Google Nexus 10 is one of the most exciting tablets to come out this year and late last year and a good way to spoil your gadget is to get hold of the latest book cover to come out exclusively for the device. The Google Play Store now offers two distinct colors of this book cover and is presently on sale for $ 29.99.
Although some resent the fact that Google took a long time to introduce an accessory for this device, you will surely find that getting one is worth the wait. The book cover offers ample protection without the added bulk, since you need to replace the stock back cover with the official book cover to use it. Also, opening and closing the flap in front will put the device on awake-asleep mode. Cool eh? Available colors for the book cover are Dark Grey and Scarlet, grab yours now!
We heard some more details that starting to appear about the forthcoming LG Nexus device. Well, it's likely to be LG.
Although it's still not known whether it will be the ONLY Nexus to get a release, various sources are starting to fill us in on the specs. So far, we've had confirmed...
The device is based on the Optimus G but doesn't look the same
- Updated Android release (currently 4.2)
- Quad Core Snapdragon S4 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 1280x768 True-HD IPS screen
- On screen soft keys (of course)
- 8 Megapixel Camera
- No microSD slot
- 8GB and 16GB versions only (at least initially)
- Non-removable battery
- Wireless charging built in
- The retail name of the device is yet to be decided.
Launch is targeted for mid-November, so there's plenty of time for more details to emerge. We will just have to wait and see on this one.
The above photo may be our first look at the LG Nexus 4 in white, but that depends on how much you can believe the word of an anonymous tipster from PhoneArena. The silver trimming and white exterior suggests this is the first we're seeing of the long-rumored release from LG. We can't make any guarantees for the validity of this image, but the clean lines and similar layout suggests this could be the true successor the Nexus line.
All of the photo and its 13MP of glory can be reviewed over this link, and we've acquired a detailed view of the lens and the flash below. LG already has white offerings for the Optimus G, which the N4 was originally based on and designed around.
More and more rumors of different devices have all been coming out of hiding post-S 4 launch and one of those that caught our attention is a leaked photo of a 5.2-inch LG device, codenamed Megalodon and features 1920 x 1080 resolution, cool Snapdragon 800 chipset, clocking in at 2.3 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 16MP rear cam, and Full HD video, among others.
Interestingly, a different 5-incher by LG was also rumored complete with pricing details and compared to this latest leak, it apparently will have 2GB RAM, 13MP rear cam and will feature the NVIDIA Tegra 4. All we can say is, excellent job, LG, if any of these were true. For now, let's wait for a few more info as more rumors and legit reports will surely come out the coming weeks or even months. We just hope that this or these tablet/s get launched this year because although they sound too good to be true, we won't really mind if they're actually launched for real.
includes specs and features as follows:
- 5.2-inch OLED Display with 1920 × 1080 resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 @ 2.3 GHz
- 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 16/32/64GB of internal storage
- 16MP rear camera by OmniVision (4k video recording @30FPS, 1080p video recording @60FPS, Real Time HDR & HDR video recording, optical image stabilization, BSI 2.0)
- 2.1MP front camera (1080p video recording @30FPS)
- 3300mAh Lithium Polymer battery
- Front positioned stereo speakers
- Qualcomm RF360 (LTE 150 Mbps & HSPA+)
- Integrated DVB-T / ATSC-antenna
- Gesture like controls (navigation, zoom, etc)
It looks like one of the best Samsung devices, the Galaxy Nexus will remain in stores because a judge has denied Apple's bid to ban sales of this cool device.
The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. denied Apple's request to reinstate an injunction against the Galaxy Nexus that had been granted in June and lifted in October.
Thursday's ruling is yet another chapter in the epic patent dispute raging between Apple and Samsung. Apple had requested that the Nexus be banned before March 2014, when the two are expected to meet in court again. The appeals rejection is a definite win for Samsung, and its partner Google, which will now be able to keep its popular Galaxy Nexus phone on the market.
As Reuters notes, Apple can certainly bring another appeals request to the U.S. Supreme Court. It will likely, however, be more difficult to get a sales injunction against Samsung there.
Blackberry has launched its latest smartphone, but how does it measure up to the most popular handsets in the market today? Google features the Nexus 4 by LG whereas the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 embody the best-selling handsets for their individual platforms.
The all-touch Z10 by Blackberry fares well against the competition though, for tech geeks, essentials like a quad-core CPU will be missed. At the end of the day, its evaluation will be determined by the BlackBerry 10 operating system's ability to harmonize its functions with the given hardware and this is no easy task.
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Google has started pushing the 4.2.2 update to Nexus devices (specifically the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus).
There's not much word regarding what the update (build JDQ39) includes just yet, but readers may remember that Google promised a Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming fix in the "next release" of 4.2 after 4.2.1. The update comes in at around 50 MB on the Nexus 10 but it really depending on which device you have.
So if you haven't received the notification yet, perhaps it's time to go to Settings > About and check for new updates. If you haven't got it yet, you should in the coming days. If you did and notice any improvements, let us know in the comments below.
Galaxy Nexus international versions can now update to Android 4.2.2, which is already available for download. This new version promises improved quick settings controls, new sounds and the download notification now shows how much time or percentage is remaining for you to finish downloading applications. However, before updating, ensure that your unit is the right version or you'll risk your smartphone getting bricked.
The zip file is already downloadable for anyone who wants to flash to Android 4.2.2. To update, got to recovery mode, indicated by a red exclamation point. Then, press Volume up and Power button simultaneously and a new menu will be on display and update. Connect your Galaxy Nexus international version to your PC and load the Android 4.2.2 update zip file via command prompt. You will be asked to type a code or syntax and wait until it gets updated to 100% and reboot. Remember, always ensure that you are flashing the right Galaxy Nexus device or you'll kill it.
Thanks to Droid-Life
In case you are still speculating whether or not Verizon will update their Galaxy Nexus to the Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 version, don't lose hope yet. According to Verizon, the update will be sent overt the air "soon" by no less than Samsung. As to ‘how soon' remains a question. Also, this was posted by a representative in answer to a furious customer's question on their Twitter page.
It can be recalled that the Galaxy Nexus has seen better days with people who wanted to have the latest Android version during its release in 2011. However, Verizon wasn't too keen on having it updated and it has remained on Android 4.1.1 since, annoying many of those who have been waiting for an update. Furthermore, last year, it was reported that Verizon will not be selling Galaxy Nexus units anymore, which may be one of the reasons for the delay.
So if you still own a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, you can already set your sights on a better smart phone or you can wait for the update SOON.
Verizon's Galaxy Nexus looks like it might finally benefit from an update from 4.1 Jelly Bean to the latest Android version. This device has been "unfairly" left out and it's been well over 5 months since the 4.2 Jelly Bean came out. Now, you might want to try a leaked ROM for your Galaxy Nexus that may possibly turn out to be just the thing you have been waiting for.
Also, please be reminded that this is not the final version of the ROM and it could be slow or buggy initially, but it really is bound to improve. Also, it should be flashed from stock software. Back up your phone if possible and flash at your own risk, since this will void your warranty and it could even kill your phone if done incorrectly. If you're too cautious and would not want to risk your phone, wait for the official OTA rollout, it probably won't take more than a couple of months if we're hearing constant news (or rumors) about a Galaxy Nexus update.
The non-takju/yakju Samsung Galaxy Nexus devices are quite late when it comes to receiving the latest Android roll outs and until last week, they were still stuck with Ice Cream Sandwich, months after the second Jelly Bean version has been released. However, the good news is that folks in Canada can now experience the perks of the Android 4.2.1 as some have already reported that they have received the updates on various carriers.
Android 4.2.1 is the first Jelly Bean ‘edition'. The latest one came out only in February and although it is the better version, Galaxy Nexus owners can still enjoy improved features and additional applications with the 4.2.1, than if they were still using the ICS. Also, at least they can be thankful that the next roll-out is just around the corner and that is not such a bad thing.
Google today posted factory images for Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus alongside the new 4.2.2 binaries. If you are wondering what's the purpose of the factory images, they allow you to flash your phone back to its original stock state. This is really useful in the unfortunate event that you mess something up trying to install a custom ROM.
If you are on a Sprint Galaxy Nexus, an Android 4.2.1 factory image is available as well.
Wow, thanks to XDA, the sdk for one of the best camera features is available for download, only works with ROOTED Galaxy Nexus at this time. Droid-life has put together a list of instructions for easy installation.
1. Download the 4.2Camera.zip (mirror) file.
2. Place the zip file on the root of your phone's storage.
3. Reboot into your recovery.
4. Just in case, make a backup.
5. Flash the 4.2Camera.zip file. (No need to wipe anything)
6. Once installed, reboot your phone.
If you have any questions, please head over the Xda Developers forum at the link below.
Google and Microsoft both reportedly want to extend the Nexus 7 and Surface tablet lineups to include smartphones as a means to further increase the penetration of their own platforms, but the two companies will implement the techniques in a different tune, based on industry sources.
Google aims to launch smartphones based on its Nexus 7 platform in cooperation using a number of smartphone branded vendors with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications and HTC likely to be potential partners, said the sources.
However, Microsoft is reportedly tapping ODM maker Pegatron for that production of WP8-based smartphones slated for launch within the first half of 2013, the sources indicated.
Google reportedly will permit branded vendors setting hardware specifications along with looks of the forthcoming Nexus smartphones so long as the models are based on its latest native Android system, said the sources, adding this approach seems to be acceptable to brand players, since Google apparently is keeping its promise of not offering preferential treatment to Motorola.
Microsoft's go on to cooperate with ODMs could backfire, since its own-brand WP8 smartphones may compete directly with comparable models via its brand partners, including Nokia, HTC and Samsung. The three branded vendors have unveiled their WP8 models.
Additionally, Microsoft also requires all WP8 models to utilize the same platform and interface, reducing the differentiation of WP8 smartphones and thus creating more competition in the same camp, the source commented.
The new Google Nexus 7 tablet , manufactured by Asus, will sure keep everyone on their toes with its expected date of release. According to some reports, it apparently features a full HD display (1920x1080), a big upgrade from the previous tablet's generation. Moreover, the new Nexus 7 is said to collaborate with Qualcomm for its chipset. A quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset looks feasible at this point.
According to Michael McConnel, the move to Qualcomm from Tegra was largely based on competitive cost of the Qualcomm Snapdragon and their "decision to single-source" essential elements to make logistics more streamlined and also to create a matching interface.
The Nexus 7 is popular among enthusiasts and those who are looking for true Android performance. It is believed that there are about 6 million users who bought the device and the introduction of the Nexus 7 will surely increase this current figure for this year. It is also possible that the new Nexus 7 will be launched on mid-May and there are also rumors of a new Nexus 10, made by Samsung. However, there are no reports yet to back that information.
Some more details about the Google Nexus 10 tablet are been rumored around the web, according to the semi-conductor focus website BrightSide of New, Google will be showing off a Galaxy Nexus 10 tablet at Mobile World Congress. If rumors are true, the next-gen Nexus tablet will sport a quad-core processor and new 8-core Mali-T678 GPU, 4 million pixel, 300ppi resolution would suffice to choke even the best mobile can offer.
According to the people we spoke with, the new Nexus 10 addresses that with a significant increase in "digital horsepower", moving from a dual-core to a multi-core design, with the T604 GPU core being replaced with an 8-core T628 GPU. If our sources hold true, the Nexus 10 refresh might be the first design out the door packing the Mali T678 GPGPU chip. This chip supports from a single to an 8-core design with all the bells and whistles one might come to expect from a desktop 2013 GPU.
If these sources are correct, the device could be on display at MWC, but may not ship for months, the earliest introduction of Google Nexus 10 is expected at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. We don't know of pricing yet but it'll likely hover around the same price as the original, or probably a little bit higher.
It seems Google is taking it competitors head on with a plan to open a retail shop to feature its Nexus devices. According to a buzz based on the 9 to 5 Google publication, its retail stores will open in major cities in the US and could potentially give Apple and Microsoft a run for their money.
Google is quite lagging behind other major smart phone competitors in the sense that it does not have flagship stores like Apple does and only has small shops in airports, etc. Because of this, distribution of the Nexus devices is concentrated in a few key areas. Google retail shops could potentially increase their sales and popularize Nexus devices and penetrate markets that are less reticent to Google smartphones.
This will be a major step for Google who has seen Apple build many stores around the world and showcase its products and services.
Paul Semenza, an analyst at DisplaySearch, has surmised in an interview that to beat the iPad Mini to the market, the second generation Nexus 7 may be unveiled even before Apple's higher-resolution device will be launched.
The iPad Mini Retina will possibly be introduced on the third or fourth quarter and will have similar resolution as the iPad 3 and 4. The present iPad is not as smooth as other contemporaries in the market. The Retina technology will double the iPad Mini's pixel density and will really improve the quality of display.
Semenza also mentions potential suppliers for the iPad Mini's display. He didn't mention any for the Nexus 7 but the device will similarly feature a richer display than the last generation. It might also feature HD technology as smaller tablets are somehow going in the same direction as the bigger tablets' display were improved markedly.
Google's Nexus 7, is available on 1saleaday for only $139.99, for today only, keep in mind, these units are factory-refurbished versions of the 8GB model, which no longer offered from Google. It comes with 90 day warranty, AC adapter and micro USB cable.
- Condition: Factory Refurbished
- Packaging: Brown box
- Warranty: 90 Day
- Manufacturer: Asus
- Model: ASUS-1B08
- The first tablet to feature Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 10 finger multi-touch support
- It combines the best of both Google and ASUS design, with the most advanced software from Google paired with cutting edge ASUS hardware
- Stunning 7" (1280 x 800) high-definition display
- Ultra-wide 178ﾟ viewing angles
- Scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass and a textured chassis design that prevents hand slippage
- With an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, everything is faster
- A 12‐core GeForce GPU delivers advanced graphics while the patented 4-PLUS-1 CPU design gives you maximum performance
- With heart-pounding quad-core performance, a responsive 10-finger multi-touch screen, plus gyroscope and accelerometer sensing, you can barrel roll, tilt, touch, and tap your way to the top of the leaderboards while exploring over 600,000 apps and games available on Google Play
- Nexus 7 comes with all your favorite Google Apps, like Gmail, Chrome, Google+, and YouTube
- Over 8 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing, and 10 hours of e-reading
- Face Unlock enabled
- Simply hold two NFC enabled Android tablets close to each other and push to beam and share
- Google+ with Hangouts lets you have video chat with up to 9 people
- Camera with Single - Motion Panoramic Mode
- Take amazing photos or videos, edit and then share them right from your tablet
- Simply touch the microphone on the keyboard and use your voice to type your emails, SMS, or anywhere you want to enter text
- Sensors: G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS, NFC, Hall Sensor
- Connectivity: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (head-out/MIC), micro-USB, 2x Digital microphone,2x High Quality Speakers,Docking PIN
- Wireless connectivity: WLAN 802.11 firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz, Bluetooth
- Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.7 x 0.4"
- Weight: 12 oz
- ASUS 8GB Google Nexus 7" Tablet, AC Adapter, Micro-USB to USB Cable
Google has posted the factory images and binaries for the Nexus tablets and smartphone versions out there. In case you haven't updated your Nexus devices to the newest Android 4.3 version, you can get it as follows:
- JSS15Q is available for the Nexus 7 (2013)
- JWR66Y is available for the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 4, Nexus and Galaxy Nexus (yakju and takju variants)
The Galaxy Nexus 4, Wifi and HSPA Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10 and GSM Galaxy Nexus all stick with build number JWR66Y and are referred to as "android-4.3_r1.1", while the Nexus 7 (2013) splits to a different path with build number JSS15Q and "android-4.3_r2.2". Sprint and Verizon versions of the Galaxy Nexus, along with the Nexus S, are seeing no factory image changes however.
Source: Android 4.3 download
The Nexus 7 will be refreshed with a "full HD" 1080p display and thinner bezel, reports Digitimes. Expected to carry the same attractive $200-$250 price point as the current model, the tablet is said to be manufactured by Asus.
Rumors have recently reported that the Nexus 7 will be getting a "refresh" in the coming weeks, upgrading to a full HD 1080p display, and featuring a smaller, sleeker bezel around the edge. Digitimes reports that the tablet will still maintain its attractive price point around $200-$250 that the current model has used to fly off digital shelves since it released last year.
Sources with access to "engineering samples" have said that several specifications will also be changed around. It's not clear when the changes might be implemented, although mid-2013 is expected by industry analysts.
Some are looking to Google's I/O conference in May for more details on the device.
Having launched the Nexus 7 last summer, Google and Nexus seem to be preparing the second generation Nexus 7.
With Google's I/O conference being held between the 15th and 17th of May, the upcoming Asus-manufactured tablet may be unveiled there, according to DigiTimes.
The new Nexus 7 features a thinner bezel and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display running on the Android Jellybean platform. Pricing should be similar to that of the Nexus 7: $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB one, and $299 for the 32GB one. Its retailing date is yet to be announced.
Sales are expected to surpass 6 million units this month. Similarly, Google is preparing to launch a Nexus 10 tablet featuring a quad-core CPU and an eight-core Mali T678 GPU to be manufactured by Samsung.
The next awesome smartphone war will arguably be between Motorola X and Google's Nexus 5. Google plans to leave out making a bigger display for the Nexus 5 and according to a leak, it will actually sport a 4.5-inch display but it will be stretched out a bit more to take up 88% of the smartphone's face. Furthermore, it will not compete against 1080p Full HD devices that are mostly coming out this season but will actually settle with 720p.
It will have a 9MP camera and a better battery life. Google's aphorism for this phone includes "compactness, having a great camera and huge battery life". It will also use Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz and will no doubt be more budget-friendly than other Google Nexus devices. Its direct competitor, the Motorola X recently released information about its impressive hardware, which somehow makes this bit of news a bit weird. It could mean that a different unit might go head-on with Motorola X or that Google will not compete with it because it has a bigger stake in Motorola X than we previously thought.
Google unveiled the new Nexus 7 tablet a couple of days ago and the company had announced that the Nexus 7 2 will be available in US from July 30. However, Best Buy has started shipping out the tablet to those who pre-ordered it.
The newly updated Nexus 7 features a 5-megapixel rear camera and an impressively dense 1920 x 1200 display to the successful formula that Google and Asus introduced last year with the original 7-inch tablet. The entry price is a little higher, starting at $229, but other upgrades like a faster processor, a doubling of onboard RAM, and an all around thinner and more elegant design would appear to justify the premium.
The Nexus 7 is also available in the Best Buy stores if you are planning to pick it up in person. Google has also revealed the pricing of the device and, as expected, the 16 GB model would cost you $230, while the 32 GB comes with a price tag of $270.