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Working together, Google and ASUS have produced some of the best 7-inch Android tablets ever released - I still use and love my first-gen model. Given the overall success of Nexus 7, it seemed likely that both companies would again work together on a third iteration, but sometimes the tech world can throw a curveball. DigiTimes is reporting that Google's been mulling a partnership with HTC on a Nexus tablet, but what's interesting is that it isn't a "Nexus 7"; instead, as an 8-inch model, it'd likely be called Nexus 8. If this proves true, it could be that Google isn't planning to immediately get... Read more...
When Google's Nexus 10 came out in late 2012, it proved to be a great choice for those looking to get a larger tablet - and even today, it still has respectable specs. But, a span of 17 months since its original launch and the fact that it hasn't seen an update since shows that we're long overdue for an update. Well, one might be coming, if the hint we're being given at the Google Play store is accurate. The Nexus 10 has largely been out-of-stock for months, and now, instead of seeing a notice for that, the wording has been changed to "Coming Soon". Being that the Nexus 10 is a dual-core... Read more...
Google has accumulated a fair amount of street cred with its Nexus line of mobile devices, some of which are best-in-class gadgets. Take for example the Nexus 7, still one of our favorite 7-inch Android tablets and arguably the best choice among a growing field of competitors. The Nexus brand certainly carriers a positive connotation, though the Nexus brand may not be long for this world nonetheless. Twitter user Eldar Murtazin says that Google will retire the Nexus brand in 2015 and replace it with Play Edition devices. "Nexus line by Google is over in 2015 ;) Yes - this line will be replaced... Read more...
It's not easy competing in the increasingly crowded 7-inch Android tablet category, even for Google, which arguably offers the best solution with its Nexus 7 (see our review). Google entered the market at a time when there weren't many viable, low-cost alternatives, and with the situation having now changed, there's talk that Google might switch its focus to the 8-inch category. Citing sources hanging out in the upstream supply chain, news and rumor site Digitimes says an 8-inch Nexus tablet could hit retail by the middle of the year. In addition to stretching out the size, sources say Google may... Read more...
Hopefully you didn't get every single gift you needed on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, because you're probably going to want this guy. Google just unwrapped a trio of new devices within its Play Store, and one of those is a white Nexus 7 (the other is a Google Play Edition Sony Xperia Ultra Z and a G Pad 8.3 from LG). As for the newly tinted Nexus 7, it's a 32GB model, and if you missed our review of the original black model, have a look: it's one of the best slates of the year. It seems like a pretty limited model, given that it's only available in 32GB and only available with Wi-Fi (no cellular).... Read more...
Nexus owners are a lucky bunch, and savvy too, for having picked devices that are promised Android updates pretty much as soon as they're available. This has been especially beneficial to Nexus 5 smartphone owners (see our review) the past few days, as Google's been pushing out some incremental KitKat updates one after the other. Android 4.4.1 began rolling out to Nexus 5 owners as early as last Thursday, according to a Google+ post by the Nexus team. That update introduced an improved camera along with HDR+ for better photography with faster focusing (especially in low light), faster white balancing... Read more...
If Microsoft ever had a "killer app," it could be argued it's their omnipotent Office productivity suite. From college students to home users, small business and the big iron enterprise,  Microsoft Office is the de facto standard from which many a memorandum has been penned or spread sheet crunched. It's also one of Microsoft's major selling points when it comes to the new crop of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 devices. Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet comes with Office 2013 RT bundled in and Windows Phone 8 devices can open and edit Office documents with ease.  At least that was the... Read more...
Something that's become rather clear over the past year or so is that when some info trickles out about a new Google Nexus product, the Web jumps all over it like wild savages. It kind of - just kind of - reminds me of how things used to be whenever a new piece of info leaked out about Apple's upcoming iPhones. While Google's sure to hate leaks, it should at least feel a little proud that its Nexus line has gone from nothing to highly-desired in just a couple of years. We've already heard a lot about the upcoming Nexus 5 (still unannounced) over the past couple of months, with rumors just a couple... Read more...
It's true: another Android build is coming. Jelly Bean has been aging quite nicely, but it's about time for another desert to take top billing. And now, based on a new lawn ornament in Mountain View, it looks as if it has a name: Kit Kat. Yes, that Kit Kat -- the candy bar. In what can be described as one of the weirdest partnerships in the technology space, Google has somehow agreed to license the use of the official Kit Kat candy bar for the next build of Android. No money is changing hands, but Kit Kat sure is getting a huge amount of recognition out of the deal. It's unclear what exactly will... Read more...
Remember a year ago? It's tough, for sure, but right about this time last year, Google introduced its latest Nexus smartphone. The LG-built Nexus 4 wasn't quite as high-end as prior Nexus units, but then again, neither was the price. Now, however, the price is moving south, and it's clearly in "darn near irresistible" territory at this point. If you're looking for a stable, reliable, unlocked Android smartphone that'll be on the upgrade train (in terms of Android point releases, that is) for the foreseeable future, look no further. The Nexus 4 has fallen to just $199 for the 8GB unit, representing... Read more...
There's never a dull moment in the smartphone market, with the latest pique of interest owing its thanks to Google and LG. Rumor has it that Google's next smartphone, the Nexus 5, will be produced by LG (which designed the Nexus 4), and be based on LG's own G2 (announced a couple of weeks ago). One thing that really sets the G2 apart from the crowd is its volume slider on the back (seen below), so it'll be interesting to see if the Nexus 5 carries that feature over. Like the G2, the Nexus 5 is said to sport a 5.2-inch screen, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor, and, if it aligns itself close to... Read more...
It appears that Google's latest Nexus 7 (one we highly recommend) has some GPS issues that are plaguing those who'd like to take advantage of the feature. Hundreds of posts were made both to the XDA Developers site and also Google Groups, and at least one Google employee has come forward to say that the company is "looking into it." The extent of the problem varies between user; some will see their GPS operate just fine for about a half-an-hour, while others might have it conk out after just a couple of minutes. What always seems to fix the problem is a reboot of the tablet, but that's hardly ideal... Read more...
Google made a brilliant decision last year to take the bull by the horns and deliver its own brand Android tablet to the masses. Built by ASUS to Google's specifications, the original Nexus 7 awarded a patient (and eager) audience with a stock Android experience wrapped in an affordable package that was high on value and low on feature concessions. It was precisely the kind of tablet the Android camp had been clamoring for, because for whatever reason, most third-party manufacturers were tying to push larger, overpriced slates onto an audience that simply wanted a solid tablet without paying a... Read more...
Google made a brilliant decision last year to take the bull by the horns and deliver its own brand Android tablet to the masses. Built by ASUS to Google's specifications, the original Nexus 7 awarded a patient (and eager) audience with a stock Android experience wrapped in an affordable package that was high on value and low on feature concessions. It was precisely the kind of tablet the Android camp had been clamoring for, because for whatever reason, most third-party manufacturers were tying to push larger, overpriced slates onto an audience that simply wanted a solid tablet without paying a... Read more...
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