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    The launch of the Nexus 6 last fall marked the latest shift in Google's direction for its pure-Android hardware lineup: gone were both the very affordable price tag and relatively compact size, with the Nexus 6 arriving as a six-inch, $650 phablet. It also represented a change in Google's manufacturing partner, as the company switched from LG after using it for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, to Motorola for the Nexus 6. Now we're wondering about what's next for the family, and rumors have already talked about Google possibly hooking up with a Chinese manufacturer for this year's Nexus (which ...

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    Google's Nexus program is an interesting beast. Some of us originally felt that it was about providing a reference platform against which other OEMs could aspire. Others felt it was a way for Google to provide a reasonably spec'd smartphone or tablet at a reasonable price - in an effort to drive the price of Android-powered devices down. Still more felt it was a way for Google to show off "pure Android" in an ever growing sea of "skins". Alas, the Nexus 6 seems to discount most of those theories. Google's Nexus 6 is the company's first phablet - and it's price is right in line with what ...

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    Google may not be the best company around when it comes to selling hardware (how many of you are still trying to buy a Nexus 6 through the Play Store?), but it does a pretty solid job when it comes to customer support. Google's rarely a company to be satisfied resting on its laurels, and today releases a new app designed to make accessing support easier than ever, while also offering some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Android hardware. The app's called Device Assist, and it's compatible with Nexus, Google Play edition, and Android One smartphones and tablets (though no ...

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    We're coming up on three weeks now since the first Android 5.0 Lollipop updates arrived for Nexus-series devices. In the time since, we've seen updates arrive for additional Androids, including a couple Google Play edition models. Not all of them have had the easiest time making the journey to Lollipop, though, most clearly evident in the public struggle HTC's been documenting as it attempts to get Android 5.0 out for the One M7 and One M8 GPe phones. While the exact technical cause of that delay isn't clear, it certainly has us primed to be paying extra attention to GPe update progress. ...

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    Rumors and leaks have referred to it as Shamu for the last several weeks, but today we now know it as the latest addition to Google’s beloved smartphone line, the Nexus 6. Not surprisingly, most of the rumors were spot-on. This smartphone is a behemoth – not only in size, but also on paper. The Nexus 6 seemingly has it all: a 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED display, 3GB RAM, either 32 or 64GB of inbuilt storage, dual front-facing speakers, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a Snapdragon 805 with a quad-core Krait 450 CPU clocked at 2.7GHz and Adreno 420 GPU, and a ...

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    Each year, the Nexus rumors tend to get the Android community all worked up. There's more to the Nexus mystery than other device rumors. For instance, there is always speculation about which manufacturer will be the chosen partner on a given year. And, right out of the gate, the Nexus smartphone will inevitably have a different course than its competition. It's reference hardware, often with topnotch specifications; it's typically sold at roughly half the cost of a normal smartphone; it gets first dibs on future firmware updates; and it gets tons of attention from development communities. ...

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    HTC appears to finally be getting the love it deserves in the mobile space. Its two most high-end handsets from the last two years received nothing but praise from the press and consumers. The One M7 won handfuls of awards and the One M8 is slated to do just the same. And, finally, after a long stint of hemorrhaging money, the company has turned a profit. Just last month, we had cause for concern. HTC's financials weren't looking so great. Revenue was down and the company was still losing money. However, we learned earlier today that HTC has finally started to turn things around. In its Q2 ...

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    Google's in-house Nexus brand of affordable developer smartphones has garnered a small, dedicated group of enthusiasts since the first handset, the HTC-made Nexus One, launched in early 2010. Since then, Google has partnered with Samsung and LG two times each to make the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5, all of which have been fan favorite Android handsets each year. The venture was never about making money or inflating profits. Instead, it was about sticking it to the U.S. wireless providers and letting consumers choose their phone first, then choose a provider – something ...

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    Huawei will be selling the Ascend Mate2 4G LTE direct to consumers via GetHuawei.com. Read that again: direct to consumers! For our readers across the pond and in various parts of the world outside these United States, that might not sound odd, interesting, or unique. However, for those of us in the States, it's somewhat unusual. Most phones over here are sold with a contract. Sometimes they're peddled by a carrier, but more often than not they're offered by an "authorized reseller" or "value added reseller". That might be a store down the street, a kiosk in the mall, a big box store, or ...

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    Go stock or go home: the rallying cry of the serious Nexus device enthusiast. Ever since the Nexus One, the Nexus series of Android hardware has presented users with a simple, affordable, and dare we say elegant solution to keeping at the forefront of Android development without getting bogged down by OEM software. While recent rumors have suggested that the Nexus line as we know it may soon be undergoing some big changes, if not disappearing entirely as Google Play edition hardware rises to take its place, for the moment the Nexus brand is still going strong. Today we see Google keep ...

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    Curved screens are nothing new to Google's Nexus family of smartphones -- or are they? The second iteration of Google's flagship phone was made by Samsung. It was called the Nexus S. It's successor was the Galaxy Nexus. Both had curved screens. But that's not entirely true, is it? Both the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus had curved glass, but that glass covered flat screens, thereby providing only the illusion of a curved screen. Perhaps that's just semantics, and it's all in the past anyway. When you jump forward to today we have a very different situation: both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5 ...

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    Nexus has been a big name in the news again recently, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, there's the small matter of all those red Nexus 5 rumors alongside whispers of a device some are calling the Nexus 8. And then there's the impending Nexus-themed giveaway we're about to drop on the world - the one so secret we're not even linking to it yet (this little sneak preview is your reward for clicking on this story; you're welcome). Rather, the principal reason the Nexus name has made a return to the front page is a tweet from noted leaker Eldar Murtazin, who dropped this ...

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    Back when I started getting involved in cellphones I was a Nokia guy... so was everyone. VoiceStream gave me the option to pick up any one of several phones -- all of which were made by Nokia. They could all make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages, and if you were really lucky you could even play Snake! At the time the phones were between $50 and $150 (on contract). Jump ahead to today and we've all but given up on the candy bar phone -- and the affordable prices that came along with them. Today we're surrounded by smartphones, but until recently they were all several ...

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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    The seven-inch Nexus has received its 2013 refresh, and so did the Nexus phone, making the Nexus 10 the only Nexus product to be refreshed. Though it was launched last year, together with the Nexus 7 -- which already got its successor -- we didn't see a refresh this year; some even argue that, due to the generous spec-sheet, it doesn't even need a follow-up, at least not at the moment. This leaves us with the question: what other Nexus tablet is Google preparing? The image below, possibly snapped off of a user agent profile, or a similar description, has been posted by @evleaks, with a ...

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    If you're one of the few to reside in a market where both Google's Nexus 5 and Motorola's Moto X occupy store shelves, consider yourself lucky: you've got access to two of the best Android smartphones the world has ever known. But as always, there's a dark side to that kind of luck. Because if you're in the market for a new smartphone, you're stuck with a pretty tough choice between these two capable rivals. In a world where "Nexus" doesn't mean what it once did, Motorola calls itself "a Google company," and phones with top-tier processors go for $349 off-contract, how can you trust ...

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    Well, we're not sure what comes after Nexus 5; maybe Nexus 6, since the Nexus 4 was the one before the current phone. Google introduced the latest pure-Android made by LG on October 31 after a long period of waiting characterized by speculations, rumors, and mostly accurate leaks. Needless to say that the Nexus brand, and its phones, has evolved a lot (since the initial T-Mobile G1) all the way through the Nexus One, Galaxy Nexus, the current Nexus 5, and everything in-between. For a weekend fun fact, check out this animated GIF below, made by Gadgetlove, that shows the transformations to ...

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    Whether you're excited, anxious, or apathetic with regard to the fifth-generation Nexus smartphone from Google, you've got to admit it's a big deal. Ever since the class flagship dropped back in January of 2010, Google has used the Nexus program as a showcase of what's possible using the power of stock Android - and more recently, just how affordable that power can be. With an optically-stabilized camera, cutting-edge Snapdragon 800 processor, and many of the other features that made the LG G2 such a significant smartphone, the Nexus 5 stands a good chance of being the most impactful ...

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    A long time ago in a smartphone not terribly far away lived a slot that you could fill with a storage card. Most phones even came with a card, albeit a small one. Onto this card you could install games, store music and files, and have the freedom and flexibility of removing it and popping it in another computer. The uses were endless... then, one day, Google decided you didn't need it any more, so they took it away, leaving us all to wonder: why does Google hate your SD card? Technical Limitations Back in the early days of Android there were some technical limitations to how Android ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nokia Bandit, which is rumored to be the codename for their next phablet. We later continue talking about Windows Phone as an HTC One rocking the operating system keeps being rumored, even though Beats Audio may not be part of the package. We later get some leaked photos of the probable LG Nexus 5, and it's full of good news. We later go through some additional details of the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and they're not good. We end today's show with a batch of Apple rumors that include iPhone 5S colors, iPad iOS 7 update delays, fingerprint ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Android 4.3, some hidden features discovered, and we also walk you through how to get it early on your Nexus device. The Samsung Galaxy Note III is next as it seems that Samsung is still not sure of what screen size they'll provide on it. The Sony Honami is next as it now gets compared to the Xperia Z and they do seem very much a like. Steve Ballmer takes the stage next as he states his disappointment over the Surface RT and the lack of sales of Windows 8. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 7 hitting retail stores a couple of ...

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    Shortly following CES 2012, after the $250 ASUS MeMO 7-inch tablet was announced, word of Google and ASUS teaming up to create an even cheaper tablet spread. And rumors and leaks told us practically everything we needed know about the so-called "Nexus tablet" before Google I/O 2012. During the press event, to no surprise, Google made the new, 7-inch budget tablet official. And the tech world rejoiced at all the possibilities an affordable – yet still very capable – tablet would make. Since the Nexus 7 announcement, we've seen the scope of the tablet market change significantly. Android ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some additional leaked photos of the Nokia EOS smartphone. Then we go through Sony's press invites for a mobile event to happen in Germany and what we can expect. Google is next as they've just made the bold move of offering the stock Android keyboard to everyone. Apple's strategy for smartphone repairs is next as the company keeps working on bringing more services to their Apple Stores. We end today's show talking about the iPad 5 and the possibility of a launch for WWDC 2013. All this and more after the break. Stories: - More Nokia EOS leaks ...

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    Sometimes you get listener mail that asks how the band got together in the first place. Sometimes that happens the day after you drop some nostalgic sentimentalism all over the internet. Sometimes, simultaneously, there are some sweet, juicy rumors and leaks about a top-of-the-line camera phone with what looks like a moon crater on it. Sometimes you gotta put all that into a podcast with the original cadre of Pocketnow 'casters, and see what comes out. All that, plus the longest outtake reel in the history of Pocketnow, more Nokia EOS rumors than you can shake a stick at, the first-ever ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the HTC T6 phablet and some rumored specs that are already floating around. We later go through Google Play Music All Access and how it should land for iOS customers very soon. Moto X is next, and believe it or not, this phone will exist later this summer. We then talk about the future of the Nexus program according to a recent interview with Sundar Pichai. We end today's show talking about the Google Edition HTC One, which has gone official today and should be ready for shipping at the end of June. All this and more after the break. Stories: ...

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