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Today we're taking a look at Google's new Nexus 4 smartphone driven by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. With a single unbroken piece of Gorilla Glass up front the Nexus 4 looks very clean and it makes a nice change from the buttons and branding you'll see on most other smartphones. It's also quite unique if you flip it over: the phone has a series of dots below the glass surface which reflect light randomly and give a very nice look to the device. On the other hand, you do need to be mindful that there is an awful lot of glass on the Nexus 4. The screen is a 4.7" IPS panel with a resolution of 1280x768. It lacks some of the saturation of the AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Nexus but it's still among the best... Read more...
Google Nexus smartphones are usually somewhat special in their own way. Not only do they ship with the latest and greatest Android has to offer, but they also usually offer a glimpse into the future of the Android platform. Take the Galaxy Nexus for example. Not only was it among the first phones to ship with a large, 720p display but it also did away with physical buttons in exchange for virtual keys and brought a new interface to the table as well. Fast-forward to today and we have the all new Google Nexus 4, with similar looks but some major updates under the hood. With a single unbroken piece of Gorilla Glass up front, the Nexus 4 looks very clean and it offers a nice change from the... Read more...
With the release of the Nexus 7 not only did Google show that Android can be competitive on a small tablet, but they also beat the iPad mini to sale by several months, giving time for the Nexus 7 to gain a foothold in the market. Fast forward to today and Google's set their sights even higher: right into the 10" tablet fray where the iPad dominates. On paper the Nexus 10 is impressive with a Retina Display beating 10" 2560x1600 display, brand new Exynos 5 dual core processor, Android 4.2 Jellybean and a very competitive price of only $400. Taken as a whole with the Nexus branding which practically guarantees future updates, the Samsung built and Google branded Nexus 10 checks a lot... Read more...
Google's new Nexus 4 is packing quite a few bells and whistles, but this one just might take the cake. Analogix has just announced SlimPort accessories for the phone, which takes advantage of an output functionality that you won't find on too many rival phones. Analogix will be releasing a total of four supporting SlimPort cables and adapters with connectivity through all display standards - HDMI, VGA, DVI and DisplayPort. The first in the series, model SP1002, is immediately available in both the US and Europe on Amazon for $29.9; soon, it'll be available elsewhere. The tech is based on DisplayPort, and it plugs into the micro-USB connector that's already on the bottom of the phone. Not that... Read more...
Well it wasn’t quite the glamorous announcement in New York City that we were expecting thanks to Hurricane Sandy, but Google did decide to unveil the new spate of products that it was (presumably) going to talk about at today’s cancelled event. The big news is that, as expected, Google has a Nexus 10 tablet and Nexus 4 smartphone. LG is the manufacturer of the Nexus 4, and the phone features Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a quad-core SnapDragon S4 processor, large 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass 2 display, 2GB of RAM, wireless charging capabilities, and micro USB and SlimPort HDMI ports. Google baked in Photo Sphere for taking 360-degree photos and Google Now, which has more cards than ever for... Read more...
Well, at least you can dream about what would have been announced had Hurricane Sandy not forced Google to postpone its October 29th Android event. The Nexus 10 looks to be legitimate, with the company's own Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, shooting images from its rear-facing camera in some tropical location. Furthermore, leaked shots of the 10" slate prove that it does indeed look like a blown-up Galaxy Nexus. With the Nexus 7 going over pretty well for ASUS and Google, it seems high time for a 10" version to come on it and undercut pricing on Apple's iPad. Of course, pricing remains an unknown until the event finds a new date, but here's what is being reported. First off,... Read more...
As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East coast, at least one company isn’t taking any chances. Google has cancelled its Playground event in New York, as the governor has declared a state of emergency. The event will be rescheduled at some point soon, and we’ll let you know when that is as soon as Google tells us. Until, then, everyone will have to rely on rumors about the products Google was possibly planning to announce at the event, including new 7- and 10-inch Nexus tablets, new Nexus smartphone, and Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie. On a serious note, we’re glad that Google decided to keep its people out of harm’s way, and we hope everyone else in the storm’s path stays... Read more...
It probably goes without saying that one of the most-sought after products this holiday season will be Google's Nexus 7 tablet. Since its release this past July, the Nexus 7 has become a bit of a de facto tablet for those looking to get in on the tablet craze for an accessible price, or those looking for an extra tablet to keep around the house or in the car. Quite simply, a 7" tablet featuring a Tegra 3 quad-core processor - and not to mention Jelly Bean - for $200 (8GB), is hard to resist. Well, it probably also goes without saying that one of the biggest complaints about the Nexus 7 has been its lack of internal storage space - and its lack of ability to expand. The oft-recommended solution... Read more...
LG's Nexus 4 smartphone hasn't exactly been kept a secret. Last week, the phone appeared in U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse's inventory system. The phone has also appeared on a Web site in Belarus which claims to have obtained an LG Nexus 4. Now, thanks to pictures posted on Google +, the name has all but been confirmed as well. Over the weekend, Jason Parks, a software engineer who works for Google, posted pictures of his son sleeping to his Google + page. A quick look at the EXIF data reveals the images were taken with the Nexus 4. Photos with similar EXIF data were also posted to the web by an LG employee, though those have since been taken down. Given all of the leaks, it appears the only... Read more...
Traditionally, the Nexus family of devices has been among the first to receive updates to the latest and greatest new versions of Android. The Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S 4G from Sprint are no exception to this. As of yesterday, Sprint and Google began rolling out an over the air update to Android 4.1.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean. If your phone hasn’t received the update yet, you can attempt to update the software manually using the System Updates Feature found on the About screen of your phone. According to a posting on Sprint's forums, if your Nexus S hasn't received the prompt to Install Now or Install Later, checking for an update manually may not get you anywhere, however. Sprint... Read more...
A couple of years ago, Google introduced its Nexus line of smartphones. Nexus branded phones feature a pure Android experience without the customizations and tweaks we generally get from smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers. Nexus-branded products also come with an unlockable bootloader which provides for further development and end-user modification. This year, however, Google expanded its Nexus line to include more than just smartphones. At the Google I/O conference in June, Google unveiled its first ever Nexus tablet, known as the Nexus 7. In keeping with the tradition that Nexus devices are among the first to run the latest versions of Android, the Nexus 7 is the lead device for... Read more...
A couple of years ago, Google introduced its Nexus line of smartphones. Nexus branded phones feature a pure Android experience without the customizations and tweaks we generally get from smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers. Nexus-branded products also come with an unlockable bootloader which provides for further development and end-user modification. This year, however, Google expanded its Nexus line to include more than just smartphones. At the Google I/O conference in June, Google unveiled its first ever Nexus tablet, known as the Nexus 7. In keeping with the tradition that Nexus devices are among the first to run the latest versions of Android, the Nexus 7 is the lead... Read more...
Nope! That's the answer given to Apple by the International Trade Commission, shutting down its hopes for an emergency ban against HTC products. It's actually one of only a few "No!" responses heard on the legal front lately, as Judge Koh managed to give Apple the ability to halt sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus pending the outcome of the whole shebang. Now, the U.S. ITC has ruled that HTC can continue to import smartphones while the agency "investigates whether the phones violate an order that the Taiwanese company stop infringing an Apple." The claim is that HTC is still in violation of an order issued in December; the ITC denied the emergency request to have phones like the... Read more...
Guess what? Google's assault on Amazon doesn't stop with the mere introduction of the Nexus 7. It's also going to places where the Internet can't quite take the Fire: real stores. GameStop has just announced that it'll be taking pre-orders of the new Google Nexus 7 tablet, expanding on an effort already underway to transform the video game store into more of an electronics hub. The company is now accepting trades on a wide range of Android tablets and is taking pre-orders on the Nexus 7, but interestingly, only the $249 16GB model is advertised. For consumers looking to trade in an Android tablet, all U.S. GameStop stores are now offering instant cash or in-store credit for Android tablets from... Read more...
Android 4.0 is much like a unicorn for many. Even though it's technically out there, it's unavailable for the vast majority of devices. But now, one of the flagship phones on Sprint is finally getting with the program. The Nexus S 4G has started to receive Android 4.0 this week, making it the first Android-powered phone on Sprint to get the ICS update. All users should see it delivered through an over-the-air update within the next month. When your Nexus S 4G is eligible for the update, it will automatically download. Once the download is complete, you will be prompted to install the update. Installation will take a few minutes, and your device will be disabled during the installation process.... Read more...
Great news for Android lovers: more new flavors are available. But only if you have the right cone, as it were. The GSM / UMTS version of the Nexus S will begin seeing Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) hit starting today, and rolling out across the board during the next few months. The Sprint version of the device, using a CDMA / WiMAX radio, isn't included in the opening round. Hackers have already discovered a way to inject Android 4.0.3 onto any Nexus S, but as always, we'd advise you to wait for the real-deal if you value your sanity. v4.0.3 is also going out to developers, with a new of enhancements and bug fixes to boot. The company plans to make that build the one to shop to partners going... Read more...
What's this? Yep, the back-and-forth surrounding the Galaxy Nexus continues, and unfortunately, it looks like the roller coaster is heading toward a dip, not a climb. While there's no doubt in anyone's mind that a 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy Nexus is en route for Verizon Wireless, we've received reason to believe that it won't be launching on 12/9, as previously assumed. It's tough to say what the hold-up is. Verizon has long pushed the DROID franchise, and they're certainly doing all they can to manuver the DROID RAZR as the flagship phone for the holidays, despite overwhelming buzz and demand for an LTE-equipped version of the Galaxy Nexus. Nevertheless, the internal note below makes it quite clear... Read more...
Apple's lawsuits against Samsung and HTC have drawn commentary that the company might be attempting to litigate its competitors out of the market rather than relying on the free market to decide who had superior products. The new, authorized Steve Jobs biography, however, paints the company's legal actions in a different light. Jobs is famous for his blunt commentary—he once declared "We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash," and "We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash," but his anger over Android was an order of magnitude greater. Eric Schmidt, Google's former CEO, was an Apple board member... Read more...
As expected, Samsung Mobile and Google officially announced the Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong last night. In the past, we've known this phone by a few names including the Nexus Prime and Droid Prime. This phone will be the world's first smartphone to feature Google's latest version of Android – version 4.0 which has also been called Ice Cream Sandwich. Key features of the Galaxy Nexus include a 4.65 inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x720, a 1.2GHz dual core processor, and LTE or HSPA+ connectivity. The Galaxy Nexus will feature software navigation buttons which is a first for Android smartphones. Like the Nexus S, the Galaxy Nexus will feature a Contour Display. You won't... Read more...
Last week, we told you that Google and Samsung were postponing an event out of respect for Steve Job's recent passing. Now, the two companies are ready to reschedule this event. On October 19, Samsung and Google are expected to reveal the Nexus Prime smartphone and Google's latest version of Android known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The October 19 event will take place in Hong Kong. Samsung said it plans to reveal a new smartphone that will run on the latest version of Android at the event. Although Samsung didn't disclose the name of the phone, the company released the following statement, "We are unpacking our new Android phone in concurrence with Google." The Google/Samsung Hong Kong event is scheduled... Read more...
Yesterday, we told you about the Nexus Prime, a hot new smartphone that was expected to be unveiled next week. Now, we're getting word that Google and Samsung may be delaying the arrival of this highly-anticipated smartphone. In a statement released today, the two companies said they won't be showing off the Nexus Prime at the Samsung Unpacked event next week during CTIA as we expected. The Nexus Prime is also known as the Galaxy Nexus and the Droid Prime. Whatever you call it, this smartphone was expected to give us the first look at Google's next version of Android known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The two companies issued this statement: "Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement... Read more...
Google's Nexus S smartphone has a lot of attractive features, but the one that attracts the most attention is the fact that this smartphone is the first to ship with the latest version of the Android smartphone operating system—version 2.3. Otherwise known as Gingerbread, this OS is said to be the fastest version of Android yet. In addition to Gingerbread, the Nexus S touts a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and 16GB of internal memory. Although the Nexus S is the sequel to Google's Nexus One smartphone, Google is taking a different approach with this product. Whereas the Nexus One was only offered through Google's website, the Nexus S is available through Best... Read more...
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