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Google is going to launch another a Nexus smartphone, and if the rumors and leaked information up to this point are true, both LG and Huawei will be involved. The former is rumored to be in charge of the 5.2-inch model, a supposed picture of which was posted online a week ago, while the latter is said to be making the 5.7-inch version. Some photos of Huawei's model have now also appeared online on a Chinese-language website. What stands out more than anything else in the pictures is the bulging camera, though it's not a circular bulge like LG's model. Instead, the device takes on a periscope-like design with a long, oval-shaped protrusion that runs from side to side on the top of the handset.... Read more...
It’s no secret that Huawei is developing one of two new Nexus smartphones for Google. LG Electronics is the other OEM tapped with developing a second smartphone that will result in a one-two punch for Google’s debut of the Android L operating system. Over the past few months, various details surrounding Huawei’s Nexus device have leaked, including word from Evan Blass that the device would feature a 5.7-inch QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. That latter spec is becoming a bit more suspect considering that Qualcomm today said it products featuring the SoC wouldn’t ship until the first half of 2016.Huawei P8 Lite Another notorious leaker of details on unreleased mobile products,... Read more...
Not long after Samsung announced that it would roll out security updates to Galaxy devices on a monthly basis, Google stood up and said, "Hey, great idea, we're going to do that with Nexus hardware!" That's not a verbatim quote, mind you, but it's the gist of what Google announced only hours after Samsung in regards to making Android a more secure platform on select devices. Google's announcement is sort of an extension of an existing security practice. For the past three years, Google has been notifying Android device makers of security issues on a monthly basis through bulletins. After being notified, It was then up to the manufacturers to implement fixes and dole them out -- a sometimes tricky... Read more...
Nexus fans who have been following the rumors have heard that Google's tapping two different manufactures for its next generation offerings. One is South Korean outfit LG Electronics, a familiar partner of Google's that is supposedly working on the Nexus 5 (2015 model), and the other is Huawei, which has been linked to a bigger size Nexus device to succeed the Nexus 6.With regards to the latter, famed leaker Evan Blass (you may know him better by his Twitter handle, @evleaks) posted to Twitter a few specs for the Huawei Nexus. According to Blass, Huawei's phablet-sized device will sport a 5.7-inch QHD display powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset. It will also feature a fingerprint reader... Read more...
The highly anticipated Android M mobile operating system will begin [most likely slowly if previous releases are any indication] making its way to devices this fall. We’ll first start seeing new devices preloaded with Android M (like the next generation Nexus smartphone, which is reportedly being developed in conjunction with Huawei) and later as an upgrade for existing Lollipop devices.Until that time arrives, only developers have access to Android M, and up until this week, they were running the same “tired old” build Developer Preview build that was released in late May. Thankfully, Google yesterday released Android M Developer Preview 2 which brings a wealth of updates to the operating system.... Read more...
Over the past few days, we’ve been hearing quite a bit about what Google has in store for 2015. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend alone, we’ve learned that Android M has the internal designation “Macadamia Nut Cookie,” and that the operating system will bring native fingerprint authentication along with guaranteed OS updates for two years (Nexus devices only). Today, Android Police is giving us some insight on the hardware side of things. The first bit of news may be disappointing for tablet fans (but not surprising given the current state of the tablet market) — there will reportedly not be a new Nexus tablet launched this year. Tablets are pretty boring these days anyway, so the real hot... Read more...
One of the benefits of owning a Google Nexus device is assurance that it will receive new Android builds as they come out, but for how long? According to a seemingly reliable rumor making the rounds on the web, you won't have to guess with Android M (Android 6.0), which Google is expected to unveil at Google I/O later this week.Android Police's Ryan Whitwam says that Android M will come with an update guarantee for Nexus devices. As told by "solid" sources that rate at 9 (presumably out of 10) on the site's confidence scale, Google will roll out major system updates for two years from the OS's release date starting with Android M. In addition, Nexus devices will receive security patches for three... Read more...
It looks like Google might have just pulled the plug on its well-liked Nexus 7 tablet, as it's no longer listed in the Play Store. To see the latest iteration removed isn't too much of a surprise, as it was released two summers ago, but the fact that Google didn't release a third-gen version last summer (or since then) does seem to highlight the company's lack of interest in it. So, it's probably safe to say that the Nexus 7 is no more. I admit that I consider that to be a bad thing. When the original Nexus 7 was released in 2012, it was an immediate hit. It offered great value, at its price-point of $200, and looked favorable amongst the rest of the Android tablets out there at the time. The... Read more...
In my best Ron Paul impression, all I can say is “It’s happening!” Google today announced its Project Fi wireless service, which has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months. However, Google has confirmed much of that speculation now that the full details of the service have been revealed. First and foremost, Project Fi — yes, that is its official name — is limited only to the Nexus 6 smartphone for the time being. That will severely limit the service’s reach at launch, but it does allow for Google to initially tailor the service for a hardware/software platform that it completely controls. If you can past that bit of disappointing news, Project Fi actually has a lot to offer.... Read more...
Large screen smartphones, a.k.a. phablets, are expected to account for nearly 25% of all smartphone shipments this year. Given the popularity and prevalence of these large-screen devices which includes LG’s G3, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, and HTC’s One Max, it’s not surprising that Google is also going big with its latest flagship phone, the Nexus 6. Even before the Nexus 6 was announced, its codename of Shamu (named after the whale at SeaWorld) pretty much gave away the fact that this flagship smartphone was going to be a large-screen device. The Nexus 6 has the largest screen we’ve seen from Google yet at 5.96-inches. This screen is also larger than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus... Read more...
Samsung has begun delivering Google’s Android Lollipop 5.0 to Galaxy S5 smartphones, but so far, the rollout is limited to phones in Poland. A rollout to U.S. Galaxy devices hasn’t been announced. Don’t hold your breath, as it’s likely going to be some time before you see the OS on a Galaxy smartphone here. Once Samsung feels comfortable broadening the scope of the rollout, service carriers may holdup the release until they’re satisfied that it will go smoothly.Image Credit: GoogleAs annoying as it is to know that others are getting their hands on Android 5.0 before you are, keep in mind that Samsung is actually moving fairly quickly with this update. Google delivered Android 5.0 to its Android... Read more...
KitKat was a delicious upgrade, there's no disputing that, but Lollipop is even better. We're of course talking about flavors of Android, the newest being Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is a major update to Google's mobile operating system. It's also begun rolling out to Nexus devices, with Google promising robust coverage in short order. The announcement came via a Twitter post by Google's Android team. As expected, Nexus devices will be among the first to receive the over-the-air (OTA) update, though in a surprise move, unlocked second generation Moto G owners beat them to the punch. That's also notable because the handset only costs $180 outright -- no 2-year service agreement or payment plan... Read more...
The first Nexus slate loaded with a 64-bit architecture and Android 5.0 is now available to ship, and if you're a sucker for impulse buys, we apologize in advance for bringing this to your attention. The Nexus 7 was amongst our favorite tablets of 2013, despite it being a lower-end affair that was aimed at the masses. The HTC-built Nexus 9, however, is a different animal. It's an upscale model that pulls no punches on the materials list, offering up an 8.9-inch panel with a 2048x1536 native resolution, a gorgeous chassis, and a 2.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. In other words, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more potent slate on the market today. The 16GB Wi-Fi model can be purchased for $399... Read more...
Hello, upgrade. The Nexus 7 was amongst our favorite tablets in 2013, and Android loyalists have been wondering when its successor would ship for some time now. The answer is here, and it's the HTC-built Nexus 9. Straddling the form factor fence between a 7-inch slate and a 10-inch slate, the 8.9-inch Nexus 9 is a new size that just might hit the sweet spot (assuming none so far have hit it for you, that is). In typical Nexus fashion, the overall design is sleek and understated, with a soft grip back, gentle sloping curves around the edges, a thin bezel, and a trifecta of color options. Aside from shipping with a potent 64-bit processor and Android 5.0 (Lollipop), there's also an optional magnetically... Read more...
It looks as though the rumored Nexus 9 tablet is indeed in the works and will be manufactured by HTC, a company that has largely avoided the competitive tablet game. Although neither Google nor HTC have officially revealed the Android tablet, The Wall Street Journal is reporting confirmation from its sources that Google chose HTC instead of its longtime tablet-building partner, Samsung. Add that to NVIDIA’s inadvertent outing of HTC as the Nexus 9 maker in a legal document, and HTC’s involvement in the Nexus 9 looks solid. The HTC One is proof that HTC can create a winner. Now we'll see if its smartphone chops translate to building a great tablet. HTC executives have apparently been... Read more...
Get, it, “killer”? “Shamu”? Fine, never mind moving on: A rumor has emerged that Motorola may be developing a handset called “Shamu”, a 5.9-inch smartphone that could be a new Nexus device. Android Police says it sources further indicate that the device will have a fingerprint sensor and may be released in November (or thereabouts), and of course the Shamu name fits with Google Nexus codenames’ aquatic nomenclature. HTC Volantis (Credit: Android Police) Other recent rumors point to an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet possibly being made by HTC, codenamed Volantis, running the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip. Given the curious status of the Nexus program, it’s interesting... Read more...
It should come as no surprise given the large number of rumors lately, but Google's just hit the Nexus 5 with the latest version of Android, 4.4.3. If for some reason you're not receiving an OTA notifier yet, it should come soon. For those not patient enough to wait, there are some steps to perform a manual update, but given the slight complexity and the fact that the changelog doesn't introduce anything that important, waiting could be a safer bet. Nonetheless, despite it not being a major upgrade, 4.4.3 encompasses a staggering 7,454 changes under-the-hood. The biggest ones revolve around a redesigned dialer, and performance boosts for a number of native applications, such as Chrome. It also... Read more...
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 rid of the Nexus 7 line, although I personally would find it a little bizarre to offer two tablets... 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 tablet, it seems very likely that a refresh is imminent; quad-core tablets have been commonplace... 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 by Play Edition (current name, it will be rebranded)," Murtazin posted earlier today. It gets worse... 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 go with Intel's Bay Trail-T platform rather than an ARM-based foundation. If that ends up being the... 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). If you snap one up, you'll also get a Chromecast + a $35 Play Store credit, effectively making... Read more...
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