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The weeks leading up to Mobile World Congress are usually pretty quiet for actual announcements and news, however, as this past week can attest, rumors and expectations of new tablets and other mobile hardware can be found everywhere.

This week we find a few rumors of new tablets from HTC, Microsoft and Sony, updates from Sony and NVIDIA, some iF-y awards and more.

Perhaps the biggest news for all you business professionals out there, Google is going big on supporting you and your day to day tasks with enhanced Android apps and more. Without further adieu, here is your TabTimes Weekly news roundup.

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News


Official Android Blog: Android is ready for work

What is this? Yes, some of the best news for those of us that use Android tablets for work, Google is launching new Android tools for the workplace, Android is ready for work.

When you are done checking out what new tools are coming, why not take some time to see what Android for work all means.

blogspot.com

Tablet announcements


Check out this ambitious modular laptop–tablet hybrid for kids | Gigaom

Have you heard of Google's Project Ara? It is a modular phone program that allows you to swap out and upgrade individual pieces of your device. This same concept is in effect for a new project to put a modular tablet/laptop hybrid into the hands of children.

This project follows in the footsteps of the one laptop per child program.

gigaom.com

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet leaks out ahead of MWC 2015

Sony may not have yet announced a new Xperia Z4 phone, but their Xperia Z4 Tablet has already leaked.

Check out the few images and details for the latest and greatest that Sony has to offer.

androidauthority.com

Rumor & reports


Surface Pro 4 Release Date – The Next-Generation Microsoft Tablet Supposedly Hits the Surface Before October » CultureMob

Let's play with more rumors, We have here claims that Microsoft will take to the stage in mid March to announce their latest Surface Pro tablet/laptop. Could we really see the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 in July of this year?

As always, this is purely a rumor, with the original expectations for Microsoft to launch the Surface Pro 4 in October, but July would be great.

culturemob.com

Apple iPad tablet share is imploding - Business Insider

I hope the title of this one didn't offend - while Apple's tablet share and sales may be on a decline, they certainly are not imploding.

Stay tuned to TabTimes.com, we'll be dissecting these number for you soon.

businessinsider.com

HTC One M9 Tablet Concept Unveiled: 11-inch 'Carbon' Design, Snapdragon 810 Tipped [Video] : Tech : Design & Trend

It's time for a good rumor. After the successes of the HTC built Nexus 9 tablet, we are inclined to imagine that HTC could have another slate in the works, but this HTC One M9 Tablet is purely rumor at this point, we're not sure if it will come to be.

That said, the concept art sure does look slick!

designntrend.com

Software updates


Verizon Xperia Z2 Tablet Gets An OTA Update With PS4 Remote Play Support And A Few Other Tweaks

Proving that Sony's award winning Xperia Z2 Tablet is not to be forgotten, the Verizon variant of the device is enjoying an OTA update this week, bringing Playstation 4 Remote Play support and more.

Android enthusiast hoping to see Android Lollipop in this update will be disappointed though, the updated Sony Xperia 2 Tablet remains on Android 4.4 KitKat.

androidpolice.com

Nvidia Releases Shield Tablet 2.2.1 Hotfix Update To Address Color Desaturation : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times

That was quick! It seems just last week that NVIDIA rolled out the big 2.2 update for their SHIELD tablet, this week, addressing display color concerns, look for hotfix update 2.2.1 for your NVIDIA SHIELD tablet.

techtimes.com

Apps


Astropad turns your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac

If you are like us, you have more than once thought of cool ways to use your iPad as a second screen or input device to your PC. To that end, this app allows you to turn your iPad into a graphics tablet for your Mac.

If that is not exactly what you are looking to do, be sure to check out our list of ways to connect your iPad to your TV for more ideas.

the-gadgeteer.com

Fun & Interesting


Sony Mobile picks up four iF Design Awards 2015: Includes Gold award for Xperia Z2 Tablet | Xperia Blog

Although Sony has been talking about taking another look at the viability of the mobile industry, their slightly older Xperia Z2 Tablet has just won some awards.

The iF awards are an online organization that calls attention to the design of all digital things from tablets and smartphones, through to apps and, well, light bulbs.

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