Posts tagged with: Nexus 4

Google's 2012 Nexus handset, the Nexus 4 marks the company's first Nexus partnership with LG. The phone is essentially the LG Optimus G, though with its LTE radio disabled by default. The launch of the Nexus 4 was notable for the exceptionally low price at which Google was able to offer the phone, with the 8GB model selling for just $300 without contract obligation. The Nexus 4 runs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, has 2GB of RAM, and features a 4.7-inch 720p display.

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    Revisions are common, and it’s really the way things should be. If a product needs to improve, there’s no better way to delight a customer, then to address their needs through a fix to the problem in their product. Now, notice I’m being very specific about saying “their product”, and yes, I am referring to the product that the customer already has. If the customer’s product didn’t get fixed, can we really call this a revision that benefits the customer who complained? According to the dictionary, the word “revision” means - a change or a set of changes that corrects or ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat was introduced when Google released the Nexus 5. Earlier this month we heard of an "incremental update" that was supposed to fix a few things specific to the Nexus 5 called Android 4.4.1. Now, even before the 4.4.1 OTA update reached any of my devices, Android 4.4.2 is being pushed to users. What's with all the updates? What is new in Android 4.4.2 that wasn't in 4.4.1 or 4.4? Bugs and patches One skill I bring to the Pocketnow team is my experience as a software developer. As such I'm intimately aware of the product lifecycle -- and the fact that bugs are everywhere. ...

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    We're not even sure everyone managed to grab the Android 4.4.1 update that started rolling out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and some Nexus 7 devices recently, and now Android 4.4.2 is being pushed out to pure-Androids. The update's size might vary but it is a small one (sub-2MB), and it apparently brings bug fixes as well as security enhancements to the table. The build you should expect is KOT49H and is rolling out to all Nexus devices, including last year's Nexus 7, which didn't get the 4.4.1 refresh. Among the changes there are also reports that this update will fix the SMS hack that was ...

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    The Nexus 5 started getting its Android 4.4.1 KitKat update two days ago and the main entry in the change log is the camera fix; while the specs of the phone are great, its camera left many users wanting more. With the latest update, Google hopes to fix this issue; however, Android 4.4.1 is now being also pushed out to Nexus 7 (2013) LTE tablets, and the Nexus 4; meantime, it is hitting AOSP too. While we don't know much about the update, aside from the Nexus 5 camera fix, according to some reports, Google also made improvements in the call quality, auto-brightness settings, and camera ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new color options for the Galaxy Note 3, even though they're oddly not being announced everywhere. We then talk about HTC, the company's 2014 forecast when it comes to sales, and also the Android 4.4 update to the HTC One. The news later cover the recent SMS-based attack that's becoming a problem for Google Nexus smartphones. Stephen Elop is next as we continue talking about the future of Microsoft. We end today's show talking about Samsung, its Galaxy S 5, and how we expect it to not include OIS on its camera. All this and more ...

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    Most of the attack vectors we deal with when we're talking about Android security are easy enough to avoid: don't sideload apps from untrusted sources, or start clicking around links on skeevy backwater websites. But then there are those times where we learn of an attack that's a lot more difficult to hide from, one that could hit your phone regardless of any action on your own part. Unfortunately, that's exactly what we're looking at today, upon the announcement of a new DoS vulnerability affecting certain Nexus-family handsets. The problem is with how the phones handle a special type of ...

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    Google's Android 4.4 update for the Nexus 4 is on its way out to phones currently, but not everyone's seeing it at once. A little earlier today, we heard from Google's Dan Morrill about just why that is, and he also dropped a little advice of a specific way not to try forcing the update, if you wanted to avoid any glitches with your apps. Still, we did mention a few legit ways to get Android 4.4 early, including flashing the factory image. That's probably further than many of you are willing to go, but what about the other option, manually flashing the update through your phone's recovery? ...

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    It sure took long enough, but the over-the-air Android 4.4 update for last year's Nexus 4 is finally on its way. As users anxiously check for their update's availability, the temptation to lose patience and try to speed things up can be a hard one to ignore. You still have some options, but Google's Dan Morrill took to Reddit yesterday to both offer some insight on how the update process works, and to advise against one way of getting your update early. As Morrill describes, when Google releases an update for a device like the Nexus 4, it starts by setting a threshold for what percentage ...

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    If some Nexus tablets are still waiting to receive their update to Android 4.4 (including our own 2012 Nexus 7), some happy Nexus 4 owners are reporting that an over-the-air update, 239MB in size, is hitting their phones. It's the KitKat update for last year's LG-made Nexus phone, and the build, as reported, is KRT16S. There's a screenshot above to prove the report, so let us know if your Nexus 4 is joining the chocolate party. On a related note, the official bumper case for the Nexus 5 is now available on the Google Play Store. Red, Black, Yellow, and Gray color options are available to ...

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    Two weeks following the launch of the Nexus 5, and we're finally seeing Google start making Android 4.4 KitKat available for existing Nexus series models. Yesterday we told you about the OTA updates for the Nexus 10 and both Nexus 7 models getting their distribution started, and while Google mentioned that a similar update would be hitting the Nexus 4 “soon” we didn't have any specifics. Well, we're still waiting to see that OTA arrive, but Google just released the next best thing, posting the Android 4.4 factory image for the Nexus 4. Sure, it's not as convenient as an OTA update, and ...

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    (Updated to correct SoC error in software section.) As anyone who's ever sold an old phone on eBay or Craigslist knows, there's a wonderful waterfall effect that follows when a new piece of consumer technology launches. Very often, in the case of early-adopters, last year's top-of-the-line widget goes on the auction block, the proceeds from its sale used to defray the cost of whatever New Hotness has just dropped. The Onion expertly captured this phenomenon with a 2009 piece called "new device desirable, old device undesirable," brilliantly lampooning the fickle tastes of consumers and the ...

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    Before anyone gets their hopes up, as of right this instant, the only device that has an official build of Android 4.4 KitKat is Google's own Nexus 5. That will change as soon as Google releases updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, and as other OEMs begin pushing updates to their flagship devices. HTC has already committed to releasing its updates "within 90 days". In the meantime, Google has already pushed KitKat into the AOSP, and you know what that means: custom ROMs! Custom ROMs come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of stability. Some are rock solid, and some may turn your ...

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    There was no way I was ever gonna buy a Nexus 4. Sure, the price tag was appealing. Yes, the construction was sleek and I found the disco paint job fun. And the prospect of succeeding my old'n'busted Galaxy Nexus LTE with a more modern, non-hobbled replacement was definitely tempting. But the lack of proper 4G, the godawful camera, and the fragile industrial design all conspired to place the Nexus 4 firmly on my "wait for something better to come along" list. Well, something better just came along. And it's called the Nexus 5. (Way to stay consistent, Google.) We've seen how the Nexus 5 ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat is literally days old, so how can you get it on your Android-powered smartphone or tablets? Luckily, Google released the code into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and developers have been working non-stop to bring the latest goodness to otherwise unsupported devices. Are you feeling a little daring and want to give KitKat a try on your device? If so, here's what you'll need to do: 0. Assume the risk Doing this sort of thing could render your device useless -- or awesome -- but don't continue unless you're willing to assume the risk. 1. Prerequisites Next, you'll ...

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    The Nexus 5 has seen its share of coverage this week - not just at Pocketnow, but all across the internet. It's not just the newest major Android smartphone to see release; it's the once-a-year Nexus phone straight from Google. As such, it commands a degree of exclusive excitement, a hipsteresque appeal that merits a whole lot of media coverage - despite bolder devices hitting the market elsewhere. Much of the excitement for the Nexus 5 comes from owners of the current-generation Nexus 4, last winter's Googlephone Of The Moment that warranted almost the same level of feverish fanboyism. ...

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