Items tagged with Nexus

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 for truer colors, and the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode. Less shutter lag... 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 hook, until Google made their Quickoffice for Android and iOS completely free as well.  What's... 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 of weeks ago that it's bound to share a similar design as LG's G2. However, in a recent marketing... 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 show up in Kit Kat, and we're also uncertain what the build number will be. That said, Google would... 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 a staggering $100 price cut. The 16GB model has fallen as well, with its asking price now at $249.... 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 the G2 as rumor has it, it should also include a 1080p resolution and 13 megapixel rear camera - but... 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 when you're on-the-go, especially if you're going to have to do it every couple of minutes - the... 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 premium. Up until the Nexus 7 arrived, the only viable alternatives were Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes... 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 premium. Up until the Nexus 7 arrived, the only viable alternatives, other than cheap off-brands with... Read more...
If you were casually checking your bank account, waiting to save up enough to spring for one of Google's limited-edition Nexus 4 devices in sparkling white, there's some bad news for you: it's completely sold out, and it's not coming back. Google has said that another batch won't be produced, as the handset was always intended to be a limited run. The Nexus 4 itself has been a huge hit in the unlocked space, offering a pure Android experience in an off-contract form for under $300. Both the 8GB and 16GB white units are now listed as unavailable, but if you're really after one, you have two options: the secondhand market (like eBay), or snap one up from T-Mobile at a premium. Only while those... Read more...
When Google launched its Nexus 10, and it happened to be produced by Samsung, not ASUS, it seemed up in the air whether or not ASUS was going to be out of the picture from that point forward. Well, thanks to a new FCC filing, we can see that ASUS remains safe and sound - it just appears that it's going to be specifically focusing on the Nexus 7. As you'd expect, the Nexus 7 (2) features a bunch of upgrades that safely distances itself from the original. Perhaps most notable is the upgrade to a 1080p display, although the change in SoC is also significant - ASUS is making the move to Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 PRO. I can't help but wonder if this is due to NVIDIA's slow rollout of Tegra 4, and if... Read more...
There may come a day when our children or grandchildren can enjoy their mobile devices with boundless battery life, but that day seems woefully far off. Currently, poor battery life is the bain of all mobile devices; if you don’t have to plug your phone in to make it through the day without it dying, you’re in the minority. Kevin Purdy, sick of having to plug his phone in by 2pm every day, hunted through his Galaxy Nexus to determine which apps were hogging the most memory and demanding a constant data connection and thus were contributing the most to battery drain. The chief culprits, he said, were his Facebook and Twitter apps. (He’s not the first to point to Facebook as a... Read more...
It’s the little things that make life sweet, and here’s one for those who want to use the Google Keyboard but don’t have a Google Nexus device: Google is releasing its stock keyboard as a free app in the Google Play store, and it’ll work on any device running Android 4.0 and higher. Google Keyboard features Gesture Typing (with dynamic floating preview), which speeds up entry by letting the user swipe around to enter characters and automatically finishing a word without the user having to hit the spacebar. There’s also a Voice Typing feature that lets you jot things down using voice recognition capabilities for those times when keeping your eyes and fingers on the... Read more...
We're sure hoping that this is a trend. Just a few weeks after Google ushered in the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a stock build of Android, the company has taken the wraps off of a virgin HTC One. One of the best Android phones on the market will soon ship with Google's own take on Android. It's not called a Nexus device, but that is essentially what this is. The HTC One has been well-received, and this edition will surely please the hardcore power users of Android who wanted this hardware, but matched with stock Android and an unlocked bootloader for tossing their own ROMs on. The phone will support AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., and will be priced at $599 for the 32GB model. That's unlocked and... Read more...
Google's Nexus 4 is one of the most popular Android phones available. There are a number of reasons why, starting with that fact that it offers a sparkly clean version of Jelly Bean without any third-party overlays or carrier bloatware. What's also enticing is that there's no waiting for months on end for new Android builds to be rolled out. And finally, it's pretty affordable with a starting price of $299 (8GB), a great deal for an unlocked and contract free phone. Will its successor be just as popular? That remains to be seen, but one thing we know is that LG Electronics will again build the device for Google, if a report in The Korea Times is accurate. The article focuses on the differences... Read more...
Nvidia announced today that Phil Carmack, the head of Tegra development since the project's inception, has left Team Green to take a position as CEO "of one of our [Nvidia's] partner companies." He'll be succeeded by Deepu Talla. Talla joined Nvidia earlier this year, after more than a decade at Texas Instruments, as general manager of its OMAP product line. TI effectively pulled the plug on OMAP last year and has been winding down the business unit. OMAP 5 products exist, technically, but none have shipped and no handhelds are currently expected to come to market. Talla's greatest challenge will be continuing the strong momentum of Tegra 2 and Tegra 3. Earlier this year, Nvidia was rumored to... Read more...
Why, it seems like only yesterday we were posting about the new Google Glass website and its beta-ish program for excited souls who wanted to test out the $1,500 specs themselves. Actually, it was two days ago, but there’s already more information available: according to The Verge and CNET, Google plans to offer Glass at retail stores by year's’ end, and they’ll cost less than the $1,500 price tag we’ve seen attached to them so far. (How far under $1,500 is anyone’s guess; if it turns out to be $1,499.99, we’ll be annoyed.) Considering the recent news that Google is planning to open its own retail locations, one can infer that one of the premier products on... Read more...
It’s a big day for Canonical, maker of Ubuntu; in addition to today being the official launch of the Ubuntu-optimized Steam for Linux client, the company announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu for smartphones will be coming on February 21st (along with tools for flashing devices). It looks like you’ll need a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 smartphone to take advantage. On its own, Ubuntu for smartphones looks terrific--the hands-on video we shot at CES can attest to that--but what’s even more compelling is that the same Ubuntu source code will underpin smartphones, tablets, and computers, as well as perhaps even TVs, thus offering a totally unified experience across multiple... Read more...
Google has begun doling out its Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update to Galaxy Nexus owners, according to a few Reddit users who claim to have received the new build. Several people on Google+ have also said they received the OTA (Over The Air) update, which will be the last version of Jelly Bean before Key Lime Pie debuts. There's no official changelog to reference just yet, though Google previously promised to fix a Bluetooh A2DP audio streaming issue in the "next release" after 4.2.1. Other minor bug fixes are likely included in the incremental update as well, though we won't know any specifics until Google posts the release notes. The update applies to Galaxy Nexus smartphones along with Nexus... Read more...
At $199, Google Nexus 7 is already making waves, but it looks like the popular tablet could be headed for even lower price points, if component makers in Asia are right. Digitimes is reporting that the next Nexus 7 may come in at the enticingly-low price of $150, and a $99 price tag isn’t out of the question. If the reports are true, components for the new Nexus 7 are already shipping. The $150 price tag seems to be the more likely price of the next Nexus 7. Rumors of a $99 tablet are based on the rumored $99 Asus tablet and it’s still way too early (and there’s too little evidence) to look at that price as anything but a possibility. And will such an inexpensive device... Read more...
Own a Nexus 7 tablet and are left bored with the default Android OS? Want to wipe it clean and install Linux? If so, you're in luck, as a couple of developers behind the KDE-derived Plasma Active project have just issued the first release of their distro specifically designed for the tablet. "Wipe it clean" is mentioned specifically above, as using this guide appears to purge the entire Android OS. If you're a skillful Android tablet user, you may be able to dual-boot, but those steps are not covered here. In order to install Plasma Active on your Nexus 7, you'll first need to unlock the boot-loader. Once that's done, you'll have to boot the tablet up while holding the volume down, which will... Read more...
Could Motorola be the company in charge of designing the next Nexus phone? Hard to say for sure, but a new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that Google is finally making good on its purchase of Motorola Mobility, and the results could be astounding. In a bid to directly compete with the iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy line and other flagship handsets, Motorola has assembled a team to work on a next-generation "X phone" and "X tablet." It sounds as if the company is dreaming big, very big, when it comes to the phone in particular. Items such as flexible displays were tried, and while those cutting-edge additions may not make the cut, it gives you a good idea of just how hard the team is working... Read more...
Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next