The makers of the Jide Remix Ultra Tablet wanted to drum up interest in their tablet with a Microsoft Surface-like design, a magnetic keyboard cover, and a custom version of Android that lets you run apps in full-screen or windowed modes. So they launched a Kickstarter campaign, offering 200 early backers the chance to get a tablet for just $39 (one tenth of the eventual retail price).
For some reason, Kickstarter allowed 355 people to make pledges at that level. Chaos ensued… which is to say Jide tried to get a response from Kickstarter for a few days, but then Kickstarter just picked a seemingly random sample of 155 people from the 355 and canceled their pledges.
Jide reached out to many of those affected and offered them the opportunity to move up to the next level and request a tablet for $199 plus shipping costs.
I guess the goal of drumming up interest worked…
- Jide set aside 200 Remix tablets as $39 Kickstarter rewards, but KS took 355 pledges. The resolution has been messy
There are three weeks to go in the campaign, but if you back it now you’ll need to pledge $349 or more to get a tablet. [Kickstarter]
- Looks like Android 5.1.1 is on the way
Google hasn’t made any announcements yet, but the Android SDK Manager is now showing version 5.1.1. Given the .0.1 update, it’ll most likely contain bug fixes and few (or no) new features. [Phandroid]
- “Android boot properties” in Chrome OS code could be sign of a dual-boot device
Or maybe this is just code that will improve performance of Android apps that run in Chrome OS. [Chrome Story]
- The upcoming Asus Chromebit Chrome OS PC on a stick is code-named “Brain”
There’s no word on whether there will be a Pinky. [François Beaufort]
- Allwinner introduces V3 chip for action cameras
The Chinese chip maker makes low-cost, low-power processors for tablets and TV boxes. Now it’s taking aim at GoPro-style sports cameras (GoPro knockoffs are apparently big in Asia these days). [Allwinner]
- Xiaomi MiBox Mini teardown
The tiny box is tiny. Inside it’s filled with tiny parts. They let you stream media to your big TV. [CNX Software]
- Kodi media center 15 Alpha 2 released
Among other things, the new version adds support for chapter selection in media files that support chapters. [Kodi]
- Goophone’s Samsung Galaxy S6 clone costs $169, a fraction of the speed for a fraction of the price
Goophone has been producing knockoffs of iPhones, Samsung Galaxy Phones, and other products for a few years. This model sure looks a lot like a Samsung Galaxy S6, but it’s got a plastic case and a much slower processor, less RAM, and a much lower price. [SamMobile]