing for the slate. Well, you were wrong. Google has set the price of the tablet at $199 ( RM 600 ) for the 8GB version and $249 ( RM 780 ) for the 16GB version. That’s incredibly cheap and more than half the price of the cheapest iPad 3 model available. Which also brings us to the availability of the tablet itself. Google is already taking pre-orders for the tablet in its own Google Play Store, and is expected to ship the Nexus sometime mid – July. It’s unfortunate that the Play Store isn’t available in Malaysia currently. However , Google have assured us that the Nexus would be sold in other stores around the world, with Google absorbing marketing costs. When that will reach Malaysia, we don’t know . But ASUS is an Asian company, and they have been quick with Transformer launches here. We have reason to believe that ASUS will push the Nexus sales in Malaysia, and expect it to arrive here around August – September. We have reached out to ASUS on the matter of availability and will let you know when we have confirmation.

Stay tuned to CrackTech for all the latest info.

Google I/O 2012 : What to expect?

This year’s already been filled with exciting announcements and much awaited events. Apple’s WWDC conference just ended, arguably the biggest event of the year, and the most anticipated so far. Google ‘s I/O conference is Google’s version of it , and has certainly been gaining traction over the years. This year is gearing up to be the most exciting I/O conference yet, with tons of rumours pouring in from as early as March. The conference kick – starts at June 28 , 12.30 AM Malaysian Time ( GMT + 8) . That’s June 27 , 5.30PM for all you UK readers. So , what should you be expecting from the conference? Read on to see our breakdown of the rumours .

Google and Asus Nexus 7 Tablet

Ah, the Nexus 7. People started speculating about from the days of the Motorola Xoom and original iPad announcement. At the time, Android was never tablet ready, and its app offering wasn’t either. Meanwhile, the iPad stole the show for 3 years with its polished iOS and 100,000 exclusive apps. Of course, Google hasn’t been keeping quiet. Honeycomb launched specifically for tablets, and Ice Cream Sandwich followed last year , bridging the gap between smartphone and tablet . Finally, Android tablets actually made people consider them , with their budget pricing and big spec sheets.

This year, Google is about to bring its renowned Nexus branding to a tablet, and that tablet is going to be manufactured by Asus. It only seems fit, as Asus has been doing a spectacular job with its Transformer series, especially the Prime. Great specs and build quality paired with excellent battery life and docking functionality, all it needed was a lower price. Google might actually pull it off. With the Nexus 7 certainly running a vanilla version of Android , most probably a new version , Android 4.1 Jelly Bean , which also might make a cameo today. The Nexus 7 also pleases in the specs front, with a Tegra 3 CPU reportedly keeping this thing going, paired with a front facing camera and 1GB RAM, as well as a 7 – inch 1280 x 720 display.  There’s no mention of a rear-facing camera, which would make sense considering its RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP purported pricing of $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB version. Most people dont actually use the rear – camera on their tablets anyway. The front camera is of course usefull for Skype and Face Unlock.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Jelly Bean is Google’s latest offering of its open source Android OS, and is set to be an incremental update,like Gingerbread over Froyo,  rather than a large overhaul like Ice Cream Sandwich was over Gingerbread. Not much is actually known about what new features Google might bring to the table. The only thing actually confirmed is the name and its unveiling today, as Google have already erected its trademark statue of Jelly Beans outside its HQ. Google has done this for every new iteration of the OS, from the early days of Cupcake to the Jelly Bean of today. The screenshots above were released by Google to show off its Google I/O app. Sharped eyed readers of course picked out the differnce between the search bar above and the search bar in existing ICS builds. Could this be a cameo of Jelly Bean from Google themselves? Cheeky aren’t they.

Once again , everything will be revealed in their conference , kicking off today. Stay tuned for all the updates at CrackTech.